Book Lists

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New Directions: Classics Old and New

How literary are we at Brazos Bookstore? One of our staff members --you may know the one-- has a New Directions tattoo. Pretty intense, but understandable: since 1936, New Directions has been one of the world's leading publishers of fiction, poetry, and literature-in-translation. This summer, we celebrate their achievement with a display featuring some of our favorites, from classics (like Djuna Barnes and Borges) to contemporary favorites (Bolano, anyone?). Come browse--and maybe if you buy a book, you'll find out which one of us has that tattoo.

The Guest Cat Cover Image
By Takashi Hiraide, Eric Selland (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811221504
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 28th, 2014

The Musical Brain: And Other Stories Cover Image
By Cesar Aira, Chris Andrews (Translator)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780811220293
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - March 3rd, 2015

Nightwood Cover Image
By Djuna Barnes, Jeanette Winterson (Preface by), T. S. Eliot (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811216715
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 26th, 2006

Counternarratives Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811225526
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 17th, 2016

A Little Lumpen Novelita Cover Image
By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811225151
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - March 21st, 2016

Death in Midsummer & Other Stories Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811201179
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 17th, 1966

Near to the Wild Heart Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Alison Entrekin (Translator), Benjamin Moser (Preface by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811220026
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - June 13th, 2012

Labyrinths Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811216999
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 17th, 2007

Turtle Island Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811205467
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 17th, 1974

Seiobo There Below Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811219679
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 24th, 2013

A Coney Island of the Mind Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9780811200417
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 17th, 1968

Beauty Is a Wound Cover Image
By Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811223638
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 8th, 2015

The Air-Conditioned Nightmare Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811201063
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 17th, 1970

Summer of Shakespeare Redux

After the bardolatry bonanza of last year's Summer of Shakespeare, we're excited to partner with the Houston Shakespeare Festival again this summer! With 2016 being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, it's been a big year for commemorating the Bard—you might have seen our death-day celebrations with HSF in April, or the traveling exhibition of one of Shakespeare's First Folios making its way around the country. It's clear that for literature fans, Shakespeare is far from dead and gone.

Vinegar Girl Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804141260
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth Press - June 21st, 2016

Shylock Is My Name Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804141321
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth Press - February 9th, 2016

The Gap of Time Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780804141376
Availability: Backordered
Published: Hogarth Press - June 21st, 2016

Hogarth is releasing a phenomenal line of new Shakespeare adaptations from amazing authors: try Jeanette Winterson's retelling of The Winter's Tale, THE GAP OF TIME, for a great romance; SHYLOCK IS MY NAME is Man Booker Winner Howard Jacobson's stark adaptation of The Merchant of Venice; and we cannot wait for Anne Tyler's VINEGAR GIRL, a hilarious and smart retelling of The Taming of the Shrew!


Romeo And/Or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781101983300
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - June 7th, 2016

Comics virtuoso Ryan North has done it again. After the success of last year's Kickstarted TO BE OR NOT TO BE, North continues his laugh-out-loud hilarious mashup of Shakespeare and webcomics with a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure version of Romeo and Juliet! With cameo art by dozens of comic artists, as well as paths that include making out at parties, becoming an assassin, and Juliet getting totally shredded as a lifeguard, you will enjoy every single choice of this wild ride.

We've also got fantastic Shakespeare tote bags from our favorite friends at Out of Print! Check out those, and all these great titles, at the store now.


Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780198754367
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 15th, 2016

Shakespeare's Sonnets Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781604336153
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Cider Mill Press - March 8th, 2016

Shakespeare Box Set Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780762459438
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Running Press Book Publishers - March 29th, 2016

Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now Cover Image
By Various (Editor), James Shapiro (Editor), Bill Clinton (Foreword by)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781598534627
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Library of America - January 12th, 2016

Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle That Gave Birth to the Globe Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681771410
Availability: Backordered
Published: Pegasus Books - April 4th, 2016

How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-To-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781631491399
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - February 15th, 2016

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780670786022
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Viking - May 3rd, 2016

Will's Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk Cover Image
By Jane Sutcliffe, John Shelley (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781580896382
Availability: Backordered
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - March 22nd, 2016

Exit, Pursued by a Bear Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994580
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

The Steep and Thorny Way Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419719158
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Amulet Books - March 8th, 2016

Who’s Your (Lit) Daddy?

Where would we be without fathers? Literally, we would not be alive. But beyond that, these figures—sometimes loving, sometimes flawed—create so much of our sense of who we are, frustrating as that may sometimes be.

The same thing can happen with the authors we read when we’re young. So to celebrate Father’s Day, we asked the Brazos staff to pick its literary father figures.

Who’s your (lit) daddy?


The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780684853949
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Touchstone Books - April 2nd, 1998

Augusta Bartis, Inventory Manager
“Oliver Sacks. He’s a bearded teddy bear…and he’s smart…and he’s cool….He’s just my daddy, okay? Why do I have to explain it to you?”
Favorite Work: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat


Humboldt's Gift Cover Image
By Saul Bellow, Jeffrey Eugenides (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143105473
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2008

Mark Haber, Store Manager
“Saul Bellow. Why? Maury Povich did DNA testing—Bellow is literally my father.”
Favorite Work: Humboldt’s Gift


Junky: The Definitive Text of
$15.00
ISBN: 9780802120427
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - November 13th, 2012

Ülrika Moats, Gift Buyer
“William S. Burroughs—because I found a connection with him in my early twenties that has carried through my adulthood.”
Favorite Work: Junky


The Sun Also Rises Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780743297332
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 17th, 2006

Keaton Patterson, Book Buyer
“Papa Hemingway. He’s the big, unruly, imperfect father figure of all twentieth century literature.”
Favorite Work: The Sun Also Rises


Oblivion: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316010764
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - August 30th, 2005

Benjamin Rybeck, Marketing Director
“David Foster Wallace. Even though I now understand how flawed and troubled he was, I still want to be him.”
Favorite Work: Oblivion


The Sonnets and Other Poems Cover Image
$9.00
ISBN: 9780812969207
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Modern Library - April 14th, 2009

Liz Wright, Children’s Specialist
“Easy: Billy Shakes—not only because his stories are completely adaptable and universal, but also because…sorry, I’m trying to think of something funny to say, but I can’t. He legit means that much to me.”
Favorite Work: “Sonnet 23”


Corrections Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312421274
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - August 27th, 2002

Jeremy Ellis, General Manager
"Franzen, because he's well meaning, even if he's maybe, slightly out of touch. And he can write a dysfunctional family relationship like no one else."
Favorite Work: The Corrections



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Reading Kubrick

The Stanley Kubrick Archives Cover Image
By Alison Castle (Editor)
$69.99
ISBN: 9783836508896
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Taschen - November 1st, 2008

Paths of Glory Cover Image
By Humphrey Cobb, James H. Meredith (Introduction by), David L. Simon (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143106111
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - June 29th, 2010

I Am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781453254806
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Road Media - June 12th, 2012

Dr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781910433461
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Black Dog Publishing - November 17th, 2015

A Clockwork Orange Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780230302129
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Palgrave - October 25th, 2011

Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives Cover Image
By Tatjana Ljujic (Editor), Peter Kramer (Editor), Richard Daniels (Editor)
$39.95
ISBN: 9781908966421
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Black Dog Publishing - July 7th, 2015

The Shining Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781844576395
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: British Film Institute - November 8th, 2013

Lolita: A Screenplay Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679772552
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - August 26th, 1997

Kubrick, New and Expanded Edition: Inside a Film Artist's Maze Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780253213907
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Indiana University Press - June 22nd, 2000

Stanley Kubrick: Interviews Cover Image
By Gene D. Phillips (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781578062973
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: University Press of Mississippi - January 8th, 2001

Night Games: And Other Stories and Novellas Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566635066
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ivan R. Dee Publisher - March 8th, 2003

Barry Lyndon: The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq. Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780199537464
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 1st, 2008

A Clockwork Orange Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393312836
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 1995

2001: A Space Odyssey Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780451452733
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Roc - August 1st, 1993

The Shining Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345806789
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor Books - August 27th, 2013

Lolita Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679723165
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage Books USA - March 13th, 1989

Pulitzer Prize Winners for 2016

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124944
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

Fiction Winner


Finalists: Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link & Maud's Line by Margaret Verble


Hamilton: The Revolution Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781455539741
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2016

Drama Winner


Finalists: Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins & The Humans by Stephen Karam


Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780307592644
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 27th, 2015

History Winner


Finalists: Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War by Brian Matthew Jordan, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor by James M. Scott & The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency by Annie Jacobsen


Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143109396
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

Biography Winner


Finalists: Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles & The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander


Ozone Journal Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780226207032
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Chicago Press - March 26th, 2015

Poetry Winner


Finalists: Alive: New and Selected Poems by Elizabeth Willis & Four-Legged Girl by Diane Seuss


Black Flags: The Rise of Isis Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385538213
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday Books - September 29th, 2015

General Non-fiction Winner


Finalists: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates & If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran by Carla Power


Out Brief Candle: A Shakespeare Death Day Reading List

Someday I hope to be famous enough that people celebrate my death day—although I suppose part of the reason we celebrate Shakespeare's death day is because we don't really have a concrete birthday, and I am lucky to live in an era of more-complete social records. Shakespeare did have a bit of a preoccupation with death, as well, if the body counts of his plays tell us anything, so a death day celebration feels particularly appropriate for this memento mori playwright.

Exit, Pursued by a Bear Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994580
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

Of all Shakespeare's plays to get a YA adaptation, I gotta admit I wasn't expecting The Winter's Tale to be one. It's a great play, and popular—the title of this novel is one of the stage directions in Act III (probably the most famous one Shakespeare ever wrote)—but it's a little odd: a sprawling, cross-country story that's ultimately about remaking a family after a king's irrational jealousy nearly destroys it. In EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR, E.K. Johnston recenters the story on Hermione, the wronged queen of The Winter's Tale, moving the setting from Renaissance Sicily and Bohemia to modern-day Canada, and casting our Hermione as the head cheerleader of a small-town team. She's an athlete, a leader, a good friend and a great cheerleader.

She also gets raped at the end of the first act of the book.

I don't want to sugarcoat it, or pretend like this isn't a book that deals with a traumatic assault. I don't want to try and be nice about it, because, well, it's not—but this book handles trauma and support and recovery better than any book I've read on it, for teens or for adults. This is Hermione's book. It's not about the assault, about her rapist, or about revenge—it's about one teenage girl, reclaiming her agency and her life after someone's selfish act of violence tries to take it away. In the author's note, Johnston says she was in a very angry place when she wrote the book (due to a particular politician, apparently, who goes unnamed), and I think Johnston's rage shows in a very powerful way in the text: through the boundless compassion Hermione experiences from her family, her teammates, and her town.

That, to me, after living through endless twenty-four-hour news cycles about slut-shaming and victim-blaming, was the real gift of this book. Compassion. Everyone in Hermione's life, from her coach to her priest to her therapist, is incredibly kind and compassionate, and that kindness allows Hermione to heal. She is a phenomenal protagonist. She pushes herself to get better, she doesn't settle for anything but the full life she deserves, but since she's surrounded by people to support and help her, she's allowed to have panic attacks and experience her trauma and be afraid, because she is undeniably a person in Johnston's hands. The dimension, the power, and the strength Johnston gives Hermione make it clear that this adaptation surpasses its source. (Sorry, but not sorry, Bill.)


The Steep and Thorny Way Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419719158
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Amulet Books - March 8th, 2016

Cat Winters is the queen of historical fiction and a favorite author of mine, with her previous YA outings forming a core of store favorites (IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS and THE CURE FOR DREAMING). So when I saw that her newest novel was a Hamlet retelling set in Prohibition-era Oregon, where biracial Hanalee tries to find justice for her murdered African-American father without running afoul of the terrifying local KKK chapter, I was a fan before I'd even read the first page—and once I'd finished the whole book, I was happier than I'd ever been.

THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY isn't just a great Hamlet adaptation, it's a great book, period. Winters always fills her historical fiction with pictures and historical documents to set the scene, and this novel is no exception—if there had been no Shakespeare references at all, this still would have been a phenomenal story. But I'm truly grateful it's a Hamlet adaptation, because it shows how the stories Shakespeare made famous are incredibly universal: Prohibition-era Oregon? A biracial, female protagonist struggling against social evils? That's not as far from early modern England as you can get, but it's several million miles, at least. Stories don't exist in a vacuum, either, and I love that Winters used this famous, wonderful story of something rotten in Denmark to tell an amazing story about a time and a set of injustices that our culture still doesn't really want to face.

And like I said, beyond Hamlet, this book is just a great story. It crosses genres as deftly as Shakespeare did himself: it's a thriller, a mystery, a ghost story, all set so perfectly in the 1920s that you'll think it was written then. Hanalee is a fierce protagonist, too—clever, tough, well-armed, and incredibly caring. THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY is the full package: great characters, a great premise, and a great author.


Dreamers Often Lie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803738638
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - April 5th, 2016

The awesome thing about DREAMERS OFTEN LIE was that it made me feel so normal!

...oh, wait, that's not the point? People aren't supposed to hallucinate Shakespeare walking around with them? Oops. My bad. Let me regroup.

Jacqueline West's trippy, layered story is about Jaye, a high school actress, and what happens after she gets a concussion in a skiing accident. She's finally landed the lead in a school play—Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream—and all she can think about is getting back on that stage. So, when she forces herself to push through not just her accident, but the memories and family trauma it stirs of her father's death a year ago, the Shakespeare starts to get a little too real. As in, she starts hallucinating Shakespeare himself speaking to her, and Hamlet and Romeo and other characters and situations.

I love DREAMERS OFTEN LIE because, well, they do, and because, with Jaye as an unreliable narrator, even to herself, there's no way to be sure who's really real, what's really happening, or what's just in Jaye's mind. We don't know who's a figment or a person, what's Jaye's own mind working against her and what's really true. I loved this one. It's chilling, mysterious, and cerebral (a great book for a parent-teen book club!), and it'll pull you into the topsy-turvy world of Jaye's mind in no time at all. It's got a great love story, like a Shakespeare play should, but for all the romance and mystery, it's more about Jaye coming to terms with her loss, and with who she is now with these changes in her life and her family. It's tense and twisty, and Jaye's bardolatry gives a great original twist to this thriller.


Summerlost Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399187193
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 29th, 2016

All right, SUMMERLOST is actually middle-grade, and is about a Shakespeare festival, not a Shakespeare adaptation, but are you really going to argue with me about technicalities? Trust me: this book is golden. Like DREAMERS OFTEN LIE, it's about how Shakespeare can get into your head and affect the way you see the world—but instead of literally adding a layer of Shakespeare-themed perception, it's about theater, and the inspiration it can give you, and about how theater and drama can help you find belonging when you feel like you don't fit in.

Cedar Lee finds a new friend in local boy Leo, when she, her mother, and her brother move to her mom's hometown after losing her dad and youngest brother in a car accident. She works concessions at the local Summerlost Theater Festival, and sells programs in old show costumes with Leo, and watches soapy dramas with her brother. It's a perfect Polaroid of the monotony of grief through a young adult's perspective, of the way we can fixate on certain things as distractions, and Cedar gets caught up in the drama of—well—drama. There's a theater ghost, a mystery, and some wonderfully real, poignant family feels. It's utterly captivating and charming, like a summer evening full of potential. SUMMERLOST reminds me that Shakespeare really can make anything possible.


Liz Wright is the Kids Specialist and resident Shakespeare fanatic of Brazos Bookstore. She earned her B.A. in English and Creative Writing at Wellesley College, where she spent four years in the Wellesley College Shakespeare Society being all manner of lords, clowns, and untamed shrews. Her writing has appeared in BUST Magazine and Minerva Rising Literary Journal. This fall, she'll pursue her MA and MFA in Children's Literature and Writing for Children at Simmons College, where she'll be the Dean's Fellow for Children's Literature.


NYRB Classics

My Marriage Cover Image
By Jakob Wassermann, Michael Hofmann (Translator), Michael Hofmann (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590179222
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - January 26th, 2016

Speedboat Cover Image
By Renata Adler, Guy Trebay (Afterword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590176139
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - March 19th, 2013

The Death of Napoleon Cover Image
By Simon Leys, Patricia Clancy (Translator), Simon Leys (Translator)
$14.00
ISBN: 9781590178423
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - May 5th, 2015

Hill Cover Image
By Jean Giono, Paul Eprile (Translator), David Abram (Introduction by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9781590179185
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - April 5th, 2016

In the Cafe of Lost Youth Cover Image
By Patrick Modiano, Chris Clarke (Translator)
$14.00
ISBN: 9781590179536
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - March 8th, 2016

Take a Girl Like You Cover Image
By Kingsley Amis, Christian Lorentzen (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590177600
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - April 28th, 2015

The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll Cover Image
By Alvaro Mutis, Francisco Goldman (Introduction by), Edith Grossman (Translator)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780940322912
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New York Review of Books - February 1st, 2002

I'll say it: the greatest Latin-American novel. Sorry, Gabo. Adventurous. Philosophical. Winner of the Cervantes Prize. An incomparable masterpiece.
Mark


The Other Cover Image
By Thomas Tryon, Dan Chaon (Afterword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590175835
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - October 2nd, 2012

Nightmare Alley Cover Image
By William Lindsay Gresham, Nick Tosches (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590173480
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - April 6th, 2010

Asleep in the Sun Cover Image
By Adolfo Bioy Casares, James Sallis (Introduction by), Suzanne Jill Levine (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590170953
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - August 1st, 2004

Nightmare Alley Cover Image
By William Lindsay Gresham, Nick Tosches (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590173480
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - April 6th, 2010

The Door Cover Image
By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translator), Ali Smith (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590177716
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New York Review of Books - January 27th, 2015

How many roofs do I have to shout from to describe the brilliance of this book? Because I'll do it! THE DOOR is a haunting masterpiece about friendship, betrayal, and the human spirit. Unforgettable.
Mark


The Seven Madmen Cover Image
By Roberto Arlt, Julio Cortazar (Introduction by), Nick Caistor (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590179147
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - December 22nd, 2015

The Invention of Morel Cover Image
By Adolfo Bioy Casares, Suzanne Jill Levine (Introduction by), Ruth L. C. Simms (Translator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781590170571
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - September 1st, 2003

Black Wings Has My Angel Cover Image
By Elliott Chaze, Barry Gifford (Introduction by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781590179161
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - January 19th, 2016

Young Once Cover Image
By Patrick Modiano, Damion Searls (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590179550
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - March 8th, 2016

Season of Migration to the North Cover Image
By Tayeb Salih, Laila Lalami (Introduction by), Denys Johnson-Davies (Translator)
$14.00
ISBN: 9781590173022
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - April 14th, 2009

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By Victor Serge, Richard Greeman (Translator), Richard Greeman (Introduction by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781590172476
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Published: New York Review of Books - February 19th, 2008

National Poetry Month!

April, how we love thee—and poetry, too! Are you a poetry connoisseur? Unsure where to begin? Somewhere in between? This week’s book list is twenty-five collections to celebrate National Poetry Month! Visit old favorites or try something new!


BIG FEELINGS

My Feelings: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977108
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 2nd, 2015

Can’t have this list without MY FEELINGS, of course! The latest by Nick Flynn, in which his father Jonathan is dead and his daughter Maeve is growing up. There’s a poem in memory of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, another penned to honor the wedding of dear friends, a riff on the movie Gravity, an elegy to Lou Reed. And of course, the spirit of Jody Draper, Flynn’s mother, present and elusive as ever.


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Bluets Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

An essential text for not only poetry but essay, memoir, and what has become known as the lyric essay. Maggie Nelson’s BLUETS meditates on sacrifice, suffering, and stagnation. Dense and cerebral with moments of clarity so raw they’ll make you weep.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780061558894
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 1st, 2008

Forget the five Sylvia Plath poems you know from your freshman english seminar! Punchy Plath can still hold her own among the best of them. A collection of maddening, bewitching, angsty poems about #DadStuff, anxiety, mania, self-loathing, and desire.


Gabriel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804172875
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 1st, 2016

In 2011, Edward Hirsch’s son Gabriel died of a drug overdose at age twenty-two. With GABRIEL: A POEM, Hirsch grieves his child and explores the way grief about losing a child has been documented through the ages. Heartbreaking and hope-making.


I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975 - 2014 Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062389084
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Published: Ecco Press - September 29th, 2015

Of the many signs that Eileen Myles might wear above her head, one without doubt is a declaration that she is gay and couldn’t give two buckets of squirrel poo if you’ve got an opinion about it. Intimate to the edge of self-blaspheme, Myles is that friend you call to bail you out of jail.


STORYTELLING


The Night We're Not Sleeping in Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781936747931
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Published: Sarabande Books - December 16th, 2014

Disclaimer: this debut collection also has some big feelings, as Sean Bishop mourns his father. But THE NIGHT WE’RE NOT SLEEPING IN is just as much about Christianity, Dante, and outer space. “Somebody tell me, / where is Karen,” he writes. “Who are these tourists / pressing pennies in my hand.” Brain food for sure.


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$16.00
ISBN: 9781556594953
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 5th, 2016

Perhaps the most stunning debut collection of 2016. In NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUNDS, Ocean Voung leads us through a series of dreamscapes with a myriad of voices as varied as the structures in which they present themselves. “Seventh Circle of Earth” consists entirely of numbers, with all the “poetry proper” in the footnotes, while “Thanksgiving 2006” is fifteen short lines including this battle cry: “I am ready. / I am ready to be every animal / you leave behind.”


All Pilgrim Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781935536598
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Four Way Books - October 6th, 2015

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Originally published in October of last year, I didn’t encounter this book until I read it in anticipation of Stephanie Ford’s recent event at the store. Probably my favorite collection since Nick Flynn’s MY FEELINGS, published last June. Here, Ford shares family secrets, poems she wrote while working jobs she hated, memories of life in the wake of natural disaster. Please read just for “Hazard Map” alone.


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By John Berryman, Daniel Swift (Editor), Michael Hofmann (Introduction by)
$19.00
ISBN: 9780374534554
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 21st, 2014

What to say that hasn’t already been said? There’s probably some John Berryman you know without knowing you do, like the opening of Dream Song No. 14: “Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.” America as seen through the eyes of Berryman’s Henry. Basically the opposite of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.”


SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS


Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780816502790
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Published: University of Arizona Press - March 10th, 2016

It started with a protest: “On April 20, 2010, nine Latino students chained themselves to the main doors of the Arizona State Capital in an act of civil disobedience.” They were fighting Arizona’s anti-immigration law SB 1070, which “requires police to determine the immigration status of someone arrested or detained when there is ‘reasonable suspicion’ [that] they are not in the U.S. legally.” Inspired by their bravery, poet Francisco X. Alarcón wrote a poem about it then started a Facebook page called “Poets Responding to SB 1070.” This anthology is a selection of what has since grown to over three thousand contributions.


Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

You shouldn’t need more than this to know if you want to read this book or not: “Hold up, did you just hear, did you just say, did you just see, did you just do that? Then the voice in your head silently tells you to take your foot off your throat because just getting along shouldn’t be an ambition.” Anthem.


Load Poems Like Guns: Women's Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan Cover Image
By Farzana Marie (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780985981884
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Published: Holy Cow Press - April 7th, 2015

A damn badass anthology with poems by eight prominent Herati women poets. With over thirty pages dedicated to the translation and the story behind the book, LOAD POEMS LIKE GUNS showcases the contemporaries of game-changer Nadia Anjuman (d. 2005). Each poem in translation also includes the original Persian Dari beside it. Amazing!


Voyage of the Sable Venus: And Other Poems Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101875438
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 29th, 2015

An ode to the archive and a testament to both the persistence and erasure of black women. The title poem, two thirds of the collection, is composed entirely of titles, captions, and descriptions from depictions of black women in galleries and museums around the world. If I can only make you read one book on this list, it would be this one.


LOCAL POETS


Olympic Butter Gold: Poems Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780810132221
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Published: Northwestern University Press - November 30th, 2015

Who says rap can’t be poetry? Seriously, though: the best emcees use rhythm, metaphors, syntax, and juxtaposition as much as any poet. No wordsmith illustrates this better than Fresno’s own Jonathan Moody. Conjuring 2pac and James Brown, roos shoes and agent orange, OLYMPIC BUTTER GOLD is poetry for the people! Outcasts and hip-hop fans, take note.


I'm Your Huckleberry Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781936767328
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Published: Brooklyn Arts Press - December 1st, 2014

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Erika Jo Brown is a:
a) faerie
b) girl wonder
c) poet you should read
d) PhD Candidate at the University of Houston
e) all of the above

E! The answer is E (for Erika). Unguarded, snark-tastic, and wholly unpretentious, I’M YOUR HUCKLEBERRY is a quirky collection of love poems for everyone (skeptics included!).


$16.00
SKU: r9780996316729

A profound departure from his chapbook DEAR MARK, a collection of ekphrastic poetry inspired by Mark Rothko’s paintings. RESIDUUM is a debut with ambition: full photos of cells, DNA, and data are spliced between sections of text. Erasure upon erasure, Martin Rock does not limit himself to the micro.


Textu Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781556594762
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - December 23rd, 2014

Finally—a poetry collection for millennials! Probably not the blurb Fady Joudah was hoping for but these poems are all the length of a standard text message. The book itself, too, is as small as an old-school iPhone. When not writing poetry, Joudah serves Houston as an E.R. physician.


$18.95
SKU: r9780972943291

Houston poets on Houston! Published by local publisher Mutabilis Press, UNTAMEABLE CITY contains poems by EIGHTY-THREE poets about our fair city. Also included in this anthology are full color photos of familiar H-town haunts, including some trees at Rice University, snapshots of the medical district, graffiti. Come and read it!


NATURE


New and Selected Poems, Volume One Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780807068779
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Published: Beacon Press - April 15th, 2004

Nature poems are not everyone’s thing, I know, but if you read only read one nature poet, go with Mary Oliver. This collection of hers from the 90s is a good place to start. There’s poems about animals, landscapes—I don’t know how to make this more than what it is. But that’s the great thing about nature poems: they don’t have to be!


Shaler's Fish: Poems Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780802124630
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - February 2nd, 2016

Yes, it’s the same Helen Macdonald of H IS FOR HAWK fame! Like fellow memoirist Mary Karr, Macdonald also writes poetry. Also published in the 90s, this debut collection is about nature, science, and of course, Shaler’s Fish.


From the New World: Poems 1976-2014 Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062315441
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Published: Ecco Press - February 16th, 2016

Jorie Graham is one of those poets that remains incomprehensible to me, though I mean that in the most generous way possible. Many times, I read a poem of hers and respect its greatness without comprehending a word of it. The nature pieces, though, are easier, which is why I put her here. A collection of her works from 1976 to the present. Check this out if you need a dare.


TRANSLATION


Pearl: A New Verse Translation Cover Image
By Simon Armitage (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780871407184
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - April 11th, 2016

Translated by one of my favorite English poets Simon Armitage, PEARL is a beloved English masterpiece believed to be written by the same poet who wrote Sir Gawain. Part fever dream, part ghost story, PEARL follows a father mourning the loss of his dear “Perle.” She appears, reassuring him that she has found peace in Heaven with Jesus. When the father goes to meet her, he wakes from the dream only to lose her again. Each poem is alongside the original.


Map: Collected and Last Poems Cover Image
By Wislawa Szymborska, Stanislaw Baranczak (Translator), Clare Cavanagh (Translator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544705159
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Published: Mariner Books - April 12th, 2016

A Nobel Prize Winner and one of Europe’s most beloved poets. Rumor has it that a Polish critic once said, “If you want the world in a nutshell, try Szymborska.” MAP is a new edition of Szymborska’s collected works, including over thirty poems that were never previously translated into English.


In Field Latin Cover Image
By Lutz Seiler, Alexander Booth (Translator)
$21.00
ISBN: 9780857423368
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Published: Seagull Books - May 15th, 2016

From one of our favorite publishers, the phenomenal Seagull Books: a collection by Lutz Seiler, Berlin native and child of the country formerly known as East Germany. IN FIELD LATIN draws on the long tradition of German nature writing and contextualizes it for the modern audience.


The Curved Planks: Poems Cover Image
By Yves Bonnefoy, Hoyt Rogers (Translator), Richard Howard (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374530754
Availability: Backordered
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - March 20th, 2007

Hailed by readers and critics for decades as France’s greatest living poet, THE CURVED PLANKS is Yves Bonnefoy’s second most recent collection, translated by Hoyt Rogers. According to American poet and critic Richard Howard, this collection is “an excellent, even an ideal, entrance into [Bonnefoy’s] vast creation.” A March Brazos BFFs pick!


Dispatches from the Girl Cave

We all know about Man Caves, those oases of masculinity in the predominately female domestic space, equipped with stereotypically macho decor and entertainment. The gender geography of Brazos Bookstore has turned this cultural idea on its head with the Girl Cave, our tongue-in-cheek name for the back-of-store nerve-center run by Augusta, Brooke, and Ülrika. Augusta manages inventory, Brooke oversees returns and shipping, and Ülrika covers everything from gift buying to various programs for our many young readers.

Wreck and Order Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781101903261
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth Press - February 9th, 2016

Elsie is your typical unmoored twenty-something, unlucky in love and her career. Too much family money and no self-direction leads the narrator on a quest out of her self-destructive tendencies. A journey through Sri Lanka provides both a spiritual resurgence as well as a deep personal development and purpose. Transformational and enlightening, this coming-of-age story shows raw emotion and depth that is encouraging to anyone who feels lost or unmoored in our age of constant connection.


American Housewife: Stories Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780385541039
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Published: Doubleday Books - January 12th, 2016

Being a housewife is anything but boring! Ellis’s collection of domestic short fiction is outrageously funny and dark, with a little Miss Manners thrown in for good measure. Equal parts silly and serious, AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE is a completely farcical romp that accurately represents the inner lives of many women. For fans of lady comediennes, Real Housewives and revenge, I highly recommend this book.


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My Name Is Lucy Barton Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781400067695
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Published: Random House - January 12th, 2016

The entire time I was reading this book I kept thinking, ‘She shouldn’t be pulling this off!’ but she does. And it’s magnificent. At the heart of MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON is a quiet story of redemption between Lucy and her mother, who comes to look after her while she recovers from surgery. What makes this book so compelling? Probably Lucy’s strong narrative voice and her firm claims like, for example, if the conditions are exactly right you can hear the corn grow. Can you hear the corn grow? I don’t know, but this book really good.


Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780307962089
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 1st, 2016

First, a disclaimer: I am only halfway through this splendid biography. However, I think I how it ends. Two hundred years after her birth, I suspect Charlotte Brontë is dead. Spoiler. Even if you have read all the Brontës’ books, you may still find some surprises here. Okay, nobody can prove this, but it seems that some of Charlotte Brontë’s behavior is consistent with opium-eating. Isn’t that cool? Charlotte Brontë might have been a drug-addict. Or at the very least, a drug-dabbler. Branwell usually steals all the bad behavior thunder in the family, but watch out—Charlotte, Emily, and even the oft-forgot Anne were all pretty spicy.


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The Vegetarian Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780553448184
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Published: Hogarth Press - February 2nd, 2016

This is one of our recent staff favorites, a new novel translated from Korean that is getting a lot of attention. A woman starts having eerie dreams and they inspire something unconventional by Korean standards—to become a vegetarian. But this sets off a bizarre downward spiral, and it’s creepy to watch her slip into madness and how her family reacts to that. THE VEGETARIAN is broken into three sections, each focused on a different family member watching her lose her mind. From a cultural perspective, vegetarianism is not very big in Korea, so by not eating meat, she’s dishonoring her husband, her family, on and on, which adds onto her another layer of guilt. As you turn the pages, you watch her spiral out of control and never come back.


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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781933372426
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - March 1st, 2008

THE LOST DAUGHTER begins as a story about a woman finding freedom in middle age. After her daughters leave Italy to go live with their father in Canada, the protagonist is surprised to feel relief, rather than sadness. She decides to celebrate by taking a vacation to the south. For a few days, she is relishing her new life, but when she meets a strange family her trip takes a dark turn. Elena Ferrante is the it-woman of contemporary international fiction, and this is one of her best books. I love it.


The Fury Road of American Politics

Childish name-calling, scoldings, pee-pee jokes: it’s not second grade, it’s the 2016 U.S. Presidential election! Six months ago, no one predicted any of this: the dominance of Trump, the competitiveness of Bernie, the flame-out of Jeb. But here we are, living in a reality-show that blows The Apprentice out of the water. This campaign is upending conventions (pun intended!) and earning a place in U.S. election history—for better or worse.

Quotations from Chairman Trump Cover Image
By Carol Pogash (Editor)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780795348211
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Published: Rosettabooks - January 26th, 2016

Modelled on Mao’s little red book, QUOTATIONS FROM CHAIRMAN TRUMP is the perfect gift for just about anybody, because whether you love him or hate him, there are tons of great Trump quotes inside to confirm your opinion. It may be small (unlike Trump’s hands) but this pocket-size piece packs a big, dizzy-making punch. Read it out loud with your friends and feel your head spin, in rapturous delight or the opposite.


Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393067064
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 11th, 2016

The rhetoric in the 2016 debates has been a combination of aggression, humor, and out-and-out insults. In REPUBLIC OF SPIN, presidential historian David Greenberg gives us a fascinating context for this rhetoric by writing the history of presidential spin. How does the White House create and control the two most important tools of contemporary politics—the image and the message? Greenberg takes us all the way from Teddy Roosevelt to Barack Obama for a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the echelon of political communication.


The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316185431
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Published: Little Brown and Company - February 17th, 2015

There’s been a surge of discussion regarding income inequality since the Great Recession of 2008. In THE AGE OF ACQUIESCENCE, the brilliant Steven Fraser examines the history of America’s reactions to the role of wealth in the political arena. What once prompted outrage has now become the standard, or even a dare for the next round of candidates. This book is essential for anyone concerned with the current political landscape.


The Road Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307387899
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - March 28th, 2007

This Pulitzer Prize winner, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and beloved classic is a haunting masterpiece from one of the greatest contemporary American novelists. A harrowing tale of survival and a meditation on the meaning of good and evil, THE ROAD at its heart tells the story of a father and son traversing a deserted American landscape, trying to hold off starvation and to find salvation by reaching the ocean. This novel’s got it all: cannibals, roasted babies, locked cellars full of people, plagues, despair. Scared about the next president? Have this on your bedside table on the evening of Tuesday, November 8th, and you’re sure to see the next four years with rose-tinted glasses.


A Guide for the Perplexed Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393348880
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 7th, 2014

You shouldn’t judge a book by its title, but this one’s great, isn’t it? And completely appropriate. A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED is a dazzling mash-up of digital technology and medieval archives, a spellbinding thriller that moves from a present day rivalry between two sisters to a 19th-century Indiana Jones style adventure. Dara Horn was named one of Granta’s twenty “Best Young American Novelists,” and all of her novels, steeped in Hebrew and Yiddish literature, have made multiple national best-of lists. A philosophical novel of ideas that digs down into the meaning of memory, A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED may not make the 2016 election any more comprehensible, but at least it can provide a smart, stimulating distraction.


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