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Mark's Top Ten (Plus Another Ten for Good Measure...)

Truth be told, there’s simply too many good books. And making a list of my top ten just seems cruel, especially in a year that, to me, was packed with great titles. For example, do I exclude the stunning new translation of a classic in favor of a new collection of essays? Do I choose a book I read last week over a book I read in January simply because it’s still fresh in my mind? See? There’s difficulties. So, besides my top ten books of the year I have another ten books that get honorable mention. It only seems fair. After all, books are subjective.

Old Rendering Plant Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781931883672
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Published: Two Lines Press - November 7th, 2017

A highly evocative and poetic novella that speaks to the burdens of history. In sinuous and lyrical prose, an unnamed narrator reflects on the woods outside the small German town where he grew up, later focusing on an old rendering plant (a symbol of the horrors of East Germany). I'll admit it, this book has almost no plot and yet it's my favorite book of the year because it's so beautifully written, so transportive. It begs to be read aloud. Joycean in parts, Edgar Allen Poe in others. I lost myself inside this book, in its ineffable sense of nature and the dense, unsettling prose. A small universe sits within its one hundred brief pages. I adore this tiny masterpiece.


Compass Cover Image
By Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Translator)
$26.95
ISBN: 9780811226622
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - March 28th, 2017

A warm, learned and invigorating novel that takes place in a single night of the musicologist and scholar of Orientalism Franz Ritter. As Ritter, fighting an unnamed illness, tries to fall asleep he reflects on a life of travel and love, focusing especially on the cultural intersection of the East and the West. His remembrances, from smoking opium in Istanbul to camping in the Syrian desert, transport the reader and illuminate the made-up lines we draw between different cultures. This is a smart and generous novel, beautifully translated, that will surely stay with you. Insomnia has never been so beautiful.


Return to the Dark Valley Cover Image
By Santiago Gamboa, Howard Curtis (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609454258
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Published: Europa Editions - September 19th, 2017

I love everything by Colombian writer Santiago Gamboa, and his newest book is no exception. A globe-trotting, pulsating thriller that involves poetry, revenge and the impossibility of ever returning home, Gamboa's novels are page-turners for those who love great settings and smart plots. Highly contemporary and endlessly inventive, Gamboa is one of my favorite Latin American writers.


Affections Cover Image
By Rodrigo Hasbun, Sophie Hughes (Translator)
$23.00
ISBN: 9781501154799
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 12th, 2017

A novel that goes all the places you don't expect. Based loosely on Hans Ertl and his family who left Germany after World War II and settled in Bolivia, this is a story of a family living under the burdens of history. Each chapter is told by a different character but focuses especially on Hans' daughters who come of age during the turbulent and revolutionary 60's and 70's in South America. A subtle, often sympathetic and evocative novel that manages to carry the breadth of a big novel but with a third of the pages. Hasbun is a rare talent.


Such Small Hands Cover Image
By Andres Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translator), Edmund White (Afterword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945492006
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Published: Transit Books - April 11th, 2017

A young child, Marina, is orphaned when her parents die in a car accident. She is put in an orphanage. From this simple premise an eerie and beautiful story emerges. Somehow capturing the almost ineffable strangeness of childhood, Barba weaves a story both illuminating and eerie. In the orphanage a strange ritual begins and Marina, an outcast, somehow casts a strange spell on the other girls. A spellbinding story about childhood, loss and belonging, Barba nails childhood perfectly and the translation by Lisa Dillman is extraordinary.


Belladonna Cover Image
By Dasa Drndic, Celia Hawkesworth (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811227216
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 31st, 2017

This book is ferocious. A novel about history that resonates with the here and now because we seem doomed to repeat it. Andreas Ban, a retired psychologist, begins rifling through his apartment and in the process reflects on the last century of Europe. The writing is at once dark and comic. An angry and beautiful book that rails against tyranny, fascism and humanity’s easy slide into forgetfulness.


Fever Dream Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399184598
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 10th, 2017

A terrifying and strange little novel that stays with you long after reading it. A woman lays in a hospital dying, a young boy at her side. The boy, David, walks her through the previous days in order for her to understand what happened. A book about environmental disasters, resurrection (I think) and fate. The creepiest little book I’ve read in years, it belongs in its own genre.


In the Distance Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894883
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 10th, 2017

An epic in the very best sense. This ‘anti-western’ tells the story of a young Swedish boy separated from his older brother during their passage to the United States. Alone in California amidst the gold rush, his life’s goal is simply to travel to New York and reunite with his brother, traveling east while the hordes move west. A meditation of solitude, morality and the lost American landscape. This book is for absolutely everyone.


The Magician of Vienna Cover Image
By Sergio Pitol, George Henson (Translator), Mario Bellatin (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941920480
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - April 25th, 2017

I can’t say enough about Sergio Pitol: philosopher, diplomat, author, world traveler and translator. The third book in his ‘Trilogy of Memory’ finds the author ruminating once more on the books and writers, the places and people that have inspired him. A book that makes the reader underline, research and become a better more thoughtful reader. It’s also an enthusiastic reminder why we read literature in the first place.


For Isabel: A Mandala Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780914671800
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Published: Archipelago Books - September 5th, 2017

Tadeus, a dead poet, makes circles through different times and places (mimicking a Buddhist mandala) attempting to find a lost love and classmate. The poet travels from Lisbon across Europe, his travels copying the events of Isabel’s life. Tadeus interviews people who knew Isabel at different points in her life. The book has a mercurial, dream-like quality that is stunning in its subtlety. Never heavy-handed, this quiet novel is as beautiful and profound as a landscape painting.


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The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780811226936
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - August 29th, 2017

Exit West Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

A Horse Walks Into a Bar Cover Image
By David Grossman, Jessica Cohen (Translator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9780451493972
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 21st, 2017

These Possible Lives Cover Image
By Fleur Jaeggy, Minna Proctor (Translator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9780811226875
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - July 25th, 2017

The Iliac Crest Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781558614352
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Published: Feminist Press - October 10th, 2017

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

Translation as Transhumance Cover Image
By Mireille Gansel, Ros Schwartz (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781558614444
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Published: Feminist Press - November 14th, 2017

Stephen Florida Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781566894647
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Published: Coffee House Press - June 6th, 2017

The World Goes on Cover Image
By Laszlo Krasznahorkai, George Szirtes (Translator), Ottilie Mulzet (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780811224192
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - November 28th, 2017

The Diaries of Emilio Renzi: Formative Years Cover Image
By Ricardo Piglia, Robert Croll (Translator), Ilan Stavans (Introduction by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781632061621
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Published: Restless Books - November 14th, 2017

Personalized Copies of Scott Kelly's books available!

Brazos Bookstore is offering personalized copies of ENDURANCE and MY JOURNEY TO THE STARS, by legendary former astronaut Scott Kelly!

ENDURANCE, Kelly's acclaimed new memoir, traces his record-setting year-long journey into space. And MY JOURNEY TO THE STARS, Kelly's brand new picture book memoir, is the perfect gift for children who dream of being astronauts.

 For personalized copies, please order below and list your personalization preference ("To _____") in the comments section. We can also handle all requests over the phone (713-523-0701) or in-store.

Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781524731595
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 17th, 2017

My Journey to the Stars Cover Image
By Scott Kelly, Andre Ceolin (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524763770
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2017

Brazos Best 2017

Yep, you got us: we love books here.

$129.33
SKU: x4545

Get all ten of the 2017 Brazos Best featured titles for 20% off. Tax is included in the $140 price.


Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?: Stories Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062484154
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Published: Ecco Press - December 6th, 2016

A Simple Story: The Last Malambo Cover Image
By Leila Guerriero, Frances Riddle (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811226004
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - February 7th, 2017

Read our interview with author Leila Guerriero here (and in Spanish here)!


The Drop Edge of Yonder Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781937512613
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - March 28th, 2017

Watch Mark's review of DROP EDGE OF YONDER here!


Such Small Hands Cover Image
By Andres Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translator), Edmund White (Afterword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945492006
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Transit Books - April 11th, 2017

Mark interviewed fantastic new publishers Transit Books for their very first book, SUCH SMALL HANDS. Read all about it here!


Notes of a Crocodile Cover Image
By Miaojin Qiu, Bonnie Huie (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781681370767
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Published: New York Review of Books - May 2nd, 2017

We were rife with teen angst in May after reading Qiu Miaojin's gorgeous NOTES OF A CROCODILE. Read our staff chat here.


The Little Buddhist Monk & the Proof Cover Image
By Cesar Aira, Nick Caistor (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811221122
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 30th, 2017

In June, Mark talked all about all things César Aira. Read more here.


Kingdom Cons Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276926
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Published: And Other Stories - June 13th, 2017

Read our staff chat about Yuri Herrera and KINGDOM CONS here!


Travesty Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811222167
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 19th, 2016

Tropic of Orange Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894869
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 12th, 2017

Return to the Dark Valley Cover Image
By Santiago Gamboa, Howard Curtis (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609454258
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Europa Editions - September 19th, 2017

Thu's Top Ten Favorites for You and Yours

If you can't tell, I read all kinds of books. Sometimes I become interested in a topic and I devour everything related that I can get my hands on.

This list consists of the first ten things that popped in my head. I don't consider myself literary, just someone who loves to read. If you tried, I guess you could see a recurring theme, but it's random!

Dumpling Dreams: How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge Cover Image
By Carrie Clickard, Katy Wu (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481467070
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - September 5th, 2017

It’s time for young Joyce to learn something new, and that something new is how-to make dumplings! She rolls, she kneads, she burns, ten, twenty, one-hundred, and eventually Joyce SUCCEEDS! Her hard work pays off and cook acknowledges what a great job she’s done. Her heart is filled with pride. As Joyce becomes older, her passion for cooking helps her overcome great obstacles and serves as a reminder of love and happiness in all places.

As an aunt to two rambunctious and curious boys, four and seven, I am always interested in what they’re reading. I love stories with humor, morals, cultural references, history, fun characters, and colorful illustrations. There is even a dumpling recipe at the end that parents and kids can do together. DUMPLING DREAMS is an all-you-can-eat buffet for everyone!


Moxie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726352
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 19th, 2017

Vivian Carter is fed up! She is fed up with sexism, misogyny, and indifference. It turns out she is not alone. What started out as an anonymous zine transforms into a feminist movement at her high school in her small Texas hometown.

MOXIE is as fun as it is a platform for dialogue among all ages about feminism, activism, and equality.

When I started it, #METOO became viral, and I thought this book could not have come at a better time. This book is essential for young people who want to have this conversation, but need a place to start.


We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590566
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Published: One World - October 3rd, 2017

The wait is over and National Book Award-winner Ta-Nehisi Coates is back for another. I don’t care if you heard that BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME was better. Get this book now! This collection of essays includes his famous Coates’ iconic essays including “Fear of a Black President,” “The Case for Reparations,” and “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration” as well as eight new essays which examine the Obama Administration. Ta-Nehisi Coates despises being the loudest voice and messenger for the black person’s struggle. I think that’s tough, but it’s reality. Get this book now because you need to know!


What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781616207823
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - November 7th, 2017

MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2017!!

Beloved native Houstonian and legendary journalist Dan Rather delivers more than six decades of wisdom in the form of essays defining patriotism. Rather’s experience is invaluable and honest. What does patriotism look like? What vehicles make American democracy possible? What can we do to cultivate diversity of thought and expression in our country? Everyone knows someone that would love this book! America NEEDS this book!


Eating Animals Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316069885
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 1st, 2010

Author Jonathan Safran Foer shares the beautiful moment of holding his child for the first time. In awe, he crosses paths with the realization of all the important decisions he must make which will set and influence his son’s life. “Should his son be raised a vegetarian,” is one on the list of endless subjects. Insert EATING ANIMALS. 

I read this book as a part of a reading binge for a time I was obsessed with all things “urban farming,” “off the grid,” and “locally sourced.” Initially, I thought it would be a case for vegetarianism, but it isn’t. Why are meals socially significant? Why do we feel comfortable eating some animals, but not others? Where does our food come from? What lengths have we gone to make food so accessible? How do we justify all of this, and should we have to? EATING ANIMALS offers something for people that love reading about nature, culture, and food. 


Ender's Game Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780765394866
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Books - October 17th, 2017

Isn’t this everyone’s favorite book? I read it as a kid, I read it again in January, and when Keaton asked me whether I had chosen books I read this year, I could have dreamt this, but he might have had a raised eyebrow, I read it again that night and thought, “YES!” It is so good!

Ender Wiggin is a lab rat, he’s got issues, and he commands a fleet in space against insect aliens set to destroy Earth. Did I mention he’s six? 

If you’re like me and you’ve already read ENDER’S GAME, but unlike me, you say you've read it one too many times... I’d scoff, re-buff, flash a toothy smile and recommend Austin-based author Ernest Clines’ READY PLAYER ONE or ARMADA.


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553447453
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Published: Broadway Books - February 28th, 2017

Matthew Desmond weaves a story about the cycle of eviction through a sample of eight perspectives in Milwaukee. If you’ve ever wondered how or why books earn Pulitzer Prizes, read this now! It’s a social and political commentary. It’s psychological. It is heartbreaking and infuriating. It is first-class journalism. EVICTED discards sympathy masked as empathy, and serves voice and dignity to the individuals in this book. 


Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312626686
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Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2011

Barbara Ehrenreich’s work has revived and paved the way for hardline investigative journalism like EVICTED and HILLBILLY ELEGY. NICKEL AND DIMED chronicles Ehrenreich’s three-month experience working a variety of minimum wage jobs like waiting tables, house cleaning, and Wal-Mart, and how this is a reality for many Americans. She examines the life of minimum wage Americans, discusses the consequences of a widening inequality gap, and frankly shows us all why we should give a –– I mean, show a little concern.


Paprika Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307389183
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - February 12th, 2013

Atsuko Chiba is a scientist that uses dream monitoring and intervention to treat mental illnesses. In the dream state, she is alter ego Paprika. When her colleagues begin to demonstrate strange behavior, she must navigate a labyrinth of dreams to solve this mystery before she’s stuck in the subconscious realm and everyone becomes catatonic.

PAPRIKA is suspenseful mental exercise. Perfect for you and perfect for anyone that loves mystery, sci-fi, and weird Murakami-esque human behaviors. That’s a fact and proven by book scientists/sellers named Thu!


What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307389831
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - August 11th, 2009

Imma let you finish, but Haruki Murakami is my favorite writer of all time! How does a person become an author of a billion mind-blowing fantastical books? Some might say, open a jazz club in Hawaii. I’ve heard running ultra-marathons helps too. After reading this memoir, I don’t believe anyone can stretch their imagination so far and commit it to print without living a meditative and colorful life like Haruki Murakami.


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2017 Kids Holiday Catalog

We are so very excited to introduce our Holiday Kids’ List! There’s something here for everyone, for all tastes and interests – from our youngest readers to teens and beyond – because we all know that a good book is a good book and that crosses all age lines! As we do all year long, our hope for our Holiday list is that we are bringing our customers a thoughtfully-curated collection of the best of what is new in children’s and young adult literature, both fiction and non-fiction.

Paulina's Basics of Lettering

Whether or not you attended our bullet journaling workshop with Paulina Papke on September 26, here is a wonderful guide she's made that will assist you in your hand-lettering and bullet journaling journey. Feel free to download the packet for personal use. 

You can find more examples of Paulina's work at paulinapapke.com or on social media @paulinapapke

A Chronicle of Images: Efrén Ordoñez Interviews Scott Esposito

A few days ago I visited New York City. On my first night there, I was lucky enough to attend the launch event for Scott Esposito’s new book of essays, The Doubles. He was to be in conversation with Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn.

The Doubles Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781937865917
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Civil Coping Mechanisms - September 18th, 2017

Buyer's Corner: Upcoming Fall Favorites!

September is here! And while that doesn't quite promise cooler temperatures for our very soggy city just yet, it does mean we have a literary plethora to look forward to over the next few months. So, for this edition of the Buyer's Corner, I've enlisted the help of my fellow Brazos booksellers to lay out some of the amazing releases we're excited to share with you this Fall. This is only the smallest of samples of what Houston readers have in store for them, but each of these carefully chosen titles are among our favorite reads remaining to come this year.

Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781555977917
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - November 14th, 2017

The best cultural history of the year. Poet, critic and historian, Young, has compiled a monumental work centering on the great American pastime of the hoax. Starting with the legendary humbug artist, PT Barnum, Young traces a red thread through the history of fakery in entertainment, science and culture directly to the heart of the greatest American hoax of all time--the concept of race. Impeccably researched and astounding in its depth, here is the historical precedent--from sideshows, to eugenics, to Rachel Dolezal--for the "post-facts" and "fake news" of today.


They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512651
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

These essays will break your heart and give you strength. Heavily rooted in music journalism, Abdurraqib's writing scratches beneath the surface of American pop culture and finds the hidden connections between subjects as seemingly disparate as a Bruce Springsteen concert and the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Through the music of our lives, we are made to confront racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and more. This is a special book that can do some real good in the world. I can't wait to put it into as many hands as I can.


Themystery.Doc Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780802124913
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - October 3rd, 2017

This is an ambitious, sprawling, excessive, even obsessive attempt to capture the true nature and spirit of our times. It is a highly experimental postmodern take on life in post-9/11 America and the internet age. There are images--personal photographs, screen captures and film stills--as well as myriad esoteric symbols, computer code, mock chat sessions, and recorded conversations, all strewn throughout no less than four different yet intertwining and/or layered storylines. It's the literary equivalent of a Terrence Malick film. A puzzle in novel form. A book that is not for everyone but that will be talked about for years to come.


Five-Carat Soul Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735216693
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - September 26th, 2017

The first collection of stories from two-time National Book Award winner and American treasure, James McBride. Here, he stretches his literary legs with a diverse set of tales that covers everything from the hunt for a Civil War artifact, to the exploits of a teenage soul band, to a group of strangers facing judgment in the afterlife. Every word McBride commits to paper is a joy to read, and his stunning run of quality work continues with this newest offering.


In the Distance Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894883
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - October 10th, 2017

A tremendous debut novel and an epic American story. A young immigrant from Sweden gets separated from his brother and winds up in San Francisco when his destination was New York. Over countless years, this foreigner travels across the continent having adventures with criminals, scientists, settlers, prospectors, and more. Without knowing English and sticking out due to his immense physical size, Hakan or "The Hawk" as he becomes known, is unable to fit in anywhere and lives a hermetic existence among the great varied expanses of the American wild. However, this does not keep him from becoming a frontier legend when news of his exploits reaches others. Just a flat out great book.


Swallowing Mercury Cover Image
By Wioletta Greg, Eliza Marciniak (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945492044
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Transit Books - September 12th, 2017

Told in brief, episodic chapters, this subtle yet stunning work of autobiographical fiction perfectly distills the universal wonder of childhood while also capturing the particular experience of growing up under Communist rule during the 80s. Wiola is a precocious young girl trying to find her place in rural Poland and often finds herself in trouble--with her family, her teachers, even the Communist Party. Through it all she remains indomitable, learning about love, loss, sexuality, death, and the myriad forms of ugliness that run rampant in the world. A vital contribution to the literature of childhood.


MARK


Belladonna Cover Image
By Dasa Drndic, Celia Hawkesworth (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811227216
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 31st, 2017

This ferocious novel by Croatian author Drndić is an unforgettable blend of fact and fiction, history and the present. The writing is superb and deals with themes of history, illness, academia and all without flinching. A modern masterpiece.


The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780811226936
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - August 29th, 2017

An existential classic, this edition finally brings together all the work of Pessoa's semi-heteronym Bernardo Soares together. A stunning and profound book to be flipped through or read cover to cover. Pessoa was Portugal's answer to Franz Kafka. Additionally, the book is simply a gorgeous object.


JOY


Moxie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726352
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 19th, 2017

Talk about timing the zeitgeist! Houston author Jennifer Mathieu's newest YA novel, MOXIE is the story of Vivian Carter, who--tired of the rampant sexism in her high school, takes a page from her mother's Riot Grrrl, 90s, zine-making past, and starts a feminist revolution in her small Texas town! This one has already been optioned for film by none other than Amy Poehler and has been generating tons of well-deserved buzz!


ÜLRIKA


The Strange World of Willie Seabrook Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781943679058
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Spurl Editions - October 25th, 2017

First published in in 1966, this memoir is now being republished by Spurl Editions. Strange World follows two writers in their turbulent relationship and marriage. Seabrook, a renowned writer of the occult, and Worthington, a novelist and short story writer, find themselves caught in Seabrook’s sadist world and his alcoholic, destructive downward spiral. This intense memoir is also a self-reflecting piece on Worthington's life while married to Seabrook.


BEN


Smile Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780735224445
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking - October 17th, 2017

The great Irish novelist Roddy Doyle's new work, SMILE, contains his trademark wit and dialogue. But here, Doyle, as ever, also cuts deep, telling the story of a man reexamining his life after a breakup and a mysterious encounter in a pub that sends him spiraling into past traumas best left forgotten. The ending contains a whopper of a twist too – no mere "gotchya" moment, but something that adds new resonance to the novel, one of the year's best. Don't miss Doyle in Houston on October 26.


KEVIN


The Poems of Dylan Thomas Cover Image
By Dylan Thomas, John Goodby (Editor)
$39.95
ISBN: 9780811221146
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 31st, 2017

New Directions is putting out what's sure to be a beautiful addition to any library. I'm very excited to own a hardbound collection of these wonderful verses from one of the 20th century's greatest poets.


American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101902783
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 17th, 2017

This is spectacular nature writing. Written almost like a novel, Blakeslee's story of wolves in Yellowstone National Park presents a fascinating look into the history of these magnificent creatures.


Christopher Kimball's Milk Street: The New Home Cooking Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780316437288
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Published: Little Brown and Company - September 12th, 2017

Fantastic new cookbook by the great Chris Kimball (former Cook's Illustrated editor). This book is jam-packed with sensible and high-quality recipes, as well as expert tips on how to cook like a pro. The kind of book that may just forever change the way you think about home cooking.


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By Sabahattin Ali, Ureen Freely (Translator), Alexander Dawe (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590518809
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Published: Other Press (NY) - November 7th, 2017

Translated into English for the first time, Other Press brings to us this 1930's Turkish author's beautiful little masterpiece of interwar relations. An office worker finds the handwritten memoir of his dying coworker; in it, his coworker's memoir of a love affair in Berlin. Compared to THE GREAT GATSBY, its incredible portrayal of smart, disaffected youth and they ways in which they grow up adds so much to our selection of translated literature from Turkey.


Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

Look forward to this spectacular collection of short stories from Carmen Maria Machado, out in October through Graywolf. Machado dual-wields the speculative and the erotic with ease. Many of these stories are (post-)apocalyptic; when they are, they have a strong focus on moments of bodily disintegration, disease, and epidemic. Machado is a force to be reckoned with. 


Gift Spotlight: Get School Year-Ready with Sara and Ülrika!

Sara: Today we’re going to be talking about a variety of things, all pertaining to getting yourself organized for back to school, and for the fall. We’ve got several events coming up, we’ve got some new items in the store, and we are ready!

First up, I want to talk about the new things we have in the store that I’m really excited about. We’ve been doing a lot of reorganization, and one of the most beautiful displays is a new pen bar that’s gone up along the wall you see when you first walk into the store. Ülrika, tell us more!

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