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The Insides Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781612195469
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Published: Melville House Publishing - June 14th, 2016

This noir novel features some of the best drawn characters I've read in years. A Norwegian woman and a violent man called Pig pursue the owner of a very special knife. When that knife falls into the hands of a tough butcher and her pastry chef friend, things get weird. And by weird, I mean magical. And by magical, I mean warlocks and sorcery. But, you have to go with me on this, because the journey is fun and cool as hell. THE INSIDES is beautifully written, unexpected, and funny; smart escapism for the steamy summer months.


Boy, Snow, Bird Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594633409
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2015

The question "Who's the fairest of them all?" takes on new and unexpected meanings in this exceptional novel. Author Helen Oyeyemi uses the plot points of the Snow White fairy as tent posts to frame her story about desire, love, and race, set in 1950s Vermont. Intriguing and unexpected, BOY, SNOW, BIRD is a smart summer read.


Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt Cover Image
By Kristin Hersh, Amanda Petrusich (Foreword by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780292759473
Availability: Backordered
Published: University of Texas Press - October 1st, 2015

When Vic Chesnutt's suicide finally took in 2009, no one was really surprised. Brilliant stars burn bright, then out. But the shock of absence leaves a mark. His friend and tour mate Kristin Hersh (of Throwing Muses) remembers her friend in the devastating memoir, DON'T SUCK, DON'T DIE. She looks back to their time on the road, searching for metaphors that might explain the sweetness and sorrows of a joyous journey with an unhappy end--the poetry of truly knowing someone, but never truly understanding. DON'T SUCK, DON'T DIE wanders into the beautiful darkness to find the ugly light. Spare, honest, and unflinching, this slim book will leave a lasting impact.


The Story of My Teeth Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894098
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - September 15th, 2015

The story of THE STORY OF MY TEETH fascinates me: an emerging writer collaborates anonymously with a group of juice factory workers to write a story about art, identity, and who can own either. Wonderful and strange, THE STORY OF MY TEETH transgresses against straightforward storytelling by witnessing and remixing to make something so fresh and new that it defies easy description. Just know that it dazzles on every page. I love this book.


Go Set a Watchman Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062409850
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Published: Harper - July 14th, 2015

The wait is finally over for Harper Lee's sophomore effort. Of course, the story actually suggests that Go Set a Watchman was the manuscript that became To Kill a Mockingbird. Watchman is neither a prequel or sequel to Mockingbird. Both novels struggle to negotiate and understand the legacy of racism in the Deep South, although they do so in very different ways. In Mockingbird, Atticus is a noble saint, standing against the social tide. In Watchman, he's a bitter racist who resents the Civil Rights movement and the changing landscape in which he lives. But they are not the same character. They are parallel stories that seem to touch from time to time, but those touches are illusory.

It's worth it to read Go Set a Watchman to examine how a novel can develop over time. Creative writing students and those interested in the writing process will be fascinated. Fans of To Kill a Mockingbird eager to see how the characters they love end up will likely be disappointed. Best to read these as stories from parallel universes where the familiar is ever so slightly strange.


Up in Here: Jailing Kids on Chicago's Other Side Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781609382704
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Iowa Press - September 1st, 2014

Young Mark Dostert was an idealist. On a church mission trip, he visited with inmates at a Chicago juvenile detention facility and felt as if he made a positive impact. After college, he returned to the prison as a guard hoping to help again. This experience was far more complicated. Smart and passionate, Dostert approaches this complicated story with humility and discovers the limitations and possibilities of his ideals.


Faces in the Crowd Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781566893541
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Published: Coffee House Press - May 13th, 2014

Valeria Luiselli's extraordinary debut signals the arrival of a major talent. The novel's fragmented, poetic narrative engages and slowly reveals its secrets. Is this a story about a woman discovering a forgotten Latin-American poet of the Harlem Renaissance? Is the woman imagined by the poet? Are they both ghosts in search of some way back to the real? Written in Spanish and exquisitely translated by Christina MacSweeney, FACES IN THE CROWD is a fresh and essential voice for the new Latin-American canon.


The Other Typist Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425268421
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Published: Berkley Publishing Group - April 1st, 2014

Our prudish, old-fashioned narrator, a typist in a prohibition-era New York police station, becomes obsessed by the beautiful and mysterious 'other' typist, Odalie. She thrills as her life becomes a fantasy of speakeasies, bathtub gin and bootleggers. But the excitement comes at a price, and our narrator may not be telling the whole story. Now in paperback, this fast-paced and cleverly plotted novel is a perfect summer read.


By Blood Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250023964
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador USA - December 24th, 2012

Our narrator is a creep who has done something...bad. He takes an office in a divey part of 1970s San Francisco and begins to listen obsessively to a therapy patient through the wall. Her mysterious past intrigues him and he begins to insinuate himself into her search for who she is.

This unexpected page-turner has been a sleeper hit for Brazos Bookstore readers.


Canada Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061692031
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Published: Ecco Press - January 22nd, 2013

One of the most breathtaking novels I have ever read. CANADA remains as present in my mind as the day I read it. I think this is Ford's best book. While the first line declares the direction of this tale, Ford moves deliberately revealing deep truths about his characters and their desperate circumstances.


Lucian Freud Portraits Cover Image
By Sarah Howgate, Michael Auping (Contribution by), John Richardson (Contribution by)
$75.00
ISBN: 9780300182552
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Published: Yale University Press - April 17th, 2012

Lucian Freud was one of the most remarkable portraitist to ever live. His work amazes me. This beautiful catalog has wonderful details and an exceptional essay on the life and work of the painter.


Alif the Unseen Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802120205
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Grove Press - June 19th, 2012

A contemporary computer hacker's 1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS, this thrilling tale, replete with genies, is a fast, fun ride through an imagined city experiencing its own Arab Spring. Fast and fun, ALIF should not be missed.


The Starboard Sea Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780312642808
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Press - February 28th, 2012

A great customer suggested that THE STARBOARD SEA might replace A SEPARATE PEACE by John Knowles as the next great coming-of-age novel. I don't think she's wrong. The sailing scenes throughout are especially well-drawn. This is a strong start from an emerging author, who joined the Rice English department in the Fall of 2013.


Let the People in: The Life and Times of Ann Richards Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780292719644
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: University of Texas Press - October 3rd, 2012

I knew Ann Richards (a little) when I lived in Austin. She was exactly what you would expect: sharp, smart, with a razor wit. When she passed away in 2006 she left a gap that would be hard to fill. Jan Reid was a close friend to Ann and his writing demonstrates their relationship. But Reid also pulls no punches when discussing her faults and failings. This is an exceptional biography of a major Texas woman.


A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594203435
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Penguin Press - September 4th, 2012

Errol Morris takes on one of the most controversial murder trials of all time, exposing a horrible miscarriage of justice that has yet-to-be resolved. The filmmaker, turned author, approaches his subject with rigor and clarity and makes a vigorous case against the prosecution.


Beautiful Ruins Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780061928123
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Published: Harper - June 12th, 2012

Brimming with wit and invention, Jess Walters' second novel is an unexpected delight. The story is simple enough: mad, unresolved love affair across the years. But he shifts forwards and backwards in time. He changes style and voice. He is incredibly funny. It all works like a dream.


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Tuneful Reads for the Music Lover

When I reviewed Richard Powers’ brilliant new novel ORFEO--the story of an avant-garde composer who finds himself wanted by Homeland Security--I started thinking about other great novels involving musicians and music. As it turns out, there’s a plethora of stellar music-related fiction out there. read more >>

The Lunar New Year Gallops In

We recommend books for the Year of the Horse

In 2014, we’re celebrating the year of the horse! In American literature, the grace, intelligence and power of the horse is perhaps best celebrated in the Western. Fortunately, at Brazos, we’ve got a great selection of literary westerns... read more >>

Our Ten Favorite Books of 2013

In a completely unscientific way, we've chosen ten favorites to top our store 'Best of 2013' list. How many did you read? read more >>


 

 

Keaton recommends...

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781937512651
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

MY FAVORITE ESSAY COLLECTION OF 2017! Covering topics as varied as Fall Out Boy, racism and police violence, depression, underground hiphop, and beyond, this book is simply brilliant. These ruminations are full of heart, humble, expertly written, and totally engaged with the cultural and political milieu of today. A book to break your heart and give you strength. Of-the-moment, fun, and deep.


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.


Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash Cover Image
By Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811225649
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - August 1st, 2017

Indonesian author Kurniawan switches gears after the epic realism of his acclaimed BEAUTY IS A WOUND with the best action-packed crime comedy about murder for hire and male impotence you'll read this year! A traumatized hitman and his near-invincible gangster girlfriend are just trying to live and love on the mean streets, but can they escape the pull of the underworld? This book is a blast and a half!


The Seventh Function of Language Cover Image
By Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor (Translator)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374261566
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 1st, 2017

An irreverent, satirical skewing of the 20th century French intelligensia couched as a meta-fictional murder mystery! Barthes, Foucault, Lacan, Deleuze, Kristeva, and more all make appearances as a befuddled police investigator and his conscripted post-grad interpreter of all the convoluted critical theory you never understood in college try to unravel the enigma of the Logos Club. And the fate of French culture might just hang in the balance! A whip-smart comedy perfect for Pynchon and Heller fans.


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

The final installment in Herrera's astonishing narco borderland trilogy to be translated into English by the incomparable Lisa Dillman is an allegorical crime novel that treats a drug kingpin's territory like the realm of some fairytale. A timeless story of love trying to survive in a lawless land from one of Mexico's finest novelists.

KINGDOM CONS is our #BrazosBest for July 2017. Read our staff chat about it here.


Kintu Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945492013
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Transit Books - May 16th, 2017

The cursed lineage of Uganda's mythological first man parallels the African nation's history in this epic debut novel from the nascent Transit Books press. Spanning centuries and centering on the collision of tradition and modernity, KINTU is destined to become a contemporary classic of world literature. Stellar!


Imagine Wanting Only This Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781101870839
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon Books - April 18th, 2017

Weaving together the early death of her beloved uncle, a fascination with urban decay, and an existential bildungsroman narrative, the managing editor at Sarabande Books delves into ideas of impermanence and our emotional connections to people and places that will all eventually be severed. With mesmerizing images and a perfectly relatable storyline that is nevertheless idiosyncratic and complex enough to stand out among other graphic novels and/or memoirs, Radtke turns out a bravura performance. A terrific work.


American War Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780451493583
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 4th, 2017

"This isn't a story about war. It's about ruin." A searing debut novel charting the future history of a US torn apart by a second civil war. With the effects of climate change and economic turmoil ravaging America in the late 21st century, the outlawing of fossil fuels leads to another all-out war between the states. Over the course of years, the bitter fighting takes its toll, and a mixture of desperation, pride, and cruel atrocities on both sides leads one young woman on a path of extremism that will forever change the course of the nation's history. Featuring well-drawn and complex characters and a storyline that is both psychologically intense and action-packed, AMERICAN WAR is engrossing and frighteningly plausible. It will be without a doubt one of the most talked about books of the year.


White Tears Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780451493699
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 14th, 2017

Two white hipsters try to pass off a recording as an authentic, ultra-rare blues 78 leading them on a dark descent into America's history of racism and cultural appropriation. An unsettling foray into psychological horror by the critically acclaimed author of GODS WITHOUT MEN, WHITE TEARS is an unputdownable ghost story that is also a scathing and timely indictment of our society's very real terrors.


Animals Strike Curious Poses Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781941411391
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sarabande Books - February 28th, 2017

From wooly mammoths to headless chickens, Pasarello's second collection of essays chronciles some of the most famous, revealing and odd animal/human interractions in history. She muses over our broken connection with the natural world, exposes our exploitation and cruelty towards animal life, and marvels at the latent wonders of spiders and horses alike. But it is Pasarello's inimitable voice, always inventive and playful, that is the real attraction here. Who else would explore the history of natural science from the perspective of a lovelorn tortoise? Hilarious and quirky without being fluff, critical and unflinching without being didactic, there is no one writing nonfiction like Elena Pasarello.


300 Arguments: Essays Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781555977641
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - February 7th, 2017

Sarah Manguso is a master of the minimalist form. She can do more with a sentence than many authors can do with an entire book. In this collection of brief ruminations, she covers everything from sex and mortality, to ambition, mental illness, writing, desire, and motherhood. These "arguments" are aphoristic gems, in which a seemingly random thought is hardened into a bold, cutting, crystalline truth. There is no exposition. Manguso lets these minute statements stand on their own, and the reader is left with nowhere to hide from direct engagement with a most remarkable literary mind.


Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity Cover Image
By Carlo Rovelli, Simon Carnell (Translator), Erica Segre (Translator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735213920
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - January 24th, 2017

Were you one of the hundred-plus Brazos customers who bought SEVEN BRIEF LESSONS ON PHYSICS in 2016? Has your perception of the natural world been changed as much as mine? Do you want to know more? Actually published first in Italy, Carlo Rovelli's REALITY IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS expands on all the astounding, groundbreaking theories and discoveries he touched on in SEVEN BRIEF LESSONS. Including a history of physics from ancient times to the cutting edge of now, REALITY... is a poetic ode to science and the seekers who've sought against all odds to increase our understanding of the universe and our place in it.


Human Acts Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781101906729
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Published: Hogarth Press - January 17th, 2017

Man Booker International-winning author of THE VEGETARIAN, Han Kang, returns with another unnerving tale. While HUMAN ACTS is no less nightmarish than her English-language debut, this time Kang turns her profound literary skills outward, toward a shocking account of a national tragedy little known outside her native Korea--the 1980 Gwangju "uprising," which saw military police massacre hundreds of unionized workers and students organizing for democractic rights. Narrated by protestors, tortured prisoners, their family members, even ghosts and Kang herself, HUMAN ACTS is an unforgettable, polyvocal whirlwind reading experience that explores the nature of oppression and resistance, and the psychological toll of immense violence.   


The Outsiders Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780425288290
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2016

When you grow up rough like I did, when violence and scrapes with the law are common occurrences, this book means only one thing--hope. The bestselling young reader novel of all-time gets the deluxe hardcover treatment for its 50th anniversary. And it is beautiful. THE OUTSIDERS is the quintessential story of troubled youth. For every kid who has ever been picked on, pushed aside (or down) by the authority figures who are supposed to protect you, or if you just never fit in with the suburban norm, this is your book. It is a flare into the night sky for lost boys. A glorious ode to the misfits among us, the importance of staying true to yourself, and a love letter to the friends who become our chosen families. Few books have ever meant as much to me as THE OUTSIDERS, and, if you ever need it, I hope it can help you as much as it has helped me. Stay gold.


The Gloaming Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512477
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Two Dollar Radio - September 20th, 2016

Melanie Finn's THE GLOAMING is a haunting, relentless exploration of guilt and obsession disguised as a taut psychological thriller. Finding herself ostracized, threatened and slowly losing her grip on reality after a horrible accident, Pilgrim Jones inexplicably flees to Tanzania, where she embarks on a morbid journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she encounters myriad odd and memorable characters, including disillusioned doctors, Ukranian mercenaries, mild-mannered shamans, and vengeful Good Samaritans. Like a combination of PLAY IT AS IT LAYS and HEART OF DARKNESS, THE GLOAMING takes the reader into the most desolate regions of human nature and the darkest realms of the psyche. It is a tale of fear, shame, hope, and perhaps the lingering possibility for redemption.


The Hero's Body: A Memoir Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780871406668
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - August 9th, 2016

The most literary book on bodybuilding and superbike racing you will ever read! Giraldi steps away from fiction to craft this contemplative coming-of-age memoir that is also an elegy for his lost father and an incisive critique of masculinity. A heartfelt take on family, loss and what it means to be a man.


The Underground Railroad Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385542364
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Published: Doubleday Books - August 2nd, 2016

A tremendously imaginative historical novel from one of America's best young authors. THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD is an escaped slave narrative that doubles as a true American epic, the continuing origin story of Africans in America. The major conceit, though, that sets this work apart--a surprisingly obvious twist that allows this novel to transcend and become something else entirely--is that the titular network of slave emancipation, is a literal railroad. Sounds simple, but it is in fact a profound literary device. And, interestingly, as a literal railroad, Whitehead is able to use the UGRR as a much more powerful metaphor for the black American odyssey. The story centers around Cora, a resourceful and determined runaway slave and all the people, both righteous and wicked, whom she encounters on her misadventures toward the North. Despite the fantastical UGRR, the rest of Whitehead's portrayal of Southern slavery is unvarnished, graphically violent that works as a critique of contemporary race relations as well as an indictment of the duplicitous "American imperative" that has allowed for slavery, brutality and genocide in the name of freedom, progress and purity throughout our country's history. This is a perfectly paced, cut-gem of a novel. Nothing is out of place. There are echoes of everything from GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, to INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL, to THE LOTTERY, and more that only serve to heighten the near-mythic quality of this work of fiction. It's astounding how good this book is. I can't say enough about it. So far, the best novel of 2016 that I've read.


How to Set a Fire and Why Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781101870570
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Published: Pantheon Books - July 5th, 2016

A teenaged genius misanthrope searches for her place in the world and finds it in destruction. Lucia Stanton is a Huck Finn or Holden Caulfield kind of character--wise beyond her years, acerbic, funny, always getting into trouble. When a family tragedy makes her an orphan, she finds acceptance in her high school's secret Arson Club. But what will happen when she finds a worthy target for her wrath? And how will she choose it? In propulsive, stylized prose, Jesse Ball depicts adolescent alienation as a form of bold social criticism and raises complex moral questions in the process. I could see this novel becoming a cult classic--being passed among precocious high schoolers reading beyond their years and fed up with ineffectual system around them--for a long time to come. A great read full of anger, smarts, heart, and yes...fire.


Homegoing Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101947135
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 7th, 2016

This debut novel from an amazingly talented young author out of Ghana, follows two branches of an African/African-American family spanning seven generations and almost 300 years. Told in direct, unflinching prose, Homegoing is a marvel of historical fiction, a breathtakingly ambitious saga, and a socially important novel. Each character is wholly and vibrantly alive. Gyasi conveys inhumanity, suffering, sorrow, love, resilience, and triumph with equal force. Her nuanced look at the history of the slave trade and its legacy on both sides of the Atlantic is absolutely stunning. This is one of the more impressive debuts I've ever read.


Albina and the Dog-Men Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781632060549
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Published: Restless Books - May 10th, 2016

From the Chilean mad genius whose creativity knows no bounds--film, art, literature, music, comics--comes a fantastical, philosophical and utterly strange new novel. An albino giantess and her surly protector embark on a search for home that includes endlessly fornicating werewolves, a friendly dwarf, transformations of the body and soul, the return of the Incan Empire, and even the meaning of life. By turns obscene, profane, hilarious, incredibly violent, reverent, and profound, ALBINA is mind-bending and tons of fun! Surreal isn't quite the right world, and it's less magical realism than a depiction of realistic magic. Take the trip!


Kill 'em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812993509
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Spiegel & Grau - April 5th, 2016

Contemporary Renaissance man and two-time National Book Award winner James McBride gives us another astonishing work--this time, a searching, heartfelt and honest biography of the great James Brown. KILL 'EM AND LEAVE is an immersive work of nonfiction, equal parts personal memoir of a fan, cultural critique of race in America, and a reassessment/reclamation of the Godfather of Soul as both a man and an artist. McBride performs a literary autopsy on Brown's legacy, cutting through the myth and legend surrounding JB in order to find the real man, flaws and all. It is easily the most enlightening study of an enigmatic and profoundly influential American icon.


Blackass Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977337
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 1st, 2016

BLACKASS is a satirical re-imagining of Kafka’s THE METAMORPHOSIS set in the chaotic crush of contemporary Lagos, Nigeria. A young, unemployed man wakes one day to find himself inexplicably turned white. Now, suddenly an outsider in a city of 13 million people, he is forced to forge a new life for himself. A deft exploration of the effects of postcolonialism and the psychological perception of whiteness, this debut novel is as insightful as it is outlandish.


A Collapse of Horses Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894135
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Published: Coffee House Press - February 9th, 2016

A top-notch collection of psychological horror in the vein of Poe, Shirley Jackson, and THE TWILIGHT ZONE! A "writer's writer" finally getting his due, Evenson excels in exploiting the innate suspense of the unknown in this set of mind-blowing and unnerving short stories. It'll make you want to sleep with the lights on. Great stuff!


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

A terrifying vision of madness and obsession from a South Korean author poised to make huge waves in English translation. After a disturbing nightmare, Yeong-hye swears off eating meat and sets off a chain reaction that spirals outward from her and draws into question the very notions of identity and relationships. Exuding creeping psychological dread and a dark eroticism, THE VEGETARIAN will get under your skin and stay there.


The Gun Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781616955908
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Soho Crime - January 5th, 2016

Enter the dark, twisted world of one of Japan's most renowned young authors, his prize-winning debut translated into English for the first time. When a disillusioned student stumbles upon a dead body one rainy night, he cannot resist taking the gun it its hand. Thus begins a descent into obsession and an irresistable desire to see what happens when it's fired. A disturbingly timely literary noir.


Tram 83 Cover Image
By Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Roland Glasser (Translator), Alain Mabanckou (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920046
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - September 8th, 2015

An indescribably maniacal tale from a blistering new talent out of the Republic of the Congo. Like a postcolonial TROPIC OF CANCER or a free jazz riff on NAKED LUNCH, Fiston Mwanza Mujila portrays a wasteland society drowning in its own greed and perversity. And at the heart of it all: the monolithic nightclub, TRAM 83. Filled with poetry, debauchery, corruption, and lamentations for love sacrificed on the altar of lust, this is an intense, acrobatic feat of prose unlike anything to come before it in either African, French or indeed all of literature. Simply tremendous.


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

In this multifaceted memoir, long-time writer for THE NEW YORKER William Finnegan muses over his life’s obsession: surfing. But this is no trite “dude-brah” recollection of lazy days spent getting high and chasing girls (although both of those things do happen over the course of the nearly five decades recounted here). Instead, through Finnegan’s observant eye and inquisitive soul, we are privy to an epic quest that is equal parts globetrotting anthropological study, rapturous communion with nature, coming-of-age tale, and ode to the motley cast of fellow searchers who’ve shared Finnegan’s obsession throughout the years. Filled with some of the most gorgeous descriptions of natural beauty I’ve ever read and insightful ruminations on what it means to truly live the life you love, BARBARIAN DAYS is a trip you definitely want to take!


Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?: Stories Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062484154
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco Press - December 6th, 2016

Kathleen Collins was a genius who died way before her time. An author, playwright, filmmaker, educator, activist –– she did it all. This, her only extant collection of fiction, is a testament to the power of her creativity and intellect. These stories – formally inventive – take to task the troubled domain of race, gender, and class in 20th century America, ultimately producing works of art that absolutely shimmer with beauty emotion. We are all worse off for the loss of her. 


Jerusalem Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781631491344
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 13th, 2016

This behemoth of a book is the debut novel from the greatest living graphic novelist— Alan Moore, of WATCHMEN and V FOR VENDETTA fame. An unwieldly, sprawling opus that seeks to encompass literally everything in a world adjacent to yet not quite our own, JERUSALEM is undoubtedly the most ambitious and imaginative book to come out this year. However, this is not a fantasy novel. It is more a dark mirror of our times overlayed onto the small English town in which Moore has lived his entire life. For any reader unintimidated by its literary (and literal) heft, JERUSALEM  promises nothing less than an epic feat of world-building and a philosophical feast in which to completely lose yourself.


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Cabinet 34: Testing Cover Image
By Sina Najafi (Editor), Mark Dery (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Brian Dillon (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$12.00
ISBN: 9781932698329
Availability: Backordered
Published: Cabinet - September 30th, 2009

Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780307720658
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 14th, 2014

When Suki Kim seizes the opportunity to travel to North Korea with a group of evangelical Christian missionaries (despite not being one herself), she has no idea how hard her next six months will be. Kim works teaching English to the sons of North Korea’s elite, and instantly becomes one of the country’s most-monitored and carefully-minded foreign visitors. Though Kim grows close to her students, it’s impossible to escape the government’s guard on her daily life. Everything she teaches must be approved; she has to constantly watch what she says, while her emails are monitored; even her students lie constantly for no reason, about something as small as a classmate’s absence. Kim’s memoir is a deeply interesting look at life under the watchful eye of the North Korean regime.


I Am an Executioner: Love Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307743411
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - January 22nd, 2013

In these wildly inventive, thoughtful love stories, Parameswaran explores the relationship between love and power. Offering up unusual perspectives, these stories delight and shine in their juxtaposition of emotions. Funny, unforgettable, and unlike anything I've read before, I AM AN EXECUTIONER is a great short story collection to share with someone you love.


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Americanah Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455925
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor Books - March 4th, 2014

When asked what Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s latest novel, AMERICANAH, is about, it’s difficult to give a succinct answer.  What really drew me to this beautifully told tale were the themes woven through the narrative --  race, coming of age, immigration, and romance.  I think almost anyone would be able to find something that speaks to them in this story.  Despite clocking in at almost 500 pages, this book is a page turner that’s easy to breeze through.  This is a great book to take on a long plane flight to your summer destination or to spend lazy days by the pool reading.


The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780547519272
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Houghton Mifflin - January 14th, 2014

David MacLean comes to in India. He doesn’t know who he is. He doesn’t know where he is or how he got there. This is the launching point of MacLean’s harrowing memoir, THE ANSWER TO THE RIDDLE IS ME. Told in sparse, beautiful prose, MacLean recounts how he reclaimed his life after having his memory decimated by Larium, an antimalarial, and the inextricable link between identity and memory. MacLean’s story is terrifying and something that will stick with you for months.


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The Goldfinch Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316055437
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - October 22nd, 2013

As a huge fan of Donna Tartt’s THE SECRET HISTORY, I couldn’t wait to pick up her latest novel, THE GOLDFINCH. And I wasn’t disappointed. In the first pages of this brilliant coming-of-age novel, Theo Decker’s mother dies in a terrorist attack on the Met. In the aftermath of the explosion, Theo steals a rare painting of a goldfinch by a little-known 17th century Dutch painter, an act that sets him on an inexorable course toward an adult life of art crime. I was completely transported into the life Theo manages to scrape together after the center of his world disappears. Tartt’s vivid imagery, quirky characters, and surprising plot twists reminded me of of the work of Dickens. Despite the fact that this novel boasts almost 800 pages, I zipped through it in just four days.


The Outcasts Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316206129
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - September 24th, 2013

Set in the 19th century in the wild and unruly terrain surrounding modern-day Houston, this historical novel follows the lives of a rebellious prostitute-turned-teacher and a morally-upright policeman as they unite in their quest to bring an elusive and dangerous murderer named McGill to justice. This engaging adventure story is full of unexpected twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Kent’s evocation of 19th century South Texas alone is worth the price of admission.


Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked Tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780802119049
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - July 2nd, 2013

Set during the Gilded Age, TOPSY is an historical exploration of the collision of two seemingly disparate cultural phenomena: the advent of electricity and the abuse of circus elephants. Daly illuminates the sordid history of the circus as well as the tense competition between Edison and Westinghouse over electrical power and shows how both culminated in the famous electrocution of Topsy the elephant. An engrossing, revelatory story about a little-known chapter in American history.


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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780770436407
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth - May 7th, 2013

Interested in reading a fictionalized perspective of Chechnya after recent events in Boston? In Anthony Marra's debut novel, A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA, 8-year-old Havaa's father is abducted by Russian soldiers and her house is burned to the ground. A neighbor rescues her and delivers her to the only remaining doctor in town for safekeeping. Told over a five-day span, this richly imagined, interwoven novel is a page-turner and definitely one of the best books I've read this year!


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The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765335494
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Teen - October 14th, 2014

Demand that I hand you a book that offers action, humor, charm, wit, great writing, an authentic historical setting, and magic of the faerie sort and you will receive THE ACCIDENTAL HIGHWAYMAN by Ben Tripp. When servant is mistaken for his master, who just happens to a be a notorious bandit, he discovers that he must honor a promise made to a faerie princess while evading the pursuit of a dangerous lawman, and saving the world, of course. This stylish adventure will delight all ages!


Dorothy Must Die Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062280671
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperTorch - April 1st, 2014

When Amy Gumm is swept away from her tiny Kansas town to Oz, she's
thrilled to escape the drudgery of life at home. But the Oz she lands in
differs significantly from the movies and the books. As Amy makes her
way down the famous yellow brick road, she learns that the heroes of the
book have become twisted versions of themselves: the Scarecrow performs
terrible operations, sewing magical creatures together; the Tin Man now
runs the Emerald City's secret service, terrorizing all who come across
his path; and the Cowardly Lion is now a vicious animal feeding on the
fears of his prey. And why have they changed? To serve the great and
terrible Dorothy, who is using the ruby slippers to steal all the magic
in Oz. To save them all, Amy must join the forces of wickedness and
Dorothy must die.

Fast-paced, clever, and addictive, the first book in this new series will excite young and old readers.


We Need a Horse Cover Image
By Sheila Heti, Clare Rojas (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781936365401
Availability: Backordered
Published: McSweeney's - July 12th, 2011

The best books for kids teach them about life and death. Think about CHARLOTTE'S WEB, THE GIVING TREE, and OLD YELLER. These books inspire intense emotions and help young readers answer questions they have about the world.

Sheila Heti's magnificent book for children, WE NEED A HORSE, addresses the metaphysics of life, death and all the meaning made in between. A horse asks the questions we all have: Who am I? Why am I here? What is this for? And then accepts the answers with grace.

I love this book. It is perfect for children and adults looking for answers.


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BOOK GROUPS
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BULK ORDERS AND GROUP SALES
Brazos is happy to place bulk orders for your business or organization! We offer considerable discounts on bulk orders paid in advance. Email groupsales@brazosbookstore.com or come into the shop for an estimate and more information. Please note that bulk orders placed with our publishers can take up to three weeks to arrive.

NEED A BOOKSELLER FOR YOUR EVENT OR PROGRAM?
We can attend your event and sell books for presenting authors and other programs. Contact jeremy@brazosbookstore.com with the date, book(s) required, event location and other details. This service is free but dates must be booked at least thirty days in advance.

 

Meet Mary, Publicity/Marketing Manager

As Brazos’s publicity and marketing manager, I’m always looking for creative ways to ensure that Brazos remains an integral part of the Houston arts community, be it through book signings, partnerships, school book fairs, or special events. It has become my passion to make Brazos a place that can cater to and support the needs and talents of this vibrant, diverse metropolis.

My reading habits are frenetic and unaccountable, like the best of puppies, but if pressed I'll say that I gravitate towards memoir, essays, and either literary or humorous fiction. I also often binge on young adult and children’s literature for a change of pace. This year, along with my co-worker and dear friend Mark Haber, I am focusing on reading and reviewing literature in translation.

You can follow me @schmary on Twitter.


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Meet Keaton, Book Buyer

Let me tell you the story of how I fell in love with books…

One of my earliest memories is staring up at my parents’ floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and wondering how long it would take me to read everything they held. It was a mountain made of paper to my young eyes and mind. When my mom wasn’t looking, I’d expressly disobey her, scaling the couch and bringing down as many volumes as I could get my greedy little hands on. Even though I didn’t comprehend even half of what I flipped through, I’d pore over those pages for hours, basking in the scent of ink and paper and the seemingly secret knowledge contained within the words. The only thing I knew for sure at the time was that books were important, powerful, even dangerous--sentiments I still hold among the highest truths I’ve ever learned. It’s strange to think now, so many years later, exactly how profound this early experience was for me. As a writer, a student of literature and a bookseller, I can retrace the entire course of my life back to those first days when I laid sprawled across our living room floor surrounded by towers of books.

The other driving force behind my love of books was my late grandmother. A first generation Greek American, my Yia Yia’s family immigrated from Lesbos in the early twentieth century. Throughout my childhood, she constantly regaled me with dramatic recounts of the Greek myths--THE ODYSSEY and the LABORS OF HERACLES were (and still are) my favorites. As I got older, the myths stayed with me and more than anything sparked my interest in literary studies. I knew they were just stories, but what truly intrigued me was knowing those stories served to shape an entire civilization’s understanding of the world. In essence, for the ancient Greeks (and for many others as well), stories made the world. The power of that realization has never left me.

Now, here at Brazos, I strive everyday to share this love with every one of you--our valued customers and friends. As buyer, I intend to approach the curation of this vaunted bookstore with the utmost respect for you and the great history of literary Houston. What Karl Kilian created forty years ago when he opened Brazos has made our community richer and more coherent. It is a pleasure and an honor to be part of the team guiding this literary adventure into the next forty years and beyond. I promise to do my best to bring you the very best that the printed word has to offer. Whether fiction or nonfiction, it is our duty to help you find that next great book that just might change your life. Thank you all for joining us on this journey. We’re glad to have you. Take care and happy reading!

 


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Meet Jeremy, General Manager

Jeremy Ellis has worked in independent bookstores across Texas since 1994. He began as a bookseller for the sprawling Dallas independent, Taylors Books, before moving to the much smaller community focused, Trudy’s Fireside Books in Tyler, Texas. He went on to become Event Coordinator and then Marketing Director for BookPeople in Austin. More recently, he worked in Dallas at Legacy Books and a Real Bookstore, developing new store programs, web initiatives, and marketing materials. He took over leadership at Houston’s famed Brazos Bookstore in September of 2011.

Follow Jeremy on Twitter @jeremyellis


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