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Holiday Catalog: Texas

Bluebird, Bluebird Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316363297
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 12th, 2017

The new standalone thriller from Houston native Attica Locke! BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD follows a Texas Ranger's attempt to solve a double murder in the deep racial divides of East Texas. But what starts out looking like a crime of passion ends up spiraling into a conflagration that threatens to consume the entire town. A pitch-perfect Texas crime story for anyone who enjoys a balance of page-turning thrills and literary merit.

From Rendering to Reality: The Story of Buffalo Bayou Park Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623496104
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Published: Buffalo Bayou Partnership - June 22nd, 2017

Houstonians know, Buffalo Bayou Park is one of the nation's great achievements in public space. This mix of beautiful photography and loving text, assembled by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership itself, is a glorious tribute to this space, but in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, it becomes something even greater: a memory of what once was before the waters rose, and a testament to what the bayou will become again in the future. Not only about the park, this book is a document of the enduring strength of Houston.

Hometown Texas Cover Image
By Peter Brown (Photographer), Joe Holley (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9781595348074
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Published: Maverick Books - November 7th, 2017

A beautiful book from two Houstonians! HOMETOWN TEXAS offers regional profiles of smalltown Texas life by combining Brown's photography and locals' stories as told through Holley's writing. This book is a shameless celebration of what it means to be a Texan. A great gift for anyone proud of their Lone Star State heritage, worthy of display on any coffee table (including your own).

Produced by Rice professor Geoff Winningham's Pozos Project, this beautiful collection of Houston photographs has a unique angle: all were taken by school children. Yet the aesthetic quality of this work is beyond reproach, and the views of Houston--a mix of expected (the bayous) and eclectic (shopping centers and sprawl)--creates a portrait of a city in flux as seen by its youngest residents. Perfect for anyone who loves Houston and wants to see it anew!

Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307961402
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 10th, 2017

Texas, we all know, is large, with an even larger history, replete with the romance and pain of expansion in equal measure. Hodge's TEXAS BLOOD is a definite, yet personal, portrait of the borderlands through seven generations of his own family, written with the humanity of the best fiction. Fans of Texana will adore this book.

Texas Modern: Redefining Houses in the Lone Star State Cover Image
By Hannah Jenkins (Editor)
ISBN: 9781864707311
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Published: Images Publishing Group - November 10th, 2017

What defines Texas architecture? Is it ranch- and farmhouses on the plains? Not according to this beautiful new volume, which highlights the greatest achievements in modern, often urban architecture across all of Texas. Full of gorgeous photographs and compelling portraits of architects and the people who live in their homes, this book will be beloved by experts and people just looking for a beautiful accessory for their coffee table.

Willie Nelson: American Icon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781454926191
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Published: Sterling - October 3rd, 2017

Come on, now: who doesn't like Willie Nelson? An icon not only for his music but also his activism, Nelson's entire career is recounted in this gorgeous photographic portrait assembled by renowned music journalist Vaughan. Nelson's appeal spans generations, and this book is art object as tribute. Not many musicians, no matter how durable, demand this kind of archival treatment.

Holiday Catalog: Beautiful Art Books

Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780714875132
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 25th, 2017

If you’re going to splurge on one coffee table book for yourself or as a gift this year, this collection of Leibovitz’s iconic work is the perfect choice. Stunning, beautifully created, luxuriously oversized, and filled with both familiar and previously unpublished photos, this book is simply luscious. For fans of photography, pop culture, and visual history.

Blitt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399576669
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 24th, 2017

The long-time illustrator of New Yorker covers, Barry Blitt, gets his hilarious and provocative artwork collected for the first time in this beautiful to-scale package. Just take a look inside! Quite possibly the best survey of contemporary American political and cultural satire around, BLITT will make a terrific gift for New Yorker readers, art lovers, and followers of current events.

Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594749896
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Published: Quirk Books - October 24th, 2017

What is it about film that captures our imagination? In CINEMAPS, Degraff makes the visual argument that it's the world they create, the places they conjure. In this gorgeous art object, Degraff creates a series of maps of cinematic landscapes, ranging from Star Trek to Fargo, creating a coffee table book that conjures the magic of the movies.

Monograph by Chris Ware Cover Image
ISBN: 9780847860883
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Published: Rizzoli International Publications - October 17th, 2017

Cult comics icon and graphic design genius Chris Ware finally gets the deluxe monograph treatment his idiosyncratic vision deserves. Including selections of his famous New Yorker covers and details of his narrative works, this is the quintessential overview of one of the most singular visual artists of our era. A shoe-in for gift of the year for any art, design or comics lover on your list!

William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography Cover Image
By William Henry Fox Talbot (Photographer), Dan Leers (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Larry Schaaf (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9780880390606
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Published: Carnegie Museum of Art - November 21st, 2017

William Henry Fox is known for his groundbreaking photography, as well has being one of the inventors of the medium. This gorgeous, affordable collection of his work contains more than 30 images that demonstrate his interests, from nature to architecture, all capturing the magic of photography in its very infancy.

Holiday Catalog: Fiction

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

A beautifully written story about civil unrest, one father’s determination to reach his dream, and the disintegration of a family. Set in South America, with each chapter told from the perspective of a different person, the reader gets a glimpse into how each of our perspectives are not the same. Based on the life of Third Reich cinematographer Hans Ertl.

Artemis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553448122
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - November 14th, 2017

Meet Jazz Bashara, the brash, foul-mouthed working-class anti-hero of Andy Weir's ARTEMIS, the follow-up to his blockbuster debut, THE MARTIAN. Jazz is a highly intelligent and resourceful underachiever with a propensity for bad life choices. She just happens to live in Artemis--the first lunar city. But when her small time smuggling operation gets her mixed up in a much larger conspiracy, Jazz must fulfill her potential in order to save herself and her home. This is smart, fast-paced action fun, with no small amount of humor and all the science nerdery you could hope for. ARTEMIS is the perfect gift for sci-fi fans or any reader looking for a good romp.

The Burning Girl Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393635027
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 29th, 2017

A coming-of-age story of two childhood best friends and how the choices that one makes in life can destroy the strongest of friendships and tear our world apart. Complex, deeply touching, and makes you question the stories that we tell ourselves.

Compass Cover Image
By Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Translator)
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 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. A smart and generous novel, beautifully translated, that will surely stay with you. Insomnia has never been so beautiful.

The End We Start from Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802126894
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Published: Grove Press - November 7th, 2017

Look at this gorgeous book. Seriously. Is this going to be the first ever coffee table book that’s a readable piece of fiction? I think so. And the contents are no less fascinating. A soon-to-be-mother is dwelling in London when the waters unhesitatingly rise, leaving her and her husband to begin a long search for safety and comfort. Spare, lyrical; an eerie portrait of what we bring with us when we must leave most things behind. Perfect for fans of new and interesting fiction, or anyone who enjoyed the recent revival of THE HANDMAID’S TALE

Five-Carat Soul Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735216693
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 26th, 2017

The first short story collection from National Book Award-winner James McBride is a testament to his ability as a consumate storyteller. And these diverse tales--from the hunt for a rare Civil War era toy, to a group of strangers awaiting judgment in the afterlife, to the exploits of a teenage soul band--are the perfect starting place for readers unfamiliar with his work. If you enjoy quirky, memorable characters, humor, and the flat-out ability to just tell a story, look no further than FIVE-CARAT SOUL.

The Golden House Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399592805
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Published: Random House - September 5th, 2017

Rushdie’s latest novel has a little bit of something for everyone -- history, culture, politics, art, mythology -- all wrapped up in a compelling narrative about the rise and fall of the house of Nero set against the backdrop of New York City and Mumbai. Mysterious, funny, and captivating. Recommended for fiction aficionados.

The Good People Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316243964
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Published: Little Brown and Company - September 19th, 2017

19th century rural Ireland was a superstitious and difficult place to inhabit, as evidenced by this propulsive story of three women trying to banish the evil from a child accused of being a changeling. This tense page-turning thriller based on a true story is both terrifying and enlightening and stuck with me long after it was over. Recommend for historical and literary fiction lovers.

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062684387
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 31st, 2017

In this book Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author of WICKED, turns his imagination to the Nutcracker, weaving an origin story for the figure and the toy-maker who carved him. Mixing darkness and light in his signature style, Maguire captures both the sinister and joyful elements of folklore. Perfect for fans of the original Grimm fairytales, before Disney!

The King Is Always Above the People: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594631726
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 31st, 2017

An astounding collection of stories (and novellas) from the author of AT NIGHT WE WALK IN CIRCLES. These stories focus on people's place in society, often a society that is unwelcoming. From stories set in the contemporary world to parables, Alarcón's collection is satisfying and accessible.

A Legacy of Spies Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735225114
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Published: Viking - September 5th, 2017

Master of spy and mystery novels, John le Carre, returns! Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Manhattan Beach Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476716732
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 3rd, 2017

We're fans of Egan’s novels and Manhattan Beach is no exception. This historical novel follows three characters whose storylines weave together to tell a richly imagined narrative of World War II New York City. The characters are fully realized and very much human and I didn’t want their stories to end. Highly recommend for fans of historical and literary fiction.

Mrs. Osmond Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451493422
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 7th, 2017

Beginning where Henry James’ classic novel THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY ended, MRS. OSMOND follows fascinating, inscrutable Isabel as she navigates European society and seeks freedom from her deceitful husband, Gilbert Osmond. With nods to James’ elegant style on every page, this book is full of surprises while still satisfying fans of the original. Perfect for the English major in the family, or anyone who wants to dive into rich, lush historical fiction.

The Ninth Hour Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374280147
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - September 19th, 2017

Alice McDermott, known for her National Book Award-winning CHARMING BILLY, has returned with another definitive work of fiction. One of the best writers alive, she turns her attention here to tragedy and forgiveness in a novel that traces the involvement of an elderly nun in a case of suicide. Everything that makes McDermott essential is here, especially her ability to navigate the gulf between toughness and tenderness. Literary fiction rarely gets better than this.

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385350594
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 12th, 2017

Books don't get much more erudite than those of Daniel Mendelsohn. But here, the great journalist and historian turns his attention toward the personal: his relationship with his own father, a hardened mathematician who tries to connect with his literary son through his love of the classics. At once a study of THE ODYSSEY and also a story of father and son, this book will delight both academics and people looking for a heartwarming personal story.

Paris in the Present Tense Cover Image
ISBN: 9781468314762
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Published: Overlook Press - October 3rd, 2017

PARIS IN THE PRESENT TENSE is a sweeping tale of loneliness, history, music, and finding love in the most unexpected places. The book follows Jules Lacour, a 74-year- old cellist struggling with the death of his wife. Through a series of unexpected circumstances, he ends up writing hold music for an international conglomerate, grappling with emotional wounds left buried since WWII, and falling in love with a younger woman. Through layers of complex storytelling, Mark Helprin weaves a far-reaching tale that will enthrall anyone looking for a great story.

The Revolution of Marina M. (Novel) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316022064
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Published: Little Brown and Company - November 7th, 2017

Augusta's absolute favorite book of the year! Just in time for the 100th anniversary, Marina’s coming of age tale during the Russian Revolution is enchanting and engrossing; Augusta read this 800+ page book in just 5 days! Gift this to someone who lives literary and/or historical fiction.

Sing, Unburied, Sing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501126062
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 5th, 2017

A narrative of a complicated, biracial Mississippi family from the two-time National Book Award-winning Ward. It confronts our country's history of racism in a way that is so all-encompassing as to transcend time. Past, present, and future, living and dead, humans and animals: all are necessary to tell the story of America from slavery to chain gangs to Jim Crow to Trayvon Martin.

Smile Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224445
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Published: Viking - October 17th, 2017

A gorgeously written and deeply moving novel about how we deal with the past and how we live in the present. A chance encounter with an old friend stirs up various memories, including some awful ones from childhood that Victor Forde would prefer to stay hidden deep. Doyle’s prose challenges us, makes us laugh, and then leaves us wondering about our own pasts and the power of memory on who we were and who we become. A powerful read that will linger in your memory for a very long time.

Spy of the First Person Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525521563
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - December 5th, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, actor, and musician Sam Shepard’s final work. Inspired by his own life, this short novel explores illness, memory, a life’s work, and the connections between those we love and come to depend on. The unnamed narrator of SPY OF THE FIRST PERSON journeys into his own memories as he nears his life’s end, navigating his relation to place and people across an unmistakably American landscape. At once vulnerable and celebratory, Shepard’s newest work cements his legacy as one of our finest persons of letters.

Thalia: A Texas Trilogy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631493751
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 19th, 2017

McMurtry is a American icon and a Texas legend, and THALIA collects his first trilogy of novels, all set in the titular town. Containing HORSEMAN, PASS BY; LEAVING CHEYENNE; and THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, THALIA collects McMurtry's fiction from a time when he was young and arriving on the literary scene fully former, with his voice fully intact. Never read McMurtry? Start here! Read everything he has ever written? Buy this gorgeous volume and fall in love all over again.

Uncommon Type: Some Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101946152
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 17th, 2017

A debut short story collection rarely gets much attention, but when the author is Tom Hanks (yes, THAT Tom Hanks), it's a different matter. But this is no vanity publication; Hanks here proves himself to be a nimble and even experimental writer, jumping from form to form while maintaining the core humanity we've come to expect from his legendary performances. Fans of whimsical and inventive fiction will rejoice!

The World Goes on Cover Image
By Laszlo Krasznahorkai, George Szirtes (Translator), Ottilie Mulzet (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811224192
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - December 5th, 2017

Visionary writer Krasznahorkai returns with a collection of transcendent stories. These pieces, which take the reader across the world, question history, language, and what we take as facts. There is no one writing today who's comparable to Krasznahorkai.

The Poems of Dylan Thomas Cover Image
By Dylan Thomas, John Goodby (Editor)
ISBN: 9780811221146
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 31st, 2017

A gorgeously and thoughtfully curated collection of the work of one of the best poetic voices of the 20th century. Perfect for those new to Thomas as well as those who have read him voraciously. Do not go gentle into that good night without this one. Bravo to New Directions for making Dylan Thomas accessible in such a comprehensive anthology to 21st century audiences.

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399563249
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

A definitive collection of Mary Oliver's poetry from the last fifty years. Known for her slim volumes, this large collection collects Oliver's greatest work and displays her love, even obsession, with the natural world.

Holiday Catalog: History, Biography, and Memoir

Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399563799
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Published: Penguin Press - September 26th, 2017

Capitalism: can't live with it, can't live without it. But how did this economic structure, so dominant in the world, become the powerhouse it is now? Srinivasan takes an international look, not a strictly American one, in analyzing the movements and developments of capitalism over the course of 400 years, the people it has helped, and the people it has left behind. Perfect for fans of sweeping popular history that mixes the personal with the global.

Avedon: Something Personal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812994438
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - November 21st, 2017

The seminal biography of the great American photographer, Richard Avedon. Replete with reproductions of his renowned work and candid never-before-seen images, AVEDON: SOMETHING PERSONAL brings the notoriously private man behind the artist to the forefront. Written by his long-time studio director and an acclaimed art critic, this is the closest look we will get of this true American original. Any photography aficionado would be ecstatic to get this book for the holidays!

Bookshops: A Reader's History (Biblioasis International Translation) Cover Image
By Jorge Carrion, Peter Bush (Translator)
ISBN: 9781771961745
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Published: Biblioasis - October 31st, 2017

As employees of an independent bookstore, we understand the importance of the bookstore as a social and cultural institution. In this travelogue essay, Carrion expounds on why bookshops matter by taking us around the world to observe the importance of ideas and community, both throughout history and in the present. Recommended for all book lovers.

The Bughouse: The Poetry, Politics, and Madness of Ezra Pound Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374284046
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - November 7th, 2017

To put it mildly, Ezra Pound was a complicated figure. A great poet? Check. An influential critic? Check. A virulent fascist and antisemite? Yes, sadly, yes. More than ever, we're talking as a society about the separation between the personal and professional lives of famous artists, if such a separation is even possible. But THE BUGHOUSE is an unsentimental book that looks critically at Pound, his art and his politics, never excusing his actions but also analyzing why the man still enthralls us to this day. Fans of poetry and criticism will be fascinated.

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316352536
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Published: Hachette Books - October 10th, 2017

A captivating and smoothly-written true account of women cryptographers during WWII. In the spirit of Hidden Figures, CODE GIRLS tells the story of the brilliant yet often unsung women quietly recruited to break enemy codes and thus save lives. For history buffs, feminists, and history lovers fond of stories that have largely gone untold. A fascinating and meticulously researched read (using archival documents from US Army and Navy code-breaking units both before and after the war), CODE GIRLS is a historical crowd-pleaser.

The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594205811
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Published: Penguin Press - November 7th, 2017

Joseph Conrad was one of the greatest of all authors, and his seminal works, including HEART OF DARKNESS and THE SECRET AGENT, live on. But he was also a fascinating figure beyond his work, a world voyager who became an early explorer of globalization. THE DAWN WATCH tells his story, linking it to our contemporary globalized society. A great book for people who love literature and its connection to real life.

Don't Save Anything: Uncollected Essays, Articles, and Profiles Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619029361
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 14th, 2017

Salter, who passed away in 2015, was always known as a "writer's writer," with careful prose that is both lyrical and restrained. This new volume of previously uncollected essays, articles, and profiles gives the reader some idea of what Salter was like outside of his award-winning fiction and nonfiction. Insights into authors he admired, travel writing, observations on military life, romance; these pages reveal a writer in love with the craft of writing and inquisitive of the world in which he lived. DON'T SAVE ANYTHING is an excellent companion for those already a fan of Salter's work or a great introduction to those coming to his writing for the first time.

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

Known for his record-breaking year in space, Astronaut Scott Kelly tells all in his memoir ENDURANCE about his experience in space, his lifetime of discovery, and what that means for the future. Kelly’s perseverance and determination turned an aimless and rambunctious boy from New Jersey into one of the few individuals to explore space. Filled with information about space, Endurance is overall an inspiring book.

Grant Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594204876
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

Chernow's first book since his zeitgeist-fueling ALEXANDER HAMILTON is an encompassing yet nuanced portrait of Ulysses S. Grant--Civil War hero, statesman, and one tortured and complex human being. Destined to become the benchmark biography of our 18th president, GRANT is a great gift to give history buffs and Civil War enthusiasts this year. But we're all gonna have to wait for the musical.

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634536
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 3rd, 2017

This winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction is as politically relevant today as it has been for the history of modern Russia. Told through the personal histories of four people living through the emergence of a democratic Russia, history can’t help but to repeat itself as the current political landscape is navigated. Gessen is a master journalist and this book is masterfully crafted.

The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476794044
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Published: Touchstone Books - September 26th, 2017

Augusta says: "I grew up in North Carolina and we would visit the Biltmore Estate every year. The scale of this home is impressive but the history behind the house and its inhabitants is even more fascinating." Recommended for fans of architecture and early 20th century history buffs.

The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russia Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681775012
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Published: Pegasus Books - September 5th, 2017

Man oh man, what remains to be said about the Russians? A quick glance at the nightly news answers: a lot! This book, rooted in a potent historical period, tells the story of Tsar Nicholas II's last months of power. By anchoring his story in this slim period of history, Service, one of the world's great Russian historians, is paradoxically able to tell an even larger story about a major international player, and how that power radiates into the now.

Leonardo Da Vinci Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501139154
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 17th, 2017

The author of the acclaimed bestsellers STEVE JOBS, EINSTEIN, and BENJAMIN FRANKLIN brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science.

Literally Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501169519
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 24th, 2017

A humorous, beautifully illustrated collection of essays from a beloved Instagram star. In LITERALLY ME, Julie Houts creates a compendium of the modern woman and the conflicting messages she receives. In this book, her characters are constantly aware of the unnecessary pressures put upon women in society, and yet keep succumbing to them because, hell, the struggle is real, isn't it? A great gift item for any young woman you know.

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys Into the Medieval World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594206115
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Published: Penguin Press - October 24th, 2017

An absolutely gorgeous volume collecting the histories of some of the most famous illuminated manuscripts from around the world. In a book laden with full-color images, Sotheby's archivist de Hamel guides the reader through 12 of the most beautiful literary objects ever created. From the Book of Kells and beyond, this is a showstopper gift for anyone interested in medieval history, art, or literature.

Nowherelands: An Atlas of Vanished Countries 1840-1975 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780500519905
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Published: Thames & Hudson - November 7th, 2017

Like a history book, but wittier, Berge’s NOWHERELANDS details the histories of countries that no longer exist. Some names are more familiar, some less, but these entries are each nonetheless intriguing and fascinating. Berge’s query into what makes a country a country is an excellent off-the-beaten-path choice for a history buff who "knows everything."

The Phoenix Years: Art, Resistance, and the Making of Modern China Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681775272
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Published: Pegasus Books - October 3rd, 2017

THE PHOENIX YEARS is a personal cultural history of China through the eyes of Madeleine O’Dea, an Australian journalist. Situated on and off in the country from the years of 1976 to 2014, O’Dea portrays the intellectual excitement of nine bohemian writers, artists, poets, etc., along with deeper looks at her own views of the arts and literature. This is a fascinating look at history for anyone interested in the arts, memoir, travel, East Asia, the Cultural Revolution… The list goes on.

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250171672
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 14th, 2017

"Heartbreaking" is one of those buzzwords that gets thrown around a lot, but when the subject is Joe Biden, it's not an overstatement. PROMISE ME, DAD is a tough but hopeful read, in which the former Vice President chronicles the year in which his son, Beau, fought illness. We all know how this tragic story ends, but Biden, a natural storyteller, finds grace in hardship, writing an essential book for anyone who has lost somebody and understands that life, however imperfect thereafter, must go on.

Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393245547
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 7th, 2017

The people who built this country during the American Revolution have become historical monuments, yes, but they were flesh and blood too, complicated people who made mistakes yet somehow ushered in a new era. REVOLUTION SONG tells story of the Revolution through six real characters, ranging from a British official to an African slave, creating a rich narrative work that's perfect for anyone who loves to see history come alive.

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393240801
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 12th, 2017

A great new history/cultural study from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE SWERVE. In his new book, Greenblatt examines the story of Adam and Eve, providing not just history but also an explanation/analysis of what the story has meant throughout the years, and how Adam and Eve have become such a recognized stand-in/analogue for so many aspects of humanity. Not just for the religious people in your life, but also for anyone who wonders how human attributes keep getting and rewritten across millennia.

Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224803
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Published: Viking - October 24th, 2017

Known for his appearances on The Daily Show and his podcast where he acts as judge over people’s everyday arguments, John Hodgman has brought his dead-pan humor to a new essayistic memoir, VACATIONLAND. In it, he observes the locals as he splits his time between his two vacation homes in Maine and Massachusetts, ponders his status as a “minor television personality,” and confronts the absurdities of adulthood.

The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 - 1992 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627791366
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - November 14th, 2017

Tina Brown is an overachiever who seems to have done pretty much everything editorial one can do, with her positions ranging from Tattler to The New Yorker. She's also the founder of The Daily Beast and a bestselling biographer. But of course, her highest profile assignment was reinventing Vanity Fair, and in this book, she tells her own story with the expected grace, humor, and candor. Perfect for aspiring journalists, and for people looking to find out the backstage sagas of how media ACTUALLY works.

The Vietnam War: An Intimate History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307700254
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 5th, 2017

Millions of American gave their rapt attention to Ken Burns' latest documentary on the Vietnam War. That's the thing about Burns' work: it appeals not only to history buffs but also people who just want to know more. This dense mix of photography and text is the perfect accompaniment to this series, putting between two covers what documentary film does so well. And just like the groundbreaking TV work of Burns, this book will enthrall history buffs while also teaching novices that history, it turns out, is endlessly fascinating.

The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812998931
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Published: Random House - October 24th, 2017

Puchner creates an expansive world history of literature through 16 seminal works, from ancient texts to today's pop fiction. He digs deep into titles rediscovered (the Maya epic Popol Vuh) AND perpetually popular (Harry Potter, Tale of Genji). Discover the world through Puchner's history of writing, printing technology, and the book itself. Great for book lovers of all kinds, from lovers of the well-renowned classics to those who want to explore the deep cuts of book history.

Holiday Catalog: Science

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

Wolves are glorious: equal parts beautiful and frightening. In AMERICAN WOLF, Blakeslee understands this dichotomy, but his story of a Yellowstone wolf goes so much deeper than that: it taps into the story of the American West and the way we, over time, both honor and eradicate the natural world. One of the great nature books of the season!

Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627794091
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - November 21st, 2017

Jaron Lanier is a visual artist, musician, composer, computer scientist, and computer philosophy writer. He's one of those elusive people who's able to write and talk cleverly about different genres. Virtual reality is his THING (he came up with the term), but he's able to bring all his interdisciplinary knowledge and creativity to DAWN OF THE NEW EVERYTHING. And despite having a lifelong relationship with VR, he's remarkably humble about our constantly changing relationship to technology. This book is a tome for the techie in your life.

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion--Surprising Observations of a Hidden World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771643016
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Published: Greystone Books - November 7th, 2017

You'll fall in love with this book at the first sentence of its introduction: “Roosters that deceive their hens? Mother deer that grieve? Horses that feel shame?” Because it’s what we all want to know, right? Whether animals are just, well, animals, or if, as Wohlleben indicates, “stalwart souls and lovable rascals.” Who better to research this and form that research into a spirited narrative about everything from animal intelligence to sex to thievery to lying to empathy and more than the bestselling author of THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES?

The Origins of Creativity Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631493188
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 3rd, 2017

In Wilson's profound and lyrical ORIGINS OF CREATIVITY, he examines our relationship to what he argues is a defining trait of our species: creativity. Creativity, according to Wilson, finds its niche between the sciences and the humanities. This is a lovely read for big thinkers, explorers, or creators in any field.

The River of Consciousness Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385352567
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 24th, 2017

Oliver Sacks is one of Augusta's all-time favorite writers – his essays inspired her to study cognitive sciences in college – and this collection that he was working on at the time of his death is poignant and beautiful. He has a brilliant way of discussing one of the most complex and intriguing of human processes - consciousness - by weaving in his expertise on a variety of subjects. If you are already a fan, be sure to get this for a loved one, and if you aren’t familiar with his work, we highly recommend it (and his other books!) for those interested in science, psychology, essays and interdisciplinary approaches to understand the human condition.

The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936787524
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Published: Catapult - October 10th, 2017

Eagleman and Brandt explore the human brain and its unique ability that sets us apart from other animals: CREATIVITY. As humans, we strive to be the best/perfect at a particular task or function, but creativity is what drives us to look beyond what has merely worked before. Easy to digest and anecdotal like Malcolm Gladwell. Great for science lovers and curious minds.

The Secret Lives of Color Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143131144
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Published: Penguin Books - October 24th, 2017

This incredible multi-colored book tells the story and history of seventy-five shades of colors, hues, and dyes. As you read each page you learn the importance of each color and how it has affected everything, from politics to pop culture. Every color has a history and story. Kassia St. Clair is going to take you on a thought-provoking journey.

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve And/Or Ruin Everything Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399563829
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Published: Penguin Press - October 17th, 2017

From a Rice professor, and the creator of webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, comes this tongue-in-cheek illustrated guide to all the bleeding edge technology that will soon change the world as we know it. Whether that is a good or bad thing, well... Supplemented by hilarious comic strips, this engrossing book is a sneak peak at the world of tomorrow. SOONISH is the science book of the season. A great gift idea for technophiles that is also totally accessible to general readers.

Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393247138
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 10th, 2017

Holiday Catalog: Society, Culture, and Politics

101 Movies to Watch Before You Die Cover Image
By Ricardo Cavolo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781910620250
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Published: Nobrow Press - November 7th, 2017

Movie reviews done as a graphic novel. The perfect book for film lovers and especially for those who keep track of their favorites, and even more especially for those who keep track of them over time, remembering them in the context of their life. Cavola’s choices are ecclectic, spanning everything from indies like Winter’s Bone to pop culture faves like Kill Bill, Ghostbusters, Pulp Fiction, and Clerks, to philosophical films like Interstellar and classics like Rear Window or La Dolce Vita, but also aggressively low brow giggles like American Pie. A great collection for any movie buff.

Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977917
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 14th, 2017

BUNK is the cultural history of the year. Starting with the humbug artist, PT Barnum, award-winning poet Kevin Young traces a red thread through the history of hoaxes in America and finds race at its heart. From Barnum's "Whatsit?" to pseudoscience to Rachel Dolezal to the fake news of today, Young identifies a racial component playing off America's hopes and fears. An utterly absorbing work of nonfiction that is as entertaining as it is criticial, BUNK is perfect for the history buff who's read everything.

Chronicles of a Liquid Society Cover Image
By Umberto Eco, Richard Dixon (Translator)
ISBN: 9780544974487
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - November 14th, 2017

A posthumous essay collection by the great humanist writer Umberto Eco. Intriguing, intelligent and often hilarious. This collection focuses on our contemporary world and its follies.

Devotion (Why I Write) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300218626
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Published: Yale University Press - September 12th, 2017

A beautiful, thought-provoking essay by the renowned writer and musician. Smith delves into the nature of inspiration and creative invention. Compact but profound, a book that begs to be read more than once.

Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501174445
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 3rd, 2017

We've all encountered crisis, but how do we handle it? And what do we learn from it? These questions fascinate Harvard professor Koehn in FORGED IN CRISIS, which looks at five masters of crisis, from Abraham Lincoln to Rachel Carson, to see what lessons there are to glean. Inspirational but never trite, this book will appeal to anyone in a leadership position, or who loves probing accounts of the personalities involved in fraught historical moments.

God: A Human History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553394726
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Published: Random House - November 7th, 2017

The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume 1: 1940-1956 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062740434
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Published: Harper - October 17th, 2017

The first of two volumes, this enormous "autobigraphy-in-letters" shows another side of Plath's blazing talent. For fans of Plath's as well as anyone interested in the inner workings of a highly original mind.

Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers Cover Image
By Taisia Kitaiskaia, Katy Horan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580056731
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - October 10th, 2017

The authors pair fabulous female writers throughout history with gorgeous illustrations, and tap into their witchy qualities in a series of brief, evocative lines. A great lookbook regarding the history of the women writers we adore. This is an inspiring, literary gift for readers and aspiring writers alike.

Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451494023
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 7th, 2017

Musicians may get all the attention, but who knows music better than conductors? Mauceri is one of the world's greatest, and in this rich new book, he tells the stories of his profession, showing that there's a lot more to the job than just waving an anemic-looking stick, and maybe even some drama that competes with the best stories of rock stars trashing rooms? But basically, conducting is classy, and come now, you KNOW you know someone who wants a damn classy read like this one.

A New Map of Wonders: A Journey in Search of Modern Marvels Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226291918
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Published: University of Chicago Press - November 15th, 2017

Paris: Through a Fashion Eye Cover Image
ISBN: 9781743792476
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Published: Hardie Grant Books - October 17th, 2017

Megan Hess is one of most recognized and famous fashion illustrators. In her second book in the series THROUGH A FASHION EYE, Hess takes you through the heart of Parisian fashion and culture. You will explore the top hotels, boutiques, and restaurants, all while giving you insights into fashion designers from Coco Chanel to Louis-Francois Cartier. She also shares her favorite places to shop. A must-have for lovers of fashion, France, or Paris.

Stephen Colbert's Midnight Confessions Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501169007
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 5th, 2017

Stephen Colbert, as it turns out, has been a very naughty boy. MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS, an extention of a beloved segment from his Late Show, is humorous and irreverent, a look at a contemporary American icon through a decidedly, um, unflattering lens. A great work of comedy, and a terrific gift item for the TV lover in your life.

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616207823
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 7th, 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. America NEEDS this book!

Book List: Texas Independents

The relationship between local presses and local bookstores is no doubt a powerful one. In honor of our event March 31 with the Writer's League of Texas, here are a few highlights from small presses in Texas.

A Strange Object (Austin) 

Man and Wife Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989275989
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Published: Strange Object - May 10th, 2016

Deep Vellum (Dallas)

Sphinx Cover Image
By Anne Garreta, Emma Ramadan (Translator), Daniel Levin Becker (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781941920091
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - April 21st, 2015

Seeing Red Cover Image
By Lina Meruane, Megan McDowell (Translator)
ISBN: 9781941920244
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - February 23rd, 2016

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The Art of Flight Cover Image
By Sergio Pitol, George Henson (Translator), Enrique Vila-Matas (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781941920060
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - March 17th, 2015

University of Texas Press (Austin)

A Love Letter to Texas Women Cover Image
ISBN: 9781477309490
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Published: University of Texas Press - April 5th, 2016

The Plain in Flames (Joe R. and Teresa Lozana Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture) Cover Image
By Juan Rulfo, Ilan Stavans (Translator), Harold Augenbraum (Other)
ISBN: 9780292743854
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Published: University of Texas Press - September 1st, 2012

Texas A&M University Press (College Station)

Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan (Sam Rayburn Series on Rural Life #23) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623495299
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Published: Texas A&M University Press - January 20th, 2017

Arte Publico Press (Houston)

Diaspora: Selected and New Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781558858367
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Published: Arte Paublico Press - September 30th, 2016

The Wetback: And Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781558858343
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Published: Arte Publico Press - September 30th, 2016

Cinco Puntos Press (El Paso)

Rani Patel in Full Effect Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941026502
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Published: Cinco Puntos Press - October 11th, 2016

Don't Say a Word, Mama/No Digas Nada, Mama Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935955450
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Published: Cinco Puntos Press - September 24th, 2013

Dancers More Akin to Gladiators: An Interview with Leila Guerriero and Frances Riddle

To think that one of the most moving books I would read this year would be about a dance contest—an obscure, Argentine, dance contest, no less—is very surprising. But A SIMPLE STORY, written by celebrated Argentinean journalist Leila Guerriero is just that: an incredible book about a little-known dance, the Malambo, and the contest that occurs every year in a small, provincial town in Argentina. It is brief, stunning, and powerful, a book that deals with obsession, humility, social class, and the physical challenges of mastering a dance that can quite literally destroy a person’s body.

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

World-class cities have world-class bookstores.

You probably recognize the names: Tattered Cover in Denver, Elliott Bay in Seattle, Politics and Prose in Washington D.C., Harvard Bookstore in Boston, Books and Books in Miami, BookPeople in Austin (to name just a few). Each of these stores is unique in its approach and focus, but all have served their communities for decades and are an important part of their cities’ identities.