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March Promotion: Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid’s new book, EXIT WEST, comes out 3/6. From the bestselling author of THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST comes a new story of love, civil unrest, and the perilous, fantastical possibility of leaving home behind.

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

The Reluctant Fundamentalist Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156034029
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Published: Harvest Books - April 14th, 2008

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594632334
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 4th, 2014

Moth Smoke Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594486609
Availability: Backordered
Published: Riverhead Books - December 4th, 2012

Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634031
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2016

Simple Food: Molly Reviews Alice Waters

There is one chef whose cookbooks are among the highest percentage in my home library. Her name is Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. Opened in 1971, it has been recognized as the Best Restaurant in America by Gourmet, and Waters herself was named Best Chef in America by the James Beard Foundation. She was the first woman to achieve this recognition.

Fanny in France: Travel Adventures of a Chef's Daughter, with Recipes Cover Image
By Alice Waters, Ann Arnold (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780670016662
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2016

A Recipe for Cooking Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062427861
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 25th, 2016

The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307336798
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 2nd, 2007

The Art of Simple Food II Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307718273
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 29th, 2013

Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679758181
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House - April 18th, 1995

My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804185288
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - September 15th, 2015

The Small World of Small Publishing: An Interview With Soho Press

One of the best things (and there are many best things!) about working at Brazos Bookstore is introducing our customers to all the phenomenal small presses whose authors and books we are delighted to champion. Finding those hidden gems, those smaller books with small publicity budgets, that might get lost in a larger publishing house, or might not be there at all--well, it’s our honor, and as an indie bookstore with no huge corporate Big Brother, it’s basically our wheelhouse!

What My Body Remembers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616956028
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Published: Soho Crime - May 2nd, 2017

Sonora Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616957926
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Published: Soho Press - March 28th, 2017

Morte Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616956219
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Published: Soho Press - February 9th, 2016

It Wasn't Always Like This Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616955885
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Published: Soho Teen - May 17th, 2016

Liv, Forever Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616953225
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Published: Soho Teen - March 11th, 2014

More Happy Than Not Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616956776
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Published: Soho Teen - April 26th, 2016

History Is All You Left Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616956929
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Published: Soho Teen - January 17th, 2017

My Sister Rosa Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616956745
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Published: Soho Teen - November 15th, 2016

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616955960
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Published: Soho Teen - August 23rd, 2016

The Free Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616957315
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Published: Soho Teen - February 28th, 2017

Buyer's Corner: Keaton Talks TO NAME THOSE LOST

To Name Those Lost Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609453497
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Published: Europa Editions - February 7th, 2017

Buyer Spotlight - Romantic Gifts for February

February is the month of flowers, candy, gifts, and cards. Outside of a few friends’ birthdays, I have always associated February with Valentine’s Day. This month, I am compiling my five favorite gift items—gifts that are not only great throughout the year, but would also make wonderful gifts during this month.

SKU: LamyG

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a collection of fountain pens from Lamy. At the beginning of each year I eagerly await the release of the new collection. I am still obsessed with the gold Lamy LX with a matching anodized aluminium case. This takes owning a Lamy to a new level. As with all Lamy pens, the German craftsmanship is impeccable. The Lamy LX has an aluminium anodized finish with a metal clip feature that is the same color as the fountain pen.

Simply Curated is a new vendor for us; what first caught my attention was the beautifully designed glass 22 karat gold screen printed glass as well as how they packed it. To my surprise the glass used for the candle is an actual cocktail glass that you can reuse after your candle is finished burning. The scents they use are amazing and burn cleanly. Each candle comes with a wood wick and has a burn time of 74 hours. They are handmade and poured in Grand Rapids, MI, made with 100% American soy. In the cocktail collection we also carry Vanilla & Lavender.

SKU: 9780735350427

Christian Lacroix style has been unique, luxe, colorful, dramatic and always with a hand in the baroque. This is the same for the stationery collection. The Scarlet Paseo series of notebooks are just as wonderful; the outside has a Paseo design over the entire journal along with a great print on the inside covers. This is one of the reasons I’m excited to bring this 152-rule-on-ivory, flat lying notebook into the store. If you are going to keep notes, journal your ideas, or make lists, why not add a bit of fashion?

SKU: x3091

I always love things with a weight to them, I don’t like to use a pen that doesn’t have a cap, etc. This is one of the many great features that Obvious State mugs have along with a large handle which makes holding the mug so much easier. "That voice of unpretending harmony" is the quote by William Wordsworth featured on this beautiful designed 15 oz mug. The blooming floral pattern will surely make a statement for your coffee or tea. Printed in the United States, this mug is also dishwasher safe.

We’re All In This Together: The Continuing Saga of Inprint

Ten or so chapbooks, laid out across a conference-style table: this is what I see when I walk into the Inprint bungalow on Thursday afternoon to speak with Rich Levy (Executive Director) and Krupa Parikh (Marketing and Outreach Director). I like catching up with our partners at Inprint because it always feels like visiting an interesting friend who has something new to show you.

Lincoln in the Bardo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812995343
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

Buyer's Corner: Science Edition

The Principia: The Authoritative Translation and Guide: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy Cover Image
By Isaac Newton, I. Bernard Cohen (Translator), Anne Whitman (Translator)
ISBN: 9780520290884
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Published: University of California Press - February 5th, 2016

Cosmos Cover Image
By Carl Sagan, Neil Degrasse Tyson (Foreword by), Ann Druyan (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780345539434
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Published: Ballantine Books - December 10th, 2013

A Brief History of Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553380163
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bantam Books - August 31st, 1998

On the Origin of Species Cover Image
By Charles Darwin, William Bynum (Introduction by), William Bynum (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780140439120
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Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 2009

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399184413
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2016

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062316097
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Published: Harper - February 10th, 2015

I Am a Polar Icebreaker: Notes on SHRILL

So a few Wednesdays ago, I went to the doctor. A new doctor, chosen after much sturm und drang with insurance companies and recommendations from well-trusted friends and Internet searching. And it seemed to pay off, because when the day finally came, the doctor was fine and personable when she showed up. There were pleasantries, y'know, I was feeling nice and relaxed. And then it was time to get down to business, so the doctor looks at the computer and says to me, "So just looking at your height, I'd say we need to get you down to an ideal weight of—"

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316348409
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Published: Hachette Books - May 17th, 2016

In the part of my memory that comes up with really good comebacks half an hour after getting into fights with people, I told that doctor off. In the part of my memory that remembers exactly how many people were present the day I ripped my pants in seventh grade gym and exactly what color underwear I was wearing that day, I know that I sat there kind of stunned and awkward for the rest of the exam and then had a fit of tears in the Uber on the way home and then was a total bitch to my therapist that afternoon when she tried to help.

But this time, I had Lindy West in my ear saying, "You know that's total bullshit." And when I got home and picked up SHRILL to reassure myself that I hadn't hallucinated that really good chapter about how women's bodies are considered public property, and size and weight are conflated with health in terrible ways, and how that's crap (the second chapter "Bones", for the curious)—I felt better. This doctor's appointment wasn't the first time I'd encountered people concern-trolling my body for "my health" (thanks, dad). It wasn't even the first time I'd had a medical professional give me an arbitrary number for "my health" that, to reach, I would have to literally slice off parts of my body. It was, however, the first time I'd had these things happen after reading SHRILL, and it was the first time that I didn't cry about it for days after.

And I don't experience a fraction of what Lindy West experiences in SHRILL, is the thing. I am still acceptably small and shrinkable; my body can compress itself into straight sizes and does not unduly make itself known on planes, in restaurants, in public transit. But my natural shape and size is still a "concern" to people around me, and it's hard not to hate and fear my squishy bits for that. The strength to not do that—to push back and get loud and defend my right to take up space—I have to thank Lindy West for.

This might be the most personally honest thing I've ever blogged for this website, but if you think this is honest, you need to go read SHRILL. SHRILL brings a new meaning to "brutally honest," in that it lures you in with hilarity and pop culture criticism and then sucker-punches you in the tit with the West's reality of being a loud, unapologetic, funny fat woman in our fatphobic, perfection-obsessed culture. This book is funny as hell, and powerful as all-get out, and incredibly important. Important, because West doesn't hold back any details on how vitriolically hated she has been for being a woman who dares to have opinions in a public space.

My first exposure to Lindy West, and a lot of people's first exposure to her, was when her piece "How to Make a Rape Joke", a response to Daniel Tosh's hideously unfunny "rape joke" controversy, went viral in the summer of 2012. According to RAINN, every 107 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States—the majority of those someones being women. Please imagine, if you somehow avoided this controversy, how absolutely exhausting it was to be a young woman in the summer of 2012, when a bunch of men you'd formerly felt safe with came charging in frothing hordes to every social media site you'd formerly enjoyed, all to feverishly defend the ability of mostly white, privileged dudes to tell careless jokes about one of the most horrifying, violent, and demeaning things that one in four women will experience. It was a pretty brutal summer.

But West's piece came into the conversation like a bucket of cold water, and for me and many women I knew, it became a rallying cry. For me, still in college and still finding my legs to stand on when faced with the visceral evidence of my male peers' disregard for my bodily autonomy, Lindy West became my #goals. To be that articulate and capable of defending not just myself but the women around me—damn. I wanted to be able to do that. In West's essay-chapter "You're So Brave for Wearing Clothes and Not Hating Yourself!" West discusses her own acceptance of her fat body: "I am unassailable. I am a polar icebreaker… I can absorb blows—literal and metaphorical—meant for other women, smaller women, more breakable women—women who need me." As I straddle the line between breakable and unassailable, that line hits me where I live. And it makes me feel safe. I finally have someone on my side.

My notes from reading SHRILL are absurdly all-over-the-place: quotes from my review copy with six asterisks in front of them and ten exclamation points after; stuff in all-caps like "UGH YES THANK YOU"; my sole comment for the chapter "The Tree" is "owwwwwww christ"—this is what West's writing does to you. It makes you fist-pump emphatically; it makes you think truly and deeply about other people's experiences and how—and more importantly why—your own have been different. It's tough to read sometimes, not gonna lie, because that's what happens when a writer is this open and candid about her life, but ultimately, it's heartening. This book is not a relentless stream of negativity. Far from it.

I did nearly pop a rib laughing at this book. West's desert-dry wit and turn of phrase find humor in absolutely every painful or awkward life situation there is. Even when it's something we're told not to talk about—though usually that, in West's book, is the perfect reason to talk about something. The first chapter of this book is about periods. There are many stories about the online harassment she's flooded with as an outspoken feminist writer—harassment we are usually told is "just part of the internet." There is an unabashedly unashamed and emotionally devastating chapter, in which the familiar daily calculus of making decoy purchases at the drugstore so as to not be judged for the one thing you actually need to buy, becomes the lead-in for the story of her abortion (shared with the world last year when #shoutyourabortion was trending to help end the stigma around the procedure). There's still a tremendous pressure for women not to share their experiences of these things—harassment, menstruation, termination of accidental pregnancies—which, in SHRILL, means it's high time we started being loud about them.

West believes unwaveringly in building a better world with her championing of under-recognized humanity, and you know what the best part it? All those trolls and haters and vicious misogynists—some of them, West tells us, change their minds. Her story in SHRILL of a troll who reached out to her and apologized made me cry—not from empathetic pain at his cruelty, but in awestruck disbelieving hope and joy that maybe more trolls and haters and vicious misogynists will change their minds. And it's a good reminder for me, too, when I get exhausted and angry and fed-up with being silenced and shamed and misunderstood, not to take the easy way out—the easy way being more silence and more anger, or just to hate everything. Because it's easy, West reminds us, to hate things. Hate is lazy. Sincerity is harder—but worth it.

Liz Wright is the Kids Specialist at Brazos Bookstore, though she likes to remind people she created the Gender & Sexuality section on the main floor as well. She received her BA from Wellesley College, where she spent four years learning how to raise her voice and the voices of other women. Her writing has appeared in BUST Magazine and Minerva Rising Literary Journal. This fall, she’ll pursue her MA and MFA in Children’s Literature and Writing for Children at Simmons College, where she’ll be the Dean’s Fellow for Children’s Literature.

The Future of Fiction: Two Dollar Radio and America’s Young Novelists

Two Dollar Radio is one of the very best contemporary independent literary publishers, in that they seem to genuinely point the way forward for American literature: their work is hip and avant-garde, yes, blurring genres and feeling on the cutting edge of fiction, yet their books are also rooted in the simplest of things: character, plot, image. The books tend to be slim but ambitious, novels you can read in a sitting and then think about for months. Their authors are new, young, looking for new ways to tell stories.

Binary Star Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937512255
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - January 13th, 2015

Haints Stay Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937512323
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - June 2nd, 2015

Sloane Crosley’s North Star: A Q&A About THE CLASP

This may not come as a surprise to you, but many authors are not terribly charming—not off the page, anyway. Think about it: authors spend countless hours alone, living in their heads, crafting characters and telegraphing their movements and thoughts through carefully constructed sentences. It takes a lot of internal focus to write a book—and, as a result, authors sometimes seem confused and gruff when meeting their readership, grumbling and stumbling as though hospital patients let into the sunlight for the first time in years.

The Clasp Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374124410
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 6th, 2015