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Diary of the Fall (Michel Laub)

Diary of the Fall Cover Image
By Michel Laub, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781590516515
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Other Press (NY) - August 26th, 2014

DIARY OF THE FALL is an example of what great literature can do: make the personal universal, and in so doing reveal new corners of human experience. Told in first person, the narrator looks back at a cruel prank he and his friends pulled on the one non-Jewish student at a Jewish school in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The prank, though unkind, isn’t atrocious; it’s simply a mean stunt pulled by children who later feel ashamed about it.

The prank sparks the narrator’s recognition that his own father, now diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and his grandfather, an Auschwitz survivor, were once boys like himself. This single incident in narrator’s past becomes the catalyst for studying a family history, and a mirror on the 20th century. The son, like father, like grandfather, cannot escape history or his own DNA. He belongs to a family of men obsessively documenting their past, even as their futures collapse.

In one small book, DIARY OF THE FALL speaks of tradition, human cruelty, the Holocaust, immigration, the bond between fathers and sons, and how the past is never quite finished with us. It perfectly blends both style and content in unadorned and elegant writing, translated from the Portuguese by the esteemed Margaret Jull Costa. This book has stayed with me for weeks, and I hope it's only the first of Laub's books to be translated into English.


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Thinkers, Tinkerers and Tiny Adults

For the child whose idea of a fun afternoon is dismantling various appliances to see how they work. This child is reading for knowledge about history, politics, the world around them. They not only have a career path established, but five and ten year plans in place to get there. They're precocious children and globally concerned teens. 

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Half a World Away Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442412750
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

Literary fiction for 10/11/12 year olds! This is the story of Jaden, a 12-year-old adopted from Romania when he was 8. The book begins as Jaden’s parents have decided to adopt a baby from Kazakhstan and follows them as they travel to pick him up. Kadohata vividly portrays Jaden’s struggles adjusting to his new life in America and stable home. The narrative delves into his insecurities, difficulty bonding and his childhood in the orphanage. A serious story, expertly rendered for a young audience. 


Ideal for ages 10+


In Real Life Cover Image
By Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596436589
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - October 14th, 2014

This adventure-filled graphic novel from YA-great Cory Doctorow follows Anda, a teen girl at an awkward stage in her life, who finds friendship, empowerment and purpose in an online roleplaying game. With beautiful, vibrant illustrations and a positive message behind this rousing story, In Real LIfe is perfect for fantasy-loving girls who are ready to take over the world!


Ideal for ages 12+


The Book with No Pictures Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803741713
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - September 30th, 2014

This book follows through on the title’s promise: there are no pictures. However, there ARE silly words, ample opportunities to read with a funny voice and sizeable helpings of humor. the idea is that the person reading HAS to read EVERY word on the page, whether they want to or not...even if the word is made up and makes them sound crazy. A Brazos storytime sensation and fun for kids and adults alike!


Ideal for ages 5+


Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (Frank Einstein Series #1): Book One Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs (Illustrator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781419712180
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Amulet Books - August 19th, 2014

Frank is a kid scientist who visits his grandfather, Albert Einstein, while his parents are on vacation. Kink and Klank, two robots, work with Frank to make antimatter motor bike to enter into a science fair. I really liked this book because it was funny and entertaining and it was neat to see how smart Frank was. The robots had funny personalities and helped Frank a lot with the bike. I am really glad it’s a series and can’t wait for the next one to come out.


Ages 8+


The Cure for Dreaming Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419712166
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Amulet Books - October 14th, 2014

Teenage suffragette Olivia Mead wants the vote--and so much more than that: she wants to have a voice. When her father pays young hypnotist Henri Reverie to take that voice away, Olivia gets the final push she needs to fully stand up and use it. This amazing work of historical fiction (full of fantastic quotes and real photos of historic suffragettes) gives us a wonderful heroine, who’s allowed to be afraid and still fights back. I want to give Olivia Mead (and her eventual ally, the supportive, respectful, and dashing Henri) to every young adult in my life--past, present and future. THE CURE FOR DREAMING is an amazing gift to encourage young people in your life to trust themselves and the way they see the world--and never to find a “cure” for their dreams.


Ages 12-17


Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery Cover Image
By Jeanette Winter, Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481422949
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Beach Lane Books - November 4th, 2014

An inspirational pair of stories about brave children in Pakistan who spoke out against oppression. Though the stories are serious, the book is beautiful. This book will teach kids about the world and also give them some optimism!


Ideal for ages 4+


Once Upon an Alphabet Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator), Oliver Jeffers
$26.99
ISBN: 9780399167911
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Philomel Books - October 14th, 2014

Anything Oliver Jeffer writes becomes an instant modern classic and ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET is no exception. As enjoyable for cxhildren as it is for adults, I found myself reading it aloud to others and laughing at the irreverent end to each story. Get this one for your favorite young (or young-at-heart) person! 

Ages 3-5 


Hug Me Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781909263499
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Nobrow Press - September 16th, 2014

Poor Felipe! All he wants is a hug but his formal, personal-space-respecting family leaves him in the lurch. Funny and endearing, Felipe’s journey is a surprisingly moving tale of friendship and community. Also - that cactus is freaking cute!


Ideal for ages 3-7


Kiddie Cocktails Cover Image
By Stuart Sandler, Derek Yaniger (Illustrator), Charles Phoenix (Foreword by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780957664913
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Korero Press - August 1st, 2014

You’re never too young to learn how to shake a martini! Wait, no. There are laws against that. Luckily we have Kiddie Cocktails - perfect for the edgy hipster kid who wants to learn mixology in a legal setting. Mix up a nice Nada Colada or a Nojito. And let’s be real, you could put vodka in any of these and it’s a fun book for adults, too!


Ideal for all ages! (Vodka NOT included)


The Fourteenth Goldfish Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375870644
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2014

This is a delightful book, that's perfect for sharp young readers who like humor, science, and secret missions with friends. When her scientist grandfather discovers how to anti-age himself to be twelve again, Ellie has to help him sneak back into his lab, navigate middle school, and get along with her mom. Funny, insightful, AND it features a girl who wants a microscope for her birthday. What's not to love?

Ages 8-12 


Animalium: Welcome to the Museum Cover Image
By Jenny Broom, Katie Scott (Illustrator)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780763675080
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Big Picture Press - September 9th, 2014

Any words I could use to describe this book - vintage, beautiful, detailed - will prove utterly inadequate the moment you open it. In fact, go ahead! I’ll wait...See what I mean? This is the kind of book that can become a family heirloom, being passed down from generation to generation. Animalium is THE gift for any kid fascinated by the natural world.


Ideal for ages 9+


Afterworlds Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781481422345
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon Pulse - September 23rd, 2014

Darcy wrote a book in 30 days and just got a major publication deal. Lizzie is the main character in Darcy’s book who explores the underworld with a cute-boy tour guide. Both of these books - an ideal book deal come true and a complex fantasy yarn--appear in full to make up AFTERWORLDS. A fascinating look at writing and publishing, especially as both books impact each other. THE book for budding teen writers.


Ideal for ages 14+


The New Classics

These are the stories your children will read to their children someday. Taking their cues from the great children's literature of the past, these timeless tales are destined to be classics, or provide a fun twist on an existing classic.  

The Farmer and the Clown Cover Image
By Marla Frazee, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442497443
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Beach Lane Books - September 23rd, 2014

A clown falls off a train and is taken in by a kindly farmer in this wordless tale. This pure, lovely story - earthbound yet dreamlike - shows that affection can transcend language.


Ideal for ages 4+


Quest Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763665951
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 26th, 2014

The follow-up to the wordless wonder Journey, Quest takes our tandem-bicycle-riding heroes through a magical door and into a brand new adventure. Knights, castles, weird old maps - Quest has it all. With their magical sidewalk chalk and color-coordinated sidekicks, our kid heroes lead readers through the fantastic landscapes of a kingdom in peril.


Ideal for ages 4+


Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419712197
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 2nd, 2014

Full of rich illustrations and elegant rhymes, Madame Chapeau’s search for her lost birthday bonnet is a treat for the senses. Packaged in pale pink and filled with pictures of outlandish headwear and delicious cake, Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau is pretty as a petit four.


Ideal for ages 5+


Leroy Ninker Saddles Up Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780763663391
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 26th, 2014

Longtime fans and newcomers to Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson series will love this book - the first in a new spin-off series featuring a few familiar faces and a lot of new adventure! This is the perfect choice for very early readers and can be enjoyed as part of the series or as a standalone romp!


Ideal for ages 6+


Sam & Dave Dig a Hole Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763662295
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 14th, 2014

Know a kid who loves exploring and getting dirty? They they’d love Sam and Dave Dig a Hole! Illustrated by Jon Klassen, this charming picture book is visually stunning, warmhearted and fun! It’s as close to a sure thing as you’ll get this holiday season.


Ideal for ages 4+


Nuts to You Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060092757
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - August 26th, 2014

This book is about and a squirrel (Jed) who gets snatched by a hawk and then his friends set out on a treacherous journey to save him. My favorite part was the squirrel’s game at the end. I also enjoyed the squirrel’s interpretation of human language. If you’re looking for a book you can’t put down, choose NUTS TO YOU!
-- Katie R., age 9


Ideal for ages 8+


The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth Cover Image
By Zack Giallongo (Illustrator), Ian Lendler
$19.99
ISBN: 9781626721012
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - September 30th, 2014

After the zoo closes and the crowds go home, the denizens of the Stratford Zoo gather to watch THE STRATFORD ZOO MIDNIGHT REVUE present Shakespeare’s bloodiest masterpiece: Macbeth! Their performance is laugh-out-loud funny, chock-full of references for Shakespeare fans of all ages, and full of hilarious gags from both the cast AND the audience--who heckle, snack, and stand through all the best parts. Sheesh. Even with that, though, this book is tons of fun. Great for the theater kids young and old in your life.


Ages 7-10


While You Were Napping Cover Image
By Jenny Offill, Barry Blitt (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375865725
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - September 23rd, 2014

As a big sister, there are many responsibilities one must take on--namely, making sure your younger siblings are super jealous of all the cool stuff you get to do while they have to take naps! WHILE YOU WERE NAPPING explores this as well as other things crucial to a children's book, such as the importance of magic and wonder, the silliness of childhood imagination, and the strength of the sibling bond. An absolute favorite! 

Ages 4-8 


I'll Give You the Sun Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803734968
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - September 16th, 2014

This book combines a lot of elements beautifully: art, family, grief, growing up, relationships...and so much more than that. Told in alternating voices between twins Noah and Jude, both stories tell different parts of their shared and individual personal discovery. 13-year-old Noah and 16-year-old Jude’s stories move towards each other and reveal twists, pain and a bit of magic that neither expected. Captivating!


Ideal for ages 14+ 


The Witch's Boy Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616203511
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 16th, 2014

I ADORED this tale! Borrowing elements from fantasy, history, and folk tales, this story of a bay and a girl--each bound to save each other--is really something special. Perfect for readers who aren’t ready for YA content, but need more advanced storytelling and vocabulary. This is a timeless book for all kinds of readers!


Ideal for ages 10+ 


Egg & Spoon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763672201
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 9th, 2014

Part hero story, party fairy tale, Egg & Spoon combines elements of lore, history and today’s world to create a combo - breaker of greatness. Readers young and old will fall in love with Elena and cheer her on her quest to help her family.


Ages 12+


100 Sideways Miles Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442444959
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

Finn Easton counts time by the turn of the Earth--one second is twenty miles--and thinks about the stars his atoms came from (and their collision with the dead horse that fell a hundred sideways miles and gave him epilepsy and a scar on his back, in exchange for his mother’s life). His life is pretty settled now--until new student Julia Bishop comes to town and throws all his atoms out of whack. This new novel from Andrew Smith (of WINGER and GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE fame) crackles with Smith’s trademark chatty, vulgar smarts--no one captures teenage years in such sweaty, vivid technicolor. Andrew Smith’s teenagers are real. They swear, they sneak beers, and they make bad decisions. They worry about being “that kid,” about their friends, about wanting their parents to trust them. And, y’know what? They do okay. I wish I’d had Andrew Smith’s books as a teenager.


Ages 14+


Fables, Fairies, and Faraway Places

Books for the imaginitive, creative, dreamy dreamers. Stories of peril, creatures friend and foe, and fantasitcal destinations for the mind. This child walks into a tree because they were lost in imagination. Ideal non-book gift? Empty cardboard box.  

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442490611
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2014

What a special book! I devoured this story in two sittings. I expected your classic “tomboy goes to boarding school and learns that discipline and girliness are okay” story, but this isn’t that at all! Thank goodness! A deeply moving story about loss and identity, whose characters and settings pulse with energy. Really really lovely.


Ideal for ages 8+


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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 Highway Man. When a servant is mistaken for his master, who just happens to be a notorious bandit, he discovers he must honor a promise made to a faerie princess while evading the pursuit of a dangerous lawman!


Ideal for ages 12+


The Dragon & the Knight: A Pop-Up Misadventure Cover Image
By Robert Sabuda, Robert Sabuda (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781416960812
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Simon - October 21st, 2014

Robert Sabuda is the undisputed king of the pop-up book. No one else should even bother. The Dragon & the Knight riffs on familiar fairy tales as the knight pursues the dragon up Rapunzel’s hair and through Little Red’s woods. Fool-proof fun for just about any kid.


Ideal for ages 5+ 


The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781616953607
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Soho Teen - August 12th, 2014

This haunting portrait of a young artist reads like the life of Addison Stone herself—charged, explosive, and over too quickly. When art wunderkind Addison Stone falls to her death one night painting a billboard, everyone wants to know about the eccentric girl who made such beautiful work and pulled such crazy stunts. The interviews with her family and friends paint a picture of how the world saw her, her emails and texts give you her own words, and you can make your own decisions from the photos of her sprinkled through this biography—are her eyes sad? Is she smiling or just making a face?—but it’s Addison’s art, printed here in glorious color, that captures this sweet, strange, troubled young woman best. If you think there’s nothing new happening  in young adult fiction, Addison Stone will prove you wrong.


Ages 14+


Jackaby Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616203535
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 16th, 2014

Young Abigail Rook is barely off the boat when she meets Jackaby: an intense, disheveled mystery of a man with strange clothes. An odd pair indeed but if you’re looking for adventure, intrigue and some old-time America - Jackaby is your ticket.


Ideal for ages 12+ 


Salt & Storm Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316404518
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 23rd, 2014

The Roe women have been witches of Prince Island for centuries, and sixteen year-old Avery wants to take up her birthright. When a terrible premonition appears in her dreams, Avery knows it’s time--but her mother holds her captive to Victorian ladyhood, and Avery is trapped. This heartbreaking, hopeful fantasy unfolds in an epic journey through dreams and storms, hitting perfect notes of love and loss. Avery is a fantastic heroine--afraid, yes, but still defiant, fiery and full of longing. It’s a perfect gift for lovers of magic, seafaring, and choosing a future over a fate.


Ideal for ages 12+


This Book Just Ate My Dog! Cover Image
By Richard Byrne, Richard Byrne (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781627790710
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt & Company - September 30th, 2014

Bella is taking her dog for a walk when something strange happens: the dog vanishes into the space between the pages. A simple yet exciting story for kids who love an interactive reading experience!


Ideal for ages 3+


Mix It Up! Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781452137353
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - September 16th, 2014

Any aspiring artist will love this fun, interactive story in which the reader is encouraged to mix colors on the page! Simple and endearing - a way for a kid to play with paint without making a mess!


Ideal for ages 3+ 


Breaking News: Bear Alert Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781580896634
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - September 9th, 2014

This book is amazing!!! Funny and smart with jokes and references that kids and adults will love. Enjoy as these bears wreak havoc on everyone!


Ideal for ages 4+
 


The Blood of Olympus Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781423146735
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney Press - October 7th, 2014

At long last, we come to the end of THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS, finishing the adventures of Percy Jackson and all our other favorite demigods. Let’s all take a minute to cry that it’s over. …Are you done? It’s okay if you need another minute. Good now? Dry your tears, because let me tell you: this book is amazing. For fans of the series, this long-awaited finale is everything you can hope for—every loose end is tied up, every prophecy fulfilled, and nearly every favorite character you can imagine comes back for a last hurrah (Blackjack! Clarice! and I’m not going to say that Poseidon’s tacky Hawaiian shirts DO make an appearance, but I’m not going to say they DON’T). Though the final battle scenes are amazing, it was the growth of the characters over the course of the series that really had me tearing up at the end. Parents, treat your kids to this series: it’s got heart, smarts, and style.


Ideal for ages 10+


Uni the Unicorn Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780385375559
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2014

Do you know a young girl who believes in magic? Flip through this charming story about a unicorn that believes, somewhere out there, there’s a little girl destined to be her friend. A colorful story of magic and friendship! 


Ideal for ages 8+


Oliver and the Seawigs Cover Image
By Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780385387880
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 22nd, 2014

OLIVER AND THE SEAWIGS (9780385387880) is certainly a favorite this year. When his parents go missing, Oliver takes to the seas to rescue them! This illustrated chapter book for early readers has universal appeal and a British edge that reminds me of Neil Gaiman’s work, especially last year’s big hit FORTUNATELY, THE MILK.

Ages 7-10 


The History Buff

The History Buff will almost exclusively focus on weighty tomes of nonfiction--especially history (of course) and biography; will also be interested in current events/politics titles and business titles that relate to historic trends 

A History of Life in 100 Fossils Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781588344823
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Smithsonian Books - October 14th, 2014

The Smithsonian Institution presents an intriguing overview of evolution through 100 representative fossils, ranging from one-celled organisms to early humans. A HISTORY OF LIFE IN 100 FOSSILS is loaded with a plethora of amazing photographs and illustrations, accompanied by highly informative summaries of the signifcance of these particular rungs in the evolutionary ladder. THE perfect gift for natural history lovers.


Mark Twain's America: A Celebration in Words and Images Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780316209397
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Little Brown and Company - October 21st, 2014

Lavishly illustrated with photographs and artifacts from the Library of Congress, MARK TWAIN'S AMERICA is a beautiful pictorial biography of Twain and his time. This magnificent volume covers both his private and public lives, presenting Twain in his historical context, while also showing why he is still so relevant today. Guided by Harry Katz's vibrant narrative and including excerpts from Twain's own writing, MARK TWAIN'S AMERICA is sure will appeal to both American history and literature buffs.


Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780802123145
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 19th, 2014

AGENT STORM is the thrilling true story of contemporary terrorist and double agent, Morten Storm. A young Dutch man who converted to Islam and became mixed up in Al Qaeda, Storm eventually flipped and became a spy for the CIA, MI6 and Dutch intelligence, providing information that directly led to the execution of his mentor and American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. With unprecedented insight into the culture of terrorist and intelligence organizations alike, AGENT STORM is THE spy story of our era. A must-have for any espionage enthusiast or current events connisseur.


The West Point History of the Civil War Cover Image
$55.00
ISBN: 9781476782621
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 21st, 2014

Replete with meticulous detailed maps, photographs, primary materials, and expert strategic analysis, THE WEST POINT HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR is the most comprehensive military history of the War of the War Between the States ever compiled. Straight from the archives of the United States Military Academy, this is the same information they teach their cadets. Simply a must-have for any military history buff or Civil War nut.


The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781476708690
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 7th, 2014

In Walter Isaacson's inimitable style, THE INNOVATORS profiles the pioneers and accomplishments that led us into the digital world. Including chapters on Ada Lovelace, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Alan Turing and other influential figures in computer science, this is the history of our present. Sure to be pure gold this holiday season, THE INNOVATORS is a perfect gift for readers of science and history.


Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062127181
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Harper - November 11th, 2014

Trying to find something for the history buff whose read absolutely everything? LIVES IN RUINS is a detailed and thrilling look into the lives of archaelogists and their occupational obsessions. This is an entirely new way to experience history--through the lives of those who search for and preserve it every day for the rest of us. Filled with rare stories ranging from mummies to the American Revolution, LIVES IN RUINS is as entertaining as it is fascinating.


Writing History in the Global Era Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393239249
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 15th, 2014

As important as the study of history, is understanding the viewpoint from which it is written. WRITING HISTORY IN THE GLOBAL ERA provides an accessible look at historiography and how the conception of history has changed over time. However, it goes beyond that noble endeavor and also explores the changes that still need to be made in this age of globalization in order to make the study of human history more inclusive and relevant to our time. A great gift idea for the history buff who has read everything, WRITING HISTORY IN THE GLOBAL ERA will also appeal to those interested in cultural studies and theories of writing.


The Fortunes of Africa: A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed, and Endeavor Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781610394598
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: PublicAffairs - October 14th, 2014

Noted expert on Africa, Martin Meredith, surveys 5000 years of the continent's history, from the empires of the Egyptian pharoahs, to the horrors of colonization and the Middle Passage, right up to the myriad present day issues facing the land and its people. THE FORTUNES OF AFRICA is a profound work, almost assured to become a seminal text of African history. For readers who enjoy nothing more than poring over a hefty, epic historical tome, it doesn't get any better than THE FORTUNES OF AFRICA.


Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385531207
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Doubleday Books - October 28th, 2014

This rousing biography draws on numerous, varied sources from across centuries and continents to create a new portrayal of Joan of Arc and why her short life has so resonated throughout time. JOAN OF ARC: A LIFE TRANSFIGURED looks at the contrasting images of this legendary heroine, culminating in a revealing and revitalizing narrative. This is sure to be a hit with fans of biography, world history, religion, and culture.


All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780307273383
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 30th, 2014

A work of political history that charts the fall of Gary Hart, a once-promising Democrat brought down by a sex scandal in 1987. This clear-eyed book argues that Hart’s downfall gave rise to something now commonplace: tabloid politics. A book for political and news junkies—those who remember Hart, and also those starting to pay attention to this country.


The Woman Who Would Be King Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780307956767
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 14th, 2014

Fans of Egypt and books about strong historical figures will delight in this lucid biography of Hatshepsut, a young woman who, in 1478 BCE, became Egypt’s second female pharaoh. But this isn’t just a book for history junkies. This story—full of political intrigue and issues of gender—echoes our present day and resonates still.


Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780770437060
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 28th, 2014

Millions of Americans are fascinated by New Orleans. Do you know one of those people? This book—the definitive account of the modernization of New Orleans—focuses on Tom Anderson, czar of Storyville, a man of vice. As colorful and fascinating as an HBO miniseries, this wild historical tale will delight lovers of deliciously decadent stories.


The Professional

The Professional is always concerned with the now or looking forward to the next big thing; interested in architecture, current events, science/technology and, always the entrepreneur, business; wants to know how the man-made world works and how that knowledge can be used to their advantage 

Atlas of Cities Cover Image
By Paul Knox (Editor), Richard Florida (Foreword by)
$49.50
ISBN: 9780691157818
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Published: Princeton University Press - August 24th, 2014

A brilliant and unique atlas of urbanism and the evolution of cities. THE ATLAS OF CITIES is divided by category--networked, foundational, green, and more--and postulates what cities of the future might be like. No other book on cities is quite like this one. This indispensable volume and a perfect gift idea for architects and anyone interested in urban studies.


Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780804139298
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Published: Crown Business - September 16th, 2014

From Peter Thiel, the billionaire entrepreneur who co-founded PayPal and invested in a nacent Facebook, ZERO TO ONE is an empowering business guide to creating and developing successful start-ups. Thiel puts the focus on the next big thing as opposed to recreating what's already been done. This is the business book and inspirational guide for any forward-thinking creative-type who wants to help build the future.


How to Kill a Unicorn: How the World's Hottest Innovation Factory Builds Bold Ideas That Make It to Market Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780804138734
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Published: Crown Business - October 7th, 2014

Today's fast-paced business world revolves around one concept--innovation. And no one is better about developing and marketing innovative products successfully than Fahrenheit 212 founder, Mark Payne. In HOW TO KILL A UNICORN, Payne guides the reader step-by-step through the process of his groundbreaking firm, presenting their unique methodology of combining creativity and business acumen. And you got to love that title!


Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062302458
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Published: HarperBusiness - September 9th, 2014

Drawing on examples from business, world history and celebrity icons, prolific business/technology writer Shane Snow explores people who accomplish amazing things in very short periods of time. SMARTCUTS is written in the style of an adventure narrative that's as fun to read as it is informative. The perfect gift for the up-and-coming entrepeneur striving to make their mark.


How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781594632969
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 30th, 2014

Our world is filled with technologies we take for granted—refrigerators, clocks, purified water—but have you ever wondered about the origins of such ubiquitous features of modern life? This book, written in a fast and appealing style, traces the development of some of today’s key technologies. A perfect book for thoughtful people who like to slow down and analyze the world.


Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781612194080
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Published: Melville House Publishing - October 14th, 2014

ADA'S ALGORITHM is a fascinating look into the life of Lord Byron's daughter--Ada Lovelace--who created of the world's first computer program before electricity even existed! A true visionary and digital pioneer, Lovelace's contributions to computer science have long been overlooked due to her gender and the time in which she lived. This illuminating biography returns her to her rightful place. ADA'S ALGORITHM would make a terrific gift for readers interested in technology, history, and biographies of remarkable women.


The Glass Cage: Automation and Us Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393240764
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 29th, 2014

Pulitzer finalist Carr, explores the benefits and drawbacks of our ever more automated world in THE GLASS CAGE. Drawing on extensive neurological, psychological and historical research, he makes the case for reconsidering automation's dominion over our lives. A cogent, timely book by an expert science writer, THE GLASS CAGE is perfect for readers interested in the intersection between technology, philosophy and human behavior.


How Google Works Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781455582341
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 23rd, 2014

From the bigwigs at Google comes this revealing look into the working environment and creative philosophy that have made Google the giant success it is. Replete with insider anecdotes and the stratagems that have helped to encourage and develop Google's numerous innovations, HOW GOOGLE WORKS is the perfect gift for anyone looking for inspiration to take their business practices to the nth degree.


This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781451697384
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 16th, 2014

Shock Doctrine author Naomi Klein's newest book, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, explores the relationship between capitalism and climate change and how they influence one another in today's world. Sure to be provocative and insightful, Klein makes the case for abandoning capitalism in order to save both our economy and our planet. A great idea for political and environmental activists, or anyone interested in global current events.


A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385349918
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 23rd, 2014

From the authors of Half the Sky, a new book on how to become a global citizen and a positive force through philanthropy. A PATH APPEARS spans the earth, profiling numerous individuals working for the collective good and providing practical advice for making a difference yourself. An inspirational affirmation of what people can accomplish together, A PATH APPEARS is just the gift for idealists who want to help change the world for the better.


Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781610394550
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: PublicAffairs - November 11th, 2014

Part travelogue, part expose of the strange new world that is modern Russia, NOTHING IS TRUE AND EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE just might be the most interesting book you read this year. Religious biker gangs, Putin's propagandists, Russia's new elites with untold amounts of money, they all play a part in this surreal odyssey. Perfect for readers of current events, world history and cultural studies--or anyone who believes truth is stranger than fiction.


Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374280604
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 7th, 2014

LA Times book editor and author Hector Tobar was the only journalist granted exclusive access to the stories of the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for more than two months when their shoddy mine collapsed in 2010. A riveting work of reportage, DEEP DOWN DARK is the only authorized account of this real-life adventure story that captivated the world. A great idea for readers of survial stories, current events and tales of human endurance.


The Homebody

The Homebody would rather stay in and relax than have a rousing adventure; looking for lighter reading like humorous fiction and fun, gifty books; will also be into the domestic realm and want cookbooks, interior design and other titles that focus on the beauty of the home; may also be armchair travelers and want titles that bring the world to them 

Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781594486296
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014

The effervescent Lamott returns with a profound collection of essays that cover wide-ranging subjects: competition with other moms, dying with dignity, Internet dating, and more! Throughout everything, Lamott is optimistic, finding, as the book’s subtitle suggests, improbable moments of grace. Grab this book for a friend who needs some wisdom, or who needs a reminder that the world, for all its warts, can be an awfully lovely place.


The Pollan Family Table: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom for Delicious, Healthy Family Meals Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781476746371
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 28th, 2014

Know a food lover with a big family to feed? Take some advice from one of the foodiest families around—the Pollans! So what are you hungry for? Sweet and hot sausage hero melt? Beer-battered fish tacos? Brussels sprouts and pine nuts? These mouth-watering recipes are easy to follow and will delight anyone who cherishes time in the kitchen.


An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781908276469
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Published: And Other Stories - October 7th, 2014

Are you a person whose microwave dreams of them—whose favorite activity is chatting with the mailman? Or are you someone glittering, romantic, in search of “a clang! a clamour! a new expression!”? In this book-length poem, two lovers—one an accountant, another an angel—debate these opposing points of view. The result? Luminous, funny verse, perfect for any poetry-lover or romantic.


Daily Dishonesty: The Beautiful Little Lies We Tell Ourselves Every Day Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781419714030
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Published: Abrams Image - September 2nd, 2014

How many lies do you tell each day? I don’t mean big ones. I mean small ones, like, “I won’t eat all of the French fries,” or, “I know exactly how you feel,” or, “Me too.” This beautifully illustrated book—envisioned during an evening of wine and cheese—is the perfect gift item: funny, sassy, erudite. For that close friend with whom you’ve shared the most harmless of daily dishonesties.


How to Eataly: A Guide to Buying, Cooking, and Eating Italian Food Cover Image
By Eataly, Mario Batali (Foreword by), Lidia Bastianich (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780847843350
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Published: Rizzoli International Publications - September 30th, 2014

Do you know somebody who loves Italian food? They’ll want to learn from the experts! With this book—assembled by the folks at Eataly, the world’s foremost Italian market—you’ll not only learn about the best ingredients, but you’ll also find delicious recipes written so artfully that anyone could understand them. The cook in your life will love this beautiful book. Yum!


The Jane Austen Rules: A Classic Guide to Modern Love Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781612193823
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Published: Melville House Publishing - October 14th, 2014

“The novels of Jane Austen are still our safest guide to the rough-and-tumble course that is true love.” So writes author Murphy in her introduction to this slim, witty volume—a book that takes wisdom from Austen’s work and applies it to contemporary romance in smart and surprising ways. Know an Austen lover, or somebody looking for a erudite guide to dating? They’ll love this book.


My Favorite Things Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780062122971
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Published: Harper Design - October 21st, 2014

Which personal possessions define who you are? This volume collects images and writing about objects—paintings, photographs, books—from Kalman’s personal collection and also from Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In the process, it becomes a love song to objects, and also a sort of autobiography told through possessions—exactly the way so many of us like to tell our own stories. Perfect for the sentimental collector in your life.


Collected: Living with the Things You Love Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781419713958
Availability: Backordered
Published: ABRAMS - October 14th, 2014

This gorgeous book is a dream for collectors! Consisting of photographic tours of collections around the world—from sewing tools to sand—this expansive work not only presents collections but also replicates the thrill of the hunt, suggesting great psychological truths about why people bring objects into their homes and arrange them for display.


The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure Cover Image
By C. D. Rose, Andrew Gallix (Introduction by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781612193786
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Published: Melville House Publishing - November 4th, 2014

You’ve no doubt heard of Franz Kafka, but have you heard of Hans Kafka, born across the street? Despite his literary ambitions, poor Hans never quite made it, falling into obscurity. This book collects dozens of satirical stories like Hans Kafka’s, forming a hilarious alternate history of the written word. Literature snobs with a sense of humor will love this.


Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors Cover Image
By The Editors of Phaidon Press, Nacho Alegre (Contribution by), Aric Chen (Contribution by)
$79.95
ISBN: 9780714867441
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 20th, 2014

This book proves that interior design is an art of its own. Leaf through this tome of cutting edge interiors from around the world, and you’ll be blown away by everything, from a “box-like chestnut-wood” restaurant in Barcelona to the Rain Room in London, where people can walk through the rain without getting wet. For design nerds and young urbanites in need of a killer coffee table book.


On the Edge Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250046017
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Published: Picador USA - October 14th, 2014

An early novel from the acclaimed St. Aubyn, available in the United States for the first time. In this fast, fun book, a merchant banker falls under the spell of New Age-y woman and abandons his life to follow her to California. A delightful satire of both conformity and nonconformity, give this book to the fiction addict in your life who loves a quick, smart read.


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How to Build a Girl Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062335975
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Published: Harper - September 23rd, 2014

What happens when a fourteen-year-old girl gets sick of her failed-rock-star father, her overabundance of siblings, and government assistance? She transforms herself into Dolly Wilde, a sexy, scathing music journalist. A raw, charming, funny debut, perfect for teenagers who run from the mainstream, and for fans of sharp and imaginative literary fiction.


The Texan

The Texan is looking for all things Texas--cookbooks, eye-catching photography, some Texas-based fiction, and nonfiction about how awesome the Lone Star State is.

Hill Country Houses: Inspired Living in a Legendary Texas Landscape Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9781580933780
Availability: Backordered
Published: Monacelli Press - October 7th, 2014

This big, beautiful limited edition monograph of big, beautiful Texas hill country houses is simply jaw-dropping. A variety of stunning residences, with designs ranging from rustic charm to contemporary opulence, are featured. Focusing on both architecture and interior design, HILL COUNTRY HOUSES is the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates the art of beautiful and oh-so-Texan homes.


The Devil's Backbone Cover Image
By Bill Wittliff, Jack Unruh (Illustrator)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780292759954
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: University of Texas Press - October 1st, 2014

The great Bill Wittliff presents a chilling illustrated novel of the Texas frontier, centering on an unnamed child trying to escape his abusive, domineering father. Adventures and discoveries abound! THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE is the perfect work of fiction for the Texas-fanatic in your life, and it will definitely please fans of Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry.


Jack Allen's Kitchen: Celebrating the Tastes of Texas Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780292763593
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Published: Jack Allen's Kitchen Restaurants - October 15th, 2014

Jack Allen's Kitchen has been making sensational farm-to-table fare in Central Texas for years, and now this popular chef has his own cookbook! JACK ALLEN'S KITCHEN inculdes some of the restaurants signature dishes, as well as remarkable food and beverage from across the state. A love letter to Texas food and the people who make it possible, JACK ALLEN'S KITCHEN is quintessential Texas.


The Face of Texas Cover Image
$60.00
ISBN: 9780292761094
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Published: University of Texas Press - September 30th, 2014

Willie Nelson! Lady Bird Johnson! Kinky Friedman! All the icons that make Texas such a special place are featured in THE FACE OF TEXAS. Terrific photographic portraits accompanied by brief yet revealing biographical profiles make this the ultimate coffee table book for any Texan!


Marfa Flights: Aerial Views of Big Bend Country Cover Image
By Paul V. Chaplo, T. Lindsay Baker (Foreword by), Lawrence John Francell (Introduction by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781623491680
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Texas A&M University Press - July 29th, 2014

MARFA FLIGHTS is exactly what it sounds like: spectacular aerial photographs of West Texas and the Big Bend. Filled with stunning vistas, this is a great gift idea for anyone enamored with the natural beauty of the Lone Star State.


On the Road with Texas Highways: A Tribute to True Texas Cover Image
By J. Griffis Smith, Charles J. Lohrmann (Foreword by), E. Dan Klepper (Contribution by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781623491833
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Texas A&M University Press - September 15th, 2014

For thirty years, J. Griffis Smith has crisscrossed the state taking photos for the storied Texas Highways magazine. This collection brings together the best of his career, with pictures of hallowed landmarks as well as the hidden beauty just off the beaten path. A fantastic photographic travelogue, ON THE ROAD WITH TEXAS HIGHWAYS is a true celebration of all the vast wonders Texas has to offer.


The Astrodome: Building an American Spectacle Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780990528210
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Published: Aspinwall Press - July 16th, 2014

Looking for a Texas read that hits a little closer to home? This book provides a fascinating insight into the machinations behind building the '8th Wonder of the World', Houston's Astrodome--the first ever domed stadium. A great gift idea for readers interested in local history and architecture.


Texas on the Table: People, Places, and Recipes Celebrating the Flavors of the Lone Star State Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780292744097
Availability: Backordered
Published: University of Texas Press - October 15th, 2014

TEXAS ON THE TABLE is more than a mere cookbook, it is a celebration of the people and places that make Texan cuisine one of the most varied and vibrant in the world. Organized by ingredients and their regions of origin, TEXAS ON THE TABLE is a must-have volume for any Texas foodie!


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