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The Deep Thinker

The Deep Thinker lives the life of the mind; will shop across the sections--philosophy, poetry, essays, fiction, culture, science--but is always looking for the most challenging, intellectual reads 

By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from the New York Times Book Review Cover Image
By Pamela Paul (Editor), Scott Turow (Foreword by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781627791458
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 28th, 2014

BY THE BOOK collects all the best author interviews from the extremely popular column appearing in the New York Times Book Review every week. Authors include Neil Gaiman, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jhumpa Lahiri, James McBride, and many more! Every obsessive reader loves the NYT Book Review, and BY THE BOOK is sure to be a hit this holiday season.


River of Ink: Literature, History, Art Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781619024267
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - December 1st, 2014

RIVER OF INK is a global history of the ways the literary and visual arts have affected human culture for millennia. Spanning from ancient to contemporary times and filled with a bevy of astonishing full-color images, these essays range from the 1258 sacking of Baghdad when the Tigris ran black with the ink of destroyed books to the culture of book reviewing today. RIVER OF INK will intrigue anyone interested in art, world history or cultural studies. One of this year's hidden gems!


On Immunity: An Inoculation Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781555976897
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 30th, 2014

Eula Biss’s essays about the immunization debate range from the personal to the body politic and back again. Drawing on her experiences as a mother and an astonishing diversity of sources, Biss plumbs our ancient fear of infection. Biss’s precise language and wry humor make ON IMMUNITY a fine collection, as engaging as it is informative. It's a great gift for readers of science and culture.


Prelude to Bruise Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781566893749
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 9th, 2014

A blistering debut collection from one of the hottest young poets working today, PRELUDE TO BRUISE is seriously good stuff. Buzzfeed LGBT editor, Saeed Jones, explores our relationship to race, sexuality and identity through 53 subtly devasting poems. The title poem alone is worth the price of admission. Make the holidays for the poetry lover in your life with PRELUDE TO BRUISE.


The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781612194035
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Melville House Publishing - September 2nd, 2014

THE QUEST FOR A MORAL COMPASS is a 3000-year exploration of ethical thought, from Hellenic Greece and Maoist China to ancient India and modern America. Noted intellectual and cultural critic, Kenan Malik, takes on heavy questions about right and wrong, focusing on how morality has evolved across time and cultures. At times controversial and provocative, THE QUEST FOR A MORAL COMPASS is definitely for the deep-thinker. A great gift idea for readers with an interest in philosophy, religion and world history.


Event: A Philosophical Journey Through a Concept Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781612194110
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Published: Melville House Publishing - August 26th, 2014

The world's most popular and controversial living philosopher, Slavoj Zizek, presents his most accessible text to date. Exploring the ways unforseen and apocalyptic changes in personal and public life forever alter our understanding of the world and ourselves, EVENT is the perfect introduction to this challenging thinker. But it won't disappoint long-time acolytes either. If you're shopping for a reader who's always searching for the underlying causes behind world events, look no further than EVENT!


The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780670026746
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Published: Viking Books - September 25th, 2014

Every one knows Aristotle as a heavyweight of Western thought, but THE LAGOON points out that, in his break with Plato, he became the first biologist and the inventor of science as a field of study. Exploring both Aristotle's astonishing discoveries and spectacular misconceptions, THE LAGOON is a highly entertaining and peculiar science biography. A great gift idea for people interested in science and history.


The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781595341983
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Published: Trinity University Press - October 28th, 2014

A new collection of essays by Rebecca Solnit is always an event, and THE ENCYLOPEDIA OF TROUBLE AND SPACIOUSNESS is her most ambitious and sprawling offer yet. Covering numerous subjects, from climate change and revolution to communication technologies and Thoreau's laundry, Solnit's immitable style and piercing insight are on full display in this firecracker of a book. It's the perfect read for any creative nonfiction enthusiast.


The Meaning of Human Existence Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780871401007
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 1st, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist, Edward O. Wilson, takes on huge philosophical questions and flies in the face of a purely mechanical worldview to get at what makes humans different from other animals in THE MEANING OF HUMAN EXISTENCE. Wilson's books are always highly informative, well-written and likely to stir up controversy. THE MEANING OF HUMAN EXISTENCE is no different! Readers of science and philosophy will devour it.


What We See When We Read Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804171632
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Published: Vintage Books - August 5th, 2014

WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ is a beautiful, uniquely designed book exploring the myriad ways in which readers experience what they're reading. Full of fascinating cut-and-paste style art that helps illustrate Mendelsund's lucid ideas on reader collaboration and synesthesia, WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ will instantly appeal to lovers of fiction, culture, literary criticism, and graphic design.


Wittgenstein Jr Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781612193762
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Published: Melville House Publishing - September 2nd, 2014

A ruminative book of ideas in the form of a hilarious university coming-of-age farce, Iyer's latest novel, WITTGENSTEIN JR, revolves around a morose philosophy professor and his disillusioned students who are trying to reconcile the life of the mind with the harsh realities waiting for the after graduation. Comical high-jinks and profound insights abound! WITTGENSTEIN JR is the smartest and funniest novel you'll read this year.


A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781566893688
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 9th, 2014

This stylistically daring novel charts the disturbing experiences of a damaged woman in broken yet emotionally-laden prose that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING took almost a decade to publish, but when it was, it became one of the most critically acclaimed novels of the year. A true Irish, avant-garde masterpiece. This is challenging, high-brow literature at its best. Perfect for fans of Mary Gaitskill and Samuel Beckett.


The Cyberpunk

The Cyberpunk is attracted to nonfiction books on science and technology with a forward-thinking futurist worldview, but not necessarily as serious as the CC; some of what they read has origins in cyberspace; will be drawn to more ‘pop’ types of fun reads and obsessive fanatic stuff 

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Here Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780375406508
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon Books - December 9th, 2014

An ultra cool graphic novel depicting the events in a single space over thousands of years, HERE uses ingenious page cuts to layer the images from different times on top of one another, creating strange, dream-like tableaus. This year's Building Stories, HERE will be a gem in the collection of any graphic novel enthusiast. An imported and extremely limited title, get your copy of HERE while you can!


Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age Cover Image
By Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman (Foreword by), Amanda Palmer (Foreword by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9781940450285
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Published: McSweeney's - November 18th, 2014

Cory Doctorow's first full-length nonfiction book explores the current state of copyright law, net neutrality, and the future of creativity in the internet age. INFORMATION DOESN'T WANT TO BE FREE provides a convincing, passionate and timely argument that is impossible to be ambivalent about. This is the perfect gift idea for the tech savvy activist in your life or anyone interested in current events and our digital world.


Virtually Human: The Promise--And the Peril--Of Digital Immortality Cover Image
By Martine Rothblatt, Ray Kurzweil (Foreword by), Ralph Steadman (Illustrator)
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250046635
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Press - September 9th, 2014

VIRTUALLY HUMAN is an incredible look at the very real future of cyberconsciousness--computer technology that can simulate the human brain, or artificial intelligence. Sound like science fiction? This is happening now. Sentient robots exist. So much human thought has already been digitized through the internet and social media that soon it will be possible to completely replicate a human consciousness--a digital copy of an actual person that would technically be immortal. But what ethical implications does this technology pose for humanity? An unbelievably true exploration of cutting edge science, VIRTUALLY HUMAN is a vital read for any technophile.


Knowledge Is Beautiful Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780062188229
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Published: Harper Design - October 21st, 2014

Utilizing stunning infographics, David McCandless shows how disparate flows of information explain how the world works. KNOWLEDGE IS BEAUTIFUL breaks down the formulae behind movie plotting, the make-up of the galaxy, the ethics of corporations, the various structures of political economy, and much more! But more than simply presenting this information in an aesthetic way, the reader learns how to process this info into knowledge and create practical understanding. Anyone with an interest in graphic design, culture and science will absolutely love KNOWLEDGE IS BEAUTIFUL.


What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780544272996
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 2nd, 2014

Providing scientific answers to absurd questions has made Randall Munroe of xkcd and internet star. Now, in WHAT IF?, former NASA employee Munroe collects his explanations to the weirdest questions ever posed to him. What is the statistical probability of finding your soulmate? What would happen if every human being jumped at the same time? How would Mars change if the Earth's oceans were dumped on it? This is science (albeit hypothetical) explained with intelligence and humor. WHAT IF? has something for everyone. It's a great gift choice for that person on your list who's impossible to shop for.


Google, Volume 1 Cover Image
By King Zog (Editor)
$140.00
ISBN: 9782365680059
Availability: Backordered
Published: Jean Boite Editions - September 30th, 2014

Limited to only 300 copies, this beautiful one-of-a-kind artbook collects all the top Google Images search results for every word in the Oxford English Dictionary. More than a mere visual reference book, GOOGLE, VOLUME 1 provides a snapshot of our cultural timeline. It is somewhere between art and archive. Sure to appeal to anyone in love with art, pop culture or design, Google, Volume 1 is a must-have rarity.


The Onion Magazine: The Iconic Covers That Transformed an Undeserving World Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316256452
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - November 4th, 2014

The Onion. Need I say more? I do? OK. Well, this side-splitting, over-sized collection of the most hilarious covers published by the cultural satire stalwarts at The Onion. How to Stay Goth After 50, What to Know Before Adopting a Great White, they're all here. THE ICONIC COVERS is a great gift idea for any fan or anyone who just loves to laugh.


Is Your Neighbor a Zombie?: Compelling Philosophical Puzzles That Challenge Your Beliefs Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781620408414
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 28th, 2014

IS YOUR NEIGHBOR A ZOMBIE? is philosophy at its most fun. Filled with brainbending logic puzzles and thought experiments and composed with Stangroom's trademark wit, these conundrums will challenge you to examine the way you see the world and teach you about key tenants of philosophical theories along the way. Entertaining and smart on many levels, IS YOUR NEIGHBOR A ZOMBIE? is sure to confound and amuze the smarty-pants in your life. Don't worry! Solutions and commentary are included.


Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781571313577
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Published: Milkweed Editions - December 1st, 2014

ADVENTURES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE is the travelogue of Gaia Vince, environmental activist and editor of Nature magazine, who toured the world, visiting locales on the frontline of climate change. She observed all of the ways human industry has affected the planet from rising sea-levels to pollution. However, she also witnesssed the ingenious ways people are fighting back--making artificial glaciers, electrified reefs, islands constructed out of trash, and more! It's a sobering look at the present state of our global environment and an optimistic appraisal of human ingenuity in solving the very crisis it caused. This will make a terrific gift for readers of nature, travel and science writing.


Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds o Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374275655
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - December 2nd, 2014

Mathematics made fun again! THINGS TO MAKE AND DO IN THE FOURTH DIMENSION is an accessible and entertaining tour of math, from basic arithmetic principles to extremely advanced Calculus and theoretical concepts. Aimed at being entertaining as well as educational and including games, puzzles and hands-on activities, THINGS TO MAKE AND DO IN THE FOURTH DIMENSION is the perfect gift for the mathlete on your list.


Station Eleven Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385353304
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 9th, 2014

STATION ELEVEN is the most optimistic post-apocalyptic novel you'll read this year! Set in a dystopian future after a plague has killed almost everybody, a nomadic troupe of Shakespearian actors roam the wasteland and put on performances for the survivors. It's a celebration of the humanity of the technological age and the arts' ability to give life purpose in a horrible, meaningless world. This National Book Award finalist will make the season for any science fiction and/or Shakespeare geek, while also appealing to readers who demand the highest in literary quality from their fiction.


The Book of Strange New Things Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780553418842
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Published: Hogarth - October 28th, 2014

A philosophical exploration masquerading as high science fiction, A BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS follows the incredible journey of a missionary on an alien planet, where the locals have shown an immense interest in religion. Meanwhile, his wife is on a disintegrating Earth and communications are starting to fail. A testament to the endurance and frailty of faith, love and humanity in the face of unfathomable challenges, A BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS is the book of the year for anyone who craves literature that isn't afraid to take chances.


Fiction Addict

The Fiction Addict is basically like us--fiction all the time; reads from both big and small presses; always looking for the next life changing novel or story; fiction is our forte and this list should rock

A Map of Betrayal Cover Image
By Ha Jin
$26.95
ISBN: 9780307911605
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Published: Pantheon Books - November 4th, 2014

A Chinese-American woman confronts the history of her estranged father after his death, discovering his life as an imprisoned spy. In the wake of this knowledge, where do her national allegiances lie: to America, or to China? A great psychological page-turner that dramatizes a common immigrant experience: the feeling of being pulled between two countries.


Last Winter, We Parted Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781616954550
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Soho Press - October 21st, 2014

A young writer goes to interview a notorious murderer—a photographer accused of burning to death two models—before his impending execution. The relationship that forms between interviewer and subject recalls The Silence of the Lambs, but with even more depravity, cruelty, and obsession. Make no mistake: this is a dark book. But it’s tailor-made for strong-stomached fans of edgy fiction.


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The David Foster Wallace Reader Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780316182393
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - November 11th, 2014

No contemporary author has cast a longer shadow over American fiction than David Foster Wallace. With this collection of the master’s work, it’s clear why. Inventive, funny, erudite, heartbreaking, Wallace’s fiction and essays are indispensable, and this volume gathers his best work (and some previously unpublished syllabi). For Wallace fans, and also for newcomers ready to dive in.


Nora Webster Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781439138335
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 7th, 2014

Poor Nora Webster—at least, so says everyone in the small Irish town where she lives. Recently widowed at forty-six, Nora struggles emotionally and financially to take care of herself and her family, returning to work for the first time in years. But in this highly readable novel, there’s ultimately nothing poor about Nora. Despite the tragic premise, this is a story of hope and optimism—perfect for fiction fans looking for a serious but redemptive read.


10:04 Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780865478107
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 2nd, 2014

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, a poet in New York City struggles with his work, his romantic life, and his health. Blurring the line between fact and fiction, Lerner’s novel delights readers with its whimsy and beauty. A smarty pants book with a sense of humor; the young, romantic writer in your life will love it!


A Brief History of Seven Killings Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781594486005
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 2nd, 2014

1970s Jamaica: a time and place not too far removed from us. Against a historical backdrop, James tells a gripping story about the tumultuous aftereffects of political violence. The characters range from CIA agents to ghosts. Epic, vulgar, and inventive, this novel is a new classic of historical fiction. Anyone who fills up shelves with thick, ambitious books will relish this one!


The King Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780811223737
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 9th, 2014

Sometimes it isn’t so good to be the king. Just ask the title character of this historical novel, a Persian monarch in the 1800s who sits in the throne as the world changes around him. A story of a powerful though small-minded man confronting modernization, colonialism, industrialization, you name it. This relevant, lyrical novel is perfect for fans of historical fiction and also international affairs.


The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781627792103
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - September 30th, 2014

No, this isn’t the third installment in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy, but that doesn’t mean Mantel doesn’t weave equally enthralling tales in her short stories. In this book, the plots are twisty and the humor is pitch black. Consider one piece called “Comma,” about a mystery person wrapped in a blanket and the cruel, surreal attempts of two young girls to get the figure to talk. It’s strange, funny, sad, and distinctive. For fans of eerie short fiction.


A Little Lumpen Novelita Cover Image
By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811223355
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 16th, 2014

In the exotic setting of Rome, an orphaned brother and sister turn to a life of crime and get into trouble with a blind ex-bodybuilder who may have riches stashed inside his house. An accessible and beautifully written novella that moves with the velocity of a thriller. Anyone in the cult of Bolaño will love this book, but it’s also a great place to first wade into the author’s ocean of an output.


The Paying Guests Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781594633119
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 16th, 2014

After World War II, a British woman and her daughter take in two boarders: a husband and a wife. Soon, this act of hospitality descends into a tempestuous love affair, and eventually murder. A historical novel, but one narrow in scope—an intensely focused character study set against shifting times. Aficionados of British history and lovers of lurid romances will delight in this sexy tale.


Indigo Cover Image
By Clemens J. Setz, Ross Benjamin (Translator)
$27.95
ISBN: 9780871402684
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - November 3rd, 2014

It’s called “Indigo syndrome,” and it causes anyone who comes in contact with an afflicted person to become suddenly nauseated. Where has this syndrome come from? And what is the reason behind the mysterious relocation of several ill children? A haunting, paranoid, and utterly absorbing novel. Fans of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, and David Foster Wallace will love it.


F Cover Image
By Daniel Kehlmann, Carol Janeway (Translator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9780307911810
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Pantheon Books - August 26th, 2014

In the first chapter, a German hypnotist ruins a family, and if that isn’t a hook, I don’t know what is. In this book, each character—a priest who doesn’t believe in God, an art forger, a white-collar criminal—is a phony, struggling with various forms of midlife crisis. A satirical novel about the bonds of family and the lengths people go to appear happy—perfect for lovers of literary fiction about complex characters.


Culture Critic


The Culture Critic is interested in “smart”, high-minded books with a distinct social focus; particularly drawn to books about music and film that puts the media arts in its context; always has a finger on the pulse of the cultural zeitgeist; wants overtly hip and more serious cool reads but not averse to humor.

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812994995
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Published: Random House - September 30th, 2014

“I’m an unreliable narrator,” Girls star Lena Dunham writes early in her memoir, a whip-smart pastiche of young adulthood. Dunham recounts the pitfalls of growing up in a jazzy voice that keeps the book fresh. Perfect for bright twentysomethings, and also for adults who want to smile down on their own youthful mistakes from a perch of maturity.


The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780300187373
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Published: Yale University Press - September 2nd, 2014

Know a music nerd—somebody obsessed with the history of rock and roll? Get them this new book by the master of rock criticism, Greil Marcus. His inventive take on rock and roll—looking at its development through the lens of ten tracks, from Beyonce to a “song” that consists of a guitar being dragged behind a car. No rock and roll fan should be without this instant classic.


F**k: An Irreverent History of the F-Word Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780007522002
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Published: Friday Project - September 2nd, 2014

What kind of swearer are you? Do you swear in the office? Only around your friends? Do you use that most famous four-letter-word all the time, a kind of music that soundtracks your life? This book takes an irreverent—yet academically fierce—look at the world’s greatest curse word to identify what about swearing is so f**king satisfying. For lovers of smart books about crass things.


Skandalon Cover Image
By Julie Maroh, David Homel (Translator)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781551525525
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 7th, 2014

How far does a beloved celebrity have to go before you abandon them? In this graphic novel, a rock star misbehaves, Jim Morrison-style—until his debauched lifestyle catches up with him. Maroh’s follow-up to Blue Is the Warmest Color is an allegory for our present day obsession with celebrity. An edgy work, perfect for anyone fed up with shallow pop culture.


Martin Scorsese: A Retrospective Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781419710629
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Published: ABRAMS - October 7th, 2014

Taxi Driver. Raging Bull. Goodfellas. Casino. The Departed. Do you really need me to say anything else? Martin Scorsese is America’s greatest living filmmaker, and this book—featuring never-before-seen interviews and candid photographs—is the most comprehensive retrospective of his career yet. Now go home and get your f**kin’ shinebox.


Ricky Rouse Has a Gun Cover Image
By Jorg Tittel, John Aggs (Illustrator), Christopher Sprigman (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781906838829
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Selfmadehero - September 30th, 2014

A heartbroken American military deserter wanders into Shanghai and gets a job at an amusement park playing a “Chinese original” mascot: Ricky Rouse. What follows is a colorful, profane, sexy, and violent satire of American culture. Know a sardonic young person who loves poking fun at the way we live today? This one-of-a-kind graphic novel will make the perfect gift.


What I Love about Movies Cover Image
$36.95
ISBN: 9781623160623
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Published: Opus Books - September 1st, 2014

Movies have captured the world’s attention since the early days of the twentieth century, but exactly do we love about them so much? This was the question that film magazine Little White Lies posed to a series of well-known artists, including Wes Anderson, Juliette Binoche, Spike Jonze, and Quentin Tarantino. The result? A book of film lore and beautiful illustrations to delight any movie fanatic.


Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post-Civil Rights America Cover Image
$32.99
ISBN: 9780312571290
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 21st, 2014

We keep hearing in the media that we live in a post-racial society—but how true is that, really? This hip, intelligent book charts the controversial landscape of America’s relationship with race. Using a range of sources from across the last hundred years, this book is perfect for people interested in smart discussions of race and American identity.


Thrown Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781936747924
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Published: Sarabande Books - October 14th, 2014

A young philosophy student drifts away from a dull academic event and into a mixed martial arts competition. Watching the brutal sport, she feels a sense of transcendence. In attempting to explain this feeling, Howley profiles two MMA fighters, resulting in a book that mixes journalism, memoir, and philosophical inquiry. Know somebody who thinks they dislike sports writing? Get them THROWN.


Bad Feminist Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062282712
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

The Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452128276
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Chronicle Books - October 14th, 2014

In each of our lives, somebody helps us along—props us up with moral support, works on our health, makes us coffee every day. This beautifully illustrated book is a tribute to those helpers—history’s greatest sidekicks. Learn about John Wayne’s stuntman, George Washington’s dentist, Richard Nixon’s secretary. A tribute to the unknown! For fans of quirky, alternate versions of history.


The Aesthete

The Aesthete is the serious art lover with a more contemporary bent; wants books that are visually stunning or made with unusual production techniques; is into fashion and all things beautiful 

Elsa Schiaparelli Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307701596
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 7th, 2014

This is the first biography of influential French designer and lesser-known contemporary of Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli. More famous than Coco in their time, Schiaparelli had relationships with Surrealists and approached clothing as a form of social revolution. Her biography is the perfect gift for fashion buffs and anyone interested in early 20th century avant garde culture.


33 Artists in 3 Acts Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393240979
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 3rd, 2014

3 ARTISTS IN 3 ACTS is a fascinating "behind-the-scenes" look into the creative lives of a diverse array of contemporary artists. It's less about artworks than the work of art, how these individuals cultivate their public personas and how that affects their artistic output and its reception. Koons, Ai, Orozco, Sherman, and others make appearances. A perfect gift idea for anyone enamored by the intersection of life and art.


Eames: Beautiful Details Cover Image
$59.95
ISBN: 9781623260316
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Published: Ammo Books - November 1st, 2014

This eyecatching slip-cased mongraph of everyone's favorite husband/wife design team, EAMES: BEAUTIFUL DETAILS, explores the intersection of the Eames' professional and private lives. It's filled with candid snapshots recounting their creative processes and unique personalities, not to mention stunning photographs of their varied works--art, furniture, product design--it's all here. EAMES: BEAUTIFUL DETAILS will make a great gift for design buffs and anyone looking to, as Charles would say, "take their pleasure seriously."


Art in Time: A World History of Styles and Movements Cover Image
By The Editors of Phaidon Press, Gauvin Alexander Bailey (Contribution by), Matthew McKelway (Contribution by)
$69.95
ISBN: 9780714867373
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Published: Phaidon Press - September 22nd, 2014

ART IN TIME is an incredible historical overview of artistic movements with a twist! Organized in reverse-chronological order, it allows the reader to trace the connections between varied styles from around the world all the way back to the Classical era. Including timelines, expert essays and representational works from each movement all presented in Phaidon quality, ART IN TIME is an indespinable addition for any reader of art history.


Women in Clothes Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399166563
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Published: Blue Rider Press - September 4th, 2014

An incredible collection of conversations between hundreds of women on the subject of clothes and how they define their lives. WOMEN IN CLOTHES is a beautiful and very hip compendium of thoughts, photos and collections that will please any fashion lover on your list this year. 


French Art Deco Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780300204308
Availability: Backordered
Published: Metropolitan Museum of Art New York - November 4th, 2014

Early in the 20th century, the French invented Art Deco. The design aesthetics of the modern world have never been the same since. Collecting examples of all facets from furniture to fashion, FRENCH ART DECO is the definitive survey of this iconic style. The book is a work of art in itself and sure to make anyone interested in design and art history smile this holiday season.


Viktor Wynd's Cabinet of Wonders Cover Image
By Viktor Wynd, Oskar Proctor (Photographer), Theatre of Dolls (Illustrator)
$45.00
ISBN: 9783791349060
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Prestel Publishing - November 12th, 2014

All-around eccentric aesthete Viktor Wynd gives readers a guided tour of insane collections of all kinds from around the world. Whether the collection is medical oddities, Victorian-era pornography, taxidermy or random items that are just strange (and stranger when taken together), Wynd views these collectors as "the ultimate artists" today. A beautiful, unique and artsy book, VIKTOR WYND'S CABINET OF WONDERS will make the perfect gift for that oddball in your life.


Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People Cover Image
By Hamish Bowles, Chloe Malle (Editor), Anna Wintour (Introduction by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781419714245
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Published: ABRAMS - September 23rd, 2014

Every year, Vogue and the Met collaborate for the annual Costume Institute exhibit, featuring astonishing combinations of fashion and art. Covering the past fourteen years of exhibits in sumptuous photographs, this beautiful volume features now classic shows centering on Coco Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Punk Couture and more! It's total decadent beauty and will make a stunning gift for those interested in fashion, art and how the two interact.


Men in This Town: London, Tokyo, Sydney, Milan, New York Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781742707815
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Published: Hardie Grant Books - September 2nd, 2014

A candid lookbook of men's fashion! MEN IN THIS TOWN collects photos of stylish men in everyday urban settings, including London, Tokyo, Sydney, New York, and Milan, dahlin' Milan! These are not models, just well-groomed dudes who capture the fashion sense of these diverse cities. A beautiful book at a great pricepoint, it's sure to please the menswear aficionado in your life.


Breakfast at Sotheby's: An A-Z of the Art World Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781468309669
Availability: Backordered
Published: Overlook Press - October 2nd, 2014

BREAKFAST AT SOTHEBY'S is an insider account of the famous art auction house, written by a man who worked there for three decades. It's an interesting, tongue-in-cheek look into the business side of the artworld that explains how/why certain works cost as much as they do and all the level of speculation involved in purchasing a masterpiece. A great read for anyone with an interest in art history and the business of culture.


Faithful and Virtuous Night Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780374152017
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - September 9th, 2014

FAITHFUL AND VIRTUOUS NIGHT is a new collection from one of the most renowned poets working today. Louise Gluck provides the reader with a guided journey into the nocturnal life of the mind. Written in numerous voices and forms, these poems create a single, dreamlike narrative arch that is sure to appeal to all poetry lovers. A luminous volume!


Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594631412
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 16th, 2014

FRAGRANT provides an expert's insight into the history of scent and how it affects our lives. Focusing on five of the world's most popular scents--cinnamon, mint, frankincense, ambergris, and jasmine, renowned artisan perfumer Mandy Aftel explores the history behind these fragrances and the psychology of scent that makes them so appealing to us. Includes recipes! FRAGRANT is a terrific gift idea those enamored with beauty of all kinds.


The Refined

The Refined has expensive tastes for “the finer things”; will gravitate toward titles with a more classic feel (older art books as opposed to modern/contemporary); looking for the height of style and craftsmanship; likes “the good life” but will be more conservative overall. 

Goya: Order & Disorder Cover Image
By Goya (Artist), Stephanie Stepanek (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Frederick Ilchman (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$65.00
ISBN: 9780878468089
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Published: MFA Publications - October 31st, 2014

A comprehensive overview of the career of one of the world’s greatest artists, derived from the largest North American Goya exhibition in a quarter-century. Know somebody who loves collecting art books, or who just needs something a little strange and distinctive to decorate a coffee table? Goya stuns to this day.


The Heart Is Strange: New Selected Poems Cover Image
By John Berryman, Daniel Swift (Editor), Daniel Swift (Introduction by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374221089
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 21st, 2014

One of the quintessential tortured poets—alcoholism, combativeness, mental illness, suicide—but look beyond that for a moment: Berryman was one of the greats, and this collection, which spans his entire career, reminds us of the beauty of his work apart from all that biographical baggage. If you know a poetry lover—especially one who already adores Berryman—this volume will enthrall them.


The Thing the Book: A Monument to the Book as Object Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781452117201
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 23rd, 2014

A beautiful collection of miscellany that seeks to answer the question: “What exactly is a book?” Flip through this argument for the book as an art object, and you’ll find essays, full color photographs, ribbons, inserted notes—in short, you’ll find something like a cross between an exhibition and a high-end scrapbook. It belongs on a thoughtful person’s coffee table, and it’s perfect for lovers of design.


Ever Yours: The Essential Letters Cover Image
By Vincent Van Gogh, Leo Jansen (Editor), Hans Luijten (Editor)
$45.00
ISBN: 9780300209471
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Published: Yale University Press - December 2nd, 2014

A portrait of the artist as a young man! This collection of Van Gogh’s letters reveals his complex temperament as he grapples with his own artistic destiny and his fraught relationship with his family. But the letters also tell the story of Paris in the nineteenth century, as modernity and the avant-garde began to transform the city forever. Perfect for art and French history lovers in your life.


Heritage Cover Image
By Sean Brock, Peter Frank Edwards (Photographer)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781579654634
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Published: Artisan Publishers - October 21st, 2014

The long-awaited first cookbook from Sean Brock, beloved chef and emissary for Southern food and culture. Here, you’ll get updates on comforting fare—corn-goat cheese soup, crispy fried farm eggs, crispy pig’s ear lettuce wraps. Know a displaced Southerner who needs a taste of home? Know a foodie who wants yummy twists on classics? They’ll find this book delicious.


Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic Cover Image
$60.00
ISBN: 9780762454907
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Published: Running Press Book Publishers - November 1st, 2014

Cecil B. DeMille was one of the greatest filmmakers of the old Hollywood system—a director of scope and grandeur, known for classics like The Greatest Show on Earth and The Ten Commandments. With this gorgeous book—which opens the archives and presents a plethora of behind-the-scenes material—Mr. DeMille is ready for his close-up. Lovers of old movies will delight.


Frank Lloyd Wright: The Rooms: Interiors and Decorative Arts Cover Image
By Margo Stipe (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Alan Weintraub (Photographer), David A. Hanks (Foreword by)
$75.00
ISBN: 9780847843428
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Rizzoli International Publications - October 21st, 2014

There are many books about Frank Lloyd Wright, but this is the first high-end monograph that focuses on his interior design. What does that mean? Well, take a second; flip through this beautiful book. The photographs—of both private and public spaces—speak for themselves. Any lover of design and/or art books will relish this unique collection.


Alcohol: A History Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781469617602
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - November 14th, 2014

Know somebody who likes to pour herself a drink and settle in with a good book? Consider buying them Alcohol: A History. The title says it all. This book tells the story of alcohol, focusing on both the positive and the negative. But it also tells a broader story about class, race, and gender. A work of history that’s perfect for the thoughtful drinker in your life.


The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385536592
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Doubleday Books - October 7th, 2014

We all know about the beauty of the Renaissance, but what about the ugliness? This work of history provides a new window into the Renaissance, examining the nastiness—scheming politicians, vicious rivalries, debauched sex—that lurked behind some of the world’s most beautiful art. Perfect for history lovers, and for people who think most history books are too dry.


Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression Cover Image
$85.00
ISBN: 9781452141442
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Chronicle Books - November 11th, 2014

Is there a jazz-lover in your life? Or somebody just beginning to dip into the history of that iconic genre of music? Here is the perfect gift for aficionados and newcomers: a collection of vintage album covers, photos, performances, and other materials that tells the quintessential history of this storied jazz record label. And the book itself is a work of art!


Let Me Be Frank with You Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780061692062
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco Press - November 4th, 2014

Sardonic observations about American masculinity? Yup, this is the new Frank Bascombe novel. Ford places his iconic protagonist in the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy, where Frank helps a friend assess his damaged property, listens to a stranger’s story of family tragedy, and grouses about aging in America. Ford is a master, and this is a new classic—perfect for fans of thoughtful literary fiction.


Twilight of the Eastern Gods Cover Image
By Ismail Kadare, David Bellos (Translator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802123114
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - November 4th, 2014

When Boris Pasternak, author of Doctor Zhivago, won the Nobel Prize in 1958, it created an uproar in the USSR. In the wake of this, a young writer in Moscow struggles with the position of literature within a Communist country, learning dangerous truths about freedom and art. A newly-translated early novel by this acclaimed writer, it’s ideal for people who love intelligent stories about writers and art.


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Brazos Bookstore Young Adult Reading List 2014

The Last Dragonslayer Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544104716
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - July 2nd, 2013

Ages 10 - 14 | HAISLN List

Meet Jasper Fforde at Brazos in October! In his witty first novel for young readers, New York Times bestselling author Fforde introduces fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, who runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away. But when visions of the death of the world’s last dragon begin, all signs point to Jennifer and Big Magic. First in a series.


The Song of the Quarkbeast: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 2 Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780547738482
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 3rd, 2013

Ages 10 - 14

Meet Jasper Fforde at Brazos in October! In an alternate United Kingdom where King Snodd tries to control the world by controlling magic, only sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, acting manager of an employment agency for sorcerers, stands between Snodd and his plans. Second in a series, the third book hits shelves in October.


Fangirl Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250030955
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 10th, 2013

Ages 13 - 17 | HAISLN List

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life-- and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister Wren ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates, so Cath is on her own and completely outside of her comfort zone. The latest from the beloved author of ELEANOR AND PARK.


Counting by 7s Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142422861
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - September 16th, 2014

Ages 10 - 14 | HAISLN List 

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life...until now. She must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.


Boxers Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Lark Pien (Inked or Colored by), Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596433595
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - September 10th, 2013

Ages 12 - 17


Saints Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator), Lark Pien (Inked or Colored by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781596436893
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - September 10th, 2013

Ages 12 - 17 

In two volumes, BOXERS & SAINTS tells two parallel stories. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. Little Bao, inspired by visions of the Chinese gods, joins a violent uprising against the Western interlopers. Against all odds, their grass-roots rebellion is successful. But in the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them. As the Boxer Rebellion gains momentum, Vibiana must decide whether to abandon her Christian friends or to commit herself fully.


Dangerous Creatures Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780316370318
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 20th, 2014

Ages 12 - 17

MEET THE AUTHORS AT BRAZOS, MAY 21st at 7pm. 
From the world of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, this is the first in bestselling authors Garcia and Stohl’s new series DANGEROUS CREATURES. A story of magic, romance, and suspense, Ridley and Link navigate New York City’s music scene and encounter danger for Casters, Sirens, and Mortals alike. First book in a series.


The Impossible Knife of Memory Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780670012091
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Children's Books - January 7th, 2014

Ages 12 - 17 

The story of Hayley, a high school senior settling back into her hometown after years spent trucking with her dad, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who now suffers from PTSD and, consequently, a whole host of coping addictions. Hayley’s adult responsibilities at home are presented in the context of classic teenage concerns–the over-eager guidance counselor, the all-important SATs, and the unwritten rules of the cafeteria– and realistically depict a girl who had to grow up too quickly.


Legend Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142422076
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Speak - April 16th, 2013

Ages 12 - 17 | HAISLN List 

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-old Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy. The first in a trilogy.


Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250007209
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Square Fish - January 8th, 2013

Ages 12 - 17 | HAISLN List 

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl...Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg. The first in a wildly popular trilogy!

(Also available: SCARLET and CRESS.) 


The Here and Now Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780385736800
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Delacorte Press - April 8th, 2014

Ages 12 and up 

Sixteen-year-old Prenna is a time immigrant who arrived in New York with a group from the future when she was twelve. The group must follow strict rules to avoid destroying the new life their society has worked so hard to get, as well as the one person Prenna is desperate to protect. Full of intrigue and propelled by end-of-the- world-level stakes, a thrilling glimpse at our could-be near future by the bestselling author of THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS.


The Maze Runner Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780385737951
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Delacorte Press - August 24th, 2010

Ages 12 and up

Soon to be a movie! Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he's to escape. Perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT. First book in a series. 


The Truth about Forever Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142406250
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - April 6th, 2006

Ages 12 and up

Macy is looking forward to a boring summer: she has a dull job at the library and will log many hours studying for the SATs, while silently grieving for her recently deceased father. Everything changes when she meets the chaotic Wish Catering crew and starts really living life. You’ll fall in love with Macy’s crazy, lovable group of friend...and, of course, one very cute guy. A favorite from the queen of beach reads Sarah Dessen!


The Name of the Star Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142422052
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Speak - October 2nd, 2012

Ages 12 and up | HAISLN List 
The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one: Rory. The first book in a series.


The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763665661
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 25th, 2014

Ages 12 and up | HAISLN List 

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a grow- ing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naive to the twisted motives of others. The family saga told with elements of magical realism follows Ava’s quest to a devastating crescendo.


We Were Liars Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780385741262
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Delacorte Press - May 13th, 2014

Ages 12 and up 
This is the book everyone will be talking about this summer! Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her family and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember an accident that happened during her fifteenth summer. No one in the family will talk about it, but Cadence still suffers migraines two years later. You’ll need someone to talk about this book with–good thing it’s the first pick for our YA summer book club!


The Milk of Birds Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781442446830
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 11th, 2014

Ages 13 - 17 
When a nonprofit organization called Save the Girls pairs a fourteen-year-old Sudanese refugee with an American teenager from Richmond, Virginia, the pen pals teach each other compassion and share a bond that bridges two continents.


Code Name Verity Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423152880
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 7th, 2013

Ages 14 - 17 | HAISLN list

When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo after a plane crash, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution. As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?


Will Grayson, Will Grayson Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142418475
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Speak - April 5th, 2011

Ages 14 and up

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teen boys-–both named Will Grayson–-are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions. This book also features maybe the greatest high school musical every captured on the page.


Grasshopper Jungle Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525426035
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dutton Books - February 11th, 2014

Ages 14 and up

On one level, this book is about sixteen-year-old Austin, who’s in love with both of his best friends, a fact that he finds very confusing. On another level, it’s about Austin’s love of historical recordkeeping and his chronicles of his family history and other goings-on in his small Iowa town. And on a THIRD level, it’s about a horde of six-foot-tall praying mantises that take over the aforementioned town and bring about mass destruction. It’s somehow even crazier than it sounds!


The Knife of Never Letting Go Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780763645762
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - July 14th, 2009

Ages 14 - 17 | HAISLN List 

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him– something so awful Todd is forced to flee. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, Todd stumbles upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. The first in a trilogy.


Paper Towns Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142414934
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Speak - September 22nd, 2009

Ages 14 and up 

From the author of massive hit THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons to Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night--dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge–-he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Quentin...until day breaks and she vanishes. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues, and they’re just for Quentin.


Far Far Away Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780375843297
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ember - June 10th, 2014

Ages 12 and up | HAISLN List 

Jeremy Johnson Johnson is haunted by none other than Jacob Grimm of the Brothers Grimm. Granted, Jacob doesn’t “haunt” Jeremy so much as he tutors him in hopes of getting him far, far away from his boring hometown of NeverBetter. However, with such gifts come curses: the Finder of Occasions, a mysterious figure who intends Jeremy harm, has started kidnapping children, and nobody, not even a teen boy with a ghostly best friends, is safe. This super-suspenseful read was a finalist for this year’s National Book Award.


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

Ages 14 and up

"Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. My name is Amy Gumm--and I'm the other girl from Kansas. I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I've been trained to fight and I have a mission: Remove the Tin Woodman's heart. Steal the Scarecrow's brain. Take the Lion's courage. Then and only then--Dorothy must die!"


Every Day Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780307931894
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ember - September 10th, 2013

Ages 12 and up | HAISLN List 

Every day a different body, every day a different life, every day in love with the same girl. There’s never any warning about where or who it will be. “A” has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: never get too attached; avoid being noticed; do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning “A” wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which “A” has been living no longer apply. Because finally there is someone “A” wants to be with–day in, day out, day after day.


Out of the Easy Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780147508430
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Speak - March 4th, 2014

Ages 14 - 17 | HAISLN List

It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine silently stirs a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan to get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam of Conti Street.


Brazos Bookstore Middle Grades Reading List 2014

Mercy Watson Boxed Set: Adventures of a Porcine Wonder Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780763657093
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 27th, 2011

Ages 5 - 8 

The first six books in Kate DiCamillo’s hit series about Mercy Watson, a pig who is anything but ordinary. She likes to eat buttered toast, sleep in a human bed, and go on all kinds of crazy adventures. These stories will excite young readers with their whimsy, delightful illustrations and lovable characters!


Rise of the Balloon Goons Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780545493239
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Published: Branches - June 25th, 2013

Ages 6 - 8 

Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school’s being torn down, his new classroom’s located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters–and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him. This lighthearted and funny book combines text with illustrations and is perfect for new and reluctant readers.


The Miniature World of Marvin & James Cover Image
By Elise Broach, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780805091908
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - February 4th, 2014

Ages 6 - 9

James is going on vacation for a week but his best friend Marvin the beetle has to stay at home. Without James to keep him company, Marvin has to play with his annoying cousin Elaine. Marvin and Elaine quickly find themselves getting into all sorts of trouble–even getting trapped inside a pencil sharpener! Marvin misses James and starts to worry about their friendship. Will James still be Marvin’s friend when he gets home?


Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust Cover Image
By Loic Dauvillier, Marc Lizano (Illustrator), Greg Salsedo (Inked or Colored by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781596438736
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Published: First Second - April 1st, 2014

Ages 6 - 10

In this gentle, poetic young graphic novel, Dounia tells her granddaughter a story even her son has never heard: as a young Jewish girl in Paris, she was hidden from the Nazis by a series of neighbors and friends who risked their lives to keep her safe when her parents were taken to concentration camps. Gentle and approachable, this book is a fantastic piece of historical fiction for kids of all ages.


Oddfellow's Orphanage Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375870941
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Published: Yearling Books - January 28th, 2014

Ages 7 - 10  
What do an onion-headed boy, a child-sized hedgehog, and a tattooed girl have in common? They are all orphans at Oddfellow’s Orphanage! The story follows a new orphan Delia as she discovers the delights of her new home. From classes in Cryptozoology and Fairy Tale Studies to adventures at the circus, from Annual Hair Cutting Day to a sea monster-sighting field trip, things at Oddfellow’s are anything but ordinary.


Under the Egg Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803740013
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Published: Dial Books - March 18th, 2014

Ages 8 - 12 

When Theodora Tenpenny spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, she discovers what appears to be an old Renaissance masterpiece. There’s just one problem: Theo’s grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she worries the painting may be stolen. With the help of some unusual new friends, Theo’s search for answers takes her all around Manhattan and introduces her to a side of the city–and her grandfather–that she never knew. To solve the mystery, she’ll have to abandon her hard-won self-reliance and build a community, one serendipitous friendship at a time.


The Battle of Darcy Lane Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780762449484
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Published: Running Press Kids - April 22nd, 2014

Ages 8 - 12

It’s the first day of summer and with a new girl on the block, Julia and Taylor’s friendship just isn’t what it used to be. Experience Julia’s confusion at the other girls’ mean behavior, her innocent crush on the boy around the corner, and the tension she feels between the things she loved as a child and mysterious grown-up things that she knows she “should” like. This is Judy Blume for a new generation!


The Forbidden Stone Cover Image
By Tony Abbott, Bill Perkins (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062194473
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 7th, 2014

Ages 8 - 12

The gripping first installment of a brand-new series by prolific children’s author Tony Abbott. Wade, Lily, Darrell, and Becca leave their home in Austin, Texas to go on a global adventure to decipher the mysteries of their Uncle Heinrich’s map and save a priceless artifact from falling into the wrong hands.


Bliss Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062084248
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 8th, 2013

Ages 8 - 12  
Rosemary Bliss’s family has a secret. It’s the Bliss Cookery Booke--an ancient, leather-bound volume of enchanted recipes like Singing Gingersnaps. Rose and her siblings are supposed to keep the Cookery Booke locked away while their parents are out of town, but then a mysterious stranger tempts them to experiment with the Cookery Booke’s magical recipes. The first in a trilogy.


The Mysterious Benedict Society Cover Image
By Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316003957
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Published: Little, Brown Young Readers - April 1st, 2008

Ages 8 - 12 

After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. The first in a series of four books.


The Laura Line Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061992742
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 23rd, 2013

Ages 8 - 12 | HAISLN List

Thirteen-year-old Laura Dyson wants two things in life: to be accepted by her classmates and noticed by ultra-cute baseball star Troy Bailey. But everyone at school makes fun of her for being overweight, and Troy won’t give her a second glance. But when a school assignment forces Laura to learn the history of the slave shack on her grandmother’s property, and she discovers she comes from a line of strong African-American women and finds the self-esteem she’s been missing.


The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440420477
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Published: Yearling Books - March 13th, 2007

Ages 8 - 12 | HAISLN List 
This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures. The first in a series.


One Crazy Summer Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780060760908
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Published: Amistad Press - December 27th, 2011

Ages 8 - 12 

In the summer of 1968, after travelling across the country to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, resents their intrusion and wants them to attend a nearby summer camp during the height of the Civil Rights Era.


A World Without Princes Cover Image
By Soman Chainani, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062104922
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Published: HarperTorch - April 15th, 2014

Ages 8 - 12 

When best friends Sophie and Agatha return to a fairy tale world, they find that old enemies are no longer fighting, but a war begins to brew as an enemy arises from within. The sequel to the bestselling SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL.


The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442421080
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 20th, 2014

Ages 8 - 12 | HAISLN List   

Raccoon brothers Bingo and J’miah are the newest recruits of the Official Sugar Man Swamp Scouts. The opportunity to serve the Sugar Man—the massive creature who delights in delicious sugar cane and magnanimously rules over the swamp—is an honor, and also a big responsibility, since the rest of the swamp critters rely heavily on the intel of these hardworking Scouts.


Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780307931474
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Published: Yearling Books - June 24th, 2014

Ages 8 - 12 | HAISLN List   

Think CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY meets THE WESTING GAME meets NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM. Kyle Keeley’s hero Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the construction of the new town library. Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the game-riddled library hosted by Mr. Lemoncello. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route!


Rooftoppers Cover Image
By Katherine Rundell, Terry Fan (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781442490598
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 3rd, 2014

Ages 8 - 12  

When authorities threaten to take twelve-year-old Sophie away from Charles, who has been her guardian since she was one year old and survived a shipwreck, the pair goes to Paris to find Sophie’s mother. They are aided by her new friend Matteo and his band of “rooftoppers.” A fun and whimsical, girl-powered adventure about all the different ways we define family.


The Great Unexpected Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780061892349
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Published: HarperCollins - September 3rd, 2013

Ages 9 - 11 | HAISLN List

Humorous and heartfelt, this is a story of pairs–of Sybil and Nula (now estranged sisters who grew up together in Ireland), Naomi and Lizzie (both orphans in present-day USA)–and unraveling mysteries of family and identity. With Newbery Medal-winner Sharon Creech, you can’t go wrong!


The 26-Story Treehouse Cover Image
By Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781250026910
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 1st, 2014

Ages 9 - 12 | HAISLN List

Andy and Terry, introduced in THE 13-STORY TREEHOUSE, have expanded their incredible arboreal residence by adding several exciting features including a robot-controlled ice-cream parlor, a mud-fighting arena, an ATM (Automatic Tattoo Machine), and the Maze of Doom. Their publisher Mr. Bignose is demanding their next book, so the friends attempt to tell stories about how they met and how they first built their treehouse.


Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385753548
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 28th, 2014

Ages 9 - 12

A luminous retelling of The Snow Queen, this is the story of unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard who doesn’t believe in anything that can’t be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their mother when their father takes a job at a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her first day in the museum, Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen and he has been waiting for Ophelia’s help.


Smile Cover Image
By Raina Telgemeier, Stephanie Yue (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545132060
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Published: Graphix - February 1st, 2010

Ages 10 - 13 | HAISLN List  
Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. A long and frustrating journey follows with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. A fantastic graphic novel that explores fitting in, body image, and the difficulty of living in your own skin.


The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Cover Image
By Catherynne M. Valente, Ana Juan (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250010193
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Published: Square Fish - May 8th, 2012

Ages 10 - 14 | HAISLN List 

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September meets a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket) at her kitchen window who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The first in a trilogy.


The Thing about Luck Cover Image
By Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442474659
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 3rd, 2014

Ages 10 - 11 | HAISLN List 
Kouun means “good luck” in Japanese, and this year Summer’s family has none of it. Just when she thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan—right before harvest season. Summer and her little brother Jaz are left in the care of their grandparents who come out of retirement to harvest wheat and help pay the bills. Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.


When You Reach Me Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375850868
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Published: Yearling Books - December 28th, 2010

Ages 10 - 13 | HAISLN List 

As her mother prepares to compete on the 1970s television game show The $20,000 Pyramid, a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space. Throw in a heaping dose of A WRINKLE IN TIME and you’ve got this fantastic book from one of children’s literature’s best authors! Newbery Winner 2009


The Apothecary Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142422069
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Published: Puffin Books - February 12th, 2013

Ages 10 and up

It’s 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Fourteen-year-old Janie soon meets a mysterious apothecary and his son Benjamin Burrows–a fascinating boy who’s not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin’s father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary’s sacred book–the Pharmacopoeia–in order to find him, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies: Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons. First in a series. 


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