#BrazosBest Picks for September

Article by keaton

In September: on the (im)possibility of becoming a good man in a dying world; Mexican dentistry and the art of storytelling; the rise of America’s first female deputy; surviving rape and finding one’s self on the Pacific Crest; a love letter to the inimitable Joan Didion.

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ISBN: 9781616955212
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Soho Press - September 15th, 2015

Set during the apocalypse of our present, in a slowly decaying Detroit, Matt Bell’s latest novel is a vertiginous plummet into the darkest heart of man. A “scrapper” who makes his living selling off the remnants of America piece by piece stumbles upon a kidnapped child in an abandoned house, starting him on a disturbing quest for justice and redemption. Yet, what he uncovers will unearth secrets from his own inescapable past, ultimately culminating in a reckoning at the intersection of who we are and who we choose to be. Complex, troubling, and written in lyrical prose that belies its harrowing narrative, you will not easily forget SCRAPPER.


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ISBN: 9781566894098
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Coffee House Press - September 15th, 2015

Lovely, exuberant, and unlike anything you’ve read before, THE STORY OF MY TEETH is the story of Gustavo “Highway” Sanchez Sanchez, the self-proclaimed “greatest auctioneer in the world.” Sanchez is a model of self-invention, a worthy successor to Quixote or, at the very least, Sancho Panza. With wondrous prose, Luiselli explores the relationships we have to the objects in our lives, as well as the context of their worth. Bursting with imagination, playfulness, and good-natured invention, THE STORY OF MY TEETH is a letter to stories and the profound act of telling them.


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ISBN: 9780062291066
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: William Morrow - September 8th, 2015

You are allowed to give yourself permission. For Debby Parker, that meant leaving Colorado College after the institution shamed her and saved her rapist. Rather than retreat to her hometown in Massachusetts, Parker hiked the Pacific Crest Trail—all 2,650 miles, from Mexico to Canada—and became Aspen Matis. With her memoir GIRL IN THE WOODS, Matis illustrates these mantras: trust yourself and only rapists cause rape.


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ISBN: 9780544409910
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 1st, 2015

Constance Kopp and her sisters like their secluded farm life: Constance keeps the house, Norma keeps her pigeons, and teenage Fleurette keeps them entertained with her theatrics. When an obnoxious tycoon runs their buggy down with his car, Constance tries to get him to pay damages—and unwittingly unleashes a campaign of deadly intimidation upon their tidy life. This crackling page-turner is ripped from the headlines of 1916, based on true events, with a phenomenally larger than life heroine. GIRL WAITS WITH GUN is a zinging detective story, a late-bloomer's coming-of-age tale, and a painfully heartfelt story of family, all in one easily-devoured package.


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ISBN: 9781250010025
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: St. Martin's Press - August 25th, 2015

As a Didion devotee, I was in love with this book from its conception. When the advanced copy came, though, I hesitated. Would THE LAST LOVE SONG, the first and only Joan Didion biography, prove to be a death knoll? Would it be like some other celebrity biographies, where so much has been invented by the author that it’s hard to call it non-fiction? On the contrary, Daughtry always remembers his place: a biographer of a living person. He aims to illuminate Didion through her work, not the other way around. Delicate but thorough, THE LAST LOVE SONG is a love letter in its own right.


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