Dispatch from the Buyer

Article by keaton

Each month, we preview the books we can’t wait for you to read.

In April, the cruelest month: ecstatic suffering on the New Mexican desert; unrequited love warps the space-time continuum; what to say about Tracy K. Smith; poetry--like life like a garden; the evolution of one Thomas Stearns Eliot from reluctant war-time ambulance driver to silent sea scuttler; bare-knuckle lady boxing in Georgian era England.

Night at the Fiestas: Stories Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780393242980
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 23rd, 2015

There is a moment in every one of Quade’s stories when someone meets the source of her suffering. A sudden realization gives worth--if not meaning or purpose--to a lifetime of pain. And to witness humans persevere against an existence as harsh as the great American desert is undeniably beautiful.

The Lost Boys Symphony: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316323994
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 24th, 2015

Our relationships with friends, lovers, even music define our reality. Upset these, well...then it’s perfectly logical that a slacker college student might lose his tenuous grasp on sanity and find himself held hostage by three versions of himself from the future demanding he win back his ex-girlfriend before it’s too late. But what if she’s already gone?

Ordinary Light: A memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307962669
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Knopf - March 31st, 2015

Knocked the breath out of me in five pages.

Deep Lane: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393070231
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 6th, 2015

These are poems only an older poet could write. Doty, now in his 60s, reflects on his past, on memory itself. He confronts his ghosts. He says goodbye to them. There is much hurt here. There is also reconciliation and acceptance, joy and love. As with the metaphor of the garden running through the entire collection, we find growth and decay inseparable.

Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374279448
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 7th, 2015

You might feel shortchanged by a biography ending when its subject is only thirty-four. But if it’s about TS Eliot, those first three decades include World War I, Ezra Pound, The Waste Land, and the birth of little thing called ‘Modernism.’ What is it about youth that makes you think you can change the world? What happens when you actually do?

The Fair Fight Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594633294
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - April 14th, 2015

The best fighters come from nothing. They have nothing to lose. And when you’re a plug-ugly orphan girl raised in a 1700s English brothel, you don’t have much choice in the matter anyway. The women in this violent yet elegant debut novel, fighting each other, men and themselves, are all searching for one thing: a place in a world that has no place for them.

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