Featured Releases for May 5

Article by Jeremy

Although there are always great new titles coming in at Brazos Bookstore, we’ll occasionally have a week that’s remarkable for the number and quality of new releases we have to unveil for you. This week certainly counts one of those. There’s something for everyone: a gritty western, an unsettling coming-of-age story, an exciting debut set in Chechnya, an existential spy thriller, a post-apocalyptic YA read, and a nonfiction book about the future of the internet. No matter what your mood might be, this first great wave of summer reads is sure to get you excited about all the fun new releases you’ll be seeing throughout the summer months at Brazos. Come in and browse or ask one of our master booksellers to recommend something just for you.

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The Blood of Heaven Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780802121189
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Grove Press - May 28th, 2013

No other book coming out this year excites me more than Kent Wascom’s debut, THE BLOOD OF HEAVEN. You will be astounded at this young author's level of narrative skill. Set in the early 1800s around the time of the Louisiana Purchase, THE BLOOD OF HEAVEN charts the life of preacher, slaver, robber, murderer, and would-be revolutionary Angel Woolsack as he falls in with Aaron Burr in hopes of wresting West Florida away from the Spanish in order to establish a new nation. Wascom’s style echoes Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry, vividly recreatings the harsh, morally ambiguous world of the early nineteenth century territories. But even in the darkest moments, Wascom finds the kernel of humanity. A stunning, remarkable debut from a talent I expect great things from in the years to come!


Kent Wascom signs THE BLOOD OF HEAVEN at Brazos Bookstore on June 28

Who Owns the Future? Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451654967
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2013

During the 70s and 80s, our current conception of networks --the idea that information should be free and that culture should be open-- came to prominence in computer science. Under this scheme, everyone is supposed to benefit when people share information digitally; however, controversial computer scientist and philosopher Jaron Lanier is quick to remind us that not all computers were created equal. Whoever owns the biggest computer on an open network gets to out-calculate everyone else and can organize everyone else to their advantage. It doesn’t matter if that entity is a national intelligence agency, a finance cabal, Google, Facebook or Microsoft. It’s all exactly the same game, and Lanier argues that it’s not ultimately sustainable.


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Flora Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620401200
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 7th, 2013

Want to know how much readers love Gail Godwin? In a recent blurb John Irving said that Godwin was both “a present-day George Eliot’ and that her latest novel is ‘as word-perfect and taut as an Alice Munro short story.’ Some readers have compared FLORA to Henry James’s classic ghost story “The Turn of the Screw”. The book’s protagonist is 10 year-old Helen, whose beloved grandmother and caretaker has just died, and whose father is working on a wartime project shrouded in secrecy at Oak Ridge, TN. For the summer, Helen is left with Flora, her long-dead mother’s 22 year-old cousin, who, in Helen’s estimation, is the less worldly and mature of the two of them. The events that unfold over that long hot summer change both Helen’s and Flora’s lives forever. You’ll have to read the book to find out how.


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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
ISBN: 9780770436407
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth - May 7th, 2013

Interested in reading a fictionalized perspective of Chechnya after recent events in Boston? In Anthony Marra's debut novel A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA, out May 7th, 8-year-old Havaa's father is abducted by Russian soldiers and her house burned is to the ground. A neighbor rescues her and delivers her to the only remaining doctor in town for safekeeping. Told over a five-day span, this richly imagined, interwoven novel is a page-turner and definitely one of the best books I've read this year!


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The 5th Wave Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399162411
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2013

For those of you on the lookout for the next big thing in young adult fiction, Rick Yancey’s post-apocalyptic novel THE FIFTH WAVE is it. Touted as a cross between THE PASSAGE and ENDER’S GAME, this fast-paced thriller is an all-consuming, irresistable mélange of alien invasion, familial loyalty and good old fashioned mushy-gushy forbidden love.


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ISBN: 9780399161469
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Amy Einhorn Books - May 7th, 2013

Our prudish, old-fashioned narrator, a typist in a prohibition-era New York police station, becomes obsessed by the beautiful and mysterious 'other' typist, Odalie. She thrills as her life becomes a fantasy of speakeasies, bathtub gin and bootleggers. But the excitement comes at a price, and our narrator may not be telling the whole story. Fast-paced and cleverly plotted, this a perfect summer novel, written by  Rice University PhD candidate Suzanne Rindell.


Suzanne Rindell signs THE OTHER TYPIST at Brazos Bookstore on May 9.

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