Article by ben

Is there any color that hits harder than red? It’s not just primary, it’s primal, evoking extremes of rage and lust, blood and guts, communists and Tea Party Republicans. For this week’s Brazos Book List, we’re taking a look at our inventory through rose-tinted glasses, drawing connections across new fiction and the arts.

The Red Notebook (New Directions Pearls) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811220972
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - July 16th, 2013

There’s no shame in getting a little hot over the beautiful form of a physical book, or how it feels in your hand as you thumb the stiffly yielding cover and the whispering, cottony pages (rawr, baby). The publisher New Directions and the living-legend cover designer Rodrigo Corral came together to produce a little pearl of an artifact for Paul Auster’s classic off-beat THE RED NOTEBOOK. Mark sums it up: “A brilliant writer reflecting brilliantly on coincidence, memory and the importance of chance in life.” Could this be the perfect little red book?

Sabbath's Theater Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679772590
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - August 6th, 1996

There’s a special place in the literary afterlife for Mickey Sabbath, the leering demon on the rich vermillion cover of this National Book Award-winner. He’s an egotist, a misogynist, a boor. As it happens, there are more than a few readers who ascribe the same qualities to Philip Roth himself. But whether you love or hate the character and his creator, you can’t deny their virtuosic creativity, their dynamic storytelling, their mastery of language. This is probably Roth’s best novel; you can’t turn the pages fast enough, and you can’t believe a human mind can create a hilarious fictional world so dazzlingly alive.

Year of the Goose Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939419514
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Unnamed Press - December 22nd, 2015

This new novel is one of Annalia’s favorites of the year. She writes: “Ask me about YEAR OF THE GOOSE and I will tell you it’s like sucking on a lemon, in a good way. In her spunky, strange, debut novel, Carly J. Hallman addresses decadence in the form of China’s tycoon culture. With sinister secrets from the heiress of China’s most successful corporation, Bashful Goose Snack Company, to tales of woe from a monk trapped inside the body of a turtle, Hallman’s characters are as grotesque as they are intriguing. The moral of the story here: beware of decadence.”

At Large: AI Weiwei on Alcatraz Cover Image
By David Spalding (Editor)
ISBN: 9781452142760
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Chronicle Books - March 10th, 2015

Your eye is inexorably drawn to the vibrant red on the cover, accented with gold letters—as you get closer you see the subtlest variations in shade, creating what you slowly realize are intricate floral forms. The reference is two-fold: to the red and yellow of the Chinese flag, and to the delicate porcelain flowers of the installation Blossom, one of the off-beat and fascinating installation pieces featured in this handsome volume. The concept for the collection here is a startlingly diverse set of installation pieces executed at the island prison of Alcatraz, including a set of Icarus-like mechanical wings made of solar panels (Refraction), Lego-portraits of dissident artists and thinkers, and an interactive installation with custom designed postcards. Ai Weiwei has generated controversy recently with his self-portrait mimicking the corpse of the dead Syrian boy on the Turkish beach. This collection is something radically other, and gives you a sense of the diversity of his genius.

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The Vegetarian Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553448184
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Hogarth Press - February 2nd, 2016

Our pick for Brazos Best for the month of February—this slim, eerie novel has been flying off our shelves. Keaton says: “A terrifying vision of madness and obsession from a South Korean author poised to make huge waves in English translation. After a disturbing nightmare, Yeong-hye swears off eating meat and sets off a chain reaction that spirals outward from her and draws into question the very notions of identity and relationships. Exuding creeping psychological dread and a dark eroticism, THE VEGETARIAN will get under your skin and stay there.”

After Birth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544582910
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - February 2nd, 2016

Wanna know what Brooke thinks about AFTER BIRTH, one of her recent favorites? “Albert’s new novel delivers a delightful sucker punch. Love, sex, procreation; hot neighbors; loving husbands; powerful lady friendships. At times an all-out screed, AFTER BIRTH is not a warm and fuzzy dose of motherhood. Hold onto your hat—Albert has a lot to say and you’ll want to hear every word.”

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