What Makes Brazos Bestsellers So Special

As you might know, we keep a running updated list of bestselling books each week. A lot of bookstores and organizations do this –– obviously there's a New York Times bestseller list, Publishers Weekly's list, and way, way more. But if you check out our bestselling books, often there's something very special to each title. Below, check out a few of this week's bestsellers and why we're so proud to share them. Consider it a personalized list of recommendations, beloved not just by our staff, but by your fellow customers as well. Excited by these books? Feel free to add them to your cart; they'll be waiting for you at the store next time you drop by. 

Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream By Ibtihaj Muhammad, Lori Tharps (With) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316518963
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Legacy Lit - July 24th, 2018

Ibtihaj was the first Muslim-American woman to medal at the Olympic games, and has been named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People. If that alone isn't enough to thrill you, think about this: on the heels of starting her own clothing line, organization, AND inspiring the first hijabi Barbie (modeled after her likeness), Ibtihaj came to Brazos for a packed event, sharing both this title and the Young Readers version (also on our bestsellers list). Plus, she's on the SABER fencing squad. Now, that should thrill you.

Bluebird, Bluebird (A Highway 59 Novel #1) By Attica Locke Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316363273
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mulholland Books - August 28th, 2018

Don’t know about Attica Locke? You should. She's the award-winning author of Pleasantville, Black Water Rising, and The Cutting Season, along with being a writer and producer for the show Empire. We've hosted her multiple times for her releases, at Brazos and in other locations (including our local library). Though Attica lives in LA now, she’s a Houston native, and we adore her smart, Houston area-based mystery fiction.

In Another Time By Caroline Leech Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062459916
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: HarperTeen - August 28th, 2018

Caroline Leech is another locally-based author on our bestseller list, and we couldn’t be more proud! Though she’s a beloved Houston writer now, Caroline Leech grew up in Scotland, which informs the setting of her gorgeous, romantic historical fiction. We recently interviewed her about In Another Time, which is her second book. Check it out here.

After the Winter By Guadalupe Nettel, Rosalind Harvey (Translator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566895255
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Coffee House Press - September 4th, 2018

We are thrilled to have Guadalupe Nettel’s After the Winter on our bestseller list for multiple reasons.

1. Most generally: we prize indie presses at Brazos (as you may know, based on our obsessive posts and recommendations). These presses do huge work representing independent thought and intellect, and as an indie bookstore, we share values with many of these fabulous folks. Coffee House Press is high on that list.

2. Our staff members are all big fans of Guadalupe Nettel’s work, from her short story collection, Natural Histories, to her last novel, The Body Where I Was Born

3. We interviewed her a few years ago, but now we’re actually bringing her to Houston! She will be at Brazos Bookstore later this month in conversation with Rodrigo Hasbun (author of The Affections). Check out the event page here, preorder a book to get personalized, and geek out with us on September 18!

Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart By Mimi Swartz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804138000
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Crown - August 7th, 2018

While you may think of Houston merely as the city with the best bookstore in the world (har har), it’s home to so many integral industries and barrier-breaking individuals. Mimi Swartz, one of the editors at Texas Monthly, does a wonderful job of encapsulating the research process that went into creating the first artificial heart. This book is dazzling, featuring an array of characters (many of whom walk among us). Be still our hearts.

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