Augusta's Favorite 2017 Items

These are a few of my favorite things from 2017!

Craft Design Technology is the most recent acquisition to the Brazos Bookstore stationery and pen selection. They offer a plethora of beautifully designed Japanese products; my favorites are the Tradio Pens and the Notebooks. The Tradio Pens are the perfect mix of felt tip pen and fountain pen (I know it sounds crazy but you’ll have to see them in person!) and write like a dream. They have a great price point ($7.00) and we sell refills in red, black, and blue. This is soon to be your new favorite pen!

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The new Craft Design Technology notebooks are also amazing. The design is minimal and sleek and the colors are understated and lovely. I highly recommend these for fans of Japanese stationery and minimalism.

We brought in the Aquiesse candle line a few months ago and I’m obsessed! It’s hard for me to choose a favorite scent because I love all of them. The packaging is beautiful and luxe and the scents are even better -- these make for great gifts for the holidays or a nice treat for yourself. The medium and large sizes come in a glass jar with a lid and the candles burn cleanly, with enough scent to fill a room. If you aren’t sure which one will be your new signature scent, we also offer many of the scents in a travel size candle, perfect for a stocking stuffer or someone on-the-go. I can’t recommend these candles enough!

The Revolution of Marina M. (Novel) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316022064
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - November 7th, 2017

My absolute favorite book of the year! Just in time for the 100th anniversary, Marina’s coming of age tale during the Russian Revolution is enchanting and engrossing; I read this 800+ page book in just 5 days! After waiting 11 years for Janet Fitch’s next book, this was worth the wait. Gift this to someone who loves literary and/or historical fiction.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Cover Image
By Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781476753836
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 25th, 2017

I enjoy cookbooks and love to explore and create new meals in my kitchen but I wouldn’t say that I’m a master chef by any stretch of the imagination. I’m not advanced enough to create meals from my imagination or know which flavors go together; I rely on cookbooks to guide me. Samin Nosrat’s Salt Fat Acid Heat was exactly what I had been looking for. She breaks down the 4 elements of cooking and teaches you how to use your knowledge of these elements to create meals on your own. I’m still working my way through the book and my cooking skills but there is a lot here and I think it would be useful for those interested in cooking at all levels, from novice to expert. The illustrations are amazing as well and keep it fun and not too stuffy.

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Faber-Castell is known for their amazing art supplies for children and these Creativity Cans are some of the coolest things I’ve seen -- I wish they had been available when I was a child! Each Creativity Can includes a ton of craft components to keep young minds active and creating. I really like the Motion kit, which include items geared toward aspiring engineers, but all the sets are inspiring and fun and make great gifts for the young people in your life. These hands-on activity sets develop problem solving, imagination, and critical thinking skills that have lifelong importance so don’t miss out on these fun, educational crafts.

Adults aren’t the only ones who can enjoy a book tote! These Elephant & Piggie Read totes feature my favorite trio of children’s book characters, with art done by Mo Willems, of course. The miniature size of these totes is perfect for children. Out of Print is also a socially conscious company -- each purchase funds literacy programs and book donations to communities in need -- and I enjoy the quality and design of all of their products. Get this for your favorite little today!

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501126062
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - September 5th, 2017

If you haven’t read Jesmyn Ward before, seriously what are you doing start reading her work right now!! Her writing is masterful and raw and almost always makes me cry. Her latest Sing Unburied Sing doesn’t even need me to promote it -- it won the National Book Award this year and was a New York Times Top 10 book of the year -- but it definitely deserves all the praise. It is lyrical and beautiful and weaves magical realism with Southern family epic and is just so well crafted. Like a modern Faulkner, Ward does something extraordinary with words and this one should not be missed.

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Uncle Goose is known for making high quality wooden gifts in small batches and are a perennial favorite here at the store. This year, my favorite set they have made is Women Who Dared, featuring women who have made significant contributions to the progress of humanity. Each set is 100% handmade in the USA from sustainable Michigan basswood and use non-toxic inks that are safe for children. I think what I like most about this set, besides highlighting women throughout history, is that they appeal to both children and adults; we’ve sold just as many to be gifted to young girls as we have to women finishing higher education degrees so this truly is a gift for all ages.

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