Brazos Buyers’ March 2024 Preview

Brazos has the best buying team in the business and they have paired up to give us a sneak peek of some books they are excited about bringing to Houston in March!  Thanks to Keaton, our Adult Buyer, resident metal-head and Master of Horror, and Taylor, our Children's Buyer, gifty extraordinaire, and Queen of HEA (that's Happily Ever Afters for you new to Romance lingo) we have some real treats to look forward to!


 

Sona and the Golden Beasts By Rajani LaRocca Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063295407
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - March 5th, 2024

Sona and the Golden Beasts 

(9780063295407 Mar 07 Quill Tree Books [HarperCollins])

Rajani LaRocca, author of the luminous, Newbery Honor Book Red, White, and Whole, is back with a middle grade fantasy novel inspired by Indian mythology and history that expertly weaves together themes of friendship, team work, environmentalism, and the interpersonal impacts of colonialism. Readers of Sona and the Golden Beasts will absolutely love following Sona and Raag on their fast paced, questing adventure through the fictional world of Devia, complete with magical animal companions–Swara, a wolf pup and Willa, a pony!  - Taylor


James: A Novel By Percival Everett Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385550369
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - March 19th, 2024

James: A Novel by Percival Everett

(9780385550369 Mar 19 Doubleday)

Percival Everett, one of the most idiosyncratic and eccentric American novelists working today, returns fresh off the Oscar-nominated adaptation of his Erasure (as American Fiction) with another foray into the politics and aesthetics of literary representation. James recounts the events of Mark Twain’s canonical The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn through the perspective of “Jim”, revealing an intelligence and depth of character unseen (and unimagined) by his white contemporaries--even Twain himself. It’s a bold reimagining and extension of an American masterwork. -- Keaton


Icarus By K. Ancrum Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063285781
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: HarperTeen - March 26th, 2024

Icarus

(9780063285781 Mar 26 HarperTeen [HarperCollins])

As someone who was emotionally destroyed by K. Ancrum’s past work (The Wicker King specifically), I am very excited for their newest release. Seventeen-year-old art thief Icarus Gallagher has made it his life’s mission to steal priceless art pieces from Mr. Black, the man who betrayed his mother. Things quickly escalate, however, when Icarus becomes entangled with Helios, Mr. Black’s son. Icarus by K. Ancrum ticks all my preverbal boxes for things that interest me personally: a Greek mythology retelling, a story set against the backdrop of high stakes art heists, with a gay romance at its center. -- Taylor


Glorious Exploits: A Novel By Ferdia Lennon Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250893697
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 26th, 2024

Glorious Exploits: A Novel by Ferdia Lennon

(9781250893697 Mar 26 Henry Holt)

This is my pick for debut novel of the year! An ingenious comedy set in ancient Syracuse but told in contemporary Irish slang vernacular, Glorious Exploits follows two clownish friends trying to put on a Euripides play with Athenian prisoners captured during the Peloponnesian War. And of course…hijinks ensue. Hilarious, heartfelt and endearing, it’s an elegy for storytelling and the healing power of art in a harsh world. -- Keaton


What If Bedtime Didn't Exist? By Francine Cunningham, Mathias Ball (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Francine Cunningham, Mathias Ball (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781773218687
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Annick Press - March 26th, 2024

What If Bedtime Didn’t Exist? 

(9781773218687 Mar 26 Annick Press [IPS]) 

What if water creatures sprung from the depths of a bubble bath or you gained superpowers from family meals? What If Bedtime Didn’t Exist? is a joyous celebration of imaginative play, complete with whimsical illustrations and narration that reads as seamless as poetry: “What if when we lay on our backs under clear blue skies we pretend to be astronauts who fly to outer space, and when we’re scared of the dark, we can just keep our spaceships lights on like a night-light?” A great picture book for a baby shower gift or late-night story time.  -- Taylor


There's Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593448793
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - March 26th, 2024

There’s Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension by Hanif Aburraqib

(9780593448793 Mar 26 Random House)

Hanif Abdurraqib turns his masterful talents to the sports world with another stellar collection of insightful and intimate essays. Ruminating on basketball (obvs), home, and the concept of “making it” in our unforgiving culture, there seems to be no topic beyond the critical and lyrical eye of this singular author. There is simply no one else out there writing in this way. It’s another work to give you strength and break your heart from a once-in-a-lifetime writer. -- Keaton


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