Brazos Buyers' April 2024 Preview

Spring has officially come to Houston and so has some of the best books of the season! 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 April!  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!

The Obscene Bird of Night: unabridged, centennial edition By José Donoso, Leonard Mades (Translated by), Megan McDowell (Translated by), Hardie St. Martin (Translated by) Cover Image
By José Donoso, Leonard Mades (Translated by), Megan McDowell (Translated by), Hardie St. Martin (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811232227
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - April 23rd, 2024


In a newly translated and (finally) unabridged version, witness the resurrection of a macabre masterpiece of Chilean literature. This nightmarish journey into a realm of corrupted power and deformed souls features a decrepit narrator hounded by witches, a museum of monstrosities meant to hide any notion of beauty, and a politician as twisted as he is formidable. Written a century ago, there are few other novels as perversely close to perfection as THE OBSCENE BIRD OF NIGHT. A stunning new edition from New Directions.

- Keaton

Mid-Air By Alicia D. Williams, Danica Novgorodoff (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481465830
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 23rd, 2024

“Who says what is brave? Really brave? And is it braver to fit in or be true to you?” One of my favorite subgenres of middle grade literature is books-in-verse and Mid Air is one of my favorites coming out this season. Thirteen-year-old Isaiah is struggling to find his place following the passing of his best friend. Tender and lyrical, Alicia D. Williams’ wonderful prose is coupled with Danica Novgorodoff’s illustrations throughout for a reading experience that will connect with a wide range of readers with diverse learning styles. For ages 8-12.

- Taylor 


The Serial Killer's Apprentice By Katherine Ramsland, Tracy Ullman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781613164952
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crime Ink - April 16th, 2024


A revealing foray into the infamous legacy of Houston’s own monsters--Dean Corll and his teenage accomplices David Owen Brooks, and especially Elmer Wayne Henley--who preyed on dozens of young men and boys during the late 60s-early 70s (several of whom were buried beneath a boathouse not more than a 20 minute drive from Brazos Bookstore). But it is the authors’ in depth psychological study of how a potential victim became an apprentice that sets this true crime offering apart. Not to mention their investigation into Corll’s long neglected connections to a larger sex trafficking ring behind these notorious crimes.

- Keaton

Dragonfruit By Makiia Lucier Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358272106
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - April 9th, 2024


With romantasy (romantic fantasy) books flying off our shelves at Brazos, Makiia Lucier’s newest release, drawing inspiration from the mythology of the Pacific Islands, is sure to be a title to keep an eye on. Seeking retribution–both personal and familiar—main characters Hanalei and Sam have to team up on their quest the find Dragon Fruit, the egg of the sea dragon that will be the answer to both of their problems. Dragonfruit reimagines well-known romance and adventure tropes into a unique story that will keep readers turning their pages. For ages 13-17.

- Taylor


Reading the Room: A Bookseller's Tale By Paul Yamazaki, Rick Simonson (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Paul Yamazaki, Rick Simonson (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781958846698
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ode Books - May 8th, 2024


Paul Yamazaki is America's greatest living bookseller. The lead buyer at legendary City Lights Books in San Francisco for more than 50 years, he has witnessed and weathered countless changes in the literary marketplace all the while being a gracious mentor to generations of booksellers (myself included). Written in the form of an interview/oral history, no book could better encapsulate the gregarious demeanor, bountiful knowledge, and love of literature that makes this man a true American original. Congrats to you, Paul!

- Keaton

Punk Rock Karaoke By Bianca Xunise, Bianca Xunise (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bianca Xunise, Bianca Xunise (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593464526
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 23rd, 2024


Biana Xunise’s debut graphic novel Punk Rock Karaoke is an exploration of friendship, music, and community through the aesthetic lens of DIY zine culture of the 1970s. With great character design and dynamic panels, readers follow main character Ariel and her band The Baby Hares as they navigate through the shifting cultural landscapes around them: the gentrification of their neighborhood, new friendship boundaries following high school graduation, and issues around consent and agency affecting their Chicago punk scene. As a bonus, each copy includes bibliographic notes detailing the history of punk rock music as well as plenty of references for young and old readers alike. For ages 13-17.

- Taylor

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