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You Feel So Mortal (Peggy Shiner)

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ISBN: 9780226105277
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Published: University of Chicago Press - March 19th, 2014

Peggy Shinner’s book of essays, YOU FEEL SO MORTAL, is a brilliant and engaging examination of the relationships we have with our bodies. Filled with sharp wit and good-natured wisdom, these essays consider such myriad subjects as feet, hair, bras, posture, plastic surgery and even shoplifting. Mixing the personal with the historical, Shinner investigates autopsies, athleticism, even her ‘Jewish feet’. 

What makes this collection so powerful is that all of us can relate; we all have bodies which are intricately tied to our identities. Haven’t we all at some time studied our own noses and feet--and eventual crow’s feet? Haven’t we sometimes desired different noses or eyes, straighter or thicker hair? When debating the notion of good posture as a reflection to our own morals, she writes, “We have a whole vocabulary built around posture; that to slouch belies, indeed violates, a moral imperative in our culture. Slumping isn’t just ugly or bad for your health; it diminishes your entire being.” She wonders if Obama’s infamous bow to Emperor Akihito of Japan in 2009--at nearly ninety degrees--was going too far.

Shinner’s essays stay with you long after reading them. By investigating the mechanics of her own anatomy, by peeling away the strata of her own physical form, she shows us ours.

Natural Histories (Guadalupe Nettel)

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ISBN: 9781609806057
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Published: Seven Stories Press - June 16th, 2015

Quiet. Haunting. Surreal. The stories that make up Guadalupe Nettel’s collection NATURAL HISTORIES are subtle, yet they stay with you long after reading. The simplest way to describe these stories is to say they are about the relationships we have with one another and the animals in our lives, but that’s selling them short. Very short. Nettel’s characters are often found at moments of emotional distress. The way we act, behave, and treat ourselves in these instances says a lot about human nature. Is Nettel writing about human nature or animal nature? Or is she writing about the animal inside each of us? In any case, characters have epiphanies with the help of their animal counterparts. In “The Marriage of a Red Fish,” a woman witnesses the collapse of her marriage through the lens of a pair of Siamese fighting fish, whose fatal cohabitation reflects the actions of the husband and wife. Other stories are more subtle and perverse, exploring how the natural world dictates our lives. The English speaking world will be able to read her memoir THE BODY WHERE I WAS BORN in 2015. Additionally, this November, Nettel was awarded Anagrama’s prestigious Herralde Prize, whose past winners include Roberto Bolaño and Álvaro Enrigue. I am excited to read everything by this author.

Daughters of the Samurai (Janice P. Nimura)

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ISBN: 9780393352788
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 2016

Three young Japanese girls of the Meiji era are chosen by their empress to learn the strange ways of Gilded Age America, only to return after ten years to a home they no longer know--“other to everyone except each other.” Such are the incredible lives of Sutematsu, Shige and Ume, lived on the cusp of modernity, witnessing the collision of East and West, tradition and progress, history and the future. A great nonfiction summer read--the perfect blend of history, culture, and women’s studies.

Blood Brothers (Ernest Haffner)

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By Ernst Haffner, Michael Hofmann (Translator)
ISBN: 9781590517048
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Published: Other Press (NY) - March 3rd, 2015

Despite the little we know about Ernst Haffner, it's clear to me from reading BLOOD BROTHERS that he was a brave and compassionate man, as well as a talented author. His novel is a stark, realist masterpiece of 1930s Berlin streetlife that also contains nightmarish elements of German Expressionism and features bureaucracies as strange and labyrinthine as anything Kafka ever conceived. Yet, what comes through the most is Haffner's supreme empathy for these lost boys, his desire to point out their plight. BLOOD BROTHERS is literature of social importance. It is a clarion call on par with THE JUNGLE--art meant to enact change for the greater good. Perhaps, in its time, it was too successful at this aim. Otherwise, why would the Nazis go to the trouble to burn it?

The Sellout (Paul Beatty)

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ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador USA - March 1st, 2016

The bravest, most outlandish, I-don't-give-a-f*** work of satire I've come across in years. Beatty cuts straight to the core of America's disastrous relationship with race and eviscerates the disingenuous notion that we are living in a “post-racial” society with the most potent of weapons: humor. Political correctness is nonexistent. The narrator is a supremely likable and complex character, even if he is a slave owner/segregationist. The laughs are simultaneously gut-busting and thought-provoking; you laugh and then contemplate why exactly you're laughing in the first place. Superb.

The Mersault Investigation (Kamel Daoud)

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By Kamel Daoud, John Cullen (Translator)
ISBN: 9781590517512
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Published: Other Press (NY) - June 2nd, 2015

While primarily a postcolonial re-rendering of THE STRANGER, recounted by the brother of the anonymous "Arab” killed by Camus’ anti-hero, THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION is also an unnerving psychological thriller, an absurdist origin story of (post)revolutionary Algeria, and a virulent screed against the nationalism and religious fundamentalism that have overrun Daoud’s home country ever since. Filled with vitriol and humor, and at times delving into surreal and metafictional realms that appropriate entire passages from THE STRANGER nearly word-for-word, THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION--much like the book with which it converses--is a slender novel, whose size belies its multilayered and profound content.

The Argonauts (Maggie Nelson)

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ISBN: 9781555977078
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 5th, 2015

There is no separation between the personal and the political. So, how do we live outside the oppressive strictures of heteronormative society, truly, honestly, openly loving beyond the conventions of gender and cultural conservatism? How do we connect with our deepest selves, when identity itself is an endless process of becoming? The journey of Maggie Nelson’s family--through her troubled pregnancy and her partner’s transsexuality--provides the perfect example. At once a potent blend of bare-it-all memoir, incisive cultural criticism, and a radical call to revolutionize the way we interpret identity and interpersonal relationships, THE ARGONAUTS is above all else a joyous ode to love and family.

June Bestsellers

In the month of June, our bestselling fiction is right on brand: smart, entertaining, and international. There are some familiar favorties on this list, as well as some new breakout hits. Clearly our customers have started their summer reading just right.

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By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
ISBN: 9780312429218
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Published: Picador USA - September 1st, 2009

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ISBN: 9781101947135
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 7th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780743288781
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 14th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781609453114
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Published: Europa Editions - March 1st, 2016

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By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translator), Ali Smith (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590177716
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Published: New York Review of Books - January 27th, 2015

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ISBN: 9781555977412
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 7th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780802124944
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Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781594633164
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 17th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780812998603
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

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By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
ISBN: 9781908276421
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Published: And Other Stories - March 10th, 2015

Staff Chat: #BrazosBest Is the Thing with Feathers

The Book: GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS, a novel by Max Porter
The Plot: A woman dies, and her husband—a Ted Hughes scholar—and two young sons struggle with grief; then, a crow shows up, won’t leave, and says bizarre shit
The Chatters: Mark Haber (Store Manager), Keaton Patterson (Buyer), Benjamin Rybeck (Marketing Director)

Keaton: Caw!

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ISBN: 9781555977412
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 7th, 2016

July Features in the Brazos Treehouse

It's time for some summer adventures! We've got three great featured titles all about taking on the unexpected this month. Enjoy with our Summer Reading List, as well--great books go great together!

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By Elys Dolan, Elys Dolan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763686581
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Published: Nosy Crow - June 28th, 2016

Elys Dolan's last book, WEASELS, is a store favorite, so we're thrilled to have her newest book, THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED FARM, in now! A hilarious tale of piggie Ghostbusters investigating strange goings-on at a spooky farm, there's plenty for eager readers to find in these pages, with Dolan's signature asides and easter eggs scattered in these great spreads.

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ISBN: 9781627794206
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 5th, 2016

This wonderful, wild seafaring tale should be a new favorite for all our adventure fans! When a girl with no memory of her past and an inept young mage-in-training are picked up by pirates as they try to escape their cruel master, they're swept up in a voyage to find the source of all magic--if they can survive all the hijinks, hilariously oddball adventures, and piranha penguins.

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ISBN: 9781619639096
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - July 5th, 2016

There's a lot to love in this fun, funny summer romp about a seventeen-year-old Russian physics wunderkind sent to America to help NASA stop an asteroid hurtling toward Los Angeles. Science, suspected espionage, a little romance--this page-turning, multidimensional, and laugh-out-loud debut novel is the perfect summer read for science-loving teens and parents!