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New Year, New Gifts: Sara and Ülrika Show Off Brazos 2018 Picks

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Jeffrey Eugenides Comes to Houston November 3

Jeffrey Eugenides, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of the upcoming story collection FRESH COMPLAINT, will be coming to Houston on November 3rd! Tickets can be purchased through Brazos Bookstore and will be available for pickup in-store starting July 10th. Each ticket will come with a hardcover copy of the book FRESH COMPLAINT.

You are welcome to visit the store or call 713-523-0701 to purchase a ticket. You can also purchase tickets online.

Sara's Pride Month Book List

Happy LGBTQIA Pride Month! Sara here. I've lived in Houston for ten years (ten!) now, and I'll never forget the looping drive I took around 610 to arrive at my new apartment in the quintissential fug of polluted Texas July. Yuck, I thought. This is it. Bland, monotonous freeways and bunches of low ranch houses. Boring. I bet everyone who lives here is the same, too.

Red: A Crayon's Story Cover Image
By Michael Hall, Michael Hall (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062252074
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - February 3rd, 2015

Wait, wait, wait. First, I've got to talk about a special event we have coming up on the day of the Pride Parade:

Join Brazos Bookstore at 10:30am for a special Drag Queen Story Hour. We'll have beloved performer and drag queen Blackberri in-store to read RED: A CRAYON'S STORY. Join us! Bring your kids!


 

SARA'S PRIDE MONTH LIST (not by any means comprehensive, but a few great reads you can swing by and pick up from us any time)


Not One Day Cover Image
By Anne Garréta, Emma Ramadan (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920541
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - May 16th, 2017

History Is All You Left Me Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781616956929
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Teen - January 17th, 2017

Born Both: An Intersex Life Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316347846
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hachette Books - March 14th, 2017

Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was: A Novel Cover Image
By Sjón, Victoria Cribb (Translated by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780374212438
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 2nd, 2016

Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781620972892
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: New Press - May 9th, 2017

The Large Glass Cover Image
By Mario Bellatin, David Shook (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781939419491
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Phoneme Media - February 16th, 2016

Notes of a Crocodile (NYRB Classics) Cover Image
By Qiu Miaojin, Bonnie Huie (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781681370767
Availability: Backordered
Published: NYRB Classics - May 2nd, 2017

At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807088357
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Beacon Press - April 25th, 2017

Prelude to Bruise Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781566893749
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - September 9th, 2014

The Surrender Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781939781291
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Anomalous Press - March 31st, 2016

Sphinx Cover Image
By Anne Garréta, Emma Ramadan (Translator), Daniel Levin Becker (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920091
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - April 21st, 2015

When We Rise: My Life in the Movement Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316315432
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Hachette Books - November 29th, 2016

Ford Over Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781934819548
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Noemi Press - March 1st, 2016

Recombinant Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780932716866
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Kelsey Street Press - March 1st, 2017

Babel-17/Empire Star Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780375706691
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - January 8th, 2002

The Left Hand of Darkness (Penguin Galaxy) Cover Image
By Ursula K. Le Guin, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780143111597
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Classics - October 25th, 2016


Happy reading! Got any other suggestions? Tag us on twitter or instagram at @BrazosBookstore.


Five YA Books You Should Read This Summer... Or Anytime!

So here’s the deal. I think teens should read whatever books they want to read without having to discuss it with their parental units or write a report for school or otherwise prove to anyone other than themselves that they have read the book and it has meant something to them. Reading is wonderful and subversive like that and it should remain that way.

The Hate U Give Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

I’ve talked about Angie Thomas’s THE HATE U GIVE before, but I’m talking it up again because it’s still on the NYTimes Bestseller list and it’s still a new, important voice as we chip slowly away at all the nuances of racism in America and in a more updated contemporary setting/situation than a classic like say, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Read it. Then discuss with everyone you know. I put this one our our Summer Reading list, but it really belongs on every list.


Winger Cover Image
By Andrew Smith, Sam Bosma (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442444935
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

Want a book that absolutely nails being a teenage boy and is a newer take on this than something like CATCHER IN THE RYE? Then grab a copy of Andrew Smith’s WINGER. It’s been out since 2013, and it’s as brilliant as day one--funny and real and romantic and heartbreaking and yeah, a little inappropriate. Just like the real thing.


Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062683038
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: HarperTeen - June 6th, 2017

And speaking of funny and heartfelt and spot on teen voice, out new in paperback with a new, awesome cover, is Sarah Mlynowski’s TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN’T HAVE) is a wonderful, clever, contemporary that asks the question all of us would say yes to: If given the opportunity at sixteen, would you move in with a friend and live parent-free? Without them knowing. And with all sorts of humorous and serious consequences. Mlynowski proves you can write a compulsively readable and funny book and STILL take teens seriously.


The Inexplicable Logic of My Life Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544586505
Availability: Backordered
Published: Clarion Books - March 7th, 2017

I’m hoping you’ve already read Benjamin Saenz’s ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF the UNIVERSE. If not, then start there. When you’re finished, continue with his newest, THE INEXPLICABLE LOGIC OF MY LIFE, which touches on everything we angst about growing up-- love and friendship and family and the tough question of belonging. Saenz’s work is brilliant as always, touching on race, sexuality, poverty, feminism and more.(Some good read-alikes include two others on our summer reading list: Becky Albertalli’s much lighter and humorous yet nuanced THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED and Adam Silvera’s HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME).


The Duke of Bannerman Prep Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781510710405
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Sky Pony - May 9th, 2017

What happens when a good kid makes some bad choices? The answer gets explored in THE DUKE OF BANNERMAN PREP Katie A. Nelson’s contemporary YA retelling of THE GREAT GATSBY, set in a boarding prep school. If you’ve read Gatsby, or even if you haven’t, the themes and characters will resonate powerfully. Cause let’s face it, we’ve all made some spectacularly bad choices, haven’t we?


Flame in the Mist Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399171635
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 16th, 2017

Okay, yes, I know I said 5. But I’m sneaking in a 6th. THE FLAME IN THE MIST by Renee Ahdieh. Mulan meets Throne of Glass, set in Feudal Japan. Everyone needs a sweeping fantasy for a summer read. With the daughter of a samurai masquerading as a boy to infiltrate the clan of bandits trying to kill her. Yup. You’ll love this one. It is the new fantasy you need right now in this summer of Wonder Woman. Because girl power plus cultural nuance plus magic realism? Yes. Yes.


Happy reading!


Gift Buyer Spotlight: Ethereal Confections Chocolates

It’s always great to find a new company that will fit with the store, especially one that is a small business. There are those times as a buyer that a company will reach out to you in the hopes that they will be a good fit. This was the case with our new chocolate vendor Ethereal Confections out of Woodstock, IL. It started with an email and a link to their company’s site, as well as the offer of sending samples. Like a small child anticipating a present in the mail, I waited to taste the samples that they were sending.

Intern Laura Talks Reading YA as An Adult

Observation of the Week: Reticent (YA) Readers

Yes, I see you, not even touching the YA section with a ten foot pole. And I’ll admit, I used to be guilty of this too. Sometimes the only way I bought YA novels was if they were hidden subtly between some hefty classics. I had a literary reputation to uphold, after all!

Buyer's Corner: The Denim Edition!

I'm a Texan. So, of course I love a good Western. In fact, the running gag at Brazos is that I will read anything with a horse on the cover. This is mostly true. The rest is legend. Like Westerns. But the Western genre is more than broncos, denim, six shooters, and great hats. The locale and the conceits of this school of fiction allows to the author and reader to observe the heart of the American saga laid bare.

Train Dreams: A Novella Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250007650
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador - May 22nd, 2012

This magnificent novella from the recently passed Johnson is an epic in miniature and proof that a literary masterpiece need not break 100 pages. It's the story of an ordinary man who lives through the quickening changes of early 20th century America. Sounds simple, but Johnson turns this premise into a stunning portrait of a nation in flux. Out of the three finalists for the Pulitzer for fiction that was not awarded in 2012, this is the one that should have won.


The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780679767862
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - March 19th, 1996

The first novel from the great Ondaatje is a tremendous hybrid genre feat of imagination, centering on the timeless tale of Billy the Kid and his nemesis, Pat Garrett. Like any legend, this work is part fact, part fiction. Blending a captivating experimental prose style, actual historical accounts, pseudo diary entries, poetic stream-of-consciousness narration, as well as paintings and photographs, this slight book creates a haunting, mesmerizing death song for an iconic American anti-hero.


Close Range: Wyoming Stories Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780684852225
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner - February 10th, 2000

And Westerns aren't only for men or male writers. This amazing collection of "Wyoming Stories" from Pulitzer and National Book Award winner, Annie Proulx, are some of the most vivid and engrossing portrayals of cowboy life, both past and present. And there is no overstating the heartwrenching beauty of her classic novella, "Brokeback Mountain," contained herein. It is quite simply one of the most moving and tragic love stories I've ever read. The movie--with a screenplay co-written by Texas legend, Larry McMurtry--ain't too shabby either.


Ema the Captive Cover Image
By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811219105
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - December 6th, 2016

And Westerns aren't only for Americans. Prolific Argentine storyteller, Aira, has put out several novels over his long career that can be classified as Westerns of the Southern hemisphere. Set in the 19th century, as horrific atrocities are commited by and against both soldiers and natives in the surreal landscape of the Pampas, this curious novel follows the travels of Ema, a woman who has lived as a captive of the local tribes for many years, as she is returned to a civilization that proves to be even more brutal than the life from which she's been "rescued."


Country of the Bad Wolfes Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781935955030
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Cinco Puntos Press - January 31st, 2012

This first installment in Blake's international Western saga that straddles the border between Texas and Mexico charts the rise of an amoral familial clan with a nefarious impact on the histories of both countries. It's a raw, violent take on the manifest destiny of individuals and nations. A rollicking adventure ride and a powerful indictment of the legacy of corruption and greed plaguing the borderlands. Subsequent volumes in the series follow the Wolfes as their power continues to grow through the decades, eventually becoming entangled with the drug cartels of today.


June #BrazosBest: César Aira

To read any one of Argentine writer César Aira’s highly imaginative and compact novels is to subject oneself to the whims of an authentic mind, a writer who appears to make it up as he goes along. Indeed, I’ve often described Aira as a children’s writer for adults. And that’s no criticism.

The Little Buddhist Monk & The Proof Cover Image
By César Aira, Nick Caistor (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811221122
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions - May 30th, 2017

Ema the Captive Cover Image
By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811219105
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - December 6th, 2016

The Musical Brain: And Other Stories Cover Image
By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780811220293
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions - March 3rd, 2015

Shantytown Cover Image
By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811219112
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - November 20th, 2013

Ghosts Cover Image
By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811217422
Availability: Backordered
Published: New Directions - February 24th, 2009

An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter Cover Image
By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by), Roberto Bolaño (Preface by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9780811216302
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - May 25th, 2006

The Conversations Cover Image
By César Aira, Katherine Silver (Translated by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811221108
Availability: Backordered
Published: New Directions - June 26th, 2014

Superhero Summer Reading List for Kids

With classic favorites, award-winners, anthologies, brand new titles, and hidden gems that might have slipped under your radar, our summer reading list has something for everyone! (Some books are out now; others will release throughout the summer, so our display will stay fresh and new!)

FOR READERS AGE 6 AND UP

1. LOUISE TRAPEZE WILL NOT LOSE A TOOTH by Micol Ostow

Intern Laura Judges Books by Their Covers

Observation of the Week: Judging Books by Their Colors

I’ve given a lot of thought as to what I want my career to be. It has evolved quite a bit over the years (I’ve come a long way since my space pirate days) and while I’m thrilled with my current goals to own and operate a bookstore, there will always be dream careers that catch my fancy. This week it’s graphic design, specifically for book covers.

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735211025
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Riverhead Books - April 4th, 2017

Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385542234
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Doubleday - May 23rd, 2017

Modern Lovers Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634680
Availability: Backordered
Published: Riverhead Books - May 30th, 2017

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