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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 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: New Directions - May 30th, 2017

Ema the Captive Cover Image
By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811219105
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
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: Backordered
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: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
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: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Riverhead Books - May 30th, 2017

The Essay State/The State of the Essay: An Interview with Ander Monson and Craig Reinbold

How We Speak to One Another is the new Essay Daily reader from Coffee House Press. Don’t know Essay Daily? I’ve got your back. As Essay Daily is the pituitary gland of creative nonfiction, it makes sense that this anthology of essayistics abounds with some of the genre’s heavy-hitters. Philip Lopate, John D’Agata, Albert Goldbarth, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Robin Hemley, Joni Tevis, Nicole Walker, Elena Passarello… they’re all here. 

World Masterpieces: Mark's Book List

What makes a masterpiece a masterpiece? Who can say? But surely books that have survived, no, thrived through the ages, created different outlooks and/or discussions and shown new ways of seeing the world must be a prerequisite. Often a literature is created simply out of the book itself; studies and dissertations and so on. But what about the book itself? Here are just a few books that we consider masterpieces of the world, books we've been highlighting this past month at the store. Don’t see Kafka or Garcia Marquez, Baldwin or Tolstoy?

Moby-Dick: or, The Whale Cover Image
By Herman Melville, Andrew Delbanco (Introduction by), Tom Quirk (Commentaries by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142437247
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

Although I spent my younger years resenting this book, if one reads it at the proper age (anytime after 30) it will usually click. It's strange, biblical and postmodern in every way. You want a modern book? Pick up MOBY DICK. The trials of a sea captain, Ishmael and a cast of others are really just vehicles in this philosophical whirlwind that dissects humanity, religion and the color white. And that's just for starters. Years later it is still one of the greatest reading experiences of my life.


Don Quixote Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780060934347
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Ecco - April 26th, 2005

What many consider to be the very first novel. It is funny, charming and self-aware. A book about books and reading and the madness of imagination. There are lots of translations, but Esther Allen's is lucid, heartfelt and moves at a quick pace. Don't be intimidated by its size; the small, episodic chapters make the book swim by.


The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

Prophetic and, sadly, very timely, Atwood's dystopian world is fully formed and haunting. It boldly discusses women in subjugation and the fight for individualism in a world under totalitarianism. Read the book for the incredible writing and haunting moral questions. Read it to become aware.


The Magic Mountain (Vintage International) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780679772873
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - October 1st, 1996

Largely considered to be one of the most influential works of 20th century German literature, THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN is a large, breathtaking and surprisingly funny read. Don't get me wrong, it has its heavy themes - war, illness, time - but it's also highly readable. Largely taking place in a sanatorium, the novel mixes realistic elements with symbolism, leaving it for the reader to discern the meaning (and humor) behind the action (or inaction) taking place. This novel is a major achievement.


To the Lighthouse Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780156907392
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Mariner Books - December 27th, 1989

Not all masterpieces come in 500-page plus tomes. Some are able to sneak in and grab the reader in just 100 pages, changing their lives forever. TO THE LIGHTHOUSE is a slim, modernist novel that takes place over two periods of time, and is divided into three sections. It largely eschews dialogue and action, but is packed with internal, philosophical introspection. The stream-of-consciousness style is difficult for some readers, but Woolf is a genius and her words fairly glow from the page. A book that deals with time, memory and human experience; it accomplishes more in less than 200 pages than most books approaching 1,000.


Staff Chat: Keaton and Kevin Talk Baseball

Keaton Patterson: Hey, how you doin’. It’s Keaton and Kevin, Brazos Beard Bros, in the store today to talk about the great, wonderful national pastime (sorry football) game of baseball. I know people have feelings bout baseball. Some people hate it, some people love it, some people think it’s torture, some people think it’s boring, some think it’s life. Well. All are correct.

Kevin Mathis: *laughs*

The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes from Left Field Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781566893459
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Coffee House Press - April 15th, 2014

Lost Ballparks Cover Image
$22.50
ISBN: 9781911216490
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Pavilion - April 1st, 2017

Every Human Being Migrates Through Time: An Interview With Mohsin Hamid

We strongly believe in uplifting voices that need to be heard. This month, we're highlighting literary works by immigrants and refugees. These books defy national boundaries and provide a lens through which we can examine power, empathy, and community.

In conjunction with today's release of Exit West, we interviewed author Mohsin Hamid. 

Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594632334
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - March 4th, 2014

Staff Chat: To Football, or Not To Football

The Topic: Football, The Super Bowl, and specifically The Super Bowl in Houston
The Chatters: Annalia Luna (Shipping and Returns Manager), Augusta Bartis (Inventory Manager), and Ülrika Moats (Merchandiser and Gift Buyer)


AL: Welcome to our staff chat! This is the Girl Cave here, (Annalia, Augusta, and Ulrika), who work in the back of the store. We’re talking about football because the Super Bowl is this weekend and it’s kind of everywhere.
So, what is your first memory of watching football?

Friday Night Lights, 25th Anniversary Edition: A Town, a Team, and a Dream Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780306824203
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Da Capo Press - August 11th, 2015

Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781617754913
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Edge of Sports - September 6th, 2016

Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781612194912
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Melville House - August 18th, 2015

The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501116193
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scribner - September 20th, 2016

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393330472
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2007

The Perfection of Short: Mary Miller and Chanelle Benz

 

Two anguished cries often heard in pseudo-literary circles, both usually experienced as something approximating all caps: INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES ARE FAILING (they’re not—but you already know that, BrazosBookstore.com reader), and LITERARY FICTION IS DEAD. That second cry is heard so often that not only has it become a cliché, the response to it—to point toward exciting new novels, young authors, book sales, etc.—now feels like its own kind of cliché.

The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead: Stories Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062490759
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Ecco - January 17th, 2017

Always Happy Hour: Stories Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781631492181
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Liveright - January 10th, 2017

I Dream About a Lot of Things, Man: On Angel Otero, CAMH, and Neuroses

Generally speaking, I try to practice a nonthreatening demeanor (for this, you’re welcome). The first time I meet you, I will stand as far away from you as possible. I will go out of my way to not squeeze by you in an airplane-tight place, fearing I’ll accidentally touch you and you’ll find this invasive.

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