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Runners-up for Best of 2013: Adult Fiction

The Other Typist Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780399161469
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Amy Einhorn Books - May 7th, 2013

Man in the Empty Suit Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781616951252
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Soho Press - February 5th, 2013

Equilateral Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781620400067
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - April 16th, 2013

The Color Master Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780385534895
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Doubleday Books - August 13th, 2013

The Infatuations Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780307960726
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 13th, 2013

The Sound of Things Falling Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594487484
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - August 1st, 2013

At Night We Walk in Circles Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594631719
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - October 31st, 2013

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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780770436407
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth - May 7th, 2013

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780670026005
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking Books - March 21st, 2013

A Guide for the Perplexed Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393064896
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 9th, 2013

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594486401
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - June 4th, 2013

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The Good Lord Bird Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594486340
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - August 20th, 2013

In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781616952532
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Soho Press - June 18th, 2013

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The Woman Who Lost Her Soul Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780802119827
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - September 3rd, 2013

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Americanah Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780307271082
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 14th, 2013

The Panopticon Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780385347860
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth - July 23rd, 2013

The Humans Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781476727912
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 2nd, 2013

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Taipei (Vintage Contemporaries Original) Cover Image
By Tao Lin
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307950178
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - June 4th, 2013

The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781594746161
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Quirk Books - May 21st, 2013

Runners-up for Best of 2013: Adult Nonfiction

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316154697
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - April 23rd, 2013

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393081572
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 1st, 2013

People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo--And the Evil That Swallowed Her Up Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374230593
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - May 22nd, 2012

Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780226005508
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Chicago Press - October 3rd, 2012

Men We Reaped Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781608195213
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - September 17th, 2013

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The Faraway Nearby Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780670025961
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Viking Books - June 13th, 2013

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062236678
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - November 5th, 2013

Why Teach?: In Defense of a Real Education Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781620401071
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - August 20th, 2013

Henry Darger, Throw Away Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781590208557
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Overlook Press - September 12th, 2013

Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers Cover Image
By Janet Malcolm, Ian Frazier (Introduction by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374157692
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - May 7th, 2013

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1913: The Year Before the Storm Cover Image
By Florian Illies, Shaun Whiteside (Translator), Jamie Lee Searle (Translator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781612193519
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Melville House Publishing - October 29th, 2013

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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374102418
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - May 21st, 2013

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Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman: King of the B Movie Cover Image
By Chris Nashawaty, John Landis (Introduction by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781419706691
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: ABRAMS - September 10th, 2013

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594204210
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Press - April 23rd, 2013

Detroit: An American Autopsy Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594205347
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Press - February 7th, 2013

Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781419708268
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: ABRAMS - June 11th, 2013

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Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062222565
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: It Books - January 29th, 2013

Codex Seraphinianus Cover Image
$125.00
ISBN: 9780847842131
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Rizzoli International Publications - October 29th, 2013

Brazos Bookstore's Top Picks of 2013

A Tale for the Time Being Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780670026630
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking - March 12th, 2013

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The Son Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062120397
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Ecco Press - May 28th, 2013

The Flamethrowers Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781439142004
Availability: Backordered
Published: Scribner Book Company - April 2nd, 2013

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Burial Rites Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316243919
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - September 10th, 2013

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The Luminaries (Man Booker Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316074315
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - October 15th, 2013

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The Goldfinch Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316055437
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - October 22nd, 2013

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The Blood of Heaven Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780802121189
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Grove Press - May 28th, 2013

Tenth of December: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993806
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House - January 8th, 2013

A Guide to Being Born Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781594487958
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2013

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Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780307718969
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - September 10th, 2013

Children's Books for Pint Sized Scholars

While almost everyone who comes to our store swears that their children or grandchildren are very advanced for their age, at least some of you have got to be telling the truth! Smart kids love reading already, but it can be hard to find something for them that’s challenging without being dry. You can also bet that they’ve read all the basics and are looking for something surprising and new. Good thing Brazos has got you covered!

The Goods: Volume 1 Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780763668945
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Big Picture Press - October 8th, 2013

Literary powerhouse McSweeney’s has compiled a plethora of games, puzzles, comics, activities and more from some of children’s literature’s best-loved authors and illustrators in this visually stunning activity book. Kids and adults alike will hardly notice the hours race by as they enjoy all the interactive entertainment!


More Than This Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780763662585
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 10th, 2013

A boy named Seth drowns in the first pages of this mysterious novel. Then, improbably, he wakes up, exhausted, naked, and starving, on the shore of the English seaside town where he was raised. Everything is exactly as he remembers it from childhood, except that the town is overgrown and abandoned. Is he alive or dead? And can he ever get back to the life he knew?


Little Red Writing Cover Image
By Joan Holub, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780811878692
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - September 24th, 2013

This ingenious twist on Little Red Riding Hood casts Red as a brave little pencil navigating the perils of writing a great story. Will she succeed in telling her tale without being sharpened by the dreaded Wolf 3000? This one is perfect for kids who love making up stories as much as they love reading them.


Ann and Nan Are Anagrams: A Mixed-Up Word Dilemma Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452109145
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - October 1st, 2013

When Bert’s grandma explains the concept of anagrams to him, he’s floored! It turns out that there are anagrams all around him; he just never noticed it before. If you’ve got a curious kid who loves playing with words, this book is sure to delight!


Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space Cover Image
By Dominic Walliman, Ben Newman (Illustrator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9781909263079
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Nobrow Press - November 26th, 2013

Join Professor Astro Cat, the world’s smartest feline, as he takes you on a fascinating journey through the cosmos! Written by a quantum physicist renowned for his ability to make complex scientific subjects approachable for beginners, this book is a beautifully-illustrated, surprisingly thorough introduction to astronomy that won’t leave kids scratching their heads.


The World Is Round Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062203076
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Design - October 29th, 2013

Stein’s little-known children’s story of a girl named Rose trying to discover her place in the world is a linguistic delight that’s sure to resonate with readers of all ages. The book is illustrated by Clement Hurd--best known for his work in GOODNIGHT MOON and THE RUNAWAY BUNNY--and printed on the rose-pink paper Stein insisted upon for the original edition of the book.


The Beginning of Everything Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062217134
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - August 27th, 2013

Big-man-on-campus Ezra Faulkner has it all, but then he loses it: his seemingly perfect girlfriend two-times him and he’s involved in a car accident that shatters his knee and his chances for sports stardom. That’s when he meets Cassidy Thorpe, an unpredictable new girl who helps him to see the new opportunities that the ends of things sometimes bring.


Castle Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780544102262
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin - November 5th, 2013

Macaulay’s classic books about monumental medieval architecture are as fascinating and detailed as the structures they describe. Though the books have been around for more than 20 years, these new editions are painstakingly revised and reprinted in full, glorious color.


The Story of Mankind Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780871401755
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - December 17th, 1999

This children’s classic won the very first Newbery Award in 1921. van Loon writes with warmth, wisdom, and clarity, making even the most complex historical movements comprehensible to the young mind. This edition is revised and updated for the 21st century, and takes children through the human story from its origins to the present day.


Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780761172192
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Workman Publishing - October 8th, 2013

Chip Kidd is perhaps closest thing graphic design has to a rock star. His stunning book covers have become instantly recognizable classics of the form. This book, designed for kids but invaluable for the design-curious of all ages, explains the basics of graphic design and how to use those principles to create striking, original visual work. Everyone in today’s world needs to understand what makes something eye-catching.


Children's Books for Little Adventurers

It can be difficult to get the adventurous kid to sit still long enough to read a book! They’re always up to something: turning your living room into an giant blanket fort, making mud masterpieces in the backyard, performing a three act play--including musical numbers!--for their teddy bears… Our list for little adventurers will appeal to your kid’s energetic spirit while encouraging them to occasionally search for excitement between the covers of a book.

Journey Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763660536
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 6th, 2013

Take just one look at this sumptuous wordless picture book and you won’t be surprised to know that illustrator Aaron Becker has worked on films for Disney and Pixar. Every page is lush and crammed with detail that will delight even the youngest readers. Challenge kids with great imaginations to invent their own stories to accompany each picture!


The Tiny King Cover Image
By Taro Miura, Taro Miura (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763666873
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 8th, 2013

The tiny king doesn’t have much fun in his big world, at least until he meets his exact opposite, a very big queen who loves him exactly the way he is! Bold, geometric art is what makes this picture book so eye-catching, but its simple, encouraging story about the advantages of being different are what will keep your kids coming back to it again and again.


Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452107141
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - September 24th, 2013

Young nature lovers will be astonished by the facts in this innovative book. In the lifetimes of various animals, how much can they do? How many holes can a woodpecker bore? How many babies can a seahorse have? Beautiful illustrations teach kids not just about nature but about how to imagine numbers both large and small.


When Did You See Her Last? (All the Wrong Questions #2) Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Seth (Illustrator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316123051
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2013

The second installment in Snicket’s hardboiled detective stories for middle graders follows our intrepid sleuth as he attempts to locate a missing woman. This hilarious, action-packed series is perfect for reluctant readers, but is also a great choice for parents to read aloud to their elementary-aged kids.


Fortunately, the Milk Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Skottie Young (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062224071
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - September 17th, 2013

Two kids wake up ready for their breakfast cereal, only to find that there’s no more milk in the fridge! Their dad promises to pick some up for them, only to be abducted by aliens and flung to the farthest reaches of space and time! A silly action-packed adventure from everyone’s favorite storyteller, Neil Gaiman.


Hostage Three Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781619631236
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - November 12th, 2013

A seventeen-year-old girl is sailing around the world with her father and stepmother when they are captured by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Amy and her family suddenly become pawns in a complicated and dangerous transaction that threatens their lives. This heart-pounding adventure is sure to keep those pages turning!


The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780670014064
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2013

Alexander is a bad little boy in a line of very bad men who have all died young. He’s determined to beat the trend, specifically by implanting his cat’s eight extra lives into his own body. All these extra lives make Alexander a bit reckless, and he begins to waste them one by one. Will he learn his lesson?


Battle Bunny Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Matt Myers (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781442446731
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2013

Alex is, shall we say, a very creative birthday boy. When he receives a sweet book called Birthday Bunny, he decides that it’d be a much better story with a little violence. Or maybe with a lot of violence. Whatever. This is the funniest picture book we’ve seen all year.


A Little Bit of Oomph! Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780761177449
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Workman Publishing - September 24th, 2013

Some books are simply more fun than others. Saltzberg’s latest is completely interactive: you can fold, turn, flip, and pop out almost every page! This book’s message about the power of creativity will appeal to readers of all ages, and will without doubt inspire some masterpieces from your little genius.


Frog Trouble: . . . and Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780761171768
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Workman Publishing - September 3rd, 2013

Sandra Boynton, known for her unprecedented ability to tickle tiny funny bones, is back with a book-and-CD set that’s sure to make your little cowpokes yell yeehaw! Boynton’s written twelve country tunes and has enlisted musicians like Ben Folds, Alison Krauss, Ryan Adams and Dwight Yoakum to perform them.


Children's Books for Daydreamers

Daydreamers can keep themselves amused for hours and hours using little more than their oversized imaginations. Although they’re often off in their own worlds, these kids can be made into avid readers if they’re given books that inspire them to dream big! We’ve got books for daydreamers of all ages that will nurture their creativity and perhaps even set them on their own paths to artistic greatness.

Constable & Toop Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419707827
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Amulet Books - October 8th, 2013

In Victorian London, a terrible crisis has occurred: all the ghosts are disappearing! Black Rot has taken hold, a disease that causes old houses to suck unsuspecting ghosts inside and keep them trapped forever. An undertaker’s son who can see and talk to spirits, along with a motley cast of supporting characters, attempts to overcome this spooky scourge and set the ghosts free!


Maude the Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton Cover Image
By Lauren Child, Trisha Krauss (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763665159
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 6th, 2013

Maude is from a family of extraordinary, eccentric characters who fascinate everyone around them. Maude, on the other hand, is much happier to blend into the crowd. This stylish tale is the perfect way to remind the wallflower in your life, whether she’s a girl of seven or a woman of seventy, that she’s perfect just the way she is.


Nina's Book of Little Things Cover Image
By Keith Haring, Keith Haring (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780763668938
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Big Picture Press - October 8th, 2013

Keith Haring, one of our most approachable and kid-friendly modern artists, presented a version of this innovative activity book to a friend’s daughter on her seventh birthday. Every page is a new adventure waiting to happen; Haring’s prompts and doodles are designed to encourage silliness and wild creativity. A pocket in the back of the book and a band around the cover keeps all your child’s imaginative creations neat and tidy.


The Bear's Song Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452114248
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - September 17th, 2013

This sweet interactive story will take your child on a visual adventure! Little Bear sees a bee, and where there’s a bee there’s got to be honey! Unfortunately Little Bear gets so excited about a snack that he leaves Papa Bear behind. Papa follows his mischievous son into the big city, where sharp-eyed readers can help him locate Little Bear in all the hustle and bustle.


Monsters & Legends: Cyclops, Krakens, Mermaids and Other Imaginary Creatures That Really Existed! Cover Image
By Davide Cali, Gabriella Giandelli (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781909263031
Availability: Backordered
Published: Nobrow Press - July 2nd, 2013

Children of all ages will treasure this compendium of mythical monsters. Gabriella Giandelli’s stunning illustrations complement Cali’s text, which reveals both the myth behind each creature and the surprising truths behind our ancestors’ belief in them.


Madeline and the Old House in Paris Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670784851
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 8th, 2013

This latest installment in the classic Madeline series, written and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelman’s grandson, has all the charm and whimsy of the original. When Lord Cucuface, the headmaster of Madeline’s school, removes a telescope from the attic during a surprise inspection, a ghost disturbed by the change convinces Madeline, Pepito, and friends to help him return it to its rightful location.


Friends Cover Image
By Eric Carle, Eric Carle (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399165337
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Philomel Books - November 19th, 2013

A little boy is heartbroken when his best friend moves away. Instead of moping, however, he decides to find her. He’ll stop at nothing until he does! Carle accompanies this sweet story with his signature vibrant illustrations and a moving dedication to his wife, his own lifelong best friend.


Jane, the Fox & Me Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781554983605
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Groundwood Books - September 1st, 2013

This innovative graphic novel will resonate with girls who are dealing with bullying. Hélène is an outcast amongst the girls in her grade, and only finds solace in reading, especially Charlotte Bronte’s JANE EYRE. It seems that she’ll never fit in, at least until she makes a new friend who recognizes how special she is, just the way she is.


Far Far Away Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375849725
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 11th, 2013

Jeremy Johnson Johnson has been forced into adulthood too soon; he cares for his family nearly by himself. However, Jeremy has a secret ability: he can hear the voice of Jacob Grimm--yes, one of the Brothers Grimm--which offers him encouragement and protection from dark forces at work in his small town. But when a local girl takes an interest in him and his special powers, the fragile balance Jeremy has created for his life is upset. This National Book Award finalist will revitalize your childhood belief in magic.


The Bone Season Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781620401392
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury USA - August 20th, 2013

This novel, first in a wildly imaginative series by a young, celebrated British author, takes place in a dystopian future of constant surveillance. Paige Mahoney has the prized ability to enter the dreams of others, and because of her power, she is drafted into the feared army of an otherworldly race of beings called the Rephaim, based in what was once Oxford. This page-turner is marketed toward young adults, but is sophisticated enough for adult readers.


The Dark (Sergio Chejfec)

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The Dark Cover Image
By Sergio Chejfec, Heather Cleary (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781934824436
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter - December 11th, 2013

Sergio Cejfec's THE DARK is a gorgeous, meditative novel that explores both the internal and external world of its unnamed narrator. Recounting the events of a past relationship with factory worker, Delia, the narrator spends his time reminiscing and regretting his past actions. Although tradional plot is absent, this allows the author plenty of space to digress brilliantly about walking, factory workers and the notion of geography. Quiet, disturbing and utterly original, THE DARK is a revelation. Perfect for fans of W.G. Sebald and Thomas Bernhard. Translated by Heather Cleary.


Books for Texans (and those who love them)

People who hail from every state in the union are proud of their roots, but Texans take it to a whole other level. After all, it’s hard to deny that--with its unique traditions, food, history, and culture--Texas is a bit like its very own country. Whether you’re choosing a Texana title for a visiting friend or a proud native, Brazos has something to fit the bill.

 

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$29.95
ISBN: 9781939055491
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Bright Sky Press - September 1st, 2013

This cookbook from the local family that brought us such delectable Houston eateries as Amazon Grill, Churrasco’s, and Americas is sure to please every palate. The Cordua family shares their Houston success story, their culinary philosophy, and mouthwatering recipes based on favorites from all of their award-winning restaurants. Limited signed copies available.


Houston Astros: Deep in the Heart Cover Image
By Bill Brown, Mike Acosta (Compiled by)
$39.95
ISBN: 9781939055088
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Bright Sky Press - September 1st, 2013

This handsome, full-color coffee table book, formerly available only in the official Astros gift shop at Minute Maid Park, is a must-have for every die-hard Astros fan. The book focuses on the franchise’s history, including all of its best seasons and players, and additionally profiles the team’s current lineup and coaching staff.


Houston Rap Cover Image
By Johan Kugelberg (Editor), Bun B (Foreword by), Lance Scott Walker (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$49.95
ISBN: 9781938265051
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Sinecure Books - November 30th, 2013

Bun B provides the foreword to this arresting photography book focused on Houston’s vibrant rap culture, centered in the South Park, Third and Fifth Ward neighborhoods. Beste’s portraits of Houston rap giants at work and at play in the neighborhoods that made them famous reveal an important and oft-overlooked part of our city’s cultural landscape.


The Outcasts Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316206129
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - September 24th, 2013

This thrilling Western, set in the 19th century near modern-day Houston, combines a search for buried treasure, a tense manhunt, and a liberal dose of girl power into one irresistible page-turning package. A former prostitute and a young lawman with a heart of gold team up to catch a sinister killer known simply as McGill.


Dallas 1963 Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781455522095
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Twelve - October 8th, 2013

This fresh look at the Kennedy assassination examines the right-wing tensions at work in early-60s Dallas that led to the slaying of an American president. Key religious, cultural, and political figures of the time are profiled in an effort to illustrate what a perfect storm JFK unwittingly walked into when he landed on a Texas tarmac fifty years ago. Limited signed copies available.


The Texas Holiday Cookbook Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781589798632
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Published: Taylor Trade Publishing - October 7th, 2013

Griffith, a celebrated former food critic for the Dallas Morning News, has updated her classic holiday cookbook for the 21st-century home chef. Griffith highlights local ingredients and Texas culinary traditions in her meal plans, providing even beginners with all the recipes and advice they’ll need for spectacular, down-home holiday meals.


The Last Cowboy: A Life of Tom Landry Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780871403339
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - November 4th, 2013

Even if you’re not a Dallas Cowboys fan, this comprehensive biography of one of the greatest coaches in the history of football is an underdog story that’s will please football aficionados of every stripe. Texas native Landry took a failing franchise and made it into America’s Team, while forever changing the game from a brainless battle of brawn to a chess match on Astroturf.


The Pecan: A History of America's Native Nut Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780292749160
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Published: University of Texas Press - October 1st, 2013

Don’t think there’s much to say about the Texas state nut? Think again! The pecan, indigenous to the Americas and domesticated just over a century ago, is a case study in the ways in which globalization has changed the way we eat. From its days as one of the major food sources for Native Americans to its current status as a popular yet economically and ecologically vulnerable export, this history of the pecan is surprisingly fascinating.


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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316204361
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 1st, 2013

Gladwell’s latest investigates the phenomenon of the underdog through the lens of the story of David and Goliath. Was David really at such a disadvantage in his famous brawl against the giant, or did his speed and agility give him the true upper hand? Gladwell suggests that adversity can provide people with surprising advantages in real-life situations.


Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9781594202278
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Published: Penguin Press - September 17th, 2013

The American public’s fear of nuclear war has been assuaged somewhat by the end of the Cold War. Schlosser, celebrated author of NYT bestseller FAST FOOD NATION, suggests that perhaps we should be more concerned about our government’s handling of its nuclear arsenal. He cites the frightening and little-known Damascus Accident and other near-catastrophes as evidence of the incompetence of those in charge.


The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9781594204814
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Published: Penguin Press - October 22nd, 2013

Even Alan Greenspan was taken aback by the severity of the 2008 financial crash, so much so that he embarked on a multi-year study of how we predict the financial future and how we can do it better. By adjusting our maps of the economy, Greenspan suggests, we can better navigate the real-world terrain that we encounter in 21st century markets.


The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780143123750
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Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2013

This heart-pounding minute-by-minute account of the 2008 terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. The narrative focuses on everyday heroes among the hotel’s staff and guests who prevented more lives from being lost in the wake of a massive gunfight, fire, and hostage situation in the hotel.


Double Down: Game Change 2012 Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781594204401
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Published: Penguin Press - November 5th, 2013

This follow-up to GAME CHANGE, the bestselling 2008 election postmortem, reveals all the behind-the-scenes dirt on the 2012 presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. This book contains plenty of juicy new revelations about the latest election that are sure to fascinate every politics buff on your list. Limited signed copies are available.


The Investigator: Fifty Years of Uncovering the Truth Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780399160554
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Published: Blue Rider Press a Member of Penguin Group (U - October 8th, 2013

For an unparalleled all-access pass to controversies like the Clinton impeachment, Watergate, and the Unabomber trial, look no further than this real hard-boiled detective’s account of his professional life. Lenzner, one of the most powerful and respected private investigators working today, reveals his perspective on a dizzying array of his most famous high-profile cases reaching all the way back to the 1950s.


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Bleeding Edge Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781594204234
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Published: Penguin Press - September 17th, 2013

Pynchon’s latest, which was recently nominated for a National Book Award, is a techno-thriller set in 2001 New York City, just after the collapse of the dot-com bubble and just before the terrible events of September 11. Maxine Tarnow, a fraud investigator formerly concerned with small-time swindlers, stumbles upon a massive conspiracy surrounding a wildly successful computer security firm and its billionaire CEO.


Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385525183
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 22nd, 2013

Baker, the senior White House correspondent for the New York Times, provides readers with one of the first comprehensive looks back at the Bush years. Love them or hate them, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney guided our country through some of its not-so-distant darkest days, and the story of their unusually close partnership is a fascinating look at two complicated leaders charged with leading a nation.


The Circle Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385351393
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 8th, 2013

Mae Holland, the protagonist of Eggers’ latest novel, feels like she’s won the lottery when she is hired to work for The Circle, a Google-esque company with an idyllic, sprawling campus in Silicon Valley that caters to its employees’ every desire. However, when Holland stumbles across the dark side of her powerful employer and The Circle’s plans to abolish internet privacy once and for all, she begins to wonder whether she’s so lucky after all.


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Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780307718969
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - September 10th, 2013

Fink’s harrowing account of a hospital in crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina reveals how technology can fail us in an instant. When Memorial Hospital in New Orleans lost power during one of the deadliest storms in history, a skeleton staff struggled to keep its critically ill patients alive. Reports of euthanasia led to an investigation of the hospital’s handling of the crisis. Fink’s painstaking reporting helps us understand just what went wrong at Memorial and how we can avoid similar catastrophes in the future.


Highbrow Readers

Forget the basics; the highbrow has read them all, thank you very much! There’s no way around it: if you’re going to thrill a persnickety reader this holiday season, you’re going to have to reach for the stars. Let us help you find something offbeat, experimental, and unexpected that’s sure to impress.

 

Wigrum Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780889227781
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Published: Talonbooks - November 19th, 2013

This kaleidoscopic yet approachable experimental novel is based around a museum catalog of ordinary objects that a man named Sebastian Wigrum carefully collected and then left behind in WWII London. Each artifact has its own story to tell, and Canty’s innovative design further brings Wigrum and his world to life in a manner reminiscent of the work of Calvino and Borges.


Duplex Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781555976538
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 3rd, 2013

This novel brings magical realism to the suburbs, to strange and memorable effect. Davis’s too-perfect setting feels straight out of a Cheever novel, at least until it becomes apparent that it is populated by robots, centaurs, wizards, and trash-disposal drones. If you enjoy a good fever dream every now and then, this is the novel for you!


The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems Cover Image
By Emily Dickinson, Jen Bervin (Editor), Marta Werner (Editor)
$45.00
ISBN: 9780811221757
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 29th, 2013

Emily DIckinson’s poetic output was relatively slight, but she was a master at giving just a few words incredible weight and power. For the first time, facsimiles of Dickinson’s poems--a majority of which were handwritten on the backs of envelopes--are available to the reading public. No diehard Dickinson fan should be without this book.


The Sound of Things Falling Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594487484
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 1st, 2013

This masterful novel tells the story of the civil war between Columbia’s drug cartels and its government that has been raging on the streets of Bogotà since the mid-sixties. Antonio Yammara, Vasquez’s protagonist, happens upon an article in a newspaper that thrusts him deep into his own earliest memories of the conflict. This is a brilliant character study of a man emblematic of a generation shaped by omnipresent violence and corruption.


Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399166709
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Published: Blue Rider Press - October 31st, 2013

Ah, the Germans. They’ve got a word for everything. Whether you’re looking for the perfect way to describe the pleasure of a cold pillow, delight in the changing of the seasons, or the particular kind of depression that only hits on Sunday afternoons, this is the book for you. A perfect gift for Germanophiles and general word geeks alike.


The End of Love Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781938073564
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Published: McSweeney's - October 15th, 2013

This slim volume collects four of Spanish author Torrente’s most exquisite short stories, translated for the first time into English by Katherine Silver. Each story examines the fortunes of ordinary men grappling with the pain of a failing love affair and trying to understand where it all went wrong.


The Best of McSweeney's Cover Image
By Dave Eggers (Editor)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781938073595
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Published: McSweeney's - December 31st, 2013

This comprehensive anthology collects the best fiction, nonfiction, and visual art from fifteen years of McSweeney’s, the innovative, game-changing San Francisco-based literary magazine founded by author Dave Eggers in 1998.


Personae Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780226078991
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 30th, 2013

de la Pava, who burst onto the literary scene last year with the initially self-published tour-de-force A NAKED SINGULARITY, turns the traditional mystery novel on its head in this dizzying, virtuousic meditation on the blessing and curse of artistic ambition.


The Modern Art Cookbook Cover Image
$39.00
ISBN: 9781780231747
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Published: Reaktion Books - October 15th, 2013

This book, perfect for both the coffee table or the kitchen, proves that cuisine can function as yet another kind of artistic masterpiece. Caws collects still life paintings, diary entries, stories, poems, letters, and artists’ personal favorite recipes in this irresistible volume that examines the delicious intersection between modern art and food.


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