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Translated Fiction Roundup

Did you know that only 5% of novels published in the US today are translations? Think of how much we’re missing from vibrant literary cultures around the globe by focusing our attention only on work written in English! Reading world fiction allows you to really explore an unfamiliar culture without leaving your living room. I have recently been on a translated fiction kick and would like to share a few of my new favorites with you. -Augusta

Ways of Going Home Cover Image
By Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell (Translator)
ISBN: 9780374286644
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - January 8th, 2013

Zambra’s novella opens on the day of the 1985 Chilean earthquake and follows the narrator as he explores his memories of his childhood first love. Part love story, part remembrance of simpler times, the narrative is evocative, beautiful, and, at just under 140 pages, easy to devour in one sitting.

La Boutique Obscure: 124 Dreams Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612191751
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Melville House Publishing - February 19th, 2013

I studied Cognitive Sciences in college and relish any opportunity to read about the awesome, unusual things that our brains sometimes do. Perec’s recently translated dream diary was exactly the sort of thing I was looking for! Inventive, modern, and surreal, this strange little book briefly outlines 124 dreams and gives us the opportunity to explore the ephemeral nature of our sleeping thoughts. This is one I’ll be reading and rereading.

Paprika (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307389183
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - February 12th, 2013

When the lines between fantasy and reality are blurred, things can get dangerous. Paprika, a dream detective, must go into the dream world to prevent mysterious opponents from sabotaging the real world. Thought provoking and entertaining, PAPRIKA is a page turner. Don’t forget to check out the accompanying anime film of the same name.

Maidenhair Cover Image
ISBN: 9781934824368
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter - October 23rd, 2012

MAIDENHAIR explores the stories we tell about ourselves in order to get where we want to be, namely through the gates of paradise. Like most thick Russian novels, Shiskin’s work takes on a variety of topics -- truth and fiction, death and life, love and war -- but the sum is greater than its parts. I’m only a third of the way through this one and it’s already one of the best things I’ve read this year. Don’t miss it!

Children's Poetry

It’s National Poetry Month! Here are some children’s poetry books we’re excited about this month to help you turn your little one into a versifier extraordinaire. -Mary

Make Magic! Do Good! Cover Image
By Dallas Clayton, Dallas Clayton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763657468
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - November 13th, 2012

From the creator of children’s book sensation THE AWESOME BOOK comes another rainbow-colored masterpiece. Clayton’s poems cover everything from blue apples to Xavier Xing Xu’s mission to create more words that begin with X to a store that sells colors that’ve never been made. However, they all share the same message: Make magic Do good. Be who you are. Be what you should. 

I've Lost My Hippopotamus Cover Image
By Jack Prelutsky, Jackie Urbanovic (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062014573
Availability: Backordered
Published: Greenwillow Books - March 13th, 2012

It feels like Jack Prelutsky has a hand in everything related to children’s poetry these days - and we don’t mind one bit! Mr. Prelutsky has written over 50 kid’s poetry collections, but I’VE LOST MY HIPPOPOTAMUS is one of our favorites. You simply can’t find poems about furry wiguanas and yummy pelicanteloupes anywhere else! If you love “I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus,” you should also check out THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK, A PIZZA THE SIZE OF THE SUN, STARDINES SWIM HIGH ACROSS THE SKY, and another favorite of ours, NIGHTMARES: POEMS TO TROUBLE YOUR SLEEP.

The Owl and the Pussycat: And Other Nonsense Cover Image
By Edward Lear, Robert Ingpen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780957148307
Availability: Backordered
Published: Palazzo Editions - September 1st, 2012

First written in 1867 as a get-well treat for the daughter of a family friend, THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT is now a staple in the children’s poetry canon. This printing of the poem, alongside Lear’s other wonderful, nonsensical pieces such as “The Jumbies” and “The Dong with the Luminous Nose” celebrates the 200th anniversary of Lear’s birthday. Robert Ingpen’s sweeping illustrations seal this little book as a must-have for any sophisticated child’s library.

Bananas in My Ears: A Collection of Nonsense Stories, Poems, Riddles, and Rhymes Cover Image
By Michael Rosen, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763662486
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 28th, 2012

“What if a piece of toast turned into a piece of ghost?” or even worse, “What if hard-boiled eggs turned into hard-boiled legs?” It is such pressing questions as these that tumble through the pages of Michael Rosen’s latest book of poems. Illustrator Quentin Blake provides drawings for each of Rosen’s off-the-wall verses. A scrumptious read.

Where the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition with 12 Extra Poems: Poems and Drawings Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060572341
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - February 18th, 2014

No children’s poetry list would be complete without Shel Silverstein. I encourage you to read everything he wrote, but I chose to highlight WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS because HarperCollins has recently released a 30th anniversary special edition that includes twelve new poems. 

From Silverpoint To Silver Screen: Andy Warhol’s 1950s Drawings (Daniel Blau)

This batch of sketches was purchased from the Warhol estate in 2011 by German art collector Daniel Blau. This is the first time they have been published. The drawings were created before Warhol developed his Pop Art style and give an interesting insight into the development of his later work. I had a reaction similar to that of James Hofmaier, who, in one of the book’s essays, remarks, “I have never considered Warhol poetic and now I find myself compelled to think anew my opinion of the person who was Andrew (“Andy”) Warhol(a).”

From Silverpoint to Silver Screen: Andy Warhol 1950s Drawings Cover Image
By James Hofmaier (Memoir by), Sydney Picasso (Memoir by), Daniel Blau (Editor)
ISBN: 9783777453415
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Hirmer Verlag GmbH - March 15th, 2013

Fully Booked: Ink On Paper (Andrew Losowsky)

Any Brazos customer can appreciate a well designed book! You’ve no doubt noticed that publishers have been creating ever more beautiful covers for new and classic books in response to the rise of e-books. Fully Booked is a beautifully designed compilation that profiles some of the most magnificent recent book designs, including imaginative cover concepts, reconceptualizations of the book as object, and one-of-a-kind works of art created from books.

Fully Booked: Ink on Paper: Design & Concepts for New Publications Cover Image
By Andrew Losowsky (Editor), R. Klanten (Editor)
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9783899554649
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Gestalten - March 22nd, 2013

Perfect Books for the Post-LITTLE PRINCE Blues

We’re so excited about our 75th anniversary celebration for THE LITTLE PRINCE this Saturday at 2pm! We have a whole bunch of cool surprises up our sleeves for the big day, and children of all ages are welcome to join in the fun. But what about what about AFTER we’ve blown your child’s mind with Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s whimsical tale? Here are a few carefully selected books sure to ease the inevitable comedown. -Mary

Hokey Pokey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375831980
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2013

Reading Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli's HOKEY POKEY is like playing hopscotch in the country of your child's imagination. This Bildungsroman, which is significantly more upbeat than Saint-Exupery’s classic, will inspire young readers who enjoyed the fantastical language and situations of THE LITTLE PRINCE.

Inside Out and Back Again Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061962790
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2013

Ten-year-old Há's journey from Saigon to the United States after the Vietnam War is told entirely in Lai’s beautiful verse in this Newbery Honor/National Book Award winner. The chance to explore a rich new world and the unexpected humor of Lai’s poetry will appeal to PRINCE fanatics.

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By John Matthews, Pavel Tatarnilov (Illustrator)
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781846864711
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Barefoot Books - October 1st, 2010

Who is to become the next king of Albion? Whoever pulls the sword from the stone, of course. The same exciting swashbuckling adventure of THE LITTLE PRINCE, but this one’s the Original!

New Arrivals - Week of April 7

Here are some of my favorite new arrivals this week!

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670026555
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking - April 9th, 2013

The Interestings Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594488399
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - April 9th, 2013

The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594204807
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Penguin Press - April 9th, 2013

The Best of the Best American Poetry Cover Image
By David Lehman (Editor), Robert Pinsky (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781451658880
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - April 9th, 2013

Harold Et le Crayon Violet = Harold and the Purple Crayon Cover Image
By Crockett Johnson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781612431642
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Ulysses Press - April 9th, 2013

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226044705
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Chicago Press - April 10th, 2013

Robert John Thornton: The Temple of Flora Cover Image
ISBN: 9783836536332
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Taschen - April 15th, 2013

Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307477439
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2013

Zebra Forest Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763660413
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 9th, 2013

Shadow Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780465021949
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Basic Books - April 9th, 2013

Tea Rex Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670014309
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 9th, 2013

Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312594893
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - April 9th, 2013

Opportunity, Montana (Brad Tyer)

Tyer, a Texas reporter who relocated to Montana in search of the unspoiled West, exposes the cost of greed and carelessness in a state that many Americans consider to be the last great frontier. His exposé focuses on the Clark Fork River, which for nearly a century was a dumping ground for industrial waste. Now, well-meaning environmentalists and investors are attempting to restore the river to its original state, but are perhaps doing more harm than good in their efforts. A passionate and complex look at Western environmental concerns. 

Opportunity, Montana: Big Copper, Bad Water, and the Burial of an American Landscape Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807003299
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Beacon Press - March 26th, 2013

Young Adult Favorites For April

Here are some of the best of the best in recent YA fiction! -Mary

Out of the Easy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399256929
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Philomel Books - February 12th, 2013

We’ve all wanted to escape our hometowns before, but perhaps none of us as much as Josie Moraine. Josie lives and works in a bookstore in the French Quarter in the 1950s, which wouldn’t be so bad if she wasn’t known amongst the locals as the daughter of a prostitute. Just when Josie thinks she may have finally finagled her way into Smith, the Northeastern college of her dreams, the murder of a wealthy tourist in the Quarter threatens to destroy everything Josie knows and loves. Part murder mystery, part portrait of segregated New Orleans and part coming of age story, OUT OF THE EASY is a new Brazos Bookstore favorite.

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ISBN: 9781250012579
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 26th, 2013

Rowell’s novel is the story of tween love with a welcome twist. Eleanor, a poor, quirky redhead with an abusive step-father, is the new kid in town. Park is a Korean-American boy whose “cool” status hangs perpetually by a thread. Their lives are thrown together when Park reluctantly gives Eleanor a seat beside him on the bus and slowly, very slowly, a love for comics, then music, and then each other emerges. Earnestly and honestly told, ELEANOR & PARK will having you wishing - despite yourself - that you could go back and experience first love all over again. If you don't believe me, check out John Green's glowing NYT review!

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The 5th Wave Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399162411
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2013

For those of you on the lookout for the next big thing in young adult fiction, Rick Yancey’s post-apocalyptic novel THE FIFTH WAVE is it. Touted as being a cross between THE PASSAGE and ENDER’S GAME, this fast-paced thriller is an all-consuming, irresistable mélange of alien invasion, familial loyalty and good old fashioned mushy gushy forbidden love. It comes out May 7th. Pre-order it now!

Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye (Nicolas Cullinan)

Munch is best known for his iconic painting The Scream. However, his other paintings - as well as his prints and photographs - convey a similar intensity and are well worth a look. Munch often created many versions of the same composition. When seen collectively here, these multiples seem darker, more urgent, and more personal. Perhaps most unsettling are his depictions of the halo shape that he saw in later life as a result of a hemorrhage in his eye. The intensity and honesty of Munch’s body of work served to document the human condition in a unique and undeniably influential way. 

Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye Cover Image
By Nicholas Cullinan (Editor)
ISBN: 9781849760232
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Tate Publishing(UK) - June 1st, 2012

Understanding North Korea

North Korea has been all over the news lately due to Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un’s renewed threats of military action against the United States. Because North Korea is so carefully controlled from within, it has been historically difficult for authors of both fiction and nonfiction to write about it. However, more and more interest in this secret world has spurred writers from all fields to imagine the North Korean experience from the point of view of its silenced citizens. Here are some of our favorite perspectives on this mysterious nation. -Danielle

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385523912
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Spiegel & Grau - September 21st, 2010

Demick’s intimate portrayal of six ordinary North Korean citizens is visceral and haunting. This book serves as a vivid reminder of how a repressive government can exert control over every aspect of its citizens’ lives. Demick followed her subjects for fifteen years, through Kim Jong-il’s ascent to power and a famine that decimated the population. A gripping, masterful, and beautifully crafted piece of nonfiction.

Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143122913
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2013

In our era of Google Maps, no country can hide all of its secrets. Although the prison camps that North Korean elites use to punish and kill undesirables are clearly visible from any personal computer with an internet connection, few people have lived to tell the world about the horrors found within. Shin Dong-hyuk is one of those very few people, and his story, told here in spare and unflinching prose by Blaine Harden, is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Orphan Master's Son Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812982626
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade - August 7th, 2012

Adam Johnson is one of the few Americans who has been to North Korea, although his trip was of course very carefully orchestrated by the government handlers in charge of his stay. Still, Johnson’s firsthand knowledge of the country came in handy in the creation of this masterful novel, which was one of my personal favorites of 2012. Pak Jun Do, Johnson’s hero, rises from humble origins to the upper ranks of the North Korean state and then is imprisoned for fighting for the woman he loves. A thought-provoking page turner!

Architectural and Cultural Guide: Pyongyang Cover Image
By Philipp Meuser (Editor)
ISBN: 9783869221878
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dom Publishers - February 28th, 2012

A beautiful slipcased two-volume set that presents the reader with a panoramic overview of North Korea’s capital city. The first volume of this set presents buildings, streets, and squares with no commentary provided, while the second volume places these architectural wonders in their proper cultural context. The eerily empty streets of Pyongyang are odd, beautiful, and haunting. The careful study of propaganda posters alone is worth the price of admission.

Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547857879
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - January 15th, 2013

Wilson’s passionate plea for disarmament is based around his refutation of five crucial tenets that undergird the popular argument for nuclear proliferation. Although this book is not specifically about North Korea, Kim Jong-un’s threat of nuclear attack makes this book topical and timely, especially for a post-Cold War generation unfamiliar with the intricacies of nuclear policy.