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New Arrivals - Week of March 31

Enjoy some of my favorite new arrivals for this week! -Augusta

Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544002234
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - April 2nd, 2013

The Shelter Cycle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547859088
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - April 2nd, 2013

All That Is Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400043132
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 2nd, 2013

Manuscript Found in Accra Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385349833
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 2nd, 2013

Mom & Me & Mom Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400066117
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Published: Random House - April 2nd, 2013

Stages of Decay Cover Image
By Julia Solis, Martina Gedeck (Foreword by), Bryan Papciak (Preface by)
ISBN: 9783791348193
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Prestel Publishing - April 25th, 2013

Funny Birds Cover Image
ISBN: 9783791371474
Availability: Backordered
Published: Prestel Junior - April 25th, 2013

Last Friends (Old Filth Trilogy) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609450939
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Published: Europa Editions - April 2nd, 2013

Where'd You Go, Bernadette Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316204262
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - April 2nd, 2013

Life After Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316176484
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - April 2nd, 2013

The Dark Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316187480
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2013

Modern Mediterranean: Easy, Flavorful Home Cooking Cover Image
ISBN: 9781617690181
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Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - April 2nd, 2013

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393081572
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 1st, 2013

Paris Reborn: Napoleon III, Baron Haussmann, and the Quest to Build a Modern City Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312626891
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Press - April 2nd, 2013

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

Gems of Small Press Poetry

So much poetry, so little time! With all the new verse coming out every year, keeping up with small press releases can be difficult. Yet it’s the small presses that so consistently publish the most groundbreaking poetry written today! While you may have to search a little harder to find such diamonds in the rough, the payoff is almost always well worth the effort. Who knows? You may just discover your new favorite poet! Here are a few cutting edge titles to get you started this National Poetry Month. -Keaton

Democracy Is Not for the People Cover Image
ISBN: 9780984885749
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Truck Books - May 1st, 2012

I was originally drawn to this collection because of its provocative title and cover. Once I actually read the poems, I was stunned and a little taken aback (in a good way). These aren’t poems in the traditional sense. Kaplan’s verses explore the connections -- and divergences -- between the poetic and the political. He appropriates the language of propaganda, employs detailed descriptions of weapons technologies, and adds a generous dash of comic absurdity to produce an astute, irreverent meditation on the nature of political violence. Can poetry effect political change? Can political speech be poetic? These are the kinds of questions Kaplan’s poetry posits for its readers.

Seven American Deaths and Disasters Cover Image
ISBN: 9781576876367
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Published: powerHouse Books - March 12th, 2013

Another collection that tests the boundaries of what can be considered poetry, Goldsmith has transcribed TV and radio broadcasts covering some of the most infamous tragedies in American history--the assassinations of the Kennedys and John Lennon, the Challenger disaster, Columbine, 9/11, and the death of Michael Jackson--and recontextualized them as a set of intense prose poems. By rendering in writing what was originally spoken aloud, Goldsmith coaxes forth the underlying emotions inherent in “impartial journalism” and presents an exploration of how media affects our reactions to the larger events that shape our lives.

Oleander Girl (Chitra Divakaruni)

We are thrilled to announace that local favorite and UH Creative Writing Program professor Chita Divakaruni will be signing her latest novel at Brazos on April 15th! OLEANDER GIRL is a fascinating read you won’t want to miss. The book follows Korobi, a smart, down-to-earth girl from a good family who is set to marry the man of her dreams in her native India when tragedy strikes. Korobi’s grandfather passes away suddenly, intimating a terrible family secret in his final moments. Korobi's grandmother confirms that Korobi's shadowy past is even more mysterious than she once thought. Korobi determines that, before she can marry, she must understand her origins by traveling alone to America. I was again and again awed by Divakaruni’s well-rounded characters, action-packed pacing, and clean, engrossing prose. OLEANDER GIRL also boasts a surprise twist that lends the book even more depth and appeal. I began this book thinking it was the story of a girl seeking her origins, but finished it feeling that it actually treated a much larger subject: the way that racial and national identity effects women’s lives in numerous ways, both subtle and profound. -Danielle

Oleander Girl Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451695656
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 19th, 2013

Arvo Part In Conversation (Enzo Restagno et al)

This book is an attempt to approach the conceptual world of Arvo Pärt, as well as his musical language and his compositions, from a variety of angles. With its wide range of subject matter, it is intended to appeal to readers from many different fields of interest. Enzo Restagno is the artistic director of Settembre Musica, an Italian music festival in Torino at which a program of Pärt’s work was presented in September 2004. Over the course of lengthy conversations with Restagno, Pärt describes his roots and early life in Soviet Estonia, his emigration, his artistic odyssey, and his view of the world. Along with these highly personal conversations that form the book’s core, this volume includes an analytical essay by Leopold Brauneiss that requires more musicological knowledge. The essay is an important study of the theory and method behind Pärt’s compositional intentions.

Saale Kareda additionally provides a short second essay that is directed primarily toward those who are interested in the spiritual aspects of Pärt’s music. The appendix offers two acceptance speeches delivered by Pärt during the award ceremonies of two major composition prizes. Each of them provides an interesting glimpse into Pärt’s thinking and helps complete this fascinating portrait of one of the world’s greatest living composers. -Nihal

Arvo Part in Conversation Cover Image
By Arvo Part, Robert Crow (Translator)
ISBN: 9781564787866
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - November 12th, 2012

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (Stephan Pastis)

From Stephan Pastis, creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine, comes a hilarious debut children’s novel starring eleven-year-old Timmy Failure and his pet polar bear, Total. Together, the two make up Total Failure, Inc., the “best detective agency in town, perhaps even the nation.” Their caseload involves everything from Halloween candy theft to yard TP-ing, but all these take a backseat when Total Failure Inc.’s mode of transportation, a Segway dubbed the Failuremobile that Timmy might have “borrowed” from his mother, goes missing. Timmy is convinced that the culprit is none other than his four-foot-tall, she-who-shall-not-be-named arch-nemesis. Similar in style and layout to DIARY OF A WIMPY KID but even smarter and sillier than the competition, TIMMY FAILURE is funny and accessible enough to win young problem readers over, but clever enough to have engaged all the very sophisticated and adult Brazos booksellers.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Cover Image
By Stephan Pastis, Stephan Pastis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763660505
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 26th, 2013

Inventing Abstraction 1910-1925

INVENTING ABSTRACTION 1910-1925 is the catalogue from the current MOMA exhibit of the same name, which celebrates the emergence of abstract art. This shift toward abstract art occurred simultaneously in a variety of different countries as artists looked to nature, architecture, machines, film, geometry, and music for inspiration. The text tracks how early abstract works developed and what they meant to their creators. The focus on process and transformation shows the art’s urgency and importance to the contemporary art world now more than a century later. 

Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 Cover Image
By Leah Dickerman (Editor), Matthew Affron (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Yve-Alain Bois (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9780870708282
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Published: Museum of Modern Art - January 31st, 2013

Catholicism Roundup

With a brand new pope and Easter on the way, you may find yourself thinking about Catholicism a little more than usual this Spring. Educate yourself! -Danielle

Saints, Santos, and Shrines Cover Image
ISBN: 9781423631408
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Published: Gibbs Smith - March 1st, 2013

Here’s a great coffee table book of Mexican Catholic folk art.

Afterlives of the Saints: Stories from the Ends of Faith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609530723
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Published: Unbridled Books - June 12th, 2012

A fascinating look at some of the most bizarre saints and their surprising contemporary relevance.

The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670026715
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking Books - February 21st, 2013

Want an inside look at the Vatican? Well, you probably can’t get one, but this new book is the next best thing.

Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670024872
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking Books - February 12th, 2013

Gary Wills calls the centuries-old Catholic idea that priests should intercede between parishioners and God in this provocative read.

God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547844589
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Published: Mariner Books - January 1st, 2013

A fascinating look at the Spanish Inquisition and its effect on the modern world.

Tenth of December (George Saunders)

Just by looking at the cover of his latest collection, you can tell that Saunders has been moving in a darker, more serious direction with his work as of late. Although most of the stories in this collection are as funny as anything he’s written, Saunders often uses humor to hypothetically advance an existing social problem to its horrific logical conclusion. My favorite stories in TENTH OF DECEMBER - "Victory Lap", "Escape From Spiderhead", and "Home" - deal with kidnapping, our society’s overuse of pharmaceuticals, and PTSD, respectively. Saunders twists each of these issues, subtly exaggerating elements of each problem to clarify its menace. One of the most interesting things about Saunders is that his stories are rarely concerned with the privileged, the well-spoken, or the powerful. His characters are, at best, members of the middle class who are quickly falling through the growing cracks in America’s safety net. They are often uneducated, or at least uninformed. They are often being controlled and manipulated by forces far more powerful than themselves - parents, corporations, evil scientists - who are deeply invested in appearing to be their underlings’ 'friends' while leading them to certain ruin. This kind of setup has deep resonance in contemporary America, to say the least. It's hard not to sometimes relate to Saunders' hapless protagonists. In short, I wasn't surprised to find myself giggling over this beautiful collection, but I was surprised - and pleased - to find myself moved to tears several times.

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

Detroit: An American Autopsy (Charlie LeDuff)

After a distinguished career as a journalist for the New York Times, Charlie LeDuff decided to return home to his native Detroit as if compelled by instinct. Detroit: An American Autopsy tells us why the Motor City can no longer be ignored. LeDuff steers clear of geopolitics, macroeconomics, and global finance in favor of gripping reportage centered on the lives of individuals surviving most historic and cataclysmic years in history of the city. I found myself appalled, laughing out loud, and nearly moved to tears at LeDuff’s brilliant combination of piercing investigative journalism and personal recollection. -Nihal

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

Posada & Manilla

Posada and Manilla is a slim volume that collects illustrations from 19th century children’s books by the popular Mexican printmakers and additionally provides plot summaries and analyses of the books’ themes. Although children’s books of the time were meant to be ephemeral, many have survived because of the expressive illustrations reproduced on these pages. A facsimile of a complete original picture book is included. I love the fantastical imagery and the striking hand lettering in these illustrations, and I was fascinated by the window into the 19th century imagination that the art of Posada and Manilla provides.

Posada & Manilla: Illustrations for Mexican Fairy Tales Cover Image
By Jose Posada (Artist), Manuel Manilla (Artist), Mercurio Casillas (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9788415118510
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Published: Rm - March 31st, 2013