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Book List: An Ode to Open Letter Books

This week, we are highlighting a small press we love: Open Letter Books. Based at the University of Rochester, Open Letter is a nonprofit that specializes in translations.

The Brother Cover Image
By Rein Raud, Adam Cullen (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781940953441
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter - September 13th, 2016

"When was the last time you read a contemporary Estonian spaghetti Western? Recounted in sparse yet provocative prose, this is the story of a mysterious stranger who arrives in town to take revenge on the corrupt officials that cheated his sister out of her inheritance. Menacing, funny, dreamlike, and philosophical, this allegorical page-turner reads like the love-child of Cormac and Camus." –– Keaton


Tomas Jonsson, Bestseller Cover Image
By Guoberger Bergsson, Lytton Smith (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781940953601
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter - July 11th, 2017

Justine (Danish Women Writers) Cover Image
By Iben Mondrup, Kerri A. Pierce (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781940953489
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter - November 15th, 2016

Frontier Cover Image
By Can Xue, Karen Gernant (Translator), Chen Zeping (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781940953540
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter - March 14th, 2017

"Frontier is an epic dreamscape of a novel. It starts with the point of view of Liujin, a single woman who has decided to stay in Pebble Town even after her parents move across the mountains. She sells goods in the market, ruminates on the lives of those around her, interacts with characters that may or may not be real. As the book moves through the viewpoints of various characters in the city, it unites all the individuals through similar sense of the placid, illuminating curiousity we find only in our dreams." –– Sara


The Things We Don't Do Cover Image
By Andres Neuman, Nick Caistor (Translator), Lorenza Garcia (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781940953182
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Open Letter - August 25th, 2015

War, So Much War Cover Image
By Merce Rodoreda, Martha Tennent (Translator), Maruxa Relano (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781940953229
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Open Letter - November 10th, 2015

"I have so much love for this amazing, slim novel – the last published during influential Spanish writer Rodereda's lifetime. Charting the adventures of a young runaway by traversing the wartorn countryside of his homeland, it reads like a Catalonian CANTERBURY TALES by way of THE ROAD. A thrilling, uncanny, and haunting rumination on finding one's place in the world and the reality of evil. You won't be able to put it down."  –– Keaton


Street of Thieves Cover Image
By Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781940953014
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Open Letter - November 11th, 2014

A Greater Music Cover Image
By Suah Bae, Deborah Smith (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781940953465
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter - October 11th, 2016

"Bae Suah is one of my favorite writers right now. She is able to create layers upon layers of narrative and texture in such a small book. Pick it up and it will carry you for an impressively long period of time. Not a quick read, but a compelling one for sure!" –– Sara 


The Invented Part Cover Image
By Rodrigo Fresan, Will Vanderhyden (Translator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781940953564
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Open Letter - May 16th, 2017

Chronicle of the Murdered House Cover Image
By Lucio Cardoso, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator), Robin Patterson (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781940953502
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Open Letter - December 13th, 2016

"Have you ever read a book and felt that you were holding in your hands a classic, something indipsensable to a language and a culture? Chronicle of the Murdered House is such an example. This book has hints of Dostoyevsky, Garcia Marquez and Antonio Lobo Antunes. Already a classic in Brazil - this book is not only beautifully written and profound, but a joy to read. The dysfunction of a prestigious family in a provincial Brazilian jungle, complete with gossip, backstabbing, cross-dressing and suicide attempts.There’s a fully-formed universe taking place in a run-down mansion rotting away in the jungle. Despite having the weight and breadth of a classic, its 600 pages fly by. I dare anyone to read it and not appreciate its artistry and breadth." –– Mark


Salki Cover Image
By Wojciech Nowicki, Jan Pytalski (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781940953588
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter - June 13th, 2017

The Future Is Not Yours Cover Image
By Diego Trelles Paz (Editor), Janet Hendrickson (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781934824641
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Open Letter - July 17th, 2012

Hemingday: A Book List

Hemingday (Hemingway's birthday) is coming up on July 21! We plan on celebrating with beverages provided by Spec's Wines, Spirits, and Finer Foods and themed activities. In the meantime, here are books by and about Hemingway to get you in the mood.

Ernest Hemingway: A Biography Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307594679
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 16th, 2017

A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition Cover Image
By Ernest Hemingway, Patrick Hemingway (Foreword by), Sean Hemingway (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781439182710
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - July 20th, 2010

The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Hemingway Library Edition Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781476787626
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - July 18th, 2017

The Sun Also Rises (Hemingway Library Edition) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501121968
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - February 16th, 2016

A Farewell to Arms (Hemingway Library Edition) Cover Image
By Ernest Hemingway, Patrick Hemingway (Foreword by), Sean Hemingway (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476764528
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - July 8th, 2014

Ernest Hemingway: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781612195223
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Melville House Publishing - December 15th, 2015

Hemingway in Love: His Own Story: A Memoir by A. E. Hotchner Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250078964
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - November 1st, 2016

For Whom the Bell Tolls Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780684803357
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - July 1st, 1995

The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780684843322
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - August 3rd, 1998

Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062440136
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow - March 14th, 2017

The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, DOS Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780306823831
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Da Capo Press - March 28th, 2017

To Have and Have Not Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780684818986
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - March 20th, 1996

Islands in the Stream Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780684837871
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - December 10th, 1997

Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway's Masterpiece the Sun Also Rises Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780544944435
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books - May 16th, 2017

Old Man and the Sea Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780684801223
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - May 5th, 1995

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 Garraeta, Emma Ramadan (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920541
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Hachette Books - March 14th, 2017

Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was Cover Image
By Sjon, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780374212438
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 2nd, 2016

Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781620972892
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Press - May 9th, 2017

The Large Glass Cover Image
By Mario Bellatin, David Shook (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781939419491
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Phoneme Media - February 16th, 2016

Notes of a Crocodile (Nyrb Classics) Cover Image
By Qiu Miaojin, Bonnie Huie (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781681370767
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New York Review of Books - May 2nd, 2017

At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807088357
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
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: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anomalous Press - March 31st, 2016

Sphinx Cover Image
By Anne Garreta, 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: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Kelsey Street Press - March 1st, 2017

Babel-17/Empire Star Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780375706691
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
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: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2016


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


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 (Penguin Classics) 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 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - 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
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060934347
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - 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 Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor Books - March 13th, 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
$19.00
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
$13.95
ISBN: 9780156907392
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harvest 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.


Pulitzer Prize Winners for 2017

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The Underground Railroad Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385542364
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday Books - August 2nd, 2016

Fiction Winner

Finalists: Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett & The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan


Sweat (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781559365321
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 13th, 2017

Drama Winner

Finalists: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music by Taylor Mac & The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe


The Return (Pulitzer Prize Winner): Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812994827
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - July 5th, 2016

Biography/Autobiography Winner

Finalists: In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi & When Breath Becomes Air by the late Paul Kalanithi


Olio Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781940696201
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wave Books - April 5th, 2016

Poetry Winner

Finalists: Collected Poems 1950-2012 by the late Adrienne Rich & XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century by Campbell McGrath


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553447453
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books - February 28th, 2017

General Nonfiction Winner

Finalists: In A Different Key: The Story of Autism by the John Donovan and Caren Zucker & The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery by Micki McElya

 


 

We extend a hearty congratulations to Joe Holley and Evan Mintz of the Houston Chronicle, finalists for Editorial writing in Journalism, as well as the Houston Chronicle itself, finalist for Public Service in Journalism.


Labor History and Feminist Horror: Women's History Book Lists

As we wrap up Women's History Month, I sat down with two local women who shape our city to get a sense of the books that drive their practices. Though these texts aren't always classics, they add to a feminist oevre in ways that contextualize the next generation's changing representations of gender, sexuality, and community involvement. I am thrilled to see locals of Houston responding to city-wide and national concerns in new, creative ways. Here, two women who work directly to change labor rights and creative act booking practices through art and activism.

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Fourth Edition Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781879960855
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Aunt Lute Books - June 12th, 2012

The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679744726
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

Out (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781400078370
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - January 4th, 2005

The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780465098835
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Basic Books - March 29th, 2016

The Flamethrowers Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781439142011
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - January 14th, 2014

Why Vegan Is the New Black: More Than 100 Delicious Meat and Dairy Free Meal Ideas Your Whole Family Will Love Cover Image
By Deborrah Cooper, Deborrah Cooper (Photographer)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780990971382
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Deborrah Cooper - November 1st, 2014

The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory (Bloomsbury Revelations) Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781501312830
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury Academic - October 22nd, 2015

Swallow the Fish Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781937865795
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Civil Coping Mechanisms - February 22nd, 2017

Milk and Honey Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449474256
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 6th, 2015

Buyer Spotlight - Romantic Gifts for February

February is the month of flowers, candy, gifts, and cards. Outside of a few friends’ birthdays, I have always associated February with Valentine’s Day. This month, I am compiling my five favorite gift items—gifts that are not only great throughout the year, but would also make wonderful gifts during this month.

$70.00
SKU: LamyG

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a collection of fountain pens from Lamy. At the beginning of each year I eagerly await the release of the new collection. I am still obsessed with the gold Lamy LX with a matching anodized aluminium case. This takes owning a Lamy to a new level. As with all Lamy pens, the German craftsmanship is impeccable. The Lamy LX has an aluminium anodized finish with a metal clip feature that is the same color as the fountain pen.


Simply Curated is a new vendor for us; what first caught my attention was the beautifully designed glass 22 karat gold screen printed glass as well as how they packed it. To my surprise the glass used for the candle is an actual cocktail glass that you can reuse after your candle is finished burning. The scents they use are amazing and burn cleanly. Each candle comes with a wood wick and has a burn time of 74 hours. They are handmade and poured in Grand Rapids, MI, made with 100% American soy. In the cocktail collection we also carry Vanilla & Lavender.


$22.00
SKU: 9780735350427

Christian Lacroix style has been unique, luxe, colorful, dramatic and always with a hand in the baroque. This is the same for the stationery collection. The Scarlet Paseo series of notebooks are just as wonderful; the outside has a Paseo design over the entire journal along with a great print on the inside covers. This is one of the reasons I’m excited to bring this 152-rule-on-ivory, flat lying notebook into the store. If you are going to keep notes, journal your ideas, or make lists, why not add a bit of fashion?


$17.00
SKU: x3091

I always love things with a weight to them, I don’t like to use a pen that doesn’t have a cap, etc. This is one of the many great features that Obvious State mugs have along with a large handle which makes holding the mug so much easier. "That voice of unpretending harmony" is the quote by William Wordsworth featured on this beautiful designed 15 oz mug. The blooming floral pattern will surely make a statement for your coffee or tea. Printed in the United States, this mug is also dishwasher safe.


And the Winners Are...

We’ve told you about our 2016 #BrazosBest picks. We’ve all run down our individual top ten lists. But now, one final list to end of the year: the books that affected us the most, whether new releases or classics. We asked each member of our staff one simple question: What book did you read in 2016 that you’ll remember the best, that sums up the year?

2016 has been, um, complicated, for many reasons, but these books helped us get through the ups and downs.

2666 Cover Image
By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780312429218
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - September 1st, 2009

An immersive and inscrutable masterpiece that is hands down one of the single best reading experiences of my life.
Keaton


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Bluets Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781933517407
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

I came to Nelson late, but just in time. In a year that often felt dumb, despairing, and claustrophobic, Nelson reminded me that “humanity” is a word that should encompass and celebrate our differences, and that anti-intellectualism is bullshit: there’s no shame in being the smartest person in the room.
Ben


The Days of Abandonment Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781933372006
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2005

Why has it taken me so long to read Ferrante?? I've been meaning to start the Neapolitan novels for months now but, intimidated by the volume, I chose to start with THE DAYS OF ABANDONMENT. What a ferocious, explosive novel! An instant classic for "nasty women" everywhere.
Augusta


A Field Guide to Getting Lost Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143037248
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - June 27th, 2006

A book that assures you it’s okay to not know exactly where you’re headed—just enjoy the mystery of it all and learn to trust your instincts.
—Kevin


The Natural Way of Things Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609453626
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - June 28th, 2016

There are novels that take you to places you don’t want to forget as well as books that never leave you and this book will continue to stay with you for some time.
Ulrika


News of the World: A Novel Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780062409201
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow - October 4th, 2016

A great Texas novel, with perfectly drawn characters. Exciting, emotional, and authentic. You won't soon forget this NEWS OF THE WORLD.
Jeremy


The Obelisk Gate (Broken Earth #2) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316229265
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orbit - August 16th, 2016

This sharp-toothed follow-up to THE FIFTH SEASON gives us the same finely-polished mirror for our own broken society, set against the backdrop of a world in its death-throes, a civilization eating itself from the inside out. Jemisin’s dedication reads "To those who have no choice but to prepare their children for the battlefield"—a perfect beginning to the best book to read in this year's social and political climate.
Lydia


Stag's Leap Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375712258
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 4th, 2012

When I asked Sharon Olds herself about this book during an interview for our website, she said, "Sadness and anger are just as important as joy and happiness." I don't think she meant important in that sadness and anger are emotions we should seek, the way we (many) pursue the others, but that they are just as valid, should we encounter them.
Annalia


Teacup Cover Image
By Rebecca Young, Matt Ottley (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735227774
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - October 4th, 2016

The picture book TEACUP by Rebecca Young is not only beautiful but it also sums up 2016 for me both personally and as a citizen of the world because like the boy in the book, I feel we are all adrift, our teacups of home in our hands, weathering brutal storms, hoping to land safely, our internal compasses set for hope.
Joy


So Good Looking

We have a joke here at Brazos: some books are for readin’, and some books are for lookin’. The holiday season is a great time to browse some lookin’ books for people—the gorgeous books that people will keep on their coffee tables for friends and family to flip through at parties. Sometimes these books dovetail perfectly with somebody’s interests; other times, they’re just too beautiful to ignore. Here are some of our favorite lookin’ books of 2016, with some other gift items that’ll also spruce up your living room.

John Derian Picture Book Cover Image
$75.00
ISBN: 9781579656478
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Artisan Publishers - October 4th, 2016

John Derian is an artist who works from notions of home and domesticity, cultivating oldness and making it new. In this book, you get hundreds of pages of lovely, full-color images: horses, owls, strange faces, and household objects. This is our numero uno coffee table book of 2016, and your friends will love it!


Motown: The Sound of Young America Cover Image
$60.00
ISBN: 9780500518298
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Thames & Hudson - September 13th, 2016

There is no overstating the importance of Berry Gordy’s Motown Records on pop music or American culture in general. This book is a celebration of that legacy, replete with numerous publicity materials and candid photos of some of the most important and influential musical artists of all time.


Three Centuries of American Prints Cover Image
$60.00
ISBN: 9780500239520
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Published: Thames & Hudson - August 2nd, 2016

From colonial times to the latest in graphic art/design, this is the most comprehensive collection of reproducible art you will find. Beautiful, historic images in one gorgeous volume, this book is catnip for graphic designers. It’s an expensive book, but for the amount of time somebody will spend poring over it, a little money goes a long way.


The Vincent Van Gogh Atlas Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780300222845
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Published: Yale University Press - November 15th, 2016

All great artists grow and change over the years, and Van Gogh was no different. From rural Netherlands to the hustle and bustle of Paris and London, this affordable coffee table book covers his whole journey with engaging text and beautiful images. For the art geek in your life!


The Voynich Manuscript Cover Image
By Raymond Clemens (Editor), Deborah E. Harkness (Introduction by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780300217230
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Published: Yale University Press - November 1st, 2016

A mysterious book? Surreal images? Strange text? THE VOYNICH MANUSCRIPT has been around for centuries, and nobody knows what it is. But a mystery is a compelling thing, and this book is a great “nerdy” home accessory, perfect to take out at parties and ask, “What the hell is this thing?”


Marimekko Large Cloth-Covered Journal Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781452138794
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 22nd, 2015

A great, unexpected notebook: whimsical, and a great size!


$14.00
SKU: 846680044251

This bag is good for anything small: pens, makeup, whatever. And who doesn’t like shiny things?


$70.00
SKU: LamyG

Anyone who has used Lamy fountain pens knows they’re the best. But with these sturdy cases? Turn your Lamy pen into a snazzy weapon!


Brazos Best 2016

Yep, you got us: we love books here.

$129.33
SKU: x4545

Get all ten of the 2016 Brazos Best featured titles for 20% off. Tax is included in the $140 price.


The Boy Who Stole Attila's Horse (Pushkin Collection) Cover Image
By Ivan Repila, Sophie Hughes (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781782271017
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Published: Pushkin Collection - November 24th, 2015

January: Ben and Mark, Down in the Well…

“It’s part fable, part allegory. There are two boys in the well, Big and Small. We don’t know why they’re there, but they can’t get out. It becomes a myth-like story of love, humanity, and the struggle to survive. With customers, I’ve called it ‘haunting and beautiful.’” —Mark


The Vegetarian Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781101906118
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Published: Hogarth Press - August 23rd, 2016

February: Lose Weight! Lose Your Mind

“Her dreams start off the whole thing of her becoming a vegetarian. And it’s creepy to watch her slip into madness and how her family reacts to that.”
—Ulrika


Margaret the First Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781936787357
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Published: Catapult - March 15th, 2016

March: Intangible Consciousness: A Q&A with Danielle Dutton

“Dutton’s novel, almost a fictionalized diary, alternately in Margaret’s own voice or that of a detached observer watching this brilliant woman work, gives a gorgeous realism and immediacy to Margaret’s longings, cravings, and intellectual agonizing.”
—Liz


Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312425845
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Published: Picador USA - April 18th, 2006

April: Painting with Water on the Walls

“Well, there was no one Chernobyl experience. That’s what comes through. [This book seems] to capture the essence more than the historical structure of the event.”
—Keaton


Night Prayers Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609453114
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Published: Europa Editions - March 1st, 2016

May: See the World with Santiago Gamboa's NIGHT PRAYERS

“For all the conversational tone, it’s a dense, complex novel, with a lot of points. And there’s always that sinister backdrop behind things. Things can get a lot worse really quickly.”
—Keaton


The Sadness Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781939419705
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Published: Unnamed Press - June 14th, 2016

June: In Pursuit of the Real Benjamin Rybeck

“In my book, yes, a character named Max is obsessed with cinema to the point where it’s all he sees when he looks out into the world. I used to be that bad, but I’m not that bad anymore (I don’t think, though I do still sometimes imagine a camera tracking in front of me when I walk through the grocery store).”
—Ben


Grief Is the Thing with Feathers Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781555977412
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 7th, 2016

July: Brazos Best is the Thing with Feathers

“It’s a polyvocal novel. It has a lot of different voices speaking in it. It’s also a very human story, and its universality lets you connect with it in the intense way you often connect with lyrical books. GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS made me think a lot of poetry, especially whenever the boys speak—they seem to be in a Greek chorus. And the verbal acrobatics of the crow: very poetic.”
—Keaton


A Bestiary Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780996316743
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Published: Cleveland State University Poetry Center - April 15th, 2016

August: Lily Hoang Does Not Sleep

“When I call Hoang, she knows that I have read her book, which means I know what kind of sex she likes (rough), the name of her best best friend (Dorothy), all of her hate (and love) for her Vietnamese parents. I know about her abusive ex-husband and her abusive on-again, off-again boyfriend, the fling she had in Albuquerque; I know that she masturbates every day. In other words, I already know everything I want to know, more than I deserve to know.”
—Annalia


Vampire in Love Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811223461
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 27th, 2016

September: Vila-Matas Stories Translated at Last

“Vila-Matas is one of the most celebrated writers in Europe. His work has been translated into over thirty languages. His novels, artful and experimental and mixed with a strong tradition of storytelling, are ideal for anyone who’s a fan of Paul Auster, J.M. Coetzee, or Roberto Bolaño.”
—Mark


The Gloaming Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512477
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - September 20th, 2016

October: A Rock-n-Roll Indie Press

“It’s definitely a psychological thriller, all wrapped up in how people punish themselves, mentally as well as physically. And I love how the book occupies the sweet spot between intellectual heft and also just page-turning thrills.”
—Keaton


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