Book Lists

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Let Brazos Bookstore Plan Your Houston Staycation!

Spring Break is officially upon us. For those of you who are planning on taking advantage of all Houston has to offer, allow us to make a few suggestions for the perfect staycation.


1. Go to a movie!

The Shape of Water Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250165343
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 6th, 2018

2.Brunch every day!

Houston has so many great dining options featuring such diverse cuisines and culinary flavors that you could eat until you explode. While you’re nursing that post-brunch food coma, why not pick up a copy of THE POTLIKKER PAPERS, a food history of the Modern South. This book explores the impact that slavery and race relations has shaped American culinary identities for generations, and Houston is featured prominently.


The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143111016
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Penguin Books - February 6th, 2018

3. Go to a concert!

Houston’s vibrant rap scene features local talent like Slim Thug and Bun B, kings of rap in the South. Slab cars, chopped-and-screwed beats as pioneered by DJ Screw (R.I.P.), and sippin’ syrup: these are the emblematic elements of H-Town’s music. The repertoire of artists is deep, and there are plenty of options for a great show. The day after, when your ears are still ringing, expand your consciousness with RAW: MY JOURNEY INTO THE WU-TANG by U-God to learn about more rap royalty from a different scene. A founding member, he details the birth and rise of the Clan from the streets of NYC in his signature no-holds-barred voice. (Also, thanks to U-God's recent visit, we've got a few signed copies).


Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781250191168
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Picador - March 6th, 2018

4. Take a day trip down to NASA!

Head just south to the Johnson Space Center to check out NASA’s Mission Control, a massive Saturn V rocket, and touch a moon rock in the adjoining museum. Afterward, be sure to pick up a copy of VIEW FROM ABOVE by Commander Terry Virts. This gorgeous book features photos taken by Virts as he spent 200 days on the International Space Station orbiting the planet, along with diagrams and corresponding stories. We can’t all go to space, but this book makes it possible to imagine that you’ve been.


View From Above: An Astronaut Photographs the World Cover Image
By Terry Virts, Buzz Aldrin (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781426218644
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: National Geographic - October 3rd, 2017

5. Cruise the coast with your favorite tunes!

The sun is out and the weather is perfect for a windows-down, radio-up drive to Galveston. No trip to the beach is complete without sand, volleyball, or, of course, Kenny Loggins. Be sure to crank the yacht rock and sing yourself hoarse, and once you’re lounging in the sand wondering, just what the hell is yacht rock?, just break out your fresh copy of THE YACHT ROCK BOOK to find your answers. An oral history of the genre from Greg Prato, this book features interviews from artists like John Oates, Don Felder, and the captain himself, Kenny Loggins. Beach reading at its finest.


The Yacht Rock Book: The Oral History of the Soft, Smooth Sounds of the 70s and 80s Cover Image
By Greg Prato, Fred Armisen (Foreword by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781911036296
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Jawbone Press - March 6th, 2018

6. End your Spring Break with a weekend getaway!

And if you need help picking a destination, just flip open SPECTACULAR WEEKEND GETAWAYS OF TEXAS by Jolie Berry. Broken up by region, this book features amazing resorts, rentals, inns, and B & B’s that all make for an unforgettable getaway. Gorgeous pictures and brief write-ups will get your imagination firing on all cylinders as you load up the car for a quick trip. Also, plenty of time in the car for more yacht rock!


Spectacular Weekend Getaways of Texas: A Collection of Lakeside, Ocean Front, Hill Country and City Hotels, Resorts and Rentals for the Modern Day Explorer Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780996424035
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Signature Boutique Books - December 13th, 2017

Weird and Wondrous: Books that Defy Genre

Weird, wondrous, and walking the border between genres: here are a few books that defy categorization and push the status quo on how we think about literature. Whether it’s a beautifully-written book that blends poetry and prose or a title that blurs the line between fact and fiction, each of the below is sure to offer a unique reading experience unlike anything you’ve encountered before. Is it a novel? Is it poetry? By the time you get to the back cover you still won’t know what to call it, but you won’t care because it’s just that good.


 

The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780679767862
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Vintage - March 19th, 1996

First published in 1970, THE COLLECTED WORKS OF BILLY THE KID marks the beginning of Ondaatje’s forays into fiction. This novel-in-verse collects period photos, poems, and short journal-like prose entries to create a version of the legendary gunslinger that goes beyond rote historical account or a romanticized nostalgia. Every page is dreamlike and rooted in memory, blurring the line between fact and fiction and opening the consciousness of the story from one man to that of an entire landscape. (Psst, have you heard we’re hosting Michael Ondaatje on May 23rd to celebrate his new novel, WARLIGHT? Find the details here.)


Unbearable Splendor Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781566894517
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Coffee House Press - October 11th, 2016

UNBEARABLE SPLENDOR is a wonderful, weird, uncategorized collection of sparse poems that sprawl across the page, charts and graphs, and story-essays that interrogate our most intimate dichotomies like host/guest, child/orphan, and light/dark. The book is full of black holes, singularities, and cyborgs, but at its heart of the subject matter is Shin’s identity as a Korean American immigrant that fled a military dictatorship. The book moves through concepts and ideas as easily as it moves through genres, coalescing into a reading experience with its own gravitational pull. As stated in one of the opening epigraphs, “a black hole is anything but empty space,” and this is one singularity you’ll enjoy getting sucked into.


The Way of Florida: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780995705203
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Little Island Press - September 21st, 2017

Persson’s debut novel blends historical account, personal narrative, and poetic prose into a story that reads almost like an incantation to the past. Based on a real, historical event, the Narváez Expedition, a failed attempt to establish Spanish colonies along the Gulf Coast, the narrator of THE WAY OF FLORIDA describes the minutiae of the journey in language that is intensely lyric and visceral. The novel is broken into chapters that are broken into half-page chunks, and each entry swirls with an almost-mystic sense of place and the creatures that occupy it. Fans of Cormac McCarthy’s earlier novels will find themselves right at home in these pages.


Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375701290
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1999

There is perhaps no one writing today that is more intellectual, intense, and committed to her own conceits as Anne Carson, and AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RED is one of her greatest achievements. At once a poem and a novel, a myth and a contemporary coming-of-age story, the book follows Geryon, at once a young boy and a monstrous mythical creature, chronicling the events of his life. As he escapes a household of abuse and falls for a drifter named Herakles, Geryon begins to find himself as an artist and photography. Geryon faces devastation when Herakles leaves him, and when the drifter resurfaces years later Geryon is forced to confront his own griefs, pains, and desires. A moving love story that is steeped in literary craft and deconstruction.


Bridge of the World Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781933959337
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Litmus Press - October 1st, 2017

One of two books published by Roberto Harrison in 2017, BRIDGE OF THE WORLD is a collection of poems and prose poetry interrupted by an essay on poetics in the middle of the text. However, describing Harrison’s work as two genres put together in the same book is an oversimplification. The essay, titled “snake vision,” is as much an exploration of psychology, mental illness, and human interaction as it is a statement of poetic philosophy. The poems are lyric and experiment with form, with a focus on light, color, and sound. Throughout the book language is being interrogated, and the way that we make meaning, or if meaning is possible at all, the bridge of the world both a geographic phenomenon and a linguistic conceit.


Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

Continuing in the style of DON’T LET ME BE LONELY, Claudia Rankine turns her attention toward race in America. Prose poems and micro-essays share pages with visual art and photographs, and subject matter ranges from daily micro-aggressions to Serena Williams to police brutality to Zinedine Zidane’s infamous headbutt. In turns critical, analytical, heartbreaking, and hopeful, CITIZEN is a collection reflective of a country in a moment of crisis, a book that is as necessary as it is timely, unfortunately. As Rankine writes, “because white men can’t / police their imagination / black people are dying.” Read this book. If you already have, read it again, and then gift it to a friend.


Section Feature: Chapbooks

The chapbook is to the poetry collection what the EP is to the LP, a shorter, more digestible book with a shorter page count that, at the same time, allows for a clearer focus. To me a good chapbook feels like a great poetry snack, something I can sit down with and tuck in all at once. It’s more cohesive than your typical collection of selected poems, since there’s usually a theme or conceit that all of the poems are arranged around, and the poems all talk to each other.

Across the Vapour Gulf (New Directions Poetry Pamphlets) Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9780811226813
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: New Directions - August 15th, 2017

Will Alexander’s writing is not easy to label categorically, as his poetry is often sweeping, surreal, and encyclopedic. ACROSS THE VAPOUR GULF—which can be seen as either one long poem or a 50-page collection of aphorisms—reconstructs his words in the sequence he first wrote them, and is deeply tied to his reading of Cioran. You could say it’s a trademark of Alexander’s poetry to be constantly reaching for language that is at once specialized and electric, a sort of jargon that’s made musical when it’s removed from its natural environment. For example, “I’m speaking of transmuted kinetics evolved from interior nutation, from growth as subtle ambuletic.” Here the energy of the words is what drives the poetry, and whatever meaning falls into place afterward is just a bonus. This chapbook is a great introduction to Will Alexander, especially since he typically publishes with smaller, independent presses.


Henry Kissinger, Mon Amour Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9781495157684
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Bull City Press - September 5th, 2017

From a Houston poet! Conor Bracken’s debut chapbook reimagines Kissinger as the posterboy for the white patriarchy and toxic masculinity, and also in love with his boy-toy, the speaker of the poems. The poems throughout the chapbook turn from hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, exploring such topics as modern colonialism’s continuing reach through funding terrorism. One of my favorite elements of this chapbook is the way in which language is implicated as a power structure that ends up reinforcing the status quo. Take, for instance, “Henry Talks About the Hyenas,” in which “their mouths open like a book / in which terrible things are written.” At once entertaining and thought-provoking, HENRY KISSINGER, MON AMOUR makes for a fun read to keep turning back to.


Dunagan takes the title of this chapbook from a concept coined by Walter Benjamin that—and I’m simplifying wildly here—can be described as the moment at which a work of art and the artist’s concept of that artwork become one in the act of creation. In this case, that means writing about music through opposing concepts like light and dark. Throughout DAS GEDICHTETE conceptual philosophical language is combined with poetic rhythm to the point where it is actualized in the ear and, in a way, made concrete. Quotes from Sun Ra, allusions to Schumann and Handel, and other musical obsessions abound. For all the loftiness of the concept, the poems themselves are minimalist and easily digestible, making for a collection that you can continue to vibe out on.


CATCALL is a hilarious, subversive chapbook presented as several women catcalling all the men they pass on the street. Across every page we’re given a running commentary from the speakers, wooing the men with sweet nicknames like “little bud” and “baby butt.” While we never hear any of the men’s responses, we can imagine their reactions, as the women’s tone quickly changes from aggressive flirtation to open anger as their quarry quickly retreats each time. Each conversation plays out as overall absurd, and the flip in gender does a lot to demonstrate just how ridiculous a behavior catcalling is in real life as well. If you’ve ever been harassed on the street, you’ll be able to appreciate this chapbook gem (an awful criterion for recommending a book, I know).


21 Poems (New Directions Poetry Pamphlets) Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780811226912
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: New Directions - August 15th, 2017

George Oppen is my favorite poet, so I’ll just go ahead and admit bias right out of the gate. This collection was written by Oppen shortly after the publication of his first book, DISCRETE SERIES, and eventually ended up in Ezra Pound’s collection as an unbound sheaf of typewritten poems. There they sat for decades until being recently rediscovered in Pound’s archives, and they’re now available in chapbook form, complete with facsimiles of the original typewritten submissions! The poems explore Oppen’s love of sailing and his love for his wife Mary, and foreshadow his singular style that he would develop throughout his career.


The Influence of Horror: A Poe-Inspired Reading List

Happy Birth Month, Edgar Allan Poe! 


It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062476050
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper Perennial - October 17th, 2017

Though IT DEVOURS is derived from a popular podcast, knowledge of the series isn't necessary to enjoy this book.

Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town's top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation's darkest and most terrible secret. 


You Should Have Left: A Novel Cover Image
By Daniel Kehlmann, Ross Benjamin (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101871928
Availability: Backordered
Published: Pantheon - June 13th, 2017

This fascinating tale of a writer's emotional collapse was a favorite with Ben, Brazos' General Manager.

"It is fitting that I'm beginning a new notebook up here. New surroundings and new ideas, a new beginning. Fresh air."

This passage is from the first entry of a journal kept by the narrator of Daniel Kehlmann's spellbinding new novel. It is the record of the seven days that he, his wife, and his four-year-old daughter spend in a house they have rented in the mountains of Germany--a house that thwarts the expectations of the narrator's recollection and seems to defy the very laws of physics. He is eager to finish a screenplay for a sequel to the movie that launched his career, but something he cannot explain is undermining his convictions and confidence, a process he is recording in this account of the uncanny events that unfold as he tries to understand what, exactly, is happening around him--and within him.


The Job of the Wasp Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593766801
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Soft Skull Press - January 9th, 2018

This one is brand new! After its debut just last week, JOB OF THE WASP is already on Operating Manager Mark and Marketing Director Sara's bookshelves.

A coming-of-age tale, a Gothic ghost story, and a murder mystery all in one, The Job of the Wasp is a bloodcurdling and brilliantly subversive novel about paranoia, love, and the nightmare of adolescence.

A new arrival at an isolated school for orphaned boys quickly comes to realize there is something wrong with his new home. He hears chilling whispers in the night, his troubled classmates are violent and hostile, and the Headmaster sends cryptic messages, begging his new charge to confess. As the new boy learns to survive on the edges of this impolite society, he starts to unravel a mystery at the school's dark heart. And that's when the corpses start turning up.


Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977887
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

This book made its way into multiple Brazos Staff Top Ten Lists at the end of 2017! In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism.

A wife refuses her husband's entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store's prom dresses. One woman's surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella "Especially Heinous," Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we naively assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgangers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.

Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment.


Staff Pick Badge
Fever Dream: A Novel Cover Image
By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399184598
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - January 10th, 2017

Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language and translated into English for the first time, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel. It's been a staff favorite since its release.

We are lucky to have the author, Samanta Schweblin, visit Houston on March 26 with the Inprint Reading Series. Take a look!


Ülrika's Paper and Pen Pal Club Wish List

In mid-2017, I sat down with our Marketing Director Sara to brainstorm. We wanted to create a place where people could take a moment, write about their favorite books, and start conversations with someone that they never met; to provide an opportunity to unplug and have something tangible to look back on weeks, months, or even years later.

Brazos Booksellers Look Forward to 2018

The year is finally at an end! We have survived a complicated but wonderful 2017. Thank you for helping us weather everything from a hurricane to a World Series win, and much, much more. We couldn't have done any of this without you (yes you! Reading this article!). Thank you again, Houston, for making us proud.

We can't wait for the new releases 2018 will bring. This is what our booksellers are looking forward to reading (and selling) in the new year:

The Emissary Cover Image
By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811227629
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: New Directions - April 24th, 2018

After a mysterious disaster, Japan has cut itself off from the world. This GORGEOUS speculative short novel explores temporality, family, and community. My favorite read this year, and something I just can't wait to share in 2018.

–– Sara


Lion Cross Point Cover Image
By Masatsugu Ono, Angus Turvill (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781931883702
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Two Lines Press - April 10th, 2018

A little boy is sent to live with his grandmother in a small coastal town. He is unable to live fully in the present due to his abusive past, which the reader peers into regularly through the boy's flashbacks. But LION CROSS POINT is as much an argument for hope and the ability to live beyond childhood PTSD as it is a tale of sadness. I can't wait to host Masatsugu Ono in April; I think our customers will be wowed by this deftly-written novella!

–– Sara


Basic Black With Pearls Cover Image
By Helen Weinzweig, Sarah Weinman (Afterword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781681372167
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: NYRB Classics - April 17th, 2018

NYRB is at it again with this splendid book! Shirley Kaszenbowski's search for her elusive lover (who communicates through cryptic messages in magazines, of course) brings her back to her hometown of Toronto. This has been one of my favorite winter reads.

–– Sara


The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316310277
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 2nd, 2018

I am beyond excited for the year to turn to 2018 and Holly Black's CRUEL PRINCE to arrive!!!

–– Joy


Death of a Horse Cover Image
By Andres Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9788494496516
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hispabooks - August 21st, 2018

Two of the books I'm most excited about in 2018 are from the same author, Andres Barba. Last year Transit Books published SUCH SMALL HANDS, an immediate staff favorite and our collective discovery of an amazing contemporary Spanish writer. I went backward then and read an older novel, AUGUST, OCTOBER which left me even more impressed. In February Hispabooks will be publishing DEATH OF A HORSE a story about the nervous courstship between a professor and student during a single weekend.

–– Mark


The Right Intention Cover Image
By Andrés Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945492068
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Transit Books - March 13th, 2018

In March Transit Books is publishing THE RIGHT INTENTION a book of four linked novellas. Even better news, perhaps, all of Barba's books are translated by the masterful Lisa Dillman, the 2016 winner of the Best Translated Book Award.

–– Mark


When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250171085
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: St. Martin's Press - January 16th, 2018

I am excited to share Patrisse Khan-Cullors' memoir, When They Call You a Terrorist. Khan-Cullors' describes how their tumultuous youth which sometimes meant hunger, poverty, and fear was not so challenging, but a reality they overcame through empathy and faith. Shattered by the incarceration of their brother and absurd disparity, a maven for activism and equality joins forces with co-founders Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi to ignite the movement known as Black Lives Matter. An incredible history and backstory to the mission of BLM as well as the important role that feminism plays into activism.

–– Thu


The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316259613
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 3rd, 2018

Jamison's memoir of her own alcoholism, yes –– but also a sprawling, myth-busting look at the history of literary drunkenness. Openhearted and academically rigorous.

–– Ben


No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780399563492
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Viking - April 10th, 2018

Vollmann, America's reigning literary maniac, turns his attention to climate change. Whatever his subject, Vollmann finds the strangest and most dangerous aspects, and here he continues his career-long battle with armageddon.

–– Ben


Gun Love: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781524761684
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Hogarth - March 6th, 2018

A young girl comes of age in a trailer park, tended to by a series of damaged mother figures, while everyone around her seems to own –– and be gaga for –– guns.

–– Ben


Fire Sermon Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780802127044
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Grove Press - January 9th, 2018

One of the books that I am looking forward to Jamie Quarto's FIRE SERMON; it is an absolutely beautiful and moving that will leave you looking at the many ways we can long for something.

–– Ülrika

 


Black and Blur (Consent Not to Be a Single Being) Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780822370161
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Duke University Press - December 8th, 2017

Moten has a poet's ear and a critic's mind. This trilogy of critical work spans a breadth of topics surrounding literature, history, music, and race in America. If you were a fan of Kevin Young's BUNK then you have to check out these books. BLACK AND BLUR is currently available, while STOLEN LIFE and THE UNIVERSAL MACHINE will be released in March. Duke University Press, 2018

–– Nathan


Stolen Life (Consent Not to Be a Single Being) Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780822370581
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Duke University Press - August 10th, 2018

The Universal Machine (Consent Not to Be a Single Being) Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780822370550
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Duke University Press - August 6th, 2018

Thu's Top Ten Favorites for You and Yours

If you can't tell, I read all kinds of books. Sometimes I become interested in a topic and I devour everything related that I can get my hands on.

This list consists of the first ten things that popped in my head. I don't consider myself literary, just someone who loves to read. If you tried, I guess you could see a recurring theme, but it's random!

Dumpling Dreams: How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge Cover Image
By Carrie Clickard, Katy Wu (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481467070
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - September 5th, 2017

It’s time for young Joyce to learn something new, and that something new is how-to make dumplings! She rolls, she kneads, she burns, ten, twenty, one-hundred, and eventually Joyce SUCCEEDS! Her hard work pays off and cook acknowledges what a great job she’s done. Her heart is filled with pride. As Joyce becomes older, her passion for cooking helps her overcome great obstacles and serves as a reminder of love and happiness in all places.

As an aunt to two rambunctious and curious boys, four and seven, I am always interested in what they’re reading. I love stories with humor, morals, cultural references, history, fun characters, and colorful illustrations. There is even a dumpling recipe at the end that parents and kids can do together. DUMPLING DREAMS is an all-you-can-eat buffet for everyone!


Moxie: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726352
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 19th, 2017

Vivian Carter is fed up! She is fed up with sexism, misogyny, and indifference. It turns out she is not alone. What started out as an anonymous zine transforms into a feminist movement at her high school in her small Texas hometown.

MOXIE is as fun as it is a platform for dialogue among all ages about feminism, activism, and equality.

When I started it, #METOO became viral, and I thought this book could not have come at a better time. This book is essential for young people who want to have this conversation, but need a place to start.


We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590566
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: One World - October 3rd, 2017

The wait is over and National Book Award-winner Ta-Nehisi Coates is back for another. I don’t care if you heard that BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME was better. Get this book now! This collection of essays includes his famous Coates’ iconic essays including “Fear of a Black President,” “The Case for Reparations,” and “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration” as well as eight new essays which examine the Obama Administration. Ta-Nehisi Coates despises being the loudest voice and messenger for the black person’s struggle. I think that’s tough, but it’s reality. Get this book now because you need to know!


What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781616207823
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Algonquin Books - November 7th, 2017

MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2017!!

Beloved native Houstonian and legendary journalist Dan Rather delivers more than six decades of wisdom in the form of essays defining patriotism. Rather’s experience is invaluable and honest. What does patriotism look like? What vehicles make American democracy possible? What can we do to cultivate diversity of thought and expression in our country? Everyone knows someone that would love this book! America NEEDS this book!


Eating Animals Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316069885
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Back Bay Books - September 1st, 2010

Author Jonathan Safran Foer shares the beautiful moment of holding his child for the first time. In awe, he crosses paths with the realization of all the important decisions he must make which will set and influence his son’s life. “Should his son be raised a vegetarian,” is one on the list of endless subjects. Insert EATING ANIMALS. 

I read this book as a part of a reading binge for a time I was obsessed with all things “urban farming,” “off the grid,” and “locally sourced.” Initially, I thought it would be a case for vegetarianism, but it isn’t. Why are meals socially significant? Why do we feel comfortable eating some animals, but not others? Where does our food come from? What lengths have we gone to make food so accessible? How do we justify all of this, and should we have to? EATING ANIMALS offers something for people that love reading about nature, culture, and food. 


Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet #1) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780765394866
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Tor Books - October 17th, 2017

Isn’t this everyone’s favorite book? I read it as a kid, I read it again in January, and when Keaton asked me whether I had chosen books I read this year, I could have dreamt this, but he might have had a raised eyebrow, I read it again that night and thought, “YES!” It is so good!

Ender Wiggin is a lab rat, he’s got issues, and he commands a fleet in space against insect aliens set to destroy Earth. Did I mention he’s six? 

If you’re like me and you’ve already read ENDER’S GAME, but unlike me, you say you've read it one too many times... I’d scoff, re-buff, flash a toothy smile and recommend Austin-based author Ernest Clines’ READY PLAYER ONE or ARMADA.


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780553447453
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - February 28th, 2017

Matthew Desmond weaves a story about the cycle of eviction through a sample of eight perspectives in Milwaukee. If you’ve ever wondered how or why books earn Pulitzer Prizes, read this now! It’s a social and political commentary. It’s psychological. It is heartbreaking and infuriating. It is first-class journalism. EVICTED discards sympathy masked as empathy, and serves voice and dignity to the individuals in this book. 


Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312626686
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2011

Barbara Ehrenreich’s work has revived and paved the way for hardline investigative journalism like EVICTED and HILLBILLY ELEGY. NICKEL AND DIMED chronicles Ehrenreich’s three-month experience working a variety of minimum wage jobs like waiting tables, house cleaning, and Wal-Mart, and how this is a reality for many Americans. She examines the life of minimum wage Americans, discusses the consequences of a widening inequality gap, and frankly shows us all why we should give a –– I mean, show a little concern.


Paprika (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307389183
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Vintage - February 12th, 2013

Atsuko Chiba is a scientist that uses dream monitoring and intervention to treat mental illnesses. In the dream state, she is alter ego Paprika. When her colleagues begin to demonstrate strange behavior, she must navigate a labyrinth of dreams to solve this mystery before she’s stuck in the subconscious realm and everyone becomes catatonic.

PAPRIKA is suspenseful mental exercise. Perfect for you and perfect for anyone that loves mystery, sci-fi, and weird Murakami-esque human behaviors. That’s a fact and proven by book scientists/sellers named Thu!


What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307389831
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - August 11th, 2009

Imma let you finish, but Haruki Murakami is my favorite writer of all time! How does a person become an author of a billion mind-blowing fantastical books? Some might say, open a jazz club in Hawaii. I’ve heard running ultra-marathons helps too. After reading this memoir, I don’t believe anyone can stretch their imagination so far and commit it to print without living a meditative and colorful life like Haruki Murakami.


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: Special Order - Subject to Availability
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


Tómas Jónsson, Bestseller Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781940953601
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
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 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
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 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
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 Andrés Neuman, Nick Caistor (Translator), Lorenza Garcia (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781940953182
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Open Letter - August 25th, 2015

War, So Much War Cover Image
By Mercè Rodoreda, Martha Tennent (Translator), Maruxa Relaño (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781940953229
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
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
$15.95
ISBN: 9781940953014
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Open Letter - November 11th, 2014

A Greater Music Cover Image
By Suah Bae, Deborah Smith (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781940953465
Availability: Backordered
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 


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The Invented Part Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781940953564
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Open Letter - May 16th, 2017

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Chronicle of the Murdered House Cover Image
By Lúcio Cardoso, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator), Robin Patterson (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781940953502
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
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 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
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: Special Order - Subject to Availability
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: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf - 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: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - July 20th, 2010

The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Hemingway Library Collector's Edition Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781476787626
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Scribner - July 18th, 2017

The Sun Also Rises: The Hemingway Library Edition Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501121968
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Scribner - February 16th, 2016

A Farewell to Arms: The Hemingway Library Edition Cover Image
By Ernest Hemingway, Patrick Hemingway (Foreword by), Sean Hemingway (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781476764528
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Scribner - July 8th, 2014

Ernest Hemingway: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (The Last Interview Series) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781612195223
Availability: Backordered
Published: Melville House - December 15th, 2015

Hemingway in Love: The Untold Story: A Memoir by A. E. Hotchner Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250078964
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - November 1st, 2016

For Whom the Bell Tolls Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780684803357
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - July 1st, 1995

The Complete Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780684843322
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Scribner - August 3rd, 1998

Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062440136
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
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: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Da Capo Press - March 28th, 2017

To Have and Have Not Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780684818986
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Scribner - March 20th, 1996

Islands in the Stream Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780684837871
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Scribner - 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 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
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 - 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 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
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 Garréta, Emma Ramadan (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920541
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - May 16th, 2017

History Is All You Left Me Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781616956929
Availability: Backordered
Published: Soho Teen - January 17th, 2017

Born Both: An Intersex Life Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316347846
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hachette Books - March 14th, 2017

Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was: A Novel Cover Image
By Sjón, Victoria Cribb (Translated by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780374212438
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 2nd, 2016

Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781620972892
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
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 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Phoneme Media - February 16th, 2016

Notes of a Crocodile (NYRB Classics) Cover Image
By Qiu Miaojin, Bonnie Huie (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781681370767
Availability: Backordered
Published: NYRB Classics - May 2nd, 2017

At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807088357
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
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: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Anomalous Press - March 31st, 2016

Sphinx Cover Image
By Anne Garréta, 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: Backordered
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: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
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 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
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 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Penguin Classics - October 25th, 2016


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