Book Lists

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Best American Writing of 2016

It’s that wonderful time of the year again, when The Best American collections hit the shelves and give us the perfect sampler of the best and most exciting short-form writing to be published in the last year. The Best American publications started with THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES in 1915, making it the oldest series of the sort. As readership has expanded, they’ve added several more genres and focuses, with the most recent being THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY (added in 2015).

The Best American Short Stories 2016 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By Junot Díaz (Editor), Heidi Pitlor (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544582897
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By Karen Joy Fowler (Editor), John Joseph Adams (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544555204
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By Rachel Kushner (Editor), 826 National (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544812116
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544748996
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

The Best American Travel Writing 2016 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By Bill Bryson, Jason Wilson (Editor)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780544812093
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

The Best American Mystery Stories 2016 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By Elizabeth George (Editor), Otto Penzler (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544527188
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

The Best American Essays 2016 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By Jonathan Franzen (Editor), Robert Atwan (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544812109
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

The Best American Infographics 2016 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By Gareth Cook (Editor), Robert Krulwich (Editor)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780544556386
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

The Best American Sports Writing 2016 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By Rick Telander (Editor), Glenn Stout (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544617315
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

Keaton Likes Music

Keaton likes music: everyone at Brazos know this (and sometimes, upon hearing the heavy metal blaring from his office, learns the hard way...) Keaton also loves to bust a move– our social media channels offer regular evidence of this. But more than anything, Keaton is a voracious reader of books about all different kinds of music. This week, he walks us through some of his favorites in the music section:


 

The Incantations of Daniel Johnston Cover Image
By Ricardo Cavolo (Artist), Scott McClanahan (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$17.95
ISBN: 9781937512453
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Two Dollar Radio - July 19th, 2016

Igor Stravinsky (Critical Lives) Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781780234946
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Reaktion Books - December 15th, 2015

Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780307961631
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Knopf - January 27th, 2015

Kill 'em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812993509
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Spiegel & Grau - April 5th, 2016

Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music: Sixth Edition Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780142181584
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Plume - April 28th, 2015

Rolling Stones' Some Girls (33 1/3 #81) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781441192806
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Continuum - June 9th, 2011

The Humorless Ladies of Border Control: Touring the Punk Underground from Belgrade to Ulaanbaatar Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781620971796
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: New Press - August 2nd, 2016

The Buyers’ Corner

Welcome to the Buyers’ Corner! Each month, Keaton asks his fellow indie book buyers what upcoming titles they are most excited about. It’s like visiting a bunch of bookstores all at once, with suggestions from some of the brightest minds in bookselling. And the best part? You don’t have to go anywhere! This month, we visit with a couple of our West Coast colleagues to see what they are reading right now...and what you should be reading in the near future. Pre-order your copies!

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

PUB DATE: 9/13

“When was the last time you read a contemporary Estonian Spaghetti Western? Well, let Rein Raud’s first novel translated into English fill that void for you! Recounted in sparse yet evocative prose, this is the story of a mysterious stranger who arrives in a small town to take revenge on the corrupt local officials that cheated his sister out of her inheritance. Menacing, funny, dreamlike, and philosophical, this page-turning allegorical tale reads like the love-child of Cormac and Camus. THE BROTHER is a hidden gem you shouldn’t miss.”
—Keaton Patterson
Brazos Bookstore
Houston, TX


Bottom's Dream (German Literature) Cover Image
By Arno Schmidt, John E. Woods (Translator)
$70.00
ISBN: 9781628971590
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dalkey Archive Press - September 23rd, 2016

PUB DATE: 9/23

“Arno Schmidt's monumental novel is a 1500 page cinder block of high modernism, typographical ingenuity, and playfulness. Long considered a classic of German literature, John E. Woods' translation has been thirty years in the making and is now, at long last, available to English-language readers. In certain circles, this is the publishing event of the fall.”
—Stephen Sparks
Green Apple Books
San Francisco, CA


Eve Out of Her Ruins Cover Image
By Ananda Devi, Jeffrey Zuckerman (Translator), J. M. G. Le Clézio (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920404
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - September 13th, 2016

PUB DATE: 9/13

“In EVE OUT OF HER RUINS by Ananda Devi, translated from the French by Jeffrey Zuckerman, we meet four teens: Eve, Saad. Clelio and Savita each driven by a desire to escape their lives in Troumaron a ghetto neighborhood on the resort island of Mauritius. The book focuses on Eve who attends high school by day and at night works as a prostitute. Devi's powerful novel, masterfully translated by Zuckerman, will consume you.”
—Caitlin Luce Baker
University Bookstore
Seattle, WA


2667: The Post-Bolaño Boom

Hypothermia Cover Image
By Alvaro Enrigue, Brendan Riley (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781564788733
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Dalkey Archive Press - May 2nd, 2013

Staff Pick Badge
The Dark Cover Image
By Sergio Chejfec, Heather Cleary (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781934824436
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Open Letter - December 11th, 2013

Seeing Red Cover Image
By Lina Meruane, Megan McDowell (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920244
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - February 23rd, 2016

Texas: The Great Theft Cover Image
By Carmen Boullosa, Samantha Schnee (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941920008
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - December 2nd, 2014

Before Cover Image
By Carmen Boullosa, Peter Bush (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920282
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - August 2nd, 2016

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

Talking to Ourselves: A Novel Cover Image
By Andrés Neuman, Nick Caistor (Translated by), Lorenza Garcia (Translated by)
$13.00
ISBN: 9780374535131
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 7th, 2015

I'll Sell You a Dog Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781908276742
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: And Other Stories - August 9th, 2016

Signs Preceding the End of the World Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276421
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: And Other Stories - March 10th, 2015

Monastery Cover Image
By Eduardo Halfon, Lisa Dillman (Translator), Daniel Hahn (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781934137826
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Bellevue Literary Press - October 14th, 2014

The Polish Boxer Cover Image
By Eduardo Halfon, Thomas Bunstead (Translator), Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781934137536
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Bellevue Literary Press - Bellevue Literary P - October 2nd, 2012

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Natural Histories: Stories Cover Image
By Guadalupe Nettel, J. T. Lichtenstein (Translated by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781609806057
Availability: Backordered
Published: Seven Stories Press - June 16th, 2015

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The Story of My Teeth Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894098
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - September 15th, 2015

Start Your Summer Reading!

The Great Escape is a collection of books that takes the reader somewhere else. There's escapist fiction such as SATIN ISLAND alongside non-fiction books about literal journeys, like BARBARIAN DAYS. Go around the world with globe-trotting novels like THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP and A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING or dive into travel essays such as SIDEWALKS. Go back in time with THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS or take an inner jounrey with JOURNEY TO THE END OF NIGHT. ON THE MOVE will move you as well. There's something special for every reader and every taste.

Satin Island Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307739629
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - January 26th, 2016

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143109396
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553418798
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Ballantine Books - March 22nd, 2016

A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143124870
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

Sidewalks Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Christina Macsweeney (Translator), Cees Nooteboom (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566893565
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Coffee House Press - May 13th, 2014

The Signature of All Things: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143125846
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - June 24th, 2014

Journey to the End of the Night Cover Image
By Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Ralph Manheim (Translated by), William T. Vollmann (Afterword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811216548
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - May 17th, 2006

On the Move: A Life Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804170932
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - February 23rd, 2016

June Bestsellers

In the month of June, our bestselling fiction is right on brand: smart, entertaining, and international. There are some familiar favorties on this list, as well as some new breakout hits. Clearly our customers have started their summer reading just right.

2666: A Novel Cover Image
By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780312429218
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Picador - September 1st, 2009

Homegoing: A novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781101947135
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Knopf - June 7th, 2016

Barkskins Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780743288781
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Scribner Book Company - June 14th, 2016

Night Prayers Cover Image
By Santiago Gamboa, Howard Curtis (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609453114
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Europa Editions - March 1st, 2016

Staff Pick Badge
The Door (NYRB Classics) Cover Image
By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translated by), Ali Smith (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590177716
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: NYRB Classics - January 27th, 2015

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781555977412
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Graywolf Press - June 7th, 2016

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802124944
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

The After Party: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781594633164
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - May 17th, 2016

The Girls: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812998603
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

Signs Preceding the End of the World Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276421
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: And Other Stories - March 10th, 2015

New Directions: Classics Old and New

How literary are we at Brazos Bookstore? One of our staff members --you may know the one-- has a New Directions tattoo. Pretty intense, but understandable: since 1936, New Directions has been one of the world's leading publishers of fiction, poetry, and literature-in-translation. This summer, we celebrate their achievement with a display featuring some of our favorites, from classics (like Djuna Barnes and Borges) to contemporary favorites (Bolano, anyone?). Come browse--and maybe if you buy a book, you'll find out which one of us has that tattoo.

The Guest Cat Cover Image
By Takashi Hiraide, Eric Selland (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811221504
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: New Directions - January 28th, 2014

The Musical Brain: And Other Stories Cover Image
By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780811220293
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: New Directions - March 3rd, 2015

Nightwood Cover Image
By Djuna Barnes, Jeanette Winterson (Preface by), T. S. Eliot (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811216715
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: New Directions - September 26th, 2006

Counternarratives Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811225526
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: New Directions - May 17th, 2016

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A Little Lumpen Novelita Cover Image
By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811225151
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: New Directions - March 21st, 2016

Death in Midsummer: And Other Stories Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811201179
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: New Directions -

Near to the Wild Heart Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Alison Entrekin (Translated by), Benjamin Moser (Preface by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811220026
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: New Directions - June 13th, 2012

Labyrinths Cover Image
By Jorge Luis Borges, Donald A. Yates (Editor), James E. Irby (Editor), William Gibson (Introduction by), André Maurois
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811216999
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: New Directions - May 17th, 2007

Turtle Island Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811205467
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: New Directions - January 17th, 1974

Seiobo There Below Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811219679
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - September 24th, 2013

A Coney Island of the Mind: Poems Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9780811200417
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: New Directions -

Beauty Is a Wound Cover Image
By Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811223638
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: New Directions - September 8th, 2015

The Air-Conditioned Nightmare Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811201063
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: New Directions - January 17th, 1970

Summer of Shakespeare Redux

After the bardolatry bonanza of last year's Summer of Shakespeare, we're excited to partner with the Houston Shakespeare Festival again this summer! With 2016 being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, it's been a big year for commemorating the Bard—you might have seen our death-day celebrations with HSF in April, or the traveling exhibition of one of Shakespeare's First Folios making its way around the country. It's clear that for literature fans, Shakespeare is far from dead and gone.

Vinegar Girl: A Novel (Hogarth Shakespeare) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804141260
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth - June 21st, 2016

Shylock Is My Name Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804141321
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth Press - February 9th, 2016

The Gap of Time: William Shakespeare' The Winter's Tale Retold: A Novel (Hogarth Shakespeare) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804141376
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Hogarth - June 21st, 2016

Hogarth is releasing a phenomenal line of new Shakespeare adaptations from amazing authors: try Jeanette Winterson's retelling of The Winter's Tale, THE GAP OF TIME, for a great romance; SHYLOCK IS MY NAME is Man Booker Winner Howard Jacobson's stark adaptation of The Merchant of Venice; and we cannot wait for Anne Tyler's VINEGAR GIRL, a hilarious and smart retelling of The Taming of the Shrew!


Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9781101983300
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Riverhead Books - June 7th, 2016

Comics virtuoso Ryan North has done it again. After the success of last year's Kickstarted TO BE OR NOT TO BE, North continues his laugh-out-loud hilarious mashup of Shakespeare and webcomics with a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure version of Romeo and Juliet! With cameo art by dozens of comic artists, as well as paths that include making out at parties, becoming an assassin, and Juliet getting totally shredded as a lifeguard, you will enjoy every single choice of this wild ride.

We've also got fantastic Shakespeare tote bags from our favorite friends at Out of Print! Check out those, and all these great titles, at the store now.


Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780198754367
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 15th, 2016

Shakespeare's Sonnets: The Complete Illustrated Edition Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781604336153
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Cider Mill Press - March 8th, 2016

Shakespeare Box Set (RP Minis) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780762459438
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: RP Minis - March 29th, 2016

Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now (LOA #251) Cover Image
By Various (Editor), James Shapiro (Editor), Bill Clinton (Foreword by)
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781598534627
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Library of America - January 12th, 2016

Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781681771410
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Pegasus Books - April 4th, 2016

How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781631491399
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Liveright - February 15th, 2016

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780670786022
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Viking - May 3rd, 2016

Will's Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk Cover Image
By Jane Sutcliffe, John Shelley (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781580896382
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Charlesbridge - March 22nd, 2016

Exit, Pursued by a Bear Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994580
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

The Steep and Thorny Way Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419719158
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Amulet Books - March 8th, 2016

Who’s Your (Lit) Daddy?

Where would we be without fathers? Literally, we would not be alive. But beyond that, these figures—sometimes loving, sometimes flawed—create so much of our sense of who we are, frustrating as that may sometimes be.

The same thing can happen with the authors we read when we’re young. So to celebrate Father’s Day, we asked the Brazos staff to pick its literary father figures.

Who’s your (lit) daddy?


The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780684853949
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Touchstone - April 2nd, 1998

Augusta Bartis, Inventory Manager
“Oliver Sacks. He’s a bearded teddy bear…and he’s smart…and he’s cool….He’s just my daddy, okay? Why do I have to explain it to you?”
Favorite Work: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat


Humboldt's Gift Cover Image
By Saul Bellow, Jeffrey Eugenides (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143105473
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - October 28th, 2008

Mark Haber, Store Manager
“Saul Bellow. Why? Maury Povich did DNA testing—Bellow is literally my father.”
Favorite Work: Humboldt’s Gift


Junky: The Definitive Text of
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802120427
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Grove Press - November 13th, 2012

Ülrika Moats, Gift Buyer
“William S. Burroughs—because I found a connection with him in my early twenties that has carried through my adulthood.”
Favorite Work: Junky


The Sun Also Rises Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780743297332
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Scribner - October 17th, 2006

Keaton Patterson, Book Buyer
“Papa Hemingway. He’s the big, unruly, imperfect father figure of all twentieth century literature.”
Favorite Work: The Sun Also Rises


Oblivion: Stories Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316010764
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Back Bay Books - August 30th, 2005

Benjamin Rybeck, Marketing Director
“David Foster Wallace. Even though I now understand how flawed and troubled he was, I still want to be him.”
Favorite Work: Oblivion


The Sonnets and Other Poems (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780812969207
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Modern Library - April 14th, 2009

Liz Wright, Children’s Specialist
“Easy: Billy Shakes—not only because his stories are completely adaptable and universal, but also because…sorry, I’m trying to think of something funny to say, but I can’t. He legit means that much to me.”
Favorite Work: “Sonnet 23”


The Corrections: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780312421274
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Picador - September 1st, 2002

Jeremy Ellis, General Manager
"Franzen, because he's well meaning, even if he's maybe, slightly out of touch. And he can write a dysfunctional family relationship like no one else."
Favorite Work: The Corrections



Who’s YOUR literary father figure? Tweet/Instagram yours @BrazosBookstore!


Reading Kubrick

The Stanley Kubrick Archives Cover Image
By Alison Castle (Editor)
$70.00
ISBN: 9783836508896
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Taschen - November 1st, 2008

Paths of Glory Cover Image
By Humphrey Cobb, James H. Meredith (Introduction by), David L. Simon (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143106111
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Penguin Classics - June 29th, 2010

I Am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781453254806
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Open Road Media - June 12th, 2012

Dr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781910433461
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Black Dog Press - November 17th, 2015

A Clockwork Orange (Controversies) Cover Image
$32.99
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Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives Cover Image
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The Shining (BFI Film Classics) Cover Image
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Lolita: A Screenplay (Vintage International) Cover Image
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Kubrick, New and Expanded Edition: Inside a Film Artist's Maze Cover Image
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Stanley Kubrick: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers) Cover Image
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Night Games: And Other Stories and Novellas Cover Image
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Barry Lyndon: The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq. (Oxford World's Classics) Cover Image
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A Clockwork Orange Cover Image
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 1995

2001: a Space Odyssey: 25th Anniversary Edition (Space Odyssey Series) Cover Image
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The Shining Cover Image
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Lolita (Vintage International) Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - March 13th, 1989

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