Book Lists

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Pulitzer Prize Winners for 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

Fiction Winner


Finalists: Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link & Maud's Line by Margaret Verble


Hamilton: The Revolution Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9781455539741
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2016

Drama Winner


Finalists: Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins & The Humans by Stephen Karam


Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780307592644
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Knopf - October 27th, 2015

History Winner


Finalists: Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War by Brian Matthew Jordan, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor by James M. Scott & The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency by Annie Jacobsen


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

Biography Winner


Finalists: Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles & The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander


Ozone Journal (Phoenix Poets) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780226207032
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: University of Chicago Press - March 26th, 2015

Poetry Winner


Finalists: Alive: New and Selected Poems by Elizabeth Willis & Four-Legged Girl by Diane Seuss


Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385538213
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Doubleday - September 29th, 2015

General Non-fiction Winner


Finalists: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates & If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran by Carla Power


Out Brief Candle: A Shakespeare Death Day Reading List

Someday I hope to be famous enough that people celebrate my death day—although I suppose part of the reason we celebrate Shakespeare's death day is because we don't really have a concrete birthday, and I am lucky to live in an era of more-complete social records. Shakespeare did have a bit of a preoccupation with death, as well, if the body counts of his plays tell us anything, so a death day celebration feels particularly appropriate for this memento mori playwright.

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

Of all Shakespeare's plays to get a YA adaptation, I gotta admit I wasn't expecting The Winter's Tale to be one. It's a great play, and popular—the title of this novel is one of the stage directions in Act III (probably the most famous one Shakespeare ever wrote)—but it's a little odd: a sprawling, cross-country story that's ultimately about remaking a family after a king's irrational jealousy nearly destroys it. In EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR, E.K. Johnston recenters the story on Hermione, the wronged queen of The Winter's Tale, moving the setting from Renaissance Sicily and Bohemia to modern-day Canada, and casting our Hermione as the head cheerleader of a small-town team. She's an athlete, a leader, a good friend and a great cheerleader.

She also gets raped at the end of the first act of the book.

I don't want to sugarcoat it, or pretend like this isn't a book that deals with a traumatic assault. I don't want to try and be nice about it, because, well, it's not—but this book handles trauma and support and recovery better than any book I've read on it, for teens or for adults. This is Hermione's book. It's not about the assault, about her rapist, or about revenge—it's about one teenage girl, reclaiming her agency and her life after someone's selfish act of violence tries to take it away. In the author's note, Johnston says she was in a very angry place when she wrote the book (due to a particular politician, apparently, who goes unnamed), and I think Johnston's rage shows in a very powerful way in the text: through the boundless compassion Hermione experiences from her family, her teammates, and her town.

That, to me, after living through endless twenty-four-hour news cycles about slut-shaming and victim-blaming, was the real gift of this book. Compassion. Everyone in Hermione's life, from her coach to her priest to her therapist, is incredibly kind and compassionate, and that kindness allows Hermione to heal. She is a phenomenal protagonist. She pushes herself to get better, she doesn't settle for anything but the full life she deserves, but since she's surrounded by people to support and help her, she's allowed to have panic attacks and experience her trauma and be afraid, because she is undeniably a person in Johnston's hands. The dimension, the power, and the strength Johnston gives Hermione make it clear that this adaptation surpasses its source. (Sorry, but not sorry, Bill.)


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

Cat Winters is the queen of historical fiction and a favorite author of mine, with her previous YA outings forming a core of store favorites (IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS and THE CURE FOR DREAMING). So when I saw that her newest novel was a Hamlet retelling set in Prohibition-era Oregon, where biracial Hanalee tries to find justice for her murdered African-American father without running afoul of the terrifying local KKK chapter, I was a fan before I'd even read the first page—and once I'd finished the whole book, I was happier than I'd ever been.

THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY isn't just a great Hamlet adaptation, it's a great book, period. Winters always fills her historical fiction with pictures and historical documents to set the scene, and this novel is no exception—if there had been no Shakespeare references at all, this still would have been a phenomenal story. But I'm truly grateful it's a Hamlet adaptation, because it shows how the stories Shakespeare made famous are incredibly universal: Prohibition-era Oregon? A biracial, female protagonist struggling against social evils? That's not as far from early modern England as you can get, but it's several million miles, at least. Stories don't exist in a vacuum, either, and I love that Winters used this famous, wonderful story of something rotten in Denmark to tell an amazing story about a time and a set of injustices that our culture still doesn't really want to face.

And like I said, beyond Hamlet, this book is just a great story. It crosses genres as deftly as Shakespeare did himself: it's a thriller, a mystery, a ghost story, all set so perfectly in the 1920s that you'll think it was written then. Hanalee is a fierce protagonist, too—clever, tough, well-armed, and incredibly caring. THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY is the full package: great characters, a great premise, and a great author.


Dreamers Often Lie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803738638
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dial Books - April 5th, 2016

The awesome thing about DREAMERS OFTEN LIE was that it made me feel so normal!

...oh, wait, that's not the point? People aren't supposed to hallucinate Shakespeare walking around with them? Oops. My bad. Let me regroup.

Jacqueline West's trippy, layered story is about Jaye, a high school actress, and what happens after she gets a concussion in a skiing accident. She's finally landed the lead in a school play—Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream—and all she can think about is getting back on that stage. So, when she forces herself to push through not just her accident, but the memories and family trauma it stirs of her father's death a year ago, the Shakespeare starts to get a little too real. As in, she starts hallucinating Shakespeare himself speaking to her, and Hamlet and Romeo and other characters and situations.

I love DREAMERS OFTEN LIE because, well, they do, and because, with Jaye as an unreliable narrator, even to herself, there's no way to be sure who's really real, what's really happening, or what's just in Jaye's mind. We don't know who's a figment or a person, what's Jaye's own mind working against her and what's really true. I loved this one. It's chilling, mysterious, and cerebral (a great book for a parent-teen book club!), and it'll pull you into the topsy-turvy world of Jaye's mind in no time at all. It's got a great love story, like a Shakespeare play should, but for all the romance and mystery, it's more about Jaye coming to terms with her loss, and with who she is now with these changes in her life and her family. It's tense and twisty, and Jaye's bardolatry gives a great original twist to this thriller.


Summerlost Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399187193
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 29th, 2016

All right, SUMMERLOST is actually middle-grade, and is about a Shakespeare festival, not a Shakespeare adaptation, but are you really going to argue with me about technicalities? Trust me: this book is golden. Like DREAMERS OFTEN LIE, it's about how Shakespeare can get into your head and affect the way you see the world—but instead of literally adding a layer of Shakespeare-themed perception, it's about theater, and the inspiration it can give you, and about how theater and drama can help you find belonging when you feel like you don't fit in.

Cedar Lee finds a new friend in local boy Leo, when she, her mother, and her brother move to her mom's hometown after losing her dad and youngest brother in a car accident. She works concessions at the local Summerlost Theater Festival, and sells programs in old show costumes with Leo, and watches soapy dramas with her brother. It's a perfect Polaroid of the monotony of grief through a young adult's perspective, of the way we can fixate on certain things as distractions, and Cedar gets caught up in the drama of—well—drama. There's a theater ghost, a mystery, and some wonderfully real, poignant family feels. It's utterly captivating and charming, like a summer evening full of potential. SUMMERLOST reminds me that Shakespeare really can make anything possible.


Liz Wright is the Kids Specialist and resident Shakespeare fanatic of Brazos Bookstore. She earned her B.A. in English and Creative Writing at Wellesley College, where she spent four years in the Wellesley College Shakespeare Society being all manner of lords, clowns, and untamed shrews. Her writing has appeared in BUST Magazine and Minerva Rising Literary Journal. This fall, she'll pursue her MA and MFA in Children's Literature and Writing for Children at Simmons College, where she'll be the Dean's Fellow for Children's Literature.


NYRB Classics

My Marriage Cover Image
By Jakob Wassermann, Michael Hofmann (Translated by), Michael Hofmann (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590179222
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: NYRB Classics - January 26th, 2016

Speedboat (NYRB Classics) Cover Image
By Renata Adler, Guy Trebay (Afterword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590176139
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: NYRB Classics - March 19th, 2013

The Death of Napoleon Cover Image
By Simon Leys, Patricia Clancy (Translated by), Simon Leys (Translated by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9781590178423
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: NYRB Classics - May 5th, 2015

Hill Cover Image
By Jean Giono, Paul Eprile (Translated by), David Abram (Introduction by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9781590179185
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: NYRB Classics - April 5th, 2016

In the Café of Lost Youth Cover Image
By Patrick Modiano, Chris Clarke (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590179536
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: NYRB Classics - March 8th, 2016

Take a Girl Like You (NYRB Classics) Cover Image
By Kingsley Amis, Christian Lorentzen (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590177600
Availability: Backordered
Published: NYRB Classics - April 28th, 2015

The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll Cover Image
By Alvaro Mutis, Francisco Goldman (Introduction by), Edith Grossman (Translated by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780940322912
Availability: Backordered
Published: NYRB Classics - February 1st, 2002

I'll say it: the greatest Latin-American novel. Sorry, Gabo. Adventurous. Philosophical. Winner of the Cervantes Prize. An incomparable masterpiece.
Mark


The Other Cover Image
By Thomas Tryon, Dan Chaon (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590175835
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: NYRB Classics - October 2nd, 2012

Nightmare Alley Cover Image
By William Lindsay Gresham, Nick Tosches (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590173480
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: NYRB Classics - April 6th, 2010

Asleep in the Sun Cover Image
By Adolfo Bioy Casares, James Sallis (Introduction by), Suzanne Jill Levine (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590170953
Availability: Backordered
Published: NYRB Classics - August 31st, 2004

Nightmare Alley Cover Image
By William Lindsay Gresham, Nick Tosches (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590173480
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: NYRB Classics - April 6th, 2010

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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

How many roofs do I have to shout from to describe the brilliance of this book? Because I'll do it! THE DOOR is a haunting masterpiece about friendship, betrayal, and the human spirit. Unforgettable.
Mark


The Seven Madmen Cover Image
By Roberto Arlt, Julio Cortazar (Introduction by), Nick Caistor (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590179147
Availability: Backordered
Published: NYRB Classics - December 22nd, 2015

The Invention of Morel Cover Image
By Adolfo Bioy Casares, Suzanne Jill Levine (Introduction by), Ruth L.C. Simms (Translated by), Jorge Luis Borges (Prologue by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590170571
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: NYRB Classics - August 31st, 2003

Black Wings Has My Angel Cover Image
By Elliott Chaze, Barry Gifford (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590179161
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: NYRB Classics - January 19th, 2016

Young Once Cover Image
By Patrick Modiano, Damion Searls (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590179550
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: NYRB Classics - March 8th, 2016

Season of Migration to the North Cover Image
By Tayeb Salih, Laila Lalami (Introduction by), Denys Johnson-Davies (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590173022
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: NYRB Classics - April 14th, 2009

Unforgiving Years Cover Image
By Victor Serge, Richard Greeman (Translated by), Richard Greeman (Introduction by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781590172476
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: NYRB Classics - February 19th, 2008

National Poetry Month!

April, how we love thee—and poetry, too! Are you a poetry connoisseur? Unsure where to begin? Somewhere in between? This week’s book list is twenty-five collections to celebrate National Poetry Month! Visit old favorites or try something new!


BIG FEELINGS

My Feelings: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977108
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Graywolf Press - June 2nd, 2015

Can’t have this list without MY FEELINGS, of course! The latest by Nick Flynn, in which his father Jonathan is dead and his daughter Maeve is growing up. There’s a poem in memory of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, another penned to honor the wedding of dear friends, a riff on the movie Gravity, an elegy to Lou Reed. And of course, the spirit of Jody Draper, Flynn’s mother, present and elusive as ever.


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

An essential text for not only poetry but essay, memoir, and what has become known as the lyric essay. Maggie Nelson’s BLUETS meditates on sacrifice, suffering, and stagnation. Dense and cerebral with moments of clarity so raw they’ll make you weep.


The Collected Poems Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780061558894
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - March 6th, 2018

Forget the five Sylvia Plath poems you know from your freshman english seminar! Punchy Plath can still hold her own among the best of them. A collection of maddening, bewitching, angsty poems about #DadStuff, anxiety, mania, self-loathing, and desire.


Gabriel: A Poem Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780804172875
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Knopf - March 1st, 2016

In 2011, Edward Hirsch’s son Gabriel died of a drug overdose at age twenty-two. With GABRIEL: A POEM, Hirsch grieves his child and explores the way grief about losing a child has been documented through the ages. Heartbreaking and hope-making.


I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975 - 2014 Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062389084
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Ecco - September 29th, 2015

Of the many signs that Eileen Myles might wear above her head, one without doubt is a declaration that she is gay and couldn’t give two buckets of squirrel poo if you’ve got an opinion about it. Intimate to the edge of self-blaspheme, Myles is that friend you call to bail you out of jail.


STORYTELLING


The Night We're Not Sleeping in (Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781936747931
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Sarabande Books - December 16th, 2014

Disclaimer: this debut collection also has some big feelings, as Sean Bishop mourns his father. But THE NIGHT WE’RE NOT SLEEPING IN is just as much about Christianity, Dante, and outer space. “Somebody tell me, / where is Karen,” he writes. “Who are these tourists / pressing pennies in my hand.” Brain food for sure.


Night Sky with Exit Wounds Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781556594953
Availability: Backordered
Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 5th, 2016

Perhaps the most stunning debut collection of 2016. In NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUNDS, Ocean Voung leads us through a series of dreamscapes with a myriad of voices as varied as the structures in which they present themselves. “Seventh Circle of Earth” consists entirely of numbers, with all the “poetry proper” in the footnotes, while “Thanksgiving 2006” is fifteen short lines including this battle cry: “I am ready. / I am ready to be every animal / you leave behind.”


All Pilgrim (Stahlecker Selections) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781935536598
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Four Way Books - October 6th, 2015

SIGNED COPIES
Originally published in October of last year, I didn’t encounter this book until I read it in anticipation of Stephanie Ford’s recent event at the store. Probably my favorite collection since Nick Flynn’s MY FEELINGS, published last June. Here, Ford shares family secrets, poems she wrote while working jobs she hated, memories of life in the wake of natural disaster. Please read just for “Hazard Map” alone.


The Dream Songs: Poems (FSG Classics) Cover Image
By John Berryman, Daniel Swift (Editor), Michael Hofmann (Introduction by)
$19.00
ISBN: 9780374534554
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 21st, 2014

What to say that hasn’t already been said? There’s probably some John Berryman you know without knowing you do, like the opening of Dream Song No. 14: “Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.” America as seen through the eyes of Berryman’s Henry. Basically the opposite of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.”


SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS


Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice (Camino del Sol ) Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780816502790
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: University of Arizona Press - March 10th, 2016

It started with a protest: “On April 20, 2010, nine Latino students chained themselves to the main doors of the Arizona State Capital in an act of civil disobedience.” They were fighting Arizona’s anti-immigration law SB 1070, which “requires police to determine the immigration status of someone arrested or detained when there is ‘reasonable suspicion’ [that] they are not in the U.S. legally.” Inspired by their bravery, poet Francisco X. Alarcón wrote a poem about it then started a Facebook page called “Poets Responding to SB 1070.” This anthology is a selection of what has since grown to over three thousand contributions.


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

You shouldn’t need more than this to know if you want to read this book or not: “Hold up, did you just hear, did you just say, did you just see, did you just do that? Then the voice in your head silently tells you to take your foot off your throat because just getting along shouldn’t be an ambition.” Anthem.


Load Poems Like Guns: Women's Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan Cover Image
By Farzana Marie (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780985981884
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Holy Cow Press - April 7th, 2015

A damn badass anthology with poems by eight prominent Herati women poets. With over thirty pages dedicated to the translation and the story behind the book, LOAD POEMS LIKE GUNS showcases the contemporaries of game-changer Nadia Anjuman (d. 2005). Each poem in translation also includes the original Persian Dari beside it. Amazing!


Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101875438
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf - September 29th, 2015

An ode to the archive and a testament to both the persistence and erasure of black women. The title poem, two thirds of the collection, is composed entirely of titles, captions, and descriptions from depictions of black women in galleries and museums around the world. If I can only make you read one book on this list, it would be this one.


LOCAL POETS


Olympic Butter Gold: Poems Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780810132221
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Northwestern University Press - November 30th, 2015

Who says rap can’t be poetry? Seriously, though: the best emcees use rhythm, metaphors, syntax, and juxtaposition as much as any poet. No wordsmith illustrates this better than Fresno’s own Jonathan Moody. Conjuring 2pac and James Brown, roos shoes and agent orange, OLYMPIC BUTTER GOLD is poetry for the people! Outcasts and hip-hop fans, take note.


I'm Your Huckleberry Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781936767328
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Brooklyn Arts Press - December 1st, 2014

SIGNED COPIES

Erika Jo Brown is a:
a) faerie
b) girl wonder
c) poet you should read
d) PhD Candidate at the University of Houston
e) all of the above

E! The answer is E (for Erika). Unguarded, snark-tastic, and wholly unpretentious, I’M YOUR HUCKLEBERRY is a quirky collection of love poems for everyone (skeptics included!).


$16.00
SKU: r9780996316729

A profound departure from his chapbook DEAR MARK, a collection of ekphrastic poetry inspired by Mark Rothko’s paintings. RESIDUUM is a debut with ambition: full photos of cells, DNA, and data are spliced between sections of text. Erasure upon erasure, Martin Rock does not limit himself to the micro.


Textu Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781556594762
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Copper Canyon Press - December 23rd, 2014

Finally—a poetry collection for millennials! Probably not the blurb Fady Joudah was hoping for but these poems are all the length of a standard text message. The book itself, too, is as small as an old-school iPhone. When not writing poetry, Joudah serves Houston as an E.R. physician.


Houston poets on Houston! Published by local publisher Mutabilis Press, UNTAMEABLE CITY contains poems by EIGHTY-THREE poets about our fair city. Also included in this anthology are full color photos of familiar H-town haunts, including some trees at Rice University, snapshots of the medical district, graffiti. Come and read it!


NATURE


New and Selected Poems, Volume One Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780807068779
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beacon Press - April 15th, 2004

Nature poems are not everyone’s thing, I know, but if you read only read one nature poet, go with Mary Oliver. This collection of hers from the 90s is a good place to start. There’s poems about animals, landscapes—I don’t know how to make this more than what it is. But that’s the great thing about nature poems: they don’t have to be!


Shaler's Fish: Poems Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780802124630
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - February 2nd, 2016

Yes, it’s the same Helen Macdonald of H IS FOR HAWK fame! Like fellow memoirist Mary Karr, Macdonald also writes poetry. Also published in the 90s, this debut collection is about nature, science, and of course, Shaler’s Fish.


From the New World: Poems 1976-2014 Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062315441
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ecco - February 16th, 2016

Jorie Graham is one of those poets that remains incomprehensible to me, though I mean that in the most generous way possible. Many times, I read a poem of hers and respect its greatness without comprehending a word of it. The nature pieces, though, are easier, which is why I put her here. A collection of her works from 1976 to the present. Check this out if you need a dare.


TRANSLATION


Pearl: A New Verse Translation Cover Image
By Simon Armitage (Translated by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780871407184
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Liveright - April 11th, 2016

Translated by one of my favorite English poets Simon Armitage, PEARL is a beloved English masterpiece believed to be written by the same poet who wrote Sir Gawain. Part fever dream, part ghost story, PEARL follows a father mourning the loss of his dear “Perle.” She appears, reassuring him that she has found peace in Heaven with Jesus. When the father goes to meet her, he wakes from the dream only to lose her again. Each poem is alongside the original.


Map: Collected and Last Poems Cover Image
By Wislawa Szymborska, Stanislaw Baranczak (Translated by), Clare Cavanagh (Translated by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544705159
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Mariner Books - April 12th, 2016

A Nobel Prize Winner and one of Europe’s most beloved poets. Rumor has it that a Polish critic once said, “If you want the world in a nutshell, try Szymborska.” MAP is a new edition of Szymborska’s collected works, including over thirty poems that were never previously translated into English.


in field latin (The Seagull Library of German Literature) Cover Image
By Lutz Seiler, Alexander Booth (Translated by)
$21.00
ISBN: 9780857423368
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Seagull Books - May 15th, 2016

From one of our favorite publishers, the phenomenal Seagull Books: a collection by Lutz Seiler, Berlin native and child of the country formerly known as East Germany. IN FIELD LATIN draws on the long tradition of German nature writing and contextualizes it for the modern audience.


The Curved Planks: Poems Cover Image
By Yves Bonnefoy, Hoyt Rogers (Translated by), Richard Howard (Foreword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374530754
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 20th, 2007

Hailed by readers and critics for decades as France’s greatest living poet, THE CURVED PLANKS is Yves Bonnefoy’s second most recent collection, translated by Hoyt Rogers. According to American poet and critic Richard Howard, this collection is “an excellent, even an ideal, entrance into [Bonnefoy’s] vast creation.” A March Brazos BFFs pick!


Dispatches from the Girl Cave

We all know about Man Caves, those oases of masculinity in the predominately female domestic space, equipped with stereotypically macho decor and entertainment. The gender geography of Brazos Bookstore has turned this cultural idea on its head with the Girl Cave, our tongue-in-cheek name for the back-of-store nerve-center run by Augusta, Brooke, and Ülrika. Augusta manages inventory, Brooke oversees returns and shipping, and Ülrika covers everything from gift buying to various programs for our many young readers.

Wreck and Order: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781101903261
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth - February 9th, 2016

Elsie is your typical unmoored twenty-something, unlucky in love and her career. Too much family money and no self-direction leads the narrator on a quest out of her self-destructive tendencies. A journey through Sri Lanka provides both a spiritual resurgence as well as a deep personal development and purpose. Transformational and enlightening, this coming-of-age story shows raw emotion and depth that is encouraging to anyone who feels lost or unmoored in our age of constant connection.


American Housewife: Stories Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780385541039
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Doubleday - January 12th, 2016

Being a housewife is anything but boring! Ellis’s collection of domestic short fiction is outrageously funny and dark, with a little Miss Manners thrown in for good measure. Equal parts silly and serious, AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE is a completely farcical romp that accurately represents the inner lives of many women. For fans of lady comediennes, Real Housewives and revenge, I highly recommend this book.


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My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781400067695
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House - January 12th, 2016

The entire time I was reading this book I kept thinking, ‘She shouldn’t be pulling this off!’ but she does. And it’s magnificent. At the heart of MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON is a quiet story of redemption between Lucy and her mother, who comes to look after her while she recovers from surgery. What makes this book so compelling? Probably Lucy’s strong narrative voice and her firm claims like, for example, if the conditions are exactly right you can hear the corn grow. Can you hear the corn grow? I don’t know, but this book really good.


Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780307962089
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf - March 1st, 2016

First, a disclaimer: I am only halfway through this splendid biography. However, I think I how it ends. Two hundred years after her birth, I suspect Charlotte Brontë is dead. Spoiler. Even if you have read all the Brontës’ books, you may still find some surprises here. Okay, nobody can prove this, but it seems that some of Charlotte Brontë’s behavior is consistent with opium-eating. Isn’t that cool? Charlotte Brontë might have been a drug-addict. Or at the very least, a drug-dabbler. Branwell usually steals all the bad behavior thunder in the family, but watch out—Charlotte, Emily, and even the oft-forgot Anne were all pretty spicy.


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The Vegetarian: A Novel Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780553448184
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Hogarth - February 2nd, 2016

This is one of our recent staff favorites, a new novel translated from Korean that is getting a lot of attention. A woman starts having eerie dreams and they inspire something unconventional by Korean standards—to become a vegetarian. But this sets off a bizarre downward spiral, and it’s creepy to watch her slip into madness and how her family reacts to that. THE VEGETARIAN is broken into three sections, each focused on a different family member watching her lose her mind. From a cultural perspective, vegetarianism is not very big in Korea, so by not eating meat, she’s dishonoring her husband, her family, on and on, which adds onto her another layer of guilt. As you turn the pages, you watch her spiral out of control and never come back.


The Lost Daughter Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781933372426
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - March 1st, 2008

THE LOST DAUGHTER begins as a story about a woman finding freedom in middle age. After her daughters leave Italy to go live with their father in Canada, the protagonist is surprised to feel relief, rather than sadness. She decides to celebrate by taking a vacation to the south. For a few days, she is relishing her new life, but when she meets a strange family her trip takes a dark turn. Elena Ferrante is the it-woman of contemporary international fiction, and this is one of her best books. I love it.


The Fury Road of American Politics

Childish name-calling, scoldings, pee-pee jokes: it’s not second grade, it’s the 2016 U.S. Presidential election! Six months ago, no one predicted any of this: the dominance of Trump, the competitiveness of Bernie, the flame-out of Jeb. But here we are, living in a reality-show that blows The Apprentice out of the water. This campaign is upending conventions (pun intended!) and earning a place in U.S. election history—for better or worse.

Quotations from Chairman Trump Cover Image
By Carol Pogash (Editor)
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780795348211
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: RosettaBooks - December 10th, 2015

Modelled on Mao’s little red book, QUOTATIONS FROM CHAIRMAN TRUMP is the perfect gift for just about anybody, because whether you love him or hate him, there are tons of great Trump quotes inside to confirm your opinion. It may be small (unlike Trump’s hands) but this pocket-size piece packs a big, dizzy-making punch. Read it out loud with your friends and feel your head spin, in rapturous delight or the opposite.


Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393067064
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 11th, 2016

The rhetoric in the 2016 debates has been a combination of aggression, humor, and out-and-out insults. In REPUBLIC OF SPIN, presidential historian David Greenberg gives us a fascinating context for this rhetoric by writing the history of presidential spin. How does the White House create and control the two most important tools of contemporary politics—the image and the message? Greenberg takes us all the way from Teddy Roosevelt to Barack Obama for a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the echelon of political communication.


The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316185431
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 17th, 2015

There’s been a surge of discussion regarding income inequality since the Great Recession of 2008. In THE AGE OF ACQUIESCENCE, the brilliant Steven Fraser examines the history of America’s reactions to the role of wealth in the political arena. What once prompted outrage has now become the standard, or even a dare for the next round of candidates. This book is essential for anyone concerned with the current political landscape.


The Road (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307387899
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - March 28th, 2007

This Pulitzer Prize winner, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and beloved classic is a haunting masterpiece from one of the greatest contemporary American novelists. A harrowing tale of survival and a meditation on the meaning of good and evil, THE ROAD at its heart tells the story of a father and son traversing a deserted American landscape, trying to hold off starvation and to find salvation by reaching the ocean. This novel’s got it all: cannibals, roasted babies, locked cellars full of people, plagues, despair. Scared about the next president? Have this on your bedside table on the evening of Tuesday, November 8th, and you’re sure to see the next four years with rose-tinted glasses.


A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393348880
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 7th, 2014

You shouldn’t judge a book by its title, but this one’s great, isn’t it? And completely appropriate. A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED is a dazzling mash-up of digital technology and medieval archives, a spellbinding thriller that moves from a present day rivalry between two sisters to a 19th-century Indiana Jones style adventure. Dara Horn was named one of Granta’s twenty “Best Young American Novelists,” and all of her novels, steeped in Hebrew and Yiddish literature, have made multiple national best-of lists. A philosophical novel of ideas that digs down into the meaning of memory, A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED may not make the 2016 election any more comprehensible, but at least it can provide a smart, stimulating distraction.


On Our Shelves: Keaton, His Beard, His Books

Keaton is the book buyer here at Brazos, so he knows more than anyone about how wide and diverse the universe of publishing is. Like his taste in music, his taste in books runs the gamut from the heartfelt to the horrific, from the winsome to the wonky and weird. This week for our Brazos Book List, we’re tapping the intoxicating keg that is Keaton’s book brain (and yes, he also loves a variety of beers). Check these out on our staff shelf, along with selections from our other booksellers. Cheers!

 

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A Collapse of Horses Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894135
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Coffee House Press - February 9th, 2016

A top-notch collection of psychological horror in the vein of Poe, Shirley Jackson, and The Twilight Zone!  A writer’s writer finally getting his due, Evenson excels at exploiting the suspense of the unknown in this set of mind-blowing and unnerving short stories.  It’ll make you want to sleep with the lights on.

 


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Burial Rites Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316243926
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - April 1st, 2014

Set against the desolate fire-and-ice landscape of nineteenth-century Iceland, this brilliant, multifaceted debut novel traverses dark psychological terrain while providing pitch-perfect historical detail. Kent is equally skilled at delving into the mind of Agnes—a servant sentenced to death—as she is at rendering the domestic life of the poor farmers charged with sharing their tiny hovel with her because there are no prisons in Iceland. At once a brooding morality tale and a ferocious page-turner, BURIAL RITES is the rare novel that asks serious questions while remaining entertaining.


Golden Years: An Iranian Punk Beat Novel Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780571321063
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Faber & Faber Social - March 15th, 2016

A posthumous debut novel brimming with sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll, and no small amount of soul-searching, GOLDEN YEARS is a brilliant, fast-paced immigrant story that unabashedly wears its influences on its sleeve. It’s poignant and debaucherous; if you’re a fan of Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson, Henry Miller, Hubert Selby Jr., Roberto Bolaño, Patti Smith, Jarmusch’s Permanent Vacation, Easy Rider, etc., you will LOVE this novel! Oh, what could have been...


The Tattooed Soldier: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250055859
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - October 7th, 2014

Every revenge story is a love story. From the Guatemalan death squads of the 1980s, to an L.A. engulfed in the flames of the 1992 riots, Tobar’s debut is a moving exploration of violence, idealism, inequality, and the extreme lengths we will go in the name of love. Almost twenty years after it was first published, this novel still resonates.


The Vegetarian: A Novel Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780553448184
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Hogarth - February 2nd, 2016

Our February #BrazosBest pick!
A terrifying vision of madness and obsession from a South Korean author poised to make huge waves in English translation. After a disturbing nightmare, Yeong-hye swears off eating meat and sets off a chain reaction that spirals outward from her and draws into question the very notions of identity and relationships. Exuding creeping psychological dread and a dark eroticism, THE VEGETARIAN will get under your skin and stay there.


BookList: The "Hey, Kids, Get Off My Lawn!" Edition

Hey, you! Feeling cranky? Yeah, we’ve all heard the old litany—that there are no new stories. And what’s with all these fresh-faced youngsters publishing books these days? Do we really need all of them? Why can’t they just go get real jobs? Well, here’s the reason: because every day, books by young writers come out that reveal our contemporary society in new ways, that push the boundaries of form, that speak in genuine ways to the timeless emotional dilemmas we all face.

The Boy Who Stole Attila's Horse (Pushkin Collection) Cover Image
By Ivan Repila, Sophie Hughes (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781782271017
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Pushkin Collection - November 24th, 2015

What happens when two boys fall down a well in the middle of nowhere? Take a second to imagine it. Okay, so whatever you just pictured doesn’t even come close to the harrowing experiences found in this slim novel, Repilla’s second. Yes, there’s maggots for dinner, weight loss, gradual insanity—but this book, somehow, isn’t a downer, for Repilla packs it with allegorical heft and haunting, lyrical prose. Our January pick for #BrazosBest deserves another look—and all of us on staff are eagerly awaiting Repilla’s next book.


Surveys (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781584351788
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Semiotext(e) - February 12th, 2016

Check out the description on the back of this debut novel—or, more specifically, the description of the main character, Colleen: “a twenty-three-year-old woman with almost not attachments or aspirations for her life.” Added to this, Stagg’s biography—she’s an editor in, yup, Brooklyn. So sure, this book is loaded with hip, millennial angst, but unlike much likeminded fiction, there’s nothing empty here. Stagg is a soulful, elegant writer, and her story is, ultimately, heartfelt, an exploration of young adult longing—that sense of loading your life with sex, drugs, and fame, but only getting farther away from who you really are.


Year of the Goose Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781939419514
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Unnamed Press - December 22nd, 2015

Snack food companies? Fat camps? Modern-day China? Hallman’s debut novel is full of bold notions, but there’s nothing gimmicky here; while the author is eager to entertain with her whimsical, inventive prose, she isn’t desperate to please (though she does), and this book turns a tough eye to the problems affecting one of the United States’ most fraught diplomatic relationships. That cover—bright red, something you can’t ignore when you spot it on the shelf—says it all!


Olympic Butter Gold: Poems Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780810132221
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Northwestern University Press - November 30th, 2015

Who says rap can't be poetry? Seriously, though: the best emcees use rhythm, metaphors, syntax, and juxtaposition as much as any poet. No wordsmith illustrates this better than Fresno's own Jonathan Moody. Conjuring 2pac and James Brown, ROOs shoes and Agent Orange, OLYMPIC BUTTER GOLD is poetry for the people! Outcasts and hip-hop fans, take note.


The Sound of Music

Houston is the epicenter of American music. Okay, that may not be exactly true, but can it just be a coincidence that pop-divinity Beyonce was born here, and her mom used to run the salon just a few doors down from us on Bissonnet? Okay, yes, that may just be coincidence. But what is indubitably true is that most of us on staff are infected with an irrepressible case of musicophilia, and at least one of us has already subjected his poor spouse to multiple listenings of Kanye’s The Life of Pablo. And another of us put together a recent book list with suggested death-metal pairings.

Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780374277901
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 9th, 2016

The internet and digital music allow the possibility of listening to virtually whatever whenever, and this superabundance of sonic options can be alternately thrilling and numbing. In this brilliant new book, Ratliff—a music critic for the New York Times—presents twenty short chapters with twenty ways to listen, twenty themes that cut across time and genre. The themes he chooses are structural (like “repetition”) and semantic (like “sadness”), and taken together they create a map for navigating the modern ocean of music, as well as an amiable, thumb-nail sketch of music history.


The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780300216929
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yale University Press - September 15th, 2015

Greil Marcus is arguably the best music critic alive (thus his appearance twice on this list), but he’s more than that: he’s a historian, a philosopher, a cultural critic who uses music as a lens to read the story of America. This 2014 volume is perhaps the best introduction to Marcus’ style and way of thinking: it will rock your world (pun, sadly, intended). Why? Because he is able to construct wormholes across the spacetime of American music which illuminate seemingly distant and disparate artists, genres, and cultural moments. And he does it by choosing less well known songs. Just read the chapter on Etta James, Beyonce, and their versions of All I Could Do Was Cry—you’ll be hooked.


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

This is the book; simple as that. It’s been called the best book on American music, the best book on rock ‘n’ roll, and even, by one national critic, “the best book on being alive.” Alive is the best word for Marcus’ writing—it is ragged, ranging, resilient, rapturous—you read it and you can feel his perceptiveness and his sensitivity coursing through you. The most amazing part about MYSTERY TRAIN is the “Notes and Discographies” section, which runs to about 200 pages in this sixth edition, a section that Marcus has been expanding and updating since 1975 when the first edition was published. The ultimate guide to the history and experience of American music. A must-have.


The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780393241921
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 5th, 2015

Modern pop music is expertly engineered like fast food, with just the right balance of salty beats and sugary hooks to poke the brain’s pleasure sensors and keep you coming back for more (whether or not it’s good for you). This book from New Yorker staff writer Seabrook has been a big seller for us, and it’s no mystery why; there’s no other book out there like it, combining fine-grained musical appreciation with big-picture economic and social analysis of the contemporary music industry. Whereas Greil Marcus’ classics have the exploratory scent of an anthropologist or ethnographer, Seabrook writes with a streamlined, modern style perfectly suited to the digital landscape of the iTunes revolution.


The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780983186335
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Featherproof Books - May 12th, 2015

I love the provocative title of this wide-ranging, smart, and deeply-engaged collection of interviews, think-pieces, and reviews of contemporary music by Hopper, Senior Editor at Pitchfork and Editor-in-Chief of The Pitchfork Review. The book is not, technically, the first of its kind, but Hopper points up an obvious phallocentric orientation in contemporary music criticism (note the gender of the other authors in this list; not unrepresentative). She is SO smart, and SO aware of the state of contemporary American music, and she writes with such an infectious overabundance of energy that you can’t help but get carried along with her stream of consciousness.


RE(A)D

Is there any color that hits harder than red? It’s not just primary, it’s primal, evoking extremes of rage and lust, blood and guts, communists and Tea Party Republicans. For this week’s Brazos Book List, we’re taking a look at our inventory through rose-tinted glasses, drawing connections across new fiction and the arts.

The Red Notebook Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780811220972
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: New Directions - July 16th, 2013

There’s no shame in getting a little hot over the beautiful form of a physical book, or how it feels in your hand as you thumb the stiffly yielding cover and the whispering, cottony pages (rawr, baby). The publisher New Directions and the living-legend cover designer Rodrigo Corral came together to produce a little pearl of an artifact for Paul Auster’s classic off-beat THE RED NOTEBOOK. Mark sums it up: “A brilliant writer reflecting brilliantly on coincidence, memory and the importance of chance in life.” Could this be the perfect little red book?


Sabbath's Theater (Vintage International) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679772590
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - August 6th, 1996

There’s a special place in the literary afterlife for Mickey Sabbath, the leering demon on the rich vermillion cover of this National Book Award-winner. He’s an egotist, a misogynist, a boor. As it happens, there are more than a few readers who ascribe the same qualities to Philip Roth himself. But whether you love or hate the character and his creator, you can’t deny their virtuosic creativity, their dynamic storytelling, their mastery of language. This is probably Roth’s best novel; you can’t turn the pages fast enough, and you can’t believe a human mind can create a hilarious fictional world so dazzlingly alive.


Year of the Goose Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781939419514
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Unnamed Press - December 22nd, 2015

This new novel is one of Annalia’s favorites of the year. She writes: “Ask me about YEAR OF THE GOOSE and I will tell you it’s like sucking on a lemon, in a good way. In her spunky, strange, debut novel, Carly J. Hallman addresses decadence in the form of China’s tycoon culture. With sinister secrets from the heiress of China’s most successful corporation, Bashful Goose Snack Company, to tales of woe from a monk trapped inside the body of a turtle, Hallman’s characters are as grotesque as they are intriguing. The moral of the story here: beware of decadence.”


At Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz Cover Image
By David Spalding (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781452142760
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Chronicle Books - March 10th, 2015

Your eye is inexorably drawn to the vibrant red on the cover, accented with gold letters—as you get closer you see the subtlest variations in shade, creating what you slowly realize are intricate floral forms. The reference is two-fold: to the red and yellow of the Chinese flag, and to the delicate porcelain flowers of the installation Blossom, one of the off-beat and fascinating installation pieces featured in this handsome volume. The concept for the collection here is a startlingly diverse set of installation pieces executed at the island prison of Alcatraz, including a set of Icarus-like mechanical wings made of solar panels (Refraction), Lego-portraits of dissident artists and thinkers, and an interactive installation with custom designed postcards. Ai Weiwei has generated controversy recently with his self-portrait mimicking the corpse of the dead Syrian boy on the Turkish beach. This collection is something radically other, and gives you a sense of the diversity of his genius.


The Vegetarian: A Novel Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780553448184
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Hogarth - February 2nd, 2016

Our pick for Brazos Best for the month of February—this slim, eerie novel has been flying off our shelves. Keaton says: “A terrifying vision of madness and obsession from a South Korean author poised to make huge waves in English translation. After a disturbing nightmare, Yeong-hye swears off eating meat and sets off a chain reaction that spirals outward from her and draws into question the very notions of identity and relationships. Exuding creeping psychological dread and a dark eroticism, THE VEGETARIAN will get under your skin and stay there.”


After Birth Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544582910
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Mariner Books - February 2nd, 2016

Wanna know what Brooke thinks about AFTER BIRTH, one of her recent favorites? “Albert’s new novel delivers a delightful sucker punch. Love, sex, procreation; hot neighbors; loving husbands; powerful lady friendships. At times an all-out screed, AFTER BIRTH is not a warm and fuzzy dose of motherhood. Hold onto your hat—Albert has a lot to say and you’ll want to hear every word.”


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