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Houston Independent Bookstore Crawl: Explore, Discover, and Immerse Yourself in a World of Books

Brazos Buyers' April 2024 Preview

Spring has officially come to Houston and so has some of the best books of the season! Brazos has the best buying team in the business and they have paired up to give us a sneak peek of some books they are excited about bringing to Houston in April!  Thanks to Keaton, our Adult Buyer, resident metal-head and Master of Horror, and Taylor, our Children's Buyer, gifty extraordinaire, and Queen of HEA (that's Happily Ever Afters for you new to Romance lingo) we have some real treats to look forward to!


The Obscene Bird of Night: unabridged, centennial edition By José Donoso, Leonard Mades (Translated by), Megan McDowell (Translated by), Hardie St. Martin (Translated by) Cover Image
By José Donoso, Leonard Mades (Translated by), Megan McDowell (Translated by), Hardie St. Martin (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811232227
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: New Directions - April 23rd, 2024

 

In a newly translated and (finally) unabridged version, witness the resurrection of a macabre masterpiece of Chilean literature. This nightmarish journey into a realm of corrupted power and deformed souls features a decrepit narrator hounded by witches, a museum of monstrosities meant to hide any notion of beauty, and a politician as twisted as he is formidable. Written a century ago, there are few other novels as perversely close to perfection as THE OBSCENE BIRD OF NIGHT. A stunning new edition from New Directions.

- Keaton


Mid-Air By Alicia D. Williams, Danica Novgorodoff (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481465830
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 23rd, 2024

“Who says what is brave? Really brave? And is it braver to fit in or be true to you?” One of my favorite subgenres of middle grade literature is books-in-verse and Mid Air is one of my favorites coming out this season. Thirteen-year-old Isaiah is struggling to find his place following the passing of his best friend. Tender and lyrical, Alicia D. Williams’ wonderful prose is coupled with Danica Novgorodoff’s illustrations throughout for a reading experience that will connect with a wide range of readers with diverse learning styles. For ages 8-12.

- Taylor 

 


The Serial Killer's Apprentice By Katherine Ramsland, Tracy Ullman Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781613164952
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crime Ink - April 16th, 2024

 

A revealing foray into the infamous legacy of Houston’s own monsters--Dean Corll and his teenage accomplices David Owen Brooks, and especially Elmer Wayne Henley--who preyed on dozens of young men and boys during the late 60s-early 70s (several of whom were buried beneath a boathouse not more than a 20 minute drive from Brazos Bookstore). But it is the authors’ in depth psychological study of how a potential victim became an apprentice that sets this true crime offering apart. Not to mention their investigation into Corll’s long neglected connections to a larger sex trafficking ring behind these notorious crimes.

- Keaton


Dragonfruit By Makiia Lucier Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780358272106
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - April 9th, 2024

 

With romantasy (romantic fantasy) books flying off our shelves at Brazos, Makiia Lucier’s newest release, drawing inspiration from the mythology of the Pacific Islands, is sure to be a title to keep an eye on. Seeking retribution–both personal and familiar—main characters Hanalei and Sam have to team up on their quest the find Dragon Fruit, the egg of the sea dragon that will be the answer to both of their problems. Dragonfruit reimagines well-known romance and adventure tropes into a unique story that will keep readers turning their pages. For ages 13-17.

- Taylor

 


Reading the Room: A Bookseller's Tale By Paul Yamazaki, Rick Simonson (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Paul Yamazaki, Rick Simonson (Foreword by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781958846698
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Ode Books - May 8th, 2024

 

Paul Yamazaki is America's greatest living bookseller. The lead buyer at legendary City Lights Books in San Francisco for more than 50 years, he has witnessed and weathered countless changes in the literary marketplace all the while being a gracious mentor to generations of booksellers (myself included). Written in the form of an interview/oral history, no book could better encapsulate the gregarious demeanor, bountiful knowledge, and love of literature that makes this man a true American original. Congrats to you, Paul!

- Keaton


Punk Rock Karaoke By Bianca Xunise, Bianca Xunise (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bianca Xunise, Bianca Xunise (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593464526
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 23rd, 2024

 

Biana Xunise’s debut graphic novel Punk Rock Karaoke is an exploration of friendship, music, and community through the aesthetic lens of DIY zine culture of the 1970s. With great character design and dynamic panels, readers follow main character Ariel and her band The Baby Hares as they navigate through the shifting cultural landscapes around them: the gentrification of their neighborhood, new friendship boundaries following high school graduation, and issues around consent and agency affecting their Chicago punk scene. As a bonus, each copy includes bibliographic notes detailing the history of punk rock music as well as plenty of references for young and old readers alike. For ages 13-17.

- Taylor


Celebrate Earth Day all month in April with Brazos!

 

Brazos is turning 50 years old in 2024 and we are celebrating our anniversary by supporting important organizations in the city that has supported us for half a century.

This month we are partnering with the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center to enjoy Earth Day and our birthday all month!

 

4/13/24 - Story Time with the Houston Arboretum

Wild Houston: Explore the Amazing Nature in and around the Bayou City (Wild Series) By Suzanne Simpson, John Williams Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781643261119
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Timber Press - September 26th, 2023

Pre-order signed HELL: IN SEARCH OF A CHRISTIAN ECOLOGY

Hell on earth is real. The toxic fusion of big oil, Evangelical Christianity, and white supremacy has ignited a worldwide inferno, more phantasmagoric than anything William Blake could dream up and more cataclysmic than we can fathom. Escaping global warming hell, this revelatory book shows, requires a radical, mystical marriage of Christianity and biology that awakens a future beyond white male savagery.

Hell: In Search of a Christian Ecology By Timothy Morton Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780231214711
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Columbia University Press - May 28th, 2024

Brazos Buyers’ March 2024 Preview

Brazos has the best buying team in the business and they have paired up to give us a sneak peek of some books they are excited about bringing to Houston in March!  Thanks to Keaton, our Adult Buyer, resident metal-head and Master of Horror, and Taylor, our Children's Buyer, gifty extraordinaire, and Queen of HEA (that's Happily Ever Afters for you new to Romance lingo) we have some real treats to look forward to!


 

Sona and the Golden Beasts By Rajani LaRocca Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063295407
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - March 5th, 2024

Sona and the Golden Beasts 

(9780063295407 Mar 07 Quill Tree Books [HarperCollins])

Rajani LaRocca, author of the luminous, Newbery Honor Book Red, White, and Whole, is back with a middle grade fantasy novel inspired by Indian mythology and history that expertly weaves together themes of friendship, team work, environmentalism, and the interpersonal impacts of colonialism. Readers of Sona and the Golden Beasts will absolutely love following Sona and Raag on their fast paced, questing adventure through the fictional world of Devia, complete with magical animal companions–Swara, a wolf pup and Willa, a pony!  - Taylor


James: A Novel By Percival Everett Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385550369
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - March 19th, 2024

James: A Novel by Percival Everett

(9780385550369 Mar 19 Doubleday)

Percival Everett, one of the most idiosyncratic and eccentric American novelists working today, returns fresh off the Oscar-nominated adaptation of his Erasure (as American Fiction) with another foray into the politics and aesthetics of literary representation. James recounts the events of Mark Twain’s canonical The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn through the perspective of “Jim”, revealing an intelligence and depth of character unseen (and unimagined) by his white contemporaries--even Twain himself. It’s a bold reimagining and extension of an American masterwork. -- Keaton


Icarus By K. Ancrum Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063285781
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: HarperTeen - March 26th, 2024

Icarus

(9780063285781 Mar 26 HarperTeen [HarperCollins])

As someone who was emotionally destroyed by K. Ancrum’s past work (The Wicker King specifically), I am very excited for their newest release. Seventeen-year-old art thief Icarus Gallagher has made it his life’s mission to steal priceless art pieces from Mr. Black, the man who betrayed his mother. Things quickly escalate, however, when Icarus becomes entangled with Helios, Mr. Black’s son. Icarus by K. Ancrum ticks all my preverbal boxes for things that interest me personally: a Greek mythology retelling, a story set against the backdrop of high stakes art heists, with a gay romance at its center. -- Taylor


Glorious Exploits: A Novel By Ferdia Lennon Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250893697
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 26th, 2024

Glorious Exploits: A Novel by Ferdia Lennon

(9781250893697 Mar 26 Henry Holt)

This is my pick for debut novel of the year! An ingenious comedy set in ancient Syracuse but told in contemporary Irish slang vernacular, Glorious Exploits follows two clownish friends trying to put on a Euripides play with Athenian prisoners captured during the Peloponnesian War. And of course…hijinks ensue. Hilarious, heartfelt and endearing, it’s an elegy for storytelling and the healing power of art in a harsh world. -- Keaton


What If Bedtime Didn't Exist? By Francine Cunningham, Mathias Ball (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Francine Cunningham, Mathias Ball (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781773218687
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Annick Press - March 26th, 2024

What If Bedtime Didn’t Exist? 

(9781773218687 Mar 26 Annick Press [IPS]) 

What if water creatures sprung from the depths of a bubble bath or you gained superpowers from family meals? What If Bedtime Didn’t Exist? is a joyous celebration of imaginative play, complete with whimsical illustrations and narration that reads as seamless as poetry: “What if when we lay on our backs under clear blue skies we pretend to be astronauts who fly to outer space, and when we’re scared of the dark, we can just keep our spaceships lights on like a night-light?” A great picture book for a baby shower gift or late-night story time.  -- Taylor


There's Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593448793
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - March 26th, 2024

There’s Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension by Hanif Aburraqib

(9780593448793 Mar 26 Random House)

Hanif Abdurraqib turns his masterful talents to the sports world with another stellar collection of insightful and intimate essays. Ruminating on basketball (obvs), home, and the concept of “making it” in our unforgiving culture, there seems to be no topic beyond the critical and lyrical eye of this singular author. There is simply no one else out there writing in this way. It’s another work to give you strength and break your heart from a once-in-a-lifetime writer. -- Keaton


Pre-order a signed copy of THE NEW MENOPAUSE Today!

 

Filling a gaping hole in menopause care, everything a woman needs to know to thrive during her hormonal transition and beyond, as well as the tools to help her take charge of her health at this pivotal life stage--by the bestselling author of The Galveston Diet.

Click below to order your signed copy.

The New Menopause: Navigating Your Path Through Hormonal Change with Purpose, Power, and Facts By Mary Claire Haver, MD Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593796252
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Rodale Books - April 30th, 2024

Filling a gaping hole in menopause care, everything a woman needs to know to thrive during her hormonal transition and beyond, as well as the tools to help her take charge of her health at this pivotal life stage—by the bestselling author of The Galveston Diet.

Menopause is inevitable, but suffering through it is not! This is the empowering approach to self-advocacy that pioneering women’s health advocate Dr. Mary Claire Haver takes for women in the midst of hormonal change in The New Menopause. A comprehensive, authoritative book of science-backed information and lived experience, it covers every woman's needs:
 

  • From changes in your appearance and sleep patterns to neurological, musculoskeletal, psychological, and sexual issues, a comprehensive A to Z toolkit of science-backed options for coping with symptoms.
  • What to do to mediate the risks associated with your body's natural drop in estrogen production, including for diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and weight gain.
  • How to advocate and prepare for annual midlife wellness visits, including questions for your doctor and how to insist on whole life care.
  • The very latest research on the benefits and side effects of hormone replacement therapy.


Arming women with the power to secure vibrant health and well-being for the rest of their lives, The New Menopause is sure to become the bible of midlife wellness for present and future generations.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mary Claire Haver, MD, is a board-certified OB/GYN, a Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist, a Certified Menopause Provider, and the founder of Mary Claire Wellness, a private medical practice that focuses on women in midlife. Her bestselling book, The Galveston Diet, is based on the groundbreaking nutritional protocol she developed as an online subscriber program for women going through perimenopause and menopause. She lives in Galveston, Texas.


50 Years of Brazos February Community Challenge

For our 50th anniversary year we are shining the light on the community that built us and has supported us for half a century.  Our focus for February is literary access for the community through neighborhood Little Free Libraries.

Houston's Lit. - A Networking Event for Authors (and others!)

Join Brazos and the Houston literary community for a networking event on Friday, February 23 from 6-8 p.m.

Are you a writer looking for a crowd?  Meet fellow writers and members of local literary organizations for support, networking, and socializing!

Electronics Recycling Drive - 1/27/24

Did you get new electronics over the holidays?  Are you starting spring cleaning and finding you have a lot of old electronics that need to go?  Bring those old items to Brazos Bookstore on Saturday, January 27 10a.m. - 6 p.m. and we will collect them for recycling and give you 10% off your Brazos purchase that day!


As part of our 50th anniversary year, Brazos is connecting with our community in new ways each month. This month we are helping Houstonians recycle old electronics responsibly.

Taylor's Top 10 "I Support Women's Rights, But Also Women's Wrongs; I Love When They Do Bad Things" Books

I'm a Fan: A Novel By Sheena Patel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781644452455
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2023

Penance: A Novel By Eliza Clark Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063327856
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Harper - September 26th, 2023

My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel By Oyinkan Braithwaite Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525564201
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Anchor - July 30th, 2019

Chlorine: A Novel By Jade Song Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063257603
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: William Morrow - March 28th, 2023

Peach Pit By Molly Llewellyn (Editor), Kristel Buckley (Editor) Cover Image
By Molly Llewellyn (Editor), Kristel Buckley (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781950539871
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dzanc Books - September 12th, 2023

First Comes Summer: A Novel By Maria Hesselager, Martin Aitken (Translated by) Cover Image
By Maria Hesselager, Martin Aitken (Translated by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593542606
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Riverhead Books - April 11th, 2023

Post-traumatic: A Novel By Chantal V. Johnson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316264334
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Back Bay Books - March 21st, 2023

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Jawbone By Mónica Ojeda, Sarah Booker (Translator) Cover Image
By Mónica Ojeda, Sarah Booker (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781566896214
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Coffee House Press - February 8th, 2022

You, Again: A Novel By Kate Goldbeck Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593448120
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 12th, 2023

My Men: A Novel By Victoria Kielland, Damion Searls (Translated by) Cover Image
By Victoria Kielland, Damion Searls (Translated by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781662601927
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Astra House - June 27th, 2023

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