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New Moon Cover Image
By Enriqueta Lunez, Clare Sullivan (As Told by)
$10.00
ISBN: 9781946433350
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Published: Ugly Duckling Presse - December 1st, 2019

Sabrina & Corina: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525511298
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Published: One World - April 2nd, 2019

The Carrying: Poems Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781571315120
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 14th, 2018

Kingdom Cons Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276926
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Published: And Other Stories - June 8th, 2017

Where We Come From: A novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525655435
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Published: Knopf - May 21st, 2019

The House of the Pain of Others: Chronicle of a Small Genocide Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978372
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 16th, 2019

Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780500841785
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Published: Thames & Hudson - September 17th, 2019

Antigona Gonzalez Cover Image
By Sara Uribe, John Pluecker (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781934254646
Availability: Backordered
Published: Les Figues Press - June 21st, 2016

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Tears of the Trufflepig: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374538330
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - May 14th, 2019

Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781632865557
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 24th, 2019

The Transmigration of Bodies Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276728
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Published: And Other Stories - July 7th, 2016

The House of Broken Angels Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316154895
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Published: Back Bay Books - March 5th, 2019

Signs Preceding the End of the World Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276421
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Published: And Other Stories - March 3rd, 2015

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Dominicana: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250205933
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 3rd, 2019

Extracting the Stone of Madness: Poems 1962 - 1972 Cover Image
By Alejandra Pizarnik, Yvette Siegert (Translated by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780811223966
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Published: New Directions - May 17th, 2016

The Gringo Champion Cover Image
By Aura Xilonen, Andrea Rosenberg (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609453657
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Published: Europa Editions - January 17th, 2017

Human Matter: A Fiction Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781477316467
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Published: University of Texas Press - June 18th, 2019

Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781541697249
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Published: Basic Books - November 12th, 2019

Hijito Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781913007010
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Published: Platypus Press - September 5th, 2019

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Virgin: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315007
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Published: Milkweed Editions - February 20th, 2018

Brazos Staff Share Their Favorite Books from Childhood

Look at these photos! We were all undeniably adorable and we were also all incredible bookworms! Here are some of our all-time favorite books from when we were kids. Take a look, relive those golden days of childhood, and check out our picks in-store on the green cube outside the kid's room! Feeling nostalgic? Come on in and tell us about your most beloved stories!

Redwall: A Tale from Redwall Cover Image
By Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780142302378
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Published: Firebird - September 30th, 2002

 SONIA

High fantasy and talking animals? Yes, please! The once and future Sonia will always have a soft spot for the lovely little critters that populate Brian Jacques's Redwall series. The first book in particular, propelled by the threat posed to the picturesque Redwall Abbey by Cluny the Scourge and the unlikely heroism of the mouse Matthias, holds a special place in my heart. A great read for adventurers of all sizes and species!


Hitty Her First Hundred Years Cover Image
By Rachel Field, Dorothy P. Lathrop (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780689822841
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Published: Aladdin - September 1st, 1998

 LAURA M.

1. This is an almost forgotten children's book written long before my actual childhood, but it was one of my favorites growing up. In the vein of Edward Tulane, this is the tale of a little wooden doll and her many adventures, from her first home in a small New England town to her voyage across the ocean all the way to India. Loved the gorgeous woodcut illustrations and imagining the secret lives of my own toys.


The Fledgling Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780064401210
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Published: HarperCollins - January 22nd, 2002

2. This book and the movie Fly Away Home inspired my OBSESSION with geese as a kid. This is the charming story of a girl growing up on the shores of Walden Pond, who one night is visited by a Canada goose who teaches her how to fly. A beautiful, poignant book about the power of imagination, generosity, and the quiet kind of strength.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #2) Cover Image
By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780064404990
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Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2008

MARK

*note: Mark did not provide a baby photo, so this was chosen for him. It is still an accurate depiction of him as a child.


A Picture of Freedom (Dear America) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780545242530
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 1st, 2011

 LYRIC

I compulsively read and re-read the Dear America books when I was in middle school in 2001. At the time there were dozens, now there are only 5 available to order. You should be able to find the rest at your local library, as I did all those years ago. I recently revisited A PICTURE OF FREEDOM, and it handled difficult, complex subjects beautifully, while remaining true to historical reality. The series were just some of the many books that instilled in me a love of reading and writing and imagining!


Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142408810
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Published: Puffin Books - April 5th, 2007

 KEATON

*note: This is the photo Keaton provided. Any issues with accuracy must be taken up with Keaton.

I don't know what is was about this book. Maybe it just found me at the right time, but TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING is the first book I ever read that really resonated with me as a reader--even if I didn't know what that meant at the time! The feelings of being overlooked and overwhelmed as a child trying to build a sense of individuality, the horrors of a younger sibling, the earliest twinge of social awkwardness developing at school. What can I say? Judy Blume just GOT 9-10 year old Keaton! It's one of my earliest memories of feeling seen in a work of fiction, and I still love TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING to this day.


The First Horror (Fear Street #1) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780671885625
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Published: Simon Pulse - August 1st, 1994

 ALANA

Fear Street. I specifically remember checking out The Prom Queen. The girl on the cover was wearing a very 80s/early 90s puffy sleeved dress and her reflection in the window/mirror WAS A SKULL. Trippy. So someone is murdering all the prom queen candidates at Shadyside High. Teen hijinks and murder ensue. I'm not sure why 11 year old Alana liked reading spooky things, but here we are.


Catwings Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780439551892
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Published: Orchard Books - May 1st, 2003

 CASSIE

This book is all about a group of kittens who were born with wings. They decide to escape the danger of city life and fly away. Country life, however, is not as easy as they expect. I remember being completely spellbound by the illustrations, and my mom could get me to read anything if it was about a cat.


Half Magic (Tales of Magic #1) Cover Image
By Edward Eager, Alice Hoffman (Introduction by), N. M. Bodecker (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544671720
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 24th, 2016

 JOY

When I was eight I discovered Edward Eager's HALF MAGIC, which is about British siblings who, one boring summer, find a magic amulet on the ground which allows all sorts of amazing wishes to come true... but only half way. I adored this book. I read it over and over, scouring our Chicago neighborhood, hoping to stumble on a magic amulet and make my own boring summer with my younger brother become magical. I mean, who doesn't want to transform into a quippy British kid who finds magic? I'm still waiting, only slightly bitter.


Feelings Cover Image
By Aliki, Aliki (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780688065188
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 21st, 2019

 TRACI

I've always had a lot of them. Feelings. 


The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet (The Secrets of Droon #1): The Hidden Stairs And The Magic Carpet Cover Image
By Tony Abbott, Tim Jessell (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780590108393
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 1st, 1999

 LAURA G

1. I have never once met anyone else who's read THE SECRETS OF DROON, but everyone should know about it! This chapter book series has magic, adventure, llamas with six legs, and talking pillows called Lumpys! If that doesn't strike your fancy I don't know what will!


The Girl Who Could Fly (Piper McCloud #1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250072467
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Published: Square Fish - October 27th, 2015

2. Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie! This is a soaring tale of a farm girl who's just a little bit different. It's odd, it's sweet, it's one of my all-time favorites! Just read the first page and tell me you're not in love! You just can't keep a good girl down!


SPELLHACKER Interview with MK England!

There’s something about M.K. England’s writing that I just understand. It clicks with me. We talk all the time about relatable characters, #ownvoices, and being able to see yourself on a page. SPELLHACKER is the first title I’ve read in a long time where I have felt completely seen. The genre-bending YA fantasy needs to be on everyone’s radars. Heists, magic, and queerness abounds in this incredible sophomore novel. 

LOOKING TO 2020: Staff's Most Anticipated Titles for the New Year!

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Creatures: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781616208592
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 7th, 2020

LAURA G'S LOOKING TO 2020 PICK

Creatures is an ocean tide, enticing the reader then begging them to give chase. Van Meter explores the depths of human pain; the sharp sting of grief and burning despair of loneliness. Inextricably tied to place, this book uncovers a darkly glittering world both above and beneath the waves. Winter Island is a fog coated land unto itself populated by humans who can't help but betray each others' love. Driven by emotion, Van Meter has written a stunning, tactile book. I half expected to taste the sea salt on the page.


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The Regrets Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316516167
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 4th, 2020

LAURA M'S LOOKING TO 2020 PICK

This is possibly one of the weirdest books I've ever read. It starts as a magical-realism meet-cute where a woman falls in love with a ghost, and morphs into a swirling, poignant tale about relationships, loss, and the limits (and freedoms) of desire. What's more, I found myself laughing out loud, sometimes at the absurdity, and sometimes while shaking my head at some sentence Bonnaffons had the gall to write. Bonnaffons pulls off that delicate alchemy between strangeness and truth, and I will be forever be in awe of her work. If you like strange fiction that packs a punch, don't miss this book!


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The Bear Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781942658702
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - February 11th, 2020

LAURA M'S LOOKING TO 2020 PICK

In this spare, delicate fable, a father and daughter live an ancient hunter/gatherer lifestyle in a post-human world. While reading, I felt the pace of the modern world slow down, and my reality became the same as the characters': following mountain streams, traveling under the stars, the daily tasks of hunting and fishing. This book's quiet beauty will stay with me for a long time, and finishing it felt like waking from a long, beautiful dream. Read THE BEAR to be transformed. 


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Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735216723
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

KEATON'S LOOKING TO 2020 PICK

James McBride is a national treasure. One of our greatest living writers, his ability to swing between out-loud belly laugh humor, biting cultural satire and intensely felt pathos puts him in a league of his own when it comes to American letters. And his latest novel, DEACON KING KONG, might just be his greatest literary achievement yet in an already glittering career. Taking place in a Brooklyn housing project during the 1960s, the story follows a drunken elderly fool and the aftermath of his decision to shoot the most dangerous drug dealer in the neighborhood. What follows is a Quixote-level misadventure that could very well become another modern American classic. I can't wait for you to read this book! 


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Hurricane Season Cover Image
By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translated by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780811228039
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: New Directions - March 31st, 2020

MARK'S LOOKING TO 2020 PICK

The witch is dead, discovered by a group of children playing near the irrigation canals. Who is the witch? Let Melchor escort you into the insidious, violent world of a provincial Mexican village. A stunning English-language debut about depravity, violence and the fear all of us live with. Reminiscent of Bolano's 2666 but with glimmers of hope and humanity slipping through. 

Coming March 31st from New Directions!


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The List of Things That Will Not Change Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101938096
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Wendy Lamb Books - April 7th, 2020

JOY'S LOOKING TO 2020 PICK

The List of Things That Will Not Change is an exquisite gem of a middle grade novel. Spare, moving,  filled with real pain and real joy, this is a book that will be read and treasured and re-read many times. Bea is a delight of a character-- real and nuanced and heartwarmingly imperfect.  As she slowly reveals her fullest truths, I loved her more and more with each turn of the page. This is Rebecca Stead at the very top of her already prodigious game. Brilliant and deeply true.


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Sword in the Stars: A Once & Future Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316449298
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: jimmy patterson - April 7th, 2020

CASSIE'S LOOKING TO 2020 PICK

Filling in the mythological gaps left by centuries of retellings, the anticipated sequel to ONCE & FUTURE was everything I wanted and more. Completely full of love for the original Arthurian legend while fearlessly adding their own twists and turns, SWORD IN THE STARS is not just the perfect end to this duology; it’s one of my most anticipated books of 2020. Ari and her diverse Knights return to end the Arthurian cycle once and for all, but all final quests come with the most terrible costs. Between the gut-wrenching emotional beats and the meta jokes that make you laugh so much your face aches, SWORD IN THE STARS is a triumph.


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The Hidden Girl and Other Stories Cover Image
By Ken Liu
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982134037
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - February 25th, 2020

SONIA'S LOOKING TO 2020 PICK

Time-travelling assasins, cryptocurriencies and blockchains, cyber trolls and other digital hobgonlins populate this much-anticipated second collection from sci-fi scion Ken Liu. The book includes collected stories, a previously-unpublished novellette, and an excerpt from the third book of Liu's Dandelion Dynasty series, The Veiled Throne. With a pub date in late February of 2020, this book has lovers of expertly written, future-facing fiction giddy with anticipation.


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True Love: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062937438
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Harper - July 7th, 2020

TRACI'S LOOKING TO 2020 PICK:

Dubbed as the novel version of the TV show FLEABAG-- TRUE LOVE is a dark comedy about modern romance from one of today's most provocative literary voices and a book that I can not wait to read. Striking and evocative cover design as well! 


Sonia's Ten Books I’d Like to Grab a Beer With

My friends are fond of saying that I talk about books as if they’re people. “That’s ridiculous,” I always tell them. “Now sit down, there’s this hilarious new release in YA I want you to meet.” People or not, books have personalities. Some are classy. You dress up, take them out to dinner, maybe head to a gallery opening or the symphony. Others are outdoorsy--always up for a hike or a trip down to the beach. And then there are some books, a few of my all-time favorites among them, that you just want to meet up with after work for a quick pick-me-up. So, let’s say books were people.

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Honored Guest (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400095520
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - November 8th, 2005

One of my favorite story collections from one of my favorite writers, Honored Guest combines the best of Williams’s dark, quirky sensibility with highly original plotlines, settings, and characters. Taxidermists and neurotic gardners, frustrated teenagers and budding gun nuts all make an appearance in this stunning exploration of life, death, and the consequences of obsession. 


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$18.99
ISBN: 9780312583781
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 19th, 2011

Whip Smart is the amazing first memoir from the NY-based writer/low-key goddess Melissa Febos which chronicles both her struggles with addiction and her time as a professional dominatrix. Funny, smart, and deeply felt, Febos offers a measured and compassionate view of sex work in this stunning, vulnerable portrait of her youth.


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Soft Science Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781938584992
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Alice James Books - April 2nd, 2019

Franny Choi ‘yr weird gay aunt’ goes above and beyond with her second collection. Anchored by a series of Turing-test poems, the book explores the interstices of sexuality, race, gender, and technology. Choi innovates not only with content, but also with form, pressing language to its limits in this beautiful book.


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In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450031
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

We all loved Machado’s debut story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, but her much-anticipated first memoir is a beer-book in its own right. Haunting and innovative, this beautifully written book details the abuse Machado suffered at the hands of her first girlfriend through the lens of a diverse range of cultural tropes.


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Severance: A Novel Cover Image
By Ling Ma
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250214997
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

I wouldn’t feel right without working some sci-fi into this list. But Ling Ma’s 2018 novel Severance isn’t about your garden-variety zombie apocalypse. Set in a reimagined version of the recent past, Ma’s novel explores office culture, consumer capitalism and intimacy as the world around her Bible-designing protagonist descends into chaos after the outbreak of a mind-obliterating illness known as Shen Fever. A fun and refreshing read for sci-fi newbies and old hats alike.


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Virgin: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315007
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - February 20th, 2018

Funny, tender, and wholly original, Sotelo uses an array of innovative linguistic tools and images in order to explore race, gender, truma, sex, and how goshdarn hard it can be to write decent poetry. Regardless of the difficulty, however, Sotelo’s poems go above and beyond, making for a stunning debut collection one of out very own UH CWP grads.


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My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525522133
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2019

If you told me you were going to write a novel about a woman who sleeps for a year, I’d call you crazy. That Moshfegh not only pulls it off, but pulls it off so amazingly well is a testament to her skill as a fiction writer. By turns hilarious, vicious, and heartbreaking, this voice-driven novel about the vicissitudes of privileged youth is impossible to put down.


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Bad Feminist: Essays Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

At this point, Gay’s remarkable 2014 essay collection has become a classic of contemporary nonfiction.Gay’s wit and sincerity pulls her readers into her confidence, investigating the complexities of popular media, life’s realities, and modern gender politics. Reading this book is like sitting down and dishing with a best friend. After all, who doesn’t feel like a bad feminist sometimes?


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You Da One Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781934819678
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Published: Noemi Press - July 15th, 2017

Named for Rihanna’s hit song, Tamayo’s daring multidisciplinary collection circles around her return to her native Colombia after leaving the country behind as a young child. Smart and provocative, YOU DA ONE reassembles and reappropriates the language and tropes of the Internet in order to reckon with self, past, heritage, and the long shadow of injustice.


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No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780743299411
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - May 6th, 2008

This debut story collection from the hideously multi-talented Miranda July will forever be my bar-buddy for its unique combination of wit, quirk, and devastating sincerity. July’s distinctive voice and sensibility breathes life into the strange worlds of her protagonists, following them through surreal encounters with peep-shows, secret crushes, and, in one remarkable story, beloved author Madeleine L’Engle.


You Don’t Have to Be Jewish to Read (and Love) Joy’s Top Ten #ownvoices Jewish Books

Growing up, finding a young adult novel with authentic, nuanced Jewish rep that wasn’t about the Holocaust or anti-Semitism was a difficult task. Which let’s face it, is problematic. The Holocaust is not the only Jewish narrative.

Well, times have thankfully changed! Here’s my top ten list of contemporary #ownvoices YA novels with varied and authentic Jewish representation. In some, the character’s Jewishness is a minor but clearly present factor; in others it’s a more major presence. All are fabulous reads! 

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Color Me In Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525578239
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Published: Delacorte Press - August 20th, 2019

Sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots. When her Black mom and Jewish dad split up, she relocates to her mom's family home in Harlem and is forced to confront her identity for the first time.


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It's a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories Cover Image
By Katherine Locke (Editor), Laura Silverman (Editor), Mayim Bialik (Foreword by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525646167
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

For sheer variety of Jewishness, this is my top pick of the list. Plus it’s short stories, so you can dip in and dip out. It's a Whole Spiel features one story after another that says yes, we are Jewish, but we are also queer, and disabled, and creative, and political, and adventurous, and anything we want to be.


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Hope and Other Punch Lines Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781524766771
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Published: Delacorte Press - May 7th, 2019

Abbi Hope Goldstein has lived most of her life in the shadow of iconic ‘Baby Hope’ photo of her wearing a birthday crown and carrying a red balloon as behind her, the South Tower of the WTC collapses. This summer she hopes for anonymity as a camp counselor a few towns away from her suburb. But when Noah Stern, whose world was also shattered that day, convinces her to team up to find answers about the other people in the photo, their summer takes a very different direction.


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Kissing in America Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062322388
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Published: HarperCollins - May 24th, 2016

Still grieving from the death of her father, sixteen-year-old Eva ends up on a road trip across the country with her best friend, and learns about love and life.


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Our Year of Maybe Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481497763
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Published: Simon Pulse - January 15th, 2019

A powerful contemporary about the complicated aftermath of a kidney transplant between friends.


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You Asked for Perfect Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781492658276
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Fire - March 5th, 2019

Senior Ariel Stone has spent his life in search of perfect....until a failed calculus quiz puts his future on the line, forcing Ariel to enlist his classmate, Amir, as a tutor. But can Ariel let go of his quest for perfect to add a relationship to his life?


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Sick Kids In Love Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781640637320
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Published: Entangled: Teen - November 5th, 2019

Chronically ill Isabel has one firm rule: No dating. But then she meets another sick kid...It’s complicated. It’s dangerous. He’s gorgeous and fun. But is he worth breaking the rules for?


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Little & Lion Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316349017
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 3rd, 2018

When Suzette returns to LA from boarding school to support her step-brother with his recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder, she doesn’t plan on meeting someone and falling in love.


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The Upside of Unrequited Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062348715
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 30th, 2018

From the award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (which became the HBO movie LOVE SIMON), comes this tale of seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso, who knows all about unrequited love, even as her twin sister Cassie tells her to get over herself and get that first kiss. But neither of them anticipate that Molly just might fall for her Tolkein-superfan co-worker Reid.


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Grendel's Guide to Love and War Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399555541
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 18th, 2017

Teen misfit Tom Grendel seeks to take down the bro next door, but ends up falling for the guy’s sister. Plus family truths that need uncovering.


2019 Holiday Open House Photo Album

 

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us for our annual Holiday Open House on Sunday! It was so fun to pack the store with all of our book-loving friends! Special shout out to Pat Greer's Kitchen for the delicious food! Such a wonderful night for Brazos Bookstore!

 


 

Cassie's 10 Books That Made Her Brain Produce One (1) Serotonin Molecule This Year

Let’s be honest: 2019 has been rough. It feels like at any given time, three seperate things are on fire and you only have one bucket of water. Our newspapers could double as horror stories. There is a horse loose in the hospital. With all this chaotic evil running rampant in our lives, it’s hard to find escape. Thankfully, books are an amazing escape. Many of them are even happy! Here are some books I read this year* that made my brain produce happy chemicals for longer than .5 seconds.

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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250316776
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

If you’ve stopped by the bookstore any time after May this year, you have heard me talk about this book. I’ve probably tried to sell it to you. This unapologetically queer escapist political rom-com is EVERYTHING I didn’t know I needed. Dive into an alternate universe where the son of the first female president of the United States, Alex, falls in love with his media rival, Henry, a.k.a. The Prince of Whales. Some of my favorite rom-com tropes are present (animal shenanigans, fake dating, enemies to lovers, a gratuitous karaoke moment) without shying away from politics. There’s a gerrymandering subplot! When I finished reading this book, I found myself crying from pure, unadulterated joy. You will not regret reading this book.

Intrigued? Check out the interview Joy and I had with author Casey McQuiston (https://www.brazosbookstore.com/casey-mcquiston-qa-joy-cassie). You’re welcome.


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The Gilded Wolves: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250144546
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Wednesday Books - January 15th, 2019

I read THE GILDED WOLVES way back in January, and I’m still talking about it. This heist novel with witty banter, magical mystery, decadent settings, and nerve wracking stakes is such a fantastic escape. Roshani Chokshi is an incredible writer (if you’re a middle grade fan, check out her ARU SHAH series, too) and I cannot get enough of her. Plus, I think this book series would make an amazing anime style TV series. If you’ve already read THE GILDED WOLVES, just know that the sequel, THE SILVERED SERPENTS, comes out September 2020 and I think it’s possibly better than the first.


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Once & Future Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316449274
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: jimmy patterson - March 26th, 2019

There have been so many King Arthur retellings in film and literature this past year. Even the new “Aquaman” movie was a King Arthur story. I wonder what could possibly be causing this trend. It’s almost like we live in a dark and unstable political climate that could be changed for the better with a nice, good ol’ fashioned societal upheaval led by someone who actually cares about humanity as a whole…

Anyway.

ONCE & FUTURE is my absolute favorite of the King Arthur retellings. Honestly, it’s everything I’ve always wanted. Featuring a funny and heartfelt cast of characters (with queer, nonbinary, and ace rep - just the tip of this inclusive iceberg), a charismatic chosen one, OUTER SPACE AND MAGIC, you won’t want to put this book down. The last book in this duology, SWORD IN THE STARS, comes out in April, and it is just as amazing. You’ll love it.


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When Dimple Met Rishi Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481478694
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon Pulse - May 22nd, 2018

I cannot believe that it took me until 2019 to read something by Sandhya Menon. It felt impossible to choose between one of her books for this list, because I love every single one. WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI is what started it all, though, so I have to gush about it. Very rarely do I read a straight romance and enjoy myself. My complete adoration of Dimple and Rishi speaks to how incredible Sandhya Menon is at her craft.

When Dimple’s parents pay for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers, she thinks that her mother must have finally given it a rest with the whole “find a perfect Indian husband” thing. That’s when she meets Rishi. He’s also attending the summer program, and their parents know each other. It takes very little time for them to realize they’ve been set up. Opposites clash, rom-com tropes explode, and I could not stop smiling the entire time.


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Spellhacker Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062657701
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperTeen - January 21st, 2020

This book. This book!!! It comes out in January, and I cannot wait for you to read it. I loved it so much. In our YA world of #ownvoices works and growing availability of LGBTQIA+ stories, SPELLHACKER is a must read. The female/nonbinary romance, found family, unique magic system, and heart of this novel left me completely spellbound. SPELLHACKER packs a fantastic one-two punch of comedic and emotional complexity that will grab you by page one.

Honorary shout out to MK England’s debut novel that came out this year, THE DISASTERS. It’s also excellent. Keep an eye out on our website for my interview with them closer to the SPELLHACKER release date!


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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982102807
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - April 2nd, 2019

I know what you’re thinking. “Cassie reads things besides Young Adult Lit??” Yes, I do, hush. There’s an essay for everyone in this collection. Philpott’s relatable voice makes the reader ask who she’s actually writing about: herself, or you? Bonus if you listen to the audiobook, available through our Libro.FM partnership (https://libro.fm/brazosbookstore), because it’s read by the author herself!


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Full Disclosure Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984829955
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 29th, 2019

FULL DISCLOSURE is a roller coaster of a debut that makes my thespian heart soar. When the book begins, Simone is expertly navigating life at her new high school when the unthinkable happens - someone threatens to tell the whole school she is HIV+. This coming-of-age story features LGBTQ+ representation, the stress that comes with navigating new friendships and budding romance, and enough musical theater to get Rent stuck in your head for days to come.

Check out my interview with author Camryn Garrett! https://www.brazosbookstore.com/articles/kids-article/cassie-interviews-camryn-garrett-author-full-disclosure


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Frankly in Love Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984812209
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

It took me until 2019 to discover my love for sprayed edges on books, and I will never go back! The book itself is also incredible, which is just the cherry on top. One of my absolute favorite tropes is faking dating, and this book delivers. It’s also one of those novels that makes you rock yourself and cry, makes you laugh until your stomach hurts, makes you smile until your face aches. David Yoon uses this debut to ask questions about identity, first love, cultural and generational gaps, and more. It’s perfect.

Oh, and Bryan Washington loved this book, too. Do I need to say more?


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Loki: Where Mischief Lies Cover Image
By Mackenzi Lee, Stephanie Hans (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368022262
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Marvel Press - September 3rd, 2019

The story is set between Asgard and gritty 19th century London with a cast of characters both familiar and new. Follow our genderfluid God of Mischief as he learns the true potential of his powers, battling between who he wants to be and who fate says he must become.

Mackenzi Lee is one of my favorite writers, and I was lucky enough to interview her about LOKI and her other 2019 projects. Check it out! https://www.brazosbookstore.com/articles/features/cassie-interviews-mackenzi-lee-author-loki


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The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781335937803
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hanover Square Press - March 5th, 2019

The last book on my list is an odd pick. It did the fun thing to my brain where it made me ANGRY, and then that anger turned into something more productive, which then led to joy. Mallory O’Meara was a teenager when she discovered that her favorite movie monster was created by a woman, NOT a man. After spending years wondering about Milicent Patrick’s story, O’Meara decided to find out for herself. This book is part biography, part narrative about the research process, and fully a manifesto on sexism in the film industry. This book will reignite the fire inside to use your voice and speak out. Everyone has a story, and they won’t be silenced.


Lyric's Top Ten Books by Bayou City Writers, 2019

Houston's Literary Year


I've heard people ask, "Why hasn't Houston produced any writers?” I’m always baffled by the idea that H-town isn’t as literary as other cities. So, in answer to the absurd question, I give you A List Of Ten Books (Plus One Honorary Mention) that Bayou City writers have released in 2019.


 

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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525510543
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019

Jia Tolentino probes the depths of American experience with this observant collection of essays.


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Lot: Stories Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780525533672
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - March 19th, 2019

Bryan Washington’s short stories are a love letter to Houston’s widespread neighborhoods and its vital diversity.


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This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781940596327
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Lookout Books - October 22nd, 2019

Cameron Dezen Hammon is a New Yorker who has made Houston her home, and this year debuted a moving memoir about spirituality, feminism, failure and acceptance.


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Heaven, My Home (A Highway 59 Mystery #2) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316363402
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 17th, 2019

Attica Locke’s new novel, #2 in her Highway 59 series, is set in a vivid East Texas landscape, and populated by strong characters.


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In an Invisible Glass Case Which Is Also a Frame (Stahlecker Selections) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945588372
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Published: Four Way Books - September 3rd, 2019

The poems in Guez’s collection are quiet, thoughtful, and open to misery and the joy of the world.


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The Lampblack Blue of Memory: My Mother Echoes Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781948800235
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Published: Tolsun Books - June 18th, 2019

Adleman’s poetic memoir is more than a memoir, it is a meditation on time, forgiveness, mourning, and remembrance.


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Levee Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945588419
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Published: Four Way Books - September 3rd, 2019

The late poet Paul Otremba left us with one more beautiful, thoughtful collection of poems that reflect on Houston’s floods, the city’s practices of oil extraction, and suburb expansion, as well as the nature of time, vulnerability, and change.


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Scorpionic Sun Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781880834381
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Cleveland State University Poetry Center - September 10th, 2019

Conor Bracken, a former resident of Houston and a UH alumnus, has produced a rigorous translation of Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine’s poetry born of the colonial conflict of French North Africa, bringing this important collection of language as political resistance to English readers.


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Houston Noir (Akashic Noir) Cover Image
By Gwendolyn Zepeda (Editor), Tom Abrahams (Contribution by), Robert Boswell (Contribution by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781617757068
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Akashic Books - May 7th, 2019

This collection of mystery, murder, and thriller short stories, edited by Houston’s first poet laureate Gwendolyn Zepeda, features the work of a variety of authors, many of whom are Houstonians, including Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton and Reyes Ramirez.


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Reinhardt's Garden Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895620
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - October 1st, 2019

Called “an innovative piece of fiction” by the Houston Chronicle, REINHARDT’S GARDEN-- irreverent, absurd, and funny-- was penned by Brazos Bookstore’s own Mark Haber.


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King of the Mississippi: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525573784
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Hogarth - July 9th, 2019

Mike Freedman’s debut novel has the name of another Southern state in the title, but the story is firmly set in Texas, and he is most definitely a Houston writer.


Laura G Judges Ten Books by Their Covers

Of all the lessons my mother continues to try to teach her twenty-something daughter, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is usually highest on the list. This is mostly in regards to dating (and by mostly I mean entirely), but it’s applicable to many other parts of my life, namely, my job.

As the book buyer for kids and teens, I physically cannot read every book on the shelf. So it is with a small amount of shame that I admit I do judge books by their covers in my decision making process for what to bring into the store and what to leave out. 

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Wilder Girls Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525645580
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Delacorte Press - July 9th, 2019

We begin with one of my favorite covers (and books) of the year. WILDER GIRLS a raw, speculative debut filled with stunning prose and a brutally fierce story. It absolutely devoured me, which is why I was so thrilled when the cover design was revealed. 

As a principle, I dislike books that have faces on the cover. I’m not quite sure why this is, perhaps I’m a bit of a snob (it just seems like a lazy choice for many YA titles). But this face. This cover. The artwork is done by one of my favorite digital artists, Aykut Aydoğdu. It’s eerie, and enigmatic, and incorporates small nods to the plot. Basically, it does everything a cover should do: draws in the reader and makes them pick up the book.


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Dig Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994917
Availability: Backordered
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019

A.S. King is a fairly divisive author. You either love her ground-breaking stories or find her just a touch too avant-garde for the average palette. DIG is a powerful story about white teens coming to terms with their family’s racist history. 

Now, you can’t tell all that by looking at the cover, but it sure is aesthetically pleasing. The sketched out roots give it a natural, historic feel while the bright red and blue palette add a hint of modernity. This cover is perfect for what we call “crossover titles,” or YA books that can be sold to adults who don’t care for YA. As a case and point, when I brought out the ARC for this, many of my coworkers who don’t typically enjoy YA were immediately grabbing for the book (yes, we are impolite heathens behind the scenes).


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Days by Moonlight Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781552453797
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coach House Books - April 2nd, 2019

Lyrical, existential, and above all accessible, Alexis’ latest novel is filled with enchanted pastoral scenes juxtaposed by violence and death. DAYS BY MOONLIGHT is a joy to read, perfect for lovers of Saša Stanišic’s rich provincial worlds or Claire-Louise Bennett’s poetic prose. 

The cover works perfectly for this. It’s got a hazy filter, like an afternoon laying in a hot sun. I also love the mystery of the letters disappearing into the foliage. It’s just the slightest bit sinister, all accomplished by some skilled and subtle layering.


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Crown of Feathers Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534424623
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon Pulse - February 12th, 2019

We now come to one of the two books on this list for which I didn’t like the covers. Trust me, it breaks my heart. CROWN OF FEATHERS is a fierce and fiery tale of sisterhood and betrayal set in a world rich in magic and deception. I actually finished it in one day because I couldn’t put it down!

But the cover! It just doesn’t draw me in. Maybe this is more of my snobbery, but it looks like the cover of a mass-market fantasy novel.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a well-worn paperback fantasy (and have many on my shelves at home), but there’s a time and place for those. It gives the book a dated, nostalgic feel, and this is a fresh story in need of a sleek, epic cover. 

The art itself is beautiful, and the color scheme is bright and eye-catching, but I wouldn’t personally use it as a cover. Our customers generally aren’t looking for the type of book this cover evokes, so it takes a lot of leg work to convince someone how incredible this book truly is. I hope you give it a chance, though! (You can always take the dust jacket off when you read it).


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Wicked Saints: A Novel (Something Dark and Holy #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250195661
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wednesday Books - April 2nd, 2019

WICKED SAINTS is lush and darkly romantic, filled with blood and bones. Perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater and Leigh Bardugo, Duncan's thrilling debut explores the ecstasy and heart-breaking tragedy of what it is to love a monster.

The cover takes this gothic feel and runs with it! I adore the blue and black toned artwork (and as a bonus, the blue is metallic! We all know how I feel about shiny things…). The splotch of red adds an understated sinister touch while aesthetically balancing the entire composition. Absolutely phenomenal!


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Paper Houses Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781552453926
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Coach House Books - October 29th, 2019

PAPER HOUSES is a spinning coin of vulnerability, showing the fear and desire for human connection one moment and flipping to create boundaries the next. Fortier's vision of Emily Dickinson is luminous and loving and her understanding of the poet's soul shines through each page. This is a fearless exploration of self, isolation, and the painful hope and hunger for love.

The cover matches the book in both beauty and simplicity. And nothing says Emily Dickinson like pressed flowers; joyful and yet tinged with sadness. No one does simply beautiful covers like Coach House (the publisher of DAYS BY MOONLIGHT as well). This book may not grab your attention on the shelf, but once you find it, you won’t want to stop looking at it.


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$24.99
ISBN: 9781250224774
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 8th, 2019

Perfect for fans of Daisy Johnson, Samantha Hunt, and Carmen Maria Machado, SALT SLOW is beautiful, poetic, and dizzying. Once again, the cover does a great job of evoking the book. The cool color scheme is calming while the warm speckles of metallic gold and trippy peacock feather pattern throws the viewer off-kilter. 

There are certainly things I would change about the cover, namely the white border with the zig-zag edge. To me it’s a little too distracting from the overall effect. The white accent color is a great choice, but if there were just a half-inch less of it around the border, I would be very happy. Overall, though, this is a fantastic cover that I’d definitely pick up.


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The Cold Is in Her Bones Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481488440
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - January 22nd, 2019

This is the only other book on the list for which I didn’t like the cover. It’s got a face on it, and while it’s a bit more artistically done than a photograph, and there are fascinating details hidden in the grass, it’s still not entirely pleasing to me.

The book itself is a haunting tale of friendship and betrayal. It fearlessly explores the vicious fierceness that lives buried in all dangerous women. If you liked Madeline Miller’s CIRCE, I highly recommend this. And, to be fair, the cover has grown on me. It’s probably due to two redeeming factors; the pearlescent finish and the texture of the cover. It’s a perfect matte that feels wonderful in your hands. Next time you’re in the store, pick it up and take a look!


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Serpent & Dove Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062878021
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperTeen - September 3rd, 2019

Mahurin’s debut is brilliant - filled with dimensional characters, grey morals, and a fantastic romance! Just to show how much I love it, I put it on our holiday list!

Now, there’s something you may have gathered while reading through this list or talking to me at the store: I am a complete and total sucker for metallic accents and spot glossing, and this cover has both, along with a gloriously dark and intricate background. As much as I dislike fantasy mass-market covers on hardback books, I will always fall for a rich, detailed cover design for YA fantasy. And the final nail in my coffin? The cover is embossed, right down to the texture on the snake. I could - and have! - wasted countless minutes just tracing the scales in an infinite loop of pure tactile pleasure.


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Labrador: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978303
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

Texture, texture, texture. If there’s one thing I love in painting, it’s impasto, when paint layers up to show dimension and brush strokes (See? I knew that Art History degree would come in handy!). There’s something so tantalizing about the texture, and it got me in trouble at more than one art museum as a kid because, well, how could you not want to touch it?

LABRADOR is a lyrical and haunting exploration of youth and sororal relationships. Davis weaves an unforgettable tale of two sisters: Willie, the stubborn eldest, and Kitty, the enigmatic yet isolated youngest. Their relationship really comes through in the cover (Willie on the couch, Kitty behind her). It’s domestic and artistic and wonderful.


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