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Cassie's Bayou Nature Walk

In preperation for our Summer of Walt Whitman Finale Party at the close of August, our events assistant Cassie went on a guided nature walk along the Bayou, led by Laura Conely of Urban Paths. Read about her nature walk here, and make plans to attend our upcoming nature walk!

Summer Staff Picks: ROADTRIP READS!

The last days of summer are upon us! Probably a good time to take that roadtrip you've been talking about. Here are our Summer Staff Picks for BEST ROADTRIP READ! Happy adventuring! 


LYRIC'S PICK: ELEANOR OR, THE REJECTION OF THE PROGRESS OF LOVE by Anna Moschovakis- Anna Moschovakis's protagonists are both restless in different ways, mirroring the constant movement of the car, bus, or plane you might find yourself in this summer!

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Eleanor, Or, the Rejection of the Progress of Love By Anna Moschovakis Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895088
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Coffee House Press - August 14th, 2018

The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions By Larry Mitchell, Ned Asta (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Larry Mitchell, Ned Asta (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643620060
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Nightboat Books - July 2nd, 2019

The Organs of Sense: A Novel By Adam Ehrlich Sachs Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374227371
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 21st, 2019

Blue Highways: A Journey into America By William Least Heat-Moon, Bill McKibben (Foreword by) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316353298
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Back Bay Books - October 19th, 1999

Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America By Charles Bowden, William Langewiesche (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Charles Bowden, William Langewiesche (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781477316849
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: University of Texas Press - September 19th, 2018

Braiding Sweetgrass By Robin Wall Kimmerer Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781571313560
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - August 11th, 2015

Lyric Reviews MUSLIM: A NOVEL

Zahia Rahmani's "Muslim: A Novel" is at its core a warning of the danger and violence of distilling human life down to a single identity label: religion, gender, or nationality. It also warns against the violence of erasing any part of one's life that encompasses those identities and cultures: the colonized who are forced to stop speaking their language, or oppressed groups who are forced to assimilate into the dominant culture while their own cultural practices are demonized and marginalized. This is the tension of the novel, pulling between multivalent life and erasure.

By Zahia Rahmani, Matt Reeck (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920756
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - March 19th, 2019

It Has Always Been Thus: A Q&A with Colson Whitehead by Keaton Patterson

National Book Award. Pulitzer Prize. The cover of Time. Colson Whitehead is undeniably one of our finest and most important contemporary authors. He is a consummate storyteller. A true American original able to illuminate our nation’s darkest aspects with his incredibly vivid imagination. Over the last twenty years, he’s addressed racism with a story of elevator inspectors, gentrification with a zombie apocalypse, and taken a tour through the history of slavery on a literal underground railroad.

The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction): A Novel By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385537070
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

Summer Staff Picks: BEST BEACH READS!

The swampy summer continues! Escape the city with these Staff Summer Picks: BEST BEACH READS!


KEATON'S PICK: THE NICKEL BOYS by Colson Whitehead- This ripped-from-the-headlines potboiler follows up the Pulitzer and National Book Award-winning THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. A riveting and harrowing tale from one of our time's greatest writers. THE NICKEL BOYS is out July 16, and I can't wait.

The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction): A Novel By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385537070
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

These Rebel Waves By Sara Raasch Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062471505
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - August 7th, 2018

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

Sea Monsters: A Novel By Chloe Aridjis Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781936787869
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Catapult - February 5th, 2019

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Hot Dog Girl By Jennifer Dugan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525516255
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 30th, 2019

Hold Fast Your Crown: A Novel By Yannick Haenel, Teresa Fagan (Translated by) Cover Image
By Yannick Haenel, Teresa Fagan (Translated by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781590519752
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Other Press - April 2nd, 2019

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The Paper Wasp By Lauren Acampora Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802129413
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Grove Press - June 11th, 2019

Mrs. Everything: A Novel By Jennifer Weiner Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501133480
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Atria Books - June 11th, 2019

Summer Staff Picks: STAYCATION READS!

Summer is in full swing here in the Bayou City, so we've put together a list of SUMMER STAFF PICKS to keep you well-read and your imagination well-fed for the summer season! With temperatures in the mid-90's that feel like the low 100's, we should all enjoy a little time with our home AC's and these STAYCATION READS! 

Riots I Have Known By Ryan Chapman Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781501197307
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 21st, 2019

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Pond By Claire-Louise Bennett Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399575907
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - July 11th, 2017

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

Magic for Liars: A Novel By Sarah Gailey Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250174611
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Tor Books - June 4th, 2019

I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution By Emily Nussbaum Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525508960
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Random House - June 25th, 2019

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Laurie Anderson: All the Things I Lost in the Flood By Laurie Anderson Cover Image
$75.00
ISBN: 9780847860555
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Rizzoli Electa - February 6th, 2018

Giovanni's Room (Vintage International) By James Baldwin Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780345806567
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

2019 SPEED READING: WALT WHITMAN CHAMPION!

On Friday, June 28, 2019, Brazos Bookstore and The Pocket hosted a SPEED READING: WALT WHITMAN COMPETITION.

Contestants were judged on the categories of Volume, Clarity, Speed, and Whitmanism. 

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 SPEED READING: WALT WHITMAN CHAMPION is CHRISTOPHER CRAWFORD!

Congratulations Christopher, the trophy and the glory are all yours! 

Queer Staff Chat: DECIDUOUS QWEEN

This week Traci and Cassie sat down over lunch in Keaton's office for a Queer Staff Chat about Matty Layne Glasgow's new poetry collection DECIDUOS QWEEN. Matty's in-store reading on Friday, June 21 kicks off a weekend of PRIDE celebrations at Brazos Bookstore, followed by DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR on Saturday, June 22. 


TRACI: Ok--

                *the sounds of chewing*

I’ve got a mouthful of pizza

Deciduous Qween By Matty Layne Glasgow Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781597092586
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Red Hen Press - June 4th, 2019

Making Art, Turtle Bravery, and Other Adventures: Joy Interviews Lucy Ruth Cummins about TRUMAN

Sometimes you pick up a picture book and you know immediately that this is a book you will be reading to your child over and over -- in fact, you’ll be reading it over and over, even when your kid isn’t in the room! Such is the case with TRUMAN, the sweet, funny, and very heartwarming story of a brave turtle, which releases July 9, written by Jean Reidy and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins, who is not only a phenomenal author and illustrator of books for children, but also an art director at Simon and Schuster!

Truman By Jean Reidy, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jean Reidy, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534416642
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 9th, 2019

Between Terror and Horror: A Q&A with Brian Evenson

Brian Evenson is not only a master of horror, he is a master of the short story form. Each of the compact nightmares he concocts is an object lesson in suspense, subtlety, and manipulation of the most primal of human emotions--fear. However, it is a disservice to relegate his work to the realm of genre. While steeped in the tropes of horror, science fiction and fantasy, Evenson’s fiction is highly literary and elusive--leaving his readers with more questions than answers as he chaperones us further into the uncanny with each word.

Song for the Unraveling of the World By Brian Evenson Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895484
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - June 11th, 2019

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