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Ben's Top Ten Books of 2018

Asymmetry: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501166761
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 6th, 2018

Can I make a confession? I wanted to hate this book. I want to hate a lot of literary “phenomena” (often a word drummed up by book marketers: I know how this game works). Halliday’s debut novel begins in familiar territory: an aging male writer befriends, in ways romantic and unattached and pernicious, a young woman in New York City. We’ve read this kind of book before, haven’t we? Turns out we haven’t. ASYMMETRY begins to rupture the expectations of this kind of story. Why are we getting no interiority from the young woman? Why does nobody seem to feel anything? Midway through the book, everything breaks, and an entire new story takes hold: one with nothing but interiority, nothing but feeling, told by a man and with international ramifications. The moves in this book are not plot-driven: they’re theme-driven, and entirely intuitive. I can’t remember when I last read an avant-garde novel that pays such close attention to people. Sure, I wanted to hate it. I think that’s part of Halliday’s method. Joke was on me, though: ASYMMETRY is the novel of 2018, and maybe the novel of 2019 and 2020 too, so long as power relationships remain on all of our minds.

Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374537661
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: FSG Originals - October 16th, 2018

“The Last Rock Novel,” Jackson’s book advertises. Maybe so. Rock and roll has a clear starting point (well, pretty clear, depending on your feelings on Elvis Presley vs. Chuck Berry); why wouldn’t the end point be equally clear? For Jackson, that end point is actual death: rock bands are being murdered on stage all over the country. What impact does this have on one band in particular, living in a small town, just about on the cusp of realizing their dreams? Will they go on with the show, or will they back down? Come on, you know the answer: there’s nothing rock and roll about fear. Jackson echoes the nihilistic fiction of Don DeLillo and the humanistic cultural observation of Joan Didion equally, and DESTROY ALL MONSTERS has a canny puzzle in its design: a “Side A” and “Side B” (you literally have to flip the book over), both ruminations on the same characters and situations. Apocalypse looms. Apocalypse was the sound of “Side B” of Bowie’s Low too, ambient and bleak, but wasn’t there just as much apocalypse in “Side A,” relatively conventional, albeit brittle and angular, rock? So what am I saying? DESTROY ALL MONSTERS is the Low of books. And Low is pretty damn great.

Gun Love: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524761684
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Published: Hogarth - March 6th, 2018

Florida, man: what’s with that place? Authors have been mining its weird, humid gold this past year, but Clement’s GUN LOVE tells a story about the state lit by especially garish light. God, it’s bright, and you can see everything, including things you don’t want to. Her characters live in a trailer park, but GUN LOVE avoids all cliches of the Poverty Narrative; instead, its young girl narrator, living with her mother in squalor, is straightforward and raw-of-language. Behind all of this, a question: Why does everyone have a gun? Why does murder always seem to lurk on the horizon? And what does somebody so young do when a loved one encounters tragedy? There are a lot of secrets in those swamps, turns out. Confession: I’ve never been to Florida. Why bother? I have the books. GUN LOVE is the best of them.

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812988635
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Random House - January 16th, 2018

I’ve read most everything by Johnson, and reread much of it last year after he passed away. But there was still this book, which I approached carefully, as though it were an animal that might spring at me if I got too close. After all, posthumous novels can already be bad enough, but posthumous short story collections? They can sometimes feel like leftovers, a cash grab. Not THE LARGESSE OF THE SEA MAIDEN. He finished it before he died, and it feels complete, a last gift from one of America’s great writers. There are only five stories, each of them long. In a way, it’s the exact opposite of Johnson’s classic collection JESUS’ SON: these stories are languid, concerned with aging rather than blistered youth. There are haunting references to his earlier work, but that’s not the only reason to read this masterpiece. Too bad so many of us ended here, but take heart: one could start here too.

Love Cover Image
By Hanne Orstavik, Martin Aitken (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780914671947
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Archipelago - February 13th, 2018

An Untouched House Cover Image
By Willem Frederik Hermans, David Colmer (Translated by), Cees Nooteboom (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781939810069
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Archipelago - October 23rd, 2018

Shortly after reading AN UNTOUCHED HOUSE, I taught a workshop. Following the last class, one of the people lingered, talked to me. Someone in her family runs a publishing house, she said. A small one. I wouldn’t have heard of it. Archipelago, it’s called. Of course I’ve heard of Archipelago (home of Knausgaard, after all), but somehow it always seems under the radar, eschewing flashiness for the sheer nobility of undiscovered voices. With these two books, they had a hell of a 2018. Both are short, claustrophobic novels, even though they occupy such wide spaces. LOVE is about a mother and a son, both separated and lost, literally and metaphorically, in a snowy landscape on a night that the carnival is in town (surrealist images ensue). In AN UNTOUCHED HOUSE, a man deserts the German army during World War II and takes up residence in an abandoned house, trying to keep the war at bay (surrealist images ensue: at one point, right under his nose, he finds an old man tending to a huge aquarium). Are these both one-sitting books? Sure, but savor them.

My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385544238
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Published: Doubleday - November 20th, 2018

I don’t think it’s a secret to any serious lovers of horror that the genre isn’t usually JUST about killers or demons or aliens: rather, those things tell a story that gets to something deeper, something in quotation marks. Rosemary’s Baby is about the Devil, sure, but it’s also about the ambivalence of motherhood. (Ditto The Babadook and Hereditary.) The Exorcist is about possession, yes, but it’s also about grief and the loss of faith. MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER, a late-year stunner, isn’t conventional horror (isn’t horror at all, really, despite the fact it concerns a serial killer), but operates the same way. It’s about a beautiful woman who murders her male partners, but more than that, it’s about her sister and the rivalry between them. It’s funny as hell, horror tropes becoming satire. Family is killer. Sorry, I mean “killer.”

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316259613
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 3rd, 2018

I’ve never read a better memoir about addiction. Okay, wait...Mary Karr’s LIT? David Carr’s THE NIGHT OF THE GUN? There are many great ones, yes, but still, THE RECOVERING feels like the greatest. There’s something in that title: “The Recovering.” It feels like the title of a horror movie, or the subtitle of a Hollywood sequel that promises to be BIGGER than the original. In a way, addiction always feels like a sequel. There’s a good joke in the movie Sideways when the main character, an alcoholic, says that the title of his work-in-progress novel is “The Day After Yesterday.” “So...today?” another character asks. The joke? Every day is a sequel to yesterday’s drinking. If it sounds like my mind’s wandering, that’s okay: Jamison’s mind seems to wander too. That’s what makes this book so great: it’s not only a memoir of her own addiction and recovery, it’s also a compendium of alcoholism in literature. Take Raymond Carver, for instance. Jamison, while drinking, imagined him as a great literary hero, standing on the table after a night of drinking and raising hell. Fair enough. Later in the book, when sober, she imagines the vomit, the incontinence, the inability to work: Carver lost many years to alcohol before he quit and did arguably his best work. I taught creative writing for several years and always found students (in fairness, usually young men) who believed writing was not a craft, rather a drunken wild lifestyle. Jamison has written the ultimate rebuke to that line of thinking.

Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804138000
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Crown - August 7th, 2018

Here’s the thing about TICKER, a work of journalistic nonfiction that tells the story of the quest to create the artificial heart (and, not accidentally, becomes one of the great histories of Houston in the process): there’s a scene where Denton Cooley, at the time Houston’s hot young doctor, is faced with a patient whose heart has failed. He asks for another heart, but there are no human ones nearby. What is there? A sheep’s heart. Good enough for Cooley. He decides to see how it might work. Maybe it will buy the patient just a bit of time? This is the brilliant, chaotic, and dangerous (read: BAT SHIT CRAZY) terrain of this book, written by Mimi Swartz, Houston’s best nonfiction writer (her pieces on Beto O’Rourke this past election season always felt indispensable). The main character in TICKER, O.H. “Bud” Frazier, is the Houston heart surgeon who has worked to develop artificial heart technology the longest. In the book (and in real life), he regularly tells the story of when he one time massaged by hand a patient’s heart and watched the blood flow through his (the patient’s) body. In the interest of full disclosure, Bud Frazier is also a customer at Brazos Bookstore. One time he bought a fountain pen from me. The ink wasn’t coming, so he opened up the pen and massaged the ink into the nib, right before my eyes. I thought, Those hands!

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Virgin: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571315007
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Milkweed Editions - February 20th, 2018

“I’m a Mexican-American fascinator,” Sotelo writes in the first poem of VIRGIN, and it’s the line that gets quoted most often from this book, so much so that I wonder if Sotelo is sick of it. She’s more than that, after all. She’s a historian of Mexican-American culture, she’s a great poet of the heart, she’s the kind of writer who finds ways to draw a line from the ancient world to the present moment. She’s also funny as hell and loves good food. (There’s a surprisingly large amount of food in this book.) VIRGIN is playful and serious, the best poetry collection I read this year, evoking the feeling of a large family gathering. Who’s Sotelo then? The one off to the side, taking it all in and forming lots of opinions before she rolls up her sleeves and digs into whatever crazy thing is happening (again, probably something having to do with food). I’d give this book to anyone who claims to hate poetry. Hell, I’d give this book to anyone who loves it and thinks they know everything about it, for that matter. There are enchanting new worlds to be found here.

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A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem #1: A Dastardly Plot Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062341976
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Walden Pond Press - September 25th, 2018

The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons: A Semi-serious A-to-Z Archive Cover Image
By David Remnick (Foreword by), Bob Mankoff (Editor)
ISBN: 9780316436670
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 2nd, 2018

The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition (Earthsea Cycle) Cover Image
By Ursula K. Le Guin, Charles Vess (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481465588
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 30th, 2018

Our Staff Loves Guadalupe Nettel's New Book

After the Winter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566895255
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Coffee House Press - September 4th, 2018

Pre-order your book here, and make plans to join us on September 18th for Guadalupe's event!

Thu Interviews Vanessa Hua, Author of A RIVER OF STARS

Vanessa Hua is a mother, journalist, and author based in San Francisco. Her debut novel, A RIVER OF STARS, was just published (8/14). I had the opportunity to interview her and talk to her about her amazing book which covers topics like motherhood, immigration, and identity through the story of two intelligent and resilient women Scarlett and Daisy. Read the interview to learn more about A RIVER OF STARS and then order a copy!

A River of Stars: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399178788
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Ballantine Books - August 14th, 2018

Preorder Bryan Washington's LOT Today!

Are you excited for Houston author Bryan Washington’s new book, Lot? Pre-order today and reserve a copy that will be ready for you on release day!

Simply place the book below into your shopping cart and check out with a credit card. Pre-orders must be paid in advance. 

In the city of Houston – a sprawling, diverse microcosm of America – the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age. He’s working at his family’s restaurant, weathering his brother’s blows, resenting his older sister’s absence. And discovering he likes boys.

SKU: x1002

Preorder Chris Cander's THE WEIGHT OF A PIANO Today!

Are you excited for Houston author Chris Cander's new novel? Pre-order today and reserve a copy that will be ready for you on release day!

Simply place the book below into your shopping cart and check out with a credit card. Pre-orders must be paid in advance. 

For fans of Ann Patchett's Bel Canto, Amanda Coplin's The Orchardist, and Annie Proulx's Accordion Crimes. A tour-de-force about two women and the piano that inexorably ties their lives together through time and across continents, for better and for worse.

Upcoming Events at Brazos: A Book List

Spring is officially upon us, and here at Brazos that means a ton of excellent author events and readings. So come on out, brave the Houston traffic, nonstop pollen, and flash-downpours to meet some incredible authors and read the best in new fiction and nonfiction. Below are some of the events in the very-near-future that we’re most looking forward to:

Out in the Open: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634369
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Riverhead Books - July 4th, 2017

As this novel begins a young boy is fleeing a group of pursuers, hiding in a hole in the ground, and his fortunes don’t improve much from there on. To find his freedom the boy must cross a desert landscape, an open plain with little means of escape, survival, or hiding places.

A searing novel about violence, survival, and the possibility of change, OUT IN THE OPEN is high-stakes, and Margaret Jull Costa’s translation maintains all of the urgency and punch of the prose. Featuring a memorable cast of characters, including a villain whose depravity is reminiscent of Judge Holden of BLOOD MERIDIAN.

We’re hosting Jesús Carrasco in-store on Friday, March 30. Find more details and reserve your copy of the book here.

The House of Broken Angels Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316154888
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 6th, 2018

Urrea is a modern master, and his latest book is a sweeping narrative that spans several generations of family members reuniting for a single weekend. The de la Cruz family gathers in San Diego to celebrate the lives of Big Angel, the patriarch in ill health, and his mother, recently passed.

Each member of the family is well-developed and fully realized, and somehow the stakes feel at once intimate and tender while also larger-than-life. This uplifting novel perfectly depicts the American Dream and an America made stronger because of its diversity, and the unconquerable power of love and family. This book is a triumph.

We’re hosting Luis Alberto Urrea in-store on Saturday, March 31. Find more details and reserve your copy of the book here.

Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501189043
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Atria Books - March 27th, 2018

Bob Honey is a man out of touch with the contemporary world, a world of social media and targeted advertising that he views with contempt. Maybe that’s why he moonlights as a part-time assassin.

Sean Penn’s debut novel is as dark as it is funny, with wild sentences and incendiary rants that cause the titular antihero to find himself in some pretty absurd situations. The book is full of government conspiracies, neighborhood squabbles, and loves found and lost, and ultimately serves to lambast the post-9/11 American climate in which we focus more on our differences and what sets us apart.

We’re hosting Sean Penn at the Ballroom at Bayou Place on Wednesday, April 4. Find more details and tickets here.

Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501187599
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Gallery Books - April 3rd, 2018

Cecile Richards has spent practically her entire life as an activist impacting meaningful change, and in her new memoir, MAKE TROUBLE, she pulls back the curtain to reveal the private details behind her very public life. Richards details her time as a student protesting the Vietnam War, to fighting for better wages and conditions for garment workers, hotel workers, and nursing home aides, to working under her mother Governor Ann Richards and Nancy Pelosi, to her time as Planned Parenthood’s President, and the book reads as part memoir, part activist handbook. Richards also discusses finding balance in life and the specific challenges that women face, from motherhood to sexism and misogyny in the workplace.

We’re hosting Cecile Richards at the Ballroom at Bayou Place on Sunday, April 8. Find more details and tickets here.

Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735212206
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018

A contemporary love story set within a backdrop of war, civil unrest, and nationalism and with hint of magical realism, EXIT WEST questions our commonly accepted definitions of ‘home’ and asks what it means to be a refugee. Nadia and Saeed begin a new love affair as their home country dangerously nears civil war, and as the violence escalate they are forced to flee. Together they find a magical door that can transport them to another place in the world and walk through, but once they arrive as refugees they face a new set of unforeseen and complex challenges.

We’re hosting Mohsin Hamid at Christ Church Cathedral on Tuesday, April 10. Find more details and tickets here.

No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399563492
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Viking - April 10th, 2018

William T. Vollmann is a bit of a maniac, and his nonfiction proves it. From shadowing a group of mujahideen on the frontlines of war in 1982 to traversing the world’s most polluted river in a rubber boat, Vollmann often lives the experiences he’s writing about. His newest book, NO IMMEDIATE DANGER, Volume 1 of a trilogy on mankind’s contributions to global warming and climate change titled CARBON IDEOLOGIES, explores the consequences of nuclear proliferation and the Fukushima reactor leak, which he visits several times with his own dosimeter. Like all of Vollmann’s writing, NO IMMEDIATE DANGER is encyclopedic in scope and scale.

We’re hosting William T. Vollmann at Houston United Way on Saturday, April 14. Find more details and tickets here.

Joy Interviews the Magnificent Crystal Allen

I’ve known Houston author Crystal Allen for a while now, and she is not only one of my favorite humans but also incredibly talented, funny, generous, and all-around wonderful. Her books -- award-winning (including the Bluebonnet Award) middle grade and young reader fiction-- are hugely popular and her school visits are a thing of wonder. Ben and I had the good fortune to accompany her on a day of school events recently. Crystal teaches her student audience the basics of telling a story and does so with humor and wit and an infectious enthusiasm.

How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061992735
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Balzer + Bray - August 14th, 2012

The Laura Line Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062490216
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Balzer + Bray - June 7th, 2016

The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Mya in the Middle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062839398
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 16th, 2018

Keaton's Top 10 Books You Didn't Read in 2017

As the buyer, I tend to get excited about new releases waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay before they ever hit our shelves. We’re talking 1000s of titles every year, not that I read all of them. But I do my best. Some, like LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, are no brainers. Titles that spark rabid reader anticipation as soon as they are announced and need very little help finding their way into your hands. Others become cult house favs, leading one or more Brazos bookseller on a personal quest to bring a lesser known gem to your attention.

To Name Those Lost: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609453497
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Europa Editions - February 7th, 2017

The first book I read this year, and still one of the best books I read this year! This heartbreaking and violent tale life in the Tasmanian frontier is at its foundation a story about parents and children--especially the hard choices we make to give the ones we love a better life. A taut page-turner and a slow-burning potboiler all at once, TO NAME THOSE LOST is an immersive adventure from one of the young shining lights of literature down under.

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ISBN: 9780802124913
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Grove Press - October 3rd, 2017

The most unique book I read this year, THEMYSTERY.DOC is an attempt to capture the essence of living in the internet era in the form of a novel. Replete with photos and screenshots, symbols, transcriptions of real-life conversations, and no fewer than three intertwining storylines, this is the most avant garde American fiction of 2017. Imagine Danielewski but with much more substance. A weighty tome that is a breeze to read, you won’t find another book like this.

Vengeance Is Mine, All  Others Pay Cash Cover Image
By Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811225649
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: New Directions - August 1st, 2017

The best crime comedy about murder for hire and male impotence you’ll find this year! VENGEANCE IS MINE… follows a traumatized hitman and his near-invincible gangster girlfriend as they just try to live and love on the mean streets, but can they escape the pull of the underworld? All the literary quality you expect from a New Directions title, now with car chases! This book is a blast and a half!

All We Shall Know: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143131045
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Penguin Books - July 4th, 2017

My favorite contemporary Irish author returns! ALL WE SHALL KNOW is the kind of quiet yet emotionally searing domestic literature that gets under your skin for a long time to come. Centering on the collapse of a relationship and its aftermath in a small rural town, this novel is further proof of Ryan’s ability to craft specifically Irish yet universally human drama from everyday life.

The Sarah Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9780988518391
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Tyrant Books - July 11th, 2017

West Virginia madman and indie lit cult hero, McClanahan, turns out a stunning semi-autobiographical novel documenting his divorce and the ensuing psychological tailspin with a truly raw honesty that is hard to forget. Unsettling, hilarious, demented, lyrical, and sad as fuck, THE SARAH BOOK is the work of a true American original.

The Glass Eye: A memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941040775
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Tin House Books - October 3rd, 2017

Somewhere between grief and madness lies THE GLASS EYE. This stunning debut memoir delves deep into young Jeannie Vanasco’s ordeal in overcoming the twin miseries of her beloved father’s death and the severe manic depression she is no longer able to keep in check. A visceral, haunting confessional-style read from an extremely talented and troubled woman that deserves to find a wide audience.

The Good People Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316243964
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 19th, 2017

Psychological thrills, pitch-perfect historical detail, and gothic chills all come together in THE GOOD PEOPLE, Kent’s sophomore novel that shows no signs of a slump. Three women face the suspicion of their neighbors and the disapproval of their priest, when they seek to cure an invalid child by “putting the fairey out” of him in 1800s Ireland. Based on an obscure legal case--much like her debut, BURIAL RITES--THE GOOD PEOPLE is a deft work of fiction that is as literary as it is suspenseful.

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Swallowing Mercury Cover Image
By Wioletta Greg, Eliza Marciniak (Translator)
ISBN: 9781945492044
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Transit Books - September 12th, 2017

Told in brief, episodic chapters, this subtle yet stunning work of autobiographical fiction perfectly distills the universal wonder of childhood while also capturing the particular experience of growing up under Communist rule during the 80s. Wiola is a precocious young girl trying to find her place in rural Poland but often finds herself in trouble – with her family, her teachers, even her entry into an art contest leads to a run-in with the Communist Party. Through it all she remains indomitable, learning about love, loss, sexuality, death, and the myriad forms of ugliness that run rampant in the world. SWALLOWING MERCURY – the third amazing release from nascent Transit Books this year--is a vital contribution to the literature of childhood.

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ISBN: 9781616958534
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Soho Press - September 12th, 2017

A lyrical, haunting Irish novel recounting the last moments of a dying man's consciousness. An ordinary civil engineer--who may or may not be a newly minted spirit--sits at the kitchen table and mulls over his life and place in the world, moving back and forth in time at will. Written in a meandering, digressive narrative style that is strangely hypnotic, absolutely beautiful and totally engrossing, SOLAR BONES rightly deserved its Man Booker nomination and should also find its way into your hands!

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Cover Image
By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781937512651
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

OK, so this one just came out. It really hasn’t had a chance to sell yet, but I wanted to make sure I expressed every bit of my excitement for the BEST ESSAY COLLECTION OF 2017! Covering topics as varied as Fall Out Boy, racism and police violence, depression, underground hip hop, and beyond, THEY CAN’T KILL US… is simply brilliant. It is full of heart yet humble, and fully engaged with the political and cultural milieu of today. A book to break your heart and give you strength. I give it my highest recommendation!

Book List: Texas Independents

The relationship between local presses and local bookstores is no doubt a powerful one. In honor of our event March 31 with the Writer's League of Texas, here are a few highlights from small presses in Texas.

A Strange Object (Austin) 

Man and Wife Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989275989
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Strange Object - May 10th, 2016

Deep Vellum (Dallas)

Sphinx Cover Image
By Anne Garréta, Emma Ramadan (Translator), Daniel Levin Becker (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781941920091
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - April 21st, 2015

Seeing Red Cover Image
By Lina Meruane, Megan McDowell (Translator)
ISBN: 9781941920244
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - February 23rd, 2016

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The Art of Flight Cover Image
By Sergio Pitol, George Henson (Translator), Enrique Vila-Matas (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781941920060
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - March 17th, 2015

University of Texas Press (Austin)

A Love Letter to Texas Women Cover Image
ISBN: 9781477309490
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: University of Texas Press - April 5th, 2016

The Plain in Flames (Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture) Cover Image
By Juan Rulfo, Ilan Stavans (Translated by), Harold Augenbraum (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9780292743854
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: University of Texas Press - September 1st, 2012

Texas A&M University Press (College Station)

Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan (Sam Rayburn Series on Rural Life, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Commerce #23) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623495299
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Texas A&M University Press - January 20th, 2017

Arte Publico Press (Houston)

Diaspora: Selected and New Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781558858367
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Arte Publico Press - September 30th, 2016

The Wetback and Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781558858343
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Arte Publico Press - September 30th, 2016

Cinco Puntos Press (El Paso)

Rani Patel in Full Effect Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941026502
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Cinco Puntos Press - October 11th, 2016

Don't Say a Word, Mama / No Digas Nada, Mama Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935955450
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Cinco Puntos Press - September 24th, 2013