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The 2019 Kids' Holiday Catalogue is Here!

We are so very excited to introduce our Holiday Kids’ List! There’s something here for everyone, for all tastes and interests – from our youngest readers to teens and beyond – because we all know that a good book is a good book and that crosses all age lines! As we do all year long, our hope for our Holiday list is that we are bringing our customers a thoughtfully-curated collection of the best of what is new in children’s and young adult literature, both fiction and non-fiction.

Shake Off Your Triskaidekaphobia!

Triskaidekaphobia! Fear of the number 13th. As in Friday the 13th! What better day to recommend some mildly scary reads for your middle grade readers (which we define as ages 8 or 9 through 12, or for everyone, to be honest!)?

So scroll through and find something fun. And for those Middle Grade readers who crave the creepy, stay tuned for our Creepy Reads display this October, filled with our Children's Specialist, Laura G's favorite thrilling and chilling reads!

Monstrous Devices Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451478597
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - September 3rd, 2019

Shadow School #1: Archimancy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062838285
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - August 27th, 2019

The Curse of the Werepenguin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451480446
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 13th, 2019

Love Sugar Magic: A Sprinkle of Spirits Cover Image
By Anna Meriano, Mirelle Ortega (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062498496
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Walden Pond Press - February 5th, 2019

Spirit Hunters Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062430090
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - June 26th, 2018

Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536208740
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - September 3rd, 2019

Malamander (The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea) Cover Image
By Thomas Taylor, Tom Booth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536207224
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Walker Books US - September 10th, 2019

The Brazos Treehouse Fall Schedule Is Here!

We're so excited to invite you to our Fall Kids programs! Printed postcards with our events listing are in store for you to pick up as well. Check the events below to see what's coming up and make sure to stop by!

Story Times are every Saturday at 10:30am

Shannon Hale + LeUyen Pham - BEST FRIENDS | Saturday, September 14 at 3pm

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)
ISBN: 9781941920756
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - March 19th, 2019

A Tapestry of Linked Concerns: A Q&A with Max Porter

Talking crows. Troublesome earth spirits. The worlds Max Porter weaves in his fiction are fantastical ones, where myth bleeds constantly into reality. Yet the concerns of his prose--even as he reinvents the concept with his poetic and formal experimentation--are always completely human. Dead parents. Missing children. The need for an explanation. The need to place blame. With Lanny (out 5/14 from Graywolf Press), these concerns come to a head when an odd child meets an implacable and timeless force.

Lanny: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978402
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - May 14th, 2019

Conservation Ecology and Finding Your Pack: Joy Interviews Author Rosanne Parry

I have been a huge fan of Rosanne Parry’s work since her first middle-grade novel, HEART OF A SHEPHERD, arrived back in 2009, when she and I were both debut children’s authors and occasionally appearing together at book events. Rosanne’s books are frequently set in her home state of Oregon and are heart-warming, lovely, and honest. Rosanne beautifully evokes both character journeys and the landscape in which they take place. They’re perfect middle grade novels! A WOLF CALLED WANDER is just out and it’s based on the real story of the journey of wolf named OR7.

A Wolf Called Wander Cover Image
By Rosanne Parry, Mónica Armiño (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062895936
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - May 7th, 2019

Pre-Order Mark Haber's REINHARDT'S GARDEN Today!

Are you excited for Mark Haber’s new book, Reinhardt's Garden? 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. 

SKU: x3175

Brazos Bookstore Presents Summer of Walt Whitman!

May 31, 2019 marks the 200th anniverary of Walt Whitman's birth. We're celebrating with a summer of poetic fun! 


Join us for events May through August, including:

A birthday party 

Literary salons

All-day poetry readings

Scavenger Hunts

Film screenings

More details to come!

Forbidden Love, Blood Magic, & Brooding Boys: Joy Interviews Emily Duncan about WICKED SAINTS

We’re big fans of Emily Duncan’s debut YA Slavic folklore-inspired fantasy, WICKED SAINTS here. Laura G has a blurb for it featured in the current kids’ issue of INDIE NEXT. And I found it such a fun page-turner that I begged Emily’s publicists for an interview and was delighted when they said yes! WICKED SAINTS is the story of warring kingdoms, blood magic, unlikely heroes, and a girl who hears the voices of any number of gods, all of whom provide her with guidance and magic. And oh yes, a healthy dose of forbidden love, because really what is a YA fantasy novel without a bit of that?

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

Spring Has Spring: Books That Celebrate Springtime, Revival, and Nature

Spring has sprung and we’re excited to share a list of our favorite reads representing springtime, revival, and nature!

Laura G Recommends

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Pond Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399575907
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - July 11th, 2017

This is a complete and utter escape en par with a certain other Irish writer's stream-of-consciousness masterpiece. Contemplative, rich, and an absolute delight - pure natural aesthetic pleasure!

Nightlights Cover Image
ISBN: 9781910620571
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Nobrow - March 5th, 2019

Filled with rich, jewel-toned comic pages as well as luscious, dizzyingly detailed spreads, Alvarez brings the imagination to life in her latest graphic novel! Filled with nature-inspired imagery, this book is a gorgeous work of art for people of all ages!

Keaton Recommends

The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things --- Stories from Science and Observation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771643887
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greystone Books - March 5th, 2019

Everyone's favorite German tree whisperer rounds out his groundbreaking nature trilogy with his latest insightful deep dive into the world around us.

Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393635065
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 12th, 2019

This book by primatologist, atheist and philosopher De Waal will break your heart and fill it with wonder. Using the life of chimpanzee matriarch Mama as a case study, his ever empathetic and brilliant mind explores the complex emotional life of our animal cousins.

Laura M Recommends

The Overstory: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393356687
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

Out in paperback 4/2! A masterpiece. This dizzying tale draws together several strangers and the natural world that is fading around them in an epic struggle for the future of American forests. Engaging and timely without being didactic, THE OVERSTORY is Powers at his best.

Richard Powers will be with Tayari Jones for an event with Inprint on 4/22!

Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143125372
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

Mooallem dives deep into our conflicted relationship with animals, and the extreme lengths we will go to save endangered species. A beautiful, tender book that reveals much more about us than it does about the creatures we are trying to save.

The Oldest Living Things in the World Cover Image
By Rachel Sussman, Carl Zimmer (Memoir by), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Memoir by)
ISBN: 9780226057507
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Chicago Press - April 14th, 2014

Artist and scientist Rachel Sussman set out to photograph the old living things in the world. This stunning coffee table book reminds us how fleeting and precious a single human life is against the backdrop of mosses, lichen, and tree systems that have lived for centuries.

Joy Recommends

Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735219090
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 14th, 2018

This latest pick for Reese Witherspoon's Book Club is part coming of age story and part murder mystery, set against the backdrop of the lonely North Carolina marsh lands, so vividly depicted they serve as their own sort of fully-realized and mesmerizing character.

Angel Thieves Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442421097
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - March 12th, 2019

Set in Houston both past and present, ANGEL THIEVES intertwines the stories of a father and son eeking out a living stealing cemetery angels, an escaped slave and her daughters, an ocelot, a marble carver, a teenage girl, and the ever-present, ever-moving Buffalo Bayou, which sees them all in Newbery Award winner and National Book Award nominee Appelt's lyrical, gorgeous new YA novel. We are hosting Kathi Appelt on 4/24! Join us!

Katie Recommends

The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937512750
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Two Dollar Radio - September 18th, 2018

Each character in this novel are extremely flawed, facts become blurred as the Louisiana humidity and swamps take over a mother with mental illness and her two daughters are left to understand what has happened. A story of family and the dark cloud our past and the choices our family make that effect our past present and future.

A City Inside: Hardcover Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9781910395417
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Avery Hill Publishing - October 15th, 2018

A story that shifts between the surreal and the everyday as a woman looks back on her childhood and growing up, ultimately about discovering who we are and want to be in life while not having just one coming-of-age, but multiple in a lifetime. A beautiful reminder that who we are in this moment does not define who we can become.

Aesthetica Botanica: A Life with Plants Cover Image
By Sandu Publications (Editor)
ISBN: 9781584236863
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Gingko Press - September 15th, 2018

Green thumb or not this book will inspire you to create a garden of your own no matter where you live. Full of gorgeous photos and inspiration for all types of spaces.

Sara Recommends

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

Our very own Habes has the jungle down pat in his exploratory, lucid adventure story. Life, death, renewal, past, present — all is represented in this obsessive and philosophically driven novella. Out this fall. Sorry, you'll have to wait for this one!

Spring Garden (Japanese Novellas #2) Cover Image
By TOMOKA SHIBASAKI, Polly Barton (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781782272700
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Pushkin Press - November 7th, 2017

Taro is one of the last residents in a 12-apartment complex slated for demolition, each home named after a zodiac symbol. He becomes friends with a woman in his complex who is obsessed with the beautiful and unusual house next door. This book beautifully encompasses themes of growth, rebirth, and nostalgia.

Binstead's Safari Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811228466
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions - February 26th, 2019

This incredible feminist writer just passed away, and her works have been woefully under-worshipped. In BINSTEAD’S SAFARI, a woman finds agency during a trip to Africa with her husband. As they travel, she transforms from a rather bland woman to a fabulous social butterfly who is able to find satisfaction wholly separately from her self-indulgent husband. Tongue-in-cheek and utterly pleasing, this book engages the mystique of the local fauna (it is Rachel Ingalls, after all... hint, hint).

Alana Recommends

The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea Cover Image
ISBN: 9780871408662
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Liveright - March 14th, 2017

Take a deep dive into the Gulf of Mexico with this Pulitzer Prize-winning work of ecological history. Davis weaves a rich narrative that looks closely at the people, industries, and wildlife that call this sea home.

Lyric Recommends

The Color Purple Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156028356
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Mariner Books - May 28th, 2003

Celie's story is like a blooming flower: out of traumas imposed by men, and the violence of the Jim Crow South, she comes into the love that can exist between people who care for one another. All of this pivots on her lover Shug's theology of nature, rooted in the sensuality of fields of flowers, rain, wind and the sky.