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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 By Rohan Wilson 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.

theMystery.doc By Matthew McIntosh Cover Image
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 By Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker (Translated by) Cover Image
By Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811225649
Availability: BACKORDERED
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 By Donal Ryan 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 By Scott McClanahan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780988518391
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
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 By Jeannie Vanasco Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941040775
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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.

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Swallowing Mercury By Wioletta Greg, Eliza Marciniak (Translator) Cover Image
By Wioletta Greg, Eliza Marciniak (Translator)
ISBN: 9781945492044
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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.

Solar Bones By Mike McCormack Cover Image
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!

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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781937512651
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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!

Kids Holiday Catalog: Sweet and Humorous

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763677541
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Candlewick - October 10th, 2017

When Mac Barnett partners with Jon Klassen, you know the resulting picture book is going to be funny, clever, and fabulous! What happens when I duck and a mouse get swallowed by a wolf? Probably not what you expect! You and the littles will be laughing aloud… and maybe feeling the teensiest bit sympathetic for Mr. Wolf. This one is genius!

Professional Crocodile: (Wordless Kids Books, Alligator Children's Books, Early Elemetary Story Books ) By Giovanna Zoboli, Mariachiara Di Giorgio (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452165066
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Chronicle Books - August 1st, 2017

Each morning Mr Crocodile gets ready for work. He picks out his tie, pants, and his shirt but what exactly is his job? Follow Mr Crocodile as he preps for work and heads into work. One of our very favorite picture books of the year.

Baabwaa and Wooliam: A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene, and Friendship By David Elliott, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator) Cover Image
By David Elliott, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763660741
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Candlewick - September 12th, 2017

A heartwarming picture book about two sheep suspicious of a third, funny-looking sheep that may well be a wolf in sheep's clothing. Hilarious and smart, this story discusses everything from literacy to dental hygiene.

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626726826
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 3rd, 2017

You only THINK you know the story of Humpty Dumpty. Now imagine that he did get patched up after that fall from wall… but not without a pesky fear of heights. Understandable, right? So he sets out to cure that and… well, I won’t give the story away except to say that the ending will leave you both smiling and wonderfully surprised!

The Afterlife of Holly Chase By Cynthia Hand Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062318503
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Published: HarperTeen - October 24th, 2017

Scrooge meets Groundhog Day (or Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall), in this YA reimagining of A Christmas Carol. Bestselling author Cynthia Hand has written a clever novel about life, love and second chances. Five years ago Holly Chase was visited by three ghosts trying to show her how selfish she was. But she didn’t listen. And she died. Now she’s stuck as the Ghost of Christmas Past… but this year’s Scrooge is about to change everything.

Kids Holiday Catalog: Timely and Thought-Provoking

Her Right Foot (American History Books for Kids, American History for Kids) By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (By (artist))
ISBN: 9781452162812
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Chronicle Books - September 19th, 2017

A non-fiction picture by Dave Eggers about the Statue of Liberty? Yes please. Perfect for all ages, Eggers explores the iconic statue, focusing on why she’s depicted mid-stride, moving forward. The ending is guaranteed to bring good tears to your eyes. A wonderful gift for everyone on your list.

Long Way Down By Jason Reynolds Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481438254
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 24th, 2017

The prolific Jason Reynolds offers up an unforgettable and intense YA drama--in verse no less! A stark morality tale taking place in 60 seconds, LONG WAY DOWN is also a tremendous psychological thriller and even a ghost story that nevertheless remains firmly rooted in the very real issue of youth violence. A thought-provoking and hip work from the reigning king of young people's literature, give this book to give the mature teen reader on your list this year.

Moxie: A Novel By Jennifer Mathieu Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626726352
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 19th, 2017

When Vivian Carter gets fed up with the rampant sexism and misogyny at her small town Texas high school, she fights back by taking a page from her mother’s old Riot Grrrl zine-making days and makes and anonymously distributes a protest zine… and starts a feminist revolution. Already optioned for a film by Amy Poehler, Mathieu’s latest is funny and fiercely girl positive and most of all joyful. A great read for teens and adults, perfect for book clubs and pretty much everyone! Plus Mathieu is a Houston author, journalist, and English teacher at Bellaire High School!

Turtles All the Way Down By John Green Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525555360
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 2017

Green’s first novel since THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is a tour de force-- a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, a lot of characteristic witty, philosophical dialogue and a serious look at mental illness as protagonist Aza struggles with spiraling thoughts, friendship, and her own grief at the death of her father, all while falling for a boy who she may not be able to help or love. A solid read for teens and adults, Green’s latest is definitely a crossover YA/Adult title.

The Closest I've Come By Fred Aceves Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062488534
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: HarperTeen - November 7th, 2017

Marcos Rivas wants to get away from his neighborhood, his uncaring mom and her abusive boyfriend. He wants a life different from the one he has. But being true to yourself isn’t easy, nor is discovering the realities of that world he’s been longing for. A moving and wonderfully debut YA novel, perfect for fans of Walter Dean Meyers.

Kids Holiday Catalog: Who I Am/Who I'll Be

Saving Marty By Paul Griffin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399539077
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Dial Books - September 19th, 2017

Silly, warm-hearted and honest, this story focuses on the friendship between a boy and a pig who thinks it's a dog. This book delves into themes of friendship, love and sacrifice

The War I Finally Won By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525429203
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Dial Books - October 3rd, 2017

This sequel to the New York Times bestselling/ Newbery Honor winning The War That Saved My Life can also be read as a stand-alone. World War II is intensifying and Ada, now living with her brother Jamie at her guardian Susan’s, continues her struggle with war, family, faith and finding her place in the world. Historical fiction at its best, this is fine middle grade fiction: Adventurous, moving, and beautifully written.

All's Faire in Middle School By Victoria Jamieson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525429999
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Dial Books - September 5th, 2017

Eleven-year-old Imogene has grown up on the Renaissance Faire circuit with her parents. She’s even getting ready to train as a squire. Instead, the previously home-schooled Impy is about to head to public school, where she finds that traversing middle school life requires way more bravery than any Renn Fest scenario she could imagine. Bittersweet, funny, and authentic, this is a wonderful new graphic novel by the Newbery Honor-winning author of the very popular Roller Girl.

Like Water By Rebecca Podos Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062373373
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 17th, 2017

LIKE WATER is a great read from Rebecca Podos, author of THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES. It's billed as a "novel of first love," but it's also bigger than that: protagonist Savannah Espinoza must deal with issues around family, identity, and relationships. The characters are memorable and the dialogue is strong, and the story isn't afraid to push toward the vulnerable.

Jane, Unlimited By Kristin Cashore Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803741492
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Kathy Dawson Books - September 19th, 2017

When ordinary Jane’s aunt Magnolia disappears on an expedition in Antarctica, Jane isn’t quite sure what to do. So of course she says yes when a glamorous acquaintance as her to a gala at her family’s mansion, Tu Reviens. So she goes. And suddenly her life takes a crazy twist. 5 choices of how Jane’s story will turn out. Five twists and turns. Five choices. And five different genres of storytelling. JANE UNLIMITED is hitting lots of end of year Best Of lists and for good reason! Great for genre fans and beyond.

Kids Holiday Catalog: A Little Magic

Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic By British Library Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338267105
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 20th, 2017

Based on the British Library collection, this great gift is everything a Harry Potter fan wants to know and more! Explore the Hogwarts curriculum, study previously unseen sketches and manuscript pages and much more. What could be better than a curated collection of Harry Potter lore from the British Library? A fun treasure!

The Book of Dust:  La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) By Philip Pullman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375815300
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2017

Philip Pullman returns to the world of his acclaimed HIS DARK MATERIALS series with a novel full of adventure and intrigue. When Malcolm Polstead intercepts a message meant for another spy, he's pulled into a great conspiracy centered around finding a child named Lyra. The prose is quick and will keep you turning the page, and Pullman's dialogue is just stellar. A great read for lovers of the original series or those just coming to the title.

Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic By Armand Baltazar, Armand Baltazar (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Armand Baltazar, Armand Baltazar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062402363
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 10th, 2017

We’re in deep love with this first book of a new middle grade fantasy series-- an epic tale with more than 150 full color illustrations. Imagine that Earth has been re-shaped-- past, present, and future co-existing. It’s not always peaceful, but it works for Diego. But then Diego turns thirteen, learns he has a special, secret gift within, and his engineer father is kidnapped by a group determined to disrupt humanity. Diego’s adventure is just beginning and it’s a grand one! Perfect for fans of both Rick Riordan and Brian Selznick.

How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe (And Put It Back Together Again) By David Teague Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062377494
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: HarperCollins - November 7th, 2017

David Teague offers a story filled wtih baseball, stopping time, philosophers that surf, and an unlikely hero trying to save a universe about to break (and he just so happens to be the one to have broken it in the first place). This is a fun read full of wacky and imaginative details and characters that are easy to cheer for, or against. Still riding high from that Astros World Series win? Keep the baseball trend going with this entertaining read.

Wild Beauty: A Novel By Anna-Marie McLemore Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250124555
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 3rd, 2017

Murder, Magic, and What We Wore By Kelly Jones Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553535204
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 19th, 2017

A magical Regency-era mystery, this one is perfect for younger YA readers and up. Sixteen-year-old Annis’s father has died. His money is missing. The result? Annis becomes a spy to hunt down his killer. Better yet? She’s got the magical ability to sew garments that disguise the wearer! Will tracking a killer be harder than getting through the London social season? This one is fun and funny, a rollicking read!

All the Crooked Saints By Maggie Stiefvater Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545930802
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Scholastic Press - October 10th, 2017

Meet the Soria family of Bicho Raro, Colorado, who have the ability to perform miracles, passed down for generations. This book is equal parts magic and science, written with strong leanings towards magical realism. Fans of Stiefvator will delight in her lush prose style, and newcomers will be swept up this magical tale of love, forgiveness, and family.

Kids Holiday Catalog: Family Classics

The Antlered Ship By Dashka Slater, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481451604
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Beach Lane Books - September 12th, 2017

A fox who longs to journey beyond the horizon takes to the seas in a wonderfully thrilling adventure story from the renowned Fan Brothers! THE ANTLERED SHIP is a timeless quest story of self discovery, featuring brilliant illustrations, a whole menagerie of animals, and...pirates!!! This is the kind of picture book kids will love even as they grow older, and parents will actually enjoy reading over and over and over again. A perfect gift for the boisterous young reader who loves animals, ships, and daring do! 

Good Day, Good Night By Margaret Wise Brown, Loren Long (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Margaret Wise Brown, Loren Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062383105
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: HarperCollins - October 3rd, 2017

From famed children’s author Margaret Wise Brown comes a new book that will become an instant classic. Each morning and each night a little rabbit greets the morning and says goodnight to all the things outside. With the tenderness of Good Night, Moon, Good Day, Good Night will become a favorite bedtime story.

Jan Brett's Animal Treasury By Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781524738020
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2017

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street By Karina Yan Glaser Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544876392
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Clarion Books - October 3rd, 2017

Told that they will have to move out of their Harlem brownstone just after Christmas, the five Vanderbeeker children, ages four to twelve, decide to change their reclusive landlord's mind. Humorous and warm, this sweeping family story is as lively and noisy as any street in New York City.

Rapunzel By Bethan Woollvin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781682630037
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Peachtree - October 3rd, 2017

In a dark and funny spin on the classic fable, RAPUNZEL is trapped in a tower by an evil witch nut is no damsel in distress. Playful art and irreverent wit make this a fun read for kids and parents alike, as the titular heroine saves herself instead of waiting around for some prince.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow By Jessica Townsend Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316508889
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 31st, 2017

Part Harry Potter, part Willy Wonka, part Neil Gaiman, Nevermoor is a clever, funny, thrilling new fantasy series. Morrigan Crow is supposedly a cursed child, thought to be to blame for everything that goes wrong in her town, doomed to die on her 11th birthday. Which is when the strange and wonderful Jupiter North appears to rescue her safely to magical Nevermoor, where Morrigan discovers she’s been chosen to try out for membership in something called the Wundrous Society. The competition won’t be easy, especially because each child competing has to have an extraordinary talent, and Morrigan doesn’t think she has one. Of course that remains to be seen. Magical and creative, Nevermoor is perfect for middle grade readers ready for a new magical adventure!

Kids Holiday Catalog: Adventurers, Explorers, Inventors

Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterpiece By Marc Harshman, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator), Anna Egan Smucker Cover Image
ISBN: 9781596437180
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 17th, 2017

Falling Water is a beautiful picture book about the creation of one of Frank Loyd Wright’s most iconic and daring buildings. Beautiful illustrations and simple, poetic prose illuminate Wright’s creative process as well as his belief that buildings should complement the natural world, with an ending that will melt even the most cynical heart. This book is perfect for dreamers of any age.

Polaris By Michael Northrop Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545297165
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Scholastic Press - October 31st, 2017

The sailing ship Polaris has been exploring new lands, making amazing discoveries. But then there’s a mutiny. And the adults abandon ship. The only ones left are kids, which is scary enough until they begin to suspect that maybe something else is on the ship with them. But they’ll still have to maneuver the Atlantic on a treacherous journey home. For middle graders who love excitement and adventure! This latest Northrop novel is a thrill ride through the ocean!

The Explorer By Katherine Rundell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481419451
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

Think Hatchet, but in the Amazon, with a group of kids -- Fred, Con, Lila and Max-- who must survive after their plane crashes. Award-winning Katherine Rundell has written a grand middle grade adventure of survival, secrets and mysteries!

Warcross By Marie Lu Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399547966
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

#1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu has crafted an AMAZING technological adventure. Teen Emika Chen becomes a sensation when she illegally hacks her way into a virtual-reality game – but instead of being arrested, she is hired on by a billionaire to do it again, as a spy. Like Neal Stephenson or William Gibson but more teen-friendly, Lu’s virtual-reality thriller is perfect for fans of coding, hacking, gaming, and more.

How Things Work: Inside Out: Discover Secrets and Science Behind Trick Candles, 3D Printers, Penguin Propulsions, and Everything in Between By T.J. Resler Cover Image
ISBN: 9781426328770
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: National Geographic Kids - October 10th, 2017

A great compendium for learners of all ages, HOW THINGS WORK explores the technology behind everyday phenomena like the touch screens on our cell phones, the physics behind bridge construction, and even innovations on the edge of technology like self-driving cars. Concepts are broken down into easy-to-follow language and illustrations, and punny humor is peppered throughout.

Robinson By Peter Sís, Peter Sís (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Peter Sís, Peter Sís (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545731669
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Scholastic Press - September 26th, 2017

Peter Sis’ books are always perfect as gifts or to keep around the house for a reader of any age. He manages the perfect blend of gorgeous, detailed illustrations and inspirational, evocative storylines. With ROBINSON, Sis returns with a tale half-drawn from ROBINSON CRUSOE and half from his own childhood of adventure, courage, loneliness, and friendship.

Holiday Catalog: Cooking and Crafting

America, The Cookbook By Gabrielle Langholtz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780714873961
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: Phaidon Press - October 9th, 2017

You all totally need this big bad boy! So yeah it’s almost 800 pages. But it’s recipes from all 50 states! It’s regional cooking heaven with guest essays and it even has categories like "vegan" or "one pot" or "less than 30 minutes" (everyone's favorite). This is down and dirty American cooking, everything from Frito pie to barbeque spaghetti to pork posole; whitefish shore lunch to tater tot hot dish to clam fritters and oyster stew; and classics like Buttermilk Fried Chicken with hot honey. You're hungry just reading this, aren't you?

A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness (Flow) By Irene Smit, Astrid van der Hulst, Editors of Flow magazine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761193777
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 3rd, 2017

Unlike many guided journals, A BOOK THAT TAKES ITS TIME combines the techniques of a guided journal along with reading that urges us to slow down. Mixing inspiring quotes, articles, mini journals, blank pages for collaging and many other things to do. Once complete, each book will have a personal feel, and no two books will be the same. Created with the groundbreaking international magazine Flow.

Christopher Kimball's Milk Street: The New Home Cooking By Christopher Kimball Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316437288
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 12th, 2017

A fresh, funky but accessible cookbook from Christopher Kimball, MILK STREET is a gem for anyone looking for up their home-cooking game. Ranging from Japanese Fried Chicken to Semolina Polvorones, MILK STREET is provides delicious but hassle free recipes for novices and masters.

David Tanis Market Cooking: Recipes and Revelations, Ingredient by Ingredient By David Tanis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579656287
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Artisan - October 3rd, 2017

Truly a teaching cookbook with a straightforward approach to classic cooking. Each section is organized by ingredient, with over 200 recipes along with illustrations that create a better understanding of techniques. A great cookbook for the experienced cook as well as someone who is just starting out in the kitchen.

Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites: A Cookbook By Deb Perelman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101874813
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Knopf - October 24th, 2017

Beloved writer and home cook of the blog, The Smitten Kitchen, Deb Perelman returns with her second cookbook. Finally! If you love The Barefoot Contessa/Ina Garten, you will love Deb Perelman too! She is warm and funny and offers the best vegetable-centric recipes and desserts.

The World Atlas of Street Food By Sue Quinn, Carol Wilson Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781477313961
Availability: OUT OF PRINT - Not Available for Order
Published: University of Texas Press - October 3rd, 2017

Street food has really taken off in this young century, and this book proves why with fully illustrated pages providing an overview of the best of this culinary category worldwide. A great art object, and a mouth-watering treat of a book. It'll make the food lover in your life go "yum!"

Holiday Catalog: Texas

From Rendering to Reality: The Story of Buffalo Bayou Park By Anne Olson, David Theis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623496104
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Buffalo Bayou Partnership - June 22nd, 2017

Houstonians know, Buffalo Bayou Park is one of the nation's great achievements in public space. This mix of beautiful photography and loving text, assembled by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership itself, is a glorious tribute to this space, but in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, it becomes something even greater: a memory of what once was before the waters rose, and a testament to what the bayou will become again in the future. Not only about the park, this book is a document of the enduring strength of Houston.

Hometown Texas By Peter Brown (Photographer), Joe Holley (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By Peter Brown (Photographer), Joe Holley (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9781595348074
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Maverick Books - November 7th, 2017

A beautiful book from two Houstonians! HOMETOWN TEXAS offers regional profiles of smalltown Texas life by combining Brown's photography and locals' stories as told through Holley's writing. This book is a shameless celebration of what it means to be a Texan. A great gift for anyone proud of their Lone Star State heritage, worthy of display on any coffee table (including your own).

Produced by Rice professor Geoff Winningham's Pozos Project, this beautiful collection of Houston photographs has a unique angle: all were taken by school children. Yet the aesthetic quality of this work is beyond reproach, and the views of Houston--a mix of expected (the bayous) and eclectic (shopping centers and sprawl)--creates a portrait of a city in flux as seen by its youngest residents. Perfect for anyone who loves Houston and wants to see it anew!

Texas, we all know, is large, with an even larger history, replete with the romance and pain of expansion in equal measure. Hodge's TEXAS BLOOD is a definite, yet personal, portrait of the borderlands through seven generations of his own family, written with the humanity of the best fiction. Fans of Texana will adore this book.

Willie Nelson: American Icon By Andrew Vaughan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781454926191
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Union Square & Co. - October 3rd, 2017

Come on, now: who doesn't like Willie Nelson? An icon not only for his music but also his activism, Nelson's entire career is recounted in this gorgeous photographic portrait assembled by renowned music journalist Vaughan. Nelson's appeal spans generations, and this book is art object as tribute. Not many musicians, no matter how durable, demand this kind of archival treatment.

Holiday Catalog: Beautiful Art Books

Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 By Annie Leibovitz (By (photographer)), Alexandra Fuller (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Annie Leibovitz (By (photographer)), Alexandra Fuller (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9780714875132
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Phaidon Press - October 25th, 2017

If you’re going to splurge on one coffee table book for yourself or as a gift this year, this collection of Leibovitz’s iconic work is the perfect choice. Stunning, beautifully created, luxuriously oversized, and filled with both familiar and previously unpublished photos, this book is simply luscious. For fans of photography, pop culture, and visual history.

Blitt By Barry Blitt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399576669
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Riverhead Books - October 24th, 2017

The long-time illustrator of New Yorker covers, Barry Blitt, gets his hilarious and provocative artwork collected for the first time in this beautiful to-scale package. Just take a look inside! Quite possibly the best survey of contemporary American political and cultural satire around, BLITT will make a terrific gift for New Yorker readers, art lovers, and followers of current events.

Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies By Andrew DeGraff, A.D. Jameson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594749896
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Published: Quirk Books - October 24th, 2017

What is it about film that captures our imagination? In CINEMAPS, Degraff makes the visual argument that it's the world they create, the places they conjure. In this gorgeous art object, Degraff creates a series of maps of cinematic landscapes, ranging from Star Trek to Fargo, creating a coffee table book that conjures the magic of the movies.

Monograph by Chris Ware By Chris Ware, Ira Glass (Preface by), Francoise Mouly (Introduction by), Art Spiegelman (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Chris Ware, Ira Glass (Preface by), Francoise Mouly (Introduction by), Art Spiegelman (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780847860883
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Rizzoli - October 17th, 2017

Cult comics icon and graphic design genius Chris Ware finally gets the deluxe monograph treatment his idiosyncratic vision deserves. Including selections of his famous New Yorker covers and details of his narrative works, this is the quintessential overview of one of the most singular visual artists of our era. A shoe-in for gift of the year for any art, design or comics lover on your list!

William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography By William Henry Fox Talbot (Photographer), Dan Leers (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Larry Schaaf (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By William Henry Fox Talbot (Photographer), Dan Leers (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Larry Schaaf (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9780880390606
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Published: Carnegie Museum of Art - November 21st, 2017

William Henry Fox is known for his groundbreaking photography, as well has being one of the inventors of the medium. This gorgeous, affordable collection of his work contains more than 30 images that demonstrate his interests, from nature to architecture, all capturing the magic of photography in its very infancy.