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One Year Later: An Inauguration Book List

It has been 12 months since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president. And really, what a year it's been, for the United States, for the book world, and for Houston in particular. We've put together a list of the books that have gotten us through the year as staff members and as a store. Take a look!

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634536
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - October 3rd, 2017

Winner of the National Book Award in nonfiction, Gessen's THE FUTURE IS HISTORY follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own--as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings.

Powerful and urgent, this book is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.


Women & Power: A Manifesto Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781631494758
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - December 12th, 2017

Beard’s primary subject is female silence; she hopes to take a “long view on the culturally awkward relationship between the voice of women and the public sphere of speech-making, debate and comment”, the better to get beyond “the simple diagnosis of misogyny that we tend a bit lazily to fall back on." Calling out misogyny isn’t, she understands, the same thing as explaining it, and it’s only by doing the latter that we’re likely ever to find an effective means of combating it.

(from the review in The Guardian)


Courage Is Contagious: And Other Reasons to Be Grateful for Michelle Obama Cover Image
By Nick Haramis (Editor), Lena Dunham (Foreword by), Jenni Konner (Foreword by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780399592614
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Lenny - October 24th, 2017

Mrs. Obama was not only our first black first lady; she was President Obama's equal partner in marriage and parenthood and a tireless advocate for women's rights, education, healthy eating, and exercise. COURAGE IS CONTAGIOUS features original testimonials from Gloria Steinem, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alice Waters, and Charlamagne tha God, among others.


Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary society. From oft-heard claims of "post-racial society" to the rise in race-based hate crimes, Rankine book chronicles racial aggressions in our country and continues to be a necessary read.


On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780804190114
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tim Duggan Books - February 28th, 2017

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century.

We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.


Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781555977917
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - November 14th, 2017

Award-winning poet and critic Kevin Young tours us through a rogue's gallery of hoaxers, plagiarists, forgers, and fakers--from the humbug of P. T. Barnum and Edgar Allan Poe to the unrepentant bunk of JT LeRoy and Donald J. Trump. Disturbingly, Young finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion, race being the most insidious American hoax of all.


When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250171085
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - January 16th, 2018

From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors' story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love.


The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735217713
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018

For Francisco Cantu, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantu joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantu tries not to think where the stories go from there.

Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River makes urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line.

Plus, we can't wait to host Francisco Cantu on February 7. Preorder your book now and join us for this free in-store event!


We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590566
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - October 3rd, 2017

"We were eight years in power" was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South.

In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America's "first white president."


March, Women, March: How Women Won the Vote Cover Image
By Lucinda Hawksley, Helen Pankhurst (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780233005256
Availability: Backordered
Published: Andre Deutsch - January 2nd, 2018

March, Women, March explores the women's movement in Britain, and the courageous rebels who refused to accept their exclusion from political life. Beginning with the publication of Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women in 1792 and moving to the suffragettes of the early twentieth century and beyond, Lucinda Hawksley traces the fight for equal rights. Her fascinating narrative incorporates diary extracts and letters that bring the movement's main protagonists back to life, and examines how suffragettes were portrayed in literature, art, and the contemporary media.


Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780465094684
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Basic Books - April 25th, 2017

In this new book from Rice Professor and eminent scholar of the South, we meet Jefferson the politician and political thinker –– as well as Jefferson the architect, scientist, bibliophile, paleontologist, musician, and gourmet. We witness him drafting of the Declaration of Independence, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase, and inventing a politics that emphasized the states over the federal government –– a political philosophy that shapes our national life to this day.


The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russia Revolution Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781681775012
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pegasus Books - September 5th, 2017

This past year reached the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, so how could we leave Service's book out?

The Last of the Tsars is a masterful study of a man who was almost entirely out of his depth, perhaps even willfully so. It is also a compelling account of the social, economic and political ferment in Russia that followed the February Revolution, the Bolshevik seizure of power in October 1917 and the beginnings of Lenin's Soviet socialist republic.


Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781524733131
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 7th, 2017

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie's letter of response.

This pocket-sized letter, written as fifteen suggestions, creates a warm and compelling set of directives for women in the 21st century.


Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250155504
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - October 3rd, 2017

NASTY WOMEN is more than a gift book capitalizing on the zeitgeist; it's a collection of thoughtful and inspiring essays from a diverse group of talented women writers who seek to provide a broad look at how we got here and what we need to do to move forward. Take a look at the incredible essays included, from pieces by Rebecca Solnit and Cheryl Strayed to Samantha Irby and Jill Filipovic.


The Influence of Horror: A Poe-Inspired Reading List

Happy Birth Month, Edgar Allan Poe! 


It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062476050
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - October 17th, 2017

Though IT DEVOURS is derived from a popular podcast, knowledge of the series isn't necessary to enjoy this book.

Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town's top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation's darkest and most terrible secret. 


You Should Have Left Cover Image
By Daniel Kehlmann, Ross Benjamin (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101871928
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Pantheon Books - June 13th, 2017

This fascinating tale of a writer's emotional collapse was a favorite with Ben, Brazos' General Manager.

"It is fitting that I'm beginning a new notebook up here. New surroundings and new ideas, a new beginning. Fresh air."

This passage is from the first entry of a journal kept by the narrator of Daniel Kehlmann's spellbinding new novel. It is the record of the seven days that he, his wife, and his four-year-old daughter spend in a house they have rented in the mountains of Germany--a house that thwarts the expectations of the narrator's recollection and seems to defy the very laws of physics. He is eager to finish a screenplay for a sequel to the movie that launched his career, but something he cannot explain is undermining his convictions and confidence, a process he is recording in this account of the uncanny events that unfold as he tries to understand what, exactly, is happening around him--and within him.


The Job of the Wasp Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593766801
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Soft Skull Press - January 9th, 2018

This one is brand new! After its debut just last week, JOB OF THE WASP is already on Operating Manager Mark and Marketing Director Sara's bookshelves.

A coming-of-age tale, a Gothic ghost story, and a murder mystery all in one, The Job of the Wasp is a bloodcurdling and brilliantly subversive novel about paranoia, love, and the nightmare of adolescence.

A new arrival at an isolated school for orphaned boys quickly comes to realize there is something wrong with his new home. He hears chilling whispers in the night, his troubled classmates are violent and hostile, and the Headmaster sends cryptic messages, begging his new charge to confess. As the new boy learns to survive on the edges of this impolite society, he starts to unravel a mystery at the school's dark heart. And that's when the corpses start turning up.


Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977887
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

This book made its way into multiple Brazos Staff Top Ten Lists at the end of 2017! In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism.

A wife refuses her husband's entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store's prom dresses. One woman's surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella "Especially Heinous," Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we naively assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgangers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.

Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment.


Fever Dream Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399184598
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - January 10th, 2017

Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language and translated into English for the first time, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel. It's been a staff favorite since its release.

We are lucky to have the author, Samanta Schweblin, visit Houston on March 26 with the Inprint Reading Series. Take a look!


Mark Reviews Jon Fosse's BOATHOUSE

Welcome to our first #BrazosBest of 2018: Jon Fosse's BOATHOUSE.


There’s nothing quite like the discovery of a new voice.

Boathouse (Norwegian Literature) Cover Image
By Jon Fosse, May-Brit Akerholt (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781628971828
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dalkey Archive Press - November 17th, 2017

Morning and Evening (Norwegian Literature) Cover Image
By Jon Fosse, Damion Searls (Translator)
$14.00
ISBN: 9781628971088
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Dalkey Archive Press - September 25th, 2015

Aliss at the Fire (Norwegian Literature) Cover Image
By Jon Fosse, Damion Searls (Translator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781564785732
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Dalkey Archive Press - September 16th, 2010

Homespun Monsters and Bandit Specters: Stefan Merrill Block on Texas Identity

One winter, six years ago, I drove a borrowed car down a rutted path that wound into a cedar valley of the Texas Hill Country. The land around me – with its dusty flats, its hidden meadows of bunch grass and prickly pear, its vultures wheeling in the sky— looked like some Hollywood set of archetypal Texas. This was Paisano Ranch, home to a storied and uniquely isolating fellowship program for writers. For six months at a time, a single Texas author is given the 250-acre property, along with its humble ranch house, which once belonged to the late folklorist J Frank Dobie.

Staff Chat: Ben, Keaton, and Mark Talk Denis Johnson

Ben: Denis Johnson’s posthumous story collection is coming out January 16!

Mark: Which you read and said was amazing.

BR: Which was really really good.

Keaton : LARGESSE OF THE SEA MAIDEN!

Ülrika's Paper and Pen Pal Club Wish List

In mid-2017, I sat down with our Marketing Director Sara to brainstorm. We wanted to create a place where people could take a moment, write about their favorite books, and start conversations with someone that they never met; to provide an opportunity to unplug and have something tangible to look back on weeks, months, or even years later.

These .7mm felt tip markers are more than just for coloring. I use these wonderful markers for all things writing, whether I am sending out notes or planning in my bullet journal. One of the best features, besides how fine they are, is that they have a triangle-shaped barrel so your markers won’t roll away!


This has quickly become one of my favorite fountain pens. Designed in Japan, the Pilot Metropolitan is a great mid-range starter fountain pen, as well as a wonderful writing tool for someone who already has a pen collection. Each pen comes with with one Pilot black ink cartridge for ease of use and one Pilot Press Plate Converter, so you can use any ink you'd like. More styles and colors are available in the store.


This beautifully formed writing set gives you the option to write just a few words or a longer letter without having to use separate sheets of paper. Each kit features 90 accordion-style sheets perforated along each fold, so they can be cut to any length. The kit also comes with 10 envelopes.


These postal notebooks from Moleskine are a combination of a notebook, notecard, and mini sketchbook. Each Postal Notebook has 8 blank pages of ivory-colored paper, which allows for you to write your letter, add a sketch or drawing, or even collage some of your favorite items. Once you are done just fold the outside envelope, seal, address and stamp; your notebook is ready for the mail!


These beautifully accented and ruled pages are large enough for longer letters. Each pad has 60 gold foiled tear-off sheets; natural white paper with a floral design at the top and bottom of each sheet. Plus, we also offer coordinating envelopes for the Monarch Writing Pad, which makes a wonderful set for sharing letters and personal notes.  


$30.00
SKU: 871845000057

This set is perfect for people who want to have everything at their fingertips when writing letters. Each set is designed in a luxe box that can be reused. Each box contains 40 writing sheets with four different designs, 40 matching envelopes, and 50 assorted stickers and labels. All you need to do to is grab your favorite pen and start writing.


$14.00
SKU: 9781477000779

Flat notes are great for writing a quick friendly message or a thank you note. These have just enough room to jot everything down, but not too much that you feel you need to fill the entire page. With 50 cards and envelopes, you are set to start writing.


The great thing about letter writing is that it can start at almost any age. Ooly creates the one-stop shop for all stationery needs for little ones. This kit includes: 8 letter sheets, 4 envelopes, 4 postcards, a notebook, mechanical pencil, a four-color click pen, a sheet of animal stickers, and an eraser. Everything comes in a reusable carrying bag to help keep the kit together.


Brazos Booksellers Look Forward to 2018

The year is finally at an end! We have survived a complicated but wonderful 2017. Thank you for helping us weather everything from a hurricane to a World Series win, and much, much more. We couldn't have done any of this without you (yes you! Reading this article!). Thank you again, Houston, for making us proud.

We can't wait for the new releases 2018 will bring. This is what our booksellers are looking forward to reading (and selling) in the new year:

The Emissary Cover Image
By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811227629
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 24th, 2018

After a mysterious disaster, Japan has cut itself off from the world. This GORGEOUS speculative short novel explores temporality, family, and community. My favorite read this year, and something I just can't wait to share in 2018.

–– Sara


Lion Cross Point Cover Image
By Masatsugu Ono, Angus Turvill (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781931883702
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Two Lines Press - April 10th, 2018

A little boy is sent to live with his grandmother in a small coastal town. He is unable to live fully in the present due to his abusive past, which the reader peers into regularly through the boy's flashbacks. But LION CROSS POINT is as much an argument for hope and the ability to live beyond childhood PTSD as it is a tale of sadness. I can't wait to host Masatsugu Ono in April; I think our customers will be wowed by this deftly-written novella!

–– Sara


Basic Black with Pearls Cover Image
By Helen Weinzweig, Sarah Weinman (Afterword by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9781681372167
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New York Review of Books - April 17th, 2018

NYRB is at it again with this splendid book! Shirley Kaszenbowski's search for her elusive lover (who communicates through cryptic messages in magazines, of course) brings her back to her hometown of Toronto. This has been one of my favorite winter reads.

–– Sara


The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316310277
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 2nd, 2018

I am beyond excited for the year to turn to 2018 and Holly Black's CRUEL PRINCE to arrive!!!

–– Joy


Death of a Horse Cover Image
By Andres Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9788494496516
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Hispabooks - February 6th, 2018

Two of the books I'm most excited about in 2018 are from the same author, Andres Barba. Last year Transit Books published SUCH SMALL HANDS, an immediate staff favorite and our collective discovery of an amazing contemporary Spanish writer. I went backward then and read an older novel, AUGUST, OCTOBER which left me even more impressed. In February Hispabooks will be publishing DEATH OF A HORSE a story about the nervous courstship between a professor and student during a single weekend.

–– Mark


The Right Intention Cover Image
By Andraes Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945492068
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Transit Books - February 13th, 2018

In March Transit Books is publishing THE RIGHT INTENTION a book of four linked novellas. Even better news, perhaps, all of Barba's books are translated by the masterful Lisa Dillman, the 2016 winner of the Best Translated Book Award.

–– Mark


When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250171085
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - January 16th, 2018

I am excited to share Patrisse Khan-Cullors' memoir, When They Call You a Terrorist. Khan-Cullors' describes how their tumultuous youth which sometimes meant hunger, poverty, and fear was not so challenging, but a reality they overcame through empathy and faith. Shattered by the incarceration of their brother and absurd disparity, a maven for activism and equality joins forces with co-founders Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi to ignite the movement known as Black Lives Matter. An incredible history and backstory to the mission of BLM as well as the important role that feminism plays into activism.

–– Thu


The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316259613
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - April 3rd, 2018

Jamison's memoir of her own alcoholism, yes –– but also a sprawling, myth-busting look at the history of literary drunkenness. Openhearted and academically rigorous.

–– Ben


No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780399563492
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - April 10th, 2018

Vollmann, America's reigning literary maniac, turns his attention to climate change. Whatever his subject, Vollmann finds the strangest and most dangerous aspects, and here he continues his career-long battle with armageddon.

–– Ben


Gun Love Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781524761684
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hogarth Press - March 6th, 2018

A young girl comes of age in a trailer park, tended to by a series of damaged mother figures, while everyone around her seems to own –– and be gaga for –– guns.

–– Ben


Fire Sermon Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780802127044
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - January 9th, 2018

One of the books that I am looking forward to Jamie Quarto's FIRE SERMON; it is an absolutely beautiful and moving that will leave you looking at the many ways we can long for something.

–– Ülrika

 


Black and Blur (Consent Not to Be a Single Being) Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780822370161
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Duke University Press - December 8th, 2017

Moten has a poet's ear and a critic's mind. This trilogy of critical work spans a breadth of topics surrounding literature, history, music, and race in America. If you were a fan of Kevin Young's BUNK then you have to check out these books. BLACK AND BLUR is currently available, while STOLEN LIFE and THE UNIVERSAL MACHINE will be released in March. Duke University Press, 2018

–– Nathan


Stolen Life (Consent Not to Be a Single Being) Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780822370581
Availability: Backordered
Published: Duke University Press - March 2nd, 2018

The Universal Machine (Consent Not to Be a Single Being) Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780822370550
Availability: Backordered
Published: Duke University Press - March 9th, 2018

The 2017 Holiday Catalog

We all agree that books make excellent gifts, but choosing the perfect book can be a trick. It’s hard to keep up with the best new books across everyone’s interests, but that’s what you come to us for. We like to make it easy and fun to find the perfect book for the ones you love. To that end, we’ve broken down our featured titles by genre, so you can find the perfect gifts for the readers in your life (including you!). 

Top Ten Books Laura Discovered in 2017

These were the best books I read in 2017. Some were published a few years ago (and as usual, I’m late to the party), but they are all fantastic!

Manhattan Beach Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476716732
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 3rd, 2017

I love all things historical fiction, so when I found out that Jennifer Egan’s newest book would be a noir-ish novel set in the 1940s, I was completely on board. Luckily, Manhattan Beach did not disappoint. It follows Anna Karrigan, a young woman who grows up to become the first female diver working to repair battleships in the New York Naval Yard. Her life intertwines with her absent father’s business partner, Dexter Styles, and she begins to catch glimpses of long buried secrets. What I loved most about this book was the atmosphere – you can smell the smoke from the factories, feel the icy water of the harbor; Jennifer Egan has created a beautiful, haunting book that will stay with you long after you’ve reached the last page.


Exit West Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

A parable for our modern times, Exit West is the deceptively simple story of two young people falling in love in a war-torn Middle Eastern country. What unfolds is a magical story about doors that can transport the traveler instantly to anywhere in the world, and a larger meditation on what it means to be a refugee, thrown into a new culture and divorced from your homeland.


American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101902783
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 17th, 2017

American Wolf is a non-fiction book that chronicles the re-introduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park, with particular interest in O-Six, an extraordinary alpha-female who roamed Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley. Wrapped up in her story, however, is the story of the humans connected to her, from the wolf-watchers who took meticulous notes on her every-day behavior, to the hunter who eventually took her life. It’s a complex story, but Blakeslee handles it deftly, with the research driven approach of a journalist, and the story-telling chops of a novelist.


The World of Tomorrow Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316382199
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - September 5th, 2017

If you’re looking for an epic page turner, this sweeping debut historical novel is for you. Set in 1930s New York, it follows three brothers (two of them on the run from the law) and the many lives that intersect their own. From the underbelly of New York to the bright promise of the Wold’s Fair, this book has something for everyone!


Goldeline Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062498755
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - November 14th, 2017

This is the best middle-grade novel I’ve read in a long time. It follows Goldeline, a young girl who escaped to live with bandits after her mother was killed for being a witch. On the run from The Preacher, a man who can spin lies so sinister a whole town will believe him, Goldeline must find the courage to save her friends and rediscover the magic her mother taught her. Goldeline is a fantastic character – at times spiky and unlikable, at times completely endearing. The world Cajoleas has created is ripe with magic, and there were a few genuinely terrifying moments. I’d highly recommend this book to people of all ages, especially fans of Neil Gaiman.


The Gypsy Moth Summer Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250087515
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - June 6th, 2017

Wow, what a book. This is a family saga set on Avalon island off the coast of Long Island, during the summer of 1992 – the summer the gypsy moths infiltrate every crevice of the island. What follows is a twisting, at times grotesque tale about the things we hide from each-other, and the dark, twisted roots of privilege.


A Gentleman in Moscow Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780670026197
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

Yes, I know this book is ever popular, but Amor Towles is honestly one of my favorites. A Gentleman in Moscow follows a Russian count who is sentenced to house arrest in Moscow’s famed Metropol Hotel. When I first started this book, I was not expecting to like Count Alexander, but I could not have been more wrong. The count is one of the most delightful characters I’ve read in a long time, and I can’t remember the last time a book made me smile so much. He has all the charm of a 19th century gentleman, and he manages to keep his rosy disposition throughout the 30 years of his house arrest, as Russia changes drastically right at his doorstep. Towles has created a sweeping, funny, completely endearing novel that I immediately fell in love with.


Gold Fame Citrus Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594634239
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - September 29th, 2015

How did I only discover Claire Vaye Watkins this year? Gold Fame Citrus is a gorgeous apocalyptic tale about two squatters living in the Mojave desert. When they adopt (kidnap?) a child, they must strike out in search of a better life, even though the odds are stacked against them. This is an impossibly lush, fever-dream of a book, complete with abandoned Hollywood mansions, charismatic cult leaders, and a giant ever-shifting dune sea. Really, what more could you want?


Half Wild: Stories Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062444394
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Published: Ecco - August 2nd, 2016

This was the first book I read in 2017, and it has stuck with me. One of the best short story collections I’ve read, period, this book follows a cast of loosely connected characters through their home of small-town Vermont. The harsh, beautiful landscape is everything in this book, and MacArthur captures the loneliness of rural Vermont, but also the possibilities there for connection, beauty, and hope.


Forty Rooms Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101982334
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Marian Wood Books/Putnam - February 16th, 2016

Olga Grushin was one of my favorite discoveries of 2017. Forty Rooms is a kaleidoscope of a novel that follows one woman’s entire life through the many rooms she inhabits. Both a coming of age tale and a mediation what it means to be a woman artist, Forty Rooms is a beautiful poem of a novel that I didn’t want to end.


Augusta's Favorite 2017 Items

These are a few of my favorite things from 2017!

Craft Design Technology is the most recent acquisition to the Brazos Bookstore stationery and pen selection. They offer a plethora of beautifully designed Japanese products; my favorites are the Tradio Pens and the Notebooks. The Tradio Pens are the perfect mix of felt tip pen and fountain pen (I know it sounds crazy but you’ll have to see them in person!) and write like a dream. They have a great price point ($7.00) and we sell refills in red, black, and blue. This is soon to be your new favorite pen!


$16.00
SKU: 4535819471315

$16.00
SKU: 4535819471322

The new Craft Design Technology notebooks are also amazing. The design is minimal and sleek and the colors are understated and lovely. I highly recommend these for fans of Japanese stationery and minimalism.


We brought in the Aquiesse candle line a few months ago and I’m obsessed! It’s hard for me to choose a favorite scent because I love all of them. The packaging is beautiful and luxe and the scents are even better -- these make for great gifts for the holidays or a nice treat for yourself. The medium and large sizes come in a glass jar with a lid and the candles burn cleanly, with enough scent to fill a room. If you aren’t sure which one will be your new signature scent, we also offer many of the scents in a travel size candle, perfect for a stocking stuffer or someone on-the-go. I can’t recommend these candles enough!


The Revolution of Marina M. (Novel) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316022064
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - November 7th, 2017

My absolute favorite book of the year! Just in time for the 100th anniversary, Marina’s coming of age tale during the Russian Revolution is enchanting and engrossing; I read this 800+ page book in just 5 days! After waiting 11 years for Janet Fitch’s next book, this was worth the wait. Gift this to someone who loves literary and/or historical fiction.


Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Cover Image
By Samin Nosrat, Wendy Macnaughton (Illustrator)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781476753836
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 25th, 2017

I enjoy cookbooks and love to explore and create new meals in my kitchen but I wouldn’t say that I’m a master chef by any stretch of the imagination. I’m not advanced enough to create meals from my imagination or know which flavors go together; I rely on cookbooks to guide me. Samin Nosrat’s Salt Fat Acid Heat was exactly what I had been looking for. She breaks down the 4 elements of cooking and teaches you how to use your knowledge of these elements to create meals on your own. I’m still working my way through the book and my cooking skills but there is a lot here and I think it would be useful for those interested in cooking at all levels, from novice to expert. The illustrations are amazing as well and keep it fun and not too stuffy.


$12.00
SKU: 092633301944

$12.00
SKU: 092633301913

Faber-Castell is known for their amazing art supplies for children and these Creativity Cans are some of the coolest things I’ve seen -- I wish they had been available when I was a child! Each Creativity Can includes a ton of craft components to keep young minds active and creating. I really like the Motion kit, which include items geared toward aspiring engineers, but all the sets are inspiring and fun and make great gifts for the young people in your life. These hands-on activity sets develop problem solving, imagination, and critical thinking skills that have lifelong importance so don’t miss out on these fun, educational crafts.


Adults aren’t the only ones who can enjoy a book tote! These Elephant & Piggie Read totes feature my favorite trio of children’s book characters, with art done by Mo Willems, of course. The miniature size of these totes is perfect for children. Out of Print is also a socially conscious company -- each purchase funds literacy programs and book donations to communities in need -- and I enjoy the quality and design of all of their products. Get this for your favorite little today!


Sing, Unburied, Sing Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501126062
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - September 5th, 2017

If you haven’t read Jesmyn Ward before, seriously what are you doing start reading her work right now!! Her writing is masterful and raw and almost always makes me cry. Her latest Sing Unburied Sing doesn’t even need me to promote it -- it won the National Book Award this year and was a New York Times Top 10 book of the year -- but it definitely deserves all the praise. It is lyrical and beautiful and weaves magical realism with Southern family epic and is just so well crafted. Like a modern Faulkner, Ward does something extraordinary with words and this one should not be missed.


$64.00
SKU: 794813302504

Uncle Goose is known for making high quality wooden gifts in small batches and are a perennial favorite here at the store. This year, my favorite set they have made is Women Who Dared, featuring women who have made significant contributions to the progress of humanity. Each set is 100% handmade in the USA from sustainable Michigan basswood and use non-toxic inks that are safe for children. I think what I like most about this set, besides highlighting women throughout history, is that they appeal to both children and adults; we’ve sold just as many to be gifted to young girls as we have to women finishing higher education degrees so this truly is a gift for all ages.


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