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Joy's Top Ten Books to Make You Feel Good About the World

So I started writing my top ten list a COMPLETELY different way. Books to get you ‘woke’ was what I thought of. Because there are so many problems and so much we need to fix and kidlit and its authors are very much in the center of that awareness--writing books that everyone, not just kids and teens, should read. So let me just say briefly, if you haven’t read Angie Thomas’s THE HATE U GIVE, you need to. And Jason Reynold’s raw and fierce verse in LONG WAY DOWN is on the YA part of my store holiday list so you need to pick up a copy. Follow it with Nic Stone’s thoughtful debut DEAR MARTIN.

Professional Crocodile Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452165066
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 1st, 2017

As mentioned in my intro above, I am in love with this book. It is charming and wordless and when you get to the end and find out where the titular croc is headed and what his profession is, you will laugh and smile for the rest of time. Possibly you will act out scenes from the book while at work. As one does.


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$16.95
ISBN: 9781911171157
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Published: Nobrow Press - August 15th, 2017

<p>A grumpy girl named Ivy. A lonely raincloud. Precious illustrations. A happy ending. A diverse cast of characters. I guarantee you’ll fall in love with this girl and her cloud.</p>


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By Paige Britt, Selina Alko (Illustrator), Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338053142
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 29th, 2017

A diversely cast picture book that asks big questions in simple yet profound ways. This book is a celebration of what makes each of us unique and special and human.


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By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726826
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 3rd, 2017

This is the Humpty Dumpty book you need. He’s been patched up. But now he’s got an understandable fear of heights. And the ending is perfect as it is unexpected! Or maybe we should have expected it, but either way it will delight you.This is the Humpty Dumpty book you need. He’s been patched up. But now he’s got an understandable fear of heights. And the ending is perfect as it is unexpected! Or maybe we should have expected it, but either way it will delight you.


Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781454923459
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - September 5th, 2017

I love this debut middle grade so much that I’ve chosen it for our next Middle Grade book club in January. Aven was born with no arms. Aven is witty and funny and awesome and she lives her best life. And then her dad gets a new job running a dilapidated Western theme park in Arizona. Part mystery, part family story, part friendship story, this book will uplift you and make your heart happy.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780316508889
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 31st, 2017

Morrigan Crow is (supposedly) a cursed child. At least that’s what everyone thinks, including her family, who makes her write sorry notes to everyone whose milk curdles or who gets a hangnail or whatever! And then, just as her curse is supposed to result in her death, she is whisked away by a Willie Wonka-esque character to a magical world to compete for a place in the Wundrous Society. Morrigan is everything you want in a narrator and hero--and girl who has always been amazing, just waiting for the world to take notice.


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$18.99
ISBN: 9780062382801
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 27th, 2017

This 1700s-set historical adventure romance with LGBTQ themes is irresistible, as is Henry ‘Monty’ Montague, who takes Europe and the reader’s heart by storm. Funny, sweet, moving and wonderful.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9781481478687
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Published: Simon Pulse - May 30th, 2017

Delightful, funny, filled with voice YA about two Indian-American teens who both defy and manage to please their parents in this nerdy wonderful romance.


Moxie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726352
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 19th, 2017

Small-town Texas girl tires of the endless sexism at her high school. She takes a page (literally) from her mother’s zine-making Riot Grrrl protesting days and ends up starting a feminist revolution. Sweet. Hearfelt. I love a book that takes its issues seriously but also gives you the ending you want and need. #moxiegirlsfightback has been the hashtag for this one, which will make you think and cheer.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062348708
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 11th, 2017

Molly Peskin-Suso has had a ton of crushes. But she’s never found quite the right guy. She’s always felt reasons to be cautious, even as she wants to find love--unlike her cynical twin sister Cassie. But love has a way of finding you even when you’re expecting something else. With its wonderfully diverse cast of characters (size, race, family, sexual orientation, religion/culture and more)--this sophomore novel from the author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda, is just the sweet treat you need to ride out this crazy year with a smile.


Four Seasons of Sara's Favorite 2017 Releases

What a fantastic year of books this has been. In the interest of covering both early 2017 and late 2017 releases, I’ve broken my favorites up by season (though Houston this year has really only had two: Monsoon and Not-Quite-Cold-Enough-To-Be-Winter). And in the interest of leveling the playing field compared to, say, a certain newspaper’s “100 Most Notable” list, I’ve tried to tend more toward indie press-released, female- or queer-authored, and translated books. A few others snuck in, as you’ll see. You’ll also find a lot of speculative books on this list.

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By Suah Bae, Deborah Smith (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920466
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - January 24th, 2017

At the beginning of this year, our national Han Kang obsession led me to pursue more female Korean authors. Bae Suah is an acclaimed Korean author with many titles to her name, but unfortunately we only have a few of her works in English. RECITATION is by far my favorite so far (though this year’s short story collection by her is also fantastic). The narrative begins with an unnamed woman stepping off a train in Europe, and flows into a tale of intrigue, a mysterious group of emigrants, magic shows, wanderers, and questionable identities. Bae Suah has shaped a fantastic, subtle series of characters for RECITATION. The book reads like a dream. It IS a dream. Beyond being in my Top Ten, this book is also in my Top Three.


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$16.95
ISBN: 9780932716866
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Kelsey Street Press - March 1st, 2017

Ching-In Chen is a local poet (how lucky we are!), and (again, lucky us) we had a wonderful event for the release of their book of poetry. RECOMBINANT functions as an intricate, beautiful assertion of genderqueer and diasporic identity. It’s bleak at times, sure, but what a gorgeous merging of history, future, identity, theory. I don’t even lend this book out to other people; it’s installed permanently on my bedside table.


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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062383273
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Published: Harper - April 18th, 2017

A space opera, a retelling of Joan of Arc’s life, or a deep, almost mythical exploration of our relationships to gender, sexuality, environmentalism, and reproductive rights? ALL OF THOSE THINGS. That’s right. How has Lidia Yuknavitch done it without writing an overwrought piece of gimmicky genre fiction? She just has. This book made me laugh and cry. I’ve recommended it to any of my friends interested in THE HANDMAID’S TALE or science fiction, but also to folks who care about really good character development and subtle human relationships.


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By Qiu Miaojin, Bonnie Huie (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781681370767
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Published: New York Review of Books - May 2nd, 2017

I really just… Love this book. Definite Top Three This Year pick. It’s a Taiwanese cult favorite from the 90’s that totally reinvents the college novel and the sense of outsidership we feel in our teens.

Most of the book is the narrative of the main character’s connections to other young men and women, and resulting relationships with them (platonic and romantic). There are these fascinating small dips through the book in which the narrative retreats to these weird, surreal news articles and media snippets, which serve to reinforce the narrator’s sense of being an outsider and unease with constant confrontation.

I chatted about this book earlier this year on our website. Check it out!


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By Anne Garreta, Emma Ramadan (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920541
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - May 16th, 2017

In the interest of keeping my Top Ten to books released in 2017, I’m focusing on Anne Garreta’s release from this year. Garreta is the first female member of the French experimental writing group Oulipo, and the first of its members to join after the group was formed. NOT ONE DAY charts the sultry, sensual series of encounters Garreta has had with the women in her life (“not one day” without women, so to speak). But ALSO, Garreta is the author of my favorite 2015 book SPHINX (a story of love and loss based in Berlin’s nightclubs). Garreta's books are so, so good at inducing very strong moods – I read NOT ONE DAY alone in one evening at the bar next to Brazos the day it came out, and the experience is one I’ve never duplicated. 


SUMMER


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$15.95
ISBN: 9781101973950
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Published: Vintage - June 27th, 2017

In a world where objects are dependent on being spoken into solidity (literally; forget to re-label a suitcase and it will turn to mush), a bureaucratic colony worker discovers her own desire for abstraction and unsureness. Tidbeck forms a plot out of the inadequacies and subjectivities of language, creating new possibilities for both the environment and the characters. The characters are immediately subtle but personable and the story is invigorating.

Especially in a political climate such as ours, it seems fitting to spend time with a book that so experimentally digs into what objectivity, truth, and individuality are (and could possibly be).


Kingdom Cons Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276926
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Published: And Other Stories - June 13th, 2017

The Artist moves through the city, singing songs of success and drama for anyone who will listen. He is hired by the King to act as court bard, and is privy to a whole new level of intrigue and violence. This isn’t just a fantasy story; this is Yuri Herrera’s amazing rendering of drug cartels along the border. Though Herrera wrote KINGDOM CONS years ago, it’s newly out in English and I hope we’ve all spent 2017 adequately celebrating that fact. Haven’t read it yet? At about 100 pages, you’ll breeze through this book with awe and delight. 


FALL


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$17.95
ISBN: 9781943888108
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Published: Featherproof Books - September 12th, 2017

This book rounds out my Top Three of this year. Schomberg’s book is an epic!!! In a town called Pie Time, we witness the growth of a child and factory worker, Mano Medium. As people die from a strange plague, they leave objects behind. Mano collects these objects, growing larger by the day as he ages. He takes over the jobs of the people who die, until finally two outsiders find a solution to the deaths. Mano’s purpose in the town shifts, but he maintains an evocative importance. What a beautiful, tender, weird snapshot of a community over a period of years.


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

My favorite short story collection of 2017, hands down. Machado explores female sexuality and personhood with a deft hand. This book is both speculative and erotic, with a strong focus on bodily disintegration, disease, apocalypse, and epidemic.


WINTER


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780997366662
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Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - November 1st, 2017

Renee Gladman’s Ravicka series WAS a trilogy. It was one of my favorite trilogies. And now, thanks to HOUSES OF RAVICKA, there are four books in the series, and I love them all. Gladman inspects the methodologies by which we get to know the physical places around us. Then she takes them all apart and reinvents piece by piece with poetry and with rigor. HOUSES OF RAVICKA charts the city comptroller’s search for a mysteriously missing house, and it’s equally mysterious invisible counterpart across the city. I don’t think I’ll ever quite understand all the facets of this series, nor do I think that’s important to enjoy RAVICKA thoroughly.


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By Sabahattin Ali, Maureen Freely (Translator), Alexander Dawe (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590518809
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Published: Other Press (NY) - November 7th, 2017

I’m always excited to recommend this to customers in the store. Translated into English for the first time, Other Press brings to us this 1930's Turkish author's beautiful little masterpiece of interwar relations. An office worker finds the handwritten memoir of his dying coworker; in it, his coworker's memoir of a love affair in Berlin. Compared to THE GREAT GATSBY, its portrayal of smart, disaffected youth is top notch.


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$12.95
ISBN: 9781931883672
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Published: Two Lines Press - November 7th, 2017

Hilbig's command of language is unparalleled. A young European man discovers that an area behind his neighborhood isn't as it seems; as he comes of age, he recognizes it for what it is (yes, literally a rendering plant), and as such peels back the layers of naivety that youth provides for us. This book is a subtle look at post-War difference and division, at adulthood, at exploration, and man's effect on his surroundings.


Mark's Top Ten (Plus Another Ten for Good Measure...)

Truth be told, there’s simply too many good books. And making a list of my top ten just seems cruel, especially in a year that, to me, was packed with great titles. For example, do I exclude the stunning new translation of a classic in favor of a new collection of essays? Do I choose a book I read last week over a book I read in January simply because it’s still fresh in my mind? See? There’s difficulties. So, besides my top ten books of the year I have another ten books that get honorable mention. It only seems fair. After all, books are subjective.

Old Rendering Plant Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781931883672
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Published: Two Lines Press - November 7th, 2017

A highly evocative and poetic novella that speaks to the burdens of history. In sinuous and lyrical prose, an unnamed narrator reflects on the woods outside the small German town where he grew up, later focusing on an old rendering plant (a symbol of the horrors of East Germany). I'll admit it, this book has almost no plot and yet it's my favorite book of the year because it's so beautifully written, so transportive. It begs to be read aloud. Joycean in parts, Edgar Allen Poe in others. I lost myself inside this book, in its ineffable sense of nature and the dense, unsettling prose. A small universe sits within its one hundred brief pages. I adore this tiny masterpiece.


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By Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Translator)
$26.95
ISBN: 9780811226622
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - March 28th, 2017

A warm, learned and invigorating novel that takes place in a single night of the musicologist and scholar of Orientalism Franz Ritter. As Ritter, fighting an unnamed illness, tries to fall asleep he reflects on a life of travel and love, focusing especially on the cultural intersection of the East and the West. His remembrances, from smoking opium in Istanbul to camping in the Syrian desert, transport the reader and illuminate the made-up lines we draw between different cultures. This is a smart and generous novel, beautifully translated, that will surely stay with you. Insomnia has never been so beautiful.


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By Santiago Gamboa, Howard Curtis (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609454258
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Published: Europa Editions - September 19th, 2017

I love everything by Colombian writer Santiago Gamboa, and his newest book is no exception. A globe-trotting, pulsating thriller that involves poetry, revenge and the impossibility of ever returning home, Gamboa's novels are page-turners for those who love great settings and smart plots. Highly contemporary and endlessly inventive, Gamboa is one of my favorite Latin American writers.


Affections Cover Image
By Rodrigo Hasbun, Sophie Hughes (Translator)
$23.00
ISBN: 9781501154799
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 12th, 2017

A novel that goes all the places you don't expect. Based loosely on Hans Ertl and his family who left Germany after World War II and settled in Bolivia, this is a story of a family living under the burdens of history. Each chapter is told by a different character but focuses especially on Hans' daughters who come of age during the turbulent and revolutionary 60's and 70's in South America. A subtle, often sympathetic and evocative novel that manages to carry the breadth of a big novel but with a third of the pages. Hasbun is a rare talent.


Such Small Hands Cover Image
By Andres Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translator), Edmund White (Afterword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945492006
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Published: Transit Books - April 11th, 2017

A young child, Marina, is orphaned when her parents die in a car accident. She is put in an orphanage. From this simple premise an eerie and beautiful story emerges. Somehow capturing the almost ineffable strangeness of childhood, Barba weaves a story both illuminating and eerie. In the orphanage a strange ritual begins and Marina, an outcast, somehow casts a strange spell on the other girls. A spellbinding story about childhood, loss and belonging, Barba nails childhood perfectly and the translation by Lisa Dillman is extraordinary.


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By Dasa Drndic, Celia Hawkesworth (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811227216
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 31st, 2017

This book is ferocious. A novel about history that resonates with the here and now because we seem doomed to repeat it. Andreas Ban, a retired psychologist, begins rifling through his apartment and in the process reflects on the last century of Europe. The writing is at once dark and comic. An angry and beautiful book that rails against tyranny, fascism and humanity’s easy slide into forgetfulness.


Fever Dream Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399184598
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 10th, 2017

A terrifying and strange little novel that stays with you long after reading it. A woman lays in a hospital dying, a young boy at her side. The boy, David, walks her through the previous days in order for her to understand what happened. A book about environmental disasters, resurrection (I think) and fate. The creepiest little book I’ve read in years, it belongs in its own genre.


In the Distance Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894883
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 10th, 2017

An epic in the very best sense. This ‘anti-western’ tells the story of a young Swedish boy separated from his older brother during their passage to the United States. Alone in California amidst the gold rush, his life’s goal is simply to travel to New York and reunite with his brother, traveling east while the hordes move west. A meditation of solitude, morality and the lost American landscape. This book is for absolutely everyone.


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By Sergio Pitol, George Henson (Translator), Mario Bellatin (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941920480
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - April 25th, 2017

I can’t say enough about Sergio Pitol: philosopher, diplomat, author, world traveler and translator. The third book in his ‘Trilogy of Memory’ finds the author ruminating once more on the books and writers, the places and people that have inspired him. A book that makes the reader underline, research and become a better more thoughtful reader. It’s also an enthusiastic reminder why we read literature in the first place.


For Isabel: A Mandala Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780914671800
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Published: Archipelago Books - September 5th, 2017

Tadeus, a dead poet, makes circles through different times and places (mimicking a Buddhist mandala) attempting to find a lost love and classmate. The poet travels from Lisbon across Europe, his travels copying the events of Isabel’s life. Tadeus interviews people who knew Isabel at different points in her life. The book has a mercurial, dream-like quality that is stunning in its subtlety. Never heavy-handed, this quiet novel is as beautiful and profound as a landscape painting.


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The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780811226936
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - August 29th, 2017

Exit West Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

A Horse Walks Into a Bar Cover Image
By David Grossman, Jessica Cohen (Translator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9780451493972
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 21st, 2017

These Possible Lives Cover Image
By Fleur Jaeggy, Minna Proctor (Translator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9780811226875
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - July 25th, 2017

The Iliac Crest Cover Image
By Sarah Booker (Translator), Cristina Rivera Garza, Elena Poniatowska (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781558614352
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Published: Feminist Press - October 10th, 2017

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781566894951
Availability: Backordered
Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

Translation as Transhumance Cover Image
By Mireille Gansel, Ros Schwartz (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781558614444
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Published: Feminist Press - November 14th, 2017

Stephen Florida Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781566894647
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Published: Coffee House Press - June 6th, 2017

The World Goes on Cover Image
By Laszlo Krasznahorkai, George Szirtes (Translator), Ottilie Mulzet (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780811224192
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - December 5th, 2017

The Diaries of Emilio Renzi: Formative Years Cover Image
By Ricardo Piglia, Robert Croll (Translator), Ilan Stavans (Introduction by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781632061621
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Published: Restless Books - November 14th, 2017

Personalized Copies of Scott Kelly's books available!

Brazos Bookstore is offering personalized copies of ENDURANCE and MY JOURNEY TO THE STARS, by legendary former astronaut Scott Kelly!

ENDURANCE, Kelly's acclaimed new memoir, traces his record-setting year-long journey into space. And MY JOURNEY TO THE STARS, Kelly's brand new picture book memoir, is the perfect gift for children who dream of being astronauts.

 For personalized copies, please order below and list your personalization preference ("To _____") in the comments section. We can also handle all requests over the phone (713-523-0701) or in-store.

Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781524731595
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 17th, 2017

My Journey to the Stars Cover Image
By Scott Kelly, Andre Ceolin (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524763770
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2017

Brazos Best 2017

Yep, you got us: we love books here.

$129.33
SKU: x4545

Get all ten of the 2017 Brazos Best featured titles for 20% off. Tax is included in the $140 price.


Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?: Stories Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062484154
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Published: Ecco - December 6th, 2016

A Simple Story: The Last Malambo Cover Image
By Leila Guerriero, Frances Riddle (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811226004
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - February 7th, 2017

Read our interview with author Leila Guerriero here (and in Spanish here)!


The Drop Edge of Yonder Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781937512613
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - March 28th, 2017

Watch Mark's review of DROP EDGE OF YONDER here!


Such Small Hands Cover Image
By Andres Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translator), Edmund White (Afterword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945492006
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Transit Books - April 11th, 2017

Mark interviewed fantastic new publishers Transit Books for their very first book, SUCH SMALL HANDS. Read all about it here!


Notes of a Crocodile (Nyrb Classics) Cover Image
By Qiu Miaojin, Bonnie Huie (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781681370767
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Published: New York Review of Books - May 2nd, 2017

We were rife with teen angst in May after reading Qiu Miaojin's gorgeous NOTES OF A CROCODILE. Read our staff chat here.


The Little Buddhist Monk & the Proof Cover Image
By Cesar Aira, Nick Caistor (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811221122
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 30th, 2017

In June, Mark talked all about all things César Aira. Read more here.


Kingdom Cons Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276926
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Published: And Other Stories - June 13th, 2017

Read our staff chat about Yuri Herrera and KINGDOM CONS here!


Travesty Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811222167
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 19th, 2016

Tropic of Orange Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894869
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 12th, 2017

Return to the Dark Valley Cover Image
By Santiago Gamboa, Howard Curtis (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609454258
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Published: Europa Editions - September 19th, 2017

Thu's Top Ten Favorites for You and Yours

If you can't tell, I read all kinds of books. Sometimes I become interested in a topic and I devour everything related that I can get my hands on.

This list consists of the first ten things that popped in my head. I don't consider myself literary, just someone who loves to read. If you tried, I guess you could see a recurring theme, but it's random!

Dumpling Dreams: How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge Cover Image
By Carrie Clickard, Katy Wu (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481467070
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - September 5th, 2017

It’s time for young Joyce to learn something new, and that something new is how-to make dumplings! She rolls, she kneads, she burns, ten, twenty, one-hundred, and eventually Joyce SUCCEEDS! Her hard work pays off and cook acknowledges what a great job she’s done. Her heart is filled with pride. As Joyce becomes older, her passion for cooking helps her overcome great obstacles and serves as a reminder of love and happiness in all places.

As an aunt to two rambunctious and curious boys, four and seven, I am always interested in what they’re reading. I love stories with humor, morals, cultural references, history, fun characters, and colorful illustrations. There is even a dumpling recipe at the end that parents and kids can do together. DUMPLING DREAMS is an all-you-can-eat buffet for everyone!


Moxie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726352
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 19th, 2017

Vivian Carter is fed up! She is fed up with sexism, misogyny, and indifference. It turns out she is not alone. What started out as an anonymous zine transforms into a feminist movement at her high school in her small Texas hometown.

MOXIE is as fun as it is a platform for dialogue among all ages about feminism, activism, and equality.

When I started it, #METOO became viral, and I thought this book could not have come at a better time. This book is essential for young people who want to have this conversation, but need a place to start.


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

The wait is over and National Book Award-winner Ta-Nehisi Coates is back for another. I don’t care if you heard that BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME was better. Get this book now! This collection of essays includes his famous Coates’ iconic essays including “Fear of a Black President,” “The Case for Reparations,” and “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration” as well as eight new essays which examine the Obama Administration. Ta-Nehisi Coates despises being the loudest voice and messenger for the black person’s struggle. I think that’s tough, but it’s reality. Get this book now because you need to know!


What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781616207823
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 7th, 2017

MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2017!!

Beloved native Houstonian and legendary journalist Dan Rather delivers more than six decades of wisdom in the form of essays defining patriotism. Rather’s experience is invaluable and honest. What does patriotism look like? What vehicles make American democracy possible? What can we do to cultivate diversity of thought and expression in our country? Everyone knows someone that would love this book! America NEEDS this book!


Eating Animals Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316069885
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 1st, 2010

Author Jonathan Safran Foer shares the beautiful moment of holding his child for the first time. In awe, he crosses paths with the realization of all the important decisions he must make which will set and influence his son’s life. “Should his son be raised a vegetarian,” is one on the list of endless subjects. Insert EATING ANIMALS. 

I read this book as a part of a reading binge for a time I was obsessed with all things “urban farming,” “off the grid,” and “locally sourced.” Initially, I thought it would be a case for vegetarianism, but it isn’t. Why are meals socially significant? Why do we feel comfortable eating some animals, but not others? Where does our food come from? What lengths have we gone to make food so accessible? How do we justify all of this, and should we have to? EATING ANIMALS offers something for people that love reading about nature, culture, and food. 


Ender's Game (Ender Quintet #1) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780765394866
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Published: Tor Books - October 17th, 2017

Isn’t this everyone’s favorite book? I read it as a kid, I read it again in January, and when Keaton asked me whether I had chosen books I read this year, I could have dreamt this, but he might have had a raised eyebrow, I read it again that night and thought, “YES!” It is so good!

Ender Wiggin is a lab rat, he’s got issues, and he commands a fleet in space against insect aliens set to destroy Earth. Did I mention he’s six? 

If you’re like me and you’ve already read ENDER’S GAME, but unlike me, you say you've read it one too many times... I’d scoff, re-buff, flash a toothy smile and recommend Austin-based author Ernest Clines’ READY PLAYER ONE or ARMADA.


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553447453
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Published: Broadway Books - February 28th, 2017

Matthew Desmond weaves a story about the cycle of eviction through a sample of eight perspectives in Milwaukee. If you’ve ever wondered how or why books earn Pulitzer Prizes, read this now! It’s a social and political commentary. It’s psychological. It is heartbreaking and infuriating. It is first-class journalism. EVICTED discards sympathy masked as empathy, and serves voice and dignity to the individuals in this book. 


Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312626686
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Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2011

Barbara Ehrenreich’s work has revived and paved the way for hardline investigative journalism like EVICTED and HILLBILLY ELEGY. NICKEL AND DIMED chronicles Ehrenreich’s three-month experience working a variety of minimum wage jobs like waiting tables, house cleaning, and Wal-Mart, and how this is a reality for many Americans. She examines the life of minimum wage Americans, discusses the consequences of a widening inequality gap, and frankly shows us all why we should give a –– I mean, show a little concern.


Paprika (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307389183
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Published: Vintage - February 12th, 2013

Atsuko Chiba is a scientist that uses dream monitoring and intervention to treat mental illnesses. In the dream state, she is alter ego Paprika. When her colleagues begin to demonstrate strange behavior, she must navigate a labyrinth of dreams to solve this mystery before she’s stuck in the subconscious realm and everyone becomes catatonic.

PAPRIKA is suspenseful mental exercise. Perfect for you and perfect for anyone that loves mystery, sci-fi, and weird Murakami-esque human behaviors. That’s a fact and proven by book scientists/sellers named Thu!


What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307389831
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Published: Vintage - August 11th, 2009

Imma let you finish, but Haruki Murakami is my favorite writer of all time! How does a person become an author of a billion mind-blowing fantastical books? Some might say, open a jazz club in Hawaii. I’ve heard running ultra-marathons helps too. After reading this memoir, I don’t believe anyone can stretch their imagination so far and commit it to print without living a meditative and colorful life like Haruki Murakami.


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2017 Kids Holiday Catalog

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.

Our October Brazos Best: RETURN TO THE DARK VALLEY

Colombian author Santiago Gamboa is that rarest of writers; a literary author who also writes riveting, globe-spanning thrillers. I first discovered him through his novel NECROPOLIS, a novel bursting with plots and subplots. Taking place over the span of a weekend in Jerusalem, NECROPOLIS is replete with stories packed like Russian eggs; paramilitaries, writers, even pimps, fill the pages of this masterful book. Upon reading it I was struck by the voice of the author, an important new voice from Latin America long overdue in English.

Return to the Dark Valley Cover Image
By Santiago Gamboa, Howard Curtis (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609454258
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - September 19th, 2017

Paulina's Basics of Lettering

Whether or not you attended our bullet journaling workshop with Paulina Papke on September 26, here is a wonderful guide she's made that will assist you in your hand-lettering and bullet journaling journey. Feel free to download the packet for personal use. 

You can find more examples of Paulina's work at paulinapapke.com or on social media @paulinapapke

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