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Fantasy, Place, and History: Sara Interviews Bethany Morrow, Author of MEM

Sara: Thanks for chatting today! I’m really excited to talk about your new book!

Bethany Morrow: Me too!

SB: I just want to start off with a kind of overview question. Can you talk about the experience you’ve had thus far as a debut novelist? You were at Winter Institute, and our manager Ben met you there (and loves the book, as I do), so I think it’d be really cool to hear a bit about the experience from the author’s end.

Mem Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781944700553
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Unnamed Press - May 22nd, 2018

July Brazos Best: COMEMADRE

We have been waiting for MONTHS to share this book! Comemadre has been a store favorite since March, when we got a single Advance Copy into the store and circulated it around the staff like a black market substance. Since the love for this book is so strong, we couldn't decide whose review to include. So take a look below at all our descriptions, then swing by the store to pick up a copy of this weird little gem from Coffee House Press.

Comemadre Cover Image
By Roque Larraquy, Heather Cleary (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895156
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - July 10th, 2018

Book Drive to Support Houston-Area Unaccompanied Minors

“Salvation is certainly among the reasons I read. Reading and writing have always pulled me out of the darkest experiences in my life. Stories have given me a place in which to lose myself. They have allowed me to remember. They have allowed me to forget. They have allowed me to imagine different endings and better possible worlds.” – Roxane Gay

Dia de Los Muertos Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780807515662
Availability: OUT OF PRINT - Not Available for Order
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - September 1st, 2015

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred Cover Image
By Samantha R. Vamos, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$8.95
ISBN: 9781580892438
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Charlesbridge - August 1st, 2013

My Big Barefoot Book of Spanish and English Words Cover Image
By Sophie Fatus (With)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781782852865
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Barefoot Books - April 30th, 2016

Abecedarios: Mexican Folk Art ABCs in English and Spanish (First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art) Cover Image
By Cynthia Weill, K. B. Basseches (Photographer), Armando Jiménez (Artist)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781941026663
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Cinco Puntos Press - April 11th, 2017

Where's Waldo? 30th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763695798
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Candlewick - May 16th, 2017

Juliana Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781432702533
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Outskirts Press - March 23rd, 2008

The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano Cover Image
By Margarita Engle, Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780312659288
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Square Fish - March 15th, 2011

Popol Vuj Cover Image
By Victor Montejo, Luis Garay (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780888993625
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Groundwood Books - September 14th, 1999

Rainbow Weaver / Tejedora del Arcoíris Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780892393749
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Children's Book Press (CA) - September 1st, 2016

Somos Como Las Nubes / We Are Like the Clouds Cover Image
By Jorge Argueta, Alfonso Ruano (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781554988495
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Groundwood Books - October 11th, 2016

?La senorita Nelson ha desaparecido! Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780395900086
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Clarion Books - March 30th, 1998

Call Me Tree / Llámame Árbol Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780892392940
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Children's Book Press (CA) - September 25th, 2014

Siesta Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060560614
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - March 29th, 2005

Esperanza Rising (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780439120425
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - May 1st, 2002

Esperanza renace (Esperanza Rising) Cover Image
By Pam Muñoz Ryan, Nuria Molinero (Translated by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780439398855
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Scholastic en español - August 1st, 2002

I Am a Big Sister! / íSoy una hermana mayor! (Bilingual) (Caroline Jayne Church) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545847186
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: Scholastic en español - August 25th, 2015

Devolver al Remitente (Return to Sender Spanish Edition) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375851247
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Yearling - September 14th, 2010

El camioncito azul abre el camino: (Little Blue Truck Leads the Way Spanish board book) Cover Image
By Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780544708976
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Clarion Books - April 5th, 2016

La verdadera historia de los tres cerditos Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator), Maria Negroni (Translated by)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780140557589
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Puffin Books - March 1st, 1996

El principito (Spanish) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780156013925
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Mariner Books - September 4th, 2001

¡La Paloma encuentra un perro caliente! Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423140511
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Hyperion Books for Children - May 24th, 2011

El gran día de Lily: Lily's Big Day (Spanish edition) Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061363160
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: HarperCollins Espanol - March 18th, 2008

La Princesa and the Pea Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399251566
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

La lección de August: Wonder (Spanish-language Edition) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780804171120
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Vintage Espanol - April 1st, 2014

Thu Interviews Lillian Li, Author of NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li meets our shelves today! I had the honor to interview her. We talked about many things, but mostly this gem of a book, so check it out and get a copy!

A Juneteenth Reading List by Local Authors You Need to Know

Happy Juneteenth! When we first thought of compiling a reading list for the holiday, we ran into two problems. First, not everyone knows what Juneteenth is or what it represents. Second, there’s no way we’re even close to being the leading experts on what it means to celebrate black history and identity. To make a long story short, we asked local authors, whose work we admire and who engage the community, to share their favorite books that celebrate everything that goes into Juneteenth.

In the Language of My Captor Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780819577115
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Wesleyan University Press - February 7th, 2017

"These poems fork an oppressive tongue into jig and meaning. Read carefully before speaking on the surface of each line."


American Happiness Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781588383273
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: NewSouth Books - October 1st, 2016

"This is poetry as ointment for the American condition. Read for what ails your past and future history."


My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781608467679
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Haymarket Books - May 30th, 2017

"Mothers leave daughters maps into the world and deeper into self. This collection is a hymn of survival."


Breakbeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic Cover Image
By Jamila Woods (Editor), Mahogany L. Browne (Editor), Idrissa Simmonds (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781608468577
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Haymarket Books - April 1st, 2018

"Black women writing unapologetically free. Read this and get your life!"


Jonathan Moody

 Author of Olympic Butter Gold and The Doomy Poems. His poetry has appeared in African American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Borderlands, The Common, among other publications, and is forthcoming in Harvard Review Online


My Bondage and My Freedom Cover Image
By Frederick Douglass, John David Smith (Introduction by), John David Smith (Notes by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140439182
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Penguin Classics - February 4th, 2003

"When I was sixteen, I encountered My Bondage And My Freedom and took note of how Douglass decimated the patronizing myth/oxymoron of the “benevolent” slave master. Twenty-three years later, the scene of a young Douglass tricking his slave master’s son into teaching him how to read still lingers as a testament to how reading is a subversive act that can liberate minds."


Liara Tamani

Author of Calling My Name. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College and a BA from Duke University.


The Collected Works of Phillis Wheatley (Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers) Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780195060850
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 14th, 1989

"It’s hard to talk about the beauty and importance of this book in a few sentences. For those who may not know, Phillis Wheatley was the first African-American to publish a book. Although she was a slave, her poetry was famous. Through her poems and letters, we get a glimpse of her life…of her dreams…of her struggle for freedom for herself and others."


The Souls of Black Folk (Restless Classics) Cover Image
By W. E. B. Du Bois, II Newkirk, Vann R. (Introduction by), Steve Prince (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781632060976
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Restless Books - February 14th, 2017

"There is so much history and wisdom in this book of essays. Although written at the beginning of the twentieth century, the double consciousness that DuBois explores in this book is still the experience of many black Americans today. It’s a classic."


The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

"This is the novel that made me fall in love with writing as a teen. It was the first book I saw myself in. I was drawn to the beauty of the language and the exploration of a young black girl’s internalization of the white beauty standard."


Cane Cover Image
By Jean Toomer, Rudolph P. Byrd (Afterword by), Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Afterword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780871402103
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Liveright - June 13th, 2011

"I love the structure of this book—songs, poems, stories, and sketches beautifully woven together in celebration of black culture. It’s so rich and soulful."


Calling My Name Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062656865
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Greenwillow Books - October 24th, 2017

"Yes, it’s my own book but I’m not just shamelessly plugging it. :) Calling My Name has a whole chapter that takes place at a Juneteenth Festival, so it’s fitting for this list. And it explores the interior life of a young black girl growing up in the suburbs in the South, a very common African-American experience but one not explored a lot in literature."


Ebony Stewart

Author of Home, Girl, Hood. Stewart is a touring performance artist and slam poet who has been active in the central Texas slam poetry scene and theater community for over a decade.


Liliane: A Novel Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9780312644109
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 11th, 2011

"Let's be honest, anything this woman writes is gold. This particular body of work explores mental health and childhood memories within the black culture (more specifically black womyn) as a way to discourage the negative stereotype."


God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse Cover Image
By James Weldon Johnson, Maya Angelou (Introduction by), Henry Louis Gates (Editor)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143105411
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Penguin Classics - May 27th, 2008

"The short book of poems reads like a prayer, hymnal, and praise. These sermons of poetry are moving and speak to the tradition of surviving."


Between the World and Me Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

"Say or feel how you want about the author... but you can not deny the way he bends and folds the complexity of the black man and the way America romanticizes their death. The book really exist as a way to humanize and have compassion for black men. The book itself reminded me a lot of James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk."


Home. Girl. Hood. Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780989009263
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Timber Mouse - February 7th, 2018

"Many authors write from a place of knowing. In Home.Girl.Hood, [I] strive to 'figure it out' with the reader. An honest young girl growing woman as a vulnerable & transparent poet."


Bryan Washington

Author of Lot, coming out from Riverhead in 2019. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, BuzzFeed, New York Magazine, The Paris Review, Boston Review, Tin House, One Story, Bon Appétit, MUNCHIES, American Short Fiction, GQ, FADER, The Awl, Hazlitt, and Catapult, where he writes a column called “Bayou Diaries”.


Life on Mars: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555975845
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Graywolf Press - May 10th, 2011

"Smith sees between the cracks, beyond the stars, and through the seams; her third collection has been a marvel and a light since 2011."


Black Deutschland: A Novel Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781250117977
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Picador - February 7th, 2017

"Pinckney's opus of a young gay guy volleys between life in Chicago, and his travails in Berlin –– consequently, the novel is a wonder and a force. There's hardly anything else like it."


Joy Interviews Samantha Clark, author of THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST

I have known author Samantha Clark for a number of years now. Our paths cross regularly in a number of ways: We are both members of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (Sam is the Regional Advisor for the Austin chapter); We both attend many of the same writer’s conferences and retreats. I’ve watched with eager anticipation her journey to publication with a fabulous and thrilling middle grade novel called The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast, which debuts at the end of this month.

Father’s Day Recommendations From Our Staff

Father’s Day is just around the corner! Make sure you’ve got your dad, your dad’s dad, and anybody you know befitting of that bill something special that shows how much you recognize and appreciate them. Just in case you’re in the dark, or this person is just darn hard to shop for, here are a few examples of what we plan on gifting.


Joy:

A Michael Chabon duo, both of which look thoughtfully and often tenderly at manhood and fatherhood.

Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062834621
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Harper - May 15th, 2018

Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061490194
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Harper Perennial - May 11th, 2010


Keaton (Official Brazos Dad):

For the football loving dad. This is cultural criticism in the guise of sports writing, using the life of the near-mythic gridiron hero as a lens through which to explore our nation's history of racism, violence and toxic masculinity. A perfect gift for the intellectual sports fan.


Jim Brown: Last Man Standing Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399173448
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Blue Rider Press - May 15th, 2018


Mark:

A gorgeous memoir about the invisible bonds we share with our ancestors as well as the objects we inherit in our lives. HARE also takes an intimate look at Europe and World War II, especially Paris and Vienna. Art, history and the arbitrary nature of a person's legacy - what's not to love?!


The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312569372
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2011


Bryan (Laura G’s Dad):

This book tells the amazing yet true story of how nearly everything has been and continues to get better for humanity. Don't believe that's true? Check out the book and be prepared to be shocked and pleasantly uplifted.


Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780525427575
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Viking - February 13th, 2018


Thu:

An inside look at the 2017 Houston Astros championship season, focusing on the epic seven-game World Series, the front office decisions that built a winning team, and the resilience of the city in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Also, because it’s the Astros!


Hurricane Season: The Unforgettable Story of the 2017 Houston Astros and the Resilience of a City Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316485241
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Hachette Books - May 1st, 2018


Laura M.: 

A fascinating look the the history of scientific precision, and how our quest for perfection has lead innovation down unexpected paths. Perfect for the mechanic, the history buff, the dad that has to have everything just so.


The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062652553
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Harper - May 8th, 2018


Ülrika:

An explosive, action-packed page turner of a book! Taking place all over the world - Columbia, Thailand, India - a young man is arrested for drug smiggling while searchiong for his disappeared sister. For any dad who loves good writing, great plots and amazing stories.


Night Prayers Cover Image
By Santiago Gamboa, Howard Curtis (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609453114
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Europa Editions - March 1st, 2016

June Buyer's Corner: Moby Dick, Sedaris, Florida, and More!

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Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Herman Melville, Nathaniel Philbrick (Foreword by), Tony Millionaire (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143105954
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - October 27th, 2009

Check out our book club meetings for this summer. Don't forget to swing by the kick-off party on June 8 at 7pm!


Calypso Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316392389
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 29th, 2018

Little Beast Cover Image
By Julie DeMers, Rhonda Mullins (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781552453667
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Coach House Books - May 22nd, 2018

Mem Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781944700553
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Unnamed Press - May 22nd, 2018

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Sexographies Cover Image
By Gabriela Wiener, Jennifer Adcock (Translated by), Lucy Greaves (Translated by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781632061591
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Restless Books - May 29th, 2018

Florida Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594634512
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Riverhead Books - June 5th, 2018

Love and Ruin: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101967386
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Ballantine Books - May 1st, 2018

How to Walk Away: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250149060
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: St. Martin's Press - May 15th, 2018

Sara's June Pride List

Happy Pride Month, y'all! While we can all appreciate the "queer canon," so to speak, that is popularized year after year, the new releases are what really thrill me. I am so excited to see the new titles coming out from queer authors, or featuring queer characters from across the LGBTQIA spectrum. As we progress through June, keep an eye out for more literary pride spotlights!

The House of Impossible Beauties: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062676979
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Ecco - February 6th, 2018

With the reemergence of the documentary Paris is Burning and a new wave of ballroom culture, check out Cassara's novel about the subject. The House of Impossible Beauties focuses on the house of Xtravaganza, a ballroom house that featured Latinx and POC individuals. Angel, Hector, Venus, and more come to life with this unflinching narrative of New York in the 80s and 90s.

This is a fictionalized version of their stories, but even that fact pinpoints something we should pay attention to: trans histories have been erased, and continue to be erased. Books like Cassara's preserve these icons instead of allowing them to disappear into history.


Trenton Makes: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780385543385
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Doubleday - March 20th, 2018

This book is fairly slim but just brilliant. After a woman kills her husband, she assumes his identity as Abe Kunstler and pursues the American dream of a job, a car, a wife –– and hopefully, a son. Koelb interrogates desperation, lineage, and the power of gender in this novel spanning from the 40's to the 70's. Unlike so many, this book pursues a long-term narrative of trans identity and aging, and I appreciate that so strongly.


How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781328764522
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Mariner Books - April 17th, 2018

Okay, so I cried a few times reading this book. And wrote down a few quotes that made my heart tremble. After Joseph Osmundson wrote a gorgeous article about about Chee's recreation of a queer lineage in the wake of the HIV/AIDS crisis, how could I skip this gem? From tarot to moving across the country for writing to ACT UP protests, Chee pours out thoughtful advice and personal anecdotes galore.


Junk Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941040973
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: Tin House Books - May 8th, 2018

Tommy Pico is a prolific Native writer who has become integral to our contemporary sense of what queer poetry can be. He started with the epic poem IRL and hasn't stopped yet. Your heart will be absolutely wrenched out by his thoughtful, intellectual, yet grounded verse. Plus, check out the raunchy but hilarious podcast he runs with three other fantastic queer writers. 


Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781419730993
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Abrams Press - May 8th, 2018

I love London. After reading this book, I love London more. Ackroyd runs through the gay history of the city seemingly in a single breath, from Romans to the present-day. His writing is sharp and often witty, and the contents of this book elucidate so much about the history of queer culture that I'd never heard of. I like to think of this book as Foucault plus disco. Plus, who doesn't want to walk around with this book jacket? Hardcore. 


So Lucky: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374265922
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: MCD x FSG Originals - May 15th, 2018

Nicola Griffith has long been a favorite of mine, and I was so thrilled to hear that she would have a new book out this year. Something I love about Griffith's books is her ability to alternately put a heavy weight on the sexuality of her characters or barely mention it at all, blending their romantic identity into the greater maelstrom of the plot progression.

This book is utterly personal and emotional; the main character, Mara, runs a multimillion-dollar AIDS foundation but must step down when she has to suddenly come to terms with her own chronic illness. Griffith tackles the identity politics of being sick: being treated like a "victim" and "inspiration" and breaking harmful narratives about sickness, all while recognizing one's own shortcomings and weaknesses. 


Happy Birthday Larry McMurtry!: A Book List

Larry McMurtry's birthday is June 3, so we're celebrating with a list of a few of our favorite Westerns! Not all of these are traditional Westerns –– some subvert the setting, some the cowboy archetype, some the purpose of the protagonist. But they have a sense of landscape that is unique to the Western genre and typified by Larry McMurtry's many novels.

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

If you've been in the store in the past six months, you've heard us talk about IN THE DISTANCE. Hernan Diaz's novel takes tropes of the Western genre and turns them on their heads, while maintaining elegance and a unique clarity of vision. Hakan and his brother ship to the US from Sweden, but are separated in England –– one of them ends up in New York, as planned, and the other in San Francisco. What results is a seemingly endless trek as Hakan attempts to reach New York and find his brother against the landscape of 19th century America.


News of the World: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062409218
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 20th, 2017

No cowboy protagonist here; the main character of Paulette Jiles' captivating book is a professional itinerant who moves around the Texas countryside to read the news to curious audiences. He is paid to transport a young woman back to her family after she has been captured by the Kiowa tribe, and both the landscape and the girl herself prove to be unfamiliar and uncivilized. The duo's resulting bond is tenuous but touching. 


The Gloaming Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512477
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Two Dollar Radio - September 20th, 2016

Melanie Finn's protagonist, Pilgrim Jones, must find something out of nothing. After a divorce and a terrible accident, she is ostracized and attempts a safari in Africa as a means of escape. Instead of staying with the group, she sets out on her own in an attempt to cope with a shockingly empty future and a past that has receded from familiarity. This book merges high drama, loss, and violence with the possibility of redemption in an alien landscape.


Train Dreams: A Novella Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250007650
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - May 22nd, 2012

A haunting and surreal portrait of a man’s entire life as it interacts with a troubled American century. Johnson’s masterwork is irrefutable proof that no book need be longer than 90 pages.


Thalia: A Texas Trilogy Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781631493751
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Liveright - September 19th, 2017

We couldn't complete the list without including one by the icon himself! Or rather, three; Thalia collects his first three novels, written at a time when McMurtry was first arriving on the literary scene with his voice already fully formed. Never read McMurtry? This is the perfect place to start. Read everything he's ever written? This striking volume will have you obsessed again.


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