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Nothing is Ever Going to Be the Same: Joy and Ülrika Chat About Marisha Pessl

Joy: I’m here with Ülrika, our gift buyer. We are discussing Neverworld Wake, by Marisha Pessl!

Marisha is coming to the store on June 12, so we’re all really really really excited about that. It was Ülrika who put Night Film in my hands, which is her previous, wonderful (enormous) novel. So Ülrika was really excited to talk about Neverworld Wake with me. There’s so much we can’t give away, or we would let you know exactly what happens!

Ülrika, If you were selling this to me, what would you give me as the four-sentence pitch?

Neverworld Wake Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399553929
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Delacorte Press - June 5th, 2018

Outrageous Characters: Joy Interviews Cate Berry

I was so very excited when Austin’s Cate Berry reached out to me about doing a story time at Brazos for her debut picture book! Penguin and Tiny Shrimp Don't Do Bedtime is out now from Balzer and Bray/Harper Collins, an imprint that publishes impeccably wonderful, creative picture books! Penguin and Tiny Shrimp is funny and charming and as per the title will absolutely not put you to sleep. And Cate, who also teaches aspiring authors the art of writing humorous picture books, is equally a delight!

Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don't Do Bedtime! Cover Image
By Cate Berry, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062491534
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Balzer + Bray - May 8th, 2018

Paula McLain and Chris Cander Chat Books and Inspiration

We were honored to host Paula McLain at the store last week for her new book, LOVE AND RUIN. Her last book, THE PARIS WIFE, was an international bestseller, and LOVE AND RUIN returns to the theme of Hemingway –– but through the lens of his second wife and famed war correspondent, Martha Gellhorn.

Couldn't attend? Listen to our audio recording of the event below!

A Sense of Wilderness: Sara Chats with Translator Rhonda Mullins

Today, I'm honored to spotlight a book from beyond the northern border: Julie Demers' Little Beast, out from Canada's Coach House Books last month! Little Beast is, in fact, a little beast. At about 150 pages, it clocks in as a fairly quick read. However, Several of our staff members were bowled over by this small volume immediately. It merges fairy tale with adventure story, all seen through the eyes of a small girl with a full beard who must protect herself from suspicious townsfolk.

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

A Novel-Novel, Not A Prison Novel: Keaton Interviews Rachel Kushner

Keaton: Instead of leading with the obligatory "why did you write a prison novel" question, I’d like to know how the subject of prison might have altered your writing. Your first two novels are expansive, even global narratives, where the setting of The Mars Room is by its very nature confined and cut off from the larger world. Did this necessitate a different approach for you? How so?

The Mars Room: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476756554
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Scribner - May 1st, 2018

Us and Not Us: An Interview with Bianca Stone

Bianca Stone is a Brooklyn-based poet and visual artist. As soon as we got in her new book, we knew we needed to chat! We sat down with Stone recently to talk about her new poetry collection, The Mobius Strip Club of Grief (Tin House, Feb 2018), purgatory, death, family trauma, and stripping.

The Mobius Strip Club of Grief Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941040850
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Tin House Books - February 27th, 2018

Dive into Summer!

Join us for summer excitement for all ages! Our summer of fun includes ocean themes galore, in conjunction with our Summer of Moby Dick.

Summer Reading Kickoff! | Saturday, 6/2 @ 2pm

Splash into summer with a party for all ages, featuring activities and a parking lot cookout

 

A Brazos Bookstore Wild Rumpus | Sunday, 6/10 @ 2pm

Get wild on Maurice Sendak's birthday with games, readings, costumes, and other fun surprises

Sara Interviews Sara Kramer of New York Review Books

For the month of May at Brazos Bookstore, we’re championing Basic Black with Pearls as our Brazos Best. It’s a fever dream of a book, featuring a surreptitious affair, world travel, an undocumented main character (Shirley), mathematical codes in magazines, a mysterious organization known as The Agency, and a momentous visit to Toronto (Shirley’s childhood town). It’s poignant and disorienting, and yet incredibly readable.

Basic Black With Pearls Cover Image
By Helen Weinzweig, Sarah Weinman (Afterword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781681372167
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: NYRB Classics - April 17th, 2018

Mother's Day at Brazos

Take a look at a few of our mother's day picks. Though these books may not be obvious choices, they explore motherhood in deeply thoughtful, evocative, and multifaceted ways.

And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316393843
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

Filled with explicit candor and hilarious, biting wit, these essays provide a record of modern motherhood for the new generation. And while this will absolutely resonate with the women who read it, young fathers (and would-be parents) will also benefit from O’Connell’s insights into their partners’ experiences. This is the book about parenting I wish I’d had.

–Keaton


The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977498
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Graywolf Press - September 6th, 2016

A favorite of mine from the recent explosion in literary nonfiction. Boggs writes with beauty and precision about motherhood—not only personally (though yes, personally), but also culturally, historically, artistically. I didn’t think this book would be for me; boy, was I wrong.

–Ben


Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501126062
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Scribner - September 5th, 2017

In rich, lyrical prose, Ward reckons with the relationship 13-year-old Jojo has with his biracial family, but most of all his mom Leonie and her relatives. She’s an inconsistent presence, but she’s the mother figure he has. Jojo learns from the past, present, and future, living and dead, humans, plants, and animals; for this text, all are necessary to tell Jojo (and the reader) the story of America from slavery to chain gangs to Jim Crow to Trayvon Martin.

–Sara


The Changeling Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781941040898
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tin House Books - April 10th, 2018

Joy Williams pursues motherhood in its darkest form, and I’m so glad to see this book republished. When we meet Williams’ main character, Pearl, she’s drunkenly attempting to escape her abusive ex-husband with her new baby. As the novel unwinds, it expands into a paranoid postpartum fairy tale, full of children who aren’t Pearl’s but whom she loves, and her own kid, Sam, who takes on a haunting role entirely estranged from normal childhood.

–Sara


The Desert and Its Seed Cover Image
By Jorge Barón Biza, Camilo Ramirez (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811225809
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: New Directions - April 24th, 2018

The Desert and Its Seed is an autobiographical novel that focuses on Mario, moments after his father has thrown acid on his mother’s face (a true story). The novel follows Mario and his stoic mother, Eligia, as she moves from a clinic in Argentina to a clinic in Milan. The descriptions of her face and the changes it undergoes are both harrowing and strangely beautiful. Mario attempts to deal with the violence upon his mother (by his own father, no less) as he navigates the provincial streets of a small Italian town, drinking with strangers and getting lost (both literally and figuratively).

–Mark


Tomb Song: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977993
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: Graywolf Press - March 6th, 2018

This book tells of Julián’s unconventional life as he sits at the bedside of his mother who is fighting leukemia. In fiery and often hallucinogenic prose Herbert describes his struggles as a child, his desire to be a writer and the traveling circus of his youth moving from city to city. At the root of this novel is a young man troubled by the mixed feelings he has for his mother, the courage Guadalupe had to fight for herself and her son. The writing is stunning and always brutal.

–Mark


The Days of Abandonment Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781933372006
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2005

Elena Ferrante is known for her Neapolitan Quartet, but this visceral book is truly unforgettable. After a woman is abandoned by her husband, she must care for two children on her own. Days of Abandonment is personal, fiercely intelligent, and self-aware.

–Ülrika


Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780679781585
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Vintage - January 10th, 1999

It’s not a traditional mother-daughter relationship, but Sayuri’s relationship with the Mother of her ryokan is as formative as it is tense. Later on, Mameha is another mother-figure who helps Sayuri to grow into a mature woman. So, it’s a non-traditional look at the mother-figures in our lives and how they create a sense of family.

–Alexis


On Immunity: An Inoculation Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977207
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Graywolf Press - September 15th, 2015

This book-length essay explores the realm of public health through an attempt to understand the anti-vaccine movement, Dracula, Biss’ own experience as a new mother, and herd immunity, etc. An incredible insight into a contemporary moment.

–Nathan


May Buyer's Corner: Keaton and Sara Talk Events, New Faves, and Brazos Best!

Click here to watch our May Buyer's Corner!

Featuring our events with Joe Holley, Paula McLain, and Rachel Kushner.

Hurricane Season: The Unforgettable Story of the 2017 Houston Astros and the Resilience of a City Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316485241
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Hachette Books - May 1st, 2018

The Aviator: From the award-winning author of Laurus Cover Image
By Eugene Vodolazkin, Lisa C. Hayden (Translated by)
$26.99
ISBN: 9781786072719
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Oneworld Publications - May 8th, 2018

The Trial: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text (The Schocken Kafka Library) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780805209990
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Schocken - May 25th, 1999

Basic Black With Pearls Cover Image
By Helen Weinzweig, Sarah Weinman (Afterword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781681372167
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: NYRB Classics - April 17th, 2018

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