The Brazos Book Club

Brazos Bookstore store employee Mark Haber leads a freestyle conversation about a wide variety of books, fiction and non-. Attending group members choose the book for the next month at the end of each meeting. No need to worry if you haven't read this month's book. All are welcome!

Click below to purchase or hold a copy of this month's book to pick up at the bookstore. 

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

 WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 -- 7 PM

Written in 1914, The Trial is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century: the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information.


Hotel Iris Cover Image
By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312425241
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - March 30th, 2010

 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 -- 7 PM

In a crumbling seaside hotel on the coast of Japan, quiet seventeen-year-old Mari works the front desk as her mother tends to the off-season customers. When one night they are forced to expel a middle-aged man and a prostitute from their room, Mari finds herself drawn to the man. He is a proud if threadbare translator living on an island off the coast.

Mari begins to visit him on his island, and he soon initiates her into a dark realm of both pain and pleasure, a place in which she finds herself more at ease even than the translator. As Mari's mother begins to close in on the affair, Mari's sense of what is suitable and what is desirable are recklessly engaged.

Hotel Iris is a stirring novel about the sometimes violent ways in which we express intimacy and about the untranslatable essence of love.


A Horse Walks Into a Bar (Vintage International) Cover Image
By David Grossman, Jessica Cohen (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101973493
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - January 16th, 2018

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 -- 7 PM

In a dive bar in a small Israeli city, Dov Greenstein, a comedian a bit past his prime, takes the stage for his final show. Over the course of a single evening, Dov's patter becomes a kind of memoir, taking us back into the terrors of his childhood. And in the dance between comic and audience, a deeper story begins to take shape as Dov confronts the decision that has shaped the course of his life--a story that will alter the lives of several of those in attendance. A poignant exploration of how people confront life's capricious battering, A Horse Walks into a Bar is a searing story of loss and survival.


Go Tell It on the Mountain (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780375701870
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 -- 7 PM

Go Tell It on the Mountain, originally published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's discovery one Saturday in March of 1935 of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a Pentecostal storefront church in Harlem. Baldwin's rendering of his protagonist's spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle toward self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves. 


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

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 -- 7 PM

A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing West. Driven back again and again, he meets naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen, and his exploits turn him into a legend. Diaz defies the conventions of historical fiction and genre, offering a probing look at the stereotypes that populate our past and a portrait of radical foreignness.


Article Type Terms: