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!

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77 Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781940953892
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Published: Open Letter - February 12th, 2019

THURSDAY, MAY 16 -- 7 PM

Buenos Aires, 1977. In the darkest days of the Videla dictatorship, G mez, a gay high-school literature teacher, tries to keep a low profile as one-by-one, his friends and students begin to disappear. When Esteban, one of G mez's favorite students, is taken away in a classroom raid, G mez realizes that no one is safe anymore, and that asking too many questions can have lethal consequences. His life gradually becomes a paranoid, insomniac nightmare that not even his nightly forays into bars and bathhouses in search of anonymous sex can relieve. Things get even more complicated when he takes in two dissidents, putting his life at risk--especially since he's been having an affair with a homophobic, sadistic cop with ties to the military government. Told mostly in flashbacks thirty years later, 77 is rich in descriptive detail, dream sequences, and even elements of the occult, which build into a haunting novel about absence and the clash between morality and survival when living under a dictatorship.


By Blood: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250023964
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Published: Picador - December 24th, 2012

FRIDAY, APRIL 19TH -- 7 PM

San Francisco, the 1970s. A disgraced professor takes an office in an old downtown building to plot his return. But he is distracted by the sounds coming from the next room, the office of a psychiatrist. He overhears the therapy sessions of a young lesbian who is in search of her adoptive family. Enraptured by the sound of her voice and obsessed with her story, the professor takes up the patient's quest as his own and discovers the disturbing truth about her origins. As he sends each new revelation to the patient---disguised as correspondence from an adoption agency---she is energized by the information, but finds herself unmoored from everything she thought she knew about herself. With ferocious intelligence and enthralling, magnetic prose, Ellen Ullman's By Blood is a dark and brilliant novel about connection, identity, history, and the terrible desire to influence another life.


Book of Clouds Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780802170569
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - March 2009

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2OTH -- 7 PM

Unfolding with the strange, charged logic of a dream, Book of Clouds is a profound portrait of a city forever in flux, and of the myths we cling to in order to give shape to our lives.


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By Cesar Aira, Chris Andrews (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811219105
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - December 6th, 2016

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2OTH -- 7 PM

In nineteenth-century Argentina, Ema, a delicate woman of indeterminate origins, is captured by soldiers and taken, along with with her newborn babe, to live as a concubine in a crude fort on the very edges of civilization. The trip is appalling (deprivations and rapes prevail along the way), yet the real story commences once Ema arrives at the fort, where she takes on a succession of lovers among the soldiers and Indians, leading to a brave and grand entrepreneurial experiment. As is usual with Aira's work, the wonder of the book is in the details of customs, beauty, and language, and the curious, perplexing reality of human nature.


Beware of Pity Cover Image
By Stefan Zweig, Joan Acocella (Introduction by), Phyllis Blewitt (Translated by), Trevor Blewitt (Translated by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590172001
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 20th, 2006

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16 -- 7 PM

Hofmiller, an Austro-Hungarian cavalry officer stationed at the edge of the empire, is invited to a party at the home of a rich local landowner, a world away from the dreary routine of the barracks. The surroundings are glamorous, wine flows freely, and the exhilarated young Hofmiller asks his host's lovely daughter for a dance, only to discover that sickness has left her painfully crippled. It is a minor blunder that will destroy his life, as pity and guilt gradually implicate him in a well-meaning but tragically wrongheaded plot to restore the unhappy invalid to health.


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