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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood By Trevor Noah Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588198
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

A must-read for anyone who has "heard of" apartheid but didn't fully grasp it. Shocking, infuriating, and also very fun. How? Because Trevor Noah is that talented with words and timing.


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Brat: An '80s Story By Andrew McCarthy Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538754276
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 11th, 2021

A fun look behind the scenes of some of the most iconic movies of the 80's. McCarthy is a surprisingly good writer - check out his travel writing!


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Secret Houston: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure By William Dylan Powell Cover Image
$20.95
ISBN: 9781681062099
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Published: Reedy Press - October 15th, 2019

Finding youself with some time to kill? All these amazing spots are very local and many are free! Discover the quirky side of Houston!


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Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland By Patrick Radden Keefe Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780307279286
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - February 25th, 2020

A detailed nonfiction accouunt of "The Troubles" that reads like a frightening murder mystery.


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Bibliophile: Diverse Spines By Jamise Harper, Jane Mount, Jane Mount (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jamise Harper, Jane Mount, Jane Mount (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781797211916
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 2nd, 2021

A gorgeous celebration of BIPOC literature - books, booksellers, and authors. New Year's Resolution: expand horizons. Check!


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The House on Vesper Sands By Paraic O'Donnell Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142988
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Published: Tin House Books - January 11th, 2022

Wonderful gothic mystery about a divinity student masquerading as a sergeant and a stubborn and adventurous female journalist working to solve the mystery surrounding a window-jumping seamstress.


Confessions of a Bookseller By Shaun Bythell Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781567927221
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - March 22nd, 2022

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have the best job in the world? Shaun gives a peek into a year in the life of a secondhand bookshop owner in Scotland. The events, customers, technical problems, and seasonal income variances--he faces them all with humor and a pinch of snark. Maybe we could do an exchange program?


Linea Nigra: An Essay on Pregnancy and Earthquakes By Jazmina Barrera, Christina Macsweeney (Translator) Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781949641301
Availability: OUT OF PRINT - Not Available for Order
Published: Two Lines Press - May 3rd, 2022

Beautifully written, gorgeous translation. A love letter to her son, husband, and mother, while at the same time incredibly honest and truthful about the frustrations and fears of pregnancy and motherhood.


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Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family By Robert Kolker Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525562641
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Published: Anchor - March 2nd, 2021

The true story of a family of 12 children, 6 of whom are diagnosed with schizophrenia. One by one, 6 of the 10 boys suffers a mental break and are hospitalized, stabilize, and break again--over and over. The story then becomes a dual telling of the family's struggle to deal with the mental illness and the medical research that they participated in to try to determine the cause--nature or nurture?


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Night Film: A Novel By Marisha Pessl Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780812979787
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 1st, 2014

The daughter of a reclusive film producer has died and a journalist looks for the real story. Dark, loads of twists, and an added note of realism with extra material interspersed throughout the book.


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Lightning Often Strikes Twice: The 50 Biggest Misconceptions in Science By Brian Clegg Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781789294255
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Published: Michael O'Mara - February 1st, 2023

This book clarifies all those rumors, urban legends, and things you are remembering incorrectly from science classes--thank you! As for lightning, not only can it strike twice, it can strike twice at the same time! Trust me, I have experience on this one...


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The Guest List: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Lucy Foley Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062868947
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 3rd, 2021

Excellent suspenseful story of a group of wedding guests on a remote Irish island. They all seem friendly and congenial, but as the wedding day progresses dark histories and secrets are slowly revealed and someone turns up dead and with a lot of enemies. Who is the victim and who did them in???   


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Dinner Party By Sarah Gilmartin Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781911590583
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Published: Pushkin Press - March 7th, 2023

Kate assembles her family for a dinner on the anniversary of a death in the family and the usual arguments break out. As the book dips into the past we see the complicated family dynamics that have arisen from their shared tragedies, which affect them all, but Kate in a uniquely personal way. An impressive debut novel from an Irish writer.  


Diary of a Void: A Novel By Emi Yagi, David Boyd (Translated by), Lucy North (Translated by) Cover Image
By Emi Yagi, David Boyd (Translated by), Lucy North (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143136880
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Published: Penguin Books - August 8th, 2023

This small novel packs a lot of thought-provoking content into just over 200 pages!  As the lone female in her workplace, Shibata finds that she is expected to do all the menial tasks around the office. One day she announces that she cannot clear away her coworkers' dirty cups any longer because she is pregnant, and the smell nauseates her. Except - she is not actually pregnant at all. She becomes more and more engaged in keeping the facade going, until the distinction between reality and her illusion becomes hard to find.