Women's History Month Staff Picks!

March is Women's History Month! Brazos honors the voices of great women with staff picks of some of our favorite books penned by women authors!


I discovered Laurie Colwin's books about ten years ago,  only to find out that sadly, she had died at only 48, in the midst of a fascinating writing career. Before she passed, she penned 5 or so novels, some short-stories, and a bunch of food writing that I also fell in love with as I raced through her entire catalogue, devastated that this fascinating voice had been cut short so very soon. I suggest starting with the book I started with-- GOODBYE WITHOUT LEAVING, the story of a young woman named Geraldine who escapes the dryness of grad school to tour as a back-up singer with the Shakettes and later tries to reconcile those wild years with what she sees as the diminishment of marriage and motherhood. In this book as in her others, Colwin explores a woman's domestic life. She is funny and thoughtful and achingly honest. 


CASSIE'S PICK: SLAY by Brittney Morris

Inspired by her desire to create a video game after seeing Black Panther author Brittney Morris turned to what she does best: she created it on the page. Her lead character, Keira Johnson, is a seventeen year old powerhouse who created a secret multiplayer online game called SLAY. When Kiera's life is turned upside down after a Kansas City teen is murdered over a SLAY-related dispute, Kiera must decide what to do: how to speak up, how to speak out, and how to protect the safe haven she's created for so many black gamers, including herself, from a world so intimidated by blackness. SLAY is an absolute celebration of #blackgirlmagic, and you should be basking in its glory.



A fierce, urgent and uncompromising novel about a young Irish girl during the troubles. MILKMAN is funny, challenging and a masterwork of narrative. Winner of the Man Booker Prize, MILKMAN rarely stops or pauses for breath. Gangsters, paramilitaries, local hoodlums, it is unlike anything I've ever read before.



Hartman's meticulously researched prose is an incandescent illumination of the lives of Black, queer, radical women and people at the turn of the century. You'll hear them echo through time in their refusal to submit to conventions, to men, to arbitrary and racist laws. This history is alive with a jazz chorus of riotous Black women and girls.


LAURA G'S PICK: THE MERCIES by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Millwood has created a sinister, obsessive parable set in a harsh, arctic Norwegian town in 1617. Perfect for fans of MidsommarThe Mercies is utterly hypnotic, creating a humble and stark atmosphere strung through with tension and hidden rage. Beguiling and haunting, this is a tale of community, witches, and love in a punishing world.

Goodbye Without Leaving Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060955335
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Harper Perennial - May 16th, 2000

SLAY Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534445420
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2019

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Milkman: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450000
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - December 4th, 2018

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393357622
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 14th, 2020

The Mercies Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316529259
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 11th, 2020

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