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Crisp Campuses and Adolescence Angst

What to read right now: 6 great books that reveal the romance, mystery & drama of campus life

By Sofia Sokolove

Even though it’s already time for midterms, it never quite feels like back-to-school season until the cooler weather arrives, which, fingers crossed, is happening right about now. To properly ...


Book reading and signing: Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart

Brazos Bookstore

Gary Shteyngart needs little introduction. Author of many acclaimed novels (including Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story), Little Failure (out in paperback) is his first memoir —


Book reading and signing: The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde

Brazos Bookstore

Although she's an orphan in indentured servitude, 16-year-old Jennifer Strange is pretty good at her job of managing the unpredictable crew at Kazam Mystical Arts Management. She already solved


Book reading and signing: A Muse and a Maze by Peter Turchi

Brazos Bookstore

With his characteristic genius for finding connections between writing and the stuff of our lives, Peter Turchi ventures into new and even more surprising territory. In A Muse and a Maze, Turchi dr


Book reading and signing: The Outcasts by Kathleen Kent

Brazos Bookstore

It's the 19th century on the Gulf Coast, a time of opportunity and lawlessness. After escaping the Texas brothel where she'd been a virtual prisoner, Lucinda Carter heads for Middle Bayou t


Book reading and signing: Texas: The Great Theft by Carmen Boullosa

Brazos Bookstore

Loosely based on the little-known 1859 Mexican invasion of the United States, Carmen Boullosa's newest novel, Texas: The Great Theft, is a richly imagined evocation of the volatile Tex-Mex


Book reading and signing: Thrown by Kerry Howley

Brazos Bookstore

In this darkly funny work of literary nonfiction, a bookish young woman insinuates herself into the lives of two cage fighters — one a young prodigy, the other an aging journeyman. Acclaimed


Book reading and signing: The Hawkins Ranch in Texas by Margaret Furse

Brazos Bookstore

In 1846, James Boyd Hawkins, his wife, Ariella, and their young children left North Carolina to establish a sugar plantation in Matagorda County in the Texas coastal bend. In The Hawk


Book reading and signing: Perfidia by James Ellroy

Brazos Bookstore

Many people know James Ellroy because of the films adapted from his books (especially the 1997's Oscar-winner L.A. Confidential), but Ellroy has been among America's most acclaimed cri


Dramatic reading of C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters

Along with The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis' best known and most often read book is The Screwtape Letters. In it, Lewis allows readers to eavesdrop on the infernal co


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