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Brilliant Books' 2019 Winter Staff Favorites

Brilliant Books' 2019 Winter Staff Favorites

Each of these titles is personally recommended by one of our Brilliant Booksellers. The list features both newly published and older books and draws from a wide array of writers, styles, and genres; for favorites only available in print, check out our website!

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The Old Drift

A Novel

By Namwali Serpell
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Richard E. Grant & Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Length: 24 hours 59 minutes

“A dazzling debut, establishing Namwali Serpell as a writer on the world stage.”—Salman Rushdie, The New York Times Book Review
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Dwight Garner, The New York Times • The New York Times Book Review • Time • NPR • The Atlantic • BuzzFeed • Tordotcom Kirkus Reviews BookPage

WINNER OF: The Arthur C. Clarke... Read more »

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Fox 8

A Story

By George Saunders
Narrated by: George Saunders
Length: 37 minutes

Fox 8

“Another charming, inventive, and bizarre short story from a master of the form, Fox 8 will pinch your heart and make you cackle with laughter. With gorgeous illustrations by Chelsea Cardinal, this is an Aesop’s fable for the modern era. As with all of George Saunders’s other work, Fox 8 will leave you feeling like you’ve ridden a roller coaster through the entire range of human emotions—and isn’t that what literature is for?”

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A Wild Sheep Chase

A Novel

By Haruki Murakami
Narrated by: Rupert Degas
Length: 9 hours 37 minutes

Quirky and utterly captivating, A Wild Sheep Chase is Murakami at his astounding best.

An advertising executive receives a postcard from a friend and casually appropriates the image for an advertisement. What he doesn’t realize is that included in the scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly... Read more »

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Sometimes I Lie

A Novel

By Alice Feeney
Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
Length: 9 hours 26 minutes

Sometimes I Lie

“I feel messed up after finishing this, which is what I look for in a thriller. The twists and turns are dizzying, leading to an ending you won't see coming. Amber is recovering from a car crash, and since she's not quite out of her coma, we get to see flashbacks of her life and the events that brought her to where she is today. Everything - her radio job, her writer husband, and her perfect sister, Claire - is not what it seems. But then, neither is Amber. A perfect thriller to discuss and deconstruct with your book club!”

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Someone Like Me

By M. R. Carey
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 17 hours 10 minutes

A naïve divorced mother of two faces the darkest parts of herself in this heart-stopping thriller from the author of USA Today bestseller, The Girl With All the Gifts.

Liz Kendall wouldn't hurt a fly. Even when times get tough, she's devoted to bringing up her two kids in a loving home.

But there's another side to Liz -- one that's dark and... Read more »

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The Current

A Novel

By Tim Johnston
Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
Length: 14 hours 27 minutes

The Current

“A perfectly balanced pairing of complex characters and narrative tension. En route to visit her terminally ill father in Minnesota, a college student and her friend flee an assault and plunge into an icy river. Questions arise and tensions increase when the primary suspect of a ten year old cold case returns home. ”

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An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts

By Alexander Langlands
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Length: 10 hours 59 minutes

In the midst of a seemingly endless supply of mass-manufactured products, we find ourselves nostalgic for products bearing the mark of authenticity—hand-made furniture, artisan breads, craft beers, and other goods produced by human hands. What often goes unnoticed is the transformation of our understanding of craft—or rather, craeft—in the wake... Read more »

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This Is Marketing

You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See

By Seth Godin
Narrated by: Seth Godin
Length: 7 hours 1 minutes

#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller

Instant New York Times Bestseller

A game-changing approach to marketing, sales, and advertising. 

Seth Godin has taught and inspired millions of entrepreneurs, marketers, leaders, and fans from all walks of life, via his blog, online courses, lectures, and bestselling books. He is the inventor of countless ideas... Read more »

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