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Brilliant Books' 2018 Fall 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!

Melmoth

A Novel
By Sarah Perry
Narrated by Jan Cramer /  10 hours 39 minutes

Melmoth

“Fans of The Essex Serpent will savor Perry’s deft and effortless character development. Melmoth, a modern-day gothic horror, opens when a haunted translator from Prague learns her friend’s secret, then disappears. The novel grapples with a beast: Melmoth, macabre, who stalks the guilty, compelling them to wander in shame or choose life. Is Melmoth real or abstract? A horror, a haunting metaphor, or both?”

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The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

A Novel
By Imogen Hermes Gowar
Narrated by Juliet Stevenson /  17 hours 18 minutes

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

“This book was a pure delight from beginning to end. High-class escorts, nouveau riche merchants, madams, back-stabbings, broken hearts, mended hearts, parties, an angry mob, pining, mermaids: what more could you ask from a historical novel taking place in the late 18th century? The characters are so well-rounded I found myself cringing for them in their embarrassment and cheering for them in their triumph. The writing is so atmospheric it feels absolutely authentic. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed reading a book as much as I enjoyed reading this one. The only way to describe this book is as an absolute romp.”

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Unsheltered

A Novel
By Barbara Kingsolver
Narrated by Barbara Kingsolver /  16 hours 38 minutes

Unsheltered

“Barbara Kingsolver's UNSHELTERED is exactly what you need: a story to tumble into, characters you want to spend time with, and subtle reflections on our current climate in America. I loved this book and highly recommend it.”

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Give People Money

How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World
By Annie Lowrey
Narrated by Annie Lowrey /  7 hours 11 minutes

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
Shortlisted for the 2018 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award

A brilliantly reported, global look at universal basic income—a stipend given to every citizen—and why it might be necessary in an age of rising inequality, persistent poverty, and dazzling technology.


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Little

A Novel
By Edward Carey
Narrated by Jayne Entwistle /  14 hours 14 minutes

Little

“I am astounded. I am charmed. I am awaiting the manifestation of pure joy this enchanting book will be for the ages. Anne Marie Grosholtz is as tall as the human heart but her outlook is to the moon. Orphaned at a young age, this child is apprenticed to a physician whose wax modeling lends a twist of the macabre and is a precursor to Marie’s wondrous involvement with French royalty, a revolution, and museums. Complete with elucidating illustrations, Little is a bold imagining of Madame Tussaud. To be clear, I love it! I love it! I love it!”

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Dune

Book One in the Dune Chronicles
Dune
By Frank Herbert
Narrated by Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Ilyana Kadushin, Euan Morton & Simon Vance /  20 hours 59 minutes

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family—and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable... Read More »

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The Mere Wife

A Novel
By Maria Dahvana Headley
Narrated by Susan Bennett /  8 hours 57 minutes

"Susan Bennett masterfully narrates a stunning retelling of Beowulf that confronts all manner of monsters...Powerful, upsetting, and unforgettable, Bennett's narration is staggeringly potent." — AudioFile Magazine

New York Times bestselling author Maria Dahvana Headley presents a modern retelling of the literary classic Beowulf, set in American... Read More »

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Improvement

A Novel
By Joan Silber
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Adenrele Ojo, Hillary Huber, R. C. Bray, Ramiz Monsef, Kate Reading & various narrators /  6 hours 2 minutes

One of our most gifted writers of fiction returns with a bold and piercing novel about a young single mother living in New York, her eccentric aunt, and the decisions they make that have unexpected implications for the world around them.Reyna knows her relationship with Boyd isn't perfect; yet she sees him through a three-month stint at Riker's... Read More »

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Convenience Store Woman

By Sayaka Murata & Ginny Tapley Takemori
Narrated by Nancy Wu /  3 hours 21 minutes

Keiko Furukura had always been considered a strange child, and her parents always worried how she would get on in the real world. So when she takes a job in a convenience store while at the university, they are delighted. For her part, she finds a predictable world in the convenience store, mandated by the store manual, which dictates how the... Read More »

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Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories

By Kelly Barnhill
Narrated by John Lee /  7 hours 32 minutes

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Kelly Barnhill comes a stunning collection of nine stories teeming with uncanny characters whose lives unfold in worlds at once strikingly human and eerily original. When Mrs. Sorensen's husband dies, she rekindles a long-dormant love with an unsuitable mate in "Mrs. Sorensen and the... Read More »

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A Ladder to the Sky

A Novel
By John Boyne
Narrated by Richard E. Grant, Richard Cordery, Nina Sosanya & Laurence Kennedy /  11 hours 32 minutes

A Ladder to the Sky

“Maurice Swift is a man you won’t soon forget: handsome and charming, but above all else ambitious. He dreams of being the greatest writer of his generation and has no qualms about using the people in his orbit and conning his way to the top of his field. John Boyne has given us a truly memorable character in Maurice, but more than that, he’s given us a novel with an ingenious structure and terrific dialogue that entertains the larger question of who can ever really own a story. This is a fantastic, thoughtful tale that even in its darkest moments is a thrill to read.”

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$27.00

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Publication Date: November 13, 2018

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