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Brilliant Books' 2019 Summer 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!

A Brightness Long Ago

By Guy Gavriel Kay
Narrated by Simon Vance /  14 hours 10 minutes

In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man looks back on his youth and the people who shaped his life. Danio Cerra's intelligence won him entry to a renowned school even though he was only the son of a tailor. He took service at the court of a ruling count-and soon learned why that man was known as the Beast. Read More »

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Weird Parenting Wins

Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches
By Hillary Frank
Narrated by Hillary Frank & Various /  7 hours 7 minutes

Unconventional--yet effective--parenting strategies, carefully curated by the creator of the popular podcast The Longest Shortest Time

Some of the best parenting advice that Hillary Frank ever received did not come from parenting experts, but from friends and podcast listeners who acted on a whim, often in moments of desperation. These "weird... Read More »

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Tribe

On Homecoming and Belonging
By Sebastian Junger
Narrated by Sebastian Junger /  2 hours 59 minutes

We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding--"tribes." This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing... Read More »

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The Wolf and the Watchman

A Novel
By Niklas Natt och Dag
Narrated by Matt Addis, Casper Rundegren & Clara Andersson /  13 hours 40 minutes

“It’s early to be pegging the year’s best books, but The Wolf and the Watchman, Niklas Natt och Dag’s stunning debut, is sure to be one of them.” —The Washington Post

“What's better than an ornate period piece with style to spare? One that includes a murder mystery. Oh, and boy is it a riveting mystery....A bit of Patrick Süskind’s Perfume and a... Read More »

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Your Money or Your Life

9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Fully Revised and Updated for 2018
By Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez & Mr. Money Mustache
Narrated by Vicki Robin /  11 hours 21 minutes

Brand new for 2018: A fully revised edition of one of the most influential books ever written on personal finance with more than a million copies sold
 
“The best book on money. Period.” –Grant Sabatier, founder of “Millennial Money,” on CNBC Make It

"This is a wonderful book. It can really change your life." -Oprah

 
For more than twenty-five... Read More »

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The Gameshouse

Gameshouse
By Claire North
Narrated by Peter Kenny /  11 hours 24 minutes

The World Fantasy Award-winning author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August presents a mesmerizing tale of a gambling house whose deadly games of chance and skill control the fate of empires.

Everyone has heard of the Gameshouse. But few know all its secrets...

It is the place where fortunes can be made and lost through chess, backgammon -... Read More »

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Lanny

By Max Porter
Narrated by Annie Aldington /  4 hours 34 minutes

There’s a village an hour from London. It’s no different from many others today: one pub, one church, redbrick cottages, some public housing, and a few larger houses dotted about. Voices rise up, as they might anywhere, speaking of loving and needing and working and dying and walking the dogs. This village belongs to the people who live in it,... Read More »

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Recursion

A Novel
By Blake Crouch
Narrated by Jon Lindstrom & Abby Craden /  10 hours 46 minutes

Recursion

“As soon as I saw Blake Crouch’s name, I scooped this book up. As a huge fan of Dark Matter, I knew I was in for a treat. In his newest, Crouch quickly reveals the cause of the ‘fake memories’ that are plaguing the population, but the twists and thrills just keep coming. I haven’t been this satisfied with a book in a long time. Hitting and exceeding all of my expectations, this one will be hard to beat as my favorite book of the year.”

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Cari Mora

A Novel
By Thomas Harris
Narrated by Thomas Harris /  6 hours 8 minutes

A resilient young woman must outwit a sadistic psychopath in this pulse-pounding thriller from the author of The Silence of the Lambs, a "master still at the top of his strange and chilling form" (Wall Street Journal).

Twenty-five million dollars in cartel gold lies hidden beneath a mansion on the Miami Beach waterfront. Ruthless men have tracked... Read More »

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Red, White & Royal Blue

A Novel
By Casey McQuiston
Narrated by Ramon de Ocampo /  12 hours 15 minutes

Red, White & Royal Blue

“Fresh, irreverent, and funny, Red, White & Royal Blue is a delight and a treasure. With subtle jabs, Casey McQuiston pokes fun at both the public face of the British monarchy as well as the back-door politicking that dominates the U.S. political scene. The story follows the self-centered Alex Claremont-Diaz (America’s First Son) and his interactions with British Prince Henry of Wales. As hostility increases between two political scions forced into a sham friendship, we see the framework of political destiny and duty begin to fray. Little by little, hostility turns to something else entirely. This is a story about happiness — and, more importantly, honesty — for those who live their lives in the public eye.”

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Women Talking

By Miriam Toews
Narrated by Matthew Edison /  5 hours 57 minutes

Women Talking

Women Talking is an eloquent exploration of how a group mind coalesces — as a kind of vision that comes in fits and starts, arguments and digression — to finally arrive at a decision. Or, read another way, it’s a compelling examination of the opposing voices in our own heads as we wrestle with impossible choices between the known and the unknown. What’s most compelling about Toews’ novel is its lack of sensationalism and how it shows real people struggling through the aftermath of devastating violence. Grounded in a religious culture where suffering and obedience are an expectation, these women grapple with uneasy answers to what’s best for themselves and their children. Women Talking is the quiet, startling story of coming to terms with how, or if, we save ourselves.”

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Thinking in Bets

Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts
By Annie Duke
Narrated by Annie Duke /  6 hours 50 minutes

Poker champion turned business consultant Annie Duke teaches you how to get comfortable with uncertainty and make better decisions as a result.

In Super Bowl XLIX, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made one of the most controversial calls in football history: With 26 seconds remaining, and trailing by four at the Patriots' one-yard line, he called for... Read More »

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Underland

A Deep Time Journey
By Robert Macfarlane
Narrated by Matthew Waterson /  12 hours 3 minutes

Underland

“I don’t think there is a square mile of ground on this planet where Robert Macfarlane couldn’t dig up a new, wondrous story. Underland continues the tradition of profound storytelling, reflection, and, quite simply, gorgeous writing we have come to expect from him. Macfarlane’s ventures into the underworlds of our planet, both mythical and literal, may amount to his finest work yet, and not just because these are the places that have captivated me most throughout my life. I feel fortunate to be living at the same time as him, knowing that as long as he is writing, there is something to look forward to.”

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