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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
Length: 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, Nicola Barber, Dan Bittner, Raphael Corkhill, Ana Isabel, Laura Knight-Keating, Barrie Kreinik, Quincy Tyler Bernstine & Gabra Zackman
Length: 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
Length: 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

1793: A Novel

By: Niklas Natt och Dag
Narrated by: Matt Addis, Casper Rundegren & Clara Andersson
Length: 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
Narrated by: Vicki Robin
Length: 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
Length: 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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Recursion

A Novel

By: Blake Crouch
Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom & Abby Craden
Length: 10 hours 46 minutes

“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... Read more

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Cari Mora

A Novel

By: Thomas Harris
Narrated by: Thomas Harris
Length: 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
Length: 12 hours 15 minutes

“I read this book years ago when it first came out (back in 2019) and more than a couple of time since because it's an excellent comfort read. It's romantic and so so funny. I love their banter and sexy yet incredibly tender love notes (the Prince writes some phenomenally romantic things). The supporting cast of characters is also great.... Read more

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Women Talking

By: Miriam Toews
Narrated by: Matthew Edison
Length: 5 hours 57 minutes

“This powerful, slim novel is based on a real story of a town of deeply religious families who find that their women are being preyed on by a group of the village men. The women (and girls) finally speak out and the men are "arrested" by the locals but only after one of the women attempts to harm the men are the actual authorities contacted. The... Read more

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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
Length: 6 hours 50 minutes

Wall Street Journal bestseller!

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... Read more

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Underland

A Deep Time Journey

By: Robert Macfarlane
Narrated by: Matthew Waterson
Length: 12 hours 3 minutes

“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... Read more

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