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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!

The Old Drift

A Novel
By Namwali Serpell
Narrated by Adjoa Andoh, Richard E. Grant & Kobna Holdbrook-Smith / 

An electrifying debut from the winner of the 2015 Caine Prize for African writing, The Old Drift is the Great Zambian Novel you didn’t know you were waiting for
 
On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called The Old Drift. Here begins the epic story of a small... Read More »

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$38.50

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Publication Date: March 26, 2019

Fox 8

A Story
By George Saunders
Narrated by George Saunders /  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 /  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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$28.00

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Sometimes I Lie

A Novel
By Alice Feeney
Narrated by Stephanie Racine /  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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$31.04

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Someone Like Me

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

From the author of the million-copy bestseller The Girl With All the Gifts comes a heart-stopping thriller with twists you won't see coming and a heroine you can't trust.
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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$29.88

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The Current

A Novel
By Tim Johnston
Narrated by Sarah Mollo-Christensen /  14 hours 27 minutes

The Current

“Tim Johnston’s brand of storytelling is a curious hybrid of conventional crime fiction and observation of human nature that demands attention. In The Current, Johnston goes beyond the sensational and asks relevant questions when tragedy strikes, addressing real topics that come with the loss of a loved one and the questions that follow a horrific crime. As with Johnston’s previous novel, Descent, his latest concludes with a wallop you will not see coming.”

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Cræft

An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts
By Alexander Langlands
Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies /  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 & Ken Blanchard
Narrated by Seth Godin /  7 hours 1 minute

#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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