New NPR Discover Music Selections- May 2017

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Get your weekend off to a great start with some new tunes!  Every six weeks, the experts at NPR Music recommend albums from both well-known performers and up-and-coming talent across a wide variety of genres.  The latest batch of selections includes No Plan, an EP of David Bowie's music released this past January on what would have been the music legend's 70th birthday, and the original cast recording of the hit Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen, with music supervision and orchestration by Alex Lacamoire, of Hamilton fame.

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Congratulations, Class of 2017!

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

As colleges and universities wrap up their graduation season and high schools begin to hold their own commencement ceremonies, new graduates are beginning the next chapter of their lives.  Whether that's finding a first "real" job, navigating the pitfalls of living with a roommate, or just learning to cope with new-found independence, there are a lot of adjustments to make, and a little sage advice might come in handy. 

From the inspirational Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven, to the practical Recipes Every College Student Should Know, to the delightfully irreverent Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book, we've got just the books to celebrate their accomplishments and give them a little guidance into the future.  Check out our booksellers' recommended reads for new graduates, plus a few other goodies that might prove useful!

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Happy Birthday, Gary Paulsen!

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Gary Paulsen has always been an adventurer, which is perhaps why his many books for children and young adults are such perennial favorites.  Born in 1939, he developed a love of reading early in life, but never had much interest in school.  At 14, he actually did what so many youngsters dream of—he ran away to join a traveling carnival. 

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Time for a Field Trip!

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

We had a full house this morning!  Students from Woodland School stopped by as a part of a field trip to Downtown Traverse City.  The group of about 40 students, ranging in grade level from kindergarten to second grade, had a chance to walk the downtown district and visit some of the local businesses and organizations.  Between their trips to the fire station and the park, they stopped here at Brilliant Books to enjoy our comfy couches and a story or two with Toni, our children's specialist.

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5 of the Scariest Characters in Horror Lit

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
By Christopher Carlson, Resident Horror Buff

Let me start with a declaration: I absolutely love horror.  I have not one tiny iota of shame, despite the unfortunate fact that a lot of this type of writing gets shuffled off to the slums of the worst genre fiction.  I'll admit, some of it deserves that treatment, asks for it, freaking begs, but as with all writing, so goes horror: there's some bad, some middling. 

And then there's great horror.

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Monday, May 15th, 2017

We are delighted to partner with to bring you downloadable audiobooks!'s featured audiobook for the month of May is Make Your Bed, by Admiral William H. McRaven, who also performs the audiobook.  Building on the core tenets laid out in his 2014 Commencement Address to the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin, McRaven recounts tales from his own life and from those of people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage. 

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Readers are Nicer People, According to Science

Monday, May 15th, 2017

We've always thought our customers are some of the nicest people you're ever likely to meet.  Now we've got the science to back it up!

According to a study performed at Kingston University and presented at the British Psychological Society conference in Brighton this month, people who prefer reading over other forms of entertainment, like television or plays, had better...

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Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 14th, 2017
By Toni Hill, Children's Specialist

There's so much we could say to celebrate the Moms, Grandmas, and other special women who have taught us, loved us, and laughed with us.   If a picture's worth a thousand words, these picture books might come close to saying how we really feel.

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Reading at the Movies

Friday, May 12th, 2017

It seems that 2017 is shaping up to be a particularly good year for book-to-film adaptations--or a terrible year, for all those who hate the very idea of such a thing.  Whether you love them or love to hate them, here's a look at just a few of the adaptations in theatres now and coming up soon:

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From Science Fiction to Science Fact

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

By Starfleet Ensign First Class Jodie Brandt


Even before the gleaming futuristic technology of Star Trek ruled the airways, science fiction led the way in scientific discovery and experimentation. Books like 2001: A Space Odyssey  made us wary of relying too strongly on technology and artificial intelligence even before that kind of reliance was feasible, while Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? posed the dilemma of what it means to be human. Modern fiction is no different.


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