Jack's Top Ten Books of 2014
Jack's legendary eclectic taste is at the heart of Brilliant Books.
It is his quirky taste, combined with an expansive world view, that makes his picks so wonderfully compelling.
A collection of essays pertaining to the sea and that which relies upon it. Stylistically similar to W. G. Sebald and Robert MacFarlane.
A collection of essays exploring the history and absurdities of Czechoslovakia.
A literary post-post apocalyptic novel.
Canadian magical realism. The search for a man who doesn’t realize he’s been missing.
Classic. We lost Marquez this year. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to Macondo, you should probably go back.
New York Review of Books reissue; a surreal Hungarian tale of one man’s attempt to escape the confines of his life and recapture the beauty of his childhood existence.
Early magical realist short stories from Uruguay. His fans include Italo Calvino, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and the Brothers Quay.
A collection of autobiographical essays similar to Bukowski. Darkly comical tales of sex, drugs, and Detroit.
One of the more hopeful stories by Stamm. About art and love, and finding contentment in the expression of them both.
A dark literary parable about a man’s quest to find meaning in a corrupt world. Something for you to look forward to in 2015