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.

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The Sea Inside Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781612193595
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Published: Melville House Publishing - April 29th, 2014

A collection of essays pertaining to the sea and that which relies upon it. Stylistically similar to W. G. Sebald and Robert MacFarlane.


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Gottland: Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechoslovakia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612193137
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Published: Melville House Publishing - May 27th, 2014

A collection of essays exploring the history and absurdities of Czechoslovakia.


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Station Eleven Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385353304
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 9th, 2014

A literary post-post apocalyptic novel.


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The Search for Heinrich Schlogel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781935639909
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Published: Tin House Books - September 16th, 2014

Canadian magical realism. The search for a man who doesn’t realize he’s been missing.


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One Hundred Years of Solitude Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - February 1st, 2006

Classic. We lost Marquez this year. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to Macondo, you should probably go back.


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Journey by Moonlight Cover Image
By Antal Szerb, Len Rix (Translator), Julie Orringer (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590177730
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Published: New York Review of Books - October 7th, 2014

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.


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Piano Stories Cover Image
By Felisberto Hernandez, Luis Harss (Translator), Italo Calvino (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811221801
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 27th, 2014

Early magical realist short stories from Uruguay. His fans include Italo Calvino, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and the Brothers Quay.


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Hyena Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476789309
Availability: Backordered
Published: Gallery Books - September 23rd, 2014

A collection of autobiographical essays similar to Bukowski. Darkly comical tales of sex, drugs, and Detroit.


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All Days Are Night Cover Image
By Peter Stamm, Michael Hoffman (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781590516966
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Published: Other Press (NY) - November 4th, 2014

One of the more hopeful stories by Stamm. About art and love, and finding contentment in the expression of them both.


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The Boatmaker Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781935639985
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Published: Tin House Books - March 3rd, 2015

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