Peter's Top Ten of 2013

Peter is ultimately responsible for all the book you see in Brilliant Books. He's owner and buyer.

Separating what he personally reads and likes from what he buys for the shelves is no easy matter.

Finally, all, or at least 2013, is revealed.

(Did he actually read 10 books during 2013? - Ed.)

Dog Songs: Thirty-Five Dog Songs and One Essay Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781594204784
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Published: Penguin Press - October 8th, 2013

This year I got my first ever Dog. I am now hooked. This collection, if you enjoy Dogs and Poetry, even if not usually together, is for you.


Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594204210
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Published: Penguin Press - April 23rd, 2013

Another fascinating study from Pollan on the means and meaning behind cooking and why we do it, and enjoy it.


Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400069804
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Published: Random House - February 26th, 2013

This should be read, understood, and acted upon by everyone. But, if we were all to read it, the inevitable pitchfork wielding gangs in the street might get a tad disconcerting.


Tenth of December: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993806
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Published: Random House - January 8th, 2013

A melancholy, but thoughtful collection of stories. Even the most brief will have you pondering for hours. The unrevealed hinterlands of his milieu are sufficiently hinted at to have an uncomfortable clarity.


MaddAddam Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385528788
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 3rd, 2013

Of course. It's Atwood.
Read Oryx and Crake first, then The Year of the Flood".
It's why we read.


Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062202710
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Published: Ecco Press - February 19th, 2013

Lives of violence, despair, hope and tenderness. Rash has it all in his trademark brevity and clarity.


Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780679644057
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Published: Random House - October 22nd, 2013

Not just for this, but for all that is Billy Collins.


Life After Life Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780316176484
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - April 2nd, 2013

Atkinson at her best. An odd examination of alternate realities. Or as they all fold in on them selves, just the one?


Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307596918
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 11th, 2013

I had the pleasure of knowing Mardi Link, who became a friend, while she was going through the events portrayed here.

She is a strong, determined lady who is most definitely a 'bad ass'.


David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316204361
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 1st, 2013

The small, and apparently weak can defeat the large and mighty.

We are Brilliant Books, and we operate and compete all over the United States. And we are tiny. So we liked this one.