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.)

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Dog Songs: Poems By Mary Oliver 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.


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Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation By Michael Pollan Cover Image
$30.75
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.


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Tenth of December: Stories By George Saunders Cover Image
$28.60
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ISBN: 9780812993806
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.


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Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories By Ron Rash Cover Image
$17.59
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ISBN: 9780062202727
Published: Ecco - March 11th, 2014

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


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Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems By Billy Collins Cover Image
$28.60
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ISBN: 9780679644057
Published: Random House - October 22nd, 2013

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


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Life After Life: A Novel By Kate Atkinson Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316176491
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 7th, 2014

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


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Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm By Mardi Jo Link Cover Image
$17.60
ISBN: 9780307743589
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Published: Vintage - April 8th, 2014

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'.


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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants By Malcolm Gladwell Cover Image
$33.00
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.