Brittany's Picks

Brittany's Picks As a self-proclaimed Anglophile, I've taken up a challenge this year to try to read outside my usual tastes. Be sure to check out our staff Goodreads account to see what is next on the nightstand!

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A Darker Shade of Magic Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765376466
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Published: Tor Books - January 19th, 2016

SO GOOD!  This might be one of my favorite fantasy books I've ever read - it's original and twisty and so clever.  Plus, the second book is out and the third (and final) installment is due out next year.  Less waiting involved here than in reading Game of Thrones. smiley


The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250060266
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 27th, 2016

This is totally spectacular.  Rebanks' writing is simple and elegant, and he gives great insight into the world of shepherding.  Amazing book!


For the Glory: Eric Liddell's Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594206207
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Published: Penguin Press - May 10th, 2016

This book is an amazing look at one of the most inspiring Olympic athletes. Chariots of Fire did a great job of showing Liddell's enthusiasm for the sport, but Hamilton takes his story further to his missionary work in China and his internment during World War II.  An inspiring look beyond the gold medal - perfect for the Olympic season!


The Summer Before the War Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812993103
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Published: Random House - March 22nd, 2016

From the author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - so, so, so wonderfully good!  It's sweet, funny, and meaningful.  Beautifully done once again!


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Instructions Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Charles Vess (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780061960321
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Published: HarperCollins - April 21st, 2015

PERFECTION.  Pure and simple.


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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399184413
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2016

All I can say is WOW.


The Night Manager Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780399594007
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 29th, 2016

Intense, fascinating, and totally thrilling!  Le Carre makes espionage magic with this book - and it's going to be a TV series soon.


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The Martian Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 2014

This was recommended to me by Mikala, and boy, did she get it right!  Amazing book - so funny, so smart, and so good I couldn't put it down!


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Emma: A Modern Retelling Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780804197953
Availability: Special Order
Published: Pantheon Books - April 7th, 2015

The latest installment of the Austen Project - McCall Smith does an incredible job of updating my favorite Austen novel, Emma.  Quirky, fun, and so utterly delightful!


The Gospel of Loki Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781481449465
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Published: Saga Press - May 5th, 2015

By the hammer of Thor, this is fantastic!  Funny and adventurous and wicked good fun!  Fans of Neil Gaiman's quirk and awesomeness should give this a shot!


Thor, Volume 1: Goddess of Thunder Cover Image
By Jason Aaron (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Russell Dauterman (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780785192381
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Published: Marvel Comics - May 26th, 2015

A fantastic installment in the Marvel universe!  Everything about this new Thor ROCKS!


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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780544272996
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 2nd, 2014

The perfect gift for the person who wants to know everything!  So much fun!


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When to Rob a Bank: ...and 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062385321
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 5th, 2015

The latest from the brains behind Freakonomics - I love everything they do, and this is no exception.


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A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal Cover Image
By Ben Macintyre, John Le Carre (Afterword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804136655
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Published: Broadway Books - May 12th, 2015

THIS IS INCREDIBLE!  Like Double Cross, I can't believe the story of Kim Philby is true, and Macintyre really brings the Cold War to life.


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Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307888778
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Published: Broadway Books - May 14th, 2013

Brittany's Picks Brittany: THE BEST SPY BOOK EVER. Okay, maybe not ever, but definitely up there. You'll laugh, bite your nails, learn something, and hold your breath again and again. One of my all-time favorites.


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Fortunately, the Milk Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Skottie Young (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780062224088
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - September 30th, 2014

Brittany's Picks Brittany: It all begins when Dad is in charge of the kids and they run out of milk. What seems like a boring trip to the store turns into a wild adventure with time machines, wumpires, and, fortunately, the milk. You can't help but laugh out loud through the whole thing-a must read for grown-ups and kids alike!


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The Buried Giant Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780307271037
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 3rd, 2015

Beautifully written and painfully enchanting.


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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393343403
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 4th, 2012

Brittany's Picks Brittany: Stephen Greenblatt is brilliant about everything, and this is no exception.  The true tale of a man who finds a manuscript in a monastery in 1417 twists and turns as Greenblatt explains how this one relatively insignificant event affects history.  It's well researched, it's fun, and it leaves you feeling even smarter than before you read it.  :)


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To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061120084
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - May 23rd, 2006

Brittany's Picks Brittany: The most perfect of all American literature - you MUST read this book. Be sure to check out Harper Lee's latest, Go Set a Watchman, out July 14th!  http://www.thebookseller.biz/book/9780062409850


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Pride and Prejudice Cover Image
$5.00
ISBN: 9780486284736
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Published: Dover Publications - April 12th, 1995

Brittany's Picks Brittany: The ultimate comedy of manners! Everyone should read this!


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Possession: A Romance Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679735908
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Published: Vintage Books USA - October 1st, 1991

The ultimate novel!  I love everything about this and wish I could just keep reading it over and over again!


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The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316197014
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Published: Mulholland Books - October 2nd, 2012

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Mrs Queen Takes the Train Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062208293
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 8th, 2013

Brittany's Picks Brittany: When Queen Elizabeth takes a day to go off on her own, the palace staff runs wild trying to find her before the journalists do. Filled with wild characters and sweet adventures, this is a darling novel for any Anglophile!


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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780770436421
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Published: Hogarth Press - February 4th, 2014

Brittany's Picks Brittany: I read this at Alison and Lynda's recommendation, and I have just one thing to say: WOW.  Set in Chechnya between 1994 and 2004, the story unfolds gently to reveal powerful characters and captures the struggles, and miracles, one encounters when the world is torn apart by war.  Easily the most beautifully written book I've read in a long, long time.


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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307352156
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Published: Broadway Books - January 29th, 2013

Brittany's Picks Brittany: Such a fascinating look at introversion, and it's not just for introverts!  Includes introverted celebrities who succeed, how introversion and extroversion work, and a great lesson: it's okay to be quiet.