JUNE 2018
Father's Day Gift Ideas

Knox United Church, Parksville 
Sunday, June 3rd 2:30pm 
Tickets: $20 adults, $5 students, under 12 free

Saturday, June 16th 7pm
 Knox United Church, Parksville  
Tickets: Adults $20.00 Students $10.00

 Qualicum Beach 
Civic Centre 
Thursday, September 27th 7:30pm 
Tickets:  $50 each

  Please note: We only 
accept cash or cheque 
for tickets
Join Our List

Bring Dad and the whole 

family into Qualicum on 

Father's Day for the


25th Annual Seaside Cruizers Show and Shine.


 Sunday, June 17th 

Join us for music, cars and fun in the village.

Details: here




This month we celebrate our wonderful Dads and Grandfathers on Father's Day. We've got some terrific gift suggestions for the men in your life. We also have some great books to inspire graduates as they embark on their future. 


Our staff have been doing our spring reading too, and have read and recommend the books in the Staff Picks section. We'd love to chat with you more next time you are in either store about books we've read and loved....just ask us!


Keep reading down this newsletter to see if you are this month's Great Book Giveaway winner!


Happy reading,
Barb & Tom
Tom's Pick
The Death of Mrs. Westaway
by Ruth Ware

"Harriet Westaway makes ends meet as a tarot reader, but she doesn't believe in the power of tarot.  Then she receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance.   Even though she quickly realizes that the letter was sent to her by mistake, Harriet uses her tarot skills to pass herself off as the missing granddaughter in order to claim the inheritance.  This multi-layered mystery will have you enthralled until the very end.This just might be one of your favourite reads of the year!"

Jan's Pick
Where Poppies Blow: The British Soldier, Nature, The Great War
By John Lewis-Stempel

"This is the Great War as it was experienced side by side with nature. In addition to fighting, soldiers adopted pets and mascots, tended gardens, fished, hunted, went bird watching, catalogued flora and fauna, and dealt with the vermin that was part and parcel of trench warfare.  Lewis-Stempel often lets the men speak for themselves, making this a poignant, illuminating book."

Leigh's Pick
Tiny House Cooking:
Satisfying Meals with Minimal Equipment

Featuring 50 beautiful full-color photos of tantalizing finished recipes and a foreword by tiny house living expert Ryan Mitchell, 
Tiny House Cooking 
includes 175 recipes especially designed for the pocket-sized abode. None of the recipes require an oven, microwave, toaster oven, freezer, full-sized refrigerator, or any other extraneous device. This book includes information on essential equipment, space-saving ideas, and innovative ways to reduce and recycle creative waste. Find delicious new ideas for breakfast, sandwiches, appetizers, snacks, main dishes, desserts-and more! All only using two pots at most.

"Very pertinent for anyone interested in simple, easy and efficient cooking in small spaces. "

Barb's Pick
The Dry
By Jane Harper

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke's steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn't tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead. Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there's more to Luke's death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. 

" I thoroughly enjoyed this well-plotted Australian mystery.  Near the end, when we find out who-dunnit, and why, there's still the other murder to solve.  A great read!"

Marianne's Pick

In Praise of Wasting Time
by Alan Lightman

We are all worried about wasting time. Especially in the West, we have created a frenzied lifestyle in which the twenty-­four hours of each day are carved up, dissected, and reduced down to ten minute units of efficiency. We take our iPhones and laptops with us on vacation. We check email at restaurants or our brokerage accounts while walking in the park. Yet in the face of our time driven existence, a great deal of evidence suggests there is great value in "wasting time," of letting the mind lie fallow for some periods, of letting minutes and even hours go by without scheduled activities or intended tasks.

"This timely and important book sheds light on the construct of time in our modern culture, how we place exceptional value on time management, and the devaluation of non-goal oriented uses of our time. Lightman highlights the importance of letting our minds wander, because it is there that we find rest & relaxation, and cultivate creative thinking."

A Co-edikit Book on Graduation
 by Cheryl Caldwell
Would it Kill You to Stop Doing That? A Modern Guide to Manners
by Henry Alford


You Need a Budget
by Jesse Mechan
Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations
by Richard Wagamese
The Vegetarian Student Cookbook: Great Grub for the Hungry and the Broke
12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson

To all the 2018 graduates,

we salute you!



From all of us at 

The Mulberry Bush Bookstore



Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000
Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska
by Mark Adams

In 1899, railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman organized a most unusual summer voyage to the wilds of Alaska: He converted a steamship into a luxury "floating university," populated by some of America's best and brightest scientists and writers, including the anti-capitalist eco-prophet John Muir. Those aboard encountered a land of immeasurable beauty and impending environmental calamity. More than a hundred years later, Alaska is still America's most sublime wilderness, both the lure that draws a million tourists annually on Inside Passage cruises and a natural resources larder waiting to be raided. As ever, it remains a magnet for weirdos and dreamers.

Armed with Dramamine and an industrial-strength mosquito net, Mark Adams sets out to retrace the 1899 expedition.

by Jo Nesbo
He's the best cop they've got.  

When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath it's up to Inspector Macbeth and his team to clean up the mess. 

He's also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past.  

He's rewarded for his success.  Power. Money. Respect. They're all within reach. 

But a man like him won't get to the top.

Plagued by hallucinations and paranoia, Macbeth starts to unravel. He's convinced he won't get what is rightfully his. 

Unless he kills for it. 

Facts and Fears: Hard Truths From a Life in Intellegence
by James R. Clapper

In  Facts and Fears , Clapper traces his career through the growing threat of cyberattacks, his relationships with presidents and Congress, and the truth about Russia's role in the presidential election. He describes, in the wake of Snowden and WikiLeaks, his efforts to make intelligence more transparent and to push back against the suspicion that Americans' private lives are subject to surveillance. Finally, it was living through Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and seeing how the foundations of American democracy were, and continue to be, undermined by a foreign power, that led him to break with his instincts, honed through more than five decades in the intelligence profession, to share his inside experience.
Mary Cyr
by David Adams Richards

Mary Cyr opens in Mexico, just as a disaster strikes a small town: a coal-mine has collapsed, with thirteen men trapped inside. Less than forty-eight hours later, the authorities summarily decide to abandon all hope of finding survivors and seal up the mine entrance, willfully oblivious to the half-dozen souls still breathing below ground. Shortly after that, a thirteen-year-old Mexican boy, Victor, is discovered dead in the hotel room of a Canadian visitor, a 45-year-old woman, and heiress to a vast fortune, who goes by the name Mary Cyr.
Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture
by Ken Jennings

In  Planet Funny , Ken Jennings explores this brave new comedic world and what it means, or doesn't, to be funny in it now. Tracing the evolution of humor from the caveman days to the bawdy middle-class antics of Chaucer to Monty Python's game-changing silliness to the fast-paced meta-humor of  The Simpsons , Jennings explains how we built our humor-saturated modern age, where lots of us get our news from comedy shows and a comic figure can even be elected President of the United States purely on showmanship. Entertaining, astounding, and completely head-scratching,  Planet Funny  is a full taxonomy of what spawned and defines the modern sense of humor.
The Wickaninnish Cookbook: Rustic Elegance on Nature's Edge

Memorable recipes from the Wick are coupled with signature recipes from current and former chefs and combine cutting edge techniques with fresh, seasonal ingredients, to create a distinctly contemporary, west coast cookbook. Inside you will find both sophisticated and accessible recipes that speak to the Inn's longstanding commitment to farm and ocean fresh ingredients, and strike a harmonious balance between the bounties of land and sea that surround the Inn. The Wickaninnish Cookbook offers a chance to visit life on nature's edge, and discover dishes from one of the most prestigious kitchens in Canada.







Each month your name is entered into a drawn for a fabulous free book, just for receiving this e-newsletter. This month our winner will take home a copy of
Wallis in Love, by Andrew Morton, a $36.50 value. 

If you see your name below please come into our Parksville store to collect your free book!

Marilyn Beausoleil