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Also, newly marked down titles on our specially marked clearance table are now only  
$4.99  each or
3 for $12.00

Tuck one or two 
of these new paperbacks into 
your bag and head 
to the beach!

The Essex Serpent
by Sarah Perry

This highly acclaimed historical novel, set in late nineteenth-century England, is about an intellectually minded young widow, a pious vicar, and a rumored mythical serpent that explores questions about science and religion,
 skepticism, and faith, independence and love.

Cooking for Picasso
by Camille Aubray

 Set in the French Riviera, spring 1936, it's off-season in a lovely seaside village, where seventeen-year-old Ondine cooks with her mother in the kitchen of their family-owned cafe. A mysterious new patron who has slipped out of Paris visits the cafe.

The House at the Edge of Night 
by Catherine Banner

A sweeping, propulsive family saga set on a romantic and beautiful Italian island, for fans of Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Beautiful Ruins.

The Cafe by
the Sea

by Jenny Colgan

Funny and heartfelt, The Cafe by the Sea, is a delightful summertime novel that puts a modern twist on the classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers story.

Magpie Murders
by Anthony Horowitz

Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

Highly recommended by Barb, Tom, and Marianne.

by Delia Ephron

 This electrifying novel about marriage and deceit, follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from each other are exposed and relationships are unraveled.

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

Set against one of America's most turbulent decades, Leaving Lucy Pear, delves into questions of class, freedom, and the meaning of family.


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July 2017 Newsletter

In celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday read below for new books with a distinct focus on Canada. Be sure to come into our store and see all of our fantastic Canadian authors section. 

We are currently working on an exciting list of author events for the fall. We'll be sure to share all the details soon!

For books we personally recommend, find our special edition Canadian Author  Staff Picks below. 

Don't forget to read all the way to the bottom of this message to see if you are our  Great Book Giveaway winner for July.

Happy reading,
Barb & Tom


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Staff Picks
Marianne's Pick
The New Farm
by Brent Preston

Told with humour and heart in Preston's unflinchingly honest voice, The New Farm is the story of one family's transition from die-hard urbanites to bona fide farmers and passionate advocates for a more just and sustainable food system. It's the story of how a couple of young professionals learned not just how to grow food, but how to succeed at the business of farming. And it's the story of how a small, sustainable, organic farm ended up providing not just a livelihood, but a happy, meaningful and fulfilling way of life.

"Candid, humourous, and refreshing. This biographical book provides insight into the world of locally grown food, organic farming, and sustainable living. A thoroughly enjoyable read."
Jan's Pick
The Last Neanderthal
by Claire Cameron

"This is a fascinating story linking one woman of the last tribe of the Neanderthals and, in the present day, the pregnant modern archaeologist excavating her bones. The women have much more in common than you might think.  It's an examination of family, community, motherhood, and the things we do to survive and thrive no matter what world we find ourselves in. "
Tom's Pick
The Only Cafe
by Linden MacIntyre

Releasing August 8th. Reserve a copy here

Pierre Cormier had secrets. Though he married twice, became a high-flying lawyer and a father, he didn't let anyone really know him. And he was especially silent about what had happened to him in Lebanon, the country he fled during civil war to come to Canada as a refugee. When, in the midst of a corporate scandal, he went missing after his boat exploded, his teenaged son Cyril didn't know how to mourn him. But five years later, a single bone and a distinctive gold chain are recovered, and Pierre is at last declared dead. Which changes everything.

"This book is a political mystery, moving from Toronto to Cape Breton, to Lebanon. I enjoyed reading it because I like the way Macintyre has important observations to make especially in the current world situation."
Barb's Pick
The Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie
by Cecily Ross

Susanna Moodie's true story of hardship in a log cabin in the woods is part of our national mythology.  Now, in this beautifully written novel, told through her imagined lost diaries, an unprecedented portrait of Susanna's inner life is revealed - we come to know the wife, the mother, the sister, the writer, the woman confronting both the wilds of Canada and the wilderness of her own heart.

"Cecily Ross's writing is captivating and powerful.  I am immediately immersed with Susanna in her struggles and times of despair, as well as in her courage, wit and strength, as she prevails to make this savage and beautiful land her own. I loved this novel."
Carol's Pick
The Great Canadian Bucket List
by Robin Esrock

Having visited more than 100 countries on 7 continents, Robin Esrock has built a career chasing the extraordinary. His bestselling Bucket List books feature experiences that are entirely unique, instantly memorable, wholly inspirational, and available to all. Celebrating his adopted home of Canada, Robin journeys to every province and territory to reveal the remarkable activities and destinations that are unique to the True North strong and free.

"A great book for planning your travels or for arm-chair travelling."
Leigh's Pick
The Summer Book
by Mona Fertig

Focusing on the joys of summer, The Summer Book features new creative non-fiction 
by twenty-four exceptional and award-winning British Columbian writers: warm and wonderful tales, meditations on nature, memories, humour and seasonal anticipations.

"This lovely collection of stories inspires your own memories and appreciation of the charms of summer. Perfect summer reading!"

Books to celebrate 150 years
The Promise of Canada
by Charlotte Gray

Beautifully illustrated with evocative black and white images and colourful artistic visions of our country,  The Promise of Canada  is a fresh take on our history that offers fascinating insights into how we have matured and yet how, 150 years after Confederation and beyond, we are still a people in progress. Charlotte Gray makes history come alive as she opens doors into our past, our present and our future, inspiring and challenging readers to envision the Canada they want to live in.
Recipes & Stories from a Canadian Road Trip
by Lindsay Anderson & Dana VanVeller

In the midst of a camping trip in Squamish, British Columbia, Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller decided that the summer of 2013 might be the right time for an adventure. And they knew what they wanted that adventure to be: a road trip across the entire country, with the purpose of writing about Canada's food, culture, and wealth of compelling characters and their stories.
You Might Be From Canada If...
by Michael de Adder

You Might Be From Canada If . . . is a delightful, illustrated romp through this country as it celebrates its 150th birthday. Michael de Adder delivers his unique take on this one-of-a-kind country, tickling the funny bone on every page. As de Adder proves, this is a country that is proud of who it is and likes nothing better than a good laugh.
Now You Know Canada: 150 Years of Fascinating Facts
by Doug Lennox

Just in time for Canada's 150th birthday comes this collection of the best in Canadian questions and answers, covering history, famous Canadians, sports, word origins, geography, and everything in between. In these pages, you'll learn the answers to questions like: Where did the word Canuck come from? How did an aristocratic French girl become a Canadian Robinson Crusoe? What famous explorer played hockey in the Arctic?

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of Canada
by Amy Newmark & Janet Matthews

It's Canada's 150th anniversary and a great time for these 101 stories about everything Canadian.

These true personal stories are like love letters to this vast and beautiful country. You'll read about winter snow and summer cottages, hockey and national spirit, wilderness and wildlife, the cultural mosiac, that famous Canadian hospitality, and everything else that makes Canada unique.