October 2016 Newsletter

Fall is officially here and at The Mulberry Bush Bookstore we are excited to share a newsletter chock full of instore events, exciting new fall titles, reviews and more! 

Join us in our Qualicum store on October 5th for an Author Signing with Joe Rosenblatt, and in our Parksville store, November 3rd for an Author Reading with Jack Knox. Everyone welcome. Details below.

We are looking forward to being in our community this month at the 
School Book Fair at Qualicum Beach Elementary School,  November 7-10th.

Don't forget to read all the way to the bottom of this newsletter to find out if you are our Reader of the Month for October.
Happy reading,
Barb & Tom
Author Signing

Author Reading

Join us in our Parksville store, Thursday, November 3, 2016  at 7 pm for an evening with author Jack Knox.  

Jack will reading from his book, Hard Knox: Musings From the Edge of Canada .

In Hard Knox, seasoned columnist and consummate everyman Jack Knox offers up his uniquely hilarious views on Canadian life as seen from the western fringes of the country-in particular from the "Island of Misfit Toys" as he aptly calls his Vancouver Island home.

Everyone welcome
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by Margot Livesey

Donald believes he knows all there is to know about seeing. An optician in suburban Boston, he rests assured that he and his wife, Viv, who works at the local stables, will live out quiet lives with their two children. Then Mercury-a gorgeous young racehorse-enters their lives and everything changes.
"Mercury is the story of a woman's obsession with a high-class horse. With a deft hand, Livesey moves her characters into position, where seemingly insignificant actions careen wildly off into destructive circumstances."  
Our Souls at Night
by Kent Haruf


In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. His daughter lives hours away, her son even farther, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. But maybe that could change? As Addie and Louis come to know each other better, a beautiful story of second chances unfolds.

" A poignant look at love and companionship late in life."

The House by the Lake
by Thomas Harding


"This is the story of a place told through a small wooden house and the people who lived there. It is also the history of a country that has seen its share of turmoil. From a wealthy rural landowner, through World War 2, the separation of east and west via the Berlin Wall and the reconstruction after the fall. Harding humanizes these sweeping historical events through the lens of one small house and it's surrounding community. Meticulously researched, fascinating, heartbreaking and ultimately, hopeful."

Napolean's Last Island
by Thomas Keneally

1982 Booker Prize winner for Schindler's List


In October 1815, after losing the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte was banished to the island of Saint Helena. There, in one of the most remote places on earth, he lived out the final six years of his life. On this lonely island with no chance of escape, he found an unexpected ally: a spirited British girl named Betsy Balcombe who lived on the island with her family. While Napoleon waited for his own accommodations to be built, the Balcombe family played host to the infamous exile, a decision that would have devastating consequences for them all.

The Break
by Katherena Vermette


A Metis woman looks out her window and witnesses a violent crime.  A teenage girl escapes from a juvenile detention facility and walks across the city seeking sanctuary.  Two young teenagers go to their first gang party.
"The Break is a compelling novel set amongst indigenous people whose lives are connected to the violence that the novel opens with. Their individual stories leading up to the crime are told.  It is a gripping, at times  heartbreaking, portrait of the strength and resilience of indigenous women."

News of the World
by Paulette Jiles

"I loved this historical fiction set in the 1870's in Texas.  The characters are beautifully drawn;  the story is really unique, and explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honour, and trust.  I just couldn't put this one down!"
Now is the time to start placing your special orders for Christmas .

Let our helpful staff do the work for you.

We can search for and order books for all the special people on your list. 

Ordering now will help make sure you have books under the tree this Christmas.
New & Notable
(Click on titles for full details or to purchase)
An Irish Country Love Story
by Patrick Taylor

For decades, ever since the war, Number One Main Street, Ballybucklebo, has housed O'Reilly and his practice. In recent years, it has also opened its doors to O'Reilly's wife, Barry Laverty, and a new addition to the practice, Doctor Nonie Stevens, a sultry and occasionally prickly young woman who may not be fitting in as well as she should.

An unexpected turn of events threatens to drive O'Reilly from his home for good, unless the entire village can rally behind their doctor and prove that love really can conquer all.

by M.G. Vassanji
In the indeterminate future in an unnamed western city, physical impediments to immortality have been overcome. As society approaches the prospect of eternal life, a new problem must be confronted: with the threat of the brain's storage capacity being overwhelmed, people want to move forward into the future free from redundant, unwanted and interfering memories. Rejuvenated bodies require rejuvenated identities--all traces of a person's past are erased and new, complete fictions are implanted in their stead. On occasion, though, cracks emerge, and reminders of discarded lives seep through. Those afflicted suffer from Leaked Memory Syndrome, or Nostalgia, whereby thoughts from a previous existence burrow in the conscious mind threatening to pull sufferers into an internal abyss.
American Museum of Natural History
Birds of North America
Edited by Francois Vuilleumier

Updated to reflect all the latest taxonomic data, American Museum of Natural History Birds of North America  is the complete photographic guide to the 657 species of birds found in the United States and Canada.

Ideal for the armchair bird enthusiast or dedicated bird watcher, this book includes stunning full-color photographs revealing 657 individual species with unrivaled clarity. The 550 most commonly seen birds are pictured with plumage variations, and images of subspecies and information on similar birds are provided to make differentiation easy, from game birds and waterfowl to shorebirds and swifts to owls, flycatchers, finches, and more.
Simple:  The Easiest Cookbook in the World
by Jean-Francois Mallet

This is really the EASIEST COOKBOOK IN THE WORLD. Every recipe has less than four steps and fewer than six ingredients, illustrated with more than 1,000 user-friendly photographs. No wonder it is an overnight international bestseller!
Want a quick answer to "What should I eat?" Simple-with its clean design, large type, straightforward photos, and handy icons-will have you enjoying a meal in minutes. Through combinations of basic flavors and fresh ingredients, chef, food photographer, and cookbook author Jean-Fran├žois Mallet helps anyone, the novice and gourmand alike, prepare tasty time-saving meals.

Born to Run
by Bruce Springsteen

Born to Run  will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star's memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.
Chocolate: Indulge Your Inner Chocoholic
by Dom Ramsey

Find out how to identify quality when buying, taste like a pro, or make your own chocolate at home and experiment with different flavor combinations. Take the leap from chocoholic to chocolatier with the help of more than 20 step-by-step recipes for truffles, fondant, cake, ice cream, and more. Eight step-by-step techniques provide mini master classes for tempering, flavoring, and even making your own bean-to-bar chocolate. Chocolate also traces the transformation from cocoa bean to bar, highlights the chocolate-producing countries throughout the world, and explains why chocolate is so addictive.
by Elizabeth Gilbert

This beautiful modern volume presents the work of 30 contemporary artists who have turned to clay to shape their most innovative ideas into stunning works of art. From cups shaped like crystals to a tree trunk made of porcelain and stoneware planters painted to look like ladies, popular curator and blogger Kate Singleton collects here whimsical pieces with narrative, graphic, curious, and organic qualities that blur the line between fine art, design, and craft. Featuring a unique package with a die-cut, foil-stamped cover, this book is a vital guide to an evolving medium and a thoughtful present for those interested in the future of art and craft.
In Such Good Company
by Carol Burnett

Who but Carol Burnett herself has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy Award winning show that made television history for eleven glorious seasons?
In Such Good Company  delves into little known stories of the guests, sketches and antics that made the show legendary, as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. Carol lays it all out for us, from the show's original conception to its evolution into one of the most beloved primetime programs of its generation.

The Memory Illusion
by Julia Shaw
Self Help

In  The Memory Illusion , forensic psychologist and memory expert Dr. Julia Shaw uses the latest research to show the astonishing variety of ways in which our brains can indeed be led astray. She shows why we can sometimes misappropriate other people's memories, subsequently believing them to be our own. She demonstrates the way radically false memories can be deliberately implanted, leading people to believe that they brutally murdered a loved one, or were abducted by aliens. And she reveals how, in spite of all this, we can improve our memory through simple awareness of its fallibility. 
After James
by Michael Helm

Shortlisted for the 2016 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize 

After James  is an audacious, masterful novel, told in three connected parts, each gesturing toward a type of genre fiction, the gothic horror, the detective novel, and the apocalyptic. As the novel unfolds in great cities, remote regions, and deadly borderlands, it weaves connections both explicit and subtle, pulling us deeper into a greater mystery that has come to define our times. Gorgeously written, alive with intelligence and wit, full of adventure and suspense.

Great Book Giveaway


We all know getting something for free these days is pretty unusual. That's why we love giving away a free book each month to a wonderful customer and recipient of our monthly e-newsletter.

This month our lucky winner will receive H is the Hawk, by Helen MacDonald, a $22.00 value.
Mariette Calvert
If you see your name above come into our Parksville store to pick up your new book!
October 10th
From all of us at The Mulberry Bush Bookstores we wish you and your family a joyful Thanksgiving!
Both of our stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Monday.
Parksville store 
Friday, Nov 25th
Join us in our 
Parksville store for 
all day specials, prize draws, refreshments and fun!
It's our way to thank all our wonderful customers for your support and friendship over the year.
You can get something for yourself and tackle your Christmas list at the same time!  
Cyber  Cider Monday
Monday, Nov 28th
Come in to 
The Mulberry Bush Book Stores in Parksville and Qualicum Beach 
for a warm cup of apple cider, a cookie and receive a 
10% discount 
off select titles.  

Join us for 
the fun of it !
Qualicum Beach
Save the date

Thursday, November 17th

Watch for details coming soon!

New Release Paperbacks

(Click on images for details)

Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
The Wangs Vs.
the World
by Jade Chang
Morning Star
Book 3 of The Red Rising Trilogy
by Pierce Brown


Where My Heart Used To Beat
by Sebastian Faulks


The Patriarch A Mystery of the French Countryside by Martin Walker


Alberto's Lost Birthday
by Diana Rosie


The Age of Reinvention
by Karine Tuil



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We have the best wall calendar and engagement diaries selection in Oceanside.
Young Adult Novels to 
Borrow from your Teen

Kids of Appetite
by David Arnold

This is a story about:
1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across 
New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades 
in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream 
& orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does 
not talk.
11. Falling in love 
with a painting.
12. Falling in love 
with a song.
13. Falling in love.

The Fever Code
by James Dasher

All will be revealed in the fifth book in James Dashner's bestselling Maze Runner series. This is the story that fans have been waiting for, the story of how Thomas and WICKED built the Maze.

Once there was a world's end.  The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled.  Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.  Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.  The boy's name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.

Holding up the Universe
by Jennifer Niven

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed "America's Fattest Teen." But no one's taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is.
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he's got swagger, but he's also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can't recognize faces.
But then the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game which lands them in group counseling and community service. The more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.
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