September 2018 Newsletter

Summer is coming to an end. In the book world the changing of the seasons is an exciting time of looking ahead to new fall titles, in-store events, tickets, and more.

So many wonderful books are coming into our stores this month and we have been busy reading during the summer too. Take a look at the books we've enjoyed recently in our Staff Picks section.

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 September.
Happy reading,
Barb & Tom


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Harry's Trees
by Jon Cohen


A man fleeing a tragedy runs into a girl trying to make sense of one.  Together with an unlikely cast of characters they come up with an unconventional plan to try to bring healing to themselves and a small town. Whimsical, funny, sad, wise and hopeful all at once. This book made me remember what it was like to be young and believe that anything is possible.  The characters will stay with you long after the final page
Washington Black
by Esi Edugyan


" A gripping story of slavery and freedom, adventure and invention that takes the reader from Barbados to the Arctic to Nova Scotia, London and Morocco. Washington Black, a young field slave chosen as a manservant to Titch Wilde, an eccentric naturalist and explorer are two characters who will stay with you long after you finish the book. Already long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. "

The President is Missing
by Bill Clinton &
James Patterson


The President Is Missing  confronts a threat so huge that it jeopardizes not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view . . .

Set over the course of three days,  The President Is Missing sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of the US government. Filled with information that only a former Commander-in-Chief could know,  this is the most authentic, terrifying novel to come along in many years.

Last Seen Alive
by Claire Douglas


As much as Libby Hall needs a vacation, she's never considered taking one until she sees the note for a house swap. Suffering a miscarriage was a personal turning point. Saving a child from a burning school was a public one. Just as the emotional fallout of both incidents takes its toll, along comes her lifesavers, the Heywoods, a couple in need of a getaway of their own.

Libby and her husband Jamie can't believe their good fortune when they arrive at the Heywood's isolated seaside estate with its panoramic views and just in exchange for their drab two-bedroom apartment. How generous of the Heywoods! Yet how odd. Libby almost feels guilty until the home yields disquieting surprises: a fortune in hidden surveillance equipment, a stranger in the garden who watches them, and the make-shift operating room in the basement...
" It's not too late to add one more thriller to your summer reading list. A page turning, fast paced read.  

Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book


Since 1930, the  Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book  has been a trusted staple in kitchens across America. The 17th edition is fully updated and revised to reflect both the best of today's food trends and time-tested classics. With more than 1,000 recipes and a photo for each one, the book covers both traditional dishes such as Brownies and new favorites like Cold Brew Coffee. This newest edition has a fresh organization to reflect how we cook today, recipes have flavor variations, options to swap out ingredients, and ways to make them healthier. Clear directions and how-to photos teach techniques; identification photos clarify the broad range of today's ingredients; charts for meat and poultry give at-a-glance cooking times; and "cheat sheets" throughout present information in easy-to-access bites. And, for the first time, the book is now a handy, lay-flat hardcover, perfect for today's kitchens.

Releasing September 18th. 
Reserve your copy here.
New & Notable
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by Richard Wagamese

Frank Starlight has long settled into a quiet life working his remote farm, but his contemplative existence comes to an abrupt end with the arrival of Emmy, who has committed a desperate act so she and her child can escape a harrowing life of violence. Starlight takes in Emmy and her daughter to help them get back on their feet, and this accidental family eventually grows into a real one. But Emmy's abusive ex isn't content to just let her go. He wants revenge and is determined to hunt her down. 

      Starlight  was unfinished at the time of Richard Wagamese's death, yet every page radiates with his masterful storytelling, intense humanism, and insights that are as hard-earned as they are beautiful. With astonishing scenes set in the rugged backcountry of the B.C. Interior, and characters whose scars cut deep even as their journey toward healing and forgiveness lifts us,  Starlight  is a last gift to readers from a writer who believed in the power of stories to save us.

Washington Black
by Esi Edugyan

From the blistering cane fields of Barbados to the icy plains of the Canadian Arctic, from the mud-drowned streets of London to the 
eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black  teems with all the strangeness of life. This inventive, electrifying novel asks, What is Freedom? And can a life salvaged from the ashes ever be made whole? 

The Really Hungry Vegetarian Student Cookbook


Perfect for students!
Food doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. The Really Hungry Vegetarian Student Cookbook will come to the rescue with mouth-watering, meat-free recipes for any occasion. The book is packed with nutritious vegan and vegetarian recipes, whether you need sustenance for late-night study sessions, are hosting the afterparty at your place, or want to bake your new vegan bestfriend a birthday cake. With Boosting Breakfasts that will set you up to face the day, Lunchbox Heros to keep you going through those long lectures, and wholesome and delicious comfort food in Veggie Mighty, The Really Hungry Vegetarian Student Cookbook has meals for every necessity. Complete with "how-tos" for healthy snacks like kale chips and pepper popcorn, and baked goods to satisfy your sweet-tooth, you'll never be at a loss for what to eat again!
Classic Kicks for Little Feet
by Helga Spitz

From ballerina slippers and moon boots to basketball sneakers and espadrilles, this adorable collection features 16 booties that mimic actual adult styles. Created for babies from 0 to 9 months, every pattern is quick and easy, especially since they all use the same basic sole construction. 
The Middle-Man
by Olen Steinhauer
Fiction - Thriller

One day in the early summer of 2017, about four hundred people disappear from their lives. They leave behind cell phones, credit cards, jobs, houses, families--everything--all on the same day. Where have they gone? Why? The only answer, for weeks, is silence. 

Kevin Moore is one of them. Former military, disaffected, restless, Kevin leaves behind his retail job in San Francisco, sends a good-bye text to his mother, dumps his phone and wallet into a trash can, and disappears. 

The movement calls itself the Massive Brigade, and they believe change isn't coming fast enough to America. But are they a protest organization, a political movement, or a terrorist group? What do they want? The FBI isn't taking any chances. Special Agent Rachel Proulx has been following the growth of left-wing political groups in the U.S. since the fall of 2016, and is very familiar with Martin Bishop, the charismatic leader of the Massive Brigade. But she needs her colleagues to take her seriously in order to find these people before they put their plan, whatever it is, into action. 

101 Things to do with a Retired Man (to get him out from under your feet)
by Gabrielle Mander

101 Things to do with a Retired Man is designed to inspire and tease your retiree into having the time of his life and to fill his days (and yours) with sometimes silly, sometimes useful, but always interesting things to do, which do not include lying on the sofa, watching daytime television, tidying the garden to within an inch of its life or stacking and restacking the dishwasher in the most efficient fashion, as apparently only a man can.

Cooking for One
by Kimberly Stevens

Over 100 delicious and easy recipes, specifically created as meals for one!

Step away from that microwave! Take that fast-food phone number off speed dial!  Cooking for One  will show you that eating alone can be an enjoyable, redemptive endeavor, all you need are the right recipes, and a new perspective! With dozens of perfectly-sized, easy, healthy, and delicious recipes, you just may decide you prefer dining alone!

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,  The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, by Mackenzi Lee, a $27.50 value.
Cecilie Davidson!
If you see your name above come into our Parksville store to pick up your new book!

New Release Paperbacks

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French Exit
by Patrick DeWitt
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena


The Necklace
by Claire McMillan
The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred Year Old Man
by Jonas Jonasson


To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon


Pieces of Her
by Karin Slaughter


A Casualty of War
by Charles Todd



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