October 2015 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 Parksville store on November 13th for an Author Reading with Miji Campbell. Details below.

We'll be in our community this month taking a large selection of books to Hospice Education Day, Saturday, October 17th, at Tigh Na Mara, 
and to School District 69's Early Years Pro-D Day on Friday, October 23rd. 

Feel warm and cozy in the kitchen this fall with some wonderful comfort food. We have some fantastic and tasty new cookbooks in our  Delicious Fall Books to 
Be Thankful For section

We are delighted to announce that we have a new staff member in our Parksville store. Please say "hi" to Shino next time you're in our store.

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 Reading
Friday, November 13th ~ 7pm

Join us in our Parksville store and hear author Miji Campbell read from her book, Separation Anxiety: A Coming of Middle-Age Story.

Not until middle age did Miji learn she has an anxiety disorder and finds ways to quiet her mind and body. Through acts of courage and grace, she learns to stand tentatively, hopefully on her own.

Beautifully written, insightful and funny,Separation Anxiety chronicles the pivotal moments in a woman's life where she lets go of her childhood beliefs about happily ever after, and discovers her true self.

After the reading,Miji will be available to sign copies of her book.
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The Witches:
Salem, 1692
by Stacy Schiff

"This is a monumental writing achievement by historian Stacy Schiff, author of
Cleopatra, a book I absolutely loved because of its historical authenticity, breadth of story, and amazing word craft.
I found this book a harrowing read at times, revealing an historical record that almost defies believability.
And yet, counterbalancing this dark and worrying historical record is the astonishing and breathtakingly beautiful writing of this fabulous author historian. I marvel at passages such as this:  
"Rumor was the other nimble traveller, . . . a lightfooted fugitive from lumbering truth."  
The Little Paris Bookshop
by Nina George


Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

"My favourite kind of book --- it made me laugh (out loud in public), it made me cry, it made me want to give a copy to all of my closest friends.   An eloquent story of grief and a love letter to the written word and how it can save us in our darkest hours."

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
 by Katarina Bivald


 It all began with a correspondence between two quite different women: 28-year-old Sara from Haninge, Sweden, and 65-year-old Amy from the small town of Broken Wheel, Iowa. After years of exchanging books, letters and thoughts on the meaning of literature and life, Sara, mousy, disheveled, who has never been anywhere in her life, has really lived only for her work in a beloved bookshop, which has just closed its doors for the last time, bravely decides to accept her unknown friend's invitation to visit. But when she arrives, she finds her house empty, the funeral guests just heading home. . .

"This is a gentle read involving a cast of quirky characters, a bookshop, and a small town! If you are looking for some light reading that keeps you engaged, this may be for you."

The Gold Eaters 
by Ronald Wright


Kidnapped at sea by conquistadors seeking the golden land of Peru, a young Inca boy named Waman is the everyman thrown into extraordinary circumstances.  

Forced to become Francisco Pizarro's translator, he finds himself caught up in one of history's great clashes of civilizations, the Spanish invasion of the Inca Empire in the 1530s. 

To survive, he must not only learn political gamesmanship but also discover who he truly is, and in what country and culture he belongs. Only then can he find and be reunited with the love of his life and begin the search for his shattered family, journeying through a land and a time vividly portrayed.

The EcoNest Home 
by Paula Baker-Laporte
 & Robert Laporte


An EcoNest is not just a home - it is a breathtakingly beautiful structure that nurtures health and embraces ecology. This unique approach to construction combines light clay straw, timber framing, earthen floors, natural plasters, and other natural techniques with the principles of Building Biology to create a handcrafted living sanctuary.

"I loved the purity and relevance of construction design and materials, which produce beautiful results."
Delicious Fall  Cookbooks 
to be Thankful For

Vegetarian Comfort Foods: The Happy Healthy Gut Guide to Delicious Plant-Based Cooking 
by Jennifer Browne

Vegetarian Comfort Foods  couples the healing power of whole, plant-based, mindfully-chosen food with creative recipes to please our palates and diminish our ailments. Starting with the necessary kitchen tools, pantry prerequisites, and cleansing instructions, the foundation is set for more than seventy-five recipes, such as:

Berry-Rhubarb Smoothie
Banana Walnut Pancakes
Roasted Squash with Apple and Eggplant
Warm Steamed Green Salad
175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics
by Judith Finlayson

Included are 60 new recipes, in addition to the favorites from three of her previous slow cooker cookbooks that span a wide range of meals for all occasions. These everyday favorite recipes will satisfy and delight everyone in the family. 

With 100 color photographs and extensive tips and techniques, delicious results are guaranteed every time. The make-ahead instructions maximize convenience, and the vegetarian and vegan recipes are clearly identified. This will be the go-to cookbook for the creative home chef.
Make Ahead Meals: Over 100 Easy Time-Saving Recipes
by Michael Smith

Make Ahead Meals  is packed with over 100 time-saving recipes, including soups, stews, slow cooker favourites, casseroles, and more that take the stress out of cooking. 

You'll quickly discover it's easy to be a super-cook turning out wholesome meals in your own kitchen. You'll impress family and friends with make ahead dishes like Potato Bacon Cheddar Skillet, Beef Barley Kale Stew, Crockpot Chicken, Barley and Leeks, El Paso Shepherd's Pie, Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas, Fruit Muffins, and Orange Vanilla Pound Cake. 

Inside you'll find lots of recipes with plenty of ways to cook ahead, from prepping dishes so you can finish them in minutes when needed, to making full meals in advance and freezing them for later.
The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet
by Laura Cipullo

Cheeseburgers, tacos, chocolate brownies, meat loaf. Think you can't indulge in some of your favorite comfort foods just because you're managing your diabetes? Think again! With this Prevention approved plan, you can enjoy all your favorite foods without experiencing a single sugar spike, while also managing your weight. 

Based on the latest research and very easy 3-step program, the  Diabetes Comfort Food Diet  transforms your most-loved dishes into diabetes-friendly meals that will promote weight loss and reverse insulin resistance - a winning program indeed!  
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)
A Few of the Girls
by Maeve Binchy

From her earliest writing to her most recent, Maeve's work has included wonderfully nostalgic pieces and also sharp, often witty writing that is insightful and topical. But at the heart of all Maeve's fiction are the people and their relationships with each other. A Few of the Girls is a glorious collection of the very best of her writing, full of the warmth, charm, and humor that has always been essentially Maeve.  

The Mountain Shadow
by Gregory David Roberts

The sequel to Shantaram
It has been two years since the events in Shantaram, and since Lin lost two people he had come to love: his father figure, Khaderbhai, and his soul mate, Karla, married to a handsome Indian media tycoon. Lin returns from a smuggling trip to a city that seems to have changed too much, too soon. Many of his old friends are long gone, the new mafia leadership has become entangled in increasingly violent and dangerous intrigues, and a fabled holy man challenges everything that Lin thought he'd learned about love and life. But Lin can't leave the Island City: Karla, and a fatal promise, won't let him go.
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
by Salman Rushdie

Inspired by 2,000 years of storytelling yet rooted in the concerns of our present moment, this is a spectacular achievement,  enchanting, both very funny and terrifying. It is narrated by our descendants 1000 years hence, looking back.

Nothing less than the survival of our world is at stake. Only one, a djinn princess who centuries before had learned to love humankind, resolves to help us: in the face of dynastic intrigue, she raises an army composed of her semi-magical great-great grandchildren, a motley crew of endearing characters who come together to save the world in a battle waged for 1,001 nights or, to be precise, two years, eight months and twenty-eight nights.
That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away
by Lori Shenher

An ex-police detective's searing personal account of sexism, racism, and mishandling in the investigation of missing and murdered women. Police detective Lori Shenher describes her role in Vancouver's infamous Missing and Murdered Women Investigation and her years-long struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of her work on the case. 

From her first assignment in 1998 to explore an increase in the number of missing women to the harrowing 2002 interrogation of convicted serial killer Robert Pickton, Shenher tells a story of massive police failure-failure of the police to use the information about Pickton available to them, failure to understand the dark world of drug addiction and sex work, and failure to save more women from their killer.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things 
by Jenny Lawson

As Jenny says  :
Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos.  
The Prison Book Club
by Ann Walmsley

A daring journalist goes behind bars to explore the redemptive power of books with bikers, bank robbers, and gunmen.

An attack in London left Ann Walmsley unable to walk alone down the street, and shook her belief in the fundamental goodness of people. A few years later, when a friend asked her to participate in a bold new venture in a men's medium security prison, Ann had to weigh her curiosity and desire to be of service against her anxiety and fear. 
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
by Elizabeth Gilbert

From the best-selling author of Eat Pray Love & The Signature of All Things

With profound empathy and radiant generosity, Elizabeth Gilbert offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. 
Stranger Than We Can Imagine: An Alternative History of the 20th Century
by John Higgs

Before 1900, history was an account of great discoveries that actually made sense. People understand innovations like the steam engine, agriculture, or electricity. The twentieth century, by contrast, gave us quantum entanglement, cubism, relativity, psychedelics, postmodernism, chaos maths, and the Somme. 

This is the story of that confusing century as told through the ideas produced at the furthest fringes of our sciences, arts, and culture.

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 Paths of the Dead, by Lin Anderson a $16.99 value.
Rachelle Anderson
If you see your name above come into our Parksville store to pick up your new book!
October 12th
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 27th
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 30th
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 19th

Watch for details coming soon!

New Release Paperbacks

(Click on images for details)

Sweet Caress
by William Boyd


Leaving Tomorrow
by David Bergen


The Tears of
Dark Water
by Corban Addison


The Moor's Account
by Laila Lalami


Act Normal: Stories
by Greg Hollingshead


Beautiful Ruins
by Jess Walter


Florence Gordon
by Brian Morton


2015 Books For Everybody
Coming soon!

Don't miss out on our complimentary fall gift guide, coming later this month!

Catalogues include a wonderful selection of new books including fiction, reference, history, children's titles and more.


Our beautiful 2016 Calendars are in!  

We've just got a whole lot more gorgeous 2016 wall calendars in today.  

We definitely have the best wall calendar and engagement diaries selection in Oceanside!
Young Adult Novels to 
Borrow from your Teen
Trial by Fire: Worldwalker 
Trilogy #1 
by Josephine Angelini
This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. 
Her life-threatening allergies make it increasingly difficult to live a normal life, and after a completely humiliating incident ruins her first (and perhaps only) real party, she's ready to disappear.

Suddenly, Lily 
finds herself in a  different  Salem. One overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women.
The Scorpion Rules
by Erin Bow
In the future, the UN has brought back an ancient way to keep the peace. The children of world leaders are held hostage-if a war begins, they pay with their lives.

Greta is the Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy, a superpower formed of modern-day Canada. She is also a Child of Peace, a hostage held by the de facto ruler of the world, the great Artificial Intelligence, Talis. The hostages are Talis's strategy to keep the peace: if her country enters a war, Greta dies.

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between
by Jennifer E. Smith

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they'll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be.
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Eddie & The 
Funk Dance
Saturday, Oct. 17th 
  Lighthouse Community Hall, Qualicum Bay    Tickets: $15.00   
Cash only

Live at the 
Fanny Bay Hall
Events: Saturday, Oct. 10th, Oct. 24th, Nov. 7th  
Tickets: $15.00 each night

Bobby Bruce as 
Nearly Neil Diamond
Friday, Nov. 13th
Lighthouse Community Hall, Qualicum Bay 
Tickets: $35.00   

Barra MacNeils'
Celtic Christmas
Sunday, Nov. 15th 7:30pm
Qualicum Beach
 Civic Centre
Tickets: $40.00 each

A Floral Christmas
Thursday, Nov. 19th 1pm
Qualicum Beach 
    Civic Centre   
Tickets: $10.00   
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