December 2017

The Christmas season is such a wonderful time of year for so many reasons. The chance to spend time with our family and friends, to get dressed up for parties and gatherings, and to choose special gifts for those we care about. At the Mulberry Bush Bookstores we believe books make the best gifts because they're timeless, personal, rereadable, portable, they don't require batteries, are perfect for sharing, and so enjoyable. 

We have beautiful new books arriving daily. We also have a unique collection of Christmas cards, stocking stuffers, calendars and special gifts for everyone on your list.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your friendship and support in 2017. We wish you a Christmas filled with peace, love, family and friends and a joyous New Year in 2018.
Merry Christmas!
Barb & Tom, Jan, Leigh, Tina, Marianne & Rachael
Christmas  Centerpieces
Hardcover Coffee Table Books
Robert Bateman's Canada

Join internationally acclaimed artist Robert Bateman on a journey across the seven regions of Canada and see through his eyes the beauty of our country.

With a desire to truly know the place he calls home, Bateman has spent his life painting the Canadian landscape. From the historic eastern shores to the cold endless north and the luscious west coast, he shows us the land that has captivated artists and nature lovers for decades.

byTim Flach
In  Endangered , acclaimed photographer Tim Flach explores one of the most pressing issues of our time. Traveling around the world to settings ranging from forest to savannah to the polar seas to the great coral reefs, Flach has constructed a powerful visual record of remarkable animals and ecosystems facing harsh challenges. 
Tales from the Captain's Log
From Captain Cook to Charles Dickens, Blackbeard to Nelson. 
For centuries, ships' commanders kept journals that recorded their missions. These included voyages of discovery to unknown lands, engagements in war and sea and general trade.

From the ships that attempted to stop piracy in the Caribbean, to the surgeons who recorded the health of the men they tended and naturalists who noted the exotic plants and animals they encountered, comes a fascinating picture of life at sea, richly illustrated with maps, drawings and facsimile documents found alongside the logs in the archives.
Million Dollar Classics:
The World's Most Expensive Dream Cars
by Martin Derrick & Simon Clay
The allure of beautiful and rare cars is timeless.  Million Dollar Classics: The World's Most Expensive Cars  is a lavish photographic collection of some of the most sought after models that have been made available for auction in recent years.

All of the cars featured in this elegant book attained auction prices upward of $1,000,000, making them the most desired cars in the world; as well as the most expensive. 
Wonder Woman:
Ambassador of Truth
by Signe Bergstrom
Wonder Woman: Ambassador of Truth  brings together a breathtaking collage of images, from the DC comic books, the 1970s era television show, her numerous animated appearances, the June 2017  Wonder Woman  feature film, and the film  Justice League . Fully authorized by Warner Bros., this lush full-color compendium features inserts and exclusive interactives, and illuminating interviews and anecdotes from key artists, writers, and personalities involved in bringing Wonder Woman to life across the years.

Sculpture in Canada 
by Maria Tippett
Found in public spaces and parks, art galleries and university buildings, along riverbanks as well as in city squares, private gardens and even underwater, Canadian sculpture encompasses a range of materials and styles from traditional bone and bronze to postmodern multimedia installations.

Dr. Tippett's survey evinces an avid interest in the logistics of sculpture, exploring the ways in which the medium demands more space, time, money and material to produce and exhibit than disciplines like drawing and painting. 
Rosie Sanders' Flowers: A Celebration of Botanical Art
Rosie Sanders's botanical paintings lie at the extreme end of botanical art, they exude dynamism and sensuality in every brushstroke, while their richness of color sets her apart from her contemporaries. This large format book showcases her finest paintings in exquisite detail, accompanied by excellent and accessible scientific commentary. Rosie's glorious selection of flowers ranges from tulips to orchids, roses to irises, anemones to amaryllis, and she illuminates them by fascinating and skillful uses of perspective and light.

Remarkable Books
The World's Most Beautiful and Historic Works
A beautifully illustrated guide to more than 75 of the world's most celebrated, rare, and seminal books and handwritten manuscripts ever produced, with discussions of their purpose, features, and creators.

From ancient masterpieces such as  The Art of War , written on the leaves of bamboo, to the stunningly illustrated  Birds of America ,   Remarkable Books  delves into the stories behind the most incredible tomes ever produced, offering an insight into their wider social and cultural context. Alongside breathtaking images of the books and manuscripts themselves, close-up views draw out interesting features, which are discussed in greater detail, while biographies tell the lives of the people who produced them.
 2018 Calendars
We have a wide array of beautiful 2018 Wall calendars & Engagement Diaries. 

Come in today for the best selection.
 Unique Stocking Stuffers
  Check out our lovely bookmarks, CD's, mugs, notepads, purse pads and other small gifts that make perfect stocking stuffers!

Come in & see our complete selection!    
 Holiday Reading
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The People Vs Alex Cross
by James Patterson

Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law, until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood. Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they're above the law. Cross knows it was self-defense. But will a jury see it that way?
End Game
by David Baldacci

Will Robie and Jessica Reel are two of the most lethal people alive. through every mission, one man has always had their backs,  their handler,  codenamed Blue Man. But now, Blue Man is missing.
The House of Unexpected Sisters
by Alexander McCall Smith

Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi hear a troubling story of about a woman accused of being rude to a valued customer and being wrongly dismissed from her job. Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate, but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case.
The Music Shop
by Rachel Joyce

 The Music Shop is a story about good, ordinary people who take on forces too big for them. It's about falling in love and how hard it can be. And it's about music, how it can bring us together when we are divided and save us when all seems lost.
The Revolution of Marina M.
by Janet Fitch St. Petersburg

 New Year's Eve, 1916. Marina Makarova is a young woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life, a life about to be violently upended by the vast forces of history. Swept up on these tides, Marina will join the marches for workers' rights, fall in love with a radical young poet, and betray everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in turn.
It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree
by A.J. Jacobs

A.J. Jacobs has received some strange emails over the years, but this note was perhaps the strangest, "You don't know me, but I'm your eighth cousin. And we have over 80,000 relatives of yours in our database." That's enough family members to fill Madison Square Garden four times over. Who are these people, A.J. wondered, and how do I find them? So began Jacobs's three-year adventure to help build the biggest family tree in history.
Killer: My Life
in Hockey

by Doug Gilmour

In Killer
, Doug Gilmour bares all about his on, and off the, ice exploits and escapades. Gilmour has always been frank with the media, and his memoir is as revealing as it is hilarious. He played with the greatest players of his generation, and his love for the game and for life are legendary.
The Inner Life of Animals
by Peter Wohlleben

Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world with Peter Wohlleben's personal experiences in forests and fields. Horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids.

In Parksville:
102 - 280 E. Island Hwy
At Thrifty Foods Centre
Ph: 250.248.1193

Parksville Christmas Hours:
Mon. Dec.  11th - Sat. Dec.  16th 9 am - 5:30pm

Sunday, Dec. 17th  :  9 am - 5 pm

Mon., Dec. 18th - Sat. 23rd  : 9 am - 6 pm

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th :  9 am - 4 pm

Christmas Day,  Dec. 25th  :  Closed

Boxing Day,  Dec. 26th to Dec. 30th  : regular hours

New Years Eve,  Dec. 31st  : 9 am - 4:30 pm

New Years Day,  Jan. 1st, 2018  : Closed

In Qualicum Beach:
130 West 2nd Ave
Ph: 250.752.9722

Qualicum Christmas Hours:
Sunday Dec. 17th : 10am - 4pm

Mon. Dec 18th - Sat. Dec. 23rd :  9 am - 5:30 pm

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th : 9 am - 4 pm

 Christmas Day, Dec. 25th :  Closed

Boxing Day, Dec. 26 : 11am - 4pm

Wed., Dec. 27th to Sat., Dec. 30th :  9am - 5pm

Sunday, Dec. 31st New Years Eve 11am - 4pm

 New Years Day, Jan. 1, 2018  : Closed
New Cookbooks
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Yum & Yummer
by Greta Podleski
I Love Tasty The Unofficial Cookbook 
by Catrine Kelty
Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking 
by Bonnie Frumkin Morales & Deena Prichep
The Artful Baker
by Cenk Sonmezsoy

Prevention Mediterranean Table: 100 Vibrant Recipes to Savor and Share for Lifelong Health
The Cooking of Casa Planeta

by Elisia Menduni
 Staff Picks
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The Spitfire Luck of Skeets Ogilvie
by Keith Ogilvie


 "This is a story needing to be told; much more than a family history. Highly readable, it is the amazing history of a fighter pilot who was, shot down, captured by the Germans, made to endure years of captivity, and was one of the few survivors of the Great Escape. It's a story of adventure, love, and a generous dose of luck. Excellent writing, very moving!"

Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of The Water Lillies
by Ross King

 "After taking my daughter to see the Monet Exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, I was intrigued by this talented yet complicated man and his extraordinary life. Using primary sources including letters and diaries, Ross King provides the reader with a well written and  insightful glimpse into the fascinating and often tragic life of this world renowned artist."

Tom Thompson: The Silence and the Storm by David C. Silcox


"This is an art book filled with stunning full page reproductions of his most famous works.  It also includes some of his lesser known paintings, many of which are in private collections and are being printed here for the first time.  The sidebars are full of pencil sketches and some of his commercial work.  It's a gorgeous, comprehensive collection of the works of one of Canada's most beloved painters."

I Am A Truck
by Michelle Winters


"I loved this charming and beautifully crafted story, weaving together guileless characters, colloquial French and quirky circumstances."

The Shoe on
the Roof

by Will Ferguson


"A thought-provoking and humorous examination of science, faith, madness and the madness of scientific experimentation taken to extremes. Thomas Rosanoff, a neuro-science PhD student, lives in the shadow of his famous psychiatrist father. When Thomas's girlfriend dumps him, he dreams up an experiment to cure her brother's delusions and win her back. And then his father gets wind and takes over. A phenomenal amount of research on psychology and the brain went into this book, but in Ferguson's deft hands it is blended seamlessly into the story. "

Robert Bateman's Canada


"This beautiful volume of paintings by Canada's beloved artist and naturalist, Robert Bateman, is the gift that will keep on giving.  Featuring 20 never-before-published paintings, Robert Bateman's Canada celebrates our natural heritage, wildlife, and landscapes in paintings covering all 7 regions of our country.  A perfect gift for everyone this Christmas!" 

Here are the local events we are currently selling tickets for:

Friday, Dec. 8th 7:00pm
Knox United Church
Tickets: $15.00
Children under 12 yrs - free

Saturday, Dec 9th 
10:00AM - 3:00PM
Tickets:  $25.00
Sunday, Dec. 10th 2:30pm
Knox United Church Parksville
Tickets: Adults$25.00, Students $15.00
Qualicum Civic Centre
Monday, Dec. 11th  7:30 pm
Tickets:  $40.00 each

Saturday, Dec. 16th 7pm
Knox United Church
Tickets:  $20.00, Children under 16 years $5.00

Monday, March 19th 7:30pm
Qualiucm Civic Centre
Tickets:  $50.00

*Please note: We only accept cash or cheques for tickets
 Whitewater Cooks: More Beautiful Food by Shelley Adams, is full of new recipes to inspire fans and once again turn home cooks into culinary rock stars!




make great gifts!
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Cozy Christmas Reads
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas 
by David Rosenfelt

The Noel Diary
by Richard Paul Evans
A Christmas Return by Anne Perry
Christmas at the Vinyl Cafe
by Stuart McLean
The Christmas Secret
by Karen Swan
Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Last Christmas
in Paris

by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb


How the program works:
The Angel Tree program helps stock the SOS Toy Shop where parents, grandparents and caregivers can shop for free for their children. 

The gifts listed on these Angels have been identified as "that one special gift" that a child or youth is hoping for.

 Purchase the gift listed on one of the Angel ornaments, attach the Angel to your unwrapped gift and return it to the business location to ensure it is included in the gift distribution

We are happy to be participating in the SOS Angel Tree Program again this year. 

We stock all the Angel Tree book selections and are pleased to be able to donate several boxes of books to help fill the shelves of the SOS store.

 Click here for more information on this program.
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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

Our lucky winner for the month of December will receive a copy of the book, How to Instant Pot by Daniel Shumski , a $24.95 value. 

If you see your name above come into our Parksville store to pick up your new book!