December 2015

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, 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 2015. We wish you a Christmas filled with peace, love, family and friends and a joyous New Year in 2016.
Merry Christmas!
Barb & Tom, Tina, Jan, Leigh, Marianne & Shino
Christmas  Centerpieces
Hardcover Coffee Table Books
The Romance of Flowers
by Clinton Smith

Bring the outdoors in! Beautiful floral arrangements have long been a hallmark of  Veranda , and this lavish and luxurious collection offers a stunning presentation of the most exquisite flowers ever featured in the magazine. These unique designs - created by some of the world's leading floral artists as well as by homeowners with a flair for creativity - embody the  Veranda  reader's passion for gracious living.
The Golden Era of Classic Cars: From Early 1900's to the Late 1960's
by Sebastiano Salvetti
There are automobiles that slipped into anonymity as though they had never existed. And then there are vehicles that made history, that served as reference points for design, performance, and fascination. These icons of technology thrilled the hearts of both enthusiasts and the general public. This book is dedicated to these jewels on four wheels, produced from the start of the 1900s up to the '60s-one of the greatest periods ever for creativity and advances in engineering.
Vargic's Miscellany of Curious Maps:
Mapping the Modern World
by Martin Vargic
Vargic's Miscellany of Curious Maps
 is a wonderfully weird collection of meticulous and striking cartographic creations, such as the infamous Map of Stereotypes. Based on a Westerner's stereotypical view of the world, Slovakian artist and cartophile Martin Vargic assigns more than two thousand labels and prejudices to cities, states, countries, continents, oceans and seas on a large-scale, visually stunning world map, which alone took more than four months to create.

At Home:
Sarah Style
by Sarah Richardson
Renowned designer Sarah Richardson guides readers through a variety of houses-from urban spaces, to secluded farmland getaways, to the islands of cottage country - that all showcase her signature style of casual elegance and nature-inspired design. In addition to the hundreds of design tips and never-before-seen photos-including many from Sarah's personal collection - there are forty-five beloved recipes that reflect Sarah's design style: comforting, fun, and meant for sharing.
Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Players
by Steve Cameron
Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Players
also features artifacts and memorabilia from the Hockey Hall of Fame's extensive archive, including Wayne Gretzky's record setting 802nd goal puck, Jacques Plante's game-changing mask, and Mario Lemieux's 1987 Canada Cup jersey. 

Complete with more than 450 photos and over 70 artifacts, as well as stats, facts, quotes and other interesting stories and snapshots from each star's career,  Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Players  is the definitive book on the stars who have been awarded hockey's most prestigious honor. 

The Ultimate Alphabet:
Complete Edition
by Mike Wilks
The artist Mike Wilks set out in the 1980s to depict as many words as possible in twenty-six images corresponding to the alphabet. His four-year painting odyssey resulted in a suite of magnificent compilations, all minutely detailed, masterfully rendered, and slightly surreal. Each image contains hundreds of items all starting with the same letter. It is a mind-blowing and enjoyably engaging task to attempt to identify all of the objects. One wonders at the artist accomplishing this seemingly Herculean artistic endeavor. The reader need not go crazy, however, trying to name all of the words represented in the images (at last count, 7,825!). Numbered line drawings accompanied by lists of words serve as keys to the paintings. 
Hyper Nature
by Philippe Martin
Hyper Nature  is a portfolio of Martin's stunning photographs of snails, orchids, dragonflies, snakes, frogs and many other creatures. The hyperrealism and large images bring the viewer into the heart of the scene, face to face with the subject, where he can discover the smallest detail. This is nature photography as never seen before. Martin also explains how he achieves his photographs, increasing readers' appreciation and leaving a legacy for new photographers. 
 2016 Calendars
We have a wide array of beautiful 2016 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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Even Dogs in the Wild:The New
John Rebus

by Ian Rankin

Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is investigating the death of a senior lawyer during a robbery. But the case becomes more complex when a
note is
 discovered, indicating that this may have been no random attack, and when local gangster Big Ger Cafferty receives an identical message, Clarke decides that the recently retired John Rebus may be able to help.
Quinn:The Life of
a Hockey Legend

by Dan Robson

A tribute to the larger than life story of a hockey icon and hero. The hockey world mourned when Pat Quinn died in November 2014. Tough guys sobbed. Networks carried montages of Quinn's rugged hits, his steely-eyed glare, and his famous victories. Quinn made a few enemies over the years, but there was no one who didn't respect the tough working-class kid who had fought his way to the very top of the hockey world.
Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise
by Oscar Hijuelos

By Pulitzer Prize winning author Oscar Hijuelos, is a luminous work of fiction inspired by the real-life, 37-year friendship between two towering figures of the late nineteenth century, famed writer and humorist Mark Twain and legendary explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley.
John Le Carre: 
The Biography
by Adam Sisman

Always secretive about his background and Secret Service career, blocking one biography from publication in the 1990s, then choosing a biographer who abandoned the project, John le Carr (David Cornwell) has finally given his blessing to Adam Sisman, who has delivered a biography that reads like a novel. 
The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a
Small Island
by Bill Bryson

In this hotly anticipated new travel book, his first in fifteen years and sure to be greeted as the funniest book of the decade, Bryson sets out on a brand-new journey, on a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis on the south coast to Cape Wrath on the northern most tip of Scotland. 
The Illegal
by Lawrence Hill

Keita Ali is on the run. Like every boy on the mountainous island of Zantoroland, running is all Keita's ever wanted to do. In one of the poorest nations in the world, running means respect. Running means riches until Keita is targeted for his father's outspoken political views and discovers he must run for his family's survival.
The Nature of
the Beast
by Louise Penny
Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.
Hockey Towns: Untold Stories From the Heart  of Canada 
by Ron MacLean with Kirstie McLellan Day

These are stories you've never heard before. From London to Castlegar, Yellowknife to Cole Harbour, Medicine Hat to Trois Rivieres, from Bantam to Junior B to the NHL, our country  is full of great characters, players, coaches, hockey moms and hockey dads, rivalries and practical jokes. Spectacular triumphs, heart-breaking tragedies and tales of friendship, betrayal, love and loyalty, all compelling, entertaining and inspiring.

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


Parksville Christmas Hours:
Mon. Dec. 14 - Sat. Dec. 19  :  9 am - 5:30pm

Sunday, Dec. 20  :  9 am - 5 pm

Mon., Dec. 21 - Wed. 23  : 9 am - 6 pm

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 : 9 am - 5 pm

 Christmas Day,  Dec. 25  :  Closed

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

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

 New Years Day,  Jan. 1, 2016  : Closed
In Qualicum Beach:
130 West 2nd Ave
Ph: 250.752.9722

Qualicum Christmas Hours:
Sunday Dec. 20 : 10am - 4pm

Mon. Dec 21 - Wed. Dec. 23 :  9 am - 5:30 pm

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 : 9 am - 5 pm

 Christmas Day, Dec. 25 :  Closed

Boxing Day, Dec. 26 : 11am - 4pm

Dec. 27 to Dec. 30 :  9am - 5pm

New Years Eve, Dec. 31 :  9 am - 4pm

 New Years Day, Jan. 1, 2016  : Closed
New Cookbooks
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A Spicy Touch: Family Favourites by Noorbanu Nimji & Karen Anderson

Cooks will feel they've been invited into Nimji's kitchen for a tour of her pantry as they linger over beautifully photographed and explained spices and specialty ingredients. 
Everyday Super Food: Recipes For
a Healthier
Happier You
by Jamie Oliver
No matter how busy you are, you'll find that healthy eating the Jamie way is both straightforward and achievable, making it super easy to choose exactly the kind of meals that suit you.  
Butter Celebrates: A Year of Sweet Recipes to Share with Family and Friends
by Rosie Daykin

Whether you're welcoming a new baby, a new neighbour, or the New Year, sharing Thanksgiving,
Hannukah, or Christmas with friends and family, Rosie has the perfect recipe for every occasion.
The Essence of French Cooking
by Michel Roux

Based around 100 classic recipes that have stood the test of time, this lavishly illustrated book explores the diversity of French cuisine, which for centuries has influenced so many other styles of cooking around the world.
Per La Famiglia Memories and Recipes of the Southern Italian Home Cooking
by Emily Richards

This cookbook fetes the celebrations and foods of an Italian-Canadian through the years by writing down family recipes that can be shared with generations to come. While many are traditional, there are also new spins on some without missing the love and stories that go into each dish.
The Deerholme Cookbook
by Bill Jones

Whether you grow or forage them yourself or purchase them from local farmers, you will find an abundance of local vegetables available wherever you live. And this book will provide you with exciting and unexpected ways to prepare all of that goodness from the garden.
 Staff Picks
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The Violinist of Venice:
A Story of Vivaldi
by Alyssa Palombo

Like most 18th century Venetians, Adriana d'Amato adores music, except her strict merchant father has forbidden her to cultivate her gift for the violin. But she refuses to let that stop her from living her dreams and begins sneaking out of her family's palazzo under the cover of night to take violin lessons from virtuoso violinist and composer Antonio Vivaldi. However, what begins as secret lessons swiftly evolves into a passionate, consuming love affair. A great read!
The Mulberry Bush
by Charles McCarry 

In a rose garden in Buenos Aires, an unnamed American spy meets the beautiful daughter of a famous Argentinean revolutionary. He becomes infatuated, and so does she. But he is no ordinary spy, he is an off-the-books lone wolf who spent his first five years working for 'Headquarters' hunting terrorists in the Middle East. 

Color Me Stress-Free Nearly 100 Coloring Templates to Unplug and Unwind
by Lacy Mucklow


"This is just one of the dozens of wonderful colouring books for adults that we have in our stores right now. 

 We also carry coloured pencils for just $14.95 a set.

Colouring books used to be for kids only, but not anymore.  Many adults are finding that colouring helps relieve the stress we are all faced with on a daily basis, and is the perfect way to unplug, unwind, and relax.  And your creative accomplishments can be framed, scrapbooked, or given as gifts."

Franklin's Lost Ship:The Historic Discovery of HMS Erebus
by John Geiger & Alanna Mitchell


"The journey of Sir John Franklin has fascinated people all around the world for seventeen decades. In 2014 an underwater expedition led by Parks Canada discovered one of Franklin's lost ships the HMS Erebus.   

This book explores what we know about the lives of the crew during the ill fated Arctic expedition and the immense technological challenges needed to be overcome by modern day archaeologists and explorers during their years of searching for answers. A fascinating read with photographs throughout."

The Wild in You:
Voices From the
Forest and the Sea
by Lorna Crozier


"This little book packs 
a big punch!  Breathtaking photography accompanied by text that takes you to the soul of the image.  
This is a wonderful 
gift idea."

by Rachel Cusk


"A very unusual story narrated by a woman who travels to Greece to conduct a writing course. The people she meets along the way reveal the very personal events and perspectives of their lives, in a manner that we are not ordinarily privy to. Engaging!"

Gut:The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ
by Giulia Enders


"People are aware of probiotics since helpful bacteria are important part  of our life.
Giulia explains the system of digestion which is one of the most important things for us, yet it is not frequently discussed.
You will learn more about your GUT in order to lead 
a healthier life."


Fall 2016 
Books for Everybody 
Gift Guide

Don't miss out on our complimentary fall gift guide, now in store.


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


Come in and pick yours up today!

Here are the local events we are currently selling tickets for:
Friday, Dec. 4th
Echo Players Village Theatre, Qualicum Beach
Tickets: $15.00 each

Knox United Church, Parksville
Sunday, Dec. 6th
Tickets: $18.00

Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre 
Friday, Dec. 11th 7pm 
Tickets : Adults $15.00
Children under 16 free with an adult

Parksville Chrysler Theatre
Saturday, Dec. 12th 6pm 
Tickets : Adults $15.00
Children under 16 free with an adult

Knox United Church Parksville 
Saturday, Dec. 12th 
3:00 pm 
Tickets : $32.00 &
$18.00 Students

***SOLD OUT***
Monday, Dec. 14th
Q.B.Civic Centre. 
Tickets: $35.00 each

*Please note: We only accept cash or cheques for tickets


make great gifts!
Take the guess work 
out  of buying gifts.
Available in any denomination, reloadable, and can easily fit into a stocking.

Just click on the gift card image to purchase online.
Festive Favourites
Chicken Soup for
the Soul: Merry Christmas

by Amy Newmark
A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
Merry Christmas,
Alex Cross
by James Patterson
An Irish Country Christmas
by Patrick Taylor
Christmas in 
the Snow 
by Karen Swan

Vinyl Cafe A Christmas Collection
by Stuart McLean
2 Audio CDs
The Christmas Angel by Jane Maas

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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, Long Nights and Log Fires: Warming Comfort Food Family and Friends , a $38.95 value. 
Vera Breslin
If you see your name above come into our Parksville store to pick up your new book!