November is here again and the cooler days of fall make for perfect reading weather.  Below we have some timely new books in honor of  Remembrance Day . These books remind us of how thankful we are to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country both at home and abroad.

Christmas is just around the corner and here at the bookstore we are excited to share all the events we have planned for the next month, wonderful new titles, and so much more! 

We have a number of exciting in-store and author events this month. Read the details below and we hope to see you there!

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 November.
Happy reading,
Barb & Tom
Both our stores will be open the following hours:
Saturday, Nov. 11th ~ 12 noon to 5 pm.    
Regular store hours on Sunday and Monday.


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Fight to the Finish
by Tim Cook

Historian Tim Cook displays his trademark storytelling ability in the second volume of his masterful account of Canadians in World War II. Cook combines an extraordinary grasp of military strategy with a deep empathy for the soldiers on the ground, at sea and in the air. Whether it's a minute-by-minute account of a gruelling artillery battle, vicious infighting among generals, the scene inside a medical unit, or the small details of a soldier's daily life, Cook creates an utterly compelling narrative. He recounts in mesmerizing detail how the Canadian forces figured in the Allied bombing of Germany, the D-Day landing at Juno beach, the taking of Caen, and the drive south. 

By Chance Alone
by Max Eisen

Tibor "Max" Eisen was born in Moldava, Czechoslovakia into an Orthodox Jewish family. In the spring of 1944, gendarmes forcibly removed Eisen and his family from their home. They were brought to a brickyard and eventually loaded onto crowded cattle cars bound for Auschwitz-Birkenau. At fifteen years of age, Eisen survived the selection process and he was inducted into the camp as a slave labourer.

One day, Eisen received a terrible blow from an SS guard. Severely injured, he was dumped at the hospital where a Polish political prisoner saved Eisen from certain death in the gas chambers by giving him a job as a cleaner in the operating room. After his liberation and new trials in Communist Czechoslovakia, Eisen immigrated to Canada in 1949, where he has dedicated the last twenty-two years of his life to educating others about the Holocaust across Canada and around the world.
A Bold and Dangerous Family by Caroline Moorehead

 Italy's Rosselli family were members of the cosmopolitan, cultural elite in Florence at the start of the 20th century. Led by their fierce matriarch, Amelia Rosselli, they were also vocal anti-fascists. As Mussolini rose to power in Italy following WWI, the Rossellis took leading roles in the rebellion against him, a stance that few in their class would risk. And when Mussolini established a police state whose tactics grew more brutal, the Rossellis and their anti-fascist friends transformed from debaters and critics into activists. Through the stories of these brave people and their friends, renowned historian Caroline Moorehead delivers an immersive picture of Italy in the first half of the 20th century.

Firing Lines:
 Three Canadian Women Write the
First World War

by Debbie Marshall
Europe: 1914-18. Mary MacLeod Moore, a writer for Saturday Night Magazine, covered the war's impact on women, from the munitions factories to the kitchens of London's tenements. Beatrice Nasmyth, a writer for the Vancouver Province, managed the successful wartime political campaign of Canadian Roberta MacAdams and attended the Versailles Peace Conference as Premier Arthur Sifton's press secretary. Elizabeth Montizambert was in France during the war and witnessed the suffering of its people first-hand. She was often near the fighting, serving as a canteen worker and writing about her experiences for the Montreal Gazette
The Last Goodnight :
A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal
by Howard Blum

Betty Pack was charming, beautiful, and intelligent-and she knew it. As an agent for Britain's MI-6 and then America's OSS during World War II, these qualities proved crucial to her success. This is the remarkable story of  the passions that ruled her tempestuous life - a life filled with dangerous liaisons and death-defying missions vital to the Allied victory.

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The Hearts
Invisible Furies
by John Boyne

"This epic story beautifully showcases Irish novelist John Boyne's masterful gift of characterization.  In ways that are richly dramatic, sometimes very funny, sometimes achingly sad, and always utterly compelling, Boyne captures his protagonist Cyril's shifting identity as he grapples with nationality, religious bigotry, class, and sexuality throughout his life in postwar Ireland, and ultimately what family means. This is an unforgettable read! "

by Tim Flach


"This is a take-your-breath-away photography book. It's the result of an ambitious multi-year project which examines a variety of animals and ecosystems and some of their biggest threats from around the world. Fish, insects, reptiles, birds and mammals are all represented. Some of the shots are extreme close-ups, others are panoramic views. This is a gorgeous book you can return to again and again."
Dead in the Dark
by Stephen Booth


"The is book number 17 in the series featuring Cooper and Fry, but is the the first one that I have read. The setting is in the Peak District in England, featuring two former detective partners striving to solve crimes of the day. The major strength of the story is great research, both historical and geological, that Booth has framed his story with. The other aspect that I liked was that in the context of the story, Booth examines changes in British Society, from miner's strikes to Polish immigration and Brexit.  This is a good read with lots of depth to it. "
Little House, Revisited
by Sarah Miller


Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in a dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before - Caroline Ingalls, "Ma" in Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved Little House books.

"I thoroughly enjoyed stepping back into a simpler time, revisiting the characters and setting of the Little House. Through the eyes of Caroline, the reader gets a glimpse into the life, including the many challenges and joys, of being a pioneering woman."
Bellevue Square
by Michael Redhill


"The story revolves around a woman who discovers she has a doppelganger. It is a rollercoaster ride of wry humour, mystery, intrigue, bewildering twists, and surreal events. Although there is some violence and more than a bit of confusion, I thoroughly enjoyed Redhill's writing."
New & Notable
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The Authorized Roy Orbison
by Roy, Jr, Wesley, & Alex Orbison and Jeff Slate

Filled with hundreds of photographs, many never before seen, gathered from across the globe and uncovered from deep within the Orbison Vault, The Authorized Roy Orbison shows Roy Orbison as a young child and follows him all the way through to the peak of his stardom and up to his tragic end. Wesley, Roy Jr., and Alex Orbison - Roy's Boys - have left no stone unturned in order to illustrate the people, places, things, and events that forged their father, the man behind those famous sunglasses.

Historical Atlas of Early Railways
by Derek Hayes

Historical Atlas of Early Railways  highlights the innovations, failures and most memorable moments of railways through the ages. Read about a variety of designs and inventions including the steam underground in 1863, rack and mountain railways, electric railways, monorails and atmospheric railways. Study the world's oldest surviving railway map. This newest addition to the popular Historical Atlas Series features 320 maps and 450 photos and other illustrations, and is a beautifully designed chronicle for anyone who has a fondness for history, maps or trains.
Tell Tale
by Jeffrey Archer


Tell Tale, giving us a fascinating, exciting and sometimes poignant insight into the people the author has met, the stories he has come across and the countries he has visited during the past ten years.

Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to find out Who Killed the Mayor? and the pretentious schoolboy in A Road to Damascus, whose discovery of the origins of his father's wealth changes his life in the most profound way.

5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food
by Jamie Oliver

It's all about making the journey to good food very, very simple. Every recipe uses just five key ingredients, ensuring you can get a meal together fast, whether it's finished and on the table in a flash, or after minimal hands-on prep, you've let the oven do the hard work for you. It's about spending a little time to deliver a lot of flavour.

Each recipe has been tried and tested (and tested again!) to ensure the book is packed with no-fuss, budget-friendly dishes that you can rustle up, any day of the week.
The Shoe on the Roof
by Will Ferguson

Ever since his girlfriend ended their relationship, Thomas Rosanoff's life has been on a downward spiral. A gifted med student, he has spent his entire adulthood struggling to escape the legacy of his father, an esteemed psychiatrist who used him as a test subject when he was a boy. 

But now the tables have turned. Thomas is the researcher, and his subjects are three homeless men, all of whom claim to be messiahs. Thomas is determined to "cure" the three men of their delusions, and in so doing save his career, and maybe even his love life. But when Thomas's father intervenes in the experiment, events spin out of control, and Thomas must confront the voices he hears in the labyrinth of his own mind.

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery
by Scott Kelly

The veteran of four spaceflights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly hostile to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both life-threatening and mundane: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the catastrophic risks of colliding with space junk; and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home, an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on a previous mission, his twin brother's wife, American Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space.

The Rooster Bar
by John Grisham

Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. 

And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.

But maybe there's a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they would first have to quit school. And leaving law school a few short months before graduation would be completely crazy, right?  Well, yes and no . . .

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 Extraordinary
Peter May,  a $17.99 value. 

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

Permanent Part-time Bookseller
at The Mulberry Bush Book Store,  Parksville
We are looking for an experienced  bookseller to work in our Parksville  store on Saturdays & Sundays, and
at other times when needed.

This  person will have an extensive  knowledge of books and authors,
be a big reader,  have excellent  customer service skills,  be a  "detail" person, be physically fit,  able to multi-task  and easily learn new
computer & research skills, and  will be an enthusiastic addition  to our great team of  professional  booksellers.
If this is you, please come in to our  Parksville or Qualicum Beach store  and pick up an application form.

Parksville store 
Friday, Nov 24th
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. 27th
  9am - 5pm

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
Don't miss out on this great night!

Thursday, Nov. 16th
5pm - 9pm

Come in to our Qualicum store for an exciting night of shopping and fun for the whole family. We will have hourly specials as well as a chance to win a gift basket!

New Release Paperbacks

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The Apothecary's Shop
by Roberto Tiraboschi


Murder on the Orient Express
by Agatha Christie


In the Midst
of Winter

by Isabel Allende


The Break
by Marian Keyes


by Rachel Cusk


The Mothers
by Brit Bennett


by Nicola Lagioia


Fools and Mortals
by Bernard Cornwell


The It Girls
by Karen Harper


The Tiger's Prey
by Wilbur Smith


Stocking Stuffers

We have great gifts and stocking stuffers.

More arriving daily.

Come in now for the best selection!

Books For Everybody
Gift Guide
Is Here!

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

Catalogs include a wonderful selection of new books including fiction, reference, history, children's titles and include a 
$ 5 off coupon!

Pick up your free copy in store now.



Here is a list of local events we are selling tickets for:

Lead singer of 
The Lonely
Friday, Nov. 17th  7-9pm 
Qualicum Civic Centre
Tickets: $22.00
Cash only

A Tribute to Elvis starring 
Steve Elliot  
Saturday, Nov. 18th
Doors open at 6 pm, 
Dinner at 6:30 pm
Lighthouse Community Hall, Qualicum Bay
(Includes dinner, silent auction, entertainment and dancing.)     
Tickets: $42.00 each

Sunday, Nov. 26th 2:30pm
Christian Fellowship Centre
Tickets: $15.00
Cash only

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach presents
Saturday, December 9th
10am -  3:30pm
Tickets: $25.00

Sunday, Dec. 10th 2:30 pm  
Knox United Church, Parksville 
Tickets : $25.00 Adults
$15.00 Students


Sunday, January 14th, 2018 2:00pm
Renowned harpist Janelle Nadeau proves that the harp is not only approachable but thrilling and versatile. 

Sunday, May 27th, 2018 2:00pm
Hear this newly formed chamber choir perform a varied concert featuring Durufle's Requiem. Featuring guest conductor Elroy Friesen.

Tickets: For individual performances $30.00 Adults, $15.00 Students
Subscription cards for 2 concert series $50.00
Please note : We do not reserve tickets.  Cash only - no debit or credit cards accepted for tickets.
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