August 2018 Newsletter
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Summer is a wonderful time of year to slow down, relax, and enjoy the beautiful community we live in. 


No matter what your plans this summer, grab a book to take along. Check out our New in Paperback section for all the latest titles. Our staff have been doing our summer reading too, and have read and recommend the books in the Staff Picks section. 


Bring the whole family into our stores Saturday, August 11th and meet author and financial expert Holly Van Schouwen. Holly will be signing copies of her books. Details below.


Come into our Qualicum store on August 25th for summer savings. The whole village will be participating in this special one day sale!


Keep reading down this newsletter to see our other store news and be sure to read all the way to the bottom to see if you are this month's Great Book Giveaway winner!


Happy SUMMER reading,
Barb & Tom
Jan & Marianne's Pick
The Half-Drowned King
by Linnea Hartsuyker

"The first book in a trilogy told from the alternating voices of a brother and sister caught up in the events that brought Harald the Fair-Haired to power as the first king of Norway in the 9th century. Epic in scope. Strong characters. Intricate plot. Meticulously researched. Great historical fiction."

Rachael's Pick
Silver Hair: A Handbook
By  Lorraine Massey & Michele Bender

"If you've been sitting on the fence when it comes to letting your gray grow in, this book is an empowering celebration of silver hair. Filled with step-by-step tips on ditching colour and letting your natural tones shine. Before and after photos and information on how lowlights, highlights, blending, make-up and the right cut and clothing can flatter all shades of gray. "   

Tom's Pick
My Twenty-Five Years in Provence
By Peter Mayle

Twenty-five years ago, Peter Mayle and his wife, Jennie, were rained out of a planned two weeks on the Côte d'Azur. In search of sunlight, they set off for Aix-en-Provence; enchanted by the world and life they found there, they soon decided to uproot their lives in England and settle in Provence. They have never looked back. 

As Mayle tells us, a cup of café might now cost three euros, but that price still buys you a front-row seat to the charming and indelible parade of village life. 


Leigh's Pick
Welcome Family and Friends to Our Bighouse
By Nella Nelson

This wonderful little book shares many interesting aspects of the Kwakwaka'wakw culture, First Nations from West Coast British Columbia. 
The story and illustrations can be easily appreciated by young or old. Very informative.

Barb's Pick
Women Talking
by Miriam Toews

"Between 2005 and 2009, in a remote Mennonite colony in Bolivia . . . many girls and women would wake in the morning feeling drowsy and in pain, their bodies bruised and bleeding, having been attacked in the night.The attacks were attributed to ghosts and demons, punishment for sins, lying to get attention, etc.   . . . Eventually, it was revealed that eight men from the colony had been using an animal anesthetic to knock their victims unconscious and rape them. In 2011, these men were convicted in a Bolivian court and received lengthy prison sentences. . . ."Women Talking" is both a reaction through fiction to these true-life events and an act of female imagination."   Miriam Toews

What an astounding imagining of how the victims of these crimes might have acted. The story takes place in the space of 48 hours, in a hayloft, where eight women meet in secret to decide what they are going to do: 1) stay and do nothing; 2) stay and fight; 3) leave the colony for an unknown future. As they debate these and other choices, we hear their voices - their humour, sorrow, earthiness, anger, pain, acceptance, defiance, respect, joy, humanity, faith, and love. So very beautifully written, I predict this unforgettable novel will win many awards! I loved it!

Releasing August 21st 
Reserve your copy here

Military History
The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History & the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man
by Lynn Vincent  Sara Vladic

Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, USS Indianapolis is sailing alone in the center of the Philippine Sea when she is struck by two Japanese torpedoes. The ship is instantly transformed into a fiery cauldron and sinks within minutes. Some 300 men go down with the ship. Nearly 900 make it into the water alive. For the next five nights and four days, almost three hundred miles from the nearest land, the men battle injuries, sharks, dehydration, insanity, and eventually each other. Only 316 will survive.

A sweeping saga of survival, sacrifice, justice, and love, Indianapolis stands as both groundbreaking naval history and spellbinding narrative, and brings the ship and her heroic crew back to full, vivid, unforgettable life. It is the definitive account of one of the most remarkable episodes in American history.
Literary Criticism
What to Read and Why
by Francine Prose

In an age defined by hyper-connectivity and constant stimulation, Francine Prose makes a compelling case for the solitary act of reading and the great enjoyment it brings. 

Inspiring and illuminating,  What to Read and Why  includes selections culled from Prose's previous essays, reviews, and introductions, combined with new, never-before-published pieces that focus on her favorite works of fiction and nonfiction, on works by masters of the short story, and even on books by photographers like Diane Arbus.
A Terrible Country
by Keith Gessen

When Andrei Kaplan's older brother Dima insists that Andrei return to Moscow to care for their ailing grandmother, Andrei must take stock of his life in New York. His girlfriend has stopped returning his text messages. His dissertation adviser is dubious about his job prospects. It's the summer of 2008, and his bank account is running dangerously low. Perhaps a few months in Moscow are just what he needs. 

A wise, sensitive novel about Russia, exile, family, love, history and fate, A Terrible County asks what you owe the place you were born, and what it owes you. Writing with grace and humor, Keith Gessen gives us a brilliant and mature novel that is sure to mark him as one of the most talented novelists of his generation.
Quick, Healthy, and Delicious No-Bowl Meals
by Marlena Kur

Looking for creative and delicious ways to eat your vegetables? Now you can eat an array of colourful foods, eliminate cooking with tons of dishes and bowls, and get on board with the hot new trend: the veggie boat!

Vegetable and fruit "boats" are a delicious and nutritious vessel for your meals. Stuffed! shows you how to stuff your favorite foods into most types of fruits and veggies. Each chapter is organized by vegetable, and you'll love the clever combinations available.

by Isabella Tree

Forced to accept that their West Sussex farming business had become economically unsustainable, Isabella Tree and her husband made a spectacular leap of faith: rather than investing more money in a failing enterprise, they decided to allow 'self-willed ecological processes' to restore themselves, natural processes to occur with minimal hindrance, and with no pre-determined targets.

The results have been spectacular. Over the last ten years many rare and threatened species have returned to the Knepp Estate: turtle doves, nightingales, purple emperor butterflies, cuckoos, lesser spotted woodpeckers, lapwing, ravens, peregrine falcons, red kites, and sparrow hawks, can all now be found on the estate, and often in large numbers.

Clock Dance
by Anne Tyler

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother, yet the prospect is dimming. 

So, when Willa receives a phone call from a stranger, telling her that her son's ex-girlfriend has been shot, she drops everything and flies across the country to Baltimore. The impulsive decision to look after this woman and her nine-year-old daughter will lead Willa into uncharted territory, surrounded by eccentric neighbors, plunged into the rituals that make a community a family and forced to find solace in unexpected places.

Life in the Garden

by Penelope Lively

From the Booker Prize winner and national bestselling author, reflections on gardening, art, literature, and life.

Penelope Lively takes up her key themes of time and memory, and her lifelong passions for art, literature, and gardening in this philosophical and poetic memoir. From the courtyards of her childhood home in Cairo to a family cottage in Somerset, to her own gardens in Oxford and London, Lively conducts an expert tour, taking us from Eden to Sissinghurst and into her own backyard, traversing the lives of writers like Virginia Woolf and Philip Larkin while imparting her own sly and spare wisdom.


Each month your name is entered into a draw for a fabulous free book, just for receiving this e-newsletter. This month our winner will take home a copy of Less by Andrew Sean Greer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

If you see your name below please come into our Parksville store to collect your new book!