August 2016 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. 


Book clubs, it's not too late to enter to win our Louise Penny book club kit. Details below.


Come into our Qualicum store on August 27th for Sunshine Madness. 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's Pick
Let Me Explain You
By Annie Liontas

"Stravos Mavrakis (like most fathers) is certain he knows what is best for his daughters. Believing he is dying he sends all of the women in his life a detailed email telling them what he thinks they should do to improve their lives.   In this fresh, funny debut novel we are given a glimpse inside a messy yet ordinary family. It's about hopes and dreams, pathos and drama, but ultimately the importance of love and forgiveness."

Tom's Pick
True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy
By Kati Marton

"This book reveals the life of spy Noel Field, who was enchanted by Communism, and spied for the Soviets from his position in the US State Department, even though he was an early pacifist. Field supported the Soviet Revolution, even though he was a pawn in Stalin's strategy. This book is a insightful look at the recruiting and running of a long term spy."  

Releases September 6th
Reserve your copy here

Carol's Pick
The Spawning Grounds
By Gail Anderson-Dargatz

"The back story of this novel is about a dying river in the Shuswap area of B.C. and the tensions rising about land development that is further threatening an already fragile ecosystem.   The novel is about two young adults and a childhood friend coming to terms with past tragedies and present tensions.  The story is steeped in Shuswap myth and family legends.  Anderson-Dargatz's prose and descriptive metaphor is stunning.  When describing the incredible salmon run of a hundred years ago I felt I was right there witnessing it."

Release date  September 6th  
Pre-order your copy here


Barb's Pick
The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke
By Ron Smith

"Every Canadian needs to read this book - not just stoke survivors!   Ron Smith, an award-winning writer, publisher, and university teacher, who lives in Nanoose Bay, has written a ground-breaking and intimate account of what it's like to experience the inside of a massive stroke to his brain, and the discoveries he made as he overcame the challenges of recovery.  This book is for all of us, as well as stoke survivors, their families and caregivers, and especially for medical professionals, as Ron outlines an improved path to stoke rehabilitation within the health care system.  I found The Defiant Mind a profoundly illuminating read and highly recommend it to you."

Releases September 30th
Reserve your copy here

Rails Over the Mountains: Exploring the Railway Heritage of Canada's Western Mountains 
by Ron Brown

Ride the rails through Canada's western mountains to explore the many vestiges of the region's spectacular and surprising railway heritage. Here is where grand railway hotels were built to attract tourists to the West's beautiful scenery and bring profit to the railway lines as well. Rustic stations added to the allure. The challenges of conquering the mountains resulted in some of Canada's most ingenious feats of engineering, such as spiral tunnels and soaring trestles
Modern Potluck

by Paula McLain

Modern Potluck  is a cookbook and guide for today's potluckers that delivers Instagram-worthy dishes packed with exciting, bold flavors. These 100 make-ahead recipes are perfect for a crowd and navigate carnivore, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan preferences gracefully. 

With beautiful color photographs and lots of practical information such as how to pack foods to travel,  Modern Potluck  is the ultimate book for gathering friends and family around an abundant, delicious meal.
Political Science
Who Rules the World?

by Noam Chomsky

In an incisive, thorough analysis of the current international situation, Noam Chomsky argues that the United States, through its military-first policies and its unstinting devotion to maintaining a world-spanning empire, is both risking catastrophe and wrecking the global commons. 

Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the expanding drone assassination program to the threat of nuclear warfare, as well as the flashpoints of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine, he offers unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet.
Beaks, Bones & Birds Songs

by Roger J. Lederer

When we see a bird flying from branch to branch happily chirping, it is easy to imagine they lead a simple life of freedom, flight, and feathers. What we don't see is the arduous, life-threatening challenges they face at every moment. 

Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs guides the reader through the myriad, and often almost miraculous, things that birds do every day to merely stay alive. Like the goldfinch, which manages extreme weather changes by doubling the density of its plumage in winter. Or urban birds, which navigate traffic through a keen understanding of posted speed limits.
Uniquely Human:

A Different Way of Seeing Autism
by Barry M. Prizant

Autism therapy typically focuses on ridding individuals of "autistic" symptoms such as difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges, and repetitive behavior patterns. 

Now Dr. Barry M. Prizant offers a new and compelling paradigm: the most successful approaches to autism don't aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual's experience and what underlies the behavior.
Motherless Child:

The Definitive Biography of Eric Clapton
by Paul Scott

Motherless Child  chronicles Clapton's remarkable journey: the music, the women, the drugs, the cars, the guitars, the heartbreak and the triumphs are all here. The book includes interviews with some people close to Clapton who have never spoken on the record before. It explores his musical legacy as one of the most influential musicians of his generation, and as the keeper of the flame for the blues.
Beyond Words:

What Animals Think and Feel
by Carl Safina

Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina's landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals.

In  Beyond Words , readers travel to Amboseli National Park in the threatened landscape of Kenya and witness struggling elephant families work out how to survive poaching and the pervasive drought, then to Yellowstone National Park to observe wolves sort out the aftermath of one pack's personal tragedy, and finally plunge into the astonishingly peaceful society of killer whales living in the crystalline waters of the Pacific Northwest. 
Florence Foster Jenkins

by Nicholas Martin & Jasper Rees

People may say that I couldn't sing. But no one can say that I didn't sing.' Despite lacking pitch, rhythm or tone, Florence Foster Jenkins became one of America's best-known sopranos, celebrated for her unique recordings and her sell-out concert at Carnegie Hall. 

Born in 1868 to wealthy Pennsylvanian parents, Florence was a talented young pianist but her life was thrown into turmoil when she eloped with Frank Jenkins, a man twice her age. The marriage proved a disaster and, in order to survive, Florence was forced to abandon her dreams of a musical career and teach the piano. Then her father died in 1909 and, newly installed in New York, she used a considerable inheritance to fund her passion. 


"A riveting literary thriller of the can't-stop-turning-the-page, stay-up-all-night variety."
~ Alice LaPlante author of
A Circle of Wives
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 
Descent, by Tim Johnston,  a $38.95 value. 

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

Kate Cotter