August 2015 Newsletter
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Summer is a wonderful time of year to slow down, relax, and enjoy the beautiful community we live in. 


When you head out the door, grab a summer beach read 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. 


Come into our Qualicum store on August 29th 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
Karen's Pick
The Canning Kitchen: 101 Simple Small Batch Recipes
By Amy Bronee

"This is a great book for those who are trying home preserving for the first time as well as experienced canners. The collection of recipes and tips combined with the gorgeous photography makes this book a treat to use. There are 101 simple small batch recipes, both sweet and savoury, with fresh ideas for every season."


Jan's Pick
Go Set A Watchman
By Harper Lee
" To Kill a Mockingbird was one of the few books I had to read in school that I actually enjoyed.  It described a world so foreign to anything I'd ever seen or experienced.  It made me feel and made me think and I loved it.   So I looked forward to this book with both anticipation and trepidation.  

If you loved Mockingbird, parts of this book will be deeply upsetting.  But you have to read it right until the very end. It brings the world of the Deep South in the 50's and 60's vividly to life in a more nuanced way than Mockingbird.  This book, like it's predecessor makes you think. Ignore the critics.  Read the book and make up your own mind. "



Barb's Pick
Murder at the Brightwell
By Ashley Weaver

Amory Ames is a wealthy young woman who questions her marriage to her notoriously charming playboy husband, Milo. Looking for a change, she accepts a request for help from her former fiancé, Gil Trent, not knowing that she'll soon become embroiled in a murder investigation that will not only test her friendship with Gil, but will upset the status quo with her husband.


"Murder at the Brightwell is a delicious novel in which murder invades 1930's polite society and romance springs in unexpected places.  I loved this charming read!"

 Releasing in paperback: October 6th. 

Reserve your copy here.


Leigh's Pick
The Life-Changing Magic of Tiding Up
By Marie Kondo

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little by little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category by category system, leads to lasting results.

" Declutter your stuff, declutter your mind. Loved this little book!"

Tom's Pick
The Stories
by Jane Gardam

Passion and longing, metamorphosis and enchantment are Gardam's themes, and like a magician she plucks them from the quietest of corners: from Wimbledon gardens and cold churches, from London buses and industrial backstreets. A mother watching her children on the beach dreams of a long-lost lover, an abandoned army wife sees a ghost at a moorland gate, a translator adrift in Geneva is haunted by the unspeakable manifestation of her own fears, and a colonial servant wreaks a delicious revenge on her monstrous masters. 

Gardam's cast is wide and wonderful, saints and mystics, trollops and curmudgeons, yearning mothers and lost children, beloved figures such as Old Filth and less familiar - but equally unforgettable - characters like Signor Settimo, the sad-eyed provincial photographer marooned in Shipley or Florrie Ironside, the ferocious matron he seduces. 

  In Another Country

by David Constantine

In Another Country spans David Constantine's
remarkable 30-year career. Known for their pristine emotional  clarity, their spare but intensely evocative dialogue, and their fearless
exposures of the heart in moments of defiance, change,resistance,  flight, isolation, and redemption, these stories demonstrate again  and again Constantine's timeless and enduring appeal.
Circling the Sun
by Paula McLain

From the author of 
  The Paris Wife

Brought to Kenya as a small child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised both by her father, a racehorse trainer, and the native Kipsigis tribe on her father's land. 

Her unconventional upbringing transforms her into a daring young woman, with a love of all things wild, but everything she knows and trusts dissolves when her father's farm goes bankrupt. Reeling from the scandal and heartbreak, Beryl is catapulted into a disastrous marriage at the age of 16. Finally she makes the courageous decision to break free, forging her own path as a horse trainer and shocking high society in the process.
Knife Party at the Hotel Europa
by Mark Anthony Jarman

A man travels to Italy to escape the memory of love lost, and a marriage ended. He passes through sun-drenched landscapes of cliffs and seaside paradises, while the corpses  of refugees wash up on the beach; he parties with the young and beautiful Italians he meets on the train while a man bleeds to death in the hallway. A teenage thief prowls the roof of the tourist hotel at night; an embassy is bombed; holy statues come alive to roam in a gang stealing used restaurant grease. 

He suffers the acute loneliness of one who has abandoned and been abandoned, and in this exquisite suffering, he finds how beautiful this life can be. In vivid, sensuous prose, Jarman's stories circle and overlap in surprising, weird, and wonderful ways. Tangents turn out to be crucial, allusions are powerful.
The Novel Habits of Kindness
by Alexander McCall Smith

From a small town outside Edinburgh comes the news that a young boy has been recounting vivid recollections of a past life: a perfect description of an island off the coast of Scotland which he couldn't possibly know, and a house there, where he claims to have spent his former life. When the boy's mother asks Isabel to investigate his claims, she feels she must--of course!--help them learn the truth, and she and Jamie set off for the island. But finding the house the boy described only leads to more complicated questions. And when they learn the tragic story of the family who lived there, Isabel is suddenly faced with a situation of extraordinary delicacy that will require all of her skills both as sleuth and philosopher. (Meantime, back in Edinburgh: Will an elderly lothario take Grace, her stalwart housekeeper, companion and babysitter, away from Isabel? 
by Kim Stanley Robinson

AURORA tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system.

Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.

Our voyage from Earth began generations ago.

Now, we approach our  new home.


New Releases


The Reason for Flowers
by Stephen Buchmann
DK Canadian Gardener's Guide
Edited by Lorraine Johnson


Strength of Conviction
by Tom Mulcair
The Cyclist's Bucket List by Ian Dille
The Zero Marginal Cost Society
by Jeremy Rifkin
Backyard Sudoku
by Will Shortz
On the Trail of Genghis Khan
by Tim Cope
Dairy Free

by Lesley Waters
The EcoNest Home
by Paula Baker-Laporte & Robert Laporte
Whole Pet Healing
by Dr. Dennis W. Thomas







Each month your name is entered into a drawn for a fabulous free book, just for receiving this e-newsletter. This month our winner will take home a copy of 
Taste of Home: Backyard Barbecues, by Readers Digest,  a $17.99 value. 
If you see your name below please come into our Parksville store to collect your new book!