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Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill Set in Montreal and New York between the wars, a spellbinding story about two orphans whose unusual magnetism and talent allow them to imagine a sensational future, from the bestselling, two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted author.
The Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra One of our most important public intellectuals reveals the hidden history of our current global crisis
Insane Clown President by Matt Taibbi In twenty-five pieces from Rolling Stone—plus two original essays—Matt Taibbi tells the story of Western civilization’s very own train wreck, from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion.
The Evenings by Gerard Reve THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF A POSTWAR MASTERPIECE 'I work in an office. I take cards out of a file. Once I have taken them out, I put them back in again. That is it.'
The Strays by Emily Bitto For readers of Atonement, a hauntingly powerful story about the fierce friendship between three sisters and their friend as they grow up on the outskirts of their parents' wild and bohemian artistic lives.

Magnified World by Grace O'Connell

Magnified_WorldMagnified World, Grace O’Connell, Random House, $22.95

Our Feature Book each month started because we wanted to be able to recommend (encouraging customers with a discount) a title that might just disappear off the shelves: a book that wasn’t getting a lot of press or in the front third of every big box store. Many times the choice is not a Canadian author because the Globe & Mail and CBC cover those authors pretty extensively (thank you, you sell our books for us). The books I pick are something that looked really interesting in a catalogue, often a first novel or someone who just hasn’t broken through yet. Grace O’Connell’s book meets all those requirements plus she is a new young Canadian voice with a ton of promise.

 

Maggie’s mother, the owner of a new age, environmental shop In Toronto, walked into the Lake with her pockets full of zircons and disappeared out of her husband and daughter’s lives forever. But in the aftermath of her suicide Maggie starts experiencing blackouts, herself disappearing for hours at a time; either into her memories or with none at all of where she has been. Her father, a University of Toronto professor, her boyfriend and her best friend become increasingly concerned as her black outs become more common and more dangerous. But what worries Maggie more is the person who is leaving cards for her, someone who suggests he is somehow connected to her and mother’s past.

I read this book in almost one sitting. O’Connell’s writing draws you in quickly, setting her story against a quirky urban Toronto. Her characters develop with a mature surety that shows her confidence; a confidence not misplaced and no better realized than in Maggie’s mother. Although dead, her strong presence dominates the story and makes the reader easily grasp the power of Maggie’s heartbreak and her fear that she might be becoming her mother,

This is a gripping, dynamic read about sudden overwhelming grief and its consequences. It’s about all the questions you never have the time to ask and the tiny worlds we live in within our own families. And it’s told with sharp humour, compassion, and penetrating insight. But mostly, it’s just told very, very well.


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Unbroken Furiously
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News and Events

Wednesday, February 22nd - Dennis McConaghy

 Join us on Wednesday, February 22nd  as we welcome Dennis McConaghy and his new book Dysfunction

Dennis will be in the store from 7 to 9p.m. to discuss the book and sign copies.

Canada Reads

Perfect Books has a good supply of all five titles but they disappear quickly. Call or email to reserve your copies. Check out the shortlist here.


 


 

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