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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.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss_peregrinesMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs, Quirk Books, $19.99

As most of you know from following my reviews over the years, October is always my favourite month.  The cool weather is falling, the colours take your breath away and Halloween is coming.   I always try to pick a spooky or fantastic tale for the Feature and I couldn’t think of anything better to get me in the mood than standing in front of a wall of this book with its great cover and wonderful title.  The book itself was a joy to read; and since it’s not being released in a paperback format, the hardcover is similarly priced to a trade paperback and the vintage photos throughout aren’t wasted. Jacob is a typical sixteen year old looking for adventure.  His boisterous and over-the-top grandfather has raised him on wild stories of his incredible life.  But after a terrible tragedy ensues, Jacob decides to hunt down the one outlandish tale that always fascinated him -- the story of Miss Peregrine’s Home in Wales where his grandfather stayed as a child during the War.  Fueled by a series of vintage photos his grandfather still had, Jacob sets off for Wales hoping this quest might help him understand himself, his life and if his life has to be as ordinary as it looks like it will be.

Well written from page one, it switches with style and language from an American coming of age story to a supernatural and very spooky British gothic mystery.  The vintage photos throughout add a wary speculation and general creepiness that makes this package of craft, thought and the unexplained look and feel like the perfect Halloween treat for anyone of any age.

You might be wondering why so many Juvenile Books are winding up on the bestseller lists.  Did this start with Harry Potter?  And why are so many big name authors; Michael Chabon, Nick Hornby, Joyce Carol Oates trying their hand at it?  Could it be that it’s easier to write for children?  That the average reader’s abilities are crumbling or that we have the attention span of gnats?

It’s simplistic to grasp at any of these things.  But in my experience the many amazing new Young Adult stories are better written, clever and incredibly imaginative.  The authors are talking to a highly critical (and vocal) audience not yet jaded by their lives.  And in an adult world so stuck on blurring the lines between good and evil  and ambiguous morals, these clean, simple and defined stories that move quickly -- illuminating the choices we have had to make, yet dispelling with the angst ridden navel gazing that so many adult plots fall into. But most important, they are fun.  In a world barricaded by stress and disappointment, these books help you again experience Magic and a time when anything could happen and still can.

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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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