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Our Young Man by Edmund White The newest novel from virtuosic writer Edmund White about the perils of beauty; a funny, sexy account of gay life in New York City during the 1970s and '80s.
The Voyeur's Motel by Gay Talese On January 7, 1980, in the run-up to the publication of his landmark bestseller Thy Neighbor's Wife, Gay Talese received an anonymous letter from a man in Colorado.
The Years that Followed by Catherine Dunne Join us on the evening of July 13th as we welcome internationally acclaimed author, Catherine Dunne   A gripping tale of love and revenge, by Catherine Dunne Inspired by Greek mythology, The Years That Followed by Catherine Dunne is a compelling tale of two women, thousands of miles apart, whose lives are thrown into turmoil by the power of love - and the desire for revenge.
Narconomics by Tom Wainwright What drug lords learned from big business
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid You will be scared. But you won’t know why… I’m thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It’s always there. Always.

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The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

The_DovekeepersThe Dovekeepers, Alice Hoffman, Scribners, $18.00

The first novel I read by Alice Hoffman was Practical Magic. I was smitten immediately , even though the many covers the book has had over the years leave much to be desired -- I even threatened to wrap every one of them in brown paper!  Most of her books have been past Features, not all though because as much as I love her work and the lyricism of her writing, she can be a bit uneven at times.  But in taking on the full weight of a historical novel -- much less the tragedy of Masada two thousand years ago, she has launched herself to a whole new level of storytelling.  One she takes on with her impressive gift for character, language and insight. ,
Told from the perspective of four women, she brings to life the story of nearly one thousand Jews who fled from the advancing Romans to a mountain, Masada in the Judean desert.  They held out for months until the Romans finally broke down the walls only to find them all dead, choosing suicide to butchery and slavery.  As each narrator tells her story: Yael, (daughter of an assassin), Shirah; (herbalist and wise woman), Revka and her mute grandsons, and Aziza, (raised as a boy and determined to fight the Romans) -- we fall away into a time of fear and passion, resignation and magic told with such fervor and talent -- it takes your breath away.

Comparisons have been made to Anita Diamant's "Red Tent" but I would also compare it to Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Mists of Avalon".  But believe me when I say the history of her past novels only slightly prepares you for this book.  In tackling such a subject and taking on not just one fiercely independent and strong woman, but four unique aspects of the archetype, she has created a "women's" masterwork that will be loved by book clubs and course work alike.  In tying to explain the complexity of this novel, I am once again struck by how hard it is to do justice in a review.  So here goes: "Just read the damn thing, you'll be passing it around to friends for years to come".

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Summer Hours Return!!

We are once again open every weekday evening until 9 p.m. So, if you're taking a stroll on a warm summer evening, be sure to drop by the shop to see what exciting new titles have arrived.

Catherine Dunne at Perfect Books

We are delighted to welcome Catherine, an internationally acclaimed author who is visiting Canada briefly. Well known in Ireland and in Italy, Catherine's writing will soon be well known here. Be sure to drop by and meet this dynamic author on the evening of July 13th. Watch this site for exact hours.

Catherine will also be welcomed by fans at a special event in Manotick on July 22nd. Details to follow.

Transforming Ottawa

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