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Bluesfest by Chris Cobb Hundreds of thousands of music fans have walked through the Ottawa Bluesfest gates since 1994. By the end of the 2014 festival, Bluesfest will have hosted 2,863 performances by 1,940 acts on 27 differently named stages over 176 days.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman The New York Times and Globe & Mail-bestselling author of The Imperfectionists returns with an intricately woven novel about a bookseller who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past.
Hotel Florida by Amanda Vaill A spellbinding story of love amid the devastation of the Spanish Civil War
Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.

Featured Book

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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Important Notice re: Capital by Thomas Piketty

The Wait is Over!!!

This book is finally available. I've ordered several copies but many have been reserved. Just call or e-mail and we'll put one aside for you. The next shipment should arrive the week of June 9th


Author Signings


David Dyment is in the store on Saturday, June 14 with Doing the Continental .

Brenda Chapman, author of Cold Mourning, will be at the store on Thursday, June 19th over the lunch hour to sign and discuss her latest book as well as her impressive backlist. Be sure to drop by for a chat.

Todd Coopee will be in the store on Saturday, June 21 from 1 to 3 p.m.with his self-published book, Light Bulb Baking that details the history of the Easy Bake Oven. The word is that he'll have an operating model infusing the store with yummy smells. Drop by to chat with Todd about this fascinating project!



Great New Titles coming  in June...... this is just a sampling!


Stephen King's new novel, Mr.  Mercedes releases on June 3

Bill Bryson's One Summer releases in trade paper June 3

Lawrence in Arabia arrives June 3 in trade paper

Lionel Shriver's Big Brother releases in trade paper on June 10

Stephen King's Dr. Sleep releases in paperback on June 10

Hilary Clinton's biography, Hard Choices arrives on June 17

Jhumpa Lahari's The Lowland releases in trade on June 17

Jo Baker's Longbourn also releases in trade on June 17

Mary Lawson's The Road Ends arrives in trade on June 17



Remaindered Books

New shipments of remaindered books arrive every week. Check the bin outside the store as you pass by for some surprising bargains.



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