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Deep South by Paul Theroux One of the most acclaimed travel writers of our time turns his unflinching eye on an American South too often overlooked
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende Named one of the most anticipated novels of the year by New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Publishers Weekly, The Huffington Post, and more. From New York Times and internationally bestselling author Isabel Allende, an exquisitely crafted love story and multigenerational epic that sweeps from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during the Second World War.
Hubris by Alistar Horne Sir Alistair Horne has been a close observer of war and history for more than fifty years and in this wise and masterly work, he revisits six battles of the past century and examines the strategies, leadership, preparation, and geopolitical goals of aggressors and defenders to reveal the one trait that links them all: hubris.
Vinyl Cafe Turns the Page by Stuart McLean A brand new collection of Vinyl Cafe stories, from the inimitable Stuart McLean, featuring a worldlier and wiser Dave and Morley
Dave and Morley are growing older, Steph and Sam are growing up. Moving out and moving on.
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem When people ask me why I still have hope and energy after all these years, I always say: Because I travel. Taking to the road—by which I mean letting the road take you—changed who I thought I was.

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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Winter Hours

Please note that our hours are changing. Starting Tuesday, October 13th, we will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We will open 10 a.m. to 9 pm. on Thursday and Friday. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

 Ottawa International Writers Festival

Perfect Books is proud to be the bookseller for the Ottawa International Writers Festival. The Festival continues this month with visits from Margaret Atwood on November 16th for an evening and the 17th for a luncheon, Ian Rankin on November 19th for both a luncheon and an evening session, Dalton McGuinty on November 21st and John Irving on November 30th. For information, visit the OIWF website . Tickets for all Festival events are available at Perfect Books.


 Saturday, November 28th  (12 to 2 p.m.)

Perfect Books is pleased and proud to welcome the mystery writer R.J. Harlick, who will introduce her newest work A Cold White Fear, a continuation of her Meg Harris series set in the wilds of West Quebec.


 Saturday, November 28th  (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Please join us at the store as we welcome Randall Denley, Ottawa Citizen columnist, who is introducing his latest novel, The Situation


Sunday, November 29th ( 1p.m. to 3 p.m.)

Please join us as we welcome Anne Shmelzer as she introduces her new novel, A Marginally Noted Man




 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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