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The Santa Claus Parade is Saturday 30 November beginning at 4:30 pm at Gibson and Isabella and ending at the Charles W. Stockey Centre.

New Books ………..

Gods of Guilt by Michael Connolly Mickey Haller gets the text, “Call me ASAP — 187,” and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, Mickey must work tirelessly and bring all his skill to bear on a case that could mean his ultimate redemption or proof of his ultimate guilt.

Beyond Survivorman by Les Stroud and Laura Bombier Les Stroud has logged over half a million miles across the globe—from the lush jungles of Papua New Guinea and the sun-scorched sands of the Kalahari to the harsh cold of the Canadian Arctic. He has survived for weeks at a time in harsh situations and in isolated, challenging environments. Offering us a rare glimpse of some of the world’s most remote cultures—such as the Sea Gypsies in Malaysia and the San Bushmen in Africa—Beyond Survivorman covers his most challenging journey of all: learning not only how to survive but also how to connect spiritually to the earth.

Rails Across Ontario by Ron Brown Rails Across Ontario will take the reader back to a time when the railway ruled the economy and the landscape – including here in Parry Sound. Read about historic stations, railway museums, heritage train rides, and historic bridges. Follow old rail lines along Ontario's most popular rail trails. Find out where steam engines still puff across farm fields and where historic train coaches lead deep into the wilds of Ontario's scenic north country. Discover long forgotten but once vital railway structures, such as roundhouses, coal docks, and water towers. Learn about regular VIA Rail routes that follow some of the province's oldest rail lines and pass some of its most historic stations, including one that has operated continuously since 1857.

Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant - now in paperback A visceral, epic novel that challenges what we know about history’s most dynamic and maligned Renaissance family, the Borgias. Rooted in the energetic, brutal and corrupt world of 15th-century Italy, Blood and Beauty opens with Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, clever and charismatic, buying his way to the Papal crown. In this he is not unusual. Neither is the fact that he has illegitimate children. What does mark him is his blood; he is a Spaniard in a country run by established Italian families. To thrive, even to survive, he must create his own dynasty using the papacy and his family as the building blocks of power. His son Cesare is his most brilliant pupil. Fearless and calculating (later immortalized in Machiavelli’s The Prince), he provides the driving energy and the muscle. The Pope’s daughter, Lucrezia, beloved by both men, is their marriage tool. Just twelve when the novel opens, she is to have one dynastic union annulled and a second—beloved—husband murdered by her own brother to make way for a third strategic marriage — all before the age of twenty. Hers is a journey from pawn to political player. Using the high-wire tension of a political thriller, this portrait of power and its personal costs is the most thrilling family saga to come out of Italy since The Godfather. The Borgias emerge not as the poisoning sexual monsters of popular myth, but in all their ruthless determination and complex humanity.

Welcome to the Beatty Building

Welcome to the Beatty Building What goes around comes around - in 1992 we moved Parry Sound Books from Church Street where we opened in 1988 to the downtown, into the newly renovated William Beatty Building, the building filled up with Florence's Finery, then Whiskeyjack, then Georgian Bay Summer Collection joining us here. Since then businesses have come and gone - and in the past few years with only Beverlys and Parry Sound Books in the building we've been lonely! So, it is thrilling to welcome both Secrets Salon and Artistic Endeavors to the building, along with another established business coming into the building in the coming months we will once again be a busy downtown shopping destination - where you will find independent business people working to serve you all year long!

New This Week......

Picks and Sticks by Michele MuzziDoes the author's name sound familiar? If you went to high school in Parry Sound in the 1970's you may have gone to school with her. Michele Muzzi's first novel for teens features a girl who is a talented figure skater, headed for fame, who discovers that she loves playing hockey with a passion. This is a novel full of people and locations that we all know - and a story that will touch your heart. I guarantee that no matter how much, or how little, you care about sport you will care about the characters in this captivating, well written novel no matter what your age.

Road Ends by Mary Lawson The author of Crow Lake and The Other Side of the Bridge finally brings us a new novel. Set in Northern Ontario in the 1960's it is the story of a family, touched by tragedy, and characters that struggle to find their way to a better place. You won't be able to put it down.

New this week

Dust by Patricia Cornwell Kay Scarpetta is led into the dark world of designer drugs, drone technology, irganized crime, and shocking corruption at the highest levels. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8 Hard Luck Greg is on a losing streak - hoping for luck he decides to trust in chance - find out if it works!

2014 Friendship Book The favourite gift book year after year - now in stock - don't wait to snap up this little gift book

Christmas puzzles, Advent Calendars, Engagement Books and Christmas books for children and adults arriving daily


NEW THIS WEEK One of the best things about working in a bookshop is seeing all the new books the moment they are published – at this time of year there is something new coming in the door every day – it is hard to know what to read first!

Giada’s Feel Good Food by Giada de Laurentiis Healthy recipes and secrets – sharing delicious recipes she uses herself to maximize energy and remain fit.

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield As commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield captured our imagination, now with wit and eloquence, he reveals how his impossible dream of becoming an astronaut came true.

A Great Game by Stephen J. Harper The forgotten Leafs and the rise of professional hockey – by a fan of the game (aka Prime Minister).

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith The new No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency novel – where modern ideas get tanged up with traditional ones.

Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter The surprising truth about wheat, carbs and sugar – your brain’s silent killer according this leader in the use of alternative and conventional approaches to health.

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan A sweeping evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity – from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village.


As Sweet as Honey by Indiri Ganesan I loved this beautifully written book about an East Indian family, and especially Aunt Meterling who is surprised by love – a magical place and story.

No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendell Inspector Wexford is tempted out of retirement – he cannot resist the opportunity to solve a particulary vexing case.

Time Now for the Vinyl Café Story Exchange by Stuart McLean This new book is a collection of favourites from the past ten years.

The Vinyl Café Christmas Pack – 4 CD’s – over 4 hours of stories! The Vinyl Café – New Stories – 4 CD’s – over 5 hours of stories!


The Rangers Apprentice #12 – The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan This is the final volume in this series that offers pulse pounding adventure for teen readers.


My Turn to Learn – Colors and Numbers by Natalie Marshall Lovely little board books with tabs for early learning – cool & cute.

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