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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.

Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr_PenumbraThe Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco web-design drone, and serendipity, sheer curiosity and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey have landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead "checking out" impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he has embarked on a complex analysis of the customers?behaviour and roped his friends into helping him figure out just what's going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the secrets extend far beyond the walls of the bookstore.

"I will read anything about bookstores. After spending all my adult life, either owning or managing one, you can understand why.  The thing I love most about this novel is the author's positive quirky approach. This is not an angst-ridden exploration of relationships or deep, unshakeable mysteries, it is a novel about what can be done in the spirit of friendship.  It's a novel about ancient secret societies, a 500 year old puzzle, arcane print type, the vastness and possibilities of the internet, the gods of Google, special effects giants, software for breasts -- and books.  Old books, new books, ebooks, audiotapes and any incarnation of the written word. Mix it all up with some strong writing, great characters and a little romance and you have a great Feature to kick of the new year.

Sloan does a spirited job of welding all these parts into a really neat story.  It's funny and poignant, thought provoking and wise.  And when you put it down you are thinking and smiling and feeling good.  Nice job for a book to do.

If you liked Michael Chabon's "Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay" and Jennifer Egan's "A Visit from the Goon Squad", early Neal Stephenson, Patrick O'Leary, or Martin Miller, you will enjoy this book.  Start out 2013 with something new -- a "High Fidelity" of twists and turns ... and books, of course."

Pat

New in Paper

Unbroken Furiously
Hidden Figures Nightfall

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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