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Tumbled Graves by Brenda Chapman The third Stonechild and Rouleau mystery is now on our shelves.  Local mystery author Brenda Chapman continues to thrill readers with this series set in Kingston and Ottawa   A missing child. A dead mother. Kala Stonechild is about to discover what one betrayal can lead to.
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout A new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout is cause for celebration. Her bestselling novels, including Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys, have illuminated our most tender relationships. Now, in My Name Is Lucy Barton, this extraordinary writer shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of all—the one between mother and daughter.
Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa On a rainy, cold day in November, young Victor--a nomadic, scrappy teenager who's run away from home--sets out to join the throng of WTO demonstrators determined to shut down the city.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, a profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?
Walking the Nile by Levison Woods The Nile, one of the world's great rivers, has long been an object of fascination and obsession. From Alexander the Great and Nero, to Victorian adventurers David Livingstone, John Hanning Speke, and Henry Morton Stanley, the river has seduced men and led them into wild adventures.

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God's Jury by Cullen Murphy

Gods_JuryThe Inquisition conducted its last execution in 1826—the victim was a Spanish schoolmaster convicted of heresy. But, as Cullen Murphy shows in this provocative new work, not only did its offices survive into the twentieth century, in the modern world its spirit is more influential than ever.

God’s Jury encompasses the diverse stories of the Knights Templar, Torquemada, Galileo, and Graham Greene. Established by the Catholic Church in 1231, the Inquisition continued in one form or another for almost seven hundred years. Though associated with the persecution of heretics and Jews--and with burning at the stake--its targets were more numerous and its techniques more ambitious. The Inquisition pioneered surveillance and censorship and "scientific" interrogation. As time went on, its methods and mindset spread far beyond the Church to become tools of secular persecution. Traveling from freshly opened Vatican archives to the detention camps of Guantánamo to the filing cabinets of the Third Reich, Murphy traces the Inquisition and its legacy.

With the combination of vivid immediacy and deeply learned analysis that characterized his acclaimed Are We Rome?, Murphy puts a human face on a familiar but little-known piece of our past, and argues that only by understanding the Inquisition can we hope to explain the making of the present.

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Canada Reads

We're always stocked with all five books in Canada Reads. The Illegal will release in trade paper by February 23rd so stock up and read along.

Transforming Ottawa

Alain Miguelez, the author, has announced that a second printing is underway. We have taken many reservations for the book. Call us and put your name on the list and we'll call as soon as it lands in the store.

Family Day, February 15th

Perfect Books will be closed for the day on Monday, February 15th so that we may enjoy our families. We hope you do he same


Versefest runs from March 15th to the 20th and Perfect Books is the bookseller. Be sure to check out the wonderful lineup of international, national and local poets who will be reading and performing. Visit the Versefest website for details.




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