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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.

The Perfect Book Club

March 28, 2012| Solar by Ian McEwan

SolarAn engrossing, satirical and very funny new novel on climate change.

Michael Beard is in his late fifties; bald, overweight, unprepossessing — a Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. An inveterate philanderer, Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering. But this time it is different: she is having the affair, and he is still in love with her.

When Beard's professional and personal worlds are entwined in a freak accident, an opportunity presents itself, a chance for Beard to extricate himself from his marital mess, reinvigorate his career and very possibly save the world from environmental disaster.

With a global scope, Solar is a comedy dealing directly with the crises of today. A story of one man's ambitions and self-deceptions, it is a startling and stylish new departure in the work of one of the world's great writers.

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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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