Thursday, July 4, 2013

Good Reads & Great Gifts

July 2013 Catalogue - For Islanders Only

It's summer. It's not raining. The sun's even out! Complete this idyllic picture with a great book to read - for you or someone else. Here's a tiny sample of books from the July catalogue.

Fabulous Fiction
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Soft cover; as new, $10)
Room by Emma Donohue (Hard cover, as new, $10)
The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland (First ed., HC, $10)

Remarkable Memoirs
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (Soft cover, as new, $8.00)

Is there a hunter in your life? As a person who doesn't hunt, eats little meat, and feels guilty when she inadvertently walks through a spider's web, I found this memoir by the author of Mercy for The Children enlightening. Not that I could empathize, but I certainly appreciated the expanded point of view. The book is Facing the Hunter: Reflections on a Misunderstood Way of Life by David Adams Richard (First ed., HC, $10)

Another memoir on the topic (which I have not read) is A Hunter's Confession by David Carpenter (First ed., HC, $8)

For Gardeners and Gardener-Wannabes
Garden Diary: A Green Thumb Guide and Personal Planner by Maggie Malone (First ed., HC, $12)
Perennials for BC by Alison Beck and Marianne Binetti (SC, $12)

For Beach & Nature Lovers
Ocean Alpine: BC Nature Guide by Joy and Cam Finlay (First ed., SC, $10)
Living Things We Love to Hate by Des Kennedy with Foreword by David Suzuki. Inscribed by author. (SC, $8)
Seashore of BC by Ian Sheldon (New, SC, $10)

For Children and the Young-at-Heart
Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes by Margaret Atwood (First ed., HC, $12)
The Kids' Cottage Book: Official Activity Book of Summer by Jane Drake and Ann Love (Large, SC, $8)
The Kids' Book of Canada's Railway: How the CPR was Built by Deborah Hodge (First ed., HC, $10)
Who Runs This Government Anyway: A Guide to Canadian Government by Joanne Stanbridge (First ed., SC, $8)
Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People by Douglas Coupland and Graham Roumieu (First ed., HC, $10)

Noteworthy Non-Fiction
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver (First ed., HC, $10)
The Legacy: An Elder's Vision for a Sustainable Future by David Suzuki. Foreword by Margaret Atwood. Signed by author. (First ed., HC, $15)

All 150 books in the catalogue are suitable as gifts: they're clean and in new or as-new condition. Many are first editions and some are signed or inscribed by the author. The catalogue lists titles, authors, editions, and prices by genre. You'll notice that the prices are very reasonable - usually half the list price or less.

To get your copy of the full July 2013 catalogue, email me at Then, if you see a book (or two or three) you'd like to view, let me know. You can come by our house to view them or meet me at FolkLife Village or I'll drop them off next time I'm in your neighbourhood.

Happy reading!