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Downfall
Robert Rotenberg
Paperback | Feb 2021
in store $22.00
(more on order)
The Push
Ashley Audrain
Paperback | Jan 2021
in store $24.95
The Last Days of John Lennon
James Patterson
Hardcover | Dec 2020
in store $38.00
All Creatures Great And Small
James Herriot
Paperback | Jan 2013
sold out $20.99
(on order)
Ice Walker
James Raffan
Hardcover | Oct 2020
sold out $25.00
(on order)
A Promised Land
Barack Obama
Hardcover | Nov 2020
sold out $55.00
(on order)
All Together Now
Alan Doyle
Hardcover | Nov 2020
not in store $27.00
(available for order)

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Penguin Random House is sponsoring a few events over the coming months.
 
To Participate, purchase a copy of the author's book
from Happenstance Books & Yarns to receive a 
complimentary ticket &
information on how to access the event.
Two Events in March
 
Friday March 12th, 8:00pm                              Monday March 22nd, 7:00pm
Return of the Trickster                                  A Town Called Solace
author Eden Robinson in                                  author Mary Lawson in
conversation with                                               conversation with
Cherie Dimaline                                                   Shelagh Rogers

 
 
 


 

 





 

         Meet the Canada Reads 2021 contenders.
                    March 8-11 on CBC Radio One.
 

New book of Margaret Laurence's non-fiction writing in stock.
 


 


 
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 The Convert By Stefan Hertmans
Reviewed by Barry Mutter



 

This is a story about an eleventh century noblewoman who as a young woman chose to leave her comfortable life and follow her heart. She chose love over status. She chose the life of a fugitive over the life of prestige. Her love for a man tore her from her God and her people. This is also a story about a twenty-first century author obsessed with the mystery of a medieval girl who converted from Christianity to Judaism and suffered the perils of that decision. Both characters, Medieval and Modern, paid a price for their obsession.


The book is brilliantly written. It moves back and forth in time and captures the reader with each move. The story is a love story and a tragedy. You cannot read this book without suffering an overwhelming emotional connection to a young mother on the run. Her courage, her resilience, her maternal instincts draw her, and the reader, further into a life fraught with danger and violence. This is a true story. Through diligent research, and a contemporary trip replicating the journey of the young Norman Jewess, Stefan Hertmans reimagines her life. This book will have an impact on you.
 

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