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  "These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper but Minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice...and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart"   Gilbert Highet

BOOK CATEGORIES AT HIDDEN GEMS:

We do carry the usual categories found in bookstores: Thrillers/Suspense; Murder Mysteries; Romance; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; True Crime; Non-Fiction/Biographies and Westerns but also want to highlight some other categories you can find as you browse around...

LOCAL AUTHORS-a mix of fiction, non-fiction  can be found amongst our talented local writers. As well, some BC/Canadian authors can also be found on these bookcases. 

(You can check out the books currently in the store that are being highlighted below.) "If there is a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." Toni Morrison.

NEW BOOKS: HGB continues to bring in new books that are requested authors/genres such as Fantasy or the current best seller.

NEWER RELEASES: there is a book case dedicated to newer release gently used books found near the back of the store and for all the book clubs in town a great way to to find their reading material. As well, you will now find books at ends of bookcases and on the post highlighting favorite authors/good books to read.

CANADIAN CONTENT: non-fiction books on BC  and on the rest of Canada.

CANADIAN AUTHORS: From Pierre Berton, Margaret Atwood, Pauline Gedge, Michael Ondaatje, Carol Sheilds, Alice Munro, Stuart McLean, and so on. As well, some of other local authors can be found in this section.

AWARD WINNERS AND INTERESTING READS: includes Canadian and other writers depending on the awards.

BACKROADS MAPBOOKS AND FISHING BOOKS: available for the local area as well as up north and Kootenays/Revelstoke are for both map and fish books; maps that are water and tear resistant available for 4 areas.

BOOKS TO MOVIES/T.V. SHOWS: this bookcase is alphabetical by movie and t.v. show titles and assists customers to find those authors, whose work they enjoyed on screen/t.v., to find their other books.

GENERAL FICTION/NOVELS: for those books that do not fit under a particular category but offer wonderful stories with authors such as Joanna Trollop, John Irving, Jodi Pincoult, Diane Chamberlain, Holly Chamberlain, Elin Hilderbrand, Cathy Kelly and Barbara Kingsolver, etc.

HISTORICAL Fiction: with authors such as Jean Auel, Diana Gabaldon, Kathleen O'Neal and Michael Gear; Simon Scarrow, Conn Iggulden, Susanna Kearsley, Philippa Gregory, etc.

HUMOR/ BATHROOM READERS AND MISCELLANEOUS ARE ON STACKED IN ONE CORNER.  "Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused."--unknown

FERN MICHAELS: The Sisterhood series. Fern writes romance but also started the Sisterhood series that has become so popular that she is up to # 22 and now starting 'The Godmothers Series". "Seven women have risked everything in the name of justice, including their own freedom..." This series is found with Fern's contemporary romance books.

STAR TREK/STAR WARS:  A popular science fiction genre that can be found in the Science Fiction area.

CHILDREN'S/YOUNGER TEENS: There is a Kid's corner at the back of the store and by the washroom--books from pregnancy to parenting; teaching the ABC's to educational tools; Golden books; Fairy Tails; Disney; classics; to younger teen books. "Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next." -Franklin P. Jones

TEENS: We have a wonderful selection of Fantasy/Teen fiction books and they have their own corner now.

ANIMALS/GARDENING/CRAFTS-quilting,etc are all together.

SCIENCE/PHILOSOPHY  Found around the corner from the kid's corner.  "The Philosophy of Ambiguity: If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?"--unknown

 SPORTS:  We have downsized this area and have located to the Biography section. "Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if everytime you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your head and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you."--Jacques Plante

OLD OR HARD TO FIND BOOKS: Wonderful books on consignment--Folio; Rare Books, etc.  "If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago."--William Hazlitt

MUSIC: There is a section of biographies of musicians   "Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul."--unknown

COMICS: We have comics in plastic wrappers; Mad Magazines; etc in one area; and below a section of Ephemera-various paper products that people collect and old Life magazines.

THE MORE THAN GENTLY USED BOOKCASE: Just before you head out the door there is a big bookcase with "more than gently used books" on it, as well as magazines, that are all free.  It is a great way to find new authors or an old cookbook, etc., and to recycle. Thanks to all our customers for helping to contribute to this growing assortment of reading material. We also carry the Friday A.M., Tidbits of the Shuswap, and local tourist information on this bookcase.

WAR & HISTORY: From the Civil War through to the end of 1990's; general history of England, Scotland, USA and Canada, with some odds and ends thrown in. "Books are the building blocks of civilization and a people without books are a people without history, no story older than the tales of the oldest man or woman."--Louis L'Amour

THE CLASSICS-- LITERATURE/PLAYS & POETRY: From Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Bronte, Alcott, Kipling; to Canadian/mix for poetry. "My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water."--Mark Twain

RELIGION:  Christian content of non-ficiton material on three shelves, alphabetical by author. As well, we have a Christian fiction section: Romance and thrillers:

-T. Davis Bunn; Linda Chaikin; Margaret Daley; Richard Paul Evans; B.J. Hoff; Beverely Lewis; Gail Gaymer Martin/Cynthia Rutledge; Felicia Mason; Lynn & Gilbert Morris; Janette Oke; Marta Perry; Tracie Peterson/Judith Miller; Michael Phillips/Judith Pella; Lorraine Snelling; Bodie Thoene; and Janet Tronstad; and Lahaye/Jenkin

SPIRITUALISM:  angels, new age, healing, yoga, etc.  We also have a section stacked on the floor to do with UFOs and more conspiracy theory books.

SELF HELP/HEALTH: Can be found below the Business/Finance section--from relationships, to death, to health into diet/cookbooks. "I went into a bookstore and asked the saleswoman 'where's the self-help section?' and she said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose."--George Carlin

COOKBOOKS: Found under the Health section and books cover cooking with butter to low fat cooking; gluten free-to vegetarian/vegan/raw food; to how to preserve food.

COMPUTER BOOKS: There are computer guides (new) from BC author Louise Latremouille that are easy to read guides and very popular: From My Parents First; Beyond the Basics; My Parents Went Mac and My Parent Get Windows 7; My Parents Get Windows 8; and My Parents Go Wild For Word.

ART  BOOKS: From how to draw through to colored plate books of well known classic artists to contemporary. " Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."-Pablo Picasso

 

ODDS' ENDS:  this bookcase has  true travel stories; travel guides and music biographies.

"Books can be possessive, can't they? You're walking around  bookstore and a certain one will jump out at you, like it had moved there on it's own just to get your attention. Sometimes what's inside will change your life..."-Sarah Allen

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