Staff Picks


August 2021 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2021/07/29

Brenda’s Pick: We are all perfectly fine: a memoir of love, medicine and healing by Jillian Horton M.D.  This memoir winds in and out from within the setting of a meditation retreat centre. The attendees are all doctors. Be prepared to get to know your doctor better…much better. Jill Horton is a medical educator from the University of Toronto and she enters


March 2021 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2021/03/06

Brenda’s Pick: The reality bubble by Ziya Tong This book takes aim at humanity’s willful blindness through a series of chapters that create an awareness of wonder and then shows the underbelly. The mind-opening facts and examples conclude in the final chapter, “Revolution”. “The greatest scientists in the world are remembered because they burst our


January 2021 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2021/01/19

Brenda’s Pick: The smallest lights in the universe by Sara Seager Toronto-born author/astrophysicist, Sara Seager was recently named an officer of the Order of Canada for her research and study of extra solar planets. Her engaging memoir is such a mix of highs and lows from her love and fascination with the stars and planets to


November 2020 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2020/11/10

Becky’s Pick: Caste : the origins of our discontents by Isabel Wilkerson Reading through the last chapters of Caste: the Origins of Our Discontent during the days around the 2020 US presidential election was no less than terrifying. Wilkerson uses her journalistic skills to amazing effect, the writing is both beautiful to read and brings into


September 2020 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2020/09/10

Brenda’s Pick: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese This novel appeared over 10 years ago. Written by a doctor, the story follows the lives of identical twin boys, Shiva and Marion. Set in Ethiopia, the story has so many levels of family life, medicine and physicians, political unrest, coming of age, loyalties and love…but written


February 2020 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2020/04/24

David’s Pick: The New York Times Book of Movies: The Essential 1,000 Films to See Dargis, Manohla (ed.)  This collection of New York Times film reviews is fascinating to skim through, since nearly all of them were originally published at the time of the original release of the films. It’s an interesting snapshot of how


December 2019 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2019/12/19

Brenda’s Pick: Maiden DVD “The finish line knows no gender.” This is a true sailing story with original footage from 1989. What makes it so unique, exciting, and inspiring is that it was the first time a crew of all women sailed in the Whitbread Round the World Race.  Tracy Edwards, a 26-year-old from England


October 2019 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2019/10/16

David’s Pick : The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies by David Thomson “This book is a love letter to a lost love, I suppose” writes Thomson near the end of this imposing and very readable history of film. It’s a good mix of straight-up history, with some deep dives into the figures for whom Thomson


August 2019 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2019/07/31

David’s Pick: Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell One of Orwell’s funniest and most visceral books, Down and Out describes, in glorious and squalid detail, some months that Orwell spent among the poor, living a precarious existence. Despite the tone of desperation throughout, it’s really very entertaining, and Orwell’s renowned clarity of


June 2019 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2019/05/30

David’s Pick: Rupture: The Crisis of Liberal Democracy by Manuel Castells This brief but dense book addresses the recent turn to the right, in some cases to the far right, in politics worldwide, with special attention given to the Trump presidency, Brexit, & recent upheaval in Spanish politics. It’s an excellent primer, very readable & thought-provoking.