Staff Picks


August 2018 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2018/08/18

David’s Pick : The Death of Homo Economicus by Peter Fleming This blistering, hilarious, & occasionally horrifying survey of the current state of capitalism & neoliberalism will make your hair stand on end. Fleming pulls no punches and amasses evidence to show how hollowed-out the world of work has become and how crushing debt is for many people


June 2018 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2018/06/08

David’s Pick: The Rub of Time by Martin Amis Amis, who touts himself as “the only hereditary novelist in the Anglophone literary corpus”, is pretty authoritative when writing about literature, even when so much of it is devoted to his adulation of Nabokov & Bellow; Amis on politics and culture can be irritating, but the quality of the writing


April 2018 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2018/04/11

Brenda’s Picks – “I am not your negro” DVD by  James Baldwin; Between the world and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates These two items provide a deep insight into racial politics in the US, the American identity and a personal glimpse into the lives of two men, one contemporary and the other who died almost 30 years ago. As


February 2018 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2018/02/17

Andrea’s Pick – Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys A prequel to Charlotte Bronte’s classic “Jane Eyre,” this novel unlocks the attic door to introduce the supposed “madwoman” imprisoned within. Andrea’s Pick – The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens Take a community of prairie dogs, add a lost tennis ball, and you have the perfect zany


December 2017 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2017/12/12

  Andrea’s Pick: Random Passage (DVD) A vivid Canadian historical drama by Bernice Morgan, available in both print and DVD form, this is the hard scrabble story of a small community of European settlers in a remote Newfoundland fishing port during the early 19th century. Andrea’s Pick: The Story Blanket by Ferida Wolff This picture book


October 2017 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2017/10/25

Andrea’s Pick: Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs by Heather Lende How does an active athlete and newly published writer from tiny Haines, Alaska respond after a near-fatal bicycle accident with a truck?  Lende charts her own experience of healing with faith, humour, and honesty.  Each chapter reads like a short, reflective vignette,


August 2017 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2017/08/09

Becky’s Pick: Wild Robot by Peter Brown Can a robot learn to speak to animals? Can a robot experience the joy of new friends? Roz the robot, through her adventures with wild animals, explores what it is to be alive and what it means to love. Brenda’s Picks: Don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight by


May 2017 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2017/05/30

Angela’s Pick: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons I found this book googling “If you like David Sedaris…” Published in 1932, it’s a comic parody of the “rural novels” of the time. I laughed out loud (repeatedly) at lines like, “The porridge gave an ominous, leering heave. . .”  and “The thin wind sniveled among the


March 2017 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2017/03/15

Brenda’s Pick: Eight days a week [videorecording] : the touring years When the Beatles made their first appearances they arrived at a time of confluence; a mix of world events, a shifting music scene, television appearances, air travel and a population bubble of teenagers. This film/documentary by Ron Howard captures the early years of this influential


January 2017 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2017/01/28

Brenda’s Pick: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett I picked the right book to start the New Year…Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. This is her most recent story and it rolls along effortlessly from the first paragraph drawing the reader into the lives of her characters. The children of two families wind their way through childhood with back