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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


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


February 2019 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2019/02/20

Brenda’s Pick: My brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante This novel introduces the full depth of friendship that develops between two young girls born in Naples, Italy: Lila and Lenù. Growing up in an evolving neighbourhood with rivalries, poverty and family conflict puts down the roots for the three novels that follow.  The Neapolitan novels give the full


December 2018 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2018/12/12

Brenda’s Pick: Land of lost borders: out of bounds on the Silk Road by Kate Harris A Canadian and multi-faceted explorer, Kate Harris, and her friend rode a section of the Silk Road on bicycles. She totally captivates with her vivid description of the journey and musing (and humorous) narrative along the way. “What if borders


October 2018 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2018/10/03

Brenda’s Pick : No baggage: a minimalist tale of love & wandering by Clara Benson I hate packing for a trip, so this book title caught my eye. It’s an engaging story/memoir involving two people who have just met…literally…on a dating site. They are at places in their lives where they’re ready to take a risk,


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


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