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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


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


April 2019 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2019/05/01

Jayme’s Pick: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman People can see into the future; lives and deaths are predetermined at birth; magic, especially women’s magic, plays an important role. To give one’s life for one’s child, one’s lover, one’s friend or one’s god, is the highest honour. Suffering and death are an inescapable part of life,


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


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


September 2016 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2016/09/22

Brenda’s Pick: Isabella : the warrior queen by Kirstin Downey For anyone with an interest in history and specifically Spanish history, this book is a fascinating biography of Isabella of Castile, who became Queen of Spain. Her life-span, from the  mid-1400’s to 1504 encompassed some of the most interesting and critical events in that part of the world.