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January 2022 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2022/01/11

David’s Pick: Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart If you feel you’re ready for a pandemic novel, at least this one is funny. Echoing Boccaccio’s Decameron, a group of friends flee the city to wait out the pandemic and things get a little crazy for everyone. A hilarious and worthy successor to Shteyngart’s last novel Lake Success.


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


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