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Monthly Staff Picks

Been wondering what to read next? Our library staff are always ready to help! We have resident experts for a variety of genres, and they've compiled some quick & classic recommendations for you. Scroll over the covers to see a quick description on the book!


Keith MacKinnon

Head of reference services
Resident sci-fi and fantasy expert

Epic scifi at its best.  
Schemes and politics abound
as several groups vie for control
of “Spice”, the most valuable
commodity in the galaxy
Dune by Frank Herbert

The galactic empire is falling and plans are
in place for a new order to rise.  
A classic scifi series.
Foundation by Isaac Asimov

The birth of the cyberpunk movement.
Neuromancer by William Gibson


Resident satire & graphic novel expert

Never mind that Disney once turned Mickey Mouse into Gulliver, Swift’s 18th century prose original is the definitive skewering of human nature and our quaint ideas about progress & the nobility of the human race. Get an edition that includes the definitive satirical essay “A Modest Proposal,” which describes a shocking means by which the impoverished Irish could solve their economic & overpopulation problems simultaneously.
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
The late Vonnegut didn’t need thousands of pages to stick it to war, the military, or modern existence itself in hilarious, often sobering style.
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
One of the finest satires of politics, power, and how corrupt 
language leads to both corrupt thinking & to the 
distorting of reality.
Animal Farm by George Orwell

Sean Thompson

Resident history expert

A unique and funny look at Canadian history
through the people who led it.
Bastards & Boneheads: Canada’s Glorious Leaders From Past to Present by Will Ferguson

A look at one event, the Paris Peace Conference
after World War I, and its still ever-present repercussions.
Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan

A witty, occasionally angry account of the Aboriginal
experience with colonizers in Canada and the U.S.A.
The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King

 Sarah G.

Eclectic fiction reader

Anne of Green Gables (series) by Lucy Maud Montgomery

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

Judith Caron

Eclectic fiction reader

This is the first book of poetry that I fell in love with when I was an avid teenage reader, and Baudelaire’s Fleurs du Mal remain my favourite poems to this day. Every time I read it, I am amazed at how talented the poet was and how he could beautifully describe horrible things.
Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire
Funny, colourful, silly and entertaining: the books are just like the main character. I loved this series because it made me laugh and because I could also, sometimes, relate to Bridget (but don’t say that too loud!).
The Bridget Jones series by Helen Fielding
A grand, epic and intense Russian novel that I first dove into when I was just out of high school, in CEGEP. This is when I first discovered the intensity of the 19th century great Russian novelist, and intended to extensively read Dostoevsky and Tolstoy’s novels with intricate, complicated but beautiful plots and grandiose characters.
The Idiot by Fyoder Dostoevsky

 Natalie MacG

Singer, song-writer, playwright, cartoonist and successful jack-of-all-trades, Shel Silverstein has authored many children's books and collections of poetry.  Where the Sidewalk Ends contains delightfully whimsical and funny poems about everything from a child pretending to be sick to get out of school to a crocodile with a problematic toothache - great for the young and the young at heart!

 Where the Sidewalk Ends

Orwell's 1984 is a satirical novel about a dystopian future where everyone is under surveillance and those in power control everything.  Although written as fiction, some of the themes and realities are all too realistic.  Full of secrets, deceit and the thought-police, 1984 will have you on the edge of your seat and checking to make sure you're not being watched.


The Outsiders is a classic coming-of-age novel set in the 1960s that follows the trials and tribulations of teenagers in rival social groups.  Ponyboy, Sodapop and the myriad of other characters (with equally unique nicknames) are easy to relate to, as are their struggles to cope with life, loss and the quest to "Stay Gold."  A favourite read you won't be able to put down!

 The Outsiders


 Annette Robichaud

Caitlin Robertson

 Non-fiction, science and medicine

Absolutely disgusting, very funny and extremely informative. Roach explains all of the crazy things that can happen when you donate your body to science! My absolute favorite book!
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
A true-story about racism and inequality in the medical field. Truly a sad story, and often times, baffling!
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The memoir of Dr. Kalanithi. It focuses on his relationship with death both as a young physician, and after a cancer diagnosis. Absolutely breath-taking -- keep the tissues nearby!
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Reed Peters

Graphic novels and crime stories

The Client by John Grisham

Batman: The Killing
 Joke by Alan Moore

The Firm by John Grisham


The book is a definite page turner and takes a unique approach to the classic romance. The movie is also a great component to the novel.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Dallaire’s narration of the Rwandan genocide is raw and eye-opening. It really gives you a strong picture of what his time was like and the trials and tribulations he faced on that peacekeeping mission.
Shake Hands with the
Devil by Romeo Dallaire

Her book is just as funny as her show The Mindy Project and made me laugh out loud while reading it.
Is Everyone Hanging
Out Without Me? (And
Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling


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