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    Staff Picks

    • Every month some of our staff members' favourite books go on display on the side of the popular bookshelf on the main floor. Check them out in the library, or reserve them right here - you might find something you like!

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      Staff Picks for June 2017


      Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours)
      by Harold R. Johnson
      Chelsea's Pick

      A personal yet level-headed book about the effects of alcohol in Aboriginal communities. Concise and eloquently presented, it will make you look at alcohol's lasting effect in a whole new light.
      His Majesty's Dragon

      His Majesty's Dragon
      by Naomi Novik
      Jessica's Pick

      There are so many layers of cool to this book, it’s hard to know where to begin! But we can start by adding an Air Corps as key military players in the Napoleonic Wars, with the exception that airplanes are replaced by something so much more awesome: Dragons!!! And not the stereotypical fire-breathing dragons with anger management issues, but ones that are just like you and me. They talk, like to read, LOVE concerts and fireworks, and are loyal to fault to their "captains" (aka handlers and partners for life). And they think the idea of “property” is pretty ridiculous if it involves them not being able to eat a farmer’s cow.

      But besides the unique and twisty storyline, what makes this book truly exceptional is the enchanting kinship cultivated between the newly hatched dragon Temeraire and his handler, Will Lawrence, a former Navy officer made Aerial Captain. Their partnership will be as life-altering as this book is fascinating.
      Immortal Life

      The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
      by Rebecca Skloot
      Brook's Pick

      Rebecca Skloot weaves the life-story of a woman and her family with the incredible scientific breakthrough that was the result of her cells and makes the whole story fascinating and understandable, even to the unscientific mind. I couldn't put this book down.

      The Reader
      by Bernhard Schlink
      Viera's Pick

      Excellent, interesting story. One of the required for ENGL 104.

      The Storyteller
      by Jodi Picoult
      Chelsea's Pick

      Jodi Picoult always delivers a compelling story while challenging readers' morals and forcing them to ask "What would I do in that situation?"