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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      Baptism of Fire

      Baptism of Fire
      by Andrzej Sapkowski
      Michael's Pick

      “What a company I ended up with,” Geralt continued, shaking his head. “Brothers in arms! A team of heroes! What have I done to deserve it? A poetaster with a lute. A wild and lippy half-dryad-half- woman. A vampire who’s about to notch up his fifth century. And a bloody Nilfgaardian who insists he isn’t a Nilfgaardian.”
      “And leading the party is the Witcher, who suffers from pangs of conscience, impotence, and the inability to make decisions,” Regis finished calmly.

      The saga continues, picking up in the aftermath of the battle at the isle of Thanedd. Still recovering from his injuries, Geralt learns that quite literally everyone is after Ciri, and sets off with Dandelion to rescue her, acquiring a colorful group of allies along the way. What none of them know is that she’s suffering from a serious case of Stockholm Syndrome, and has fallen in with some very bad people...

      Reading order: 1) The Last Wish 2) Sword of Destiny 3) Blood of Elves 4) Time of Contempt 5) Baptism of Fire 6) The Swallow’s Tower 7) Lady of the Lake (book 7 isn’t officially in English yet, but there are excellent fan translations available for free online at the CD Projekt Red forums, as well as for a prequel, Season of Storms.)

      Directed by Taika Waititi
      Tania's Pick

      Recommended by MOPA instructor and New Zealander, David Geary, this film explores manhood from the perspective of a Maori youth. “The film is delightful in its colorful production values, with animated and fantasy interludes” – Roger Ebert
      The Outsider

      The Outsider
      by Albert Camus
      Sarah's Pick

      This novel serves as an introduction to Albert Camus’s philosophy of absurdism – which is often considered to be a subsect of existentialism (although Camus dictates that his philosophy is separate). In The Outsider you will explore the mind of a man who is accused of murder, and you will learn about his thoughts on life and death. Although it explores some complex philosophy this novel is still quite funny – albeit in a dark way.
      Tenth Good Thing

      The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
      by Judith Viorst
      Jessica's Pick

      It is a truth universally unacknowledged that a book in possession of a bad cover must not want to be read. Unless it has a cat on it.

      I picked this book up based solely for that reason, and was unexpectedly brought to tears almost at the first page. In a child’s voice the story narrates the loss of a beloved cat, Barney, and the transition of grief the boy experiences. After his pet’s burial, the boy realizes something beautiful. That in the ground everything changes and grows, and now Barney’s there too helping grow flowers and trees, and “that’s a pretty nice job for a cat.” Everyone who has lost a creature will be able to identify with this book, and find solace from it.

      The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World
      by Wade Davis
      Maryann's Pick

      The Wayfinders is a great piece for me and something I think of often as a DISCOVERY and Access librarian. I try to constantly remind myself of the power in the practices of indigenous systems of knowledge and not just get stuck in the dominant cultures of knowledge that libraries – especially – must navigate. My favorite part of this book covers the contrast to the navigation skills and approaches of south sea islanders in open water over the shore hugging and map reliant style of European countries in their “ages of exploration.”