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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 March 2017

      1984

      1984
      by George Orwell
      Sarah's Pick

      Although it was written nearly 70 years ago this book remains timeless as ever, and is perhaps even more relevant now than it has been in the past few years. It paints an entirely believable picture of a dystopian world with a tyrannical government. It may seem like just another book you read in high school English class, but it is far more than that and it is a truly gripping read.
      China Rich Girlfriend

      China Rich Girlfriend
      by Kevin Kwan
      Michelle's Pick

      “China Rich Girlfriend” is a hilarious and enjoyable book. If you are interested in multicultural exchanges between Asia and North America, you will love this story. The author, Kevin Kwan, is also the writer of the international best-selling book “Crazy Rich Asians.”
      Fight Club

      Fight Club
      by Chuck Palahniuk
      Sarah's Pick

      If you’re looking at this book you have most likely watched the 1999 cult classic, directed by David Fincher. As is often the case, the book is far better than the movie – and it is also much, much darker. Regardless of whether or not you have watched the movie, I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
      Hard Times

      Hard Times
      by Charles Dickens
      Michael's Pick

      One of my favourite Dickens novels, Hard Times is probably the best example of Dickens’s ability to pick brilliant names for his characters. Among them are Thomas Gradgrind, who is uninterested in anything involving the imagination and only wants "facts," Sissy Jupe, a young girl who comes under his care and (of course) is completely unable to comprehend any of the "facts" Gradgrind prizes; and of course, there’s my personal favourite, the character who wins the prize for BEST. NAME. EVER. Mr. McChoakumchild (and he’s a teacher, natch). If all that isn’t enough to strike your whimsy, I don’t know what will.
      Schindler's List

      Schindler's List
      Directed by Steven Spielberg
      Michael's Pick

      "The list is life." One of the greatest films of all time, it chronicles the true story of how German businessman Oskar Schindler saved 1,000 Jews during the Holocaust. This was the film that broke Steven Spielberg’s Oscar curse (he’d previously been nominated 5 times, but hadn’t won once).