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    • Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time

      How to say something, albeit say it properly, is no easy feat. How to present yourself to an audience, while leaving a lasting impression, while conveying your main ideas concisely and effectively, is most certainly one of the more difficult and fear-inducing undertakings we are all faced with at one...


    • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

      Sure, you know what the periodic table looks like. But did you know that it has a section called the ‘poisoner’s corridor’? Or that aluminum used to be more valuable than gold? Or how the periodic table influenced the outcome of WWI and WWII? If this piques your curiosity, then...


    • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

      Named for the Chinese proverb – Women hold up half the sky – this compelling investigation exposes the oppression of women across the world. Award-winning writers (and husband-and-wife), Kristof and WuDunn, tackle disturbing subjects including sex trafficking and other forms of mistreatment, while offering ideas on how to find solutions.Perfect...


    • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales

      Neurologist, Oliver Sacks, presents a sampling of his fascinating clinical cases including extreme memory loss, crippling tics, savant skills, and more. Despite the time lapse of a few decades (don’t expect cutting-edge science), Sacks’ detailed descriptions of symptoms may render this a modern classic.Perfect for:Readers interested in rare neurological disorders.Fans...


    • Fleeing the Hijab

      When the Ayatollah Kohomeini decrees that all women in Iran must wear a hijab, regardless of their perspective religion, Dr. Sima Goel, a 13-year-old Jewish girl who had previously demonstrated against the Shah's oppressive regime, decides she must escape her home country. In this riveting memoir, we follow Goel as...


    • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

      Not to be read during meals, Roach has made a name for herself as a quirky writer of niche micro histories. With Stiff, she turns her attention to, well, dead bodies: to how they’re used (and abused), their role in science, and their processing and disposal. With her trademark humour,...


    • Lit: A Memoir

      In her third memoir, Mary Karr writes about excessive drinking and her struggle to get sober. Through exploring her dysfunctional relationships (not least, her disastrous marriage to a handsome poet), Karr manages to balance motherhood and alcoholism – for a while. From a stay in a psychiatric facility to finding...


    • Autobiography of a Face

      At age nine, Lucy Grealy lost part of her jaw to cancer. This raw memoir chronicles the cruel taunts endured, painful surgeries undergone and, ultimately, the author’s desperate search to feel – and look – just like everyone else. Dead at age 39 from a tragic heroin overdose, this autobiography...


    • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

        Henrietta Lacks, a poor African American woman from Virginia, died young from an aggressive form of cancer; however, her cells, known as HeLa, lived on. Taken without her knowledge, HeLa cells played a role in many medical breakthroughs, including the cure for polio. Here is the story of Henrietta’s...


    • Kitchen Confidential

      America’s premiere foodie bad boy, Bourdain, tells all - about himself and the kitchen - in this fun and revealing book about his formative years in the restaurant industry. He humorously recounts his wild years, while exposing the inner workings of restaurants. In a nutshell, this is The Food Network...


    • Dad is Fat

      Jim Gaffigan is living the dream: he’s earning money as a comedian, has a smart, beautiful wife, and lives in Manhattan . . . in a small, two-bedroom fifth-floor apartment with five children, ages newborn to eight. He’s baffled by the incongruity of it all, and puzzles over the dangers...


    • How to Be a Woman

      Caitlin Moran has done it all – well almost all – and she’s happy to write about it for her readers’ amusement and education. In this memoir, she reveals many of her life’s most embarrassing moments alongside her witty observations about being a woman. If you’re not a feminist, she...


    • #GIRLBOSS

      Sophia Amoruso’s career in the fashion industry began when she stole a watch from Nordstrom at 17. As she moved her way up, Amoruso learned the ins and outs of how to run an online business, nastygal.com. #GIRLBOSS is a quirky memoir that not only inspires girls to work hard...


    • Resilience

      Wener - a two-time cancer survivor and present-day therapist to those coping with illness - reveals her incredible personal growth in this touching, poignant and – at times – humerous memoir that reveals the necessity of a positive spirit and the reality of facing life head on. Perfect for: Those...


    • Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

      Fans of Allie Brosh’s lauded blog – Hyperbole and a Half – will be familiar with her brutally honest, outrageously funny, often cringe-worthy, sometimes-tragic stories from her child / young adulthood in this fantastic graphic memoir. Bouts of depression, questions of self-identity, whether her dog may be of lower-than-normal intelligence...


    • The Examined Life

      Levinson offers generous advice (including personal anecdotes) in this accessible, beautiful and reflective book about how to get out of your own way. A respected yoga teacher and workshop leader, Life manages to pull off the double feat of offering both deep insight and spiritual guidance, along with maintaining readability....


    • The End of Your Life Book Club

      When Will Schwalbe’s mother is diagnosed with cancer, he accompanies her during many chemo sessions: this lays the backdrop against which mother-and-son forms an impromptu book club. Different chapter, different book. Among this thoughtful memoir’s main explorations, exists a wonderful testament to the power of literature and its role in...


    • Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

      Seasoned economic journalist, Chrystia Freeland, offers an accessible exploration of history and the social factors that have led up to the present-day .01%’s claim to the largest-piece-of-the-‘economic’-pie. There are few books on the economy that are this plentiful with rich (no pun intended) anecdotes. With access into the worlds of...


    • In Search of April Raintree

      In Manitoba, two Metis sisters, April and Cheryl grow up separately – having been removed from their Aboriginal community and placed in the foster care system. Raintree provides a disturbing look into the cultural trauma of one Aboriginal family, and the intricate process of forming an identity when it has...


    • Don’t Get Too Comfortable: The Indignities of Coach Class, The Torments of Low Thread Count, The Never-Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems

      Whether he’s taking off on one of the Concorde’s last flights, observing Playboy models in Belize or pondering the irony of the American citizenship process, humerous wit, David Rakoff, offers punch and sass in these clever and thought-provoking essays on elitism, consumerism and patriotism – to name a few ideas.Perfect...


    • My Family and Other Animals (Corfu Trilogy)

      Durrell tells the story of his family’s uprooting from their home (in gloomy England), to the sunny Greek island of Corfu in this touching-yet-comical memoir of an enchanting island and both the wildlife and people that inhabit it. Perfect for:   • Those wishing to be transported to the Mediterranean....


    • Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw

      Black Hawk Down author, Mark Bowden, gives us a chilling account of the rise and fall of Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, in this thrilling piece. The book provides a phenomenal account of the worldwide manhunt for the drug kingpin while offering an expose on the brutal realities of the...


    • Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran

      Iranian-American journalist, Moaveni, shares her search for identity in this humorous and engaging memoir. American-born to Iranian expats and later living in Tehran with a previously romanticized notion of her homeland, Moaveni struggles to build a life and a home in a strange land. Perfect for: • Those interested in...


    • A Long Way Gone

      Set in Sierra Leone during the early 1990s, this brutally honest memoir describes Beah’s recruitment by the RUF at age thirteen. As a child soldier who gets hooked on drugs, walks around as the proud carrier of an AK-47 and has lost all sense of humanity – the reader is...


    • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

      Bestselling journalist, Jon Ronson, journeys through the minds of madness in this fascinating study of the murky world of psychopaths. Through talking to these patients and the vast industry that studies them, Ronson’s investigations raise serious questions about the psychiatric diagnoses of psychopathy. Perfect for: • Those interested in scientific...


    • Salt: A World History

      I know. You’re wondering who on earth would read a book about SALT!!?? But bare with me: it’s fascinating. Not only does Kurlansky deliver an incredible narrative on the social, anthropological and historical emergence of civilization through the only rock we consume – he does so using wonderful characters and...


    • Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

      It’s clear that Seife knows a lot about numbers: in this interesting (yup – it’s quite interesting) investigation into the power of ‘zero’ and its scientific, philosophical, religious and numerical implications, Seife writes a book about math that remains fully engaging and enjoyable. Great for: • Lovers of scientific non-fiction....


    • Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of An Overachiever

      In this hilarious account of everything that's awry with our present-day obsession with getting praise rather than learning anything, Kirn gives an indicting yet honest portrayal of the shallow underbelly of the North American education system - specifically, the Ivy Leagues. Great for: -Anyone who's looking for a collection of...


    • Leave No Doubt: A Credo for Chasing Your Dreams

      Respected hockey coach, Mike Babcock, and his friend, Rick Larson, offer inspirational advice – using hockey as a platform – about succeeding in any field and the rewards of real determination. An interesting read. Great for: • Reluctant readers • Sports fans • Those looking for the proverbial kick in...


    • Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard

      To put it mildly, Liz Murray did not have an easy childhood. In her fast-paced, honest and generous memoir, Murray describes growing up with addicts as parents, living on the streets of New York City and transitioning into the world of the Harvard elite. She never asks us to pity...