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    • The Five People You Meet in Heaven

      When ‘Maintenance’ Eddie tries to rescue a little girl at the amusement park at which he works – he is killed instantly. When he opens his eyes to see that he has arrived in heaven, he meets the five people (yup, the title gives it all away) who influenced him...


    • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

      This was the LAST book that I thought I would love: it’s about endurance running. But that’s not really all it’s about. McDougall researches the Tarahumara Indian tribe in Mexico to understand how they’re able to run so far – and for so long. Through his research we meet wonderful...


    • I Feel Bad About My Neck

      Beloved director, screenplay writer, essayist and thinker, Ephron stamps her signature honesty-yet-witty writing on this collection of personal essays ranging from interning at the White House to the collapse of her marriage to her body image. Great for: • A gift for any reader who enjoys comic writing that has...


    • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

      Jenny Lawson – known to most as The Bloggess – offers her hilarious, raunchy and, at times, poignant personal stories. Her narratives cover everything from growing up with a taxidermist father, her time working in HR, how wild turkeys scarred her for life, pregnancy, her compulsive need to make up...


    • Wonder

      August was born with a facial deformity: his endearing personality and loving family cannot protect him from the harsh judgments of his fellow students. Told through different characters’ perspectives – Palacio weaves together a touching, compelling and funny story of how isolation means different things to all of us –...


    • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

      Who knew grammar could be this fun? Anticipating the inevitable groans that come from the words: ‘it’s time to work on our grammar,’ Truss combines humerous anecdotes with accessible lessons on all things topical ranging from the apostrophe to the comma to that hard-to-master semicolon. Great for: • English language...


    • Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

      In this fascinating, accessible and gorgeous book – Solomon interviews over 300 families with ‘horizontal identities’ – that is, families who encompass children living with a wide-range of disabilities including autism, dwarfism and deafness. Solomon manages to weave humour and compassion into what could have been a dry read –...


    • Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety

      A comic-yet-dark exploration of one writer’s continuous battles with anxiety and his probes into his past, Smith investigates any and everything including his family dynamics, early sexual experiences, work as a fact checker – to try and illuminate the history of his personal torment. You’ll either love this book or...


    • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

      A fascinating look into the power of introverts – and why our world places too much emphasize on people who are outspoken. A must-read for parents and educators. Great for: • Developing empathy for someone who doesn’t feel like speaking all the time. • Any teacher. • A different perspective...


    • The Sexual Paradox: Extreme Men, Gifted Women and the Real Gender Gap by Susan Pinker

      An intelligent, thought-provoking and mind-bending look into our assumptions about gender – including why men still get paid more, why we mistakenly think the genders are the same, and more – Pinker weaves together interviews, data and findings from in-depth studies in this comprehensive read. Great for: • Parents and...


    • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

      In this impressive yet engrossing book, journalist Michael Pollan investigates everything – the impact of fast food meals, Wholefoods, organic farms – to understand where our food comes from and what it’s doing to us. Great for: • Readers who are interested in how things work • Foodies open to...


    • Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen

      In this funny, poignant and passionate homage to delis everywhere, witty writer, David Sax, delves into the cultural, social and gastronomical implications of an institution beloved by many. Allow your kishkes to do a backflip in this roaring and reverential romp through the Jewish deli’s place in cities large and...


    • It Must’ve Been Something I Ate: The Return of the Man Who Ate Everything

      Vogue food writer and foodie extraordinaire – Steingarten’s collection of bizarre encounters with sustenance in different cities across the world demonstrates there is no boundary he won’t test when it comes to discovering the origin of anything edible. Great for: • Readers of Steingarten’s columns • Those interested in expanding...


    • Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater

      Endearing Top Chef judge – and host of Just Desserts – Simmons recounts her journey from young girl in her mother’s Toronto kitchen to bewildered college graduate to The Food Network’s much-loved star. Oh, and that stint with Jeffrey Steingarten. Great for: • Food Network aficionados • An entertaining read...


    • Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany

      When critically-acclaimed writer, Bill Buford, leaves his job at The New York Times to work in Mario Batali’s famous restaurant – Babbo – he gets more than he bargained for. And readers get a fascinating glimpse into the hard labour – and love – that goes into making a kitchen...


    • The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

      In this accessible read (which readers either adore or strongly dislike), Rubin chronicles her year devoted to finding equilibrium. With each month of her year devoted to a theme – Rubin comes to some interesting conclusions regarding what happiness is – and if it’s attainable. Great for: • Anyone going...


    • The Modern Menu

      Cooking kosher has never been this inventive - or beautiful! Great for: • Anyone who keeps a kosher kitchen • Cooks looking for healthy ways to improve their menu • Gorgeous pictures


    • But How do you Teach Writing?

      Thank you to the lovely Jennifer Irwin for introducing this essential – and accessible – book on creative ways to stimulate writing in the classroom. Great for: • Writing teachers of all ages • Creative writers looking for an unorthodox source of writing advice • Anyone interested in exploring how...


    • Deeper Reading

      Gallagher provides phenomenal exercises on all types of reading from the reading guru himself. Great for: • Teachers of texts • Homeschoolers • Adults with a fractured relationship to reading


    • Jerusalem: A Cookbook

      A gorgeous, collaborative cookbook created by two chefs born on different sides of a beloved city. Great for: • A gift for foodies • Middle Eastern food lovers • An inventive take on Jerusalem’s palate


    • Maus: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History

      This brilliant graphic memoir tells the story of Art Spiegelman’s experience during WWII: the well-known graphic artist uses mice and cats – respectively – to represent the Jews and Nazis in this moving testament to his father and to the strength involved in surviving to tell the tale. Great for:...


    • How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

      A thought-provoking exploration on how soccer rivalries reveal primal clashes between countries and the economic, political and social repercussions of the popular game. Great for: • Readers interested in discovering more about globalization • Anyone interested in the intersection between sports and politics • Those looking for an intellectually stimulating...


    • Playing with Fire

      Former NHL player, Theo Fleury, co-writes his autobiography chronicling his tumultuous experiences with drugs, alcohol and abuse in this gripping story about a skilled athlete dealing with personal demons. Great for: • Boys who hate to read • ‘Coach’ Shane Joseph • Readers interested in an athlete’s personal journey


    • The Glass Castle

      When Jeanette Walls spots her mother sifting through a dumpster, she realizes she must come to terms with her bizarre past: in this intriguing memoir (a favourite amongst most readers) about a, let's say, interesting family that makes up its own rules, Walls explores family dysfunction with wit and humour.  Great for:...


    • A People’s History of the United States

      A modern-day classic, Zinn explores American history from the perspective of the oppressed. Chronicling the earliest decades of Native Americans to the final moments of the 20th century, this book makes the perfect present for the history buff with a conscience. Great for: Readers interested in American history told from...


    • The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

      When famed ceramicist Edward De Waal inherits Japanese miniatures known as ‘netsuke,’ he delves into a fascinating history of his European Jewish ancestry, their rise as a banking family, and their tragic demise during WWII.Aside from offering gorgeous writing and a deeply personal investigation into family lineage, De Waal excels...


    • This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking

      Ranging from philosophical and psychological topics including temperament, delusion, mistaken concepts and the 80/20 principle, Smarter collects essays from today’s leading thinkers and visionaries resulting in a fascinating and accessible read that will make you all the wiser.Great for:• Anyone interested in psychology or philosophy • Those looking for a...


    • The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

      Most of us know the name, but few of us know how Warren Buffett became Warren Buffett: read this to find out. Great for: Buffett aficionados Biography lovers interested in a great American success story Those interested in finance 


    • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

      No business section would be complete without one of Gladwell’s entertaining-yet-intellectual studies of how trends emerge.Great for:Most readers including older teensLovers of Gladwell’s New Yorker writingEntrepreneurial types 


    • Thinking, Fast and Slow

      We think certain things are obvious when they’re not: read this book to find about how to break down the inner workings of our thought processes.Great for psychology buffsReaders who enjoy concrete case studiesA book to make you sound smarter