Great Reads: Family Matters

March 28, 2017 | Book Buzz

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Great Reads is a series of posts featuring recent books that are highly recommended by Toronto Public Library staff. Families – you can't live with 'em... These novels are all about families – good, bad, dysfunctional. Enjoy these stories of mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, partners, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters...

Six Books From Ireland for St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2017 | Kelli

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I'll admit, I generally avoid novels in the magical realism genre. In the past, I've found the added element of magic in a story otherwise based in reality more irritating than interesting. That's just me. Yet, when I came across Himself by Jess Kidd, I thought I'd try again. I'm...

Welcome Back to the Hellmouth

March 6, 2017 | Andrea

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Buffy Summers and Daria Morgendorffer are turning 20! Fictional characters don't age like we do, so it may be slightly surreal to learn about the milestone birthdays of these two iconic teenage heroines. Fun fact: their TV shows premiered in 1997 within a week of each other — Daria first...

Love, Passion and Candy Hearts

February 10, 2017 | M. Elwood

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Who doesn't love candy hearts? For Valentine's Day, enjoy one of these sweet reads. Young Adult Fiction: All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin • Audiobook • eAudiobook • eBook Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan • Audiobook • eAudiobook • eBook The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder •...

Hidden Figures and Upcoming Books to Movies - Winter 2017

February 3, 2017 | Kelli

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The movie Hidden Figures is having an incredible awards season. It has already won the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and has been nominated for many other awards, including two Golden Globe Awards and three Oscars. If you have wondered...

Best Books of 2016 Selected by Library Staff: Part 5

January 25, 2017 | Book Buzz

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Then there are the staff members who can't narrow it down to just or two titles and send an entire list! Welcome to the Kelli and Jane recommendations, Part 5 in the series of staff-recommended best books of 2016. Kelli: Fiction: Homegoing by Yaa Gaasi • Audiobook • eAudiobook •...

Alternative History: The Literary Version of Alternative Facts

January 24, 2017 | M. Elwood

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Alternative history is a genre where the author speculates about how the course of history would have changed if there had been a different outcome to a historical event. These books have been winners or nominees of The Sidewise Award for Alternative History. The Cassandra Project by Jack McDevitt and...

This is the Darkest Timeline

January 20, 2017 | Andrea

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Just when you thought we've played all the hunger games, run through all the mazes and mapped all divergent paths, dystopian and apocalyptic futures are trendy again! But they never really go out of style – in 1826, Mary Shelley wrote The Last Man, envisioning the end of the 21st...

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

December 16, 2016 | Andrea

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It is blisteringly icy outside, which means 'tis the season to curl up with a hot drink and a book. Looking for a different type of chills and shivers than the ones offered by the wintry weather? Alternatively, would you like to be warmed by the unexpected domestic comfort of...

Best Grip-Lit Reads

November 20, 2016 | Viveca

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"Grip-Lit" is certainly the fiction of choice for 2016 (as if this year wasn't tense enough). Psychological thrillers aren't new. However, these popular women-in-peril novels focus on domestic horrors: abuse, accidents, memory loss, missing children and (really) bad romance. Mix in unreliable narrators and huuge surprises -- and you have...