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The Poetry Cure

book cover image Poetry Will Save Your Life

Can words that rhyme come just in time? For Jill Bialosky, certain poems stand out at pivotal moments, helping us take that road less traveled.

Elizabethan Era

DVD cover image The Crown

Season Two will begin to air on Netflix, December 8. Season Three is in casting. Season One is here. It's not too late to catch The Crown.

Brain Candy

book cover image i-Minds

Do smart phones, video gaming and the internet affect our brains? Mari K. Swingle says the evidence is in and it's frightening.

Remembering '93

book cover image Killer: my life in hockey

Can you name Don Cherry's second favourite player? Doug Gilmour led the Toronto Maple Leafs to multiple winning seasons, one in particular.

Ancient & Lively

book cover image The Rise of Athens

Kirkus Reviews says of this new addition to our collection, "A thick, lively popular history that tells a complex story without dumbing it down."  Now that's intriguing. 

A Surprising Love Story

book cover image The Spirit of the Horse

From the first time he rode, at age ten, William Shatner has felt a deep love for horses. Now he is inviting us to share the reins.

October 31, 1517

book cover image Protestants

Five hundred years ago this month, Martin Luther challenged the authority of the Pope. The Church has not been the same, since. Neither have we.

The Narrow Escape

book cover image Dunkirk

In May 1940, the British Expeditionary Force was sent to help the French and Belgians hold back the hard-charging German army. Things didn't go as planned.

Momma vs. Mussolini

book cover image A Bold and Dangerous Family

The Rosselli family were part of Italy's elite. Led by their fierce matriarch, Amelia, however, they were also vocal anti-fascists. Caroline Moorhead tells their inspiring, true story.

Le Voila !

book cover image Oxford Picture Dictionary

Vous avez besoin d'un dictionnaire? The Oxford Picture Dictionary Third Edition program's core component is the English-French dictionary.