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shelf of books including one with a "Staff Pick" label

Staff Picks

Wondering what to read next? Try one of our staff picks, personally recommended by UC library assistants, who are also students in the Faculty of Information.

Click a link below to find the book in the U of T Library catalogue. And the next time you're at the UC Library, look for the bright pink Staff Pick labels.

Staff Picks: Fiction

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll  Find it
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr  Find it
  • Annabel by Kathleen Winter  Find it
  • As for Me and My House by Sinclair Ross  Find it
  • Bear by Marian Engel  Find it
  • Blue Suicide by Jennifer Venner  Find it
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding  Find it
  • Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel  Find it
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent  Find it
  • Crow Lake by Mary Lawson  Find it
  • The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith  Find it
  • The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton  Find it
  • Disgrace by J. M Coetzee  Find it
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien  Find it
  • Empress of the Night by Eva Stachniak  Find it
  • Everybody Has Everything by Katrina Onstad  Find it
  • Fall on Your Knees by Anne Marie MacDonald  Find it
  • Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry  Find it
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green  Find it
  • Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis  Find it
  • Fifth Business by Robertson Davies  Find it
  • The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews  Find it
  • A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore  Find it
  • The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon  Find it
  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  Find it
  • A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh  Find it
  • Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories by Alice Munro   Find it
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers  Find it
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova  Find it
  • How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti  Find it
  • If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino  Find it
  • Interpreter of Maladies: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri  Find it
  • The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling  Find it
  • Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay  Find it
  • The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters  Find it
  • Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro  Find it
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov  Find it
  • Lumberjanes: Unicorn power! by Mariko Tamaki; illustrated by Brooke Allen  Find it
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton  Find it
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides  Find it
  • The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger  Find it
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie  Find it
  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante  Find it
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri  Find it
  • Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmozgis  Find it
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman  Find it
  • Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson  Find it
  • Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade  Find it
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline   Find it
  • Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier  Find it
  • The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton  Find it
  • Room by Emma Donoghue  Find it
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion  Find it
  • Scream by Rohinton Mistry  Find it
  • The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton  Find it
  • The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison  Find it
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward  Find it
  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt  Find it
  • The Slow Fix by Ivan Coyote  Find it
  • Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson  Find it
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Find it
  • Studio Saint-Ex by Ania Szado  Find it
  • Take Us to Your Chief by Drew Hayden Taylor  Find it
  • Tell It to the Trees by Anita Rau Badami  Find it
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield   Find it
  • Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden  Find it
  • Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters  Find it
  • The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson  Find it
  • Wednesday Night at the End of the World by Helene Rioux  Find it
  • Where the Air is Sweet by Tasneem Jamal Find it
  • Who Do You Think You Are? by Alice Munro  Find it
  • Wife by Bharati Mukherjee  Find it
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan  Find it
  • The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak  Find it
  • The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels  Find it
  • Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck  Find it
  • Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson   Find it
  • World War Z by Max Brooks  Find it
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle  Find it
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte  Find it
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood  Find it

Staff Picks: Non-Fiction

  • The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson  Find it
  • The Beothuk Saga by Bernard Assiniwi  Find it
  • Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race by Naben Ruthnum  Find it
  • David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell   Find it
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson  Find it
  • The Dirt on Clean by Katherine Ashenburg  Find it
  • Dispatches from the Front: The Life of Matthew Halton, Canada's Voice at War by David Halton  Find it
  • Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations by Richard Wagamese  Find it
  • Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman  Find it
  • The File: A Personal History by Timothy Garton Ash  Find it
  • From Harvey River by Lorna Goodison  Find it
  • Glenn Gould: A Life and Variations by Otto Friedrich  Find it
  • The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity by Richard Florida  Find it
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin  Find it
  • If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories?: Finding Common Ground by J. Edward Chamberlin  Find it
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson  Find it
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling  Find it
  • Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon   Find it
  • Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris  Find it
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson  Find it
  • The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by  Daniel J. Levitin  Find it
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely  Find it
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain  Find it
  • Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age by Modris Eksteins  Find it
  • The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein  Find it
  • The Short, Happy Walks of Max MacPherson by Harry Bruce; illustrated by George Meadows  Find it
  • The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan  Find it
  • Time Now for the Vinyl Café Story Exchange by Stuart McLean  Find it
  • Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich  Find it
  • The Wealthy Barber Returns by David Chilton  Find it
  • Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling   Find it
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed  Find it
  • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde  Find it

 

Staff Picks: Graphic Novels

  • Blankets by Craig Thompson  Find it
  • Boxers by Gene Luen Yang  Find it
  • bpNichol Comics edited by Carl Peters  Find it
  • The Frank Book by Jim Woodring  Find it
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel  Find it
  • Hark!: A Vagrant by Kate Beaton  Find it
  • In-Between Days by Teva Harrison  Find it
  • Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney Find it
  • Paper Girls, Volumes 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan  Find it
  • Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan  Find it
  • Saints by Gene Luen Yang  Find it
  • The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman  Find it
  • Spinning by Tillie Walden  Find it
  • Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton  Find it
  • Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero by Michael DeForge  Find it
  • The Ticking by Renee French  Find it
  • Trillium by Jeff Lemire  Find it
  • Weathercraft by Jim Woodring   Find it
  • A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle; adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson  Find it

Staff Picks: Poetry

  • Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera by Anne Carson  Find it
  • The Essential Richard Outram by Richard Outram; selected by Amanda Jernigen.  Find it
  • If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho by Anne Carson  Find it
  • Kaleidoscope: Selected Poems by P.K. Page  Find it

Staff Picks: Plays

  • The Admirable Crichton: A Comedy by J. M. Barrie  Find it
  • As You Like It by William Shakespeare  Find it
  • Faust by Goethe  Find it
  • Four Major Plays by Henrik Ibsen  Find it