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Reading Reduces Stress

"Reading was proved:

• 68% better at reducing stress levels than listening to music;
• 100% more effective than drinking a cup of tea;
• 300% better than going for a walk and
• 700% more than playing video games.
• Reading for as little as 6 minutes is sufficient to reduce stress levels by 60%, slowing heart beat, easing muscle tension and altering the state of mind."

— Dr. David Lewis 'Galaxy Stress Research,' Mindlab International, Sussex University (2009)


Breath, Eyes, Memory

Soho PressInc | February 24, 2015 | 272 pages
Professor:  Prof. Pius Adesanmi
Course Codes:  ENGL 3904
Semester:  Fall-2015
The 20th anniversary edition of Edwidge Danticat's groundbreaking debut, now an established classic--revised and with a new introduction by the author, and including extensive bonus materials At the age of twelve, Sophie Caco is sent from her impoverished Haitian village to New York to be reunited... More Info

The Intuitive Parent

Current | July 7, 2015 | 320 pages
A leading child psychiatrist shows why it’s best for parents to put down the flashcards and follow their instincts. Parents are constantly exposed to dubious claims and fads that create needless anxiety and stress, from the vaccine-autism scare to worthless products such as “Baby Einstein”... More Info

Contemporary Mexican Politics

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers | January 10, 2015 | 360 pages
Professor:  Prof. Laura Macdonald
Course Codes:  PSCI 3505A
Semester:  Fall-2015
Now in a thoroughly updated edition, this comprehensive and engaging text explores contemporary Mexico s political development and examines the most important policy issues facing Mexico in the twenty-first century. The first half of the book traces Mexican political development after the 1910... More Info


New Canadian Library | January 1, 2008 | 504 pages
Hoda, the protagonist of Crackpot, is one of the most captivating characters in Canadian fiction. Graduating from a tumultuous childhood to a life of prostitution, she becomes a legend in her neighbourhood, a canny and ingenious woman, generous, intuitive, and exuding a wholesome lust for life.... More Info

Late Night on Air

Emblem Editions | August 30, 2015 | 363 pages
Professor:  Prof. Rosemarie Hoey
Course Codes:  ENGL 4806A
Semester:  Fall-2015
In 1975 Yellowknife, four employees of a small radio station embark on a canoe trip that takes them into the Arctic wilderness, following the 1927 route taken by ill-fated Englishman John Hornby, and find their relationships shifting.  More Info

Maltese Falcon

Vintage | August 30, 1989 | 217 pages
Professor:  Prof. Priscilla Walton
Course Codes:  ENGL 1100A
Semester:  Fall-2015
A murder involves Sam Spade in a dangerous search for a valuable statue  More Info

The End of Tsarist Russia

Viking Adult | August 18, 2015 | 448 pages
One of the world’s leading scholars offers a fresh interpretation of the linked origins of World War I and the Russian Revolution World War I and the Russian Revolution together shaped the twentieth century in profound ways. In The End of Tsarist Russia, acclaimed scholar Dominic Lieven connects... More Info

Indie Next Pick

With illustrations by award-winning comic artist Joe Sacco, Chris Hedges portrays a suffering nation on...

Staff Pick

Draws on several years of research and reportage in a comprehensive analysis of counter-radicalization...


2015 16 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

What Kind of Citizen? Educating Our Children for the Common Good Book Launch with Joel Westheimer

How can schools teach the skills required for a strong democracy to flourish? What Kind of Citizen? asks readers to imagine the kind of society they would like to live in - and then shows the ways in which schools can be used to make that vision a reality.

2015 17 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Canada in Africa: 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation, Author Yves Engler In Conversation with Kristen Shane, Associate Editor of Embassy - Canada's Foreign Policy Newsweekly

Yves Engler continues his groundbreaking analyses of past and present Canadian foreign policy.

2015 23 Sep
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future.

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