Mike’s Booknotes


At the Library for July 18th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/07/17

Two new books this week help readers try and understand the past. In ‘Built on Bones’ archaeologist Brenna Hassett looks at our fifteen thousand-year development from simple dwellings to our current mega-cities. Similar in tone is Beebe Bahrami’s ‘Café Neandertal’—a look at the current archaeological puzzle of just who the Neanderthals were, and what their


At the Library for July 11th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/07/10

After discovering their reservation was sitting on one of the largest oil deposits in the United States, the Osage Indian Nation became the richest people per capita on the planet in the early 1920. Then they started to disappear one by one. David Grann’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ examines this incredible true story—one of


At the Library for July 4th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/07/03

      While one won’t find Narnia, Oz, or Hogwarts, you will find real places that are not recognized by the UN in Nick Middleton’s ‘An Atlas of Countries That Don’t Exist.’   A purple octopus and an abominable snowman help their penguin leader try to take over the entire planet in Laura Ellen


At the Library for June 27th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/06/26

      When Pakistan gained its independence in 1947, one its aims was to protect the country’s religious minorities. Yet almost immediately, political and religious leaders declared it an Islamic country.  In ‘Purifying the Land of the Pure’ author Farahnaz Ispahani examines how his country’s politics have regrettably sanctioned religious intolerance. Ten-year old Lemonade


At the Library for June 20th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/06/23

      ‘Foodswings’ is the brand new cookbook from Jessica Seinfeld, taking into account that sometimes we eat sparingly, and other times we indulge.   Finding herself actually dead in the Mall of America, a sixteen-year-old girl teams up with other dead teens to stop a killer from striking again in Judy Sheehan’s ‘I


At the Library for June 13th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/06/12

      In ‘White Setter Reserve’ historian Ryan Eyeford looks at a reserve on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, created by the government in 1875. Instead of First Nations, this reserve was created for Icelandic immigrants, who would only experience hardship and death.   While serving in the First World War, Canadian R.H. Rabjohn


At the Library for June 6th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/06/05

      ‘Pieces of Me: Memoirs of a Past Life Tourist’ is written by Cranbrook’s very own Brenda Babinski. Known for her extensive theatre work, Brenda is also a renowned spiritual seeker, angel intuitive, past life regressionist and a Reiki master teacher. Her memoir is a fascinating look at her life and what she


At the Library for May 30th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/05/29

      Lonely Planet (grrrrrr) shows one how to travel on the very cheap with ‘Central America on a Shoestring’ and ‘Southeast Asia on a Shoestring.’   Four friends become lost while canoeing down an overflowing creek in ‘Up the Creek.’ This young reader’s novel is written by Kimberley’s own Kevin Miller.   StoryTime


At the Library for May 23rd, 2017

Last Updated 2017/05/26

        All kinds of brand new and up-to-date travel books are here this week; covering all points of the globe as well as right here at home.   Viktor Frankl’s ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’—“one of the ten most important books of all time”—is now available in young adult edition.   StoryTime and


At the Library for May 16th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/05/15

      ‘Option B’ is Sheryl Sandberg’s (CEO Faceboo, Google) experience of building a resilient outlook on life after the sudden death of her husband.   ‘Why Do Families Change?’ explains to younger readers the difficulties they may face during separation and / or divorce, and answers questions they may have about their place