Mike’s Booknotes


At the Library for June 21, 2016

Last Updated 2016/06/20

ADULT NEWLY AQUIRED ITEMS: In ‘Lawrence in Arabia,’ Scott Anderson chronicles how a small group of men coordinated a top secret effort to gain control of the Middle East during the Arab Revolt of the First World War. Danielle Page’s ‘The Wicked Will Rise’ is her latest entry into her ‘Dorothy Must Die’ series—which is


At the Library for June 14th, 2016

Last Updated 2016/06/13

In ‘A Mind of Your Own,’ physician Kelly Brogan discusses specific types of depression that affect women, as well as alternatives to medication. John Grisham’s middle school “lawyer” Theodore Boone investigates a testing sore scandal in his latest adventure—‘Theodore Boone: The Scandal.’ Storytime is on hiatus until September, which means the Summer Reading Club is


At the Library for June 7th, 2016

Last Updated 2016/06/06

Hunter S. Thompson, the hard-drinking, drug-taking, Harley- riding, and gun-wielding journalist of all things gonzo, fathered only one child in his life—a mild-mannered computer nerd who was horrible at sports and liked to play Dungeons and Dragons. In ‘Stories I Tell Myself,’ Juan Thompson describes his life growing in the long shadow of a man


At the Library for June 1st, 2016

Last Updated 2016/05/30

There are no new arrivals this week (because of last week’s holiday), but there is still plenty of action down here at the Library. Storytime is on hiatus until September, which means the Summer Reading Club is right around the corner. The 2016 Summer Reading Club theme is Book a Trip! Summer Reading Club is


At the Library for May 24th, 2016

Last Updated 2016/05/22

Shirin Ebadi—the first Muslim woman ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize—recalls a litany of civil abuses she had suffered from the Iranian government in her latest memoir ‘Until We Are Free.’ Is it OK to lie to protect a friend? This and other complex questions about human behavior are examined in a lively and


At the Library for May 17th, 2016

Last Updated 2016/05/16

Anne Garrels describes the social and political aftershocks of the USSR’s collapse in her latest book ‘Putin Country.’ Two modern-day children get trapped in a battle between Norse gods in ‘Secrets of Valhalla’ by Jasmine Richards. Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at 11:00 am, 1:15 pm, & 6:30 pm, and Toddler Story Time is


At the Library for May 10th, 2016

Last Updated 2016/05/09

Moonshine earned its name by being produced at night, with only the shine of the moon to help would-be-distillers hide from law enforcement during prohibition. Today, home brewing is rapidly growing cottage industry. Steve Coomes ‘The Home Distiller’s Guide to Spirits’ is an ideal introduction for beginners, including easy-to-follow advice and directions on bottling, canning,


At the Library for May 3rd, 2016

Last Updated 2016/05/02

Blair Farish’s ‘The Clockwatcher’ is out in a brand new revised and illustrated edition. Farish—who barely survived the crash of a search and rescue plane near St. Mary’s Lake in 1983—wrote about his long and unimaginably painful recovery in the book’s first edition published in 1985. He has now updated his story with eight new


At the Library for April 26, 2016

Last Updated 2016/04/25

Ian Graham profiles some of history’s greatest courtesans in his latest book ‘Scarlet Women.’ Bad Kitty’s family must drag their clawing and angry pet to see a doctor in Nick Bruel’s hilarious ‘Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet.’ Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at 11:00 am, 1:15 pm, & 6:30 pm, and Toddler Story


At the Library for April 19th, 2016

Last Updated 2016/04/18

‘121 First Dates’ is Wendy Newman’s guide to navigating the online dating world with grace and humor. And yes, Newman actually went on 121 first dates with suitors she met online. Three new titles by Erin Hunter this week, including ‘Moth Flight’s Vision’, ‘A Pack Divided,’ and ‘The Apprentice’s Quest’ Preschool Story Time is this