Mike’s Booknotes


At the Library for August 22, 2017

Last Updated 2017/08/21

A woman falls for a man with deadly secrets in Deb Caletti’s new thriller ‘What’s Become of Her.’ Geronimo Stilton must rescue the Queen of the Fairies from an evil wizard in his latest adventure ‘The Wizard’s Wand.’ The Summer Reading Club is over, with the closing ceremonies being held this week. We had a


At the Library for August 15th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/08/14

Three new thrillers this week—all about bookstores for some reason: Patti Callahan Henry’s ‘The Bookshop at Water’s End,’ Mathew Sullivan’s ‘Midnight at the Bright Idea’s Bookstore,’ and John Grisham’s ‘Camino Island.’ This is the final week of the Summer Reading Club! The second candy guess of the summer will end on August 19th and the


At the Library for August 8th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/08/06

After being sent to the trenches during the First World War, J. R. R. Tolkien wrote that “junior officers were being killed off, a dozen a minute. Parting from my wife then … it was like a death.” His response to the horrors of war was to write a long narrative poem about a regular


At the Library for August 1st, 2017

Last Updated 2017/07/31

Lots of new mysteries this week from some of the most popular writers, including ones by Michael Connelly, Kathy Reichs, Kate Ellis, Lisa Jackson, Iris Johansen, and Alexander McCall Smith. In ‘Terminator Pig’ Gary Jeffrey uses the graphic novel format to describe the Daeodon—a large and carnivorous prehistoric animal which resembles the modern-day pig. Registration


At the Library for July 25th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/07/24

‘Out Standing in the Field’ is Sandra Perron’s memoir about being Canada’s first female infantry officer, and her service in Bosnia and Croatia. Joel A. Sutherland returns with ‘Haunted Canada 7’—a look at the spookiest places across the country. Registration for the Summer Reading Club is ongoing all summer–kids can register then and receive their


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