Mike’s Booknotes


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


At the Library for May 9th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/05/08

    ‘They Desire a Better Country’ examines the lives and contributions of fifty different winners of the Order of Canada.   Scott Pearson explains to younger readers how invasive species are introduced and the damage they can spread in ‘Zebra Mussels.’    Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at 11:00 am, 1:15 pm, &


At the Library for May 2nd, 2017

Last Updated 2017/05/01

      In ‘The Compassionate Achiever’ author Christopher L. Kukk explains that true success is only possible through the helping of others.   ‘Nuts to You’ is a novel for younger readers, about two squirrels who go to extraordinary lengths to save a friend who was snatched away by a hawk.   Preschool Story


At the Library for April 25th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/04/24

      Robert Bhatia chronicles his mother’s life from poverty to best-selling author in ‘Passage Across the Mersey.’   When their spring break vacation is cancelled, a brother and sister use their imagination to travel to faraway places in the children’s book ‘Harry & Clare’s Amazing Staycation.’   Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday


At the Library for April 18, 2017

Last Updated 2017/04/21

      ‘Stewart in My Rear: More Irish Trouble in Norther Canada’ continues the chronically ill-fated yet hilarious adventures of Martin Maguire. This is the 6th book in the series, with more sure to come. Written by Cranbrook’s Brendan Gillen, this book has some serious moments, but is still very, very funny. ‘Stewart in


At the Library for April 11th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/04/10

      ‘Darling, I’m going to Charlie’ were the last words Maryse Wolinski heard her husband say before he was killed in the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack. This memoir looks back at their 47-year marriage and her feelings about French security.   Standing amidst the devastation of the First World War, soldier Leslie Miller