Mike’s Booknotes

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

At the Library for April 4th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/04/03

      In ‘No Barriers’ author Erick Weihenmayer takes a break from climbing Mt. Everest so he can solo kayak the Colorado River, which boasts some of the most dangerous rapids on the planet. Difficult enough for us mortals, Weihenmayer is also completely blind.   Part of her Exploring Countries, Emily Rose Oaches takes

At the Library for March 28th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/03/27

      Ann Brocklehurst’s ‘Dark Ambition’ explores just what made Dellen Millard—a young Canadian aviation heir—go on an Ontario murder spree.   A new edition of ‘Tarzan of the Apes’ will still captivate readers with the story of a baby who is raised by African apes after the death of his shipwrecked parents.  

At the Library for March 21st, 2017

Last Updated 2017/03/20

      Charles Campisi’s ‘Blue on Blue’ reveals how the New York City Police Internal Affairs stopped corrupt and law-breaking members of its own police department.   ‘Mission to Pluto’ charts the spacecraft New Horizon—only the size of a piano–as it explores the space entity Pluto and the Kuiper ice belt.   Preschool Story

At the Library for March 14th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/03/13

      Fiction writer Neil Gaiman explores the origins and legacy of the Northern myths that he frequently used in his novels in ‘Norse Mythology.’   The brave pioneers of sports, technology, and human rights are features in Crispen Boyer’s ‘The Book of Heroes.’   Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at 11:00 am,

At the Library for March 7th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/03/06

      ‘Mrs. Sherlock Holmes’ is the amazing true story of a female travelling detective who solved numerous cases no one else wanted, during a time (early 1900s) this profession was no open to women.   ‘Star Wars Rogue One: Ultimate Visual Guide’ is a large and brightly illustrated to all the characters, planets,

At the Library for February 28th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/02/27

      Novelist Douglas Preston writes the true story of how a group of scientists recently discovered the untouched ruins of a vanished culture in ‘The Lost City of the Monkey God.’   Erin Hunter fans will be delighted with her latest novel ‘Hawkwing’s Journey’—released in a super edition which includes a host of

At the Library for Feburary 21, 2017

Last Updated 2017/02/19

      In ‘Drawn by Their Smiles,’ Cranbrook’s Kimiko Toyota chronicles all of her accomplishments, setbacks, tears, and joys as she tries (and is ultimately successful) in establishing His Hope Uganda—a non government children’s ministry in Uganda.   Fans of James Dashner’s ‘Maze Runner’ books should enjoy ‘The Fever Code’—a prequel to the entire

At the Library for Janurary 24th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/01/23

      ‘Imagine this Valley’ is Stephen Legault’s collection of essays celebrating the landscape, culture, community and natural history of Alberta’s Bow Valley.   Part of her ‘Just Enough’ series, Jillian Roberts’ ‘What Happens When a Loved One Dies’ helps both adults and children talk about this difficult subject with each other.   Preschool

At the Library for January 17th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/01/16

      Celebrating ten years of columns he wrote for the Okanagan Sunday, ‘I Held My Breath for a Year’ is a collection of Stan Chung’s favourite work that resonated the most with his readers.   Greg Heffley thinks he has a plan to stop playing video games, celebrate Halloween, and make a home