Mike’s Booknotes


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


At the Library for April 12, 2016

Last Updated 2016/04/11

‘Boys in Trees’ is the remarkable life story of musician Carly Simon—the first performer to win simultaneous Grammy, Academy, and Gold Globe awards. Less known about Simon is her literary background—she is the daughter of the founder of Simon & Schuster Publishing House. Alexandria Horowitz gives younger readers a dog’s eye view of how canines


At the Library for April 5th, 2016

Last Updated 2016/04/04

‘Leave it to Beavers’ is a new documentary film which advances the theory that beavers may indeed be the key to reversing the effects of global warming. For younger readers there is Nikki Tate’s ‘Deep Roots,’ which explains the vital role trees play in sustaining life on our planet. Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday


At the Library for March 22, 2016

Last Updated 2016/03/21

An abandon safe deposit box full of faded photographs, old letters, priceless jewelry and no apparent owner or heir makes up the latest Danielle Steel novel—‘Property of a Noblewoman.’ In ‘Clean Sweep,’ Monica Kulling explains to younger readers how Frank Zamboni, tired of manually shaving down ice rink ice by hand, spent nine years trying


At the Library for March 15th, 2016

Last Updated 2016/03/14

“The Ktunaxa language has no world for extinct. Let’s keep it that way.” These phrase read on poster sparked Christopher Horsethief to spend his academic career researching whether this phrase was true or not. His book, ‘Emergent Complex Behavior in Social Networks’ is an exhaustive look at the emergence, resilience, and collective intelligence in the