Mike’s Booknotes


At the Library for August 9th, 2016

Last Updated 2016/08/08

Ron Brown explores the history and heritage of false starts and successes of railroads as they attempted to make it over and through the western mountains of Canada in ‘Rails Over the Mountain.’ 19 years after ‘Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows,’ Harry and his youngest son are battling a family legacy neither of them


At the Library for August 2nd, 2016

Last Updated 2016/07/31

70 years after the end of World War II, the era of Nazi hunting is finally coming to an end. Andrew Nagorski’s ‘The Nazi Hunters’ tells the full saga of how a small band of men and women relentlessly tracked down war criminals all over the world. 11-year old Kristen Kelly demonstrates how to do


At the Library for July 26th, 2016

Last Updated 2016/07/25

Matti Friedman’s ‘Pumpkin Flowers’ is the harrowing story of a small unnamed war in Lebanon, which is now seen as the birth of today’s chaotic Middle East. Jane Sutcliffe’s ‘Will’s Words’ is a brightly illustrated tour of Shakespeare’s love of words, his creation of new words, and how he changed the English language forever. Storytime


At the Library for July 19th, 2016

Last Updated 2016/07/18

‘Mountain Girl’ is a harrowing psychological thriller which will keep readers guessing until the final page– written by the East Kootenay’s very own Shelby Cain. Mark Waid updates Archie and Jughead for a new generation in his graphic novel ‘Archie: The New Riverdale.’ Storytime is on hiatus until September, but the Summer Reading Club is


At the Library for July 12th, 2016

Last Updated 2016/07/11

Lots of great summer reading this week with new books by Danielle steel, James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, Stuart Woods and Nora Roberts. John Kloepfer has two new entries into his Zombie Chaser series, with the hilarious ‘Zombies of the Caribbean’ and ‘World Zombination.’ Storytime is on hiatus until September, but the Summer Reading Club is


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