#TBT: 1945

Popular books published in 1945

The Black Stallion Returns / Walter Farley

After the Black is claimed by its rightful owner, a great desert chieftain from across the sea, Alec crosses the desert amid many dangers in search of the stallion. (J PBK FARLEY)


Ross Poldark: A novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787 / Winston Graham

Tired from a war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and his family. But the joyful homecoming he has anticipated turns sour, for his father is dead. But his sympathy for the destitute farmers of the district leads him to rescue an urchin girl and take her home – an act which alters the whole course of his life. (FIC GRAHAM)

The Clue in the Crumbling Wall / Carolyn Keene

While trying to locate a missing dancer who is about to gain a large inheritance, Nancy Drew finds a clue leading to the solution of yet another mystery. (J FIC KEENE BK.22)


Strawberry Girl / Lois Lenski

In 1945, in Florida, ten-year-old Birdie Boyer and her family struggle to make their new farm prosper despite heat, droughts, cold snaps, and rowdy neighbors. (J FIC LENSKI)


The Great Divorce: A Dream / C.S. Lewis

In The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis’s classic vision of the Afterworld, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly English afternoon and embarks on an incredible voyage through Heaven and Hell. He meets a host of supernatural beings far removed from his expectations, and comes to some significant realizations about the nature of good and evil. (237 LEW)

Pippi Longstocking / Astrid Lindgren

Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey–but without any parents–at the edge of a Swedish village. (J FIC LINDGREN)


Cannery Row / John Steinbeck

Vividly depicts the colorful, sometimes disreputable, inhabitants of a run-down area in Monterey, California. (FIC STEINBECK)


Brideshead Revisited / Evelyn Waugh

Set in 1920’s England, the story examines the wealthy Flyte family through the eyes of Sebastian Flyte’s less wealthy school friend Charles Ryder, who is eventually tempted into an extramarital affair with Sebastian’s sister, Lady Julia. The novel is a story of faith and disillusionment in a glamorous upper-class world. (FIC WAUGH)

Stuart Little / E.B. White

The adventures of the debonair mouse Stuart Little as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird that stayed for a few days in his family’s garden. (J FIC WHITE)


Black Boy: (American hunger): A Record of Childhood and Youth / Richard Wright

Traces the author’s coming of age in the Jim Crow-era South, a period during which he struggled to survive while journeying from innocence to adulthood. (921 WRIGHT)



Did You Know? The NFL Champions in 1945 were the Cleveland Rams. Maybe this is foreshadowing for the big game this weekend!

Red Notice by Bill Browder

Reviewed by Holly (Library Staff)

This book provides the reader with a first hand account of the current state of world affairs as seen by someone who lived on the world stage. Bill Browder was a world investor, who evolved into an activist. The book conveys the story of his life to date. Parts of his family history were interesting. Parts of his business career were not (unless you’re into financial stuff). But I would urge you to stay with this book…..the second half gets interesting and reveals a world stage few of us will ever experience. The story Mr. Browder tells, reveals the current state of affairs in Putin’s Russia. The reader becomes aware of the inner financial set up that exists in Russia. Unless you are a political news junkie, this book will provide the reader with a new pair of glasses to see the current events that involve Russia through. The book describes how Putin has instituted a framework involving oligarchs and a money scheme that supports its inner workings. The nature of Russia as a democratically elected government is totally inaccurate and the country is literally corrupt from the inside out. Beside being built on financial gains the system that exists promotes thuggery. The thuggish nature of Putin and the government he promotes should concern us all. Recent stories throughout the world tell us thuggish acts are happening outside of Russia and yet they are connected to Russia. Because of his involvement in the Russian financial system, Mr. Browder was touched by the thuggish nature of the Russian government. The book tells how he took steps to guard himself from danger while uncovering and educating others about Russia. Most of Mr. Browder’s associates also took precautions. Unfortunately, Sergei Magnitsky was a victim in this story. His story is important and deserves to be told (and read). Sergei believed in the paper ideals of Russia and what his country could/should be. Because of the intertwining of their lives Bill Browder became an outspoken activist on bringing sanctions to Russia. The sanctions that exist bear Sergei’s name and hurt the corrupt nature of the Russian oligarchy framework. They are necessary to the future of a peaceful world. While I appreciate the mainstream news outlets carrying stories of the Russian government this book gives the reader a back story that is interesting, informative, and necessary. A definite must read!!

Available through the Bridges Library System

Films in Focus: Movies about the Current Weather

Movies about the Current Weather: Since it is going to be so so cold this week, and we have gotten a lot of snow the past few weeks, I figured I would choose movies for this week that have the words “snow”, “ice” or “winter” in the titles. Buckle down and watch a movie to escape the outside!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier. (DVD CAPTAIN AMERICA 2)


Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

When Scrat’s acorn sends an asteroid to Earth, the Herd must find a way to stop the asteroid from hitting Earth with the help of a returning friend. (DVD ICE AGE)


Snow Day (2000)

When a school in upstate New York is snowed in, a group of students hi-jack a plow to keep the school closed. (DVD SNOW)


Snow Dogs (2002)

When a Miami dentist inherits a team of sled dogs, he’s got to learn the trade or lose his pack to a crusty mountain man. (DVD SNOW)


Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)

A Japanese-American fisherman is accused of killing his neighbor at sea. In the 1950s, race figures into the trial. So does reporter Ishmael. (DVD SNOW)


Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. (DVD SNOW WHITE)


Snowpiercer (2013)

Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges. (DVD SNOWPIERCER)


Winter in Wartime (Oorlogswinter) (2008)

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, a teenage boy gets involved in the Dutch Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded RAF pilot. (DVD WINTER)


Winter’s Bone (2010)

An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. (DVD WINTER’S BONE)


Winter’s Tale (2014)

A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her. (DVD (WINTER’S)

Dead Loudmouth by Victoria Houston

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

This is another book in the Wisconsin north woods series by Rhinelander native, Victoria Houston.
Doc Osborne, a retired dentist and forensic pathologist, is helping out the Loon Lake Chief of Police with a local, bizarre murder investigation. Adding to the mix is the disappearance of Doc’s young granddaughter who went off alone musky fishing.

Houston started this fly fishing infused series with Dead Angler in 2000. If you are not a Houston fan yet, I recommend starting with this one.

One of the reasons I enjoy these books is that I am from the north woods and Houston refers to many real places. The female Chief of Police has an antagonistic relationship with the State Crime Lab investigators in Wausau. I get a kick out of that, since for many years I lived two miles away from the actual lab!

Available through the Bridges Library System

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

The sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible series follows Ethan Hunt and his team as they try to track down missing plutonium in order to stop a rogue faction from setting off dirty bombs. Along the way they are teamed up with a CIA agent (Henry Cavill) who monitors the team, since the team lost the plutonium in the first place. The entire team travels the world to stop the bombers and save the world. Surprising characters pop up in unexpected places which puts more pressure on Ethan and the IMF team to stop the danger. With each car chase and fight the team gets closer to their goal, but also starts to discover that they might have a traitor in their midst.

This was the perfect action movie to watch on a cold winter night. I enjoyed the plot and all the action, but it might have been slightly too long. At over 2.5 hours, I felt they could have cut some of the fight scenes slightly shorter. But I enjoyed the movie and it kept me mostly entertained. While Tom Cruise is the star of the show, I found myself rooting for the supporting characters Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), and these characters did not disappoint.

Located in DVDs (DVD MISSION)

#TBT: 2001

Popular books published in 2001

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants / Ann Brashares

Four best girlfriends spend the biggest summer of their lives enchanted by a magical pair of pants. (TEEN FIC BRASHARES)


Year of Wonders / Geraldine Brooks

In 1666, a tainted bolt of cloth from London carries bubonic infection to this isolated settlement of shepherds and lead miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to seal themselves off in a deadly quarantine to prevent the spread of disease. The story is told through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Anna Frith, the vicar’s maid, as she confronts the loss of her family, the disintegration of her community, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit love. (FIC BROOKS)

Summer Island / Kristin Hannah

Nora Bridge is a woman who walked out on her marriage and left her two daughters behind. Now she’s a radio talk show host and syndicated newspaper columnist. Her daughter Ruby is a comedienne who uses her mother as fuel for her humor. The two haven’t spoken in more than a decade. The tabloids unearth a scandal from Nora’s past and offer Ruby a fortune to write a tell-all about her mother. But first Ruby needs to know her well enough to write the story. (FIC HANNAH)

Dead Until Dark / Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, but she keeps to herself and doesn’t date much because of her “disability” to read minds. When she meets Bill, Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s the type of guy she’s waited for all of her life, but he has a disability, too–he’s a vampire with a bad reputation. When one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next. (FIC HARRIS)

Point Blank / Anthony Horowitz

Fourteen-year-old Alex continues to work as a spy for the British MI6, investigating an exclusive school for boys in the French Alps. (J FIC HOROWITZ; TEEN FIC HOROWITZ; J PBK HOROWITZ)


The Secret Life of Bees / Sue Monk Kidd

After her “stand-in mother,” a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters. (FIC KIDD)


Life of Pi / Yann Martel

Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper’s son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain. (FIC MARTEL)


John Adams / David McCullough

Chronicles the life of America’s second president, including his youth, his career as a Massachusetts farmer and lawyer, his marriage to Abigail, his rivalry with Thomas Jefferson, and his influence on the birth of the United States. (921 ADAMS)


Bel Canto / Ann Patchett

When terrorists seize hostages at an embassy party, an unlikely assortment of people is thrown together, including American opera star Roxanne Coss, and Mr. Hosokawa–a Japanese CEO and her biggest fan. (FIC PATCHETT)


Good in Bed / Jennifer Weiner

At first my eyes wouldn’t make sense of the letters. Finally, they unscrambled. Loving a Larger Woman, said the headline, by Bruce Guberman. Bruce Guberman had been my boyfriend for just over three years, until we’d decided to take a break three months ago. And the larger woman, I could only assume, was me. (FIC WEINER)


Did You Know? The first iPod was released on October 23, 2001. It cost $399.00.

I Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse

Reviewed by Holly (Library Patron)

This is truly one of my favorite picture books. I highly recommend it as a bedtime read aloud. The pictures are well done and evoke an impressionist style. The story is simple and can be shared with others at many different ages and stages of life. The essence of the story revolves around sibling rivalry and the relationship between a parent and their children. The author weaves a masterful glimpse of multi-leveled polarizing aspects. Warm colors vs cool colors. Older vs younger sibling……best vs second best. The Mom in the story navigates her way around the perpetual questions asked by her two children. While on a simple fishing trip, the two children ask her to declare: who collected the most worms, who rowed the best and who’s the best fisherman. Their day concludes as each child gets Mom alone and asks her to commit to her favorite (or best) child. This Mom is the best!!
She verbalizes the virtues of each child in the language of color. One boy is the red and one boy is the blue. Even though it is never stated in the book it sets up the perfect post-reading talking point …..Why is the book titled, I Love You the Purplest? I urge you to check this book out and then support good writing and purchase it!! An absolutely wonderful baby gift, especially from an Aunt or Uncle.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E JOOSSE)

Films in Focus: Gangster Movies

Gangster Movies: These are movies in our collection that focus on gangs or organized crime. They may involve large criminal organizations or small gangs.

Casino (1995)

A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite. (DVD CASINO)


Chinatown (1974)

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder. (DVD CHINATOWN)


The Departed (2006)

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (DVD DEPARTED)


The French Connection (1971)

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. (DVD FRENCH)


The Godfather (1972)

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (DVD GODFATHER)


Goodfellas (1990)

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate. (DVD GOODFELLAS)


Pulp Fiction (1994)

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (DVD PULP)


Reservoir Dogs (1992)

When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (DVD RESERVOIR)


Road to Perdition (2002)

A mob enforcer’s son witnesses a murder, forcing him and his father to take to the road, and his father down a path of redemption and revenge. (DVD ROAD)


Scarface (1983)

In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (DVD SCARFACE)

Holy Ghost by John Sanford

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

After a vision of the Virgin Mary appears in a small southeastern Minnesota church, the town is booming with pilgrims – until a sniper shoots two of them. Virgil is sent in from the State Crime Bureau to solve the case.

The town has many quirky residents so Virgil, and this reader, struggled to figure it out until the very end. This is another fun read in the Virgil Flowers series. I highly recommend it.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC SANDFORD)


The Greatest Showman-Reimagined

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

I loved the original The Greatest Showman soundtrack, so I was skeptical when I heard they were doing a reimagined version with different artists for each song. I am happy to say that I was not disappointed at all. While the songs might sound different, there is still magic and wonder throughout all of them. Some of my favorites were “The Greatest Show” by Panic! At The Disco, “Rewrite the Stars” by James Arthur & Anne-Marie, and “From Now On” by Zac Brown Band. But really every song is catchy and fabulous. I’ve already listened to the entire soundtrack 3 times!

Available through the Bridges Library System