Firestorm at Peshtigo by Denise Gess & William Lutz

Reviewed by Pat P (Library Patron)

If you have never read a book about the great Peshtigo fire, you must read this book. If you have read other books on the great Peshtigo fire, you must read this book! I have read other works on this great, devastating fire and find Gess & Lutz’s additional information on the weather, land clearing practices, politics, and the accounts of a ship captain, the governor and his wife, and the wisdom of Increase Lapham and others, give intriguing facts into the development of this horrific fire – it was a perfect storm, literally. The tornado force wind and fire sent fireballs into this town that lifted houses and threw them a hundred feet, destroying the town in less than one hour and killing 2,000. A vivid, compelling account of the October 8, 1871 Wisconsin night.

Located in Nonfiction (977.533 GES)

Old World Murder by Kathleen Ernst

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Reviewed by Pat P (Library Patron)

Imagine, this book is actually set in Old World Wisconsin! In fact it is the first in the “Chloe Ellefson Mystery” series, all set in that wonderful outdoor living history museum in Eagle, WI. Kathleen Ernst worked there for 12 years as interpreter in most all exhibits and mainly as the Curator of Interpretation. In reading Old World Murder the local roads, restaurants, and communities spring up often, giving a realistic edge to this mystery. I loved the read, and am on to the second book in the series!

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC ERNST)

Before I Forget by B. Smith and Dan Gasby


Reviewed by Pat Plamann (Library Staff)

B. Smith, beautiful model, chef, restaurant owner, cookbook author, and more, is married to Dan, her manager; they are two successful, intelligent and talented people. Dan notices B arriving late for meetings, sometimes missing a meeting altogether. Shortly a diagnosis of early Alzheimer’s is made. Dan and B write this book together, giving both views of what is happening with complete honesty. Their love helped them cope. Dan folded enlightening statistics and information into the story being told in the book including the stages of Alzheimer’s, and the world of science, and its critical need for more study participants. I found his information and link to the Brain Health Registry especially helpful.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (616.831 SMI)

Fire at Peshtigo by Robert W. Wells


Reviewed by Pat Plamann (Library Staff)

Amazing book! I had known about the Peshtigo fire, I even had a neighbor who grew up in Peshtigo 50 years after the fire, and was surrounded by the history, which he shared with me. Upon picking up this book, I found I still knew little about this ferocious fire. Wells speaks of the causes and effects of the fire, as well as the lives of the people who lived and worked in what was a frontier at that time He includes a page that maps out the over one million acres burned, a very shocking graphic. He reports astounding personal stories of families who were homesteaders, business owners and lumberjacks, some living through the fire, others not.

Fire at Peshtigo is not a new book with a copyright of 1968, but you will find you cannot put it down. A Wisconsin history must read.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (977.53 WEL)

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore


Reviewed by Pat Plamann (Library Staff)

I have to admit, I always liked Barrymore so I was drawn to this autobiography. I enjoyed this book! She tells about her life in a very open and honest way, even including parts of her life she wished she would have lived differently. Though she didn’t choose it, she lived a very independent life from a young girl on, and it’s fascinating to see how she used the disadvantages to become the person she is today.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (792.092 BAR)

The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye


Reviewed by Pat P (Library Staff)

I started this book not knowing entirely if I would like the 1890’s Minnesota lumber camp setting. As the setting moved to the 1920’s and back again, and the characters were developed, I couldn’t put the book down. Odd is introduced as he is born to Thea, a young Norwegian who immigrated to Minnesota to live with her aunt and uncle, only to find that situation was no longer available to her. Thea finds shelter and work thanks to a local merchant, Hosea. As the book progresses in both time frames, the impact of Hosea’s influence on Thea, and in time on Odd, is far-reaching. Geye’s characters in this book are built to face the troubles they encounter head on and cluster together to fight against them. The last chapter pulls the events together and puts a worthy end to the book.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC GEYE

The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse


Reviewed by Pat P (Library Staff)

Do you know about the history of Cathar? Do you know what it is? I didn’t even know I was learning about it in this absorbing story; mystery, really. I liked this book. I was drawn in by the story of a man greatly saddened by the loss of his brother in WW I, and what truly happened to him. The story soon turns to another person also mourning a loss from a different conflict at a very different time. Mosse painted the scenes with her words in a beautiful way, allowing the reader to see this story clearly.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC MOSSE)

Home by Nightfall by Charles Finch


Reviewed by Pat (Library Staff)

Home by Nightfall, I realized, is part of a series, however it stands alone as a great mystery. Set in 1876 England, Markethouse village and London, a murder in the small village and a disappearance from London involves the main character, Lenox. I loved the mental picture Finch paints of this small village and its inhabitants. The twist to the mystery is clever; it’s the kind of book you can’t wait to get back to continue reading.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC FINCH)



Reviewed by Pat (Library Staff)

Delafield Library has a card game that has been a great fun to play with my grandchildren. I had never heard of it before but checked it out to give it a try. Ruckus became the favorite. My grandsons are 5 & 7 and love playing it. Collecting card sets is the aim of the game and involves matching, counting, keeping score and paying close attention. The rounds go quickly and the games are short. Note: I looked into purchasing a deck of the Original Ruckus card game, and for $20, it’s great to check out from the library for free!

Located in Games (GAME RUCKUS)

The Cobbler (2014)


Reviewed by Pat (Library Staff)

Whether you are a fan of Adam Sandler or not, you won’t be sorry you gave The Cobbler a try. This story is set in New York in a small shoe repair shop that Max (Sandler) inherited from his father, who was a cobbler as was his father before that. Not to spoil it, I’ll just say a very surprising key event occurs, that gives this movie an unexpected spin. Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman add their special talents to this very fun tale.

Located in Adult DVD (DVD COBBLER)