Suggested Listening December 3, 2021

Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!

Suggested Listening postings are published on Fridays; and our next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, December 10, 2021.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

The Age of Miracles (Live) by Mary Chapin Carpenter

From The Album: One Night Lonely (2021)

Do Re Mi by Colter Wall (Genre: Folk/Americana)

From The Album: Home In This World: Woody Guthrie’s Dustbowl Ballads by Various artists

Laura by David Raksin (Genre: Easy Listening, Instrumental, Film Scores)

David Raksin Conducts His Great Film Scores (1975/2021)

Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas by The Eels (Genre: Pop, Rock)

From The Album: Electro-Shock Blues Show (2002).

A Long December by Counting Crows (Genre: Pop, Rock)

From The Album: Recovering the Satellites (1996)

Peaceful Easy Feeling by The Eagles (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

From The Album: The Eagles (1972)

Rainy Day Crossroad Blues by The Doobie Brothers (Genre: Pop-Rock)

From The Album: Stampede (1975)

Bonus & Title Related!

Crossroad Blues by Robert Johnson (Genre: Delta Blues)

From The Album: King of The Delta Blues Singers (recorded in 1936 and released on this LP in 1961)

Schubert: Nacht und Träume, Op. 43 No. 2, D. 827 by Harriet Krijgh & Magda Amara (Classical, Violin)

From The Album: Silent Dreams (2021)

Sunshine State of Mind by Elyse Saunders (Genre: Country)

From The EP: Free (2021)

This Winter by Jamie Cullum with Lady Blackbird & Kansas Smitty’s (Genre: Piano, Vocal, Jazz)

From The Album: The Pianoman at Christmas (The Complete Edition) (2021)

Merry Christmas by Stan Kenton & His Orchestra (Genre: Big Band, Jazz, Holiday, Instrumental)

And from the album the song

Christmas Medley

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD, etc.

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.

The Libby App

Libby

Libby is the companion app to the Digital Catalog and may be found in the Apple & Google app.

Hoopla

A catalog of instant check out items, including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, TV shows and movies for patrons of the Southeast Steuben County Library.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading November 30, 2021

Hi everyone, here are our recommended reads for the week.

Format Note: Under each book title you’ll find a list of all the different formats that specific title is available in; including: Print Books, Large Print Books, CD Audiobooks, eBooks & Downloadable Audiobooks from the Digital Catalog (Libby app) and Hoopla eBooks & Hoopla Downloadable Audiobooks (Hoopla app).

*More information on the three catalogs is found at the end of the list of recommended reads*

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

And They Lives Happily Ever After by Therese Beharrie

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

And They Lives Happily Every After

Bestselling romance author Gaia has a secret. Her dreams shape her novels. At her longtime best friend’s party, she has a hot make-out session with his younger brother, Jacob, whom she hasn’t seen in years. Then she realizes that Jacob has now entered her dreams. Workaholic Jacob is burning himself out trying to keep his dad’s company afloat. His brother doesn’t want any part of it, and Jacob made a promise to his now deceased mother to help. He can’t believe the wild dreams he is having about Gaia. When he seeks her out, they realize they are having shared dreams. He begins to accept her unusual gift, and she helps him make needed changes in his life. Beharrie’s dreams-into-books idea is clever and the best-friend’s brother trope is especially appealing as enacted by Jacob and Gaia. Rom-com fans who like a little magic may enjoy this one, and debut romance author Beharrie is an author to watch. Booklist Review

Christmas Every Day by Beth Moran

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

Christmas Every Day

When Jenny inherits her estranged grandmother’s cottage in Sherwood Forest, she has nothing to lose – no money, no job, no friends, no family to speak of, and zero self-respect. Things can only get better…

Her grumpy, but decidedly handsome new neighbour, Mack, has a habit of bestowing unsolicited good deeds on her. And when Jenny is welcomed into a rather unusual book club, life seems to finally be getting more interesting.

Instead of reading, the members pledge to complete individual challenges before Christmas: from finding new love, learning to bake, to completing a daredevil bucket list. Jenny can’t resist joining in, and soon a year of friendship and laughter, tears and regrets unfolds in the most unexpected ways.

Warm, wise, funny and utterly uplifting, what one thing would you change in your life before Christmas comes around?

Daughter of York by Anne Easter Smith

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Daughter of York

Smith, fresh off of her triumphant debut, “A Rose for the Crown”, returns to the drama and intrigue of the York family in this stunning follow-up. Margaret of York, younger sister to Edward IV and elder sister to Richard III, is a powerful member of the York clan in her own right. Beautiful, witty, and intelligent, she quickly becomes a political pawn when Edward seizes the throne and is crowned king. Married off to Charles, Duke of Burgundy, Margaret blossoms in her role as an eloquent ruler of vast estates and immense wealth. In private, however, she struggles to survive the pain of her loveless marriage to a cold, temperamental brute and her vanquished youthful hopes of a fulfilling union with Edward’s already married brother-in-law, Anthony Woodville. Unrequited love simmers throughout this richly detailed historical romance; Smith’s vivid characters and deft handling of the passions and prejudices that so greatly influenced the events of this era in history make for a delicious read. Highly recommended for all popular fiction collections. Starred Library Journal Review

Jim The Boy by Tony Earley

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Jim The Boy

Simple, resonant sentences and a wealth of honest feeling propel this tracing of a 10-year-old boy’s coming of age in Aliceville, N.C., in the 1930s. Earley’s debut novel (after his well-received collection Here We Are in Paradise) carries us, in charmingly ungangly fashion, toward its moving, final epiphanies. Quizzical, innocent Jim Glass lives on a farm with his widowed mother and three uncles, who provide companionship for the boy and offer casual wisdom on life’s travails. Jim’s father’s sudden death at age 23 left a wake of tenderness as his legacy, so much so that Jim’s mother still feels married even after his death. However, she will never speak to her father-in-law, who has spent some time in jail and is a despicable loner with a rumored penchant for illegally distilled whiskey. The stormy background Earley provides makes Jim’s openness and na vet all the more haunting. The narrative develops as a series of loosely related, moving anecdotes: the tragic story behind Aliceville’s name, a trip with an uncle to buy a horse that becomes a lesson in the transience of corporeal life, a race up a greased pole at a carnival that casts a new light on Jim’s bonds with another boy, Jim’s best friend’s struggle with polio, Jim’s mother’s resistance to a suitor, and the introduction of electricity to Aliceville on Christmas Eve. In roundabout fashion, and in simple, often poetic prose, Earley brings his protagonist to knowledge of his identity. The dramatic and entrancing growth of this wisdom may strike some readers as overly sentimental. Nevertheless, the closure the book achieves is solid and well-earned. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

King Of The Blues by Daniel De Visé

(Available Formats: Print Book, Libby eBook, Hoopla instant checkout audiobook)

King of the Blues

The Rise and Reign of B.B. King

Riley “Blues Boy” King (1925-2015) was born into deep poverty in Jim Crow Mississippi. Wrenched away from his sharecropper father, B.B. lost his mother at age ten, leaving him more or less alone. Music became his emancipation from exhausting toil in the fields. Inspired by a local minister’s guitar and by the records of Blind Lemon Jefferson and T-Bone Walker and encouraged by his cousin, the established blues man Bukka White, B.B. taught his guitar to sing in the unique solo style that, along with his relentless work ethic and humanity, became his trademark. In turn, generations of artists claimed him as inspiration, from Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton to Carlos Santana and the Edge. King of the Blues presents the vibrant life and times of a trailblazing giant. Witness to dark prejudice and lynching in his youth, B.B. performed incessantly (some 15,000 concerts in 90 countries over nearly 60 years). Several of his concerts, including his landmark gig at Chicago’s Cook County Jail, endure in legend to this day. His career roller-coastered between adulation and relegation, but he always rose back up. At the same time, his story reveals the many ways record companies took advantage of artists, especially those of color. Daniel de Visé has interviewed almost every surviving member of B.B. King’s inner circle, and their voices and memories enrich and enliven the life of this Mississippi blues titan, whom his contemporary Bobby “Blue” Bland simply called “the man.

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audiobook, eBook, Downloadable Audiobook, Hoopla instant checkout eBook & audiobook)

Lost Apothecary

In the late eighteenth century, Nella owns an apothecary specializing in remedies for women, with a brisk side business in poisons. Her latest customer is Eliza, a servant girl charged with procuring poison for her mistress. Nella’s dreams of motherhood were destroyed by a callous young man, and Eliza is curious about the intricacies of Nella’s business. The two form a tenuous bond that quickly strengthens when Nella’s livelihood is threatened. In the present day, Caroline’s romantic anniversary trip to London becomes a solo sojourn because of her husband’s infidelity. Determined to make the best of the situation, Caroline joins a mudlarking expedition and finds a mysterious bottle in the river. Her investigation into the bottle’s provenance unravels the long-hidden mystery of Nella’s apothecary, while also reminding Caroline of her pre-marriage dreams. Penner finds clever parallels between Nella and Caroline, and avoids the pitfall of one storyline outshining the other–all three women have compelling tales, and while Nella’s business may not be on the up-and-up, her motives are understandable. Readers who enjoy Katherine Howe and Susanna Kearsley will be drawn to this promising, fast-paced debut. Booklist Review

A Room Full Of Bones by Elly Griffiths

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A Room Full of Bones

Forensic anthropologist Dr. Galloway’s fourth exploit, set in 2009 in Norfolk, England after The House at Sea’s End, is another solid puzzle, matching crafty plotting with living and breathing characters readers will invest in. With her boss away, Galloway is representing the University of North Norfolk at the opening of a coffin believed to belong to 14th-century bishop Augustine Smith. What should be a routine duty turns out to be anything but. Griffiths’s wry understatement is perfect for Galloway’s grim discovery at the “Local History Room seems to be empty apart from a coffin on a trestle table, and a body lying beside it.” The corpse belongs to museum curator Neil Topham. There’s no obvious cause of death, but the police soon find evidence of foul play in the form of a threatening letter discovered in the dead man’s desk. The deductions and story developments are first-rate, and will certainly lead many first-timers to seek out other Galloway books.

Reader’s Note: The Ruth Galway mystery series currently features 14 titles; all of which may be requested through StarCat. And on the eBook front, the first 11 titles are available for instant checkout through Hoopla.

Tarry This Night by Kristyn Dunnion

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Tarry This Night

This dark and painfully possible novel follows Ruth, a young woman who is coming of age in a post-climate-disaster, underground cult. The collective, led by the disturbingly delusional Father Ernst, bears all the trimmings of a racist/misogynist/wife-sharing nightmare. Ernst holds many wives and breeds many children, none of whom belong to any one mother. When Ruth is slated to become the latest Mrs. Father Ernst, she must decide not only whether she is willing to rebel and become a radical outlaw but also whether she has the strength to abandon the faith that has been restored in her ever since the cult rescued her from the violence of the above-ground streets many years ago. The book is a modern take on the Lilith story, the Jewish folktale made famous for its themes of female demonology and the rejection of male subservience. Immediate and terrifying, Dunnion’s fresh new narrative adds to the growing conversation about misogyny and freedom. A surefire hit for fans of Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale. – Booklist Review

Yesterday’s Echo by Matt Coyle

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Yesterday's Echo

“The first time I saw her, she made me remember and she made me forget.” This delectable opening line sets the tone for Coyle’s hard-boiled crime series debut, which introduces Rick Cahill, a former cop whose wife was brutally murdered eight years ago. Rick was accused of the crime but never convicted. Unable to fight the media maelstrom, he retreats to La Jolla, CA, to help run a restaurant with his best (and only) friend. It isn’t much of an existence but Rick is slowly regaining control of his life. Fate arrives in the figure of Melody, a gorgeous Filipina who embroils Rick in a lethal entanglement. Before too long, the protagonist finds himself back in the crosshairs of the media and the police, who remember all too well the cop that got away with murder. VERDICT Coyle does a superb job of drawing the reader in and keeps a steady pace of action along with solid character development. This celebration of the crime noir novels of old with a modern sensibility in Rick Cahill as hero will strongly appeal to fans of classic hard-boiled PI novels.—Starred Library Journal Review

Reader’s Note: The Rick Cahill mystery series currently features eight books; and all of them are available for instant checkout through Hoopla!

Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audiobook & eBook)

Wish You Were Here

Picoult, a best-selling novelist always attuned to the zeitgeist, takes on the COVID-19 pandemic in this powerful novel. In March 2020, art specialist Diana O’Toole is on the cusp of selling a major painting for Sotheby’s and getting engaged to her caring, handsome surgeon boyfriend, Finn. They have plane tickets to the Galapagos Islands, but when Finn’s work at the hospital prevents him from leaving, he urges Diana to take the trip on her own. Diana arrives on Isabela Island just as it and the rest of the world closes down. Stranded, she is taken in by a kindly older woman and befriends a troubled 15-year-old, Beatriz, who is grappling with abandonment issues that Diana can relate to: both women’s mothers walked away when they were children. Cut off from Finn save for emails he sends detailing the horrors he’s enduring in the hospital as COVID-19 ravages New York, Diana grows ever closer to Beatriz and the teenager’s handsome father, Gabriel. She also begins to question whether the goalposts she’s set for herself still represent the direction she wants her life to take. Stealthily surprising and very moving, Picoult’s latest, written while she was confined at home during the pandemic, taps into the trauma and uncertainty of 2020’s global crisis. Absolutely a must-read. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Picoult’s novels are always sure-bets for popular fiction readers, but she attains new heights in this keen and vivid pandemic drama. Booklist Review

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

Digital Catalog: https://stls.overdrive.com/

The Digital Catalog, is an online catalog containing eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, digital magazines and a handful of streaming videos. The catalog, which allows one to download content to a PC, also has a companion app, Libby, which you can download to your mobile device; so you can enjoy eBooks and downloadable audiobooks on the go!

All card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can check out items from the Digital Catalog.

Hoopla Catalog: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

The Hoopla Catalog features instant checkouts of eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, albums, movies and TV series. Patron check out limit is 6 items per month.

Hoopla is a Southeast Steuben County Library service available to all Southeast Steuben County Library card holders.

The Hoopla App is available for Android or Apple devices and most smart TVs & media streaming players.

StarCat: The catalog of physical/traditional library materials: https://starcat.stls.org

Card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can access StarCat to search for and request materials available at libraries through out the Southern Tier Library System.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

Note: Book summaries are from the respective publishers unless otherwise specified.

Have questions or want to request a book?

Feel free to call the library! Our telephone number is 607-936-3713.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening Friday, November 26, 2021

Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!

Suggested Listening postings are published on Fridays; and our next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, December 3, 2021.

And here are the 10 (plus 2 extra!) recommended songs of the week!

Albatross by Mick Fleetwood & Friends (including David Gilmour on guitar)


Recorded during a memorial concert for Fleetwood Mac founder and guitarist Peter Green in 2020.

Celebration by Kool & The Gang (Genre: R&B)

From The Album: Celebrate! (1980)

Dueling Jingle Bells by U.S. Navy Band (Genre: Guitar)

Recorded live in 2015 – dueling banjos and guitars indeed!

Feeling Alright by Three Dog Night (Genre: Classic Rock)

(Maybe the singer had too much turkey!)

From The Album: Suitable For Framing (1969)

Happy Together by The Turtles (Genre: Classic Rock)

From The Album: Happy Together (1967)

I’ll Be Home For Christmas/Baby It’s Cold Outside by Jackie Gleason & Jack Marshall (Genre: Easy Listening, Instrumental)

From The Album: Merry Christmas (1956); also found on the various artists collection Ultra-Lounge: Christmas Cocktails, Part One (2006).

Meet On The Ledge by Fairport Convention (Genre: Folk, Folk-Rock)

From The Album: What We Did On Our Holiday (1969)

On The Sunny Side Of The Ocean by John Fahey (Genre: Guitar, Instrumental)

From The Album: The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death (1965).

Riverfront by Leo Nocentelli (Genre: Folk, Classic Rock)

From The Album: Another Side (recorded in 1971/released in 2021)

Sleigh Ride by The U.S Navy Band (Genre: Band Music, Holiday Music)

Recorded in concert in 2012.

Sophisticated Cissy by The Meters (Genre: R&B, Classic Rock)

From The Album: The Meters (1969)

Wouldn’t It Be Nice by The Beach Boys (Genre: Classic Rock)

From The Album: Pet Sounds (1966).

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Ultra-Lounge: Christmas Cocktails, Volume 1 by various artists (including Peggy Lee, Lour Rawls, Nat King Cole & Les Brown & His Band Of Renown & more!)

Christmas Cocktails

And from the album the song

Christmas Trumpets/We Wish You A Very Merry Christmas (1996 Remaster) by Ray Anthony (Genre: Instrumental/Holiday)

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD, etc.

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.

The Libby App

Libby

Libby is the companion app to the Digital Catalog and may be found in the Apple & Google app.

Hoopla

A catalog of instant check out items, including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, TV shows and movies for patrons of the Southeast Steuben County Library.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading November 23, 2021

Hi everyone, here are our recommended reads for the week.

Format Note: Under each book title you’ll find a list of all the different formats that specific title is available in; including: Print Books, Large Print Books, CD Audiobooks, eBooks & Downloadable Audiobooks from the Digital Catalog (Libby app) and Hoopla eBooks & Hoopla Downloadable Audiobooks (Hoopla app).

*More information on the three catalogs is found at the end of the list of recommended reads*

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

The Baddest Girl on The Planet by Heather Frese

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook & audiobook)

The Baddest Girl on the Planet

Frese debuts with an impressive examination of small-town island life in coastal North Carolina. In 2013, 23-year-old Evie Austin is dissatisfied with her underachieving husband, Stephen Oden, and a year later Evie and Stephen are divorced, with Evie and their five-year-old son living in her parents’ house. The author intercuts Evie’s negotiation of single life with Evie’s memories of growing up on the island, where, at nine, she met her childhood bestie, vacationer Charlotte McConnell. As the narrative progresses, Frese toggles through the years to reveal experiences that have defined Evie’s life, among them an unplanned pregnancy at 19 with her high school sweetheart; a strange obsession with Mike Tyson, whom she met while visiting Charlotte in Ohio (“the first man to disappoint” her, after his rape conviction); and an ill-advised trip to Las Vegas with a male pen pal. As the narrative builds to the present day, Evie is faced with the choice to reconcile with Stephen or take a chance on new love. While some of the conceits feel a bit too quirky (“Bad girls make up lots of lies. Sometimes accidentally. Sometimes on purpose,” Evie pronounces, reflecting on her youth), Frese’s dynamic structure and strong voice provide engaging snapshots of Evie throughout the years. Readers will find lots to love.

The Bookseller’s Tale by Ann Swinfen

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

The Bookseller's Tale

The death of a scholar, the birth of a detective…

Oxford, Spring 1353. When young bookseller Nicholas Elyot discovers the body of William Farringdon floating in the River Cherwell, all the signs point to suicide.
Soon, however, Nicholas discovers evidence of murder.

Who could have wanted to kill this promising student?

As Nicholas and his close friend Jordain try to unravel what lies behind William’s death, they learn that he was innocently caught up in a criminal plot.

When their investigations begin to involve town, university, and abbey, Nicholas takes a risky gamble – and puts his family in terrible danger in order to uncover the truth.

A thrilling historical mystery full of twists and intrigue, perfect for fans of Ellis Peters, Paul Doherty and E. M. Powell.

Reader’s Note: All six of the Oxford Medieval Mysteries are available for instant checkout through Hoopla – so dive in and binge read!

A Christmas Code by Jacki Delecki

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout audiobook)

A Christmas Code

Lady Gwyneth Beaumont has long awaited the opportunity to show Viscount James Ashworth that she is no longer the impetuous child who dogged his footsteps. Now a much sought-after debutante, she is determined to prove to the hard-headed rake that she is a grown woman and a worthy participant in both the spy game and the game of love.

Ash, recently returned from three years undercover in France in His Majesty’s service, wants nothing more than to complete his final mission and retire to his bucolic country estate. However, what seemed a simple assignment to protect the Prince Regent at a Christmas party turns into a maze of intrigue, desire, and treachery.

Adding to the perilous secret operation is one problem Ash never anticipated: The appearance of the reckless, enticing Gwyneth, who has blossomed into a gorgeous woman and self-appointed spy. When a snooping Gwyneth uncovers a shocking secret, she puts herself in mortal danger.
Can Ash protect Gwyneth and the Prince from French assailants and, at the same time, win the passionate lady’s heart? Can Ash and Gwyneth both triumph as winners in the game of spies and love?

Listener’s Note: All eleven audios in the Code Breakers series are available for instant checkout through Hoopla – so jump right in and binge listen!

A Christmas in the Alps by Melody Carlson

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A Christmas In The Alps

A Christmas Novella

After a time of heartache and loss, Simone Winthrop discovers a tantalizing letter from her French great-grandmother, which seems to suggest that she is heir to a family treasure. Ever practical, Simone assumes the claim is baseless, but her best friend encourages her to find out for sure. Despite her deep-rooted fear of flying, Simone boards a jet to travel to Paris at Christmastime to uncover the truth.

During the long flight, Simone meets the charming Kyle Larsson, who’s on his way to France to become an apprentice clockmaker. Though they abruptly part ways, an unexpected rendezvous in the French Alps at Simone’s family’s clock factory may lead to the discovery of the family treasure… and so much more.

For anyone who is wearying of staying home, Melody Carlson invites you to spend Christmas with her in the beautiful French Alps this year. So pull on your mittens, tie your scarf tight, and prepare yourself for a magical mountain holiday.

The Days of Afrekete by Asali Solomon

(Available Formats: Print Book & Libby audiobook)

The Days of Afrekete

In Rona Jaffe Award winner Solomon’s illuminating latest (after Disgruntled), two middle-aged women who were friends at Bryn Mawr reflect on sexuality, race, and selfhood. While Liselle Belmont prepares to host a dinner party for her husband, Winn, at their house in Philadelphia after his failed state legislative bid, she remembers her mother’s taunts her about her upper echelon lifestyle, habitually delivered with an “acid whoop of laughter.” On a whim, Liselle leaves a phone message with her old friend and lover Selena Octave. Solomon flashes back to the women’s years at Bryn Mawr, where they met in the school’s first Black literature course taught by a Black professor (and which was overcrowded by white students), and digs into the nuances of campus lesbianism and racial politics. Since then, Selena has been in and out of a psychiatric hospital for anxiety, and the two have fallen out of touch. Liselle reflects on her “ever twoness as the Black mistress of a tiny plantation,” complete with a housemaid, and Solomon focuses on Selena’s sensitivity to racial trauma, such as her interest in writing about the MOVE bombing in West Philadelphia in 1985. When Selena finally receives Liselle’s message, and as Liselle frets about Winn’s legal troubles, the outcome is unexpected and powerful. Solomon brings wit and incisive commentary to this pristine take on two characters’ fascinating and painful lives. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon

(Available Formats: Print Book, Libby Book & Libby audiobook)

Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone

It’s been seven long years since Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, but at last here is the ninth entry in the enduringly popular “Outlander” series. Reunited 20 years after having been sundered by the Jacobite Rising in 1746, Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall now live in Revolutionary War-era North Carolina with daughter Brianna and her family. The backcountry seems remote, but with their tenants; loyalties split, Jamie and Claire know they can’t avoid the war forever, and Brianna and husband Roger begin to wonder whether returning to the past to escape the dangers of the 20th century was the wisest plan. Meanwhile, Jamie’s son, William Ransom, must come to terms with his paternity. The sixth Starz season of Outlander is filming, and there’s talk of the seventh, so read ahead. Library Journal Review

On A Listener’s Note: Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone is the 9th book in the Outlander series; the first eight books are available on audio for Instant checkout through hoopla. And you can place a hold on the Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone audio through Libby. And of course, you can request all nine print books in the series through StarCat.

How to Live Like a Monk: Medieval Wisdom for Modern Life by Danièle Cybulskie & Anna Lobanova

(Available Formats: Print Book)

How To Live Like A Monk

In this beautifully illustrated self-help guide, Cybulskie (Life in Medieval Europe), host of The Medieval Podcast, reimagines monastic practices to help readers live with greater peace, simplicity, and purpose. Written for those who want to live like monks and not as monks, Cybulskie shows, first, what monastic life was like in the Middle Ages, before connecting medieval monasticism to modern movements such as minimalism and mindfulness. Through rich, color images and lucid language, Cybulskie introduces famous monastic figures and curious facts about monastic life—like the difference between a monk and a friar, or the ideal layout of a monastery (with “church and cloister in the center and buildings for guests, storage, and schooling surrounding them”). Inviting readers to craft a “rule for life” inspired by cloistered living—while also staying in tune with one’s personal values—Cybulskie encourages readers to take up monks’ examples by embracing simple practices like sharing experiences and knowledge, creating art aimed at lifting souls, or avoiding burnout by easing into commitments. While those looking for an in-depth exploration of medieval monastic life won’t find it, Cybulskie’s light touch and accessible tone makes medieval monastic rules accessible to any reader. Publishers Weekly Review

Resurrecting Midnight by Eric Jerome Dickey

(Available Formats: Print Book & Libby eBook)

Resurrecting Midnight

Dickey brings us another action-packed, thrilling chapter of assassin Gideons life. In this installment, Gideon is drawn back into the life of an old flame, a con woman named Arizona. Accepting a contract to help her find a package that contains technology that will ensure a multimillion-dollar payoff, Gideon is actually brought face-to-face with the man he thought he killed when he was just a seven-year-old boy. Spanning continents, Gideon finds himself in a war zone in Argentina, fighting the best assassin team in the world, the Four Horsemen. It is in Argentina where Gideon comes face-to-face with truths about Arizona, and also his father, the man he thought he killed those many years ago: Midnight who happens to also be the deadliest of the Four Horsemen. This exciting read will keep Gideon fans at the edge of their seats with fast-paced action that ignites the imagination as if reading a graphic novel or watching an action movie. Booklist Review

The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla instant checkout audiobook)

Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair

Swiss author Dicker makes his U.S. debut with an ambitious, multilayered novel of suspense that’s already an international bestseller. In 2008, Marcus Goldman, a Manhattan-based novelist suffering from writer’s block, is under pressure to produce the follow-up to his sensational debut. He turns for help to his mentor, Harry Quebert, whose second novel, The Origin of Evil, was a huge critical and commercial success decades earlier. Marcus travels to Harry’s home in Somerset, N.H., where he comes across letters and photos revealing that Harry had an affair the summer of 1975 with a 15-year-old girl, Nola Kellergan. Harry admits that Nola, who disappeared that same summer, inspired The Origin of Evil. A few months after Marcus’s visit, the chance unearthing of Nola’s remains on Harry’s property leads to his arrest for murder. Marcus sets out to clear Harry’s name—and promises his publisher to write a book about the experience. While at times unwieldy and repetitive, this tale of fame, friendship, loyalty, and fiction versus reality moves at warp speed. Publishers Weekly Review

These Precious Days by Ann Pratchett

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

These Precious Days

In this eloquent collection, novelist Patchett (The Dutch House) meditates poignantly—and often with wry humor—on “what I needed, whom I loved, what I could let go, and how much energy the letting go would take.” In “How to Practice,” Patchett writes of her “journey of digging out” and the feeling of lightness she begins to notice as she gets rid of possessions. In the title essay, she shares the story of Sooki, Tom Hanks’s publicist, whom Patchett invited into her home and offered solace and comfort as Sooki underwent pancreatic cancer treatments: “What Sooki gave me was a sense of order, a sense of God, the God of Sister Nena, the God of my childhood, a belief that I had gone into my study one night and picked up the right book from the hundred books that were there because I was meant to.” Other essays cover the lessons Patchett learned on her first Thanksgiving away from home, insights from a year in which she didn’t go shopping, and what she’s picked up from Snoopy. The elegance of Patchett’s prose is seductive and inviting: with Patchett as a guide, readers will really get to grips with the power of struggles, failures, and triumphs alike. The result is a moving collection not easily forgotten. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Happy Thanksgiving & Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

Digital Catalog: https://stls.overdrive.com/

The Digital Catalog, is an online catalog containing eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, digital magazines and a handful of streaming videos. The catalog, which allows one to download content to a PC, also has a companion app, Libby, which you can download to your mobile device; so you can enjoy eBooks and downloadable audiobooks on the go!

All card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can check out items from the Digital Catalog.

Hoopla Catalog: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

The Hoopla Catalog features instant checkouts of eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, albums, movies and TV series. Patron check out limit is 6 items per month.

Hoopla is a Southeast Steuben County Library service available to all Southeast Steuben County Library card holders.

The Hoopla App is available for Android or Apple devices and most smart TVs & media streaming players.

StarCat: The catalog of physical/traditional library materials: https://starcat.stls.org

Card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can access StarCat to search for and request materials available at libraries through out the Southern Tier Library System.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

Note: Book summaries are from the respective publishers unless otherwise specified.

Have questions or want to request a book?

Feel free to call the library! Our telephone number is 607-936-3713.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Connections, A Readers’, Listeners’ & Viewers’ Advisory Videocast November 19, 2021

Hi everyone, here is the latest edition of Library Connections, our weekly readers’, viewers’ and listeners’ advisory videocast.

The next Library Connections video will be posted in two weeks on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

Library Connections videos may also be accessed via the Southeast Steuben County Library’s YouTube channel.

Happy Thanksgiving & Have a great week!
Linda Reimer, SSCL

New York Times Bestsellers November 28, 2021

Hi everyone, here is the weekly list of New York Times Bestsellers.

Each title is followed by a listing of which formats it is available in for check out within the three catalogs: StarCat (Print, Large Print & CD Audiobooks), The Digital Catalog (eBook & Downloadable Audiobook) and the Hoopla Catalog (Hoopla instant checkout eBook & Hoopla Audiobook).

For more information on the three catalogs skip to the section below the bestselling titles*

New York Times Bestseller blog postings are published on Sundays; and due to the Thanksgiving holiday, and the fact that the library is closed for deep cleaning on Friday  & Saturday, November 26 & 28, the next New York Times Bestseller blog posting will be published on Sunday, December 5, 2021.

FICTION

APPLES NEVER FALL by Liane Moriarty

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Libby eBook & Audiobook)

Apples Never Fall

The Delaney siblings suspect their father of causing the disappearance of their mother.

BETTER OFF DEAD by Lee Child and Andrew Child

(Available Formats: Print Book, Libby eBook & audiobook)

Better Off Dead

The 26th book in the Jack Reacher series. Reacher helps an F.B.I. agent look for her missing brother and takes on a foe named Dendoncker.

BILLY SUMMERS by Stephen King

(Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook & Libby eBook)

Billy Summers

A killer for hire who only takes out bad guys seeks redemption as he does one final job.

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook, Libby eBook & audiobook)

An interconnected cast of dreamers and outsiders are in dangerous and disparate settings past, present and future.

DARK HOURS by Michael Connelly

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, Libby eBook & audiobook)

Dark Hours

A death on New Year’s Eve, an unsolved murder and a hunt for serial rapists bring Bosch and Ballard back together.

DARK TAROT by Christine Feehan

(Available Formats: Print Book & Libby eBook)

Dark Tarot

The 35th book in the Carpathian series. Adalasia’s ability to see what is to come in her deck of cards is both a blessing and a curse.

DUNE by Frank Herbert

(Available Formats: Print Book, Libby eBook & Libby Audiobook)

Dune

The 1965 science fiction novel that is the basis of several adaptations, including the recent film directed by Denis Villeneuve.

GAME ON by Janet Evanovich

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, Libby eBook & audiobook)

Game On

The 28th book in the Stephanie Plum series. Diesel and Stephanie track the international computer hacker Oswald Wednesday.

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & Libby audiobook)


A battered wife raised in a violent home attempts to halt the cycle of abuse.

THE JUDGE’S LIST by John Grisham

(Available Formats: Print Book, Libby eBook & audiobook)

Judge's List

The second book in the Whistler series. Investigator Lacy Stoltz goes after a serial killer and closes in on a sitting judge.

THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave

(Available Formats: Print Book & Libby eBook & audiobook)

The Last Thing He Told Me

Hannah Hall discovers truths about her missing husband and bonds with his daughter from a previous relationship.

THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles

(Available Formats: Print Book, Libby eBook & audiobook)

Lincoln Highway

Two friends who escaped from a juvenile work farm take Emmett Watson on an unexpected journey to New York City in 1954.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

(Available Formats: Print Book, Libby eBook & audiobooks)

Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives one could have lived.

NEVER by Ken Follett

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, Libby eBook & audiobook)

Never

Tensions escalate around the globe as President Pauline Green works to prevent a world war.

THE SENTENCE by Louise Erdrich

(Available Formats: Print Book & Libby eBook)

The Sentence

A woman released from prison deals with the ghost of an annoying customer haunting a bookstore in Minneapolis during a contentious time.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print & Libby eBook & audiobook)

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

A movie icon recounts stories of her loves and career to a struggling magazine writer.

STATE OF TERROR by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook, Libby eBook & audiobook)

State of Terror

In the wake of the previous administration’s mishandling of international affairs, the new Secretary of State Ellen Adams confronts interconnected global threats.

STRANGER IN THE LIFEBOAT by Mitch Albom

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print & CD Audiobook)

Stranger In A Life Boat

After a ship explodes, nine people struggling to survive pull a man who claims to be the Lord out of the sea.

THE WISH by Nicholas Sparks

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, Libby eBook & audiobook)

Maggie Dawes, a renowned travel photographer, struggles with a medical diagnosis over Christmas.

NON-FICTION:

AMERICAN MARXISM by Mark R. Levin

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD audiobook, Libby eBook & audiobook)

American Marxism

The Fox News host gives his take on the Green New Deal, critical race theory and social activism.

BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS by Daniel Levy and Eugene Levy

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Best Wishes Warm Regards

Character profiles, major story moments and behind-the-scenes tales from the Emmy Award-winning series “Schitt’s Creek.”

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

(Available Formats: Print Book, Libby eBook, Libby audiobook & Hoopla audiobook)

How trauma affects the body and mind, and innovative treatments for recovery.

DAWN OF EVERYTHING by David Graeber and David Wengrow

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

The Dawn of Everything

A reinvestigation of social evolution and suggestions for new ways of organizing society.

E.R. NURSES by James Patterson and Matt Eversmann with Chris Mooney

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audiobook, Libby eBook & audiobook)

E.R. Nurses

A collection of stories from people working in big-city and small-town hospitals.

GOING THERE by Katie Couric

(Available Formats: Print Book, Libby eBook & audiobook)

Going There

The former anchor of the “CBS Evening News” and “Today” describes some of the personal and professional challenges she faced.

IMMUNE by Philipp Dettmer

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Immune

The founder of the YouTube channel Kurzgesagt gives an overview of elements of the body’s immune system

THE LYRICS: 1956 TO THE PRESENT by Paul McCartney

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

The Lyrics

A two-volume celebration of 154 songs, with handwritten texts, paintings and photographs from the songwriter’s archives.

MY BODY by Emily Ratajkowski

(Available Formats: Print Book)

My Body

The model and actress explores the subjects of feminism, sexuality and power.

PERIL by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

(Available Formats: Print Book, Libby eBook & audiobook)

Peril

The Washington Post journalists detail the dangers and challenges during the transition to the Biden presidency.

THE PRESIDENT AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTER by Brian Kilmeade

(Available Formats: Print Book)

President and the Freedom Fighter

The Fox News host gives an account of the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

RENEGADES by Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Renegades

Conversations between the 44th president and the multiple award-winning musician on a range of topics.

THE STORYTELLER by Dave Grohl

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD audiobook & Libby eBook)

The Storyteller

A memoir by the musician known for his work with Foo Fighters and Nirvana.

TASTE by Stanley Tucci

(Available Formats: Print Book, Libby eBook & audiobook)

Taste

The award-winning actor reflects on his career, Italian-American heritage, meals and mishaps.

TO RESCUE THE REPUBLIC by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney

(Available Formats: Print Book)

To Rescue The Republic

The Fox News chief political anchor recounts challenges faced by Ulysses S. Grant.

UNGUARDED by Scottie Pippen with Michael Arkush

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Unguarded

The six-time N.B.A. champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and Hall of Famer details his life on and off the court.

WILL by Will Smith with Mark Manson

(Available Formats: Print Book)

WIll

The actor, producer and musician tells his life story and lessons he learned along the way.

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSL

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

Digital Catalog: https://stls.overdrive.com/

The Digital Catalog has two companion apps, Libby & OverDrive. Libby is the app for newer devices and the OverDrive app should be used for older devices and Amazon tablets.

All card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can check out items from the Digital Catalog.

Hoopla Catalog: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

The Hoopla Catalog features instant check outs of eBooks, downloadable audiobook, comic books, albums and streaming videos. Patron check out limit is 4 items per month.

Hoopla is a Southeast Steuben County Library service available to all Southeast Steuben County Library card holders.

The Hoopla App is available for Android or Apple devices and most smart TVs & media streaming players.

StarCat: The catalog of physical/traditional library materials: https://starcat.stls.org

Card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can access StarCat to search for and request materials available at libraries through out the Southern Tier Library System.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

Also of Note: If a New York Times Bestseller isn’t yet available in any of the three catalogs; you can contact the library and request to be notified when it becomes available.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening November 19, 2021

Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!

Suggested Listening postings are published on Fridays; and our next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, November 26, 2021.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Friday@5 by Paul Taylor (Genre: Instrumental, Jazz)

From The Album: And Now This (2021)

Go Your Way by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (Genre: Rock, Folk-Country, Vocal)

From The Album: Raise The Roof (2021)

Hold On by Rod Stewart (Genre: Pop-Rock)

From The Album: The Tears of Hercules (2021)

If I Had A Hammer by The Kronos Quartet and Friends with Sam Amidon (Genre: Classical, Folk)

From The Album: Long Time Passing: Kronos Quartet and Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger (2020)

In the Quiet of Christmas Morning (Bach 147) (Genre: Pop-Rock, Classical)

From The Album: December (2003)

I Was Born to Love You by Ray LaMontagne (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: Monovision (2020)

Minstrel of the Dawn by Gordon Lightfoot (Genre: Pop-Rock, Folk, Singer-Songwriter)

From The Album: Sit Down Young Stranger (1970)

Talvez by Caetano Veloso and Tom Veloso (Genre: Vocal, Pop)

This beautiful ballad just won Record of the Year award at the Latin Grammy Awards – it doesn’t seem to be available on an album but can be accessed as an MP3 through online music stores.

We Gather Together by Paul McCandless, Philip Aaberg & Michael Manring (Genre: New Age, Instrumental)

From The Album: Thanksgiving: A Windham Hill Collection by Various Artists

We’ve Only Just Begun by Curtis Mayfield (Genre: R&B, Vocal)

From The Album Curtis Live! (1971)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Jerry Before Seinfeld (2021) by Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Before Seinfeld

Jerry Before Seinfeld is the new album the popular comedian and features stand-up from his Netflix show, Netflix Is A Joke.

And from the album, the skit The First Time Jerry Seinfeld’s Parents Saw His Stand-Up 

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD, etc.

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.

The Libby App

Libby

Libby is the companion app to the Digital Catalog and may be found in the Apple & Google app.

Hoopla

A catalog of instant check out items, including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, TV shows and movies for patrons of the Southeast Steuben County Library.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Connections, A Readers’, Listeners’ & Viewers’ Advisory Videocast November 12, 2021

Hi everyone, here is the latest edition of Library Connections, our weekly readers’, viewers’ and listeners’ advisory videocast.

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

Library Connections videos may also be accessed via the Southeast Steuben County Library’s YouTube channel.

Have a great day,
Linda Reimer, SSCL

Suggested Reading November 16, 2021

Hi everyone, here are our recommended reads for the week.

Format Note: Under each book title you’ll find a list of all the different formats that specific title is available in; including: Print Books, Large Print Books, CD Audiobooks, eBooks & Downloadable Audiobooks from the Digital Catalog (Libby app) and Hoopla eBooks & Hoopla Downloadable Audiobooks (Hoopla app).

*More information on the three catalogs is found at the end of the list of recommended reads*

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

The Cartographer’s Secret by Tea Cooper

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook & audiobook)

Cartographer's Secret

A young woman investigates her family’s role in a decades-old mystery in Australian writer Cooper’s moving latest (after The Girl in the Painting). In 1911, 25-year-old Lettie Rawlings’s older brother, Thorne, dies in a boating accident. Lettie’s mother, Miriam, sends her from Sydney to the family’s horse-breeding estate to tell her great-aunt Olivia that she is now the estate’s rightful heir, which Olivia disputes. Though despondent over Thorne’s death, Lettie gets swept up in uncovering both what happened to her aunt Evie Ludgrove, who went missing nearly 20 years ago, as well as the disappearance decades earlier of real-life explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, which had obsessed her late grandfather. Since Olivia and Miriam are estranged, Olivia is initially wary of Lettie’s surprise visit, but they become close as Lettie’s research uncovers Evie’s possible fate, and Lettie makes no claim on the estate. An 1880 narrative follows Evie, a gifted artist and promising mapmaker, who shares her father’s preoccupation with Leichhardt; when a large reward is offered for proof of where Leichhardt died, Evie is determined to claim the reward for the cash-strapped farm, but she vanishes while pursuing a lead. Cooper gets to the heart of a family’s old wounds, puzzles, and obsessions, while providing a luscious historical rendering of the landscape. This layered family saga will keep readers turning the pages.

Christmas In Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing by Lacy Baker

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook & audiobook)

Christmas In Evergreen Bells

Based on a Hallmark Channel original movie

Part of the Christmas in Evergreen series

Welcome back to Evergreen, the town built on Christmas wishes…

And learn what happens after one snow-globe wish comes true.
Life is going great for Hannah, really. She’s fallen in love with her best friend, her brother is getting married, and she’s looking forward to another festive Christmas in Evergreen. Still, between her job, taking charge of the choir, and being the town’s jill-of-all-trades, she’s feeling uninspired…especially when Elliot starts to question his own role in the town.

Hannah finds fresh inspiration in the brand-new Evergreen Christmas Museum, and she volunteers for their storytelling project. When she interviews her fellow Evergreenians, however, she learns that not everyone wants the museum around; specifically Mr. Cooper who owns a third of the building. As Hannah finds herself with more and more responsibilities, and as her relationships with Elliot and her family grow strained, she starts to wonder about what she really wants. Can her love and newly-found purpose survive the changes that loom after the holidays are over?

The Devil’s Reward: A Novel by Emmanuelle De Villepin

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Devil's Reward

A Parisian grandmother trying to help her daughter through a marital crisis mines the rich history of the family’s past in this first novel to be translated into English by prizewinning French author de Villepin. Eighty-six-year-old Christiane lives alone, missing her late husband. She feels little patience for her daughter Catherine’s marital complaints but is happy to have both Catherine and her daughter, Luna, take refuge with her. “I choose to be resolutely nonconformist and scandalous,” Christiane tells us. “I hate those qualities in young people, but I find them charming among us oldsters.” She chides Catherine for overvaluing the marriage pact and delights her granddaughter, who’s writing a thesis on pedagogical systems, with family stories about Rudolf Steiner. “I’ve had plenty of time to measure what one owes to the sacred and what must not under any circumstances be denied to the profane.” Born in 1929, “spoiled and rather poorly raised” in a château, she recalls an adored and charming father with a motorcycle and side car and a prim, religious mother who terrorized her inadvertently with late-night applications of holy water. As she reminisces, a complex family portrait emerges of privilege and deprivation, anthroposophy and debauchery, suffering and grace. “One can’t deny that old ladies like myself have tons of experience. When things are going to hell, we at least have this advantage: we know the truth—everything always ends badly.” Her beloved father has a dark secret which causes a devastating rupture, and the idyllic childhood of hot air balloons and treasure hunts collapses into social ostracism. “One should not retrace one’s steps,” she muses, “one quickly smells death and abandonment.” Although romantic liaisons are the putative theme here, the deepest relationships are the ones between parents and children. Christiane says, of her daughter, “My greatest love story is her.”A sprightly tour through an old woman’s family secrets reveals that loving someone often requires the ability to forgive and a certain “sleight of hand.”–Kirkus Reviews

Hullabaloo In The Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

Winner of the 2006 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for her second novel The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai is one of the most talented writers of her generation. Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard—Desai’s dazzling debut novel—is a wryly hilarious and poignant story that simultaneously captures the vivid culture of the Indian subcontinent and the universal intricacies of human experience. Sampath Chawla was born in a time of drought into a family not quite like other families, in a town not quite like other towns. After years of failure at school, failure at work, of spending his days dreaming in tea stalls, it does not seem as if Sampath is going to amount to much—until one day he climbs a guava tree in search of peaceful contemplation and becomes unexpectedly famous as a holy man, sending his tiny town into turmoil. A syndicate of larcenous, alcoholic monkeys terrorize the pilgrims who cluster around Sampath’s tree, spies and profiteers descend on the town, and none of Desai’s outrageous characters goes unaffected as events spin increasingly out of control.

The Hummingbird’s Cage by Tamara Dietrich

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Hummingbird's Cage

When Joanna meets the attractive and charming Jim West, she can’t believe her luck. But it doesn’t take long for Jim’s abusive nature to manifest itself. Long separated from family and friends, Joanna has no one to turn to in their small town; she can’t even call the police because Jim is a deputy sheriff for the county. She does her best to protect her young daughter, Laurel, and suffers in silence until the day Bernadette, Jim’s ex, arrives in town. Bernadette survived Jim’s attacks and wants to help Joanna, giving her money and plane tickets. Joanna and Laurel flee but don’t get far. One minute Joanna is seeing Jim’s flashing lights in her rearview mirror, and the next she’s waking up in an old farmhouse. Given shelter and safety there, Joanna begins the process of healing in a peaceful place. VERDICT An abused woman reclaims the power she lost and moves on with her life in this well-written debut story that makes readers hope for more from this talented author. Recommended for fans of Barbara Delinsky and Luanne Rice.-Library Journal Review

Impala by Andrew Diamond

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Impala

Mystery and thriller readers are in for a treat with Impala, a story in which a man trying to change his world battles forces which draw him back into the seedier side of life. Russell can’t back down and can’t let go of anything completely. Neither can the reader let go of the winding, compelling story that is Impala… Impala does a terrific job of crafting a gritty, savvy and devious protagonist who moves through his world with precision and personal angst. The result fine-tunes a personal story and thriller, bringing Russell’s purposes and decisions to life in a series of events that make for a compelling, unexpected mystery that’s hard to put down and satisfyingly complex to the end. — D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

The London House by Katherine Reay

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla instant checkout eBook & audiobook)

London House

Reay’s (Of Literature and Lattes) latest is a complex portrait of a family torn apart by secrets. It covers multiple threads, from the brave women spies in World War II to perspectives on history to the ways in which trauma stops people from accepting the love that they are offered. Caroline Payne is in her late 20s, and the accidental death of her sister 20 years ago and the disintegration of her family loom over her relationships even as she returns to Boston to be near her dying father. A surprise call from an old flame, who’s writing a history article, reminds Caroline of her long-dead British great-aunt, whom the family had disowned for being a Nazi collaborator. Caroline impulsively travels to London to the house her father grew up in, where she reads letters and diaries that bring to life her grandmother and great-aunt, the vivacious “Waite girls.” She learns that the shame of Nazi collaboration that overshadowed her family for 80 years is not quite what it seems. VERDICT For readers who enjoy novels featuring courageous women in World War II. Reay explores the uncertainty of history and how trauma can be carried across generations, but makes clear that it’s never too late for redemption.-Library Journal Review

The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla instant checkout eBook & audiobook)

The Lost Castle

A brooch, diary, and photograph are links to three women living in different periods–the French Revolution, World War II, and the present–in Cambron’s split-time romance. As the revolution breaks out, Aveline and Philippe, Duc Vivey, narrowly escape with their lives as their castle in the Loire Valley is sacked and burned. Ellie Carver watches Alzheimer’s steal her grandmother’s memories until discovery of a family heirloom and a journal sends Ellie to the ruins of a 13th-century castle in France on a journey of revelations about her grandmother, her family, and herself. Cambron’s (The Illusionist’s Apprentice) series launch combines the past and the present in a tale of secret loves, bitter losses, and hopeful beginnings. VERDICT Cambron’s atmospheric settings, historical details, and ability to create well-rounded characters who wend their way into readers’ hearts has garnered her many fans. They will be eagerly awaiting this title. – Library Journal

Moonlight In Winter Park by Samantha Chase

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook & audiobook)

Moonlight In Winter Park

All Hope Cooper needed this year was to have the kind of Christmas her family always cherished. But with her parents gone and her only brother having to work, it doesn’t look like it’s going to work out for her. There’s nothing she can do about her parents, but she most certainly can voice her annoyance at her brother’s boss for making him work out of town all through the holidays.

Beckett James hates the holidays and everything that goes with them. They were important at one time, but now the only thing that mattered was his company and its continued growth and anyone who worked for him better feel the same way. If not, they could find employment elsewhere and good riddance. With a major expansion deal on the line, Beckett needs to focus. What he doesn’t need is Hope to come barging into his mountain retreat demanding that her brother come home immediately due to an emergency.

Suddenly it’s two alone in a snowstorm. Two alone for Christmas. And two alone to fight an attraction that had been there all along. Hope soon begins to realize she may have misjudged Beckett while he comes to see that there really is something special and magical about Christmas. But once they leave their private winter wonderland and return to their normal lives, will the magic still be there?
A modern-day Beauty and the Beast style Christmas.

Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermout

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Ten Thousand Things

In Wild, Cheryl Strayed writes of The Ten Thousand Things: “Each of Dermoût’s sentences came at me like a soft knowing dagger, depicting a far-off land that felt to me like the blood of all the places I used to love.” And it’s true, The Ten Thousand Things is at once novel of shimmering strangeness—and familiarity. It is the story of Felicia, who returns with her baby son from Holland to the Spice Islands of Indonesia, to the house and garden that were her birthplace, over which her powerful grandmother still presides. There Felicia finds herself wedded to an uncanny and dangerous world, full of mystery and violence, where objects tell tales, the dead come and go, and the past is as potent as the present. First published in Holland in 1955, Maria Dermoût’s novel was immediately recognized as a magical work, like nothing else Dutch—or European—literature had seen before. The Ten Thousand Things is an entranced vision of a far-off place that is as convincingly real and intimate as it is exotic, a book that is at once a lament and an ecstatic ode to nature and life.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

Digital Catalog: https://stls.overdrive.com/

The Digital Catalog, is an online catalog containing eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, digital magazines and a handful of streaming videos. The catalog, which allows one to download content to a PC, also has a companion app, Libby, which you can download to your mobile device; so you can enjoy eBooks and downloadable audiobooks on the go!

All card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can check out items from the Digital Catalog.

Hoopla Catalog: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

The Hoopla Catalog features instant checkouts of eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, albums, movies and TV series. Patron check out limit is 6 items per month.

Hoopla is a Southeast Steuben County Library service available to all Southeast Steuben County Library card holders.

The Hoopla App is available for Android or Apple devices and most smart TVs & media streaming players.

StarCat: The catalog of physical/traditional library materials: https://starcat.stls.org

Card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can access StarCat to search for and request materials available at libraries through out the Southern Tier Library System.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

Note: Book summaries are from the respective publishers unless otherwise specified.

Have questions or want to request a book?

Feel free to call the library! Our telephone number is 607-936-3713.

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