New York Times Bestsellers May 31, 2020

Hi everyone, since as all the libraries in the Southern Tier Library System are currently closed and you can’t place holds for physical materials, nor, of course, pick up holds; for the duration of the Corona Virus crisis, I’m going to post links to the New York Times Bestsellers, in eBook or downloadable audiobook form, that can be requested, or checked out, through the Digital Catalog.

 

If you have questions about how to access digital content you can write a comment and post it on the blog, or send me, SSCL Librarian Linda Reimer, questions via email: reimerl@stls.org

And to kick off this Sunday posting for May 24, 2020, I’m going to digress from the book subject for a moment and veer off into the music lane; and note that Bob Dylan turns 79 years young today!

In celebration of the wonderful gift of Dylan’s music, and of course his birthday, here’s a video of him playing Blowing in the Wind, from 1963:

 

 

And now, on to the New York Times Bestsellers that can be found in the Digital Catalog!

 

FICTION:

THE 20TH VICTIM by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The 20th book in the Women’s Murder Club series. Lindsay Boxer looks into the murders of disreputable persons in three separate cities.

 

 

ALL ADULTS HERE by Emma Straub (Format: eBook):

A repressed memory triggers Astrid Strick to weigh the outcomes of her parenting of her now-grown children.

 

 

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins (Format: eBook):

A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel.

 

 

BIG SUMMER by Jennifer Weiner (Format: eBook):

Daphne Berg’s former best friend asks her to be the maid of honor at her wedding in Cape Cod.

 

 

BLUE MOON by Lee Child (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Jack Reacher gets caught up in a turf war between Ukrainian and Albanian gangs.

 

 

THE BOOK OF LONGINGS by Sue Monk Kidd (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

A scholarly young woman named Ana meets an 18-year-old Jesus and becomes caught up in a confluence of dangers.

 

 

THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS by Lisa Wingate (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The stories of three women struggling to get from Louisiana to Texas during Reconstruction are discovered by a first-year teacher living a century later.

 

 

CAMINO WINDS by John Grisham (Format: eBook):

The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred when an author of thrillers is found dead after a hurricane hits Camino Island.

 

 

THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

In Depression-era America, five women refuse to be cowed by men or convention as they deliver books throughout the mountains of Kentucky.

 

 

HENNA ARTIST by Alka Joshi (Format: eBook):

In 1950s Jaipur, a young woman who escaped an abusive marriage and started a new life is confronted by her husband.

 

 

IF IT BLEEDS by Stephen King (Format: eBook):

Four novellas: “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone,” “The Life of Chuck,” “Rat” and “If It Bleeds.”

 

 

THE LAST TRIAL by Scott Turow (Format: eBook):

An 85-year-old defense lawyer puts off his retirement to aid a Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, who is accused of insider trading, fraud and murder.

 

 

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng (Format eBook):

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

 

 

NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The connection between a high school star athlete and a loner ebbs and flows when they go to Trinity College in Dublin.

 

 

SHAKESPEARE FOR SQUIRRELS by Christopher Moore (Format: eBook):

When the Duke orders his death, Pocket of Dog Snogging escapes to the woods where he works to become the fairy king’s replacement fool.

 

 

SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Theo Faber looks into the mystery of a famous painter who stops speaking after shooting her husband.

 

 

WALK THE WIRE by David Baldacci (Format: eBook):

The sixth book in the Memory Man series. Decker and Jamison investigate a murder in a North Dakota town in a fracking boom.

 

 

THE WEDDING DRESS by Danielle Steel (Format: eBook):

The triumphs and losses of one family over the last century are recounted as a symbolic piece of apparel gets handed down through the generations.

 

 

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens (eBook):

In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.

 

 

WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A.J. Finn (Format: eBook):

A recluse who drinks heavily and takes prescription drugs may have witnessed a crime across from her Harlem townhouse.

 

 

NON-FICTION:

24 by Willie Mays and John Shea (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

A memoir by the Baseball Hall of Famer told in 24 chapters to correspond with his well-known uniform number.

 

 

BECOMING by Michelle Obama (eBook):

The former first lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, and how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

 

 

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover (Format: eBook):

The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.

 

 

THE GREAT INFLUENZA by John M. Barry (Format: eBook):

An overview of the 1918 flu epidemic and cautionary tale for similar kinds of large-scale outbreaks.

 

 

GRIT by Angela Duckworth (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

A psychologist argues that passion and perseverance are the keys to success.

 

 

HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD by Robert Kolker (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

From 1945 to 1965, a family in Colorado had 12 children, six of whom went on to develop schizophrenia.

 

 

HOUSE OF KENNEDY by James Patterson and Cynthia Fagen (Format: eBook):

A look at the achievements of the political family and what has been called “the Kennedy curse.”

 

 

THE MAMBA MENTALITY by Kobe Bryant (Format: eBook):

Various skills and techniques used on the court by the Los Angeles Lakers player.

 

 

PELOSI by Molly Ball (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

An overview of the speaker of the House’s accomplishments during the Obama and Trump administrations.

 

 

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari (Format: Downloadable Audiobooks):

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

 

 

THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

An examination of the leadership of the prime minister Winston Churchill.

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell (Format: eBook):

Famous examples of miscommunication serve as the backdrop to explain potential conflicts and misunderstandings.

 

 

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle (Format: eBook):

The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.

 

 

WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Historical and cultural analyses on what causes defensive moves by white people and how this inhibits cross-racial dialogue.

 

 

A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE by Sonia Purnell (Format: eBook):

The true story of a Baltimore socialite who joined a spy organization during World War II and became essential to the French Resistance.

 

 

Be well and read on!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Note: this list contains all the New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week that are owned by libraries within the Southern Tier Library System.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening May 22, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our bi-weekly recommended listening posting for May 22, 2020!

On another music note, just FYI there is a library music app, Freegal Music, that allows you to stream unlimited commercial free music to a  mobile device. You can find it in your app store, or, alternately you can stream music to a PC from the Freegal Catalog by clicking on the following link:

https://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/home

If you have questions about how to use the Freegal Music Service, please let me know! You can contact me by leaving a message on the blog. Or, you can send an email to the following address reimerl@stls.org and I’ll get back to you!

Recommended Music Videos

Both Sides Now & The Circle Day by Joni Mitchell (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk)

The talented singer-songwriter performs two of her classic songs. The video clip is from the CBS series This Is It, and was recorded in 1968.

Mini Concert (1973) by Jim Croce (Genre: Folk, Singer-Songwriter)

The great singer-songwriter and storyteller Jim Croce filmed by the Los Angeles Public Broadcasting System as part of a pledge drive in 1973. Songs include Next Time, This Time, Operator & Roller Derby Queen.

Misty by Sarah Vaughan (Genre: Jazz, Vocal)

Sarah Vaughan was one of the great jazz vocalists of the 20th Century. Here she is signing the vocal classic Misty, which was recorded in Sweden in 1964.


Mr. Bojangles by Sammy Davis Jr. (Genre: Vocal)

The great showman and singer Sammy Davis Jr. singing the great bittersweet Jerry Jeff Walker story song – Mr. Bojangles!

Playground by Henry Adam Curtis (Genre: New Age, Instrumental, Piano)

Playground, performed by the talented Kauai based pianist and educator Henry Adam Curtis, is the opening track on a relaxing LP from Windham Hill titled Sundown Piano Collection. The entire album, will automatically play once you click on the Playground play button. Other artist featured in the collection include George Winston, Liz Story, Jim Brickman, Philip Aaberg and Peggy Stern.

Polk Salad Annie by Tony Joe White (Genre: Classic Rock, Swamp Rock)

The premier swamp rocker, Tony Joe White, performing one of his biggest hits, the atmospheric and humorous Polk Salad Annie.

The River by Garth Brooks (Genre: Country, Modern Country)

The maestro of modern country music recorded at a music award show in 1992!

Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo by Rick Derringer (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock, Seventies Rock)

Guitarist and producer Rick Derringer played with the McCoys and with brothers Johnny and Edgar Winter in the sixties. In the seventies, he launched a successful solo career, and in the years since has continued to play live, record and produce other artists.

Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo is both a Derringer and a seventies rock classic. It is the lead song on the soundtrack to the set in 1970s American Graffiti-esque film Dazed and Confused (1993). If you haven’t seen it, the film follows students on the last day of high school in in 1976, and it has a great soundtrack! It is also one of those films that is a great compliment to the summer season.

Union, God and Country by Steve Earle & The Dukes (Genre: Folk, Roots Rock, Singer-Songwriter)

The insightful singer songwriter Steve Earle offers a brand new album, Ghosts of West Virginia, that focuses on the lives and hardships of modern day coal miners.

The song Union, God and Country may be about coal miners, but it will also strike a chord with many blue collar workers.

Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 “La Primavera” – 2. Largo, performed by The Ancient Academy of Music with Christopher Hogwood conducting (Genre: Classical)

It seems a good time of year, when the seasons are changing, to listen to Vivaldi’s the Four Seasons. The suggested composition is the soothing La Primavera – 2. Largo, and you can access the entire recording on YouTube.

Bonus Video

Rainy Night in Georgia performed by Brooks Benton, written by Tony Joe White

I didn’t realize until doing research for this positing, that in addition to recording his own music, and producing artists, that Tony Joe White was also a prolific songwriter! Artists who recorded his songs included Buffalo Springfield, Elvis, Hank Williams Jr. and Brooks Benton who did a terrific cover of this song – Rainy Night in Georgia!

Be well & happy listening!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

AllMusic: https://www.allmusic.com/

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

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

ABOUT LIBRARY APPS: Libby & RBDigital:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the Libby and/or the RBDigital app, to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and on-demand magazines, from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at 607-936-3713 and one of our tech coaches will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening May 18, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our bi-weekly recommended listening posting for Monday, May 18, 2020.

On another music note, just FYI there is a library music app, Freegal Music, that allows you to stream unlimited commercial free music to a  mobile device. You can find it in your app store, or, alternately you can stream music to a PC from the Freegal Catalog by clicking on the following link:

https://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/home

If you have questions about how to use the Freegal Music Service, please let me know! You can contact me by leaving a message on the blog. Or, you can send an email to the following address reimerl@stls.org and I’ll get back to you!

I’m going to preface today’s posting with a little bit of trivia and a related video clip from YouTube.
Aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss was born in Hammondsport, New York on May 21, 1878. And here is a short Smithsonian clip showing just how much Curtiss contributed to the evolution of flight technology!

And on to the music of the day, a bit of country, a bit of rock, a bit of jazz and classical too – we’ve got a well-balanced musical plate today – enjoy!

Recommended Music Videos

The Battle of New Orleans by Johnny Horton | From the LP The Spectacular Johnny Horton (Genre: Country, Classic Country)

A classic and slightly whimsical song by the great country singer Johnny Horton, chronicling how the U.S. army won the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

The Beat Goes on by Sonny & Cher | From the LP In Case You’re In Love (Genre: Folk-Rock, Pop)

The then husband and wife duo, Sonny & Cher, performing one of their biggest hits!

Countin’ The Blues by Gertrude “Ma” Rainey | From the album Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1924-1925) (Genre: Blues)

Ma Rainey is considered one of the queens of the blues. She only recorded during the 1920s but was quite prolific – recording more than 100 songs. Here is Countin’ the Blues from 1924.

Fantasia dei Gatti by Augustin Hadelich | from the album Paganini 24 Caprices (Genre: Classical)

A fantasy video, with cats, for a fantasy song, Fantasia dei Gatti, played by the talented Italian violinist Augustin Hadelich.

Love Reign O’er Me by The Who (Live At Hyde Park) | Original sone from the LP Quadrophenia (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

One of The Who’s classic songs from their second best rock opera – Quadrophenia!

My Heart is Burning Dogs of Desire, Annika Socolofsky, John Daugherty & David Alan Miller (Genre: Classical, Folk) | From the LP This Land Sings

The This Lands Sings album, features some great singing and the whole LP is inspired by the work of Woody Guthrie. This song, is an instrumental and is very atmospheric, featuring harmonica playing you can just picture coming from a hobo riding a train.

Rain For Sleeping and Relaxation (Sounds of Nature) by Joe Baker | From the LP Rain For Sleeping and Relaxation (Genre: Nature Sounds)

One hour of the sound of raining coming down – relaxation on demand!

Summertime by Miles Davis | From the album Porgy and Bess (Genre: Jazz)

The great jazz trumpetist Miles Davis offers a terrific version of one of the best known songs from the musical show Porgy and Bess – Summertime.

Walking After Midnight by Patsy Cline | From the album Patsy Cline (Genre: Country, Classic Country)

A huge hit for Patsy Cline in 1957, Walking After Midnight is still one of her best known songs today.

When You’re My Age by Lori McKenna with Hillary Lindsey & Liz Rose | From the forthcoming album The Balladeer (Genre: Folk, Americana)

The insightful folk singer-songwriter Lori McKenna, has a new album coming out in July; When You’re My Age is the title track and first single. McKenna seems to be singing to her adult children with this song – which is a great I’m-a-certain-age-so-I-have-a-deeper-perspective type of song. I was a little surprised, in doing research for this posting, to find that McKenna is slightly younger than I am – but as she has been married for more than 30 years and has 5 children and she’s got that looking down the years perspective thing down pat. (How is it that time flies so fast?!)

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing by Leo Sayer | From the LP Endless Flight (Genre: Pop, Classic Pop)

And our finally song for today is an upbeat pop classic from one of the masters of 1970s pop/rock – Leo Sayer. It is very easy to dance to the song You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.

Be well & happy listening!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

AllMusic: https://www.allmusic.com/

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

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

ABOUT LIBRARY APPS: Libby & RBDigital:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the Libby and/or the RBDigital app, to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and on-demand magazines, from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at 607-936-3713 and one of our tech coaches will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading May 19, 2020

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, and while the library is closed the weekly recommendations will all be digital – eBooks & downloadable audiobooks available through the Digital Catalog.

Since so many people have spare time on their hands these days, this week I’m going to suggest ten titles that are the first book in a series – so you can dig in deep and immerse yourself in the worlds presented in these reads!

Suggested Reads:

“A” is for Alibi (Kinsey Malone Series) by Sue Grafton (Format: eBook)

READ THE SENSATIONAL BLOCKBUSTER THAT STARTED IT ALL!

Take it from the top in #1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton’s knockout thriller that introduced detective Kinsey Millhone—and a hot new attitude—to crime fiction…

A IS FOR AVENGER
A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments, she’s got a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes.

A IS FOR ACCUSED
That’s why she draws desperate clients like Nikki Fife. Eight years ago, she was convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she’s out on parole and needs Kinsey’s help to find the real killer. But after all this time, clearing Nikki’s bad name won’t be easy.

A IS FOR ALIBI
If there’s one thing that makes Kinsey Millhone feel alive, it’s playing on the edge. When her investigation turns up a second corpse, more suspects, and a new reason to kill, Kinsey discovers that the edge is closer—and sharper—than she imagined.

An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League Series) by Alyssa Cole (Format: eBook)

“Richly detailed setting, heart-stopping plot, and unforgettable characters.”
—Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author

The first of award-winning author Alyssa Cole’s highly-acclaimed Loyal League series! As the Civil War rages between the states, a courageous pair of spies plunge fearlessly into a maelstrom of ignorance, deceit, and danger, combining their unique skills to alter the course of history and break the chains of the past . . .

Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in Massachusetts, she returns to the indignity of slavery in the South—to spy for the Union Army.

Malcolm McCall is a detective for Pinkerton’s Secret Service. Subterfuge is his calling, but he’s facing his deadliest mission yet—risking his life to infiltrate a Rebel enclave in Virginia.

Two undercover agents who share a common cause—and an undeniable attraction—Malcolm and Elle join forces when they discover a plot that could turn the tide of the war in the Confederacy’s favor. Caught in a tightening web of wartime intrigue, and fighting a fiery and forbidden love, Malcolm and Elle must make their boldest move to preserve the Union at any cost—even if it means losing each other . .

Area X Bundle (Southern Reach Trilogy) written by Jeff VanderMeer and read by Carolyn McCormick (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

If J. J. Abrams, Margaret Atwood, and Alan Weisman collaborated on a series, it might be this awesome.

This collection includes all three novels in the epic Southern Reach trilogy—Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance. Praised for its evocative prose, chilling psychological twists, and intriguing story arc, this series has amassed high critical and popular acclaim, with book one landing on the New York Times bestsellers list.

Dive into the mysteries of Area X, a remote and lush terrain that has inexplicably sequestered itself from civilization. Twelve expeditions have gone in, and not a single member of any of them has remained unchanged by the experience—for better or worse.

The Area X Bundle contains all three books in the Southern Reach Trilogy
1. Annihilation (2014)
2. Authority (2014)
3. Acceptance (2012)

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Series) written by N. K. Jemisin and read by Robin Miles (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this “intricate and extraordinary” Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution. (The New York Times)

This is the way the world ends…for the last time.

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy) by Stieg Larsson (Format: eBook)

Murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue combine into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel, the first in Stieg Larsson’s thrilling Millenium series featuring Lisbeth Salander.

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

In The Woods (Dublin Murder Squad Series) by Tana French (Format: eBooks)

The debut novel of an astonishing voice in psychological suspense

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

Richly atmospheric, stunning in its complexity, and utterly convincing and surprising to the end, In the Woods is sure to enthrall fans of Mystic River and The Lovely Bones.

Interview with a Vampire (Vampire Chronicles Series) written by Anne Rice and read by Simon Vance  (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

The time is now.

We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks—as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead. . .

He speaks quietly, plainly, even gently . . . carrying us back to the night when he departed human existence as heir—young, romantic, cultivated—to a great Louisiana plantation, and was inducted by the radiant and sinister Lestat into the other, the “endless,” life . . . learning first to sustain himself on the blood of cocks and rats caught in the raffish streets of New Orleans, then on the blood of human beings . . . to the years when, moving away from his final human ties under the tutelage of the hated yet necessary Lestat, he gradually embraces the habits, hungers, feelings of vampirism: the detachment, the hardened will, the “superior” sensual pleasures and much, much more…

The Lord of the Rings Bundle (Lord of the Rings Series, all three books in one volume!) by J.R.R. Tolkien (Format: eBook)

If you’re anything like me, you may have read part of the lengthy Lord of the Rings trilogy, and thoroughly enjoyed the movies filmed in New Zealand but never quite gotten back to reading the entire trilogy. I started reading The Fellowship of the Ring in high school but found it challenging to keep track of the characters as most of them had names I’d never heard before. Many years later, and brushing up on how to say, and thus remember those names, thanks to the movies – it just might be time to take another crack at the books – what say you?! — LR

And here’s a description of this all-in-one volume from the publisher: A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

From Sauron’s fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.

When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.

The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.

One for the Money (Stephanie Plum Series) written by Janet Evanovich phanieand read by Lori Petty (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

One For The Money is the first book in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and it introduces the witty protagonist! And every time I read this title One For The Money, I hear Carl Perkins  in the jukebox in my mind “Well, it’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready and go, cat go! But don’t you…step  on my blue suede shoes!”

And here a description of the plot from the publisher: Meet Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie’s opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey.

She’s a product of the “burg,” a blue-collar pocket of Trenton where houses are attached and narrow, cars are American, windows are clean, and (God forbid you should be late) dinner is served at six.

Out of work and out of money, Stephanie blackmails her bail-bondsman cousin Vinnie into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. Stephanie knows zilch about the job requirements, but she figures her new pal, el-primo bounty hunter Ranger, can teach her what it takes to catch a crook. Her first assignment: nail Joe Morelli, a former vice cop on the run from a charge of murder one. Morelli’s the inamorato who charmed Stephanie out of her virginity at age sixteen. There’s still powerful chemistry between them, so the chase should be interesting…and could also be extremely dangerous.

A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock Series) by Sherry Thomas (Format: eBook)

USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas turns the story of the renowned Sherlock Holmes upside down in the first novel in this Victorian mystery series….

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.

When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her.

But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.

An NPR Best Book of 2016

And as a bonus, here is Carl Perkins, from a 1956 Perry Como Show appearance, playing his classic tune – Blue Suede Shoes!

Be well and happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Note: Book summaries are from the publisher unless otherwise specified.

StarCat

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

ABOUT LIBRARY APPS:

You can access digital library content, i.e. eBooks & downloadable audiobooks, on PCs, Macs and mobile devices.

For mobile devices simply download the Libby (eBooks & downloadable audiobooks) or the RB Digital app (on-demand magazines), from your app store to get started. And if you’re using a PC or Mac simply click on the following link: https://stls.overdrive.com/

If you have questions call the library at 607-936-3713 and one of our tech coaches will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers May 24, 2020

Hi everyone, since as all the libraries in the Southern Tier Library System are currently closed and you can’t place holds for physical materials, nor, of course, pick up holds; for the duration of the Corona Virus crisis, I’m going to post links to the New York Times Bestsellers, in eBook or downloadable audiobook form, that can be requested, or checked out, through the Digital Catalog.

 

If you have questions about how to access digital content you can write a comment and post it on the blog, or send me, SSCL Librarian Linda Reimer, questions via email: reimerl@stls.org

 

 

And here are the New York Times Bestsellers that can be found in the Digital Catalog.

 

FICTION:

THE 20TH VICTIM by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The 20th book in the Women’s Murder Club series. Lindsay Boxer looks into the murders of disreputable persons in three separate cities.

 

 

ALL ADULTS HERE by Emma Straub (Format:eBook):

A repressed memory triggers Astrid Strick to weigh the outcomes of her parenting of her now-grown children.

 

 

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins (Format: eBook):

A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel.

 

 

BIG SUMMER by Jennifer Weiner (Format: eBook):

Daphne Berg’s former best friend asks her to be the maid of honor at her wedding in Cape Cod.

 

 

BLUE MOON by Lee Child (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Jack Reacher gets caught up in a turf war between Ukrainian and Albanian gangs.

 

 

THE BOOK OF LONGINGS by Sue Monk Kidd (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

A scholarly young woman named Ana meets an 18-year-old Jesus and becomes caught up in a confluence of dangers.

 

 

THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS by Lisa Wingate (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The stories of three women struggling to get from Louisiana to Texas during Reconstruction are discovered by a first-year teacher living a century later.

 

 

CAMINO WINDS by John Grisham (Format:eBook):

The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred when an author of thrillers is found dead after a hurricane hits Camino Island.

 

 

THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

In Depression-era America, five women refuse to be cowed by men or convention as they deliver books throughout the mountains of Kentucky.

 

 

HELLO, SUMMER by Mary Kay Andrews (Format: eBook):

Conley Hawkins loses her big-city beat and takes over the gossip column of her family’s small-town newspaper.

 

 

IF IT BLEEDS by Stephen King (Format: eBook):

Four novellas: “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone,” “The Life of Chuck,” “Rat” and “If It Bleeds.”

 

 

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng (Format eBook):

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

 

 

MASKED PREY by John Sandford (Format: eBook):

The 30th book in the Prey series. Washington politicians ask Lucas Davenport to look into someone who is targeting their children.

 

 

NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The connection between a high school star athlete and a loner ebbs and flows when they go to Trinity College in Dublin.

 

 

SHADOW FLIGHT by Christine Feehan (Format: eBook):

The fifth book in the Shadow Riders series. Taviano Ferraro steps outside his crime family’s rules to keep Nicoletta Gomez safe.

 

 

SOMEONE LIKE YOU by Karen Kingsbury (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

After uncovering a secret, Maddie Baxter West breaks off from the life she has to find out what could have been.

 

 

WALK THE WIRE by David Baldacci (Format: eBook):

The sixth book in the Memory Man series. Decker and Jamison investigate a murder in a North Dakota town in a fracking boom.

 

 

THE WEDDING DRESS by Danielle Steel (Format: eBook):

The triumphs and losses of one family over the last century are recounted as a symbolic piece of apparel gets handed down through the generations.

 

 

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens (eBook):

In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.

 

 

NON-FICTION:

BECOMING by Michelle Obama (eBook):

The former first lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, and how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

 

 

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover (Format: eBook):

The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.

 

 

THE GREAT INFLUENZA by John M. Barry (Format: eBook):

An overview of the 1918 flu epidemic and cautionary tale for similar kinds of large-scale outbreaks.

 

 

HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD by Robert Kolker (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

From 1945 to 1965, a family in Colorado had 12 children, six of whom went on to develop schizophrenia.

 

 

HOUSE OF KENNEDY by James Patterson and Cynthia Fagen (Format: eBook):

A look at the achievements of the political family and what has been called “the Kennedy curse.”

 

 

THE MAMBA MENTALITY by Kobe Bryant (Format: eBook):

Various skills and techniques used on the court by the Los Angeles Lakers player.

 

 

OPEN BOOK by Jessica Simpson with Kevin Carr O’Leary (Format: eBook):

The singer, actress and fashion designer discloses times of success, trauma and addiction.

 

 

THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

An examination of the leadership of the prime minister Winston Churchill.

 

 

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle (Format: eBook):

The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.

 

 

A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE by Sonia Purnell (Format: eBook):

The true story of a Baltimore socialite who joined a spy organization during World War II and became essential to the French Resistance.

 

 

Be well and read on!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Note: this list contains all the New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week that are owned by libraries within the Southern Tier Library System.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening May 15, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our bi-weekly recommended listening posting for Friday, May 15, 2020.

And on a did you know note – Did you know that today, Friday, May 15 is National Pizza Party day?

It is!

So today is a perfect day to order a pizza, or make one from scratch, and celebrate the deliciousness of pizza!

On another music note, just FYI there is a library music app, Freegal Music, that allows you to stream unlimited commercial free music to a  mobile device. You can find it in your app store, or, alternately you can stream music to a PC from the Freegal Catalog by clicking on the following link:

https://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/home

If you have questions about how to use the Freegal Music Service, please let me know! You can contact me by leaving a message on the blog. Or, you can send an email to the following address reimerl@stls.org and I’ll get back to you!

Recommended Music Videos

American Pie by Don McLean (Genre: Pop/Rock, Folk)


The classic title track from McLean’s smash hit second album of the same name, released in 1971.

An Ending (Ascent) by Brian Eno (Genre: Experimental Rock, Electronic Music)


An Ending (Ascent) is a lovely, soothing song from the experimental master, and former co-founder of Roxy Music.

Birgit Nilsson in Concert (Stockholm, 1964) (Genre: Classical, Vocal)

The great twentieth century soprano Birgit Nilsson sings!

Forest Gump Suite from the film soundtrack, composed by Alan Silvestri

The Forest Gump Suite, a simple instrumental song featuring piano and strings, is that rare thing in popular music, a majestic song!

Galveston by Glen Campbell (Genre: Country, Classic Country, Folk, Pop)

Glen Campbell, the great session player and solo artist, sings one of his greatest hits, Galveston, originally released in 1968.

Here Come’s The Sun & Homeward Bound by George Harrison & Paul Simon (Genre: Traditional Rock, Folk)

George Harrison and Paul Simon live!

In The Still of the Night by the Five Satins (Genre: Doo-Wop, R&B, Traditional R&B)

In The Still of the Night is one of the best Doo-Wop songs ever, and the biggest hit by far of the group the Five Satins. The song was originally issued in 1956.

I’ve Been Everywhere by Hank Snow (Genre: Country, Classic Country)

The classic country singer Hank Snow offering a song he took to #1 on the country charts, back in 1962.

What Have You Done For You Lately by Janet Jackson (Genre: R&B)

The ever talented Janet Jackson with an early hit – What Have You Done For Me Lately, from her third album, 1986’s Control.

Woodchopper’s Ball by Woody Herman & His Swingin’ Herd (Genre: Jazz, Swing)

Saxophonist and clarinetist Woody Herman and his band playing one of Woody’s best known songs – the up-temp Woodchopper’s Ball.

Be well & happy listening!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

AllMusic: https://www.allmusic.com/

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

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

ABOUT LIBRARY APPS: Libby & RBDigital:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the Libby and/or the RBDigital app, to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and on-demand magazines, from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at 607-936-3713 and one of our tech coaches will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening May 11, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our bi-weekly recommended listening posting for Monday, May 11, 2020.

On another music note, just FYI there is a library music app, Freegal Music, that allows you to stream unlimited commercial free music to a  mobile device. You can find it in your app store, or, alternately you can stream music to a PC from the Freegal Catalog by clicking on the following link:

https://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/home

If you have questions about how to use the Freegal Music Service, please let me know! You can contact me by leaving a message on the blog. Or, you can send an email to the following address reimerl@stls.org and I’ll get back to you!

Recommended Music Videos for Monday, May 11, 2020

Say a Little Prayer for You composed by Burt Bacharach and performed by Dionne Warwick (Genre: Easy Listening, American Standards)

Composer Burt Bacharach turns 92 years young on Tuesday, May 12th. To celebrate his birthday here is Dionne Warwick singing his classic song I Say A Little Prayer For You.

Sunshine of Your Love by Cream with Jack Bruce on bass on lead vocals (Genre: Rock, Jazz, Classic Rock)

Bassist and composer Jack Bruce, member of the Graham Bond Organization, Manfred Mann, briefly a member of John Mayall’s Blues Breakers and later lead vocalist and bassist for Cream, was born on May 14, 1943. To celebrate his life and music, the week of his birth, here he is with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker playing their seminal tune Sunshine of Your Love.

Keep on the Sunny Side by The Carter Family featuring Maybelle Carter (Genre: Country, Folk)

Banjoist, guitarist and singer Maybelle Carter, of the famous country music group The Carter Family, was born on May 10, 1909.

God Bless American by Kate Smith, compose Irving Berlin (Genre: American Standards, Vocal Music)

The iconic American composer Irving Berlin was born on May 11, 1888 in Tyuman, Russia. Berlin immigrated to the U.S. with his parents when he was four-years-old and grew up to compose many American standards including White Christmas, God Bless America, Puttin’ On The Ritz and There’s No Business Like Show Business.

With or Without You by U2 featuring Bono on lead vocals (Genre: Rock, Socially Conscious Rock)

Bono, founding member of U2 and one of those great musicians known simply by one name, was born in Paul Hewson, in Dublin, Ireland on May 10, 1960.

Manteca by Gil Evans (Genre: Jazz)

Jazz Pianist and composer Gil Evans was born on May 13, 1912 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Give a listen to one of his great songs, Manteca,this Wednesday on the 108th anniversary of his birth.

Hold My Hand by Hootie & The Blowfish featuring Darius Rucker on lead vocals (Genre: Pop, Rock, Country)

Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish and solo country fame, was born on May 13, 1968 and will celebrate his 52-birthday on Wednesday.

Feelin’ Alright by Traffic (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

Low Sparks of High Heeled Boys by Traffic (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

Two of Traffic’s founding members, Dave Mason and Steve Winwood, are both celebrating birthdays this week. Mason was born on May 10, 1946 and Winwood on May 12, 1948.

My Guy by Mary Wells (R&B):

Mary Wells born May 13, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. Wells was one of Motown’s earliest stars and here she is signing her best known song – My Guy.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours by Stevie Wonder (Genre: R&B, Soul, Singer-Songwriter, Jazz)

Celebrate the music of Stevie Wonder this week. Wonder turns 70 on Wednesday, May 13th!

Bonus Videos: Limericks and Little Richard!

Limerick Day is observed on May 12, the anniversary of the birth of a master of limerick, Edward Lear (1812-1888).

Lucille by Little Richard (Genre: Rock n’ Roll!)

Little Richard died of bone cancer, at the age of 87, this past Saturday. To celebrate his life and music, here he is singing one of his greatest songs – Lucille.

Be well!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Chase’s Calendar of Events 2020. Rowman & Littlefield. Lanham, Maryland. 2019.

Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles 1955-1990. Record Research Inc. Menomonee Falls. 1991.

Online References

AllMusic: https://www.allmusic.com/

Freegal Catalog, https://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/home

Digital Catalogs:

Note: There are apps for each catalog or, you can download digital content to a PC.

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

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

Freegal Music

You can stream an unlimited amount of music for the duration of the Corona Crisis.

RBDigital:

RBDigital offers on-demand magazines, so you can read til your heart’s content!

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.