New York Times Bestsellers January 30, 2022

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 Audiobook), 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 posts are published on Sundays.

January 16, 2022 Update! I’ve run out of week this week – so the next  New York Times Bestseller post will be published on Sunday, January 30, 2022.

FICTION

CALL US WHAT WE CARRY  by Amanda Gorman

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

A debut collection of poems on identity and history by the presidential inaugural poet who wrote “The Hill We Climb.”

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr

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

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

INVISIBLE by Danielle Steel

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Invisible

The daughter of a couple in a loveless marriage is discovered by a British filmmaker and thrust into the public eye.

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

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

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.

LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood

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

Love Hypothesis

A young professor agrees to pretend to be a third-year Ph.D. candidate’s boyfriend.

THE MAID by Nita Prose 

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Maid

When a wealthy man is found dead in his room, a maid at the Regency Grand Hotel becomes a lead suspect.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

OLGA DIES DREAMING by Xochitl Gonzalez

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog; coming soon as a print book)

After a devastating hurricane hits Puerto Rico, Olga is visited in New York by her mother, who abandoned her as a child to advance a militant political cause

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.

SOMETHING TO HIDE by Elizabeth George

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The 21st book in the Inspector Lynley series. Lynley pursues a killer who might be hiding in North London’s Nigerian community.

SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

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

Song of Achilles

A reimagining of Homer’s “Iliad” that is narrated by Achilles’ companion Patroclus.

THE STRANGER IN THE LIFEBOAT by Mitch Albom

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

After a ship explodes, 10 people struggling to survive pull a man who claims to be the Lord out of the sea

TO PARADISE by Hanya Yanagihara

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Difficult circumstances and societal pressures affect characters living in America in 1893, 1993 and 2093.

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Ugly Love

Tate Collins and Miles Archer, an airline pilot, think they can handle a no strings attached arrangement. But they can’t.

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

Lowen Ashleigh is hired by the husband of an injured writer to complete her popular series and uncovers a horrifying truth.

WISH YOU WERE HERE by Jodi Picoult

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

Diana O’Toole re-evaluates her seemingly perfect life when a pandemic disrupts her vacation in the Galápagos Islands.

NON-FICTION:

1619 PROJECT edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman and Jake Silverstein

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Viewing America’s entanglement with slavery and its legacy, in essays adapted and expanded from The New York Times Magazine.

ALL ABOUT LOVE by bell hooks

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

All About Love

The late feminist icon explores the causes of a polarized society and the meaning of love.

AMERICAN MARXISM by Mark R. Levin

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

American Marxism

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

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

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

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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

A botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation espouses having an understanding and appreciation of plants and animals.

CHASING HISTORY by Carl Bernstein

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

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist details his journey of self-education in the newsrooms of Washington, D.C.

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

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

Crying in H Mart

The daughter of a Korean mother and Jewish-American father, and leader of the indie rock project Japanese Breakfast, describes creating her own identity after losing her mother to cancer.

GREAT RESET by Glenn Beck with Justin Haskins

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

The syndicated radio host portrays what he sees as a conspiracy to shift economic and social power.

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

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

Greenlights

The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

HOW CIVIL WARS START by Barbara F. Walter

(Available Formats: eBook & Print Book coming soon)

A political scientist looks at increasing civil wars around the globe and the potential for a second one in the United States.

LITTLE CLOSER TO HOME by Ginger Zee

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

The chief meteorologist for ABC News shares some of her childhood difficulties and ongoing struggles.

The REAL ANTHONY FAUCI by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

The anti-vaccine advocate gives his take on the chief medical advisor to the president.

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.

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

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

Untamed

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

UNTHINKABLE by Jamie Raskin

(Available Formats: Print Book coming soon)

The Maryland congressman describes leading the impeachment effort against the former president shortly after his son’s death by suicide and the insurrection at the Capitol.

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU? by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey

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

What Happened To You

An approach to dealing with trauma that shifts an essential question used to investigate it.

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 January 21, 2022

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, January 28, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

As You Said by Cream (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

From The Album: Wheels of Fire (1968)

Down The Road a Piece by The Rolling Stones (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

From The Album: Rolling Stones, Now! (1965)

False Company by Garcia Peoples (Genre: Rock, Jam Rock)

From The Album: Dodging Due (2022)

Love Special Delivery by Los Lobos (Genre: Rock, Traditional Rock)

From The Album: Native Sons (2021)

More Today Than Yesterday by Charles Earland (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Black Talk! (1969)

Raised On Robbery by Join Mitchell (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Pop-Rock)

From The Album: Court And Spark (1974)

Robber by The Weather Station (Genre: Jazz, Pop-Rock)

From The Album: Ignorance (2020)

Thanks For Saving My Life by Billy Paul (Genre: Vocal, R&B)

From The Album: War of The Gods (1973)

Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anyone Seen My Love) (Empire Burlesque Alternate Mix by Bob Dylan (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Rock)

From The Album: Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16 / 1980-1985 (2021)

Under The Falling Sky by Bonnie Raitt (Genre: Blues, Rock)

From The Album: Give It Up (1972)

And as a bonus, two more jam songs!

Spoonful by Cream also from their album Wheels of Fire (1968)

&

The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys by Traffic

This song is the title track from their 1971 LP (Note: the song starts softly and builds – so adjust your volume accordingly)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Strictly A One-Eyed Jack (2022) by John Mellencamp (Genre: Rock, Singers-Songwriter)

And from the album the song

Wasted Days with Bruce Springsteen

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.

New York Times Bestsellers January 23, 2022

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 Audiobook), 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 posts are published on Sundays.

January 16, 2022 Update! I’ve run out of week this week – so the next  New York Times Bestseller post will be published on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

FICTION

CALL US WHAT WE CARRY  by Amanda Gorman

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

A debut collection of poems on identity and history by the presidential inaugural poet who wrote “The Hill We Climb.”

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr

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

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

GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE by Diana Gabaldon

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

The ninth book in the Outlander series. As the Revolutionary War moves closer to Fraser’s Ridge, Claire and Jamie reunite with their daughter and her family.

INVISIBLE by Danielle Steel

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Invisible

The daughter of a couple in a loveless marriage is discovered by a British filmmaker and thrust into the public eye.

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

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

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.

LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood

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

Love Hypothesis

A young professor agrees to pretend to be a third-year Ph.D. candidate’s boyfriend.

THE MAID by Nita Prose 

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Maid

When a wealthy man is found dead in his room, a maid at the Regency Grand Hotel becomes a lead suspect.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry

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

People We Meet On Vacation

Opposites Poppy and Alex meet to vacation together one more time in hopes of saving their relationship.

RECKLESS GIRLS by Rachel Hawkins

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Reckless Girls

Six visitors who go to an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean encounter death and danger.

SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS by Jessamine Chan

(Available Formats: Downloadable audiobook)

The School For Good Mothers

After one moment of poor judgment, government officials will decide if Frida Liu will get to keep her child.

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.

SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

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

Song of Achilles

A reimagining of Homer’s “Iliad” that is narrated by Achilles’ companion Patroclus.

STARLESS CROWN by James Rollins

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD audibook & downloadable audiobook)

The Starless Crown

A team of outcasts embark on a journey to find secrets that might bring about their salvation.

STAR WARS: THE FALLEN STAR by Claudia Gray

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Fallen Star

The third book in the High Republic series. Marchion Ro plans a new attack.

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Ugly Love

Tate Collins and Miles Archer, an airline pilot, think they can handle a no strings attached arrangement. But they can’t.

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

Lowen Ashleigh is hired by the husband of an injured writer to complete her popular series and uncovers a horrifying truth.

WISH YOU WERE HERE by Jodi Picoult

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

Diana O’Toole re-evaluates her seemingly perfect life when a pandemic disrupts her vacation in the Galápagos Islands.

NON-FICTION:

1619 PROJECT edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman and Jake Silverstein

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Viewing America’s entanglement with slavery and its legacy, in essays adapted and expanded from The New York Times Magazine.

ALL ABOUT LOVE by bell hooks

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

All About Love

The late feminist icon explores the causes of a polarized society and the meaning of love.

ALL ABOUT ME! by Mel Brooks

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

All About Me

The EGOT and Kennedy Center honoree shares stories about making comedy for the stage, film and television.

AMERICAN MARXISM by Mark R. Levin

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

American Marxism

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

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

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

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

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

Crying in H Mart

The daughter of a Korean mother and Jewish-American father, and leader of the indie rock project Japanese Breakfast, describes creating her own identity after losing her mother to cancer.

DAWN OF EVERYTHING by David Graeber and David Wengrow

(Available Formats: Print Book)

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

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

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

Greenlights

The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

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.

PERIL by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

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

Peril

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

The REAL ANTHONY FAUCI by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

The anti-vaccine advocate gives his take on the chief medical advisor to the president.

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.

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

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

Untamed

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

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU? by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey

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

What Happened To You

An approach to dealing with trauma that shifts an essential question used to investigate it.

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.

YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion

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

Year of Magical Thinking

Winner of the National Book Award in 2005. The late writer recounts her daughter’s illness and husband’s death.

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.

Library Connections, A Readers’, Listeners’ & Viewers’ Advisory Videocast January 14, 2022

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, January 25, 2021.

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

Have a great week!
Linda Reimer, SSCL

Suggested Reading January 18, 2022

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, January 25, 2022.

Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels

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

Aimme Come Home

It begins as a lark — a harmless diversion initiated by Washington, D.C., hostess Ruth Bennett as a means of entertaining her visiting niece, Sara. But the séance conducted in Ruth’s elegant Georgetown home calls something back; something unwelcome … and palpably evil. Suddenly Sara is speaking in a voice not her own, transformed into a miserable, whimpering creature so unlike her normal, sensible self. No tricks or talismans will dispel the malevolence that now plagues the inhabitants of this haunted place — until a dark history of treachery, lust, and violence is exposed. But the cost might well be the sanity and the lives of the living.

The Beach by Alex Garland

(Available Formats: Print & eBook)

The Beach

The irresistible novel that was adapted into a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Khao San Road, Bangkok — first stop for the hordes of rootless young Westerners traveling in Southeast Asia. On Richard’s first night there, in a low-budget guest house, a fellow traveler slashes his wrists, bequeathing to Richard a meticulously drawn map to “the Beach.”

The Beach, as Richard has come to learn, is the subject of a legend among young travelers in Asia: a lagoon hidden from the sea, with white sand and coral gardens, freshwater falls surrounded by jungle, plants untouched for a thousand years. There, it is rumored, a carefully selected international few have settled in a communal Eden.

Haunted by the figure of Mr. Duck — the name by which the Thai police have identified the dead man — and his own obsession with Vietnam movies, Richard sets off with a young French couple to an island hidden away in an archipelago forbidden to tourists. They discover the Beach, and it is as beautiful and idyllic as it is reputed to be. Yet over time it becomes clear that Beach culture, as Richard calls it, has troubling, even deadly, undercurrents.

Spellbinding and hallucinogenic, The Beach by Alex Garland — both a national bestseller and his debut — is a highly accomplished and suspenseful novel that fixates on a generation in their twenties, who, burdened with the legacy of the preceding generation and saturated by popular culture, long for an unruined landscape, but find it difficult to experience the world firsthand.

Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom by Carl Bernstein

(Available Formats: eBook, downloadable audiobook & print book coming soon!)

Chasing History

Pulitzer Prize winner Bernstein (All the President’s Men) looks back at his early days as a reporter, before his Watergate reporting made him a household name, in this entertaining memoir. With wry humor, he describes his apprenticeship “in the newspaper trade from ages sixteen to twenty-one.” Though his poor grades and record as a juvenile delinquent made it seem that “the odds were against my ever amounting to much,” Bernstein recounts how in 1960, with the help of his father, he got an interview at the now defunct Washington Star. Thanks to his persistence and charisma, Bernstein secured a job there as a copyboy and moved rapidly up the ranks. He amusingly recounts going from covering local stories to reporting on major political events—such as the fledgling Kennedy administration—all while juggling the mundanities of high school: “Now that I had covered the inauguration of the president of the United States,” he recalls, “Mr. Adelman’s chemistry class interested me even less.” Just as enthralling are his quaint recollections of growing up in D.C., at a time when being raised there felt “akin to living in a small town that also happened to be the capital of the United States.” Admirers of this remarkable journalist will find much to love in this charming account. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

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

The Comfort Book

Haig calls them life rafts, thoughts he’s recorded that have helped keep him afloat. The best-selling author of Notes on a Nervous Planet (2019) and The Midnight Library (2020) offers earnest reflections in this thought-provoking, affirming collection that is both personal and universal. Haig shares his struggles with mental health and what he’s learned about the beauty it’s possible to perceive even on the darkest days. He describes how his life-threatening depression seemed to define him, and what it took to recover from a massive breakdown. He shares insights from others who faced epic challenges, such as the 17-year-old survivor of a commercial flight that crash-landed in the Amazon rain forest. Haig bounces from topics like food and social media to philosophy and quantum physics with grace, and finds lessons in the lives of historical figures like Beethoven, Marcus Aurelius, and Nellie Bly. His work is filled to the brim with the power of self-acceptance, connection, and the knowledge that troubles will pass. With Haig’s trademark empathy and celebration of the resilience of the human heart, this is a book we all need and deserve. Booklist Review

Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo by Boris Fishman

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

Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo

The title of Fishman’s second book (after The Replacement Life, 2014) is the only demand the birth mother makes when she delivers Maya and Alex Rubin’s adoptive son. Eight years later, Max Rubin communes with deer in their suburban New Jersey backyard, then runs away from home to float face-down in streams. Determined that the answers to Max’s odd behavior lie in Montana, where he was born, Maya begs Alex to drive them the thousands of miles, even as winter approaches. Overall, this is Maya’s story. She and Alex are both immigrants from the former Soviet Union, but Alex, who came to the U.S. as a child with his parents, who set up the food-distribution center where he now works, does not struggle the way Maya who came as a college student and stayed once she fell in love does. At times, the narrative is slow and uncommunicative, it is a reflection of Maya’s journey, and it does pick up in the end. Readers will be left thinking about belonging and family, and how varied the experience is for those born elsewhere. -Booklist Review

The Fitzgerald Reader by F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Arthur Mizener

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Fitzgerald Reader

A selection of his finest work, edited and with an introduction by Arthur Mizener
The Fitzgerald Readers offers a top notch dive in to the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald in chronological order. Works include The Great Gatsby, The Rich Boy, Tender Is the Night, Handle With Care and The Last Tycoon.

Joan Is Okay: A Novel by Wang Weike

(Available Formats: eBook)

Joan is Okay

Wang’s profound latest (after Chemistry) portrays two generations of a grieving Asian American family. Joan, a 36-year-old self-possessed physician, works long hours at her Manhattan hospital’s ICU and lives alone in a sparsely decorated apartment despite the insistence of her well-to-do brother, Fang, that she move to Connecticut to be closer to him and his family. But when their father, who has lived in Shanghai with their mother ever since Joan went to college, dies after a stroke, Joan begins to feel unmoored. Their mother then returns to the U.S. after 18 years, only to be stranded in Connecticut due to the pandemic travel bans. Because of language barriers, her old age, and lack of a driver’s license, she depends on her children to get around and to communicate. Wang offers candid explorations of family dynamics (“berating is love, and here I was at thirty-six, still being loved,” Joan reflects after Fang shames her for not going with him and their mother on a fancy Colorado skiing trip), and Joan’s empathy for her ailing patients, as well as her disapproving brother and sister in law, are consistently refreshing. It adds up to a tender and enduring portrayal of the difficulties of forging one’s own path after spending a life between cultures. -Publishers Weekly Review

In Search of Lucy by Lia Fairchild

(Available Format: Print Book)

In Search of Lucy

Lucy Lang’s life is spiraling out of control. For years she sacrificed her own needs to care for her half sister and alcoholic mother, only to be abandoned by both. Now, at age 30, Lucy finds herself held back by memories and regret as she struggles to find her own purpose in life. But when her sister needs a kidney transplant, Lucy is the only one who can save her life.

With the help of new friends and a man who won’t give up on her, Lucy sets out on a journey to reunite with her sister and find the answers she so desperately needs. Can she get past her emotions and have a chance at happiness? With its colorful and endearing cast of characters, In Search of Lucy takes readers on a rollercoaster of emotions from sadness and heartache to happiness and hope.

The Last Klick by Robert Flynn

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Last Klick

Sherrill O’Connell is a college professor and the author of two novels about the effects of life’s tragic vicissitudes on common men. As his books go misunderstood and unread, tragedy strikes home with the death of his young daughter. Finding no comfort in his wife or his work, he gets a job as a reporter in Vietnam for a right-wing men’s magazine. His sense of failure continues when the magazine finds his stories too intellectual and liberal for its readers. In the midst of a fierce firefight, a desperate act makes him the news rather than the reporter and changes his perception of himself, his work, and his country. Flynn has written a provocative book that addresses a number of complex subjects–death, war, media manipulation, and the concept of celebrity. But it is the struggle to discover and preserve his true character that makes O’Connell someone we truly care about. Highly recommended. – Library Journal Review

The Siren of Sussex  by Mimi Matthews,

(Available Formats: eBook, downloadable audiobook and coming soon as a Print Book)

Siren of Sussex

Evelyn Maltravers needs to secure her family’s future in the wake of her disgraced sister’s disastrous season. To stir up matrimonial interest, she intends to commission a beautifully tailored riding outfit. Ahmad Malik sees great possibilities in designing for Evelyn. Orphaned as an infant, apprenticed to a tailor, and at 15 sent to England where he worked as a bully boy in a brothel, he is now a gorgeous, raven-haired tailor and designer with an innovative and elegant sense of style and on the verge of owning his own business. As for Evelyn, soon after the death of Prince Albert she is swept into the world of spiritualism by a sponsor who believes she attracts spirits. Despite feeling an intense mutual attraction, Evelyn and Ahmad are focused on their goals and, of course, in this era, a romance between a woman of the gentry and a mixed-race tradesman is inconceivable. Matthews brings the Victorian era to vivid life with meticulously researched details and an impossible romance made believable and memorable. Recommend Matthews to fans of Vanessa Riley’s Rogues and Remarkable Women series (A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby, 2020; An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler, 2021) which also deals with societal issues tied to race.

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 January 14, 2022

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, January 21, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

A.M. Radio by The Lumineers (Genre: Folk, Americana)

From The Album: Brightside (2022)

Church Street Blues by Punch Brothers (Genre: Bluegrass, Folk)

From The Album: Hell On Church Street (2022)

Dream On by Ben Rector (Pop)

From The Album: The Joy of Music (2022)

Fantaisie triomphale by the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Rumon Gamba withe Ian Tracy on organ (Genre: Classical, Orchestral)

From The Album: Fantaisie Triomphale (2022)

For Scott Kelly, Returned to Earth by Mary Lattimore (Genre: Harp)

From The Album: Collected Pieces II (2021)

I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony) by The Hillside Singers (Genre: Folk, Pop)

From the Album I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (1971)

Shenandoah by Geoff Castellucci (Genre: Folk, Modern Folk)

From the Album Shenandoah (2022)

Souled Out on You by Robert Finley (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Sharecropper’s Son (2021)

Twitchy by Rene Hall And His Orchestra with Willie Joe on guitar (Genre: Swing Rock)

Twitchy was recorded in 1957.

From The Album: Golden Selection (2021)

When I Was a Girl in Colorado by Judy Collins (Genre: Folk, Vocal)

From the Album Spellbound (2022)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Sharecropper’s Son by Robert Finley (Genre: Blues)

Sharecropper's Son

And from the album the song

Sharecropper’s Son

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 January 7, 2022

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, January 18, 2021.

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

Have a great week!
Linda Reimer, SSCL

Suggested Reading January 11, 2022

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, January 18, 2022.

Delicacy by David Foenkinos

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

Delicacy

Lighthearted and offbeat, this translation of a French novel serves up a mostly frothy dish of romance, lost love, new hope, and typically Gallic sensibilities. Natalie and Francois share an almost unbearably perfect and oddly bland life, in which everything happens with seamless affability. But when Francois is struck by a car and dies, his still-young widow is shocked at the intrusion of grief into the wonderful fantasy that is her life, which she had not thought to question until it was too late. Sleepwalking through the subsequent days, Natalie fends off unwanted advances by an enamored suitor, throws herself fully into her work, and erects a near-impenetrable fortress around her grieving heart. Yet when unprepossessing coworker Markus enters her awareness, Natalie begins to reassess what might be next. The novel’s entire focus, in fact, may stem from this one sentence, Natalie’s sadness considerably deepened her erotic potential. It should be noted that there is plenty of soft erotic subtext but little overt sexuality in this thoughtful, character-driven novel. Starred Publishers Weekly review

In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd

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

In God We Trust

A collection of humorous and nostalgic Americana stories—the beloved, bestselling classics that inspired the movie A Christmas Story

Before Garrison Keillor and Spalding Gray there was Jean Shepherd: a master monologist and writer who spun the materials of his all-American childhood into immensely resonant—and utterly hilarious—works of comic art. In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash represents one of the peaks of his achievement, a compound of irony, affection, and perfect detail that speaks across generations.
In God We Trust, Shepherd’s wildly witty reunion with his Indiana hometown, disproves the adage “You can never go back.” Bending the ear of Flick, his childhood-buddy-turned-bartender, Shepherd recalls passionately his genuine Red Ryder BB gun, confesses adolescent failure in the arms of Junie Jo Prewitt, and relives a story of man against fish that not even Hemingway could rival. From pop art to the World’s Fair, Shepherd’s subjects speak with a universal irony and are deeply and unabashedly grounded in American Midwestern life, together rendering a wonderfully nostalgic impression of a more innocent era when life was good, fun was clean, and station wagons roamed the earth.

A comic genius who bridged the gap between James Thurber and David Sedaris, Shepherd may have accomplished for Holden, Indiana, what Mark Twain did for Hannibal, Missouri.

King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett

(Available Format(s): Print Book)

King Hereafter

With the same meticulous scholarship and narrative legerdemain she brought to her hugely popular Lymond Chronicles, our foremost historical novelist travels further into the past. In King Hereafter, Dorothy Dunnett’s stage is the wild, half-pagan country of eleventh-century Scotland. Her hero is an ungainly young earl with a lowering brow and a taste for intrigue. He calls himself Thorfinn but his Christian name is Macbeth.

Dunnett depicts Macbeth’s transformation from an angry boy who refuses to accept his meager share of the Orkney Islands to a suavely accomplished warrior who seizes an empire with the help of a wife as shrewd and valiant as himself. She creates characters who are at once wholly creatures of another time yet always recognizable–and she does so with such realism and immediacy that she once more elevates historical fiction into high art.

The Last House on the Street: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Last House on the Street

Chamberlain (Big Lies in a Small Town) delivers the goods with this affecting and spellbinding account of a community’s buried secrets. In 2010, North Carolina architect Kayla Carter reluctantly prepares to move into her dream home with her three-year-old daughter, Rainie, after her husband, Jackson, died in a freak accident while building the house. Kayla is approached at her office by a woman named Ann Smith, who claims to be a potential client but unnerves Kayla by talking about Jackson’s death, and by telling her she is thinking about killing someone. After moving into the new house, Kayla and Rainie meet neighbor Ellie Hockley, who recently returned to the area to care for her aging mother and ill brother. In a parallel narrative set in 1965, Ellie joins a student group to help register Black voters. She faces danger from the KKK while working alongside other students from Northern colleges and the members of her local Black community in N.C., all of which is exacerbated by her attraction to a Black civil rights activist. As Kayla learns Ellie was once in a romantic relationship with Kayla’s father, she uncovers a series of terrible events that occurred in the woods surrounding Kayla’s property. Chamberlain ratchets up the tension with the ever-present mystery of what Ann might be up to, and the dual narratives merge beautifully before an explosive conclusion. This will keep readers enthralled. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Old Filth by Jane Gardam

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

Old Filth

Sir Edward Feathers has had a brilliant career, from his early days as a lawyer in Southeast Asia, where he earned the nickname Old Filth (FILTH being an acronym for Failed In London Try Hong Kong) to his final working days as a respected judge at the English bar. Yet through it all he has carried with him the wounds of a difficult and emotionally hollow childhood. Now an eighty-year-old widower living in comfortable seclusion in Dorset, Feathers is finally free from the regimen of work and the sentimental scaffolding that has sustained him throughout his life. He slips back into the past with ever mounting frequency and intensity, and on the tide of these vivid, lyrical musings, Feathers approaches a reckoning with his own history. Not all the old filth, it seems, can be cleaned away. Borrowing from biography and history, Jane Gardam has written a literary masterpiece reminiscent of Rudyard Kiplings Baa Baa, Black Sheep that retraces much of the twentieth centurys torrid and momentous history.

Old Filth is the first book in a trilogy; it is followed by The Man In The Hat and Last Friends.

On The Outside Looking In by Julie Ellis

(Available Format(s): Print Book)

On The Outside Looking In

Seasoned romance- and suspense-writer Ellis sets her latest tale in Castro’s Cuba. Havana pediatrician Chris is disillusioned with the meager supplies and restrictions that define his life, yet he doesn’t want to be disloyal to his father’s memory or his own devotion to his country. Chris finds himself drawn to Eva, a pretty nurse, who shares his yearning for a better life. The novel traces their courtship, marriage, and friendship with another young couple from the hospital. Chris and Eva’s story takes a turn when they discover their infant son has a serious heart condition that can only be cured with an operation in an American hospital. Ellis paints a portrait of resilience in the face of overwhelming circumstances. Despite some heavy-handed dialogue in which characters describe the Cuban Revolution and its repercussions, readers stay engaged, wanting to discover the couple’s fate. – Booklist Review

People of Darkness by Tony Hillerman

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

People of Darkness

The fourth novel in New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman’s highly acclaimed Leaphorn and Chee series.

A dying man is murdered. A rich man’s wife agrees to pay three thousand dollars for the return of a stolen box of rocks. A series of odd, inexplicable events is haunting Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police and drawing him alone into the Bad Country of the merciless Southwest, where everything good struggles to survive, including Chee. Because an assassin waits for him there, protecting a thirty-year-old vision that greed has sired and blood has nourished. And only one man will walk away.

Readers’ Note: As mentioned in the overview, People Of Darkness is the fourth book in the Leaphorn & Chee series; if you’d like to start reading the series from the beginning, the first book is The Blessing Way.

The Train To Warsaw: A Novel by Gwen Edelman

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

Train To Warsaw

Edelman’s second novel (after War Story) is a tale of the Holocaust’s lingering wounds, told in polished prose of distilled intensity. After fleeing the Warsaw Ghetto, Jascha, a Polish Jew, settles in London and finds success with a critically lauded memoir, The Way Down. Yet his wife, Lilka, another Jewish Holocaust survivor from Poland, never feels at home: “Even after forty years, London is as alien to me as the other side of the moon.” When they are invited back to Warsaw for Jascha to give a reading, Lilka considers their return a homecoming, while Jascha does not, saying “God knows why we are going… didn’t we have enough?” Jascha and Lilka must confront the melancholy alienness of their onetime home, where they find themselves lost in once-familiar streets, and Lilka is made to feel like an outsider by residents who compliment her on her excellent Polish. At the reading, Jascha focuses on his work’s most challenging moments, prompting walkouts from an audience whose members are still unable to reckon with their past. Afterward, the couple continues to re-explore the city, all the while working backward into their separate histories, until their stories meet, and they learn that some old truths still have the power to shock, even after 40 years. Edelman has written a well-crafted study of exile and return whose depth exceeds its length. – Publishers Weekly Review

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Universe Versus Alex Woods

Most teens think the universe is against them at some point. Seventeen-year-old Alex Woods has plenty of evidence for his case: a tarot-reading witch for a mother, his father a one-night Solstice stand long since forgotten, a chunk of meteorite crashing through the roof and smashing into him, the onset of epileptic seizures, and school bullies eager to target him. Luckily for Alex, the meteorite and bullies have an upside. While the meteorite accident introduces him to two unusual doctors and the worlds of astrophysics and neurology, the school bullies chase him into a life-changing friendship with the semi-reclusive Mr. Peterson after Alex takes the blame for Mr. Peterson’s broken greenhouse windows. Rather than revealing the bullies’ names, Alex accepts a punishment of helping out the curmudgeonly widower. Neither is very happy about the arrangement until they bond over books and Alex founds the Secular Church of Kurt Vonnegut reading group. Over the course of a year, they also come to terms with a terminal diagnosis. Their plans for a simple trip to a Zurich clinic turn into a wild wheelchair ride through a hospital, an unexpected kiss, and international media attention. Not your average rite of passage but one Alex can ace. VERDICT A bittersweet, cross-audience charmer, this debut novel will appeal to guys, YA readers, and Vonnegut and coming-of-age fiction fans.

Wildwood by Elinor Florence

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

Wildwood

In Florence’s (Bird’s Eye View) second novel, Molly Bannister, broke and unemployed after the crash of 2008, discovers she has been left a remote Canadian farmstead by her estranged great-aunt Mary. The catch is she must live there full time for one year in order to inherit it legally. Leaving Phoenix for the beautiful Peace River region of Northern Alberta is quite a shock. Molly is helped along when she finds Mary’s 1924 homesteading journal in the farmhouse; selections are shared, adding warmth and interest. The heart of the story, though, lies in Molly’s relationship with her young daughter Bridget; the reason Molly decided to claim the inheritance is to sell it to pay for Bridget’s needed medical treatments. Their new neighbors are mostly salt-of-the-earth types, but not everyone is reliable: some mystery and intrigue surround Molly’s legacy. There is also a chance at love, in a slightly clunky romantic subplot.

VERDICT A heartwarming story about the power of family, this novel of modern pioneering will appeal to many readers. Fans of Debbie Macomber or even Janette Oke will likely find the gentle tone and the focus on wholesome themes a familiar and engaging type of read.                                – Library Journal 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.

New York Times Bestsellers January 16, 2022

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 Audiobook), 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 posts are published on Sundays.

January 16, 2022 Update! I’ve run out of week this week – so the next  New York Times Bestseller post will be published on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

FICTION

ANNIHILATION ROAD by Christine Feehan

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Annihilation Road

The sixth book in the Torpedo Ink series. Savage sets Seychelle’s whole body on fire.

BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU by Sally Rooney

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

Beautiful World Where Are You

A novelist, a warehouse worker, an editorial assistant and a political adviser deal with changes.

CALL US WHAT WE CARRY  by Amanda Gorman

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

A debut collection of poems on identity and history by the presidential inaugural poet who wrote “The Hill We Climb.”

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr

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

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

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF by Stuart Woods

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Criminal Mischief

The 60th book in the Stone Barrington series. Stone goes to places he has not been in pursuit of an evasive adversary.

DARK HOURS by Michael Connelly

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, eBook & downloadable 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.

GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE by Diana Gabaldon

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

The ninth book in the Outlander series. As the Revolutionary War moves closer to Fraser’s Ridge, Claire and Jamie reunite with their daughter and her family.

INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab

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

Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

A Faustian bargain comes with a curse that affects the adventure Addie LaRue has across centuries.

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

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

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.

LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood

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

Love Hypothesis

A young professor agrees to pretend to be a third-year Ph.D. candidate’s boyfriend.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

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.

SLOW FIRE BURNING by Paula Hawkins

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

A Slow Fire Burning

Three women come under scrutiny when a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat.

SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

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

Song of Achilles

A reimagining of Homer’s “Iliad” that is narrated by Achilles’ companion Patroclus.

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.

UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR by TJ Klune

(Available Formats: Print Books, eBook & downloadable audiobook)

Under The Whispering Door

When given seven days to cross over, Wallace tries to pack in a lifetime’s worth of living in that week.

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

Lowen Ashleigh is hired by the husband of an injured writer to complete her popular series and uncovers a horrifying truth.

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.

WISH YOU WERE HERE by Jodi Picoult

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

Diana O’Toole re-evaluates her seemingly perfect life when a pandemic disrupts her vacation in the Galápagos Islands.

NON-FICTION:

1619 PROJECT edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman and Jake Silverstein

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Viewing America’s entanglement with slavery and its legacy, in essays adapted and expanded from The New York Times Magazine.

ALL ABOUT LOVE by bell hooks

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

All About Love

The late feminist icon explores the causes of a polarized society and the meaning of love.

ALL ABOUT ME! by Mel Brooks

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

All About Me

The EGOT and Kennedy Center honoree shares stories about making comedy for the stage, film and television.

BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS by Daniel Levy and Eugene Levy

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Best Wishes

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, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

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

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

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

Crying in H Mart

The daughter of a Korean mother and Jewish-American father, and leader of the indie rock project Japanese Breakfast, describes creating her own identity after losing her mother to cancer.

DAWN OF EVERYTHING by David Graeber and David Wengrow

(Available Formats: Print Book)

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

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

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

Greenlights

The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

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.

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.

The REAL ANTHONY FAUCI by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

The anti-vaccine advocate gives his take on the chief medical advisor to the president.

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.

THERE AND BACK by Jimmy Chin

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

There And Back

Photographs and stories of expeditions on all seven continents by the Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker.

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

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

Untamed

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

VANDERBILT by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe

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

Vanderbilt

The CNN host and descendant of the Vanderbilt family charts the rise and fall of this American dynasty.

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.

YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion

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

Year of Magical Thinking

Winner of the National Book Award in 2005. The late writer recounts her daughter’s illness and husband’s death.

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 January 7, 2022

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, January 14, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Ain’t Misbehaving by Leon Redbone (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: On The Tracks (1975)

Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin (Genre: Jazz, Pop-Rock)

From The Album: Simple Pleasures (1988)

Ev’ry Sunday Afternoon by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra (Genre: Big Band, Jazz)

The song is also known as “Every Sunday Afternoon.”

From The Album: The Chronological Classics: Benny Goodman and His Orchestra: 1940 (2000)

Lean On Me (1972) by Bill Withers (Genre: R&B, Pop)

From The Album: Still Bill (1972)

Movin’ Right Along (1979) by Fozzie and Kermit (from The Muppet Movie Soundtrack)  (Genre: Soundtrack)

Putting On The Ritz by Leo Reisman and his Orchestra with Lew Conrad (1930)

From The Album: how Tunes of the 1920’s Vol. 2 (2009)

Sh-Boom (1954) by The Chords (Genre: R&B, Pop)

From The Album: Doo Wop Classics Vol. 6 (Rhino Records) (2003)

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham! (Genre: Pop)

From The Album: Make It Big (1984)

Wham! By Lonnie Mack (Genre: Guitar, Classic Rock)

From The Album: The Wham of that Memphis Man (1963)

You Got A Friend by Carole King & James Taylor (Genre: Folk, Pop-Rock, Singer-Songwriter)

Recorded live on the Ellen Show in 2010.

You can find another live version by the duo on the 2007 album “Live at the Troubadour.”

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

For The Roses (1974) by Joni Mitchell (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Pop)

For The Roses

And from the album the song

You Turn Me on I’m a Radio

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.