Suggested Reading Week of August 13, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, five digital titles available through OverDrive and five print titles available through StarCat.

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Digital Suggestions Of The Week:

Feared, Rosato & DiNunzio Series, Book 6 written by Lisa Scottoline & read by Kate Burton (Downloadable Audiobook):

In the new thriller audiobook from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Mary DiNunzio’s ruthless nemesis Nick Machiavelli is back…with a vengeance.

Machiavelli, a corrupt lawyer, aggressively strikes close to the DiNunzio household, attacking Mary’s father and one of their beloved family friends by filing a lawsuit that accuses them of embezzling from the treasury of a local South Philly social club to which they belong. The lawsuit is frivolous, but Machiavelli ups the ante by spreading rumors that support its allegations, muddying the reputation of Mary’s father.

The claims shake the DiNunzio clan to its foundations, threatening her father’s weakening heart, and Mary steps in to fight back. But Machiavelli is a more than worthy adversary. Then the unthinkable happens, and Mary goes to her own dark side, finding a part of herself that makes her more fearsome than ever before. Is it still a battle between good and evil, when good turns evil? And will Mary be able to find herself, before she loses her soul completely?

Feared, the sixth entry in the acclaimed Rosato & DiNunzio series, expertly explores what happens when we are tempted to give in to our own inner darkness.

Praise for the Rosato & DiNunzio series:

“Plot twists aplenty raise the stakes.” —People Magazine

“Fast-paced, heart-tugging…readers will enjoy seeing how it all plays out.” —Publishers Weekly on Exposed

“The final curtain will find you cheering, and Scottoline will have earned every hurrah.” —Kirkus on Exposed

Pale as Death: Krewe of Hunters Series, Book 25 by Heather Graham:

From the dark depths of Hollywood’s past

The crime scene is horrific: the corpse of a young actress, drained of blood and cut in two. LAPD Detective Sophie Manning’s new case is high-profile and difficult—there’s no evidence to work with. And it’s a disturbing echo of the infamous Black Dahlia killing. Sophie is burning the candle at both ends, desperate to catch the murderer before he strikes again, when she starts to experience inexplicable visits…from ghosts.

Bruce McFadden has a particular talent that can help Sophie—he can speak with the dead. As a consultant for the FBI’s paranormal team, the Krewe of Hunters, he’s been tasked with Sophie’s case and they’re forced to partner up. But Sophie doesn’t want his help, and she doesn’t want to share his peculiar skill. And she certainly isn’t ready for love, despite Bruce’s attentions.

As the killer taunts the police, Sophie and Bruce will discover that the threat is closer to home than they’d ever realized. Working side by side is the only way they’ll stop this deadly sequel.

Cooper’s Charm: A Novel by Lori Foster:

One summer, two sisters and a chance to start over…

Before the burglary that shattered her confidence, Phoenix Rose had a fiancé, a successful store and a busy, happy existence. After months spent adrift, she takes a job at the lakeside resort of Cooper’s Charm. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, friendly colleagues and a charismatic, widowed boss, Phoenix is slowly inching her way back into the world.

Visiting Cooper’s Charm to check up on her little sister, Ridley Rose impulsively agrees to fill in as housekeeper. Still reeling from an ego-bruising divorce, she finds satisfaction in a job well done—and in the attention of the resort’s handsome scuba instructor.

For Phoenix and Ridley, Cooper’s Charm is supposed to be merely temporary. But this detour may lead to the place they most need to be, where the future is as satisfying as it is surprising…

Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island by Earl Swift:

A brilliant, soulful, and timely portrait of a two-hundred-year-old crabbing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay as it faces extinction

Tangier Island, Virginia, is a community unique on the American landscape. Mapped by John Smith in 1608, settled during the American Revolution, the tiny sliver of mud is home to 470 hardy people who live an isolated and challenging existence, with one foot in the 21st century and another in times long passed. They are separated from their countrymen by the nation’s largest estuary, and a twelve-mile boat trip across often tempestuous water—the same water that for generations has made Tangier’s fleet of small fishing boats a chief source for the rightly prized Chesapeake Bay blue crab, and has lent the island its claim to fame as the softshell crab capital of the world.

Yet for all of its long history, and despite its tenacity, Tangier is disappearing. The very water that has long sustained it is erasing the island day by day, wave by wave. It has lost two-thirds of its land since 1850, and still its shoreline retreats by fifteen feet a year—meaning this storied place will likely succumb first among U.S. towns to the effects of climate change. Experts reckon that, barring heroic intervention by the federal government, islanders could be forced to abandon their home within twenty-five years. Meanwhile, the graves of their forebears are being sprung open by encroaching tides, and the conservative and deeply religious Tangiermen ponder the end times.

Chesapeake Requiem is an intimate look at the island’s past, present and tenuous future, by an acclaimed journalist who spent much of the past two years living among Tangier’s people, crabbing and oystering with its watermen, and observing its long traditions and odd ways. What emerges is the poignant tale of a world that has, quite nearly, gone by—and a leading-edge report on the coming fate of countless coastal communities.

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena:

The twisty new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House

A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway . . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting away

It’s winter in the Catskills and Mitchell’s Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing—maybe even romantic—weekend away. It boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery.

So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity—and all contact with the outside world—the guests settle in for the long haul.

Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead—it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic.

Within the snowed-in paradise, something—or someone—is picking off the guests one by one. And there’s nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm.

Print Suggestions Of The Week:

Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley:

It’s late summer in 1759, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house … Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

Day Of The Dead by Nicci French:

A decade ago, psychologist Frieda Klein was sucked into the orbit of Dean Reeve–a killer able to impersonate almost anyone, a man who can disappear without a trace, a psychopath obsessed with Frieda herself. In the years since, Frieda has worked with–and sometimes against–the London police in solving their most baffling cases. But now she’s in hiding, driven to isolation by Reeve. When a series of murders announces his return, Frieda must emerge from the shadows to confront her nemesis.

The Distance Home by Paula Saunders:

In the years after World War II, the bleak yet beautiful plains of South Dakota still embody all the contradictions, the ruggedness and the promise, of the old frontier. This is a place where you can eat strawberries from wild vines, where lightning reveals a boundless horizon, where descendants of white settlers and native Indians continue to collide, and where, for most, there are limited options. René shares a home, a family, and a passion for dance with her older brother, Leon.

Yet for all they have in common, their lives are on remarkably different paths. In contrast to René, a born spitfire, Leon is a gentle soul. The only boy in their ballet class, Leon silently endures often brutal teasing. Meanwhile, René excels at everything she touches, basking in the delighted gaze of their father, whom Leon seems to disappoint no matter how hard he tries. As the years pass, René and Leon’s parents fight with increasing frequency, and ferocity. Their father, a cattle broker, spends more time on the road, his sporadic homecomings both yearned for and dreaded by the children. And as René and Leon grow up, they grow apart. They grasp whatever they can to stay afloat, a word of praise, a grandmother’s outstretched hand, the seductive attention of a stranger, as René works to save herself, crossing the border into a larger, more hopeful world, while Leon embarks on a path of despair and self-destruction. Tender, searing, and unforgettable,

The Distance Home is a profoundly American story spanning decades, a tale of haves and have-nots, of how our ideas of winning and losing, success and failure, lead us inevitably into various problems with empathy and caring for one another. It’s a portrait of beauty and brutality in which the author’s compassionate narration allows us to sympathize, in turn, with everyone involved.

The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting:

Lilah isn’t sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she’s no longer that same girl and never wants to be again. Ethan wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that. Just when Lilah might finally be ready to let Ethan in, though, she finds out their reunion might have nothing to do with love and everything to do with improving his game. But Ethan’s already lost her once, and even if it costs him his career, he’ll do anything to keep from losing her again.

Meet Me at the Museum: A Novel by Anne Youngson:

“Warm-hearted, clear-minded, and unexpectedly spellbinding, Meet Me at the Museum is a novel to savor.” ―Annie Barrows, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

In Denmark, Professor Anders Larsen, an urbane man of facts, has lost his wife and his hopes for the future. On an isolated English farm, Tina Hopgood is trapped in a life she doesn’t remember choosing. Both believe their love stories are over.

Brought together by a shared fascination with the Tollund Man, subject of Seamus Heaney’s famous poem, they begin writing letters to one another. And from their vastly different worlds, they find they have more in common than they could have imagined. As they open up to one another about their lives, an unexpected friendship blooms. But then Tina’s letters stop coming, and Anders is thrown into despair. How far are they willing to go to write a new story for themselves?

“Warm-hearted, clear-minded, and unexpectedly spellbinding, Meet Me at the Museum is a novel to savor.” ―Annie Barrows, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

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.

Freegal Music Service

This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day:

RBDigital

Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available.

About Library Apps:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive, Freegal or Zinio app from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at: 607-936-3713 and one of our Digital Literacy Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening August 10, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations for the week; four streaming suggestions* and one recommended album on CD.

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Summer is a very busy time in Library Land and thus I’m running out of week to finishing this posting!

So I’m going to offer brief descriptions of each album and recommend that if you like the genre of music the artist/band plays – you should check out their recommended album!

Freegal Recommend Albums of the Week:

Encore, Encore (1979) by Fairport Convention (Genre: Folk, British Folk, Folk-Rock):

Fairport Convention formed in the mid-sixties and was one of the most prolific British folk rock bands of the era.
This album was recorded on the folk group’s farewell tour in 1979 and the music has a poignant quality to it, as one would expect of a long playing band about to retire.

Of course, the group reformed in the 1980s and has continues to play until this day – but band members didn’t know that would happen in 1979!

Songs on the LP include: Orange Blossom Special, Bridge Over The River, Mr. Lacey, The Bonny Black Hare and The Journeyman’s Grace.

New York Rhapsody (2016) by Lang Lang (Genre: Classical, Easy Listening, Piano):

This classical LP is a perfect to play as background music while unwinding over the weekend!

Pianist Lang Lang is accompanied by the follow guest artists: Jason Isbell, Andra Day, Herbie Hancock, Kandace Springs, Sean Jones, Lindsey Stirling & Madeleine Peyroux.

Songs on the LP include: New York Morning, Empire State of Mind, Rhapsody in Blue, Somewhere and Story of Our Town.

James House And The Blue Cowboys (2018) by James House And The Blue Cowboys (Genre: Rock, Blues, Blues-Rock, Americana):

The brand new bluesy album by Nashville based singer-songwriter James House and his band.
Songs on the LP include: Jail House Blues, Long Way Down, Gone Again, Ain’t No Way, Ballad of the Troubadour Kings & Arkansas Woman.

Home (2017) by Collabro (Genre: Vocal, Musical Theatre):

Collabro is a British vocal group, consisting of signers Michael Auger, Richard Hadfield, Jamie Lambert, Matt Pagan & Tom Redgrave that has its roots in singing musical theatre songs.

Songs on the LP include: This is the Moment, That’s Life, For Good, December 1963 (Oh What a Night) and Lighthouse.

Recommended CD of the Week:

Voices (2018) by Tom Rush (Genre: Folk, Rock):

This is a great new album by folk singer who got his start during the sixties folk boom.
This album has a solid depth to it as one might expect from a musician still playing and recording in his seventh decade.

Songs on the LP include: Elder Green, Come See About Me, My Best Girl, Life is Fine, Cold River and Far Away.

Videos of the Week:

Meet on the Ledge by Fairport Convention

Empire State Of Mind by Lang Lang & Andra Day 

Which Side of the River by James House and The Blues Cowboys Featuring Roddie Romero and Smoov Ras

For Good & Defying Gravity by Collabro

Voices by Tom Rush

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:

http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:

Digital Library Catalogs:

Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music

OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos

RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!

The Traditional Library Catalog:

You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!

Suggested Reading Week of August 6, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, five digital titles available through OverDrive and five print titles available through StarCat.

(Note: Click on the photo of the item you’d like to request or check out)

Digital Suggestions Of The Week:

The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence:

When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of “rogue” wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd’s last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn’t take them.
In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad account of Anthony’s experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, it is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.

The High Tide Club: A Novel (unabridged audiobook) written by Mary Kay Andrews & read by Kathleen McInerney:

“Another satisfying summer read from the queen of the beach.” — Kirkus

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Weekenders comes a delightful new audiobook about new love, old secrets, and the kind of friendship that transcends generations.
When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons attorney Brooke Trappnell to her 20,000 acre barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never actually met her. Josephine’s cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter, but why enlist Brooke and not the prestigious Atlanta law firm she has used for years? Brooke travels to Shellhaven and meets the cagey Josephine, whose home is a crumbling pink mansion at the edge of the turquoise sea.

Over the course of a few meetings, Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, dark secrets, betrayal, and a long-unsolved murder. She is hiring Brooke for two reasons: first, to protect her island from those who would despoil her land, and second, to help her make amends with the heirs of the women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club—so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades—Millie, Ruth, and Varina. To fulfill a dying woman’s wishes, Brooke must find Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women who’ve actually never met. But in doing so, Brooke unleashes the makings of a scandal that could make someone rich beyond their wildest dreams…or cause them to be in the crosshairs of a murderer….

The High Tide Club is Mary Kay Andrews at her Queen of the Beach Reads best: a story shrouded in mystery, Spanish moss, verandah cocktails, 1940s dinner dances, love lost, and possibly…love found.

The Masterpiece: A Novel by Fiona Davis (Publication Date August 7, 2018):

In her latest captivating novel, nationally bestselling author Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women, fifty years apart, strive to make their mark on a world set against them.

For the nearly nine million people who live in New York City, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different.

For Clara, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future, which she is certain will shine as the brightly as the constellations on the main concourse ceiling. It is 1928, and twenty-five-year-old Clara is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art. A talented illustrator, she has dreams of creating cover art for Vogue, but not even the prestige of the school can override the public’s disdain for a “woman artist.” Brash, fiery, confident, and single-minded—even while juggling the affections of two men, a wealthy would-be poet and a brilliant experimental painter—Clara is determined to achieve every creative success. But she and her bohemian friends have no idea that they’ll soon be blindsided by the looming Great Depression, an insatiable monster with the power to destroy the entire art scene. And even poverty and hunger will do little to prepare Clara for the greater tragedy yet to come.

Nearly fifty years later, in 1974, the terminal has declined almost as sharply as Virginia Clay’s life. Full of grime and danger, from the smoke-blackened ceiling to the pickpockets and drug dealers who roam the floor, Grand Central is at the center of a fierce lawsuit: Is the once-grand building a landmark to be preserved, or a cancer to be demolished? For Virginia, it is simply her last resort. Recently divorced, she has just accepted a job in the information booth in order to support herself and her college-age daughter, Ruby. But when Virginia stumbles upon an abandoned art school within the terminal and discovers a striking watercolor hidden under the dust, her eyes are opened to the elegance beneath the decay. She embarks on a quest to find the artist of the unsigned masterpiece—an impassioned chase that draws Virginia not only into the battle to save Grand Central but deep into the mystery of Clara Darden, the famed 1920s illustrator who disappeared from history in 1931.

The Money Shot: Teddy Fay Series, Book 44 by Stuart Woods (Publication Date August 7, 2018):

In the exhilarating new adventure from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Stuart Woods, Teddy Fay races to stop a scheme of extortion and a hostile takeover.

Ever a man of mystery and intrigue, Teddy Fay has donned a new disguise—that of Mark Weldon, a stuntman and actor starring in Centurion Studios’ newest film. When the picture’s leading lady begins receiving blackmail threats, Teddy is in the perfect position to investigate, and it soon becomes clear that the villains have more in their sights than just money. Money they’ve got. What they need is prestige, the cache of a respected studio to lend authority and legitimacy to their artistic endeavors . . . and a little bit of vengeance in the bargain.

From the seedy hidden corners of Los Angeles to the glamorous Hollywood Hills, it will take every ounce of Teddy’s cunning to save an actress’s career, protect the studio, and finish filming Centurion’s next big hit.

Tailspin by Sandra Brown (Publication date August 7, 2018):

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown returns with a mix of spine tingling suspense and tantalizing romance in this thriller about a daring pilot caught in a race against time.
Rye Mallett, a fearless “freight dog” pilot charged with flying cargo to far-flung locations, is often rough-spoken and all business, but soft on regulations when they get in the way of meeting a deadline. But he does have a rock-solid reputation: he will fly in the foulest weather, day or night, and deliver the goods safely to their destination. So when Rye is asked to fly into a completely fogbound northern Georgia town and deliver a mysterious black box to a Dr. Lambert, he doesn’t ask questions.

As Rye’s plane nears the isolated landing strip, more trouble than inclement weather awaits him. He is greeted first by a sabotage attempt on his plane that causes him to crash land, and then by Dr. Brynn O’Neal, who claims she was sent for the box in Dr. Lambert’s stead. Despite Rye’s “no-involvement” policy when it comes to other people’s problems, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to the intrigue surrounding his cargo . . . and to the mysterious and alluring Brynn.

Soon Rye and Brynn are in a treacherous forty-eight-hour race to deliver the box before time runs out. With everyone from law enforcement officials to hired thugs hot on their heels, they must learn to trust each other so they can protect their valuable cargo from those who would kill for it.

Print Suggestions Of The Week:

The Lady of Tarpon Springs by Judith Miller: 

Much to the dismay of her Greek family, Zanna Krykos makes a living as a lawyer in Tarpon Springs, Florida. When her friend Lucy needs legal advice about the business she inherited upon her father’s passing, she ends up asking Zanna to run the business instead so she can focus on her medical career.

Nico Kalos is a Greek diver who has worked on sponging boats in the Aegean Sea since the age of 14, giving him a vast knowledge of the trade. When he hears of an opportunity to lead a group of spongers to the United States, he seizes it. But his excitement is quickly quelled when he arrives only to discover that a young woman with no experience in the business will be in charge of the new crews.

But as Zanna and Nico face even more complications than they could have imagined, they must learn to work together or risk everything they’ve worked so hard for.

The Last Hours by Minette Walters:

When the Black Death enters England through the port in Dorsetshire in June 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is—or how it spreads and kills so quickly. The Church cites God as the cause, and fear grips the people as they come to believe that the plague is a punishment for wickedness.

But Lady Anne of Develish has her own ideas. Educated by nuns, Anne is a rarity among women, being both literate and knowledgeable. With her brutal husband absent from the manor when news of this pestilence reaches her, she looks for more sensible ways to protect her people than daily confessions of sin. She decides to bring her serfs inside the safety of the moat that surrounds her manor house, then refuses entry to anyone else, even her husband.

Lady Anne makes an enemy of her daughter and her husband’s steward by doing so, but her resolve is strengthened by the support of her leading serfs…until food stocks run low. The nerves of all are tested by continued confinement and ignorance of what is happening in the world outside. The people of Develish are alive. But for how long? And what will they discover when the time comes for them to cross the moat again?

Compelling and suspenseful, The Last Hours is a riveting tale of human ingenuity and endurance set against the worst pandemic in history. In Lady Anne of Develish—leader, savior, heretic—Walters has created her most memorable heroine to date.

The Perpetual Summer by Adam Walker Phillips: 

A missing teenage girl leads LA corporate HR exec-turned-private eye Chuck Restic to a high profile fight over a new art museum and a forty-year-old murder that won’t stay in the past. Anyone could be behind the teenager’s disappearance: her fitness-obsessed mom, switchblade-toting chauffeur, personal life coach, or even the girl herself.

This is the second book in the Chuck Restic mystery series.

So Much Life Left Over: A Novel by Louis de Bernieres:

A POWERFULLY EVOCATIVE AND EMOTIONALLY CHARGED NOVEL FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF CORELLI’S MANDOLIN

They were an inseparable tribe of childhood friends. Some were lost to the battles of the First World War, and those who survived have had their lives unimaginably upended. Now, at the dawn of the 1920s, they’ve scattered: to Ceylon and India, France and Germany, and, inevitably, back to Britain, each of them trying to answer the question that fuels this sweeping novel: If you have been embroiled in a war in which you confidently expected to die, what are you supposed to do with so much life unexpectedly left over? The narrative unfolds in brief, dramatic chapters, and we follow these old friends over the decades as their paths re-cross or their ties fray, as they test loyalties and love, face survivor’s grief and guilt, and adjust in profound and quotidian ways to this newest modern world.

At the center are Daniel, an RAF flying ace, and Rosie, a wartime nurse. As their marriage is slowly revealed to be built on lies, Daniel finds solace—and, sometimes, family—with other women, and Rosie draws her religion around herself like a carapace. Here too are Rosie’s sisters—a bohemian, a minister’s wife, and a spinster, each seeking purpose and happiness in her own unconventional way; Daniel’s military brother, unable to find his footing in a peaceful world; and Rosie’s “increasingly peculiar” mother and her genial, shockingly secretive father. The tenuous interwar peace begins to shatter, and we watch as war once again reshapes the days and the lives of these beautifully drawn women and men.

The Washington Decree: A Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen:

The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Department Q series is back, with a terrifyingly relevant stand-alone novel about an America in chaos.

“The president has gone way too far. . . . These are practically dictatorial methods we’re talking about.”

Sixteen years before Democratic Senator Bruce Jansen was elected president of the United States, a PR stunt brought together five very different people: fourteen-year-old Dorothy “Doggie” Rogers, small-town sheriff T. Perkins, single mother Rosalie Lee, well-known journalist John Bugatti, and the teenage son of one of Jansen’s employees, Wesley Barefoot. In spite of their differences, the five remain bonded by their shared experience and devotion to their candidate.

For Doggie, who worked the campaign trail with Wesley, Jansen’s election is a personal victory: a job in the White House, proof to her Republican father that she was right to support Jansen, and the rise of an intelligent, clear-headed leader with her same ideals. But the triumph is short-lived: Jansen’s pregnant wife is assassinated on election night, and the alleged mastermind behind the shooting is none other than Doggie’s own father.

When Jansen ascends to the White House, he is a changed man, determined to end gun violence by any means necessary. Rights are taken away as quickly as weapons. International travel becomes impossible. Checkpoints and roadblocks destroy infrastructure. The media is censored. Militias declare civil war on the government. The country is in chaos, and Jansen’s former friends each find themselves fighting a very different battle, for themselves, their rights, their country . . . and, in Doggie’s case, the life of her father, who just may be innocent.

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

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.

Freegal Music Service

This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day:

RBDigital

Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available.

About Library Apps:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive, Freegal or Zinio app from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at: 607-936-3713 and one of our Digital Literacy Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening August 3, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations for the week; four streaming suggestions* and one recommended album on CD.

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

A Mighty Wind (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2003) by Various Artists (Genre: Folk, Comedy, Soundtrack):

The film A Might Wind was created Christopher Guest, the man behind the comedic films movies Waiting For Guffman and Best in Show. And this movie, like those, and This Is Spinal Tap that came before them – is a comedy – in this case sending up the early sixties folk music scene by having a group of fictionalized 60s folk performers coming together years later to put on a show. The film has a nice soft nostalgic glow to it so if you like 60s folk music – you should enjoy this soundtrack – the songs were written for the film and performed by the actors in the movie.

The songs too are comedic but fun! And include: Old Joe’s Place by Folksmen, When You’re Next To Me by Mitch & Mickey, Never Did No Wanderin’ by Folksmen and Loco Man and The Good Book Song by New Main Street Singers.

Less Wise (2017) by Cody Jinks (Genre: Country):

Cody Jinks has had an interesting career to date. He started out playing trash metal before switching to country music. If you’re not familiar with his music he has a deep rich classic country type of voice and plays a mixture of updated classic southern and outlaw rock.

Less Wise is one of his best albums and includes the songs: Wake Up Becki!, Hippies & Cowboys, 65 Days in L.A., Somewhere in the Middle and Last Call for the Blues.

Worth It All (2018) by Jeffery Osborne (Genre: R&B):

Let a Brotha Know, Greatest Knight, Stay the Way You Are, Summer Nights, Saving My Love and Can’t Help Myself

Saturday Night with Mr. C (1958) by Perry Como (Genre: Easy Listening, Vocal):

A classic album by the golden pop age crooner Perry Como. This is a perfect easy listening album for the weekend!

Songs on the LP include: Dream Along With Me, It Could Happen To You, Letters Theme, Gypsy In My Soul and Come Rain or Come Shine.

Recommended CD of the Week:

The Very Best of Peppermint Harris

Peppermint Harris was a true original with a brilliant way with words which made him a superlative songwriter having man of his compositions recorded by top blues artists such as B.B. King and Bobby Bland. This is a must for blues fans and across the 56 tracks, there are many superb tracks as well as his two hits “Raining In My Heart” which reached #4 in the 1950 R&B chart and more importantly the classic drinking song “I Got Loaded” which hit the #1 spot for two weeks in 1951. Although this excellent 2CD set is by no means the complete it does present the most comprehensive exploration of his work between 1948 and 1959 yet released in the CD era. Fully detailed liner notes.

Songs on the LP include: Peppermint Boogie, Mable, Mable, Hey Sweet Thing, Have Another Drink And Talk To Me, I Cry For My baby and Need Your Lovin’

Videos of the Week:

A Mighty Wind is Blowin’ – New Main Street Singers, The Folksmen and Mitch & Mickey

Somewhere In The Middle by Cody Jinks

Worth It All By Jeffery Osborne

Accentuate The Positive by Perry Como

I Got Loaded by Peppermint Harris

Don’t Let Me Down by The Beatles

I Feel Fine by The Beatles

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:

http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:

Digital Library Catalogs:

Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music

OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos

RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!

The Traditional Library Catalog:

You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!

Did You Know…Colm Meaney

For our August Did You Know posting, I’m changing our format just a little bit and to make for smoother reading – all the recommend DVDs and books are listed at the end of the posting!

So, without further ado!

Did You Know… Colm Meaney

You may recognize Colm Meaney as the actor behind the character Miles O’Brien in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

But Did You Know…

Meaney first appeared in the very first episode of Star Trek The Next Generation,  season one’s Encounter at Farpoint (1987)?

He did!

In that very first ST: TNG episode Meaney portrayed an unnamed transporter officer. But his character went on to become a recurring one and was given a name and position – Transporter Chief Miles O’Brien. Eventually, the character was given more screen time and became more of regular cast member than a recurring one. In fact, several episodes of the series featured storylines that focus on Miles and his family including: “Data Day” from season 4 during which Miles marries his fiancée Keiko Ishikawa (Rosalind Chao) (Season 4, Episode 11) and “Disaster” from season 5 during which we see Keiko, with Worf’s help, giving birth to their daughter Molly (Season 5, Episode 5).

Colm Meaney went on to appear in 52 episodes of Star Trek: TNG from the first one to the last – season seven’s All Good Things (1994).

But that is not the end of Colm Meaney’s Star Trek story!

Did You Know…

That Colm Meaney actually appeared in two Star Trek TV series?

He did!

He had a starring role in the third Star Trek series – Deep Space Nine.

And if you’re a major league Star Trek fan and already know all this, skip down to the next Did You Know section which focuses on some of Colm Meaney’s fun guest roles on a variety of TV series.

For everyone else…

In the Star Trek universe, after the events chronicled in the last ST: TNG episode, Colm Meaney’s Miles O’Brien got a promotion and transferred, with his family, from The Enterprise D to the space station Deep Space Nine, where he took up a new role as Chief of Operations. And of course, Meaney as a starring member of the cast of DS9 appeared in all 179 episodes of the series.

And boy, was Chief Miles O’Brien busy during those seven years! During that time, Miles gained a new best friend in Dr. Julian Bashir (holodeck adventures anyone?), he and Keiko welcomed a son, Kirayoshi (The Begotten, Season 5, Episode 12), Miles got captured by the local bad guys the Dominion (Armageddon Game, Season 2, Episode 13), and even had a challenging series of temporal mechanic (time travel) experiences which he had to overcome in order to survive (Visionary, Season 3, Episode 17).

So we can certainly say Miles O’Brien had quite an adventure serving on Deep Space Nine for seven years! Before, and you knew this was coming, in the last episode of the series, Miles is offered a new job – as an engineering professor at Star Fleet Academy! So Miles and his family move back to Earth. Hmm, a professor at Star Fleet Academy – that sounds like the basis for another great Star Trek TV series!

And getting off of the praise Star Trek soap-box,  Colm Meaney has done great work in other non-Star Trek movies and TV shows too, so moving on to those…

Did You Know…

Colm Meaney has appeared in many, many TV series over the years?

He has!

He’s been a most prolific actor and appeared in episodes of Moonlighting, Remington Steele, Tales From The Dark Side, MacGyver, the Father Dowling Mysteries and even Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman*

And more recently…

Did You Know…

That Colm Meaney starred in the AMC series Hell on Wheels?

He did!

Meaney portrayed Thomas “Doc” Durant in the series. And if you’re not familiar with it, Hell on Wheels, which ran on AMC, offers a fictionalized account of the people who built the First Transcendental Railroad from 1865 to 1869. And “the people” included those doing the manual labor to build the railroad and, all the people that gathered in their mobile encampment (the Hell on Wheels of the title), which included mercenaries, surveyors and prostitutes – a colorful cast of characters to be sure!

The series started out by focusing on Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), the foreman and chief engineer for the railroad. Bohannon was a former Confederate soldier on a mission to track down the Union soldiers that murdered his family during the Civil War.  The series branched out from there while still following Bohannon’s story until the completion of the railroad.

And in addition to Meaney and Mount, the main Hell on Wheels cast included:

“Common as Elam Ferguson, a recently freed slave who is trying to find his place in the world. He works as security and general assistant to Bohannon.

Dominique McElligott as Lily Bell, a recent widow; her husband was a surveyor working on the transcontinental rail project.

Tom Noonan as Reverend Nathaniel Cole, a minister who formerly participated in Bleeding Kansas prior to the Civil War; he is sick of the slaughter and wants to help the whites and Indians avoid another war.

Eddie Spears as Joseph Black Moon, a Cheyenne who must choose between the new world and the traditions of his ancestors.

Ben Esler as Seán McGinnes, an ambitious young Irishman looking to make his fortune in the West.

Phil Burke as Mickey McGinnes, Sean’s brother, who has travelled with Seán to America.

Christopher Heyerdahl as Thor Gundersen, Durant’s head of security. He is known as “The Swede”, even though he is Norwegian.

Robin McLeavy as Eva, a woman with a prominent chin-tattoo given to her while in the captivity of Indians. She initially supports herself by working in the Hell on Wheels brothel.

Kasha Kropinski as Ruth Cole, Reverend Cole’s abandoned daughter and the heir to his church.

Dohn Norwood as Psalms Jackson, a freed former slave and criminal, whose prison sentence has been purchased by the railroad.

Jennifer Ferrin as Louise Ellison, a smart, witty, and flirtatious journalist hired by the New York Tribune to cover the “story of the century”.

MacKenzie Porter as Naomi Hatch, Aaron Hatch’s daughter and Cullen’s second wife.

Siobhan Williams portrayed Naomi in a recurring role in the third season.

Jake Weber as John Allen Campbell, Wyoming’s first governor.

Tim Guinee as Collis Huntington, investor in the Central Pacific Railroad

Byron Mann as Chang, supplier for the Chinese workers for not only shops but also the opium dens and brothels.

Reg Rogers as James Strobridge, a worker for the Central Pacific Railroad.

Angela Zhou as Mei/Fong, a Chinese railroad worker for the Central Pacific Railroad.

Chelah Horsdal as Maggie Palmer, a prominent businesswoman in Cheyenne and an investor in the Union Pacific Railroad.” – Wikipedia

Hell on Wheels is certainly a binge-able series – if you like history and drama, check it out!

And switching focus from TV to film

Colm Meaney has also appeared on the big screen in many roles including: Die Hard 2, Dick Tracy, Under Siege, The Last of the Mohicans, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, A Belfast Story, Mystery, Alaska and the forthcoming Tolkien (2018)*.

Having said that, three of the movies he’s appeared in are part of a trilogy and that is our last did you know of the month…

Did You Know…

That Colm Meaney was the only actor to appear in all three film versions of Roddy Doyle’s Barryton Trilogy?

He was!

The films, The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van, focus on various members of the Dublin based Rabbitte family.

Colm Meaney portrays the family patriarch James “Jimmy” Rabbitte, Sr. in all three films.

The first film, The Commitments, is the best known in the U.S. and it focuses on James “Jimmy” Rabbitte, Jr. and his efforts to form an soul band in the tradition of American sixties soul groups.

The second film, The Snapper, focuses on the unplanned pregnancy of eldest Rabbitte daughter Sharon and her challenges leading up to the birth of her daughter Gina.

And the third film, The Van, focuses on Colm Meaney’s Jimmy Rabbitte Senior who loses his job and then, with his friend Bimbo, becomes the co-owner of a decrepit fish and chips truck and tries to make a go of it – all during the 1990 World Cup series.

A word to the wise on the Barryton Trilogy series, the films are great fun – and the acting top-notch – however, the language is somewhat salty so those who dislike salty language – be advised!

And of course, if you like the movies of the Barryton Trilogy, you should check out the books as they are very good too!

Related Recommend DVDs:

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 2

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 7

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 3

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 4

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 5

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 6

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 7

Hell on Wheels, Season 1

Hell on Wheels, Season 2

Hell on Wheels, Season 3

Hell on Wheels, Season 4

Hell on Wheels, Season 5, Part 2

MacGyver: The Final Season starring Richard Dean Anderson & Dana Elcar (Meaney appears in Season 7, Episode 7 – Good Knight MacGyver Part 1)

Father Dowling Mysteries starring Tracy Nelson (daughter of singer Rick) and Tom Bosley (aka Howard Cunningham from Happy Days) (Meaney appears in Season 3, Episode 6)

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, The Complete Season 1 starring Jane Seymour & Joe Lando (Meaney appears in Season 1, Episode 1)

Die Hard: The Ultimate Collection Starring Bruce Willis (Die Hard 2: Die Harder features Colm Meaney as a pilot)

Four Film Collection starring Steven Seagal – Meaney appears Under Siege which is a double feature on the disc that also contains the film Glimmer Man:

Last of the Mohicans (Meaney briefly appears as an army officer leading his troops into battle)

The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain – this movie is found in the four film Hugh Grant collection (Meaney appears as Morgan the Goat)

Mystery, Alaska starring Russell Crow, Hank Azaria, Mary McCormack, Burt Reynolds, Colm Meaney & Lolitat Davidovich (And just an FYI for sports fans! Although the plot of this film revolves around a hockey team – this film focuses more on character study than hockey)

The Commitments

In Print:

The Barryton Trilogy (The Commitments, The Snapper & The Van) by Roddy Doyle

Related DVDs Coming Soon To Our Library:

Moonlighting Seasons 1 – 3 starring Bruce Willis & Cybill Shepherd and guest starring Colm Meaney (in season 3)

Remington Steele starring Stephanie Zimbalist & Pierce Brosnan and guest starring Colm Meaney (in season 5)

Tales From The Dark Side, Season 4 (guest starring Colm Meaney in Episode 1 – Beetles)

The Snapper (Colm Meaney appears as Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr.)

List of Colm Meaney Appearances In TV Shows & Movies Mentioned In This Post:

*TV Shows:

Moonlighting (Season 3, Episode 7 – Atomic Shakespeare)

Remington Steel (Season 5, Episode 4 – Steel Hanging In There)

Tales From The Dark Side (Season 4, Episode 1 – Beetles)

MacGyver (TOS) (Season 7, Episode 7 – Good Knight MacGyver Part 1)

 Father Dowling Mysteries (Season 3, Episode 6)

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (Season 1, Episode 1)

*Movies:

Die Hard 2 starring Bruce  (as the pilot of the Windsor Plane)

Dick Tracy (as a cop)

Under Siege (Daumer, Tommy Lee Jones’s Strannix’s third-in-command

The Last of the Mohicans (Meaney is briefly seen as an army officer leading troops into battle)

The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (as Morgan the Goat)

A Belfast Story (Meaney is the protagonist – a detective working in Dublin)

Mystery, Alaska (Mayor Scott R. Pitcher)

Tolkien (Father Francis Morgan)

Have a great month!

Linda, Acquisitions Librarian @ SSCL

References

Hell on Wheels – AMC Website

https://www.amc.com/shows/hell-on-wheels/cast-crew

IMDB – Internet Movie Database: Colm Meaney

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092455/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Star Trek – Official Site

http://www.startrek.com/

Suggested Reading Week of July 30, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, five digital titles available through OverDrive and five print titles available through StarCat.

(Note: Click on the photo of the item you’d like to request or check out)

Digital Suggestions Of The Week:

All We Ever Wanted (audiobook) written by Emily Giffin and read by Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Milton Bagby & Catherine Taber:

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton.

Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.

Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenaged girl, happy and thriving.

Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.

At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.

Born to Be Wilde (The Wildes of Lindow Castle) by Eloisa James:

The richest bachelor in England plays matchmaker…for an heiress he wants for himself!

For beautiful, witty Lavinia Gray, there’s only one thing worse than having to ask the appalling Parth Sterling to marry her: being turned down by him.

Now the richest bachelor in England, Parth is not about to marry a woman as reckless and fashion-obsessed as Lavinia; he’s chosen a far more suitable bride.

But when he learns of Lavinia’s desperate circumstances, he offers to find her a husband. Even better, he’ll find her a prince.

As usual, there’s no problem Parth can’t fix. But the more time he spends with the beguiling Lavinia, the more he finds himself wondering…

Why does the woman who’s completely wrong feel so right in his arms?

The Good Fight by Danielle Steel:

The daughter and granddaughter of prominent Manhattan lawyers, Meredith McKenzie is destined for the best of everything: top schools, elite social circles, the perfect marriage. Spending her childhood in Germany as her father prosecutes Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg trials, Meredith soaks up the conflict between good and evil as it plays out in real time. When her family returns to the United States, she begins blazing her own trail, swimming against the tides, spurred on by her freethinking liberal grandfather, determined to become a lawyer despite her traditional, conservative father’s objections. She rebels against her parents’ expectations for her debutante ball and other conventions. She forges a lifelong friendship with a young German Jewish woman whose family died in the concentration camps. And while her grandfather rises to the Supreme Court, Meredith enlists in the most pressing causes of her time, fighting for civil rights and an end to the Vietnam War.

From the bright morning of JFK’s inauguration, through the tumultuous years that follow as America hurtles toward the twin assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, Meredith joins the vanguard of a new generation of women, breaking boundaries socially, politically, and professionally. But when the violence of the era strikes too close to home, her once tightly knit family must survive a devastating loss and rethink their own values and traditions in light of the times.

Encompassing the remarkable people Meredith meets, the historic events she witnesses, and the sacrifices she must make, this is the story of a woman changing her world as she herself is changed by it. Beautifully told, brimming with unforgettable moments and characters, The Good Fight is an inspiring, uplifting novel with resonance for our own time.

The Husband Hunters: American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy (audiobook) written by Anne de Courcy and read by Clare Corbett:

The Husband Hunters is a deliciously told historical audiobook about the young, rich, American heiresses who married impoverished, British gentry at the turn of the twentieth century – The real women who inspired Downton Abbey

Towards the end of the nineteenth century and for the first few years of the twentieth, a strange invasion took place in Britain. The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which the titled, land-owning governing class had barricaded itself for so long was breached. The incomers were a group of young women who, fifty years earlier, would have been looked on as the alien denizens of another world – the New World, to be precise. From 1874 – the year that Jennie Jerome, the first known ‘Dollar Princess’, married Randolph Churchill – to 1905, dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, glamour and sophistication of the Gilded Age.

Anne de Courcy sets the stories of these young women and their families in the context of their times. Based on extensive first-hand research, drawing on diaries, memoirs and letters, this richly entertaining group biography reveals what they thought of their new lives in England – and what England thought of them.

The Last Rhinos: My Battle to Save One of the World’s Greatest Creatures by Lawrence Anthony & Graham Spence:

When Lawrence Anthony learned that the northern white rhino, living in the war-ravaged Congo, was on the very brink of extinction, he knew he had to act. If the world lost the sub-species, it would be the largest land mammal since the woolly mammoth to go extinct. In The Last Rhinos, Anthony recounts his attempts to save these remarkable animals.

The demand for rhino horns in the Far East has turned poaching into a dangerous black market that threatens the lives of not just these rare beasts, but also the rangers who protect them.

The northern white rhino’s last refuge was in an area controlled by the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army, one of the most vicious rebel groups in the world. In the face of unmoving government bureaucracy, Anthony made a perilous journey deep into the jungle to try to find and convince them to help save the rhino.

An inspiring story of conservation in the face of brutal war and bureaucratic quagmires, The Last Rhinos will move animal lovers everywhere.

Print Suggestions Of The Week:

Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk:

People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They’ve been reading a mysterious book and memorizing its directives. They are ready for the reckoning. When Adjustment Day arrives, it fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche.

Between You & Me by Susan Wiggs:

Deep within the peaceful heart of Amish country, a life-or-death emergency shatters a quiet world to its core. Number-one New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs delivers a riveting story that challenges our deepest-held beliefs.

Caught between two worlds, Caleb Stoltz is bound by a deathbed promise to raise his orphaned niece and nephew in Middle Grove, where life revolves around family, farm, faith — and long-held suspicions about outsiders. When disaster strikes, Caleb is thrust into an urban environment of high-tech medicine and the relentless rush of modern life. Dr. Reese Powell is poised to join the medical dynasty of her wealthy, successful parents. Bold, assertive, and quick-thinking, she lives for the addictive rush of saving lives. When a shocking accident brings Caleb Stoltz into her life, Reese is forced to deal with a situation that challenges everything she thinks she knows — and ultimately emboldens her to question her most powerful beliefs. Then one impulsive act brings about a clash of cultures in a tug-of-war that plays out in a courtroom, challenging the very nature of justice and reverberating through generations, straining the fragile threads of faith and family.

Deeply moving and unforgettable, Between You and Me is an emotionally complex story of love and loss, family and friendship, and the arduous road to discovering the heart’s true path

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler:

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother’s sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother, yet the prospect is dimming. So, when Willa receives a phone call from a stranger, telling her that her son’s ex-girlfriend has been shot, she drops everything and flies across the country to Baltimore. The impulsive decision to look after this woman and her nine-year-old daughter will lead Willa into uncharted territory–surrounded by eccentric neighbors, plunged into the rituals that make a community a family, and forced to find solace in unexpected places.

Murder at the Mansion by Sheila Connolly: 

Katherine Hamilton’s goal in high school was to escape from her dead-end hometown of Asheboro, Maryland. Fifteen years later she’s got a degree in hospitality management and a great job at a high-end boutique hotel in Baltimore. Until, that is, the hotel is acquired by a chain, and she’s laid off. When Kate’s high school best friend calls with a mysterious invitation to come talk with the town leaders of Asheboro, she agrees to make the trip, curious about where this new opportunity might lead.

Once Kate arrives, the town council members reveal that their town is on the verge of going bankrupt, and they’ve decided that Kate’s skills and knowledge make her the perfect person to cure all their ills. The town has used its last available funds to buy the huge Victorian mansion just outside of town, hoping to use it to attract some of the tourists who travel to visit the nearby Civil War battle sites. Kate has less-than-fond memories of the mansion, for personal reasons, but to make matters worse, the only person who has presented a possible alternate plan is Cordelia Walker―Kate’s high school nemesis.

But a few days later, while touring the mansion, Kate stumbles over a body―and it’s none other than Cordelia. Kate finds herself juggling the murder investigation and her growing fascination with the old house, which itself is full of long-hidden mysteries. Kate must clear her name and save her town―before she ends up in hot water.

The Eight Mountains: A Novel by Paolo Cognetti:

For fans of Elena Ferrante and Paulo Coelho comes the international sensation about the friendship between two young Italian boys from different backgrounds and how their connection evolves and challenges them throughout their lives.

Pietro is a lonely boy living in Milan. With his parents becoming more distant each day, the only thing the family shares is their love for the mountains that surround Italy.

While on vacation at the foot of the Aosta Valley, Pietro meets Bruno, an adventurous, spirited local boy. Together they spend many summers exploring the mountains’ meadows and peaks and discover the similarities and differences in their lives, their backgrounds, and their futures. The two boys come to find the true meaning of friendship and camaraderie, even as their divergent paths in life—Bruno’s in the mountains, Pietro’s across the world—test the strength and meaning of their connection.

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

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.

Freegal Music Service

This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day:

RBDigital

Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available.

About Library Apps:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive, Freegal or Zinio app from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at: 607-936-3713 and one of our Digital Literacy Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Help Out Your Friendly Neighborhood Acquisitions Librarian!

Care to help out your friendly neighborhood acquisitions librarian?

Your feedback is requested!

As the acquisitions librarian at the Southeast Steuben County Library, I spend hours and hours and hours each month researching what new books, DVDs and other materials our library should buy.

I browse through popular magazines, i.e. People, The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly and Smithsonian etc.

I read book reviews in library trade magazines including Publisher’s Weekly, BookPage, Booklist and Library Journal.

I read current events articles and book reviews on a variety of websites including the New York Times, NPR, The BBC, The Wall Street Journal and Kiplinger’s.

And I discover new books, DVDs & audiobooks of note and purchase them for the library’s collection.

And I order requested titles made by patrons who drop by the library, or call us with requests. The way that works is simply that the inquiring patrons ask if we have a title or if we can requested it from another library in the system; and if I find we don’t own the title and can’t request if from another library in the system, then I order the title* and we let the requesting patron know when the book/DVD/audiobook is ready for pick up.

And it has occurred to me that the one aspect of acquisitions research that I haven’t tapped into – is to ask patrons for requests and general what-you-like information – online.

So I’m hoping you can help me with my online research and tell me:

What type of books, CDS, DVDs, eBooks or audiobooks do you most enjoy?

Historical romances, suspenseful mysteries, fantasy novels or, perhaps, swashbuckling adventures stories?

And do you prefer to read your stories in print, or as eBooks, listen to them as audiobooks or watch them as videos?

Consider this an informal poll!

Your feedback is appreciated!

Just tell me what you like and I’ll see about getting more of it in whichever genre and or format you prefer!

And if you’d like to be notified when an item you’ve requested is ready to be picked up you can send me an email: reimerl@stls.org

Have a great weekend!

Linda aka your friendly neighborhood Acquisitions Librarian

*The library purchases most patron requested titles. The exceptions are if an item is cost prohibited or out of print and unavailable for purchased used.