Suggested Reading July 15, 2019

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

DIGITAL CATALOG SUGGESTIONS:

Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs (Format: eBook):

#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs brings readers into the lush abundance of Sonoma County, in a story of sisters, friendship and the invisible bonds of history that are woven like a spell around us.

Tess Delaney loves illuminating history; returning stolen treasures to their rightful owners and filling the spaces in people’s hearts with stories of their family legacies. But Tess’s own history is filled with gaps: a father she never met, and a mother who spent more time traveling than with her daughter.

Then the enigmatic Dominic Rossi arrives on her San Francisco doorstep with the news that the grandfather she’s never met is in a coma and that she’s destined to inherit half of a hundred-acre apple orchard estate called Bella Vista. The rest is willed to Isabel Johansen, the half sister she never knew she had. Isabel is everything Tess isn’t, but against the rich landscape of Bella Vista, with Isabel and Dominic by her side, Tess begins to discover a world where family comes first and the roots of history run deep.

Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock (Format: eBook):

She’s doing all the wrong things for all the right reasons.

After four months of unemployment, former book editor Clara Montgomery is officially stuck—stuck sleeping on her little brother’s ugly couch in Queens, stuck scrolling through job listings in search of a new editorial position…and just desperate enough to take on a temporary gig clearing out abandoned storage units. If nothing else, she’s determined to keep her rapidly dwindling savings account intact.

Unfortunately, she is in no way prepared for stumbling upon dead snakes or dealing with glass jars that she’s convinced are full of pickled eyeballs. And why does everything seem to smell like beets?

Then Clara comes across a unit that was once owned by an escort service and finds the brothel “résumé” of a younger Caspian Tiddleswich, an astonishingly famous British actor. She has no intention of cashing in on her discovery, but her awkward attempts to reassure Caspian that his secret is safe go awry. Now Caspian is convinced that Clara is a blackmailer, the tabloids have her pegged as Caspian’s newest girlfriend…and Clara begins to find the A-lister’s charms more irresistible than she expected.

Growing Things by Paul Tremblay (Format: eBook):

A Nearly Normal Family: A Novel written by M.T. Edvardsson & read by Emily Watson (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

New York Times Book Review recommends M.T. Edvardsson’s A Nearly Normal Family and lauds it as a “page-turner” that forces the reader to confront “the compromises we make with ourselves to be the people we believe our beloveds expect.” (NYTimes Book Review Summer Reading Issue)

M.T. Edvardsson’s A Nearly Normal Family is a gripping legal thriller that forces the listener to consider: How far would you go to protect the ones you love? In this twisted narrative of love and murder, a horrific crime makes a seemingly normal family question everything they thought they knew about their life—and one another.

Eighteen-year-old Stella Sandell stands accused of the brutal murder of a man almost fifteen years her senior. She is an ordinary teenager from an upstanding local family. What reason could she have to know a shady businessman, let alone to kill him?

Stella’s father, a pastor, and mother, a criminal defense attorney, find their moral compasses tested as they defend their daughter, while struggling to understand why she is a suspect. Told in an unusual three-part structure, A Nearly Normal Family asks the questions: How well do you know your own children? How far would you go to protect them?

To Live and Die in Dixie written by Mary Kay Andrews & read by Hillary Huber (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

Callahan Garrity is the owner of house mouse, a cleaning service that tidies up after Atlanta’s elite. She’s also a former cop and a part-time sleuth. She and her coterie of devoted helpers can ransack a house for clues faster than it takes a fingerprint to set.

From her time on the Atlanta police force, Callahan has excelled at mopping up messes of all kinds. But she has no idea what she’s getting into when she agrees to work for infamous antiques dealer Elliot Littlefield.

The first day on the job, she and her crew are on the trail of a stolen Civil War diary. Soon they are tangling with deadly serious collectors, right-wing radicals, and impulsive teenagers, all of which make the case even more difficult to solve.

Under Currents by Nora Roberts (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

For both Zane and Darby, their small town roots hold a terrible secret. Now, decades later, they’ve come together to build a new life. But will the past set them free or pull them under?

Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back…

Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own.

PRINT BOOK SUGGESTIONS:

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After The End by Clare Mackintosh:

Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They’re best friends, lovers — unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can’t agree. They each want a different future for their son. What if they could have both? A gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken, After the End brings one unforgettable family from unimaginable loss to a surprising, satisfying, and redemptive ending and the life they are fated to find. With the emotional power of Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper, Mackintosh helps us to see that sometimes the end is just another beginning.

The Darwin Affair: A Novel by Timothy Mason:

Get ready for one of the most inventive and entertaining novels of 2019—an edge-of-your-seat Victorian-era thriller, where the controversial publication On the Origin of Species sets off a string of unspeakable crimes.

London, June 1860: When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later—and only a block away—Chief Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot. Was Victoria really the assassin’s target? Are those closest to the Crown hiding something? And who is the shadowy figure witnesses describe as having lifeless, coal-black eyes?

Soon, Field’s investigation exposes a shocking conspiracy in which the publication of Charles Darwin’s controversial On the Origin of Species sets off a string of murders, arson, kidnapping, and the pursuit of a madman named the Chorister. As the investigation takes Field from the dangerous alleyways of London to the hallowed halls of Oxford, the list of possible conspirators grows, and the body count escalates. And as he edges closer to the Chorister, he uncovers dark secrets that were meant to remain forever hidden.

Tim Mason has created a rousing page-turner that both Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would relish and envy.

Eye Spy by Mercedes Lackey: 

Mags, Herald Spy of Valdemar, and his wife, Amily, the King’s Own Herald, are happily married with three kids. Their daughter, Abidela, dreams of building on her parents’ legacy by joining her father’s network of spies, hoping to offset her seeming lack of a Gift. But when Abi senses the imminent collapse of a bridge only moments before it happens, she saves countless lives, including that of her best friend, Princess Katiana. The experience, though harrowing, uncovers her unique Gift, an ability to sense the physical strains in objects. Intrigued by the potential of her Gift, the Artificers seek to claim her as their own, but only the Healers can train her. Through training with both of them, Abi discovers unique facets of her Gift, including a synesthetic connection to objects that allows her to ‘see’ as well as feel the strains. Her Gift may also grant her a distinct advantage as a spy, there won’t be a building in the entire kingdom of Valdemar with a secret room that she doesn’t know about. With the help of her mentors, she must hone her gift to uncover the hidden secrets in the depths of Valdemar.

The Gone Dead: A Novel by Chanelle Benz:

Billie James’ inheritance isn’t much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who died unexpectedly when Billie was four years old. Though Billie was there when the accident happened, she has no memory of that day, and she hasn’t been back to the South since. Thirty years later, Billie returns but her father’s home is unnervingly secluded: her only neighbors are the McGees, the family whose history has been entangled with hers since the days of slavery. As Billie encounters the locals, she hears a strange rumor: that she herself went missing on the day her father died. As the mystery intensifies, she finds out that this forgotten piece of her past could put her in danger.

Oval by Elvia Wilk:

In the near future, Berlin’s real estate is being flipped in the name of “sustainability,” only to make the city even more unaffordable; artists are employed by corporations as consultants, and the weather is acting strange. When Anja and Louis are offered a rent-free home on an artificial mountain—yet another eco-friendly initiative run by a corporation—they seize the opportunity, but it isn’t long before the experimental house begins malfunctioning.

After Louis’s mother dies, Anja is convinced he has changed. At work, Louis has become obsessed with a secret project: a pill called Oval that temporarily rewires the user’s brain to be more generous. While Anja is horrified, Louis believes he has found the solution to Berlin’s income inequality. Oval is a fascinating portrait of the unbalanced relationships that shape our world, as well as a prescient warning of what the future may hold.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

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New York Times Bestsellers July 21, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week that ends July 21, 2019.

(Click on the book covers to read a summary of each plot and to request the books of your choice.)

FICTION:

BACKLASH by Brad Thor:

Cut off from any support, Scot Harvath fights to get his revenge.

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate:

A South Carolina lawyer learns about the questionable practices of a Tennessee orphanage.

CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert:

An 89-year-old Vivian Morris looks back at the direction her life took when she entered the 1940s New York theater scene.

COTTAGE BY THE SEA by Debbie Macomber:

Annie Marlow forms new relationships in the Pacific Northwest as she tries to recover from tragedy.

EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER by Linda Holmes:

In a seaside town in Maine, a former Major League pitcher and a grieving widow assess their pasts.

GIRLS LIKE US by Cristina Alger:

F.B.I. Agent Nell Flynn returns to Long Island and suspects her recently deceased father might have killed two young

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng:

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley Sager:

An apartment sitter uncovers secrets as she tries to expose a killer in an upscale Manhattan building.

LOST AND FOUND by Danielle Steel:

A photographer embarks on a road trip to reconnect with three men she might have married.

MRS. EVERYTHING by Jennifer Weiner: 

The story of two sisters, Jo and Bethie Kaufman, and their life experiences as the world around them changes drastically from the 1950s.

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty:

A romance writer becomes fascinated by the owner and director of a health resort.

ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS by Ocean Vuong:

Little Dog writes a letter to a mother who cannot read, revealing a family history.

THE RECKONING by John Grisham:

A decorated World War II veteran shoots and kills a pastor inside a Mississippi church.

SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides:

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

SUMMER OF ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand:

The Levin family undergoes dramatic events with a son in Vietnam, a daughter in protests and dark secrets hiding beneath the surface.

SOMEONE TO HONOR by Mary Balogh:

The sixth book in the Westcott series. Abigail Westcott and Gilbert Bennington discover their first impressions of one another were wrong.

SURFSIDE SISTERS by Nancy Thayer:

When things go sour in New York City, a novelist returns to Nantucket, where she must face past mistakes.

THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ  by Heather Morris:

A concentration camp detainee tasked with permanently marking fellow prisoners falls in love with one of them.

TOM CLANCY: ENEMY CONTACT by Mike Maden: 

Jack Ryan Jr.’s latest adventures take him on a mission to stop an international criminal conspiracy and deal with tragic news.

UNSOLVED by James Patterson and David Ellis:

A string of seemingly accidental and unrelated deaths confound F.B.I. agent Emmy Dockery.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens:

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

WHISPER NETWORK by Chandler Baker:

Three close co-workers file a sexual harassment lawsuit against a top C.E.O. candidate at an athletic apparel brand in Dallas.

NON-FICTION:

AMERICAN PREDATOR by Maureen Callahan:

How the F.B.I. caught Israel Keyes, a serial killer who, for 14 years, attacked victims across the country and returned to his quiet life in Alaska.

BECOMING by Michelle Obama:

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

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah:

A memoir about growing up biracial in apartheid South Africa by the host of “The Daily Show.”

THE BRITISH ARE COMING by Rick Atkinson:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist begins his Revolution Trilogy with events from 1775 to 1777.

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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

HOWARD STERN COMES AGAIN by Howard Stern:

The radio interviewer delves into some of his favorite on-air conversations from the past four decades of his career..

MAN WHO SOLD AMERICA by Joy-Ann Reid:

The MSNBC host gives her analysis of Donald Trump’s presidency.

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb:

A psychotherapist gains unexpected insights when she becomes another therapist’s patient.

MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL by Adam Higginbotham:

An account of the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, based on hundreds of hours of interviews.

MOMENT OF LIFT by Melinda Gates: 

The philanthropist shares stories of empowering women to improve society.

THE MUELLER REPORT with related materials by The Washington Post: 

Redacted findings from the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential obstruction of justice by the president.

THE PIONEERS by David McCullough:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian tells the story of the settling of the Northwest Territory through five main characters.

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari:

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

SEA STORIES by William H. McRaven:

A memoir by the retired four-star Navy admiral, including the capture of Saddam Hussein and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.

SECOND MOUNTAIN by David Brooks:

A New York Times Op-Ed columnist espouses having an outward focus to attain a meaningful life.

SHORTEST WAY HOME One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future by Pete Buttigieg:

A memoir by the current mayor of South Bend, Ind., and the first openly gay Democratic candidate to run for president of the United States.

SONGS OF AMERICA by Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw:

Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham and Grammy Award winner Tim McGraw explore how America was shaped by music.

UNFREEDOM OF THE PRESS by Mark R. Levin:

The conservative commentator and radio host makes his case that the press is aligned with political ideology.

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening July 12, 2019

Hi everyone, here are our lucky seven musical streaming* suggestions for the week.

(Click on the album cover to stream the album.)

Classic rocker and Doo Wooper Dion celebrates his eightieth birthday next Thursday.

Dion, whose full name is Dion DiMucci, was born in the Bronx on July 18, 1939.

Dion is known for his confident, classic-fifties-cool  style, his singing and the songs he did early in his career both with  Belmonts and as solo artist.

His best known fifties and sixties songs include Teenager In Love, Runaround Sue, Donna the Prima Donna, Lovers Who Wander, The Wanderer and Ruby Baby.

Dion’s bestselling hey-day was during the fifties and sixties. However, he has continued to record and perform great music down the years and we wish him a very Happy 80th Birthday!

To commemorate the occasion of Dion’s 80th birthday, I’m going to recommend two of his albums for your listening pleasure; one from 1969 and one from 1990 and they both show Dion’s rock versatility over the years.

And just a side note about Dion’s classic work from the fifties and early sixties; the Freegal Music catalog consists, primarily of Sony Music artists and Dion’s early work was on non-Sony labels so there isn’t a solid greatest hits collection of Dion’s early work in the Freegal Catalog; that being the case, I will showcase some of his early hits in the video section at the end of this posting.

And without further ado, here are the listening suggestions of the week!

Wonder Where I’m Bound (1969) by Dion (Genre: Classic Rock, Oldies)

Songs in the set include I Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound, It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue, 900 Miles, Now and Southern Train.

Fire In The Night (1990) by Dion (Genre: Classic Rock, Oldies)

Songs in the set include Fire In The Night, We Don’t Talk Anymore, Hollywood, Midnight Lover and Street Mama.

Artful Dodger: The Complete Recordings 1975-1977 by Artful Dodger (Genre; Rock, Seventies Rock)

Artful Dodgers was a great and relatively short lived 70’s rock band. The Cleveland group consisted of Billy Paliselli on vocals, Gary Herrewig and Gary Cox on guitars, Steve Cooper on bass and Steve Brigida on drums.

Their music is in the same genre arena as Cheap Trick and Supertramp – in other words – it is great 70s rock!

Songs in the set include Wayside, It’s Over, Follow Me, Silver and Gold and New York City.

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Blues Jam Live by Billy Branch and the Sons of the Blues (Genre: Blues)

Billy Branch is a veteran Chicago blues harp player.

This is the only one of his albums available in the Freegal Music catalog, and it features the great harmonic player playing some great songs old and new including  Anybody Seen My Girl (Keb’Mo’), Sweet Home Chicago, Where’s My Money, Mannish Boy and Who Told You.

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Bossa Jazz Sessions Vol. 1, 16 Rare Early Brazilian Greats (2016) by Various Artists (Genre: World Music, Jazz, Bossa Nova)

In celebration of the life and work of Bossa Nova great João Gilberto, who died July 6 at the age of 88, I’m going to recommend a Bossa Nova collection. This LP is titled Bossa Jazz Sessions Vol. 1  and it features some cool songs from the early Bossa Nova period.

Songs in the collection include Samba de uma Nota So by Antonio Carlos Jobin & Os Cariocas, Amor por Amor by Luiz Bonfa, Outra Vex by Sergio Mendes and two songs by João Gilberto Chega de Saudade and Samba da Mintra Terra.

Close To Home (2019) by Chuck Mead (Genre: Country): 

Close To Home is brand new album by country singer-songwriter and guitarist Chuck Mead. Songs on the LP include Big Bear in the Sky, I’m Not the Man for the Job, Better Than I Was and Daddy Worked the Pole.

Exiled by Choir of King’s College, Aberdeen (Genre: Classical)

About The Choir of King’s College, Aberdeen

“The Choir of King’s College, Aberdeen is made up of 18 choral scholars who sing at weekly services in King’s College Chapel on Wednesdays at 5:15 pm and at other special services, such as the popular Carol Service held each year in St Machar’s Cathedral. They are the successors to the original Vicars Choral appointed by Bishop Elphinstone at the foundation of the University in 1495 to sing the Daily Office.”

About The Exiled LP:

“Internationally acclaimed ensemble, The Rose Consort of Viols, joins the Choir of King’s College, Aberdeen and its director, David J. Smith (harpsichord) in a recording of music by two exiled Catholic English composers, Peter Philips (1560/61–1628) and Richard Dering (c.1580–1630).”

Songs on the album include Hodie in monte in Eight Parts, Paget Galliard, Fantasia No. 1 in Six Parts and Nowils Galliard in Five Parts

Psychedelic Backfire I (2019) by Elephant9 (Genre: Rock, Jazz, Psychedelic, Instrumental):

Elephant9 is an Oslo based group consisting of Stale Storlokken on keyboards, Torstein Lofthus on drums and Nikolai Haengsle on bass. The group plays a rock-jazz-psychedelic fusion style of music that reminds this listener a bit of Yes’s music

Psychedelic Backfire I was recorded in concert and is their brand new release. Songs on the LP include I Cover The Mountain Top, Farmer’s Secret, Habanera Rocket, Actionpack1 and Dodovoodoo

Videos of the Week:

A Teenager in Love by Dion & The Belmonts

Ruby Baby by Dion & The Belmonts

Runaround Sue by Dion

The Wanderer by Dion

King of the New York Streets by Dion

Honor Among Thieves by Artful Dodger

Wayside by Artful Dodger

Kenny Neal & Billy Branch, Monroe Library System Blues Series, 9 Feb 2019 (Time: 1 hour and forty nine minutes!)

Desafinado by Joao Gilberto

João Gilberto Completo ◦ 1978

Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – Mas que nada (introduced by Eartha Kitt / Something Special 1967)

Close To Home by Chuck Mead

I’m Not The Man For The Job by Chuck Mead

Beata Dei Genitrix in Eight Parts (MB 61:21) by Choir of King’s College, Aberdeen

Pavan In Five Parts by Choir of King’s College, Aberdeen

Atlantis by Elephant9 with Reine Fiske

I Cover the Mountain Top by Elephant9 with Reine Fiske

Have a great weekend!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

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

João Gilberto, an Architect of Bossa Nova, Is Dead at 88, New York Times, July 6, 2019,

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/06/arts/music/joao-gilberto-dead-bossa-nova.html

Exiled: Music by Philips and Dering, University of Aberdeen,

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/voxregis/releases/exiled/

Videos of the

*Freegal is a free streaming music service available for free to library cardholders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries. STLS member libraries include all the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler, and Allegany counties — including our own Southeast Steuben County Library.

You can download the Freegal music app to your mobile device or access the desktop version of the site by clicking on the following link:

*The Freegal service offers library card holders the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading July 8, 2019

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, five digital titles, eBooks & downloadable audio books, available through OverDrive and six print titles available through StarCat.

DIGITAL CATALOG SUGGESTIONS:

Every Man a Hero: A Memoir of D-Day, the First Wave at Omaha Beach, and a World at War by Ray Lambert & Jim DeFelice (Format: Downloadable eBook):

Omaha Beach legend Ray Lambert’s unforgettable firsthand account of D-Day—read the astonishing true story celebrated by Tom Brokaw, CBS This Morning, NPR, and the President.

Seventy-five years ago, he hit Omaha Beach with the first wave. Now Ray Lambert, ninety-eight years old, delivers one of the most remarkable memoirs of our time, a tour-de-force of remembrance evoking his role as a decorated World War II medic who risked his life to save the heroes of D-Day.

At five a.m. on June 6, 1944, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ray Lambert worked his way through a throng of nervous soldiers to a wind-swept deck on a troopship off the coast of Normandy, France. A familiar voice cut through the wind and rumble of the ship’s engines. “Ray!” called his brother, Bill. Ray, head of a medical team for the First Division’s famed 16th Infantry Regiment, had already won a silver star in 1943 for running through German lines to rescue trapped men, one of countless rescues he’d made in North Africa and Sicily.

“This is going to be the worst yet,” Ray told his brother, who served alongside him throughout the war.

“If I don’t make it,” said Bill, “take care of my family.”

“I will,” said Ray. He thought about his wife and son–a boy he had yet to see. “Same for me.” The words were barely out of Ray’s mouth when a shout came from below.

To the landing craft!

The brothers parted. Their destinies lay ten miles away, on the bloodiest shore of Normandy, a plot of Omaha Beach ironically code named “Easy Red.”

Less than five hours later, after saving dozens of lives and being wounded at least three separate times, Ray would lose consciousness in the shallow water of the beach under heavy fire. He would wake on the deck of a landing ship to find his battered brother clinging to life next to him.

Every Man a Hero is the unforgettable story not only of what happened in the incredible and desperate hours on Omaha Beach, but of the bravery and courage that preceded them, throughout the Second World War—from the sands of Africa, through the treacherous mountain passes of Sicily, and beyond to the greatest military victory the world has ever known.

Freefall by Jessica Barry (Format: Downloadable eBook):

They say your daughter is dead.

You know they’re wrong.

When her fiancé’s private plane crashes in the Colorado Rockies, everyone assumes Allison Carpenter is dead.

But Maggie, Allison’s mother back home in Owl Creek, Maine, refuses to believe them. Maggie knows her daughter – or she used to, anyway. For the past two years, the two women have been estranged, and while Maggie doesn’t know anything about Ally’s life now – not even why she was on a private plane to begin with – she still believes in her girl’s strength, and in their love for each other.

As Allison struggles across the treacherous mountain wilderness, Maggie embarks on a desperate search for answers about the world Allison has been involved in. What was she running from? And can Maggie uncover the truth in time to save her?

Told from the perspectives of a mother and daughter separated by distance but united by an unbreakable bond, Freefall is a heart-stopping, propulsive thriller about two tenacious women overcoming unimaginable obstacles to protect themselves and the ones they love.

The Secret Orphan by Glynis Peters (Format: Downloadable eBook):

This is a stunning and memorable page-turner of love, loss and resilience for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz The USA Today bestseller Keep her secret Keep her safe On the 14th November 1940, Hitler’s bombs rain down on Coventry. From the rubble of a bombed-out family home, a young girl is saved… As the Nazis’ relentless bombs fall during the Blitz of Coventry, six-year-old Rose Sherbourne finds herself orphaned and under the guardianship of a Cornish farmer’s daughter, Elenor Cardew. Elenor knows that the only way to protect spirited Rose is to leave the city and make a new life for themselves away from harm. But soon Elenor discovers that Hitler’s firestorm is not the only thing she must fear when she learns a devastating secret about Rose…

With Rose’s life in imminent danger, Elenor turns to the only person she can trust to keep the deadly secret, heroic Canadian pilot, Jackson St John. And amidst the destruction of war, an unlikely romance blossoms as they find a way to protect the child they have both grown to love…and each other.

Readers LOVE The Secret Orphan: ‘Keeps you wanting to read into the small hours’ Lisa, Goodreads ‘The best and most beautiful book I’ve read in a long time’ Brid, Netgalley ‘Simply amazing’ Rikki-Doodlebug’s Book Reviews ‘Captivated from beginning to end’ Jessyca, Goodreads ‘A gripping, page turner set in WWII … Loved it’ Amanda, Netgalley

Summer Retreat by Sheila Roberts Morrison (Format: Downloadable eBook):

Join USA TODAY bestselling author Sheila Roberts for a seaside escape to the beaches of Moonlight Harbor

Celeste Jones has plans for a perfect summer with her boyfriend (and hopefully soon-to-be fiancé)—until he dumps her to be with the woman he’s had on the side for months. Heartbroken and furious, Celeste resolves to move on. When the going gets tough, the tough…okay, the not-so-tough go to the beach.

As soon as school lets out for the summer, she waves goodbye to her first-graders, packs up her bikini and heads for Moonlight Harbor, where she knows her big sister, Jenna, will receive her with open arms. Jenna could probably use some help at the Driftwood Inn, and Celeste is happy to do chores around the place in exchange for a relaxing summer escape. She just needs something—or someone—to distract her from her troubles.

Finding The One can be tricky, and Jenna is determined to make sure Celeste gets it right this time around. Not that Jenna’s an expert. She’s still trying to sort out her own love life. But if both sisters listen to their hearts, eventually they’re bound to discover that life—and love—is good at the beach.

Typhoon Fury written by Clive Cussler & read by Boyd Morrison (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon sail into a perfect storm of danger when they try to stop a new world war in this thrilling novel from the #1 New York Times-bestselling grand master of adventure.

Hired to search for a collection of paintings worth half a billion dollars, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon soon find themselves in much deeper waters. The vicious leader of a Filipino insurgency is not only using them to finance his attacks, he has stumbled upon one of the most lethal secrets of World War II: a Japanese-developed drug, designed, but never used, to turn soldiers into super-warriors. To stop him, the Oregon must not only take on the rebel commander, but a South African mercenary intent on getting his own hands on the drug, a massive swarm of torpedo drones targeting the U.S. Navy, an approaching megastorm, and, just possibly, a war that could envelop the entire Asian continent.

PRINT BOOK SUGGESTIONS:

Beyond All Reasonable Doubt by Malin Giolito Persson Giolito:

From the award-winning author of Quicksand, a gripping legal thriller that follows one woman’s conflicted efforts to overturn what may be a wrongful conviction. I’m giving you a chance to achieve every lawyer’s dream, said Sophia Weber’s old professor. Freeing an innocent man. Thirteen years ago, a fifteen-year-old girl was murdered. Doctor Stig Ahlin was sentenced to life in prison. But no one has forgotten the brutal crime. Ahlin is known as one of the most ruthless criminals. When Sophia Weber discovers critical flaws in the murder investigation, she decides to help Ahlin. But Sophia’s doing her utmost to get her client exonerated arouses many people’s disgust. And the more she learns, the more difficult her job becomes. What kind of man is her client really? What has he done? And will she ever know the truth?

The Crooked House by Soji Shimada:

The Crooked House sits on a snowbound cliff overlooking icy seas at the remote northern tip of Japan. A curious place for the millionaire Kozaburo Hamamoto to build a house, but even more curious is the house itself – a disorienting maze of sloping floors and strangely situated staircases, full of bloodcurdling masks and uncanny lifesize dolls. When a man is found dead in one of the mansion’s rooms, murdered in seemingly impossible circumstances, the police are called. But they are unable to solve the puzzle, and powerless to protect the party of house guests as more bizarre deaths follow. Enter Kiyoshi Mitarai, the renowned sleuth, famous for unmasking the culprit behind the notorious Umezawa family massacre. Surely if anyone can crack these cryptic murders he will. But you have all the clues too – can you solve the mystery of the murders in The Crooked House first?

Dragonfly: A Novel by Leila Meacham:

At the height of WWII, five idealistic young Americans receive a mysterious letter from the OSS, asking them if they are willing to fight for their country. The men and women from very different backgrounds — a Texan athlete with German roots, an upper-crust son of a French mother and a wealthy businessman, a dirt-poor Midwestern fly fisherman, an orphaned fashion designer, and a ravishingly beautiful female fencer — all answer the call of duty, but each for a secret reason of his or her own. They bond immediately, in a group code-named Dragonfly. Thus begins a dramatic cat-and-mouse game, as the group seeks to stay under the radar until a fatal misstep leads to the capture and the firing-squad execution of one of their team. But … is everything as it seems, or is this one more elaborate act of spycraft?

The Shameless by Ace Atkins:

Twenty years ago, Brandon Taylor was thought to be just another teen boy who ended his life too soon. That’s what almost everyone in Tibbehah County, Mississippi, said after his body and hunting rifle were found in the Big Woods. Now two New York-based reporters show up asking Sheriff Quinn Colson questions about the Taylor case. What happened to the evidence? Where are the missing files? Who really killed Brandon?

Quinn wants to help. After all, his wife Maggie was a close friend of Brandon Taylor. But Quinn was just a kid himself in 1997, and these days he’s got more on his plate than twenty-year-old suspicious death. He’s trying to shut down the criminal syndicate that’s had a stranglehold on Tibbehah for years, trafficking drugs, stolen goods, and young women through the MidSouth. Truck stop madam Fannie Hathcock runs most of that action, and has her eyes on taking over the whole show. And then there’s Senator Jimmy Vardaman, who’s cut out the old political establishment riding the Syndicate’s money and power–plus a hefty helping of racism and ignorance–straight to the governor’s office. If he manages to get elected, the Syndicate will be untouchable. Tibbehah will be lawless.

Quinn’s been fighting evil and corruption since he was a kid, at home or as a U.S. Army Ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq. This time, evil may win out.

The Snakes: A Novel by Sadie Jones:

Recently married, psychologist Bea and Dan, a mixed-race artist, rent out their tiny flat to escape London for a few precious months. Driving through France they visit Bea’s dropout brother Alex at the hotel he runs in Burgundy. Disturbingly, they find him all alone and the ramshackle hotel deserted, apart from the nest of snakes in the attic. When Alex and Bea’s parents make a surprise visit, Dan can’t understand why Bea is so appalled, or why she’s never wanted him to know them; Liv and Griff Adamson are charming and rich. They are the richest people he has ever met. Maybe Bea’s ashamed of him, or maybe she regrets the secrets she’s been keeping. Tragedy strikes suddenly, brutally, and in its aftermath the family is stripped back to its heart, and then its rotten core, and even Bea with all her strength and goodness can’t escape.

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Wanderers: A Novel by Chuck Wendig:

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and are sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead. For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them–and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them–the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart–or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

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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:

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Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers July 14, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week that ends July 14, 2019.

(Click on the book covers to read a summary of each plot and to request the books of your choice.)

FICTION:

BACKLASH by Brad Thor:

Cut off from any support, Scot Harvath fights to get his revenge.

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate:

A South Carolina lawyer learns about the questionable practices of a Tennessee orphanage.

BIG SKY by Kate Atkinson:

Detective Jackson Brodie uncovers a sinister network in a sleepy seaside town.

CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert:

An 89-year-old Vivian Morris looks back at the direction her life took when she entered the 1940s New York theater scene.

COTTAGE BY THE SEA by Debbie Macomber:

Annie Marlow forms new relationships in the Pacific Northwest as she tries to recover from tragedy.


EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER by Linda Holmes:

In a seaside town in Maine, a former Major League pitcher and a grieving widow assess their pasts.

LAST HOUSE GUEST by Megan Miranda:

Littleport resident Avery Greer and visitor Sadie Loman become good friends until Sadie mysteriously dies. Avery must fight the clock to clear her name and uncover the real killer.

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng:

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

LOST AND FOUND by Danielle Steel:

A photographer embarks on a road trip to reconnect with three men she might have married.

THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD by Claire Lombardo:

The highs and lows of the four Sorenson sisters are illuminated when Jonah Bendt, who was given up in a closed adoption by one of them, arrives.

MRS. EVERYTHING by Jennifer Weiner: 

The story of two sisters, Jo and Bethie Kaufman, and their life experiences as the world around them changes drastically from the 1950s.

THE ORACLE by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell: 

Treasure-hunting couple, Sam and Remi Fargo, embark on a new adventure to find a sacred ancient scroll and lift its curse.

THE RECKONING by John Grisham:

A decorated World War II veteran shoots and kills a pastor inside a Mississippi church.

SAY NO TO THE DUKE by Eloisa James:

The fourth book in the Wildes of Lindow Castle series. Will Lady Betsy Wilde have an adventure in boy’s clothes or spend the night with Lord Jeremy Roden?

SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides:

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

SUMMER OF ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand:

The Levin family undergoes dramatic events with a son in Vietnam, a daughter in protests and dark secrets hiding beneath the surface.

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris:

A concentration camp detainee tasked with permanently marking fellow prisoners falls in love with one of them.

TOM CLANCY: ENEMY CONTACT by Mike Maden: 

Jack Ryan Jr.’s latest adventures take him on a mission to stop an international criminal conspiracy and deal with tragic news.

UNSOLVED by James Patterson and David Ellis:

A string of seemingly accidental and unrelated deaths confound F.B.I. agent Emmy Dockery.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens:

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

NON-FICTION:

BECOMING by Michelle Obama:

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

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah:

A memoir about growing up biracial in apartheid South Africa by the host of “The Daily Show.”

THE BRITISH ARE COMING by Rick Atkinson:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist begins his Revolution Trilogy with events from 1775 to 1777.

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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

HOWARD STERN COMES AGAIN by Howard Stern:

The radio interviewer delves into some of his favorite on-air conversations from the past four decades of his career.

LIFE WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME by Chelsea Handler:

The comedian chronicles going into therapy and becoming an advocate for change.

MAN WHO SOLD AMERICA by Joy-Ann Reid:

The MSNBC host gives her analysis of Donald Trump’s presidency.

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb:

A psychotherapist gains unexpected insights when she becomes another therapist’s patient.

MOMENT OF LIFT by Melinda Gates: 

The philanthropist shares stories of empowering women to improve society.

THE MUELLER REPORT with related materials by The Washington Post: 

Redacted findings from the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential obstruction of justice by the president.

THE PIONEERS by David McCullough:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian tells the story of the settling of the Northwest Territory through five main characters.

THE RANGE by David Epstein:

An argument for how generalists excel more than specialists, especially in complex and unpredictable fields.

SEA STORIES by William H. McRaven:

A memoir by the retired four-star Navy admiral, including the capture of Saddam Hussein and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.

SONGS OF AMERICA by Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw:

Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham and Grammy Award winner Tim McGraw explore how America was shaped by music.

UNFREEDOM OF THE PRESS by Mark R. Levin:

The conservative commentator and radio host makes his case that the press is aligned with political ideology.

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening July 5, 2019

Hi everyone, here are our lucky seven musical streaming* suggestions for the week.

(Click on the album cover to stream the album.)

Eddie and The Cruisers: The Unreleased Tapes by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band (Genre: Classic Rock, Traditional Rock, Soundtrack):

More classic rock music from Eddie and the Cruisers, AKA John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band. Songs on the LP include Fool and His Money, NYC Song, College Rap, Just a Matter of Time and Down on My Knees.

The Greatest Hits by The Lovin’ Spoonful (Genre: Classic Rock, Folk-Rock, Singer-Songwriter):

A greatest hits collection by the ever cheerful Lovin’ Spoonful featuring the songs Summer in the City, You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice, Do You Believe in Magic and Daydream.

I Think I Love You (Bonus Tracks) by Percy Faith & His Orchestra and Chorus (Genre: Easy Listening):

A smooth and relaxing collection of tunes by Percy Faith and his Orchestra and Chorus. Songs in the collection include Everything’s Alright, Love the One You’re With, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, I Think I Love You and Theme for Young Lovers.

Mac The Knife: Live by Jimmy Smith & The Trio (Genre: Jazz, Organ):

The great jazz organist Jimmy Smith and his Trio offer a live collection of cool songs. Songs in the set include Mack the Knife, Goldfinger, Satin Doll, Blue Bash and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Music! Music! Music! And Other Party Time Favorites by The Ragtimers (Genre: Ragtime, Jazz):

Songs in this bright, shiny brass-centric collection include Yes Sir, That’s My Baby, Instant Happy, So What’s New? Music! Music! Music! and party Time..

Summer of Chillout Jazz by Chillout Lounge Summertime Café

The Summer of Chillout Jazz LP features 34 cool mellow instrumentals that perfectly compliment and afternoon by the pool, an afternoon reading in front of the A/C or a family dinner party; songs in the set include Drifting, Liquid, Dinner Time, Round Midnight, Field of Green, Midnight Snack and Breezy Afternoon.

Whipped Cream & Other Delights Rewhipped by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass (Genre: Easy Listening, Jazz, Pop)

After decades of being staples at flea markets and yard sales across the continent, the LPs Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass made in the ’60s have been reissued with their original verve undiminished and sounding remarkably fresh. Taking things one step further is a new set of remixes. Those putting their hands are the faders include John King of the Dust Brothers, Mocean Worker, and Medeski, Martin & Wood. Alpert himself was an active participant in this project, adding some new trumpet solos amidst the snaky grooves and incessant beats. Not only will those familiar with the originals be dazzled by their transformations, but anyone new to these erstwhile million sellers will fall right in with the rhythmic drive and melodic hooks. –David Greenberger, Amazon Review.

Songs on this cool, re-whipped LP include A Taste of Honey, Green Peppers, Ladyfingers, Love Potion #9 and Peanuts.

VIDEOS  OF THE WEEK: 

The Dark Side by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band

Tender Years by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band

Nashville Cats by The Lovin’ Spoonful

Summer in the City by The Lovin’ Spoonful

Love The One You’re With by Percy Faith

Theme From A Summer Place by Percy Faith & His Orchestra

Goldfinger by Jimmy Smith

Mack The Knife by Jimmy Smith

Music! Music! Music! by The Ragtimers

Simon Says by The Ragtimers

Smooth Jazz Chillout Lounge • Smooth Jazz Saxophone Instrumental Music for Relaxing, Dinner, Study

Love Potion Number 9 by Herb Alpert

A Taste of Honey by Herb Alpert

Have a great weekend!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

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

*Freegal is a free streaming music service available for free to library cardholders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries. STLS member libraries include all the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler, and Allegany counties — including our own Southeast Steuben County Library.

You can download the Freegal music app to your mobile device or access the desktop version of the site by clicking on the following link:

*The Freegal service offers library card holders the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers July 7, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week that ends July 7, 2019.

(Click on the book covers to read a summary of each plot and to request the books of your choice.)

FICTION:

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate:

A South Carolina lawyer learns about the questionable practices of a Tennessee orphanage.

CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert:

An 89-year-old Vivian Morris looks back at the direction her life took when she entered the 1940s New York theater scene.

COTTAGE BY THE SEA by Debbie Macomber:

Annie Marlow forms new relationships in the Pacific Northwest as she tries to recover from tragedy.

FALL by Neal Stephenson:

A dead multibillionaire’s brain is scanned and turned back on at a time when humans live as digital souls.

FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE by Taffy Brodesser-Akner:

Toby Fleishman is forced to confront his own perception of his actions when his ex-wife drops off their kids at his place and disappears.

GOOD OMENS by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett:

Aziraphale, an angel and rare-book dealer, and his demon friend Crowley try to circumvent the end of the world.

LAST HOUSE GUEST by Megan Miranda:

Littleport resident Avery Greer and visitor Sadie Loman become good friends until Sadie mysteriously dies. Avery must fight the clock to clear her name and uncover the real killer.

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng:

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

MRS. EVERYTHING by Jennifer Weiner: 

The story of two sisters, Jo and Bethie Kaufman, and their life experiences as the world around them changes drastically from the 1950s.

NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney:

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

ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS by Ocean Vuong:

Little Dog writes a letter to a mother who cannot read, revealing a family history.

THE ORACLE by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell: 

Treasure-hunting couple, Sam and Remi Fargo, embark on a new adventure to find a sacred ancient scroll and lift its curse.

PAST TENSE by Lee Child:

Jack Reacher explores the New England town where his father was born and a Canadian couple now find themselves stranded.

QUEEN BEE by  Dorothea Benton Frank:


A beekeeper’s quiet life is unsettled by her demanding mother, outgoing sister and neighboring widower.

THE RECKONING by John Grisham:

A decorated World War II veteran shoots and kills a pastor inside a Mississippi church.

REDEMPTION by David Baldacci:

The fifth book in the Memory Man series. The first man Amos Decker put behind bars asks to have his name cleared.

SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides:

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

SUMMER OF ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand:

The Levin family undergoes dramatic events with a son in Vietnam, a daughter in protests and dark secrets hiding beneath the surface.

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris:

A concentration camp detainee tasked with permanently marking fellow prisoners falls in love with one of them.

TOM CLANCY: ENEMY CONTACT by Mike Maden: 

Jack Ryan Jr.’s latest adventures take him on a mission to stop an international criminal conspiracy and deal with tragic news.

UNSOLVED by James Patterson and David Ellis:

A string of seemingly accidental and unrelated deaths confound F.B.I. agent Emmy Dockery.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens:

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

NON-FICTION:

BECOMING by Michelle Obama:

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

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah:

A memoir about growing up biracial in apartheid South Africa by the host of “The Daily Show.”

THE BRITISH ARE COMING by Rick Atkinson:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist begins his Revolution Trilogy with events from 1775 to 1777.

THE CHOICE by Edith Eva Eger:

Dr. Eger recounts her life and survivor’s guilt during and after her imprisonment in Auschwitz.

CONSERVATIVE SENSIBILITY by George F. Will:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist describes what he considers to be threats to conservatism.

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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

ELDERHOOD by Louise Aronson:

Practicing geriatrician and author Louise Aronson gives us a more nuanced and comprehensive take on aging in the 21st century.

HOWARD STERN COMES AGAIN by Howard Stern:

The radio interviewer delves into some of his favorite on-air conversations from the past four decades of his career.

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON by David Grann:

The story of a murder spree in 1920s Oklahoma that targeted Osage Indians, whose lands contained oil.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS by Bill Geist:

Coming-of-age anecdotes set in a 1960s Midwestern summer vacation destination.

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb:

A psychotherapist gains unexpected insights when she becomes another therapist’s patient.

MOMENT OF LIFT by Melinda Gates: 

The philanthropist shares stories of empowering women to improve society.

THE MUELLER REPORT with related materials by The Washington Post: 

Redacted findings from the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential obstruction of justice by the president.

THE PIONEERS by David McCullough:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian tells the story of the settling of the Northwest Territory through five main characters.

THE RANGE by David Epstein:

An argument for how generalists excel more than specialists, especially in complex and unpredictable fields.

SEA STORIES by William H. McRaven:

A memoir by the retired four-star Navy admiral, including the capture of Saddam Hussein and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.

THE SECOND MOUNTAIN by David Brooks:

A New York Times Op-Ed columnist espouses having an outward focus to attain a meaningful life.

SIEGE by Michael Wolff:

The author of “Fire and Fury” weaves a story of the second year of the Trump White House.

SONGS OF AMERICA by Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw:

Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham and Grammy Award winner Tim McGraw explore how America was shaped by music.

UNFREEDOM OF THE PRESS by Mark R. Levin:

The conservative commentator and radio host makes his case that the press is aligned with political ideology.

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.