Suggested Listening April 6, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our bi-weekly recommended listening posting for Monday, April 7, 2020.

Our listening suggestions today includes ten streaming albums, from the Freegal Music Catalog, and a selection of related music videos.

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

Freegal Streaming Suggestions:

Abilene (1963) by George Hamilton IV (Genre: Country, Classic Country):

A classic album by the well-known Grand Ole’ Opry star!

Song List:
The Roving Gambler
China Doll
(I Want to Go) Where Nobody Knows Me
The Everglades
Oh So Many Years
Come on Home Boy
Jimmy Brown the News Boy
Abilene
Tender Hearted Baby
You Are My Sunshine

Anybody’s Baby (2004) by Terra Hazelton accompanied by Jeff Healey & His Jazz Wizards (Genre: Vocal, Jazz, R&B, Blues):

Terra Hazleton is a Canadian singer and actress whose love shines brightly through the music of this LP!

Song List:
I’m Gonna Lock My Heart
Sugar Blues
Anybody’s Baby
Laughter Has Vitamin A, B & D
On Revival Day
Let’s Do It
Take It Right Back
Now & Then
Long John Blues
Aint’ He Sweet?
I’m Just A Lucky So And So
The Spinach Song
The Gentleman Is A Dope
Sunday
Long As I’m Movin’
What Do I Care For The Moon?

Best Of Southern Soul Blues by Various Artists (Genre: Blues):

An upbeat collection of songs by contemporary blues musicians, put out by Memphis based Ecko Records.

Song List:
Mississippi Woman by Denise LaSalle
She’s Got The Best Lovin’ That Ever Put On A Pair Of Drawers by O. B. Buchana
Just Give Me My Blues by Donnie Ray
Meat And Potatoes Man by Earl Gaines
He Takes Me Around The World Without Leaving My Bedroom by Ms. Jody
A Whiskey Glass And A Woman’s Ass by Chuck Roberson
Bo Hawg Grind by Barbara Carr
Mojo Hand by Carl Sims
Good Old Country Boy by Earl Gaines
They Made A Blues Fan Out Of Me by Denise LaSalle
Caught In The Middle by Lee Shot Williams
The New Orleans Blues by Luther Lackey
She Made A Hoochie Man Out Of Me by Chuck Roberson
Let The Past Be The Past by Rick Lawson

Downtown: The Greatest Hits of Petula Clark by Petula Clark (Genre: Pop, Sixties Pop, Vocal):

A bright collection of cheerful, swinging tunes by the English singer.

Song List:
Downtown
I Know a Place
You’d Better Come Home
My Love
A Sign of the Times
I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love
Who Am I?
Colour My World
This Is My Song
Don’t Sleep in the Subway
The Other Man’s Grass
Kiss Me Goodbye

Just As I Am (1971) by Bill Withers (Genre: R&B, Soul):

A classic album by the great Bill Withers and one of his best! The song Ain’t No Sunshine made its debut on this album.

Song List:
Harlem
Ain’t No Sunshine
Grandman’s Hands
Sweet Wanomi
Everybody’s Talkin’
Do It Good
Hope She’ll Be Happier
Let It Be
I’m Her Daddy
In My Heart
Moanin’ and Groanin’
Better off Dead

Keys To Imagination (1986) by Yanni (Genre: Keyboard, Instrumental, New Age):

A classic album by the master of blended piano and synthesizer music.

Song List:
The North Shore of Matsushima
Looking Glass
Nostalgia
Santorini
Port of Mystery
Keys to Imagination
Forgotten Yesterdays
Forbidden Dreams

Mabern Plays Mabern (2020) by Harold Mabern (Genre: Jazz)

This album was recorded live at the Smoke Club in New York City, in January 2018. The sextet features pianist and band leader Harold Mabern on piano, Eric Alexander on tenor sax, Steve Davis on trombone, Vincent Herring on alto sax, John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums. Mabern was at the top of his game, after a more than six decade career when he played this concert – and boy, could he play that piano!

Song List:
Mr. Johnson
The Iron Man
Lover Man
The Lyrical Cole-Man
Edward Lee
It’s Magic
The Beehive
Rakin’ and Scrapin’

That Thing You Do! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Classic Rock, Pop):

This upbeat soundtrack features music by the late Adam Schlesinger, who in addition to writing the title track for this soundtrack, was known for his work with the band Fountains of Wayne.

If you’ve never seen the movie, That Thing You Do!, is set in the mid-sixties and features upbeat rock appropriate to the time period.

Song List:
Lovin’ You Lots and Lots by The Norm Wooster Singers
That Thing You Do! by The wonders
Little Wild One by The wonders
Dance With Me Tonight by The wonders
All My Only Dreams by The wonders
I Need You (That Thing You Do) by The wonders
She Knows It by The Heardsman
Mr. Downtown by Freddy Fredrickson
Hold My Hand, Hold My Heart by The Chantrellines
Voyage Around the Moon by The Saturn 5
My World Is Over by Diane Dane
Drive Faster by The Vicksburgs
Time to Blow by Del Paxton
That Thing You Do! (Live at the Hollywood Television Showcase) by The wonders

Women of Kerrville Box (2014) (Kerrville Folk Festival) by Various Artists (Genre: Folk):

The Kerrville Folk Festival is held annually in Kerrville, Texas. This 38 song collection features a number of great female folk and blues players who have played at the festival over the years.

Songs in the collection include God Made Woman by the Burn Sisters, Telephone Blues by Angela Strehli, Under Love’s Spell by Marcia Ball, Haul off and Kiss Me by Caroline Aikin, The Baby Sitter’s Here Dar Williams & Seventy-Five Septembers by Cheryl Wheeler.
This is an empowering collection of folk music – check it out!

Wood Smoke (1978) by Louie Setzer and The Appalachian Mountain Boys (Genre: Country, Bluegrass):

A terrific collection of traditional bluegrass!

Song List:
Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane
Wood Smoke
It’s Alright If That’s The Way You Feel
Eatin’ Out of Your Hand
Excuse Me I Think I’ve Got a Heartache
It Rains Just the Same In Missouri
Help Me Make It Through the Nigth
Truck Driver’s Queen
Long Black Veil
Sunny Sid of the Mountain
Dark Hollow
You Can Have Her

Recommended Videos:

I Want To Go Where Nobody Knows Me by George Hamilton IV

The Roving Gambler by George Hamilton IV

Anybody’s Baby by Terra Hazelton with Jeff Healey

Long John Blues by Terra Hazelton

Meat And Potatoes Man by Earl Gaines

Mississippi Woman by Denise LaSalle

Downtown by Petula Clark

I Know A Place by Petula Clark

Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers

Lean On Me by Bill Withers

Ain’t No Sunshine by Freddie King

Nostalgia by Yanni

North Shore Of Matsushima by Yanni

Edward Lee by Harold Maybern

Mr. Johnson by Harold Maybern

Dance with Me Tonight by The wonders

That Thing You Do! By The wonders

Tiny Desk Concert by Fountains of Wayne featuring Adam Schlesinger on bass

Telephone Blues by Angela Strehli

Under Love’s Spell by Marcia Ball

Woodsmoke [1978] by Louie Setzer & The Appalachian Mountain Boys (the entire album!)

Be well!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

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

All Movie, https://www.allmovie.com/

Bill Withers The Official Site of Music, https://billwithers.com/

Kerrville Folk Festival, https://www.kerrvillefolkfestival.org/

Louie Setzer and The Appalachian Mountain Boys Official Website, https://www.louiesetzer.com/

Petula Clark, https://www.petulaclark.net/

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

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

ABOUT LIBRARY APPS: Libby & RBDigital:

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading April 6 2020

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

DIGITAL CATALOG RECOMMENDATIONS:

The Arsonist by Susan Miller (Format: eBook):

From the best-selling author of While I Was Gone and The Senator’s Wife, a superb new novel about a family and a community tested when an arsonist begins setting fire to the homes of the summer people in a small New England town.

Troubled by the feeling that she belongs nowhere after working in East Africa for fifteen years, Frankie Rowley has come home–home to the small New Hampshire village of Pomeroy and the farmhouse where her family has always summered. On her first night back, a house up the road burns to the ground. Then another house burns, and another, always the houses of the summer people. In a town where people have never bothered to lock their doors, social fault lines are opened, and neighbors begin to regard one another with suspicion. Against this backdrop of menace and fear, Frankie begins a passionate, unexpected affair with the editor of the local paper, a romance that progresses with exquisite tenderness and heat toward its own remarkable risks and revelations.

Suspenseful, sophisticated, rich in psychological nuance and emotional insight, The Arsonist is vintage Sue Miller–a finely wrought novel about belonging and community, about how and where one ought to live, about what it means to lead a fulfilling life. One of our most elegant and engrossing novelists at her inimitable best.

Big River’s Daughter by Bobbi Miller (Format: eBook)

Raised by her pirate father on a Mississippi keeler, River is a half-feral river rat and proud of it. When her powerful father disappears in the great earthquake of 1811, she is on the run from buccaneers, including Jean Lafitte, who hope to claim her father’s territory and his buried treasure. But the ruthless rivals do not count on getting a run for their money from a plucky slip of a girl determined to find her place in the new order. Filled with down-home humor, raucous hijinks, and one-of-a-kind characters, this historical novel captures the Mississippi River at a time when its denizens were as untamed as its waters.

Centennial: A Novel written by James A. Michener and read by Larry McKeever (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener’s magnificent saga of the West is an enthralling celebration of the frontier. Brimming with the glory of America’s past, the story of Colorado—the Centennial State—is manifested through its people: Lame Beaver, the Arapaho chieftain and warrior, and his Comanche and Pawnee enemies; Levi Zendt, fleeing with his child bride from the Amish country; the cowboy, Jim Lloyd, who falls in love with a wealthy and cultured Englishwoman, Charlotte Seccombe. In Centennial, trappers, traders, homesteaders, gold seekers, ranchers, and hunters are brought together in the dramatic conflicts that shape the destiny of the legendary West—and the entire country.

Changes by Jim Butcher (Format: eBook):

Staff Note: This book opens with a bang and never stops rolling! On page one, Harry Dresden answers the phone and his old girlfriend drops a major bombshell and says, “They’ve taken our daughter.” Harry had no idea he even had a daughter! However, once he knows the truth, he’ll go to any extreme to save her! If you’re looking for a book to lose yourself in – this one qualifies! LR

And here is the official description of the book:

As Chicago’s only professional wizard, Harry Dresden has faced demons, vampires, werewolves, dark sorcerers, and hosts of horrors from beyond the mortal realm. But nothing could have prepared him for this…

Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry’s Dresden’s lover—until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her caught between humanity and the relentless bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. She disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it. Now, she needs Harry’s help more than ever.

For the vengeful Duchess of the Red Court has discovered a secret Susan has long kept from everyone—including Harry—and she plans to use it. To prevail, Harry may have to unleash the full fury of his untapped power—and he may have no choice but to embrace the darkness within himself.

Because this time, he’s fighting to save his child.

Four Past Midnight by Stephen King (Format: eBook):

Four Times Fear Equals Total Terror….

THE LANGOLIERS
You are strapped in an airplane seat on a flight beyond hell.

SECRET WINDOW, SECRET GARDEN
You are trapped in the demonic depths of a writer’s worst nightmare.

THE LIBRARY POLICEMAN
You are forced into a hunt for the most horrifying secret a small town ever hid.

THE SUN DOG
You are focusing in on a beast bent on shredding your sanity.

You are in the hands of Stephen King at his mind-blowing best, with an extraordinary quartet of full-length novellas.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling (Format: eBook & Downloadable Audiobook):

eBook Format

Downloadable Audiobook Format

Through the end of April, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, in both eBook and downloadable audiobook formats, has been made available for simultaneous use – otherwise known as being available on demand.

So if you haven’t read/listen to the book yet – now is your chance!

Just FYI for those that like audiobooks, Jim Dale, the narrated of the HP audio, is terrific!

Last One Home by Debbie Macomber (Format: eBook)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An inspiring standalone novel about the enduring bond between sisters, the power of forgiveness, and a second chance at love.

Growing up, Cassie Carter and her sisters, Karen and Nichole, were incredibly close—until one fateful event drove them apart. After high school, Cassie ran away from home to marry the wrong man, throwing away a college scholarship and breaking her parents’ hearts. To make matters worse, Cassie had always been their father’s favorite—a sentiment that weighed heavily on her sisters and made Cassie’s actions even harder to bear.

Now thirty-one, Cassie is back in Washington, living in Seattle with her daughter and hoping to leave her past behind. After ending a difficult marriage, Cassie is back on her own two feet, the pieces of her life slowly but surely coming together. Despite the strides Cassie’s made, she hasn’t been able to make peace with her sisters. Karen, the oldest, is a busy wife and mother, balancing her career with raising her two children. And Nichole, the youngest, is a stay-at-home mom whose husband indulges her every whim. Then one day, Cassie receives a letter from Karen, offering what Cassie thinks may be a chance to reconcile. And as Cassie opens herself up to new possibilities—making amends with her sisters, finding love once more—she realizes the power of compassion, and the promise of a fresh start.

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham (Format: eBook)

This is the first book in the long-time series. Winston Graham wrote twelve books in this series, from this first one which was originally published in 1945 to the twelfth novel in the series, Bella Poldark which was published in 2002!

If you’re looking for a great historical fiction series – check it out!

Here’s a synopsis of the book:

As Seen on Masterpiece on PBS®: Book 1 of the beloved Poldark series

In the first novel in Winston Graham’s hit series, a weary Ross Poldark returns to England from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his beloved Elizabeth. But instead he discovers his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth—believing Ross to be dead—is now engaged to his cousin. Ross has no choice but to start his life anew.

Thus begins the Poldark series, a heartwarming, gripping saga set in the windswept landscape of Cornwall. With an unforgettable cast of characters that spans loves, lives, and generations, this extraordinary masterwork from Winston Graham is a story you will never forget.

The Racketeer: A Novel by John Grisham (Format: eBook):

“The Racketeer is guilty of only one thing: keeping us engaged until the very last page.”—USA Today

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In the history of the United States, only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five. His body is found in his remote lakeside cabin. There is no sign of forced entry or struggle. Just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.

One man, a former attorney, knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and why. But that man, Malcolm Bannister, is currently residing in the Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland. Though serving time, Malcolm has an ace up his sleeve. He has information the FBI would love to know. Malcolm would love to tell them. But everything has a price—and the man known as the Racketeer wasn’t born yesterday.

Stars of Fortune Guardians Trilogy, Book 1 by Nora Roberts (Format: eBook)

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a trilogy about three couples who join together to create their own family and solve an ancient mystery through the powers of timeless love…

Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where five others have been lured to seek the legendary fire star, part of an ancient prophecy. Sasha recognizes them, because she has drawn them: a magician, an archaeologist, a wanderer, a fighter, a loner. All on a quest. All with secrets.

Sasha is the one who holds them together—the seer. And in the magician, Bran Killian, she sees a man of immense power and compassion. As Sasha struggles with her rare ability, Bran is there to support her, challenge her, and believe in her.

When a dark threat looms, the six must use their combined powers—including trust, unity, and love—to find the fire star and keep the world on course.

Don’t miss the other books in the Guardians Trilogy
Bay of Sighs
Island of Glass

Stay safe and happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

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

StarCat

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

ABOUT LIBRARY APPS:

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

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

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers April 12, 2020

Hi everyone, as regular blog visitors know, I usually post links to request the print versions of the New York Times Bestsellers on Sundays, so that patrons can request those (print) titles in StarCat (the catalog of physical library materials).

 

However, as all the libraries in the Southern Tier Library System are currently closed, you can’t place holds for physical materials, nor, of course, pick up holds.

 

So for the duration of the Corona Virus crisis, I’m going to post links to the New York Times Bestsellers, in eBook or downloadable audiobook form, that can be requested, or checked out, through the Digital Catalog.

 

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

 

 

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

 

FICTION:

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

BLINDSIDE by James Patterson and James O. Born (Format: eBook):

The 12th book in the Michael Bennett series. A serial-killing spree might impact national security.

 

 

BOY FROM THE WOODS by Harlan Coben (Format: eBook):

When a girl goes missing, a private investigator’s feral childhood becomes an asset in the search.

 

 

THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

A sibling relationship is impacted when the family goes from poverty to wealth and back again over the course of many decades.

 

 

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

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

 

 

GLASS HOTEL by Emily St. John Mandel (Format: eBook):

Years after an international Ponzi scheme falls apart, one of its victims investigates the disappearance of a woman from a container ship.

 

 

IN FIVE YEARS by Rebecca Serle (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

A Manhattan lawyer finds herself confronting a vision she had when elements of it come to life on schedule.

 

 

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng (Format eBook):

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

 

 

LONG RANGE by C.J. Box (Format: eBook):

The 20th book in the Joe Pickett series. A grizzly bear attack and an attempted assassination of a local judge baffle the Wyoming game warden.

 

 

MIRROR & THE LIGHT by Hilary Mantel (Format: eBook):

The third book in the Wolf Hall trilogy. After Anne Boleyn’s execution, Thomas Cromwell’s enemies assemble.

 

 

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

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

 

 

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

THEN SHE WAS GONE by Lisa Jewell (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

Ten years after her daughter disappears, a woman tries to get her life in order but remains haunted by unanswered questions.

 

 

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens (eBook):

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

 

 

NON-FICTION:

BECOMING by Michelle Obama (eBook):

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

 

 

THE BODY by Bill Bryson (Format: eBook):

An owner’s manual of the human body covering various parts, functions and what happens when things go wrong.

 

 

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

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

 

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson (Format: eBook):

A law professor and MacArthur grant recipient’s memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.

 

 

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

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

 

 

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

 

 

SAY NOTHING by Patrick Radden Keefe (Format: eBook):

A look at the conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

UNKNOWN VALOR by Martha MacCallum (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The Fox News anchor weaves stories of combat veterans who fought during World War II.

 

 

Stay safe and read on!

Linda Reimer, SSL

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening April 3, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our bi-weekly recommended listening posting for Friday, April 3, 2020

Our listening suggestions today includes ten streaming albums, from the Freegal Music Catalog, and a selection of related music videos.

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

Freegal Streaming Suggestions:

Important Beginning Notes!!

1. Freegal is now offering unlimited streaming, up from the old three hours per day – so you can listen to all the recommended albums whenever you want to and for as long as you want!

2. April is Jazz appreciation month, so I’ll be spotlighting some terrific Jazz musicians this month, some of them are well known today and others not so well known today – but all the music will be great!

The Battle of the Bands (Deluxe Version) (1968) by The Turtles (Genre: Classic Rock)

This is an excellent album that shows off the Turtles comedic side!

Song List:
The Opening: The Battle of the Bands
The Last Thing I Remember
Elenore
Too Much Heartsick Feeling
Oh Daddy!
Buzz Saw
Surfer Dan
I’m Chief Kamanawanalea (We’re the Royal Macadamia Nuts)
You Showed Me
Food
Chicken Little Was Right
The Closing: Earth Anthem (All)
She’s My Girl
Chicken Little Was Right
Sound Asleep
Umbassa the Dragon
The Story of Rock and Roll
Can’t You Hear the Cows
The Last Thing I Remember (The First Thing I Knew)
The Owl
To See the Sun
Earth Anthem
Battle of the Bands Radio Spot

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (Arr. by Ries & Ebers) (2020) by Compagnia di Punto

Compagnia di Punto is a small orchestral ensemble from Germany that is known for performing early classical music.

And here’s a description of this brand-new album from the High Resolution Audio site:
Beethoven’s first three symphonies are among his most important and well-known orchestral compositions. On this album, however, instead of a large orchestra, only ten musicians play these repertoire classics: the Rhenish original sound orchestra Compagnia di Punto plays Beethoven’s symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in arrangements for Chamber orchestra The arrangements come from the pen of two Beethoven contemporaries, Beethoven student Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838) and composer and conductor Carl Friedrich Ebers (1770-1836).

Such contemporary arrangements of large orchestral works made it possible to play and publicize Beethoven’s music even in smaller salons. In 1809, Ebers arranged the 1st Symphony for two violins, two violas, bass and two clarinets and horns. And Ries arranged symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 for double-staffed violins and violas as well as for flute and horns around 1807.

These chamber music versions not only shed a more intimate light on the three symphonies, but also guarantee completely new timbres and sound dialogues between the individual instruments. A valuable discovery for the Beethoven year 2020.

Song List:
I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio (Arr. for Small Orchestra by Carl Friedrich Ebers) (8:36)
II. Andante cantabile con moto (Arr. for Small Orchestra by Carl Friedrich Ebers) (6:34)
III. Menuetto. Allegro molto e vivace (Arr. for Small Orchestra by Carl Friedrich Ebers) (3:14)
IV. Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace (Arr. for Small Orchestra by Carl Friedrich Ebers) (5:21)
I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio (Arr. for Small Orchestra by Ferdinand Ries) (10:42)
II. Larghetto (Arr. for Small Orchestra by Ferdinand Ries) (9:22)
III. Scherzo. Allegro (Arr. for Small Orchestra by Ferdinand Ries) (3:38)
IV. Allegro molto (Arr. for Small Orchestra by Ferdinand Ries) (5:59)
I. Allegro con brio (Arr. for Small Orchestra by Ferdinand Ries) (15:18)
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai (Arr. for Small Orchestra by Ferdinand Ries) (12:21)
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace (Arr. for Small Orchestra by Ferdinand Ries) (5:25)
IV. Finale. Allegro molto – Poco andante – Presto (Arr. for Small Orchestra by Ferdinand Ries) (11:05)

Blindsided (2020) by Mark Erelli (Genre: Folk, Americana)

Mark Erelli is an introspective Massachusetts based singer-songwriter, whose music reminds me a bit of Tom Petty’s work. On this LP Erelli is reflecting on life as it is now, from a vantage point of someone who has been around the block a few times and reached a certain age. And those of us who’ve also been around the block several times can well relate to the music on this LP!

Song List:
Blindsided
Can’t Stand Myself
A Little Kindness
Her Town Now
Stranger’s Eyes
Lost in Translation
The River Always Wins
The Western Veil
Rose-Colored Rearview
Doubt My Love
Careless

The Complete Hits, 1941 – 1962, Vol. 1 by Ernest Tubb

This collection of country great Tubb’s early works features 47 songs released from the forties through the early sixties and includes a solid slice of his best work.

The collection includes the following songs:

Walking the Floor Over you
It’s Been So Long Darling
I Love You Because
I’m Biting My Fingernails Over You
Warm Red Wine
Rainbow at Midnight
Filipino Baby
I’ll Take A Back Seat for You
Seaman’s Blues
Have You Ever Been Lonely?
Till the End of the World
Driftwood on the River

In Scandinavia, Vol. 1 by Louis Armstrong

This live collection features songs played by Armstrong and his band while on tour in Scandinavia in 1933, 1949 and 1952. The music is great; but those who desire a pristine sounding, should keep in mind the basic sound recording technology of the time.

Song List:
I Cover the Waterfront
Dinah
Tiger Rag
Chinatown, My Chinatown
You Rascal You
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Twelfth Street Rag
Steak Face
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
Indiana
A Kiss to Build a Dream On
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Coquette
Lover Come Back to Me
Can Anyone Explain
After You’ve Gone
Russian Lullaby
Bugle Blues / Ole Mis

The Owls’ Hoot (192?/1994) by The New Orleans Owls

The New Orleans Owls, a traditional jazz dance band, known for being the house band at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans in the 1920s

At various times, the band included Bill Pardon, Benjie White, Lester Smith, Mose Farrar, Rene Gelpi, Dan LeBlanc, Earl Crumb, Frank Netto, Pinky Vidacovith, Sigfre Christensen, Nappy Lamare and Ed Miller. And of the group, only Lamare, who went on to play with Bob Croby’s Wildcats and Ed Miller, who went on to play with Pete Fountain and to lead his own band are known by audiences today. However, a big hat’s off to the whole group of players, as they certainly recorded some bright and cheerful dance music!

And you can listen to all their recorded works on this LP!

Song List:
Stomp off, Let’s Go
Oh Me! Oh My!
The Owl’s Hoot
Piccadilly
Tampeekoe
Dynamite
Pretty Baby
West End Romp
Blowin’ off Steam
White Ghost Shivers
The Nightmare
Brotherly Love
Eccentric
That’s a Plenty
Meat on the Table
The New Twister
Goose Pimples
Throwin’ the Horns
She’s Cryin’ for Me (Take 1)
She’s Cryin’ for Me (Take 2)
Everybody Loves Somebody (Take 1)
Everybody Loves Somebody (Take 2)
Ain’t Love Grand? (Take 1)
Ain’t Love Grand? (Take 2)
Alligator Blues (Take 1)
Alligator Blues (Take 2)

Prayer: A Windham Hill Collection by Various Artists (Genre: New Age, Instrumental, Acoustic)

This is a soothing, calming collection of instrumental music perfect to listen to whilst reading or just hanging out at home.

Of particular note is the song Alisa’s Prayer played by the harpist Deborah Henson-Conant. My library co-worker Maryalice shared a video of Henson-Conant playing Classical Gas with Mason Williams today, and I had never heard her work before, but she sure is one talented individual! And the video is included in the video section of this posting – enjoy!

Song List:
Sanctus by Tim Story
The 23rd Psalm by Steve Erquiaga
Be Thou My Vision by Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning & John Fitzpatrick
Holy, Holy, Holy by Jim Brickman
The Lord’s Prayer by Paul McCandles
Alisa’s Prayer, for electric Celtic harp by Deborah Henson-Conant
Meditation by Thea Suits
Ave Maria by Steve Erquiage
Go Gently by Suzanne Ciani
Offering by Tracy Silverman & Thea Suits
Spanish Stairs by Rosalba Bentivoglio
Ave Verum Corpus by Philip Aaberg

Regular Joe (1992) by Joe Diffie (Genre: Country)

One of Joe’s best albums from the late, great country singer.

Song List:
Startin’ Over Blues
I Just Don’t Know
Next Thing Smokin’
Ain’t That Bad Enough
Ships That Don’t Come In
Just A Regular Joe
Is It Cold In Here
Back To Back Heartache
You Made Me What I Am
Goodnight Sweetheart

That’s What I Heard (2020) by The Robert Cray Band

Twelve new songs by blues guitarist Robert Cray and his band!

Song List:
Anything You Want
Burying Ground
You’re the One
This Man
You’ll Want Me Back
Hot
Promises You Can’t Keep
To Be with You
My Baby Likes to Boogaloo
You Can’t Make Me Change
A Little Less Lonely
Do It

Whistle Stop (1993) by Ellis Marsalis

Jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis was known for three things, his terrific piano playing, his generosity of spirit as an educator – promoting traditional jazz music to other musicians and the world, and his talented music playing sons trumpeter Wynton, saxophonist Branford, trombonist Delfeayo and drummer Jason.

This 1993 album shows Marsalis at the top of his game playing songs composed by New Orleans musicians in the 1960s.

Song List:
Whistle Stop
Dee Wee
A Moment Alone
Magnolia Triangle
Mozartin’
Cry Again
Cochise
Lil’ Boy Man
Monkey Puzzle (Album Version)
After
Beautiful Old Ladies
Little Joy (Album Version)
When We First Met (Album Version)

Recommended Music Videos:

Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21: I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio composed by Beethoven and performed by Compagnia di Punto

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio by Beethoven and performed by Compagnia di Punto

Blindsided by Mark Erelli


Can’t Stand Myself by Mark Erelli

Driftwood on the River by Ernest Tubb

I’m Walking The Floor Over You by Ernest Tubb

I Cover The Waterfront, Dinah & Tiger Rag recorded in Copenhagen in 1933 by Louis Armstrong

The Owls Hoot by The New Orleans Owls

West End Romp by The New Orleans Owls

Alisa’s Prayer Deborah Henson-Conant

Go Gently by Suzanne Ciani

Ships That Don’t Come In by Joe Diffie

Startin’ Over Blues by Joe Diffie

Anything You Want by The Robert Cray Band

That’s What I Heard by The Robert Cray Band

“Sweet Lorraine” Branford and Ellis Marsalis – soprano sax / piano duet

Swinging’ At The Haven by The Marsalis Family

Whistle Stop by Ellis Marsalis

AND ON THE INSPIRATIONAL FRONT:

An American Tune Until Further Notice by Paul Simon

Classical Gas by Mason Williams &

Classic Steve Martin Appearance From 1975 on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Jubilee by Mary Chapin Carpenter

No One Picks Like A Nashville Picker Picks by Dolly Parton & Carol Burnett

Our House by Graham Nash

Be well!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

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

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (Arr. by Ries & Ebers) Compagnia di Punto
https://www.highresaudio.com/en/review/compagnia-di-punto-beethoven-symphonies-nos-13-arr-by-ries-ebers

Ellis Marsalis, Jazz Pianist and Music Family Patriarch, Dies at 85, New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/01/arts/music/ellis-marsalis-dead-virus.html

Joe Diffie, Grammy-Winning Country Music Star, Dies at 61
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/30/arts/music/joe-diffie-dead-coronavirus.html

Mark Erelli
https://www.markerelli.com/home-2

Louis Armstrong In Scandinavia Vol. 1
https://www.storyvillerecords.com/products/louis-armstrong-in-scandinavia-vol-1-1018348

New Orleans Owls – The Owls’ Hoot, Frog Records, https://www.frog-records.co.uk/products/dgf2

The Robert Cray Band (official site)
https://robertcray.com/

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

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

ABOUT LIBRARY APPS: Libby & RBDigital:

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening March 30, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our weekly recommended listening posting for Monday, March 30, 2020.

Our listening suggestions today includes ten streaming albums, from the Freegal Music Catalog, and a selection of related music videos.

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

Freegal Streaming Suggestions:

Big Joe Williams Revisited by Big Joe Williams (Genre: Blues):

Song List:
Baby Please Don’t Go
Highway 49
Shaggy Hound Blues
Ramblin’ and Wanderin’ Blues
Don’t The Apples Look Mellow Hangin’
Mean Mistreater
Prison Bound
Stack O’ Dollars
I’ve Been Buked and I’ve Been Scorned
I Feel So Worried
Ain’t Nothin’ Like Whiskey
Brand New Car
So Soon I’ll Be Goin’ Way Back Home
Shake ‘Em On Down
Jump Baby Jump
Everybody’s Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone

Cotton Eyed Joe (2006) by The Moody Brothers (Genre: Country):

The Moody Brothers are a family band that descend from the vintage country artist Dwight Moody, and are known for playing old-time Appalachian music. They were the back up band for the country artist George Hamilton IV for many years and appeared numerous times on the Grand Ole Opry. Cotton Eyed Joe is there fourth album and sounds like they’re ready for the square dance to begin!

Song List:
Midnight Flyer
My Mind’s Already Home
Let Me Dance With You
Redneck Girl
It’s My Turn To Sing With Ol’ Willie
Southern Railroad
Brown Eyed Girl
When She Tells You Goodbye
Line Dancing
Our Love
Cotton Eyed Joe

Doo-Wop Classics Vol. 1 [Tip Top Records] Various Artists (Genre: Doo-Wop, Pop, R&B, Vocal):

A collection of bright and uplifting Doo-Wop from the earliest days of Rock n’ Roll.

Song List:
Blanche by Three Friends
I’ll Make You Understand by The Performers
Chapel Bells by Sunny Boys
You’re In Love by Five Vets
Now That You’ve Gone by Three Friends
Bang Bang Shoot ‘Em Daddy by Emblems
Guardian Angel by The Kinɡsmen
I Got Fired by MISTAKES
Let There Be Rockin’ by Bob B. Lee
I’m Only A Boy To Her by Three Friends
Poor Humpty Dumpty by Emblems
You Are My Darling by The Creations
Baby I’ll Cry by Three Friends
Give Me Your Heart by The Performers
I’m Your Lover Man by The Kinɡsmen
Darlin’ I Do by Sebastion
Jinx by Three Friends
Would You Still Be Mine by Emblems
There Goes The Girl I Love by The Creations
Just For You by Shy Tones
Chapel Bells by MISTAKES
Too Young by Emblems
Mop Top by Jumping Jacks
Chinese Tea Room by Three Friends
Right Now by Five Vets

Ken Burns Jazz-Benny Goodman by Various Artists (Genre: Jazz, Swing):

Song List:
Waitin’ For Katie (Album Version) by Ben Pollack & His Orchestra
Clarinetitis (Album Version) by Benny Goodman
It’s Tight Like That (Album Version) by Jimmy McPartland; Gil Rodin; Larry Binyon; Vic Briedis et al.
Royal Garden Blues (Album Version) by Ted Lewis & His Band
King Porter Stomp by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
Body and Soul (Album Version) by The Benny Goodman Trio
Roll ‘Em by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
You Turned The Tables On Me by Benny Goodman And His Orchestra With Helen Ward
Sing, Sing, Sing (Album Version) by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
Don’t Be That Way (Live) by Benny Goodman Big Band
Avalon (Live) by The Benny Goodman Quartet
Flying Home (Album Version) by The Benny Goodman Sextet
Rose Room by Benny Goodman Sextet feat. Benny Goodman & Charlie Christian
Let’s Dance (Album Version) by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
Memories Of You (Album Version) by Benny Goodman Sextet feat. Charlie Christian
Benny Rides Again by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
Air Mail Special (Good Enough to Keep) by Benny Goodman Sextet feat. Benny Goodman & Charlie Christian
Why Don’t You Do Right? (Album Version) by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra feat. Peggy Lee
Rachel’s Dream (Album Version) by The Benny Goodman Sextet
Undercurrent Blues (Album Version) by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
Goodbye (Album Version) by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

Libraries Rock – Kid-friendly Songs Playlist (62 Songs, run time: 02 hr 13 min 55 sec) (Genre: Kids Music):

If you’ve got kids at home – this is a playlist for you!

Artists include Spongebob, Dora The Explorer, The Wiggles, Poppy & Branch, The Backyardigans, Pentatonix and more!

Radio Hits Of the ’60s by Various Artists (Genre: Pop, Classic Rock):

Song List:
Ya Ya by Lee Dorsey
Washington Square by The Village Stompers
A Fool Never Learns by Andy Williams
We’ll Sing In The Sunshine by Gale Garnett
Little Girl by Syndicate of Sound
Working in the Coal Mine by Lee Dorsey
I’m Your Puppet by James & Bobby
Simon Says by 1910 Fruitgum Company
The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde by Georgie Fame
Angel Of The Morning by Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
Worst That Could Happen by The Brooklyn Bridge
In the Year 2525 by Zager & Evans
Cherry Hill by Billy Joe Royal

Let’s Swing #4 Airmen (2010) by the United States Air Force Band (Genre: Big Band, Jazz):

An up-tempo swinging collection of tunes by the Washington based U.S. Air Force Band.

Song List:
Walkin’ & Swingin’
Wagon Wheels
Fancy Meeting You
Watlz of the Trumpets
Big Mama Louise
I’m getting Sentimental Over You
Salute to Miller
The Days of Wine and Roses
I’ll Remember April
All or Nothing At All
Old Man River
Change In Elevation
‘Round Midnight

Life is Good on the Open Road (2018) by Trampled by Turtles (Genre: Roots Rock, Bluegrass, Folk):

Song List:
Kelly’s Bar
We All Get Lonely
The Middle
Thank You, John Steinbeck
Annihilate
Right Back Where We Started
Life is Good on the Open Road
Blood in the Water
I Went to Hollywood
I’m Not There Anymore
Good Land
I Learn the Hard Way

Like A Merry Go Round (1968) by Liz Anderson (Genre: Country, Classic Country):

Song List:
Me, Me, Me, Me, Me
Did You Have to Bring That Up (While I Was Eating)
Like A Merry-Go-Round
Thanks, But No Thanks
No Another Time
Tonight I’ll Throw a Party
Love is Ending
Blue Are the Violets
Take Me to Your World
Your Hold On Me Is Gone
Cry, Cry Again
Little Things

The Music of Wayne Shorter Jazz at Lincoln Center (2020) by Orchestra & Wynton Marsalis (Genre: Jazz):

Song List:
Yes or No
Diana
Hammer Head
Contemplation
Endangered Species
Lost
Armageddon
The Three Marias
Teru
Mama “G”

Recommended Music Videos:

Baby Please Don’t Go by Big Joe Williams

Highway 49 by Big Joe Williams

Ramblin’ and Wanderin’ Blues by Big Joe Williams

Cotton Eyed Joe by The Moody Brothers

Let Me Dance With You by The Moody Brothers

Midnight Flyer by The Moody Brothers

Blanche by The Three Friends

Let There Be Rockin’ by Bob B. Lee

Mop Top by Jumping Jacks

Flying Home by Benny Goodman

Royal Garden Blues (Album Version) by Ted Lewis & His Band

Waitin’ For Katie (Album Version) by Ben Pollack & His Orchestra

Better When I’m Dancin by Meghan Trainor (from the Peanuts movie)

B.I.N.G.O. by Dora the Explorer

Good Vibrations by Ricky Reed (from the Emoji movie)

Simon Says by 1910 Fruitgum Company

Washington Square by The Village Stompers

We’ll Sing In The Sunshine by Gale Garnett

I’ll Remember April by The U.S. Air Force Band

‘Round Midnight by The U.S. Air Force Band

Walkin’ & Swingin’ by The U.S. Air Force Band

Good Land by Trampled by Turtles

Life Is Good On The Open Road by Trampled by Turtles

Thank You, John Steinbeck by Trampled by Turtles

Like A Merry Go Round by Liz Anderson

Little Things by Liz Anderson

Tonight I’ll Throw A Party by Liz Anderson

Teru – Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis feat. Wayne Shorter

“The Three Marias” – Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis feat. Wayne Shorter

“Yes or No” – Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis feat. Wayne Shorter

Be well!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

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

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

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

ABOUT LIBRARY APPS: Libby & RBDigital:

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading March 30 2020

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

DIGITAL CATALOG RECOMMENDATIONS:

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin (Format: eBook):

As seen on The Today Show! One of the best summer romance picks!

One of Publishers Weekly Best Romance Books of 2019!

A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and who dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

When a surprise engagement is announced between Khalid and Hafsa, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel by Jamie Ford (Format: eBook):

“Sentimental, heartfelt….the exploration of Henry’s changing relationship with his family and with Keiko will keep most readers turning pages…A timely debut that not only reminds readers of a shameful episode in American history, but cautions us to examine the present and take heed we don’t repeat those injustices.”— Kirkus Reviews

“A tender and satisfying novel set in a time and a place lost forever, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war—not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people. Especially relevant in today’s world, this is a beautifully written book that will make you think. And, more importantly, it will make you feel.”
— Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

“Jamie Ford’s first novel explores the age-old conflicts between father and son, the beauty and sadness of what happened to Japanese Americans in the Seattle area during World War II, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love. An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut.”

— Lisa See, bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While “scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.

Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel’s dark dusty basement he begins looking for signs of the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot begin to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still trying to find his voice–words that might explain the actions of his nationalistic father; words that might bridge the gap between him and his modern, Chinese American son; words that might help him confront the choices he made many years ago.

Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.

How to Walk Away: A Novel by Katherine Center (Format: eBook):

From the author of Happiness for Beginners comes the instant New York Times bestseller (May 2018), an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances.

Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiancé, Chip, who wallows in self-pity while simultaneously expecting to be forgiven. Then, there’s her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally, there’s Ian, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Ian, who won’t let her give in to her pity, and who sees her like no one has seen her before. Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need. Sometimes we all need someone to catch us when we fall. And sometimes love can find us in the least likely place we would ever expect.

How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best—a masterpiece of a novel that is both hopeful and hilarious; truthful and wise; tender and brave.

Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen (Format: eBook):

A Today.com Best Pick for Valentine’s Day * An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet—and perhaps change their minds about love—on a train ride in the middle of a snowstorm. Leah Konen’s Love and Other Train Wrecks is perfect for fans of Emery Lord and Jennifer E. Smith.

Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s traveling home for one last chance with his first love, and he needs a miracle to win her back. Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—just look at her parents. If there’s one thing she’s learned about love in the last year, it’s that it ends.

That is, until one winter night when Noah and Ammy find themselves in the same Amtrak car heading to Upstate New York. After a train-wreck first impression between the two of them, the Amtrak train suddenly breaks down—in the middle of a snowstorm.

Desperate to make it to their destinations, Noah and Ammy have no other option but to travel together. What starts off as a minor detour turns into the journey of a lifetime, but come morning their adventure takes an unexpected turn for the worst.

Can one night can really change how they feel about love…and the course of their lives forever?

The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers (Format: eBook):

The Monk of Mokha is the exhilarating true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by civil war.

Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country’s rugged mountains and meet beleagured but determined farmers. But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people.

Sister Noon by Karen Joy Fowler (Format: eBook):

Lizzie Hayes, a member of the San Francisco elite, is a seemingly docile, middle-aged spinster praised for her volunteer work with the Ladies Relief and Protection Society Home, or “The Brown Ark”. All she needs is the spark that will liberate her from the ruling conventions. When the wealthy and well-connected, but ill-reputed Mary Ellen Pleasant shows up at the Brown Ark, Lizzie is drawn to her. It is the beautiful, but mysterious Mary Ellen, an outcast among the women of the elite because of her notorious past and her involvement in voodoo, who will eventually hold the key to unlocking Lizzie’s rebellious nature.

Loosely based in historical fact, Sister Noon is a wryly funny, playfully mysterious, and totally subversive novel from this “fine writer” whose “language dazzles” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Songs of Willow Frost: A Novel written by Jamie Ford and read by Ryan Gesell (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

From Jamie Ford, author of the beloved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, comes a much-anticipated second novel. Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls—a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past—both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness.

Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday—or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday—William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song.

Determined to find Willow and prove that his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigate the streets of Seattle, where they must not only survive but confront the mysteries of William’s past and his connection to the exotic film star. The story of Willow Frost, however, is far more complicated than the Hollywood fantasy William sees onscreen.

Shifting between the Great Depression and the 1920s, Songs of Willow Frost takes readers on an emotional journey of discovery. Jamie Ford’s sweeping novel will resonate with anyone who has ever longed for the comforts of family and a place to call home.

A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel written by Anne Tyler and read by Kimberly Farr (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

“It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . .” This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red’s father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red’s grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.
Brimming with all the insight, humor, and generosity of spirit that are the hallmarks of Anne Tyler’s work, A Spool of Blue Thread tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity. It is a novel to cherish.

Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey by A. J. Jacobs (Format: eBook):

The idea was deceptively simple: New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs decided to thank every single person involved in producing his morning cup of coffee. The resulting journey takes him across the globe, transforms his life, and reveals secrets about how gratitude can make us all happier, more generous, and more connected.

Author A.J. Jacobs discovers that his coffee—and every other item in our lives—would not be possible without hundreds of people we usually take for granted: farmers, chemists, artists, presidents, truckers, mechanics, biologists, miners, smugglers, and goatherds.

By thanking these people face to face, Jacobs finds some much-needed brightness in his life. Gratitude does not come naturally to Jacobs—his disposition is more Larry David than Tom Hanks—but he sets off on the journey on a dare from his son. And by the end, it’s clear to him that scientific research on gratitude is true. Gratitude’s benefits are legion: It improves compassion, heals your body, and helps battle depression.

Jacobs gleans wisdom from vivid characters all over the globe, including the Minnesota miners who extract the iron that makes the steel used in coffee roasters, to the Madison Avenue marketers who captured his wandering attention for a moment, to the farmers in Colombia.

Along the way, Jacobs provides wonderful insights and useful tips, from how to focus on the hundreds of things that go right every day instead of the few that go wrong. And how our culture overemphasizes the individual over the team. And how to practice the art of “savoring meditation” and fall asleep at night. Thanks a Thousand is a reminder of the amazing interconnectedness of our world. It shows us how much we take for granted. It teaches us how gratitude can make our lives happier, kinder, and more impactful. And it will inspire us to follow our own “Gratitude Trails.”

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald written by Therese Anne Fowler and read by Jenna Lamia (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

“When I saw that Amazon Prime was unveiling its original pilot for Z, a biographical series based on Therese Anne Fowler’s novel about Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, I raised a wary eyebrow…But I was wrong, oh me of little faith…[I]t’s an enveloping period piece, perfectly cast, and I would like to see the pilot green-lighted into a series so that we can see this romance go up like a rocket with one loud champagne pop and strew debris across mansion lawns and luxury hotel lobbies in its transcontinental path.” –Vanity Fair

I wish I could tell everyone who thinks we’re ruined, Look closer…and you’ll see something extraordinary, mystifying, something real and true. We have never been what we seemed.

When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the “ungettable” Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn’t wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. Her father is deeply unimpressed. But after Scott sells his first novel, This Side of Paradise, to Scribner’s, Zelda optimistically boards a train north, to marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and take the rest as it comes.

What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined attention and success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time. Everyone wants to meet the dashing young author of the scandalous novel—and his witty, perhaps even more scandalous wife. Zelda bobs her hair, adopts daring new fashions, and revels in this wild new world. Each place they go becomes a playground: New York City, Long Island, Hollywood, Paris, and the French Riviera—where they join the endless party of the glamorous, sometimes doomed Lost Generation that includes Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Gertrude Stein.

Everything seems new and possible. Troubles, at first, seem to fade like morning mist. But not even Jay Gatsby’s parties go on forever. Who is Zelda, other than the wife of a famous—sometimes infamous—husband? How can she forge her own identity while fighting her demons and Scott’s, too? With brilliant insight and imagination, Therese Anne Fowler brings us Zelda’s irresistible story as she herself might have told it.

“Narrator Jenna Lamia’s soft Southern accent and languid tone immediately set the mood for this first-person fictional account of Zelda’s marriage with F. Scott Fitzgerald, the great American novelist…listeners will be fascinated by this well-researched story of the beautiful flapper and her famous husband during the Roaring Twenties.” –Audiofile Magazine

Bonus Reading/Listening Suggestion:

Today, Monday, March 30, 2020 is guitarist Eric Clapton’s 75th birthday. And in honor of his birthday here is a recommended biography in both eBook and downloadable audiobook – enjoy!

Clapton: The Autobiography by Eric Clapton:

(Formats: eBook/downloadable audiobook – the audiobook version is read by Simon Vance):

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With striking intimacy and candor, Eric Clapton tells the story of his eventful and inspiring life. More than a rock star, Eric Clapton is an icon, a living embodiment of the history of rock music. Well known for his reserve in a profession marked by self-promotion, flamboyance, and spin, he now chronicles, for the first time, his remarkable personal and professional journeys.

Born illegitimate in 1945 and raised by his grandparents, Eric never knew his father and, until the age of nine, believed his actual mother to be his sister. In his early teens his solace was the guitar. With the formation of Cream, the world’s first supergroup, he became a worldwide superstar. During the decades that followed, he would go on to play as a guest with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, as well as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and longtime friend George Harrison. He would overcome despair, self-imposed seclusion, drug addiction, and alcoholism. He would become a father.

But just as his life was coming together, he was struck by a terrible blow: His beloved four-year-old son, Conor, died in a freak accident. At an earlier time Eric might have coped with this tragedy by fleeing into a world of addiction. But now a much stronger man, he took refuge in music. CLAPTON is the powerful story of a survivor, a man who has achieved the pinnacle of success despite extraordinary demons. It is one of the most compelling memoirs of our time.

Stay safe and happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

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

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Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers April 5, 2020

Hi everyone, as regular blog visitors know, I usually post links to request the print versions of the New York Times Bestsellers on Sundays, so that patrons can request those (print) titles in StarCat (the catalog of physical library materials).

 

However, as all the libraries in the Southern Tier Library System are currently closed, you can’t place holds for physical materials, nor, of course, pick up holds.

 

So for the duration of the Corona Virus crisis, I’m going to post links to the New York Times Bestsellers, in eBook or  downloadable audiobook form, that can be requested, or checked out, through the Digital Catalog.

 

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

 

 

And without further ado, here are the New York Times Bestsellers that you can check out of the Digital Catalog!

 

FICTION:

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

BLINDSIDE by James Patterson and James O. Born (Format: eBook):

The 12th book in the Michael Bennett series. A serial-killing spree might impact national security.

 

 

BOY FROM THE WOODS by Harlan Coben (Format: eBook):

When a girl goes missing, a private investigator’s feral childhood becomes an asset in the search.

 

 

A CONSPIRACY OF BONES by Kathy Reichs (Format: eBook):

 

The 19th book in the Temperance Brennan series. The forensic anthropologist seeks the identity of a corpse missing its face and hands.

 

 

THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

A sibling relationship is impacted when the family goes from poverty to wealth and back again over the course of many decades.

 

 

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

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

 

 

HIT LIST by Stuart Woods (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The 53rd book in the Stone Barrington series. The former N.Y.P.D. detective takes it upon himself to get the target off his back.

 

 

HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD by Sarah J. Maas (Format: eBook):

Passion arises between Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar as they seek to avenge the deaths of Bryce’s friends.

 

 

IN FIVE YEARS by Rebecca Serle (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

A Manhattan lawyer finds herself confronting a vision she had when elements of it come to life on schedule.

 

 

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng (Format eBook):

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

 

 

LONG RANGE by C.J. Box (eBook):

The 20th book in the Joe Pickett series. A grizzly bear attack and an attempted assassination of a local judge baffle the Wyoming game warden.

 

 

MIRROR & THE LIGHT by Hilary Mantel (Format: eBook):

The third book in the Wolf Hall trilogy. After Anne Boleyn’s execution, Thomas Cromwell’s enemies assemble.

 

 

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

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

 

 

SMOKE BITTEN by Patricia Briggs (Format: eBook):

The 12th book in the Mercy Thompson series. The car mechanic who has the ability to turn into a coyote takes on a deadly foe.

 

 

 

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens (eBook):

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

 

 

NON-FICTION:

BECOMING by Michelle Obama (eBook):

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

 

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

HOPE OF GLORY by Jon Meacham (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer delves into the seven last sayings of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels.

 

 

JOHN ADAMS UNDER FIRE by Dan Abrams and David Fisher (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

How the man who became the second president served as the defense lawyer for the British soldiers who stood accused in the Boston Massacre in 1770.

 

 

JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson (eBook):

A law professor and MacArthur grant recipient’s memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.

 

 

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

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

 

 

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

 

 

SAY NOTHING by Patrick Radden Keefe (Format: eBook):

A look at the conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

UNKNOWN VALOR by Martha MacCallum (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The Fox News anchor weaves stories of combat veterans who fought during World War II.

 

 

Stay safe and read on!

Linda Reimer, SSL

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.