Suggested Reading October 26, 2021

Hi everyone, here are our recommended reads for the week.

Format Note: Under each book title you’ll find a list of all the different formats that specific title is available in; including: Print Books, Large Print Books, CD Audiobooks, eBooks & Downloadable Audiobooks from the Digital Catalog (Libby app) and Hoopla eBooks & Hoopla Downloadable Audiobooks (Hoopla app).

*More information on the three catalogs is found at the end of the list of recommended reads*

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall & Douglas Abrams

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

Book of Hope

This illuminating conversation between naturalist Goodall (Reason for Hope) and Abrams (coauthor, The Book of Joy) teases out Goodall’s thoughts on why one should feel hopeful in “dark times.” According to Goodall, there are “four main reasons for hope: the amazing human intellect, the resilience of nature, the power of youth, and the indomitable human spirit.” In unpacking her belief in the power of persistence, Goodall takes readers to her childhood home in England, where her family questioned if she had the constitution to travel to Africa; to Tanzania, where she studied chimpanzees and came face to face with “crippling poverty, lack of good education and degradation of the land”; and into her work as a U.N. Messenger of Peace. In the process, she cites having a spiritual sense of purpose as crucial to her hope and activism. Her infectious optimism and stirring call to action make this necessary reading for those concerned about the planet’s future: “we must not let this distract us from the far greater threat to our future—the climate crisis and the loss of biodiversity,” she writes. “Find your reasons for hope and let them guide you onward.” Goodall’s rousing testament will resonate widely. Starred Publishers Weekly Review.

Flight of the Intruder by Stephen Coontz

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

Flight of the Intruder

With this well-crafted first novel, the publishers of The Hunt for Red October again demonstrate a sure eye for picking winners in the thriller genre. Jake Grafton is an A-6 Intruder pilot during the Vietnam War who flies his bomber on sorties past enemy flak and SAM missiles, and then must maneuver his plane, often at night, onto the relatively small deck of an aircraft carrier. Former Navy flyer Coonts gives an excellent sense of the complexities of modern air raids and how nerve-wracking it is, even for the best airmen, to technically solve sudden problems over and over, knowing that even a twist of fate a peasant wildly firing a rifle from a field could wipe out the crew. Grafton alternates between remorse over the fate of his unseen Vietnamese victims on the ground and a gung-ho “let’s win this war” sentiment that lashes at both policymakers who select less-than-important targets for the dangerous missions and advocates for peace back in the States. The action, though, is realistically detailed and absorbing.

On A Reader’s Note: This is the first book in the Jake Grafton adventure series.

Hobgoblin by John Coyne

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

Hobgoblin

Ancient magic meets contemporary horror in this thrilling tale of a young man’s obsession. Scott Gardiner is already shattered by the demise of his character in a sword-and-sorcery fantasy. When his father dies at almost exactly the same moment, the line between nightmare and reality begins to erode.

Scott and his mom attempt to start over by moving to Ballycastle, a medieval Irish manor house rebuilt on the banks of the Hudson. A new role-playing game captures Scott’s imagination: Hobgoblin, in which he takes on the identity of the legendary Irish hero Brian Borù. Before long, he’s seeing a black annis ― a terrifying creature of Celtic myth ― darting about the estate. Scott plunges deeper and deeper into the dreamlike allure of Hobgoblin until more than just his sanity is at stake and he is forced to rescue others from a dark power.

Love Saves The Day by Gwen Cooper

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

Love Saves The Day

From the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Homer’s Odyssey comes a tender, joyful, utterly unforgettable novel, primarily told through the eyes of the most observant member of any human family: the cat.

Humans best understand the truth of things if they come at it indirectly. Like how sometimes the best way to catch a mouse that’s right in front of you is to back up before you pounce.

So notes Prudence, the irresistible brown tabby at the center of Gwen Cooper’s tender, joyful, utterly unforgettable novel, which is mostly told through the eyes of this curious (and occasionally cranky) feline.

When five-week-old Prudence meets a woman named Sarah in a deserted construction site on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, she knows she’s found the human she was meant to adopt. For three years their lives are filled with laughter, tuna, catnaps, music, and the unchanging routines Prudence craves. Then one…

A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cossé

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

A Novel Bookstore

Ivan and Francesca decide to open a bookstore devoted solely to good literature and their love of books. Frustrated by the glut of mediocre books printed every month and envisioning a true literary paradise, they offer a selection of literary masterpieces chosen by a top-secret committee of like-minded literary connoisseurs.

To their amazement, after only a few months, their vision proves popular. Very popular. Tucked away in a corner of Paris, the bookstore quickly becomes a haven for bibliophiles. Indeed, it becomes so successful that the great majority of Parisian readers are now buying their books only at Ivan and Francesca’s store, and other stores in the city are starting to change how they order and display books too. Now big publishing’s powerful elite are desperately trying to adapt their business model to the demand for quality above all else. As the store’s success grows, venomous comments begin circulating online and the owners, and their selection committee, become the target of vicious editorials and threats.

A Novel Bookstore blends book love and bookstore love with a brilliantly conceived and entertaining mystery and is a delight for readers of all tastes.

Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories, edited by Roald Dahl

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Roald Dahl Book of Ghost Stories

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was a prickly, colorful character who wrote maliciously funny short stories for adults (The Best of Roald Dahl) as well as better-known works for children (James and the Giant Peach). As he relates in the introduction, he started the research for this book by making a call to the celebrated ghost-story anthologist/writer, Lady Cynthia Asquith. He then went to the British Museum Library, and read a total of 749 tales before selecting 14 for this anthology. His criterion: “Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story. It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts.” Included here are not only acknowledged classics by Robert Aickman, Edith Wharton, J. S. Le Fanu, and F. Marion Crawford, but also tales by lesser-known writers such as L. P. Hartley, Rosemary Timperley, Jonas Lie, Mary Treadgold, and A. M. Burrage. The Washington Post writes, “Dahl’s taste, it will surprise no one, is impeccable.” – Amazon Review

The Secret of Snow: A Novel by Viola Shipman

(Available Formats: eBook & Hoopla instant check out audiobook)

Secret of Snow

A woman returns home and confronts her past trauma in Shipman’s latest (after The Clover Girls, 2021). Sonny Dunes has spent years running from her tragic past, even going so far as to change her name to establish herself as a meteorologist in Palm Springs. But when she has a breakdown on air after being replaced by an AI meteorologist, the only place she has to go is back home to Michigan. As a 50-year-old moving back in with her mother, Sonny feels like a complete failure, but that hurts less than the memories of her deceased younger sister that continue to linger. As Sonny reestablishes her career at her hometown news station, she must confront her guilt and grief surrounding her sister’s death, while also learning to let love melt her frozen heart. The Secret of Snow is a contemporary novel on grief and the way it can keep you frozen from living life to the fullest. While some plot points seemed contrived, the overall themes and tone will touch readers. Booklist Review

Three-Fifths by John Vercher

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Three-Fifths

Vercher’s first novel gets Agora Books, a new imprint dedicated to diverse crime fiction, off to a fast start. Bobby Saraceno is a 22-year-old mixed-race man living in the largely African American neighborhood of Homewood in 1990s Pittsburgh, during the time of the O. J. Simpson trial. Raised by his white, alcoholic mother, Isabel, and racist grandfather, Bobby passes as white, while his best friend and fellow comics nerd Aaron wishes he was Black, though he is ridiculed for adopting the style and mannerisms of the Black kids in the neighborhood. Things change dramatically when Bobby’s father, a doctor whom Bobby believes to be dead, walks into the bar where Isabel works. Meanwhile, Aaron, having been incarcerated for drug dealing, returns from prison as a member of the Aryan Brotherhood and promptly assaults a young Black man in Bobby’s presence. Bobby’s life quickly spirals out of control, his sense of self reeling after he meets his father and struggles with whether he should betray his friend by revealing what he knows about the assault. Vercher, who is also biracial and grew up in Pittsburgh, handles the potentially melodramatic elements of his plot with considerable subtlety, building strong, multifaceted characters with bold strokes and using the tools of noir to present what is finally a full-blown tragedy. This powerful exploration of race and identity pairs well with Steph Cha’s superb Your House Will Pay. Starred Booklist Review

Tom O’Bedlam by Robert Silverberg

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Tom O'Bedlam

Tom, like the medieval Tom O’Bedlam, can’t decipher the meaning of the images plaguing his mind. Much like the wondering and mad Tom of the medieval ballad, the Tom O’Bedlam of 2103 doesn’t know what to make of the images that keep cluttering his mind. To preserve the last shred of his sanity and keep these never-ending wonders a secret, he feigns insanity. But then a probe that has traveled over four light years away transmits the very pictures that have been haunting Tom’s dreams. In this post-industrial world on the verge of a total collapse, Tom has become humanity’s spokesperson to the distant planet that may be his world’s salvation.

Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Lynn Crosbie

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Where Did You Sleep Last Night

Does true love have supernatural power?

Where Did You Sleep Last Night is a love story about a teenage girl who embarks on a relationship with Kurt Cobain.

Evelyn Gray is a sad and lonely sixteen-year-old from Carnation, Washington who is terrorized by her classmates at school. She spends most of her time in her room reading, writing letters to dead people, listening to old records and talking to the poster of Kurt Cobain above her bed.

Her mother is an alcoholic grunge relic from Seattle, whose recollections, books and music help ignite Evelyn’s love for Cobain-a love so painfully strong that it summons the deceased singer to her side.
When Evelyn is taken to the hospital after an overdose, she awakens to find Cobain-who has little to no memory of his former life-convalescing in the bed beside her.

Once united, they quickly become addicted to drugs and each other.

Cobain-renamed Celine Black-and Evelyn escape the hospital and run off together, determined to have everything they want. Inevitably, they become infamous musicians, but despite their mutual devotion, the couple is tormented by strong passion and jealousy. As their celebrity grows, their relationship becomes more excessive, and an episode of sexual violence explodes, shockingly, into murder.

A highly original work of haute fan fiction, written in Crosbie’s poetic and emotionally evocative prose, Where Did You Sleep Last Night is an imaginative, surprisingly funny, and touching novel about the adamant persistence of love

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

Digital Catalog: https://stls.overdrive.com/

The Digital Catalog, is an online catalog containing eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, digital magazines and a handful of streaming videos. The catalog, which allows one to download content to a PC, also has a companion app, Libby, which you can download to your mobile device; so you can enjoy eBooks and downloadable audiobooks on the go!

All card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can check out items from the Digital Catalog.

Hoopla Catalog: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

The Hoopla Catalog features instant checkouts of eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, albums, movies and TV series. Patron check out limit is 6 items per month.

Hoopla is a Southeast Steuben County Library service available to all Southeast Steuben County Library card holders.

The Hoopla App is available for Android or Apple devices and most smart TVs & media streaming players.

StarCat: The catalog of physical/traditional library materials: https://starcat.stls.org

Card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can access StarCat to search for and request materials available at libraries through out the Southern Tier Library System.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

Note: Book summaries are from the respective publishers unless otherwise specified.

Have questions or want to request a book?

Feel free to call the library! Our telephone number is 607-936-3713.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Connections, A Readers’, Listeners’ & Viewers’ Advisory Videocast September 22, 2021

Hi everyone, here is the latest edition of Library Connections, our weekly readers’, viewers’ and listeners’ advisory videocast.

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

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

Have a great day,
Linda Reimer, SSCL

New York Times Bestsellers October 31, 2021

Hi everyone, here is the weekly list of New York Times Bestsellers.

Each title is followed by a listing of which formats it is available in for check out within the three catalogs: StarCat (Print, Large Print & CD Audiobooks), The Digital Catalog (eBook & Downloadable Audiobook) and the Hoopla Catalog (Hoopla instant checkout eBook & Hoopla Audiobook).

For more information on the three catalogs skip to the section below the bestselling titles*

New York Times Bestseller blog postings are published on Sundays; and, as I will be on vacation next week, the next New York Times Bestselling blog posting will be published on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

FICTION

2 SISTERS DETECTIVE AGENCY by James Patterson and Candice Fox

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

2 Sisters Detective Agency

The attorney Rhonda Bird investigates a case involving overprivileged young adults and a former assassin.

APPLES NEVER FALL by Liane Moriarty

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

Apples Never Fall

The Delaney siblings suspect their father of causing the disappearance of their mother.

BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU by Sally Rooney

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

Beautiful World Where Are You

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

BEWILDERMENT by Richard Powers

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Bewilderment

An astrobiologist and single father learns of a neurofeedback treatment that may improve his son’s emotional control.

BILLY SUMMERS by Stephen King

(Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook & eBook)

Billy Summers

A killer for hire who only takes out bad guys seeks redemption as he does one final job.

BOOK OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audibook & eBook)

The Book of Magic

The fourth book in the Practical Magic series. Three generations of Owens women try to save a young man’s life.

THE BUTLER by Danielle Steel

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

The Butler

The working relationship between a man and woman from different worlds develops into something new for them.

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr

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

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

CROSSROADS by Jonathan Franzen

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

Crossroads

Members of a Midwestern family find themselves at a pivotal moment of moral crisis in 1971.

HARLEM SHUFFLE by Colson Whitehead

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

Harlem Suffle

Ray Carney, a family man who sells furniture on 125th Street, gets a new clientele made up of vicious and unsavory characters.

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)


A battered wife raised in a violent home attempts to halt the cycle of abuse.

JAILHOUSE LAWYER by James Patterson and Nancy Allen

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Jailhouse Lawyer

A young lawyer winds up in an Alabama jail that remains mysteriously crowded.

THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Last Thing He Told Me

Hannah Hall discovers truths about her missing husband and bonds with his daughter from a previous relationship.

THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Lincoln Highway

Two friends who escaped from a juvenile work farm take Emmett Watson on an unexpected journey to New York City in 1954.

LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood

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

Love Hypothesis

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

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

A movie icon recounts stories of her loves and career to a struggling magazine writer.

SILVERVIEW by John Le Carré

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Silverview

A London spy chief’s investigation brings him to a quiet seaside town where Julian Lawndsley has relocated and opened a bookstore.

STATE OF TERROR by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny

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

State of Terror

In the wake of the previous administration’s mishandling of international affairs, the new Secretary of State Ellen Adams confronts interconnected global threats.

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Verity

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

THE WISH by Nicholas Sparks

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

Maggie Dawes, a renowned travel photographer, struggles with a medical diagnosis over Christmas.

NON-FICTION:

AMERICAN MARXISM by Mark R. Levin

(Available Formats: Print Book)

American Marxism

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

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

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

THE BOYS by Ron Howard and Clint Howard

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

The Boys

The Howard brothers credit their success in Hollywood to their Midwestern parents, Rance and Jean.

E.R. NURSES by James Patterson and Matt Eversmann with Chris Mooney 

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

E.R. Nurses

A collection of stories from people working in big-city and small-town hospitals.

MAID by Stephanie Land

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

Maid

An unexpected pregnancy forces the author to navigate challenges faced by the working poor.

THE STORYTELLER by Dave Grohl

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Storyteller

A memoir by the musician known for his work with Foo Fighters and Nirvana.

PERIL by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

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

Peril

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

TASTE by Stanley Tucci

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

Taste

The award-winning actor reflects on his career, Italian-American heritage, meals and mishaps.

VANDERBILT by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe

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

Vanderbilt

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

WHERE THE DEER AND THE ANTELOPE PLAY by Nick Offerman

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Where The Deer & THe Antelope Play

The actor and humorist shares stories and observations from three quests taken in the outdoors.

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSL

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

Digital Catalog: https://stls.overdrive.com/

The Digital Catalog has two companion apps, Libby & OverDrive. Libby is the app for newer devices and the OverDrive app should be used for older devices and Amazon tablets.

All card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can check out items from the Digital Catalog.

Hoopla Catalog: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

The Hoopla Catalog features instant check outs of eBooks, downloadable audiobook, comic books, albums and streaming videos. Patron check out limit is 4 items per month.

Hoopla is a Southeast Steuben County Library service available to all Southeast Steuben County Library card holders.

The Hoopla App is available for Android or Apple devices and most smart TVs & media streaming players.

StarCat: The catalog of physical/traditional library materials: https://starcat.stls.org

Card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can access StarCat to search for and request materials available at libraries through out the Southern Tier Library System.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

Also of Note: If a New York Times Bestseller isn’t yet available in any of the three catalogs; you can contact the library and request to be notified when it becomes available.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening October 22, 2021

Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!

Suggested Listening postings are published on Fridays; and our next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, October 29, 2021.

And here are the recommended songs of the week; all Halloween & spooky classics since the end of the month is galloping our way!

Black Magic Woman by Santana

The Boogie Woogie Man by The Brain Sisters

Dry Bones by Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra

The Haunted House by Ray Noble And His Orchestra

The Headless Horseman by Kay Starr

Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

Ol’ Man Mose Ain’t Dead by Nat King Cole

Punky Pumpkin’ by Rosemary Cooney

Season of the Witch by Donovan

The Skeleton Dance – Silly Symphonies

Spooky by The Classics IV

Spooks by Louis Armstrong

Shivery Stomp by Frankie Trumbauer And His Orchestra

Swingin’ At The Séance by The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Halloween Classics

Halloween Classics

And for those that love classical music – check out, this classical collection!

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

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

The Libby App

Libby

Libby is the companion app to the Digital Catalog and may be found in the Apple & Google app.

Hoopla

A catalog of instant check out items, including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, TV shows and movies for patrons of the Southeast Steuben County Library.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading October 19, 2021

Hi everyone, here are our recommended reads for the week.

Format Note: Under each book title you’ll find a list of all the different formats that specific title is available in; including: Print Books, Large Print Books, CD Audiobooks, eBooks & Downloadable Audiobooks from the Digital Catalog (Libby app) and Hoopla eBooks & Hoopla Downloadable Audiobooks (Hoopla app).

*More information on the three catalogs is found at the end of the list of recommended reads*

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.

Child of Light by Terry Brooks

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Child of Light

A girl on the run must uncover the truth about her past in order to secure the future. Auris has just broken out of a Goblin prison. If recaptured, she faces certain, gruesome death. She doesn’t know why Humans are penned up like animals, and she doesn’t know how she herself ended up in the prison. She remembers having parents who loved her, but not who they were or where they lived. All she knows is that she has to keep moving to stay alive. When she’s rescued by a strange young man with greenish skin who turns out to be Fae, she’s quickly drawn to him and to the beauty of the Faerie city he shows her. She yearns to belong somewhere, and why not in this beautiful city in the trees? But in order to win a place with the Fae, she must recover her lost memories of her own past and prove she’s not a danger to the community. The mystery of Auris’ past drives the plot forward, and secrets are revealed and new questions uncovered at an appealingly steady pace. Formal language, and the characters’ tendency to constantly and explicitly state how they feel (“His hand is stroking my hair and I let him continue for a moment, comforted by the feeling it provides”), keeps the reader at arm’s length. But Auris’ quest to understand herself and be accepted into a community is a compelling one. A fast-paced plot packed with secrets makes this an enjoyable read in a slightly old-fashioned high-fantasy style. Kirkus Review

The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783 by Joseph J. Ellis

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Cause

Ellis examines the American Revolution (known by American insurgents as “the Cause”) through the events, motives, participants, and consequences that have often been mythologized, minimized, or forgotten. He relates the history from often conflicting viewpoints on both the British and American sides and warns readers to study the circumstances of the imperfect humans involved before judging them from a 21st-century perspective. Ellis argues that nationhood was not the generally accepted goal of the Cause, contrary to modern misconceptions. Instead, the Colonies’ mistrust of a strong, centralized imperial British government both fueled and jeopardized independence, resulting in a deliberately weak coalition of 13 independently managed states that couldn’t effectively fund and execute the war or plan a fiscally or politically viable future. Ironically, Ellis argues, leaders of the Cause tried to maintain precarious national unity and win independence for white people by delaying freedom and equity for Black people, Indigenous peoples, and women. He concludes that the legacy of these strategies was antithetical to the Cause, the goals of which have yet to be fully realized. VERDICT Ellis’s witty style and astute analysis make this essential reading for historians and enthusiasts at all levels who want to disentangle the complex historiography of the American Revolution.- Starred Library Journal Review

Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

Crossroads

A small Midwestern town during the height of the Vietnam era is the setting for Franzen’s masterful, Tolstoyan saga of an unhappy family. Members of the dysfunctional Hildebrandt clan are deeply flawed, insecure, cringe-inducingly self-destructive, and, in Franzen’s psychologically astute rendering, entirely authentic and human. Russ, the patriarch, is a woefully uncool associate pastor at a small-town church, embarrassed by his dowdy wife, Marion, as he lusts after a newly arrived, sexy young widow. Marion, meanwhile, still holds onto the inspiration for a youthful indiscretion that led to an emotional breakdown. Neither pays much attention to their children. Idealistic eldest son Clem dropped out of college to fight in Vietnam and follow his conscience. Daughter Becky draws everyone into her orbit but feels insubstantial compared to brilliant younger brother Perry, who turns to pharmaceuticals to stem his raging inner storm. Franzen adroitly portrays eternal generational conflicts as early idealism gives way to resigned reality and dreams fade into dull acceptance. This masterpiece of social realism vividly captures each character’s internal conflicts as a response to and a reflection of societal expectations, while Franzen expertly explores the fissions of domestic life, mining the rich mineral beneath the sediments of familial discord. In this first volume of a promised trilogy, Franzen is in rarified peak form. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Big news: not only has Franzen, master of substantial fiction, delivered his first new novel since Purity (2015), he is also launching a major literary trilogy. – Starred Booklist Review

Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide by Cecily Wong & Dylan Thuras

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

Gastro Obscura

Like a cross between Larousse Gastronomique and Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, this sprawling, encyclopedic odyssey is crammed to its “air-breathing monster fish” gills with weird delicacies, lost histories, potent potables, bizarre bazaars, and circumspect rituals of consumption. Culled from submissions by the editors and readers of the travel oddity website Atlas Obscura, the brief entries lift the veil on the sport of haggis hurling in Scotland, the medicinal use of Soviet-era blood candy (for “treating low levels of iron”), and the importance of camel jerky in northern Somali wedding ceremonies (it can make or break a groom’s reputation). Chapters are arranged geographically, leaving almost no cave, mountain, or seabed unexplored for readers to gleefully browse at will. A modern-day oyster vending machine in France shares a page with cocaine-laced wine of the late 19th century, as do a cow’s head barbecue in Texas and a potato doughnut from Utah. Elsewhere, a write-up of the Chinese city of Gaoyou, known for its double-yolked duck eggs, comes close on the heels of a thumbnail history of China’s rou jia mo, the world’s first sandwich (circa 221–207 BCE). This compendium is a must-have for those who like their pickles brined in Kool-Aid or crave the chewy texture of Inuit blubber cubes. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen by Rhys Bowen

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

God Rest Ye Royal Gentlemen

The fifteenth entry in Bowen’s popular Royal Spyness series again combines a delightful spoof of the British upper classes (shades of Oscar Wilde and Noel Coward) with an Agatha Christie-style period cozy starring Lady Georgiana, who’s thirty-fourth in line to the British throne. It’s 1936, and Georgie, newly married to Darcy O’Mara, is looking forward to their first Christmas together. She’s hoping to have a house party, but her plans are foiled when Darcy’s eccentric Aunt Ermintrude invites them to her own party on King George’s Sandringham estate. Ermintrude implies that the queen has specifically requested their presence, which is not terribly surprising, as Her Majesty is quite fond of Georgie. Soon after they arrive, someone takes a shot at the Prince of Wales, and the king’s equerry is killed during a hunt. The queen knows Georgie has solved murders before and insists that she find the perpetrator of these terrible deeds, all while unexplained accidents and near-deaths keep piling up. A plucky heroine and plenty of droll British humor will keep readers happy. Booklist Review

The Jealousy Man and Other Stories by Jo Nesbo

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Jealousy Man

The 12 tales in this impressive collection from bestseller Nesbø (the Harry Hole series) blend taut suspense with sharply limned characters. “Rat Island” is the highlight, a dystopian tale set in the U.S. after a devastating pandemic. The health crisis proves an opportunity for the rich, helping them “in their struggle against those who posed the greatest threat to them: hordes of the poor and the desperate.” This disturbingly plausible near-future is enhanced by detailed worldbuilding; for example, visually impaired characters prepared in advance for doomsday by getting laser surgery, expecting that glasses and contact lenses would be hard to obtain. Nesbø also makes the most out of the conceit of the title story—a detective specializes in homicide cases where jealousy is the motive. Grim humor (“rather than kill someone they hate, Greeks allow the victim to go on living in Greece,” thus, the low murder rate in Greece) leavens stories highlighting the dark side of human nature. Frederick Forsyth fans will be enthralled. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

The Judge’s List by John Grisham

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Judge's List

A vigorous thriller that gets out of the courtroom and into the swampier corners of the Redneck Riviera. Judges are supposed to dispense justice, not administer the death penalty on their own initiative. That’s just what Lacy Stoltz is up against, though. The protagonist of The Whistler (2016), she’s a jaded investigator for Florida’s Board on Judicial Conduct, which, thanks to budget cuts, is dying on the vine, “a leaderless mess.” Lacy acts on complaints, and she receives a doozy from a well-put-together Black woman who introduces herself as Margie, though she admits that’s an alias. Her father, a much-respected professor of constitutional law, had retired to South Carolina and was murdered by an unknown killer. Now the coldest of cold cases, his death is a link in an evidentiary chain that only Margie–her real name is Jeri Crosby–has managed to construct. The murderer: a circuit judge sitting in Pensacola, biding his time until he can cross off the next victim on a deeply personal to-be-avenged list. Judge Bannick has more money than God and more technological goodies than Lex Luthor, but though a psycho, he puts on a good public face. Lacy is resistant at first, given that her normal brief is to investigate complaints about drunkenness or corruption, but she allows that “six murders would certainly liven up her caseload.” And then some. We don’t meet the killing judge until halfway through the book, and then he’s a model of clinical badness in a game of cat and mouse that ends in–well, a rather frothily grisly moment. As with all his procedurals, Grisham injects professorial notes on crime and justice into the proceedings: “This country averages fifteen thousand murders a year. One-third are never solved….Since 1960, over two hundred thousand.” And as ever, with one body unaccounted for, he leaves the door ajar to admit a sequel–one that, with luck, will team Lacy with the much more energetic Jeri to enact some justice of their own. A shiny bauble of mayhem sure to please Grisham’s many fans. – Kirkus Review

The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Party Crasher

Kinsella (Love Your Life) delivers a fizzy account of an unmoored 20-something woman and her family’s drama. Effie Talbot’s father, Tony, split up with her beloved stepmother 18 months earlier. Tony has a new girlfriend, Krista Coleman, a much younger woman whom Effie doesn’t trust, which causes Effie’s relationship with her father to suffer. Meanwhile, her love life is in a shambles and she has been laid off, and to make matters worse, Krista and Tony have put Greenoaks, the family home in Nutworth, West Sussex, up for sale. Krista is planning a “house-cooling” party, and though Effie initially determines not to go, she changes her mind after she remembers that her cherished Russian dolls are in the house and she wants them back. The dolls become a sort of leitmotif for the various characters’ nested secrets: one revelation involves Effie’s ex, whom she runs into at the party and who reveals that despite a seemingly perfect veneer, he’s been dealing with clinical anxiety; another involves the state of Tony’s finances as revealed by Krista. By the time Effie retrieves her dolls, much has been uncovered and she is the wiser and happier for it. Humorous and lighthearted, this successfully commits to the notion that, given time, love will prevail. – Publishers Weekly Review

The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews

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

The Santa Suit

The new novel by Andrews (Hello, Summer; The Newcomer) features Ivy Perkins, who, surprised by the dramatic end of her six-year marriage, decides to leave the past behind for a fresh start in the small town of Tarburton, NC. There she purchases Four Roses Farm without having seen the property–something about the home calls to her. After arriving in Tarburton with her rescue pup Punkin and little else, Ivy meets Ezra Wheeler, her real estate agent, soon-to-be friend, and all-around great handyman helper. Ivy and Ezra unearth a mysterious object in a cupboard at Four Roses Farm: a Santa suit with a note attached, asking Santa to bring daddy home from the war. As the duo investigate, old friends reconnect and new friends are discovered in the (Saint) Nick of time to make the Christmas season extra special. Andrews generously delivers all the necessary elements of a warmhearted, feel-good story with a satisfying ending. The characters are charming, but their relationships are complex enough to be realistic and engaging; the town’s holiday celebrations are appealingly quaint. VERDICT Readers who enjoy a sassy, sentimental holiday story with magical Christmas surprises should pick up Andrews’s latest without delay. – Library Journal Review

The Wrong End of the Telescope by Rabih Alameddine

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

The Wrong End of the Telescope

A Lebanese doctor living in the United States journeys to the Greek island of Lesbos to help out in a refugee camp at the behest of her friend Emma. Mina Simpson, a trans woman, has long been estranged from her family (with the exception of her brother Mazen) and her homeland—the trip to Lesbos is the closest she has been to Lebanon in 30 years. Given the resonance of her experience, Mina goes to the camps not only to help others but also to heal something personal. Mina feels unequal to the scope of what she encounters until she meets Syrian refugee Sumaiya, her husband Sammy, and their children. Sumaiya has liver cancer, and Mina attempts to find her whatever help and comfort she can in a place where little of either exists and to get the family to Athens, where Sumaiya can get better care. VERDICT The great strength of this latest novel from National Book Award finalist Alameddine (An Unnecessary Woman) lies in how it deftly combines the biographical with the historical; the small, more personal moments often carry the most weight. A remarkable, surprisingly intimate tale of human connection in the midst of disaster.—Starred Library Journal Review

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

Digital Catalog: https://stls.overdrive.com/

The Digital Catalog, is an online catalog containing eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, digital magazines and a handful of streaming videos. The catalog, which allows one to download content to a PC, also has a companion app, Libby, which you can download to your mobile device; so you can enjoy eBooks and downloadable audiobooks on the go!

Hoopla Catalog: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

The Hoopla Catalog features instant checkouts of eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, albums, movies and TV series. Patron check out limit is 6 items per month.

Hoopla is a Southeast Steuben County Library service available to all Southeast Steuben County Library card holders.

The Hoopla App is available for Android or Apple devices and most smart TVs & media streaming players.

StarCat: The catalog of physical/traditional library materials: https://starcat.stls.org

Card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can access StarCat to search for and request materials available at libraries through out the Southern Tier Library System.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

Note: Book summaries are from the respective publishers unless otherwise specified.

Have questions or want to request a book?

Feel free to call the library! Our telephone number is 607-936-3713.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers October 17, 2021

Hi everyone, here is the weekly list of New York Times Bestsellers.

Each title is followed by a listing of which formats it is available in for check out within the three catalogs: StarCat (Print, Large Print & CD Audiobooks), The Digital Catalog (eBook & Downloadable Audiobook) and the Hoopla Catalog (Hoopla instant checkout eBook & Hoopla Audiobook).

For more information on the three catalogs skip to the section below the bestselling titles*

New York Times Bestseller blog postings are published on Sundays; and, as I will be on vacation next week, the next New York Times Bestselling blog posting will be published on Sunday, October 24, 2021.

FICTION

APPLES NEVER FALL by Liane Moriarty

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

Apples Never Fall

The Delaney siblings suspect their father of causing the disappearance of their mother.

BEWILDERMENT by Richard Powers

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Bewilderment

An astrobiologist and single father learns of a neurofeedback treatment that may improve his son’s emotional control.

BILLY SUMMERS by Stephen King

(Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook & eBook)

Billy Summers

A killer for hire who only takes out bad guys seeks redemption as he does one final job.

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr

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

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

HARLEM SHUFFLE by Colson Whitehead

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

Harlem Suffle

Ray Carney, a family man who sells furniture on 125th Street, gets a new clientele made up of vicious and unsavory characters.

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)


A battered wife raised in a violent home attempts to halt the cycle of abuse.

JAILHOUSE LAWYER by James Patterson and Nancy Allen

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Jailhouse Lawyer

A young lawyer winds up in an Alabama jail that remains mysteriously crowded.

LAST GRADUATE by Naomi Novik

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The second book in the Scholomance series. Will students now in their senior year make it out alive?

THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Last Thing He Told Me

Hannah Hall discovers truths about her missing husband and bonds with his daughter from a previous relationship.

MAN WHO DIED TWICE by Richard Osman

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The second book in the Thursday Murder Club series. A ruthless murderer is out to get four septuagenarian friends.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

SANTA SUIT by Mary Kay Andrews

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

A recently divorced woman searching the pockets of an old Santa suit finds a child’s wish that her father return from war.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

A movie icon recounts stories of her loves and career to a struggling magazine writer.

A SLOW FIRE BURNING by Paula Hawkins

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print & downloadable audiobooks)

A Slow Fire Burning

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

VINCE FLYNN: ENEMY AT THE GATES by Kyle Mills

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

Vince Flynn Enemy At The Gates

Anthony Cook, an autocratic president, distrusts Mitch Rapp, who is working to uncover a traitor.

THE WISH by Nicholas Sparks

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

Maggie Dawes, a renowned travel photographer, struggles with a medical diagnosis over Christmas.

NON-FICTION:

AMERICAN MARXISM by Mark R. Levin

(Available Formats: Print Book)

American Marxism

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

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

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

BOURDAIN by Laurie Woolever

(Available Formats: Print Book)

An oral biography of the late chef, writer and television host by his longtime assistant and confidante.

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

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

DRESSMAKERS OF AUSCHWITZ by Lucy Adlington

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Dressmaker of Auschwitz

Twenty-five young inmates of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp made garments for elite Nazi women.

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

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

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

HUNTER-GATHERER’S GUIDE TO THE 21ST CENTURY by Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The evolutionary biologists posit that the modern world is out of sync with our ancient brains and bodies.

MY LIFE IN FULL by Indra Nooyi

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A memoir by the former chairman and chief executive of PepsiCo.

NO CURE FOR BEING HUMAN by Kate Bowler

(Available Formats: Print Book)

After being diagnosed with cancer at 35, the author of “Everything Happens for a Reason” takes a new look at the advice industry and her own ambitions.

PERIL by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

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

Peril

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

RATIONALITY by Steven Pinker

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

An exploration of several tools of reasoning often overlooked in standard education and some of the causes of irrationality within society.

SISTERS OF AUSCHWITZ by Roxane van Iperen

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Sisters of Auschwitz

Janny and Lien Brilleslijper from Amsterdam were sent by train to Auschwitz when the Jewish safehouse they created in the woods was discovered.

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell

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

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

UNREQUITED INFATUATIONS by Stevie Van Zandt

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A memoir by the musician known for playing with the E Street Band, starring on “The Sopranos” and participating in activist causes.

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

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

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

VANDERBILT by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe

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

Vanderbilt

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

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

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

What Happend To You

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

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSL

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

Digital Catalog: https://stls.overdrive.com/

The Digital Catalog has two companion apps, Libby & OverDrive. Libby is the app for newer devices and the OverDrive app should be used for older devices and Amazon tablets.

All card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can check out items from the Digital Catalog.

Hoopla Catalog: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

The Hoopla Catalog features instant check outs of eBooks, downloadable audiobook, comic books, albums and streaming videos. Patron check out limit is 4 items per month.

Hoopla is a Southeast Steuben County Library service available to all Southeast Steuben County Library card holders.

The Hoopla App is available for Android or Apple devices and most smart TVs & media streaming players.

StarCat: The catalog of physical/traditional library materials: https://starcat.stls.org

Card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can access StarCat to search for and request materials available at libraries through out the Southern Tier Library System.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

Also of Note: If a New York Times Bestseller isn’t yet available in any of the three catalogs; you can contact the library and request to be notified when it becomes available.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening October 8, 2021

Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!

Suggested Listening postings are published on Fridays; and our next Suggested Listening posting will be out in two weeks, on Friday, October 22, 2021.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Down By The River by Neil Young (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Live At Carnegie Hall recorded in 1970 and just released.

Ft. Walton Wake-Up Call by James McMurtry (Genre: Americana, Folk, Country)

From The Album: The Horses And The Hounds (2021)

The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia by Vicki Lawrence (Genre: Pop-Rock)

A big pop hit for the singer and comedian best known as part of the great Carol Burnett comedy troupe.

From The Album: The Night The Lights Went Out In George (1973)

One Fine Morning by Lighthouse (Genre: Classic Rock)

Lighthouse is an underrated band in America. The were much more popular in their native Canada; but produced some great music in the horn-centric rock style of a contemporary group – Chicago.

From The Album: Sunny Days Again: The Best of Lighthouse (1999)

On The Sunny Side Of The Street by Deborah Silver

From The Album: Sunny Side (2021)

Passing Ships by Andrew Hill (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Passing Ships (1969)

Saturday Morning Confusion by Bobby Russell (Genre: Country, Novelty)

From The Album: Saturday Morning Confusion (1971)

Someday Baby by B. B. King (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: My Kind Of Blues (1960)

Bonus: Another great song with the same name (although a different tune):

Someday Baby by Buddy Moss (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order: Volume 2, 19 September 1933 – 11 August 1934

Somethin’s Gotta Change by Garrison Starr (Genre: Pop-Rock, Singer-Songwriter)

From The Album: Songs From Takeoff To Landing (2002)

Tubular Bells by Michael Oldfield (Genre: New Age, Pop-Rock)

Recorded live in 1973 by the B.B.C.

A song that compliments the spooky Halloween season! (The music was used in the soundtrack of the hit film “The Exorcist.”)

From The Album: Tubular Bells (1973)

Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: I. Preludio by Jennifer Koh (Genre: Classical, Violin)

From The Album: Back & Beyond (2021)

Witchoo by Durland Jones And The Indicators (Genre: R&B)

From The Album: Private Space (2021)

You’re Not Alone by Paul Carrack (Genre: Pop-Rock)

From The Album: One On One (2021)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

All The Good Times Are Past & Gone by Gillian Welch (Genre: Folk)

All The Good Times

And from the album, the song:

Abandoned Love by Gillian Welch

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

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

The Libby App

Libby

Libby is the companion app to the Digital Catalog and may be found in the Apple & Google app.

Hoopla

A catalog of instant check out items, including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, TV shows and movies for patrons of the Southeast Steuben County Library.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Connections, A Readers’, Listeners’ & Viewers’ Advisory Videocast October 1, 2021

Hi everyone, here is the latest edition of Library Connections, our weekly readers’, viewers’ and listeners’ advisory videocast.

Next week, I’ll be on vacation; so The next Library Connections video will be posted in two weeks on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

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

Have a great day,
Linda Reimer, SSCL

Suggested Reading October 5, 2021

Hi everyone, here are our recommended reads for the week.

Format Note: Under each book title you’ll find a list of all the different formats that specific title is available in; including: Print Books, Large Print Books, CD Audiobooks, eBooks & Downloadable Audiobooks from the Digital Catalog (Libby app) and Hoopla eBooks & Hoopla Downloadable Audiobooks (Hoopla app).

*More information on the three catalogs is found at the end of the list of recommended reads*

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And next week I will be on vacation, so the next Suggested Reading posting will be up on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

American War by Omar El Akkad

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

American War

In 2074, the American South has once again attempted to secede from the Union, this time in ferocious opposition to the Sustainable Future Act, even as the ravages of global warming, severe storms, prolonged drought, and a massive rise in sea levels cause waves of coastal refugees to pour into the Midwest as the federal government abandons deluged Washington, D.C., for Columbus, Ohio. The Chestnuts are getting by, living in an old shipping container in Louisiana, until Benjamin is killed in a bombing. Martina flees to a Mississippi refugee camp with her soon-to-be-rebel son, Simon, and twin daughters, fair and pretty Dana and dark, curious, and intrepid Sarat, the focus of this vigorously well-informed, daringly provocative speculative first novel by an Egyptian-born Canadian journalist. As Sarat grows into a six-foot-five, shaved-head warrior, she is radicalized by agents of a new Middle Eastern and North African superpower, the Bouazizi Empire. The war between Red and Blue is further compounded by raging plagues, while captured insurrectionists are tortured in a domestic Guantanamo. Catalyzed by his reporting on the Arab Spring; the war in Afghanistan; racial violence in Ferguson, Missouri; and environmental disasters, El Akkad has created a brilliantly well-crafted, profoundly shattering saga of one family’s suffering in a world of brutal power struggles, terrorism, ignorance, and vengeance. American War is a gripping, unsparing, and essential novel for dangerously contentious times. Starred Booklist Review

Back Of Beyond by C. J. Box

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

Back of Beynd

When dedicated Montana police detective Cody Hoyt looks into the suspicious death of his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor, his investigation leads to a trek through the most remote reaches of Yellowstone National Park, and a quest to save his own son from a mysterious serial killer. Narrator Holter Graham’s renditions of the book’s characters are effective and distinct—and his portrayal of Bull Mitchell, the gruff but lovable retired trail guide, is particularly memorable. Graham also deftly handles the adolescent banter of Gracie and Danielle Sullivan, teenage sisters and tourists who find themselves caught up in a web of suspicion, danger, and murder. While the book’s twists and turns may seem over the top at times, Graham’s crisp and steady narration makes for a fun ride. The audiobook contains a bonus interview with the author. Publishers Weekly Review

Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel by Sally Rooney

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

Beautiful World Where Are You

Rooney (Normal People) continues her exploration of class, sex, and mental health with a cool, captivating story about a successful Irish writer, her friend, and their lovers. Alice Kelleher, 29, has suffered a nervous breakdown as a result of her work’s popularity. After moving from Dublin to a small seaside town, she meets Felix, a local with a similar background—they both grew up working-class, and both have absent fathers—who works in a shipping warehouse. She invites him to accompany her to Rome, where he falls in love with her but resents what he takes to be her superior attitude. Meanwhile, in Dublin, Alice’s university friend Eileen Lydon works a low-paying literary job and explores her attraction to a childhood friend who seems to return her feelings but continues seeing other women. Alice and Eileen update each other in long emails, which Rooney cleverly exploits for essayistic musings about culture, climate change, and political upheaval. Rooney establishes a distance from her characters’ inner lives, creating a sense of privacy even as she describes Alice and Eileen’s most intimate moments. It’s a bold change to her style, and it makes the illuminations all the more powerful when they pop. As always, Rooney challenges and inspires. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Bewilderment: A Novel by Richard Powers

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Bewilderment

Theo Byrne, a widowed astrobiologist who imagines life on other planets, is brought down to earth by his son Robin, whose irascibility and erratic moods are driving school authorities to distraction. Theo’s only recourse is to put his own work aside and make Robin the center of his universe. The Byrnes’ one remaining vestige of Robin’s late mother is a brain scan, recorded years before in an experiment. Here is where Powers’s story intersects with Daniel Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon. Robin undergoes a form of behavior modification called decoded neurofeedback treatment, using his mother’s brain scan. He improves at first, but then becomes fascinated with the natural world, captivated to the point of overzealousness, leading to the erosion of hard-won progress. And as Robin’s emotional state reaches a state of relative equilibrium, Theo seems to take on some of the characteristics Robin has left behind, even to the point of openly criticizing the psychologist trying to help his son. VERDICT Writing with the same remarkable attention to detail found in his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Overstory, Powers has created a world and characters that will suck readers in and keep them fixed until the literally bitter end.–Starred Library Journal Review

The Bookseller’s Secret by Michelle Gable

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Bookseller's Secret

Gable (A Paris Apartment) immerses readers into parallel narratives of two authors revolving around a London bookshop. American novelist Katie Cabot’s writing career seems to have stalled. Eager to get away from her overbearing family in present-day Northern Virginia and their advice about her recent breakup with her fiancé, Armie, Katie travels to London to see a friend. There, Katie visits Heywood Hill Ltd., a decades-old bookstore where famed novelist Nancy Mitford worked during WWII, and meets Simon Bailey, an attractive teacher who is eager to find Nancy’s missing unpublished memoir, which he learned about when reading letters from Nancy to his grandmother Lea, who lived at Rutland Gate, where Nancy’s friend housed war refugees. As Katie helps Simon by searching for the missing manuscript at Heywood Hill, the attraction between the two builds, but is complicated by Armie’s unexpected arrival in London. Gable’s witty narrative effortlessly moves between two time periods and is enriched with cameos by historical figures and authentic, memorable characters. Historical fiction fans will be riveted from the first page. Agent: Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Breaking Badger, a Hilarious Shifter Romance by Shelly Laurenston

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

Breaking Badger

Laurenston’s fourth Honey Badger Chronicles romance (after Badger to the Bone) delights with characteristic charm, wit, and an action-filled plot. Mads Galendotter is part hyena shifter, and part Viking—but she’s a honey badger shifter first and foremost. She’s also got an undying passion for basketball that’s shared by her four best friends, fellow shifters and a team both on and off the court. While she and her teammates are in the midst of some action-packed, weapon-loaded supernatural drama, they run into the Malone brothers, tiger shifters all, kicking the story into gear as Mads and co. agree to help the brothers discover who murdered their father. Filled with high-octane action, some serious snark, and a plethora of humor, the novel leans more into the urban fantasy genre than it does traditional romance, but there’s still plenty of heat between Mads and Finn Malone as they work together to keep her teammates from killing his brothers over interspecies tensions. Add in Finn’s younger half-sister, Nat, and some familiar faces from previous installments, and the resulting madcap adventures are sure to please series fans. Publishers Weekly Review

Readers’ Note: This is the fourth book in the Honey Badger Chronicles; if you’d like to start reading from the beginning, book 1 in the series is Hot and Badgered.

Dark Roads: A Novel by Chevy Stevens

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

Dark Roads

Hailey McBride, the 17-year-old narrator of part one of this exciting if flawed thriller from bestseller Stevens (Never Let You Go), has been living since her father died with her aunt and police officer uncle, Erick Vaughn, near Canada’s reputedly haunted Cold Creek Highway, where an unknown number of young women have disappeared over the decades, the supposed victims of a serial killer. The highway killer myth doesn’t scare Hailey as much as the volatile Vaughn’s controlling ways and his constant spying on her. She runs away, believing she can use the outdoor skills her father taught her to survive the harsh wilderness. Hailey also hopes people will believe she was the killer’s latest victim. A year later, in part two, Beth Chevalier arrives in Cold Creek to attend the annual memorial service for the highway victims, who include her sister. Once Hailey and Beth cross paths, the serial killer hunt gets lost amid what becomes a survivalist and coming-of-age story. Clever twists toward the end compensate for the temporary loss of momentum. Stevens remains a writer to watch.

She Who Became The Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

She Who Became The Sun

The first in a new, epic high-fantasy series, She Who Became the Sun begins with a young, stubborn second daughter who decides to trick fate by stealing her brother’s identity. She was fated to nothingness, her brother to greatness, but now she survives under his identity as Zhu Chongba, a male novice at a monastery. As she enters adulthood a strong, capable, and cunning youth, she realizes she is no longer content simply to trick fate out of killing her. She wants to achieve greatness. Zhu strides into a world of rebellion against the Mongol leaders who have long been in power, and whose troops are led by a eunuch general with a piercing desire of his own. Parker-Chan’s novel is an epic tale of the power of desire, the role of free will in deciding a person’s fate, and the twisting machinations of power. Zhu is a powerful queer anti-hero, her means sometimes questionable, her desire overflowing. The side characters in her story and the plots and betrayals that swirl around the book’s events are themselves intensely compelling, but it is Zhu’s strength of will and passion that give this novel its spark. Booklist Review

This Side of Murder by Anna Lee Huber

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

This Side of Murder

Set in England in 1919, this engrossing series launch from Huber (The Anatomist’s Wife and three other Lady Darcy novels set in 1830s Scotland) introduces war widow Verity Kent. Verity has decided to join a house party on Umbersea Island, ostensibly to attend the engagement party of Walter Ponsonby, an old army chum of her late husband, Sidney, and Helen Crawford, Walter’s exuberant fiancée. Verity’s real reason for accepting the invitation is the anonymous letter she has received, stating that the sender knows her big secret—that she worked for the Secret Service during the war—and hinting that Sidney might have been hiding a few secrets of his own. On the island, surrounded by men with whom he served, she begins to doubt that she really knew Sidney at all. When a young man is found hanged, Verity knows it is murder, not suicide. Evocative historical details complement the well-drawn characters. The intricate plot builds to a surprising conclusion. Publishers Weekly Review

When Ghosts Come Home by Wiley Cash

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

When Ghosts Come Home

A plane flies in low over Oak Island, North Carolina, in the middle of the night, and after it crashes on the island’s one scanty runway, Sheriff Winston Barnes discovers the bullet-riddled body of Rodney Bellamy on the ground nearby. With the wreckage missing both pilot and cargo, everything points to a failed drug heist, except that Rodney, a local Black basketball star and son of a beloved high-school teacher, had no known connection to that world. With his re-election days away, solving Rodney’s murder and the mysterious plane crash would go a long way toward guaranteeing Barnes’ victory. But his rival, Brandon Frye, a hot-shot land developer with a violent racist streak, capitalizes on the unsolved crime to paint Barnes as an incompetent buffoon. And maybe Barnes is distracted. His wife is dying of cancer, and his married daughter has suddenly returned home after the stillborn death of her first child. Writing with clarity and grace, best-selling Cash (The Last Ballad, 2017) is a gem of a storyteller, combining the solitary journey of a young mother’s grief and a community’s relentless battle against racial injustice. The result is a tightly crafted whodunit with true depth that readers will simultaneously want to speed through and savor. Starred Booklist Review

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

Digital Catalog: https://stls.overdrive.com/

The Digital Catalog, a catalog containing eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, Digital Magazines and a handful of streaming videos, has two companion apps, Libby & OverDrive. Libby is the app for newer devices and the OverDrive app should be used for older devices and Amazon tablets.

All card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can check out items from the Digital Catalog.

Hoopla Catalog: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

The Hoopla Catalog features instant checkouts of eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, albums, movies and TV series. Patron check out limit is 6 items per month.

Hoopla is a Southeast Steuben County Library service available to all Southeast Steuben County Library card holders.

The Hoopla App is available for Android or Apple devices and most smart TVs & media streaming players.

StarCat: The catalog of physical/traditional library materials: https://starcat.stls.org

Card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can access StarCat to search for and request materials available at libraries through out the Southern Tier Library System.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

Note: Book summaries are from the respective publishers unless otherwise specified.

Have questions or want to request a book?

Feel free to call the library! Our telephone number is 607-936-3713.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers October 10, 2021

Hi everyone, here is the weekly list of New York Times Bestsellers.

Each title is followed by a listing of which formats it is available in for check out within the three catalogs: StarCat (Print, Large Print & CD Audiobooks), The Digital Catalog (eBook & Downloadable Audiobook) and the Hoopla Catalog (Hoopla instant checkout eBook & Hoopla Audiobook).

For more information on the three catalogs skip to the section below the bestselling titles*

New York Times Bestseller blog postings are published on Sundays; and the next New York Times Bestselling blog posting will be published on Sunday, October 10, 2021.

FICTION

APPLES NEVER FALL by Liane Moriarty

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

Apples Never Fall

The Delaney siblings suspect their father of causing the disappearance of their mother.

BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU by Sally Rooney

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

Beautiful World Where Are You

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

BEWILDERMENT by Richard Powers

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Bewilderment

An astrobiologist and single father learns of a neurofeedback treatment that may improve his son’s emotional control.

BILLY SUMMERS by Stephen King

(Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook & eBook)

Billy Summers

A killer for hire who only takes out bad guys seeks redemption as he does one final job.

DAUGHTER OF THE MORNING STAR by Craig Johnson

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

Daughter of the Morning Star

The 17th book in the Longmire Mystery series. A player on the Lame Deer Lady Stars High School basketball team receives threats

HARLEM SHUFFLE by Colson Whitehead

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

Harlem Suffle

Ray Carney, a family man who sells furniture on 125th Street, gets a new clientele made up of vicious and unsavory characters.

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)


A battered wife raised in a violent home attempts to halt the cycle of abuse.

JAILHOUSE LAWYER by James Patterson and Nancy Allen

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Jailhouse Lawyer

A young lawyer winds up in an Alabama jail that remains mysteriously crowded.

THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Last Thing He Told Me

Hannah Hall discovers truths about her missing husband and bonds with his daughter from a previous relationship.

THE MADNESS OF CROWDS by Louise Penny

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

The Madness of Crowds

The 17th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. Gamache is tasked with providing security for a statistics professor whose views are repulsive to him.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

THE PAPER PALACE by Miranda Cowley Heller

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Paper Palace

After an extramarital dalliance, Elle must choose between her husband and her childhood love.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

A movie icon recounts stories of her loves and career to a struggling magazine writer.

A SLOW FIRE BURNING by Paula Hawkins

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print & downloadable audiobooks)

A Slow Fire Burning

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

UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR by TJ Klune

(Available Formats: Print Book &  eBook)

Under The Whispering Door

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

VINCE FLYNN: ENEMY AT THE GATES by Kyle Mills

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

Vince Flynn Enemy At The Gates

Anthony Cook, an autocratic president, distrusts Mitch Rapp, who is working to uncover a traitor.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

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

Where The Crawdads Sing

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:

AMERICAN MARXISM by Mark R. Levin

(Available Formats: Print Book)

American Marxism

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

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

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

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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

COUNTDOWN BIN LADEN by Chris Wallace with Mitch Weiss

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Coutdown bin Laden

The intelligence gathering, security strategizing and military planning during the final eight months of the pursuit of Osama bin Laden.

DRESSMAKERS OF AUSCHWITZ by Lucy Adlington

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Dressmaker of Auschwitz

Twenty-five young inmates of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp made garments for elite Nazi women.

FUZZ by Mary Roach

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Fuzz

An exploration of disciplinary actions and preventative measures occurring at the intersection of human behavior and wildlife biology.

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

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

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

THE LONG SLIDE by Tucker Carlson

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Long Slide

A collection of previously published essays from 1995 to 2016 by the Fox News host.

PERIL by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

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

Peril

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

SISTERS OF AUSCHWITZ by Roxane van Iperen

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Sisters of Auschwitz

Janny and Lien Brilleslijper from Amsterdam were sent by train to Auschwitz when the Jewish safehouse they created in the woods was discovered.

SPECKLED BEAUTY by Rick Bragg

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Speckeled Beauty

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author recounts the impact an ill-behaved stray dog had on him during an uncertain time.

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

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

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

VANDERBILT by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe

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

Vanderbilt

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

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

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

What Happend To You

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

WILDLAND by Evan Osnos

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Wildland

The National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner examines the shifts in American culture and politics by visiting three cities in which he has lived.

YOU GOT ANYTHING STRONGER? by Gabrielle Union with Kevin Carr O’Leary

(Available Formats: Downloadable Audiobook)

You Got Anything Stronger

The actress shares some of the challenges and changes she has faced in recent years.

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSL

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

Digital Catalog: https://stls.overdrive.com/

The Digital Catalog has two companion apps, Libby & OverDrive. Libby is the app for newer devices and the OverDrive app should be used for older devices and Amazon tablets.

All card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can check out items from the Digital Catalog.

Hoopla Catalog: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

The Hoopla Catalog features instant check outs of eBooks, downloadable audiobook, comic books, albums and streaming videos. Patron check out limit is 4 items per month.

Hoopla is a Southeast Steuben County Library service available to all Southeast Steuben County Library card holders.

The Hoopla App is available for Android or Apple devices and most smart TVs & media streaming players.

StarCat: The catalog of physical/traditional library materials: https://starcat.stls.org

Card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can access StarCat to search for and request materials available at libraries through out the Southern Tier Library System.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

Also of Note: If a New York Times Bestseller isn’t yet available in any of the three catalogs; you can contact the library and request to be notified when it becomes available.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.