Suggested Reading January 21, 2019

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

DIGITAL SUGGESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

The Best of Us, Sullivan’s Crossing Series, Book 4 by Robyn Carr:

In Sullivan’s Crossing, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr has created a place where good people, powerful emotions, great humor and a healthy dose of common sense are the key ingredients to a happy life. Sullivan’s Crossing brings out the best in people. It’s a place you’ll want to visit again and again.

Dr. Leigh Culver loves practicing medicine in Timberlake, Colorado. It is a much-needed change of pace from her stressful life in Chicago. The only drawback is she misses her aunt Helen, the woman who raised her. But it’s time that Leigh has her independence, and she hopes the beauty of the Colorado wilderness will entice her aunt to visit often.

Helen Culver is an independent woman who lovingly raised her sister’s orphaned child. Now, with Leigh grown, it’s time for her to live life for herself. The retired teacher has become a successful mystery writer who loves to travel and intends to never experience winter again.

When Helen visits Leigh, she is surprised to find her niece still needs her, especially when it comes to sorting out her love life. But the biggest surprise comes when Leigh takes Helen out to Sullivan’s Crossing and Helen finds herself falling for the place and one special person. Helen and Leigh will each have to decide if they can open themselves up to love neither expected to find and seize the opportunity to live their best lives.

 

The Dakota Winters: A Novel by Tom Barbash:

An evocative and wildly absorbing novel about the Winters, a family living in New York City’s famed Dakota apartment building in the year leading up to John Lennon’s assassination

It’s the fall of 1979 in New York City when twenty-three-year-old Anton Winter, back from the Peace Corps and on the mend from a nasty bout of malaria, returns to his childhood home in the Dakota. Anton’s father, the famous late-night host Buddy Winter, is there to greet him, himself recovering from a breakdown. Before long, Anton is swept up in an effort to reignite Buddy’s stalled career, a mission that takes him from the gritty streets of New York, to the slopes of the Lake Placid Olympics, to the Hollywood Hills, to the blue waters of the Bermuda Triangle, and brings him into close quarters with the likes of Johnny Carson, Ted and Joan Kennedy, and a seagoing John Lennon.

But the more Anton finds himself enmeshed in his father’s professional and spiritual reinvention, the more he questions his own path, and fissures in the Winter family begin to threaten their close bond. By turns hilarious and poignant, The Dakota Winters is a family saga, a page-turning social novel, and a tale of a critical moment in the history of New York City and the country at large.

 

The Golden Tresses of the Dead: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley:

A finger in a wedding cake is only the beginning in this deliciously shocking mystery featuring Flavia de Luce, “the world’s greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth” (The Seattle Times).

Although it is autumn in the small English town of Bishop’s Lacey, the chapel is decked with exotic flowers. Yes, Flavia de Luce’s sister Ophelia is at last getting hitched, like a mule to a wagon. “A church is a wonderful place for a wedding,” muses Flavia, “surrounded as it is by the legions of the dead, whose listening bones bear silent witness to every promise made at the altar.” Flavia is not your normal twelve-year-old girl. An expert in the chemical nature of poisons, she has solved many mysteries, which has sharpened her considerable detection skills to the point where she had little choice but to turn professional. So Flavia and dependable Dogger, estate gardener and sounding board extraordinaire, set up shop at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, eager to serve—not so simple an endeavor with her odious, little moon-faced cousin, Undine, constantly underfoot. But Flavia and Dogger persevere. Little does she know that their first case will be extremely close to home, beginning with an unwelcome discovery in Ophelia’s wedding cake: a human finger.

 

The Milkman: A Novel by Anna Burns

Winner of the Man Booker Prize

“Everything about this novel rings true. . . . Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique.”—The Guardian

In an unnamed city, middle sister stands out for the wrong reasons. She reads while walking, for one. And she has been taking French night classes downtown. So when a local paramilitary known as the milkman begins pursuing her, she suddenly becomes “interesting,” the last thing she ever wanted to be. Despite middle sister’s attempts to avoid him—and to keep her mother from finding out about her maybe-boyfriend—rumors spread and the threat of violence lingers. Milkman is a story of the way inaction can have enormous repercussions, in a time when the wrong flag, wrong religion, or even a sunset can be subversive. Told with ferocious energy and sly, wicked humor, Milkman establishes Anna Burns as one of the most consequential voices of our day.

 

The Winter of the Witch by Kathleen Alden:

Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen.

“A tale both intimate and epic, featuring a heroine whose harrowing and wondrous journey culminates in an emotionally resonant finale.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Reviewers called Katherine Arden’s novels The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower “lyrical,” “emotionally stirring,” and “utterly bewitching.” The Winternight Trilogy introduced an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will prove a blessing or a curse.

Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.

 

PRINT SUGGESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Golden State by Ben Winters

In a strange alternate society that values law and truth above all else, Laszlo Ratesic is a nineteen-year veteran of the Speculative Service. He lives in the Golden State, a nation standing where California once did, a place where like-minded Americans retreated after the erosion of truth and the spread of lies made public life and governance impossible. In the Golden State, knowingly contradicting the truth is the greatest crime–and stopping those crimes is Laz’s job. In its service, he is one of the few individuals permitted to harbor untruths, to ‘speculate’ on what might have happened. But the Golden State is less a paradise than its name might suggest. To monitor, verify, and enforce the truth requires a veritable panopticon of surveillance and recording. And when those in control of the facts twist them for nefarious means, the Speculators are the only ones with the power to fight back.

 

The House Next Door: Thrillers by James Patterson:

Danger lurks in plain sight with a beguiling neighbor, a suspect’s wife, and a mysterious message from space in three electrifying thrillers from the World’s Bestselling Writer, James Patterson.

The House Next Door (with Susan DiLallo): Married mother of three Laura Sherman was thrilled when her new neighbor invited her on some errands. But a few quick tasks became a long lunch-and now things could go too far with a man who isn’t what he seems….

The Killer’s Wife (with Max DiLallo): Four girls have gone missing. Detective McGrath knows the only way to find them is to get close to the suspect’s wife…maybe too close

We. Are. Not. Alone (with Tim Arnold): The first message from space. It will change the world. It’s first contact. Undeniable proof of alien life. Disgraced Air Force scientist Robert Barnett found it. Now he’s the target of a desperate nationwide manhunt-and Earth’s future hangs in the balance.

 

No Exit: A Novel by Taylor Adams:

“A brilliant, edgy thriller about four strangers, a blizzard, a kidnapped child, and a determined young woman desperate to unmask and outwit a vicious psychopath. A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do? On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers.

Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate. Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her? There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, and no way out. One of her fellow travelers is a kidnapper. But which one? Trapped in an increasingly dangerous situation, with a child’s life and her own on the line, Darby must find a way to break the girl out of the van and escape. But who can she trust? With exquisitely controlled pacing, Taylor Adams diabolically ratchets up the tension with every page. Full of terrifying twists and hairpin turns, No Exit will have you on the edge of your seat and leave you breathless.”–IndieBound.org

 

No Sunscreen For The Dead by Tim Dorsey:

The Sunshine State’s most lovable psychopath, Serge A. Storms, kills it in this zany adventure from the “compulsively irreverent and shockingly funny” (Boston Globe) king of mayhem, New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey. Serge and Coleman are back on the road, ready to hit the next stop on their list of obscure and wacky points of interest in the Sunshine State. This time, Serge’s interest is drawn to one of the largest retirement villages in the world–also known as the site of an infamous sex scandal between a retiree and her younger beau that rocked the community. What starts out as an innocent quest to observe elders in their natural habitats, sample the local cuisine, and scope out a condo to live out the rest of their golden years, soon becomes a Robin Hood-like crusade to recover the funds of swindled residents. After all, our seniors should be revered and respected–they’ve heroically fought in wars, garnered priceless wisdom, and they have the best first-hand accounts of bizarre Floridian occurrences only Serge would know about. But as the resident’s rally for Serge to seek justice on their behalves, two detectives are hot on the heels of Serge and Coleman’s murderous trail. In this epic adventure that jumps between present day and the tumultuous times of the Vietnam war, mystery fans are in for a witty and deliciously violent delight from the twisted imagination of bestselling author Tim Dorsey.

 

The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman:

For fans of Lilac Girls, the next powerful novel from the author of Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist The Two-Family House about two sisters working in a WWII armory, each with a deep secret.

“Loigman’s strong voice and artful prose earn her a place in the company of Alice Hoffman and Anita Diamant, whose readers should flock to this wondrous new book.” ―Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

“The Wartime Sisters shows the strength of women on the home front: to endure, to fight, and to help each other survive.” ―Jenna Blum, New York Times and international bestselling author of The Lost Family and Those Who Save Us

Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer’s wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the Armory factories as a “soldier of production.” Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives.

“One of my favorite books of the year.” ―Fiona Davis, national bestselling author of The Dollhouse and The Masterpiece

“A stirring tale of loyalty, betrayal, and the consequences of long-buried secrets.” ―Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of The Edge of Lost and Sold on a Monday.

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

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

Freegal Music Service

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

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Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening January 18, 2019

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

(Click on the photo of the albums to stream them)

Recomended Freegal Streaming Albums:

Bob Dylan Live At Carnegie Hall 1963 (2005) by Bob Dylan (Genre: Folk):

This album was recorded during Dylan’s early sixties pre-electric folk era and offers a young Dylan singing some classic songs, accompanied only by the sound of his acoustic guitar and harmonica playing.

Songs on the album include: The Times They Are A-Changing, Ballad Of Hollis Brown, Boots of Spanish Leather, Lay Down Your Weary Tune, North Country Blues and With God On Our Side.

 

The Guitar Mastery of Tommy Emmanuel (2014) by Tommy Emmanuel (Genre: Guitar, Instrumental, Folk):

Tommy Emmanuel hails from Australia and is a virtuoso guitarist who has won Australia’s Best Guitarist Award four times. If you like listening to great acoustic guitar playing check this LP out!

Songs in set include: Tall Fiddler, Ruby’s Eyes, Angelina, The Welsh Tornado, Endless Road and Tapestry.

 

The Essential Goldebriars (2018) by The Goldebriars (Genre: Folk, Pop):

The Goldebriars were a wholesome early sixties folk group with a bright folk-pop sound. Their music is light and upbeat. The group consisted of Dotti & Shari Holmberg on vocals, Ron Neilson on guitar and banjo and singer-songwriter Curt Boettcher on vocals and guitar.

This collection features 26 songs and clocks in at just over an hour, and it offers a fun, upbeat and fast listening collection of music.

Songs on the LP include: Alabama Bound, Railroad Boy, A Mumblin’ Word, Shenandoah, Voyager’s Lament, Mac Dougal Street and Castle On The Corner.

 

If You Really Want (2018) by Raul Midón (Genre: Jazz, Guitar):

Raul Midón is a singer-songwriter & guitarist whose style may broadly be defined as jazz; although he incorporates a great mixture of styles in his work including rock, flamenco and classical.

If You Really Want is his new LP and it features the following songs: Ride On A Rainbow, If You Really Want, All Love Is Blind, Sunshine and Ocean Dreamer.

 

Ravel: Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A Minor, M. 67 & Debussy: Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello (1995) by André Previn:

French Chamber music by André Previn containing the following works: Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A Minor, M. 67 & Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in G Major, L. 3.

 

Santana (1969) by Santana (Rock, Latin-Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues etc.):

It seems fitting to recommend this great album as the 50th anniversary of its original release is coming up this year!

Santana is a long-running band that has had many members of the years – but of course, the number 1 member is guitarist and bandleader Carlos Santana himself. Carlos Santana was born in Mexico in 1947, moved to California in the early sixties and formed the band – Santana- towards the end of the decade. Santana, the band, continues to perform and record to this day – still under the leadership of the master musician Carlos Santana.

Songs on Santana’s debut album include: Evil Ways, Shades Of Time, Jingo, Treat, You Just Don’t Care, Soul Sacrifice and Persuasion.

 

Raising Our Voices (2018) Yellowjackets (Genre: Jazz):

Raising Our Voices is the new album by the Grammy winning jazz quintet and shows the group in fine fettle!

Songs on the album include: Man Facing North, Everyone Else Is Taken, Strange Time, Emerge, Solitude and In Search Of.

Videos:

The Times They Are A-Changing by Bob Dylan:

Guitar Boogie & Amazing Grace by Tommy Emmanuel: 

Shenandoah by The Goldebriars: 

If You Really Want by Raul Midon: 

Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A Minor, M. 67: I. Modéré by André Previn:

Evil Ways by Santana (recorded at Woodstock):

Man Facing Northy by Yellowjackts:

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

REFERENCES:

AllMusic. https://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Witburn

About Freegal: 

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

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

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers For The Week Ending January 20, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week ending January 20, 2019.

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

FICTION:

AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Tayari Jones:

A newlywed couple’s relationship is tested when the husband is sentenced to 12 years in prison.

 

BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman:

Malorie must get her two young children 20 miles downriver to escape an unseen terror.

 

THE BOY by Tami Hoag:

Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard, a husband-and-wife detective team, investigate a boy’s murder and the disappearance of his babysitter.

 

CIRCE by Madeline Miller:

Zeus banishes Helios’ daughter to an island, where she must choose between living with gods or mortals.

 

DARK SACRED NIGHT by Michael Connelly:

Detective Renée Ballard teams up with the retired detective Harry Bosch, who is working on a cold case.

 

A DELICATE TOUCH by Stuart Woods:

The 48th book in the Stone Barrington series.

 

A DOG’S WAY HOME by W. Bruce Cameron:

A dog sets out across 400 miles of wilderness to find the man who rescued her as a puppy.

 

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman:

A young woman’s well-ordered life is disrupted by the I.T. guy from her office.

 

ELEVATION by Stephen King:

A man who is losing weight without getting thinner forms an unlikely alliance with his neighbors who are dealing with prejudices.

 

EVERY BREATH by Nicholas Sparks:

Difficult choices surface when Hope Anderson and Tru Walls meet in a North Carolina seaside town.

 

FIRE AND BLOOD by George R.R. Martin:

Set 300 years before the events of “A Game of Thrones,” this is the first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

 

LONG ROAD TO MERCY by David Baldacci:

The F.B.I. agent Atlee Pine must choose between protecting her career or the United States’ democracy.

 

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty:

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

 

ONE DAY IN DECEMBER by Josie Silver:

A woman spends a year searching for a man in London she believes — after a single glance — is her true love.

 

PAST TENSE by Lee Child:

Jack Reacher explores the New England town where his father was born.

 

THE RECKONING by John Grisham:

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

 

TARGET: ALEX CROSS by James Patterson:

Alex Cross returns for the 26th book in the series bearing his name.

 

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris:

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

 

VERSES FOR THE DEAD by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child:

Agents Pendergast and Coldmoon track a killer who removes hearts and leaves handwritten letters.

 

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens:

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

 

NON-FICTION:

ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY by Neil deGrasse Tyson:

A straightforward, easy-to-understand introduction to the universe.

 

BAD BLOOD by John Carreyrou:

The rise and fall of Theranos, the biotech startup that failed to deliver on its promise to make blood testing more efficient.

 

BECOMING by Michelle Obama:

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

 

BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS by Stephen Hawking:

A collection of essays from the late scientist’s personal archive that address 10 imponderables.

 

CALYPSO by David Sedaris:

A collection of comedic stories on mortality, middle age and a beach house dubbed the Sea Section.

 

CHURCHILL: WALKING WITH DESTINY by Andrew Roberts:

A biography focusing on what motivated the war leader and how he learned from his mistakes.

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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

 

FEAR by Bob Woodward:

Based on hours of interviews with sources, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes debates and decision-making within the Trump White House.

 

FIFTH RISK by Michael Lewis:

The author of “The Big Short” examines how the Trump administration staffs its federal agencies.

 

IN PIECES by Sally Field:

A memoir by the two-time Academy Award and three-time Emmy Award winner.

 

KILLING THE SS by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard:

A look at the postwar manhunt for members of Hitler’s inner circle.

 

LEADERSHIP by Doris Kearns Goodwin:

The challenges that shaped the leadership abilities of four presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson.

 

THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean:

The story of the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library provides a backdrop to the evolution and purpose of libraries.

 

THE POINT OF IT ALL by Charles Krauthammer, edited by Daniel Krauthammer:

A collection of essays, speeches and unpublished writings by the late conservative columnist.

 

SHADE by Pete Souza:

Pictures of former President Obama are juxtaposed with tweets, headlines and quotes from the Trump administration.

 

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari:

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

Have a great day!

Linda, SSL

Suggested Reading January 14, 2019

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

DIGITAL SUGGESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

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

A Place for Us: A Novel by Fatima Farheen Mirza (Format: eBook):

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Named One of the Best Books of 2018 by: Washington Post • NPR • People • Refinery29 • Real Simple • Buzzfeed

The first novel from Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint, SJP for Hogarth, A Place for Us is a deeply moving and resonant story of love, identity, and belonging

As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. There is Hadia: their headstrong, eldest daughter, whose marriage is a match of love and not tradition. Huda, the middle child, determined to follow in her sister’s footsteps. And lastly, their estranged son, Amar, who returns to the family fold for the first time in three years to take his place as brother of the bride. What secrets and betrayals have caused this close-knit family to fracture? Can Amar find his way back to the people who know and love him best?

A Place for Us takes us back to the beginning of this family’s life: from the bonds that bring them together, to the differences that pull them apart. All the joy and struggle of family life is here, from Rafiq and Layla’s own arrival in America from India, to the years in which their children—each in their own way—tread between two cultures, seeking to find their place in the world, as well as a path home.

A Place for Us is a book for our times: an astonishingly tender-hearted novel of identity and belonging, and a resonant portrait of what it means to be an American family today. It announces Fatima Farheen Mirza as a major new literary talent.

 

Send Down The Rain by Charles Martin (Format: eBook):

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Mountain Between Us comes a new, spellbinding story of buried secrets, lost love, and the promise of second chances.

Allie is still recovering from the loss of her family’s beloved waterfront restaurant on Florida’s Gulf Coast when she loses her second husband to a terrifying highway accident. Devastated and losing hope, she shudders to contemplate the future—until a cherished person from her past returns.

Joseph has been adrift for many years, wounded in both body and spirit and unable to come to terms with the trauma of his Vietnam War experiences. Just as he resolves to abandon his search for peace and live alone at a remote cabin in the Carolina mountains, he discovers a mother and her two small children lost in the forest. A man of character and strength, he instinctively steps in to help them get back to their home in Florida. There he will return to his own hometown—and witness the accident that launches a bittersweet reunion with his childhood sweetheart, Allie.

When Joseph offers to help Allie rebuild her restaurant, it seems the flame may reignite—until a 45-year-old secret from the past begins to emerge, threatening to destroy all hope for their second chance at love.

In Send Down the Rain, Charles Martin proves himself to be a storyteller of great wisdom and compassion who bears witness to the dreams we cherish, the struggles we face, and the courage we must summon when life seems to threaten what we hold most dear.

 

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter written by Theodora Goss & read by Kate Reading (Format: Downloadable Audio):

2018 Audie Award Finalist

Winner of the 2018 Audie Award for Best Fantasy

Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—and the bigger mystery of their own origins.

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

 

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations written by Thomas L. Friedman & read by Oliver Wyman (Format: Downloadable Audio):

A field guide to the twenty-first century, written by one of its most celebrated observers.

We all sense it—something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your kids. You can’t miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are being transformed in so many realms all at once—and it is dizzying.

In Thank You for Being Late, a work unlike anything he has attempted before, Thomas L. Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. You will never look at the world the same way again after you read this book: how you understand the news, the work you do, the education your kids need, the investments your employer has to make, and the moral and geopolitical choices our country has to navigate will all be refashioned by Friedman’s original analysis.

Friedman begins by taking us into his own way of looking at the world—how he writes a column. After a quick tutorial on that subject, he proceeds to write what could only be called a giant column about the twenty-first century. His thesis: to understand the twenty-first century, you need to understand that the planet’s three largest forces—Moore’s law (technology); the Market (globalization); and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss)—are accelerating all at once. These accelerations are transforming five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community.

Why is this happening? As Friedman shows, the exponential increase in computing power defined by Moore’s law has a lot to do with it. The year 2007 was a major inflection point: the release of the iPhone, together with advances in silicon chips, software, storage, sensors, and networking, created a new technology platform. Friedman calls this platform “the supernova”—for it is an extraordinary release of energy that is reshaping everything from how we hail a taxi to the fate of nations to our most intimate relationships. It is creating vast new opportunities for individuals and small groups to save the world—or to destroy it.

Thank You for Being Late is a work of contemporary history that serves as a field manual for how to write and think about this era of accelerations. It’s also an argument for “being late”—for pausing to appreciate this amazing historical epoch we’re passing through and reflecting on its possibilities and dangers. To amplify this point, Friedman revisits his Minnesota hometown in his moving concluding chapters; there, he explores how communities can create a “topsoil of trust” to anchor their increasingly diverse and digital populations.

With his trademark vitality, wit, and optimism, Friedman shows that we can overcome the multiple stresses of an age of accelerations—if we slow down, if we dare to be late and use the time to reimagine work, politics, and community. Thank You for Being Late is Friedman’s most ambitious book—and an essential guide to the present and the future.

 

Whole New You: How Real Food Transforms Your Life, for a Healthier, More Gorgeous You: A Cookbook by Tia Mowry & Jessica Porter (Format: eBook):

From the star of the Cooking Channel’s Tia Mowry at Home comes a timely clean-eating cookbook that will change the way you think about what you eat and jump-start your journey to a healthier, more gorgeous you.

When actress Tia Mowry landed her breakthrough role on the sitcom Sister, Sister, she swapped home-cooked meals for catering spreads. But her teen-dream diet of candies and carbs turned into a nightmare when she developed endometriosis, a painful disease that affects one in ten women worldwide. Two years and two surgeries later, some surprising advice from her doctor inspired Tia to radically change one of the most basic elements of her life: her diet. After ditching the dairy and the refined sugars and processed foods, Tia’s pain receded drastically. What’s more, her migraines stopped, her skin cleared up, and she was finally able to get pregnant. Drawing on the latest research on whole plant foods, inflammation, and gut flora, Whole New Youchronicles Tia’s journey to wellness and provides all the resources you need to feel better, including

• a ten-day menu plan to begin your healthy life

• more than 100 delicious recipes

• lighter versions of your favorite comfort food recipes, including “Buttermilk” Fried Chicken and Crispy Collard Chips

• healthy recipes for your kids

• tips and tricks for eating on the go

• complementary approaches, such as acupuncture and yoga, for whole body healing

Like a trusted friend, Tia recounts both her setbacks and her triumphs—and shows you how to listen to what your body is telling you. With Whole New You, your healing begins now.

 

PRINT SUGGESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

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The Boy by Tami Hoag:

When Detective Nick Fourcade enters the home of Genevieve Gauthier outside the sleepy town of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana, the bloody crime scene that awaits him is both the most brutal and the most confusing he’s ever seen. Genevieve’s seven-year-old son, KJ, has been murdered by an alleged intruder, yet Genevieve is alive and well, a witness inexplicably left behind to tell the tale. There is no evidence of forced entry, not a clue that points to a motive. Meanwhile, Nick’s wife, Detective Annie Broussard, sits in the emergency room with the grieving Genevieve. A mother herself, Annie understands the emotional devastation this woman is going through, but as a detective she’s troubled by a story that makes little sense. Who would murder a child and leave the only witness behind? When the very next day KJ’s sometimes babysitter, twelve-year-old Nora Florette, is reported missing, the town is up in arms, fearing a maniac is preying on their children. With pressure mounting from a tough, no-nonsense new sheriff, the media, and the parents of Bayou Breaux, Nick and Annie dig deep into the dual mysteries. But sifting through Genevieve Gauthier’s tangled web of lovers and sorting through a cast of local lowlifes brings more questions than answers. Is someone from Genevieve’s past or present responsible for the death of her son? Is the missing teenager, Nora, a victim, or something worse? Then everything changes when Genevieve’s past as a convicted criminal comes to light.

 

Friday Black: Stories by Nana Kwame & Adjei-Brenyah:

“An excitement and a wonder: strange, crazed, urgent and funny…The wildly talented Adjei-Brenyah has made these edgy tales immensely charming, via his resolute, heartful, immensely likeable narrators, capable of seeing the world as blessed and cursed at once.” — George Saunders

“This book is dark and captivating and essential…A call to arms and a condemnation. Adjei-Brenyah offers powerful prose as parable. The writing in this outstanding collection will make you hurt and demand your hope. Read this book.” — Roxane Gay

A piercingly raw debut story collection from a young writer with an explosive voice; a treacherously surreal, and, at times, heartbreakingly satirical look at what it’s like to be young and black in America. From the start of this extraordinary debut, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s writing will grab you, haunt you, enrage and invigorate you. By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black men and women contend with every day in this country. These stories tackle urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest, and explore the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world. In “The Finkelstein Five,” Adjei-Brenyah gives us an unforgettable reckoning of the brutal prejudice of our justice system. In “Zimmer Land,” we see a far-too-easy-to-believe imagining of racism as sport. And “Friday Black” and “How to Sell a Jacket as Told by Ice King” show the horrors of consumerism and the toll it takes on us all. Entirely fresh in its style and perspective, and sure to appeal to fans of Colson Whitehead, Marlon James, and George Saunders, Friday Black confronts readers with a complicated, insistent, wrenching chorus of emotions, the final note of which, remarkably, is hope.

 

In A House Of Lies by Ian Rankin:

Rebus’ retirement is disrupted once again when skeletal remains are identified as a private investigator who went missing over a decade earlier. The remains, found in a rusted car in the East Lothian woods, not far from Edinburgh, quickly turn into a cold case murder investigation. Rebus’ old friend, Siobhan Clarke is assigned to the case, but neither of them could have predicted what buried secrets the investigation will uncover. Rebus remembers the original case–a shady land deal–all too well. After the investigation stalled, the family of the missing man complained that there was a police cover-up. As Clarke and her team investigate the cold case murder, she soon learns a different side of her mentor, a side he would prefer to keep in the past. A gripping story of corruption and consequences, this new novel demonstrates that Rankin and Rebus are still at the top of their game. Inspector Rebus novel series series.

 

Verses For The Dead by Douglas Preston:

After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI’s New York field office, A. X. L. Pendergast is abruptly forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the famously rogue agent must now work with a partner. Pendergast and his new teammate, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to Miami Beach, where a rash of killings by a bloodthirsty psychopath are distinguished by a confounding M.O.: cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them-along with cryptic handwritten letters-at local gravestones, unconnected save in one bizarre way: all belonged to women who committed suicide. But the seeming lack of connection between the old suicides and the new murders is soon the least of Pendergast’s worries. Because as he digs deeper, he realizes the brutal new crimes may be just the tip of the iceberg: a conspiracy of death that reaches back decades.

Wolves of Eden by Kevin McCarthy:

A saga of loyalty and survival in the vast, severe American West. Irish immigrant brothers Michael and Thomas O’Driscoll have returned from the brutal front lines of the Civil War. Unable to adapt to life as farm laborers, they reenlist in the army and are thrown into ferocious combat with Red Cloud’s coalition of Indian tribes in the heart of Montana’s Powder River Valley. Thomas finds love amidst the daily carnage–which leads to a moment of violence that will change the brothers’ lives forever. Meanwhile, following a double murder in an illicit brothel, Lieutenant Martin Molloy sets off to track down the killers. As he journeys to a remote outpost, he meets Irish nationalist rebels and anti-immigrant nativists who prove to be violently opposed to his investigations. Wolves of Eden blends intimate historical detail and emotional acuity in a haunting narrative that explores timeless themes of morality, the resilience of the human spirit, and the injustice implicit in warfare.

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

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

Freegal Music Service

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

RBDigital

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

About Library Apps:

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening January 11, 2019

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

(Click on the photo of the albums to stream them)

Recomended Freegal Streaming Albums:

Here are our seven digital musical suggestions of the week:

Sonatas & Nocturnes – 19th Century Gems for Bassoon and Piano (2017) by Michel Bettez (Genre: Classical):

Michel Bettez has held the position of principal bassoonist of Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain and on this album we get to hear his outstanding playing front and center. For this album he is joined by Jeanne Amiele on piano. The LP includes the following compositions: Nocturno For Bassoon And Piano In F Major, Sonata For Bassoon And Piano & Adagio For Bassoon & Piano In F Major (after Sonata, Op. 115, 2nd Movement), Woo 35.

 

Find A Light (2018) by Blackberry Smoke (Genre: Rock, Country-Rock, Southern-Rock):

Blackberry Smoke hails from Atlanta, Georgia and consists of singer & guitarist Paul Jackson, singer & guitarist Charlie Starr, bassist Richard Turn, drummer Brit Turner & keyboardist Brandon Still. The group plays in what most people would call the genre of “Southern Rock” but they go beyond that classification by incorporating elements of gospel, bluegrass and R&B into their music.

Songs on their new LP include: Flash And Bone, Run Away From It All, The Crooked Kind, I’ve Got This Song, I’ll Keep Ramblin’ and Best Seat In The House.

 

Frankie Carle Plays the Great Piano Hits (1965) by Frankie Carle (Genre: Jazz, Piano, Easy Listening):

Frankie Carle was a Rhode Island bred songwriter, pianist and band leader with a super long career. He began playing music professionally while in his early teens, went on to play with Mal Hellett, Toots Mondello, Gene Krupa, Jack Teagarden and Eddy Duchin before embarking on a band leader career in the forties. His best known song today is the Glenn Miller covered Sunrise Serenade.

Carle’s music heyday was in the forties; however, after the Big Band Era ended – he continued to play music for decades until he retired in the 1980s.

Songs on the LP include: Near You, Fly Me To The Moon, Tenderly, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Autumn Leaves, Canadian Sunset and Sophisticated Lady.

 

The Complete Unedited Sweets At The Haig 1953 (2010) by Harry Edison (Genre: Jazz):

Classic recording by the great jazz trumpeter who first came to musical prominence while playing with Count Basie’s orchestra.

Songs in the set include: September InThe Rain, S’Wonderful, Just You, Just Me, Indiana, Pennies From Heaven, These Foolish Things and Tea For Two.

 

No Charge (1973) by Melba Montgomery (Genre: Country, Classic Country):

Classic recording by the country singer who worked with Roy Acuff’s band before launching a solo career in 1962. Songs on the LP include: For The Good Times, Cold, Cold Heart, Have You Ever Been Lonely, Blue Kentucky Girl and I Can’t Help It.

 

Burying Ground (2015) by Earl Thomas (Genre: Blues):

Not to be confused with the modern blues singer Earl Thomas, this Earl Thomas played piano and originally released the four songs on this EP as 78s back in the thirties.

This is a short album but a great one; it opens a window for us to listen to blues music as it was played in 1930s.

The songs in the collection are: Rent Day Blues, Sugar Girl Blues, Burying Ground and Bonus Men.

 

The Complete Original Albums Collection (2016) by The Turtles (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock, Pop):

The Turtles mixed harmony and rock to create some terrific music that sounds as fresh and vibrant today as when it was originally released back in the sixties.

This set includes all their sixties studio albums: It Ain’t Me Babe (1965), You Baby/Let Me Be (1966), Happy Together (1967), The Turtles Present The Battle Of The Bands (1968) and Turtle Soup (1969).

Songs in the collection include: Wanderin’ Kind, It Ain’t Me Babe, Happy Together, You Baby, Let Me Be and many others.

Videos:

Sonata For Bassoon And Piano by Michel Bettez:

I’ll Keep Ramblin’ by Blackberry Smoke:

Carle Boogie & Sunrise Serenade – Frankie Carle:

September In The Rain by The Harry Edison Quartet:

Don’t Let The Good Times Fool You by Melba Montgomery:

Rent Day Blues by Earl Thomas:

Happy Together by The Turtles:

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

REFERENCES:

AllMusic. https://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Witburn

About Freegal: 

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

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

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

New OverDrive eBooks & Audiobooks January 2019

Hi everyone, there are new ebooks and audiobooks in the Digital Catalog.*

Here is the list of new titles for your perusal:

Format Title Author/Creator(s)
Audiobook Bring It On Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin, and Beyond—The Story of Rock’s Greatest Manager (unabridged) Mark Blake, James Langton
Audiobook Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush (unabridged) Jon Meacham, Paul Michael
Audiobook Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (unabridged) George R. R. Martin, Simon Vance
Audiobook Kingdom of the Blind: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Series, Book 14 (unabridged) Louise Penny, Robert Bathurst
Audiobook Long Road to Mercy David Baldacci, Brittany Pressley, Kyf Brewer
Audiobook Oath of Office: Jack Ryan Series, Book 26 (unabridged) Marc Cameron, Scott Brick
Audiobook One Day in December: A Novel (unabridged) Josie Silver, Eleanor Tomlinson, Charlie Anson
Audiobook The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors (unabridged) Charles Krauthammer, Daniel Krauthammer et al.
Audiobook Verses for the Dead: Pendergast Series, Book 18 (unabridged) Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Rene Auberjonois
eBook All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson Mark Griffin
eBook Beastie Boys Book Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
eBook Beauchamp Hall: A Novel Danielle Steel
eBook The Best of Us: Sullivan’s Crossing Series, Book 4 Robyn Carr
eBook The Boy: A Novel Tami Hoag
eBook Brief Answers to the Big Questions Stephen Hawking
eBook Crucible: A Thriller James Rollins
eBook The Dakota Winters: A Novel Tom Barbash
eBook A Delicate Touch Stuart Woods
eBook Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush Jon Meacham
eBook Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) George R. R. Martin, Doug Wheatley
eBook The Golden Tresses of the Dead: A Flavia de Luce Novel Alan Bradley
eBook In a House of Lies: Inspector Rebus Series, Book 22 Ian Rankin
eBook Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard
eBook Liar Liar: Detective Harriet Blue Series, Book 3 James Patterson, Candice Fox
eBook The Lost Traveller: A County Cork Mystery Sheila Connolly
eBook Milkman: A Novel Anna Burns
eBook The New Iberia Blues: A Dave Robicheaux Novel James Lee Burke
eBook Oath of Office: Jack Ryan Series, Book 26 Marc Cameron
eBook The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors Charles Krauthammer, Daniel Krauthammer
eBook Queen of Air and Darkness Cassandra Clare
eBook Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents Pete Souza
eBook Shades of Wicked: A Night Rebel Novel Jeaniene Frost
eBook The Son of Neptune: The Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 2 Rick Riordan
eBook Turning Point: A Novel Danielle Steel
Video RBG Betsy West, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jane Ginsburg et al.

And a PDF in case you prefer that format:

new overdrive titles january 2019

You can check out eBooks & audiobooks on your mobile device – just download the Libby app from your app store.

Or you can check out digital content on your computer – here is the link:

https://stls.overdrive.com/

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

*A library card is required to check out free digital content. If you don’t have a library card, drop by your local library and get one today!

 

Suggested Reading January 7, 2019

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

And this week our focus is on great Science Fiction & Fantasy titles – some old and some new.

DIGITAL SUGGESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

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Echo: A Novel written by Pam Muñoz Ryan & read by Mark Bramhall (Format: Downloadable Audio):

Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this virtuosic, genre-defying tour de force from storytelling maestro Pam Muñoz Ryan.

Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.

Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives, binding them by an invisible thread of destiny. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. How their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.

Richly imagined and structurally innovative, ECHO pushes the boundaries of form and shows us what is possible in how we tell stories.

 

Fool Moon by Jim Butcher (Format: Downloadable Audio):

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago’s only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends.

With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy’s eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

Soon he finds himself pinned between trigger-happy FBI agents, shape-shifting motorcycle gang members, a threatened mobster boss, and an heir to an ancient curse along with his primal fiancée. Throw in environmental activists and a pair of young werewolves in love and you have something of Fool Moon.

 

Halfway to the Grave, Night Huntress Series, Book 1 written by Jeaniene Frost & read by Tavia Gilbert (Format: Downloadable Audio):

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon, Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side … and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

 

The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King written by J.R.R. Tolkien & read for the BBC by Ian Holm (Format: Downloadable Audio):

The evil Saruman has been defeated by Gandalf, but in Mordor the battle for the Ruling Ring continues. Wounded by the giant spider, Shelob, Frodo has been captured by the dreaded orcs. Sam, alone and in possession of the Ring, must rescue his master if their mission – to find the Cracks of Doom, and there destroy the Ring – is to continue. Meanwhile, the other Fellowship members are preparing for war against the armies of the Dark Lord, Sauron… Widely regarded as a broadcasting classic, the BBC Radio dramatisation of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ stars Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens, John Le Mesurier and Peter Woodthorpe.

 

The Lost Gate written & read by Scott Card (Format: Downloadable Audio):

Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different—and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an outself.

He grew up in the rambling old house, filled with dozens of cousins and aunts and uncles, all ruled by his father. Their home was isolated in the mountains of western Virginia, far from town, far from schools, far from other people.

There are many secrets in the House, and many rules that Danny must follow. There is a secret library with only a few dozen books, and none of them in English—but Danny and his cousins are expected to become fluent in the language of the books. While Danny’s cousins are free to create magic whenever they like, they must never do it where outsiders might see.

Unfortunately, there are some secrets kept from Danny as well. And that will lead to disaster for the North family.

 

PRINT SUGGESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

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Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf:

Zera is a Heartless–the immortal, unaging soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly. Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera’s heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles. Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him–every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him–until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat. So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all. Winner takes the loser’s heart. Literally.

 

Coldfall Wood by Steven Savile:

Steven Savile returns to the world of Glass Town with this gritty new fantasy where reluctant hero Julie Gennaro will combat a forgotten god. Every legend promises the same thing: at the time of the land’s greatest need the heroes shall return. What they don’t mention is that we are the greatest threat our green and pleasant land has ever known. In the legends, saving the land never involves the slaughter of its inhabitants. Legends lie. In a single night six girls who have never met and bear no relation to each other are struck down by a mysterious sickness that leaves them in persistent vegetative state. Across the city an old woman who hasn’t opened her eyes in years finally wakes. Her first words are: The Horned God is Awake. One for one. Josh is about to learn the terrible truth behind these three words seared in the floor of his crazy grandfather’s flat. He is all that stands between our world and the cleansing fire of the once and future king. The question Josh and Julie must answer, how do you kill a god the world has forgotten about?”

 

Foundryside: A Novel by Robert Jackson Bennett:

Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle. But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic–the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience–have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. But if they can unlock the artifact’s secrets, they will rewrite the world itself to suit their aims. Now someone in those Houses wants Sancia dead, and the artifact for themselves. And in the city of Tevanne, there’s nobody with the power to stop them. To have a chance at surviving–and at stopping the deadly transformation that’s under way–Sancia will have to marshal unlikely allies, learn to harness the artifact’s power for herself, and undergo her own transformation, one that will turn her into something she could never have imagined.

 

Street Freaks by Terry Brooks:

It begins with a dire call — right before his father disappears and his skyscraper home’s doors explode inward. Street Freaks is the kind of thrilling futuristic story only Terry Brools can tell. “Go into the Red Zone. Go to Street Freaks.” his father directs Ashton Collins before the vid feed goes suddenly silent. The Red Zone is the dangerous heart of mega-city Los Angeles; it is a world Ash is forbidden from and one he knows little about. But if he can find Street Freaks, the strangest of aid awaits — human and barely human alike. As Ash is hunted, he must unravel the mystery left behind by his father and discover is role in this new world. Brooks has long been the grandmaster of fantsy. Now he turns his hand to science fiction filled with what his readers love best: complex characters, extraordinary settings, exciting action, and a page-turning story.

The Third Hotel: A Novel by Laura van den Berg:

Shortly after Clare arrives in Havana, Cuba, to attend the annual Festival of New Latin American Cinema, she finds her husband Richard standing outside a museum. He’s wearing a white linen suit she’s never seen before, and he’s supposed to be dead. Grief-stricken and baffled, Clare tails Richard, a horror film scholar, through the newly tourist-filled streets of Havana, clocking his every move. As the distinction between reality and fantasy blurs, Clare finds grounding in memories of her childhood in Florida and of her marriage

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

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

Freegal Music Service

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

RBDigital

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

About Library Apps:

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.