New York Times Bestsellers April 28, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week that ends April 28, 2019.

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

FICTION:

AFTER by Anna Todd:

A college freshman leaves behind a reliable boyfriend in her hometown and falls for a bad boy.

CELTIC EMPIRE by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler:

The 25th book in the Dirk Pitt series.

THE CORNWALLS ARE GONE by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois: 

An Army intelligence officer must commit a crime or lose her kidnapped husband and daughter.

DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid:

A fictional oral history charting the rise and fall of a ’70s rock ’n’ roll band.

FIRST LADY by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois:

Sally Grissom investigates the disappearance of President Harrison Tucker’s wife.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles:

A Russian count undergoes 30 years of house arrest in the Metropol hotel, across from the Kremlin.

ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN by Lisa See:

The friendship over many decades of two female divers from the Korean Island of Jeju is pushed to a breaking point.

LOST AND WANTED by Nell Freudenberger:

An M.I.T. professor receives a phone call from her recently deceased screenwriter friend.

LOST ROSES by Martha Hall Kelly:

In 1914, the New York socialite Eliza Ferriday works to help White Russian families escape from the revolution.

METROPOLIS by Philip Kerr:

Bernie Gunther joins the Murder Commission in Berlin in 1928. The final Bernie Gunther novel completed before the author’s death.

MIRACLE AT ST. ANDREWS by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge:

A former professional golfer visits the course in Scotland.

RUN AWAY by Harlan Coben:

A family is torn apart when the daughter becomes addicted to drugs and goes missing.

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides:

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

SOMEONE KNOWS by Lisa Scottoline:

A dark secret emerges when Allie Garvey returns home to attend a childhood friend’s funeral.

SUPERMARKET by Bobby Hall:

A depressed young man’s secrets are exposed when the grocery store where he works becomes a crime scene.

TALE TELLER by Anne Hillerman:

Investigations by Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito overlap in the desert Southwest.

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris:

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

TWO WEEKS by Karen Kingsbury:

A pregnant 18-year-old has limited time to change her mind about giving her baby up for adoption.

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.

WOLF PACK by C.J. Box:

The Wyoming game wardens Joe Pickett and Katelyn Hamm take on killers working for the Sinaloa cartel.

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A.J. Finn:

A recluse who drinks heavily and takes prescription drugs may have witnessed a crime across from her Harlem townhouse.

NON-FICTION:

ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENTS by Jared Cohen:

The stories of eight men who became president without being elected because their predecessors died in office.

AMERICAN MOONSHOT by Douglas Brinkley:

The development of NASA and the space race against the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

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.

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah:

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

CHARGED by Emily Bazelon:

Issues created by mass incarceration and our criminal justice system are explored through the cases of two young people.

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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

THE HILL TO DIE ON by Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer:

A look at congressional gridlock and the first two years of Trump’s presidency.

LADIES WHO PUNCH by Ramin Setoodeh:

A behind-the-scenes look at the daytime talk show “The View.”

LIFE WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME by Chelsea Handler:

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

MATRIARCH by Susan Page:

A biography of the former first lady Barbara Bush, based on interviews and her private diaries.

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb:

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

RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY by Ben Shapiro:

The conservative political commentator reflects upon what he considers most impactful to Western civilization.

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari:

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

SAVE ME THE PLUMS by Ruth Reichl:

A memoir by the former restaurant critic of The New York Times and editor in chief of Gourmet.

STONY THE ROAD by Henry Louis Gates Jr.:

The fight for Reconstruction’s promise, the terror ignited by Jim Crow segregation and its modern reverberations.

WORKING by Robert A. Caro:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer shares insights into his craft.

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading April 23, 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 Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters written by Priya Parker and read by Bernadette Dunne (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

“Hosts of all kinds, this is a must-read!” —Chris Anderson, owner and curator of TED

A bold new approach to how we gather that will transform the ways we spend our time together—at work, at home, in our communities, and beyond.

In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive—which they don’t have to be. We rely too much on routine and the conventions of gatherings when we should focus on distinctiveness and the people involved. At a time when coming together is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play.

Drawing on her expertise as a facilitator of high-powered gatherings around the world, Parker takes us inside events of all kinds to show what works, what doesn’t, and why. She investigates a wide array of gatherings—conferences, meetings, a courtroom, a flash-mob party, an Arab-Israeli summer camp—and explains how simple, specific changes can invigorate any group experience.

The result is a book that’s both journey and guide, full of exciting ideas with real-world applications. The Art of Gathering will forever alter the way you look at your next meeting, industry conference, dinner party, and backyard barbecue—and how you host and attend them.

 

The Moth Presents Occasional Magic, True Stories About Defying the Impossible edited by Catherine Burns (Format: eBook):

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From storytelling phenomenon and hit podcast The Moth—and featuring contributions from Meg Wolitzer, Adam Gopnik, Krista Tippett, Andrew Solomon, Rosanne Cash, Ophira Eisenberg, Wang Ping, and more—a new collection of unforgettable true stories about finding the strength to face the impossible, drawn from the very best ever told on its stages

Carefully selected by the creative minds at storytelling phenomenon The Moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of stories told live, onstage and without notes, Occasional Magic features voices familiar and new. Inside, storytellers from around the world share times when, in the face of seemingly impossible situations, they found moments of beauty, wonder, and clarity that shed light on their lives and helped them find a path forward.

From a fifteen-year-old saving a life in Chicago to a mother of triplets trekking to the North Pole to a ninety-year-old Russian man recalling his standoff with the KGB, these storytellers attest to the variety and richness of the human experience, and the shared threads that connect us all. With honesty and humor, they stare down their fear, embrace uncertainty, and encourage us all to be more authentic, vulnerable, and alive.

 

The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester (Format: eBook):

For readers of Lilac Girls and The Nightingale comes an internationally bestselling World War II novel that spans generations, crosses oceans, and proves just how much two young women are willing to sacrifice for love and family.

1940: As the Germans advance upon Paris, young seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee everything she’s ever known. She’s bound for New York City with her signature gold dress, a few francs, and a dream: to make her mark on the world of fashion.

Present day: Fabienne Bissette journeys to the Met’s annual gala for an exhibit featuring the work of her ailing grandmother – a legend of women’s fashion design. But as Fabienne begins to learn more about her beloved grandmother’s past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and family secrets that will dramatically change her own life.

 

Shrill Notes from a Loud Woman written and read by Lindy West (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Shrill is an uproarious memoir, a feminist rallying cry in a world that thinks gender politics are tedious and that women, especially feminists, can’t be funny.

Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible–like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you–writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but.

From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with a blend of humor and pathos that manages to make a trip to the abortion clinic funny and wring tears out of a story about diarrhea.

With inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, Lindy boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss, and walk away laughing. Shrill provocatively dissects what it means to become self-aware the hard way, to go from wanting to be silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced in all caps.

 

The Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (Format: eBook):

New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart.

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.

 

PRINT BOOK SUGGESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Binstead’s Safari: A Novel by Rachel Ingalls:

Another glorious tale of female empowerment from the author of Mrs. Caliban

After getting a haircut in London and a few new outfits (“she bought two pairs of shoes and began to enjoy herself”), Millie, the neglected American wife of an academic pill, is transformed―and, upon arrival in Africa, falls into the perfect affair. Binstead’s Safari unfolds the fractured fairy tale of the rebirth of a drab, insecure woman as a fiercely alive, fearless beauty. “Life was too short to waste time trying to find excuses for not doing the things you really wanted to do,”

Millie realizes, helping herself to love and joy. The husband is astonished―everyone adores the new Millie. She can’t put a foot wrong, and as they move deeper into Africa in search of lion myths for his book, “excitement and pleasure carried her upwards as on a tide.” Mysteries abound, but in the hands of Rachel Ingalls, the ultimate master of the curveball, Millie’s resurrection seems perfectly natural: caterpillar to butterfly.

 

Loch of the Dead: A Novel by Oscar de Muriel:

Edinburgh’s most famed detective duo―”Nine-Nails” McGray and Inspector Ian Frey―face their most metaphysical mystery yet, as they investigate a series of crimes surrounding the miraculous waters in the remote Loch Maree.

A mysterious woman pleads for the help of Inspectors Are and “Nine-Nails” McGray. Her son, illegitimate scion of the Koloman family, has received an anonymous death threat―right after learning he is to inherit the best part of a vast wine-producing estate.

In exchange for their protection, she offers McGray the ultimate cure for his sister, who has been locked in an insane asylum after brutally murdering their parents: the miraculous waters that spring from a small island in the remote Loch Maree.

The island has been a sacred burial ground since the time of the druids, but the legends around it will turn out to be much darker than McGray could have expected. Murder and increasingly bizarre happenings will intermingle throughout this trip to the Highlands, before Frey and McGray learn a terrible truth.

 

Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel by James Markert:

Run by renowned sculptor Robert Gandy and his wife and muse, Magdalena, the Tuscany Hotel hosted guests of a certain kind—artists, actors, scientists, and engineers who left their worries behind so that they could create their latest masterpieces. Surrounded by lore, the hotel was rumored to free the mind and inspire artists’ gifts. But tragic circumstances force Robert and his family to move.

After thirteen months at war, Vittorio Gandy is haunted by memories, and his former life is unrecognizable. Once a gifted painter, now he can’t bear the vivid, bleeding colors on a canvas. His young son doesn’t remember him, and his wife, Valerie, is scared of him. But the most disconcerting change is in Vitto’s father, Robert Gandy, who has fallen from being a larger-than-life sculptor to a man whose mind has been taken by Alzheimer’s.

When Robert steals away in the night, Valerie, Vitto, and his new acquaintance and fellow veteran John go to the only place Robert might remember—the now-abandoned Tuscany Hotel. When they find him there, Robert’s mind is sound and his memories are intact.

Before long, word gets out that drinking from the fountain at the hotel can restore the memories of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The rooms once again fill up with guests—not artists this time, but people seeking control over their memories and lives. Vitto desperately wants to clear his own mind, but as he learns more about his mother’s life and her tragic death, he begins to wonder whether drinking the water comes at a price.

A story of father and son, memories lost and found, artists and their muses, Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel explores the mysteries of the mind, the truth behind lore, and the miracle of inspiration.

 

The Parisian, or, Al-Barisi: A Novel by Isabella Hammad:

A masterful debut novel by Plimpton Prize winner Isabella Hammad, The Parisian illuminates a pivotal period of Palestinian history through the journey and romances of one young man, from his studies in France during World War I to his return to Palestine at the dawn of its battle for independence.

Midhat Kamal is the son of a wealthy textile merchant from Nablus, a town in Ottoman Palestine. A dreamer, a romantic, an aesthete, in 1914 he leaves to study medicine in France, and falls in love. When Midhat returns to Nablus to find it under British rule, and the entire region erupting with nationalist fervor, he must find a way to cope with his conflicting loyalties and the expectations of his community. The story of Midhat’s life develops alongside the idea of a nation, as he and those close to him confront what it means to strive for independence in a world that seems on the verge of falling apart.

Against a landscape of political change that continues to define the Middle East, The Parisian explores questions of power and identity, enduring love, and the uncanny ability of the past to disrupt the present. Lush and immersive, and devastating in its power, The Parisian is an elegant, richly-imagined debut from a dazzling new voice in fiction.

 

The Spectators: A Novel by Jennifer DuBois:

A shocking crime triggers a media firestorm for a controversial talk show host in this provocative novel—a story of redemption, a nostalgic portrait of New York City, and a searing indictment of our culture of spectacle.

One of the The New York Times’s “10 Books to Watch for in April” • “Jennifer duBois is a brilliant writer.”—Karen Russell, author of Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Talk show host Matthew Miller has made his fame by shining a spotlight on the most unlikely and bizarre secrets of society, exposing them on live television in front of millions of gawking viewers. However, the man behind The Mattie M Show remains a mystery—both to his enormous audience and to those who work alongside him every day. But when the high school students responsible for a mass shooting are found to be devoted fans, Mattie is thrust into the glare of public scrutiny, seen as the wry, detached herald of a culture going downhill and going way too far. Soon, the secrets of Mattie’s past as a brilliant young politician in a crime-ridden New York City begin to push their way to the surface.

In her most daring and multidimensional novel yet, Jennifer duBois vividly portrays the heyday of gay liberation in the seventies and the grip of the AIDS crisis in the eighties, alongside a backstage view of nineties television in an age of moral panic. DuBois explores an enigmatic man’s downfall through the perspectives of two spectators—Cel, Mattie’s skeptical publicist, and Semi, the disillusioned lover from his past.

With wit, heart, and crackling intelligence, The Spectators examines the human capacity for reinvention—and forces us to ask ourselves what we choose to look at, and why.

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

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Suggested Listening April 19, 2019

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

(Click on the photo of the album or playlist you’d like to hear, to play it!)

V (2019) by Budos Band (Genre: Jazz, Classic R&B, Classic Rock):

The Budos Band describes their music as “doom rock Afro-soul big band with a ’70s touch.” I agree with their assessment and would add they also incorporate a pinch of experimental style into the mix.

If you like late sixties R&B and vintage rock and jazz from the same era, you should enjoy the music of The Budos Band.  V (Five) is the group’s brand new fifth album and it features the songs Old Engine Oil, The Enchanter, Six, Ghost Talk and Maelstrom.

 

The Drifter (2015) by Mike Flanigin (Genre: Blues):

Mike Flanigin is an Austin, Texas-based blues musician who has worked as a sideman for decades. The Drifter is his first solo album and he’s backed up by some terrific front line players including Jimmy Vaughan, Billy Gibbons, Gary Clark Jr. and Clem Burke.

This is a fun modern blues album!

Songs in the set include The Drifter, Fit to Be Tied, Stop the World, One Little Heart and This Life.

 

Fantastic Plastic (2017) by The Flamin’ Groovies (Genre: Traditional Rock, Sixties Rock, Roots Rock):

The Flaming Groovies are a traditional rock band who hail from San Francisco. Their first album was released in 1969 and they reformed to record and release this LP in 2017. The band features Chris Wilson on guitar and vocals, Cyril Jordan on guitar, George Alexander on bass and Victor Penalosa on drums; and unlike many albums released by groups who have long been apart and then reunited to play – this one is successful – it features a solid collection of traditional rock songs including: Have You Seen My Baby? Whiskey Woman, City Lights, High Flyin’ Baby and Yesterday’s Numbers.

 

Folk and Bluegrass Golden Hits, Vol. I by Judy Collins, Bonnie Dobson & Gordon Lightfoot (Genre: Folk):

In researching this LP online, I couldn’t find out when it was recorded. The music was recorded live, apparently during a single concert.

Judging by the tone of the voices of Collins, Lightfoot and Dobson who today range in age from 79-80, I believe this album was recorded in the sixties.

This is a fun classic folk album including the songs: Mountain Thyme & Golden Thread by Judy Collins, Bend in the Water and If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lightfoot and Morning Dew & Winter’s Going by Bonnie Dobson.

 

The Essential Bruce Hornsby by Bruce Hornsby:

Bruce Hornby and his band The Range burst onto the music scene in 1986 with an upbeat piano-centric album titled The Way It Is. In the years since Hornsby has branched out writing songs for other artists, playing jazz and bluegrass and even playing the keyboard with The Grateful Dead.

The Essential Bruce Hornsby collection features 29 songs and includes hits, B sides and a couple of live tracks. It offers a nice overview of Hornsby’s work and includes the songs: The Way It Is, The Valley Road, Black Rats of London, Mandolin Rain and Every Little Kiss.

 

Spring Cleaning Playlist by Various Artists:

Spring Cleaning playlist features 79 songs with a run time of 5 hours and 43 minutes. The playlist features an upbeat collection of songs some of which feature a cleaning theme and others, including Loverboy’s Working for the Weekend and Billy Joel’s I Go To Extremes seems to included to get you moving fast as you clean!

The collection features a mix of song old and new including Suds in the Bucket by Sara Evans, The Vacuum by Buckcherry, Picking Up The Pieces by Paloma Faith, Elbow Grease by Billy Sheehan and Yakety Yak by The Coasters.

 

Ultimate Beatnik Collection by Various Artists (Classic Fifties/Early Sixties Rock, Beat Music):

A zany collection of beat tunes including Private Eye by Alan Swain Orchestra, Travelin’ Blues by Slim Grillard & His Boogiereeners, Twisted by Annie Ross, Destination Mars by Frosty and the Diamonds and Dog by Bob Dorough

Bonus: It is the wrong time of the year for listening to holiday music but what a great album!

 

Jingle Bell Jazz (1962) by Various Artists: 

I know it is April and not November, however, this 1962 album is super cool!

It features great versions of popular holiday songs by classic jazz artists.

Songs on the LP include: Jingle Bells by Duke Ellington, White Christmas by Lionel Hampton, The Christmas Song by Carmen McRae, We Three Kings by Paul Horn, Santa Claus is Coming To Town by The Dave Brubeck Quartet and Blue Christmas by Miles Davis.

Christmas music in April is cool, even as the weather turns warmer!

 

Videos of the Week:

Old Engine Old by Budos Band

 

The Drifter by Mike Flanigin & The Drifter Band including Jimmy Vaughan

 

End of the World by Flamin’ Groovies

 

Morning Dew by Bonnie Dobson and Robert Plant

 

Mandolin Rain by Bruce Hornsby & The Range

 

Car Wash by Henry Mancini

 

Elbow Grease by Billy Sheehan

 

Young Folks by Peter Bjorn and John

 

Bongo Blue by Curtis Amy

 

Destination Mars by Frosty and the Diamonds

 

Flipsville by Stormy Gale

 

Twisted by Anne Ross & The Count Basie Orchestra

 

Frost The Snowman by The Dukes of Dixieland

 

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by The Dave Brubeck Quartet

 

Winter Wonderland by Chico Hamilton

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

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

Veteran Texas Musician Mike Flanigin Teams Up With ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons on ‘The Drifter’: Exclusive Song Premiere by Gary Graff, June 17, 2015, Billboard, https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/6598320/mike-flanigin-zz-top-billy-gibbons-the-drifter-exclusive-stream

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

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

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Did You Know…The Library Has A Makerspace!

The library does indeed have a makerspace!

Our Makerspace is called Creation Station and, basically, it is a place to go and use tools old and new to be create new things including 3 D printed items, sewing projects, Cricuit cutting machine projects, buttons and more.

Check out this brief video on the subject to learn more:

And we hope to see you at the Twin Tiers Mini Maker Faire on Satuday, April 27, 2019!

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

 

Suggested Reading April 15, 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, just for fun, I’m going to recommend the first book in a few, mostly historical fiction series – so you can binge read away!

DIGITAL SUGGESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Dissolution by C. J. Sansom (Format: eBook):

Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series, Book 1

From the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and Dominion comes the exciting and elegantly written first novel in the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series

Dissolution is an utterly riveting portrayal of Tudor England. The year is 1537, and the country is divided between those faithful to the Catholic Church and those loyal to the king and the newly established Church of England. When a royal commissioner is brutally murdered in a monastery on the south coast of England, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s feared vicar general, summons fellow reformer Matthew Shardlake to lead the inquiry. Shardlake and his young protégé uncover evidence of sexual misconduct, embezzlement, and treason, and when two other murders are revealed, they must move quickly to prevent the killer from striking again.

A “remarkable debut” (P. D. James), Dissolution introduces a thrilling historical series that is not to be missed by fans of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

 

A Duty to the Dead written by Charles Todd and read by Rosalyn Landor (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Bess Crawford Mystery Series Book 1

Dedicated to helping the many wounded during the Great War, Bess Crawford receives a desperate request from a dying lieutenant while serving as a nurse aboard a hospital ship. “Tell my brother Jonathan that I lied,” the young man says. “I did it for Mother’s sake. But it has to be set right.”

Back home in England, Bess receives an unexpected response from the dead soldier’s family, for neither Jonathan Graham‚ his mother‚ nor his younger brother admit to understanding what the message means.

But the Grahams are harboring a grim secret, and Bess must, somehow, get to the bottom of it. It is her sacred duty to the dead, no matter how painful, or dangerous, that obligation might be.

 

A Morbid Taste for Bones by Elis Peters (Format: eBook):

Brother Cadfael Mysteries Series Book 1

In the first installment of an iconic historical mystery series, a medieval monk seeks a saint’s remains for Shrewsbury Abbey—but finds a murderous sinner instead.

A Welsh Benedictine monk living at Shrewsbury Abbey in western England, Brother Cadfael spends much of his time tending the herbs and vegetables in the garden—but now there’s a more pressing matter. Cadfael is to serve as translator for a group of monks heading to the town of Gwytherin in Wales. The team’s goal is to collect the holy remains of Saint Winifred, which Prior Robert hopes will boost the abbey’s reputation, as well as his own. But when the monks arrive in Gwytherin, the town is divided over the request.

When the leading opponent to disturbing the grave is found shot dead with a mysterious arrow, some believe Saint Winifred herself delivered the deadly blow. Brother Cadfael knows an earthly hand did the deed, but his plan to root out a murderer may dig up more than he can handle.

Before CSI and Law & Order, there was Brother Cadfael, “wily veteran of the Crusades” (Los Angeles Times). His knowledge of herbalism, picked up in the Holy Land, and his skillful observance of human nature are blessings in dire situations, and earned Ellis Peters a Crime Writers’ Association Silver Dagger Award. A Morbid Taste for Bones kicks off a long-running and much-loved series that went on to be adapted for stage, radio, and television.

Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787 by Winston Graham (Format: eBook):

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

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

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

What Angels Fear by C. S. Harris (Format: eBook):

Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery Series Book 1

“The combined elements of historical fiction, romance, and mystery in this fog-enshrouded London puzzler will appeal to fans of Anne Perry.”—Booklist

It’s 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III’s England. Then the body of a beautiful young woman is found savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol discovered at the scene and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man: Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experiences in the Napoleonic Wars.

Now a fugitive running for his life, Sebastian calls upon his skill as an officer during the war to catch the killer and prove his own innocence. In the process, he accumulates a band of unlikely allies, including the enigmatic beauty Kat Boleyn, who broke Sebastian’s heart years ago. In Sebastian’s world of intrigue and espionage, nothing is as it seems, yet the truth may hold the key to the future of the British monarchy, as well as to Sebastian’s own salvation….

 

PRINT BOOK SUGGESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Assegai by Wilbur Smith:

The Courtney Series, The Assegai Trilogy Book 1

For King and Country. No matter the cost. With the backing of his uncle, General Penrod Ballantyne, young Leon Courtney joins the King’s Rifles of Nairobi. When he becomes discouraged by the dishonesty of army life, his uncle recruits him for a special mission – spying on the Germans in East Africa, whom the General suspects are preparing for the Kaiser’s war. Posing as a professional game hunter Leon is tasked with gathering information on one is his clients, a wealthy industrialist Otto Von Meerbach. Leon finds himself falling for von Meerbach’s beautiful mistress but never forgets that his real mission is to destroy the enemy. But how easy will he find his task when his true enemy is closer to home than Leon ever expected?

 

Another Kingdom by Andrew Klavan:

Another Kingdom Series Book 1

(And no, your eyes do not deceive you! This is a work of fantasy and not historical fiction — but it is good!)

“What was this place? Was I crazy? Or was I crazy before, back in L.A.? Was my real life some sort of dream? Was this hell reality?”

Austin Lively is a struggling, disillusioned screenwriter whose life is suddenly changed forever when he opens a door and is unwittingly transported to a fantastical medieval realm. Austin finds himself wielding a bloody dagger while standing over a very beautiful and very dead woman. Bewildered and confused, he is seized by castle guards and thrown in a dungeon. Just when he begins to fear the worst he is suddenly transported back to reality in LA.

Did that really just happened? Has he gone insane? Was it all a dream? Did he have a brain tumor? Desperate for answers, sets out to find them and discovers that the mystery can only be unlocked by a strange piece of fiction that holds the truth about the magical kingdom. But he isn’t the only person searching for the missing manuscript, and his rivals will stop at nothing to get it first. To complicate matters more, Austin soon discovers that he has no control over when he passes between worlds, and finds himself out of trust for even the simple things, like walking through doorways.

Stuck between dual realities –charged for a murder he doesn’t recall in one and running from a maniacal billionaire who’s determined to kill him in another– Austin’s monotonous life has become an epic adventure of magic, murder, and political intrigue in both the New Republic of Galiana and the streets of Los Angeles California.

March Violets by Phillip Kerr

Bernie Gunther Series Book 1

When private investigator Bernie Gunther agrees to track down some stolen jewels, his search takes him down the dangerous streets of pre-World War 2 Berlin and into the path of the most influential players in Nazi Germany…

Wisecracking cop turned private investigator Bernie Gunther specializes in missing persons, and as the Third Reich’s power has grown, Bernie has become a very busy man. But as he takes on cases involving millionaire industrialists, stolen diamonds, and Hitler’s most powerful cronies, Bernie finds himself mired in the brutality and corruption of a country on the brink of war.

Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, March Violets is noir writing at its blackest and best.

One House Over by Mary Monroe

Neighbors Series Book 1

New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe returns to the 1930s era of her acclaimed novel The Upper Room with a dazzling portrait of two very different couples whose friendship and fast times are no match for shattering betrayal . . .

A solid marriage, a thriving business, and the esteem of their close-knit Alabama community—Joyce and Odell Watson have every reason to count their blessings. Their marriage has given well-off Joyce a chance at the family she’s always wanted—and granted Odell a once-in-a-lifetime shot to escape grinding poverty. But all that respectability and status comes at a cost. Just once, Joyce and Odell want to break loose and taste life’s wild side, without consequences . . .

When their new neighbors turn out to be high-steppin’ bootleggers Milton and Yvonne Hamilton, the Watsons plunge headlong into good times and fast living. For Joyce, Yvonne is someone she can show off to—and look down on. And Odell won’t introduce crude, unsophisticated Milton to his friends—but is happy to let Milton ply him with free booze.

As much as the Watsons want to get along with their new neighbors, the gradual revelations of Yvonne and Milton’s seedy past make them think twice about how much time they spend together. But the Hamiltons won’t be dismissed so easily. The Watsons soon find them invading every area of their lives and discovering their long-held secrets. Now, the Watsons must tread carefully to keep the Hamiltons from destroying their perfect world.

 

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel:

Book 1 in the Wolf Hall series

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII’s court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king’s favor and ascend to the heights of political power

England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. The quest for the king’s freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum.

Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell is a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people and a demon of energy: he is also a consummate politician, hardened by his personal losses, implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?

In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, overflowing with incident, the novel re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

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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

*Magazines are available for free and on demand! You can check out magazines and read them on your computer or download the RBDigital app from your app store and read them on your mobile devices.

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Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers April 21, 2019

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

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

FICTION:

A LIST by J.A. Jance:

The 14th book in the Ali Reynolds Series. An imprisoned fertility doctor seeks revenge.

THE AMERICAN AGENT by Jacqueline Winspear: 

The 15th book in the Maisie Dobbs series. While the Germans attack the British Isles, Maisie must solve a case and protect a young evacuee

CELTIC EMPIRE by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler:

The 25th book in the Dirk Pitt series.

CEMETERY ROAD by Greg Iles Morrow:

The journalist Marshall McEwan returns to his hometown, which is shaken by two deaths and an economy on the brink.

THE CHEF by James Patterson with Max DiLallo:

Caleb Rooney, a police detective and celebrity food truck chef, must clear his name of murder allegations.

THE CORNWALLS ARE GONE by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois: 

An Army intelligence officer must commit a crime or lose her kidnapped husband and daughter.

DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid:

A fictional oral history charting the rise and fall of a ’70s rock ’n’ roll band.

DARK TRIBUTE by Iris Johansen:

The 24th book in the Eve Duncan series. A violin prodigy with a tragic past is kidnapped.

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.

FIRST LADY by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois:

Sally Grissom investigates the disappearance of President Harrison Tucker’s wife.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles:

A Russian count undergoes 30 years of house arrest in the Metropol hotel, across from the Kremlin.

ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN by Lisa See:

The friendship over many decades of two female divers from the Korean Island of Jeju is pushed to a breaking point.

LAST ROMANTICS by Tara Conklin:

A family crisis tests the bonds and ideals of a renowned poet and her siblings.

THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS by Pam Jenoff:

Grace Healey investigates the fates of 12 women who were sent to occupied Europe to help the resistance during World War II.

RUN AWAY by Harlan Coben:

A family is torn apart when the daughter becomes addicted to drugs and goes missing.

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides:

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

SUPERMARKET by Bobby Hall:

A depressed young man’s secrets are exposed when the grocery store where he works becomes a crime scene.

TIAMAT’S WRATH by James S.A. Corey:

The eighth book in the Expanse series.

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.

WILD CARD by Stuart Woods:

The 49th book in the Stone Barrington series.

(The first book in the series, if anyone would like to start reading the series from the beginning, is titled New York Dead.)

WOLF PACK by C.J. Box:

The Wyoming game wardens Joe Pickett and Katelyn Hamm take on killers working for the Sinaloa cartel.

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A.J. Finn:

A recluse who drinks heavily and takes prescription drugs may have witnessed a crime across from her Harlem townhouse.

NON-FICTION:

AMERICAN MOONSHOT by Douglas Brinkley:

The development of NASA and the space race against the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

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.

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah:

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

THE CASE FOR TRUMP by Victor Davis:

A defense stating that the current president adopted several traditional conservative positions.

DOING JUSTICE by Preet Bharara:

The former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York describes some of his career highlights and gives insights into our legal system.

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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

FINDING MY VOICE by Valerie Jarrett:

A memoir by President Obama’s longest-serving senior advisor.

LADIES WHO PUNCH by Ramin Setoodeh:

A behind-the-scenes look at the daytime talk show “The View.”

MATRIARCH by Susan Page:

A biography of the former first lady Barbara Bush, based on interviews and her private diaries.

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb:

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

RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY by Ben Shapiro:

The conservative political commentator reflects upon what he considers most impactful to Western civilization.

SAY NOTHING by Patrick Radden:

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

SHORTEST WAY HOME by Pete Buttigieg: 

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

UNWINDING OF THE MIRACLE by Julie Yip-Williamse:

After receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis, a lawyer and mother of two chronicles her life.

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening April 12, 2019

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

(Click on the photo of the album or playlist you’d like to hear, to play it!)

Absolutely the Best of Dennis Coffey by Dennis Coffey (Genre: Country, Roots Music):

Detroit guitarist and funk legend Dennis Coffey has played on a plentitude of funk and Motown hits over the years including the classic songs S.O.S. with Edwin Starr, Open The Door To your Heart with Carl Carlton, War with Rare Earth and many songs with the Temptations including Cloud Nine, Ball of Confusion and I Wish it Would Rain.

Coffey has also released a number of solo albums over the years that spotlight his great guitar playing from Hair and Thangs on the Maverick label, to 2011’s self-titled Dennis Coffey LP.

This neat LP, which was originally released in 1971, features great guitar playing throughout and showcases some of his great sixties work.

Songs on the LP include Ride, Sally, Ride, Can You Feel It, Midnight Blue, Son of Scorpio and Enter The Dragon.

 

John Hartford (1969) by John Hartford (Genre: Folk, Americana, Country):

Singer-songwriter John Hartford is best known today for his song Gentle on my Mind which was a hit for Hartford and an even bigger hit for Glen Campbell. However, Hartford was a great multi-instrumentalist with a terrific sense of humor, i.e. his song The Good Old Electric Washing Machine Circa 1943, and had a long and varied musical career, recording solo albums and playing on other artists recordings including The Byrds, Hoyt Axton, James Taylor, and Seals & Croft.

The self-titled LP, John Hartford, originally released in 1969, shows off Hartford’s talent and includes some great songs including the rousing Dusty Miller Hornpipe and Fugue in A Major for Strings, Brass & Five-String Banjo, I’ve Heard The Tearstained Monologue You Do By The Door Before You Leave, A Short Sentimental Interlude and Mr. Jackson’s Got Nothing To Do.

 

Kings of Country Playlist by Various Artists (Genre: Country):

The Kings of Country playlist features 86 songs and offers 4 hours and 57 minutes of music.

The playlist features classic and modern country artists and includes the following songs: Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash, Good Time by Alan Jackson, I Had A Beautiful Time by Merle Haggard, I’m Comin’ Over by Chris Young, Mountain Music by Alabama and Blue Moon of Kentucky by Elvis Presley.

 

December Concert by Bill MacKay & Matt Lux (Genre: Jazz, Experimental/Innovative Jazz):

December is a five-song album by innovative/experimental jazz guitarist Bill MacKay and rock guitarist Matt Lux. I couldn’t find much information on the album online; however, it has a pleasing melancholy vibe to it and is worth checking out!

The LP includes the songs: Orbits Unkown, Black Leaves, Per Ardua Ad Astrum, Wheat & Scythe & Tourniquet for a Season.

 

The Essential Odyssey by Odyssey (Genre: R&B, 1970s R&B):

Odyssey was a trio consisting of sisters Lillian and Louise Lopez and Tony Reynolds. The New York City-based singing group had big hits during the disco era with the songs Native New Yorker and Easy Come, Easy Go.

The Essential Odyssey collection features 30 songs, includes all their hits and offers a great disco-era dance collection that is perfect for weekend listening (and dancing!)

Songs on the LP include: Going Back to My Roots, Hang Together, Magic Touch, When You Love Somebody, Together and Lucky Star.

 

Soul for Real: A Jazz Playlist by Various Artists (Genre: Jazz): 

Soul for Real is a 79 song playlist featuring nine hours and five minutes of music.

The collection offers a mix of jazz artists and songs old and new including Wildflower by Hank Crawford, People Make The World Go Round by Milt Jackson, Sophisticated Hippie by Horace Silver Quintet, Power by Stanley Clarke, The River Nile by Eddie Harris and Chameleon by Herbie Hancock.

 

I Don’t Prefer No Blues by Leo Bud Welch (Genre: Blues):

Leo Bud Welch was born in Sabougla, Mississippi in 1932 and lived his entire life in that area. He learned to play multiple instruments as a youth and played and sang in church and at juke joints, picnics, etc. before being discovered when he was in his early eighties! He released his first album, Sabougla Voices, in 2014. A year later he released his second critically acclaimed album I Don’t Prefer No Blues.

Bud Welch died in 2017, but before he left us he recorded some great music that harkens back to the music made in the early 20th Century by Delta Blues artists like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Blind Willie Johnson, and Muddy Waters (before he moved to Chicago!).

I Don’t Prefer No Blues features a terrific collection of earthy blues songs including  Poor Boy, Goin’ Down Slow, Cadillac Baby, Too Much Wine, I Woke Up and So Many So Many Turnrows.

 

Videos of the Week:

Ride, Sally, Ride by Dennis Coffey

 

Scorpio by Dennis Coffey

 

Dusty Miller Hornpipe and Fugue by John Hartford

 

Learning To Smile-Gentle On My Mind + Way Down The River Road

 

Break Up With Him by Old Dominion

 

Hey Good Looking by Hank Williams

 

Mountain Music by Alabama

 

Black Leaves by Bill MacKay & Matt Lux

 

Tourniquet for a Season by Bill MacKay & Matt Lux

 

Easy Come, Easy Go by Odyssey

 

Native New Yorker by Odyssey

 

Dat Dere by Bobby Timmons

 

Living For The City by Ramsey Lewis

 

The Masquerade Is Over Lou Donaldson

 

Cadillac Baby by Leo Bud Welch

 

Girl In The Holler by Leo Bud Welch

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

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

Coffey Blast by Jonathan Cunningham. Detroit Metro Times. October 12, 2011, https://www.jazzwax.com/2018/06/dennis-coffey-at-moreys-1968.html

Dennis Coffey. Red Bull Music Academy, https://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/lectures/dennis-coffey-six-string-horoscope

Fat Possum Records, https://fatpossum.com/

R.I.P. Leo “Bud” Welch | 1932-2017. Fat Possum Records. December 19, 2017, https://www.fatpossum.com/r-i-p-leo-bud-welch-1932-2017/

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

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

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.