Weekend Digital Catalog Suggested Reading, Listening & Viewing July 20 & 21, 2013

Fiction:

The Bat by Jo Nesbo: The electrifying first appearance of Jo Nesbø’s detective, Harry Hole.

Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad is dispatched to Sydney to observe a murder case. Harry is free to offer assistance, but he has firm instructions to stay out of trouble. The victim is a twenty-three year old Norwegian woman who is a minor celebrity back home. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Harry befriends one of the lead detectives, and one of the witnesses, as he is drawn deeper into the case. Together, they discover that this is only the latest in a string of unsolved murders, and the pattern points toward a psychopath working his way across the country. As they circle closer and closer to the killer, Harry begins to fear that no one is safe, least of all those investigating the case.

Bride on the Loose by Debbie Macomber: Jason Manning is content with his life as a bachelor, a slob and a sports fan. Then a precocious girl named Carrie Weston decides to play matchmaker, introducing him to her mother, Charlotte. To his relief, Charlotte is as averse to marriage as he is. But Jason’s feelings start to change once he gets to know his Bride on the Loose.

The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, Book 1), The Accursed Kings Series, Book 1 by Maurice Druon: Library Journal Review: This first book in a seven-part historical series that chronicles the beginnings of the Hundred Years’ War and the fall of the Capetian kings sets the foreboding mood and relentless slow-march tempo that drives the characters forward to their dooms or noble destinies. At its heart is the French monarch, Philip the Fair (1268–1314), grandson of Saint Louis, who rules with an iron fist; it’s his persecution of the Knights Templar, including burning its Grand Master at the stake, that sets the stage for his downfall. Adding to the intrigue is Druon’s marvelous depiction of the swirl of those lives that move around him. The Iron King can be only as strong as those who serve him, after all. VERDICT Seasoned with sex, betrayal, brutal warfare, cold pragmatic calculating, and curses from the lips of martyrs dying at the stake, this tale cuts a memorable swath through the reader’s imagination. The flavor of the times, the smells, sounds, values, and superstitions give this work a fine readability as well as a sensation of reality. With an introduction by George R.R. Martin, who cites this French epic series as an influence on his Game of Thrones, Druon’s acclaimed work (first published in 1955) will find an audience with fans of historical fiction and Martin.—Russell Miller, Prescott P.L., AZThe Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb

Non-Fiction

Built-In Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business by Jeff Korhan: How to redesign your business for social relevance and profitable success.

Marketing today is driven by the customer. The old mindset was finding customers for your products and services. The new one is collaborating with the customers whose trust you have earned to develop better products and services for them. Businesses that succeed today acknowledge that they are in shared relationships with customers, employees, and other influencers in the community–even competitors. Built-In Social provides a step-by-step approach to building a business channel that aligns your business with its ideal customers and ensures your organization’s continued relevance and success.

Intended for mainstream businesses that want to get results from social media networking and marketing but have been frustrated by the obstacles, namely, the lack of a basic method or structure (and a practical step-by-step approach) for converting relevant social qualities into profitable outcomes

Author Jeff Korhan is a speaker, trainer, and coach helping mainstream small businesses increase their influence, enhance customer relationships, and accelerate growth

Built-In Social will show you how to turn visibility, authenticity, accessibility, community, and relevance into measurable and profitable gains.

Ghosthunting Ohio on the Road Again by John B. Kachuba: On this leg of the journey you’ll explore the scariest spots in the Buckeye State. Author John Kachuba visits more than 30 legendary haunted places, all of which are open to the public—so you can test your own ghosthunting skills, if you dare.

Join John as he visits each site, snooping around eerie rooms and dark corners, talking to people who swear to their paranormal experiences, and giving you a first-hand account.

Enjoy Ghosthunting Ohio On the Road Again from the safety of your armchair or hit the road, using the maps, “Haunted Places” travel guide with 50 more spooky sites and “Ghostly Resources.” Buckle up and get ready for the spookiest trip of your life.

Lean In Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg: Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.

In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.” She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home.

Written with both humor and wisdom, Sandberg’s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can.

Note: If you’d rather listen than read this title is available as an e-audio book too!

The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age by Janet Wallach: A captivating biography of America’s first female tycoon, Hetty Green, the iconoclast who forged one of the greatest fortunes of her time.

No woman in the Gilded Age made as much money as Hetty Green. At the time of her death in 1916, she was worth at least 100 million dollars, equal to more than 2 billion dollars today. A strong believer in women being financially independent, she offered valuable lessons for the present times.

Abandoned at birth by her neurotic mother, scorned by her misogynist father, Hetty set out as a child to prove her value. Following the simple rules of her wealthy Quaker father, she successfully invested her money and along the way proved to herself that she was wealthy and therefore worthy.

Never losing faith in America’s potential, she ignored the herd mentality and took advantage of financial panics and crises. When everyone else was selling, she bought railroads, real estate, and government bonds. And when everyone was buying and borrowing, she put her money into cash and earned safe returns on her dollars. Men mocked her and women scoffed at her frugal ways, but she turned her back and piled up her earnings, amassing a fortune that supported businesses, churches, municipalities, and even the city of New York itself.

She relished a challenge. When her aunt died and did not leave Hetty the fortune she expected, she plunged into a groundbreaking lawsuit that still resonates in law schools and courts. When her husband defied her and sank her money on his own risky interests, she threw him out and, marching down to Wall Street, quickly made up the loss. Her independence, outspokenness, and disdain for the upper crust earned her a reputation for harshness that endured for decades. Newspapers kept her in the headlines, linking her name with witches and miscreants. Yet those who knew her admired her warmth, her wisdom, and her wit.

Set during a period of financial crisis strikingly similar to our current one, acclaimed author Janet Wallach’s engrossing exploration of a fascinating life revives a rarely-mentioned queen of American finance.

Audio Books:

Hornblower and the Crisis, Horatio Hornblower Series, Book 11 by C. S. Forester: Although unfinished at the time of C. S. Forester’s death, Hornblower During the Crisis delivers a full measure of action at sea-the hallmark of this incomparably exciting series of historical adventures. On the threshold of securing his first post as captain, Hornblower finds himself forced by the exigencies of war to fight alongside a man whom he has unintentionally helped to court-martial. And for the first time Hornblower assents to engaging in espionage in his efforts to bring victory and glory to England in the Napoleonic Wars. This extant fragment of Forester’s final Hornblower novel is followed by the author’s notes regarding the novel’s conclusion. Also included in this volume are two stories-“Hornblower’s Temptation” and “The Last Encounter”-that depict the great sea dog Hornblower in his youth and old age, respectively.

People Who Walk in Darkness, Inspector Rostnikov Series, Book 15 by Stuart M. Kaminsky: Inspector Rostnikov is a Russian bear of a man, an honest policeman in a very dishonest post-Soviet Russia. Known as “The Washtub,” Rostnikov is one of the most engaging and relevant characters in crime fiction, a sharp and caring policeman as well as the perfect tour guide to a changing (that is, disintegrating) Russia. Surviving pogroms and politburos, he has solved crimes, mostly in spite of the powers that rule his world. In People Who Walk in Darkness, Rostnikov travels to Siberia to investigate a murder at a diamond mine, where he discovers an old secret…and an even older personal problem. His compatriots head to Kiev on a trail of smuggled diamonds and kidnapped guest workers, and what they discover leads them to a vast conspiracy that not only has international repercussions but threatens them on a very personal level.

Music:

Children’s Favourites, Vol. 2 Original Recordings (1933-1952) by Various Artists

Digital Audio Download Includes:

Old MacDonald Had A Farm

When We Were Very Young: Buckingham Palace

The King Who Couldn’t Dance (The Worry Song)

Bozo’s Laughing Song

Suzy Snowflake

All I Want for Christmas Is My 2 Front Teeth: (All I Want For Christmas Is) My Two Front Teeth

The Popcorn Song

Tubby The Tuba

Puffin’ Billy

Animal Fair

Daffy Duck’s Rhapsody

The Little Fiddle

I’m Popeye The Sailor Man

On The Good Ship Lollipop

Grandfather’s Clock

Little Man You’ve Had A Busy Day

When We Were Very Young: Christopher Robin (Vespers)

Choral Concert by Oxford Girls’ Choir ( A Garden of Music – a Rich Collection of Music from the Medieval World)

Digital Audio Download Includes:

1 Summer is icumen in

2 Mirie it is

3 Bryd one brere

4 Salterello

5 Hyer Matin

6 Quant voi la fleur

7 J’atendray tant

8 Foy porter

9 Lamento

10 Tout leis enmi

11 Alleluya psallat

12 Nobilis, humilis

13 Sancta Maria

14 Gloria laus

15 Lullaby, lullaby

16 Dou way Robin

17 Foweles in the frith

18 Petrone

19 Angelus ad Virginem : Angelus ad Virginem

20 Alle, psallite

21 Veni Sancte Spiritus : Veni Sancte Spiritus

22 Summi Triumphans Regis

23 Veni Creator Spiritus

24 Collegerunt: Collegerunt pontifices

Videos:

Police Patron (for kids!): A fallen electrical cable zaps Radar the Police Car and grants him special powers, but his newfound energy brings new found responsibilities. Radar now has what it takes to stand up to the Badger Brothers; a shady duo plotting to steal and bottle the town’s water supply. With the help of his friend, Dottie the Otter, Radar must defeat the criminals to save the town – and the environment!

Tuck Andress – Fingerstyle Mastery: Tuck Andress is a master of fingerstyle guitar who now shares his subtle skills and techniques with you.

Tuck gives in-depth demonstrations and explanations about every aspect of fingerstyle, including walking bass patterns combined with chords, comping rhythms, voicings, vibrato, sliding, leading with the melody, various right- and left-hand techniques…and much more.

A superb course in fingerstyle mastery!

You can see all the digital items you can check out via STLS Digital Catalog may be found on the library’s homepage of SSCLIBRARY.ORG

Or via the following link:

http://stls.lib.overdrive.com/FE5904CF-8A91-4688-A592-7A046C7988D3/10/536/en/Default.htm

And if you have an smartphone or tablet look for the OverDrive Media Console app in your app store – it is the app that will allow you to check out free library e-books and audio books and download them to your tablet or smartphone.

Digital Catalog music and video titles must currently be downloaded to a Windows computer to enjoy.

Have a great weekend!

Linda R.

 

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