Suggested Weekend Digital Catalog Reading, Viewing & Listening Titles

Here’s a list of suggested reading, viewing & listening titles From The STLS Digital Catalog — which you can think of as your online library of materials — In other words you can access e-books and downloadable audio books, videos and music 24/7/365 through the library’s website!

Fiction E-Books:

Brave Music of a Distant Drum by Manu Herbstein: A blind old slave woman, Ama, summons her son to come and write down her story so that her granddaughter and her granddaughter’s children can one day read it and know their history. Ama’s son, Kwame Zumbi – named Zacharias Williams by the white Christians who raised him – considers her an ugly old pagan and has little interest in doing more than is necessary to fulfill his obligation to her. How he is changed by the acts of hearing and writing down the details of his mother’s story is as powerful and important a story as Ama’s.

In The Tree of Forgetfulness by Pam Durban: In The Tree of Forgetfulness, writer Pam Durban, winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award, continues her exploration of southern history and memory. This mesmerizing and disquieting novel recovers the largely untold story of a brutal Jim Crow-era triple lynching in Aiken County, South Carolina. Through the interweaving of several characters’ voices, Durban produces a complex narrative in which each section reveals a different facet of the event. The Tree of Forgetfulness resurrects a troubled past and explores the individual and collective loyalties that led a community to choose silence over justice.

Rules of Engagement\The Reasons for Marriage\The Wedding Party\Unlaced by Stephanie Laurens: Everyone loves a wedding. The quiet country girl. The sophisticated member of the ton. A graceful duchess. Follow these charming ladies and their handsome suitors on their journeys down the aisles of England’s grand cathedrals and castles as they make–and break–society’s most sacred rules.

Rules of Engagement                                                                                                                            — A lady shall never be caught unchaperoned with a stranger.                

— A gentleman shall never flirt with a lady below his social standing.  

 — A lady shall never waltz with a man to whom she is not promised.                                                                                   

— And above all, an engagement shall not be consummated before the marriage ceremony!

Non-Fiction:

Ready for Kindergarten! From Recognizing Colors to Making Friends, Your Essential Guide to Kindergarten Prep by Deborah J. Stewart: Fundamentals every child should know before they start school. Kindergarten is quickly becoming the new first grade, which means children need to be prepared for a much more demanding curriculum before their first day of school. Ready for Kindergarten! will help parents gauge their child’s readiness as well as show them what they can do to make sure she starts school off on the right foot. Covering everything from emotional development to academic knowledge, this book details 100 skills and behaviors that will not only boost their child’s confidence in the classroom, but also set her up for a happy and successful kindergarten experience. Complete with fun activities for each item, parents will gain valuable insight into their child’s capabilities and be able to develop each skill further. With Ready for Kindergarten!, parents will not only learn more about their child’s abilities and how to prepare her for school, but they will also be able to confidently choose an education path that fits her needs.

Turkey More than 100 Recipes, with Tales from the Road by Leanne Kitchen: Turkey’s culinary customs are as rich and varied as its landscape, and award-winning food writer Leanne Kitchen does justice to them both with more than 170 glorious photographs of the country’s foods and people that make readers want to drop everything and board the next plane. More than 100 recipes from across seven diverse regions—including the narrow streets of Istanbul, a fishing village on the Aegean, and the sheep-lined roads near Lake Van—showcase the best of Turkish cuisine. Comforts of the countryside and delicacies from the Ottoman Court span every course, from simple meze dishes such as spiced lentil köfte to sophisticated rose and pistachio sweetmeats for dessert. This enduring travelogue makes a perfect gift for ambitious cooks and armchair travelers alike.

Zen Under Fire How I Found Peace in the Midst of War by Marianne Elliott: I’m not sure I’m ready for the responsibility, so I double-check with my boss. He reassures me.

“You’ll be fine, Marianne. As long as no one kills Amanullah Khan, you’ll be fine.”

By midday, Amanullah Khan is dead.

Marianne Elliot is a human rights lawyer stationed with the UN in Herat when the unthinkable happens: a tribal leader is assassinated, and she must defuse the situation before it leads to widespread bloodshed. And this is just the beginning of the story in Afghanistan.

Zen Under Fire lays bare the struggles of a war-torn region from a uniquely personal perspective. Honest and vivid, her story reveals the shattering effect that the high-stress environment has on Marianne and her relationships. Redefining the question of what it really means to do good in a country that is under siege from within, Zen Under Fire is an honest, moving, at times terrifying true story of a women’s experience at peacekeeping in one of the most dangerous places on Earth.

“This is an amazing book, kind of like if Eat, Pray, Love had happened in Afghanistan and the stakes were life and death.” —Susan Piver, New York Times bestselling author of Wisdom of a Broken Heart

Audio Books:

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen: Carl Hiaasen is back doing what he does best: spinning a wickedly funny, fiercely pointed tale in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of pristine land in Florida–now, in the Bahamas too–get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.

Andrew Yancy–late of the Miami Police, soon-to-be-late of the Key West Police–has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, his commander might relieve him of Health Inspector duties, aka Roach Patrol. But first Yancy will negotiate an ever-surprising course of events–from the Keys to Miami to a Bahamian out island–with a crew of equally ever-surprising characters, including: the twitchy widow of the frozen arm; an avariciously idiotic real estate developer; a voodoo witch whose lovers are blinded-unto-death by her particularly peculiar charms; Yancy’s new love, a kinky medical examiner; and the eponymous Bad Monkey, who earns his place among Hiaasen’s greatest characters with hilariously wicked aplomb.

This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie: Everyone’s favorite folk song, written by Woody Guthrie and sung by son, Arlo, is brought to glorious, toe-tapping life in this production. Includes a biographical segment about Woody Guthrie narrated by daughter Nora Guthrie. This recording was among 29 recorded books recommended by the Association of Library Service to Children of the American Library Association in January 2000. THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND met with exuberant reception in the book world when it was first published, particularly for its illustration. But the book wasn’t complete until now. Guthrie’s familiar, gravelly voice singing the words to his beloved song, verse after verse, only enhances Kathy Jakobsen’s striking folk art in the book. T.B. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine

The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best-Kept Secret by Kent Hartman: Part Hit Men and part Laurel Canyon, this hidden history of rock and roll chronicles the uncredited studio musicians who provided the soundtrack for a generation during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Music:

The African Force by Ginger Baker:

 Digital Audio Download Includes:

1 Brain Damage

2 Sokoto (Jan Kazda)

3 Go do (Francis A. Mensah)

4 Brain Damage: Brain Damage II (Ginger Baker)

5 Ansoumania (Ansou Mana Bangoura)

6 Adoa (Traditional)

7 Abyssinia / 1.2.7. (Ampofo Acquah)

8 Ginger’s Solo (Ginger Baker)

9 Want Come? Go! (Thomas Akuru)

10 African Force (Jan Kazda)

Video:

In Organic We Trust: In Organic We Trust is an eye-opening documentary that reveals the true meaning of organic. When corporations went into the business and organic became a brand, the philosophy and the label grew apart. But there’s hope for organic and for us! Director Kip Pastor looks beyond the label and unearths inspiring solutions for our health and environmental problems. Individual citizens and communities are taking matters into their own hands, and change is coming from the soil up.

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 a 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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