Hi everyone, yesterday I was swamped and didn’t get a chance to post our daily recommendations; so today we’ll have double recommendations – two digital items and two physical format items (i.e. a book and a DVD)!

Digital Catalog Item #1 is an e-book thriller!


Dancing with the Tiger by Lili Wright:

Taut, acidly witty, menacingly erotic, and often absolutely terrifying: this is a literary thriller of propulsive force that introduces a powerful storyteller.

It begins when a meth-addicted grave robber unearths the death mask of Montezuma, setting off a violent struggle for its possession. There is the drug lord who employs him, who would kill for that mask. There is the expat American collector, sinister and possibly mad. There is the greatly respected curator, who for a fee will provide provenances for his country’s looted artifacts, and his long-suffering housekeeper, a deeply religious lesbian in a culture of machismo, who despises her patron. And there is the looter himself, who has stolen the mask and is now running for his life.
Above all, there is Anna Ramsey, an American with a history of bad choices, who has hidden behind a mask all her adult life. A deeply wounded woman, Anna knows that masks protect and conceal. Anna is a heroine for our times, as she searches for the courage to remove her mask and show her true face.

Here’s a link to the request page in the Digital Catalog:


Digital Catalog Item #2 is a downloadable audiobook:


Whistlestop: Reporting the Stories that Make Campaign History

by John DickersonL

From Face the Nation moderator and Slate political columnist John Dickerson, Whistlestop tells the stories behind the stories of the most memorable and even forgotten moments in American presidential campaign history. The stakes are high. The characters full of striving and ego. Presidential campaigns are a battle for control of power in the most powerful country on earth. Campaigns have a clear end, with winners and losers, but along the way there are sharp turning points built into the process-primaries, debates, conventions, and scandals that warp these intense characteristics, squeezing them into emergency action, frantic grasping and heroic moments. As Mike Murphy the political strategist put it: “Campaigns are like war without bullets.” [As Stephen Colbert has said, “Campaigns are the greatest story because the stakes are incredibly high and no one dies.” Whichever one works for you.]Whistlestop tells the stories reporters and campaign aides rehash at the bar, each one adding an unknown tidbit, or short-handing for reference—”Dukakis in the tank,” “Cuomo’s plane to New Hampshire,” or “Reagan seizing the microphone.” These are insider stories, but they are not just for political junkies. These are human stories full of drama and switchbacks, nervous gambits hatched in first floor hotel rooms, failures of will before the microphone, and the crack up of long-planned stratagems. In addition to the familiar tales, Whistlestop also tells the forgotten stories about the bruising and reckless campaigns of the 19th century, showing that some of the most modern feeling elements of the American presidential campaign were born before the roads were paved and electric lights lit the convention halls. Whistlestop is an examination of the full story of American politics and presidential campaigns.

Here’s a link to the request page in the Digital Catalog:


Print Book Suggestion:


Adam’s Rib: A Rocco Schiavone Mystery (Rocco Schiavone Mysteries)

by Antonio Manzini:

From the bestselling author of Black Run comes Antonio Manzini’s mesmerizing second mystery novel featuring detective Rocco Schiavone.

Six months after being exiled from his beloved Rome, Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone has settled into a routine in the cold, quiet, chronically backward alpine town of Aosta: an espresso at home, breakfast in the piazza, and a morning joint in his office.

A little self-medication helps Rocco deal with the morons that almost exclusively comprise the local force. Especially on a day like today. It’s his girlfriend’s birthday (if you could call her that; in his mind, Rocco’s only faithful to his late wife), he has no gift—and he’s about to stumble upon a corpse.

It begins when a maid reports a burglary in Aosta. But there’s no sign of forced entry, and after Rocco picks the lock, he notices something off about the carefully ransacked rooms. That’s when he finds the body: a woman, the maid’s employer, left hanging after a grisly suicide. Or is it? Rocco’s intuition tells him the scene has been staged. In other words, it’s murder—a pain in the ass of the highest order.

In this stylish international mystery, Antonio Manzini further establishes Rocco Schiavone as one of the most acerbic, complicated, and entertaining antiheroes crime fiction has seen in years.

You can request the book by clicking following link to StarCat:


DVD Suggestion:


American Experience: The Boys of ’36: 

In 1936, nine boys from the University of Washington took the rowing world and a nation by storm, when their eight-oar crew team captured the gold medal at the Olympics in Berlin. The boy s victory, and the obstacles, inspired a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Depression.

This PBS series nicely compliments that book on these same athletes The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics written by Daniel James Brown – the book has been out for a while and on the bestsellers list for quite a while too; and if you haven’t read it and you’re in the mood for an inspiring true story – check it out – here’s the link to the request page in StarCat: https://goo.gl/RBOeyQ

And  you can request the American Experience DVD by clicking on the following link to StarCat:


Or by calling the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502.

Have a great day!
Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat: The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc. http://starcat.stls.org/

The Digital Catalog: The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos: https://stls.overdrive.com/

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: http://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/

Zinio: 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: https://www.rbdigital.com/stlschemungcony

About Library Mobile 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.

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