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Suggested Reading Week of August 6, 2018

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

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

Digital Suggestions Of The Week:

The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence:

When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of “rogue” wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd’s last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn’t take them.
In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad account of Anthony’s experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, it is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.

The High Tide Club: A Novel (unabridged audiobook) written by Mary Kay Andrews & read by Kathleen McInerney:

“Another satisfying summer read from the queen of the beach.” — Kirkus

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Weekenders comes a delightful new audiobook about new love, old secrets, and the kind of friendship that transcends generations.
When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons attorney Brooke Trappnell to her 20,000 acre barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never actually met her. Josephine’s cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter, but why enlist Brooke and not the prestigious Atlanta law firm she has used for years? Brooke travels to Shellhaven and meets the cagey Josephine, whose home is a crumbling pink mansion at the edge of the turquoise sea.

Over the course of a few meetings, Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, dark secrets, betrayal, and a long-unsolved murder. She is hiring Brooke for two reasons: first, to protect her island from those who would despoil her land, and second, to help her make amends with the heirs of the women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club—so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades—Millie, Ruth, and Varina. To fulfill a dying woman’s wishes, Brooke must find Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women who’ve actually never met. But in doing so, Brooke unleashes the makings of a scandal that could make someone rich beyond their wildest dreams…or cause them to be in the crosshairs of a murderer….

The High Tide Club is Mary Kay Andrews at her Queen of the Beach Reads best: a story shrouded in mystery, Spanish moss, verandah cocktails, 1940s dinner dances, love lost, and possibly…love found.

The Masterpiece: A Novel by Fiona Davis (Publication Date August 7, 2018):

In her latest captivating novel, nationally bestselling author Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women, fifty years apart, strive to make their mark on a world set against them.

For the nearly nine million people who live in New York City, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different.

For Clara, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future, which she is certain will shine as the brightly as the constellations on the main concourse ceiling. It is 1928, and twenty-five-year-old Clara is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art. A talented illustrator, she has dreams of creating cover art for Vogue, but not even the prestige of the school can override the public’s disdain for a “woman artist.” Brash, fiery, confident, and single-minded—even while juggling the affections of two men, a wealthy would-be poet and a brilliant experimental painter—Clara is determined to achieve every creative success. But she and her bohemian friends have no idea that they’ll soon be blindsided by the looming Great Depression, an insatiable monster with the power to destroy the entire art scene. And even poverty and hunger will do little to prepare Clara for the greater tragedy yet to come.

Nearly fifty years later, in 1974, the terminal has declined almost as sharply as Virginia Clay’s life. Full of grime and danger, from the smoke-blackened ceiling to the pickpockets and drug dealers who roam the floor, Grand Central is at the center of a fierce lawsuit: Is the once-grand building a landmark to be preserved, or a cancer to be demolished? For Virginia, it is simply her last resort. Recently divorced, she has just accepted a job in the information booth in order to support herself and her college-age daughter, Ruby. But when Virginia stumbles upon an abandoned art school within the terminal and discovers a striking watercolor hidden under the dust, her eyes are opened to the elegance beneath the decay. She embarks on a quest to find the artist of the unsigned masterpiece—an impassioned chase that draws Virginia not only into the battle to save Grand Central but deep into the mystery of Clara Darden, the famed 1920s illustrator who disappeared from history in 1931.

The Money Shot: Teddy Fay Series, Book 44 by Stuart Woods (Publication Date August 7, 2018):

In the exhilarating new adventure from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Stuart Woods, Teddy Fay races to stop a scheme of extortion and a hostile takeover.

Ever a man of mystery and intrigue, Teddy Fay has donned a new disguise—that of Mark Weldon, a stuntman and actor starring in Centurion Studios’ newest film. When the picture’s leading lady begins receiving blackmail threats, Teddy is in the perfect position to investigate, and it soon becomes clear that the villains have more in their sights than just money. Money they’ve got. What they need is prestige, the cache of a respected studio to lend authority and legitimacy to their artistic endeavors . . . and a little bit of vengeance in the bargain.

From the seedy hidden corners of Los Angeles to the glamorous Hollywood Hills, it will take every ounce of Teddy’s cunning to save an actress’s career, protect the studio, and finish filming Centurion’s next big hit.

Tailspin by Sandra Brown (Publication date August 7, 2018):

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown returns with a mix of spine tingling suspense and tantalizing romance in this thriller about a daring pilot caught in a race against time.
Rye Mallett, a fearless “freight dog” pilot charged with flying cargo to far-flung locations, is often rough-spoken and all business, but soft on regulations when they get in the way of meeting a deadline. But he does have a rock-solid reputation: he will fly in the foulest weather, day or night, and deliver the goods safely to their destination. So when Rye is asked to fly into a completely fogbound northern Georgia town and deliver a mysterious black box to a Dr. Lambert, he doesn’t ask questions.

As Rye’s plane nears the isolated landing strip, more trouble than inclement weather awaits him. He is greeted first by a sabotage attempt on his plane that causes him to crash land, and then by Dr. Brynn O’Neal, who claims she was sent for the box in Dr. Lambert’s stead. Despite Rye’s “no-involvement” policy when it comes to other people’s problems, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to the intrigue surrounding his cargo . . . and to the mysterious and alluring Brynn.

Soon Rye and Brynn are in a treacherous forty-eight-hour race to deliver the box before time runs out. With everyone from law enforcement officials to hired thugs hot on their heels, they must learn to trust each other so they can protect their valuable cargo from those who would kill for it.

Print Suggestions Of The Week:

The Lady of Tarpon Springs by Judith Miller: 

Much to the dismay of her Greek family, Zanna Krykos makes a living as a lawyer in Tarpon Springs, Florida. When her friend Lucy needs legal advice about the business she inherited upon her father’s passing, she ends up asking Zanna to run the business instead so she can focus on her medical career.

Nico Kalos is a Greek diver who has worked on sponging boats in the Aegean Sea since the age of 14, giving him a vast knowledge of the trade. When he hears of an opportunity to lead a group of spongers to the United States, he seizes it. But his excitement is quickly quelled when he arrives only to discover that a young woman with no experience in the business will be in charge of the new crews.

But as Zanna and Nico face even more complications than they could have imagined, they must learn to work together or risk everything they’ve worked so hard for.

The Last Hours by Minette Walters:

When the Black Death enters England through the port in Dorsetshire in June 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is—or how it spreads and kills so quickly. The Church cites God as the cause, and fear grips the people as they come to believe that the plague is a punishment for wickedness.

But Lady Anne of Develish has her own ideas. Educated by nuns, Anne is a rarity among women, being both literate and knowledgeable. With her brutal husband absent from the manor when news of this pestilence reaches her, she looks for more sensible ways to protect her people than daily confessions of sin. She decides to bring her serfs inside the safety of the moat that surrounds her manor house, then refuses entry to anyone else, even her husband.

Lady Anne makes an enemy of her daughter and her husband’s steward by doing so, but her resolve is strengthened by the support of her leading serfs…until food stocks run low. The nerves of all are tested by continued confinement and ignorance of what is happening in the world outside. The people of Develish are alive. But for how long? And what will they discover when the time comes for them to cross the moat again?

Compelling and suspenseful, The Last Hours is a riveting tale of human ingenuity and endurance set against the worst pandemic in history. In Lady Anne of Develish—leader, savior, heretic—Walters has created her most memorable heroine to date.

The Perpetual Summer by Adam Walker Phillips: 

A missing teenage girl leads LA corporate HR exec-turned-private eye Chuck Restic to a high profile fight over a new art museum and a forty-year-old murder that won’t stay in the past. Anyone could be behind the teenager’s disappearance: her fitness-obsessed mom, switchblade-toting chauffeur, personal life coach, or even the girl herself.

This is the second book in the Chuck Restic mystery series.

So Much Life Left Over: A Novel by Louis de Bernieres:


They were an inseparable tribe of childhood friends. Some were lost to the battles of the First World War, and those who survived have had their lives unimaginably upended. Now, at the dawn of the 1920s, they’ve scattered: to Ceylon and India, France and Germany, and, inevitably, back to Britain, each of them trying to answer the question that fuels this sweeping novel: If you have been embroiled in a war in which you confidently expected to die, what are you supposed to do with so much life unexpectedly left over? The narrative unfolds in brief, dramatic chapters, and we follow these old friends over the decades as their paths re-cross or their ties fray, as they test loyalties and love, face survivor’s grief and guilt, and adjust in profound and quotidian ways to this newest modern world.

At the center are Daniel, an RAF flying ace, and Rosie, a wartime nurse. As their marriage is slowly revealed to be built on lies, Daniel finds solace—and, sometimes, family—with other women, and Rosie draws her religion around herself like a carapace. Here too are Rosie’s sisters—a bohemian, a minister’s wife, and a spinster, each seeking purpose and happiness in her own unconventional way; Daniel’s military brother, unable to find his footing in a peaceful world; and Rosie’s “increasingly peculiar” mother and her genial, shockingly secretive father. The tenuous interwar peace begins to shatter, and we watch as war once again reshapes the days and the lives of these beautifully drawn women and men.

The Washington Decree: A Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen:

The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Department Q series is back, with a terrifyingly relevant stand-alone novel about an America in chaos.

“The president has gone way too far. . . . These are practically dictatorial methods we’re talking about.”

Sixteen years before Democratic Senator Bruce Jansen was elected president of the United States, a PR stunt brought together five very different people: fourteen-year-old Dorothy “Doggie” Rogers, small-town sheriff T. Perkins, single mother Rosalie Lee, well-known journalist John Bugatti, and the teenage son of one of Jansen’s employees, Wesley Barefoot. In spite of their differences, the five remain bonded by their shared experience and devotion to their candidate.

For Doggie, who worked the campaign trail with Wesley, Jansen’s election is a personal victory: a job in the White House, proof to her Republican father that she was right to support Jansen, and the rise of an intelligent, clear-headed leader with her same ideals. But the triumph is short-lived: Jansen’s pregnant wife is assassinated on election night, and the alleged mastermind behind the shooting is none other than Doggie’s own father.

When Jansen ascends to the White House, he is a changed man, determined to end gun violence by any means necessary. Rights are taken away as quickly as weapons. International travel becomes impossible. Checkpoints and roadblocks destroy infrastructure. The media is censored. Militias declare civil war on the government. The country is in chaos, and Jansen’s former friends each find themselves fighting a very different battle, for themselves, their rights, their country . . . and, in Doggie’s case, the life of her father, who just may be innocent.

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:


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:


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 August 3, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations for the week; four streaming suggestions* and one recommended album on CD.

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

A Mighty Wind (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2003) by Various Artists (Genre: Folk, Comedy, Soundtrack):

The film A Might Wind was created Christopher Guest, the man behind the comedic films movies Waiting For Guffman and Best in Show. And this movie, like those, and This Is Spinal Tap that came before them – is a comedy – in this case sending up the early sixties folk music scene by having a group of fictionalized 60s folk performers coming together years later to put on a show. The film has a nice soft nostalgic glow to it so if you like 60s folk music – you should enjoy this soundtrack – the songs were written for the film and performed by the actors in the movie.

The songs too are comedic but fun! And include: Old Joe’s Place by Folksmen, When You’re Next To Me by Mitch & Mickey, Never Did No Wanderin’ by Folksmen and Loco Man and The Good Book Song by New Main Street Singers.

Less Wise (2017) by Cody Jinks (Genre: Country):

Cody Jinks has had an interesting career to date. He started out playing trash metal before switching to country music. If you’re not familiar with his music he has a deep rich classic country type of voice and plays a mixture of updated classic southern and outlaw rock.

Less Wise is one of his best albums and includes the songs: Wake Up Becki!, Hippies & Cowboys, 65 Days in L.A., Somewhere in the Middle and Last Call for the Blues.

Worth It All (2018) by Jeffery Osborne (Genre: R&B):

Let a Brotha Know, Greatest Knight, Stay the Way You Are, Summer Nights, Saving My Love and Can’t Help Myself

Saturday Night with Mr. C (1958) by Perry Como (Genre: Easy Listening, Vocal):

A classic album by the golden pop age crooner Perry Como. This is a perfect easy listening album for the weekend!

Songs on the LP include: Dream Along With Me, It Could Happen To You, Letters Theme, Gypsy In My Soul and Come Rain or Come Shine.

Recommended CD of the Week:

The Very Best of Peppermint Harris

Peppermint Harris was a true original with a brilliant way with words which made him a superlative songwriter having man of his compositions recorded by top blues artists such as B.B. King and Bobby Bland. This is a must for blues fans and across the 56 tracks, there are many superb tracks as well as his two hits “Raining In My Heart” which reached #4 in the 1950 R&B chart and more importantly the classic drinking song “I Got Loaded” which hit the #1 spot for two weeks in 1951. Although this excellent 2CD set is by no means the complete it does present the most comprehensive exploration of his work between 1948 and 1959 yet released in the CD era. Fully detailed liner notes.

Songs on the LP include: Peppermint Boogie, Mable, Mable, Hey Sweet Thing, Have Another Drink And Talk To Me, I Cry For My baby and Need Your Lovin’

Videos of the Week:

A Mighty Wind is Blowin’ – New Main Street Singers, The Folksmen and Mitch & Mickey

Somewhere In The Middle by Cody Jinks

Worth It All By Jeffery Osborne

Accentuate The Positive by Perry Como

I Got Loaded by Peppermint Harris

Don’t Let Me Down by The Beatles

I Feel Fine by The Beatles

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.


Artist Biography & Discography Information:

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:

Digital Library Catalogs:

Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music

OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos

RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!

The Traditional Library Catalog:

You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!

Did You Know…Colm Meaney

For our August Did You Know posting, I’m changing our format just a little bit and to make for smoother reading – all the recommend DVDs and books are listed at the end of the posting!

So, without further ado!

Did You Know… Colm Meaney

You may recognize Colm Meaney as the actor behind the character Miles O’Brien in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

But Did You Know…

Meaney first appeared in the very first episode of Star Trek The Next Generation,  season one’s Encounter at Farpoint (1987)?

He did!

In that very first ST: TNG episode Meaney portrayed an unnamed transporter officer. But his character went on to become a recurring one and was given a name and position – Transporter Chief Miles O’Brien. Eventually, the character was given more screen time and became more of regular cast member than a recurring one. In fact, several episodes of the series featured storylines that focus on Miles and his family including: “Data Day” from season 4 during which Miles marries his fiancée Keiko Ishikawa (Rosalind Chao) (Season 4, Episode 11) and “Disaster” from season 5 during which we see Keiko, with Worf’s help, giving birth to their daughter Molly (Season 5, Episode 5).

Colm Meaney went on to appear in 52 episodes of Star Trek: TNG from the first one to the last – season seven’s All Good Things (1994).

But that is not the end of Colm Meaney’s Star Trek story!

Did You Know…

That Colm Meaney actually appeared in two Star Trek TV series?

He did!

He had a starring role in the third Star Trek series – Deep Space Nine.

And if you’re a major league Star Trek fan and already know all this, skip down to the next Did You Know section which focuses on some of Colm Meaney’s fun guest roles on a variety of TV series.

For everyone else…

In the Star Trek universe, after the events chronicled in the last ST: TNG episode, Colm Meaney’s Miles O’Brien got a promotion and transferred, with his family, from The Enterprise D to the space station Deep Space Nine, where he took up a new role as Chief of Operations. And of course, Meaney as a starring member of the cast of DS9 appeared in all 179 episodes of the series.

And boy, was Chief Miles O’Brien busy during those seven years! During that time, Miles gained a new best friend in Dr. Julian Bashir (holodeck adventures anyone?), he and Keiko welcomed a son, Kirayoshi (The Begotten, Season 5, Episode 12), Miles got captured by the local bad guys the Dominion (Armageddon Game, Season 2, Episode 13), and even had a challenging series of temporal mechanic (time travel) experiences which he had to overcome in order to survive (Visionary, Season 3, Episode 17).

So we can certainly say Miles O’Brien had quite an adventure serving on Deep Space Nine for seven years! Before, and you knew this was coming, in the last episode of the series, Miles is offered a new job – as an engineering professor at Star Fleet Academy! So Miles and his family move back to Earth. Hmm, a professor at Star Fleet Academy – that sounds like the basis for another great Star Trek TV series!

And getting off of the praise Star Trek soap-box,  Colm Meaney has done great work in other non-Star Trek movies and TV shows too, so moving on to those…

Did You Know…

Colm Meaney has appeared in many, many TV series over the years?

He has!

He’s been a most prolific actor and appeared in episodes of Moonlighting, Remington Steele, Tales From The Dark Side, MacGyver, the Father Dowling Mysteries and even Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman*

And more recently…

Did You Know…

That Colm Meaney starred in the AMC series Hell on Wheels?

He did!

Meaney portrayed Thomas “Doc” Durant in the series. And if you’re not familiar with it, Hell on Wheels, which ran on AMC, offers a fictionalized account of the people who built the First Transcendental Railroad from 1865 to 1869. And “the people” included those doing the manual labor to build the railroad and, all the people that gathered in their mobile encampment (the Hell on Wheels of the title), which included mercenaries, surveyors and prostitutes – a colorful cast of characters to be sure!

The series started out by focusing on Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), the foreman and chief engineer for the railroad. Bohannon was a former Confederate soldier on a mission to track down the Union soldiers that murdered his family during the Civil War.  The series branched out from there while still following Bohannon’s story until the completion of the railroad.

And in addition to Meaney and Mount, the main Hell on Wheels cast included:

“Common as Elam Ferguson, a recently freed slave who is trying to find his place in the world. He works as security and general assistant to Bohannon.

Dominique McElligott as Lily Bell, a recent widow; her husband was a surveyor working on the transcontinental rail project.

Tom Noonan as Reverend Nathaniel Cole, a minister who formerly participated in Bleeding Kansas prior to the Civil War; he is sick of the slaughter and wants to help the whites and Indians avoid another war.

Eddie Spears as Joseph Black Moon, a Cheyenne who must choose between the new world and the traditions of his ancestors.

Ben Esler as Seán McGinnes, an ambitious young Irishman looking to make his fortune in the West.

Phil Burke as Mickey McGinnes, Sean’s brother, who has travelled with Seán to America.

Christopher Heyerdahl as Thor Gundersen, Durant’s head of security. He is known as “The Swede”, even though he is Norwegian.

Robin McLeavy as Eva, a woman with a prominent chin-tattoo given to her while in the captivity of Indians. She initially supports herself by working in the Hell on Wheels brothel.

Kasha Kropinski as Ruth Cole, Reverend Cole’s abandoned daughter and the heir to his church.

Dohn Norwood as Psalms Jackson, a freed former slave and criminal, whose prison sentence has been purchased by the railroad.

Jennifer Ferrin as Louise Ellison, a smart, witty, and flirtatious journalist hired by the New York Tribune to cover the “story of the century”.

MacKenzie Porter as Naomi Hatch, Aaron Hatch’s daughter and Cullen’s second wife.

Siobhan Williams portrayed Naomi in a recurring role in the third season.

Jake Weber as John Allen Campbell, Wyoming’s first governor.

Tim Guinee as Collis Huntington, investor in the Central Pacific Railroad

Byron Mann as Chang, supplier for the Chinese workers for not only shops but also the opium dens and brothels.

Reg Rogers as James Strobridge, a worker for the Central Pacific Railroad.

Angela Zhou as Mei/Fong, a Chinese railroad worker for the Central Pacific Railroad.

Chelah Horsdal as Maggie Palmer, a prominent businesswoman in Cheyenne and an investor in the Union Pacific Railroad.” – Wikipedia

Hell on Wheels is certainly a binge-able series – if you like history and drama, check it out!

And switching focus from TV to film

Colm Meaney has also appeared on the big screen in many roles including: Die Hard 2, Dick Tracy, Under Siege, The Last of the Mohicans, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, A Belfast Story, Mystery, Alaska and the forthcoming Tolkien (2018)*.

Having said that, three of the movies he’s appeared in are part of a trilogy and that is our last did you know of the month…

Did You Know…

That Colm Meaney was the only actor to appear in all three film versions of Roddy Doyle’s Barryton Trilogy?

He was!

The films, The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van, focus on various members of the Dublin based Rabbitte family.

Colm Meaney portrays the family patriarch James “Jimmy” Rabbitte, Sr. in all three films.

The first film, The Commitments, is the best known in the U.S. and it focuses on James “Jimmy” Rabbitte, Jr. and his efforts to form an soul band in the tradition of American sixties soul groups.

The second film, The Snapper, focuses on the unplanned pregnancy of eldest Rabbitte daughter Sharon and her challenges leading up to the birth of her daughter Gina.

And the third film, The Van, focuses on Colm Meaney’s Jimmy Rabbitte Senior who loses his job and then, with his friend Bimbo, becomes the co-owner of a decrepit fish and chips truck and tries to make a go of it – all during the 1990 World Cup series.

A word to the wise on the Barryton Trilogy series, the films are great fun – and the acting top-notch – however, the language is somewhat salty so those who dislike salty language – be advised!

And of course, if you like the movies of the Barryton Trilogy, you should check out the books as they are very good too!

Related Recommend DVDs:

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 2

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 7

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 3

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 4

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 5

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 6

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 7

Hell on Wheels, Season 1

Hell on Wheels, Season 2

Hell on Wheels, Season 3

Hell on Wheels, Season 4

Hell on Wheels, Season 5, Part 2

MacGyver: The Final Season starring Richard Dean Anderson & Dana Elcar (Meaney appears in Season 7, Episode 7 – Good Knight MacGyver Part 1)

Father Dowling Mysteries starring Tracy Nelson (daughter of singer Rick) and Tom Bosley (aka Howard Cunningham from Happy Days) (Meaney appears in Season 3, Episode 6)

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, The Complete Season 1 starring Jane Seymour & Joe Lando (Meaney appears in Season 1, Episode 1)

Die Hard: The Ultimate Collection Starring Bruce Willis (Die Hard 2: Die Harder features Colm Meaney as a pilot)

Four Film Collection starring Steven Seagal – Meaney appears Under Siege which is a double feature on the disc that also contains the film Glimmer Man:

Last of the Mohicans (Meaney briefly appears as an army officer leading his troops into battle)

The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain – this movie is found in the four film Hugh Grant collection (Meaney appears as Morgan the Goat)

Mystery, Alaska starring Russell Crow, Hank Azaria, Mary McCormack, Burt Reynolds, Colm Meaney & Lolitat Davidovich (And just an FYI for sports fans! Although the plot of this film revolves around a hockey team – this film focuses more on character study than hockey)

The Commitments

In Print:

The Barryton Trilogy (The Commitments, The Snapper & The Van) by Roddy Doyle

Related DVDs Coming Soon To Our Library:

Moonlighting Seasons 1 – 3 starring Bruce Willis & Cybill Shepherd and guest starring Colm Meaney (in season 3)

Remington Steele starring Stephanie Zimbalist & Pierce Brosnan and guest starring Colm Meaney (in season 5)

Tales From The Dark Side, Season 4 (guest starring Colm Meaney in Episode 1 – Beetles)

The Snapper (Colm Meaney appears as Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr.)

List of Colm Meaney Appearances In TV Shows & Movies Mentioned In This Post:

*TV Shows:

Moonlighting (Season 3, Episode 7 – Atomic Shakespeare)

Remington Steel (Season 5, Episode 4 – Steel Hanging In There)

Tales From The Dark Side (Season 4, Episode 1 – Beetles)

MacGyver (TOS) (Season 7, Episode 7 – Good Knight MacGyver Part 1)

 Father Dowling Mysteries (Season 3, Episode 6)

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (Season 1, Episode 1)


Die Hard 2 starring Bruce  (as the pilot of the Windsor Plane)

Dick Tracy (as a cop)

Under Siege (Daumer, Tommy Lee Jones’s Strannix’s third-in-command

The Last of the Mohicans (Meaney is briefly seen as an army officer leading troops into battle)

The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (as Morgan the Goat)

A Belfast Story (Meaney is the protagonist – a detective working in Dublin)

Mystery, Alaska (Mayor Scott R. Pitcher)

Tolkien (Father Francis Morgan)

Have a great month!

Linda, Acquisitions Librarian @ SSCL


Hell on Wheels – AMC Website

IMDB – Internet Movie Database: Colm Meaney

Star Trek – Official Site