Suggested Listening June 28, 2019

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

And as the 4th of July is next week this week our listening suggestions are all of a patriot bent! Happy 4th of July!

(Click on the album cover to stream the album.)

1776 Original Broadway Cast (Genre: Musical):

The original Broadway cast features William Daniels as John Adams and Virginia Vestoff as Abigail Adams. Songs in the set include Yours, Yours, Yours, Is Anybody There?, Molasses to Rum, The Lees of Old Virginia and The Egg.

American Music Classics (Instrumental) by Patriotic Fathers (Genre: Folk, Instrumental, Ragtime):

Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home, When The Saints Go Marching In, Down By The Riverside, Maple Leaf Rag, Camptown Races and Yellow Rose of Texas.

America the Musical: 1776-1899 by Kindermusik International (Musical, Family, Audiobook):

Songs include America the Beautiful, Yankee Doodle, Erie Canal, Oh! Susannah, Follow The Drinking Gourd and This Is Your Land.

I Love A Parade by the Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams conduction (Genre: Classical, Pop): 

Songs on the LP include Midway March, Seventy-Six Trombones, Washington Post March, Liberty Bell March, Strike Up The Band and Stars And Stripes Forever.

Patriotic USA – Old Time Radio Shows & Music by Various Artists (Radio Shows, Vintage Hollywood):

Songs in the collection include They Met The Boat by Gary Cooper, Cavalcade Of America by Orson Wells, New World A-coming: They Knew Lincoln by Radio Show Cast, Proudly We Hail by Radio Show Case, This Is My Country by Radio City Cast, Home on the Range by Patriotic Big Band & Chorus and I’m A Yankee Doodle Dandee by Patriotic Big Band and Chorus.

Songs Of The Civil War by Various Artists (Folk, Americana) 

Songs on the LP include Ashokan Farewell by Jay Unger & Molly Mason, No More Auction Block by Sweet Honey In The Rock, Dixie Land by United States Military Academy, Aura Lee by John Hartford, Rebel Soldier by Waylon Jennings and Battle Hymn Of The Republic by Judy Collins.

The Spirit of America: The Patriotic Music of John Phillip Sousa by John Phillip Sousa (Genre: Band Music): 

Songs on the album include Stars and Stripes Forever, Semper Fidelis, Hands Across the Sea, The Thunderer, Manhattan Beach March and High School Cadets.

The Top Hits of 1776 by John Townley (Vintage, Folk): 

Songs include The Lamplighter, The Hare Hunt, The Banks Of The Dee, Lovely Nan, Drink To Me With Thine Eyes and Batchelor’s Hall.

Videos of the Week:

The Lees of Old Virginia from the film 1776 (the singing starts about 1:57)

Sit Down John from the film 1776 (the singing start at about 1:10)

Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home by Patriotic Fathers

Maple Leaf Rag by Patriotic Fathers

Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill! by Kindermusik International

Yankee Doodle by Kindermusik International

Seventy-Six Trombones by the Boston Pops

Strike Up The Band by the Boston Pops

The United States of America by Stan Freberg

You Are There: Philadelphia 1776 (Part 2) by Radio Show Cast

Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

Aurora Lee by John Hartford & Friends

SOUSA The Liberty Bell – “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band

SOUSA The Stars and Stripes Forever – “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band

The Lamplighter by John Townley

Lovely Nan by John Townley

Have a great weekend!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

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

*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.

Suggested Reading June 24, 2019

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

EBOOK SUGGESTIONS:

Dark Storm by Karen Harper 

The suspenseful tale of Forensic psychologist Claire Markwood suspenseful hunt for her missing sister.

Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

The story of Toby Fleishman, recently divorced after fifteen years of marriage, who is trying to find his way in the world only to be thrown a curve ball when his ex-wife drops their kids off for their weekend visitation and never returns.

The Rogue of Fifth Avenue

A romantic account of the romance between rogue Frank Tripp and the adventurous Mamie Greene in 19th Century New York.

Summer Country by Lauren Willig

A historical mystery chronicling why young Englishwoman Emily Dawson’s grandfather left her a previously unknown sugar plantation in Barbados.

Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense by Dan Abrams 

The true-life story of Theodore Roosevelt accusing his former friend William Barnes of political corruption and being sued by Barnes for libel in reply; the ensuing court-room spectacle was avidly followed by people across the nation in 1915.

PRINT BOOK SUGGESTIONS:

The Course of History: Ten Meals That Changed The World by Struan Stevenson and Tony Singh:

The Course of History lets the reader be a proverbial fly-on-the -wall by offering ten true stories of monumental historical events that were decided over a meal, while also describing just what type of food was being served! The meals tales include that of Bonnie Prince Charlie who partook of liberal amounts of whiskey with his lamb and cheese the night of April 15, 1746, before sending his troops across Culloden Moor to meet the British Army the next morning, that Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison were served Baked Alaska in 1789 while they worked out a compromise that included just where to put the capital of the United States, and that barley soup was served to FDR, Churchill and Stalin when they met in 1943 to finalize the Allied plan that would allow the Allies to win World War II. The book includes 10 recipes so you can make some of the vintage dishes at home!

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

The hopeful and humorous tale Evvie Drake Starts Over. Evvie, recently widowed and living alone in a large old house in a coastal Maine town, is drawn out of her increasingly solitary life when she rents an apartment at the back of her house to Dean, an out of sorts Major League pitcher who can longer pitch. A top-notch read from Linda Holmes co-host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour.

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley

The Light Brigade is cool, cerebral science fiction yarn telling the tale of Dietz who joins the corporate military after her home city is destroyed by Martian extremists. In this tale, that has a time travel twist, intergalactic soldiers are turned to light and then reassembled on the battle field. And as the story unfolds Dietz begins to experience things out of sequence – events and the war in general. If you want to dig deep into a science fiction tale this is one for your proverbial money!

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

The Most Fun We Ever Had relays the story of Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson a couple deeply in love, who marry in the 1970s and raise four daughters Wendy, Violet, Liza and Grace.

By 2016 Wendy is a lawyer who has put her career on hold to stay at home with her children, Violet is a young widow who tries to alleviate her pain with alcohol and dalliances, Liza is a professor at the pinnacle of her career who has just discovered she is expecting a baby and Liza, the youngest, has a big secret.

Clarie Lombardo has written a neat saga that chronicles more than 50 years in the life of the Sorenson Family – this a perfect summer read!

One Night At The Lake by Bethany Chase

Author Bethany Chase relays the story of Leah, her best friend June and Ollie, the man who first is Leah’s fiancée, and after a tragedy on Seneca Lake, becomes June’s fiancée. A dramatic tale to say the least!

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

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

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New York Times Bestsellers June 30, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week that ends June 30, 2019.

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

FICTION:

18TH ABDUCTION by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro:

The 18th book in the Women’s Murder Club series. Lindsay Boxer investigates the disappearance of three female teachers.

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate:

A South Carolina lawyer learns about the questionable practices of a Tennessee orphanage.

CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert:

An 89-year-old Vivian Morris looks back at the direction her life took when she entered the 1940s New York theater scene.

FALL by Neal Stephenson:

A dead multibillionaire’s brain is scanned and turned back on at a time when humans live as digital souls.

THE GUEST BOOK by Sarah Blake:

Evie Milton uncovers a story going back a couple generations that may shatter a family myth.

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng:

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

MRS. EVERYTHING by Jennifer Weiner: 

The story of two sisters, Jo and Bethie Kaufman, and their life experiences as the world around them changes drastically from the 1950s.

ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS by Ocean Vuong:

Little Dog writes a letter to a mother who cannot read, revealing a family history.

THE ORACLE by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell: 

Treasure-hunting couple, Sam and Remi Fargo, embark on a new adventure to find a sacred ancient scroll and lift its curse.

PAST TENSE by Lee Child:

Jack Reacher explores the New England town where his father was born and a Canadian couple now find themselves stranded.

RECURSION by Blake Crouch:

A dark force alters people’s memories so drastically that reality itself starts to shift. Barry and Helena team up to save the city.

REDEMPTION by David Baldacci:

The fifth book in the Memory Man series. The first man Amos Decker put behind bars asks to have his name cleared.

SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides:

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

SUMMER GUESTS by Mary Alice Monroe:

A hurricane threatening the coasts of Florida and South Carolina leads to a group of strangers sheltering together in a home.

SUMMER OF SUNSHINE AND MARGOT by Susan Mallery:

Two sisters, Margot and Sunshine, will find themselves in new romantic settings that may end well for the first time.

SUNSET BEACH by Mary Kay Andrews:

Drue Campbell inherits a run-down beach bungalow and takes a job at her estranged father’s personal injury attorney office.

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris:

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

TOM CLANCY: ENEMY CONTACT by Mike Maden: 

Jack Ryan Jr.’s latest adventures take him on a mission to stop an international criminal conspiracy and deal with tragic news.

UNSOLVED by James Patterson and David Ellis:

A string of seemingly accidental and unrelated deaths confound F.B.I. agent Emmy Dockery.

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.

NON-FICTION:

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 BRITISH ARE COMING by Rick Atkinson:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist begins his Revolution Trilogy with events from 1775 to 1777.

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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

ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE by Jim Acosta:

CNN’s chief White House correspondent details his experience covering Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and administration.

HOWARD STERN COMES AGAIN by Howard Stern:

The radio interviewer delves into some of his favorite on-air conversations from the past four decades of his career.

MOMENT OF LIFT by Melinda Gates: 

The philanthropist shares stories of empowering women to improve society.

MORE THAN ENOUGH by Elaine Welteroth:

The journalist explores several themes such as race, power, identity and love.

THE MUELLER REPORT with related materials by The Washington Post: 

Redacted findings from the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential obstruction of justice by the president.

ONE GIANT LEAP by Charles Fishman:

A behind-the-scenes account of the race to plan and execute the first mission to the moon in the 1960s.

THE PIONEERS by David McCullough:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian tells the story of the settling of the Northwest Territory through five main characters.

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari:

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

SEA STORIES by William H. McRaven:

A memoir by the retired four-star Navy admiral, including the capture of Saddam Hussein and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.

THE SECOND MOUNTAIN by David Brooks:

A New York Times Op-Ed columnist espouses having an outward focus to attain a meaningful life.

SIEGE by Michael Wolff:

The author of “Fire and Fury” weaves a story of the second year of the Trump White House.

SONGS OF AMERICA by Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw:

Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham and Grammy Award winner Tim McGraw explore how America was shaped by music.

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening June 21, 2019

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

(Click on the album cover to stream the album.)

Today, Friday, June 21, 2019 is the summer solstice. The summer solstice, in the northern hemisphere, is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. After today the days start getting shorter until we reach the first day of winter on the winter solstice – December 22, 2019; then the days will again get a little longer each day until the 2020 summer solstice.

The word “solstice” and its older cousin “Litha” refer to the longest day of the year when the Earth’s axis is as close to the sun as it ever gets in its early trip around the sun. And the most famous place in the western hemisphere to actually see the summer solstice is at Stonehenge; where the prehistoric circle of standing stones was engineered so that if you stand in the circle of stones and ace northeast toward the entrance, toward what is known as the Heel Stone, you’ll see the sun rise above the Heel Stone. Thousands of peoples congregate at Stonehenge in the hours before dawn on the summer solstice to witness the incredible light display and to festively welcome summer.

In Europe Midsummer, a celebration of the solstice, occurs between June 21 and June 25 the exact date varying by country. Midsummer celebrations include the building of bon fires, feasting, dancing and generally making merry whist welcoming summer.

And in celebration of the fact that summer is finally here, despite all the rain we’ve been having, this week our musical suggestions all relate to the solstice and midsummer celebrations!

What fun!

And without further ado here are the solsticey-summery listening suggestions for the week!

Celtic Solstice by Paul Winter & Friends (Genre: New Age, Celtic, Jazz, Classical – great music!):

You might think Paul Winter’s Celtic Solstice is a more appropriate album to listen to during winter solstice. However, Paul Winter plays summer solstice music too!

Celtic Solstice is a terrific, ethereal album and includes the songs Golden Apples of the Sun, Hollow Hills, Dawnwalker, My Fair Faithful Love and The Minstrel’s Adieu.

On a related Paul Winter music note, since we are close enough in our region for one to easily visit New York City, just as an FYI, Paul Winter has given a sunrise summer solstice concert every year for the last 23 years at The Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine in Manhattan. And today he is giving his 24th annual summer solstice concert there. The Paul Winter Consort has a residency at the Cathedral of Saint John The Divine, so if you like their music you might check their website, or like Paul Winter’s Facebook page, to keep track of upcoming concerts and you might perhaps, one year, go to New York and attend the annual Paul Winter Summer Solstice Concert!

And for those of us who aren’t able to get to New York City, Paul Winter is graciously offering a free download of his summer solstice music which is accessible through the Summer Solstice site and via the following link:
http://solsticeconcert.com/summersolstice/#venue

Litha (2011) by Skarazula (Genre: Medieval, Ancient Music, World Music):

Sharazula is a Montreal based trio consisting of Francois Rainville, Steve Grenier and Francois Perron. The group plays music from the medieval  era on modern versions of medieval stringed instruments, and listening to their music is like going back in time. This, their 2011 release, is titled Litha, which is an old name for the summer solstice and sets the tone for the album.

Songs on the LP include Dans ar keriadenn, Kurdi azeri, Tre fontane, La rosa enflorece, Tarantella and Taqsim.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Complete Incidental Music & Play by The Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Scottish Philharmonic Singers, Conducted by Jamie Laredo (Genre: Classical):

The renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra & the Scottish Philharmonic Singers offer a treat in presenting the complete incidental music composed by Mendelson for William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – perfect for summer listening!

Songs on the album include A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Scene. Overture, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act One, Scene One, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Fairy March, Oberion Creeping, Begomask Dance, Wedding March and Finale.

A Midsummer Night’s Jazz by Signe Juhl & Nikolaj Bentzon Trio (Genre: Jazz):

“In the warm midsummer of 2015, a tour around Denmark brought Signe Juhl and Nikolaj Bentzon Trio to Jazzhus Montmartre in the heart of Copenhagen. The music and the atmosphere from the two nights they played has now been made to last forever with the new record, A Midsummer Night’s Jazz, which is released in April 2016 on Denmark’s great jazz label, Storyville Records.

There’s something unique about listening to live music: And jazz – that living, playful and impulsive music – should be experienced at close range. A Midsummer Night’s Jazz captures this special and intense live feel. With the Nikolaj Bentzon Trio the energy is guaranteed to reach new heights. Espen Laub von Lillienskjold (drums) delivers both nerve and elegance to the quick swing classics and soulful ballads. Nikolaj Bentzon (piano) has a unique ability to bring new life to well-known standards with groovy and swinging riffs among other creative impulses. The interplay between him and his musical partner Signe Juhl (vocals) is unrivalled.

In the last few years, their close companionship has resulted in several releases – for example Signe Juhl’s debut Silver Tongued and the large-scale symphony Bluray-release Luxury Jazz. And 31-year old Juhl is an extraordinarily noteworthy contributor to the Danish musical stage. She is a full-grown vocalist with an extraordinary depth and vocal span for our Northern latitudes. Her excess in melodic skill often brings her to new and interesting places in songs, you used to think you already knew. She possesses, in other words, a true jazz instinct. It’s swinging!” Storyville Records

Songs on the album include When You’re Smilin’, It Don’t Mean A Thing, Dinah, Night Piece, You’ve Changed and I Cover The Waterfront.

Spiritual Music for Midsummer Solstice in Stonehenge by Various Artists (Litha, Midsommarafton, Sommersonnenwende, Sankthansaften, Enyovden, Ukon Juhla, Inti Raymi, Pachakuti) (Genre: World Music):

This various artist collection of reflective music has a middle eastern vibe to it. I wasn’t able to discover much online about the artists on the album. However, this is an ethereal collection of music perfect for contemplating the arrive of summer!

Songs in the collection include India by Saint Spirit, Leit Motiv by Lukkah, El Camino de Regreso (Return Way) by Pedro Gonzalez and Deserto de Atacama by Alexander Gonzalez.

Summer Solstice: A Windham Hill Collection (1997) by Various Artists (Genre: New Age, Acoustic, World Music):

A collection of songs that complement the season by some of Windham Hill’s finest artists including Will Ackerman, Liz Story, George Winston, David Arkenstone and Philip Aaberg.

Songs in the set include Summer Solstice by Sean Harkness, In Our Jasmine Days by Paul McCandless, Summer from Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’ by Tracy Silverman and The Warmth of the Sun/Surfer Girl by Philip Aaberg & Scott Matthews.

Summer Solstice (1995/2007) by Slavek Hanzlik (Genre: Bluegrass, Folk, Roots):

Slavek Hanzlik is a very versatile guitarist who plays a mixture of bluegrass, folk, jazz and country music; and on this release he has a stellular group of supporting musicians including Bela Fleck on banjo, Tim O’Brien on mandolin, Mark Schatz on bass banjo and Rob Ickes on dobro.

Songs on the LP include Summer Solstice, Wind In The Heather, My Grandfather’s Clock, Pauper’s Cotillion and Sally Noggin.

Videos of the Week:

Golden Apples of the Sun by Paul Winter & Friends

Sweet Cameraghs by Paul Winter & Friends

Dans ar keriadenn by Skarazula

Kurdi azeri by Skarazula

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Scene. Overture by Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Scottish Philharmonic Singers

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Wedding March by Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Scottish Philharmonic Singers

Night Piece by Signe Juhl & Nikolaj Bentzon Trio

When You’re Smilin’ by Signe Juhl & Nikolaj Bentzon Trio

Flores Tristes (Sad Flowers) by Pedro Gonzalez

India by Saint Spirit

Summer Solstice by Sean Harkness

The Warmth of the Sun/Surfer Girl by Philip Aaberg & Scott Matthews

Wind In The Heather by Slavek Hanzlik with Bela Fleck

My Grandmother’s Clock by Slavek Hanzlik with Rob Ickes

Have a great weekend!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

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

History of Stonehendge, English Heritage

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/history-and-stories/history/

Midsummer in Sweden: Origins and Traditions, Real Scandinavia, http://realscandinavia.com/midsummer-in-sweden-origins-and-traditions/

Midsummer Night’s Jazz, https://www.storyvillerecords.com/products/a-midsummer-nights-jazz-1018455

Midsummer, Sweden, https://sweden.se/culture-traditions/midsummer/

Paul Winter’s Solstice Celebrations, http://solsticeconcert.com/summersolstice/

Scottish Chamber Orchestra, https://www.sco.org.uk/

Sharazula, Magnature, Online, http://magnatune.com/artists/skarazula/

The Summer Solstice and its Celtic Traditions by John Cunningham, June 20, 2015 Etc. Ancient History, Online, http://etc.ancient.eu/education/summer-solstice-celtic-traditions/

The Summer Solstice will be welcomed through the rhythmic beat of drums written by Kate Day Sager, Olean Times Herald, June 18, 2019, http://www.oleantimesherald.com/olean/summer-solstice-will-be-welcomed-through-the-rhythmic-beat-of/article_265861d6-f63f-58b1-bfb5-25f188697e62.html

The Summer Solstice, June 21, 2011, BBC, https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/holydays/summersolstice.shtml

The Summer solstice: Traditions around the world, Daisy Carrington for CNN, June 2019, https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/summer-solstice-world-traditions/index.html

The Summer Solstice Weekend, New York Botanical Garden, https://www.nybg.org/event/summer-solstice-weekend/

*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.

Suggested Reading June 17, 2019

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

DIGITAL SUGGESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

A Dangerous Act of Kindness by LP Fergusson:

What would you risk for a complete stranger?

When widow Millie Sanger finds injured enemy pilot Lukas Schiller on her farm, the distant war is suddenly at her doorstep. Compassionate Millie knows he’ll be killed if discovered, and makes the dangerous decision to offer him shelter from the storm.

On opposite sides of the inescapable conflict, the two strangers forge an unexpected and passionate bond. But as the snow thaws, the relentless fury of World War Two forces them apart, leaving only the haunting memories of what they shared, and an understanding that their secret must never see light.

As Millie’s dangerous act of kindness sets them on paths they never could have expected, those closest to them become their greatest threats, and the consequences of compassion prove deadly…

A Dangerous Act of Kindness is a beautiful, harrowing love story, perfect for fans of Rachel Hore and Santa Montefiore

Fall; or, Dodge in Hell A Novel by Neal Stephenson:

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seveneves, Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon returns with a wildly inventive and entertaining science fiction thriller—Paradise Lost by way of Philip K. Dick—that unfolds in the near future, in parallel worlds.

In his youth, Richard “Dodge” Forthrast founded Corporation 9592, a gaming company that made him a multibillionaire. Now in his middle years, Dodge appreciates his comfortable, unencumbered life, managing his myriad business interests, and spending time with his beloved niece Zula and her young daughter, Sophia.

One beautiful autumn day, while he undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company now owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge’s family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived.

In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on. It is an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls.

But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem . . .

Fall, or Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.

Horse Latitudes by Morris Collins:

Morris Collins’ Horse Latitudes is one of the most impressive debuts I’ve read. A hybrid narrative that’s part thriller, part surreal noir, and part tropical gothic, it reads like a collaboration between William Faulkner, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, and Hunter S. Thompson, as directed by David Lynch.

Ethan is a New York photographer whose crumbling marriage ends when his wife commits herself to a mental institution after being raped by a stranger. Confused and haunted by guilt over not being able to help her, Ethan flees to Mexico. He doesn’t know if he wants to find himself, find some sense of purpose, or just drink himself into oblivion and find death at the hands of a machete-wielding gangbanger. While figuring it out, he gets in a bar fight, smashes a bottle into the face of a man with cartel connections, and ends up on a journey to the interior of the country to save a young woman from being trafficked — a journey that will put him in touch with violent gangs, crazy expatriates, strange detectives, mystics, and the ubiquitous aftermath of colonialism. Gabino Iglesias, NPR

Access the full NPR review here: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/24/687519241/horse-latitudes-is-a-gripping-mix-of-genres

Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood (An NPR Summer Reading selection):

Two Englishmen meeting on a train to Berlin in 1930 kick off one of Isherwood’s most enduring novels. On a train to Berlin in late 1930, William Bradshaw locks eyes with Arthur Norris, an irresistibly comical fellow Englishman wearing a rather obvious wig and nervous about producing his passport at the frontier. So begins a friendship conducted in the seedier quarters of the city, where Norris runs a dubious import-export business and lives in excited fear of his bullying secretary, his creditors, and his dominatrix girlfriend, Anni. As the worldwide economic Depression strangles the masses and the Communists make a desperate stand against Fascism and war, Norris sells himself as political orator, spy, and double agent. He also sells his friends. Like its companion novel, Goodbye to Berlin, Mr Norris Changes Trains offers unforgettable characters struggling in the vortex as the Nazis rise to power.

Patsy: A Novel by Nicole Dennis-Benn:

One of the “Most Anticipated Books of the Summer”

Entertainment Weekly • Washington Post • Buzzfeed • Vulture • O Magazine • Vanity Fair • Elle • Real Simple
A beautifully layered portrait of motherhood, immigration, and the sacrifices we make in the name of love from award-winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn.

“Nicole Dennis-Benn’s debut novel, Here Comes the Sun, stunned critics when it was released in 2016. The story of a woman and her two daughters fighting for survival in their drought-stricken Jamaican town, it was a powerful look at issues like poverty, colorism and homophobia.

Admirers of Here Comes the Sun have waited three years for Dennis-Benn’s followup, and anyone who was enchanted by her gorgeous writing are in for a happy surprise: Patsy isn’t just as good as its predecessor, it’s somehow even better.

The title character of the novel is a young single mother in Jamaica, living with her devoutly Christian mother, Mama G, and her young daughter, Tru. She works a minimum-wage civil service job to support her family; it’s barely enough to cover her family’s rent and food and her daughter’s private school tuition.

Patsy has a dream: “a dream every Jamaican of a certain social ranking shares: boarding an airplane to America.” She’s determined to get a travel visa to visit Cicely, her longtime friend and former lover, who moved to New York years before. She envisions herself and Cicely living what she sees as a normal American life, “trying on clothes in boutiques and zipping up each other’s dresses like they did as girls, and shopping for household items together, like real couples do for their house — a two-story brick house.” , Michael Schaub, NPR

Access the full-NPR review here: https://www.npr.org/2019/06/04/726728394/patsy-discovers-her-dreams-dont-match-reality

PRINT BOOK SUGGESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Angel Thieves by Kathi Appelt:

An ocelot. A slave. An angel thief.

Multiple perspectives spanning across time are united through themes of freedom, hope, and faith in a most unusual and epic novel from Newbery Honor–winning author and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt.

Sixteen-year-old Cade Curtis is an angel thief. After his mother’s family rejected him for being born out of wedlock, he and his dad moved to the apartment above a local antique shop. The only payment the owner Mrs. Walker requests: marble angels, stolen from graveyards, for her to sell for thousands of dollars to collectors. But there’s one angel that would be the last they’d ever need to steal; an angel, carved by a slave, with one hand open and one hand closed. If only Cade could find it…

Zorra, a young ocelot, watches the bayou rush past her yearningly. The poacher who captured and caged her has long since lost her, and Zorra is getting hungrier and thirstier by the day. Trapped, she only has the sounds of the bayou for comfort—but it tells her help will come soon.

Before Zorra, Achsah, a slave, watched the very same bayou with her two young daughters. After the death of her master, Achsah is free, but she’ll be damned if her daughters aren’t freed with her. All they need to do is find the church with an angel with one hand open and one hand closed…

In a masterful feat, National Book Award Honoree Kathi Appelt weaves together stories across time, connected by the bayou, an angel, and the universal desire to be free.

The Behavior of Love: A Novel by Virginia Reeves: 

An incredibly compulsive, poignant exploration of marriage, lust, and ambition from one of America’s great young literary talents, the Man-Booker Prize longlisted author of Work Like Any Other.

Doctor Ed Malinowski believes he has realized most of his dreams. A passionate, ambitious behavioral psychiatrist, he is now the superintendent of a mental institution and finally turning the previously crumbling hospital around. He also has a home he can be proud of, and a fiercely independent, artistic wife Laura, whom he hopes will soon be pregnant.

But into this perfect vision of his life comes Penelope, a beautiful, young epileptic who should never have been placed in his institution and whose only chance at getting out is Ed. She is intelligent, charming, and slowly falling in love with her charismatic, compassionate doctor. As their relationship grows more complicated, and Laura stubbornly starts working at his hospital, Ed must weigh his professional responsibilities against his personal ones, and find a way to save both his job and his family.

A love triangle set in one of the most chaotic, combustible settings imaginable, The Behavior of Love is wise, riveting, and deeply resonant.

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman:

Branches and stones, daggers and bones, They locked the Beast away.

After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods. Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect. Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny—to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know. The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities… before the Gray devours them all.

Eat to Sleep: What to Eat and When to Eat It for a Good Night’s Sleep―Every Night by Karman Meyer:

Utilize food as your all-natural solution to sleeplessness with this easy guide that teaches you just what to eat—and when to eat it—to fall asleep faster and wake up refreshed.

We’ve all heard that it’s the turkey that makes you so sleepy after every Thanksgiving dinner, and a cup of warm milk is just the thing to help you settle down for night, but it may surprise you to find just how much what you eat can affect how well you sleep at night.

Whether you experience occasional insomnia or suffer from chronic sleeplessness, Eat to Sleep explains which foods to eat and when to eat them in order to get the best night’s rest possible. With information on how to easily incorporate “sleepy” foods into your diet, and how to prepare your food to increase its sleep-inducing effectiveness, Eat to Sleep shows you the way to getting optimal shuteye—naturally.

Invisible Heroes of World War II: Extraordinary Wartime Stories of Ordinary People by Jerry Borrowman:

Invisible Heroes of World War II, documents ten fascinating true stories of a diverse group of soldiers and noncombatants from all over the world, including African Americans, women, and Native Americans, who fought with the Allies during World War II. These heroes made significant contributions in the war effort, and sometimes gave their lives for freedom and liberty, often without much recognition or fanfare. Some were frontline soldiers who were captured by the enemy and endured horrific conditions as POWs, others were ordinary citizens who fought in the French Resistance and provided vital operations to undermine Nazi occupation, while others were engineers, workers in industry, or war correspondents and photographers. All served with valor and distinction as part of the massive Allied forces who fought to free the world from tyranny and oppression.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

References

All Aboard! A Reading List For Riding The Rails, June 17, 2014, NPR, https://www.npr.org/2014/06/17/318601772/all-aboard-a-reading-list-for-riding-the-rails

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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.

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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:

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New York Times Bestsellers June 23, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week that ends June 23, 2019.

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

FICTION:

18TH ABDUCTION by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro:

The 18th book in the Women’s Murder Club series. Lindsay Boxer investigates the disappearance of three female teachers.

ASK AGAIN, YES by Mary Beth Keane:


The lives of neighboring families in a New York City suburb intertwine over four decades.

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate:

A South Carolina lawyer learns about the questionable practices of a Tennessee orphanage.

CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert:

An 89-year-old Vivian Morris looks back at the direction her life took when she entered the 1940s New York theater scene.

FALL by Neal Stephenson:

A dead multibillionaire’s brain is scanned and turned back on at a time when humans live as digital souls.

FRIENDS WE KEEP by Jane Green:

Berkley A 30th reunion between three college friends reveals shattered hopes and a dark secret.

THE GUEST BOOK by Sarah Blake:

Evie Milton uncovers a story going back a couple generations that may shatter a family myth.

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng:

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

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.

ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS by Ocean Vuong:

Little Dog writes a letter to a mother who cannot read, revealing a family history.

PAST TENSE by Lee Child:

Jack Reacher explores the New England town where his father was born and a Canadian couple now find themselves stranded.

REDEMPTION by David Baldacci:

The fifth book in the Memory Man series. The first man Amos Decker put behind bars asks to have his name cleared.

SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE by Jean Kwok:

An immigrant Chinese family’s secrets emerge as Amy looks for her older sister, who vanished after flying to the Netherlands.

SKIN GAME by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall:

The third book in the Teddy Fay series. Teddy Fay scours Paris’s underworld to find a treasonous criminal.

SUNSET BEACH by Mary Kay Andrews:

Drue Campbell inherits a run-down beach bungalow and takes a job at her estranged father’s personal injury attorney office.

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris:

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

UNSOLVED by James Patterson and David Ellis:

A string of seemingly accidental and unrelated deaths confound F.B.I. agent Emmy Dockery.

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.

NON-FICTION:

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 BRITISH ARE COMING by Rick Atkinson:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist begins his Revolution Trilogy with events from 1775 to 1777.

CONSERVATIVE SENSIBILITY by George F. Will:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist describes what he considers to be threats to conservatism.

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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

HOWARD STERN COMES AGAIN by Howard Stern:

The radio interviewer delves into some of his favorite on-air conversations from the past four decades of his career.

MOMENT OF LIFT by Melinda Gates: 

The philanthropist shares stories of empowering women to improve society.

THE MUELLER REPORT with an introduction by Alan Dershowitz: 

Redacted findings from the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential obstruction of justice by the president.

THE MUELLER REPORT with related materials by The Washington Post: 

Redacted findings from the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential obstruction of justice by the president.

NATURALLY TAN by Tan France: 

A coming-of-age memoir by the “Queer Eye” star, with behind-the-scenes stories of the reality TV show.

THE PIONEERS by David McCullough:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian tells the story of the settling of the Northwest Territory through five main characters.

RANGE by David Epstein:

An argument for how generalists excel more than specialists, especially in complex and unpredictable fields.

SEA STORIES by William H. McRaven:

A memoir by the retired four-star Navy admiral, including the capture of Saddam Hussein and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.

THE SECOND MOUNTAIN by David Brooks:

A New York Times Op-Ed columnist espouses having an outward focus to attain a meaningful life.

SIEGE by Michael Wolff:


The author of “Fire and Fury” weaves a story of the second year of the Trump White House.

UNFREEDOM OF THE PRESS by Mark R. Levin:

The conservative commentator and radio host makes his case that the press is aligned with political ideology.

WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE by Sonia Purnell:

The true story of a Baltimore socialite who joined a spy organization during World War II and became essential to the French Resistance.

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening June 14, 2019

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

(Click on the album cover to stream the album.)

Boppin’ Acetates, Coast to Coast Various Artists (Genre: Traditional Country):

This 31 song collection features rare tracks recorded by country and bluegrass players in the 1930s and 1940s. It offers a fascinating listen to country music of the era, which sounds grassroots-y and quaint by modern standards.

Songs featured in the collection include Black Mountain Rag by Curly Fagan & The Watkins Brothers, Sleeping in the Cellar by Eddie Moore, Mixed Boogie by Burton Harris & Billy Smith, Looking for a Date Tonight by Carl Petz & The Drifting Cowboys and Pistol Packin’ Mama by Red Belcher.

Hits of Western Swing (1999) by Western Swing All Stars (Genre: Country, Western Swing):

Information on the Western Swing All Stars is scarce, at least online; Amazon, Spotify and iTunes all have this album for sale but their album description pages simply list the song titles and no-other information. However, that is okay because one listen to this album and you’ll know this group plays great instrumental music in the country swing style.

Songs on this fun and upbeat collection include My Window Faces South, Rout 66, Hey Good Lookin’, Settin’, The Woods On Fire and Call Me The Breeze.

Unbreakable: A Juneteenth Playlist by Various Artists (Genre: Pop, Vocal, Blues, Jazz, Rap, Rock etc.)

The celebration of Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. The celebration dates to June 19, 1865 when U.S. soldiers, under the command of General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston Texas and relayed the news that all slaves in the United States were free.

The celebration is held annual on June 19 and this playlist is great for listening to whilst celebrating or really at any time — it is a terrific playlist. Songs on the eighty-two song list include Feeling Good by Nina Simone, Young Woman’s Blues by Queen Latifah, People Get Ready by The Staple Singers, Freedom by Pharrel Williams, Freedom (traditional) by The Golden Gate Quartet, Noah by Harry Belafonte and Don’t Stop Til’ you Reach The Top by The Sounds of Blackness.

Peace…Back By Popular Demand (2004) by Keb’ Mo’ (Genre: Blues):

Modern blues guitarist Keb’ Mo’, born Kevin Moore, covers some classic protest songs in this thoughtful collection. Songs on the LP include Wake Up Everybody, Get Together, Someday We’ll All Be Free, What’s So Funny About Peace, Love And Understanding, The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Imagine.

Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Rock):

The brand new album from The Boss, released June 14, 2019!

Songs in the set include Hitch Hikin’, The Wayfarer, Western Stars, Sleepy Joe’s Cafe, Drive Fast, Chasin’ Wild Horses and Moonlight Motel.

Mothers of Blues – An Introductory Collection of the Most Influential Women of Blues with Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Trixie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mamie Smith, And More! by Various Artists (Genre:Blues):

That long title certainly gives us a clue that the music on this LP offers an introduction to some of the most influential female blues players of the early 20th century. And that is true! Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie and Rosetta Tharpe were wonderful blues sings and if you’re not familiar with their works, this set offers a great place to start listening to their music.

Songs in the collection include Million Dollar Blues by Memphis Minnie, Strange Things Happen by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Dope Head Blues by Victoria Spivey, My Man Rocks Me by Trixie Smith and Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues by Ida Cox.

Yesterday’s Gone (1964/2010) by Chad & Jeremy (Genre: Pop, Folk-Pop, British Invasion):

Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde were a British folk-pop duo known for their sophisticated sound. They recorded this their first album in 1963, became popular in the wake of the Beatles and appeared on a number of television shows of the era including the Hollywood Palace, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Danny Kaye Show, Hullabaloo and Shindig.

Three of their most popular, and best known songs appear on this LP: A Summer Song, Yesterday’s Gone and Willow Weep for Me. Other songs include

Videos of the Week:

Black Mountain Rag by Curly Fagan & The Watkins Brothers

Mixed Boogie by Burton Harris & Billy Smith

Call Me The Breeze by Western Swing All-Stars

Route 66 by Western Swing All-Stars

Feeling Good by Nina Simone

Wake Up Everybody by Harold Melvin & The Notes

Get Together by Keb’ Mo’

Walking Blues by Keb’ Mo’ & Others

What’s So Funny About Peace Love & Understanding by Keb’ Mo’

Hello Sunshine by Bruce Springsteen

Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen

Booze and Blues by Ma Rainey

Million Dollar Blues by Memphis Minnie

A Summer Song by Chad & Jeremy

Yesterday’s Gone by Chad & Jeremy

Have a great weekend!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

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

The Emancipation Proclamation, National Archives,
https://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured-documents/emancipation-proclamation

Ma Rainey, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Online,
https://www.rockhall.com/inductees/ma-rainey

Transcription of the Emancipation Proclamation, National Archives, https://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured-documents/emancipation-proclamation/transcript.html

What Is Juneteenth? by Henry Louis Gates Jr., PBS (origianlly posted on The Root), https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/what-is-juneteenth/

*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.