Suggested Reading September 30, 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 CATALOG SUGGESTIONS:

In the Country of Women: A Memoir written by Susan Straight and read by Anna Kavan, Nigel Patterson, Kate Zambreno & Jonathan Lethem (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Novelist Straight (Between Heaven and Here) focuses on the lives of the women in her family in this moving memoir. The narrative is framed as a letter to Straight’s three daughters—Gaila, Delphine, and Rosette—whom Straight shares with her ex-husband Dwayne Sims, and honors the daughters’ rich ancestral past through stories of female relatives struggling to overcome violence, oppression, and hardship. Straight celebrates Jennie Stevenson, an aunt on the Sims side who, in the early 1900s, shot a man who cornered her, and Straight’s mother, a Swiss immigrant who left home after her stepmother tried to marry her off at 15 to a pig farmer. The author excels in chapters about raising her kids, and about finding her place in the Sims clan (Straight is white, Sims is African-American). She feels indebted to her mother-in-law, Alberta Sims, who showed her how to keep family and friends close (“she took my hand and led me to the kitchen…. Alberta cooked for the whole community”). In the touching final chapter, Straight reflects on the enduring power of memory: “All we women have to give you is memory…. What we felt we might keep to ourselves, unless someone wrote it down.” Straight passionately illuminates the hard journeys of women. – Publishers Weekly

The Long Call: The Two Rivers Series Series, Book 1 by Ann Cleeves (Downloadable Audiobook):

From Ann Cleeves—bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—comes the first in a gripping new series.

“Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers.”—Louise Penny

A PEOPLE MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF FALL 2019

In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his estranged father’s funeral takes place. On the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.

Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.

The case calls Matthew back to the people and places of his past, as deadly secrets hidden at their hearts are revealed, and his new life is forced into a collision course with the world he thought he’d left behind.

From Ann Cleeves, bestselling author of Vera and Shetland, beloved by readers and TV viewers alike, comes a spectacular new series, told with deep compassion and searing insight.

The Oval by Elvia Wilks (Format: eBook):

“The book feints toward an Ottessa Moshfegh–style ennui, the kind of tragic vision that disguises itself as satire. But Oval has a warm center in Anja, who is friendlier, more approachable, less alienating and alienated than the typical Moshfegh heroine . . . [Anja] is finely observed and solid, capable of both banter and feeling . . . When Wilk examines social behavior, her attention snags in all the right places . . . Like Oedipus or Othello, characters in Oval can neither alter their destiny nor anticipate its shape. Yet Wilk entwines a classical sensibility with biological determinism—she almost suggests that humans have reached the final phase of a natural decomposition process, like cells programmed to grow and then atrophy.” –– Katy Waldman, The New Yorker

Season of the Witch: A Novel by James Leo Herlihy (Format: eBook) :

By the author of Midnight Cowboy: A teenage girl runs away to the East Village in “one of the best and most convincing novels . . . of the Woodstock generation” (Publishers Weekly).

As she explains in her diary, seventeen-year-old Gloria Random is running away from her Midwest childhood home. It’s the fall of 1969, and her best friend John has been called up for the draft. It’s time to escape the Big Finger, and their mundane lives.

Renaming themselves Witch and Roy, they head to New York City in search of Witch’s biological father. Landing in the East Village, they fall into an underground world of mysticism, drugs, and free love as they burrow further into hiding from the realities they left behind.

In his last novel, the iconic author of Midnight Cowboy and All Fall Down captures the heady mix of anxiety and experimentation that permeated New York at the height of the anti-war movement. With his trademark wit and insight, James

Leo Herlihy brings together a colorful cast of characters straight from the heart of the countercultural revolution.
“A tour de force!” —The New York Times

“Herlihy writes with an edge of iron.” —Nelson Algren, National Book Award–winning author of The Man with the Golden Arm

Treasures Lost, Treasures Found by Nora Roberts (Format: eBook):

Kate Hardesty had inherited a pile of mysterious ocean charts. Her practical, no-nonsense father had had a dream–sunken treasure–and he’d left a map leading to a gold-laden ship.

Determined to complete her father’s explorations, she turned to the only man with the ability to tackle the treacherous dive deep beneath the Atlantic: Ky Silver.

Kate had left Ky four years ago, frightened of the needs he awoke in her, yet now she needed him more than ever. But working with Ky meant more than searching for gold pieces–it meant plunging her heart into the depths of love….

PRINT BOOK SUGGESTIONS:

Full Throttle by Joe Hill:

In this masterful collection of short fiction, Joe Hill dissects timeless human struggles in thirteen relentless tales of supernatural suspense, including “In The Tall Grass,” one of two stories co-written with Stephen King, basis for the terrifying feature film from Netflix.

A little door that opens to a world of fairy tale wonders becomes the blood-drenched stomping ground for a gang of hunters in “Faun.” A grief-stricken librarian climbs behind the wheel of an antique Bookmobile to deliver fresh reads to the dead in “Late Returns.” In “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” soon to be an episode on Shudder TV’s Creepshow, two young friends stumble on the corpse of a plesiosaur at the water’s edge, a discovery that forces them to confront the inescapable truth of their own mortality . . . and other horrors that lurk in the water’s shivery depths. And tension shimmers in the sweltering heat of the Nevada desert as a faceless trucker finds himself caught in a sinister dance with a tribe of motorcycle outlaws in “Throttle,” co-written with Stephen King.

Replete with shocking chillers, including two previously unpublished stories written expressly for this volume (“Mums” and “Late Returns”) and another appearing in print for the first time (“Dark Carousel”), Full Throttle is a darkly imagined odyssey through the complexities of the human psyche. Hypnotic and disquieting, it mines our tormented secrets, hidden vulnerabilities, and basest fears, and demonstrates this exceptional talent at his very best.

Mumbo Gumbo Murder by Laura Child:

A shocking murder strikes a sour note during Jazz Fest in the latest New Orleans Scrapbooking Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

It’s Jazz Fest in New Orleans, and the giant puppets from the Beastmaster Puppet Theatre are parading through the French Quarter. Some are very spooky and veiled, others are tall and gangly, like strange aliens.

As the parade proceeds, Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava, follow behind, down Royal Street and past the food booths. Suddenly, they hear a terrible crash from Devon Dowling’s antiques shop. They rush inside to find Devon collapsed with blood streaming down the side of his face. Has he been shot? Stabbed? 911 is hastily called, and the police and EMTs show up. After the police examine Devon’s body, they tell Carmela and Ava that their friend was murdered with an icepick. They’re shocked beyond belief—and now Mimi, Devon’s little pug, is left homeless.

Carmela and Ava are determined to catch the murderer, but the list of suspects is long. How long do they have before they find themselves on the killer’s list?

Once A Spy by Mary Jo Putney:

Love and survival in the shadow of Waterloo . . .

Wearied by his years as a British intelligence officer, Simon Duval resigns his commission after Napoleon’s abdication. Hoping to find new meaning in his life, he returns to England, where he discovers his cousin’s widow, Suzanne Duval, the Comtesse de Chambron. Working as a seamstress, living in reduced circumstances, Suzanne has had a life as complicated as Simon’s. While both believe they are beyond love, their sympathetic bond leads him to propose a marriage of companionship, and Suzanne accepts.

She didn’t want or expect a true marriage, but as Suzanne joins Simon in a search for his long missing foster brother, warmth and caring begin to heal both their scars–and a powerful passion sparks between them. Then news from France threatens to disrupt their happiness. Napoleon has escaped from Elba and Wellington personally asks Simon to help prevent another devastating war. Only this time, Simon does not go into danger alone. He and Suzanne will face deadly peril together, and pray that love will carry them through . . .

The Shape Of Night by Tess Gerritsen:

After an unspeakable tragedy in Boston, Ava Collette flees to a remote village in Maine, where she rents an old house named Brodie’s Watch.

In that isolated seaside mansion, Ava finally feels at peace . . . until she glimpses the long-dead sea captain who still resides there.

Rumor has it that Captain Jeremiah Brodie has haunted the house for more than a century. One night, Ava confronts the apparition, who feels all too real, and who welcomes her into his world—and into his arms. Even as Ava questions her own sanity, she eagerly looks forward to the captain’s ghostly visits. But she soon learns that the house she loves comes with a terrible secret, a secret that those in the village don’t want to reveal: Every woman who has ever lived in Brodie’s Watch has also died there. Is the ghost of Captain Brodie responsible, or is a flesh-and-blood killer at work? A killer who is even now circling closer to Ava?

Toil And Trouble by Augusten Burroughs:

From the number one New York Times bestselling author comes another stunning memoir that is tender, touching…and just a little spooky.

“Here’s a partial list of things I don’t believe in: God. The Devil. Heaven. Hell. Bigfoot. Ancient Aliens. Past lives. Life after death. Vampires. Zombies. Reiki. Homeopathy. Rolfing. Reflexology. Note that ‘witches’ and ‘witchcraft’ are absent from this list. The thing is, I wouldn’t believe in them, and I would privately ridicule any idiot who did, except for one thing: I am a witch.”

For as long as Augusten Burroughs could remember, he knew things he shouldn’t have known. He manifested things that shouldn’t have come to pass. And he told exactly no one about this, save one person: his mother. His mother reassured him that it was all perfectly normal, that he was descended from a long line of witches, going back to the days of the early American colonies. And that this family tree was filled with witches. It was a bond that he and his mother shared–until the day she left him in the care of her psychiatrist to be raised in his family (but that’s a whole other story). After that, Augusten was on his own. On his own to navigate the world of this tricky power; on his own to either use or misuse this gift.

From the hilarious to the terrifying, Toil & Trouble is a chronicle of one man’s journey to understand himself, to reconcile the powers he can wield with things with which he is helpless. There are very few things that are coincidences, as you will learn in Toil & Trouble. Ghosts are real, trees can want to kill you, beavers are the spawn of Satan, houses are alive, and in the end, love is the most powerful magic of all.

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.

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Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers October 6, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the upcoming week.

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

FICTION:

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate:

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

 

 

A BETTER MAN by Louise Penny:

The 15th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. The search for a missing girl is imperiled by rising floodwaters across the province.

 

 

THE GIRL WHO LIVED TWICE by David Lagercrantz:

Mikael Blomkvist helps Lisbeth Salander put her past behind her in the latest installment of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series.

 

 

THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt:

After his mother is killed in a museum explosion, a young man grapples with the world alone while hiding a prized Dutch painting.

 

 

THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood:

Men and women in a dystopian future. The basis of the Hulu series; originally published in 1985.

 

 

THE INSTITUTE by Stephen King:

Children with special talents are abducted and sequestered in an institution where the sinister staff seeks to extract their gifts through harsh methods.

 

 

IT by Stephen King:

The fears of seven teenagers are rekindled in their adult lives by the terrifying title character. Originally published in 1986.

 

 

KILLER INSTINCT by James Patterson and Howard Roughan:

The second book in the Instinct series. When an act of terror strikes New York, Dr. Reinhart and Detective Needham go after a sociopath.

 

 

LAND OF WOLVES by Craig Johnson:

The 15th book in the Longmire series. Back from Mexico, Sheriff Longmire must deal with a wolf and a killer on the loose.

 

 

LITTLE HATRED by Joe Abercrombie:

The Age of Madness series opens with a war erupting during a time of change.

 

 

NICKEL BOYS by Colson Whitehead:

Two boys respond to horrors at a Jim Crow-era reform school in ways that impact them decades later.

 

 

THE ORACLE by Jonathan Cahn:

A traveler discovers mysteries hidden behind seven locked doors.

 

 

RED AT THE BONE by Jacqueline Woodson:

The long-lasting decisions young people make are explored through the history of a Brooklyn teenager’s family.

 

 

THE SECRETS WE KEPT by Lara Prescott:

During the Cold War, members of the C.I.A.’s typing pool aid its mission to smuggle the banned book “Doctor Zhivago” behind the Iron Curtain.

 

 

THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris:

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

 

 

THIS TENDER LAND by William Kent Krueger:

Four orphans escape a Minnesota school and encounter a cross-section of different people struggling during the Great Depression.

 

 

THE TESTAMENTS by Margaret Atwood:

In a sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” old secrets bring three women together as the Republic of Gilead’s theocratic regime shows signs of decay.

 

 

TITANIC SECRET by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul:

The 11th book in the Isaac Bell series. Dirk Pitt finds a document that brings a mystery from 1911 back to life.

 

 

VENDETTA IN DEATH by J.D. Robb:

The 49th book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas looks into the misdeeds of a wealthy businessman while a vigilante named Lady Justice uses disguises to avenge women who were wronged.

 

 

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.”

 

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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

 

 

EDUCATION OF AN IDEALIST by Samantha Power:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s journey from being an immigrant to being an activist outsider to serving in President Obama’s cabinet.

 

 

HOW TO by Randall Munroe:

The former NASA roboticist dispenses complex and excessive solutions to common problems; reclassified this week as nonfiction.

 

 

ONLY PLANE IN THE SKY by Garrett M. Graff:

An oral history of the events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, based on transcripts, declassified documents and interviews.

 

 

RADICALS, RESISTANCE AND REVENGE by Jeanine Pirro:

The Fox News host posits those she labels anti-Trump conspirators have committed possible crimes and a plot to destroy liberty.

 

 

SHE SAID by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey:

Two reporters for The New York Times recount their investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s alleged abuses of power and the subsequent global disclosure of women’s traumatic stories.

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell:

Famous examples of miscommunication serve as the backdrop to explain potential conflicts and misunderstandings.

 

 

THREE WOMEN by Lisa Taddeo:

The inequality of female desire is explored through the sex lives of a homemaker, a high school student and a restaurant owner.

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening September 27, 2019

Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations of the week!

(Click on the CD/DVD or book cover to request the item)

The Best of Brooks Benton by Brooks Benton (Format: Music CD):

20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Brook Benton gathers a dozen of the singer/songwriter’s greatest hits, including “It’s Just a Matter of Time,” “Fools Rush In,” “The Boll Weevil Song,” and his duets with Dinah Washington, “Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)” and “A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love).” “Kiddio” and “Endlessly” are two more of the many highlights of this collection, which certainly isn’t the most comprehensive Brook retrospective available but is nevertheless a delightful introduction to his best known work.

Song List:
1. It’s Just a Matter of Time
2. Endlessly
3. Thank You Pretty Baby
4. So Many Ways
5. Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes) with Dinah Washington
6. Kiddio
7. A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love) with Dinah Washington
8. Fools Rush In
9. The Boll Weevil Song
10. Lie to Me
11. Hotel Happiness
12. Rainy Night In Georgia

Band on the Run (1973) by Paul McCartney & Wings (Format: Music CD):

Neither the rustic Wild Life nor the slick AOR flourishes of Red Rose Speedway earned Paul McCartney much respect, so he made the self-consciously ambitious Band on the Run partially to rebuke his critics. On the surface, Band on the Run appears to be constructed as a song cycle in the vein of Abbey Road, but subsequent listens reveal that there are only passing similarities between the two albums. Some of this is quite showy, particularly the whimsical mini-suite of the title track and the surging surrealism of “Jet,” but some of the most enduring moments are simpler, like the sunny acoustic “Bluebird” and rocking, rolling “Helen Wheels.” Sometimes McCartney’s whimsy is a little strong, but song for song Band on the Run is always enjoyable, whether McCartney is running through “Picasso’s Last Words” or responding to John Lennon’s “How Do You Sleep” taunts with “Let Me Roll It.”

Song List:
1. Band on the Run
2. Jet
3. Bluebird
4. Mrs Vandebilt
5. Let Me Roll It
6. Mamunia
7. No Words
8. Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)
9. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five

Grand Ole Opry: The Official History by Chet Hagan (Format: Print Book):

From an NBC News producer and writer, an affectionate, almost encyclopedic history of country music’s mecca. Hagan writes very directly here, with accounts of crucial events leading to capsule bios of important figures, all related in a good-ole-boy manner that opts for the bright and sunny. We learn that it all began in 1925 when “”hillbilly music”” (the term came from an ad lib by an early vocalist: “”We’re nothing but a group of hillbillies from North Carolina and Virginia””) was in need of a home and Nashville radio station WSM was looking for some original programming. Thus, on November 28, 1925, “”the WSM Barn Dance”” was born, bringing in local talent (groups such as “”the Crook Brothers,”” “”The Gully Jumpers,”” and “”The Fruit Jar Drinkers””). As WSM increased its voltage through the years (it eventually reached two-thirds of the US), the concept caught on, along with a new name that has stuck for over six decades (that, too, the result of an ad lib: following an hour of classical music, an announcer stated, “”For the past hour, we have been listening to music taken largely from Grand Opera. From now on we will present ‘The Grand Ole Opry’ “”). Country music fans will enjoy the myriad anecdotes here about Opry greats such as Roy Acuff, Marty Robbins, Porter Wagoner, Buck Owens, etc.–including those that detail cruel treatment meted out to Hank Williams and Skeeter Davis (thrown out for drinking and “”editorializing””). An upbeat, densely illustrated history that should appeal to all country fans who dream of making the pilgrimage to Ryman Auditorium. – Kirkus Review

Murder (2000) by Johnny Cash:

Of the three thematic Cash CDs simultaneously released in the spring of 2000 (the others are God and Love), Murder is the most sensible. For one thing, there are actually far fewer Cash songs about murder than there are Cash songs about love or God, so this compilation is a more thorough retrospective of a niche in his repertoire. In addition, one has to admit that Cash’s somber vocals and flair for storytelling are well-suited for tales of assassination. Also, this is a well-selected set of 16 tunes, spanning the mid-’50s to the mid-’90s. With the exception of the classics “Folsom Prison Blues” (the original Sun version), “The Long Black Veil,” and “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town,” most of these will be unfamiliar to many Cash fans, taken as they are from LPs, B-sides, and live recordings. Most of them are moving, sometimes chilling performances, whether Cash takes on the role of the killer or an observer. Cool overlooked cuts include 1965’s spare and spooky “Hardin Wouldn’t Run,” and “When It’s Springtime in Alaska (It’s Forty Below),” recorded with wife June Carter. Some of these are pretty oddball tunes, too, in the best sense of that adjective. “Mister Garfield” is a gung-ho tribute to the most obscure assassinated American president, and “Joe Bean” actually manages some wicked gallows (literally) humor, its concluding punch line the message from the governor from whom Bean is hoping to obtain pardon: a gaily sung “Happy birthday, Joe Bean.” One track, a 1966 cover of Harlan Howard’s “The Sound of Laughter,” was previously unreleased in the U.S.

    Song List:

  1. Folsom Prison Blues
  2. Delia’s Gone
  3. Garfield
  4. Orleans Parish Prison
  5. When It’s Springtime in Alaska (It’s Forty Below)
  6. The Sound of Laughter
  7. Cocaine Blues
  8. Hardin Wouldn’t Run
  9. Long Black Veil

More Jazz And Big Band Classics From The Golden Era of Jazz by Various Artists (Format: DVD)

27 tracks from the big band era of Jazz, incl. Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. features 27 fantastic tracks from the big band era. An exhibition of jazz at its best from many of the greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ina Ray Hutton and many more. More Jazz And Big Band Classics Classic Tracks From The Golden Era Of Jazz is part of the 10 DVD Jazz Classics Collection.

A must-have for any true jazz fan!

Song Titles: Count Basie & Orchestra – This May Be The Start Of Something Big; Duke Ellington – Tootie For Cootie; Cab Callow & Orchestra – Hot Cha Raz-Ma-Tazz; Dizzy Gillespie & Orchestra – Salt Peanuts; Ina Ray Hutton And Her Melodears – Doin’ The Suzy Q; Duke Ellington & Orchestra – Alcibiades (Timon Of Athens March); Count Basie & Orchestra Ethel Waters – Quicksand; Dizzie Gillespie & Orchestra Helen Humes – Hey Baba Leba; Duke Ellington – Satin Doll; Count Basie & Orchestra – Pril In Paris; Cab Calloway & Orchestra – Blues In The Night; Duke Ellington & Orchestra – Things Aint What They Used To Be; Cab Calloway & Orchestra – Call Of The Jitterbug; and many more.

Videos of the Week:

Baby You’ve Got What It Takes by Brook Benton & Dinah Washington

Rainy Night In Georgia by Brook Benton

Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash with the Tennessee Three

Band on the Run by Paul McCartney & Wings

Silly Love Songs by Paul McCartney & Wings


Crazy by Patsy Cline (at the Grand Ole Opry)

Wings of a Dove by Charlie Pride (at the Grand Ole Opry)

When It Is Springtime In Alaska by Johnny Cash

Jackson by Johnny Cash & June Carter

Jolene by Dolly Parton

Mr. Garfield by Johnny Cash

Blues In The Night by Cab Calloway

Salt Peanuts by Dizzy Gillespie

This Could Be The Start Of Something Big by Count Basie & His Orchestra

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/

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.

ABOUT LIBRARY APPS: OverDrive & RBDigital:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive and/or the RBDigital app, to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and on-demand magazines, from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at 607-936-3713 and one of our tech coaches will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading September 23, 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.

September 23 – 28 is Banned Book Week!

Celebrate your right to read by enjoying the following titles, all of which have been banned at some point in time!

DIGITAL CATALOG SUGGESTIONS:

The Color Purple by Alice Walker (Format: eBook):

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon.

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband.

In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God. The letters, spanning twenty years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and her stepson’s wife, Sophia, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though the many letters from Celie’s sister are hidden by her husband, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all.

The Color Purple has sold more than five million copies, inspired an Academy Award–nominated film starring Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the groundbreaking novel that placed Walker “in the company of Faulkner” (The Nation), and remains a wrenching—yet intensely uplifting—experience for new generations of readers.

This ebook features a new introduction written by the author on the twenty-fifth anniversary of publication, and an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Format: eBook)

A bestselling modern classic—both poignant and funny—about a boy with autism who sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor’s dog and discovers unexpected truths about himself and the world.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende (Format: eBook):

“Spectacular…An absorbing and distinguished work…The House of the Spirits with its all-informing, generous, and humane sensibility, is a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present, and future of Latin America.” —The New York Times Book Review

The House of the Spirits, the unforgettable first novel that established Isabel Allende as one of the world’s most gifted storytellers, brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world. When their daughter Blanca embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her implacable father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban: his adored granddaughter Alba, a beautiful and strong-willed child who will lead her family and her country into a revolutionary future.

One of the most important novels of the twentieth century, The House of the Spirits is an enthralling epic that spans decades and lives, weaving the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (Format: eBook):

The bestselling coming-of-age classic, acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught in schools and universities alike, and translated around the world from the winner of the 2018 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature.

The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes-sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous-Sandra Cisneros’ masterpiece is a classic story of childhood and self-discovery. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

Native Son by Richard Wright (Format: eBook):

Soon to be an HBO Film!

“If one had to identify the single most influential shaping force in modern Black literary history, one would probably have to point to Wright and the publication of Native Son.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.

Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Richard Wright’s powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.

PRINT BOOK SUGGESTIONS:

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison:

Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.

“You can’t go wrong by reading or re-reading the collected works of Toni Morrison. Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Sula, everything else — they’re transcendent, all of them. You’ll be glad you read them.”—Barack Obama

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST

The perennially bestselling, extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, “nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers.

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling:

I imagine most people are at least superficially familiar with the Harry Potter series; however, just in case someone isn’t here is the StarCat Abstract for the first book in the series: Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The series follows Harry from the age of almost 11 to almost 18.

Also of note, there are terrific, colorful illustrated editions of the first three books in the series – which I recommend. However, if you prefer the standard editions, the text with the few classic illustrations by Mary GrandPre those are available too, and all the titles are available as eBooks and downloadable audiobooks in the Digital Catalog.

And one last note, if you’re an adult and think this series is just for kids, I urge you to give a try – I love every book in the series and I’m an AARP card holder!

And onto the titles!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread by Chuck Palahniuk

Billed as Palahniuk’s first collection, this volume features 21 stories and one novella, some never before published, As usual, the author’s tales cover a wide variety of life experiences, some we would rather not think about. Whether exploring deceitful fathers, children using their sexuality to manipulate their parents, or teens whose latest fad is electrocuting themselves into a permanent stupor, Palahniuk takes his usual strange, off-kilter viewpoint on things we all deal with in life: fitting in, the desire for success, etc. Many of the stories are written as fables with anthropomorphized animal characters which try to find success in their careers or get through their teenage years. And Tyler Durden, the character from Fight Club, makes a brief appearance in “Expedition.” Readers will find a similar tone in the Palahniuk-edited anthology Burnt Tongues. VERDICT You either love Palahniuk or hate him. For new readers, this compilation offers a small taste of the author’s style. His faithful fans will be entertained, intrigued, and at times a little disgusted, but what else would we expect from Palahniuk? Review by Brooke Bolton, North Manchester Public Library

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult:

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate — a life and a role that she has never challenged…until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister — and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

My Sister’s Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child’s life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you? Once again, in My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

References

50 Years of Intellectual Freedom, The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom celebrates its history Written by James LaRue and Eleanor Diaz | November 1, 2017. Accessed 9/23/2019, https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2017/11/01/50-years-office-intellectual-freedom/

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.

ABOUT LIBRARY APPS:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive or the RB Digital app, to check out on-demand magazines, from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at 607-936-3713 and one of our tech coaches will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers September 29, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the upcoming week.

And I don’t usually comment on the best seller list; however, this week I have to say “Way to go!” to Margaret Atwood who is approaching her 80th birthday and who has two books on the New York Times Bestsellers list!

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

FICTION:

A BETTER MAN by Louise Penny:

The 15th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. The search for a missing girl is imperiled by rising floodwaters across the province.

 

 

THE DARK SIDE Danielle Steel: 

Painful childhood memories surface for Zoe Morgan when she has a child of her own.

 

 

THE GIRL WHO LIVED TWICE by David Lagercrantz:

Mikael Blomkvist helps Lisbeth Salander put her past behind her in the latest installment of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series.

 

 

THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt:

After his mother is killed in a museum explosion, a young man grapples with the world alone while hiding a prized Dutch painting.

 

 

THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood:

Men and women in a dystopian future. The basis of the Hulu series; originally published in 1985.

 

 

THE INSTITUTE by Stephen King:

Children with special talents are abducted and sequestered in an institution where the sinister staff seeks to extract their gifts through harsh methods.

 

 

IT by Stephen King:

The fears of seven teenagers are rekindled in their adult lives by the terrifying title character. Originally published in 1986.

 

 

KILLER INSTINCT by James Patterson and Howard Roughan:

The second book in the Instinct series. When an act of terror strikes New York, Dr. Reinhart and Detective Needham go after a sociopath.

 

 

LOOK ALIVE TWENTY-FIVE by Janet Evanovich:

The 25th book in the Stephanie Plum series. When several managers of a deli in Trenton disappear, a bounty hunter and her detective boyfriend look for clues.

 

 

NICKEL BOYS by Colson Whitehead:

Two boys respond to horrors at a Jim Crow-era reform school in ways that impact them decades later.

 

 

ONE GOOD DEED by David Baldacci:

A World War II veteran on parole must find the real killer in a small town or face going back to jail.

 

 

THE ORACLE by Jonathan Cahn:

A traveler discovers mysteries hidden behind seven locked doors.

 

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QUICHOTTE by Salman Rushdie:

While contending with a midlife crisis, a writer of spy thrillers creates a Don Quixote-esque character who goes on a quest to prove himself worthy of a TV star.

 

 

ROBERT B. PARKER’S THE BITTEREST PILL by Reed Farrel:

Coleman Police chief Jesse Stone must catch the perpetrators behind the opioid epidemic in the town of Paradise.

 

 

THE SECRETS WE KEPT by Lara Prescott:

During the Cold War, members of the C.I.A.’s typing pool aid its mission to smuggle the banned book “Doctor Zhivago” behind the Iron Curtain.

 

 

THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris:

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

 

 

THIS TENDER LAND by William Kent Krueger:

Four orphans escape a Minnesota school and encounter a cross-section of different people struggling during the Great Depression.

 

 

THE TESTAMENTS by Margaret Atwood:

In a sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” old secrets bring three women together as the Republic of Gilead’s theocratic regime shows signs of decay.

 

 

TITANIC SECRET by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul:

The 11th book in the Isaac Bell series. Dirk Pitt finds a document that brings a mystery from 1911 back to life.

 

 

VENDETTA IN DEATH by J.D. Robb:

The 49th book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas looks into the misdeeds of a wealthy businessman while a vigilante named Lady Justice uses disguises to avenge women who were wronged.

 

 

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.”

 

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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

 

 

EDUCATION OF AN IDEALIST by Samantha Power:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s journey from being an immigrant to being an activist outsider to serving in President Obama’s cabinet.

 

 

HOW TO by Randall Munroe:

The former NASA roboticist dispenses complex and excessive solutions to common problems; reclassified this week as nonfiction.

 

 

HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST by Ibram X. Kendi:

A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.

 

 

ONLY PLANE IN THE SKY by Garrett M. Graff:

An oral history of the events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, based on transcripts, declassified documents and interviews.

 

 

RADICALS, RESISTANCE AND REVENGE by Jeanine Pirro:

The Fox News host posits those she labels anti-Trump conspirators have committed possible crimes and a plot to destroy liberty.

 

 

SHE SAID by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey:

Two reporters for The New York Times recount their investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s alleged abuses of power and the subsequent global disclosure of women’s traumatic stories.

 

 

SOMETHING DEEPLY HIDDEN by Sean Carroll:

The theoretical physicist puts forward the theory that there is more than one of us in the universe.

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell:

Famous examples of miscommunication serve as the backdrop to explain potential conflicts and misunderstandings.

 

 

THREE WOMEN by Lisa Taddeo:

The inequality of female desire is explored through the sex lives of a homemaker, a high school student and a restaurant owner.

 

 

WILL MY CAT EAT MY EYEBALLS? by Caitlin Doughty:

A funeral director answers 35 questions from children about death.

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening September 20, 2019

Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations of the week!

(Click on the CD/DVD or book cover to request the item)

James Burton The Early Years: 1956 – 1969 by James Burton (Format: CD):

This CD documents the career of one of the world’s greatest-ever guitarists, recognized as such by many top musicians, including Keith Richards, who gave the induction speech when James entered the Rock’n’roll Hall of Fame. Burton’s instantly recognizable finger-picking style graced many fine records by artists including Dale Hawkins, Rick Nelson and John Denver. He was the mainstay of Elvis Presley’s TCB band, backing him on record and in concert.

Song List:
1. Susie-Q – Dale Hawkins
2. Red Hot – Bob Luman
3. Shirley Lee – Bobby Lee Trammel
4. My Babe – Ricky Nelson
5. Cannonball Rag – James Burton
6. Don’t Leave Me This Way – Ricky Nelson
7. The Creep – The Shadows
8. Stop Sneakin’ Around – Ricky Nelson
9. Swamp Surfer – Jimmy Dobro
10. Make Up Your Mind Baby – Bob Luman
11. Fireball Mail – Jim & Joe
12. Blood from a Stone – Ricky Nelson
13. Real Live Fool – Lee Hazlewood
14. Daisy Mae – Jim & Joe
15. Everybody Listen to the Dobro – Jimmy Dobro
16. Guitar Player – Buddy Cagle
17. Jimmy’s Blues – Jimmy Burton
18. Poor Boy Looking for a Home – The Green River Boys Feat. Glen Campbell
19. See See Rider – The Everly Brothers
20. Love Lost – Jimmy Burton
21. A Child’s Claim to Fame – Buffalo Springfield
22. If You Want to Be My Woman – Merle Haggard
23. Moonshine – James Burton & Ralph Mooney
24. Corn Pickin’ – James Burton & Ralph Mooney
25. Someday, Someday – The Shindogs
26. Why – The Shindogs
27. Just for a While – Carol Williams
28. Tryin’ to Be Someone – David & Lee

Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) by Derek & The Dominoes (Format: CD):

Wishing to escape the superstar expectations that sank Blind Faith before it was launched, Eric Clapton retreated with several sidemen from Delaney & Bonnie to record the material that would form Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. From these meager beginnings grew his greatest album. Duane Allman joined the band shortly after recording began, and his spectacular slide guitar pushed Clapton to new heights.

Then again, Clapton may have gotten there without him, considering the emotional turmoil he was in during the recording. He was in hopeless, unrequited love with Pattie Boyd, the wife of his best friend, George Harrison, and that pain surges throughout Layla, especially on its epic title track. But what really makes Layla such a powerful record is that Clapton, ignoring the traditions that occasionally painted him into a corner, simply tears through these songs with burning, intense emotion. He makes standards like “Have You Ever Loved a Woman” and “Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down and Out)” into his own, while his collaborations with Bobby Whitlock — including “Any Day” and “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?” — teem with passion. And, considering what a personal album Layla is, it’s somewhat ironic that the lovely coda “Thorn Tree in the Garden” is a solo performance by Whitlock, and that the song sums up the entire album as well as “Layla” itself. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic Review.

Music From The Inside Out: A Film by Daniel Anker (Format: DVD):

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, MUSIC FROM THE INSIDE OUT is a cinematic exploration of the magic and mystery of music through the stories, passions, and artistry of the 105 musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra. This groundbreaking film, directed by Oscar nominee Daniel Anker, is a feast of sound – with jazz, bluegrass, salsa, classical, and world music interwoven with the musicians’ personal stories, each of which has at its core the universal struggle for self-expression.

The Sun Story by Various Artists (Format: CD – Rhino Records):

Summing up the history of one of America’s most important record labels in 20 songs is a task that borders on the impossible, and The Sun Story is hardly the final or definitive word on the subject of Sam Phillips and the nearly seismic impact his label wrought on popular music. While Sun Records is usually cited for (a) giving birth to rock & roll, (b) creating a home for rockabilly, or (c) bringing Elvis Presley into the recording studio for the first time, producer and label founder Sam Phillips had a broader vision than any of those descriptions would imply, embracing in one way or another the full range of the music of the American South — blues, R&B, hard country, gospel, and even a dash of pop. Rhino Records’ original two-LP vinyl edition of The Sun Story offered a solid introduction to the superb and eclectic roster of talent that recorded for Phillips’ little label; sadly, the current single-CD version shortchanges Phillips’ vitally important R&B recordings (Jackie Brenston, Roscoe Gordon, and the Prisonaires) in favor of the better-known rock & roll performers who followed them. But as a convenient and affordable collection of Sun’s best-known hits and better-known also-rans, The Sun Story more than fills the bill, packed to the brim with great, groundbreaking music from Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Billy Lee Riley, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, and many others. As is the norm with a collection from Rhino, the remastered audio is superb (something that hasn’t always been the case with earlier Sun reissues), and the liner notes are informative, intelligent, and entertaining. The Sun Story is hardly the complete Sun story, but it’s not bad as a starter, and if you’re looking for a disc with some of the greatest and most satisfying American rock & roll ever committed to tape, this is just what you need. Mark Deming, AllMusic

View From The Vault by The Grateful Dead (Format: DVD):

Three Rivers Stadium Pittsburgh, PA July 8, 1990

The Grateful Dead – A View from the Vault is over 2-1/2 hours of live concert footage from the historic concert at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA in July of 1990. Jerry, Mickey, Bill, Phil, Brent and Bob thrill a packed stadium with the classic performance style that is uniquely their own. This contains both day and night footage, including the first ever video released version of the huge hit “A Touch of Grey”. This DVD version contains over an extra hour of additional footage shot from Cardinal’s Stadium during the same tour.

Videos of the Week:

The great documentarian Ken Burns has a new series showing on PBS titled County Music, and naturally, it focuses on the history of country music. The first episode is called The Rub and focuses on the way country music emerged and became popular through the then new medium of radio. The episode also chronicles the career of Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family.

Right now you can watch the first episode for free via the following link:

https://www.pbs.org/video/ken-burns-country-music-episode-1-the-rub/

Other Videos of the Week:

James Burton Guitar Solos

The Nelson Brothers with James Burton

Ricky Nelson & James Burton Play Guitar

Bell Bottom Blues by Derek & The Dominoes

It’s Too Late/Matchbox live by Derek and the Dominoes from The Johnny Cash Show w/ C.Perkins 1/6/71

Layla by Derek & The Dominoes

Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out by Derek & The Dominoes

Music From The Inside Out – Trailer

Matchbox by Carl Perkins, Eric Clapton & Johnny Cash

Straight A’s In Love by Johnny Cash

Honey Don’t by Carl Perkins from The David Letterman Show

There’s Good Rockin’ Tonight by Elvis

Wouldn’t You Know by’ Billy Riley & His Little Green Men

Estimated Prophet by The Greatful Dead (Pittsburgh, PA 7/8/90)

Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue #29 by Booker T Jones & Friends From A Stax Revue – 10-24-2017

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/

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.

ABOUT LIBRARY APPS: OverDrive & RBDigital:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive and/or the RBDigital app, to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and on-demand magazines, from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at 607-936-3713 and one of our tech coaches will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading September 16, 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 CATALOG SUGGESTIONS:

Akin written by Emma Donoghue and read by Jason Culp (Format: Downloadable Audiobooks):

A retired New York professor’s life is thrown into chaos when he takes a young great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother’s wartime secrets

Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower now living on the Upper West Side but born in the south of France. He is days away from his first visit back to Nice since he was a child, bringing with him a handful of puzzling photos he has discovered from his mother’s wartime years. But he receives a call from social services: Noah is the closest available relative of an eleven-year-old great-nephew he’s never met, who urgently needs someone to look after him. Out of a feeling of obligation, Noah agrees to take Michael along on his trip.

Much has changed in this famously charming seaside mecca, still haunted by memories of the Nazi occupation. The unlikely duo, suffering from jet lag and culture shock, bicker about everything from steak-frites to screen time. But Noah gradually comes to appreciate the boy’s truculent wit, and Michael’s ease with tech and sharp eye help Noah unearth troubling details about their family’s past. Both come to grasp the risks people in all eras have run for their loved ones, and find they are more akin than they knew.

Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room an international bestseller, Akin is a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a boy, born two generations apart, who unpick their painful story and start to write a new one together.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo: A Novel written by Christy Lefteri & read by Art Malik (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

This unforgettable novel puts human faces on the Syrian war with the immigrant story of a beekeeper, his wife, and the triumph of spirit when the world becomes unrecognizable.

“Courageous and provocative, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a beautifully crafted novel of international significance that has the capacity to have us open our eyes and see.”—Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Nuri is a beekeeper and Afra, his wife, is an artist. Mornings, Nuri rises early to hear the call to prayer before driving to his hives in the countryside. On weekends, Afra sells her colorful landscape paintings at the open-air market. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the hills of the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo—until the unthinkable happens. When all they love is destroyed by war, Nuri knows they have no choice except to leave their home. But escaping Syria will be no easy task: Afra has lost her sight, leaving Nuri to navigate her grief as well as a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece toward an uncertain future in Britain.

Nuri is sustained only by the knowledge that waiting for them is his cousin Mustafa, who has started an apiary in Yorkshire and is teaching fellow refugees the art of beekeeping. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss but dangers that would overwhelm even the bravest souls. Above all, they must make the difficult journey back to each other, a path once so familiar yet rendered foreign by the heartache of displacement.

Moving, intimate, and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a book for our times: a novel that at once reminds us that the most peaceful and ordinary lives can be utterly upended in unimaginable ways and brings a journey in faraway lands close to home, never to be forgotten.

Advance praise for The Beekeeper of Aleppo

“This book dips below the deafening headlines, and tells a true story with subtlety and power.”—Esther Freud, author of Mr. Mac and Me

“This compelling tale had me gripped with its compassion, its sensual style, and its onward and lively urge for resolution.”—Daljit Nagra, author of British Museum

“This novel speaks to so much that is happening in the world today. It’s intelligent, thoughtful, and relevant, but very importantly it is accessible. I’m recommending this book to everyone I care about.”—Benjamin Zephaniah, author of Refugee Boy

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel written by Olga Tokarczuk & read by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

FINALIST FOR THE 2019 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE

“A brilliant literary murder mystery.” -Chicago Tribune

“Extraordinary. Tokarczuk’s novel is funny, vivid, dangerous, and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior. My sincere admiration for her brilliant work.” -Annie Proulx

In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind . . .

A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?

Fated by written by Benedict Jacka and read by Gildart Jackson (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex’s own powers aren’t as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever’s inside must be beyond powerful. And thanks to his abilities, Alex can predict that by taking the job, his odds of survival are about to go from slim to none . . .

If you like Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, check out Fated!

Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver written & read by Jill Heinerth (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

From one of the world’s most renowned cave divers, a firsthand account of exploring the earth’s final frontier: the hidden depths of our oceans and the sunken caves inside our planet

More people have died exploring underwater caves than climbing Mount Everest, and we know more about deep space than we do about the depths of our oceans. From one of the top cave divers working today—and one of the very few women in her field—Into the Planet blends science, adventure, and memoir to bring readers face-to-face with the terror and beauty of earth’s remaining unknowns and the extremes of human capability.

Jill Heinerth—the first person in history to dive deep into an Antarctic iceberg and leader of a team that discovered the ancient watery remains of Mayan civilizations—has descended farther into the inner depths of our planet than any other woman. She takes us into the harrowing split-second decisions that determine whether a diver makes it back to safety, the prejudices that prevent women from pursuing careers underwater, and her endeavor to recover a fallen friend’s body from the confines of a cave. But there’s beauty beyond the danger of diving, and while Heinerth swims beneath our feet in the lifeblood of our planet, she works with biologists discovering new species, physicists tracking climate change, and hydrogeologists examining our finite freshwater reserves.

Written with hair-raising intensity, Into the Planet, is the first book to deliver an intimate account of cave diving, transporting readers deep into inner space, where fear must be reconciled and a mission’s success balances between knowing one’s limits and pushing the envelope of human endurance.

PRINT BOOK SUGGESTIONS:

Darkness to Light: A Memoir by Lamar Odom:

Fame. Sex. Pain. Drugs. Death. Booze. Money. Addiction. Redemption. Dizzying heights. Rock-bottom depths. Desperation and elation–sometimes in the same hour. Not to mention power . . . and the struggle for it. The world knows Lamar Odom as a two-time NBA world champion who rocketed to uncharted heights of fame thanks to being a member of both the storied Los Angeles Lakers and the ubiquitous Kardashian empire. In Darkness to Light, Lamar gives readers an intimate look into his life like never before. His exclusive and revealing memoir recounts the highs and lows of fame and his struggle with his demons along the way to self-discovery and redemption. From the pain of his unraveled marriage to Khloé Kardashian to the harmful vices he used to cope–and the near-death experience that made him rethink everything about his life–this is Lamar as you have never before seen him. Lamar brings basketball fans directly into the action of a game during the Lakers championship years. He shares his personal account of the lifelong passion that started as one shining light in a childhood marked by loss and led to his international fame as one of the most extraordinary athletes of all time. In this profoundly honest book, Lamar invites you to walk with him through the good times and bad, while looking ahead to a brighter future.

Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson:

The new novel in Craig Johnson’s beloved New York Times bestselling Longmire series. Attempting to recover from his harrowing experiences in Mexico, in Land of Wolves Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire is neck deep in the investigation of what could or could not be the suicidal hanging of a shepherd. With unsettling connections to a Basque family with a reputation for removing the legs of Absaroka County sheriffs, matters become even more complicated with the appearance of an oversize wolf in the Big Horn Mountains to which Walt finds himself feeling more and more empathetic.

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Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldherr:

When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead of a heart attack in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a historian turned post-mortem photographer, is charged with a simple task: transport Hugh’s remains for burial in a chapel. This chapel, a stained glass folly set on the moors of Shropshire, was built by de Bonne sixteen years earlier to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. Since then, the chapel has been locked and abandoned, a pilgrimage site for the rabid fans of de Bonne’s last book, The Lost History of Dreams. However, Ada’s grief-stricken niece refuses to open the glass chapel for Robert unless he agrees to her bargain: before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record Isabelle’s story of Ada and Hugh’s ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights. As the mystery of Ada and Hugh’s relationship unfolds, so does the secret behind Robert’s own marriage–including that of his fragile wife, Sida, who has not been the same since the tragic accident three years ago, and the origins of his own morbid profession that has him seeing things he shouldn’t–things from beyond the grave.

A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier:

1932. After the Great War took both her beloved brother and her fiancé, Violet Speedwell has become a “surplus woman,” one of a generation doomed to a life of spinsterhood after the war killed so many young men. Yet Violet cannot reconcile herself to a life spent caring for her grieving, embittered mother. After countless meals of boiled eggs and dry toast, she saves enough to move out of her mother’s place and into the town of Winchester, home to one of England’s grandest cathedrals. There, Violet is drawn into a society of broderers–women who embroider kneelers for the Cathedral, carrying on a centuries-long tradition of bringing comfort to worshippers. Violet finds support and community in the group, fulfillment in the work they create, and even a growing friendship with the vivacious Gilda. But when forces threaten her new independence and another war appears on the horizon, Violet must fight to put down roots in a place where women aren’t expected to grow.

Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich:

A genre-bending epic horror-fantasy, inspired by the legend of Faust, that spans generations as an ancient evil is uncovered—perfect for fans of Kendare Blake and Ransom Riggs.

Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil’s Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations…

Sixteen-year-old photography enthusiast Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember—so she and her best friend, Poulton, run away from home to explore them. But are they really alone in the house? And who will know if something goes wrong?

In 1851, seventeen-year-old Roan arrives at the Mill House as a ward—one of three, all with something to hide from their new guardian. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever.

1583. Hermione, a new young bride, accompanies her husband to the wilds of North Wales where he plans to build the largest water mill and mansion in the area. But rumors of unholy rituals lead to a tragic occurrence and she will need all her strength to defeat it.

Three women, centuries apart, drawn together by one Unholy Pact. A pact made by a man who, more than a thousand years later, may still be watching…

This haunting and captivating mystery redefines the horror and fantasy space.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

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