Suggested Reading November 4, 2019

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

Just a reminder, tomorrow is Election Day 2019 and if you’re not sure where to go to vote here is a link to the Steuben County, New York Polling Place page found on the official Steuben County website.

https://www.steubencony.org/Elect-Polling-Places/Poll_lookup.aspx

And if you don’t live in Steuben County, New York and have questions about where to go to vote, call you’re local public library and they’ll assist you!

And on with the suggested reading titles of the week!

DIGITAL CATALOG SUGGESTIONS:

The Boys on the Bus by Timothy Crouse (Format: eBook):

The Boys On The Bus tells the colorful story of the experiences of reporters who covered the 1972 presidential election between incumbent President Nixon and George McGovern.

The Hopefuls: A Novel by Jennifer Close (Format: eBook):

The Hopefuls relays the story of a young wife, Beth, who moves to Washington with her politically ambitious husband, Matt. The plot chronicles their lives in D.C. and mixes in humor, idealism, jealousy and more as they encounter and get to know prominent White House staffer Jimmy and his wife Ashleigh, after which drama ensues.

Sharpe’s Tiger, Sharpe’s Series, Book 1 by Bernard Cornwell (Format: eBook):

Sharpe’s Tiger is the first book, chronology-wise, in the long running, swashbuckling Sharpe series, which opens at the end of the 18th Century and chronicles the life of Richard Sharpe. With sheer determination, Sharpe pulled himself up from very humble beginnings to rise through the ranks of the 95th Rifles; but that is getting ahead of the story a bit! Sharpe’s Tiger introduces Private Sharpe and relays his adventures during the Seige of Seringapatam a battle that was fought in what is today southeast India during April and May of 1799.

Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For by Susan Rice (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Diplomat and foreign policy expert Susan E. Rice served as Assistant Secretary of State during the Clinton Administration and National Security Advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama Administration. In her memoir Tough Love she conveys her experiences before, during and after her tenure in government; offering a straightforward view of events that occurred during her thirty years in government.

PRINT BOOK SUGGESTIONS:

Generation Citizen: The Power of Youth in Our Politics by Scott Warren:

Generation Citizen tells the story of the Generation Citizen organization which was founded in 2009 to educate American youth regarding the importance of civic engagement and civic responsibility. The organization was co-founded by then Brown senior Scott Warren, who is now the C.E.O. of Generation Citizen, and it has since become one of the preeminent civics education organizations in the country.

The book also offers information on the author’s life, features interviews with young Americans who have become civically engaged and it illustrates the importance of youth in promoting political change.

Lethal Agent: A Novel by Kyle Mills:

In a novel that relays a story that could have come from today’s headlines, Lethal Agent tells the tale of a virulent presidential election that has the U.S. transfixed, while out of the blue ISIS kidnaps a French scientist and forces him to create deadly biochemical which they intend to use as bioweapons after smuggling the toxin into the United States from Mexico.

But is it really the bioweapon created by the French scientist that is the danger or, does ISIS have something else up its sleeve? U.S. Commando extraordinaire Mitch Rapp is on the job and is determined to find out and stop ISIS in its tracks.

The Perfect Plan: A Novel by Bryan Readon:

Unstable Liam Brennan cracks and kidnaps a woman working for his charismatic older brother Drew. And the seemingly perfect Drew just happens to be a-new-to-the-political-scene break out gubernatorial candidate. As the authorities chase Liam it becomes apparent that there is more to the Brennan Brothers than what meets the eye…

It is indeed a mystery to be solved!

Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting by Joshua A. Douglas:

In twelve short chapters, author Douglas offers information and stories that are upbeat, illuminating and that focus on the ways we can work to strengthen American Democracy. The book is written in an easily accessible style and features chapters titled What Do Taco Trucks Have To Do With Voter Registration?, How Voting Can Be As Easy As Food Shopping, The Former Miss Wisconsin May Save Your Vote, The Secret Sauce Of Our Democracy and How To Combat Fake News.

About The Author: Joshua A. Douglas is a professor of law at the University of Kentucky.

We Are Still Here: Pain And Politics In The Heartland Of America by Jennifer Silva:

We’re Still Here tells the story of more than 100 families, all residents of an anonymous Pennsylvania town, a town that grew and prospered, over generations, as the coal industry did the same; and as the coal industry has declined so too has the town. This story offers a tale that is familiar in many parts of the U.S. today, as towns that thrived during the heyday of the American manufacturing era have declined in the last several decades.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

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If you have questions call the library at 607-936-3713 and one of our tech coaches will be happy to assist you.

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Suggested Reading October 28, 2019

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

DIGITAL CATALOG SUGGESTIONS:

Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler (Format: eBook):

“Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered that she had turned into the wrong person.” So Anne Tyler opens this irresistible new novel.

The woman is Rebecca Davitch, a fifty-three-year-old grandmother. Is she an impostor in her own life? she asks herself. Is it indeed her own life? Or is it someone else’s?

On the surface, Beck, as she is known to the Davitch clan, is outgoing, joyous, a natural celebrator. Giving parties is, after all, her vocation—something she slipped into even before finishing college, when Joe Davitch spotted her at an engagement party in his family’s crumbling nineteenth-century Baltimore row house, where giving parties was the family business. What caught his fancy was that she seemed to be having such a wonderful time. Soon this large-spirited older man, a divorcé with three little girls, swept her into his orbit, and before she knew it she was embracing his extended family plus a child of their own, and hosting endless parties in the ornate, high-ceilinged rooms of The Open Arms.

Now, some thirty years later, after presiding over a disastrous family picnic, Rebecca is caught un-awares by the question of who she really is. How she answers it—how she tries to recover her girlhood self, that dignified grownup she had once been—is the story told in this beguiling, funny, and deeply moving novel.

As always with Anne Tyler’s novels, once we enter her world it is hard to leave. But in Back When We Were Grownups she so sharpens our perceptions and awakens so many untapped feelings that we come away not only refreshed and delighted, but also infinitely wiser.” From the Publisher

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety written and read by Jimmy Carter (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

In his major New York Times bestseller, Jimmy Carter looks back from ninety years of age and “reveals private thoughts and recollections over a fascinating career as businessman, politician, evangelist, and humanitarian” (Booklist).

At ninety, Jimmy Carter reflects on his public and private life with a frankness that is disarming. He adds detail and emotion about his youth in rural Georgia that he described in his magnificent An Hour Before Daylight. He writes about racism and the isolation of the Carters. He describes the brutality of the hazing regimen at Annapolis, and how he nearly lost his life twice serving on submarines and his amazing interview with Admiral Rickover. He describes the profound influence his mother had on him, and how he admired his father even though he didn’t emulate him. He admits that he decided to quit the Navy and later enter politics without consulting his wife, Rosalynn, and how appalled he is in retrospect.

In his “warm and detailed memoir” (Los Angeles Times), Carter tells what he is proud of and what he might do differently. He discusses his regret at losing his re-election, but how he and Rosalynn pushed on and made a new life and second and third rewarding careers. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders, and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world.

“Always warm and human…even inspirational” (Buffalo News), A Full Life is a wise and moving look back from this remarkable man. Jimmy Carter has lived one of our great American lives—from rural obscurity to world fame, universal respect, and contentment. A Full Life is an extraordinary read from a “force to be reckoned with” (Christian Science Monitor).

Here If You Need Me: A Memoir written and read by Kate Braestrup (Format: eBook):

When the oldest of Kate Braestrup’s four children was ten years old, her husband, a Maine state trooper, was killed in a car accident. Stunned and grieving, she decided to pursue her husband’s dream of becoming a Unitarian minister, and eventually began working with the Maine Game Warden Service, which conducts the state’s search and rescue operations when people go missing in the wilderness.

Whether she is with parents whose 6-year-old daughter has wandered into the woods, or wardens as they search for a snowmobile rider gone under ice, or a man whose sister left an infant seat and a suicide note in her car by the side of the road, Braestrup provides solace, comfort, and spiritual guidance when it’s needed most. And she comes to discover that giving comfort is both a high calling and a precious gift.

In her account of her own life and the events of her unusual job, sometimes joyful, sometimes heartbreaking, Braestrup is warm, unsentimental (“No one is immune to the Plucky Widow story!” she acknowledges), and generous. HERE IF YOU NEED ME is a funny, frank, and deeply moving story of faith and hope.

Night Shift: Night Tales by Nora Roberts (Format: eBook):

When Detective Boyd Fletcher is assigned to protect radio DJ Cilla O’Roarke, he is surprised by the intense attraction he feels for his charge. Cilla keeps her vulnerability hidden behind an impenetrable wall, but when the threatening phone calls she’s receiving force her to rely on Boyd, she finds herself letting him into her heart.
Night Tales Series, Book 1

One Night Stands and Lost Weekends by Lawrence Block (Format: eBook):

In the era before he created moody private investigator Matthew Scudder, burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, sleepless spy Evan Tanner, and the amiable hit man Keller—and years before his first Edgar Award—a young writer named Lawrence Block submitted a story titled “You Can’t Lose” to Manhunt magazine. It was published, and the rest is history.

One Night Stands and Lost Weekends is a sterling collection of short crime fiction and suspense novelettes penned between 1958 and 1962 by a budding young master and soon-to-be Grand Master—an essential slice of genre history, and more fun than a high-speed police chase following a bank job gone bad.

PRINT BOOK SUGGESTIONS:

The Angels’ Share, A Wine Country Mystery by Ellen Crosby:

Abstract: “Ellen Crosby pours up another corking mystery with The Angels’ Share, an intriguing blend of secret societies, Prohibition bootleg wine, and potentially scandalous documents hidden by the Founding Fathers, all of which yield a vintage murder. When Lucie Montgomery attends a Thanksgiving weekend party for friends and neighbors at Hawthorne Castle, an honest-to-goodness castle owned by the Avery family, the last great newspaper dynasty in America and owner of the Washington Tribune, she doesn’t expect the festive occasion to end in death. During the party, Prescott Avery, the 95-year old family patriarch, invites Lucie to his fabulous wine cellar where he offers to pay any price for a cache of 200-year-old Madeira that her great-great-uncle, a Prohibition bootlegger, discovered hidden in the US Capitol in the 1920s. Lucie knows nothing about the valuable wine, believing her late father, a notorious gambler and spendthrift, probably sold or drank it. By the end of the party Lucie and her fiancé, winemaker Quinn Santori, discover Prescott’s body lying in his wine cellar. Is one of the guests a murderer? As Lucie searches for the lost Madeira, which she believes links Prescott’s death to a cryptic letter her father owned, she learns about Prescott’s affiliation with the Freemasons. More investigating hints at a mysterious vault supposedly containing documents hidden by the Founding Fathers and a possible tie to William Shakespeare. If Lucie finds the long-lost documents, the explosive revelations could change history. But will she uncover a three hundred-year-old secret before a determined killer finds her?”– Provided by publisher.

Evolutionary Herbalism: Science, Medicine, And Spirituality From The Heart Of Nature by Sajah Popham:

Abstract: “Evolutionary herbalism presents a wide-angled and innovative approach to herbalism that truly considers the plant in a holistic context. Sajah Popham’s work encompasses indigenous wisdom, Ayurveda, alchemy, Chinese medicine, astrology, and clinical herbalism. This book gathers Popham’s teachings–both practical and philosophic in nature–to guide readers to a more nuanced, intimate, synergistic, and intuitive relationship with the plant kingdom and the healing medicine that is found there”– Provided by publisher.

The Siberian Dilemma by Martin Cruz Smith:

Journalist Tatiana Petrovna is on the move. Arkady Renko, iconic Moscow investigator and Tatiana’s part-time lover, hasn’t seen her since she left on assignment over a month ago. When she doesn’t arrive on her scheduled train, he’s positive something is wrong. No one else thinks Renko should be worried—Tatiana is known to disappear during deep assignments—but he knows her enemies all too well and the criminal lengths they’ll go to keep her quiet.

Renko embarks on a dangerous journey to find Tatiana and bring her back. From the banks of Lake Baikal to rundown Chita, Renko slowly learns that Tatiana has been profiling the rise of political dissident Mikhail Kuznetsov, a golden boy of modern oil wealth and the first to pose a true threat to Putin’s rule in over a decade. Though Kuznetsov seems like the perfect candidate to take on the corruption in Russian politics, his reputation becomes clouded when Boris Benz, his business partner and best friend, turns up dead. In a land of shamans and brutally cold nights, oligarchs wealthy on northern oil, and sea monsters that are said to prowl the deepest lake in the world, Renko needs all his wits about him to get Tatiana out alive. – From the Publisher

What You Do Is Who You Are by Ben Horowitz:

Ben Horowitz has long been fascinated by history, and particularly by how people behave differently than you’d expect. The time and circumstances in which they were raised often shapes them—yet a few leaders have managed to shape their times. In What You Do Is Who You Are, he turns his attention to a question crucial to every organization: how do you create and sustain the culture you want?

To Horowitz, culture is how a company makes decisions. It is the set of assumptions employees use to resolve everyday problems: should I stay at the Red Roof Inn, or the Four Seasons? Should we discuss the color of this product for five minutes or thirty hours? If culture is not purposeful, it will be an accident or a mistake.

What You Do Is Who You Are explains how to make your culture purposeful by spotlighting four models of leadership and culture-building—the leader of the only successful slave revolt, Haiti’s Toussaint Louverture; the Samurai, who ruled Japan for seven hundred years and shaped modern Japanese culture; Genghis Khan, who built the world’s largest empire; and Shaka Senghor, a man convicted of murder who ran the most formidable prison gang in the yard and ultimately transformed prison culture.

Horowitz connects these leadership examples to modern case-studies, including how Louverture’s cultural techniques were applied (or should have been) by Reed Hastings at Netflix, Travis Kalanick at Uber, and Hillary Clinton, and how Genghis Khan’s vision of cultural inclusiveness has parallels in the work of Don Thompson, the first African-American CEO of McDonalds, and of Maggie Wilderotter, the CEO who led Frontier Communications. Horowitz then offers guidance to help any company understand its own strategy and build a successful culture.

What You Do Is Who You Are is a journey through culture, from ancient to modern. Along the way, it answers a question fundamental to any organization: who are we? How do people talk about us when we’re not around? How do we treat our customers? Are we there for people in a pinch? Can we be trusted? Publisher overview

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan:

Abstract: “They say friends make life worth living… Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, Masha’s life was forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds comfort in her faithful canine companion Haizum, and peace in the quiet lanes of her town’s swimming pool. Almost without her realizing it, her life has shuddered to a halt. It’s only when Masha begins an unlikely friendship with the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice and a penchant for saying just what she means, that a new world of possibilities opens up: new friendships, new opportunities, and even a chance for new love. For the first time in years, Masha has the chance to start living again. But just as Masha dares to imagine the future, her past comes roaring back… Like her beloved debut, The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan’s second novel introduces a cast of wonderful characters, both ordinary and charmingly eccentric, who lead us through a moving exploration of the simple human connections that unite us all.”–provided by Amazon.com

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

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If you have questions call the library at 607-936-3713 and one of our tech coaches will be happy to assist you.

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New York Times Bestsellers November 3, 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 book(s) of your choice.

FICTION:

19TH CHRISTMAS by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro:

In the 19th installment of the Women’s Murder Club series, detective Lindsay Boxer and company take on a fearsome criminal known only as “Loman.”

 

 

BLOODY GENIUS by John Sandford:

The 12th book in the Virgil Flowers series. A fight between university departments turns deadly.

 

 

CHILD’S PLAY by Danielle Steel

A prestigious New York lawyer learns that the life she constructed for her children and herself isn’t exactly what she thought it was.

 

 

CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather Morris:

A 16-year-old, who sleeps with a concentration camp commandant in order to survive, is sentenced to a Siberian prison camp where she cares for the ill.

 

 

DOCTOR SLEEP by Stephen King:

Now grown up, Dan, the boy with psycho-intuitive powers in “The Shining,” helps another child with a spectacular gift.

 

 

THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett:

A sibling relationship is impacted when the family goes from poverty to wealth and back again over the course of many decades.

 

 

THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes:

In Depression-era America, five women refuse to be cowed by men or convention as they deliver books throughout the mountains of Kentucky.

 

 

THE GUARDIANS by John Grisham:

Cullen Post, a lawyer and Episcopal minister, antagonizes some ruthless killers when he takes on a wrongful conviction case.

 

 

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.

 

 

NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo:

After mysteriously surviving a multiple homicide, Galaxy Stern comes face to face with dark magic, murder and more at Yale University.

 

 

OLIVE, AGAIN by Elizabeth Strout:

In a follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Olive Kitteridge,” new relationships, including a second marriage, are encountered in a seaside town in Maine.

 

 

STEALTH by Stuart Woods:

The 51st book in the Stone Barrington series. A respite in England is disrupted when a rival’s deadly plan leads to something bigger.

 

 

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.

 

 

VINCE FLYNN: LETHAL AGENT by Kyle Mills:

Mexican cartels, ISIS and a possible pandemic bring Mitch Rapp back into action.

 

 

WATER DANCER by Ta-Nehisi Coates:

A young man who was gifted with a mysterious power becomes part of a war between slavers and the enslaved.

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IN PARADISE by Elin Hilderbrand:

In the sequel to “Winter in Paradise,” Irene Steele visits the island of St. John to get to the bottom of the mysterious life and death of her husband.

 

 

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:

 

BLOWOUT by Rachel Maddow:

The MSNBC host argues that the global oil and gas industry has weakened democracies and bolstered authoritarians.

 

 

THE BODY by Bill Bryson:

An owner’s manual of the human body covering various parts, functions and what happens when things go wrong.

 

 

BOOK OF GUTSY WOMEN by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton:

Profiles of women from around the world who have blazed trails and challenged the status quo.

 

 

CALL SIGN CHAOS by Jim Mattis and Bing West:

The former Marine infantry officer and secretary of defense recounts key moments from his career and imparts his leadership philosophy.

 


CATCH AND KILL by Ronan Farrow:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter details some surveillance and intimidation tactics used to pressure journalists and elude consequences by certain wealthy and connected men.

 

DEAR GIRLS by Ali Wong:

The comedian dispenses her brand of wisdom through letters to her children.

 

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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

 

 

HOME WORK by Julie Andrews with Emma Walton Hamilton:

The musical theater icon’s second installment of her memoir describes her arrival in Hollywood, becoming a m

other and her relationship with Blake Edwards.

 

 

INSIDE OUT by Demi Moore:

The Hollywood star chronicles the rocky relationships, body image issues and public perceptions that affected her attempts to balance family and fame.

 

 

LETTERS FROM AN ASTROPHYSICIST by Neil deGrasse Tyson:

In a hand-picked collection of 101 letters, the celebrity astrophysicist answers a vast array of questions from science to faith and Pluto.

 

 

LIFE UNDERCOVER by Amaryllis Fox:

When her writing mentor Daniel Pearl is captured and beheaded, an Oxford student’s life changes course and she becomes a member of a clandestine ops unit of the C.I.A.

 

 

ME by Elton John:

The multi-award-winning solo artist’s first autobiography chronicles his career, relationships and private struggles.

 

 

ON TYRANNY by Timothy Snyder:

Twenty lessons from the 20th century about the course of tyranny.

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell:

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

 

 

UNITED STATES OF TRUMP by Bill O’Reilly:

The conservative commentator weaves interviews and personal history to portray the power and influence of the 45th president.

 

 

WITCH HUNT by Gregg Jarrett:

The Fox News commentator offers his analysis of the Mueller Report.

 

 

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening October 25, 2019

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

#1 Hits Of The 1940’s (2001) by Various Artists (Format: CD):

This collection features ten number 1 hits from the 1940s.

Songs/Artists
1. Darn That Dream – Benny Goodman & his Orchestra feat. Mildred Bailey
2. I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire – Horace Heidt & His Musical Knights
3. Who Wouldn’t Love You – Kay Kyser
4. Sleepy Lagoon – Harry James & His Orchestra
5. Pistol Packin’ Mama – Al Dexter & His Troopers
6. Rumors Are Flying – Frankie Carle & his Orchestra
7. Anniversary Song – Dinah Shore
8. Open The Door, Richard! – The Three Flames
9. Love Somebody – Doris Day
10. I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm – Les Brown & His Band Of Renown

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963) by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan’s classic second album originally released in 1963 features only nine songs but each one of them is a gem!

Song List:
1. Blowin’ in the Wind
2. Girl from the North Country
3. Masters of War
4. Down the Highway
5. Bob Dylan’s Blues
6. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
7. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
8. Bob Dylan’s Dream
9. Oxford Town

Now That’s What I Call Halloween by Various Artists

A timely collection of 18 spooky tunes just in time for Halloween!
Songs/Artists:
1. Halloween Theme by John Carpenter
2. Dragula by Rob Zombie
3. Carmina Burana/O Fortuna by The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
4. Tubular Bells (Theme from ‘The Exorcist’) by Mike Oldfield
5. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
6. Devil Inside by INXS
7. Bad Things by Jace Everett
8. Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon
9. Ghost Town by The Citizens of Halloween
10. Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo
11. Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett
12. This Is Halloween by The Citizens of Halloween
13. Season of the Witch by Donovan
14. I Put a Spell On You by Nina Simone
15. Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title by Danny Elfman
16. Ghostbusters by Run-D.M.C.
17. A Nightmare On My Street by A Nightmare On My Street
18. Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell

Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake (1968) by The Small Faces

A great classic cheerful rock album by the Small Faces that at the time this LP was released, in 1968, features Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenny Jones & Ian McLagan.

Song List:
1. Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake
2. Afterglow
3. Long Agos and Worlds Apart
4. Rene
5. Song of a Baker
6. Lazy Sunday
7. Happiness Stan
8. Rollin’ Over
9. The Hungry Intruder

The Unforgettable Fire (1984) by U2:

One of U2’s bests, this LP was original released in 1984 and features their terrific tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. – Pride (In The Name of Love).
Song List:
1. A Sort of Homecoming
2. Pride (In the Name of Love)
3. Wire
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Promenade
6. 4th of July
7. Bad
8. Indian Summer Sky
9. Elvis Presley & America

Videos of the Week:

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm by  Les Brown & His Band Of Renown

Pistol Packin’ Mama by Al Dexter & His Troopers

Down The Highway by Bob Dylan

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan

Monster Mash by Bobby Boris Pickett & His Crypt Kickers

Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield

Long Agos and Worlds Apart by The Small Faces

Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake by The Small Faces

Pride (In The Name of Love) by U2

The Unforgettable Sky by U2

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/

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Suggested Reading October 21, 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:

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (Format: eBook):

A New York Times Bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton!
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the

Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.

In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.”

Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow’s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today’s America is the result of Hamilton’s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. “To repudiate his legacy,” Chernow writes, “is, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world.” Chernow here recounts Hamilton’s turbulent life: an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he came out of nowhere to take America by storm, rising to become George Washington’s aide-de-camp in the Continental Army, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the Bank of New York, leading the Federalist Party, and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States.Historians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power. His is a Hamilton far more human than we’ve encountered before—from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations, from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Monroe, and Burr, and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza. And never before has there been a more vivid account of

Hamilton’s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.

Chernow’s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America’s birth seen through its most central figure. At a critical time to look back to our roots, Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.

“Nobody has captured Hamilton better than Chernow” —The New York Times Book Review
Ron Chernow’s other biographies include: Grant, Washington, and Titan.

Beartown written by Fredrik Backman and read by Marin Ireland (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: LibraryReads • BookBrowse • Goodreads

“You’ll love this engrossing novel.” —People

The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.

The Birthday of the World and Other Stories by Ursula K. Le Guin (Format: eBook):

For more than four decades, Ursula K. Le Guin has enthralled readers with her imagination, clarity, and moral vision. The recipient of numerous literary prizes, including the National Book Award, the Kafka Award, and five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, this renowned writer has, in each story and novel, created a provocative, ever-evolving universe filled with diverse worlds and rich characters reminiscent of our earthly selves. Now, in The Birthday of the World, this gifted artist returns to these worlds in eight brilliant short works, including a never-before-published novella, each of which probes the essence of humanity.

Here are stories that explore complex social interactions and troublesome issues of gender and sex; that define and defy notions of personal relationships and of society itself; that examine loyalty, survival, and introversion; that bring to light the vicissitudes of slavery and the meaning of transformation, religion, and history.

The first six tales in this spectacular volume are set in the author’s signature world of the Ekumen, “my pseudo-coherent universe with holes in the elbows,” as Le Guin describes it — a world made familiar in her award-winning novel The Left Hand of Darkness. The seventh, title story was hailed by Publishers Weekly as “remarkable . . . a standout.” The final offering in the collection, Paradises Lost, is a mesmerizing novella of space exploration and the pursuit of happiness.

In her foreword, Ursula K. Le Guin writes, “to create difference-to establish strangeness-then to let the fiery arc of human emotion leap and close the gap: this acrobatics of the imagination fascinates and satisfies me as no other.” In The Birthday of the World, this gifted literary acrobat exhibits a dazzling array of skills that will fascinate and satisfy us all.

The Diva Haunts the House by Krista Davis (Format: eBook):

In the fifth mystery in the New York Times bestselling Domestic Diva series, Sophie Winston is getting into the Halloween spirit, but someone else is intent on mischief…

Sophie’s decorations for a community haunted house are so good, it’s scary. Not to be outdone, rival domestic diva Natasha is throwing a spooktacular Halloween party at her house. But when Sophie arrives, she discovers one of Natasha’s guests dead in a hair-raising Halloween display, and a pale, fanged partygoer fleeing the scene.

The cause of death is not immediately apparent, but the victim does have two puncture wounds on his neck. While Sophie’s boyfriend, homicide detective Wolf, investigates, rumors start flying faster than witches on broomsticks. Could the killer be a real vampire—the same one rumored to have lived in Sophie’s haunted house back when it was a boardinghouse? Good thing a domestic diva never runs out of garlic…

Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!

One For The Money written by Janet Evanovich and read by Lori Petty (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Discover where it all began—#1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich’s first “snappily written, fast-paced, and witty” (USA TODAY) novel in the beloved Stephanie Plum series featuring a feisty and funny heroine who “comes roaring in like a blast of very fresh air” (The Washington Post).

Meet Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie’s opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey.

She’s a product of the “burg,” a blue-collar pocket of Trenton where houses are attached and narrow, cars are American, windows are clean, and (God forbid you should be late) dinner is served at six.

Out of work and out of money, Stephanie blackmails her bail-bondsman cousin Vinnie into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. Stephanie knows zilch about the job requirements, but she figures her new pal, el-primo bounty hunter Ranger, can teach her what it takes to catch a crook. Her first assignment: nail Joe Morelli, a former vice cop on the run from a charge of murder one. Morelli’s the inamorato who charmed Stephanie out of her virginity at age sixteen. There’s still powerful chemistry between them, so the chase should be interesting…and could also be extremely dangerous.

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All This Could Be Yours by Jamie Attenberg:

From critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Jami Attenberg comes a novel of family secrets: think the drama of Big Little Lies set in the heat of a New Orleans summer

“If I know why they are the way they are, then maybe I can learn why I am the way I am,” says Alex Tuchman of her parents. Now that her father is on his deathbed, Alex—a strong-headed lawyer, devoted mother, and loving sister–feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who Victor is and what he did over the course of his life and career. (A power-hungry real estate developer, he is, by all accounts, a bad man.) She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but mostly to interrogate her tightlipped mother, Barbra.

As Barbra fends off Alex’s unrelenting questions, she reflects on her tumultuous life with Victor. Meanwhile Gary, Alex’s brother, is incommunicado, trying to get his movie career off the ground in Los Angeles. And Gary’s wife, Twyla, is having a nervous breakdown, buying up all the lipstick in drug stores around New Orleans and bursting into crying fits. Dysfunction is at its peak. As each family member grapples with Victor’s history, they must figure out a way to move forward—with one another, for themselves, and for the sake of their children.

ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS is a timely, piercing exploration of what it means to be caught in the web of a toxic man who abused his power; it shows how those webs can tangle a family for generations and what it takes to—maybe, hopefully—break free. With her signature “sparkling prose” (Marie Claire) and incisive wit, Jami Attenberg deftly explores one of the most important subjects of our age.

Empire Of Lies by Raymond Khoury:

Empire of Lies is a sweeping thriller in the tradition of The Man in the High Castle, Fatherland, and Underground Airlines from New York Times bestselling author Raymond Khoury.

“The best what-if thriller for a long, long time—makes you think, makes you sweat, and makes you choose, between what is and what might have been.”—Lee Child

Istanbul, 1683: Mehmed IV, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, is preparing to lay siege to Vienna, capital of the Holy Roman Empire, when a mysterious visitor arrives in his bedroom—naked, covered in strange tattoos—to deliver a dangerous, world-changing message.

Paris, 2017: Ottoman flags have been flying over the great city for three hundred years, ever since its fall—along with all of Europe—to the empire’s all-conquering army. Notre Dame has been renamed the Fatih Mosque. Public spaces are segregated by gender. And Kamal Arslan Agha, a feted officer in the sultan’s secret police, is starting to question his orders.

Rumors of an impending war with the Christian Republic of America, attacks by violent extremists, and economic collapse have heightened surveillance and arrests across the empire. Tasked with surveying potential threats, Kamal has a heavy caseload—and conscience.

When a mysterious stranger—naked, covered in strange tattoos—appears on the banks of the Seine, Kamal is called in to investigate. But what he discovers is a secret buried in the empire’s past, a secret the Sultan will do anything to silence.

With the mysterious Z Protectorate one step behind, Kamal, together with Nisreen—a fierce human rights lawyer—is caught up in a race across the empire and time itself—a race that could change their world, or destroy it.

Empire of Lies is being published as “The Ottoman Secret” in the UK.

The Giver Of Stars by Jojo Moyes:

Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You and The Peacock Emporium

Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.

What happens to them—and to the men they love—becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.

Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic—a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!

The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh by Stephanie Laurens:

A Gentleman of Means: One of the most eligible bachelors in London, Lord Christopher ‘Kit’ Cavanaugh has discovered his true path and it doesn’t include the expected society marriage. Kit is all business and has chosen the bustling port of Bristol to launch his passion — Cavanaugh Yachts. A Woman of Character: Miss Sylvia Buckleberry’s passion is her school for impoverished children. When a new business venture forces the school out of its building, she must act quickly. But confronting Kit Cavanaugh is a daunting task made even more difficult by their first and only previous meeting, when, believing she’d never see him again, she’d treated him dismissively. Still, Sylvia is determined to be persuasive. An Unstoppable Duo: It quickly becomes clear there are others who want the school — and Cavanaugh Yachts — closed. Working side by side, Kit and Sylvia fight to secure her school and to expose the blackguard trying to sabotage his business. Yet an even more dastardly villain lurks, one who threatens the future both discover they now hold dear.

Some Choose Darkness by Charlie Donlea:

Forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore sheds light on cold-case homicides by piecing together crime scene details others fail to see. Cleaning out her late father’s law office after his burial, she receives a call that plunges her into a decades-old case . . .

In the summer of 1979, five Chicago women went missing. The predator, nicknamed The Thief, left no bodies or clues behind—until police received a package from a mysterious woman named Angela Mitchell, whose unorthodox investigations appeared to unmask the killer. Then Angela disappeared without a trace. Forty years later, The Thief is about to be paroled for Angela’s murder. But the cryptic file Rory finds in her father’s law office suggests there is more to the case.

Making one startling discovery after another, Rory becomes helplessly entangled in the enigma of Angela Mitchell and what happened to her. As she continues to dig, even Rory can’t be prepared for the full, terrifying truth that is emerging . ..

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

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New York Times Bestsellers October 27, 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 book(s) of your choice.

FICTION:

19TH CHRISTMAS by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro:

In the 19th installment of the Women’s Murder Club series, detective Lindsay Boxer and company take on a fearsome criminal known only as “Loman.”

 

 

BLOODY GENIUS by John Sandford:

The 12th book in the Virgil Flowers series. A fight between university departments turns deadly.

 

 

CHILD’S PLAY by Danielle Steel

A prestigious New York lawyer learns that the life she constructed for her children and herself isn’t exactly what she thought it was.

 

 

CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather Morris:

A 16-year-old, who sleeps with a concentration camp commandant in order to survive, is sentenced to a Siberian prison camp where she cares for the ill.

 

 

THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett:

A sibling relationship is impacted when the family goes from poverty to wealth and back again over the course of many decades.

 

 

FULL THROTTLE by Joe Hill:

A collection of short stories including two written with Stephen King: “Throttle” and “In the Tall Grass.”

 

 

THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes:

In Depression-era America, five women refuse to be cowed by men or convention as they deliver books throughout the mountains of Kentucky.

 

 

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.

 

 

HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood:

In the Republic of Gilead’s dystopian future, men and women perform the services assigned to them.

 

 

HOLY GHOST by John Sandford:

Virgil Flowers investigates shootings in a Minnesota town following an attempt to revive its ailing economy.

 

 

IMAGINARY FRIEND by Stephen Chbosky:

After disappearing for six days, a boy emerges from the woods with a voice in his head that sends him on a mission.

 

 

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.

 

 

NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo:

After mysteriously surviving a multiple homicide, Galaxy Stern comes face to face with dark magic, murder and more at Yale University.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

VINCE FLYNN: LETHAL AGENT by Kyle Mills:

Mexican cartels, ISIS and a possible pandemic bring Mitch Rapp back into action.

 

 

WATER DANCER by Ta-Nehisi Coates:

A young man who was gifted with a mysterious power becomes part of a war between slavers and the enslaved.

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IN PARADISE by Elin Hilderbrand:

In the sequel to “Winter in Paradise,” Irene Steele visits the island of St. John to get to the bottom of the mysterious life and death of her husband.

 

 

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.

 

 

BLOWOUT by Rachel Maddow:

The MSNBC host argues that the global oil and gas industry has weakened democracies and bolstered authoritarians.

 

 

BOOK OF GUTSY WOMEN by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton:

Profiles of women from around the world who have blazed trails and challenged the status quo.

 

 

CALL SIGN CHAOS by Jim Mattis and Bing West:

The former Marine infantry officer and secretary of defense recounts key moments from his career and imparts his leadership philosophy.

 

 

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.

 

 

INSIDE OUT by Demi Moore:

The Hollywood star chronicles the rocky relationships, body image issues and public perceptions that affected her attempts to balance family and fame.

 

 

KNOW MY NAME by Chanel Miller:

A sexual assault victim reclaims her identity and challenges our culture and criminal justice system as they relate to this issue.

 

 

LETTERS FROM AN ASTROPHYSICIST by Neil deGrasse Tyson:

In a hand-picked collection of 101 letters, the celebrity astrophysicist answers a vast array of questions from science to faith and Pluto.

 

 

ON TYRANNY by Timothy Snyder:

Twenty lessons from the 20th century about the course of tyranny.

 

 

OVER THE TOP by Jonathan Van Ness:

How the hairstylist, comedian and “Queer Eye” star overcame ridicule and trauma.

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell:

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

 

 

UNITED STATES OF TRUMP by Bill O’Reilly:

The conservative commentator weaves interviews and personal history to portray the power and influence of the 45th president.

 

 

WITCH HUNT by Gregg Jarrett:

The Fox News commentator offers his analysis of the Mueller Report.

 

 

YEAR OF THE MONKEY by Patti Smith:

A memoir by the musician and artist surveys events during 2016, including a visit to see dying friends and a sea change in the political landscape.

 

 

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Music October 18, 2019

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

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

Country Music: The Soundtrack by Various Artists (Format: CD):

COUNTRY MUSIC – A Film By Ken Burns (The Soundtrack) showcases essential recordings, drawn from the nearly 600 music cues used in the documentary, covering the wide historic terrain of 20th century American country music. A tree with deep roots and ever-expanding branches, American country music evolved from songs passed down from generations of settlers and slaves until 20th century recording technology made it possible for hundreds and thousands (if not millions) of listeners to share the same musical experience on a record.

COUNTRY MUSIC journeys from early Appalachian “hillbilly” recordings through “singing cowboys” and bluegrass, Texas swing and Tennessee rockabilly and more, all the while paying attention to the impact of radio, Hollywood and television on the evolution of American country sounds and attitudes.

Disc 1

Can the Circle Be Unbroken by The Carter Family
Blue Yodel No. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues) by Jimmie Rodgers
Fox Chase by Deford Bailey
I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Mountain Dew by Grandpa Jones and his Granchildren
I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart by Patsy Montana And The Prairie Ramblers
New San Antonio Rose by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Wabash Cannonball by Roy Acuff
Honky Tonkin’ by Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys
It’s Mighty Dark to Travel by Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys
New Mule Skinner Blues by Maddox Brothers & Rose
Foggy Mountain Breakdown (Single Version) by Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs w. The Foggy Mountain Boys
It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels by Kitty Wells
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Single Version) by Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys
Crazy Arms by Ray Price
The Long Black Veil by Lefty Frizzell
El Paso by Marty Robbins
Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash
Crazy by Patsy Cline
I Can’t Stop Loving You by Ray Charles
Coal Miner’s Daughter by Loretta Lynn
Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ by Charley Pride
Hungry Eyes by Merle Haggard And The Strangers

Disc 2

Stand by Your Man by Tammy Wynette
You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere by The Byrds
Me and Bobby McGee by Kris Kristofferson
Girl from the North Country by Bob Dylan with Johnny Cash
Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way by Waylon Jennings
Jolene by Dolly Parton
Boulder to Birmingham by Emmylou Harris
Whiskey River (Live at Harrah’s Casino, Lake Tahoe, NV – April 1978) by Willie Nelson
Pancho and Lefty by Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson
He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones
Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’ by Ricky Skaggs
Somebody Should Leave by Reba McEntire
Why Not Me by The Judds
Streets of Bakersfield by Dwight Yoakam with Buck Owens
Where’ve You Been by Kathy Mattea
Go Rest High on That Mountain by Vince Gill
I Still Miss Someone (Live) by Rosanne Cash
Will the Circle Be Unbroken by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Ella at Duke’s Place (1965) by Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington (Format: CD)

Ella Fitzgerald’s second studio session with Duke Ellington followed her first (Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book) by eight years. The underrated set begins quietly with four emotional ballads (who else could hold their own with Johnny Hodges on “Passion Flower?”) before Fitzgerald gets to scat a bit on the closing vamp of “Azure,” comes up with fresh ideas on “Duke’s Place,” and closes the show by scatting up a storm on “Cotton Tail.” The band makes its presence known in the ensembles, some solos by tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves, altoist Hodges and trumpeter Cootie Williams (whose opening spot on “Duke’s Place” is quite jubilant), and the high-note trumpet of Cat Anderson. Ella Fitzgerald is heard in peak form throughout this date. Recommended. Scott Yanow, AllMusic Review

Song List:

  1. Something to Live For
  2. A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing
  3. Passion Flower
  4. I Like the Sunrise
  5. Azure
  6. Imagine My Frustration
  7. Duke’s Place
  8. Brown-Skin Gal (In the Calico Gown)
  9. What Am I Here For?
  10. Cotton Tail

Smiling Phases (1991) by Traffic (Format: CD)

A greatest hits collection from the Steve Winwood lead classic rock band.

Song List:

DISC 1

  1. Paper Sun
  2. Hole in My Shoe
  3. Smiling Phases
  4. Heaven Is in Your Mind
  5. Coloured Rain
  6. No Face, No Name, No Number
  7. Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush
  8. Dear Mr. Fantasy
  9. You Can All Join In
  10. Feelin’ Alright
  11. Pearly Queen
  12. (Roamin’ Thru the Gloamin’ With) 40,000 Headmen
  13. Vagabond Virgin
  14. Shanghai Noodle Factory
  15. Withering Tree
  16. Medicated Goo

DISC 2

  1. Glad
  2. Freedom Rider
  3. Empty Pages
  4. John Barleycorn
  5. Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys
  6. Light up or Leave Me Alone
  7. Rock and Roll Stew
  8. Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory
  9. Walking in the Wind
  10. When the Eagle Flies

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage with Bluegrass Legends Live at The Ryman (Format: DVD)

A once-in-a-lifetime evening of historical performances, filmed and recorded live at the Ryman Auditorium featuring the most award winning band in bluegrass music history – Rhonda Vincent & The Rage! Special guests include bluegrass legends Jesse McReynolds, Bobby Osborne, Sonny Osborne, and Mac Wiseman along with masters in the craft of bluegrass music join together in a multiplistic display that features musicians spanning three generations.

Song List:

  1. Hit Parade of Love (Live) by Rhonda Vincent
  2. When the Grass Grows Over Me (Live) by Rhonda Vincent
  3. Grass That I’m Playing Is Really Blue (Live) by Sally Berry
  4. How Can You Refuse Him Now (Live) by Rhonda Vincent
  5. Mama Tried (Live) by Rhonda Vincent feat. Sonny Osborne
  6. Midnight Angel (Live) by The Osborne Brothers feat. Rhonda Vincent
  7. My Favorite Memory / Beneath Still Waters / Windy City (Live) by The Osborne Brothers feat. Rhonda Vincent
  8. Deep Elem Blues (Live) by Jesse McReynolds
  9. Mom and Dad’s Waltz (Live) by Bobby Osborne
  10. Pain In My Heart (Live) by Bobby Osborne
  11. Rocky Top (Live) by Bobby Osborne
  12. Wabash Cannonball / Homestead On The Farm (Live) by Mac Wiseman
  13. Jimmie Brown the Newsboy (Live) by Mac Wiseman
  14. Bluebirds Are Singing For Me (Live) by Mac Wiseman feat. Bobby Osborne, Jesse McReynolds
  15. ‘Tis Sweet to Be Remembered (Live) by Mac Wiseman
  16. Oswald’s Dobro Chimes (Live) by Brent Burke

The Frank Sinatra Centennial Songbook (2015) (Format: Print Book):

This songbook gathers piano/vocal/guitar arrangements of 100 of Ol’ Blue Eye’s finest in a fitting tribute to one of the greatest entertainers of all time! Songs include: All the Way * Come Fly with Me * I Get a Kick Out of You * I’ve Got the World on a String * I’ve Got You Under My Skin * The Lady Is a Tramp * My Way * Night and Day * One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) * Strangers in the Night * Summer Wind * (Love Is) The Tender Trap * Witchcraft * Young at Heart * and more.

Videos:

Boulder to Birmingham by Emmylou Harris

Fox Chase by DeFord Bailey

Girl From The North Country by Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash

It’s Mighty Dark To Travel by Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys

Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash

Wabash Cannonball by Roy Acuff

Will The Circle Be Unbroken by The Carter Family

Duke’s Place C Jam Blues by Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington

Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington & His Band – 1966 Concert (Run Time: 27 Minutes)

It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Don’t Got That Swing by Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington

Dear Mr. Fantasy by Traffic

Glad & Freedom Rider by Traffic

You Can All Join In by Traffic

Hit Parade Of Love by Rhonda Vincent & The Range

Mama Tried by Rhonda Vincent & Sonny Osborne

Oswald’s Dobro Chimes by Brent Burke

Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra

I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You by Frank Sinatra

Lonely Town by Frank Sinatra

You Make Me Feel So Young by Frank Sinatra

Hooked on Swing Dancing

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/

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The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.

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Suggested Reading October 14, 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:

The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs (Format: eBook):

#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs brings readers into the lush abundance of Sonoma County, in a story of sisters, friendship and the invisible bonds of history that are woven like a spell around us.

Tess Delaney loves illuminating history; returning stolen treasures to their rightful owners and filling the spaces in people’s hearts with stories of their family legacies. But Tess’s own history is filled with gaps: a father she never met, and a mother who spent more time traveling than with her daughter.

Then the enigmatic Dominic Rossi arrives on her San Francisco doorstep with the news that the grandfather she’s never met is in a coma and that she’s destined to inherit half of a hundred-acre apple orchard estate called Bella Vista. The rest is willed to Isabel Johansen, the half sister she never knew she had. Isabel is everything Tess isn’t, but against the rich landscape of Bella Vista, with Isabel and Dominic by her side, Tess begins to discover a world where family comes first and the roots of history run deep.

A Catered Halloween by Isis Crawford (Format: eBook):

With the promise of a hefty commission and some valuable word-of-mouth for their catering business, A Little Taste of Heaven, sisters Bernadette and Libby Simmons agree to cater the charity haunted house being staged at the old Peabody School. But when wealthy socialite Amethyst Applegate is found dead in the haunted house, Bernie and Libby wonder if a murderer might also be lurking about Peabody’s gloomy halls. . .

While almost everyone Amethyst ever met might have a motive for killing her, not everyone had access to the Peabody School. All Bernie and Libby know is if they don’t solve this mystery soon, they might become the next stars in a real-life horror flick. . .

“Fun. . .well-plotted. . .. A selection of delectable seasonal recipes rounds out the volume.” –Publishers Weekly

Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Format: eBook):

“One of the most dazzling and devastating novels I’ve read in a long time…Readers of Fruit of the Drunken Tree will surely be transformed.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Simultaneously propulsive and poetic, reminiscent of Isabel Allende…Listen to this new author’s voice — she has something powerful to say.”—Entertainment Weekly

A mesmerizing debut set in Colombia at the height Pablo Escobar’s violent reign about a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both

Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation.

When their mother hires Petrona, a live-in-maid from the city’s guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to understand Petrona’s mysterious ways. But Petrona’s unusual behavior belies more than shyness. She is a young woman crumbling under the burden of providing for her family as the rip tide of first love pulls her in the opposite direction. As both girls’ families scramble to maintain stability amidst the rapidly escalating conflict, Petrona and Chula find themselves entangled in a web of secrecy that will force them both to choose between sacrifice and betrayal.

Inspired by the author’s own life, and told through the alternating perspectives of the willful Chula and the achingly hopeful Petrona, Fruit of the Drunken Tree contrasts two very different, but inextricably linked coming-of-age stories. In lush prose, Rojas Contreras has written a powerful testament to the impossible choices women are often forced to make in the face of violence and the unexpected connections that can blossom out of desperation.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Format: eBook):

The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark, one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.

“A spellbinding fairy tale rooted in Mexican mythology . . . Gods of Jade and Shadow is a magical fairy tale about identity, freedom, and love, and it’s like nothing you’ve read before.”—Bustle

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.

Praise for Gods of Jade and Shadow

“A dark, dazzling fairy tale . . . a whirlwind tour of a 1920s Mexico vivid with jazz, the memories of revolution, and gods, demons, and magic.”—NPR

“Snappy dialog, stellar worldbuilding, lyrical prose, and a slow-burn romance make this a standout. . . . Purchase where Naomi Novik, Nnedi Okorafor, and N. K. Jemisin are popular.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“A magical novel of duality, tradition, and change . . . Moreno-Garcia’s seamless blend of mythology and history provides a ripe setting for Casiopea’s stellar journey of self-discovery, which culminates in a dramatic denouement. Readers will gladly immerse themselves in Moreno-Garcia’s rich and complex tale of desperate hopes and complicated relationships.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Casiopea is not a damsel in distress, but rather a young woman coming of age in a time where music, myth, art and exploration thrum colorfully around her. . . . Readers will be floored by Moreno-Garcia’s painstaking attention to detail. Her descriptions of the emotionally charged interactions between realistic human characters and otherworldly gods, witches and demonic forces are unforgettable, as are the fairy-tale and folktale aspects of the plot.”—BookPage (starred review)

The Transpacific Experiment How China and California Collaborate and Compete for Our Future written by Matt Sheehan and read by P.J. Ochlan (Format: Downloadable eBook):

Tensions between the world’s superpowers are mounting in Washington, D.C., and Beijing. But between these hubs of high-level politics, an entirely new reality is emerging. Yet the People’s Republic of China and the state of California have built deep and interdependent socioeconomic exchanges that reverberate across the globe, and these interactions make California a microcosm of the most important international relationship of the twenty-first century. In The Transpacific Experiment, journalist Matt Sheehan chronicles the real people who are making these connections. Sheehan tells the story of a Southern Californian mayor who believes a Chinese electric bus factory will save his town from meth labs and skinheads. He follows a celebrated Chinese AI researcher who leaves Google to challenge his former employer from behind the Great Firewall. Sheehan joins a tour bus of wealthy Chinese families shopping for homes in the Bay Area, revealing disgruntled neighbors and raising important questions about California’s own prejudices. Sheehan’s on-the-ground reporting reveals movie sets in the “Hollywood of China,” Chinese immigrants who support Donald Trump, and more. Each of these stories lays bare the new reality of twenty-first-century superpowers: the closer they get to one another, the more personal their frictions become.

PRINT BOOK SUGGESTIONS:

Adeline by Mark Torres:

From the author of the widely acclaimed debut novel A Stirring in the North Fork, Mark Torres’ next installment, Adeline, is a fast-paced, gripping tale about the mysterious death of an innocent young woman wrongly committed to a notorious mental asylum in 1977. The ever-determined Savoy Graves returns to try and unmask the sinister fiend, only to find himself plunged deep into the dangerous and dark world of a maniacal secret society willing to guard its identity at all cost. Will Graves achieve justice for this long-buried unsolved murder? And if so, what personal sacrifices will he be forced to make?

A Book of Bones by John Connolly:

Private Investigator Charlie Parker returns in this heart-pounding thriller as he seeks revenge against the darkest forces in the world, from the internationally bestselling author of the acclaimed The Woman in the Woods.

He is our best hope.

He is our last hope.

On a lonely moor in northern England, the body of a young woman is discovered. In the south, a girl lies buried beneath a Saxon mound. To the southeast, the ruins of a priory hide a human skull.

Each is a sacrifice, a summons. And something in the darkness has heard the call.

Charlie Parker has also heard it and from the forests of Maine to the deserts of the Mexican border, from the canals of Amsterdam to the streets of London, he will track those who would cast the world into darkness.

Parker fears no evil—but evil fears him.

With John Connolly’s signature “blend of crime and supernatural horror” (Crime Reads), A Book of Bones is a terrifying and suspenseful thrill ride that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout:

#1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout continues the life of her beloved Olive Kitteridge, a character who has captured the imaginations of millions of readers.

Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is “a compelling life force” (San Francisco Chronicle). The New Yorker has said that Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” and she has never done so more clearly than in these pages, where the iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire moments of transcendent grace.

The Shadow King: A Novel by Maaza Mengiste:

A gripping novel set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King takes us back to the first real conflict of World War II, casting light on the women soldiers who were left out of the historical record.

With the threat of Mussolini’s army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid in Kidane and his wife Aster’s household. Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie’s army, rushes to mobilize his strongest men before the Italians invade. His initial kindness to Hirut shifts into a flinty cruelty when she resists his advances, and Hirut finds herself tumbling into a new world of thefts and violations, of betrayals and overwhelming rage. Meanwhile, Mussolini’s technologically advanced army prepares for an easy victory. Hundreds of thousands of Italians—Jewish photographer Ettore among them—march on Ethiopia seeking adventure.

As the war begins in earnest, Hirut, Aster, and the other women long to do more than care for the wounded and bury the dead. When Emperor Haile Selassie goes into exile and Ethiopia quickly loses hope, it is Hirut who offers a plan to maintain morale. She helps disguise a gentle peasant as the emperor and soon becomes his guard, inspiring other women to take up arms against the Italians. But how could she have predicted her own personal war as a prisoner of one of Italy’s most vicious officers, who will force her to pose before Ettore’s camera?

What follows is a gorgeously crafted and unputdownable exploration of female power, with Hirut as the fierce, original, and brilliant voice at its heart. In incandescent, lyrical prose, Maaza Mengiste breathes life into complicated characters on both sides of the battle line, shaping a heartrending, indelible exploration of what it means to be a woman at war.

The Waters and the Wild by Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill:

NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR. ENTRY #10 IN MERCEDES LACKEY’S CELEBRATED SERRATED EDGE URBAN FANTASY SERIES!

Deeply depressed Olivia, whose parents are divorcing, is ripe for manipulation. And swimming star Blake is looking for someone just like her. Although her friend tries to warn her, Olivia falls for his ploys and accepts an invitation to go to the Adirondack resort camp of Lake Endor with him and his family.

But all is not as it seems at the hundred year old resort. Not only does Olivia discover that Blake is not the guy she thought he was, there is something sinister afoot at the lake.

There is something lying beneath the waters of Lake Endor. Something not of this world.
Will Olivia be drawn under or will she allow true friends to draw her from the lure of oblivion?

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

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Suggested Music October 11, 2019

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

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) by The Beatles (Format: CD):

With Revolver, the Beatles made the Great Leap Forward, reaching a previously unheard-of level of sophistication and fearless experimentation. Sgt. Pepper, in many ways, refines that breakthrough, as the Beatles consciously synthesized such disparate influences as psychedelia, art-song, classical music, rock & roll, and music hall, often in the course of one song. Not once does the diversity seem forced — the genius of the record is how the vaudevillian “When I’m 64” seems like a logical extension of “Within You Without You” and how it provides a gateway to the chiming guitars of “Lovely Rita.” There’s no discounting the individual contributions of each member or their producer, George Martin, but the preponderance of whimsy and self-conscious art gives the impression that Paul McCartney is the leader of the Lonely Hearts Club Band. He dominates the album in terms of compositions, setting the tone for the album with his unabashed melodicism and deviously clever arrangements. In comparison, Lennon’s contributions seem fewer, and a couple of them are a little slight but his major statements are stunning. “With a Little Help From My Friends” is the ideal Ringo tune, a rolling, friendly pop song that hides genuine Lennon anguish, à la “Help!”; “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” remains one of the touchstones of British psychedelia; and he’s the mastermind behind the bulk of “A Day in the Life,” a haunting number that skillfully blends Lennon’s verse and chorus with McCartney’s bridge. It’s possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this. After Sgt. Pepper, there were no rules to follow — rock and pop bands could try anything, for better or worse. Ironically, few tried to achieve the sweeping, all-encompassing embrace of music as the Beatles did here. Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic Review

Our American Journey by Chanticleer (Format: CD)

This collection represents not only a variety of American a cappella singing styles, but also the celebration of Chanticleer’s 25-year history. The group’s translucent harmonies, perfect intonation, and precise ensemble work are there in each and every track. The music ranges from pieces by the earliest Spanish-American composers to shape-note song to modern works that reflect on older singing styles and text. Also mixed in are arrangements of Stephen Foster and George Gershwin, a bluegrass song, and traditional spirituals, which all take advantage of the group’s skills and show off their particular sensitivity to each one. Voices of Autumn, by Jackson Hill, makes extremely effective use of devices of Japanese Buddhist chant, while The Un-Covered Wagon, by Brent Michael Davids, not only employs Native American text, but also requires the men to vocally imitate ceremonial instruments, both in juxtaposition with a quotation of Faith of Our Fathers. Also notable are William Billings’ David’s Lamentation and the arrangement of Wayfarin’ Stranger. The men of Chanticleer perform each piece, as well as the others on the disc, earnestly, but are also aware of the enjoyment of making the music come to life. Overall, a fine compilation that successfully represents both Chanticleer and American vocal music traditions. Patsy Morita, AllMusic Review

Song List:
1. Trad / Arr Jennings : “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”
2. Lienas : “Credidi propter quod locutus sum”
3. Padilla : “Versa est in luctum”
4. Trad / Arr Jennings : Jefferson – “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”
5. Billings / Arr Jennings : David’s Lamentation
6. Cagle / Arr Jennings : Soar Away
7. Stucky : Whispers
8. Voices of Autumn
9. Davids : The Un-Covered Wagon
10. Hawley : 3 Rime di Tasso : “Fuggi, fuggi, dolor”
11. Hawley : “Labbra vermiglie e belle”
12. Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
13. Camptown Races
14. Love Walked In
15. Ronell / Jennings : “Willow Weep for Me”
16. Lawson, Waller, Yates / Arr Jennings : Calling My Children Home
17. Trad / Arr Jennings : Wayfarin’ Stranger
18. Trad / Arr Jennings : “I’m a Pilgrim”

Groove Interrupted: Loss, Renewal And The Music of New Orleans by Keith Spera (Format: Print Book):

The recent history of New Orleans is fraught with tragedy and triumph. Both are reflected in the city’s vibrant, idiosyncratic music community. In Keith Spera’s intimately reported Groove Interrupted, Aaron Neville returns to New Orleans for the first time after Hurricane Katrina to bury his wife. Fats Domino improbably rambles around Manhattan to promote a post-Katrina tribute CD. Alex Chilton lives anonymously in a battered cottage in the Treme neighborhood. Platinum-selling rapper Mystikal rekindles his career after six years in prison. Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard struggles to translate Katrina into music. The spotlight also shines on Allen Toussaint, Pete Fountain, Gatemouth Brown, the Rebirth Brass Band, Phil Anselmo, Juvenile, Jeremy Davenport and the 2006 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. With heartache, hope, humor and resolve, each of these contemporary narratives stands on its own. Together, they convey that the funky, syncopated spirit of New Orleans music is unbreakable, in spite of Katrina’s interruption.

It’s Not Only Rock ‘N’ Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal the Source of Their Creativity by Dr. Jenny Boyd (Format: eBook):

How do the world’s most popular musicians create hit songs? Is it natural talent, or do external influences affect their writing process? Dr. Jenny Boyd, ex-wife of Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood and sister-in-law of George Harrison, spent four years interviewing 75 world-famous musicians on that subject and has now published her findings in It’s Not Only Rock ‘n Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal the Source of Their Creativity. The book explores the drive to create, the importance of nurturing creativity and the role of unconscious influences in conversations with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Joni Mitchell and more.

Click on the following link to read an excerpt from the book:

Book Excerpt:  It’s Not Only Rock ‘N’ Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal the Source of Their Creativity

Retrospective The Supertramp Anthology (2005) by Supertramp (Format: CD):

Considering their career spanned close to 30 years, it’s amazing how condensed most people’s vision of Supertramp has become. Or maybe not. Few listeners, after all, would disagree that their prime period encompassed the mere six or so years that divided Crime of the Century (their third album) from Breakfast in America (their sixth), and that the pile of vinyl on either side of that is more or less padding. Certainly Retrospectacle has no problem with that scenario. A completist’s eye for affairs does permit the first two albums to enjoy a quick look-in, with one song apiece; and similar treatment is meted out to the seven albums that took the band through the ’80s and beyond. The meat of the moment, however, arrives with “Land Ho,” the first vinyl manifestation of the so-called “classic” ‘tramp lineup, and a lost 45 from early 1974. And, from thereon in, it’s all plain sailing — five songs from Crime of the Century, four apiece from Crisis? What Crisis and Even in the Quietest Moments. . ., and a whopping six from Breakfast in America, all selected to depict the band at the peak of its creative and musical powers — the haunted harp that opens “School,” the staccato percussion that powers “Lady,” the lurid harmonies of “From Now On,” and on to the sheer illogical madness of “The Logical Song” — in fact, the only weakness here is the substitution of a live “You Started Laughing” for the vastly superior studio B-side. That aside, though, Retrospectacle tells its story with as much panache as the best of Supertramp could ever demand. – Dave Thompson, AllMusic Review

Song List:

Disc 1
1. Surely
2. Your Poppa Don’t Mind
3. Land Ho
4. Summer Romance
5. School
6. Bloody Well Right
7. Dreamer
8. Rudy
9. Crime of the Century
10. Sister Moonshine
11. Ain’t Nobody But Me
12. Lady
13. Two of Us
14. Give a Little Bit
15. Downstream
16. Even in the Quietest Moments
17. From Now On

Disc 2
1. Gone Hollywood
2. The Logical Song
3. Goodbye Stranger
4. Breakfast in America
5. Oh Darling
6. Take the Long Way Home
7. You Started Laughing
8. It’s Raining Again
9. My Kind of Lady
10. Don’t Leave Me Now
11. Cannonball
12. Free as a Bird
13. You Win, I Lose
14. Another Man’s Woman
15. Over You

Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration by Various Artists (Format DVD):

Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration features the BSO, the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, under the direction of conductors Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, John Williams, and David Zinman.

Performers include pianists Emanuel Ax and Peter Serkin, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and vocalist James Taylor, as well as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor. The wide-ranging program, taped on July 14, 2012, and includes Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”; Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town; selections from the Great American Songbook (“Over the Rainbow,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Old Man River”); Franz Joseph Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D, 2nd and 3rd movements; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile for cello and strings; Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, for violin and orchestra; Maurice Ravel’s “La Valse”; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. – PBS

Videos:

All You Need Is Love by the Beatles

A Day In The Life by The Beatles

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by The Beatles

Camptown Races by Chanticleer

Love Walked In by Chanticleer

Voices of Autumn by Chanticleer

Tell It Like It Is by Aaron Neville

Ain’t That A Shame by Fats Domino

Rock Pneumonia & Boogie Woogie Flu by Huey Piano Smith

Southern Nights by Allen Toussaint

Interview with Jenny Boyd Focusing On Her Book It’s Not Only Rock N’ Roll

Seven Year Ache by Rosanne Cash

Old Love by Eric Clapton

Damn Right, I’ve Got The Blues by Buddy Guy

Hoo Doo Man Blues by Buddy Guy & Junior Wells

I Can’t Quit The Blues by Buddy Guy

The Thrill Is Gone by B. B. King

World Turning by Fleetwood Mac

Big Yellow Taxi & Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell


The Stumble by John Mayall & The Blues Breakers featuring Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood & John McVie

Leftover Blues by Clarence Gatemouth Brown

Goodbye Stranger by Supertramp

The Logical Song by Supertramp

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/

Book Excerpt: It’s Not Only Rock ‘N’ Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal the Source of Their Creativity Written By Jenny Boyd // May 14, 2014. American Songwriter: The Craft of Music. Online. Accessed October 9, 2019. https://americansongwriter.com/2014/05/book-excerpt-rock-n-roll-iconic-musicians-reveal-source-creativity/

Great Performances: Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration. WSKG/PBS. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/tanglewood-75th-anniversary-celebration-about-the-concert/1327/

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New York Times Bestsellers October 20, 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 book(s) of your choice.

FICTION:

BLOODY GENIUS by John Sandford:

The 12th book in the Virgil Flowers series. A fight between university departments turns deadly.

 

 

CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather Morris:

A 16-year-old, who sleeps with a concentration camp commandant in order to survive, is sentenced to a Siberian prison camp where she cares for the ill.

 

 

THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett:

A sibling relationship is impacted when the family goes from poverty to wealth and back again over the course of many decades.

 

 

FULL THROTTLE by Joe Hill:

A collection of short stories including two written with Stephen King: “Throttle” and “In the Tall Grass.”

 

 

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.

 

 

GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah:

A former prisoner of war returns from Vietnam and moves his family to Alaska, where they face tough conditions.

 

 

HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood:

In the Republic of Gilead’s dystopian future, men and women perform the services assigned to them.

 

 

HOLY GHOST by John Sandford:

Virgil Flowers investigates shootings in a Minnesota town following an attempt to revive its ailing economy.

 

 

IMAGINARY FRIEND by Stephen Chbosky:

After disappearing for six days, a boy emerges from the woods with a voice in his head that sends him on a mission.

 

 

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.

 

 

A MRS. MIRACLE CHRISTMAS by Debbie Macomber:

A visitor helps the McCullough family beyond expectation during the holiday season.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

VINCE FLYNN: LETHAL AGENT by Kyle Mills:

Mexican cartels, ISIS and a possible pandemic bring Mitch Rapp back into action.

 

 

WATER DANCER by Ta-Nehisi Coates:

A young man who was gifted with a mysterious power becomes part of a war between slavers and the enslaved.

 

 

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.

 

 

BOOK OF GUTSY WOMEN by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton:

Profiles of women from around the world who have blazed trails and challenged the status quo.

 

 

BLOWOUT by Rachel Maddow:

The MSNBC host argues that the global oil and gas industry has weakened democracies and bolstered authoritarians.

 

 

CALL SIGN CHAOS by Jim Mattis and Bing West:

The former Marine infantry officer and secretary of defense recounts key moments from his career and imparts his leadership philosophy.

 

 

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.

 

 

INSIDE OUT by Demi Moore:

The Hollywood star chronicles the rocky relationships, body image issues and public perceptions that affected her attempts to balance family and fame.

 

 

KNOW MY NAME by Chanel Miller:

A sexual assault victim reclaims her identity and challenges our culture and criminal justice system as they relate to this issue.

 

 

OVER THE TOP by Jonathan Van Ness:

How the hairstylist, comedian and “Queer Eye” star overcame ridicule and trauma.

 

 

PERMANENT RECORD by Edward Snowden:

 

A memoir by the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed the government’s mass surveillance program.

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell:

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

 

 

UNITED STATES OF TRUMP by Bill O’Reilly:

The conservative commentator weaves interviews and personal history to portray the power and influence of the 45th president.

 

 

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

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