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

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.

Suggested Music October 11, 2019

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

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

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/

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: Libby & RBDigital:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the Libby 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.

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading October 7, 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:

Dragonfly by Leila Meacham (Format: eBook):

From the New York Times bestselling author of Roses comes a gripping new novel about five young spies embedded among the highest Nazi ranks in occupied Paris

At the height of World War II, a handful of idealistic young Americans receive a mysterious letter from the government, asking them if they are willing to fight for their country. The men and women from very different backgrounds-a Texan athlete with German roots, an upper-crust son of a French mother and a wealthy businessman, a dirt-poor Midwestern fly fisherman, an orphaned fashion designer, and a ravishingly beautiful female fencer-all answer the call of duty, but each for a secret reason of her or his own. They bond immediately, in a group code-named Dragonfly.

Thus begins a dramatic cat-and-mouse game, as the group seeks to stay under the radar until a fatal misstep leads to the capture and the firing-squad execution of one of their team. But…is everything as it seems, or is this one more elaborate act of spycraft?

A Game of Spies by John Altman (Format: eBook):

A deadly web of deceit ensnares two spies with a complicated personal history in this electrifying tale of World War II
Eva Bernhardt was a naive twenty-year-old when the rakish spymaster William Hobbs seduced her into working for the British secret service. Now, a year later, she is a tough and cynical operative stationed in Berlin, her hatred of the Nazis matched only by her distrust of the man who abandoned her to the whims of MI6.

Tasked with discovering Hitler’s plans for invading France, Eva unearths what appears to be a vital piece of information. What she doesn’t realize is that the Germans know she is a spy and are using her to mislead the Allies. It is up to Hobbs to rescue Eva and prevent a military disaster. Standing in his way are her seething resentment and two of the Gestapo’s most sinister agents.
From one astonishing plot twist to the next, A Game of Spies is a riveting story of cloak-and-dagger intrigue in the tradition of Eric Ambler and John le Carré.

A Rainbow Above Us by Sharon Sala (Format: eBook):

“Filled with unforgettable charm and delight!” —Robyn Carr #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

What will it take to bring people together?

Hurricane Fanny left no one in Blessings, Georgia unscathed—including Rowan Harper, the only surviving member of her family. Rebuilding her life now seems almost impossible.

Bowie James comes back to help repair his grandmother’s house, but he doesn’t intend to stay long. He and his mother were forced out of Blessings a decade ago, and he’s neither forgiven nor forgotten those responsible.

But Rowan is kindhearted, beautiful, and lost, and Bowie discovers that he can entrust her with his deepest secrets. If only their love could bring hope and healing to everyone around them, maybe they’d be willing to give it a chance…

Blessings, Georgia Series:
You and Only You (Book 1)
I’ll Stand by You (Book 2)
Saving Jake (Book 3)
A Piece of My Heart (Book 4)
The Color of Love (Book 5)
Come Back to Me (Book 6)
Forever My Hero (Book 7)
A Rainbow Above Us (Book 8)

Shantaram A Novel by Gregory David Roberts (Format: eBook)

“It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured.”

So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel by Gregory David Roberts, set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.

Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay’s hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city’s poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City. The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power.

Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas—-this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.

Well Met by Jen DeLuca:

All’s faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author Jen DeLuca.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.

PRINT BOOK SUGGESTIONS:

The Butterfly Girl: A Novel by Rene Denfeld:

The Butterfly Girl is a riveting novel that ripples with truth, exploring the depths of love and sacrifice in the face of a past that cannot be left dead and buried. A year ago, Naomi, the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children, made a promise that she would not take another case until she finds the younger sister who has been missing for years. Naomi has no picture, not even a name. All she has is a vague memory of a strawberry field at night, black dirt under her bare feet as she ran for her life.

The search takes her to Portland, Oregon, where scores of homeless children wander the streets like ghosts, searching for money, food, and companionship. The sharp-eyed investigator soon discovers that young girls have been going missing for months, many later found in the dirty waters of the river. Though she does not want to get involved, Naomi is unable to resist the pull of children in need-and the fear she sees in the eyes of a twelve-year old girl named Celia. Running from an abusive stepfather and an addict mother, Celia has nothing but hope in the butterflies-her guides and guardians on the dangerous streets. She sees them all around her, tiny iridescent wisps of hope that soften the edges of this hard world and illuminate a cherished memory from her childhood-the Butterfly Museum, a place where everything is safe and nothing can hurt her.

As danger creeps closer, Naomi and Celia find echoes of themselves in one another, forcing them each to consider the question: Can you still be lost even when you’ve been found? But will they find the answer too late?

Faker by Sarah Smith:

Debut author Sarah Smith nails this fun and sexy rom-com where two office foes hammer out their differences to build a love that will last….

Emmie Echavarre is a professional faker. She has to be to survive as one of the few female employees at Nuts & Bolts, a power tool company staffed predominantly by gruff, burly men. From nine to five, Monday through Friday, she’s tough as nails—the complete opposite of her easy-going real self.

One thing she doesn’t have to fake? Her disdain for coworker Tate Rasmussen. Tate has been hostile to her since the day they met. Emmie’s friendly greetings and repeated attempts to get to know him failed to garner anything more than scowls and terse one-word answers. Too bad she can’t stop staring at his Thor-like biceps…

When Emmie and Tate are forced to work together on a charity construction project, things get…heated. Emmie’s beginning to see that beneath Tate’s chiseled exterior lies a soft heart, but it will take more than a few kind words to erase the past and convince her that what they have is real.

Murder For Good by Veronica Heley:

The kindness of strangers comes under suspicion in the enjoyable new Ellie Quicke mystery.
Ellie’s husband Thomas, a retired minister, is suspicious when he receives not one but five letters advising him that he has been bequeathed money by five different people in their wills. He barely knew three of his benefactors, and what could possibly connect him to the other two strangers?

Sensing something isn’t right, and with Thomas’s reputation at stake, Ellie investigates but is soon distracted, not only by the problem of trying to ease Hetty, a difficult woman who’s recently taken refuge with them, out of their house, but also by her daughter, Diana, who’s in trouble again. As Ellie finally starts to make progress with her enquiries, she is about to uncover some disturbing truths – and in doing so, find herself in great danger . . .

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger:

Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time. Competition was more intense than ever and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company’s history. His vision came down to three clear ideas: Recommit to the concept that quality matters, embrace technology instead of fighting it, and think bigger—think global—and turn Disney into a stronger brand in international markets.

Twelve years later, Disney is the largest, most respected media company in the world, counting Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox among its properties. Its value is nearly five times what it was when Iger took over, and he is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful CEOs of our era.

In The Ride of a Lifetime, Robert Iger shares the lessons he’s learned while running Disney and leading its 200,000 employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership, including:

• Optimism. Even in the face of difficulty, an optimistic leader will find the path toward the best possible outcome and focus on that, rather than give in to pessimism and blaming.

• Courage. Leaders have to be willing to take risks and place big bets. Fear of failure destroys creativity.

• Decisiveness. All decisions, no matter how difficult, can be made on a timely basis. Indecisiveness is both wasteful and destructive to morale.

• Fairness. Treat people decently, with empathy, and be accessible to them.

This book is about the relentless curiosity that has driven Iger for forty-five years, since the day he started as the lowliest studio grunt at ABC. It’s also about thoughtfulness and respect, and a decency-over-dollars approach that has become the bedrock of every project and partnership Iger pursues, from a deep friendship with Steve Jobs in his final years to an abiding love of the Star Wars mythology.

“The ideas in this book strike me as universal” Iger writes. “Not just to the aspiring CEOs of the world, but to anyone wanting to feel less fearful, more confidently themselves, as they navigate their professional and even personal lives.”

Stitches In Time by Suzanne Woods Fisher:

Detachment had worked well as a life strategy for horse trainer Sam Schrock. Until he met Mollie Graber . . .

New to Stoney Ridge, schoolteacher Mollie has come to town for a fresh start. Aware of how fleeting and fragile life is, she wants to live it boldly and bravely. When Luke Schrock, new to his role as deacon, asks the church to take in foster girls from a group home, she’s the first to raise her hand. The power of love, she believes, can pick up the dropped stitches in a child’s heart and knit them back together.

Mollie envisions sleepovers and pillow fights. What the 11-year-old twins bring to her home is anything but. Visits from the sheriff at midnight. Phone calls from the school truancy officer. And then the most humiliating moment of all: the girls accuse Mollie of drug addiction.

There’s only one thing that breaks through the girls’ hard shell—an interest in horses. Reluctantly and skeptically, Sam Schrock gets drawn into Mollie’s chaotic life. What he didn’t expect was for love to knit together the dropped stitches in his own heart . . . just in time.

Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the little Amish church of Stoney Ridge for a touching story of the power of love.

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.

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 October 13, 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:

ARCHANGEL’S WAR by Nalini Singh:

The 12th book the Guild Hunter series. A human-turned-angel faces a world in chaos.

 

 

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 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 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.

 

 

IMMORTAL BORN by Lynsay Sands:

The 30th book in the Argeneau series. Magnus must protect and pleasure Allie, who breaks into a blood bank to feed a baby vampire.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

SINS OF THE FATHERS by J.A. Jance:

The 24th book in the J.P. Beaumont series. The Seattle investigator’s past resurfaces when he searches for an old friend’s daughter.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

WORLD THAT WE KNEW by Alice Hoffman:

A rabbi’s daughter creates a mystical Jewish creature that is sworn to protect a 12-year-old girl in World War II Europe.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

PERMANENT RECORD by Edward Snowden:

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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 4, 2019

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

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

12 Little Spells by Esperanza Spalding (Format: Music CD):

Coming off her inventive 2016 album Emily’s D+Evolution, singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding offers another highly conceptualized production with 2019’s kaleidoscopically tactile 12 Little Spells. Where Spalding’s previous work was built around a central character, here she offers 12 songs each explicitly inspired by a separate body part, such as the mouth, eyes, fingers, and yet more esoteric parts like the “solar portal.” Joining her on this tactile journey of sensation are longtime associates guitarist Matthew Stevens and drummer Justin Tyson. Together they craft deeply ambient, intricately constructed songs that fall yet further afield of the crossover jazz, fusion, and R&B that garnered Spalding so much of her early praise. In that sense, the album is a worthy follow-up to Emily’s D+Evolution and 2012’s Radio Music Society, but one that may keep her more jazz-oriented fans at arm’s length. In every way, Spalding doubles down on her neo-prog, art rock, and avant-garde influences, offering songs rife with harmonically and rhythmically inventive soundscapes, as well as lyrics that read very much like poetry. Many of the songs, especially the opening title track, have a dreamy, off-kilter vibe that evokes the trippy sounds of 1970s children’s educational programming, like Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Similarly, the hips-oriented “Thang,” with its gospel church organ and bluesy vocal harmonies, sounds like a lost number from the musical Hair, while the fingers-centric “Touch in Mine” brings to mind the sensual grooves of ’90s Janet Jackson. Bear in mind, none of these songs are mainstream pop hits; they often feel more like aural art installations than conventional rock or pop tunes. But interestingly, Spalding has made an album where each song begs to be judged on its own terms, even as the overall concept builds to a singular, whole idea. While her often avant-garde and circularly hypnotic songs tend to meet your ears as an enveloping wash, she still manages to grab your attention with startlingly inventive midsections, as on “With Others,” where she changes up the rhythm, synching up her vocals with Stevens’ guitar line and singing “I’ve been learning about psychology, neurobiology, avarice/Now I can’t rest ’cause everything reeks of basic needs.” Sensuality and the battle between mind, body, and soul are themes Spalding continually returns to throughout 12 Little Spells. There’s even a song called “The Longing Deep Down” that’s all about the abdomen. It’s those basic, bodily needs both connected to and often working against our logical minds that seem to fascinate and inspire her. On the legs-focused “Readying to Rise,” she sings “All the limbs are readying to rise/Dancing the animal, while the animal in you guards the tangible in you.” – Matt Collar, AllMusic Review

Song List:
1. 12 Little Spells
2. To Tide Us over
3. Til’ the Next
4. Thang
5. Touch in Mine
6. The Longing Deep Down
7. You Have to Dance
8. Now Know
9. All Limbs Are
10. Readying to Rise
11. Dancing the Animal
12. With Others
13. Lest We Forget
14. How to
15. Move Many
16. Ways Together

Jazz by Casey Abrams (Format: Music CD):

An album that hearkens back to the golden era of Jazz on Manhattan’s 52nd street where smoke filled rooms played host to after-hours jam sessions where musicians got together with their peers to play the music that touched their souls. Casey Abrams is the centerpiece of a tremendous ensemble that includes Jimmy Greene (Sax) Mark Whitfield (Guitar) Anne Drummond (Flute) and Giveton Gelin (Trumpet).Jazz is the culmination of decades of combined mastery and skill of the participating players presented through the lens of a dozen songs from the annals of the greatest American art form… Jazz. From “Why Don’t You Do Right” to “Autumn Leaves” or “The Girl from Ipanema” you’ll hear one of the most unique voices and personalities to enter Jazz in decades present this material to you as if it were the first time.The album was recorded in stunning high definition fashion using our new recording methodology which pairs a stereo ribbon microphone capturing crystal clear vocal performance with two spaced omni-directional microphones encompassing the other players and the immaculate acoustics of the church in which the album was recorded. This new recording style will leave you feeling like the band is right in front of you while still creating a timeless presence that will have you coming back for years to come. – Editorial Review

Song List:
1. Autumn Leaves
2. I’ve Got the World on a String
3. Need Your Love So Bad
4. You Are So Beautiful
5. Why Don’t You Do Right?
6. Hound Dog
7. One Note Samba
8. L-O-V-E
9. The Girl From Ipanema
10. Fly Me To The Moon
11. Round Midnight
12. Blackbird

Rocketman (2019) (Format: DVD):

Director Dexter Fletcher’s biopic focuses on Elton John’s early years and his meteoric rise to fame in the 1970s. It dwells on his relationships with his parents, his time as a student at the Royal Academy of Music, his enduring partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin, his first marriage, and his romantic relationship with his manager John Reid. The film’s cast includes Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard. ~ Augustine Chay, Barnes & Noble Review

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan by Alan Paul (Format: Print Book):

The first definitive biography of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, with an epilogue by Jimmie Vaughan, and foreword and afterword by Double Trouble’s Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon.

Just a few years after he almost died from a severe addiction to cocaine and alcohol, a clean and sober Stevie Ray Vaughan was riding high. His last album was his most critically lauded and commercially successful. He had fulfilled a lifelong dream by collaborating with his first and greatest musical hero, his brother Jimmie. His tumultuous marriage was over and he was in a new and healthy romantic relationship. Vaughan seemed poised for a new, limitless chapter of his life and career.

Instead, it all came to a shocking and sudden end on August 27, 1990, when he was killed in a helicopter crash following a dynamic performance with Eric Clapton. Just 35 years old, he left behind a powerful musical legacy and an endless stream of What Ifs. In the ensuing 29 years, Vaughan’s legend and acclaim have only grown and he is now an undisputed international musical icon. Despite the cinematic scope of Vaughan’s life and death, there has never been a truly proper accounting of his story. Until now.

Texas Flood provides the unadulterated truth about Stevie Ray Vaughan from those who knew him best: his brother Jimmie, his Double Trouble bandmates Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and Reese Wynans, and many other close friends, family members, girlfriends, fellow musicians, managers and crew members.

Woodstock: 3 Days Of Peace & Music by Michael Lang (Format: Print Book):

The official 50th-anniversary book on the festival that epitomizes the ’60s

This is the official 50th-anniversary celebration of Woodstock, by the festival’s co-creator and co-founder, Michael Lang. A large illustrated edition, it includes hundreds of photographs and documents accompanied by Lang’s fascinating memories and insights into the most famous and influential festival of all time, with images of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, Richie Havens, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Country Joe McDonald and the Grateful Dead. The ephemera from Lang’s largely unseen archive include the original designs and plans for the event, correspondence, set-lists, information on artists’ fees and much more. This wealth of information is accompanied by the best photographs of the event by famous and unknown photographers such as Ralph Ackerman, John Dominis, Bill Eppridge, Dan Garson, Barry Z. Levine, Elliott Landy, Lee Marshall and Baron Wolman, and notably featuring the archive of Henry Diltz. Diltz was the only official photographer at Woodstock and was there for two weeks, from an empty field of cows to first construction, crowds arriving and the aftermath. He also captured onstage performances and behind-the-scenes moments with the many artists involved. Woodstock is an exuberant volume that conveys the vision, hard work and elusive magic that made up “three days of peace and music.” Overview by Barnes & Noble

Videos of the Week:

12 Little Spells by Esperanza Spalding

Lest We Forget by Esperanza Spalding


Autumn Leaves by Casey Abrams

Blackbird by Casey Abrams

Tearin’ Up My Heart by Casey Abrams


Bennie And The Jets by Elton John

Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John

Rocketman by Elton John

Your Song by Elton John

Sweet Home Chicago by Stevie Ray Vaughan with Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy & Jimmie Vaughan

Tell Me by Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble

Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

Freedom by Richie Havens

My Generation by The Who

Somebody To Love by Jefferson Airplane

Soul Sacrifice by Santana

Woodstock Boogie by Canned Heat

The Thrill Is Gone by B.B. King & Friends

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.

Exciting New Learning Service – Lynda.com Available Now!

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Check out our exciting new learning service Lynda.com for on-demand access to thousands of professionally crafted how-to videos on a variety of subjects – it is cool, so check it out!

If you have questions, ask the staff – we’re here to help!

And Lynda.com can help too – anytime of the day or night, as long as you have an Internet connection and an library card!

Have a great day,

Linda Reimer, SSCL