Suggested Listening January 31, 2020

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

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

Recommended Titles:

III (2019) by The Lumineers (Genre: Folk, Americana, Indie):

The third album by the Denver based folk group, that after the departure of cellist and vocalist Neyla Pekarek who was with the band from 2010-2018, consists of co-founders Wesley Schultz on vocals and guitar and Jeremiah Fraites on drums and piano.

Song List:

  1. Donna
  2. Life in the City
  3. Gloria
  4. It Wasn’t Easy to Be Happy for You
  5. Leader of the Landslide
  6. Left for Denver
  7. My Cell
  8. Jimmy Sparks
  9. April

The Best of Everything: The Definitive Career-Spanning Hits Collection 1976-2016 (2019) by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock):

Just like the title says, this is a career spanning greatest hits collection from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, chronicling their top hits over forty years, from 1976 to 2016.

Discs 1 & 2

  1. Free Fallin’
  2. Mary Jane’s Last Dance
  3. You Wreck Me
  4. I Won’t Back Down
  5. Saving Grace
  6. You Don’t Know How It Feels
  7. Don’t Do Me Like That
  8. Listen to Her Heart
  9. Breakdown
  10. Walls (Circus)
  11. The Waiting
  12. Don’t Come Around Here No More
  13. Southern Accents
  14. Angel Dream, No. 2
  15. Dreamville
  16. I Should Have Known It
  17. Refugee
  18. American Girl
  19. The Best of Everything
  20. Wildflowers
  21. Learning to Fly
  22. Here Comes My Girl
  23. The Last DJ
  24. I Need to Know
  25. Scare Easy
  26. You Got Lucky
  27. Runnin’ Down a Dream
  28. American Dream Plan B
  29. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
  30. Trailer
  31. Into the Great Wide Open
  32. Room at the Top
  33. Square One
  34. Jammin’ Me
  35. Even the Losers
  36. Hungry No More
  37. I Forgive It All
  38. For Real

Ice Cream In Hell (2020) by Tinsley Ellis (Blues, Rock):

Atlanta based Tinsley Ellis has been playing hard rocking blues for more than forty years. Ellis is a guitarist’s guitarist, being heavily influenced by the three great kings of the Blues, B.B. King, Albert King and Freddie King, and on his official website he notes that during the Ice Cream In Hell sessions he played a “Cherry red Freddie King ES-345 reissue.”

If you like hard rocking blues, music in the same ball park as that played by Stevie Ray Vaughan – check this album out!

Song List:

  1. Last One to Know
  2. Don’t Know Beans
  3. Ice Cream in Hell
  4. Foolin’ Yourself
  5. Hole in My Heart
  6. Sit Tight Mama
  7. No Stroll in the Park
  8. Evil Till Sunrise
  9. Everything and Everyone

Late Nights And Long Necks (2019) by Justin Moore (Genre: Country):

A native of Poyen, Arkansas, Justin Moore began playing music while in high school, and kicked off his professional career by playing with his uncle’s band, before moving to Nashville and landing a recording contract with Big Machine Records. Late Nights And Longnecks is his latest release and offers a collection of upbeat Country music.

Song List:

  1. Why We Drink
  2. That’s My Boy
  3. The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home
  4. Jesus and Jack Daniels
  5. Airport Bar
  6. Small Town Street Cred
  7. Never Gonna Drink Again
  8. On the Rocks
  9. Someday I Gotta Quit

Rubberband (2019) by Miles Davis (Genre: Jazz):

This Rubberband LP was recorded by Miles Davis in 1985 and posthumously released in 2019.

The album features Davis on trumpet and keyboards, Mike Stern on guitar, Michael Paulo on saxophone and flute, Lalah Hathaway & Ledisi on vocals.

  1. Rubberband of Life
  2. This Is It
  3. Paradise
  4. So Emotional
  5. Give It Up
  6. Maze
  7. Carnival Time
  8. I Love What We Made Together
  9. See I See

Videos Of The Week:

Democracy by The Lumineers

Gloria by The Lumineers

Life In the City by The Lumineers

Don’t Do Me Like That by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Jammin’ Me by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Learning To Fly by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Kiss Of Death by Tinsley Ellis (Song from the LP Midnight Blue)

Last One To Know by Tinsley Ellis

No Stroll In The Park by Tinsley Ellis

Good Times Don’t by Justin Moore

Here’s To The One’s That Didn’t Make It Back Home by Justin Moore

Small Town Cred by Justin Moore

Paradise Of Life by Miles Davis

Rubberband Of Life by Miles Davis

This Is It by Miles Davis

‘Round About Midnight by Miles Davis

Have a great weekend!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

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

The Lumineers (official website). https://thelumineers.com/

Tinsley Ellis (official website), http://tinsleyellis.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: 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.

Suggested Reading January 27, 2020

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 RECOMMENDATIONS:

The Accidental Pallbearer by Frank Lentricchia (Format: eBook):

Introducing a gritty new detective series set in the bleak hinterlands of upstate New York

Washed-up private investigator Eliot Conte would rather be teaching American literature and listening to opera than taking pictures of spouses in flagrante delicto. But he flamed out of an academic career when he hung the Provost of UCLA out a window, and he had to come home —- to bleak Utica, New York, where his aging father, Silvio Conte, a political kingmaker, is still cutting deals and hustling appointments, and his all-but-in-blood brother Antonio Robinson is the city’s first black Chief of Police.

But now Antonio’s asking him for a favor that, to Eliot, doesn’t seem like the kind of thing a police chief should ask for … especially as he begins to uncover a trail of evidence leading back to the most sensational hit in local Mafia history. In a Utica marked by economic devastation and racial tensions, Eliot picks up one strand after another, weaving his way through a web of allegiances, grudges, and his own dark demons. Who is the spider at the center of it all?

 

 

Leviathan Wakes: The Expanse Series, Book 1 written by James S. A. Corey and read by Jefferson Mays (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The first book in the revolutionary New York Times bestselling Expanse series, a modern masterwork of science fiction. Leviathan Wakes introduces Captain James Holden, his crew, and Detective Miller as they unravel a horrifying solar system wide conspiracy that begins with a single missing girl. Now a Prime Original series.

Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to the Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

“Interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written.” – George R. R. Martin

 

 

A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel by Isabel Allende (Format: eBook):

From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home.

“Isabel Allende is a legend and this might be her finest book yet.”—J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Saints for All Occasions

In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires.

Together with two thousand other refugees, they embark on the SS Winnipeg, a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda, to Chile: “the long petal of sea and wine and snow.” As unlikely partners, they embrace exile as the rest of Europe erupts in world war. Starting over on a new continent, their trials are just beginning, and over the course of their lives, they will face trial after trial. But they will also find joy as they patiently await the day when they will be exiles no more. Through it all, their hope of returning to Spain keeps them going. Destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world, Roser and Victor will find that home might have been closer than they thought all along.

A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile, and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea shows Isabel Allende at the height of her powers.

Praise for A Long Petal of the Sea

“Both an intimate look at the relationship between one man and one woman and an epic story of love, war, family, and the search for home, this gorgeous novel, like all the best novels, transports the reader to another time and place, and also sheds light on the way we live now.”—J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Saints for All Occasions

“This is a novel not just for those of us who have been Allende fans for decades, but also for those who are brand-new to her work: What a joy it must be to come upon Allende for the first time. She knows that all stories are love stories, and the greatest love stories are told by time.”—Colum McCann, National Book Award–winning author of Let the Great World Spin

 

 

Treason: Stone Barrington Series, Book 52 written by Stuart Woods and read by Tony Roberts (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Stone Barrington takes on a scheming rebel in this latest action-packed thriller from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Stuart Woods.

Upon returning to New York City after a whirlwind British excursion, Stone Barrington is notified of a delicate situation within the country’s administration. A close friend requires his expertise and subtlety to eradicate a destructive presence in a classified agency—only it soon becomes clear that this renegade was sent by a rival Stone has encountered before.

From the City of Light to the rocky Maine coastline, Stone will need to summon all his wit and daring to halt the audacious plots threatening to reveal confidential intel, and catch the evasive traitor at last. This enemy may be equipped with unlimited resources and devious schemes, but if Stone remains vigilant, justice may finally prevail. . . .

 

 

You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance by Chani Nicholas (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

From beloved astrologer Chani Nicholas comes an essential guide for radical self-acceptance.

Your weekly horoscope is merely one crumb of astrology’s cake. In her first book You Were Born For This, Chani shows how your birth chart—a snapshot of the sky at the moment you took your first breath—reveals your unique talents, challenges, and opportunities. Fortified with this knowledge, you can live out the life you were born to. Marrying the historic traditions of astrology with a modern approach, You Were Born for This explains the key components of your birth chart in an easy to use, choose your own adventure style. With journal prompts, reflection questions, and affirmations personal to your astrological makeup, this book guides you along the path your chart has laid out for you.

Chani makes the wisdom of your birth chart accessible with three foundational keys:
The First Key: Your Sun (Your Life’s Purpose)
The Second Key: Your Moon (Your Physical and Emotional Needs)
The Third Key: Your Ascendant and Its Ruler (Your Motivation for Life and the Steersperson of Your Ship)

Astrology is not therapy, but it is therapeutic. In a world in which we are taught to look outside of ourselves for validation,

You Were Born for This brings us inward to commit to ourselves and our life’s purpose.

 

 

PRINT RECOMMENDATIONS:

The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire by William Dalrymple:

“In August 1756 the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to establish in his richest provinces a new administration run by English merchants who collected taxes through means of a ruthless private army–what we would now call an act of involuntary privatization. The East India Company’s founding charter authorized it to ‘wage war’ and it had always used violence to gain its ends. But the creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation dealing in silks and spices and became something much more unusual: an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational business. In less than four decades it had trained up a security force of around 200,000 men–twice the size of the British army–and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself. The Company’s reach stretched until almost all of India south of the Himalayas was effectively ruled from a boardroom in London. The Anarchy tells the remarkable story of how one of the world’s most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas in one small office, five windows wide, and answerable only to its distant shareholders. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.”—From the Publisher

 

 

Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries about Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion by Ingrid Newkirk:

This earnest volume from Newkirk, cofounder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Stone (Eat for the Planet, coauthor) is a fascinating look at animal behavior, as well as a treatise against cruelty toward animals. Divided into two halves, it begins by focusing on “who animals are—their many talents, languages, and complex cultures.” Ants, for example, have strong collective instincts; each has “a specific role within a group, and each group has a distinct purpose.” The coauthors also discuss how birds navigate and hone a sense of direction that would “put even the most deft human explorers to shame.” The second half focuses on how humans can improve animals’ lives—not least by abstaining from cruelty. Descriptions of the experiments done on animals including mice, rabbits, monkeys, and dogs in order “to study toxic chemicals, drugs, or diseases” get graphic quickly. As do discussions about animals “routinely killed and skinned for their fur” or crocodiles and alligators “slaughtered for leather.” Newkirk and Stone’s informative survey effectively nudges readers to think twice about their own use of products sourced, perhaps less than ethically, from the animal kingdom. – Publishers Weekly

 

 

The Auguries by Francis Cottam:

“The sudden sinking of a Thames passenger craft with no survivors is seen simply as freak, unexplained accident. But when the male statues of London start crying blood and a choking fog descends causing a passenger plane to crash into the Thames Barrier, the country panics. Is London under a terrorist attack – or is something else at work? Professor Juliet Harrington suspects these unexplained incidents are related to ‘The Almanac of Forbidden Wisdom’, a book said to contain the most potent charms and curses. These events are referred to as The Auguries, which signal the world being out of balance. With each spell cast the world becomes more unstable, and Juliet is in a race against time to find who has the book and how to counteract the spells before it is too late”— From the Publisher

 

 

Jazz by Toni Morrison:

In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe’s wife, Violet, attacks the girl’s corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life.

 

 

Bryant & May: The Lonely Hour: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery by Christopher Fowler:

“When a man is found hanging upside down inside a willow tree on Hampstead Heath, surrounded by a baffling assortment of occult objects, the Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to investigate. Was this a botched Satanic ritual pulled off by bored teenagers, a gang initiation, or the work of a mastermind with grander intentions? Bryant and May set off for answers and soon discover that London is a city steeped in blood and magic. When another body is pulled from the river in the early morning light, it becomes clear that a killer lurks in the night. To catch him, the PCU switches to graveyard shifts, but the team still comes up short. As they explore a night city where the normal rules do not apply, they’re drawn deeper into a case that involves murder, arson, kidnapping, blackmail, loneliness, and bats. May takes a technological approach, while Bryant goes in search of academics and misfits for help, for this is becoming an investigation that reveals impossibilities at every turn. How do you stop a killer who appears not to exist? Luckily, impossibilities are what the Peculiar Crimes Unit does best” – From the Publisher

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

StarCat

The catalog of physical library materials, i.e. print books, audiobooks on CD, DVDs etc.

ABOUT LIBRARY APPS:

You can access digital library content, i.e. eBooks & downloadable audiobooks, on PCs, Macs and mobile devices.

For mobile devices simply download the Libby (eBooks & downloadable audiobooks) or the RB Digital app (on-demand magazines), from your app store to get started. And if you’re using a PC or Mac simply click on the following link: https://stls.overdrive.com/

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 February 2, 2020

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:

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate:

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

 

 

BLUE MOON by Lee Child:

Jack Reacher gets caught up in a turf war between Ukrainian and Albanian gangs.

 

 

CRISS CROSS by James Patterson:

The 27th book in the Alex Cross series. Copycat crimes make the detective question whether an innocent man was executed.

 

 

DEAR EDWARD by Ann Napolitano:

A 12-year-old boy tries to start over after becoming the sole survivor of a plane crash in which he lost his immediate family.

 

 

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.

 

 

THE LAST WISH by Andrzej Sapkowski:

Linked stories follow the exploits of Geralt of Rivia, a monster-slaying mercenary.

 

 

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng:

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

 

 

LONG BRIGHT RIVER by Liz Moore:

Mickey risks her job with the Philadelphia police force by going after a murderer and searching for her missing sister.

 

 

 

LOST by James Patterson and James O. Born:

The new head of an F.B.I. task force takes on a crime syndicate run by a pair of Russian nationals.

 

 

A MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT by David Baldacci:

When Atlee Pine returns to her hometown to investigate her sister’s kidnapping from 30 years ago, she winds up tracking a potential serial killer.

 

 

MORAL COMPASS by Danielle Steel:

Shortly after Saint Ambrose Prep goes co-ed, a student is attacked and the community falls apart.

 

 

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.

 

 

THE OUTSIDER by Stephen King:

A detective investigates a seemingly wholesome member of the community when an 11-year-old boy’s body is found.

 

 

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides:

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

 

 

SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid:

Tumult ensues when Alix Chamberlain’s babysitter is mistakenly accused of kidnapping her charge

 

 

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.

 

 

THE WIVES by Tarryn Fisher:

A woman discovers something disturbing about her polygamist husband.

 

 

NON-FICTION:

AMERICAN OLIGARCHS by Andrea Bernstein:

An investigative journalist traces the proliferation of the Trump and Kushner dynasties.

 

 

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.

 

 

THE BODY by Bill Bryson:

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

 

 

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk:

How trauma affects the body and mind, and innovative treatments for recovery.

 

 

BOYS & SEX by Peggy Orenstein:

How young men comprehend cultural forces and navigate sexual and emotional relationships.

 

 

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.

 

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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

 

 

JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson:

A law professor and MacArthur grant recipient’s memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.

 

 

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb:

A psychotherapist gains unexpected insights when she becomes another therapist’s patient.

 

 

ME by Elton John:

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

 

 

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari:

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

 

 

SAY NOTHING by Patrick Radden:

A look at the conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.

 

 

SUCCESSFUL AGING by Daniel J. Levitin:

A neuroscientist suggests using resilience strategies as we grow older

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell:

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

 

 

TIGHTROPE by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors examine issues affecting working-class Americans.

 

 

UNCANNY VALLEY by Anna Wiener:

A millennial’s memoir is interwoven with a look at changes within Silicon Valley.

 

 

WHY WE SLEEP by Matthew Walker:

A neuroscientist uses recent scientific discoveries to explain the functions of sleep and dreams.

 

 

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Note: this list contains all the New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week that are owned by libraries within the Southern Tier Library System.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening January 24, 2020

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

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

Fatou (2012) by Fatoumata Diawara (Genre: International) (Format: CD):

Fato is the debut album by Malian actress and singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara.
Fatoumata has a sumptuous voice and her music is upbeat modern pop sung in Wassoulou.

Song List:

1. Kanou
2. Sowa
3. Bakonoba
4. Kèlè
5. Makoun Oumou
6. Sonkolon
7. Alama
8. Bissa
9. Mousso

Walk On (1995) by John Hiatt (Genre: Country, Folk, Pop-Rock, Singer-Songwriter) (Format: CD):

A collection of sparse, introspective songs from the talented songwriter.

Song List:

1. Cry Love
2. You Must Go
3. Walk On
4. Good as She Could Be
5. River Knows Your Name
6. Native Son
7. Dust Down a Country Road
8. Ethylene
9. I Can’t Wait

Harlem Stride Piano by James P. Johnson (Genre: Jazz, Vintage Jazz, Piano):

James P. Johnson hailed from New Jersey and was one of the most popular stride piano players during the 1920s. Johnson was a teacher to the young, and later much more famous, Fats Waller and he on a number of recordings by Ethel Waters and Bessie Smith.

Vintage stride piano at its fines!

Song List:

1. The Harlem Strut
2. Keep off the Grass
3. Carolina Shout
4. Carolina Shout
5. Dear Old Southland
6. Bandana Days (Intro: Love Will Find a Way)
7. Weeping Blues
8. Worried and Lonesome Blues
9. You Can’t Do What My Last Man Did

The Very Best of Ben E. King by Ben E. King (Format: CD):

An Atlantic greatest hits collection chronicling some of the most popular songs by the R&B and vintage rock singer who sang lead on some of the Drifters most popular songs and went on to sucessfull solo career. Today he is probably best known as the co-composer and singer of the song Stand By Me which was used as the theme song for the 1986 film of the same name that starred Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Cory Feldman and Jerry O’Connell.

Song List:

  1. There Goes My Baby by The Drifters
  2. Dance with Me by The Drifters
  3. Save the Last Dance for Me by The Drifters
  4. I Count the Tears by The Drifters
  5. Spanish Harlem by Ben E. King
  6. Stand By Me by Ben E. King
  7. On the Horizon by Ben E. King
  8. Amor by Ben E. King
  9. Young Boy Blues by Ben E. King
  10. Here Comes the Night by Ben E. King
  11. Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) by Ben E. King
  12. How Can I Forget by Ben E. King
  13. I (Who Have Nothing) by Ben E. King
  14. Supernatural Thing by Ben E. King
  15. Do it in the Name of Love by Ben E. King

The Secret Policeman’s Balls by Various Artists (Format: DVD):

The Secret Policeman’s Balls were a series of concerts held to raise money for Amnesty International. The series began in the U.K. in 1976 and ran through 2001. This three disc set contains five of the concerts and a documentary

The Concerts:

1. Pleasure At Her Majesty’s: The first Secret Policeman’s Ball was actually called Pleasure At Her Majesty’s (aka A Poke In The Eye with a Sharp Stick). It was filmed in 1976 with John Cleese hosting and offered comedy – including some from Cleese’s Monty Python friends.

2. The Secret Policeman’s Ball (1979), John Cleese came back to host the show, which again featured a few of his Monty Python friends, as well as comedians Peter Cooke & Tom Robinson & musican Pete Townsend of The Who.

3. The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball (1981), was again hosted by John Cleese and featured comedians and more musicians including Sting, Bob Geldolf, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Donovan. A popular companion album was released from this show titled The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball – The Music.

4) The Secret Policeman’s Third Ball (1987), featured a new-to-the-series group of players including David Gilmour, Duran Duran, Joan Armatrading, Peter Gabriel, Jackson Brown and Lou Reed.

5) The Secret Policeman’s Biggest Ball (1989) featured a whole host of comedians including John Cleese, Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Robbie Coltrane, Jennifer Saunders and Hugh Laurie.

The first two concerts and the last, focus more on comedy and the third and fourth feature comedy and great music – so there is something for everyone in this collection. And if you love guitar music, I highly recommend watching The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball as all the players were in top form for that concert!

Videos Of The Week:

Bissa by Fatoumata Diawara

Clandestin by Fatoumata Diawara

Wililé by Fatoumata Diawara featuring Toumani Diabaté

Cry Love by John Hiatt

Dust Down A Country Road by John Hiatt

Shredding The Document by John Hiatt

Harlem Strut by James P. Johnson

Carolina Shout by James P. Johnson

Weeping Blues by James P. Johnson

Spanish Harlem by Ben E. King

Stand by Me by Ben E. King

There Goes My Baby by The Drifters with Ben E. King on lead vocals

Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers by Jeff Back & Eric Clapton from the Secret Policeman’s Other Ball

The Roof Is Leaking by Phil Collins from the Secret Policeman’s Other Ball

Roxanne by Sting from the Secret Policeman’s Other Ball

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: 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.

Suggested Reading January 20, 2020

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 RECOMMENDATIONS:

Bad Ideas: A Novel written by by Missy Marston and read by Aurora Browne (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Wildly funny and wonderfully moving, Bad Ideas is about just that — a string of bad ideas — and the absurdity of love

Trudy works nights in a linen factory, avoiding romance and sharing the care of her four-year-old niece with Trudy’s mother, Claire. Claire still pines for Trudy’s father, a St. Lawrence Seaway construction worker who left her twenty years ago. Claire believes in true love. Trudy does not. She’s keeping herself to herself. But when Jules Tremblay, aspiring daredevil, walks into the Jubilee restaurant, Trudy’s a goner.

Loosely inspired by Ken “the Crazy Canuck” Carter’s attempt to jump the St. Lawrence River in a rocket car, and set in a 1970s hollowed-out town in eastern Ontario, Bad Ideas paints an indelible portrait of people on the forgotten fringes of life. Witty and wise, this is a novel that will stay with you a long time.

 

 

Can’t Judge a Book by Its Murder: Main Street Book Club Mystery Series, Book 1 written and read by Amy Lillard (Format: eBook)

Not every murder is by the book…

As Sugar Springs gears up for its all-class high school reunion, Mississippi bookstore owner Arlo Stanley prepares to launch her largest event: a book-signing with the town’s legendary alum and bestselling author, Wally Harrison. That’s when Wally is discovered dead outside of Arlo’s front door and her best friend is questioned for the crime.

When the elderly ladies of Arlo’s Friday Night Book Club start to investigate, Arlo has no choice but to follow behind to keep them out of trouble. Yet with Wally’s reputation, the suspect list only grows longer—his betrayed wife, his disgruntled assistant, even the local man who holds a grudge from a long-ago accident.

Between running interference with the book club and otherwise keeping it all together, Arlo anxiously works to get Chloe out of jail. And amidst it all, her one-time boyfriend-turned-private-eye returns to town, just another distraction while she digs to uncover the truth around Wally’s death and just what Sugar Springs secret could have led to his murder.

 

 

Death Masks written by Jim Butcher and read by James Marsters (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But he also knows that whenever things are going good, the only way left for them to go is bad. Way bad. Recent examples: A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards…Hit men using Harry for target practice…The missing Shroud of Turin—and the possible involvement of Chicago’s most feared mob boss…A handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified…Not to mention the return of Harry’s ex-girlfriend Susan, who’s still struggling with her semi-vampiric nature—and who seems to have a new man in her life. Some days, it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you’re charging.

 

 

Disappearing Moon Café written by Sky Lee and read by Grace Lynn Kung (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Disappearing Moon Cafe was a stunning debut novel that has become a Canadian literary classic. An unflinchingly honest portrait of a Chinese Canadian family that pulses with life and moral tensions, this family saga takes the reader from the wilderness in nineteenth-century British Columbia to late twentieth-century Hong Kong, to Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Intricate and lyrical, suspenseful and emotionally rich, it is a riveting story of four generations of women whose lives are haunted by the secrets and lies of their ancestors but also by the racial divides and discrimination that shaped the lives of the first generation of Chinese immigrants to Canada.

Bespeak Audio Editions brings Canadian voices to the world with audiobook editions of some of the country’s greatest works of literature, performed by Canadian actors.

 

 

Forging the Runes by Josepha Sherman (Format: eBook):

What matter promises to them? They’re only Human!

His honor riven from him, Elven Prince Ardagh suffers that worst of all possible fates: banishment to the world of humans. Alone in a land of Christian kings and Viking raiders, Ardagh has at last learned to make his way—more, he has made himself a place; he is much valued by his friends and comrades at arms. His fate is beginning not to seem so terrible after all.

But now, Ardagh, he who was falsely branded “Oath-breaker,” is called upon to defend Ireland against the fierce magic of an Anglo-Saxon menace and so fulfill his pledge to human King Aedh. Though it may well cost him his immortal life, fiercely, joyfully Ardagh—no oathbreaker he—joins the fray. Then, in the midst of war, he is summoned to rejoin the Sidhe. His choice is stark and clear: to stand by his sworn comrades or regain all that he has lost—and to be in truth as well as name Ardagh Oathbreaker.

 

 

PRINT RECOMMENDATIONS:

Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters:

Meet Egyptologist Amelia Peabody in the first mystery in the Victorian-era set, New York Times bestselling “sparkling series” (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review).

“If Indiana Jones were female, a wife, and a mother who lived in Victorian times, he would be Amelia Peabody Emerson.”—Publishers Weekly

Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her debut Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. On her way to Cairo, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been abandoned by her scoundrel lover. Together the two women sail up the Nile to an archeological site run by the Emerson brothers-the irascible but dashing Radcliffe and the amiable Walter. Soon their little party is increased by one-one mummy that is, and a singularly lively example of the species.

Strange visitations, suspicious accidents, and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn. Now Amelia finds herself up against an unknown enemy-and perilous forces that threaten to make her first Egyptian trip also her last . . .

 

 

Murder On Cue by Jane Dentinger:

In the first book of the Jocelyn O’Roarke series, when a Broadway show’s lead actress is murdered, her understudy must race to find the killer before it’s too late

Struggling actress Jocelyn “Josh” O’Roarke just got a real offer. Well, something resembling a real offer. Her old friend Austin Frost has written a play for Broadway and cast the glamorous Harriet Weldon as the lead. Not wishing to leave his old friend Josh behind, he has invited her to be Harriet’s understudy. The role of understudy is a difficult one—and it becomes even more so when Harriet turns up dead and the police name Josh their prime suspect. With the NYPD breathing down her neck, Josh must find the people responsible while ensuring that the show will go on. Murder on Cue is the first book of the Jocelyn O’Roarke mystery series, which also includes First Hit of the Season and Death Mask.

 

 

One Coffee With by Margaret Maron:

An award-winning mystery novelist and New York Times Bestseller, Margaret Maron uses her North Carolina background when writing the popular Judge Deborah Knott series.

But before Deborah Knott, there was Lt. Sigrid Harald, a homicide detective with the NYPD. Now, with the re-release of Maron’s very first book, long out of print, new readers can finally get to know the character that started it all. In One Coffee With, we meet Sigrid for the first time when murder strikes the Art Department of Vanderlyn College. Who poisoned the deputy chairman’s morning coffee? Everyone in the department had both motive and opportunity and it will take Lt. Harald’s cool, level-headedness to determine who the killer is before he -or she- strikes again.

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine has said, “Harald is no stereotypical policewoman….Getting to know her is a pleasure;” while the San Diego Union-Tribune says, “Maron combines a lighthearted style, surefooted suspense, and a captivating cast.”

 

 

Thus Was Adonis Murdered by Sarah Caudwell:

When her personal copy of the current Finance Act is found a few metres away from a body, young barrister Julia Larwood finds herself caught up in a complex fight against the Inland Revenue. Set to have a vacation away from her home life and the tax man, Julia takes a trip with her art-loving boyfriend. However, all is not what it seems. Could he in fact be an employee of the establishment she has been trying to escape from? And how did her romantic luxurious holiday end in murder?

 

 

Trail of Murder by Christine Andreae:

It began with a phone call about a phone call.

For Lee Squires, this particular phone call couldn’t have come at a better time. English professor, poet, and professional house-sitter, Lee is wallow­ing in the heat and humidity of a Washington, D.C., summer and in the self-pity and depression that have been shadowing her life for some time.

It seems that a friend of hers has given her name to Pete Bonsecours, a Montana wilderness outfitter desper­ately in need of a replacement cook for an upcoming trail ride across the Continental Divide. Lee is more than ready for a change of pace, so it doesn’t take much to convince her to sign on as the new cook.

Within days Lee is on her way out to Montana and the Bob Marshall Wil­derness. Armed with everything from sleeping bag, long underwear, bathing suit, and sunscreen to her old cast-iron Dutch oven and a thermos filled with sourdough starter, Lee is ready for anything–anything but murder.

Filled with the fascinating details of a full-blown trail ride and the gripping suspense of a taut murder mystery.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

StarCat

The catalog of physical library materials, i.e. print books, audiobooks on CD, DVDs etc.

ABOUT LIBRARY APPS:

You can access digital library content, i.e. eBooks & downloadable audiobooks, on PCs, Macs and mobile devices.

For mobile devices simply download the Libby (eBooks & downloadable audiobooks) or the RB Digital app (on-demand magazines), from your app store to get started. And if you’re using a PC or Mac simply click on the following link: https://stls.overdrive.com/

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 January 26, 2020

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:

BLUE MOON by Lee Child:

Jack Reacher gets caught up in a turf war between Ukrainian and Albanian gangs.

 

 

THE COUNTRY GUESTHOUSE by Robyn Carr:

The fifth book in the Sullivan’s Crossing series.

 

 

CRISS CROSS by James Patterson:

The 27th book in the Alex Cross series. Copycat crimes make the detective question whether an innocent man was executed.

 

 

DEAR EDWARD by Ann Napolitano:

A 12-year-old boy tries to start over after becoming the sole survivor of a plane crash in which he lost his immediate family.

 

 

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.

 

 

HUNTER KILLER by Brad Taylor:

The 14th book in the Pike Logan series. Pike has a hunch Taskforce is being targeted.

 

 

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.

 

 

THE LAST WISH by Andrzej Sapkowski:

Linked stories follow the exploits of Geralt of Rivia, a monster-slaying mercenary.

 

 

LONG BRIGHT RIVER by Liz Moore:

Mickey risks her job with the Philadelphia police force by going after a murderer and searching for her missing sister.

 

 

A MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT by David Baldacci:

When Atlee Pine returns to her hometown to investigate her sister’s kidnapping from 30 years ago, she winds up tracking a potential serial killer.

 

 

MORAL COMPASS by Danielle Steel:

Shortly after Saint Ambrose Prep goes co-ed, a student is attacked and the community falls apart.

 

 

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.

 

 

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides:

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

 

 

SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid:

Tumult ensues when Alix Chamberlain’s babysitter is mistakenly accused of kidnapping her charge

 

 

TREASON by Stuart Woods:

The 52nd book in the Stone Barrington series. Stone is asked to expose a double agent in the State Department.

 

 

VANISHING by Jayne Ann Krentz:

A killer goes after a pair of Seattle investigators who witnessed a murder 15 years ago in the secretive town of Fogg Lake.

 

 

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.

 

 

THE WIVES by Tarryn Fisher:

A woman discovers something disturbing about her polygamist husband.

 

 

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.

 

 

THE BODY by Bill Bryson:

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

 

 

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk:

How trauma affects the body and mind, and innovative treatments for recovery.

 

 

BOYS & SEX by Peggy Orenstein:

How young men comprehend cultural forces and navigate sexual and emotional relationships.

 

 

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.

 

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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

 

 

HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST by Ibram X. Kendi:

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

 

 

JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson:

A law professor and MacArthur grant recipient’s memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.

 

 

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb:

A psychotherapist gains unexpected insights when she becomes another therapist’s patient.

 

 

ME by Elton John:

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

 

 

THE RANGE by David Epstein:

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

 

 

SAM HOUSTON AND THE ALAMO AVENGERS by Brian Kilmeade:

The “Fox & Friends” host gives an account of the battle against the Mexican Army in 1836.

 

 

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari:

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

 

 

SAY NOTHING by Patrick Radden:

A look at the conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.

 

 

SUCCESSFUL AGING by Daniel J. Levitin:

A neuroscientist suggests using resilience strategies as we grow older

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell:

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

 

 

WHY WE CAN’T SLEEP by Ada Calhoun:

The cultural and political contexts of the crises that Generation X women face.

 

 

WHY WE SLEEP by Matthew Walker:

A neuroscientist uses recent scientific discoveries to explain the functions of sleep and dreams.

 

 

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Note: this list contains all the New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week that are owned by libraries within the Southern Tier Library System.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening January 17, 2020

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

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

5 Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles And Rare Tracks by Chuck Berry (Genre: Traditional Rock):

A four disc collection featuring some Chuck Berry’s vintage albums and some bonus tracks including songs from the 1957 After School sessions (1957) and the entire albums One Dozen Berry’s (1958), Chuck Berry On Top (1959), Rockin’ At The Hops (1960) and New Juke Box Hits (1961)

The collection includes more than eighty songs including You Can’t Catch Me, Too Much Monkey Business, Brown Eyed Handsome Man, Sweet Little Sixteen, Almost Grown, Rock N’ Roll Music, Roll Over Beethoven and Bye, Bye Johnny.

Aisle Seat Great Film Music (1990) by The Boston Pops conducted by John Williams (Genre: Film Music, Scores):

A great collection of popular film music from 1990.

1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: The Flying Theme
2. Chariots of Fire (Main Theme)
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark March
4. Yes Giorgio: If We Were in Love
5. New York, New York: Main Theme
6. Gone with the Wind: Tara’s Theme
7. Over the Rainbow
8. Singin’ in the Rain (Main Theme)
9. Friendly Persuasion: Main Theme

Cool Strutting (1958) by Sonny Clark with Art Farmer, Jackie McLean, Paul Chambers & Philly Joe Jones (Genre: Jazz):

A classic album by the talented composer and pianist.

1. Cool Struttin’
2. Blue Minor
3. Deep Night
4. Royal Flush
5. Lover

In My Tribe (1987) by 10,000 Maniacs (Genre: Pop, Rock):

The quintessential album by the eighties pop group.

1. What’s the Matter Here?
2. Hey Jack Kerouac
3. Like the Weather
4. Cherry Tree
5. The Painted Desert
6. Don’t Talk
7. Gun Shy
8. My Sister Rose
9. A Campfire Song

The Sweethearts Project (2006) by the Kit McClure Band (Genre: Jazz, Big Band):

Saxophonist Kit McClure and her big band pay tribute to the vintage female big band of the 1940s The International Sweethearts of Rhythm with this swinging collection of music!

1. Vi Vigor
2. Jump Children
3. Just the Thing
4. Diggin’ Dirt
5. Don’t Get It Twisted
6. She’s Crazy with the Heat
7. Slightly Frantic
8. I Never Get Tired
9. One O’Clock Jump
10. Honeysuckle Rose
11. Perdido

Videos Of The Week:

Guitar Boogie by Chuck Berry

 

 

Havana Moon by Chuck Berry

 

 

Roll Over Beethoven by Chuck Berry

 

 

Chariots of Fire by The Boston Pops with John Williams conducing

 

 

E.T. Adventures on Earth by The Boston Pops with John Williams conducing

 

 

Raiders of the Lost Arc by The Boston Pops with John Williams conducing

 

 

Cool Struttin’ by Sonny Clark

 

 

Deep Night by Sonny Clark

 

 

Royal Flush by Sonny Clark

 

 

A Campfire Song by 10,000 Maniacs

 

 

Like The Weather by 10,000 Maniacs

 

 

What’s The Matter Here? By 10, 000 Maniacs

 

 

I Never Get Tired by The Kit McClure Band

 

 

Jump Children by The Kit McClure Band with Carline Ray

 

 

Just The Thing by The Kit McClure Band

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: 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.