New York Times Bestsellers March 8, 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:

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins:

A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel.

 

 

CHASING CASSANDRA by Lisa Kleypas:

The sixth book in the Ravenels series. Cassandra teaches a railway magnate a lesson.

 

 

CROOKED RIVER by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child:

The 19th book in the Agent Pendergast series. Human feet inside nondescript shoes wash ashore in Florida.

 

 

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.

 

 

GOLDEN IN DEATH by J.D. Robb:

The 50th book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas seeks the sender of packages that give off toxic airborne fumes.

 

 

THE GUARDIANS by John Grisham:

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

 

 

HOLDOUT by Graham Moore:

When a defense attorney becomes a murder suspect, her time as a pivotal juror comes back to light.

 

 

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng:

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

 

 

ONE MINUTE OUT by Mark Greaney:

The ninth book in the Gray Man series. Court Gentry tries to stop the head of a group trafficking women and children.

 

 

A LONG PETAL OF THE SEA by Isabel Allende:

A young pregnant widow and an Army doctor take a ship to Chile to escape the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.

 

 

OTHER MRS. by Mary Kubica:

A Chicago couple becomes unsettled when they move to an old house in Maine and their new neighbor turns up dead.

 

 

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.

 

 

SUN DOWN MOTEL by Simone St. James:

A woman visits a motel in upstate New York where her aunt was entangled in mysterious events as a night clerk decades ago.

 

 

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris:

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

 

 

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.

 

 

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk:

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

 

DARK TOWERS by David Enrich:

The New York Times finance editor traces the history and illicit dealings of Deutsche Bank.

 

 

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.

 

 

THE MAMBA MENTALITY by Kobe Bryant:

Various skills and techniques used on the court by the Los Angeles Lakers player.

 

 

ON TYRANNY by Timothy Snyder:

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

 

 

OPEN BOOK by Jessica Simpson with Kevin Carr O’Leary:

The singer, actress and fashion designer discloses times of success, trauma and addiction.

 

 

PROFILES IN CORRUPTION by Peter Schweizer:

The author of “Clinton Cash” gives his evaluations of members of the Democratic Party.

 

 

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari:

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell:

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

 

 

UNTIL THE END OF TIME by Brian Greene:

A physicist gives an overview of how we got here, where we are and directions we might go.

 

 

UN-TRUMPING AMERICA by Dan Pfeiffer:

A former senior advisor to President Obama offers suggestions for Democrats.

 

 

VERY STABLE GENIUS by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists use firsthand accounts to chart patterns of behavior within the Trump administration.

 

 

YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST by Alexis Coe:

A newly researched biography of George Washington

 

 

Have a great weekend!

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 February 27, 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:

100 Best Jazz Tunes of the 1950s by Various Artists:

This collection does indeed, feature 100 classic jazz songs on eight discs.

One hundred titles is a few too many to put into a blog posting, we’d have an almost endless posting! So instead here is a partial list of the songs included in the collection: Bloomdido by the Charlie Parker Quintet, The Surrey With Fringe On Top by Ahmad Jamal, Straight No Chaser by Thelonious Monk, Black Coffee by Peggy Lee, Django by John Lewis, Caravan by Dizzy Gillepsie, On The Sunny Side of the Street by Johnny Hodges, St. Thomas by Sonny Rollins, I Was Doing All Right by Jimmy Smith and many more!

 

 

American Light Music Classics (1998) by The New London Orchestra with Julian Leaper, leader and Ronald Corp, conductor:

An excellent collection of “light music” from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The term “Light Music” was used to describe songs that were playful and less serious light classical music – like music you might have heard in the back ground of a movie of the day.

This is a fun orchestra, instrumental collection!

      Song List

  1. The Washington Post
  2. Whistling Rufus
  3. Pavanne
  4. Nola: A Silhouette
  5. The Whistler and His Dog
  6. Belle of the Ball
  7. The Arkansas Traveller
  8. The Teddy Bears’ Picnic
  9. To A Wild Rose
  10. Blaze Away!
  11. Chanson ‘In Love’
  12. The Toy Trumpet
  13. Promenade
  14. Plink, Plank, Plunk!
  15. The March of the Toys
  16. Holiday for Strings
  17. Narcissus
  18. Symphony No. 5 1-2 ‘A Symphony For Fun’: Perpetual Emotion
  19. Symphony No. 5 1-2 ‘A Symphony For Fun’: Spiritual?
  20. Symphony No. 5 1-2 ‘A Symphony For Fun’: Scherzofrenia
  21. Symphony No. 5 1-2 ‘A Symphony For Fun’: Conclusion!
  22. Carousel Waltz

One Love (at Studio One) (1991) by Bob Marley and the Wailers:

This two disc set features 40 songs recorded by Bob Marley and the Wailers from 1963-1966.

So this is an early collection of tunes that features a young playing Bob Marley early in his career playing a mixture of Ska based, pre-reggae, jazz and rock influences tunes including the Beatles And I Love Her and Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone.

       Song List:

  1. This Train
  2. Simmer Down
  3. I Am Going Home
  4. Do You Remember
  5. Talkative
  6. I Need You
  7. It Hurts to Be Alone
  8. True Confession
  9. Lonesome Feeling
  10. There She Goes
  11. Diamond Baby
  12. Playboy
  13. Where’s the Girl for Me
  14. Hooligan
  15. One Love
  16. Love and Affection
  17. And I Love Her
  18. Rude Boy
  19. I’m Still Waiting
  20. Ska Jerk
  21. Somewhere to Lay My Head
  22. Wages of Love
  23. Wages of Love
  24. I’m Gonna Put It On
  25. Cry to Me
  26. Who Feels It (Knows It)
  27. Let Him Go
  28. When the Well Runs Dry
  29. Can’t You See
  30. What Am I Supposed to Do?
  31. Rolling Stone
  32. Bend Down Low
  33. Freedom Time
  34. Rocking Steady

 

Ragtime: The Musical (1996):

A spirited collection of music you might have heard in turn of the century, New York – the turn of the Twentieth Century that is!

        Song List:

  1. Ragtime
  2. Goodbye My Love
  3. Journey On
  4. The Crime of the Century
  5. Gettin’ Ready Rag
  6. Henry Ford
  7. Your Daddy’s Son
  8. New Music
  9. Wheels of a Dream
  10. The Night Goldman Spoke at Union Square
  11. Gliding
  12. ’till We Reach That Day
  13. What a Game!
  14. Coalhouse’s Soliloquy
  15. He Wanted to Say
  16. Buffalo Nickel Photoplay, Inc.
  17. Our Children
  18. The Show Biz
  19. Back to Before
  20. Make Them Hear You
  21. Wheels of a Dream (Reprise)

Reunion Concert Highlights (1983) by The Everly Brothers:

A twenty song collection recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in September of 1983, this recording features the brothers backed by a terrific band and with their harmonies still in tip-top form – traditional rock at its finest!

       Song List:

  1. The Price of Love
  2. Walk Right Back
  3. Claudette
  4. Crying in the Rain
  5. Love Is Strange
  6. When Will I Be Loved?
  7. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)
  8. Bird Dog
  9. Be-Bop-A-Lula
  10. Bye Bye Love
  11. Gone, Gone, Gone
  12. All I Have to Do Is Dream
  13. Wake up Little Susie
  14. Cathy’s Clown
  15. (‘Til) I Kissed You
  16. Temptation
  17. Lucille
  18. Let It Be Me
  19. Good Golly Miss Molly
  20. The Price of Love

Videos Of The Week:

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat by Charles Mingus (Live At Montreux 1975)

Let The Good Times Roll by Ray Charles

What A Difference A Day makes by Wes Montgomery

Arkansas Traveller by Keslo Herston

Plink, Plank, Plunk by the London Pops Orchestra

Whistling Rufus by the BBC Dance Orchestra conducted by Henry Hall (1934)

And I Love Her by Bob Marley & The Whalers

One Love by Bob Marley & The Whalers

This Train by Bob Marley & The Whalers

Getting’ Ready Rag from Ragtime: The Musical

Ragtime from Ragtime: The Musical

The Show Biz from Ragtime: The Musical

Bird Dog by The Everly Brothers

Crying In The Rain by The Everly Brothers

Let It Be Me by The Everly Brothers

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:

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

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Suggested Reading February 24, 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:

Alias Grace: A Novel by Margaret Atwood:

In Alias Grace, the bestselling author of The Handmaid’s Tale takes readers into the life of one of the most notorious women of the nineteenth century—recently adapted into a 6-part Netflix original mini-series by director Mary Harron and writer/actress Sarah Polley.

It’s 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Captivating and disturbing, Alias Grace showcases bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood at the peak of her powers.

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke:

A Best Book of the Year: Washington Post, Sun Sentinel

From Alafair Burke—New York Times bestselling author of the runaway hit, The Wife— comes another twisty tale of domestic noir. When a prominent Manhattan lawyer is murdered, two estranged sisters—one the dead man’s widow, the other his ex—must set aside mistrust and old resentments … but can they escape their past?

Keep your enemies close and your sister closer.

Though Chloe was the younger of the two Taylor sisters, she always seemed to be the one in charge. She was the honor roll student with big dreams and an even bigger work ethic. Nicky—always restless and more than a little reckless—was the opposite of her ambitious little sister. She floated from job to job and man to man, and stayed close to home in Cleveland.

For a while, it seemed that both sisters had found happiness. Chloe earned a scholarship to an Ivy League school and moved to New York City, where she landed a coveted publishing job. Nicky married promising young attorney Adam Macintosh and gave birth to a baby boy they named Ethan. The Taylor sisters became virtual strangers.

Now, more than fifteen years later, their lives are drastically different—and Chloe is married to Adam. When he’s murdered by an intruder at the couple’s East Hampton beach house, Chloe reluctantly allows her teenage stepson’s biological mother—her estranged sister, Nicky—back into her life. But when the police begin to treat Ethan as a suspect in his father’s death, the two sisters are forced to unite . . . and to confront the truth behind family secrets they have tried to bury in the past.

Lean on Me, Family Is Forever Series, Book 1 by Pat Simmons:

This is the new OverDrive Big Read title; which means there are unlimited copies available and anyone, and everyone, can check it out right now!

Here’s a summary of the book:

First in an emotional, poignant romantic women’s fiction series from acclaimed inspirational romance author Pat Simmons.

No one should have to go it alone…and God sends the right person for backup. Every caregiver needs a caregiver.

Tabitha Knicely is overwhelmed with caring for her beloved great-aunt, whose dementia is getting worse. Aunt Tweet may be losing her memory, yet she finds her way to Tabitha’s neighbor’s front porch. When Marcus Whittington accuses Tabitha of elder neglect, he doesn’t realize how his threats to have Aunt Tweet taken away add to Tabitha’s pain.

Then Marcus gets to know the exuberant elderly lady and sees up close how hard Tabitha is fighting to keep everything together. He can’t walk away, knowing she needs someone to care for her. Drawn to Marcus’s tender side, Tabitha begins to lean on him more and more. Aunt Tweet not only rediscovers Christ, she unknowingly leads the couple on their own spiritual journey with a surrender of hearts to each other and God.

“An inspirational story of a family in crisis.”—Michelle (Goodreads) for Harlequin Junkie

“A heartbreaking, heartwarming Christian story of caring for a loved one. The books makes you think long after the last page.”—Gail Herrmann (Goodreads)

Park Avenue Summer by Renée Rosen:

“‘Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada,’ which might as well be saying ‘put me in your cart immediately.'” —PopSugar

It’s 1965 and Cosmopolitan magazine’s brazen new editor in chief—Helen Gurley Brown—shocks America and saves a dying publication by daring to talk to women about all things off-limits…
New York City is filled with opportunities for single girls like Alice Weiss, who leaves her small Midwestern town to chase her big-city dreams and unexpectedly lands a job working for the first female editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown.

For Alice, who wants to be a photographer, it seems like the perfect foot in the door, but nothing could have prepared her for the world she enters. Editors and writers resign on the spot, refusing to work for the woman who wrote the scandalous bestseller Sex and the Single Girl, and confidential memos, article ideas, and cover designs keep finding their way into the wrong hands. When someone tries to pull Alice into a scheme to sabotage her boss, she is more determined than ever to help Helen succeed.

While pressure mounts at the magazine, Alice struggles not to lose sight of her own dreams as she’s swept up into a glamorous world of five-star dinners, lavish parties, and men who are certainly no good. Because if Helen Gurley Brown has taught her anything, it’s that a woman can demand to have it all.

Tangerine: A Novel by Christine Mangan:

“A juicy melodrama cast against the sultry, stylish imagery of North Africa in the fifties.” —The New Yorker

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country.

But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice—she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

Tangerine is a sharp dagger of a book—a debut so tightly wound, so replete with exotic imagery and charm, so full of precise details and extraordinary craftsmanship, it will leave you absolutely breathless.

PRINT RECOMMENDATIONS:

Carved From Stone and Dream: A Los Nefilim Novel by T. Frohock:

“February 1939 Catalonia has fallen. Los Nefilim is in retreat. With the Nationalist forces hard on their heels, the members of Los Nefilim Spanish Nephilim that possess the power to harness music and light in the supernatural war between the angels and daimons?make a desperate run for the French border. Diago Alvarez, a singular being of angelic and daimonic descent, follows Guillermo and a small group of nefilim through the Pyrenees, where the ice is as treacherous as postwar loyalties?both can kill with a single slip. When a notebook of Los Nefilim’s undercover operatives falls into a traitor?s hands, Diago and Guillermo risk their lives to track it down. As they uncover a pocket realm deep within the Pyrenees, Diago discovers his family is held hostage. Faced with an impossible choice: betray Los Nefilim, or watch his family die, Diago must nurture the daimonic song he has so long denied in order to save those he loves.”–Amazon.com

Firewatching by Thomas Russ:

A taut and ambitious police procedural debut introducing Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler, a cold case reviewer who lands a high-profile murder investigation, only to find the main suspect is his recent one-night stand . . .

When financier Gerald Cartwright disappeared from his home six years ago, it was assumed he’d gone on the run from his creditors. But then a skeleton is found bricked up in the cellar of Cartwright’s burned-out mansion, and it becomes clear Gerald never left alive.

As the sole representative of South Yorkshire’s Cold Case Review Unit, Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler is not expected to get results, but he knows this is the case that might finally kick start his floundering career. Luckily, he already has a suspect. Unluckily, that suspect is Cartwright’s son, the man Tyler slept with the night before.

Keeping his possible conflict-of-interest under wraps, Tyler digs into the case alongside Amina Rabbani, an ambitious young Muslim constable and a fellow outsider seeking to prove herself on the force. Soon their investigation will come up against close-lipped townsfolk, an elderly woman with dementia who’s receiving mysterious threats referencing a past she can’t remember, and an escalating series of conflagrations set by a troubled soul intent on watching the world burn . . .

Last Girl Standing by Lisa Jackson:

The best of friends . . .
In the Portland suburb of West Knoll, Delta and her friends were the pretty, popular elite of the high school. That was fifteen years and a whole lifetime ago. Even then, backstabbing and betrayal erupted among the women in the group, a trio of which are now gathered around a hospital bed. And most of it revolved around the man lying close to death before them . . .

Until the day . . .
To Delta, it feels as if a nightmare unfolds every time they get together. It started at their senior year graduation party when a group of daredevils led by Tanner slipped under the safety rope and tumbled into the dangerous, fast-flowing river. One of their clique died following his lead. It all seemed spontaneous at the time. A thoughtless deed. But since then, there have been more deaths, more “accidents.” And the question hovers, unspoken: who’s next?

They die . . .
As the body count rises, Detective Chris McCrae, one of Delta’s classmates and a long ago friend of Tanner’s, realizes that stopping the terror means digging deep into the past. Hidden beneath the conflicting stories, gossip, and scandalous half-truths are secrets that someone will kill again and again to protect—until there is no one left to tell . . .

The Warsaw Protocol by Steve Barry:

“In New York Times bestseller, Steve Berry’s, latest Cotton Malone adventure, one by one the seven precious relics of the Arma Christi, the weapons of Christ, are disappearing from sanctuaries across the world. After former Justice Department agent, Cotton Malone, witnesses the theft of one of them, he learns from his old boss, Stephanie Nelle, that a private auction is about to be held where incriminating information on the president of Poland will be offered to the highest bidder-blackmail that both the United States and Russia want, but for vastly different reasons. The price of admission to that auction is one of the relics, so Malone is first sent to a castle in Poland to steal the Holy Lance, a thousand-year-old spear sacred to not only Christians but to the Polish people, and then on to the auction itself. But nothing goes as planned and Malone is thrust into a bloody battle between three nations over information that, if exposed, could change the balance of power in Europe. From the tranquil canals of Bruges, to the elegant rooms of Wawel Castle, to deep beneath the earth into an ancient Polish salt mine, Malone is caught in the middle of a deadly war-the outcome of which turns on a secret known as the Warsaw Protocol”– Provided by publisher.

Weather: A Novel by Jenny Offill:

“Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years, she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but Lizzie has little chance to spend her new free time with husband and son before her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. She’s become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right wingers worried about the decline of western civilization. As Lizzie dives into this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you’ve seen the flames beyond its walls. When her brother becomes a father and Sylvia a recluse, Lizzie is forced to address the limits of her own experience–but still she tries to save everyone, using everything she’s learned about empathy and despair, conscience and collusion, from her years of wandering the library stacks . . . And all the while the voices of the city keep floating in–funny, disturbing, and increasingly mad”– Provided by publisher.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Note: Book summaries are from the publisher unless otherwise specified.

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 March 1, 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:

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins:

A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel

 

 

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.

 

 

CROOKED RIVER by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child:

The 19th book in the Agent Pendergast series. Human feet inside nondescript shoes wash ashore in Florida.

 

 

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.

 

 

GOLDEN IN DEATH by J.D. Robb:

The 50th book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas seeks the sender of packages that give off toxic airborne fumes.

 

 

THE GUARDIANS by John Grisham:

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

 

 

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.

 

 

A LONG PETAL OF THE SEA by Isabel Allende:

A young pregnant widow and an Army doctor take a ship to Chile to escape the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.

 

 

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.

 

 

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

 

 

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris:

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

 

 

WEATHER by Jenny Offill:

Lizzie becomes obsessed with disaster psychology while working at a university library and answering inquiries to a former mentor’s podcast.

 

 

WHEN YOU SEE ME by Lisa Gardner:

D.D. Warren and Flora Dane join the F.B.I. agent Kimberly Quincy’s taskforce.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

THE MAMBA MENTALITY by Kobe Bryant:

Various skills and techniques used on the court by the Los Angeles Lakers player.

 

 

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb:

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

 

 

NATURE’S BEST HOPE by Douglas W. Tallamy:

Potential grass-roots solutions citizens might take to help reverse declining wildlife populations.

 

 

ON TYRANNY by Timothy Snyder:

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

 

 

OPEN BOOK by Jessica Simpson with Kevin Carr O’Leary:

The singer, actress and fashion designer discloses times of success, trauma and addiction.

 

 

PROFILES IN CORRUPTION by Peter Schweizer:

The author of “Clinton Cash” gives his evaluations of members of the Democratic Party.

 

 

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari:

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell:

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

 

 

TIGHTROPE: AMERICAN’S REACHING FOR HOPE by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn:

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

 

 

TO SHAKE THE SLEEPING SELF by Jedidiah Jenkins:

The son of conservative Christians cycles from Oregon to Patagonia, reconciling his sexuality with his upbringing.

 

 

VERY STABLE GENIUS by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists use firsthand accounts to chart patterns of behavior within the Trump administration.

 

 

WHY WE CAN’T SLEEP by Ada Calhoun:

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

 

 

WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo:

Historical and cultural analyses on what causes defensive moves by white people and how this inhibits cross-racial dialogue.

 

 

WHY WE’RE POLARIZED by Ezra Klein:

The editor at large and co-founder of Vox offers his take on what causes divisions in America.

 

 

Have a great weekend!

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 February 21, 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:

Coat of Many Colors (1971) by Dolly Parton (Genre: Country) (Format: CD)

A classic album from the great Dolly Parton featuring the songs Coat of Many Colors, Traveling Man and My Blue Tears.

Song List

  1. Coat of Many Colors
  2. Traveling Man
  3. My Blue Tears
  4. If I Lose My Mind
  5. The Mystery of Mystery
  6. She Never Met a Man (She Didn’t Like)
  7. Early Morning Breeze
  8. The Way I See You
  9. Here I Am
  10. A Better Place to Live

Duke Ellington: Music Is My Mistress (1972) by Edward Kennedy Ellington (otherwise known as “Duke” (Genre: Jazz, Music History, Biography) (Format: Book)

Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one.” This is the story of Duke Ellington—the story of Jazz itself. Told in his own way, in his own words, a symphony written by the King of Jazz. His story spans and defines a half-century of modern music. This man who created over 1500 compositions was as much at home in Harlem’s Cotton Club in the ‘20s as he was at a White House birthday celebration in his honor in the ‘60s. For Duke knew everyone and savored them all. Passionate about his music and the people who made music, he counted as his friends hundreds of the musicians who changed the face of music throughout the world: Bechet, Basie, Armstrong, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Sinatra, to name a few of them. Here are 100 photographs to give us an intimate view of Duke’s world—his family, his friends, his associates. What emerges most strongly in his commitment to music, the mistress for whom he saves the fullest intensity of his passion. ”Lovers have come and gone, but only my mistress stays,” he says. He composed not only songs that all the world has sung, but also suites, sacred works, music for stage and screen and symphonies. This rich book, the embodiment of the life and works of the Duke, is replete with appendices listing singers, arrangers, lyricists and the symphony orchestras with whom the Duke played. There is a book to own and cherish by all who love Jazz and the contributions made to it by the Duke. – From the publisher

Rally Day!! (2009) by Driftwood (Genre: Americana, Grassroots, Folk, Pop, Rock) (Format: CD)

Driftwood is a Binghamton, New York based grass roots group consisting of Joe Kollar Dan Forsyth, Claire Byrne, and Joey Arcuri.

Rally Day was originally released in 2009 and features ten upbeat roots rockin’ songs with a folk flavor – check it out!

Song List:

  1. Walking into the Sun
  2. Cold Iron Heart
  3. City Gal
  4. Just For me
  5. Annie
  6. Cigarette Addiction
  7. Talkin’ Walmart
  8. You Wear Your Shoes
  9. Favorite Girl
  10. Tin Pan Momma

The US Festival 1982 US Generation by Various Artists (Genre: Pop, Rock) (Format: DVD)

The US Festival 1982 features music from the three day long Us Festival which was held at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, CA.

The festival was organized by Apple co-founder Steven Wozniak who wanted to create a festival that offered a celebration of American music and one that would also, foster a sense of community. And with that in mind, the musical line-up featured top-notch stars of the era including The Police, The Cars, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Carlos Santa & The B-52s, and also includes interviews with some of the players which combined offers a documentary look at the festival interspersed with concert footage.

The Who The Official History with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey (Format: Book)

The only official history of The Who—created with the full cooperation of Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, and spectacularly illustrated with rare photographs and memorabilia—published in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the band’s first album, My Generation, and their celebratory world tour.

Three legendary bands are revered as the holy trinity of modern rock and roll: The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. The Who. This landmark publication is the first official history of The Who featuring exclusive access to never-before-published images and memorabilia from the band’s own archive, and from other sources including collectors and fans.

Blending memoir, history, and music, The Who explores the influences that shaped the band and its members, from Britain’s post-war austerity to Elvis, Lonnie Donegan, and American youth counter-culture. It follows them through the Mod and Pop years and the furiously fast sixties, and charts the hit singles—”My Generation,” “I’m a Boy,, “The Kids Are Alright,” and “Pinball Wizard.” It revels in memories of making it big in America and inspiring Jimi Hendrix to set his guitar on fire, and much more.

It records the band’s highs—their groundbreaking artistic achievements of Tommy and Quadrophenia—and the devastating lows—the loss of Keith Moon and John Entwistle. The Who documents the extraordinary story of how a tax inspector, sheet metal worker, art school stoner and maverick drummer—John Entwistle, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and Keith Moon—became one of the most famous and enduring musical acts of modern times and transformed the world, creating the sound of a generation.

The Who includes approximately 500 color and black-and-white photos, band and fan memorabilia, and archive material; Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are writing the captions, providing an extra layer to the book; and there is a special pullout feature spreads providing vivid background social history and context. – From the publisher

Videos Of The Week:

Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton

Travelin’ Many by Dolly Parton (with Johnny Carson)

Caravan by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

Mood Indigo by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

Take The “A” Train by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

Tree of Shade by Driftwood by Driftwood

Wayfaring Stranger by Driftwood

The US Festival 1982 Overview Video

Promises in the Dark & Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar from the 1982 US Festival

The Ramomes at the 1982 US Festival

I Can’t Explain by The Who

Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who

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 February 18, 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:

Blindness by José Saramago (Format: eBook)

A stunningly powerful novel of man’s will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.

“This is a shattering work by a literary master.”—The Boston Globe

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year

A city is hit by an epidemic of “white blindness” which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth century, Blindness has swept the reading public with its powerful portrayal of man’s worst appetites and weaknesses—and man’s ultimately exhilarating spirit.

 

 

Gap Creek by Robert Morgan (Format: eBook)

A New York Times Bestseller & Oprah’s Book Club Pick

Young Julie Harmon works “hard as a man,” they say, so hard that at times she’s not sure she can stop. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. People are weak, and there is so much to do. At just seventeen she marries and moves down into the valley of Gap Creek, where perhaps life will be better.

But Julie and Hank’s new life in the valley, in the last years of the nineteenth century, is more complicated than the couple ever imagined. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what to fear most—the fires and floods or the flesh-and-blood grifters, drunks, and busybodies who insinuate themselves into their new life. To survive, they must find out whether love can keep chaos and madness at bay. Their struggles with nature, with work, with the changing century, and with the disappointments and triumphs of their union make Gap Creek a timeless story of a marriage.

 

 

I Beat the Odds, From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond by Michael Oher (Format: eBook)

The football star made famous in the hit film (and book) The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. Michael Oher shares his personal account of his story, in this inspirational New York Times bestseller.

Looking back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, Michael talks about the goals he had to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family. Eventually he grasped onto football as his ticket out and worked hard to make his dream into a reality. With his adoptive family, the Touhys, and other influential people in mind, he describes the absolute necessity of seeking out positive role models and good friends who share the same values to achieve one’s dreams. Sharing untold stories of heartache, determination, courage, and love, I Beat the Odds is an incredibly rousing tale of one young man’s quest to achieve the American dream.

 

 

I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb (Format: eBook)

With his stunning debut novel, She’s Come Undone, Wally Lamb won the adulation of critics and readers with his mesmerizing tale of one woman’s painful yet triumphant journey of self-discovery. Now, this brilliantly talented writer returns with I Know This Much Is True, a heartbreaking and poignant multigenerational saga of the reproductive bonds of destruction and the powerful force of forgiveness. A masterpiece that breathtakingly tells a story of alienation and connection, power and abuse, devastation and renewal–this novel is a contemporary retelling of an ancient Hindu myth. A proud king must confront his demons to achieve salvation. Change yourself, the myth instructs, and you will inhabit a renovated world.

 

 

Nothing to Hide by Allison Brennan (Format: eBook)

With a background in psychology, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is good at getting into the heads of killers and victims both. Still, her latest case is leaving her stumped. A third body has turned up in San Antonio—and it bears the same unique and troubling M.O. as the first two. The killer is clearly trying to send a message. But what is it—and to whom? All roads keep leading Lucy down a dead end. . .

The victims are all married men who led honest lives alongside their adoring wives, but have nothing else in common. When Lucy catches each widow in a lie, she realizes that things are not at all as they seem. What begins as a seemingly straightforward investigation turns into something far darker and more sinister than Lucy could have ever imagined. Can she solve this case before more lives are lost. . . including her own husband?

 

 

PRINT RECOMMENDATIONS:

American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI by Kate Winkler Dawson

From the acclaimed author of Death in the Air (“Not since Devil in the White City has a book told such a harrowing tale”—Douglas Preston) comes the riveting story of the birth of criminal investigation in the twentieth century.

Berkeley, California, 1933. In a lab filled with curiosities—beakers, microscopes, Bunsen burners, and hundreds upon hundreds of books—sat an investigator who would go on to crack at least two thousand cases in his forty-year career. Known as the “American Sherlock Holmes,” Edward Oscar Heinrich was one of America’s greatest—and first—forensic scientists, with an uncanny knack for finding clues, establishing evidence, and deducing answers with a skill that seemed almost supernatural.

Heinrich was one of the nation’s first expert witnesses, working in a time when the turmoil of Prohibition led to sensationalized crime reporting and only a small, systematic study of evidence. However with his brilliance, and commanding presence in both the courtroom and at crime scenes, Heinrich spearheaded the invention of a myriad of new forensic tools that police still use today, including blood spatter analysis, ballistics, lie-detector tests, and the use of fingerprints as courtroom evidence. His work, though not without its serious—some would say fatal—flaws, changed the course of American criminal investigation.

Based on years of research and thousands of never-before-published primary source materials, American Sherlock captures the life of the man who pioneered the science our legal system now relies upon—as well as the limits of those techniques and the very human experts who wield them.

 

 

Brother & Sister: A Memoir by Diane Keaton

When they were children in the suburbs of Los Angeles in the 1950s, Diane Keaton and her younger brother, Randy, were best friends and companions: they shared stories at night in their bunk beds; they swam, laughed, dressed up for Halloween. Their mother captured their American-dream childhoods in her diaries, and on camera. But as they grew up, Randy became troubled, then reclusive. By the time he reached adulthood, he was divorced, an alcoholic, a man who couldn’t hold on to full-time work–his life a world away from his sister’s, and from the rest of their family. Now Diane is delving into the nuances of their shared, and separate, pasts to confront the difficult question of why and how Randy ended up living his life on ‘the other side of normal

 

 

Golden in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel by J. D. Robb

In the latest thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, homicide detective Eve Dallas investigates a murder with a mysterious motive — and a terrifying weapon. Pediatrician Kent Abner received the package on a beautiful April morning. Inside was a cheap trinket, a golden egg that could be opened into two halves. When he pried it apart, highly toxic airborne fumes entered his body — and killed him. After Eve Dallas calls the hazmat team — and undergoes testing to reassure both her and her husband that she hasn’t been exposed — it’s time to look into Dr. Abner’s past and relationships. Not every victim Eve encounters is an angel, but it seems that Abner came pretty close — though he did ruffle some feathers over the years by taking stands for the weak and defenseless. While the lab tries to identify the deadly toxin, Eve hunts for the sender. But when someone else dies in the same grisly manner, it becomes clear that she’s dealing with either a madman — or someone who has a hidden and elusive connection to both victims.

 

 

Murder at Archly Manor by Sara Rosett

London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job–looking into the background of her cousin’s fiancé, Alfred. Alfred burst into the upper crust world of London’s high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague. Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Suddenly, every Bright Young Person in attendance is a suspect, and Olive must race to find the culprit because a sly murderer is determined to make sure Olive’s first case is her last.

 

 

Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah

“All Beth has to do is drive her son to his soccer game, watch him play, and then return home. Just because she knows her ex-best friend lives near the field, that doesn’t mean she has to drive past her house and try to catch a glimpse of her. Why would Beth do that and risk dredging up painful memories? She hasn’t seen Flora for twelve years. She doesn’t want to see her today–or ever again. But she can’t resist. She parks outside the open gates of Newnham House, watches from across the road as Flora arrives and calls to her children Thomas and Emily to get out of the car. Except … There’s something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt, but they haven’t changed at all. They are no taller, no older. Why haven’t they grown? How is it possible that they haven’t grown up?”–Amazon.com.

 

 

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Note: Book summaries are from the publisher unless otherwise specified.

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 23, 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:

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins:

A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel

 

 

CROOKED RIVER by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child:

The 19th book in the Agent Pendergast series. Human feet inside nondescript shoes wash ashore in Florida.

 

 

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.

 

 

GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE by Abi Daré:

A 14-year-old Nigerian girl, who is sold as a wife then as a servant, resolves to speak for herself and others.

 

 

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.

 

 

GOLDEN IN DEATH by J.D. Robb:

The 50th book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas seeks the sender of packages that give off toxic airborne fumes.

 

 

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 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.

 

 

A LONG PETAL OF THE SEA by Isabel Allende:

A young pregnant widow and an Army doctor take a ship to Chile to escape the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.

 

 

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.

 

 

MUSEUM OF DESIRE by Jonathan Kellerman:

The 35th book in the Alex Delaware series. Four unrelated victims are found slaughtered in a limousine.

 

 

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

 

 

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris:

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

 

 

WHEN YOU SEE ME by Lisa Gardner:

D.D. Warren and Flora Dane join the F.B.I. agent Kimberly Quincy’s taskforce.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

BROTHER & SISTER by Diane Keaton:

The Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning actress recounts the troubles her sibling encountered.

 

 

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.

 

 

THE MAMBA MENTALITY by Kobe Bryant:

Various skills and techniques used on the court by the Los Angeles Lakers player.

 

 

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb:

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

 

 

OPEN BOOK by Jessica Simpson with Kevin Carr O’Leary:

The singer, actress and fashion designer discloses times of success, trauma and addiction.

 

 

PROFILES IN CORRUPTION by Peter Schweizer:

The author of “Clinton Cash” gives his evaluations of members of the Democratic Party.

 

 

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari:

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell:

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

 

 

VERY STABLE GENIUS by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists use firsthand accounts to chart patterns of behavior within the Trump administration.

 

 

WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo:

Historical and cultural analyses on what causes defensive moves by white people and how this inhibits cross-racial dialogue.

 

 

WHY WE’RE POLARIZED by Ezra Klein:

The editor at large and co-founder of Vox offers his take on what causes divisions in America.

 

 

Have a great weekend!

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.