Suggested Listening March 30, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our weekly recommended listening posting for Monday, March 30, 2020.

Our listening suggestions today includes ten streaming albums, from the Freegal Music Catalog, and a selection of related music videos.

 If you have questions about how to use the Freegal Music Service, please let me know! You can contact me by leaving a message on the blog. Or, you can send an email to the following address reimerl@stls.org and I’ll get back to you!

Freegal Streaming Suggestions:

Big Joe Williams Revisited by Big Joe Williams (Genre: Blues):

Song List:
Baby Please Don’t Go
Highway 49
Shaggy Hound Blues
Ramblin’ and Wanderin’ Blues
Don’t The Apples Look Mellow Hangin’
Mean Mistreater
Prison Bound
Stack O’ Dollars
I’ve Been Buked and I’ve Been Scorned
I Feel So Worried
Ain’t Nothin’ Like Whiskey
Brand New Car
So Soon I’ll Be Goin’ Way Back Home
Shake ‘Em On Down
Jump Baby Jump
Everybody’s Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone

Cotton Eyed Joe (2006) by The Moody Brothers (Genre: Country):

The Moody Brothers are a family band that descend from the vintage country artist Dwight Moody, and are known for playing old-time Appalachian music. They were the back up band for the country artist George Hamilton IV for many years and appeared numerous times on the Grand Ole Opry. Cotton Eyed Joe is there fourth album and sounds like they’re ready for the square dance to begin!

Song List:
Midnight Flyer
My Mind’s Already Home
Let Me Dance With You
Redneck Girl
It’s My Turn To Sing With Ol’ Willie
Southern Railroad
Brown Eyed Girl
When She Tells You Goodbye
Line Dancing
Our Love
Cotton Eyed Joe

Doo-Wop Classics Vol. 1 [Tip Top Records] Various Artists (Genre: Doo-Wop, Pop, R&B, Vocal):

A collection of bright and uplifting Doo-Wop from the earliest days of Rock n’ Roll.

Song List:
Blanche by Three Friends
I’ll Make You Understand by The Performers
Chapel Bells by Sunny Boys
You’re In Love by Five Vets
Now That You’ve Gone by Three Friends
Bang Bang Shoot ‘Em Daddy by Emblems
Guardian Angel by The Kinɡsmen
I Got Fired by MISTAKES
Let There Be Rockin’ by Bob B. Lee
I’m Only A Boy To Her by Three Friends
Poor Humpty Dumpty by Emblems
You Are My Darling by The Creations
Baby I’ll Cry by Three Friends
Give Me Your Heart by The Performers
I’m Your Lover Man by The Kinɡsmen
Darlin’ I Do by Sebastion
Jinx by Three Friends
Would You Still Be Mine by Emblems
There Goes The Girl I Love by The Creations
Just For You by Shy Tones
Chapel Bells by MISTAKES
Too Young by Emblems
Mop Top by Jumping Jacks
Chinese Tea Room by Three Friends
Right Now by Five Vets

Ken Burns Jazz-Benny Goodman by Various Artists (Genre: Jazz, Swing):

Song List:
Waitin’ For Katie (Album Version) by Ben Pollack & His Orchestra
Clarinetitis (Album Version) by Benny Goodman
It’s Tight Like That (Album Version) by Jimmy McPartland; Gil Rodin; Larry Binyon; Vic Briedis et al.
Royal Garden Blues (Album Version) by Ted Lewis & His Band
King Porter Stomp by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
Body and Soul (Album Version) by The Benny Goodman Trio
Roll ‘Em by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
You Turned The Tables On Me by Benny Goodman And His Orchestra With Helen Ward
Sing, Sing, Sing (Album Version) by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
Don’t Be That Way (Live) by Benny Goodman Big Band
Avalon (Live) by The Benny Goodman Quartet
Flying Home (Album Version) by The Benny Goodman Sextet
Rose Room by Benny Goodman Sextet feat. Benny Goodman & Charlie Christian
Let’s Dance (Album Version) by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
Memories Of You (Album Version) by Benny Goodman Sextet feat. Charlie Christian
Benny Rides Again by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
Air Mail Special (Good Enough to Keep) by Benny Goodman Sextet feat. Benny Goodman & Charlie Christian
Why Don’t You Do Right? (Album Version) by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra feat. Peggy Lee
Rachel’s Dream (Album Version) by The Benny Goodman Sextet
Undercurrent Blues (Album Version) by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
Goodbye (Album Version) by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

Libraries Rock – Kid-friendly Songs Playlist (62 Songs, run time: 02 hr 13 min 55 sec) (Genre: Kids Music):

If you’ve got kids at home – this is a playlist for you!

Artists include Spongebob, Dora The Explorer, The Wiggles, Poppy & Branch, The Backyardigans, Pentatonix and more!

Radio Hits Of the ’60s by Various Artists (Genre: Pop, Classic Rock):

Song List:
Ya Ya by Lee Dorsey
Washington Square by The Village Stompers
A Fool Never Learns by Andy Williams
We’ll Sing In The Sunshine by Gale Garnett
Little Girl by Syndicate of Sound
Working in the Coal Mine by Lee Dorsey
I’m Your Puppet by James & Bobby
Simon Says by 1910 Fruitgum Company
The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde by Georgie Fame
Angel Of The Morning by Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
Worst That Could Happen by The Brooklyn Bridge
In the Year 2525 by Zager & Evans
Cherry Hill by Billy Joe Royal

Let’s Swing #4 Airmen (2010) by the United States Air Force Band (Genre: Big Band, Jazz):

An up-tempo swinging collection of tunes by the Washington based U.S. Air Force Band.

Song List:
Walkin’ & Swingin’
Wagon Wheels
Fancy Meeting You
Watlz of the Trumpets
Big Mama Louise
I’m getting Sentimental Over You
Salute to Miller
The Days of Wine and Roses
I’ll Remember April
All or Nothing At All
Old Man River
Change In Elevation
‘Round Midnight

Life is Good on the Open Road (2018) by Trampled by Turtles (Genre: Roots Rock, Bluegrass, Folk):

Song List:
Kelly’s Bar
We All Get Lonely
The Middle
Thank You, John Steinbeck
Annihilate
Right Back Where We Started
Life is Good on the Open Road
Blood in the Water
I Went to Hollywood
I’m Not There Anymore
Good Land
I Learn the Hard Way

Like A Merry Go Round (1968) by Liz Anderson (Genre: Country, Classic Country):

Song List:
Me, Me, Me, Me, Me
Did You Have to Bring That Up (While I Was Eating)
Like A Merry-Go-Round
Thanks, But No Thanks
No Another Time
Tonight I’ll Throw a Party
Love is Ending
Blue Are the Violets
Take Me to Your World
Your Hold On Me Is Gone
Cry, Cry Again
Little Things

The Music of Wayne Shorter Jazz at Lincoln Center (2020) by Orchestra & Wynton Marsalis (Genre: Jazz):

Song List:
Yes or No
Diana
Hammer Head
Contemplation
Endangered Species
Lost
Armageddon
The Three Marias
Teru
Mama “G”

Recommended Music Videos:

Baby Please Don’t Go by Big Joe Williams

Highway 49 by Big Joe Williams

Ramblin’ and Wanderin’ Blues by Big Joe Williams

Cotton Eyed Joe by The Moody Brothers

Let Me Dance With You by The Moody Brothers

Midnight Flyer by The Moody Brothers

Blanche by The Three Friends

Let There Be Rockin’ by Bob B. Lee

Mop Top by Jumping Jacks

Flying Home by Benny Goodman

Royal Garden Blues (Album Version) by Ted Lewis & His Band

Waitin’ For Katie (Album Version) by Ben Pollack & His Orchestra

Better When I’m Dancin by Meghan Trainor (from the Peanuts movie)

B.I.N.G.O. by Dora the Explorer

Good Vibrations by Ricky Reed (from the Emoji movie)

Simon Says by 1910 Fruitgum Company

Washington Square by The Village Stompers

We’ll Sing In The Sunshine by Gale Garnett

I’ll Remember April by The U.S. Air Force Band

‘Round Midnight by The U.S. Air Force Band

Walkin’ & Swingin’ by The U.S. Air Force Band

Good Land by Trampled by Turtles

Life Is Good On The Open Road by Trampled by Turtles

Thank You, John Steinbeck by Trampled by Turtles

Like A Merry Go Round by Liz Anderson

Little Things by Liz Anderson

Tonight I’ll Throw A Party by Liz Anderson

Teru – Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis feat. Wayne Shorter

“The Three Marias” – Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis feat. Wayne Shorter

“Yes or No” – Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis feat. Wayne Shorter

Be well!

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 March 30 2020

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, and while the library is closed the weekly recommendations will all be digital – eBooks & downloadable audiobooks.

DIGITAL CATALOG RECOMMENDATIONS:

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin (Format: eBook):

As seen on The Today Show! One of the best summer romance picks!

One of Publishers Weekly Best Romance Books of 2019!

A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and who dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

When a surprise engagement is announced between Khalid and Hafsa, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel by Jamie Ford (Format: eBook):

“Sentimental, heartfelt….the exploration of Henry’s changing relationship with his family and with Keiko will keep most readers turning pages…A timely debut that not only reminds readers of a shameful episode in American history, but cautions us to examine the present and take heed we don’t repeat those injustices.”— Kirkus Reviews

“A tender and satisfying novel set in a time and a place lost forever, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war—not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people. Especially relevant in today’s world, this is a beautifully written book that will make you think. And, more importantly, it will make you feel.”
— Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

“Jamie Ford’s first novel explores the age-old conflicts between father and son, the beauty and sadness of what happened to Japanese Americans in the Seattle area during World War II, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love. An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut.”

— Lisa See, bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While “scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.

Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel’s dark dusty basement he begins looking for signs of the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot begin to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still trying to find his voice–words that might explain the actions of his nationalistic father; words that might bridge the gap between him and his modern, Chinese American son; words that might help him confront the choices he made many years ago.

Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.

How to Walk Away: A Novel by Katherine Center (Format: eBook):

From the author of Happiness for Beginners comes the instant New York Times bestseller (May 2018), an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances.

Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiancé, Chip, who wallows in self-pity while simultaneously expecting to be forgiven. Then, there’s her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally, there’s Ian, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Ian, who won’t let her give in to her pity, and who sees her like no one has seen her before. Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need. Sometimes we all need someone to catch us when we fall. And sometimes love can find us in the least likely place we would ever expect.

How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best—a masterpiece of a novel that is both hopeful and hilarious; truthful and wise; tender and brave.

Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen (Format: eBook):

A Today.com Best Pick for Valentine’s Day * An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet—and perhaps change their minds about love—on a train ride in the middle of a snowstorm. Leah Konen’s Love and Other Train Wrecks is perfect for fans of Emery Lord and Jennifer E. Smith.

Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s traveling home for one last chance with his first love, and he needs a miracle to win her back. Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—just look at her parents. If there’s one thing she’s learned about love in the last year, it’s that it ends.

That is, until one winter night when Noah and Ammy find themselves in the same Amtrak car heading to Upstate New York. After a train-wreck first impression between the two of them, the Amtrak train suddenly breaks down—in the middle of a snowstorm.

Desperate to make it to their destinations, Noah and Ammy have no other option but to travel together. What starts off as a minor detour turns into the journey of a lifetime, but come morning their adventure takes an unexpected turn for the worst.

Can one night can really change how they feel about love…and the course of their lives forever?

The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers (Format: eBook):

The Monk of Mokha is the exhilarating true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by civil war.

Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country’s rugged mountains and meet beleagured but determined farmers. But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people.

Sister Noon by Karen Joy Fowler (Format: eBook):

Lizzie Hayes, a member of the San Francisco elite, is a seemingly docile, middle-aged spinster praised for her volunteer work with the Ladies Relief and Protection Society Home, or “The Brown Ark”. All she needs is the spark that will liberate her from the ruling conventions. When the wealthy and well-connected, but ill-reputed Mary Ellen Pleasant shows up at the Brown Ark, Lizzie is drawn to her. It is the beautiful, but mysterious Mary Ellen, an outcast among the women of the elite because of her notorious past and her involvement in voodoo, who will eventually hold the key to unlocking Lizzie’s rebellious nature.

Loosely based in historical fact, Sister Noon is a wryly funny, playfully mysterious, and totally subversive novel from this “fine writer” whose “language dazzles” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Songs of Willow Frost: A Novel written by Jamie Ford and read by Ryan Gesell (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

From Jamie Ford, author of the beloved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, comes a much-anticipated second novel. Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls—a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past—both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness.

Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday—or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday—William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song.

Determined to find Willow and prove that his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigate the streets of Seattle, where they must not only survive but confront the mysteries of William’s past and his connection to the exotic film star. The story of Willow Frost, however, is far more complicated than the Hollywood fantasy William sees onscreen.

Shifting between the Great Depression and the 1920s, Songs of Willow Frost takes readers on an emotional journey of discovery. Jamie Ford’s sweeping novel will resonate with anyone who has ever longed for the comforts of family and a place to call home.

A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel written by Anne Tyler and read by Kimberly Farr (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

“It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . .” This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red’s father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red’s grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.
Brimming with all the insight, humor, and generosity of spirit that are the hallmarks of Anne Tyler’s work, A Spool of Blue Thread tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity. It is a novel to cherish.

Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey by A. J. Jacobs (Format: eBook):

The idea was deceptively simple: New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs decided to thank every single person involved in producing his morning cup of coffee. The resulting journey takes him across the globe, transforms his life, and reveals secrets about how gratitude can make us all happier, more generous, and more connected.

Author A.J. Jacobs discovers that his coffee—and every other item in our lives—would not be possible without hundreds of people we usually take for granted: farmers, chemists, artists, presidents, truckers, mechanics, biologists, miners, smugglers, and goatherds.

By thanking these people face to face, Jacobs finds some much-needed brightness in his life. Gratitude does not come naturally to Jacobs—his disposition is more Larry David than Tom Hanks—but he sets off on the journey on a dare from his son. And by the end, it’s clear to him that scientific research on gratitude is true. Gratitude’s benefits are legion: It improves compassion, heals your body, and helps battle depression.

Jacobs gleans wisdom from vivid characters all over the globe, including the Minnesota miners who extract the iron that makes the steel used in coffee roasters, to the Madison Avenue marketers who captured his wandering attention for a moment, to the farmers in Colombia.

Along the way, Jacobs provides wonderful insights and useful tips, from how to focus on the hundreds of things that go right every day instead of the few that go wrong. And how our culture overemphasizes the individual over the team. And how to practice the art of “savoring meditation” and fall asleep at night. Thanks a Thousand is a reminder of the amazing interconnectedness of our world. It shows us how much we take for granted. It teaches us how gratitude can make our lives happier, kinder, and more impactful. And it will inspire us to follow our own “Gratitude Trails.”

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald written by Therese Anne Fowler and read by Jenna Lamia (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

“When I saw that Amazon Prime was unveiling its original pilot for Z, a biographical series based on Therese Anne Fowler’s novel about Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, I raised a wary eyebrow…But I was wrong, oh me of little faith…[I]t’s an enveloping period piece, perfectly cast, and I would like to see the pilot green-lighted into a series so that we can see this romance go up like a rocket with one loud champagne pop and strew debris across mansion lawns and luxury hotel lobbies in its transcontinental path.” –Vanity Fair

I wish I could tell everyone who thinks we’re ruined, Look closer…and you’ll see something extraordinary, mystifying, something real and true. We have never been what we seemed.

When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the “ungettable” Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn’t wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. Her father is deeply unimpressed. But after Scott sells his first novel, This Side of Paradise, to Scribner’s, Zelda optimistically boards a train north, to marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and take the rest as it comes.

What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined attention and success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time. Everyone wants to meet the dashing young author of the scandalous novel—and his witty, perhaps even more scandalous wife. Zelda bobs her hair, adopts daring new fashions, and revels in this wild new world. Each place they go becomes a playground: New York City, Long Island, Hollywood, Paris, and the French Riviera—where they join the endless party of the glamorous, sometimes doomed Lost Generation that includes Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Gertrude Stein.

Everything seems new and possible. Troubles, at first, seem to fade like morning mist. But not even Jay Gatsby’s parties go on forever. Who is Zelda, other than the wife of a famous—sometimes infamous—husband? How can she forge her own identity while fighting her demons and Scott’s, too? With brilliant insight and imagination, Therese Anne Fowler brings us Zelda’s irresistible story as she herself might have told it.

“Narrator Jenna Lamia’s soft Southern accent and languid tone immediately set the mood for this first-person fictional account of Zelda’s marriage with F. Scott Fitzgerald, the great American novelist…listeners will be fascinated by this well-researched story of the beautiful flapper and her famous husband during the Roaring Twenties.” –Audiofile Magazine

Bonus Reading/Listening Suggestion:

Today, Monday, March 30, 2020 is guitarist Eric Clapton’s 75th birthday. And in honor of his birthday here is a recommended biography in both eBook and downloadable audiobook – enjoy!

Clapton: The Autobiography by Eric Clapton:

(Formats: eBook/downloadable audiobook – the audiobook version is read by Simon Vance):

                                                         eBook                                  Downloadable Audiobook

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With striking intimacy and candor, Eric Clapton tells the story of his eventful and inspiring life. More than a rock star, Eric Clapton is an icon, a living embodiment of the history of rock music. Well known for his reserve in a profession marked by self-promotion, flamboyance, and spin, he now chronicles, for the first time, his remarkable personal and professional journeys.

Born illegitimate in 1945 and raised by his grandparents, Eric never knew his father and, until the age of nine, believed his actual mother to be his sister. In his early teens his solace was the guitar. With the formation of Cream, the world’s first supergroup, he became a worldwide superstar. During the decades that followed, he would go on to play as a guest with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, as well as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and longtime friend George Harrison. He would overcome despair, self-imposed seclusion, drug addiction, and alcoholism. He would become a father.

But just as his life was coming together, he was struck by a terrible blow: His beloved four-year-old son, Conor, died in a freak accident. At an earlier time Eric might have coped with this tragedy by fleeing into a world of addiction. But now a much stronger man, he took refuge in music. CLAPTON is the powerful story of a survivor, a man who has achieved the pinnacle of success despite extraordinary demons. It is one of the most compelling memoirs of our time.

Stay safe and happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

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

StarCat

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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 April 5, 2020

Hi everyone, as regular blog visitors know, I usually post links to request the print versions of the New York Times Bestsellers on Sundays, so that patrons can request those (print) titles in StarCat (the catalog of physical library materials).

 

However, as all the libraries in the Southern Tier Library System are currently closed, you can’t place holds for physical materials, nor, of course, pick up holds.

 

So for the duration of the Corona Virus crisis, I’m going to post links to the New York Times Bestsellers, in eBook or  downloadable audiobook form, that can be requested, or checked out, through the Digital Catalog.

 

If you have questions about how to access digital content you can write a comment and post it on the blog, or send me, SSCL Librarian Linda Reimer, questions via email: reimerl@stls.org

 

 

And without further ado, here are the New York Times Bestsellers that you can check out of the Digital Catalog!

 

FICTION:

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

BLINDSIDE by James Patterson and James O. Born (Format: eBook):

The 12th book in the Michael Bennett series. A serial-killing spree might impact national security.

 

 

BOY FROM THE WOODS by Harlan Coben (Format: eBook):

When a girl goes missing, a private investigator’s feral childhood becomes an asset in the search.

 

 

A CONSPIRACY OF BONES by Kathy Reichs (Format: eBook):

 

The 19th book in the Temperance Brennan series. The forensic anthropologist seeks the identity of a corpse missing its face and hands.

 

 

THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

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 (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

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

 

 

HIT LIST by Stuart Woods (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The 53rd book in the Stone Barrington series. The former N.Y.P.D. detective takes it upon himself to get the target off his back.

 

 

HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD by Sarah J. Maas (Format: eBook):

Passion arises between Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar as they seek to avenge the deaths of Bryce’s friends.

 

 

IN FIVE YEARS by Rebecca Serle (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

A Manhattan lawyer finds herself confronting a vision she had when elements of it come to life on schedule.

 

 

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng (Format eBook):

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

 

 

LONG RANGE by C.J. Box (eBook):

The 20th book in the Joe Pickett series. A grizzly bear attack and an attempted assassination of a local judge baffle the Wyoming game warden.

 

 

MIRROR & THE LIGHT by Hilary Mantel (Format: eBook):

The third book in the Wolf Hall trilogy. After Anne Boleyn’s execution, Thomas Cromwell’s enemies assemble.

 

 

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

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

 

 

SMOKE BITTEN by Patricia Briggs (Format: eBook):

The 12th book in the Mercy Thompson series. The car mechanic who has the ability to turn into a coyote takes on a deadly foe.

 

 

 

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens (eBook):

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 (eBook):

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.

 

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

HOPE OF GLORY by Jon Meacham (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer delves into the seven last sayings of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels.

 

 

JOHN ADAMS UNDER FIRE by Dan Abrams and David Fisher (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

How the man who became the second president served as the defense lawyer for the British soldiers who stood accused in the Boston Massacre in 1770.

 

 

JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson (eBook):

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 (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

OPEN BOOK by Jessica Simpson with Kevin Carr O’Leary (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

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

 

 

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari (Format: Downloadable Audiobooks):

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

 

 

SAY NOTHING by Patrick Radden Keefe (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

An examination of the leadership of the prime minister Winston Churchill.

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

UNKNOWN VALOR by Martha MacCallum (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The Fox News anchor weaves stories of combat veterans who fought during World War II.

 

 

Stay safe and read on!

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 March 27, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our weekly recommended listening posting.

And since so many of us are at home at the present time, I’m going to start publishing two recommended listening postings per week for the duration of the Corona crisis; one on Friday evening, as usual, for your weekend listening pleasure, and one on Monday evening so you can listen to some great, and possibly new to you, music during the week.

Our listening suggestions today includes ten streaming albums and some related music videos.

 If you have questions about how to use the Freegal Music Service, please let me know! You can contact me by leaving a message on the blog. Or, you can send an email to the following address reimerl@stls.org and I’ll get back to you!

Freegal Streaming Suggestions:

Brazilian Byrd (1965) by Charlie Byrd & Orchestra (Genre: Jazz, Guitar):

An upbeat collection of music by the great jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd!

Song List:

Jazz ‘n’ Samba
Corcovado
That Look You Wear
The Girl from Ipanema
Samba Do Avião
Engaño
O Amor Em Paz
Dindi
Canção Do Amor Demais

Charlie Wood and the New Memphis Underground (2007) by Charlie Wood (Genre: Blues, R&B):

Charlie Wood and the New Memphis Underground is the seventh album by Memphis native Charlie Wood. Wood sings and plays keyboard, and this album, if you’re not familiar with it, would be right at home next to your collection of Stax records!

Song List:

Let it Rip
Brand New Feelin’
I Just Want You Cause I Want You
Too Much is Not Enough
Keep it Comin’
Please Send Someone to Love
Don’t Let the Money Get Funny, Honey
I Almost Forgot About the Blues
Come On if You’re Comin’
Drown in My Own Tears
Coffee is For Me
You Don’t Really Wanna Know
Boot-Leg
City Home

Come On, Come On (1992) by Mary Chapin Carpenter (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Pop-Rock, Country):

Mary Chapin Carpenter has been releasing terrific albums for many years now, so it is easy to forget that there was a time when she wasn’t as well known to music fans as she is today. And this album, 1992’s Come On, Come On, was her breakthrough album. I was working at Sam Good at the Arnot Mall, in Horseheads, New York, when this album was released. And I didn’t know who Mary Chapin Carpenter was before I heard it; but after listening to it – I will never forget!

This album features great story songs, upbeat singing and playing and is just a terrific album all the way around! Enjoy!

Song List:

The Hard Way
He Thinks He’ll Keep Her
Rhythm of the Blues
I Feel Lucky
The Bug
Not Too Much to Ask
Passionate Kisses
Only a Dream
I Am a Town

Daryl Hall and John Oates (1975) by Daryl Hall and John Oates (Genre: Pop-Rock):

A lush, classic album from the pop vocal duo!

Song List:

Camellia
Sara Smile
Alone Too Long
Out of Me, Out of You
Nothing At All
Gino (The Manager)
(You Know) It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
Ennui On the Mountain
Grounds for Separation
Soldering
What’s Important To Me
Ice

In The Gold Old Days (When Times Were Bad) (1969) by Dolly Parton (Genre: Country):

A classic album by the always classic Dolly Parton!

Song List:

Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind
He’s a Go Getter
In The Good Old Days
It’s My Time
Harper Valley PTA
Little Bird
Mine
The Carroll County Accident
Fresh Out of Forgiveness
Mama Say a Prayer
Always the First Time
D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

Noël (1993) by Orchestre Symphonique De Québec (Genre: Classical, Vocal, Holiday):

It may seem strange to recommend a Christmas album in March. However, this one offers super vocals by Lyne Fortin, accompanied by the Orchestre Symphonique De Québec with Pascal Verrot conducting. And I found the songs on this LP uplifting and wanted to share!

Song List:

Adeste Fideles (John Francis Wade)
L’ Enfant au Tambour (K. Davis, H. Onorati/H. Simeone)
Noël Blanc (Berlin, Irvin)
Ave Maria (Schubert, Franz)
Les Anges dans Nos Campagnes (Noël Xiiie Siècle)
Panis Angelicus (Franck, César)
Greensleeves
Alleluia (Mozart W.A.)
Agnus Dei (Bizet, Georges)
Carol of the Bells
Ave Maria (Gounod, Charles)
Sainte Nuit (Gruber, Franz)
Gesù Bambino (Yon, Pietro A.)
Minuit Chrétiens (Adam, Adolphe)

Miss Gloria Lynn (1958) by Gloria Lynne (Genre: Jazz, Vocal):

Jazz singer Gloria Lynn’s critically acclaimed first album from 1958.

Song List:

April in Paris
Stormy Monday Blues
Without a Song
Just Squeeze Me (But Don’t Teese Me)
Little Fingers
Perdido
June Night
I Don’t Know Why
All Day Long
I Can’t Give You Anything
Bye, Bye Blackbird
They Didn’t Believe Me

Nomads, Indians, Saints Extended Version (1990, 2000) by The Indigo Girls (Genre: Folk, Pop):

The third album by the bright folk-pop duo, Nomads, Indians, Saints was the follow up to their break-through, self titled second LP, and so it doesn’t always get the credit it deserves as being a really top-notch album too.

Song List:

Hammer And A Nail
Welcome Me
World Falls
Southland In The Springtime
1 2 3
Keeper Of My Heart
Watershed
Hand Me Downs
You And Me of The 10,000 Wars (Studio)
Pushing The Needle Too Far
The Girl With The Weight Of The World In Her Hands
Welcome Me (Live)
Interview
You And Me of The 10,000 Wars (Live)

Southern Comfort by Regina Carter (Genre: Jazz, Folk):

Southern Comfort is one of violinist Regina Carter’s best albums

Song List:

Miner’s Child
Trampin’
Hickory Wind
Shoo-Rye
Blues de Basile
I’m Going Home
Honky Tonkin’
Cornbread Crumbled In Gravy
See See Rider
I Moaned And I Moaned
Death Have Mercy/Breakaway

Strictly Instrumental (1967) by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs with Doc Watson (Genre: Country, Bluegrass):

A classic album by the guitarists and banjoist extraordinaire!

Song List:

Pick Along
Nothing To It
Evelina
Jazzling
Liberty
Tammy’s Song
John Hardy Was a Desperate Man
Lonesome Ruben
Spanish Two-Step
Careless Love
Bill Cheatham

Recommended Music Videos:

Corcovado by Charlie Byrd

The Girl from Ipanema by Charlie Byrd

Jazz “N” Samba by Charlie Byrd

Coffee Is For Me by Charlie Wood

I Almost Forgot About Me by Charlie Wood

Let It Rip by Charlie Wood

The Hard Way by Mary Chapin Carpenter

I Feel Lucky by Mary Chapin Carpenter

Passionate Kisses by Mary Chapin Carpenter

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Camellia by Hall and Oates

Nothing at All by Hall & Oates

Sara Smile by Hall & Oates

Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind by Dolly Parton

Harper Valley P.T.A. by Dolly Parton

In The Good Old Days by Dolly Parton

Adeste Fideles by Orchestre Symphonique De Québec with Lyne Fortin

Greensleeves (instrumental) by Orchestre Symphonique De Québec

Sainte Nuit (instrumental) by Orchestre Symphonique De Québec

April in Paris by Gloria Lynn

Bye, Bye Blackbird by Gloria Lynn

Stormy Monday Blues by Gloria Lynn

Hammer and a Nail by Indio Girls

Southland In The Springtime by Indio Girls

Welcome Me by Indigo Girls

Hickory Wind by Regina Carter

Miner’s Child & Honky Tonkin’ by Regina Carter

Trampin’ by Regina Carter

Carless Love by Flatt, Scruggs & Watson

Jazzing by Flatt, Scruggs & Watson

Pick Along by Flatt, Scruggs & Watson

Be well!

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 March 24, 2020

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, and while the library is closed the weekly recommendations will all be digital – eBooks & downloadable audiobooks.

DIGITAL CATALOG RECOMMENDATIONS:

The African Trilogy by Chinua Achebe (Format: eBook):

Chinua Achebe is considered the father of modern African literature, the writer who “opened the magic casements of African fiction.” The African Trilogy—comprised of Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, and No Longer at Ease—is his magnum opus. In these masterly novels, Achebe brilliantly imagines the lives of three generations of an African community as their world is upended by the forces of colonialism from the first arrival of the British to the waning days of empire.

The trilogy opens with the groundbreaking Things Fall Apart, the tale of Okonkwo, a hero in his village, whose clashes with missionaries—coupled with his own tragic pride—lead to his fall from grace. Arrow of God takes up the ongoing conflict between continuity and change as Ezeulu, the headstrong chief priest, finds his authority is under threat from rivals and colonial functionaries. But he believes himself to be untouchable and is determined to lead his people, even if it is towards their own destruction. Finally, in No Longer at Ease, Okonkwo’s grandson, educated in England, returns to a civil-service job in Lagos, only to see his morality erode as he clings to his membership in the ruling elite.

Drawing on the traditional Igbo tales of Achebe’s youth, The African Trilogy is a literary landmark, a mythic and universal tale of modern Africa. As Toni Morrison wrote, “African literature is incomplete and unthinkable without the works of Chinua Achebe. For passion, intellect and crystalline prose, he is unsurpassed.”

Angels of Mercy by Alice Duncan (Mercy Allcutt Mystery Series, Book 4) (Format: eBook):

Named Director and Producer, Milton Halsey Gosset, Shot Dead in Angels of Mercy, a Cozy Historical Mystery from Alice Duncan

—1926, Los Angeles, CA—

Former Boston Brahmin Mercy Allcutt is excited to be renting suites of rooms to deserving working women in her new Bunker Hill home. She considers it an an act of good-heartedness, no matter how skeptical her boss, private investigator Ernie Templeton, is about her endeavor.

When her housekeeper’s son is arrested for the murder of a Hollywood big-wig, Mercy presses Ernie to solve the case. She’s positive Calvin Buck is innocent. Ernie tells her he’ll do his best but she’s not entirely convinced he means it, so she does some snooping on her own.

In the meantime, Mercy not only takes driving lessons from Ernie, she discovers there’s more to being a landlady than meets the eye. One of her “Angels of Mercy” may not be what she appears. Only time, and Mercy and Ernie, will tell.

Publisher Note: Readers who enjoy cozy mysteries in historical settings are sure to appreciate the Mercy Allcutt series set in 1920s Los Angeles, California. No vulgarity or explicit sex for those who appreciate a clean and wholesome read.

Two-time RT KISS Award Winner
New Mexico/Arizona Book of the Year finalist
New Mexico/Arizona Book of the Year Award winner
Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Nominee
“Mercy Allcutt is a delight.” ~Carola Dunn

The Mercy Allcutt Mystery Series
Lost Among the Angels
Angels Flight
Fallen Angels
Thanksgiving Angels
Angels of Mercy

Heart of Darkness by Kira Brady (Format: eBook):

In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war—and an irresistible passion. . .

Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies. . .and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.

Herzog written by Saul Bellow and read by Malcolm Hillgartner (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Herzog is a man seeking balance, trying to regain a foothold on his life. Thrown out of his ex-wife’s house, Herzog retreats to his abandoned home in a remote village in the Berkshire Mountains. Amid the dust of the disused house, he begins scribbling letters to family, friends, lovers, colleagues, enemies, dead philosophers, ex-presidents—anyone with whom he feels compelled to set the record straight. The letters—which are never sent—are a means to cure himself of the psychic strain of the failures of his life: that of being a bad husband, a loving but poor father, an ungrateful child, a distant brother, an egoist to friends, and an apathetic citizen.

Herzog is primarily a novel of redemption. For all of its innovative techniques and brilliant comedy, it tells one of the oldest of stories. Like The Divine Comedy, it progresses from darkness to light, from ignorance to enlightenment. Today it is still considered one of the greatest literary expressions of postwar America.

The Immigrants by Howard Fast (Lavette Family Series, Book 1) (Format: eBook):

A love story of tremendous beauty…a tale of passion, adventure, and ambition set against the streets of San Francisco, America’s most romantic city.

Dav Lavette, the son of an Italian fisherman, battles from the rubble of the San Francisco earthquake to build a fortune in the shipping industry. Rising to success through hard work and a loveless marriage to the daughter of the city’s wealthiest family, he risks it all for the exotic beauty of a woman who shares his secret and scandalous passion.

From Nob Hill to the harbor, San Francisco comes alive through three immigrant families—Italian, Irish, and Chinese—whose intertwining dreams are propelled by the emotional events of America’s coming of age…

Inspector Ghote Caught in Meshes by H. R. F. Keating (Format: eBook):

Inspector Ghote, ‘one of the great creations of detective fiction’ (Alexander McCall Smith), investigates a highway robbery – and finds himself unexpectedly enmeshed in a world of espionage and intrigue.

When an American visitor to India is killed on the lonely, dusty road between Poona and Bombay, it seems like a classic case of highway robbery. But what Inspector Ghote of the Bombay CID learns from the victim’s brother – the distinguished hydrology professor, Gregory Strongbow – soon makes him suspect that everything is not as it first appeared.

Professor Strongbow is convinced that his brother, a prominent member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, was assassinated – and Inspector Ghote is inclined to agree. But convincing his boss, the irritable Deputy Superintendent Samant, is only his first challenge, in a case that quickly enmeshes the good detective in a world of espionage and intrigue. Soon, Ghote finds his own life in danger, as he is faced with a conspiracy that reaches to the very highest level of Indian politics . . .

Let The People Pick The President (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

People have been arguing against the Electoral College from the beginning. But no one, at least in recent years, has laid out the case as comprehensively and as readably as Jesse Wegman does in ‘Let the People Pick the President.'” — The New York Times Book Review

This program is read by the author

The framers of the Constitution battled over it. Lawmakers have tried to amend or abolish it more than 700 times. To this day, millions of voters, and even members of Congress, misunderstand how it works. It deepens our national divide and distorts the core democratic principles of political equality and majority rule. How can we tolerate the Electoral College when every vote does not count the same, and the candidate who gets the most votes can lose?

Twice in the last five elections, the Electoral College has overridden the popular vote, calling the integrity of the entire system into question—and creating a false picture of a country divided into bright red and blue blocks when in fact we are purple from coast to coast. Even when the popular-vote winner becomes president, tens of millions of Americans—Republicans and Democrats alike—find that their votes didn’t matter. And, with statewide winner-take-all rules, only a handful of battleground states ultimately decide who will become president.

Now, as political passions reach a boiling point at the dawn of the 2020 race, the message from the American people is clear: The way we vote for the only official whose job it is to represent all Americans is neither fair nor just. Major reform is needed—now. Isn’t it time to let the people pick the president?

In this thoroughly researched and engaging call to arms, Supreme Court journalist and New York Times editorial board member Jesse Wegman draws upon the history of the founding era, as well as information gleaned from campaign managers, field directors, and other officials from twenty-first-century Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns, to make a powerful case for abolishing the antiquated and antidemocratic Electoral College. In Let the People Pick the President he shows how we can at long last make every vote in the United States count—and restore belief in our democratic system.

“Wegman combines in-depth historical analysis and insight into contemporary politics to present a cogent argument that the Electoral College violates America’s ‘core democratic principles’ and should be done away with…” —Publishers Weekly

The Passage by Justin Cronin (Format: eBook):

It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”
An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

Look for the entire Passage trilogy:
THE PASSAGE | THE TWELVE | THE CITY OF MIRRORS

Wonderful by Jill Barnett (Format: eBook):

War weary knight Merrick de Beaucourt wants nothing more than a simple life, a peaceful wife, and to oversee his new earldom. What he gets are orders from his king, Camrose Castle, an unbiddable wife, and the wild Welsh borders. For six long years, Lady Clio has waited for her betrothed. Once the news arrives that he is returning, Clio returns to Camrose and awaits her husband, determined to make him pay for the years she languished in a convent. Clio leads Merrick a merry chase as she takes on the role of alewife to discover the lost recipe for ancient “heather ale,” a magical beer first made by the Picts. Surrounded by the enchanted mists that circle Camrose Castle, these head-strong adversaries embark on a sometimes hilarious battle of wills and passion in this 13th Century tale of a brave knight who seeks to claim, and tame, his bride, or so he thinks….

The Wounded Shadow by Patrick W. Carr (Format: eBook):

The kings and queens of the northern continent lay siege to the Darkwater Forest, desperate to contain its evil. But rumors of gold and aurium have lured deserters and the desperate into its shadow, creating a growing army held in its sway. Desperate after the death and dissolution of their greatest ally, Willet and the Vigil seek the truth of what lies at the heart of the evil they face. They delve the mind of an old enemy and find an answer far worse than they could have imagined.

Danger stalks the cities of the north, striking at the rulers of the kingdoms. As Willet and the rest of the Vigil seek to find answers, the group is scattered with an ever-growing darkness around them. Will they discover a path to keep their land safe, or will an ancient evil reclaim the world it once called its own?

Stay safe and happy reading!

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 29, 2020

Hi everyone, as regular blog visitors know, I usually post links to request the print versions of the New York Times Bestsellers on Sundays, so that patrons can request those (print) titles in StarCat (the catalog of physical library materials).

 

However, as all the libraries in the Southern Tier Library System are currently closed, you can’t place holds for physical materials, nor, of course, pick up holds.

 

So for the duration of this crisis, I’m going to post links to the New York Times Bestsellers, in eBookor  downloadable audiobook form, that can be requested through the Digital Catalog.

 

If you don’t have a library card – jump down to the section that discusses how you can get an e-New York Public Library card, and you’ll be able to gain access to their collection of eBooks and audiobooks (and we hope you’ll love having access to that collection so much that once the crisis has past – you’ll come in and get a library card from us – so you can access our collection too!)

 

If you have questions about how to access digital content you can write a comment and post it on the blog, or send me, SSCL Librarian Linda Reimer, questions via email: reimerl@stls.org

 

For eager do-it-your-selfers here is a link to the OverDrive (Digital Catalog) devices info page – where you can go to look up your device and see how to download digital content to it.
https://help.overdrive.com/en-us/devices.htm

 

There is a bit of difference as to how you checkout digital library content, depending upon the device your own; however, basically, if you have a mobile device – get the Libby app from your app store, or the OverDrive app for Kindle tablets, and you can check out and enjoy library eBooks and audiobooks through the app.

 

If you have a Kindle eReader, then go to a web browser on a computer or other device, go to the Digital Catalog found at https://stls.overdrive.com/ , look for an eBook you want to check out and then follow the checkout prompts – you’ll be redirected to the Amazon login page where you’ll enter you Amazon login information and then click on a button to send the library eBook to your Kindle eReader and your eBook should be sent to your Kindle eReader – if you don’t see it on home screen – sync your Kindle and it should appear.

 

 

We love it when patrons check out our digital materials!

Having said that, during the current crisis, and with so many people stuck inside, I think it will be helpful for patrons to have access to a wider selection of popular digital materials – so I’m going to recommend three ways you can get more digital content, without paying for it – just as an FYI.


1. SimplyE New York Public Library App Get the SimplyE New York Public app – information can be found via the following link https://www.nypl.org/books-music-movies/ebookcentral/simplye – this is super easy to do, just download the SimplyE app from your app store; you don’t even have to login and you can be reading in seconds!

 

2. SCRIB Reading Service: Get a free 30 day subscription (no credit card or sign up required!) for the SCRIB reading service. SCRIB will allow you to read a great collection of popular eBooks and digital magazines on demand – for more info click/tap on the following link:
https://www.scribd.com/?lohp=1

 

3. Free Audible Audiobooks For Kids: Amazon has opened a free collection of audiobooks for kids, to access it just click on the following link https://stories.audible.com/discovery

 

And now, insert drum roll here for dramatic effect are the New York Times Bestsellers found in the Digital Catalog.

 

Just click on the book covers to read a summary of each plot and to request the titles of your choice.

 

FICTION:

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

BLINDSIDE by James Patterson and James O. Born (Format: eBook):

The 12th book in the Michael Bennett series. A serial-killing spree might impact national security.

 

 

THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

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 (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

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

 

 

IN FIVE YEARS by Rebecca Serle:

A Manhattan lawyer finds herself confronting a vision she had when elements of it come to life on schedule.

 

 

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng (Format eBook):

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

 

 

LONG RANGE by C.J. Box (eBook):

The 20th book in the Joe Pickett series. A grizzly bear attack and an attempted assassination of a local judge baffle the Wyoming game warden.

 

 

MIRROR & THE LIGHT by Hilary Mantel (Format: eBook):

The third book in the Wolf Hall trilogy. After Anne Boleyn’s execution, Thomas Cromwell’s enemies assemble.

 

 

NUMBERS GAME by Danielle Steel (Format: eBook):

An affair wrecks a marriage and a daughter seeks to get out from her family’s shadow while old dreams and new love are pursued.

 

 

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

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

 

 

SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens (eBook):

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 (eBook):

The former first lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, and how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

 

 

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah (Format: eBook):

A memoir about growing up biracial in apartheid South Africa by the host of “The Daily Show.”

 

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

HOPE OF GLORY by Jon Meacham (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer delves into the seven last sayings of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels.

 

 

JOHN ADAMS UNDER FIRE by Dan Abrams and David Fisher (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

How the man who became the second president served as the defense lawyer for the British soldiers who stood accused in the Boston Massacre in 1770.

 

 

JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson (eBook):

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 (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

OPEN BOOK by Jessica Simpson with Kevin Carr O’Leary (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

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

 

 

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari (Format: Downloadable Audiobooks):

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

 

 

SAY NOTHING by Patrick Radden Keefe (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

An examination of the leadership of the prime minister Winston Churchill.

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

UNKNOWN VALOR by Martha MacCallum (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The Fox News anchor weaves stories of combat veterans who fought during World War II.

 

 

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.

 

 

Stay safe and enjoy the sunshine today!

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 March 20, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our weekly recommended listening posting! And for right now, as we are mostly home bound in New York State, I’m going to offer some great listening suggetions via YouTube videos.

And just FYI, you can download three free songs per week and listen to three hours of commercial free music per day, through the library system’s Freegal Music service.

And if you’d like to check out Freegal, you can stream and download music to a computer by accessing the Freegal Music catalog via the following link:

https://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/home

And you can download the Freegal app, from your app store, and listen to the music on your tablet or smartphone. You will need your library card and your PIN (the last four digits of your phone no.) to login.

Recommended Music Videos of the Week:

Before the recommended music videos of the week, here’s a link to the YouTube page of the great American musician Yo-Yo Ma who has started a streaming series of videos called Songs of Comfort. Ma was features in a PBS new story on the same subject earlier this week.

Here’s a link to Yo-Yo Ma’s YouTube page
https://www.youtube.com/user/YoYoMaVideos

And one to the short PBS interview with Ma on the subject of these beautiful music videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/YoYoMaVideos

And now onto the other recommended videos of the week!

Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens by Louis Jordan

Beans & Cornbread by Louis Jordan

Brian Boru’s March by James Galway

Caravan by Duke Ellington

The Forest Gump Suite from the soundtrack

Going Home by Yo-Yo Ma

Good Day Sunshine by The Beatles

Lord of the Rings Suite by James Galway

Rock Steady by Aretha Franklin

So What? by Miles Davis

Take Five by Dave Brubeck

Take It Easy by The Eagles

Theme From The Thorn Birds by James Galway

The Weight by The Band

Wooden Ships by The Jefferson Airplane

Stay safe!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

Alan Lomax Man Who Recorded The World, NPR Review from All Things Considered (2011),
https://www.npr.org/2011/01/08/132707935/alan-lomax-recording-the-world

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

Booker T. Jones On New Memoir, Heard on All Things Considered (2019),
https://www.npr.org/2019/12/01/784005895/booker-t-jones-on-new-memoir

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.