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:


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.


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 , 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 – 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:


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


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.



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.




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.

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