Suggested Reading October 27, 2020

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, consisting entirely of eBooks & downloadable audiobooks available through the Digital Catalog.

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

Since Halloween is this Saturday, and this is the perfect time of year to listen to spooky stories in front of the fire with a cup of hot chocolate in hand, even if the crackling fire place is a virtual one! So, our recommended “reads” for this week are all spooky downloadable audiobooks – most of which are new to the catalog having migrated from the RB Digital Catalog.

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge written by Ambrose Bierce & read by Mark Hammer

A collection of stories of the supernatural, of ghosts and “strange doings” by a master teller of tales. Includes these stories: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge; The Damned Thing; A Watcher by the Dead; An Inhabitant of Carcosa; The Famous Gilson Bequest; The Eyes of the Panther; The Secret of Macarger’s Gulch; The Night-Doings at Deadman’s

The Body Snatchers and Other Stories written by Robert Louis Stevenson & read by Alexander Spencer

The Body-Snatchers is a “crawler” in Stevenson’s words, a tale of an avenging ghost and two medical students assigned to procure a corpse for an anatomy class. Includes: The Isle of Voices and The Waif Woman

Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley & read by George Guidall

On the deck of his ice-imprisoned ship, explorer Robert Walton watches from a great distance as an enormous apparition travels with much haste across the frozen shore. The next day, Walton fishes from the sea a melancholy scientist named Frankenstein, who shares with Walton the horrifying account of his life and of the “hideous progeny” he set loose upon the world. Frankenstein was written while 19-year-old Mary Shelley vacationed in Geneva with poets Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron. An incessantly rainy summer prompted Byron to challenge the members of the party to write a tale of the supernatural. While listening to a discussion concerning the theory of electrical reanimation, Mary Shelley was struck, almost to terror, with the idea for Frankenstein: “The idea so possessed my mind that a thrill of fear ran through me, and I wished to exchange the ghastly image of my fancy for the realities around.” A universal classic, Mary Shelley’s romantic tale of an ambitious doctor who places himself in the dangerous role of God was first published anonymously in 1818. Master narrator George Guidall skillfully brings to life the doctor and his unhappy creation.

The House of the Seven Gables written by Nathaniel Hawthorne & read by Roslyn Alexander

The House of the Seven Gables, a fixture in Hawthorne’s Salem, serves as the ancestral home of the fictional Pyncheon family—whose distinguished legacy is tainted by pious thievery. When country cousin Phoebe arrives at the house, she is like a cool breeze, refreshing a room that has been sealed for too long. The resulting mixture of dark and light imagery, illustrated by Hawthorne’s rich prose, makes this romance an important American classic.

The Invisible Man written by H.G. Wells & read by Victoria Morgan

“I had not expected the suffering. A night of racking anguish, sickness and fainting. I became insensible and woke languid in the darkness. I shall never forget that dawn, and the strange horror of seeing that my hands had become as clouded glass, and watching them grow clearer and thinner as the day went by. My limbs became glassy, the bones and arteries faded, vanished, and the little white nerves went last. At last only the dead tips of the fingernails remained, pallid and white. I went and stared at nothing in my shaving glass. I had become an invisible man.” Vicki Morgan’ s entertaining narration of this science fiction classic is a great introduction to the fantastic world of H.G. Wells and the brilliant imagination, the psychological insight, and startlingly accurate scientific predictions that made him one of the most influential writers of his day.

The Picture of Dorian Gray written by Oscar Wilde & read by Steven Crossley

Moral fantasy novel by Oscar Wilde, published in an early form in Lippincott’s Magazine in 1890. The novel had six additional chapters when it appeared in book form in 1891. An archetypal tale of a young man who purchases eternal youth at the expense of his soul, the novel was a romantic exposition of Wilde’s aestheticism. Dorian Gray is a wealthy Englishman who gradually sinks into a life of dissipation and crime. Despite his unhealthy behavior, his physical appearance remains youthful and unmarked by dissolution. Instead, a portrait of himself catalogues every evil deed by turning his once handsome features into a hideous mask. When Gray destroys the painting, his face turns into a human replica of the portrait, and he dies.Gray’s final negation, “ugliness is the only reality,” neatly summarizes Wilde’s aestheticism, both his love of the beautiful and his fascination with the profane.

Rip Van Winkle and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow written by Washington Irving & read by James Hamilton

This selection includes two world-famous children’s tales by American author, Washington Irving, well known for his ability to bring humor to the silly vanities that characterize human nature. In the first story, Rip Van Winkle falls asleep only to wake up 20 years later, finding he has literally slept his life away. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow tells the tale of the gawky schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, and his rival Brom Bones, who each woo pretty Katrina Van Tassel until a Headless Horseman makes his ghostly ride. Washington Irving was one of America’s earliest and most popular writers. Famous for his short stories, Irving was also a chronicler of the frontier, a folklorist and a noted political satirist and essayist. In The Sketch Book, of which these two selections are a part, Irving drew upon the myths and legends of local and European folklore. His original creations of characters like Ichabod Crane and Rip Van Winkle have become lasting contributions to our national literary heritage, as distinctly American as Natty Bumppo, Captain Ahab, and Huckleberry Finn.

Tales of Terror written by Edgar Allan Poe and read by Jack Foreman

If you have never heard a tale by the Master of Terror, a treat awaits you. If you have, now you can listen with the lights out! With these stories: The Tell-Tale Heart; The Black Cat; The Cask of Amontillado; The Pit and the Pendulum; The Masque of the Red Death; The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar; Hop Frog; The Fall of the House of Usher; and The Murders in the Rue Morgue

The Turn of the Key written by Ruth Ware & read by Imogen Church

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lying Game and The Death of Mrs. Westaway comes this thrilling novel that explores the dark side of technology.

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the home’s cameras, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder—but somebody is.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, The Turn of the Key is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

The Turn of the Screw written by Henry James & read by Bianca Amato

The Turn of the Screw is a fireside tale of evil and mystery. Filled with extraordinary drama, Henry James’ story has been widely popular ever since its publication in 1898. It also inspired a film, a play, and an opera. A governess has been hired to care for two orphaned young children in their uncle’s English country home. But soon after she meets the boy and his sister, the governess begins to see fearful apparitions. With growing alarm, she must wonder about the target of the ghostly presences. Are they haunting her, or the sweet, innocent children? Henry James gives no answers to this question. Instead, he leaves the listener to ponder the relationships between evil and horror, imagination and reality.

Hoopla Reading Recommendation of the Week

The Woman in the Mirror written by Rebecca James and read by Charlotte Newton-John & Katharine Mangold (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

Rebecca James unveils a chilling modern gothic novel of a family consumed by the shadows and secrets of its past in The Woman in the Mirror.

For more than two centuries, Winterbourne Hall has stood atop a bluff overseeing the English countryside of Cornwall and the sea beyond.

In 1947, Londoner Alice Miller accepts a post as governess at Winterbourne, looking after Captain Jonathan de Grey’s twin children. Falling under the de Greys’ spell, Alice believes the family will heal her own past sorrows. But then the twins’ adoration becomes deceitful and taunting. Their father, ever distant, turns spiteful and cruel. The manor itself seems to lash out. Alice finds her surroundings subtly altered, her air slightly chilled. Something malicious resents her presence, something clouding her senses and threatening her very sanity.

In present day New York, art gallery curator Rachel Wright has learned she is a descendant of the de Greys and heir to Winterbourne. Adopted as an infant, she never knew her birth parents or her lineage. At long last, Rachel will find answers to questions about her identity that have haunted her entire life. But what she finds in Cornwall is a devastating tragic legacy that has afflicted generations of de Greys. A legacy borne from greed and deceit, twisted by madness, and suffused with unrequited love and unequivocal rage.

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Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Note: Book summaries are from the respective publishers unless otherwise specified.

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New York Times Bestsellers November 1, 2020

Hi everyone, here is the weekly list of New York Times Bestsellers available in 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

 

 

FICTION:

 

ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Fredrik Backman (eBook)

A failed bank robber holds a group of strangers hostage at an apartment open house.

 

 

THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS by Jodi Picoult (eBook)

After surviving a plane crash, a death doula travels to Egypt to reconnect with an old flame who is an archaeologist.

 

 

THE EVENING AND THE MORNING by Ken Follett (eBook)

In a prequel to “The Pillars of the Earth,” a boatbuilder, a Norman noblewoman and a monk live in England under attack by the Welsh and the Vikings.

 

 

THE GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley (eBook)

 

A wedding between a TV star and a magazine publisher on an island off the coast of Ireland turns deadly.

 

 

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab (eBook)

A Faustian bargain comes with a curse that affects the adventure Addie LaRue has across centuries.

 

 

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND by Rumaan Alam (eBook)

A family vacation in an isolated part of Long Island is thrown into confusion when the home’s owners return claiming New York City is having a blackout.

 

 

THE RETURN by Nicholas Sparks (eBook)

 

A doctor serving in the Navy in Afghanistan goes back to North Carolina where two women change his life.

 

 

THE SEARCHER by Tana French (eBook)

After a divorce, a former Chicago police officer resettles in an Irish village where a boy goes missing.

 

 

A TIME FOR MERCY by John Grisham (eBook):

The third book in the Jake Brigance series. A 16-year-old is accused of killing a deputy in Clanton, Miss., in 1990.

 

 

TROUBLES IN PARADISE by Elin Hilderbrand (eBook)

The final installment of the trilogy that includes “Winter in Paradise” and “What Happens in Paradise.”

 

 

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett (eBook)

The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity.

 

 

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:

 

American Crisis by Andrew Cuomo (eBook)

The New York State governor gives his perspective on the Covid-19 crisis and prescribes ways to deal with future disasters.

 

 

BLACKOUT by Candace Owens (eBook)

The conservative commentator makes her case that Black Americans should part ways with the Democratic Party.

 

 

CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson (Downloadable Audiobook)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines aspects of caste systems across civilizations and reveals a rigid hierarchy in America today.

 

 

DISLOYAL by Michael Cohen (eBook):

An account of President Trump’s business empire, political campaign and presidential administration by his former personal attorney.

 

 

HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST by Ibram X. Kendi (eBook)

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

 

IS THIS ANYTHING? by Jerry Seinfeld (eBook)

The comedian shares material he collected in an accordion folder over the last 45 years.

 

 

KILLING CRAZY HORSE by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (eBook)

The ninth book in the conservative commentator’s Killing series focuses on conflicts with Native Americans.

 

 

MEANING OF MARIAH CAREY by Mariah Carey with Michaela Angela Davis (eBook)

The career highlights, public life and private struggles of the singer and songwriter.

 

 

RAGE by Bob Woodward (eBook)

Based on 17 on-the-record interviews with President Trump and other reporting, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist details the president’s perspective on multiple crises.

 

 

TEN LESSONS FOR A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD by Fareed Zakaria (eBook)

The CNN host posits what might happen on the other side of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

 

TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH by Mary L. Trump (eBook)

The clinical psychologist gives her assessment of events and patterns inside her family and how they shaped President Trump.

 

 

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle (eBook)

The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.

 

 

WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo (eBook)

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

 

 

Be well 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 October 23, 2020

Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!

Our Suggested Listening postings focus on the music of the past, with a few new songs mixed in for good measure.

Suggested Listening postings come out weekly, on Fridays, and  the next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, October 30, 2020.

Congeniality by Ornette Coleman (Genre: Jazz)

From Coleman’s classic album, The Shape of Jazz To Come (1960).

Dreamsville by Henry Mancini (Genre: Soundtrack, Easy Listening, Piano)

From Mancini’s classic soundtrack album – Music from Peter Gunn (1959).

Feels So Good by Chuck Mangione (Genre: Jazz, Easy Listening, Trumpet)

From Mangione’s smash album of the same name – Feels So Good (1977).

Garden Song by Sally Anne Morgan (Genre: Folk, Americana)

Morgan, formerly a member of the Black Twig Pickers, makes her solo debut with this lovely folk album – Threads (2020).

Little Red Rooster by Sam Cooke (Genre: R&B, Sixties R&B)

A terrific version of the blues classic, composed by Chester Burnett (aka Howlin’ Wolf) and Willie Dixon, from Cooke’s classic album Night Beat (1963).

And as a bonus, here is the original version by Howlin’ Wolf!

Little Red Rooster by Howlin’ Wolf (Genre: Blues)

Also playing on the track is the songs’ co-writer, bassist Willie Dixon and blues guitar master Hubert Sumlin. The song is from Wolf’s second album Howlin’ Wolf (1962) (AKA The Rockin’ Chair album).

One Minute You’re Here by Bruce Springsteen (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Rock)

From the the new Springsteen & The E Street Band album Letter To You (2020).

Rocket 88 by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats (also known as Ike Turner & His King’s of Rhythm)

A hit for Sun Records and a classic fifties song, from the era when musicians were mixing swing with R&B to produce a new art form – Rock n’ Roll!

Smiling Bill McCall by Johnny Cash (Genre: Country, Classic Country)

An upbeat song, musically, with interesting lyrics! From Cash’s classic concept album, Ride This Train (1960).

Tijuana Taxi by Herb Alpert (Genre: Easy Listening, Trumpet)

From the group’s classic album !!Going Places!! (1965).

Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200: II. Allegretto performed by the B’Rock Ensemble & conducted by René Jacobs (Genre: Classical)

A fresh and bright interpretation Schubert’s 1 & 2 symphonies can be found on the aptly titled new album, Schubert 2 & 3, by the Belgian group B’Rock.

Hoopla Pick of the Week

A 16 song collection of previously unreleased songs by the introspective master of Americana music – Gillian Welch.

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/

Gillian Welch: Boots No 2: The Lost Songs, Vol 1 review – inspired outtakes from 2002. The Guardian., https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/aug/09/gillian-welch-boots-no-2-the-lost-songs-vol-1-review-inspired-outtakes-from-2002

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

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

ABOUT LIBRARY APPS: Libby & RBDigital:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the Libby and/or the RBDigital app, to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and on-demand magazines, from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at 607-936-3713 and one of our tech coaches will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers October 25, 2020

Hi everyone, here is the weekly list of New York Times Bestsellers available in 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

 

 

FICTION:

 

ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Fredrik Backman (eBook)

A failed bank robber holds a group of strangers hostage at an apartment open house.

 

 

THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS by Jodi Picoult (eBook)

After surviving a plane crash, a death doula travels to Egypt to reconnect with an old flame who is an archaeologist.

 

 

THE EVENING AND THE MORNING by Ken Follett (eBook)

In a prequel to “The Pillars of the Earth,” a boatbuilder, a Norman noblewoman and a monk live in England under attack by the Welsh and the Vikings.

 

 

THE GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley (eBook)

 

A wedding between a TV star and a magazine publisher on an island off the coast of Ireland turns deadly.

 

 

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab (eBook)

A Faustian bargain comes with a curse that affects the adventure Addie LaRue has across centuries.

 

 

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND by Rumaan Alam (eBook)

A family vacation in an isolated part of Long Island is thrown into confusion when the home’s owners return claiming New York City is having a blackout.

 

 

MAGIC LESSONS by Alice Hoffman (eBook)

  In a prequel to “Practical Magic,” Maria Owens invokes a curse that will haunt her family in Salem, Mass.

 

 

ONE BY ONE by Ruth Ware (eBook)

An avalanche tests the bonds of coworkers from a London-based tech startup on a corporate retreat in the French Alps.

 

 

THE RETURN by Nicholas Sparks (eBook)

 

A doctor serving in the Navy in Afghanistan goes back to North Carolina where two women change his life.

 

 

THE SEARCHER by Tana French (eBook)

 

After a divorce, a former Chicago police officer resettles in an Irish village where a boy goes missing.

 

 

TROUBLES IN PARADISE by Elin Hilderbrand (eBook)

The final installment of the trilogy that includes “Winter in Paradise” and “What Happens in Paradise.”

 

 

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett (eBook)

The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity.

 

 

VINCE FLYNN: TOTAL POWER by Kyle Mills (Audiobook)

When America’s power grid is shut down, Mitch Rapp goes after a cyber terrorist.

 

 

WALK THE WIRE by David Baldacci (eBooks)

The sixth book in the Memory Man series. Decker and Jamison investigate a murder in a North Dakota town in a fracking boom.

 

 

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:

 

CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson (Downloadable Audiobook)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines aspects of caste systems across civilizations and reveals a rigid hierarchy in America today.

 

 

HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST by Ibram X. Kendi (eBook)

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

 

 

KILLING CRAZY HORSE by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (eBook)

The ninth book in the conservative commentator’s Killing series focuses on conflicts with Native Americans.

 

 

RAGE by Bob Woodward (eBook)

Based on 17 on-the-record interviews with President Trump and other reporting, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist details the president’s perspective on multiple crises.

 

 

TEN LESSONS FOR A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD by Fareed Zakaria (eBook)

The CNN host posits what might happen on the other side of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

 

TRUST by Pete Buttigieg (eBook)

The former mayor of South Bend and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate prescribes ways to restore what he considers an essential element of America’s democracy.

 

 

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle (eBook)

The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.

 

 

WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo (eBook)

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

 

 

Be well 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 October 16, 2020

Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!

Our Suggested Listening postings focus on the music of the past, with a few new songs mixed in for good measure.

Suggested Listening postings come out weekly, on Fridays, and  the next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, October 23, 2020.

 

 

All I Want is You by Joey Molland (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

From Molland’s upbeat Beatle-esque new album True To Yourself (2020). Molland is best known as a member of the classic rock group Badfinger.

 

 

Bare Trees by Fleetwood Mac (Genre: Pop, Rock)

 

 

Coming Your Way by Fleetwood Mac (Genre: Pop, Rock)

Both songs, Bare Trees & Coming Your Way, are featured on the collection Fleetwood Mac: 1969-1974 (2020)* by Fleetwood Mac.

The box set features the band’s classic albums: They Play On (1969), Kiln House (1970), Future Games (1971), Bare Trees (1972), Penguin (1973), Mystery To Me (1973) and Heroes Are Hard To Find (1974); as well as a previously unreleased recording made at a concert the group gave in Sausalito, California on December 15, 1974.

Coming Your Way was originally featured on the album Then Play On (1969) & Bare Trees is the title track from the group’s 1972 album of, obviously, the same name – Bare Trees.

 

 

For Shame of Doing Wrong by Richard and Linda Thompson (Genre: Folk, Folk/Rock)

For Shame of Doing Wrong is featured in the new box set Hard Luck Stories: 1972-1982 (2020)* by Richard & Linda Thompson.

The box set features the eight terrific studio albums the musical duo recorded while married: I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight (1974), Hokey Pokey (1975), Pour Down Like Silver (1975), First Light (1978), Richard & Linda Thompson’s Sunnyvista (1979), and Shoot Out the Lights (1982).

 

 

Higher Love by Ronnie Earl (Genre: Blues)

From Earl’s new & upbeat album Rise Up (2020).

 

 

Once Upon A Time Mini-Documentary (with great music!) by Bob James (Genre: Jazz)

Recorded while keyboard great James was a college student!

From the new release Once Upon a Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions (2020) by Bob James (Genre: Jazz).

 

 

Strange Land by New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers (Genre: Blues, Rock)

The New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers are a super group consisting of blues guitarists Luther Dickinson, Jim Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Jimbo Mathu and harpist Charlie Musslewhite.

This album, New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers, Vol. 1 was recorded in 2007 and just released. And if you’re in the mood for a fun blues album – check this one out!

 

 

Sword Dance by Xuefei Yang (Genre: Classical, Guitar)

From guitarist Yang’s great new album Sketches of China (2020)

 

 

Waving At The Window by Travis (Rock, Indie Rock)

From the indie band’s new LP Travis (2020).

 

 

Wildflowers by Tom Petty (Genre: Rock, Traditional Rock)

From the album Wildflowers & All the Rest (2020) which features the original Wildflowers album from 1994, as well as demos, out-takes and home recordings all packed into one fun rockin’ collection.

Hoopla Pick of the Week

American Utopia on Broadway (Original Cast Recording) (2020) by David Byrne

NPR recently interviewed David Byrne and discussed the American Utopia album – that they quite liked as you’ll see by the title of the interview article, followed by the link to the article in case anyone would like to read the article while listening to the album!

David Byrne And Spike Lee Conjure Up A Joyous Vision Of ‘American Utopia’ by John Powers for NPR (October 13, 2020): https://www.npr.org/2020/10/13/923258756/david-byrne-and-spike-lee-conjure-up-a-joyous-vision-of-american-utopia

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/

Shostakovich: Piano Quintet; Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok (2020) performed by Trio Wanderer / Christophe Gaugué / Catherine Montier / Ekaterina Semenchuk, AllMusic Review., https://www.allmusic.com/album/shostakovich-piano-quintet-seven-romances-on-poems-by-alexander-blok-mw0003402994

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 October 13, 2020

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, consisting entirely of eBooks & downloadable audiobooks available through the Digital Catalog.

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

The Boys Club: A Novel by Erica Katz (Format: eBook)

Sweetbitter meets The Firm in this buzzy, page-turning debut novel—already optioned to Netflix—about sex and power in the halls of corporate America.

One of Buzzfeed’s Most Anticipated Books of 2020, Cosmopolitan’s Best Summer Reads of 2020, and the New York Post’s 30 Best Summer Books

Alex Vogel has always been a high achiever who lived her life by the book—star student and athlete in high school, prelaw whiz in college, Harvard Law School degree. Accepting a dream offer at the prestigious Manhattan law firm of Klasko & Fitch, she promises her sweet and supportive longtime boyfriend that the job won’t change her.

Yet Alex is seduced by the firm’s money and energy . . . and by her cocksure male colleagues, who quickly take notice of the new girl. She’s never felt so confident and powerful—even the innuendo-laced banter with clients feels fun. In the firm’s most profitable and competitive division, Mergers and Acquisitions, Alex works around the clock, racking up billable hours and entertaining clients late into the evening. While the job is punishing, it has its perks, like a weekend trip to Miami, a ride in a client’s private jet, and more expense-account meals than she can count.

But as her clients’ expectations and demands on her increase, and Alex finds herself magnetically drawn to a handsome coworker despite her loving relationship at home, she begins to question everything—including herself. She knows the corporate world isn’t black and white, and that to reach the top means playing by different rules. But who made those rules? And what if the system rigged so that women can’t win, anyway?

When something happens that reveals the dark reality of the firm, Alex comes to understand the ways women like her are told—explicitly and implicitly—how they need to behave to succeed in the workplace. Now, she can no longer stand by silently—even if doing what’s right means putting everything on the line to expose the shocking truth.

Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake by Sarah Graves (Format: eBook)

When murder interrupts a Maine island wedding, two local confectioners go sifting through suspects in this mystery by the author of Dead Cat Bounce.

With their waterfront bakeshop, The Chocolate Moose, Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend Ellie offer sweets to the salty locals of Eastport, Maine. Now they’ve been asked to bake a wedding whoopie pie for Eastport’s favorite lovebirds, Sharon Sweetwater and Andy Devine. The custom-ordered confection is about to reel in some much-needed dough for Jake and Ellie. But the celebratory air, and sweet smell of success, are ruined by foul murder.

When Sharon’s bitter ex-boyfriend Toby is poisoned with an arsenic-laced milkshake, Andy is arrested and the wedding is cancelled, whoopie pie and all. Then Sharon makes a shocking confession—one that sounds like a fishy attempt to get Andy off the hook. Now both the bride and groom are behind bars. And with the fate of The Chocolate Moose at stake, it’s up to Jake and Ellie to clear their names and make sure justice is served.

Final Cut: A Novel by S. J. Watson (Format: eBook)

A gripping new psychological thriller from S.J. Watson, the New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep, in which a documentary filmmaker travels to a sleepy fishing village to shoot her new film and encounters a dark mystery surrounding the disappearance of a local girl.

They tried to hide the truth. But the camera never lies…

Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to ordinary people.

It used to be a buzzing seaside destination. But now, ravaged by the effects of dwindling tourism and economic downturn, it’s a ghost town—and the perfect place for film-maker Alex to shoot her new documentary. But the community is deeply suspicious of her intentions. After all, nothing exciting ever happens in Blackwood Bay—or does it?

Haunted House Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis & Barbara Ross (Format: eBook)

Tricks and treats keep the Halloween spirit alive in coastal Maine. But this year the haunted house theme is getting carried a little too far . . .

HAUNTED HOUSE MURDER by LESLIE MEIER
Newcomers to Tinker’s Cove, Ty and Heather Moon have moved into a dilapidated house reputed to be a haven for ghosts. Now strange noises and flickering lights erupt from the house at all hours and neighborly relations are on edge. And when a local boy goes missing near the house, it’s up to Lucy Stone to unravel the mystery of the eccentric couple and their increasingly frightful behavior.

DEATH BY HAUNTED HOUSE by LEE HOLLIS
For the past two years, the house next door to Hayley Powell has sat abandoned after the owner died under mysterious circumstances. The Salinger family has recently taken possession of the property, but the realtor behind the deal has vanished—after a very public and angry argument with Damien Salinger. If Bar Harbor’s newest neighbors are murderers, Hayley will haunt them until they confess.

HALLOWED OUT by BARBARA ROSS
With its history of hauntings and ghost sightings, Busman’s Harbor is the perfect setting for Halloween festivities. But when a reenactment of a Prohibition-era gangster’s murder ends with a literal bang and a dead actor from New Jersey, Julia Snowden must identify a killer before she ends up sleeping with the fishes.

PRAISE FOR HAUNTED HOUSE MURDER

“Haunted houses, a holiday staple, are an especially good fit for the authors’ folksy Down East setting. All three tales offer a dash of detection, but their strong suit is hometown charm.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Enjoyable. . . . The well-drawn main characters, not the spooky goings-on, are the main attraction. Cozy fans are in for a Halloween treat.”
—Publishers Weekly

The Midnight Bargain by C. L. Polk (Format: eBook)

From the beloved World Fantasy Award-winning author of Witchmark comes a sweeping, romantic new fantasy set in a world reminiscent of Regency England, where women’s magic is taken from them when they marry. A sorceress must balance her desire to become the first great female magician against her duty to her family.

Beatrice Clayborn is a sorceress who practices magic in secret, terrified of the day she will be locked into a marital collar that will cut off her powers to protect her unborn children. She dreams of becoming a full-fledged Magus and pursuing magic as her calling as men do, but her family has staked everything to equip her for Bargaining Season, when young men and women of means descend upon the city to negotiate the best marriages. The Clayborns are in severe debt, and only she can save them, by securing an advantageous match before their creditors come calling.

In a stroke of luck, Beatrice finds a grimoire that contains the key to becoming a Magus, but before she can purchase it, a rival sorceress swindles the book right out of her hands. Beatrice summons a spirit to help her get it back, but her new ally exacts a price: Beatrice’s first kiss . . . with her adversary’s brother, the handsome, compassionate, and fabulously wealthy Ianthe Lavan.

The more Beatrice is entangled with the Lavan siblings, the harder her decision becomes: If she casts the spell to become a Magus, she will devastate her family and lose the only man to ever see her for who she is; but if she marries—even for love—she will sacrifice her magic, her identity, and her dreams. But how can she choose just one, knowing she will forever regret the path not taken?

October Fest: The Murder-By-Month Mystery by Jess Lourey (Format: eBook)

Beer and polka music reign supreme at Octoberfest, Battle Lake’s premier fall festival. To kick off the celebrations, the town hosts a public debate between the two congressional candidates: straight-laced Arnold Swydecker, and slippery incumbent, Sarah Glokkmann. As a reporter for the Battle Lake Recall, Mira James is roped into writing up the word war. But the festive mood sours when a well-known Glokkmann-bashing blogger is found dead . . . and the congresswoman herself meets a gruesome fate.

To keep the heat off her best friend’s fiancé—an ex-con reporter—Mira wades through the candidates’ dirty laundry, their unsavory secrets, and some murderous mudslinging to expose the killer.

The Party Upstairs by Lee Cornell (Format: eBook)

An electrifying debut novel that unfolds in the course of a single day inside one genteel New York City apartment building, as tensions between the building’s super and his grown-up daughter spark a crisis that will, by day’s end, change everything.

Ruby has a strange relationship to privilege. She grew up the super’s daughter in the basement of an Upper West Side co-op that gets more gentrified with each passing year. Though not economically privileged herself, her close childhood friendship with Caroline, the daughter of affluent tenants, and the mere fact of living in such a wealthy neighborhood, close to her beloved Natural History Museum, brought her certain advantages, even expectations. Naturally Ruby followed her dreams and took out loans to attend a prestigious small liberal arts college and explore her interest in art. But now, out of school for a while, she is no closer to her dream job, or anything resembling it, and she’s been forced by circumstances to do the last thing she wanted to do: move back in with her parents, back into the basement. And Caroline is throwing one of her parties tonight, in her father’s glorious penthouse apartment, a party Ruby looks forward to and dreads in equal measure.

With a thriller’s narrative control, The Party Upstairs distills worlds of wisdom about families, great expectations, and the hidden violence of class into the gripping, darkly witty story of a single fateful day inside the Manhattan co-op Ruby calls home. Told from the alternating points of view of Ruby and her father, the novel builds from the spark of an early morning argument between them to the ultimate conflagration to which it leads by day’s end. By the time the ashes have cooled, the façade that masks the building’s power structure will have burned away, and no party will be left unscathed.

This Just Speaks to Me: Words to Live By Every Day by Hoda Kotb (Format: eBook)

In this all-new collection of beloved quotes, This Just Speaks to Me, #1 New York Times bestselling author Hoda Kotb offers inspiration, wisdom, and hope 365 days a year.

When her first collection of quotes, I Really Needed This Today, was published in 2019, Hoda never imagined how deeply her favorite words, stories, and memories would resonate with readers. People across the country were connected not only by the book’s positive message, but through their generosity in sharing it with friends and family who needed a daily burst of inspiration. Hoda was truly touched by fans who shared “their quote” with her, the one that most moved them or someone they love.

Now, to follow that remarkable experience, Hoda is back, with 365 new quotes and stories to share with her beloved readers. In This Just Speaks to Me, she writes about the people and moments that have enriched her life, discussing everything from motherhood and friendship to love and loss. The book also celebrates the countless acts of kindness that unfolded during these uniquely challenging times. Told with the same warmth, humor, and generosity that infused I Really Needed This Today, This Just Speaks to Me promises to be the next great companion book, each day elevated by Hoda’s sparkle at a time when we may need it the most.

A Time for Mercy written by John Grisham and read by Michael Beck (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that showcases #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham at the height of his storytelling powers.

Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.

In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart.

Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet.

There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.

The Tower of Nero: The Trials of Apollo Series, Book 5 written by Rick Riordan and read by Robbie Daymond (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

The fifth and final installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling Trials of Apollo series has Lester and Meg returning to where it all began: Camp Half-Blood.

At last, the breathtaking, action-packed finale of the #1 bestselling Trials of Apollo series is here! Will the Greek god Apollo, cast down to earth in the pathetic moral form of a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, finally regain his place on Mount Olympus? Lester’s demigod friends at Camp Jupiter just helped him survive attacks from bloodthirsty ghouls, an evil Roman king and his army of the undead, and the lethal emperors Caligula and Commodus. Now the former god and his demigod master Meg must follow a prophecy uncovered by Ella the harpy. Lester’s final challenge will be at the Tower of Nero, back in New York. Will Meg have a last showdown with her father? Will this helpless form of Apollo have to face his arch nemesis, Python? Who will be on hand at Camp Half-Blood to assist? These questions and more will be answered in this book that all demigods are eagerly awaiting.

Hoopla Reading Recommendation of the Week

Point of Danger by Irene Hannon (Format: eBook)

Radio talk show host Eve Reilly is used to backlash from her pot-stirring on-air commentary and interviews, but now it seems a disgruntled listener is resorting to more than angry words to express their displeasure. When a suspicious package arrives on her doorstep, Eve turns to law enforcement for help.

Police detective Brent Lange can’t find any evidence to link the string of unsettling incidents that follows, but he’s convinced they’re connected. As the harassment grows more menacing, it becomes clear someone wants Eve’s voice silenced-permanently.

But unless he can track down her foe, fast, the gutsy woman who is willing to take risks for what she believes-and who is swiftly winning his heart-may not survive.

Bestselling author and three-time RITA Award winner Irene Hannon is back with a heart-stopping new series that will have you turning pages well into the night.

Note: You must have a Southeast Steuben County Library Card to check out Hoopla eBooks.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Note: Book summaries are from the respective publishers 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 October 18, 2020

Hi everyone, here is the weekly list of New York Times Bestsellers available in 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

 

 

FICTION:

 

ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Fredrik Backman (eBook)

A failed bank robber holds a group of strangers hostage at an apartment open house.

 

 

BATTLE GROUND by Jim Butcher (eBook)

 

The 17th book in the Dresden Files series. Harry must save Chicago from destruction by the Last Titan.

 

 

THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS by Jodi Picoult (eBook)

After surviving a plane crash, a death doula travels to Egypt to reconnect with an old flame who is an archaeologist.

 

 

EVENING AND THE MORNING by Ken Follett (eBook)

In a prequel to “The Pillars of the Earth,” a boatbuilder, a Norman noblewoman and a monk live in England under attack by the Welsh and the Vikings.

 

 

MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig (Downloadable Audiobook)

 

 

Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives one could have lived.

 

 

ONE BY ONE by Ruth Ware (eBook)

An avalanche tests the bonds of coworkers from a London-based tech startup on a corporate retreat in the French Alps.

 

 

RETURN by Nicholas Sparks (eBook)

 

A doctor serving in the Navy in Afghanistan goes back to North Carolina where two women change his life.

 

 

TROUBLED BLOOD by Robert Galbraith (eBook)

The fifth book in the Cormoran Strike series. A decades-old cold case might be connected to a serial killer; by J.K. Rowling, writing pseudonymously.

 

 

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett (eBook)

The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity.

 

 

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:

 

CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson (Downloadable Audiobook)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines aspects of caste systems across civilizations and reveals a rigid hierarchy in America today.

 

 

DISLOYAL by Michael Cohen (eBook)

An account of President Trump’s business empire, political campaign and presidential administration by his former personal attorney.

 

 

HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST by Ibram X. Kendi (eBook)

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

 

 

KILLING CRAZY HORSE by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (eBook)

 

 

The ninth book in the conservative commentator’s Killing series focuses on conflicts with Native Americans.

 

 

MY OWN WORDS by Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams (eBook)

 

A collection of articles and speeches by the Supreme Court justice.

 

 

RAGE by Bob Woodward (eBook)

Based on 17 on-the-record interviews with President Trump and other reporting, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist details the president’s perspective on multiple crises.

 

 

TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH by Mary L. Trump (eBook)

The clinical psychologist gives her assessment of events and patterns inside her family and how they shaped President Trump.

 

 

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle (eBook)

The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.

 

 

WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo (eBook)

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

 

 

Be well 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 October 9, 2020

Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!

Our Suggested Listening postings focus on the music of the past, with a few new songs mixed in for good measure.

Suggested Listening postings come out weekly, on Fridays, and  the next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, October 16, 2020.

 

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive by Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers (Genre: Vocal, Big Band)

A number 1 hit in 1945; and a very upbeat song!

 

 

Baby’s Callin’ Me Home by The Steve Miller Band (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

From the band’s very first album Children of The Future (1968).

 

Chicago Waves by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson & Carlos Niño (Genre: Jazz, New Age)

From their new album Chicago Waves (2020)

 

 

Fields of Gold by Sting (Rock, Singer-Songwriter)

From Sting’s album Ten Summoner’s Tales (1993).

 

 

Imagine by John Lennon (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

From Lennon’s album Imagine (1971), on the 80th anniversary of his birth.

 

 

The Lakes by Taylor Swift (Genre: Pop, Rock)

From Swift’s forthcoming album Forklore (2020).

 

 

Let Love Rule by Lenny Kravitz (Genre: Rock)

The title track from Lenny’s first album, Let Love Rule (1989).

 

 

Moon Gone Down by The Gourds (Country, Rock, Americana)

From the band’s album Noble Creatures (2020).

 

 

Stand By Me by Ben E. King (Genre: Pop, R&B)

Ben E. King’s best-known song, originally released on his third album, Don’t Play That Song (1962) and more recently a hit from the soundtrack of the film Stand By Me (1986)

 

 

You Make Me Real by The Doors (Genre: Rock)

From the band’s album Morrison Hotel (1969).

 

 

Hoopla Pick of the Week

As you may well have already heard our library, The Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, N.Y., has just added the new instant check out service Hoopla.

If you have a SSCL (aka Corning) library card, you can check out four items per month from the Hoopla catalog. All items are available instantly, and the available formats include music albums, eBooks, digital audiobooks, comic books, TV shows and movies.

So, starting this week, I will recommend one album per week that you can immediately check out from the Hoopla catalog.

And in the future I will dispense with the preamble and simply tell  you what my Hoopla album recommendation is for the current week!

For this first week, I’m going to recommend:

Digging Deep: Subterranea (2020) by Robert Plant

Digging Deep: Subterranea  is the new album by the former lead vocalist of Led Zepplin.

 

 

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/

Shostakovich: Piano Quintet; Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok (2020) performed by Trio Wanderer / Christophe Gaugué / Catherine Montier / Ekaterina Semenchuk, AllMusic Review., https://www.allmusic.com/album/shostakovich-piano-quintet-seven-romances-on-poems-by-alexander-blok-mw0003402994

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 October 6, 2020

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, consisting entirely of eBooks & downloadable audiobooks available through the Digital Catalog.

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

The Archive of the Forgotten: Hell’s Library Series, Book 2 by A. J. Hackwith (Format: eBook)

In the second installment of this richly imagined fantasy adventure series, a new threat from within the Library could destroy those who depend upon it the most.

The Library of the Unwritten in Hell was saved from total devastation, but hundreds of potential books were destroyed. Former librarian Claire and Brevity the muse feel the loss of those stories, and are trying to adjust to their new roles within the Arcane Wing and Library, respectively. But when the remains of those books begin to leak a strange ink, Claire realizes that the Library has kept secrets from Hell—and from its own librarians.

Claire and Brevity are immediately at odds in their approach to the ink, and the potential power that it represents has not gone unnoticed. When a representative from the Muses Corps arrives at the Library to advise Brevity, the angel Rami and the erstwhile Hero hunt for answers in other realms. The true nature of the ink could fundamentally alter the afterlife for good or ill, but it entirely depends on who is left to hold the pen.

Readers’ Note: The first eBook in the series, The Library of the Unwritten, is also available in the Digital Catalog.

Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger (Format: eBook)

From master of suspense Lisa Unger comes a riveting thriller about a chance encounter that unravels a stunning web of lies and deceit.

Be careful to whom you tell your darkest secrets…

Selena Murphy is commuting home from her job in the city when the train stalls out on the tracks. She strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat, and their connection is fast and easy. The woman introduces herself as Martha and confesses that she’s been stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny. When the train arrives at Selena’s station, the two women part ways, presumably never to meet again.

But days later, Selena’s nanny disappears.

Soon Selena finds her once-perfect life upended. As she is pulled into the mystery of the missing nanny, and as the fractures in her marriage grow deeper, Selena begins to wonder, who was Martha really? But she is hardly prepared for what she’ll discover.

Expertly plotted and reminiscent of the timeless classic Strangers on a Train, Confessions on the 7:45 is a gripping thriller about the delicate facades we create around our lives.

A Death Long Overdue by Eva Gates (Format: eBook)

When her former director is found dead in the water, librarian Lucy Richardson will have to get to the bottom of the mystery before the killer ends her tale.

It’s summertime in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Bertie James’s college class is having their 40th anniversary reunion. The opening night reception is held at the Lighthouse Library and Lucy and her colleagues have assembled an exhibit of library artifacts showing how libraries have changed over the years. After the reception, some of the women take a walk down the boardwalk to the pier, using flashlights to illuminate the dark path, but what’s scarier than the dark is finding the former director of the Lighthouse Library floating lifeless in the water.

Helena Sanchez, the former director, wasn’t much loved and spent the party being rude to almost everyone there. As a result, Lucy finds herself in deep water as she rocks the boat, questioning several suspects. But she’ll have to batten down the hatches and fast before she’s left high and dry…and right in the killer’s crosshairs.

Every Now and Then: A Novel by Lesley Kagen (Format: eBook)

For fans of Where the Crawdads Sing and This Tender Land comes a heartfelt story about three young girls searching for adventure during the summer of 1960 from the New York Times bestselling author of Whistling in the Dark.

That summer would change us . . . forever.

The summer of 1960 was the hottest ever for Summit, Wisconsin. For kids seeking relief from the heat, there was a creek to be swum in, sprinklers to run through, and ice cream at Whitcomb’s Drugstore. But for Frankie, Viv, and Biz, eleven-year-old best friends, it would forever be remembered as the summer that evil paid a visit to their small town—and took their young lives as they’d known them as a souvenir.

With a to-do list in hand, the girls set forth from their hideout to make their mark on that summer, but when three patients escape from Broadhurst Mental Institution, their idyllic lives take a sinister turn. Determined to uncover long-held secrets, the girls have no idea that what they discover could cost them their lives and the ones they hold dear.

Six decades later, Biz, now a bestselling novelist, remembers that long ago summer and how it still haunts her and her lifelong friends in Every Now and Then, a story about the ties that bind us, the timelessness of grief and guilt—and the everlasting hope for redemption.

The Fragile Earth: Writing from The New Yorker on Climate Change edited by David Remnick & Henry Finder (Format: eBook)

A collection of the New Yorker’s groundbreaking reporting from the front lines of climate change—including writing from Bill McKibben, Elizabeth Kolbert, Ian Frazier, Kathryn Schulz, and more

Just one year after climatologist James Hansen first came before a Senate committee and testified that the Earth was now warmer than it had ever been in recorded history, thanks to humankind’s heedless consumption of fossil fuels, New Yorker writer Bill McKibben published a deeply reported and considered piece on climate change and what it could mean for the planet.

At the time, the piece was to some speculative to the point of alarmist; read now, McKibben’s work is heroically prescient. Since then, the New Yorker has devoted enormous attention to climate change, describing the causes of the crisis, the political and ecological conditions we now find ourselves in, and the scenarios and solutions we face.

The Fragile Earth tells the story of climate change—its past, present, and future—taking readers from Greenland to the Great Plains, and into both laboratories and rain forests. It features some of the best writing on global warming from the last three decades, including Bill McKibben’s seminal essay “The End of Nature,” the first piece to popularize both the science and politics of climate change for a general audience, and the Pulitzer Prize–winning work of Elizabeth Kolbert, as well as Kathryn Schulz, Dexter Filkins, Jonathan Franzen, Ian Frazier, Eric Klinenberg, and others. The result, in its range, depth, and passion, promises to bring light, and sometimes heat, to the great emergency of our age.

The Harp of Kings: Warrior Bards Series, Book 1 by Juliet Marillier (Format: eBook)

A young woman is both a bard—and a warrior—in this thrilling historical fantasy from the author of the Sevenwaters novels.

Eighteen-year-old Liobhan is a powerful singer and an expert whistle player. Her brother has a voice to melt the hardest heart, and a rare talent on the harp. But Liobhan’s burning ambition is to join the elite warrior band on Swan Island. She and her brother train there to compete for places, and find themselves joining a mission while still candidates. Their unusual blend of skills makes them ideal for this particular job, which requires going undercover as traveling minstrels. For Swan Island trains both warriors and spies.

Their mission: to find and retrieve a precious harp, an ancient symbol of kingship, which has gone mysteriously missing. If the instrument is not played at the upcoming coronation, the candidate will not be accepted and the people could revolt. Faced with plotting courtiers and tight-lipped druids, an insightful storyteller, and a boorish Crown Prince, Liobhan soon realizes an Otherworld power may be meddling in the affairs of the kingdom. When ambition clashes with conscience, Liobhan must make a bold decision and is faced with a heartbreaking choice. . . .

In the Hands of the People: Thomas Jefferson on Equality, Faith, Freedom, Compromise, and the Art of Citizenship by edited by Jon Meacham with an afterward by Annette Gordon-Reed (Format: eBook)

Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Jon Meacham offers a collection of inspiring words about how to be a good citizen, from Thomas Jefferson and others, and reminds us why our country’s founding principles are still so important today.

Thomas Jefferson believed in the covenant between a government and its citizens, in both the government’s responsibilities to its people and also the people’s responsibility to the republic. In this illuminating book, a project of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham presents selections from Jefferson’s writing on the subject, with an afterword by

Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed and comments on Jefferson’s ideas from others, including Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright, Frederick Douglass, Carl Sagan, and American presidents.

This curated collection revitalizes how to see an individual’s role in the world, as it explores such Jeffersonian concepts as religious freedom, the importance of a free press, public education, participation in government, and others.

Meacham writes, “In an hour of twenty-first-century division and partisanship, of declining trust in institutions and of widespread skepticism about the long-term viability of the American experiment, it is instructive to return to first principles. Not, to be sure, as an exercise in nostalgia or as a flight from the reality of our own time, but as an honest effort to see, as Jefferson wrote, what history may be able to tell us about the present and the future.”

The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War by David Nasaw (Format: eBook)

From bestselling author David Nasaw, a sweeping new history of the one million refugees left behind in Germany after WWII

In May 1945, German forces surrendered to the Allied powers, putting an end to World War II in Europe. But the aftershocks of global military conflict did not cease with the German capitulation. Millions of lost and homeless concentration camp survivors, POWs, slave laborers, political prisoners, and Nazi collaborators in flight from the Red Army overwhelmed Germany, a nation in ruins. British and American soldiers gathered the malnourished and desperate refugees and attempted to repatriate them. But after exhaustive efforts, there remained more than a million displaced persons left behind in Germany: Jews, Poles, Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, and other Eastern Europeans who refused to go home or had no homes to return to. The Last Million would spend the next three to five years in displaced persons camps, temporary homelands in exile, divided by nationality, with their own police forces, churches and synagogues, schools, newspapers, theaters, and infirmaries.

The international community could not agree on the fate of the Last Million, and after a year of debate and inaction, the International Refugee Organization was created to resettle them in lands suffering from postwar labor shortages. But no nations were willing to accept the 200,000 to 250,000 Jewish men, women, and children who remained trapped in Germany. In 1948, the United States, among the last countries to accept refugees for resettlement, finally passed a displaced persons bill. With Cold War fears supplanting memories of World War II atrocities, the bill granted the vast majority of visas to those who were reliably anti-Communist, including thousands of former Nazi collaborators and war criminals, while severely limiting the entry of Jews, who were suspected of being Communist sympathizers or agents because they had been recent residents of Soviet-dominated Poland. Only after the controversial partition of Palestine and Israel’s declaration of independence were the remaining Jewish survivors able to leave their displaced persons camps in Germany.

A masterwork from acclaimed historian David Nasaw, The Last Million tells the gripping yet until now largely hidden story of postwar displacement and statelessness. By 1952, the Last Million were scattered around the world. As they crossed from their broken past into an unknowable future, they carried with them their wounds, their fears, their hope, and their secrets. Here for the first time, Nasaw illuminates their incredible history and, with profound contemporary resonance, shows us that it is our history as well.

Readers’ Note: the author of the The Last Million was recently featured on NPR’s Fresh Air.

The segment is titled: What Happened To The 1 Million Displaced Persons After WWII?

Here is a link to the audio interview, in case you’d like to check it out:
https://www.npr.org/2020/09/10/911444531/what-happened-to-the-1-million-displaced-persons-after-wwii

Leave the World Behind: A Novel Rumaan Alam (Format: eBook)

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN FICTION

A Recommended Book From
Vogue * TIME * The Washington Post * Buzzfeed * The Boston Globe * Vulture * Newsweek * NY Observer * Refinery29 * The New York Post * Parade * The Millions * PopSugar * AARP * Publishers Weekly * Kirkus * LA Mag * Alma

A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong

Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they’ve rented for the week. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G. H. are an older couple—it’s their house, and they’ve arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area—with the TV and internet now down, and no cell phone service—it’s hard to know what to believe.

Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple—and vice versa? What happened back in New York? Is the vacation home, isolated from civilization, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one other?

Suspenseful and provocative, Rumaan Alam’s third novel is keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class. Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped—and unexpected new ones are forged—in moments of crisis.

Vanishing Act: Jane Whitefield Series, Book 1 by Thomas Perry (Format: eBook)

“A challenging and satisfying thriller . . . [with] many surprising twists.”—The New York Times

Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads people out of the wilderness—not the tree-filled variety but the kind created by enemies who want you dead. She is in the one-woman business of helping the desperate disappear. Thanks to her membership in the Wolf Clan of the Seneca tribe, she can fool any pursuer, cover any trail, and then provide her clients with new identities, complete with authentic paperwork. Jane knows all the tricks, ancient and modern; in fact, she has invented several of them herself.

So she is only mildly surprised to find an intruder waiting for her when she returns home one day. An ex-cop suspected of embezzling, John Felker wants Jane to do for him what she did for his buddy Harry Kemple: make him vanish. But as Jane opens a door out of the world for Felker, she walks into a trap that will take all her heritage and cunning to escape. . . .

Praise for Vanishing Act

“Thomas Perry keeps pulling fresh ideas and original characters out of thin air. The strong-willed heroine he introduces in Vanishing Act rates as one of his most singular creations.”—The New York Times Book Review

“One thriller that must be read. . . . Perry has created his most complex and compelling protagonist.”—San Francisco Examiner

Hoopla Reading Recommendation of the Week

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Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country (2014)

For more than three decades, bestselling author Louise Erdrich has enthralled readers with dazzling novels that paint an evocative portrait of Native American life. From her dazzling first novel, Love Medicine, to the National Book Award-winning The Round House, Erdrich’s lyrical skill and emotional assurance have earned her a place alongside William Faulkner and Willa Cather as an author deeply rooted in the American landscape. In Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country, Erdrich takes us on an illuminating tour through the terrain her ancestors have inhabited for centuries: the lakes and islands of southern Ontario. Summoning to life the Ojibwe’s sacred spirits and songs, their language and sorrows, she considers the many ways in which her tribe-whose name derives from the word ozhibii’ige, “to write”-have influenced her. Her journey links ancient stone paintings with a magical island where a bookish recluse built an extraordinary library, and she reveals how both have transformed her.A blend of history, mythology, and memoir, Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country is an enchanting meditation on modern life, natural splendor, and the ancient spirituality and creativity of Erdrich’s native homeland-a long, elemental tradition of storytelling that is in her blood.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Note: Book summaries are from the respective publishers unless otherwise specified.

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New York Times Bestsellers October 4, 2020

Hi everyone, here is the weekly list of New York Times Bestsellers available in 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

 

 

FICTION:

ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE by Louise Penny (Downloadable Audiobook):

The 16th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. When his billionaire godfather is attacked, Gamache uncovers secrets hidden throughout Paris.

 

 

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins (eBook):

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

 

 

ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Fredrik Backman (eBook):

A failed bank robber holds a group of strangers hostage at an apartment open house.

 

 

THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS by Jodi Picoult (eBook):

After surviving a plane crash, a death doula travels to Egypt to reconnect with an old flame who is an archaeologist.

 

 

EVENING AND THE MORNING by Ken Follett (eBook):

In a prequel to “The Pillars of the Earth,” a boatbuilder, a Norman noblewoman and a monk live in England under attack by the Welsh and the Vikings.

 

 

THE GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley (Downloadable Audiobook)

A wedding between a TV star and a magazine publisher on an island off the coast of Ireland turns deadly.

 

 

NEXT TO LAST STAND by Craig Johnson (eBook):

The 16th book in the Longmire series. A million dollars in a shoebox and a piece of a painting might be clues to an art heist.

 

 

ONE BY ONE by Ruth Ware (eBook):

An avalanche tests the bonds of coworkers from a London-based tech startup on a corporate retreat in the French Alps.

 

 

SHADOWS IN DEATH by J.D. Robb (eBook):

The 51st book of the In Death series. A hitman with possible connections to Eve Dallas’s husband is seen near the scene of a crime.

 

 

TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS by Christopher Paolini (eBook):

Kira Navárez might be the only one who can save the Earth and its colonies from being destroyed.

 

 

TROUBLED BLOOD by Robert Galbraith (eBook):

The fifth book in the Cormoran Strike series. A decades-old cold case might be connected to a serial killer; by J.K. Rowling, writing pseudonymously.

 

 

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett (eBook)

The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity.

 

 

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:

CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson (Downloadable Audiobook):

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines aspects of caste systems across civilizations and reveals a rigid hierarchy in America today.

 

 

DISLOYAL by Michael Cohen (eBook):

An account of President Trump’s business empire, political campaign and presidential administration by his former personal attorney.

 

 

EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IN ITS TIME by Jenna Bush Hager:

Essays by the former first daughter and granddaughter celebrating the lives of her grandparents.

 

 

HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST by Ibram X. Kendi (eBook)

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

 

 

NOTORIOUS RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik (Downloadable Audibook):

A celebration of the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

 

 

RAGE by Bob Woodward (eBook):

Based on 17 on-the-record interviews with President Trump and other reporting, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist details the president’s perspective on multiple crises.

 

 

TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH by Mary L. Trump (eBook):

The clinical psychologist gives her assessment of events and patterns inside her family and how they shaped President Trump.

 

 

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle (eBook):

The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.

 

 

WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo (eBook):

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

 

 

Be well 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.