Suggested Reading March 30, 2021

Hi everyone, here are our recommended reads for the week.

Format Note: Under each book title you’ll find a list of all the different formats that specific title is available in; including: Print Books, Large Print Books, CD Audiobooks, eBooks & Downloadable Audiobooks from the Digital Catalog (OverDrive & Libby apps) and Hoopla eBooks & Hoopla Downloadable Audiobooks (Hoopla App).

*More information on the three catalogs is found at the end of the list of recommended reads*

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays. The next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

America Is Immigrants by Sara Novic

(Available Formats: eBook)

America Is Immigrants

As the title suggests, this book shows how profound and pervasive the immigrant influence has been on American life.

Scratch beneath the surface of nearly any facet of what is considered American culture, and you’ll likely find the imprint of someone who came to the country from somewhere else. Such is the lesson of this collaboration between novelist Nović (Girl at War, 2015), who was born and raised in America within an immigrant family, and illustrator Kolesar, who emigrated from Scotland. Here, they celebrate more than 200 individuals, with capsule biographies of no more than a page and full-color portraits that attest to the cultural diversity and vitality of the immigrant influence. “There are 193 member states in the United Nations; this book contains at least one person from each of them,” states the introduction. One two-page spread on “Classic American Products” pays tribute to those responsible for Levi’s, hamburgers, Nathan’s hot dogs, Carvel ice cream, and Chevrolet, all-American iconography that owes its genesis to Germany, Denmark, Poland, Greece, and Switzerland, respectively. The all-American Chef Boyardee was known in his native Italy as Ettore Boiardi. After the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, when he “famously quipped to his doctors, ‘Please tell me you’re Republicans,’ ” three members of his medical team were from Malaysia, “Nicaragua/Mexico,” and “a refugee of Nazi Germany…raised in an American orphanage.” Lest anyone think this is a work of partisan ideology, among those celebrated is “the only naturalized citizen ever to become First Lady, Melania Trump,” balanced a couple of pages later by Hungarian refugee and billionaire human rights activist George Soros. As the narrative clearly shows, from music to fine arts, from the stage to the big screen, from scientific discoveries to athletic records, the history of American culture is impossible to record without significant immigrant representation.

A book that makes its point over and over again without belaboring it.
–Kirkus Reviews

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)

Code Breaker

A magisterial biography of the co-discoverer of what has been called the greatest advance in biology since the discovery of DNA.A magisterial biography of the co-discoverer of what has been called the greatest advance in biology since the discovery of DNA.

For the first third of Isaacson’s latest winner, the author focuses on the life and career of Jennifer Doudna (b. 1964). Raised by academic parents who encouraged her fascination with science, she flourished in college and went on to earn a doctorate in biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology from Harvard. After fellowships and postdoc programs at the University of Colorado and Yale, she joined the faculty at the University of California in 2002. In 2006, she learned about CRISPR, a system of identical repeated DNA sequences in bacteria copied from certain viruses. Others had discovered that this was a defense mechanism—CRISPR DNA generates enzymes that chop up the DNA of the infecting virus. With collaborators, she discovered how CRISPR operates and invented a much simpler technique for cutting DNA and editing genes. Although known since the 1970s, “genetic engineering” was a complex, tedious process. CRISPR made it much simpler. Formally accepted by the editors of Science in 2012, the co-authored paper galvanized the scientific establishment and led to a torrent of awards, culminating in the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry. At this point, Isaacson steps back, keeping Doudna as the central character but describing the rush to apply gene editing to altering life and curing diseases, the intense debate over its morality, and the often shameful quarrels over credit and patents. A diligent historian and researcher, Isaacson lucidly explains CRISPR and refuses to pass it off as a far-fetched magic show. Some scientific concepts (nuclear fission, evolution) are easy to grasp but not CRISPR. Using charts, analogies, and repeated warnings for readers to pay attention, the author describes a massively complicated operation in which humans can program heredity. Those familiar with college-level biology will have a better time, but nobody will regret the reading experience.

A vital book about the next big thing in science—and yet another top-notch biography from Isaacson.–Kirkus Review

The Day the Music Died by Ed Gorman

(Available Formats: eBook & Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

Day The Music Died

In 1950s Iowa, a murder-suicide forces a lawyer to put aside his rock-and-roll grief.

Sam McCain loves Buddy Holly because he’s the only rock-and-roll star who still seems like a dweeb, and Sam knows how that feels. With the unrequited love of his life at his side, Sam drives more than three hours through the snow to watch his idol play the Surf Ballroom. That night, Buddy Holly dies in the most famous plane crash in music history, but Sam has no time to grieve. Because there are too many lawyers in this small town, Sam makes a living as a PI, doing odd jobs for an eccentric judge—whose nephew, it seems, has a problem only a detective could solve. His trophy wife has been murdered, and as soon as Sam arrives, the nephew kills himself, too.

The police see this as a clear-cut murder-suicide, but Sam wants to know more, diving into a mystery by Ellery Queen Award–winning author Ed Gorman that will get dangerous faster than you can say “bye-bye, Miss American Pie.”

The first book in the classic rock themed Sam McCain mystery series. – Publisher Overview

Foregone: A Novel by Russell Banks

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Foregone

Banks, a conduit for the confounded and the unlucky, a writer acutely attuned to place and ambiance, is at his most magnetic and provocative in this portrait of a celebrated documentary filmmaker on the brink of death. Leonard Fife found love and renown in Canada, after arriving in 1968 as one of many young Americans fleeing the draft to protest the Vietnam War. It’s now 2018 and Fife is succumbing to cancer under the care of an implacable nurse from Haiti as a film crew headed by a former protege sets up to interview him about his influential life’s work. Instead Fife launches into a grand and bewildering confession, insisting that he’s finally telling his beloved wife the full truth about his past. He recounts intensely detailed, engrossing, and disquieting tales about a gloomy Massachusetts childhood, heady sojourn in Greenwich Village, and precarious marriage to a wealthy Virginian, presenting himself as a liar and a thief who betrays his loved ones. But under the bright lights, mere moments have elapsed and everyone listening is confused and concerned, leaving the reader wondering if these perhaps dubious stories are only playing in Fife’s mind. In this masterful depiction of a psyche under siege by disease, age, and guilt, Banks considers with profound intent the verity of memory, the mercurial nature of the self, and how little we actually know about ourselves and others. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Banks’ first novel since the Carnegie Medal shortlisted Lost Memory of Skin (2011) will catalyze his fans and all lovers of richly psychological and ethical fiction.–Booklist Review

Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight by Julia Sweig

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Lady Bird Johnson Hiding In Plain Sight

Claudia Alta Johnson (1912-2007), also known as Lady Bird, was the wife of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Johnson. Sweig (LBJ School of Public Affairs, Univ. of Texas at Austin) describes Lady Bird not as the deferential wife of a boisterous politician, but as the key adviser to the leader of the Senate, vice president, and, ultimately, president of the United States. Lyndon Johnson presided over tumultuous years in the mid-1960s with the aftershock of the Kennedy assassination, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War. Sweig successfully illustrates how Lady Bird strongly influenced her husband on topics ranging from the environment to civil rights, all the while remaking the position of First Lady, shaping how we view it today. This portrait of Lady Bird focuses primarily on her time as First Lady, making ample use of her own recorded diaries along with other primary sources to show how she was both essential to Lyndon Johnson’s triumphs and deeply supportive in his failures. Insight is also given to relationships with other First Ladies, such as Jackie Kennedy and Pat Nixon. VERDICT A perceptive consideration of an often-understudied First Lady and her lasting legacy. For public and academic libraries everywhere.–Keith Klang, Port Washington P.L., NY–Library Journal Review

Later by Stephen King

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Later

Teenager Jamie Conklin warns the reader at the outset that “this is a horror story.” He’s right–we learn in the opening chapter that Jamie can see dead people, sometimes with innards on display–but King’s beguiling short novel is really more of a genre-bender, combining the horror with a sensitive coming-of-age tale and an old-school crime thriller. There’s also a nifty publishing subplot involving Jamie’s literary-agent mother, Tia, whose struggling business (she lost her savings when a Ponzi scheme imploded) depends on the continued output of a best-selling author of historical romances. Jamie would prefer to keep his eyes closed to dead people, but when his mother and her lover, police detective Liz, both in serious jams, are forced to admit the teenager is telling the truth about his special ability, Jamie is inveigled into doing some paranormal sleuthing. Cue more innards. But there are also relationship issues between Tia and Liz, leading to an even bigger jam (with demons) for Jamie. In his signature style, King keeps the narrative cantering along, mixing lots of pop culture into the flow and building Jamie into a witty and thoroughly empathetic lead (recalling the teens in King’s It and his novella “The Body” (on which the movie Stand by Me was based). This may be the most ingratiating mix of sweet and sour since Daniel Kraus’ genre-bender Blood Sugar (2019). –Booklist

The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Post Script Murders

When 90-year-old Peggy Smith dies in Shoreham, England, it’s considered a natural death. Her Ukrainian caretaker, Natalka, believes it was too sudden, and she takes her suspicions to Detective Sergeant Harbinder Kaur. Natalka finds all kinds of mystery novels dedicated to Peggy, aka “PS,” along with a business card that says “Mrs. M. Smith, Murder Consultant.” DS Kaur thinks there might be something to it when Natalka and one of Peggy’s neighbors, Edwin, encounter a gunman who steals a book from Peggy’s collection. Next, Edwin finds a postcard: “We are coming for you.” When the trio, now joined by former monk Benedict, realize other authors have received the postcard, it’s time to investigate. Then another author, the most famous writer to thank Peggy, is murdered. Harbinder likes the small group of amateurs, but she’s appalled when they head to Scotland, chasing authors to a literary festival. VERDICT Readers of Griffiths’s Edgar Award-winning The Stranger Diaries, or her “Ruth Galloway” mysteries, will welcome this book with a diverse cast of well-developed characters. However, the story drags at times. Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club is a stronger pick for those looking for unusual amateur sleuths.–Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN – Booklist Review

Raft of Stars: A Novel by Andrew J. Graff

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Raft of Stars

Even in the early nineties, kids in the sprawling, rundown small town of Claypot, Wisconsin, tended to run amok. Ten-year-olds Fischer and Dale, nicknamed Fish and Bread, could have traveled back in time a few decades and found themselves in a familiar setting. The two became fast friends when Fish moved to Claypot, and they bonded over learning to shoot, riding their bikes all over town, and planning elaborate adventures. When a tragedy forces the boys to embark on a real adventure in the deep Wisconsin forest, the world outside Claypot feels undeniably cruel and unthinkably large. Meanwhile, the residents of Claypot form a search party, forging unexpected relationships along the way. Reminiscent of stories like Stand By Me and Have You Seen Luis Velez?, Graff’s debut novel will enchant fans of Chris Cleave and Melissa Bank. Graff’s narrative voice is lyrical, with a Southern Gothic edge that fits surprisingly well with the Wisconsin Northwoods setting. Exploring the necessity of the stories we tell ourselves to survive, Raft of Stars is a clever, compelling coming-of-age tale. –Booklist Review

The Soul of a Woman by Isabel Allende

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Soul of a Woman

From the vantage of her 70-plus years, Allende (A Long Petal of the Sea, 2020) uses the lens of feminism to reflect on her life. Feminist was a role she was destined to fulfill, in spite of the misogyny rampant in her native Chile. It was also a role she was cautioned against by her mother, stepfather, and beloved grandfather, yet the empirical logic behind becoming and being her own woman was one that she could not shake. Independence of spirit fueled Allende’s ambition, the desire to witness as strong as that to write. Allende’s transformative approach to feminism is visceral and, not surprisingly, lyrical. It is “like the ocean,” she writes, moving “in waves, currents, tides, and sometimes in storms.” In a narrative that is part memoir and part manifesto, Allende both rails against and embraces aging, making peace with the adjustments she’s made and celebrating life’s joys and accomplishments as measured against a life well lived. A crisp and buoyant unburdening, Allende’s philosophical treatise on women’s issues is unabashedly passionate and personal, as befits one of the world’s most beloved authors and journalists. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Allende is a beacon, weaving feminism into her novels, and her first nonfiction book in years will garner media coverage and reader curiosity. Women in Focus: The 19th in 2020. –Booklist Review

Stop at Nothing by Michael Ledwidge

(Available Formats: eBook)

Stop At Nothing

Diving instructor Michael Gannon, the hero of this contrived thriller from bestseller Ledwidge (the Michael Bennett series with James Patterson), is fishing off an island in the Bahamas when he sees a corporate jet crash into the water. Gannon discovers a fortune in uncut diamonds and American dollars in the downed plane, along with the bodies of six men. Unable to report the tragedy because of a broken antenna, Gannon decides to hold onto the loot, which he guesses is related to a drug deal. Eventually, it becomes clear that among the victims were some highly important people and a cover-up is involved. Gannon ends up partnering with an attractive U.S. Navy lieutenant, Ruby Everett, who investigates the crash, and a journalist, Eric Wheldon, who lost his State Department job after exposing government corruption. Gannon and his allies must dodge multiple perils en route to a predictable conclusion. Action sequences, rather than characterizations, are Ledwidge’s strength. Fans of unsophisticated page-turners will be entertained.—Publishers Weekly Review

The first book in the Michael Gannon Series.

Bonus Recommendation:

In celebration of Eric Clapton’s 76th birthday today, March 20, 2021, here is a bonus recommendation!

The double-live album Just One Night from 1980.

Just One Night

The album features the songs Tulsa Time, Lay Down Sally, Wonderful Tonight, After Midnight, Blues Power and many more.

The album is available on-demand (AKA for instant checkout) through Hoopla – give it a listen!

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

Digital Catalog: https://stls.overdrive.com/

The Digital Catalog, a catalog containing eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, Digital Magazines and a handful of streaming videos, has two companion apps, Libby & OverDrive. Libby is the app for newer devices and the OverDrive app should be used for older devices and Amazon tablets.

All card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can check out items from the Digital Catalog.

Hoopla Catalog: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

The Hoopla Catalog features instant checkouts of eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, albums, movies and TV series. Patron check out limit is 6 items per month.

Hoopla is a Southeast Steuben County Library service available to all Southeast Steuben County Library card holders.

The Hoopla App is available for Android or Apple devices and most smart TVs & media streaming players.

StarCat: The catalog of physical/traditional library materials: https://starcat.stls.org

Card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can access StarCat to search for and request materials available at libraries through out the Southern Tier Library System.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

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

Have questions or want to request a book?

Feel free to call the library! Our telephone number is 607-936-3713.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers April 4, 2021

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

Each title is followed by a listing of which formats it is available in for check out within the three catalogs: StarCat (Print, Large Print & CD Audiobooks), The Digital Catalog (eBook & Downloadable Audiobook) and the Hoopla Catalog (Hoopla instant checkout eBook & Hoopla Audiobook).

For more information on the three catalogs skip to the section below the bestselling titles*

New York Times Bestseller blog postings are published on Sundays; and the next New York Times Bestselling blog posting will be published on Sunday, April 4, 2021.

 

 

FICTION

THE AFFAIR by Danielle Steel

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A French author’s extramarital relationship affects various members of his wife’s family.

 

 

CAMINO WINDS by John Grisham

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred when an author of thrillers is found dead after a hurricane hits Camino Island.

 

 

A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES by Sarah J. Maas

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)


The fifth book in A Court of Thorn and Roses series. Nesta Archeron is forced into close quarters with a warrior named Cassian.

 

 

DARK SKY by C.J. Box

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

The 21st book in the Joe Pickett series. The Wyoming game warden becomes a target when taking a tech baron on an elk hunting trip.

 

 

THE DUKE AND I by Julia Quinn

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The first book in the Bridgerton series. Daphne Bridgerton’s reputation soars when she colludes with the Duke of Hastings. The basis of the Netflix series “Bridgerton.”

 

 

FAST ICE by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Fast Ice
The 18th book in the NUMA Files series. Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala uncover a decades-old conspiracy when they search for a missing former colleague in Antarctica.

 

THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

As dust storms roll during the Great Depression, Elsa must choose between saving the family and farm or heading West.

 

 

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab

(Available Formats: Print Books, Large Print, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

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

 

 

KLARA AND THE SUN by Kazuo Ishiguro

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)

An “Artificial Friend” named Klara is purchased to serve as a companion to an ailing 14-year-old girl.

 

 

LATER by Stephen King

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook coming soon)

Later

An N.Y.P.D. detective asks the son of a struggling single mother to use his unnatural ability to track a killer.

 

 

LIFE AFTER DEATH by Sister Souljah

(Available Formats: Print Book)

In a sequel to “The Coldest Winter Ever,” Winter Santiaga emerges after time served and seeks revenge.

 

 

LOST APOTHECARY by Sarah Penner

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)


An aspiring historian in London finds a clue that might put to rest unsolved apothecary murders from 200 years ago

 

 

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook & Downloadable Audiobooks)

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

 

 

THE ROSE CODE by Kate Quinn

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook coming shortly)

Rose Code
As a post-World War II royal wedding approaches, an encrypted letter resurrects an alliance between three female code breakers.

 

 

SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

(Available Formats: Print Book, Hoopla instant checkout eBook & audiobook)

Song of Achilles

A reimagining of Homer’s “Iliad” that is narrated by Achilles’ companion Patroclus.

 

 

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett

(Available Formats: Print & Large Print Book, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

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

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

Where The Crawdads Sing
In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.

 

 

WILD SIGN by Patricia Briggs

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Wild Sign
The sixth book in the Alpha and Omega series. Mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham look into what might have caused everyone living in a small town to disappear.

 

 

WIN by Harlan Coben

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Win
Windsor Horne Lockwood III might rectify cold cases connected to his family that have eluded the F.B.I. for decades.

 

 

NON-FICTION:

 

BECOMING by Michelle Obama

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

 

 

BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook, Downloadable Audiobook & Hoopla Audiobook)

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

 

 

CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson

(Available Formats: Print Book, Audiobook on CD, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

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

 

 

THE CODE BREAKER by Walter Isaacson

(Available Formats: Print Book, Downloadable Audiobook, eBook coming shortly)

Code Breaker
How the Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues invented CRISPR, a tool that can edit DNA.

 

 

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

(Available Formats: Print Book, Audiobook on CD & Downloadable Audiobook)

The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

 

 

HOW TO AVOID A CLIMATE DISASTER by Bill Gates

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

A prescription for what business, governments and individuals can do to work toward zero emissions.

 

 

JUST AS I AM by Cicely Tyson with Michelle Burford

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The late iconic actress describes how she worked to change perceptions of Black women through her career choices.

 

 

LADY BIRD JOHNSON by Julia Sweig
(Available Formats: Print & eBook)

Lady Bird Johnson Hiding In Plain Sight
A look at the policy initiatives and the leadership style of the first lady during her time in the East Wing.

 

NOMADLAND by Jessica Bruder

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audiobook, eBook)

A look at an expanding low-cost labor pool, which largely consists of transient older adults, and what this might portend.

 

 

NÖTHIN’ BUT A GOOD TIME by Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla instant checkout audiobook)

Nohting But A Good Time
An oral history of hard rock and heavy metal music in the 1980s.

 

 

A PROMISED LAND by Barack Obama

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

In the first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama offers personal reflections on his formative years and pivotal moments through his first term.

 

 

THE SUM OF US by Heather McGhee

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The chair of the board of the racial justice organization Color of Change analyzes the impact of racism on the economy.

 

 

THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant

(Available Formats: Print Book)

An examination of the cognitive skills of rethinking and unlearning that could be used to adapt to a rapidly changing world.

 

 

THIS IS THE FIRE by Don Lemon

(Available Formats: Print Book)

This Is The Fire

The CNN host looks at the impact of racism on his life and prescribes ways to address systemic flaws in America.

 

 

UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS WITH A BLACK MAN by Emmanuel Acho

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, eBook, Downloadable Audiobook, Hoo

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

A look at some questions and concepts needed to address systemic racism.

 

 

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

(Available Formats: Print Book, Audiobook on CD, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

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

 

 

WALK IN MY COMBAT BOOTS by James Patterson and Matt Eversmann with Chris Mooney

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A collection of interviews with troops who fought overseas.

 

 

Be well and read on!

Linda Reimer, SSL

 

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

Digital Catalog: https://stls.overdrive.com/

The Digital Catalog has two companion apps, Libby & OverDrive. Libby is the app for newer devices and the OverDrive app should be used for older devices and Amazon tablets.

All card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can check out items from the Digital Catalog.

Hoopla Catalog: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

The Hoopla Catalog features instant check outs of eBooks, downloadable audiobook, comic books, albums and streaming videos. Patron check out limit is 4 items per month.

Hoopla is a Southeast Steuben County Library service available to all Southeast Steuben County Library card holders.

The Hoopla App is available for Android or Apple devices and most smart TVs & media streaming players.

StarCat: The catalog of physical/traditional library materials: https://starcat.stls.org

Card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can access StarCat to search for and request materials available at libraries through out the Southern Tier Library System.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening March 26, 2021

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

Suggested Listening postings are published on Fridays; and our next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, April 2, 2021.

Angel From Montgomery by Bonnie Raitt (Genre: Rock, Blues)

A terrific song from singer & guitarist Raitt’s equally terrific fourth album, Streetlights (1974).

Can’t Find My Way Home by Bonnie Raitt, Lowell George, John Hammond Jr & Freebo

The Blind Faith classic was recorded during a jam session in 1972 – very cool – note though that the actual playing doesn’t start until about 2:41 minutes into the recording.

Hello In There by John Prine (Genre: Folk, Pop-Rock)

A great introspective song from the late, great Prine’s debut album, John Prine (1971). And interestingly, John Prine wrote the song Angel of Montgomery – his original version is also found on his debut LP.

Maggie’s Farm by Bob Dylan (Genre: Folk, Rock)

Maggie’s Farm is from Dylan’s fifth album, Bringing It All Back Home – what a great song – it features wit and humor along with a solid beat!

Nutville by (Harold Floyd) “Tina” Brooks (Genre: Jazz, Bop)

Tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks was a studio musician and recorded on his own, as a band leader only twice for Blue Note Records in 1958 & 1961 – thus he is an undiscovered gem as he certainly could play that saxophone; Nutville is from his album Mirror Love (1958).

Ramblin’ On My Mind by John Mayall and the Blues Breakers (with Eric Clapton on vocals & guitar)

Ramblin’ On My Mind is from the album Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966)

Listening Note: The entire album, Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton, which was recorded in between Clapton’s time with the Yardbirds and Cream, is available through Hoopla as are Blues Breaker albums featuring Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green (A Hard Road) and future Rolling Stone guitarist Mick Taylor (Crusade).

Say You Love by Fleetwood Mac (Genre: Pop, Rock)

A bright, upbeat tune with Christine McVie on lead vocals; from supergroup’s 1975 self-titles smash LP – Fleetwood Mac.

Semiramide riconosciuta, Act II: “Tradita, sprezzata” (Semiramide) by Nathalie Stutzmann and Orfeo 55 (Genre: Classical, Vocal)

An upbeat composition with terrific operatic singing; from the album Contralto (2021).

Suite Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills & Nash (Genre: Rock, Folk, Singer-Songwriter)

One of my favorite songs; found on the harmonical trio’s debut album, Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969).

Straight Shooter by the Mama’s and the Papas (Genre: Folk, Pop, Vocal)

From the classic singing group’s debut album If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears.

Hoopla Recommendation of the Week
The Modern Sound Of Betty Carter (1960)

Modern Sounds of Betty Carter

Betty Carter’s third album offers a great listen and includes the classic songs What A Little Moonlight Can Do, Remember & Stormy Weather.

And from the album, a classic song
At Sundown by Better Carter

Have a good weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

AllMusic. 2021. AllMusic | Record Reviews, Streaming Songs, Genres & Bands. [online] Available at: <https://www.allmusic.com/&gt;.

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive & Libby Apps)

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

Hoopla

A catalog of instant check out items, including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, TV shows and movies for for patrons of the Southeast Steuben County Library.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading March 23, 2021

Hi everyone, here are our recommended reads for the week.

Format Note: Under each book title you’ll find a list of all the different formats that specific title is available in; including: Print Books, Large Print Books, CD Audiobooks, eBooks & Downloadable Audiobooks from the Digital Catalog (OverDrive & Libby apps) and Hoopla eBooks & Hoopla Downloadable Audiobooks (Hoopla App).

*More information on the three catalogs is found at the end of the list of recommended reads*

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays. The next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

Cloudmaker by Malcolm Brooks

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

Cloudmaker

Houston “Huck” Finn, a precocious 14-year-old, has built, flown, and crashed his own glider, but he’s on to bigger things. It’s 1937 in rural Montana, and with the Great Depression in full swing, Huck has to economize with parts from Model Ts and vacuum cleaners to build a two-seater mono wing, following instructions in the 1932 Flying and Glider Manual. He uses the back room of his father’s machine shop and the expertise of a blacksmith named Yakima McKee to build his plane. When his teenage cousin Annelise arrives from Los Angeles, she brings sophistication beyond her years and experience as a pilot (she wears a Lindbergh flight watch). Life abruptly changes when Huck discovers a bullet-riddled corpse floating in the river, also wearing a Lindbergh flight watch. Huck filches the valuable watch for safekeeping, which brings law enforcement and the victim’s outlaw cronies to his doorstep. But Huck, Annelise, and McKee form an undaunted team, not only to bring the airplane into being but also to solve the criminals’ activities. It’s an exciting summer in Big Coulee, MT. VERDICT With a nod to Ivan Doig’s straightforward folksy style, this impressive second novel after Painted Horses tells an earnest, heartfelt family story with laugh-out-loud humor, deep-seated family conflicts, and distressing coming-of-age crises. Enthusiastically recommended.—Donna Bettencourt, Mesa Cty. P.L., Grand Junction, CO – Starred Library Journal Review

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Ex Talk

Public radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon’s sparkling romantic comedy debut.

Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can’t imagine working anywhere else. But lately it’s been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who’s fresh off a journalism master’s program and convinced he knows everything about public radio.

When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it’s this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it’s not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.

As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.

Fadeout by Joseph Hansen

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Fadeout

Fadeout is the first of Joseph Hansen’s twelve classic mysteries featuring rugged Dave Brandstetter, an insurance investigator who is contentedly gay. When entertainer Fox Olson’s car plunges off a bridge in a storm, a death claim is filed, but where is Olson’s body? As Brandstetter questions family, fans, and detractors, he grows certain Olson is still alive and that Dave must find him before the would-be killer does. Suspenseful and wry, shrewd and deeply felt, Fadeout remains as fresh today as when it startled readers more than thirty years ago.

Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Fake Accounts

A NATIONAL BESTSELLER * A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS’ CHOICE

“An invigorating work, deadly precise in its skewering of people, places and things . . . Stylish, despairing and very funny, Fake Accounts . . . adroitly maps the dwindling gap between the individual and the world.” —Katie Kitamura, The New York Times Book Review

A woman in a tailspin discovers that her boyfriend is an anonymous online conspiracy theorist in this “absolutely brilliant take on the bizarre and despicable ways the internet has warped our perception of reality” (Elle, One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year).

On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, a young woman snoops through her boyfriend’s phone and makes a startling discovery: he’s an anonymous internet conspiracy theorist, and a popular one at that. Already fluent in internet fakery, irony, and outrage, she’s not exactly shocked by the revelation. Actually, she’s relieved—he was always a little distant—and she plots to end their floundering relationship while on a trip to the Women’s March in DC. But this is only the first in a series of bizarre twists that expose a world whose truths are shaped by online lies.

Suddenly left with no reason to stay in New York and increasingly alienated from her friends and colleagues, our unnamed narrator flees to Berlin, embarking on her own cycles of manipulation in the deceptive spaces of her daily life, from dating apps to expat meetups, open-plan offices to bureaucratic waiting rooms. She begins to think she can’t trust anyone—shouldn’t the feeling be mutual?

Narrated with seductive confidence and subversive wit, Fake Accounts challenges the way current conversations about the self and community, delusions and gaslighting, and fiction and reality play out in the internet age.

George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father by David O. Stewart

(Available Formats: Print Book)

George Washington Political Rise

Stewart (Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson) makes the case that though George Washington (1732–99) went out of his way to hide it, he was a masterful politician who used his talents to advance the priorities he thought necessary for the fledgling United States. While his record of success in the French and Indian War was uneven, he nevertheless managed to learn how to organize an army. Afterwards he rose swiftly to prominence in the Virginia House of Burgesses. During the Revolutionary War, as Stewart ably recounts, Washington held his army together through Valley Forge and later thwarted machinations to remove him from his post. Stewart argues that Washington was the only player at the Constitutional Convention who received both a strong executive branch and a permanent namesake capitol. As president, Washington supported Alexander Hamilton in establishing the national bank and assuming payment of the state’s war debts by the federal government. In this second term, he managed to keep the country out of potentially disastrous foreign involvement. Stewart concludes by discussing the politician’s late wrestling with the issue of slavery. VERDICT In this lively and admirable study, Stewart offers a balanced and thoughtfully well-written appreciation of George Washington’s life and leadership. A must for fans of biographies.—David Keymer, Cleveland- Starred Library Journal Review

Mango and Peppercorns: A Memoir of Food, an Unlikely Family, and the American Dream by Tung Nguyen, Katherine Manning, Lyn Nguyen

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Mango and Peppercorns

This multinarrator memoir shines with the power of resilience, friendship, family, and food to bring together two women from vastly different backgrounds and inspire them to build Hy Vong, an award-winning Vietnamese restaurant in Miami. Vietnamese refugee Tung Nguyen and her American host, Kathy Manning, are polar opposites, with Tung being as staunch and practical as Kathy is free-spirited. Their dynamic is captured in this memoir, also cowritten by Lyn Nguyen (Tung’s daughter) and food writer Elisa Ung, as each chapter is told from Tung’s and Kathy’s alternating perspectives documenting decades of partnership. It is easy to see how their differences helped contribute to the great success of their restaurant, with Tung cooking delicious and traditional Vietnamese soups and comfort foods and Kathy navigating the ins and outs of the business. Woven throughout the book are mouth-watering recipes of either Vietnamese or Swedish origin that tie into the chapters and add another level to this dual memoir. VERDICT A unique contribution to culinary literature that would be a great addition to a collections of food memoirs, but may not stand out to readers looking for recipes alone.—Siobhan Egan, Barrington Public Library, Barrington, RI – Library Journal Review

Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende

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Maya's Notebook

Neglected by her parents, nineteen-year-old Maya Nidal has grown up in Berkeley with her grandparents. Her grand­mother Nini is a force of nature, a woman whose formidable strength helped her build a new life after emigrating from Chile in 1973. Popo, Maya’s grandfather, is a gentle man whose solid, comforting presence helps calm the turbulence of Maya’s adolescence. When Popo dies of cancer, Maya goes completely off the rails, turning to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime in a downward spiral that eventually bottoms out in Las Vegas. Lost in a dangerous underworld, she is caught in the cross­hairs of warring forces. Her one chance for survival is Nini, who helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile. Here Maya tries to make sense of the past, unravels mysterious truths about life and about her family, and embarks on her greatest adventure: the journey into her own soul.

Quiet In Her Bones by Nalini Singh

(Available Formats: Print & eBook)

Quiet In Her Bones

A terrible car accident left playboy and thriller writer Aarav Rai with a broken leg and holes in his memory, and he is forced to move back to his father’s house to recover. While there, his mother’s car is found in the forest, proof that she did not run off and leave him ten years ago. The ultra-rich suburban neighborhood Aarav grew up in hides a multitude of secrets, but from his balcony, he has a better view than most of what is happening behind closed doors–except for his own, because his father is still bitter about his late wife’s independent nature and won’t discuss the fight they had on what turned out to be their last night together. Aarav uses his self-proclaimed sociopathic tendencies to charm information out of people, but his mind can’t process what he finds, and readers will be left wondering if he’s keeping the biggest secret from himself. Singh perfectly conveys the sleek architecture amid an unforgiving New Zealand forest, while the fuzziness and paranoia of Aarav’s narration make this an unsettling thriller that deserves a wide audience. – Booklist Review

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

Sum of Us

Political commentator McGhee argues in her astute and persuasive debut that income inequality and the decline of the middle and working classes in America are a direct result of the country’s long history of racial injustice. Many white Americans, McGhee claims, center their political beliefs and actions—often to their own detriment—on the false premise that social and economic gains for one race result in losses for another. She traces the history of race relations in America from slavery through Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the dawn of neoliberalism, documenting instances in which racism against Black Americans has diminished everyone’s quality of life and forestalled social progress, including the mass closure of public swimming pools in the 1950s and ’60s to avoid integration, and the American Medical Association’s “racist red-baiting campaign” to undermine President Truman’s efforts to pass universal health-care legislation. McGhee holds up a recent economic turnaround in Lewiston, Maine, as an example of how communities can thrive thanks to immigrants and people of color, driving home the point that racial inclusivity benefits all Americans. McGhee marshals a wealth of information into a cohesive narrative that ends on a hopeful note. This sharp, thorough, and engrossing report casts America’s racial divide in a new light. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Your Beautiful Lies by Louise Douglas

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Your Beautiful Lies

The trouble with secrets is that they never stay secret for long…

Annie Howarth is living an anxious life in an anxious town. Her mining community in South Yorkshire is feeling the pinch and tensions are running high. Then a murdered girl is found on the moors and the agitation in the community is pushed to a dangerous breaking point.

As the wife of the chief of police, Annie should feel safe – her husband William can be secretive, but she’s sure whatever he’s hiding is for her own good, isn’t it?

But Annie is keeping her own secrets. Ten years ago, the man she loved was ripped from her life in a scandal that still haunts them both, and now his return will put her family, her marriage, even her life, at risk.

Bestselling author of House by the Sea Louise Douglas returns with a heart-racing novel full of suspense, desire and desperate secrets. Perfect for fans of Barbara O’Neal, Lucinda Riley and Rachel Hore.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

Digital Catalog: https://stls.overdrive.com/

The Digital Catalog, a catalog containing eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, Digital Magazines and a handful of streaming videos, has two companion apps, Libby & OverDrive. Libby is the app for newer devices and the OverDrive app should be used for older devices and Amazon tablets.

All card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can check out items from the Digital Catalog.

Hoopla Catalog: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

The Hoopla Catalog features instant checkouts of eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, albums, movies and TV series. Patron check out limit is 6 items per month.

Hoopla is a Southeast Steuben County Library service available to all Southeast Steuben County Library card holders.

The Hoopla App is available for Android or Apple devices and most smart TVs & media streaming players.

StarCat: The catalog of physical/traditional library materials: https://starcat.stls.org

Card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can access StarCat to search for and request materials available at libraries through out the Southern Tier Library System.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

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

Have questions or want to request a book?

Feel free to call the library! Our telephone number is 607-936-3713.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers March 28, 2021

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

Each title is followed by a listing of which formats it is available in for check out within the three catalogs: StarCat (Print, Large Print & CD Audiobooks), The Digital Catalog (eBook & Downloadable Audiobook) and the Hoopla Catalog (Hoopla instant checkout eBook & Hoopla Audiobook).

For more information on the three catalogs skip to the section below the bestselling titles*

New York Times Bestseller blog postings are published on Sundays; and the next New York Times Bestselling blog posting will be published on Sunday, March 28, 2021.

 

 

FICTION

2034 by Elliot Ackerman and Adm. James Stavridis
(Available Formats: Print Book)

2034
The global balance of power shifts after new cyberweaponry lowers the defenses of U.S. planes and ships

 

 

THE AFFAIR by Danielle Steel

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A French author’s extramarital relationship affects various members of his wife’s family.

 

 

CAMINO WINDS by John Grisham

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred when an author of thrillers is found dead after a hurricane hits Camino Island.

 

 

A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES by Sarah J. Maas

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)


The fifth book in A Court of Thorn and Roses series. Nesta Archeron is forced into close quarters with a warrior named Cassian.

 

 

DARK SKY by C.J. Box

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

The 21st book in the Joe Pickett series. The Wyoming game warden becomes a target when taking a tech baron on an elk hunting trip.

 

 

THE DUKE AND I by Julia Quinn

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The first book in the Bridgerton series. Daphne Bridgerton’s reputation soars when she colludes with the Duke of Hastings. The basis of the Netflix series “Bridgerton.”

 

FAST ICE by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Fast Ice
The 18th book in the NUMA Files series. Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala uncover a decades-old conspiracy when they search for a missing former colleague in Antarctica.

 

THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

As dust storms roll during the Great Depression, Elsa must choose between saving the family and farm or heading West.

 

 

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab

(Available Formats: Print Books, Large Print, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

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

 

 

KLARA AND THE SUN by Kazuo Ishiguro

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)

An “Artificial Friend” named Klara is purchased to serve as a companion to an ailing 14-year-old girl.

 

 

LATER by Stephen King

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook coming soon)

Later

An N.Y.P.D. detective asks the son of a struggling single mother to use his unnatural ability to track a killer.

 

 

LIFE AFTER DEATH by Sister Souljah

(Available Formats: Print Book)

In a sequel to “The Coldest Winter Ever,” Winter Santiaga emerges after time served and seeks revenge.

 

LIGHTNING GAME by Christine Feehan

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Lightning Game
The 17th book in the GhostWalker series. Rubin returns to his family’s homestead and Jonquille cannot control the lightning her body produces.

 

 

LOST APOTHECARY by Sarah Penner

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)


An aspiring historian in London finds a clue that might put to rest unsolved apothecary murders from 200 years ago

 

 

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook & Downloadable Audiobooks)

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

 

 

THE ROSE CODE by Kate Quinn

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook coming shortly)

Rose Code
As a post-World War II royal wedding approaches, an encrypted letter resurrects an alliance between three female code breakers.

 

 

SANATORIUM by Sarah Pearse

(Available Formats: Currently none; coming soon in print and eBook formats)

Elin Warner must find her estranged brother’s fiancée, who goes missing as a storm approaches a hotel that was once a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps.

 

 

TRANSIENT DESIRES by Donna Leon

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

Transient Desires
The 30th book in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series. The Carabinieri and the Guardia di Costiera are enlisted to help solve a crime involving technologically gifted perpetrators.

 

 

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett

(Available Formats: Print & Large Print Book, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

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.

 

 

THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME by Julia Quinn

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook, Downloadable Audiobook, Hoopla instant check out eBook & Hoopla instant check out audiobook)

The second book in the Bridgerton series. Kate Sheffield gets in the way of Anthony Bridgerton’s intent to marry.

 

 

WE BEGIN AT THE END by Chris Whitaker

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Trouble might start for the chief of police and a self-proclaimed outlaw teen when a man is released from prison.

 

 

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

Where The Crawdads Sing
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

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

 

 

BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook, Downloadable Audiobook & Hoopla Audiobook)

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

 

 

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook, Downloadable Audiobook, Hoopla instant checkout eBook & Audiobook)

Braiding Sweetgrass
A botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation espouses having an understanding and appreciation of plants and animals.

 

 

BREATH by James Nestor

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

A re-examination of a basic biological function and a look at the science behind ancient breathing practices.

 

 

CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson

(Available Formats: Print Book, Audiobook on CD, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

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

 

 

THE CODE BREAKER by Walter Isaacson

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook coming shortly)

Code Breaker
How the Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues invented CRISPR, a tool that can edit DNA.

 

 

FOUR HUNDRED SOULS by Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

A compendium featuring 90 writers covering 400 years of African-American history.

 

 

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

(Available Formats: Print Book, Audiobook on CD & Downloadable Audiobook)

The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

 

 

HOW TO AVOID A CLIMATE DISASTER by Bill Gates

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

A prescription for what business, governments and individuals can do to work toward zero emissions.

 

 

JUST AS I AM by Cicely Tyson with Michelle Burford

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The late iconic actress describes how she worked to change perceptions of Black women through her career choices.

 

 

NOMADLAND by Jessica Bruder

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audiobook, eBook)

A look at an expanding low-cost labor pool, which largely consists of transient older adults, and what this might portend.

 

 

A PROMISED LAND by Barack Obama

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

In the first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama offers personal reflections on his formative years and pivotal moments through his first term.

 

 

THE SUM OF US by Heather McGhee

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The chair of the board of the racial justice organization Color of Change analyzes the impact of racism on the economy.

 

 

THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant

(Available Formats: Print Book)

An examination of the cognitive skills of rethinking and unlearning that could be used to adapt to a rapidly changing world.

 

 

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

(Available Formats: Print Book, Audiobook on CD, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

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

 

 

WALK IN MY COMBAT BOOTS by James Patterson and Matt Eversmann with Chris Mooney

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A collection of interviews with troops who fought overseas.

 

 

Be well and read on!

Linda Reimer, SSL

 

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

Digital Catalog: https://stls.overdrive.com/

The Digital Catalog has two companion apps, Libby & OverDrive. Libby is the app for newer devices and the OverDrive app should be used for older devices and Amazon tablets.

All card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can check out items from the Digital Catalog.

Hoopla Catalog: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

The Hoopla Catalog features instant check outs of eBooks, downloadable audiobook, comic books, albums and streaming videos. Patron check out limit is 4 items per month.

Hoopla is a Southeast Steuben County Library service available to all Southeast Steuben County Library card holders.

The Hoopla App is available for Android or Apple devices and most smart TVs & media streaming players.

StarCat: The catalog of physical/traditional library materials: https://starcat.stls.org

Card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can access StarCat to search for and request materials available at libraries through out the Southern Tier Library System.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening March 19, 2021

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

Suggested Listening postings are published on Fridays; and our next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, March 26, 2021.

Colors by Valerie June (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Americana, Folk)

Valerie June is a terrific Memphis based singer-songwriter. Colors is from her newly released second album The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers (2021).

Come And Go With Me by Lightin’ Hopkins (Genre: Country-Blues, Blues)

The great country blues artist Lightin’ Hopkins performing live! Come And Go With Me is from his Smithsonian-Folkways album Lightin’ Hopkins (1959).

Five Feet High And Rising by Johnny Cash (Genre: Country)

The great Johnny Cash, with a terrific song; from his album Songs Of Our Soil (1960).

Gonna Write Me A Letter by Rhiannon Giddens (Genre: Americana, Folk)

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens first came to the attention of music fans as a member of the traditional folk group Carolina Chocolate Drops. She launched a solo career in 2009; Gonna Write Me A Letter is from her fourth solo album There Is No Other (2019).

Midnight Cruiser by Steely Dan (Genre: Pop-Rock, Jazz)

Walter Becker, who played bass, and Donald Fagen who played keyboards and sang, produced some fantastic upbeat, jazzy-pop-rock music as the co-leaders of the group Steely Dan; including the song Midnight Cruiser, which is from the group’s debut album Can’t Buy A Thrill (1972).

Pride And Joy by Marvin Gaye (R&B, Soul, Pop)

Pride And Joy is an upbeat song from the great singer; from his second album That Stubborn Kinda Fellow (1963).

Ruby, My Dear by Thelonious Monk (Genre: Jazz)

The great composer, pianist and band leader with one of his classic songs; from his album Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 (1952).

Take The ‘A’ Train by Duke Ellington (Genre: Jazz)

The classic Duke Ellington with a classic song, taken from his album Ellington Uptown (1953).

Walk Away by James Gang

The James Gang was a seventies power rock band from Ohio, the groups’ premier line-up included founder Jim Fox on drums, Joel Peters on bass and future Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh on guitar and vocals; Walk Away was their biggest hit and is from their album Thirds (1971).

Zoom In And Zoom Out by Ringo Starr (Genre: Rock, Pop)

Zoom In And Zoom Out is from Zoom In (2021), the new album by former Beatle Ringo Starr.

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week:

At Last by Etta James (Genre: Vocal, R&B, Blues)

At Last!

All I Could Do Was Cry by Etta James; from Etta’s debut LP At Last! (1960)

Have a good weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

AllMusic. 2021. AllMusic | Record Reviews, Streaming Songs, Genres & Bands. [online] Available at: <https://www.allmusic.com/&gt;.

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive & Libby Apps)

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

Hoopla

A catalog of instant check out items, including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, TV shows and movies for for patrons of the Southeast Steuben County Library.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading March 16, 2021

Hi everyone, here are our recommended reads for the week.

Format Note: Under each book title you’ll find a list of all the different formats that specific title is available in; including: Print Books, Large Print Books, CD Audiobooks, eBooks & Downloadable Audiobooks from the Digital Catalog (OverDrive & Libby apps) and Hoopla eBooks & Hoopla Downloadable Audiobooks (Hoopla App).

*More information on the three catalogs is found at the end of the list of recommended reads*

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays. The next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

After The People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

WINNER, Best Collection of the Year, THIS IS HORRORNOMINATED, Best Collection of the Year, BRAM STOKER AWARDS! The fifteen stories in After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones explore the horrors and fears of the supernatural and the everyday. Included are two original stories, several rarities and out of print narratives, as well as a few “best of the year” inclusions. In “Thirteen,” horrors lurk behind the flickering images on the big screen. “Welcome to the Reptile House” reveals the secrets that hide in our flesh. In “The Black Sleeve of Destiny,” a single sweatshirt leads to unexpectedly dark adventures. And the title story, “After the People Lights Have Gone Off,” is anything but your typical haunted house story. With an introduction by Edgar Award winner Joe R. Lansdale, and featuring fifteen full-page illustrations by Luke Spooner, After the People Lights Have Gone Off gets under your skin and stays there.

Cold Mourning by Brenda Chapman, audio read by Michelle St. John

(Available Formats: Downloadable Audiobook, Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

Nominated for the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel

When murder stalks a family over Christmas, Kala Stonechild trusts her intuition to get results.
It’s a week before Christmas when wealthy businessman Tom Underwood disappears into thin air — with more than enough people wanting him dead.

New police recruit Kala Stonechild, who has left her northern Ontario detachment to join a specialized Ottawa crime unit, is tasked with returning Underwood home in time for the holidays. Stonechild, who is from a First Nations reserve, is a lone wolf who is used to surviving on her wits. Her new boss, Detective Jacques Rouleau, has his hands full controlling her, his team, and an investigation that keeps threatening to go off track.

Old betrayals and complicated family relationships brutally collide when love turns to hate and murder stalks a family.

The Cry of the Sloth by Sam Savage

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At an age when many authors are pushing stylistic walkers, 68-year-old Savage is just hitting his stride. His new work is every bit as engaging and original as his debut, “Firmin”. Protagonist Andrew Whittaker, like the rat Firmin, is something of a literary lowlife. He’s a writer who is a legend in his own mind, the vexing editor of a marginal literary journal, an incompetent slumlord, an increasingly tired and tiresome bore and boor, a man about to crash from his own imaginary space into a very unforgiving earth. This novel consists of everything he has written over four months: mostly letters but also remnants of his tortuous prose, shopping lists, and diary entries. VERDICT Set in the early Seventies, this book will certainly appeal to boomers and seniors, but it would also be a great read for young adults. Its best audience would be other writers and creative individuals generally, and it would be a delightful reading-group choice. Great for holiday gift-giving, too.Jim Dwyer, California State Univ. Lib., Chico — Starred Library Journal Review

Her Dark Lies by J. T. Ellison, audio read by Brittany Pressley

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Fast-paced and brilliantly unpredictable, J.T. Ellison’s breathtaking new novel invites you to a wedding none will forget—and some won’t survive.

Jutting from sparkling turquoise waters off the Italian coast, Isle Isola is an idyllic setting for a wedding. In the majestic cliff-top villa owned by the wealthy Compton family, up-and-coming artist Claire Hunter will marry handsome, charming Jack Compton, surrounded by close family, intimate friends…and a host of dark secrets.

From the moment Claire sets foot on the island, something seems amiss. Skeletal remains have just been found. There are other, newer disturbances, too. Menacing texts. A ruined wedding dress. And one troubling shadow hanging over Claire’s otherwise blissful relationship—the strange mystery surrounding Jack’s first wife.

Then a raging storm descends, the power goes out—and the real terror begins…

Klara And The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, audio read by Sura Siu

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Nobel laureate Ishiguro takes readers to a vaguely futuristic, technologically advanced setting reminiscent of his Never Let Me Go for a surprising parable about love, humanity, and science. Klara is an Artificial Friend (AF), a humanlike robot designed to be a child’s companion. She spends her days watching humans from her perch in the AF store, fascinated by their emotions and hungry to learn enough to help her future owner. Klara, who is solar-powered, reveres the sun for the “nourishment” and upholds “him” as a godlike figure. Klara is eventually bought by teenager Josie and continues to learn about humans through her interactions with Josie’s family and childhood friend. When Josie becomes seriously ill, Klara pleads with the sun to make her well again and confronts the boundary between service and sacrifice. While the climax lends a touch of fantasy, Klara’s relationship with the sun, which is hidden at times by smog, touches on the consequences of environmental destruction. As with Ishiguro’s other works, the rich inner reflections of his protagonists offer big takeaways, and Klara’s quiet but astute observations of human nature land with profound gravity (“There was something very special, but it wasn’t inside Josie. It was inside those who loved her,” Klara says). This dazzling genre-bending work is a delight. –Starred Publisher’s Weekly Review

Laughing Boy: A Navajo Love Story by Oliver La Farge

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Laughing Boy is a model member of his tribe. Raised in old traditions, skilled in silver work, and known for his prowess in the wild horse races, he does the Navajos of T’o Tlakai proud. But times are changing. It is 1914, and the first car has just driven into their country. Then, Laughing Boy meets Slim Girl—and despite her “American” education and the warnings of his family, he gives in to desire and marries her.

As Laughing Boy and Slim Girl settle away from traditional villages—their different upbringings clashing within both their relationship and the ever-encroaching culture around them—each of their worlds are thrown into a heart-wrenching turmoil of love, honor, hope, and heritage.

“Compelling in its strength and simplicity, and its fidelity to the deepest impulses of human nature,” Laughing Boy is an unprecedented look at both the Navajo culture and the enduring legacy of tradition and loss that all Americans share (The New York Times).

The Long Fall by Walter Mosley

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Mosley leaves behind the Los Angeles setting of his Easy Rawlins and Fearless Jones series to introduce Leonid McGill, a New York City private detective, who promises to be as complex and rewarding a character as Mosley’s ever produced. McGill, a 53-year-old former boxer who’s still a fighter, finds out that putting his past life behind him isn’t easy when someone like Tony “The Suit” Towers expects you to do a job; when an Albany PI hires you to track down four men known only by their youthful street names; and when your 16-year-old son, Twill, is getting in over his head with a suicidal girl. McGill shares Easy’s knack for earning powerful friends by performing favors and has some of the toughness of Fearless, but he’s got his own dark secrets and hard-won philosophy. New York’s racial stew is different than Los Angeles’s, and Mosley stirs the pot and concocts a perfect milieu for an engaging new hero and an entertaining new series. – Publishers Weekly Review

More News Tomorrow by Susan Richards Shreve

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In 2007, George Washington University professor Georgianna Grove still grapples with the mysterious tragedy that orphaned her as a small child. In 1941, when Georgianna was 4, her father, William, a Jewish immigrant from Lithuania, went to prison for murdering her mother on a canoe trip to the Wisconsin summer camp he ran. Four years later, William died in prison, leaving Georgianna to face a lonely childhood with unapproachable, anti-Semitic maternal grandparents. In reaction, Georgianna made the concept of “home” central to her research as an anthropologist and has continually welcomed strangers into the house where she raised her own three children. They’d become fatherless themselves at ages 4, 2, and still-in-the-womb when Georgianna’s husband died in Vietnam. On her 70th birthday, Georgianna receives a letter from the only other person from the 1941 canoe trip who’s still alive. At the time, Roosevelt McCrary was an 11-year-old child who had been hired, along with his mother, to work at the camp despite being black. As an adult, Roosevelt became a part owner of the camp and has retired there. Hoping he has information to exonerate William, Georgianna decides to revisit the camp and nearby murder site for the first time. She drags along her family—grown children Venus, Rosie, and Nicolas, whose work on Barack Obama’s campaign hovers in the background; Rosie’s 13-year-old son, Thomas, in the throes of grieving his own father’s recent death; Nicolas’ son, 15-year-old Jesse, and 4-year-old daughter, Oona, coincidentally Georgianna’s age in 1941. Georgianna discovers that her parents’ lives and deaths were more complex and mysterious than she thought and not truly knowable. Shreve creates a spooky atmosphere with stormy weather, eerie parallels between past and present, and at least one threateningly crazy woman. Even spookier is the backdrop of 20th-century racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-immigration feeling that are all too familiar today.

Part gothic novel, part adventure story, but primarily a meditation on surmounting misfortunes that may lie beyond an individual’s control. – Starred Kirkus Review

A Search For Her by Rick Mofina, audio read by Jennifer Jill Araya

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A missing daughter, a family with secrets, a race for the truth…
At a truck stop near Las Vegas, fourteen-year-old Riley Jarrett vanishes from her family’s RV, turning their cross-country dream of starting over into a nightmare.

Investigators have their work cut out for them. The massive, bustling truck plaza in the desert is the perfect place for someone to disappear-or be taken.

Detectives pursue every chilling lead as all eyes fall to the newly blended family with a tragic past. With the clock ticking down on the likelihood that Riley’s alive, suspicions run deep. Everyone-from Riley’s mom to her stepdad to her stepbrother and her ex-boyfriend-has something to hide. And their secrets could prove deadly.

The Ventriloquists by E.R. Ramzipoor

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In this triumphant debut inspired by true events, a ragtag gang of journalists and resistance fighters risk everything for an elaborate scheme to undermine the Reich.

The Nazis stole their voices. But they would not be silenced.

Brussels, 1943. Twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country’s most popular newspaper, Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda. Helene’s world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws her into a secret network that publishes dissident underground newspapers.

The Nazis track down Aubrion’s team and give them an impossible choice: turn the resistance newspapers into a Nazi propaganda bomb that will sway public opinion against the Allies, or be killed. Faced with no decision at all, Aubrion has a brilliant idea. While pretending to do the Nazis’ bidding, they will instead publish a fake edition of Le Soir that pokes fun at Hitler and Stalin-daring to laugh in the face of their oppressors.

The ventriloquists have agreed to die for a joke, and they have only eighteen days to tell it.

Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters and stunning historical detail, E.R. Ramzipoor’s dazzling debut novel illuminates the extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten by time. It is a moving and powerful ode to the importance of the written word and to the unlikely heroes who went to extreme lengths to orchestrate the most stunning feat of journalism in modern history.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

Digital Catalog: https://stls.overdrive.com/

The Digital Catalog, a catalog containing eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, Digital Magazines and a handful of streaming videos, has two companion apps, Libby & OverDrive. Libby is the app for newer devices and the OverDrive app should be used for older devices and Amazon tablets.

All card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can check out items from the Digital Catalog.

Hoopla Catalog: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

The Hoopla Catalog features instant checkouts of eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, albums, movies and TV series. Patron check out limit is 6 items per month.

Hoopla is a Southeast Steuben County Library service available to all Southeast Steuben County Library card holders.

The Hoopla App is available for Android or Apple devices and most smart TVs & media streaming players.

StarCat: The catalog of physical/traditional library materials: https://starcat.stls.org

Card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can access StarCat to search for and request materials available at libraries through out the Southern Tier Library System.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

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