Suggested Reading May 11, 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, May 17, 2021.

Becoming Leidah by Michelle Grierson

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Becoming Leidah

If you prefer your history with a dash of fantasy, dig in to Becoming Leidah, a novel that blends myth with the harsh reality of life in Norway in the distant past. This is the story of a man who married a woman rescued from the sea—and their super powered daughter. Even the most supernatural skeptics will find the Becoming Leidah’s details about nineteenth-century Norway fascinating.”— Oprah.com

“Set in old Norway, where shapeshifters and wise women live alongside fishermen and farmers, this Canadian debut is a magical new entrée into the world of Norse mythology and Scandinavian history.”— The Globe and Mail

Plot Overview: An utterly gripping love story set in nineteenth-century Norway, about a woman rescued from the sea, the fisherman who marries her, their tiny and unusually gifted daughter, and the shapeshifter who follows their every move, perfect for fans of Alice Hoffman, Yangsze Choo, Eowyn Ivey, and Neil Gaiman.

The sky opens up… I hear them laugh.

They don’t feel the sadness in the air.

They don’t feel the danger coming, riding in on the wind.

In the hinterlands of old Norway, Leidah Aldestæd is born blue-skinned, with webbed hands and feet. Upon every turn of season, her mother, Maeva, worries as her daughter’s peculiarities blossom—inside the root of the tiny child, a strange power is taking hold.

Maeva tries to hide the girl from the suspicious townsfolk of the austere village of Ørken, just as she conceals her own magical ancestry from her daughter. And Maeva’s adoring husband, Pieter, wants nothing more than for his new family to be accepted by all. But unlike Pieter, who is blinded by love, Maeva is aware that the villagers, who profess a rigid faith to the new God and claim to have abandoned the old ways, are watching any sign of transgression—and are eager to pounce and punish.

The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jónasson

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Girl Who Died

From Ragnar Jónasson, the award-winning author of the international bestselling Ari Thór series, The Girl Who Died is a standalone thriller about a young woman seeking a new start in a secluded village where a small community is desperate to protect its secrets.

Teacher Wanted At the Edge of the World

Una wants nothing more than to teach, but she has been unable to secure steady employment in Reykjavík. Her savings are depleted, her love life is nonexistent, and she cannot face another winter staring at the four walls of her shabby apartment. Celebrating Christmas and ringing in 1986 in the remote fishing hamlet of Skálar seems like a small price to pay for a chance to earn some teaching credentials and get her life back on track.

But Skálar isn’t just one of Iceland’s most isolated villages, it is home to less than a dozen people. Una’s only students are two girls aged seven and nine. Teaching them only occupies so many hours in a day and the few adults she interacts with are civil but distant. She only seems to connect with Thór, a man she shares an attraction with but who is determined to keep her at arm’s length.

As darkness descends throughout the bleak winter, Una finds herself more often than not in her rented attic space—the site of a local legendary haunting—drinking her loneliness away. She is plagued by nightmares of a little girl in a white dress singing a lullaby. And when a sudden tragedy echoes an event long buried in Skálar’s past, the villagers become even more guarded, leaving a suspicious Una seeking to uncover a shocking truth that’s been kept secret for generations.

Goddess of Filth by V. Castro

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Goddess Of Filth

One hot summer night, best friends Lourdes, Fernanda, Ana, Perla, and Pauline hold a séance. It’s all fun and games at first, but their tipsy laughter turns to terror when the flames burn straight through their prayer candles and Fernanda starts crawling toward her friends and chanting in Nahuatl, the language of their Aztec ancestors.

Over the next few weeks, shy, modest Fernanda starts acting strangely-smearing herself in black makeup, shredding her hands on rose thorns, sucking sin out of the mouths of the guilty. The local priest is convinced it’s a demon, but Lourdes begins to suspect it’s something else-something far more ancient and powerful.

As Father Moreno’s obsession with Fernanda grows, Lourdes enlists the help of her “bruja Craft crew” and a professor, Dr. Camacho, to understand what is happening to her friend in this unholy tale of possession-gone-right.

Readers’ Note: If you’d like to start the Cotton Malone series from the beginning, check out The Templar Legacy (2006).

The Kaiser’s Web by Steve Berry

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook & Hoopla instant checkout audiobook)

The Kaiser's Web

In this sixteenth entry in the Cotton Malone adventure series, Germany is about to hold its national elections. There are two candidates for chancellor, both of whom harbor secrets and both of whom are convinced they are the best person to lead the country. Standing between order and potential mayhem is U.S. Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, who discovers that the future of Germany hinges on the answer to the question of whether Adolf Hitler really died in a bunker in 1945. The Malone novels are formulaic, sure, but the formula is a good one, and Cotton remains a likable, entertaining series lead. Berry keeps finding enticing alternate-history mysteries for Malone to solve; the link between history and the present is always interesting enough to allow the reader to disregard any inherent implausibilities in the story–there are a couple of good-sized ones here, but fans won’t care one whit. Keep ’em coming. Booklist Review

The Music of Bees: A Novel by Eileen Garvin

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Music of Bees

It would not take a trained therapist (although she has one) to determine that Alice Holtzman is desperately seeking a new community. At 44, she has already lost both parents and her husband in fairly close succession, and now even her long-standing job at the county planning department is in jeopardy. So Alice seeks solace in the bees she is raising, finding permanence in their supremely structured lives that eludes her own. She’d like to expand her nascent honey business, but she’ll need help. Enter Jake and Harry, two physically and emotionally damaged young men who are seeking the very same sense of belonging and stability. Jake was left paraplegic during his senior year of high school after a girl-impressing stunt went horribly wrong, while newly homeless Harry is trying to atone for the misguided, friend-impressing caper that put him jail. There are quirks to be worked out as these three fragile beings find common ground caring for Alice’s bees and each other, but their journey is rich with possibility. Both buoyant and bittersweet, Garvin’s impressive first novel, a luscious paean to the bonds of friendship and limitations of family, is the kind of comforting yet thought-provoking tale that will appeal to fans of Anne Tyler and Sue Miller.––Booklist Review

Red Island House: A Novel by Andrea Lee

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Red Island House

From National Book Award–nominated writer Andrea Lee comes a gorgeously evocative epic about love, clashing cultures, and identity, set in the tropical African island nation of Madagascar.
“People do mysterious things when they think they’ve found paradise,” reflects Shay, the heroine of Red Island House. When Shay, a Black American professor who’s always had an adventurous streak, marries Senna, an Italian businessman, she doesn’t imagine that her life’s greatest adventure will carry her far beyond their home in Milan to an idyllic stretch of beach in Madagascar, where Senna builds a flamboyant vacation villa. Before she knows it, Shay has become the somewhat reluctant mistress of a sprawling household, caught between her privileged American upbringing and her connection to the continent of her ancestors.

At first, she’s content to be an observer of the passionate affairs and fierce rivalries around her, but over twenty tumultuous years of marriage, as she and Senna raise children and establish their own rituals at the house, Shay finds herself drawn ever deeper into a place where a blend of magic, sexual intrigue, and transgression forms a modern-day parable of colonial conquest. Soon the collision of cultures comes right to Shay’s door, forcing her to make a life-altering decision that will change her and Senna’s lives forever.

A captivating, powerful, and profoundly moving novel about marriage and loyalty, identity and freedom, Red Island House showcases an extraordinary literary voice and an extravagantly lush, enchanted world.

Seed To Dust by Marc Hamer

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

Seed To Dust

Life, Nature, and a Country Garden

For readers of Late Migrations and Vesper Flights

From the acclaimed author of How to Catch a Mole, this meditative memoir explores the wisdom of plants, the joys of manual labor, and the natural cycle of growth and decay that runs through both the garden’s life and our own.

Marc Hamer has nurtured the same 12-acre garden in the Welsh countryside for over two decades. The garden is vast and intricate. It’s rarely visited, and only Hamer knows of its secrets. But it’s not his garden. It belongs to his wealthy and elegant employer, Miss Cashmere. But the garden does not really belong to her, either. As Hamer writes, “Like a book, a garden belongs to everyone who sees it.”

In Seed to Dust, Marc Hamer paints a beautiful portrait of the garden that “belongs to everyone.” He describes a year in his life as a country gardener, with each chapter named for the month he’s in. As he works, he muses on the unusual folklores of his beloved plants. He observes the creatures who scurry and hide from his blade or rake. And he reflects on his own life: living homeless as a young man, his loving relationship with his wife and children, and-now-feeling the effects of old age on body and mind.

As the seasons change, Hamer also reflects on the changes he has observed in Miss Cashmere’s life from afar: the death of her husband and the departure of her children from the stately home where she now lives alone. At the book’s end, Hamer’s connection to Miss Cashmere changes shape, and new insights into relationships and the beauty and brutality of nature emerge.

Just like all good books and gardens, Seed to Dust is filled with equal parts life and death, beauty and decay, and every reader will find something different to admire.

The Sniper by Kuo-Li Chang

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The Sniper

Jason Bourne meets John McClane in this electrifying Taiwanese thriller about a young special—forces sniper ordered to assassinate a high-level government official, and a seasoned homicide detective called in to investigate a series of grisly murders that lead to a criminal conspiracy at the highest levels of power.

Twelve days before retirement, Taipei police detective Wu is handed a curious case: a Navy officer has been found dead in his hotel room. While it is immediately apparent to Wu that the officer has been murdered, the military insist it was suicide and want the case closed with no questions asked. Soon, however, more high-ranking Navy officers turn up dead, and Wu realizes he has a full-blown conspiracy on his hands.

Meanwhile in Italy, Alex, a young Taiwanese sniper, ex-Marine, ex-French Foreign Legion, and currently a fried-rice chef in Manarola, is reactivated and called back into service. Ordered to assassinate a high-level Taiwanese government advisor in Rome, he soon finds himself on the run, hunted across Europe by his old brothers-in-arms.

Who is killing Navy officers in Taiwan? And who ordered the hit in Rome? As the body count rises, Wu finds himself in a race against time to solve the murders before his retirement, and Alex embarks on a journey back to Taiwan to uncover the truth about who set him up.

Inspired by the biggest military corruption case in Taiwanese history – the murder of Navy Captain Yin Ching-feng – The Sniper is both a masterclass in thriller writing and a study of the heart of darkness in the time of war and peace.

The Son Of Mr. Suleman by Eric Jerome Dickey

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Son of Mr. Sulemon

Professor Pi Suleman teaches at a Memphis university by day and writes novels by night. He is the spitting image of his estranged father, whose literary oeuvre outshines Pi’s own, much to his chagrin. Beyond that, Pi begrudgingly deals with the daily assault of microaggressions from bigoted Southern colleagues as well as the persistent threat of sexual assault from a privileged white colleague who uses Pi for her own ends, then threatens him with retaliation. The tide of injustice turns when Pi’s father unexpectedly makes him his sole heir, and that financial security, along with a team of lawyers, help bring his abuser’s transgressions to light. Romantically, Pi faces a hard choice: does he take a chance on a mysterious woman from London with too many secrets or take the safe route with the like-minded professor who lives across the street? Equal parts political and erotic, Dickey’s posthumously published novel is a shining example of his skill at combining a compelling narrative voice, sharp social commentary, and poetic prose to create a complex tale featuring sensual characters with truly unique perspectives.

Tower of Babel by Michael Sears

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Tower Of Babel

This action-packed series launch from Thriller Award finalist Sears (Black Fridays) introduces Ted Molloy, a down-on-his-heels former lawyer who now works as a foreclosure profiteer seeking “surplus money” in Queens, N.Y. Molloy’s choice to break his first rule of business—taking on a job where the money at stake is large enough to involve underhanded and scheming characters willing to knock off anyone who gets in the way—results in the shooting death of his research partner, Richie Rubiano. Richie’s widow, Cheryl, hair “dyed the color of fresh lemons,” hires Molloy to find Richie’s killer. Molloy’s quest for the culprit leads him to several crooked politicians, a disreputable banker, a nefarious real estate developer, the Russian mafia, a neighborhood activist, and his manipulative ex-father-in-law, who happens to be a retired judge. The whole crew is messed up in conspiracy, fraud, bribery, and murder. Razor-edged prose, sharply defined characters, and a fast-paced plot boost this noir-wrought drama. Fans of Raymond Chandler and classic gangster films will be rewarded. –Publishers Weekly Review

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.

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

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New York Times Bestsellers May 16, 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, May 16, 2021.

FICTION

DISTANT SHORE by Karen Kingsbury

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

A Distant Shore

A secret agent with the F.B.I. and a young woman betrothed by her father to a drug lord pretend to be in love for a mission.

FINDING ASHLEY by Danielle Steel

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

Finding Ashley

Two estranged sisters, one a former best-selling author, the other a nun, reconnect as one searches for the child the other gave up.

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.

FUGITIVE TELEMETRY by Martha Wells

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Fugitive Telemetry

The sixth book in the Murderbot Diaries series. When a dead body turns up on Preservation Station, Murderbot must speak to humans.

A GAMBLING MAN by David Baldacci

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

Aloysius Archer, a World War II veteran, seeks to apprentice with Willie Dash, a private eye, in a corrupt California town.

THE HILL WE CLIMB by Amanda Gorman

(Available Formats: Print, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

The poem read on President Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day, by the youngest poet to write and perform an inaugural poem.

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.

MEANT TO BE IMMORTAL by Lynsay Sands

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Meant To Be Immortal

The 32nd book in the Argeneau series.

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.

OCEAN PREY by John Sandford

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD audiobook & eBook)

The 31st book in the Prey series. When federal officers are killed, Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers team up to investigate matters.

REUNION BEACH by Elin Hilderbrand et al

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Reunion Beach

A collection of stories and other writing inspired by the work of the late author Dorothea Benton Frank.

SENTINEL by Lee Child and Andrew Child

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

Sentinel

Jack Reacher intervenes on an ambush in Tennessee and uncovers a conspiracy.

THE SONGS OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

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

 

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

SOOLEY by John Grisham

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

Sooley

Samuel Sooleymon receives a basketball scholarship to North Carolina Central and determines to bring his family over from a civil war-ravaged South Sudan.

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD audiobook, 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 but their fates intertwine.

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.

WHEREABOUTS by Jhumpa Lahiri

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Whereabouts

A woman who feels lost in life finds solace in the city she calls home and gets a new outlook while visiting the sea.

NON-FICTION:

ANTITRUST by Amy Klobuchar

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Antitrust

The senior senator from Minnesota suggests ways to deal with monopolies, promote business competition and encourage innovation.

THE 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.

BOMBER MAFIA by Malcolm Gladwell

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

Bomber Mafia

A look at the key players and outcomes of precision bombing during World War II.

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.

EMPIRE OF PAIN by Patrick Radden Keefe

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A portrait of the Sackler family, known for their philanthropy toward institutions around the world, and their involvement with Valium and OxyContin.

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 Y’ALL DOING? by Leslie Jordan

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)

How Y'all Doing

A collection of essays by the Emmy-winning actor who became a viral sensation without knowing what that phrase meant at the time.

NOMADLAND by Jessica Bruder

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

Nomadland

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

ON THE HOUSE by John Boehner

(Available Formats: Print Book; eBook coming shortly)

The former speaker of the House reflects on his time in Washington, key political figures and the current state of the Republican Party.

OUT OF MANY, ONE by George W. Bush

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Out of Many, One

Forty-three portraits by the former president, of men and women who have immigrated to the United States.

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.

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU? by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey

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

What Happend To You

An approach to dealing with trauma that shifts an essential question used to investigate it.

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 May 9, 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, May 14, 2021.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the debut of NPR on May 3, 1971; this weeks’ suggested listening selections are ten of fifty great songs selected by NPR to celebrate the anniversary of their founding.

All 50 of the songs are featured in a cool article titled “50 Favorite Songs Of 1971.” The link to the article, which includes videos of all 50 songs, can be found in the references section at the end of this post.

And without further ado here are ten cool songs from 1971!

Freedom From The Stallion by Lee Dorsey (Genre: R&B)

The great New Orleans singer Lee Dorsey is best known to casual music fans for the smash hit “Ya Ya”, from his 1961 debut album.

However, Mr. Dorsey was a talented singer whose worked with the equally talented songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint to record the top-notch, and upbeat in a light-in-the-darkness kind of way, album, Yes We Can, that features the song Freedom From The Stallion.

From The Album: Yes We Can… And Then Some (1970; extended edition, with extra tracks, was released in 1993)

Going Down by Freddie King (Genre: Blues, Guitar)

Freddie King was one of the three great kings of blues guitar, that also included Albert (1923-1992) and B.B. King (1925-2015). Freddie King (1934-1976) released some fantastic and highly influential albums during his career, including the seminal album Let’s Dance and Hideaway from 1961; an album that a young Eric Clapton certainly found inspirational; for proof check out Clapton’s playing on the album Bluesbreakers (1966) by John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (the album is available for instant checkout through Hoopla)

And I’m digressing!  The point is, Freddie King was a great blues guitarist and singer and was in top form when he recorded this song and the corresponding album Getting Ready in the early seventies – check it out!

From The Album: Getting Ready (1971)

Journey In Satchidananda by Alice Coltrane ‎(Genre: Jazz)

A great song and album by the exceptional harpist and pianist; a prominent member of the avant-garde jazz scene of the 1970s.

From The Album: Journey In Satchidananda (1971)

Melody by Serge Gainsbourg (Genre: Vocal, Pop-Rock, Jazz)

Serge Gainsbourg was one of the most popular French singers of the 20th Century. Gainsbourg sings the song Melody in French; and the song has a great early seventies rock and easy listening vibe.

From The Album: Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971)

Ostinato (Suite for Angela) by Herbie Hancock (Genre: Jazz)

One of the most prominent jazz musicians of the 20th Century; Herbie Hancock has played music in many styles over the years from acoustic to electronic jazz, to straight ahead piano jazz. This song, Ostinato, and the related album Mwandishi, have an early seventies jazz-with-a-bit-of-an-experimental vibe – give it a listen!

From The Album: Mwandishi (1971)

Something On Your Mind by Karen Dalton (Genre: Folks)

Something On Your Mind is a terrific song by the much-less-well-known than she should be folk singer-songwriter Karen Dalton! Dalton launched a music career in the early sixties, becoming a part of the famous Greenwich Village folk scene.

From The Album: In My Own Time (1971)

Strawberry Letter 23 by Shuggie Otis (Genre: R&B, Guitar)

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shuggie Otis is the son of the legendary Johnny Otis, and a great musician in his own right. Shuggie, who was born Johnny Otis Jr., started playing professionally in the 1960s with his father’s band. He subsequently launched a solo career and continues to perform and record to this day. His composition Strawberry Letter 23 was very popular in the seventies, with both fans and other musicians, including The Brothers Johnson who recorded a cover version and had a smash hit with it. To this listener though, Otis’s original version is somehow more immediate and accessible.

From The Album: Freedom Flight (1971).

Thank You by Bonnie Raitt (Blues, Blues-Rock)

Bonnie Raitt began playing the guitar and singing folk songs at summer camp as a youth. By her early twenties she had branched out, developed a love of the blues, and played with great blues players including Mississippi Fred McDowell and John Hammond; before being signed to Warner Brothers Records and issuing her first album — simply titled Bonnie Raitt.

Raitt’s first album, blues based with folk and pop-rock threads, is a fine one! It feature the song Thank You as well as Bluebird, Walking Blues, Finest Loving Man; and the Sippie Wallace classic Women Be Wise – check it out!

From The Album: Bonnie Raitt (1971)

Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get by The Dramatics (Genre)

The smooth singing Detroit based vocal group The Dramatics were together for the better part of decade before releasing their first album, Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get, on the great Stax label in 1971.

And what an upbeat title track Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get is! featuring horns and a terrific seventies vibe.

From The Album: Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get (1972)

Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who

Part of the British Invasion of the sixties; The Who branched out in the seventies, perfected their style, started playing to arenas full of fans and released several of the best rock albums of the 1970s; including Who’s Next, which features some great, energetic songs like Baba O’Riley and Won’t Get Fooled Again, along softer songs like Behind Blue Eyes and This Song Is Over; along with the bouncy, acoustic road-song Going Mobile.

From The Album: Who’s Next (1971).

Hoopla Recommendation of the Week

The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Saturday Night Fever by Various Artists

Saturday Night Fever 

Saturday Night Fever is a great soundtrack that offers a quintessential reflection of the disco era; as well as offering songs that have since become classics including Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love and Night Fever all by The Bee Gees. It seemed the right album to recommend at the end of a post that features music from the 1970s – although granted, the album wasn’t released in 1971! (The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is also available as a Hoopla instant checkout album!)

And from the film, via YouTube, John Travolta shows us some seventies dance moves while The Bee Gees offer a seventies serenade with the song:

You Should Be Dancing by The Bee Gees

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;.

References Of The Week

NPR’s 50 Favorite Songs Of 1971. (2021, May 3). NPR. https://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2021/05/03/992097225/nprs-50-favorite-songs-of-1971

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 May 4, 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, May 10, 2021.

Bailey’s Cafe by Gloria Naylor

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

Bailey's Cafe

A “moving and memorable” novel about a cafe where everyone has a story to tell from the award-winning author of The Women of Brewster Place (The Boston Globe).

In post–World War II Brooklyn, on a quiet backstreet, there’s a little place that draws people from all over—not for the food, and definitely not for the coffee. An in-between place that’s only there when you need it, Bailey’s Cafe is a crossroads where patrons stay for a while before making a choice: Move on or check out?

In this novel, National Book Award–winning author Gloria Naylor’s expertly crafted characters experience a journey full of beauty and heartbreak. Touching on gender, race, and the African American experience, Bailey’s Cafe is “a sublime achievement” about the resilience of the human spirit (People).

Bitterroot Lake by Alicia Beckman; audiobook read by Linda Jones

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook & audiobook)

Bitterroot Lake

Twenty-five years ago, during a celebratory weekend at historic Whitetail Lodge, Sarah McCaskill had a vision, a dream, a nightmare. When a young man was killed, her guilt over having ignored the warning devastated her. Her friendships with her closest friends and her sister fell apart as she worked to build a new life in a new city. But she never stopped loving Whitetail Lodge on the shores of Bitterroot Lake.

Now that she’s a young widow, her mother urges her to return to the lodge for healing. But when she arrives, she’s greeted by an old friend-and by news of a murder that’s clearly tied to that tragic day she’ll never forget. And the dreams are back too. What dangers are they warning of this time? As Sarah and her friends dig into the history of the lodge and the McCaskill family, they uncover a legacy of secrets and make a discovery that gives chilling new meaning to the dreams. Now, they can no longer ignore the ominous portents from the past that point to a danger more present than any of them could know.

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Blood Water Paint

McCullough’s debut, told primarily in verse, introduces 17-year-old Artemisia Gentileschi, who was in real life a talented young painter during the Italian Baroque period. Grudgingly trained by her father and forced to sign his name to her clearly superior work, Artemisia chafes against the confines of being a woman in a male-dominated world. When an established artist takes an interest in her, Artemisia reaches for the opportunity to improve her craft, but she soon learns that his interest is less than noble and her protestations are no protection. Interspersed throughout Artemisia’s story are those of ancient heroines Susanna and Judith, two women who stand against men who covet their bodies and seek to destroy. As Artemisia tries to tell the truths of these women on canvas (“I know/ what it is to be watched, to be leered at what it is to be a thing”), she grows into her own power and finds the strength to stand against her own rapist. A haunting, stirring depiction of an unforgettable woman, Artemisia’s story will resonate deeply with readers today and beyond. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

The King’s Beast: A Mystery of the American Revolution by Eliot Pattison

(Available Formats: Print Book)

King's Beast

The latest installment in Pattison’s excellent “Bone Rattler” series (after Savage Liberty) combines solid historical research with superb storytelling. The year is 1769, and stakes are high. Unless the king intervenes, his war council plans to garrison Boston and New York with troops to put an end to the grumblings of the Sons of Liberty and close down an unidentified agent who’s stealing English manufacturing secrets and smuggling them into America. It’s not time yet for full-out rebellion. The colonists want for their complaints to be aired, but their enemies in England have already branded them as traitors. Duncan McCallum–exiled from Scotland as a Jacobite, indentured in the colonies, whipped at the post alongside slaves, accepted by the Iroquois as truth-seeker–sets out for London to deliver the bones of giant prehistoric animals to Benjamin Franklin, who hopes to use them to secure a private meeting with the king. But London is perilous for Duncan and his friends and allies, some of whom are incarcerated in Bedlam, and Duncan’s worst enemy is getting closer. VERDICT Satisfying as both action thriller and as history, this exciting mystery should also appeal to lovers of historical fiction. Starred Library Journal Review

Readers’ Note: If you’d like to read the entire Mysteries of Colonial America Series; here is the current reading list: 1. Bone Rattler, 2. Eye of the Raven, 3. Original Death, 4. Blood of the Oak, 5. Savage Liberty & 6. The King’s Beast.

Open Carry by Marc Cameron

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

Open Carry

In this strong series debut, U.S. Marshal Arliss Cutter and his team, experts in tracking down fugitives, face a stern test: a young Tlingit woman has been murdered in a remote part of Alaska, and several crew members of a TV reality show filming in the area have disappeared. Are the murders and disappearances random events or the work of a deranged maniac? Or is there more to the carnage? Cameron effectively combines investigation and straight-ahead action, and he has fashioned a compelling, never-give-an-inch hero who will appeal to Jack Reacher fans. Jump in now for what looks to be a series that thriller fans will follow closely. – Booklist Review

Readers’ Note: The Arliss Cutter series features three books to-date: Open Carry, Stone Cross and Bone Rattle.

Sleuthing For A Living by Jennifer L. Hart; audiobook read by Suzanne Cerreta

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout audiobook)

Sleuthing For A Living

Part 1 of the Mackenzie & Mackenzie P.I. series

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries comes a new series that proves blood can be thicker than water… As a young single parent, Mackenzie Elizabeth Taylor has struggled to provide for her teenage daughter. She finally catches a break when she inherits half of an apartment building in Boston from her uncle Al…along with his P.I. business. So what if she doesn’t know the first thing about investigation or if their hot-but-crabby downstairs tenant is a police detective who’s looking for any excuse to handcuff her? Her daughter, Mac the computer whiz, has her back. And these two girls don’t know the meaning of the word quit-not even when their first case takes an unexpected turn. The man Mackenzie’s been hired to follow in a custody case seems to have upset more than just her client when she spies another person tailing him-a mysterious man Mackenzie would bet is up to no good. But when her mark suddenly winds up dead, and her first and only client is accused of his murder, Mackenzie vows to find the truth. Only one problem: she doesn’t know where to start…or when to draw the line. Who is the mysterious man she spotted tailing the victim? Is he the killer? Is she in over her head, or will she uncover the secrets someone killed to keep hidden? Mackenzie and Mackenzie are on the case, and the world of private investigation will never be the same.

Silent Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn

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

Silent Sanctuary

Join Lady Julia Grey on her next investigation in book 2 of the acclaimed historical mystery series only from New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn.

Fresh from a six-month sojourn in Italy, Lady Julia returns home to Sussex to find her father’s estate crowded with family and friends. Much to her surprise, the one man she had hoped to forget—the enigmatic and compelling Nicholas Brisbane—is among her father’s houseguests…and he is not alone. Not to be outdone, Julia shows him that two can play at flirtation and promptly introduces him to her devoted, younger, titled Italian count.

But the homecoming celebrations quickly take a ghastly turn when one of the guests is found brutally murdered in the chapel. Lady Julia resumes her unlikely and deliciously intriguing partnership with Nicholas Brisbane, setting out to unravel a tangle of deceit before the killer can strike again.

The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright

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

Orphan Keeper

Based on a remarkable true story Seven-year-old Chellamuthu’s life-and his destiny-is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan, he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America. Chellamuthu is suddenly surrounded by a foreign land and a foreign language. He can’t tell people that he already has a family and becomes consumed by a single, impossible question: How do I get home? But after more than a decade, home becomes a much more complicated idea as the Indian boy eventually sheds his past and receives a new name: Taj Khyber Rowland. It isn’t until Taj meets an Indian family who helps him rediscover his roots, as well as marrying Priya, his wife, who helps him unveil the secrets of his past, that he begins to discover the truth he has all but forgotten. Taj is determined to return to India and begin the quest to find his birth family. But is it too late? Is it possible that his birth mother is still looking for him? And which family does he belong to now? From the best-selling author of The Rent Collector, this is a deeply moving and gripping journey about discovering one’s self and the unbreakable family bonds that connect us forever.

Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich; audiobook narrated by Lori Petty

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook, eBook, downloadable audiobook & Hoopla instant checkout audiobook)

Two For The Dough

Stephanie Plum Series, Book 2

Sassy, brassy Stephanie Plum, the bounty hunter from Trenton, N.J., introduced to acclaim in last year’s One for the Money, returns to track a bond jumper through her blue-collar neighborhood known as the “burg.” A local funeral home, a slimy undertaker and mutilated corpses figure large in the search for Kenny Mancuso, who, having shot an old high-school friend in the knee, posted bail with Stephanie’s boss, her cousin, and then disappeared. When the old friend is shot again, fatally, Stephanie reluctantly joins forces with her sexy enemy and love interest, Trenton homicide cop Joe Morelli. While looking for Kenny, Stephanie also searches for 24 caskets stolen from Spiro Stiva, heir apparent of Stiva’s Mortuary and also a high-school buddy of Kenny’s. As body parts, cut from “clients” on view at Stiva’s, are used to warn people off the case, Stephanie and Morelli spar in a lively if expected fashion and Stephanie’s feisty gun-toting Grandma Mazur forsakes her usual routine of talk-show TV and attending wakes to join the fight against crime. Readers will likely stay a few steps ahead of the sleuths, but the sharp repartee and Stephanie’s slightly cynical but still fond relationship with her family and the burg hold a treasury of urban-style charms. – Publishers Weekly Review

This is the first book in the twenty-seven book Stephanie Plum Series. The first book is titled One For The Money and the latest is Fortune and Glory (2020).

Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

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

Whose Body

In the debut mystery in Dorothy L. Sayers’s acclaimed Lord Peter Wimsey series, the case of a dead bather draws Lord Peter into the 1st of many puzzling mysteries Lord Peter Wimsey spends his days tracking down rare books, and his nights hunting killers. Though the Great War has left his nerves frayed with shellshock, Wimsey continues to be London’s greatest sleuth-and he’s about to encounter his oddest case yet. A strange corpse has appeared in a suburban architect’s bathroom, stark naked save for an incongruous pince-nez. When Wimsey arrives on the scene, he is confronted with a once-in-a-lifetime puzzle. The police suspect that the bathtub’s owner is the murderer, but Wimsey’s investigation quickly reveals that the case is much stranger than anyone could have predicted. Whose Body? introduced a character and a series that would make Dorothy L. Sayers famous. To this day, Lord Peter remains 1 of the genre’s most beloved and brilliant characters. Whose Body? is the 1st book in the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, but you may enjoy the series by reading the books in any order.

Readers’ Note: The entire fifteen book Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery Series is available in omnibus four eBook volumes – in the Hoopla instant checkout catalog. And if you’d just like to follow reading book 1 in the series with book 2; it is titled Clouds of Witness.

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 May 9, 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, May 2, 2021.

UPDATE! The library was unexpectedly closed last Friday, due to electrical work in the building taking longer than expected; and staff was thus unexpectedly off on Friday, April 30.

So we’re skipping a week of posting the bestseller lists; as I can’t put the new bestseller list post together until Thursday, and the library building was closed, due to the same electrical work, as expected – last Thursday too. All of that is the long way around the barn of saying the next New York Times Bestseller posting will be published on Sunday, May 9, 2021 – Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! LR

FICTION

BOOK OF LONGINGS by Sue Monk Kidd

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

A scholarly young woman named Ana meets an 18-year-old Jesus and becomes caught up in a confluence of dangers.

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.

A GAMBLING MAN by David Baldacci

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

Aloysius Archer, a World War II veteran, seeks to apprentice with Willie Dash, a private eye, in a corrupt California town.

GOOD COMPANY by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

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

The foundation of a marriage between actors is shaken when they reunite with an old friend who is now a TV star.

GOOD SISTER by Sally Hepworth

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

Past secrets come up when Fern decides to pay back her twin sister, Rose, by having a baby for her.

THE HILL WE CLIMB by Amanda Gorman

(Available Formats: Print, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

The poem read on President Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day, by the youngest poet to write and perform an inaugural poem.

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.

LOVER UNVEILED by J.R. Ward

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The 19th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Sahvage and Mae fight against what she unleashed.

LOST APOTHECARY by Sarah Penner

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

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

MAN WHO LIVED UNDERGROUND by Richard Wright

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A previously unpublished novel by the author of “Native Son,” with an afterword by his grandson Malcolm Wright. A Black man named Fred Daniels is tortured by the police until he confesses to a crime he did not commit.

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.

OCEAN PREY by John Sandford

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD audiobook & eBook)

The 31st book in the Prey series. When federal officers are killed, Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers team up to investigate matters.

THE RED BOOK by James Patterson and David Ellis

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

The second book in the Black Book thriller series. Chicago detective Billy Harney investigates his own past.

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.

THE SONGS OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

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

 

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

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD audiobook, 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 but their fates intertwine.

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.

WIN by Harlan Coben

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

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

NON-FICTION:

BLOOD AND TREASURE by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A depiction of the frontiersman Daniel Boone.

THE 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.

BROKEN by Jenny Lawson

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

The humorist maps out her mental and physical health journey.

BROKEN HORSES by Brandi Carlile

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter recounts difficulties during her formative years and her hard-won successes.

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.

EMPIRE OF PAIN by Patrick Radden Keefe

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A portrait of the Sackler family, known for their philanthropy toward institutions around the world, and their involvement with Valium and OxyContin.

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.

ON THE HOUSE by John Boehner

(Available Formats: Print Book; eBook coming shortly)

The former speaker of the House reflects on his time in Washington, key political figures and the current state of the Republican Party.

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.

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 April 30, 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, May 7, 2021

Bright Side Girl by Eric Church (Genre: Country, Country-Rock)

Modern country outlaw Eric Church, whose music owes as much to rock n’ roll as country, offers a new collection of rough and ready songs including the melancholy, yet optimistic song Bright City Girl.

From The Album: Soul (2021).

Come Monday by Jimmy Buffett (Genre: Folk-Rock, Pop, Country-Rock)

A song about a sad singer missing his girlfriend from the man who later became known for his super-festive party style concerts

From The Album: Living And Dying In 3/4 Time (1974).

Codona Live by Don Cherry (Genre: Jazz, Experimental)

This live version of Codona was recorded in New York City in 1985.

From The Album: Original recording found on the album Codona (1979).

The Harvest Home Suite: Spring (Prairie Spring) by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: Harvest Home: Music For All Season (1999)

I Can See For Miles by The Who (Genre: Rock)

The classic mod group with one of the stand-out songs from their semi-concept album The Who Sell Out.

From The Album: The Who Sell Out Deluxe Edition (original release 1967; deluxe edition 2021)

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19, II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo by Hilary Hahn & Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France & Mikko Franck (Genre: Classical)

A lively composition showing the musical chops of the talented violinist Hilary Hahn, and with a fantastic video component.

From The Album: Paris (2021)

Runnin’ Down A Dream by Lucinda Williams (Genre: Rock, Folk, Americana)

A brilliant songwriter, Lucinda Williams turns her musical attention to the works of Tom Petty and offers an introspective collection of Petty covers.

From The Album: Runnin’ Down A Dream: A Tribute To Tom Petty (2021)

Saturday Night by The Bay City Rollers (Genre: Pop-Rock)

A blast from the past and a number one hit for the popular bubble gum band in 1976.

From The Album Rollin’ (1974)

She Walks In Beauty by Marianne Faithful with Warren Ellis

The great deep-voiced singer reads poetry on her new album. If you’re in a meditative mood – check out this song and album!

From The Album: She Walks In Beauty (2021).

Walkin’ by Paul Oscher (Genre: Blues)

When Paul Oscher began his career in the sixties; he was a rarity — a young white man playing the harmonica in Muddy Water’s band. Oscher was a multi-instrumentalist, playing the harmonica, guitar and piano. He was known as an excellent sideman, and for many years played live with a well a number of well-known blues players including Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker and Levon Helm. In the 1990s, Oscher branched out and started recording albums with his own band.

The song Walkin’, which sounds like it could have been recorded in Chicago in the sixties, can be found on his fourth album Along With The Blues.

From The Album: Along With The Blues (2004)

Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd (Genre: Rock)

The progressive and wildly popular band with the title track from their 1975 album of the same name; recorded live in 1990; at the annual Knebworth Festival, held on the grounds of Knebworth House in Knebworth, England.

From The Album: Live at Knebworth 1990 (2021).

Hoopla Recommendation of the Week

Come And Stay With Me: The UK 45s 1964-1969 by Marianne Faithful (Vocal, Pop)

An early collection of popular songs by the great singer.

And one of her best know songs, is her version of the Jagger-Richards classic

As Tears Go By

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;.

Weekly References

Zoladz, L. (2021, April 28). She’s Marianne Faithfull, Damn It. And She’s (Thankfully) Still Here. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/22/arts/music/marianne-faithfull-she-walks-in-beauty.html

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.