Suggested Listening July 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, August 6, 2021.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

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

For those who may not know, Bonnie Raitt had a terrific career even before her smash album Nick of Time was released in 1989. And  if you’d like to dive in-deep and list to her pre-1989 recordings – I suggest you dive in by selecting any/all of her first four albums from the early seventies: Bonnie Raitt (1971), Give It Up (1972), Takin’ My Time (1973) and the album this terrific cover comes from – Streetlights (1974).

And if you want to dive deep into Bonnie’s mid-career albums checkout: Nick of Time (1989), Luck of the Draw (1991), Longing In Their Hearts (1994) and Road Tested (1995)

Listeners’ Note: The Song Angel From Montgomery was written by John Prine. Raitts version of the song is found on her album Streetlights (1974); and if you’d like to checkout the original version – it if found on Prine’s first album John Prine (1971).

Caña Brava by Johnny Ventura and Anthony Rios (Genre: Merengue, Salsa Latin, Dance)

Recorded in 1979 this shows singers Johnny Ventura and Anthony Rios at the top of their game.

                                                                                                                        Caña Brava will have you tapping your feet or getting up to dance!

From The Album: El Rey Del Merengue (1996).


Gimme All Your Lovin’ by Z Z Top (Genre: Rock, Blues-Rock)

The great bluesy rock trio with one of their biggest hits. Z Z Top’s music is always enjoyable; however, this week I selected this song to honor the memory and music of Z Z Top bassist Dusty Hill who died earlier this week.

From The Album: Elminator (1983)

Havana Moon by Chuck Berry (Genre: Rock, Traditional Rock)

The great Chuck Berry with song that is simply perfect for summer!

And if you haven’t seen it yet, there is a neat documentary on Berry, part of the PBS series “In Their Own Words”, which features interview clips with Berry, his wife, their children and a number of musicians including Keith Richards, who was the musical director for Berry’s 60th Birthday documentary Hail, Hail Rock N’ Roll (1987) – it is cool!

From The Album: The Great Twenty-Eight (1982; Chess Record compilation)

And as a bonus, a super cool cover  of Havana Moon by Geoff & Maria Muldaur from their album Sweet Potatoes (1972).

Havana Moon by Geoff & Maria Muldaur

Hot Summer by Prince (Genre: Rock, R&B, Pop)

A new release by Prince from his brand new album, recorded in 2010, and just released – Welcome 2 America.

From The Album: Welcome 2 America (2021)

If I Had A Hammer by Pete Seeger (Genre: Folk)

If I Had A Hammer was written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hayes in 1949; when they were both members of the Weavers, and released as a single by the group; the song was originally titled The Hammer Song.

This version was recorded live by Pete in the sixties; and as bonus, here are two more versions of the song, one by the Weavers and the other by Peter, Paul & Mary who had a top ten hit with their  version of the tune in 1962.

Hammer Song by The Weavers (Genre: Folk)

If I Had A Hammer by Peter, Paul & Mary (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: Peter, Paul & Mary (1962)

Mellow Newport Crowd Goes Hog-Wild Insane Over Billy Strings, Newport Folk Festival, July 26, 2021 by Billy Strings and friends (Genre: Bluegrass, Folk)

Some upbeat and mellow guitar playing from Bluegrass guitarist Bill Strings, recorded at the recent Newport Folk Festival.

Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan (Genre: Folk)

Recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival in 1964.

Studio version, from the album: Bringing It All Back Home (1965)

Paul Butterfield Blues Band at the Newport Folk Festival (1965)

The blues-rock band, performing three songs, Blues With A Feeling, Look Over Yonders Wall and Born In Chicago, live at Newport in 1965.

From The various artists album: Blues With A Feeling (Newport Folk Festival Classics) (1993).

Studio versions of all three songs can be found on the band’s first album: The Butterfield Blues Band (1965).

Valerie June: NPR Tiny Desk Concert (Genre: Americana, Folk)

This video-concert was recorded live in 2013 and features the songs: Working Woman Blues, Rain Dance & Somebody To Love. The song Working Women Blues is from June’s first album Pushing Against A Stone (2013); she has not recorded the other two songs for any of her albums (at least not yet!)

On a listeners’ FYI Note: June’s 2021 release The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers has been nominated for the Americana album of the year!

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Court & Spark (1974) by Joni Mitchell (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Pop)

Court & Spark

Admittedly, this album is my favorite Joni Mitchell album, and it is certainly among her best albums.

The songs are all terrific from the introspective Freeman In Paris to the lyrical title track, to great, upbeat wacky songs Twisted and Help Me which foreshadow her move in more jazzy direction in the years that followed the release of Court & Spark.

If you haven’t listened to Joni Mitchell’s music before, check out this album – it is top-notch from beginning to end!

And from the album, the song:

Freeman In Paris

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References:

Newport Folk: Folk On Schedule. (n.d.). Newport Folk. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://newportfolk.org/2021-schedule/

Pareles, J. (2021, July 29). Prince Made ‘Welcome 2 America’ in 2010. It Speaks to 2021. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/29/arts/music/prince-welcome-2-america-review.html

Tsioulcas, A. (2021, July 28). ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill Dead At Age 72. NPR. https://www.npr.org/2021/07/28/1021855970/zz-top-bassist-dusty-hill-dead-at-age-72

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 July 27, 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,August 3, 2021.

Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories by Algernon Blackwood

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla Instant Checkout eBook)

Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories

By turns bizarre, unsettling, spooky, and sublime, Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories showcases nine incomparable stories from master conjuror Algernon Blackwood. Evoking the uncanny spiritual forces of Nature, Blackwood’s writings all tread the nebulous borderland between fantasy, awe, wonder, and horror. Here Blackwood displays his best and most disturbing work-including “The Willows,” which Lovecraft singled out as “the single finest weird tale in literature”; “The Wendigo”; “The Insanity of Jones”; and “Sand.”

Asta’s Book by Ruth Rendell (writing as Barbara Vine)

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

Asta's Book

An “obsessively readable” mystery from the New York Times–bestselling author of Dark Corners about a century-old diary that holds clues to a murder (The Sunday Telegraph).

Asta Westerby is lonely. In 1905, shortly after coming to East London from Denmark with her husband and their two little boys, she feels like a stranger in a strange land. And it doesn’t help that her husband is constantly away on business. Fortunately, she finds solace in her diary—and she continues to do so until 1967.

Decades later, her granddaughter, Ann, finds the journal, and it becomes a literary sensation, offering an intimate view of Edwardian life. But it also appears to hold the key to an unsolved murder and the disappearance of a child.

A modern masterpiece by the Edgar Award–winning author of the Inspector Wexford Mysteries, and an excellent choice for readers of P. D. James, Ian Rankin, or Scott Turow, Asta’s Book is at once a crime story, a historical novel, and a psychological portrait told through the diary itself and through Ann, who is bent on unlocking the journal’s excised mystery.

Atlantis by Carlo Piano & Renzo Piano

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Atlantis

A Journey in Search of Beauty

Renowned architect Renzo Piano (the New Whitney Museum, the Pompidou Center, Potsdamer Platz, Cite Internationale, New York Times Building, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, etc.) and his son Carlo, a well-regarded journalist, set sail from Genoa one late Summer day to search for Atlantis, the perfect city, built to harbor a perfect society.

Embarking not only on a life-changing journey but also on series of conversations that are humorous, irreverent, erudite, and always entertaining, Renzo and Carlo travel from Genoa in search of the perfect city, along the way reflecting on their own relationship, on fathers and sons, on the idea of travel itself, and perhaps most notably on architecture, space, and the secret life of forms.

Piano, subject of The Art of Making Buildings and a man who can not only measure land at a glance but also the sea’s infinite geometry, returns to the places where he has created his iconic works, mosaic pieces in the infinite, necessary quest for perfection. With his son he sails across the Pacific, along the banks of the Thames and the Seine, reaching as far as Athens, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and Osaka Bay.

In search of beauty, Piano finds only imperfection. And so, all that remains is to sail on, in the company of his son.

Beyond Armageddon edited by Walter M. Miller Jr.

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Beyond Armageddon

Miller, whose novel A Canticle for Leibowitz is a landmark of post-holocaust SF, opens this anthology of SF stories on nuclear war with a provocative and challenging introduction: he suggests that the bomb would be safer with Qaddafi than Reagan. This properly unsettles the reader for the following 21 imaginations of disaster. Arranged in a rough future chronology, they include such classics as J. G. Ballard’s apocalyptic “Terminal Beach,” Stephen Vincent Benet’s vision of a ruined New York in “By the Waters of Babylon,” Ray Bradbury’s nostalgic “There Will Come Soft Rains” and Harlan Ellison’s fierce “A Boy and His Dog.” Where most seek metaphors of devastation, the less well known stories are sometimes grittier, for example, Lucius Shepard’s “Salvador,” on a possible future Vietnam, Jim Aiken’s nasty “My Life in the Jungle” and Poul Anderson’s 1946 “Tomorrow’s Children,” the only story here to mention the effect of nuclear winter and the story that deals most pragmatically and tragically with the human consequences of radiation-induced mutations. Altogether, a thought-provoking, varied and well chosen anthology. – Publishers Weekly Review

Fragments of Fear by Carrie Stuart Parks

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Fragments of Fear

A struggling artist in Albuquerque, N.Mex., investigates a string of murders connected to an archaeological dig in this appealing inspirational thriller from Parks (Portrait of Vengeance). Artist Evelyn “Tavish” McTavish is devastated by the death of her fiancé, Andrew, and doesn’t believe the police when they conclude he killed himself. At Andrew’s funeral, a pregnant woman appears, claims to be his fiancé, and blames Tavish for his suicide. Still reeling from her encounter, Tavish receives a call that her dog is about to put down at the pound – but she doesn’t own a dog; upon further investigation she discovers that she recognizes the dog, as she had once painted a portrait of the dog for its owner, archaeologist John Coyote.

After rescuing archaeologist Coyote’s dog, she drives to his house and witnesses a cop put Coyote’s lifeless body in his car. After relaying everything she has seen to other police officers—who don’t believe her—Tavish decides to investigate Coyote’s death on her own. Her investigation leads her to Special Agent Sawyer Price, who is staking out one of Coyote’s former archaeological sites, trying to discover who has been stealing Native American artifacts from the dig. The more Tavish investigates, the more the danger increases and gets closer to home. Tavish’s growing faith and sheer determination must get her through the thicket of lies surrounding the murders. Though light on faith elements, Park’s busy plot and unlikely heroine will appeal to fans of Dani Pettrey. Publishers Weekly Review

A Song To Die For by Mike Blakely

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A Song To Die For

Blakely has an almighty narrative talent, so propulsive that he has readers turning pages before they know who these characters are or what they’re doing or why anyone should care. That’s especially useful here, because for the longest time the novel looks like two stories patched together, with nothing to do with each other. The first tells of Creed Mason, a has-been country-and-western musician lonely for the big time and riding the coattails of a Willie Nelson sort, who’s working to pay off an IRS tab. They rehearse, squabble, drink beer, and that’s about it; but so high-powered is the author’s skill that even a reader not fond of the milieu is still happy to go along. Even Creed’s efforts to repair a clanking tour bus make good reading. Between these chapters we meet Texas Ranger Hooley Johnson, struggling to connect the murders of two gorgeous young women and coming up against raw evil when he does. Finally, the two stories converge they were linked all along, but that’s Blakely’s secret in a stunning action sequence. A beautiful genre-bender. Starred Booklist Review.

The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live by Danielle Dreilinger

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

Secret History of Home Economics

Journalist Dreilinger debuts with an eye-opening history of the field of home economics. Created in the late 19th century as a progressive, reform-minded discipline that sought to “change the world through the household,” home economics was viewed by its founders, MIT chemist Ellen Swallow Richards (1842–1911) among them, as a natural subfield of economics that had the potential to eliminate both poverty and drudgery. Universities established home economics departments and the government sought out the expertise of leading home economists during both world wars and the Great Depression. Noting that African Americans were often excluded from professional organizations and opportunities, Dreilinger gives full consideration to the work of Black home economists including Flemmie Kittrell (1904–1980), whose career spanned academia, government service, and domestic and international civil rights activism. Detailing changes in American education that have largely marginalized the field since the 1980s, Dreilinger outlines steps for its revitalization, including diversification and a renewed emphasis on the life skills and transformative social and ecological vision the discipline at its best has espoused. With lively prose and engrossing portraits of dynamic and accomplished women, this is a vital and inspiring reassessment of an oft-caricatured field. Starred Publishers Weekly Review.

Silence in the Library by Katharine Schellman

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Silence in the Library

Regency widow Lily Adler has finally settled into her new London life when her semi-estranged father arrives unexpectedly, intending to stay with her while he recovers from an illness. Hounded by his disapproval, Lily is drawn into spending time with Lady Wyatt, the new wife of an old family friend. Lily barely knows Lady Wyatt. But she and her husband, Sir Charles, seem as happy as any newly married couple until the morning Lily arrives to find the house in an uproar and Sir Charles dead.

All signs indicate that he tripped and struck his head late at night. But when Bow Street constable Simon Page is called to the scene, he suspects foul play. And it isn’t long before Lily stumbles on evidence that Sir Charles was, indeed, murdered.

Mr. Page was there when Lily caught her first murderer, and he trusts her insight into the world of London’s upper class. With the help of Captain Jack Hartley, they piece together the reasons that Sir Charles’s family might have wanted him dead. But anyone who might have profited from the old man’s death seems to have an alibi… until Lily receives a mysterious summons to speak with one of the Wyatts’ maids, only to find the young woman dead when she arrives.

Mr. Page believes the surviving family members are hiding the key to the death of both Sir Charles and the maid. To uncover the truth, Lily must convince the father who doesn’t trust or respect her to help catch his friend’s killer before anyone else in the Wyatt household dies.

Readers’ Note: This is the second book in the Lily Adler Mystery series; if you’d like to start reading from the beginning, the first book is The Body In The Garden.

The Undertaker’s Assistant by Amanda Skenandore

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Undertaker's Assistant

Euphemia “Effie” Jones, born into slavery in Louisiana, escaped as a child and became the ward of a well-known white surgeon from Indiana. While serving as the surgeon’s assistant during the Civil War, she became a skilled undertaker and embalmer, then after the Civil War moved to New Orleans to be an embalmer for a local undertaker and reconnect with her past. In New Orleans, Effie, staunchly practical, forms an unlikely friendship with Adeline, a charming and elegant Creole woman, who introduces Effie to local society. Effie falls for Samson Greene, a freedman and state politician, and begins participating in local political events and clubs organized by Samson. As Effie forms relationships and settles in New Orleans, she begins to remember key moments in her traumatic past. Set in a time of sweeping historical change, Effie’s story is one of personal growth, self-discovery, friendship, and betrayal.

VERDICT Effie’s community of freedmen and Creoles in Reconstruction New Orleans is unforgettable. Skenandore’s second novel (after Between Earth and Sky) is recommended for readers who enjoy medical historical fiction reminiscent of Diane McKinney-Whetstone’s Lazaretto, and historical fiction with interpersonal drama.–Emily Hamstra, Seattle – Library Journal Review

The Wisdom of Sally Redshoes by Ruth Hogan

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Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

A lively ensemble of eccentric characters feature in best-selling British author Hogan’s (The Keeper of Lost Things, 2017) compelling second novel, a powerful story about loss and healing. Masha’s beloved young son drowned 12 years ago, a tragic accident that destroyed her heart. She now spends her time in an old Victorian cemetery, creating stories about the inhabitants, and at the lido, where she drowns” her grief by swimming to the deep end every morning. Another story line follows reclusive Alice, an overprotective mom who’s hiding dark secrets while battling cancer. Meanwhile, Masha befriends a fellow visitor to the cemetery, a lively, batty older woman she nicknames Sally Red Shoes. She also has her faithful wolfhound, Haizum, at her side and makes another new friend, Kitty, a character so beguiling she deserves a story of her own. Both Kitty and Sally help Masha on her journey through grief and eventually into the arms of love, forgiveness, friendship, and healing. Fans of Karen White and Marian Keyes will especially enjoy Hogan’s storytelling style.

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 August 1, 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, August 8, 2021.

FICTION

THE CELLIST by Daniel Silva

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

The Cellist

The 21st book in the Gabriel Allon series. A private intelligence service plans an act of violence that will aid Russia and divide America.

FALLING by T.J. Newman

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Falling

A kidnapper demands that a pilot crash his plane with 144 passengers onboard to save his family.

THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP by Grady Hendrix

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Final Girl Support Group

At a gathering that has taken place for more than a decade, women who survived unthinkable ordeals worry about a missing member.

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.

GOLDEN GIRL by Elin Hilderbrand

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

A Nantucket novelist gets one final summer to watch what happens from the great beyond

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)


A battered wife raised in a violent home attempts to halt the cycle of abuse.

IT’S BETTER THIS WAY by Debbie Macomber

(Available Formats: Print Book)

It's Better This Way

Julia Jones begins a new life after discovering her husband’s infidelity almost six years ago.

THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Last Thing He Told Me

Hannah Hall discovers truths about her missing husband and bonds with his daughter from a previous relationship.

THE MAIDENS by Alex Michaelides

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

A therapist suspects a Greek tragedy professor at Cambridge University of committing murder.

MALIBU RISING by Taylor Jenkins Reid

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)

Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of summer. But over the course of 24 hours, their lives will change forever.

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.

NINE LIVES by Danielle Steel

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

Nine Lives

After tragedy upsets her stable family life, Maggie must decide if she will take a risk with a thrill seeker.

THE PAPER PALACE by Miranda Cowley Heller

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Paper Palace

After an extramarital dalliance, Elle must choose between her husband and her childhood love.

PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Opposites Poppy and Alex meet to vacation together one more time in hopes of saving their relationship.

PERSONAL LIBRARIAN by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

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

The Personal Librarian

A Black woman who becomes one of the most powerful people in the art and book world is forced to hide her true identity.

PRESIDENT’S DAUGHTER by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

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

Matthew Keating, a past president and former Navy SEAL, goes on his own to find his abducted teenage daughter.

PROJECT HAIL MARY by Andy Weir

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Project Hail Mary

Ryland Grace awakes from a long sleep alone and far from home, and the fate of humanity rests on his shoulders.

THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

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

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

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

A movie icon recounts stories of her loves and career to a struggling magazine writer.

A TIME FOR MERCY by John Grisham

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

A Time For Mercy

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

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:

AMERICAN MARXISM by Mark R. Levin

(Available Formats: Print Book)

American Marxism

The Fox News host gives his take on the Green New Deal, critical race theory and social activism.

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.

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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

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.

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The daughter of a Korean mother and Jewish-American father, and leader of the indie rock project Japanese Breakfast, describes creating her own identity after losing her mother to cancer.

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.

KILLING THE MOB by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Killing The Mob

The 10th book in the conservative commentator’s Killing series looks at organized crime in the United States during the 20th century.

THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant

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

Think Again

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

THIS IS YOUR MIND ON PLANTS by Michael Pollan

(Available Formats: Print Book)

This Is Your Mind On Plants

A look at arbitrary beliefs surrounding opium, caffeine and mescaline, which are derived from plants.

TREJO by Danny Trejo with Donal Logue

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Trejo

The screen actor describes how his past, which includes heroin addiction and prison time, has informed some of his roles.

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.

Happy reading!

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.

Also of Note: If a New York Times Bestseller isn’t yet available in any of the three catalogs; you can contact the library and request to be notified when it becomes available.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening July 23, 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, July 30, 2021.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!


Brace For Impact by Sturgill Simpson (Genre: Country, Folk, Pop-Rock)

Introspective folk tinged pop-country from Sturgill Simpson who hails from Kentucky.

From The Album: Cutting Grass, Volume 2 (2020)

Dance To The Music by Sly and the Family Stone (Genre: R&B, Pop-Rock)

A perfect song for summer by the great dance band led by Sly Stone.

From The Album: Dance To The Music (1968)

I Looked Away by The Tedeschi Trucks Band (Genre: Blues, Rock)

The Tedeschi Trucks band is led by the wife-husband singer-guitarist duo of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks – they are known for playing great music including blues, jazz and rock.

I Looked Away is a great song recorded live in 2019, and appearing on the group’s new album, Layla Revisited. The LP features cover songs originally recorded by Eric Clapton and his friends, including guitarist Duane Allman, for the 1971 album Layla and other Assorted Love Songs; credited to Derek and the Dominoes – Eric, of course, being Derek.

From The Album: Layla Revisited (2021)

And as a bonus – here is the original version of the song:

I Looked Away by Derek and the Dominoes

I Got A Thing, You Got A Thing, Everybody Got A Thing by Funkadelic (Genre: R&B, Pop-Rock)

I Got A Thing, You Got A Thing, Everybody Got A Thing is a song from the first album by the psychedelic-pop-rock-R&B band Funkadelic led by the talented singer-songwriter and musician George Clinton who turns 80 years young this week – Happy Birthday George!

From The Album: Funkadelic (1970)

I Wish I Was a Single Girl Again by Roscoe Holcomb (Genre: Folk, Country)

From The Film: BALLADS, BLUES, AND BLUEGRASS (1961) – directed by the musicologist Alan Lomax

Money by Pink Floyd (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

A classic song from one the best rock albums every recorded and also, and ode to the 1970s.

From The Album: Dark Side of the Moon (1971)

River Rise by David Crosby with Michael McDonald

Singer-songwriter David Crosby is in fine form with this song, River Rise, from his new album & is accompanied by vocalist Michael McDonald best know for his work with the Doobie Brothers.

From The Album: For Free (2021).

Second-Hand News by Birdy (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Pop-Rock)

Second Hand News is a terrific song by the introspective English singer-songwriter Birdy that appears on her new album Young Heart.

From The Album: Young Heart (2021)

String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima” (Arr. P. Kuusisto for String Orchestra) : I. 1957. Award Montage by Norwegian Chamber Orchestra with Pekka Kuusisto conducting (Genre: Classical)

A bit of classical music to balance our musical diet! Courtesy of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.

From The Album: First Light: Muhly & Glass (2021)

Sugar Plumbs by The Bill Evans Trio (Genre: Jazz)

This album is a gem, featuring a concert recorded in 1975, and only recently rediscovered – listeners get the chance to hear more music from the great jazz pianist and his band.

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Down To Earth (1966) by Stevie Wonder (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, R&B, Pop-Rock)

Down To Earth

And from the album, the song:

A Place In The Sun by Stevie Wonder

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

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 July 20, 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, July 27, 2021.

Abandoned written by Allison Brennan & read by Eliza Foss

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

Abandoned

Investigative reporter Max Revere has cracked many cases, but the one investigation she’s never attempted is the mystery from her own past. Her mother abandoned her when she was nine, sending her periodic postcards, but never returning to reclaim her daughter. Seven years after the postcards stop coming, Martha Revere is declared legally dead, with no sign of what may have happened to her. Until now. With a single clue – that her mother’s car disappeared sixteen years ago in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay – Max drops everything to finally seek the truth. As Max investigates, and her mother’s story unfolds, she realizes that Martha teamed up with a con man. They traveled the world living off Martha’s trust and money they conned from others.

Though no one claims to know anything about Martha or her disappearance, Max suspects more than one person is lying. When she learns the FBI has an active investigation into the con man, Max knows she’s on the right path. But as Max digs into the dark secrets of this idyllic community, the only thing she might find is the same violent end as her mother.

Readers’ Note: Abandoned is the fifth book in the Max Revere series; if you’d like to start the series with book 1 – it is: Notorious (2014).

Anchored Hearts by Priscilla Oliveras

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

Anchored Hearts

The second novel in Oliveras’ delightful Key West trilogy, following Island Affair (2020), features Anamaria Navarro, a female firefighter and paramedic who also owns a rising fitness business. She is dismayed when her mother asks her to look in on an injured family friend, Alejandro Miranda. Anamaria hasn’t seen the now famous photographer since their painful breakup after high school and she doesn’t want to be distracted from her work or business plans. Alejandro’s father barely speaks to him, he’s still so angry that his son took off on his own instead of working at the family restaurant. Back in Key West, Alejandro begins to see reasons to stay this time, including Anamaria and a chance to show his photographs in an exhibit on the island, a longtime dream. The Florida island setting is only part of the appeal of this character-driven, second-chance romance between smart and badass Anamaria and sexy and artistic Alejandro as they slowly realize that successful relationships have room for both partners’ professions and dreams. Another draw: Oliveras’ portrayal of family and social media ties is reminiscent of Alisha Rai’s romances. Booklist Review

Autopsy Of A Boring Wife by Marie-Renee Lavoie

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

Autopsy of a Borning Wife

A middle-aged woman’s life comes undone with the revelation that her marriage is over. As boring wives go, Diane Delaunais is not so much. A woman with a taste for stylish boots, she is also not shy about confronting those who upset her, from a finicky neighbor to a busybody secretary spreading lies. Nevertheless, 48-year-old Diane is a familiar figure–the long-serving partner who, after 25 years of marriage and three children, suddenly finds herself replaced by a younger model.

Now, with her husband Jacques’ revelation that her solid life was in fact built on foolish assumptions, she’s taking a more sardonic view of marriage vows. Maybe they should be rewritten: “I solemnly swear to love you, blah blah blah, until I stop loving you. Or until I fall for someone else.” Quebec novelist Lavoie (Mister Roger and Me, 2010) brings a bracing, comic edge to this well-worn storyline but doesn’t avoid the predictabilities of the genre. Propped up by a therapist, her children, and her BFF Claudine (another abandoned wife), Diane goes through a recognizable range of emotions–numbness, grief, anger, acceptance. She buys new running gear and gets drunk a few times. She has a flirtation with an attractive work colleague, takes a crowbar to the furniture, adopts a three-legged cat, and makes some surprising new acquaintances. Among the ups and downs and comic set pieces, Diane must mark the major milestones of a forsaken woman’s life: reassessing the past and making the best of the future. Lavoie keeps her novel short, offering chaotic humor and snappy observation to balance the pain and loss. Diane will emerge from her crisis, spirited, open-hearted, and among friends. She will survive. A readable, recognizable, tragicomic account of coping with domestic disaster.

The Blacktongued Thief by Christopher Buehlman

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Blacktongued Thief

Kinch Na Shannack is a thief–he freely admits to this fact and is proud of the training he received at the Takers Guild. Because of this training, he is in debt to the Guild. When they tell him to befriend and follow the knight Galva, he has to obey. Galva’s quest to find a stolen queen brings them both to Oustrim, an area currently overrun with giants. Before they get there, though, they need help from a witch named Deadlegs. Among other boons, Deadlegs sends her apprentice Norrigal along with them. Goblins, a kraken, and human enemies stand in their way as they travel westward. Kinch’s sardonic, world-weary narration is a delight. Full of adventure, magic, humor, and a touch of romance, The Blacktongue Thief exhibits a fully realized fantasy world. From card games to songs to long-ago wars, this world is lived in and awash in intriguing details. Give this to those readers eager for George R. R. Martin or Patrick Rothfuss to finish their series, or to any fantasy fan. Highly recommended for all library collections. This is epic fantasy adventure at its best. Booklist Review

Country Dark by Chris Offutt

(Available Formats: Print & Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

Country Dark

Chris Offutt is an outstanding literary talent, whose work has been called “lean and brilliant” (The New York Times Book Review) and compared by reviewers to Tobias Wolff, Ernest Hemingway, and Raymond Carver. He’s been awarded the Whiting Writers Award for Fiction/Nonfiction and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award, among numerous other honors. His first work of fiction in nearly two decades, Country Dark is a taut, compelling novel set in rural Kentucky from the Korean War to 1970.

Tucker, a young veteran, returns from war to work for a bootlegger. He falls in love and starts a family, and while the Tuckers don’t have much, they have the love of their home and each other. But when his family is threatened, Tucker is pushed into violence, which changes everything. The story of people living off the land and by their wits in a backwoods Kentucky world of shine-runners and laborers whose social codes are every bit as nuanced as the British aristocracy, Country Dark is a novel that blends the best of Larry Brown and James M. Cain, with a noose tightening evermore around a man who just wants to protect those he loves. It reintroduces the vital and absolutely distinct voice of Chris Offutt, a voice we’ve been missing for years.

Cutting The Cord: The Cell Phone has Transformed Humanity by Martin Cooper

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook & audiobook)

Cutting The Cord

One of Time Magazine’s Top 100 Inventors in History shares an insider’s story of the cellphone, how it changed the world—and a view of where it’s headed.

While at Motorola in the 1970s, wireless communications pioneer Martin Cooper invented the first handheld mobile phone. But the cellphone as we know it today almost didn’t happen. Now, in Cutting the Cord, Cooper takes readers inside the stunning breakthroughs, devastating failures, and political battles in the quest to revolutionize—and control—how people communicate. It’s a dramatic tale involving brilliant engineers, government regulators, lobbyists, police, quartz crystals, and a horse.

Industry skirmishes sparked a political war in Washington to prevent a monopolistic company from dominating telecommunications. The drama culminated in the first-ever public call made on a handheld, portable telephone—by Cooper himself.

The story of the cell phone has much to teach about innovation, strategy, and management. But the story of wireless communications is far from finished. This book also relates Cooper’s vision of the future. From the way we work and the way children learn to the ways we approach medicine and healthcare, advances in the cellphone will continue to reshape our world for the better.

A Ghost Blows A Kiss by Carolyn Hart

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook & audiobook)

Ghost Blows A Kiss

The late, as in Dearly Departed, Bailey Ruth Raeburn is delighted when she’s assigned a new mission by Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions, even if she is no good at following the rules for Earthly Visitations. This time she’s determined to be the perfect unseen emissary, no matter what it takes.

Arriving late in the evening in her old hometown of Adelaide, Oklahoma to find a woman drowning in a pond, Bailey Ruth carries out a daring rescue with textbook invisible effort. But, Bailey Ruth soon realizes there’s more to Fran’s accident than a late-night walk gone wrong. The young widow was running away, but what from?

Soon, Bailey Ruth finds herself caught up in a complex web of family secrets, loyalties and lies, and if she doesn’t act fast, an innocent will be locked up for a very long time…

Like a warm hug from a loved one, GHOST BLOWS A KISS is the perfect escapist read for cozy mystery fans, whether you’re old friends with the lively, always entertaining Bailey Ruth or have yet to make her acquaintance.

A Ghost Blows A Kiss is the tenth book in the tenth book in the Bailey Ruth Ghost series, if you’d like to start reading the series with book 1 it is: Ghost At Work (2008).

Gory Details by Erika Engelhaupt

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook & audiobook)

Gory Details

Adventures From the Dark Side of Science

Infused with Mary Roach-style humor and science, this narrative illuminates the gross, strange, morbid, and outright absurd realities of our bodies, the Earth, and universe.

Filled to the brim with far-out facts, this wickedly informative narrative from the author of National Geographic’s popular Gory Details blog takes us on a fascinating journey through an astonishing new reality. Blending humor and journalism in the tradition of Mary Roach, acclaimed science reporter Erika Engelhaupt investigates the gross, strange, and morbid absurdities of our bodies and our universe. From the research biologist who stung himself with every conceivable insect to the world’s most murderous mammals, this entertaining book explores oft-ignored but alluring facets of biology, anatomy, space exploration, nature, and more. Featuring interviews with leading researchers in the field and a large dose of wit, this provocative book reveals the most intriguing real-world applications of science in all their glory.

The Third Grave by Lisa Jackson

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

The Third Grave

Lisa Jackson, #1 New York Times bestselling author and a master of heart-pounding suspense, returns to the beautiful city of Savannah, GA, where crime writer Nikki Gillette and her husband, Detective Pierce Reed, find a cold case leading to a new nightmare …

The old Beaumont mansion is a rotting shell of its once-grand self, especially after a disastrous hurricane sweeps through Georgia. The storm does more than dislodge shutters and shingles. It leads to a grisly find in the cellar. Three graves. But only two skeletons …

For Nikki, the discovery is a gift, the perfect subject for her next crime book-though Reed has made her promise not to keep involving herself in dangerous police business. But despite the increasing tension between them, Nikki can’t stay away from this story. Rumors are widespread that the burial site is the resting place of the Duval sisters-three young girls who went to the movies with their older brother, Owen, twenty years ago, and never returned. Forensics confirms that the remains belong to Holly and Poppy Duval. But where is the youngest sister, Rose?
Owen Duval was, and remains, the prime suspect, alibi or no. But as Nikki and Reed delve deep into the mystery, fractures in the case begin to show. There is more to the sisters’ disappearance than anyone ever guessed. Far from an isolated act, those deaths were just the beginning. And there will be no rest, and no relenting, until the killer has buried the twisted truth along with his victims …

Readers’ Note: The Third Grave is the fourth book in the Pierce Reed/Nikki Gillette series; if you’d like to start reading the series with the first book it is: The Night Before (2003).

Waterlog: A Swimmer’s Journey Through Britain by Roger Deakin

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

Waterlog

A masterpiece of nature writing, Roger Deakin’s Waterlog is a fascinating and inspiring journey into the aquatic world that surrounds us.

In an attempt to discover his island nation from a new perspective, Roger Deakin embarks from his home in Suffolk to swim Britain-the seas, rivers, lakes, ponds, pools, streams, lochs, moats, and quarries. Through the watery capillary network that braids itself throughout the country, Deakin immerses himself in the natural habitats of fish, amphibians, mammals, and birds. And as he navigates towns, private property, and sometimes dangerous waters and inclement weather, Deakin finds himself in precarious situations: he’s detained by bailiffs in Winchester, intercepted by the coast guard at the mouth of a river, and mistaken for a dead body on a beach. The result of this surprising journey is a deep dive into modern Britain, especially its wild places.

With enchanting descriptions of natural landscapes, and a deep well of humanity, boundless humor, and unbridled joy, Deakin beckons us to wilder waters and inspires us to connect to the larger world in a most unexpected way. Thrilling, vivid, and lyrical, Waterlog is a fully immersive adventure-a remarkable personal quest, a bold assertion of the swimmer’s right to roam, and an unforgettable celebration of the magic of water.

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 July 25, 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, July 25, 2021.

FICTION

BONE CODE by Kathy Reichs

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

The Bone Code

The 20th book in the Temperance Brennan series.

FALLING by T.J. Newman

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Falling

A kidnapper demands that a pilot crash his plane with 144 passengers onboard to save his family.

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.

GOLDEN GIRL by Elin Hilderbrand

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

A Nantucket novelist gets one final summer to watch what happens from the great beyond

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

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

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

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)


A battered wife raised in a violent home attempts to halt the cycle of abuse.

THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Last Thing He Told Me

Hannah Hall discovers truths about her missing husband and bonds with his daughter from a previous relationship.

THE MAIDENS by Alex Michaelides

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

A therapist suspects a Greek tragedy professor at Cambridge University of committing murder.

MALIBU RISING by Taylor Jenkins Reid

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)

Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of summer. But over the course of 24 hours, their lives will change forever.

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.

NINE LIVES by Danielle Steel

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

Nine Lives

After tragedy upsets her stable family life, Maggie must decide if she will take a risk with a thrill seeker.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD by Quentin Tarantino

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

A novelization of the film set in 1969, by its director and screenwriter.

THE PAPER PALACE by Miranda Cowley Heller

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Paper Palace

After an extramarital dalliance, Elle must choose between her husband and her childhood love.

PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Opposites Poppy and Alex meet to vacation together one more time in hopes of saving their relationship.

PERSONAL LIBRARIAN by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

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

The Personal Librarian

A Black woman who becomes one of the most powerful people in the art and book world is forced to hide her true identity.

PRESIDENT’S DAUGHTER by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

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

Matthew Keating, a past president and former Navy SEAL, goes on his own to find his abducted teenage daughter.

PROJECT HAIL MARY by Andy Weir

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Project Hail Mary

Ryland Grace awakes from a long sleep alone and far from home, and the fate of humanity rests on his shoulders.

RAZORBLADE TEARS by S.A. Cosby

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Razorblade Tears

Two ex-cons must overcome their prejudices about their sons, who were married to each other, to team up and exact revenge on whoever murdered them.

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides

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

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

THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook; 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.

A TIME FOR MERCY by John Grisham

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

A Time For Mercy

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

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:

ANTHROPOCENE REVIEWED by John Green

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Anthropocene Reviewed

A collection of personal essays that review different facets of the human-centered planet.

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.

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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

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.

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The daughter of a Korean mother and Jewish-American father, and leader of the indie rock project Japanese Breakfast, describes creating her own identity after losing her mother to cancer.

FORGET THE ALAMO by Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stanford

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Forget The Alamo

A re-examination of the events of the Battle of the Alamo that challenges a commonly understood version of them.

FOX AND I by Catherine Raven

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Fox & I

A former national park ranger details her friendship with a wild fox in an isolated part of Montana.

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.

KILLING THE MOB by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Killing The Mob

The 10th book in the conservative commentator’s Killing series looks at organized crime in the United States during the 20th century.

THE PREMONITION by Michael Lewis

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Premonition

Stories of skeptics who went against the official response of the Trump administration to the outbreak of Covid-19.

THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant

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

Think Again

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

THIS IS YOUR MIND ON PLANTS by Michael Pollan

(Available Formats: Print Book)

This Is Your Mind On Plants

A look at arbitrary beliefs surrounding opium, caffeine and mescaline, which are derived from plants.

TREJO by Danny Trejo with Donal Logue

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Trejo

The screen actor describes how his past, which includes heroin addiction and prison time, has informed some of his roles.

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.

Happy reading!

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.

Also of Note: If a New York Times Bestseller isn’t yet available in any of the three catalogs; you can contact the library and request to be notified when it becomes available.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening July 17, 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, July 23, 2021.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Calling Home by Amy Helm (Genre: Folk, Singer-Songwriter)

A terrific solo album by the singer-songwriter best known for her work as a member of Ollabelle, and with her father the late musician and Band co-founder Levon Helm.

From The Album: What The Flood Leaves Behind (2021)

The Dreamer by Jackson Brown, featuring Los Cenzontles (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Pop-Rock)

A thoughtful song from the introspective singer-songwriter.

From The Album: Downhill From Everywhere (2021)

Going Down To Main Street by Muddy Waters (Genre: Blues)

The great blues-master Muddy Waters recorded this song/album at Levon Helm’s Woodstock studio, and is supported by Helm and his fellow Band member Garth Hudson — and it sound like they had a good time recording the LP!

From The Album: Muddy Waters Woodstock Album (1975)

Leno’s Theme by Just Leg It (Genre: Instrumental, Classic Rock)

Just Leg It is a multi-musician studio band led by Bruce Watson, head honcho of Possum Records and the album features 19 instrumental party songs for adults – adults that like music of the sixties I’d say as the album definitely has a sixties vibe to it!

From The Album: Just Leg It (2021)

Let’s Get Happy Together by Maria Muldaur and Tubby Skinny (Genre: Jazz, Blues)

Terrific music from the talented singer songwriter who has been playing and recording for years, and who first came to the attention of music lovers with the song Midnight at the Oasis from her third album, Maria Muldaur (1973).

From The New Album: Let’s Get Happy (2021)

Mystical by Brian Simpson (Genre: Jazz, Easy Listening)

Illinois born composer and keyboardist Brian Simpson has just released his mellow tenth album, which includes the equally mellow tune Mystical – light and upbeat music – perfect for summer.

From The Album: All That Matters (2021).

The Same Boat, Brother by Tim O’Brien (Genre: Folk, Country, Americana)

A great song from the new album by the talented multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Tim O’Brien; best known as a member of the Bluegrass band Hot Rize.

From The Album: He Walked On (2021)

That’s Entertainment by The Jam (Genre: Rock, Pop)

The Jam is one of the best of the British punk groups of the Punk Era (late seventies – mid-eighties) and consisted of singer and guitarist Paul Weller, bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler – their music isn’t as well known in America as the U.K. where they were superstars – but it is very cool, very British and well worth a listen!

From The Album: Sound Effects (1980).

Twistin’ The Night Away by Sam Cooke (Genre: Vocal, R&B)

The great vocalist with a song that compliments the summer season – not that you can’t twist in the fall or winter time too!

From The Album: The Man Who Invented Soul (1962)

Waterloo Sunset by Colin Hay (Genre: Rock, Pop)

Colin Hay, best known in the U.S. as the lead singer for the Australian band Men at Work, got bored during the pandemic and recorded a bunch of his favorite songs for his new album, including the Kink’s classic Waterloo Sunset.

From The Album: I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself (2021)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Greatest Hits by Huey Lewis And The News (Genre: Pop-Rock)

Huey Lewis & The News GH

A greatest hits collection by the popular eighties band – featuring light, upbeat songs.

And from the album, the song:

Hip To Be Square

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

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 July 13, 2021

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

And as it is summertime , I’ve included some scary novels as it is the perfect season to enjoy some truly spooky reads while hanging out around the campfire with your Kindle, or on your couch in front of the A/C!

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, July 20, 2021.

All The Murmuring Bones by A. G. Slatter

(Available Formats: Print Book)

All The Murmuring Bones

Set in a fantasy world reminiscent of 19th-century Ireland, this stunning gothic adventure from Slatter (Sourdough and Other Stories) shimmers with fairy tale enchantment. Miren O’Malley has lived her 18 years under the thumb of her overbearing grandmother, Aoife, the matriarch of the once powerful O’Malley dynasty, now paupers in a crumbling coastal mansion. Miren grew up with stories of her family sacrificing children to the sea-queen in return for their prosperity. But their line has been diluted—Miren’s mother married an outsider and had only one child, leaving none to be sacrificed. To revive the family wealth, Aoife plans to marry Miren off to her rich and brutal cousin. But when Miren learns that her mother was a witch and that her supposedly long-dead parents are still alive, she finally takes control of her life and sets out to find them. While navigating the greed and arrogance of man and the magic of kelpies and merfolk, Miren vows to right her family’s generations of wrongs. In lyrical prose, Slatter evokes the decay and dread that surround her strong characters. Anyone who likes gutsy heroines, beautiful language, and well-wrought worlds won’t want to miss this. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan

(Available Formats; Print Book)

Daughter of Black Lake

For some in first-century Britain, the occupying Romans bring wealth and trade; for others, they threaten the old ways that have governed life for time out of mind. Hobble is a Bog Dweller, living in a small, isolated settlement. Her mother, Devout, is a healer whose commitment to Mother Earth is personified in her name. Her father, Smith, is a tradesman from a once-powerful family. Hobble has the gift of foretelling the future and can also see the past; she’s troubled by secrets that drive a wedge between her parents. These concerns pale when a fanatical druid arrives in the settlement, attempting to foment rebellion against the Romans. The druid’s old ways demand a blood sacrifice for victory in war, and Hobble, marked by a limp, lives in terror of being chosen as an offering to the gods. Based on bodies raised from English bogs in the 1980s, Buchanan (The Painted Girls, 2013) has crafted an engrossing novel awash in historical atmosphere. From religious beliefs to culture clashes to social stratification and the activities of daily life, Buchanan immerses readers in Roman Britain in this beautifully emotive tale of family, community, and love. Starred Booklist Review

Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Day Zero

Although it’s not strictly a prequel to Cargill’s masterful Sea of Rust (2017), his new novel is set in the same world. In fact, it’s set at the beginning of the robot revolution that created that world. The narrator, Pounce, is a Blue Star Industries Deluxe Zoo Model Au Pair–a robotic tiger. A nannybot. When robots begin rebelling against their owners, Pounce has only one concern: to protect eight-year-old Ezra. As it becomes clear that the goal of the robot rebellion is to remove the human species from the face of the Earth, Pounce puts his own survival on the line to keep one small boy alive. Cargill, who is perhaps best known for cowriting the movies Dr. Strange and Sinister, is a gifted storyteller, and, with his robotic central character, he pulls off quite a feat: he makes Pounce a sympathetic, compassionate, deeply human protagonist–a real being, not a mere machine. His near-future postapocalyptic world, too, is abundantly real, so firmly anchored in our own reality that we feel as though Cargill’s vision of the future is not merely possible but likely. Like Daniel H. Wilson, in Robopocalypse (2011) and Robogenesis (2014), Cargill offers a fascinating and intellectually engaging take on the venerable robots-versus-humans theme. An absolute must-read. Starred Booklist Review.

House of a Hundred Whispers by Graham Masterton

(Available Formats: Print Book)

House of a Hundred Whispers

God, it’s good’ STEPHEN KING

On a windswept moor, an old house guards its secrets…

The new standalone horror novel from ‘a true master of horror.’

All Hallows Hall is a rambling Tudor mansion on the edge of the bleak and misty Dartmoor. It is not a place many would choose to live. Yet the former Governer of Dartmoor Prison did just that. Now he’s dead, and his children – long estranged – are set to inherit his estate.

But when the dead man’s family come to stay, the atmosphere of the moors seems to drift into every room. Floorboards creak, secret passageways echo, and wind whistles in the house’s famous priest hole. And then, on the same morning the family decide to leave All Hallows Hall and never come back, their young son Timmy disappears – from inside the house.

The Last Watch by J. S. Dewes

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Last Watch

A group of likable rogues race to stop the universe collapsing in Dewes’s gripping space opera debut, whose premise will put readers in mind of A Song of Ice and Fire’s Night’s Watch. Ships stripped of their engines line the edge of the universe, staffed by the Sentinels, court-martialed Legion soldiers sent to guard the Divide in case the hostile alien Viators return. Cavalon Mercer, a rebellious royal heir, becomes the only civilian among them when he’s stripped of his titles and sent to the Argus to serve under stoic war hero Adequin Rake. Sharply pointed descriptions pepper Dewes’s prose as Cavalon faces the soldiers’ hostility over his family’s background in eugenics, and an investigation into a suspected sensor error reveals that the Divide is collapsing. Failing communication systems compel Rake to send a group to the nearest jump gate to warn the Legion and request evacuation transports, but the gate is mysteriously abandoned when they arrive. Meanwhile, those aboard the Argus experience some delightfully strange temporal anomalies as the Divide races inward. Dewes fluidly interweaves complex worldbuilding with a fast-moving plot and satisfying character development in Cavalon and Rake. This should win many fans. Publishers Weekly Review.

Near The Bone by Christina Henry

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Near The Bone

Mattie lives off the grid in a cabin on the side of a mountain with her older, emotionally and physically abusive husband. An unreliable narrator who knows nothing of the outside world, Mattie has flashbacks to her past, memories that are incomplete and terrifying. When a violent creature clearly not of this world begins leaving mutilated animal corpses across their territory, Mattie expands her limited range to investigate and encounters hikers who help her come to terms with the true, sinister nature of her past and present. Overflowing with intensity, action, and an oppressive, isolated atmosphere, this is a violent, compelling, and disturbing mix of domestic suspense and creature-feature horror that will appeal to a wide swath of readers. VERDICT Henry has expertly walked the line between psychological suspense and horror to crowd-pleasing results for years, and this title is no exception. Hand out freely to fans of Sarah Pinborough, Jennifer McMahon, and Zoje Stage. Library Journal Review.

The Night of the Hunter: A Thriller by Davis Grubb

(Available Formats: Print)

Night of the Hunter

Note: the film version is available for instant checkout through Hoopla!

Book Synopsis: The bestselling, National Book Award–finalist novel that inspired Charles Laughton’s expressionist horror classic starring Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters – Night of the Hunter (1955).

Two young children, Pearl and John Harper, are being raised alone by their mother in Cresap’s Landing, Ohio. Their father Ben has just been executed for killing two men in the course of an armed robbery. Ben never told anyone where he hid the ten thousand dollars he stole; not his widow Willa, not his lawyer, nor his cell-mate Henry “Preacher” Powell. But Preacher, with his long history of charming his way into widows’ hearts and lives, has an inkling that Ben’s money could be within his reach. As soon as he is free, Preacher makes his way up the river to visit the Harper family where—he hopes—a little child shall lead him to the fortune that he seeks.

The Residence by Andrew Pyper

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Residence

Haunted house stories are a dime a dozen, but haunted White House stories are a bit harder to find. Pyper (The Homecoming, 2019) reimagines life in the Franklin Pierce White House, beginning shortly after his inauguration and the death of his last living son in a bizarre train accident. First Lady Jane Pierce is reticent about joining him at the residence but eventually acquiesces, and sets up a replica of their son’s bedroom down the hall from her own. Shortly after the furniture is placed, Mrs. Pierce invites the Fox Sisters, world renowned for their spiritual séances (though they were later unmasked as frauds), to attempt to contact her son. A portal is opened and soon the White House and its inhabitants are surrounded by unexplainable activity with frightening implications. Pyper weaves traditional and legitimately creepy horror tropes with a larger examination of the complexities of marriage, and to a lesser degree, the direction and morality of the country at the time of its impending split. Recommended for fans of historical fiction with a bite, like that of Alma Katsu.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2020, American Library Association.)

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Silent Companions

Newly married and newly widowed, Elsie has traveled to her deceased husband’s country estate, along with his cousin Sarah, for the duration of her pregnancy. Long neglected, the estate is avoided by villagers, who look suspiciously on it as the site of many strange deaths, the most recent being that of Elsie’s husband. Her first night there, Elsie is disturbed by strange sounds from the garret. Upon exploring it, she and Sarah find a wooden cutout painting of a small girl that is unnervingly lifelike, called a silent companion. Afterwards, strange things begin to happen. And the companion moves. Found in different places throughout the house, it seems to watch Elsie, waiting. Soon Elsie cannot tell if she is going mad, or being hunted. In Purcell’s gothic tale, the unknown past is as relevant as the current unknown person or thing that’s haunting the estate. A constant question persists: is everything as Elsie thinks, or is her mind the thing being haunted? This perfect fireside read combines all the best characteristics of the gothic genre. Booklist Review

Twelve Nights at Rotter House by J. W. Ocker

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

Twelve Nights at Rotter House

Felix Allsey is a travel writer with a keen eye for the paranormal, and he’s carved out a unique, if only slightly lucrative, niche for himself in nonfiction; he writes travelogues of the country’s most haunted places, after haunting them himself.

When he convinces the owner of the infamous Rotterdam Mansion to let him stay on the premises for 13 nights, he believes he’s finally found the location that will bring him a bestseller. As with his other gigs, he sets rules for himself: no leaving the house for any reason, refrain from outside contact, and sleep during the day.

When Thomas Ruth, Felix’s oldest friend and fellow horror film obsessive, joins him on the project, the two dance around a recent and unspeakably painful rough-patch in their friendship, but eventually fall into their old rhythms of dark humor and movie trivia. That’s when things start going wrong: screams from upstairs, figures in the thresholds, and more than what should be in any basement. Felix realizes the book he’s writing, and his very state of mind, is tilting from nonfiction into all out horror, and the shocking climax answers a question that’s been staring these men in the face all along: In Rotter House, who’s haunting who?

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.