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

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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.

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