New York Times Bestsellers September 5, 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, September 5, 2021.

FICTION

BILLY SUMMERS by Stephen King

(Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook & eBook)

Billy Summers

A killer for hire who only takes out bad guys seeks redemption as he does one final job.

BLOODLESS by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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

Bloodless

The 20th book in the Pendergast series. Bodies found without blood in their veins might be connected to an unsolved skyjacking.

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.

CELLIST by Daniel Silva

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

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.

CHASING THE BOOGEYMAN by Richard Chizmar

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

Chasing The Bogeyman

A college graduate returns to his hometown, where the mutilated bodies of several missing girls are discovered.

COMPLICATIONS by Danielle Steel

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

Complications

A September night, guests at the reopening of an exclusive Paris hotel experience love, tragedy and political intrigue

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)

Golden Girl

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

GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley

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

The Guest List

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

INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab

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

Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

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.

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 PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty

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

Nine Perfect Strangers

A romance writer becomes fascinated by the owner and director of a health resort.

THE NOISE by James Patterson and J. D. Barker

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

The Noise

A strange vibration rises out of a forest near Mount Hood.

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.

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.

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.

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.

WE WERE NEVER HERE by Andrea Bartz

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

We Were Never Here

Will the secrets Emily shares with Kristen about violent incidents in the past ruin her life?

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:

ALL IN by Billie Jean King with Johnette Howard and Maryanne Vollers

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

All In

The former No. 1-ranked tennis player details her career and activism.

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.

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.

HOW I SAVED THE WORLD by Jesse Watters

(Available Formats: Print Book)

How I Saved The World

The Fox News host recounts his career and prescribes ways to defend against what he considers left-wing radicalism.

I ALONE CAN FIX IT by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker

I Alone Can Fix It

The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters examine Trump’s final year in office, with a focus on the key players around him.

THE PREMONITION by Michael Lewis

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Premonition

Stories of skeptics who went against the official response of the Trump administration to the outbreak of Covid-19. The profiles include a local public-health officer and a group of doctors nicknamed the Wolverines.

THE RECKONING by Mary L. Trump

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

The Reckoning

The author of “Too Much and Never Enough” examines potential trauma caused by current and historical events.

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari

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

Sapiens

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

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 August 27, 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, September 3, 2021.

This week, as it is the last full week of August, we have a collection of end-of-summer/autumn is approaching songs!

Autumn: I. Allegro Composed by Vivaldi & performed by St Martin In The Fields Orchestra with Joshua Bell on violin (Genre: Classical)

From The Album: The Four Seasons (2008)

Blame It On September by Allstar Weekend (Genre: Pop/Rock)

From The Album: All The Way (2011)

Indian Summer by Chet Baker (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: The Complete 1955 Concerts In Holland (2011)

Maggie May by Rod Stewart (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Every Picture Tells A Story (1971)

Night Moves by Bob Seger (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Night Moves (1976)

Papa Was A Rolling Stone by The Temptations (Genre: R&B)

From The Album: All Directions (1972)

See You In September by The Happenings (Genre: Pop, Sixties Pop)

From The Album: The Happenings (1966)

September Girls by Big Star (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

From The Album: Radio City (1974)

September Song by Dee Dee Bridgewater (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)

From The Album: This Is New (2002)

Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Reckless (1984)

Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey (Genre: Vocal)

From The Album: Born To Die (2012)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Autumn (1980) by George Winston

Autumn

Autumn is one of George Winston’s great seasonal albums, joined of course by Winter Into Spring (1982) Summer (1991) and December (1982).

And from the album, the song:

Woods by George Winston

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

Lemke, K. (n.d.). Bryan Adams. Britannica. Retrieved August 27, 2021, from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Bryan-Adams

Machosky, S. (2008, August 25). Jazz For Summer’s End. NPR. https://www.npr.org/2008/08/25/93951124/jazz-for-summers-end

Sterdan, D. (2012, September 2). Top 10 end-of-summer songs you need to hear. Toronto Sun. https://torontosun.com/2012/09/02/top-10-end-of-summer-songs-you-need-to-hear

Wythe, R. (2017, August 29). 15 Songs About The End of Summer. IHeart Radio. https://www.iheart.com/content/2017-08-30-songs-about-the-end-of-summer/

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

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

The Libby App

Libby

Libby is the companion app to the Digital Catalog and may be found in the Apple & Google app.

Hoopla

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading August 24, 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 31, 2021.

The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader

(Available Format: Print Book)

The Anchoress

At 17, Sarah voluntarily enters a small cell to be permanently secluded from medieval English society. By taking the vows of an anchoress, she has dedicated herself to praying for others. Her only contact is to be with her maids, the priest who is her confessor, and the women of the village, who will come to her for intercessions and advice. In this life, Sarah desires safety, simplicity, and a release from the judgments and expectations of the outside world, leaving nothing between herself and God. She soon finds, though, that not even in her tiny chamber can she fully retreat. Dealing with unforeseen trials, fearing temptations of the flesh, and wrestling with heartbreaking memories of losing her sister, she contemplates for the first time the possibility of failure in her new role.

Cadwallader’s vivid period descriptions set a stunning backdrop for this beautiful first novel as Sarah rejects a larger world that will not allow her to live on her own terms and goes about creating a smaller one that will. Sarah’s path will intrigue readers at the crossroads of historical fiction, spirituality, and even feminism as she faces the internal and external pressures on women of the Middle Ages. Starred Booklist Review

Before The Fire by Sarah Butler

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Before The Fire

It is 2011, and Seventeen-year-old Stick and his best mate, Mac, are bound for Malaga, Spain, from their home in Manchester. But then Mac is murdered, and all bets are suddenly off. Stick spirals into a state of mixed grief, shock, and rage until two things happen: the police find and arrest the murderer, and Stick meets a girl called J, prompting him to begin thinking of his future. Stick’s well-meaning father divorced from his mother, who suffers from OCD offers him a job he doesn’t want, but his stepmother offers him the promise of one he does. But in the meantime justice is subverted, leaving Stick further enraged just as riots spread from London to Manchester. Will they offer him an outlet for his furious anger? Butler has written a psychologically astute, satisfyingly insightful portrait of a troubled teenager. Her style is typically straightforward and unadorned and perhaps more powerful for being so but it does have the occasional flourish: freshly washed sheets, for example, smell of soap and summer. The absorbing plot speaks directly to the reader’s heart and inspires hope for Stick’s future. Booklist Review

Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda

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

Bonita Ave

Siem Sigerius is a first-class judoka, a genius mathematician, a jazz aficionado, and head of Tubantia University. Life is good in the spacious farmhouse he shares with his furniture-maker wife, Tineke, and her two teenage daughters, Joni and Janis, until an explosion at a fireworks factory brings to light secrets that send Siem and those around him on a hellish descent. Siem discovers the sex website of Joni and her photographer boyfriend, Aaron, under particularly ignoble circumstances, and the reemergence of convicted murderer Wilbert, Siem’s son from a previous marriage, doesn’t bode well for anyone. Guilt and fear rule the decisions the characters make, sending each further down the darkest of paths, as the narrative spins from the Netherlands to Los Angeles and Berkeley, CA.

VERDICT Published in Buwalda’s native Holland in 2010, this award-winning debut novel is flat-out extraordinary. The rich layer of detail would be impressive when applied to one topic, but Buwalda creates multiple complex worlds around vastly different subjects: the porn industry, mathematics, music, and judo, among others. An outstanding literary suspense story that will appeal to a wide range of readers. Starred Library Journal Review.

The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Children's Book

Byatt steps deeper into the realm of writing for special readers, forging onward in creating increasingly complicated fictional narratives. Her new novel can be labeled, at first call, as both historical fiction and a family saga; on second consideration, it can also be seen as a psychological study of social and economic privilege in the high tide of Britains power: the last decade of the Victorian age, the Edwardian period, and up to World War I. The theme of privilege is attended by subthemes on the nature of childhood, the meaning of parenthood, and utopianism. Two families occupy the core of the elaborate plot, with one mother-wife, Olive Wellwood, at the absolute epicenter; she is a children’s author and the family’s breadwinner. The catalyst by which Byatt begins her detailed analysis of privilege is the early introduction into the story of a teenager named Phillip, who comes from a meager background and is more or less adopted into the Wellwood clan, to his benefit, for he is now allowed to give free rein to his talent in pottery making. An overlong but overall engaging evocation of time and place. Booklist Review

The Gentleman And The Thief by Sarah M. Eden

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

The Gentleman And The Thief

From the moment Hollis Darby meets Ana Newport, he’s smitten. Even though he’s from a wealthy, established family and she isn’t, he wishes he could have a life with her by his side. But Hollis has a secret: the deep coffers that have kept his family afloat for generations are bare, so he supports himself by writing penny dreadfuls under a pseudonym. If not for the income from his novels, he would be broke.

Ana Newport also has a secret. Though she once had a place in society thanks to her father’s successful business, bankruptcy and scandal reduced his fortune to nothing more than a crumbling town house. So Ana teaches music during the day, and at night she assumes the identity of the “Phantom Fox.” She breaks into the homes of the wealthy to reclaim trinkets and treasures she feels were unjustly stolen from her family when they were struggling.

When Hollis’s brother needs to hire a music tutor for his daughter, Hollis recommends Ana, giving him a chance to spend time with her. Ana needs the income and is eager for the opportunity to get to know the enigmatic gentleman. What neither of them expects is how difficult it will be to keep their respective secrets from each other.

When a spree of robberies rocks the city, Ana and Hollis join forces to solve the crimes, discovering that working together deepens the affection between them. After all, who better to save the day than a gentleman and a thief?

Gods of Gold by Chris Nickson

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

Gods of Gold

DI Tom Harper of the Leeds Police Department is looking forward to his upcoming wedding. But his daydreams about the joys of married life are interrupted by the disappearance of nine-year-old Martha Parkinson, whose mother is in prison for petty thieving and whose father claims Martha is visiting his sister except that Col Parkinson doesn’t have a sister. When Col is found hanged a few days later, Harper fears the worst and even wonders if Col sold his daughter into child prostitution. But Martha’s disappearance takes a backseat when the employees of the local gasworks go on strike, substitutes are brought in to keep the gas flowing, and every copper in Leeds is called out to keep the strike from erupting into violence. But always at the back of Harper’s mind is Martha. Solidly plotted and smartly paced, with intriguing period details of 1890s England and vivid characters, this is an entertaining and thoroughly engaging procedural. Booklist Review

It Started with a Secret by Jill Mansell

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

It Started With A Secret

Feel-good chick-lit from international bestseller Jill Mansell, with a chaotic cast who must let go of their grudges and secrets to build the lives they’ve dreamed of.

Thanks to little white lie, Lainey and Kit arrive at their new jobs in blissful, summery Cornwall only to find themselves in the midst of a lovable but overwhelming family—where every family member is having an identity crisis at the same time.

Widowed mom Majella has done her best for years, but can’t quite grasp why things are falling apart. No one can guess what’s causing the chaos because everyone is keeping secrets.

In classic Jill Mansell style, Lainey and her friends are drawn through a hilarious multi-generational soap opera. By the end, happily-ever-afters are available to anyone willing to tell the truth about their heart’s desire.

Romantic fiction with characters you can root for, this is the perfect beach read for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Elin Hilderbrand.

Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl

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

Late Migrations

Renkl, a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, has written a lyrical memoir entwined with the natural history surrounding her childhood home in rural Alabama and her current suburban Nashville residence. In short chapters, the author shares stories along with memories recounted by her family, notably the fire that claimed her grandparents’ home. Included in these anecdotes are tales of births and deaths, coming-of-age and following your dreams, caretaking and the importance of home. As a child, Renkl and her siblings would explore the world around them, and this fascination with nature continues into her adulthood. A keen observer of the natural world she so clearly loves and seeks to understand, Renkl tells of housing bluebird families, raising monarch caterpillars, the sadness of death in nature, and the chipmunks and squirrels with whom she currently shares her home.

VERDICT A captivating, beautifully written story of growing up, love, loss, living, and a close extended family by a talented nature writer and memoirist that will appeal to those who enjoy introspective memoirs and the natural world close to home.–Sue O’Brien, Downers Grove, IL, Library Journal Review

Remembrance by Meg Cabot

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

Remembrance

Suze Simon faces a curse and an angry ghost in the first adult installment of Cabot’s Mediator series (Twilight, 2004, etc.). School counselor-in-training Suze may be a mediator–that is, a person who helps spirits move on to the afterlife–but the biggest thing going on in her life right now is her engagement to her hunky (and formerly dead) fiance, Jesse de Silva. Or at least it would be if problems didn’t keep getting in the way. One of the unwelcome visitors from the past is her sometime nemesis Paul, who has plans to unleash a curse that might turn Jesse from a caring medical resident into a demon–that is, unless Suze can agree to Paul’s demands. As if that isn’t enough, Suze is also dealing with a particularly tricky young NCDP (noncompliant deceased person) who has a habit of attacking Suze and her loved ones. Add in plenty of family drama, and it’s a lot for anyone to handle–but Suze faces it all with heavy doses of attitude, ass-kicking, and profanity. The mysterious death Suze investigates is truly creepy, and the case’s conclusion is surprisingly dark. Mostly, though, this is an entertaining, funny, and fast-paced chapter in Suze’s life. Although the book leaves Suze in a happy place, readers will find themselves hoping to read about more of her drama and her fights with NCDPs in the future. A fun and satisfying grown-up update on Suze’s life. – Kirkus Review

The Secret Keeper by Sandra Byrd

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

The Secret Keeper

A young woman with the gift of prophecy becomes entangled in Henry VIII’s court in this engaging novel. After her father dies, Juliana St. John is encouraged by family friend Sir Thomas Seymour to enter the household of Kateryn Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives. Juliana adjusts relatively well to her new environment, but soon she has recurring visions of Sir Thomas, her father’s former business partner, chopping up a young woman’s dress. It is only when Juliana begins to connect her dreams to the new people in her life that she discovers some startling secrets. Byrd (To Die For) crafts a well-researched historical novel that engrosses readers in Juliana’s world and the juicy details of the Tudor court. Although the prose often lapses into overly stylized Renaissance speak, Anglophiles and history buffs alike will surely enjoy this bird’s-eye view into royal politics, love, and scandal. Publishers Weekly Review

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 29, 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 29, 2021.

FICTION

BLACK ICE by Brad Thor

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

The 20th book in the Scot Harvath series. The American spy faces dangers in the Arctic Circle.

BILLY SUMMERS by Stephen King

(Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook & eBook)

Billy Summers

A killer for hire who only takes out bad guys seeks redemption as he does one final job.

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.

BLIND TIGER by Sandra Brown

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

Blind Tiger

During Prohibition, Thatcher Hutton and Laurel Plummer wind up on opposite sides of a moonshine war in Texas.

CELLIST by Daniel Silva

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

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.

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.

GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley

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

The Guest List

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Print Book: Print Book)

Verity

Lowen Ashleigh is hired by the husband of an injured writer to complete her popular series and uncovers a horrifying truth.

VORTEX by Catherine Coulter

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

Vortex

The 25th book in the F.B.I. Thriller series. A college frat rave and a mission in Iran offer clues for agents Sherlock and Savich.

WE WERE NEVER HERE by Andrea Bartz

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

We Were Never Here

Will the secrets Emily shares with Kristen about violent incidents in the past ruin her life?

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.

HERE, RIGHT MATTERS by Alexander Vindman

Here Right Matters

The retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel recounts his actions that led to the impeachment of President Trump and his testimony before Congress.

HOW I SAVED THE WORLD by Jesse Watters

(Available Formats: Print Book)

How I Saved The World

The Fox News host recounts his career and prescribes ways to defend against what he considers left-wing radicalism.

I ALONE CAN FIX IT by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker

I Alone Can Fix It

The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters examine Trump’s final year in office, with a focus on the key players around him.

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 & eBook)

The Premonition

Stories of skeptics who went against the official response of the Trump administration to the outbreak of Covid-19. The profiles include a local public-health officer and a group of doctors nicknamed the Wolverines.

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 August 20, 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 27 2021; unless I’m called to jury duty – which is a possibility – in which case, the next Suggested Listening posting will be up on Friday, September 3, 2021!

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week; and a couple extra too, as I couldn’t count this week!

Between Midnight And Day by Son House (Genre: Blues, Acoustic Blues, Delta Blues)

Between Midnight And Day was recorded live at London’s 100 Club in the summer of 1970. The great blues singer and guitarist Son House was discovered by main stream music fans during the blues/rock boom of the 1960s, and on this song his back up band is the blues-rock group Canned Heat, best known for their performance at the original Woodstock Festival in 1969.

From The Album: Delta Blues & Spirituals (1970).

Happy Together by The Turtles (Genre: Pop-Rock, Classic Rock)

Happy Together is one of the most upbeat rock songs ever recorded!

And of course, the song was recorded by the musically harmonious rock group, The Turtles, led by Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman.

From The Album: Happy Together (1967)

Hard Times Killing Floor Blues by Skip James (Genre: Blues, Acoustic Blues, Delta Blues)

Hard Times Killing Floor Blues is classic song by the great blues musician Skip James; this version was recorded live at the American Folk and Blues Festival in Cologne, Germany on October 9, 1967.

From The Album: Skip James Today! (1965)

If It Makes You Happy by Sheryl Crow (Genre: Rock, Pop-Rock)

If It Makes You Happy is a modern rockin’ classic from a master of modern rock – Sheryl Crow!

From The Album: Sheryl Crow (1996).

I’m In The Mood by John Lee Hooker (Genre: Blues, Chicago Blues)

I’m In The Mood is a great song written by John Lee Hooker and Bernard Besman; it is found on one of Hooker’s terrific sixties albums, I’m John Lee Hooker.

From The Album: I’m John Lee Hooker (1960).

And if you’d like to dig deep – here is a version of the song that Hooker performs as a duet with Bonnie Raitt, it is found on his 1989 album The Healer.

I’m In The Mood by John Lee Hooker & Bonnie Raitt (Genre: Blues too!)

It Had To Be You by Dick Haymes and Helen Forrest (Genre: Vocal, Easy Listening, Big Band)

A duet of the classic song, It Had To Be You, by the vocalists Dick Haymes and Helen Forrest, who had a hit with their version of the perennial classic in the 1940s.

From The Album: Songs That Won The War by Various Artists (2016).

I’ve Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash (Genre: Country)

A great summer-time traveling song; perfect to play while you’re driving down the road with the windows down!

And of course, the song is sung by country legend Johnny Cash.

From The Album: The Legend Of Johnny Cash (2005).

Joy To The World by Three Dog Night (Genre: Pop-Rock, Classic Pop-Rock)

Joy To The World is a truly joyous rock song, penned by the terrific and under-rated singer-songwriter Hoyt Atxon. The song was a number one hit for Three Dog Night in 1970.

From The Album: Naturally (1970); and if you’re looking for an intro to the group’s music – check out The Complete Singles (2004) – it is available for instant checkout through Hoopla.

Love At The Five And Dime by Nanci Griffith (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Country)

Love At The Five And Dime is an excellent example of the great storytelling songs written and performed by the crystal voiced singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith. Griffith, recorded more than twenty albums during her thirty odd year career; and one of her best albums, is the one this song appears on, The Last Of The True Believers.

From The Album: The Last Of The True Believers (1986).

Look Out Heart by Connie Smith (Genre: Country)

Look Out Heart is a song from the brand-new album Cry Of The Heart by the great country singer Connie Smith.

From The Album: Cry Of The Heart (2021).

Snakes Crawl by Shannon & The Clams (Genre: Pop-Rock)

A rather dreamy tune by Shannon & The Clams, a band that likes to play rock in a variety of historical rock genres.

From The Album: Year Of The Spider (2021)

What A What a Diff’rence a Day Makes  A Day Makes by Dinah Washington (Genre: Vocal, Jazz, Blues,  R&B)

An upbeat love song by the terrific vocalist Dinah Washington.

From The Album: What a Diff’rence a Day Makes (1959).

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

A Boy Named Charlie Brown by The Vince Guaraldi Trio (Genre: Instrumental, Soundtrack, Jazz)

A Boy Names Charlie Brown

I’m probably showing my vintage, but if you grew up watching the Charlie Brown TV specials on TV, you too heard the great music that backed the action!

And that terrific music was performed by the jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi and the other members of his trio. And this album, A Boy Named Charlie Brown, features that terrific music!

And from the album, the song:

Linus & Lucy by the Vince Guaraldi Trio

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

The Digital Catalog, web version

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

The Libby App

Libby

Libby is the companion app to the Digital Catalog and may be found in the Apple & Google app stores.

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 August 17, 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 24, 2021.

Above the Rain: A Novel by Víctor Del Árbol

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

Above The Rain

This translation of the contemplative 2017 novel by former police officer del Arbol (A Million Drops) spans decades and nations to tell an epic story about two death-haunted people trying to outrun their pasts. When Miguel and Helena meet in a nursing home in southernmost Spain–he a Spanish former bank executive in the early stages of Alzheimer’s; she a Tangiers-born Briton whose mother tried to kill her as a child before killing herself–they find connection with one another. The suicide of a mutual acquaintance leads them on a journey to Sweden. There, in a separate narrative, Yasmina, a beautiful young Moroccan woman in a “complicated situation” with a deputy police chief, is forced to help pay off her loathsome grandfather’s debt to the criminal underworld. The sprawling narrative, Vargas Llosian in scope, swells even further to include political undercurrents dating back to the Spanish Civil War and the rise of Francoism. Del Arbol writes insightfully about aging and the effects of generational trauma, and his characters are richly drawn, but too often they get bogged down by portentous dialogue.

VERDICT Readers of his previous works will welcome the author’s ambition, but fans of crime fiction may struggle with the meandering pace and abandon the story before he successfully pulls all the threads together. –Michael Pucci, South Orange P.L., NJ

The Bone Fire by György Dragomán

(Available Format: Print Book)

The Bone Fire

At the start of this evocative work of magic realism from Dragomán (The White King), 13-year-old Emma, who’s been living since the death of her parents in an orphanage in an unnamed city and country that’s recently overthrown its Communist government, is claimed by a grandmother she didn’t know existed. The grandmother convinces Emma with a bit of magic that they’re related. At her grandmother’s house, Emma regularly observes and participates in minor bits of domestic magic, such as interacting with her grandfather’s ghost and engaging in homely rituals. At school, she faces mean girls as she tries to find where she fits in, eventually becoming part of the long-distance running team. Some accuse her grandfather of having been an informer for the previous regime, but others dismiss that as nonsense. Below the surface, violence is still simmering from the revolution that could strike close to Emma. One small incident follows another until some dramatic action in the final pages. The striking mix of magical elements and post-Communist setting compensates for the lack of much of a plot. Fans of Gabriel García Márquez may want to have a look.

Bluegrass Undercover by Kathleen Brooks

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Bluegrass Undercover

This is the first book in the Bluegrass Brothers series, which includes USA Today BestSelling titles Rising Storm and Acquiring Trouble. This is the follow-up series to the bestselling Bluegrass Series.

When danger and passions flare it’s best to find cover…

Cade Davies is a former Special Forces soldier who is now a high school teacher and football coach. And something is trying to kill his players. He’s been too busy trying to keep his players alive, while also avoiding the Davies Brothers marriage trap set by half the town, to pay attention and to the fiery redhead who has swept into his small town.

DEA Agent Annie Blake was undercover to bust a drug ring that preys on high school athletes in the adorable, small town of Keeneston. She had thought to keep her head down and listen to the local gossip to find the maker of this deadly drug. What Annie didn’t count on was becoming the local gossip. With marriage bets being placed and an entire town aiming to win the pot, Annie looks to Cade for help in bringing down the drug ring before another kid is killed. What she didn’t intend on was becoming the next target.

Damnation Spring: A Novel by Ash Davidson

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Damnation Spring

The giant redwood was named the 24-7 about 100 years ago, when it was 24 feet, 7 inches wide. By 1977, it was more than 30 feet wide. For Rich Gundersen, the 24-7 and the ridge of unfelled forest it inhabits represent generations of dreams, and when he gets the chance to buy it, he takes it. He doesn’t immediately tell his wife, Colleen, younger by 19 years and suffering after the latest in a series of miscarriages. But mysterious skulls, illnesses, mudslides, and threats soon endanger his plans. The couple and their one child, a five-year-old boy, are surrounded by a close-knit timber community, including Colleen’s sister and her brood of six kids, an old friend who leaves his property with a drive-through redwood tree about once a decade but still knows all the goings-on about town, and Daniel, Colleen’s Yurok ex-boyfriend, who comes back into the picture. Their struggles and heartbreaks play out on the richly rendered backdrop of a community on the brink of major change. Booklist Review

The Gospel According To Billy The Kid

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Gospel According To Billy The Kid

Like many good stories of the old West, this one begins in a saloon. In 1914 in El Paso, Texas, two strangers strike up a conversation at the bar—Bill Roberts, a real-life figure who died in Hico, Texas, in 1950, and a former US Army scout whose brother knew Roberts by another name: Billy the Kid.

So begins The Gospel According to Billy the Kid, a tale of the old New Mexico territory, corrupt lawmen, honest ranchers, murder, betrayal, and the explosive events of the Lincoln County War that sent young Billy off seeking justice—and headed toward a bloody rendezvous with a sheriff hired to track him down. In the saloon Roberts has us imagine another story, told thirty-three years later over shots of whiskey, about a young outlaw given a second chance to find himself, to find peace, and to finally grow up and out from under the shadow of his own infamy.

Puppet Master by Dale Brown

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

Puppet Master

In Dale Brown’s Puppet Master, intelligent machines take center stage as America battles the Russian mafia in Eastern Europe

Louis Massina is revolutionizing the field of robotics. His technological wonders are capable of locating disaster survivors, preventing nuclear meltdowns, and replacing missing limbs. After one of Massina’s creations makes a miraculous rescue, an FBI agent recruits him to pursue criminals running a massive financial scam—and not coincidentally, suspected of killing the agent’s brother. Massina agrees to deploy a surveillance “bot” that uses artificial intelligence to follow its target. But when he’s thrust into a dangerous conspiracy, the billionaire inventor decides to take matters into his own hands, unleashing the greatest cyber-weapons in the world and becoming the Puppet Master.

Red Traitor: A Novel by Owen Matthews

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Red Traitor

Matthews returns to the story of Alexander Vasin, a KGB major during the height of the Cold War (following Black Sun, 2019). Here Vasin finds himself caught in a power struggle between his superior and the head of the GRU, the KGB’s rival security agency. With the Cuban Missile Crisis coming to a boil, Vasin is tracking a suspected GRU spy who may be feeding secret documents to the Americans. Working his sources, Vasin picks up hints that a submarine flotilla is nearing Cuba, with each ship secretly carrying nuclear-tipped torpedoes. Expertly jumping between Vasin’s dilemma–his boss wants him to sit on the as-yet-unconfirmed submarine story, hoping it will blow up in the face of the GRU chief–and the equally fraught drama faced by the commander of the flotilla, Vasily Arkhipov, who is in a power struggle of his own. Arkhipov directs the flotilla, but the subs remain under the operational command of their captains. Unfortunately, Arkhipov’s sub, out of radio contact and being tracked by American destroyers, is controlled by a hotheaded captain eager to deploy his secret weapon. Basing both his plotlines on actual events and real people, Matthews generates remarkable tension in this perfectly executed two-pronged thriller, with the submarine story proving especially dramatic, evoking both The Hunt for Red October and the high-tension cat-and-mouse game portrayed in the classic WWII submarine film The Enemy Below. Booklist Review

The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Reading List

Adams’s winsome debut follows a widower who takes up reading in order to honor the memory of his wife. After Londoner Mukesh’s wife, Naina, dies, he picks up the book she was reading before she died, The Time-Traveler’s Wife, hoping “to turn the black letters and yellowed pages into a letter from Naina to him.” When he later returns the book to the library, he meets the restless and prickly 17-year-old library worker Aleisha, who reluctantly took the job after encouragement from her troubled older brother, also a bookworm. As time passes, Mukesh and Aleisha become good friends, with Mukesh and his granddaughter, Priya, joining in on a reading list Aleisha found tucked in a returned book, which includes such classics as To Kill a Mockingbird, Little Women, and Beloved. When the creator of the list is revealed, there isn’t much in the way of surprise, but it gains emotional resonance after Adams links the list to a late-breaking tragic event. Adams is a brisk and solid plotter, and has an easy hand with creating characters who are easy to root for. Readers will be charmed and touched. Publishers Weekly Review

The Rehearsals by Annette Christie

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Rehearsals

In this delightful and romantic debut novel―with a Groundhog Day twist―a couple calls off their wedding after a disastrous rehearsal dinner, only to wake up the next morning trapped in a time loop. Together.

Two people. One wedding. No end in sight.

“A sweet, delightful romance.” —People

“Irresistible.” —Elin Hilderbrand

“An enchanting and compelling look at life’s what-if’s.” —Helen Hoang

“Terrific fun from beginning to end.” —Sarah Haywood

Megan Givens and Tom Prescott are heading into what is supposed to be their magical wedding weekend on beautiful San Juan Island. But with two difficult families, ten years of history, and all too many secrets, things quickly go wrong. After a disastrous rehearsal dinner they vow to call the whole thing off—only to wake up the next morning stuck together in a time loop. Are they really destined to relive the worst day of their lives, over and over? And what happens if their wedding day does arrive?

A funny, romantic, and big-hearted debut novel, The Rehearsals imagines what we might do if given a second chance at life and at love—and what it means to finally get both right.

The Turnout by Meghan Abbott

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Turnout

A TODAY Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick
Bestselling and award-winning author Megan Abbott’s revelatory and mesmerizing new novel set against the hothouse of a family-run ballet studio.

With their long necks and matching buns and pink tights, Dara and Marie Durant have been dancers since they can remember. Growing up, they were homeschooled and trained by their glamorous mother, founder of the Durant School of Dance. After their parents’ death in a tragic accident nearly a dozen years ago, the sisters began running the school together, along with Charlie, Dara’s husband and once their mother’s prized student.

Marie, warm and soft, teaches the younger students; Dara, with her precision, trains the older ones; and Charlie, sidelined from dancing after years of injuries, rules over the back office. Circling around one another, the three have perfected a dance, six days a week, that keeps the studio thriving. But when a suspicious accident occurs, just at the onset of the school’s annual performance of The Nutcracker—a season of competition, anxiety, and exhilaration—an interloper arrives and threatens the sisters’ delicate balance.

Taut and unnerving, The Turnout is Megan Abbott at the height of her game. With uncanny insight and hypnotic writing, it is a sharp and strange dissection of family ties and sexuality, femininity and power, and a tale that is both alarming and irresistible.

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 22, 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 22, 2021.

FICTION

BILLY SUMMERS by Stephen King

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

A killer for hire who only takes out bad guys seeks redemption as he does one final job.

BLACK ICE by Brad Thor

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

The 20th book in the Scot Harvath series. The American spy faces dangers in the Arctic Circle.

BLIND TIGER by Sandra Brown

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

During Prohibition, Thatcher Hutton and Laurel Plummer wind up on opposite sides of a moonshine war in Texas.

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.

CLASS ACT by Stuart Woods

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

The 58th book in the Stone Barrington series. An old feud flares up again in New York City.

THE GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley

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

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

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.

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.

NOT A HAPPY FAMILY by Shari Lapena

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

Questions arise when a rich couple are murdered after an Easter dinner with their three adult children.

ONCE THERE WERE WOLVES by Charlotte McConaghy

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Twin sisters lead a team of biologists to reintroduce 14 gray wolves into the Scottish Highlands.

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.

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.

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.

TURNOUT by Megan Abbott

(Available Formats: Print Book)

An accident upsets the composure of a family-run ballet studio.

WE ARE THE BRENNANS by Tracey Lange

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)

After a drunken-driving incident, Sunday Brennan returns to her family in New York where her past follows her.

WE WERE NEVER HERE by Andrea Bartz

(Available Formats: eBook)

Will the secrets Emily shares with Kristen about violent incidents in the past ruin her life?

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.

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.

HERE, RIGHT MATTERS by Alexander Vindman

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

The retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel recounts his actions that led to the impeachment of President Trump and his testimony before Congress.

HOW I SAVED THE WORLD by Jesse Watters

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Fox News host recounts his career and prescribes ways to defend against what he considers left-wing radicalism.

I ALONE CAN FIX IT by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker

(Available Formats: eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters examine Trump’s final year in office, with a focus on the key players around him.

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 & eBook)

Stories of skeptics who went against the official response of the Trump administration to the outbreak of Covid-19. The profiles include a local public-health officer and a group of doctors nicknamed the Wolverines.

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.

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

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