Library Connections: A Readers’, Listeners’ & Viewers’ Advisory Videocast September 24, 2021

Hi everyone, here is the latest edition of Library Connections, our weekly readers’, viewers’ and listeners’ advisory videocast.

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

Library Connections videos may also be accessed via the Southeast Steuben County Library’s YouTube channel.

Have a great day,
Linda Reimer, SSCL

Suggested Reading September 28, 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 (Libby app) 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.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

All’s Well: A Novel by Mona Awad

(Available Formats: Print Book)

All's Well

Awad (Bunny, 2019) returns with a brilliant noir comedy about art and illness. Miranda Fitch is the dedicated director of an underfunded university theatre studies department. She’s perpetually in pain, a debilitating but medically invisible pain that’s led her into the nightmarish fog of daily handfuls of painkillers. But Miranda won’t let her mysterious ailment or anything else stop her from putting on a legends-making performance of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well–not a student actor-led coup, nor accusations of scandal, nor a distracting romance with the set designer. Miranda is assisted in her quest by three mysterious beneficiaries she meets at the local watering hole. As the story unfolds, Miranda becomes increasingly powerful and out of touch with reality, all culminating in one wild opening-night performance. Awad’s characters are deliciously over the top and impossible to forget, as is the author’s gift for morbid humor. The real magic of this novel lies in Awad’s ability to draw the Shakespearean irony out of contemporary tragedy. Were he writing today, Shakespeare would surely have something to say about the opioid crisis, the pitiful state of the arts in higher education, and the chronic medical ignorance of female illness. Endlessly thought-provoking and not to be missed. Starred Booklist Review

Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel by Anthony Doerr

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Cloud Cuckcoo Land

Pulitzer winner Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See) returns with a deeply affecting epic of a long-lost book from ancient Greece. In the mid-22nd century, Konstance, 14, copies an English translation of Cloud Cuckoo Land by Antonius Diogenes with her food printer’s Nourish powder while aboard the Argos, an ark-like spaceship destined for a habitable planet. She found the book in the Argos’s library, and was already familiar with Diogenes’s story of a shepherd named Aethon and his search for a book that told of all the world’s unknown lands, because her father told it to her while they tended the Argos’s farm. Her father’s connection to the Diogenes book is gradually revealed, but first Doerr takes the reader farther back in time. In chapters set in and around Constantinople leading up to the 1453 siege, two 13-year-old children, Anna and Omeir, converge while fleeing the city, and Omeir helps Anna protect a codex of Cloud Cuckoo Land she discovered in a monastery. Then, in 2020 Lakeport, Idaho, translator Zeno Ninis collaborates with a group of young children on a stage production of Cloud Cuckoo Land at the library, where a teenage ecoterrorist has planted a bomb meant to target the neighboring real estate office. Doerr seamlessly shuffles each of these narratives in vignettes that keep the action in full flow and the reader turning the pages. The descriptions of Constantinople, Idaho, and the Argos are each distinct and fully realized, and the protagonists of each are united by a determination to survive and a hunger for stories, which in Doerr’s universe provide the greatest nourishment. This is a marvel. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks The Law by Mary Roach

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Fuzz

In her previous adventurous books, Roach has explored the science of peculiar and familiar subjects ranging from human cadavers to life in space. In Fuzz, she entertainingly investigates “the intractable nature of human-wildlife conflict.” (Think Amy Schumer narrating Nature on PBS.) About 2,000 species regularly perpetrate actions that disturb or harm human beings. Some offenses are quite serious (manslaughter, assault, home invasion), others less heinous (vandalizing, robbery, littering). But Roach observes that animals are following their instincts, not committing crimes. Featured creatures include California mountain lions, bears, wild elephants, leopards, white-tailed deer, thieving birds, macaques, mice, and rats. Roach accompanies investigators on the human-animal beat all over the world and explains their use of forensic science, DNA testing and GPS collars, scat examination, and humane methods of trapping and exterminating. She also reviews various remedies for problematic animals and notes that killing wildlife doesn’t work as damage control–nature finds a way to compensate. Unusual terminology pops up, such as snarge (remains of birds scraped off an airplane), frass (insect excreta), and murmuration (a mass of birds flying in shape-shifting flocks). Roach writes splendidly about the often-surprising challenges inherent in coexisting with other animals in their natural habitats. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Intrepid, witty, and elucidating, best-selling Roach is an ongoing popular-science supernova. Starred Booklist Review

Gardens Of The Moon by Steven Erikson

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Gardens of the Moon

In this sprawling fantasy epic of the Malazan empire at war with its enemies and itself, the first of a projected 10-volume series, Canadian newcomer Erikson offers many larger-than-life scenes and ideas, but his characters seem to shrink to fit the story. Perhaps they need to stay small enough for the reader to keep them all in mind. Jumping often between plot lines, the novel follows Ganoes Stabro Paran from his boyhood dreaming of soldiers to his escape from imperial service. Paran travels on journeys of body and soul, going from innocent to hardened rebel against gods and empire without losing his moral core. Other characters may go further, to death and back even, but none is as sharply portrayed. The book features a plethora of princes and paupers, powers and principalities, with much inventive detail to dazzle and impart a patina of mystery and ages past. The fast-moving plot, with sieges, duels (of sword and of spell), rebellions, intrigue and revenge, unearthed monsters and earth-striding gods, doesn’t leave much room for real depth. Heroes win, villains lose, fairness reigns, tragedy is averted. Erikson may aspire to China Miéville heights, but he settles comfortably in George R.R. Martin country. Publishers Weekly Review
Readers’ Note: This is the first book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. The author wrote 10 books in the series before passing the writing torch on to author Ian C Esslemont who, subsequently, wrote and additional seven books-to-date for the series – so if you’re looking to binge read a fantasy series – check this one out!

Gone By Midnight Candice Fox

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

Gone By Midnight
Two years after being falsely accused of kidnapping and assaulting a 13-year-old girl, Ted Conkaffey believes he’s still the most hated man in Australia. So when eight-year-old Richie Farrow goes missing from the Cairns hotel where he’s staying with friends and their parents, Conkaffey is picked up by two cops and sends out an SOS to his partner, PI Amanda Pharrell. Turns out the boy’s mother has specifically requested Conkaffey’s help on the case, and he insists Pharrell join him, despite the bad blood between her and local police over the recent death of one of their detectives. This all happens just as Conkaffey is preparing for a visit of his nearly three-year-old daughter, Lillian, so he’s torn between being a dad to the daughter he dearly loves and finding someone else’s missing son. In her third Crimson Lake novel (after Crimson Lake, 2018, and Redemption Point, 2019), Fox ramps up the suspense, leading to a climactic scene in a crocodile-infested swamp. Compelling plot aside, it’s the humanity of both Conkaffey and the appealingly eccentric Pharrell that lifts this well above the standard suspense thriller. Starred Booklist Review

Home Of The Floating Lily: Stories by Silmy Abdullah

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Home Of The Floating Lilly
The short stories in Abdullah’s debut collection take place in small eighth-floor apartments, in spacious homes with servants, in train cars–in spaces that gradually, unexpectedly feel like home. Set primarily in Toronto, Canada, and in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Abdullah’s stories trace the lives of Bangladeshi women who have immigrated to Canada. A mother worries that a long-held secret will destroy her close relationship with her beloved daughter. A newlywed moves to Toronto to join her Canadian husband, trying to fit in with his life in a country she doesn’t know. A widow struggles with her traditional family role while watching her brother-in-law’s new wife embrace a more modern lifestyle. A man remarries after his wife’s death and finds himself confounded by his second wife’s place in his world. Abdullah’s characters deal with discrimination, isolation, and Islamophobia among other challenges of building lives in a new country. In beautifully descriptive prose, The Home of the Floating Lily is an evocative debut that explores family, culture, tradition, and love in places that simultaneously promise opportunity and struggle. Booklist Review


If you’re looking for a frightful story, in keeping with the season, check out:

The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

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

The Mere Wife

Susan Bennett masterfully narrates a stunning retelling of BEOWULF that confronts all manner of monsters. Dana Mills went away to war and came back with a son she has to keep safe from everything; Willa Herot lives at Herot Hall with a son who has been given everything. Bennett portrays a wide cast of characters, including both Dana and Willa, and does a particularly good job teasing out the nuances in the rage that propels both women to the inevitable bloody climax. Dana’s rage is jagged and immediate and laced with fear, but Willa’s rage is cold and buried deep within her, and all the more terrifying when it’s finally let loose. Powerful, upsetting, and unforgettable, Bennet’s narration is staggeringly potent. AudioFile Review

The One That Got Away by Leigh Himes

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The One That Got Away

Himes’s debut novel examines if the grass is greener on the other side. Abbey Lahey is an exhausted working mother of two young children. Her husband, Jimmy, owns a landscaping business, which is struggling. As Abbey is riding the escalator in Nordstrom’s, she falls and hits her head, landing in the hospital. When she regains consciousness, she is Abigail Van Holt, still a married mother of two but now to wealthy blueblood Alexander Van Holt–the man whom she met in college and whose proposal she turned down, setting her on a path to the middle class and Jimmy. Abbey sees how her life would be if she’d accepted Alex’s offer. She has a designer wardrobe, servants, a swanky apartment, and a hot husband running for Congress, but still, she struggles to adjust to her new situation. VERDICT Himes takes an intriguing look at how a simple yes could change a person’s entire life. Ample time is spent with the protagonist trying to decipher her unfamiliar surroundings; although one wonders how Abbey, who works in PR and is currently the wife of a Congressional candidate, cannot seem to find the slightest information on her persona by simply Googling herself. All in all, the effort is a rewarding investigation of how all that glitters may not be gold.—Library Journal Review

Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters by Steven Pinker

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Rationality

In this revealing pop take on the mind and society, Harvard psychologist Pinker (The Better Angels of Our Nature) investigates the nature of straight-thinking and the many ways it goes crooked. He lays out the basics of formal logic, probability, and statistics, and dissects common fallacies that violate them. The “argument from authority,” for example, takes pronouncements by “experts” as unquestionable gospel, while “availability bias” makes people falsely believe that nuclear accidents that garner huge news coverage are more dangerous than less-covered coal-fired power plants, and the Texas sharpshooter fallacy—drawing a bulls-eye around a bullet hole after one shoots at a barn—is widespread as a way of passing off random data points as accurate predictions. Pinker skewers all manner of misguided thinking, myths, and “cockamamie conspiracy theories” across the ideological spectrum, from the Stop-the-Steal right to the “left-wing monoculture” that makes universities “laughingstocks for their assaults on common sense.” He manages to be scrupulously rigorous yet steadily accessible and entertaining whether probing the rationality of Andrew Yang’s presidential platform, Dilbert cartoons, or Yiddish proverbs. The result is both a celebration of humans’ ability to make things better with careful thinking and a penetrating rebuke to muddleheadedness. Publishers Weekly Review

The Manningtree Witches: A Novel by A. K. Blakemore

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

The Manningtree Witches

Award-winning English poet Blakemore’s debut novel recounts the harrowing story of a historical witch-hunt in Manningtree, Essex, during the English Civil War. With men away fighting, fields lie fallow, and famine threatens. Fear and jealousy fuel hostility towards the “poor and peculiar” women of the town. A familiar tale of sexually tinged persecution unwinds with the arrival of Puritan witch-hunter Matthew Hopkins. Teenage Rebecca chafes at the meager life her widowed mother, the reckless and quarrelsome Beldam West, is constrained to lead. Rebecca longs for more. Hopkins, meanwhile, casts her, like her mother, as the devil’s creature. Manningtree Witches is notable for the beauty of Blakemore’s language. Her poetic imagery exquisitely conjures ambiance, character, and period detail. Clouds are “bruisy and doomful of rain;” the women at trial, “an assortment of sour shapes in rags.” The well-realized principal characters are more than simply victims and villains. Rebecca, who has “taught herself to watch and listen,” perceives the tangled impulses and moral and spiritual ambiguities of those around her. Will she use that knowledge to save herself?

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 October 3, 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, October 3, 2021.

FICTION

APPLES NEVER FALL by Liane Moriarty

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

Apples Never Fall

The Delaney siblings suspect their father of causing the disappearance of their mother.

BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU by Sally Rooney

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audiobook & downloadable audiobook)

Beautiful World Where Are You

A novelist, a warehouse worker, an editorial assistant and a political adviser deal with changes.

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.

FORGOTTEN IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

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

The 53rd book of the In Death series. The property where a decades-old crime occurred belongs to the homicide detective Eve Dallas’s husband.

HARLEM SHUFFLE by Colson Whitehead

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

Harlem Suffle

Ray Carney, a family man who sells furniture on 125th Street, gets a new clientele made up of vicious and unsavory characters.

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.

LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Love Hypothesis

A young professor agrees to pretend to be a third-year Ph.D. candidate’s boyfriend.

THE MADNESS OF CROWDS by Louise Penny

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

The Madness of Crowds

The 17th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. Gamache is tasked with providing security for a statistics professor whose views are repulsive to him.

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.

MATRIX by Lauren Groff

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Seventeen-year-old Marie de France is cast out of the royal court and sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey.

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.

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 SLOW FIRE BURNING by Paula Hawkins

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print & downloadable audiobooks)

A Slow Fire Burning

Three women come under scrutiny when a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat.

VINCE FLYNN: ENEMY AT THE GATES by Kyle Mills

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

Vince Flynn Enemy At The Gates

Anthony Cook, an autocratic president, distrusts Mitch Rapp, who is working to uncover a traitor.

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.

BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY by Qian Julie Wang

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Beautiful Country

A 7-year-old girl and her parents encounter difficulties in New York City when they leave China in the 1990s.

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.

COUNTDOWN BIN LADEN by Chris Wallace with Mitch Weiss

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Coutdown bin Laden

The intelligence gathering, security strategizing and military planning during the final eight months of the pursuit of Osama bin Laden.

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.

DRESSMAKERS OF AUSCHWITZ by Lucy Adlington

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Dressmaker of Auschwitz

Twenty-five young inmates of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp made garments for elite Nazi women.

FUZZ by Mary Roach

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Fuzz

An exploration of disciplinary actions and preventative measures occurring at the intersection of human behavior and wildlife biology.

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.

THE LONG SLIDE by Tucker Carlson

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Long Slide

A collection of previously published essays from 1995 to 2016 by the Fox News host.

TRAVELS WITH GEORGE by Nathaniel Philbrick

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Travels With George

In 2018, the author retraced the journey George Washington took through all 13 former colonies in 1789.

UNBOUND by Tarana Burke

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Unbound

A memoir by the founder of the Me Too movement, which details her work supporting and empowering Black and brown girls.

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.

WILDLAND by Evan Osnos

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Wildland

The National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner examines the shifts in American culture and politics by visiting three cities in which he has lived.

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 September 24, 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, October 1, 2021.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Ace of Aces by The Fearless Flyers (Genre: R&B)

From The Album: The Fearless Flyers (2018)

Catch The Wind by Herb Alpert (Genre: Instrumental, International, Jazz)

From The Album: Catch The Wind (2021)

Dear Miss Loretta by Carly Pearce with Patty Loveless (Genre: Country)

From The Album: 29 Written In Stone (2021).

I.G.Y. by Donald Fagen (Genre: Pop-Rock, Jazz)

Fagen performs the songs on his classic 1982 album The Nightfly – recorded live at the Beacon Theater, in New York City in August 2017.

From The Album: The Nightfly Live (2021)

I’m No Angel Myself by Melissa Etheridge (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: One Way Out (2021)

I Wanna Celebrate by Ms. Jody (Genre: Blues, R&B)

From The Album: Cowboy Style (2021)

Know It All by Billy Strings (Genre: Bluegrass)

From The Album: Renewal (2021)

Mystical by Brian Simpson (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: All That Matters (2021)

Reelin’ In The Years by Steely Dan (Genre: Pop-Rock, Jazz)

From The Album: Northeast Corridor Live (2021)

Still Looking For Something by Jackson Brown (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Pop-Rock, Classic Rock)

From The Album: Downhill From Everywhere (2021)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

The Blues Album by Joanne Shaw Taylor (Genre: Blues)

The Blues Album

The new album by the very talented British blues guitarist and songwriter – and boy, what a great voice she has too!

And from the album, the songs:

Diamonds In The Dirt

&

Stop Messin’ Round

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, 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 September 21, 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 (Libby app) 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.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

Be My Ghost by Carol J. Perry

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

Be My Ghost

Maureen Doherty and her golden retriever Finn have taken possession of a charming old inn–only to discover that it’s already possessed by tenants whose lease on life already ran out . . .

Maureen’s career as a sportswear buyer hits a snag just before Halloween, when the department store declares bankruptcy. Meanwhile, Finn’s lost his way as a guide dog after flunking his test for being too friendly and easily distracted. Sadly, only one of them can earn unemployment, so Maureen’s facing a winter of discontent in Boston–when she realizes she can’t afford her apartment.

Salvation comes when she receives a mysterious inheritance: an inn in Haven, Florida. A quaint, scenic town on the Gulf of Mexico hidden away from the theme parks, Maureen believes it’s a good place to make a fresh start with a new business venture. But she gets more than she bargained for when she finds a dead body on her property–and meets some of the inn’s everlasting tenants in the form of ghosts who offer their otherworldly talents in order to help her solve the mystery…

The Café Between Pumpkin & Pie written by Kate Angell, Marina Adair & Stacy Finz

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

The Cafe Between Pumpkin and Pie

In Moonbright, Maine, there’s a pumpkin on every porch, fresh brewed apple cider in every cup—and the sweetest sorcery in the air . . .

Before, after, and even during the excitement of the annual Halloween parade, gathering at the Corner Café is a beloved Moonbright tradition. Costumed revelers of all kinds come for the famous whoopie pies, the heartfelt hospitality, and the chance to hear the town’s spookiest stories and local legends whispered to the younger generation . . .

The most magically romantic legend of all promises that a Moonbright woman will marry the man she sees reflected in a mirror on Halloween. For three such singles, the crunch of fall leaves and the fragrance of fresh-baked pie sets the perfect stage for this most tantalizing trick—and most delightful treat—the genuine enchantment of true love.

Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir by Dolly Alderton

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

Everything I Know About Love

Journalist Alderton (cohost, podcast The High Low) shares her coming-of-age story with wit and grace. As a teenager, Alderton was fascinated with boys and longed for adulthood. When she reached her 20s, the fantasies of her youth didn’t quite pan out, as she shares in stories of dates gone badly, nights of drinking and partying, and failed relationships. Rather than get into the sordid details, Alderton’s portrayal of this time is assuredly self-aware and reflective. She deftly balances more humorous anecdotes with an exploration of difficult experiences, including her struggle with disordered eating and the death of her best friend’s sister. Everything that Alderton has learned about love is because of strong friendships with the women in her life, especially best friend Farly–and it is these friendships that provided the strength and support needed for Alderton to make it to her 30th birthday. VERDICT This relatable reflection on love and the importance of friendship is an international best seller, so expect demand from readers interested in modern life as well as intimate, confessional memoirs.

A Glimmer of Death by Valery Wilson Wesley

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

A Glimmer of Death

Award-winning author Valerie Wilson Wesley launches a thrilling new mystery series set in New Jersey, featuring a multicultural cast, and starring a caterer-turned-realtor with the gift of second sight…

In the first of a thrilling new series, one woman’s extraordinary psychic gift plunges her already-troubled present into chaos–and puts her future in someone’s deadly sights…

Until now, Odessa Jones’ inherited ability to read emotions and foretell danger has protected her. But second sight didn’t warn her she would soon be a widow–and about to lose her home and the catering business she’s worked so hard to build. The only things keeping Dessa going are her love for baking and her sometimes-mellow cat, Juniper. Unfortunately, putting her life back together means taking a gig at an all-kinds-of-shady real estate firm run by volatile owner Charlie Risko…

Until Charlie is brutally killed–and Dessa’s bullied co-worker is arrested for murder. Dessa can’t be sure who’s guilty. But it doesn’t take a psychic to discover that everyone from Charlie’s much-abused staff to his long-suffering younger wife had multiple reasons to want him dead. And as Dessa follows a trail of lies through blackmail, dead-end clues, and corruption, she needs to see the truth fast–or a killer will bury her deep down with it.

The Night Singer by Johanna Mo

The Island Murders Series, Book 1 (Series launch!)

The Night Singer

Police detective Hanna Duncker, the heroine of Swedish author Mo’s welcome English-language debut and series launch, has just moved from Stockholm to Kalmar on the island of Öland, near where she grew up. Hanna’s first case on the local force is the murder of the 15-year-old son of one of her childhood friends. Flashbacks to the victim’s last day illuminate the troubled teen’s life, and Mo does a good job portraying a host of people with long memories, resentments, and a penchant for gossip. Hanna’s fraught personal history adds depth: her father was found guilty of a particularly violent crime when she was a girl, and the story may be deeper than the facts suggest. The plot moves slowly at times, lingering, for example, on minor characters like Duncker’s insipid new partner, Erik Lindgren, but readers will readily engage with Hanna, a no-nonsense, dogged, and thoughtful investigator. Mo is off to a strong start. Publisher Weekly Review

Secrets of the Dead by Simon Clark

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

Secrets of the Dead

Egyptian tombs are sealed for a reason—and opening them is a nightmare in this novel of archaeological horror by the British Fantasy Award–winning author.

Archaeology photographer John Tolworth is thrilled to be returning to Devon where he’d spent his youth. He’s been hired to help decode the ancient papyri excavated a century ago with Egypt’s Gold Tomb mummies, now entombed in Baverstock Castle. These four summer weeks should also be a unique vacation for his family. But once John steps into the shadow of the imposing fortress, memories of a horrific past are rekindled. He can still hear the screams of his childhood friend, Philip, inheritor of Baverstock. Philip remembers everything. It’s cost him his sanity. Certainly, his warnings for John to leave must be the ravings of a madman. Either that or the local legend is true: When people sleep, that’s when the mummies wake up.

Soon, for John and his family, the quiet of the castle’s chamber towers will begin to stir, and as night falls, all its secrets—and dangers—will be unearthed.

She Wouldn’t Change A Thing by Sarah Adlakha

(Available Formats: Print Book)

She Wouldn't Change A Thing

Sliding Doors meets Life After Life in Sarah Adlakha’s story about a wife and mother who is given the chance to start over at the risk of losing everything she loves.

A second chance is the last thing she wants.

When thirty-nine year old Maria Forssmann wakes up in her seventeen-year-old body, she doesn’t know how she got there. All she does know is she has to get back: to her home in Bienville, Mississippi, to her job as a successful psychiatrist and, most importantly, to her husband, daughters, and unborn son.

But she also knows that, in only a few weeks, a devastating tragedy will strike her husband, a tragedy that will lead to their meeting each other.

Can she change time and still keep what it’s given her?

Exploring the responsibilities love lays on us, the complicated burdens of motherhood, and the rippling impact of our choices,She Wouldn’t Change a Thing is a dazzling debut from a bright new voice.

Sirgrus Blackmane, Demihuman Gumshoe, & The Dark-Elf: A Novel by William Schlichter

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Sirgrus

This surprising, dexterous mashup of high fantasy and hardboiled thriller from Schlicter (SKA: Serial Killers Anonymous) begins with G-man and mage Agent Edgeangel summoning the eponymous narrator, a dwarf PI, to a bootlegger’s warehouse where his partner, Craig Mason, has just been found murdered. Before Sirgrus and Craig started their detective agency, they were buddies in the Great War, fighting orcs and vampires side by side, so Sirgrus feels obliged to avenge the dead human. To do so he must navigate a city uneasily divided between humans and other species—fairies, for example, have just won the right to vote. As his investigation leads him to the Dark-Elf, a popular speakeasy where all kinds of perversions are offered by dragonborn mobster Medrash, Sirgrus must balance the demands of rival gang bosses, Agent Edgeanagel’s nagging, and the realization that Mason was really a rotten jerk. He also struggles with recurring dreams from his time in the War—experiences that may be more connected to the present day mystery than they seem. Tolkien would be aghast at what Schlicter does with mythic lore, but the detailed worldbuilding and genuine feeling make everything work against the odds. Readers are in for some fun. Publishers Weekly Review

Write My Name Across The Sky: A Novel by Barbara O’Neal

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Write My Name Across The Sky

The USA Today bestselling author of When We Believed in Mermaids returns with a tale of two generations of women reconciling family secrets and past regrets.

Life’s beautiful for seventysomething influencer Gloria Rose, in her Upper West Side loft with rooftop garden and scores of Instagram followers–until she gets word that her old flame has been arrested for art theft and forgery, and, knowing her own involvement in his misdeeds decades earlier, decides to flee. But that plan is complicated when the nieces she raised are thrown into crises of their own.

Willow, overshadowed by her notorious singer-songwriter mother, has come home to lick her wounds on the heels of a failed album and yet another disastrous relationship. Sam, prickly and fiercely independent, is on the verge of losing not only her beloved video game company but the man she loves, thanks to her inability to keep her always-simmering anger in check.

With the FBI closing in, Willow’s career in shambles, and Sam’s tribulations reaching a peak, each of the three woman will have to reckon with and reconcile their interwoven traumas, past loves, and the looming consequences that could either destroy their futures or bring them closer than ever.

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.

Library Connections, A Readers’, Listener’s & Viewers’ Advisory Videocast September 21, 2021

Hi everyone, here is the latest edition of Library Connections, our weekly readers, viewers and listeners advisory videocast.

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

Library Connections videos may also be accessed via the Southeast Steuben County Library’s YouTube channel.

Have a great day,
Linda Reimer, SSCL

New York Times Bestsellers September 26, 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 26, 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.

FORGOTTEN IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

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

The 53rd book of the In Death series. The property where a decades-old crime occurred belongs to the homicide detective Eve Dallas’s husband.

THE HERON’S CRY by Ann Cleeves

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

The second book in the Two Rivers series. Detective Matthew Venn finds a staged murder at the home of a group of artists.

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.

L.A. WEATHER by María Amparo Escandón

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Kelia decides to end her marriage to her weather-obsessed husband, Oscar, and their three daughters are caught off guard.

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.

MATRIX by Lauren Groff

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Seventeen-year-old Marie de France is cast out of the royal court and sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey.

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 MADNESS OF CROWDS by Louise Penny

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

The 17th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. Gamache is tasked with providing security for a statistics professor whose views are repulsive to him.

MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig:

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

Midnight Library

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 NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED by Lisa Jewell

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Night She Disappeared

A writer discovers a possible clue near an English country estate of what caused a young couple to go missing.

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.

ROCK PAPER SCISSORS by Alice Feeney

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Rock Paper Scissors

A couple celebrating an anniversary take a trip to Scotland that will make or break their marriage.

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 SLOW FIRE BURNING by Paula Hawkins

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print & downloadable audiobooks)

A Slow Fire Burning

Three women come under scrutiny when a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat.

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.

BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY by Qian Julie Wang

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Beautiful Country

A 7-year-old girl and her parents encounter difficulties in New York City when they leave China in the 1990s.

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.

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah

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

A memoir about growing up biracial in apartheid South Africa by the host of “The Daily Show.”

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.

COUNTDOWN BIN LADEN by Chris Wallace with Mitch Weiss

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Coutdown bin Laden

The intelligence gathering, security strategizing and military planning during the final eight months of the pursuit of Osama bin Laden.

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.

THE SISTERS OF AUSCHWITZ by Roxane van Iperen

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Sisters of Auschwitz

Janny and Lien Brilleslijper from Amsterdam were sent by train to Auschwitz when the Jewish safehouse they created in the woods was discovered.

THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant

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

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

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

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

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

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

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

What Happend To You

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

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 September 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, September 24, 2021.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Autumn by from the Four Seasons, composed by Vivaldi & performed Early Music ensemble Voices of Music, Carla Moore, solo baroque violin. (Genre: Classical)

Recorded live; the full version may be accessed, for free, via the Voices of Music website found here: https://www.voicesofmusic.org/

The Dolphins by Fred Neil with Vince Martin & John Sebastian (Genre: Folk, Americana)

From The Album: Fred Neil (1966)

For What Its Worth by Buffalo Springfield (Genre: Rock, Folk-Rock, Classic Rock)

From The Album: Buffalo Springfield (1966)

And just because the music of the Buffalo Springfield is so good – here is another one of their songs:

Sit Down I Think I Love You by Buffalo Springfield (Genre: Rock, Folk-Rock, Classic Rock)

Also From The Album: Buffalo Springfield (1966)

I Thank You by Sam & Dave (Genre: R&B)

Recorded live on The Ed Sullivan Show on May 25, 1969.

From The Album: The Very Best of Sam & Dave (2009; Rhino Records)

License To Chill by Jimmy Buffett with Kenny Chesney

From The Album: License To Chill (2004).

The Old North Woods by Béla Fleck (Genre: Folk, Bluegrass)

From The Album: My Bluegrass Heart (2021)

Riders On The Storm by George Winston (Genre: Piano, Instrumental, New Age)

From The Album: Night Divides The Day: The Music of The Doors (2002)

Sweet Child o’ Mine by The Piano Guys (Genre: Instrumental, Easy Listening)

From The Album: Not yet released! I can’t find a listing for an album that contains this song; although the song itself was released on September 10, 2021.

Takin’ It Easy by Lacy J. Dalton (Genre: Country)

From The Album: Greatest Hits (1983)

The Weight by Levon Helm & Friends (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

Levon Helm and friends, including James Taylor, Steve Winwood, Sheryl Crow, Jacob Dylan and Emmylou Harris play the old Band classic!

Original Version Found On The Album: Music From Big Pink (1968)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Ride On (1984) by Christy Moore (Genre: Folk, International)

Ride On

A top-notch album from singer-songwriter and guitarist Christy Moore, elder half brother of popular folk artist Luka Bloom, AKA Kevin Barry Moore.

And from the album, the song:

The Least We Can Do by Christy Moore (Genre: Folk, International)

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

Music, V. O. (n.d.). Voices of Music. Voices of Music. Retrieved September 17, 2021, from https://www.voicesofmusic.org/

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 September 14, 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 (Libby app) 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.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliott Chaze (New York Review of Books)

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

Black Wings Has My Angel

During the 1950s, Gold Medal Books introduced authors like Jim Thompson, Chester Himes, and David Goodis to a mass readership eager for stories of lowlife and sordid crime. Today many of these writers are admired members of the literary canon, but one of the finest of them of all, Elliott Chaze, remains unjustly obscure. Now, for the first time in half a century, Chaze’s story of doomed love on the run returns to print in a trade paperback edition.

When Tim Sunblade escapes from prison, his sole possession is an infallible plan for the ultimate heist. Trouble is it’s a two-person job. So when he meets Virginia, a curiously well-spoken “ten-dollar tramp,” and discovers that the only thing she cares for is “drifts of money, lumps of it,” he knows he’s met his partner. What he doesn’t suspect is that this lavender-eyed angel might just prove to be his match.

Black Wings Has My Angel careens through a landscape of desperate passion and wild reversals. It is a journey you will never forget

The City Of Good Death by Priyanka Champaneri

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

City of Good Death

In Champaneri’s ambitious, vivid debut, the dying come to the holy city of Kashi to die a good death that frees them from the burden of reincarnation. Pramesh Prasad has managed Shankarbhavan, a hostel in the city, for almost 10 years. When the body of his cousin, Sagar, is found in the Ganges, Pramesh is forced to confront the past he left behind when he ran away from his village to pursue an education and turned his back on Sagar, with whom he’d been inseparable. In Kashi, he married Shobha, daughter of the hostel’s previous manager, who’s dismayed with the presence of Sagar’s ghost, which threatens Shankarbhavan’s reputation by causing residents to resist their deaths. Shobha encourages Pramesh to return with her to his village to meet with Sagar’s widow, Kamna, believing that the two women can solve the problem if they talk to each other. In sharp prose, Champaneri explores the power of stories—those the characters tell themselves, those told about them, and those they believe—such as an ingrained narrative of Kamna as a “shameless woman” in Pramesh’s village, which Shobha, mindful of women’s oppression in their society, gradually chips away at. This epic, magical story of death teems with life. – Publishers Weekly Review

The Ice: A Novel by Louis Charbonneau

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Ice

This timely, credible and suspenseful eco-thriller begins when marine biologist Kathy McNeely finds oil-soaked penguins in a part of Antarctica where no oil spills have been recorded. What seems at first the residue of an earlier disaster soon acquires more sinister implications as McNeely, her Russian and American associates, and maverick archeologist Brian Huxley are caught in the web of TERCO–a U.S. conglomerate that has found something worth killing for beneath the Antarctic ice. Experienced adventure novelist Charbonneau ( Intruder ) convincingly presents the psychological and technical problems of Antarctic survival. His description of the final race, made by tractor and dog sled, to discover the real cause of the oil spill and stave off environmental disaster is gripping. Though the characters are conventional, they are appealing–including the huskies, whose personalities become as distinct as those of their masters. But the real protagonist of The Ice is Antarctica itself. Charbonneau’s passion for this last unspoiled land infuses the book and inspires the reader. Even cynics will applaud as TERCO is frustrated by “a bunch of goddamn birds” and the people who care for what the penguins represent.

The Library of Legends: A Novel by Janie Chang

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

Library of Legends

In the year 1937, Japanese bombers began raids over China. In an effort to save the lives of the students of Minghua University and the 500-year-old collection of myths and folklore known as the Library of Legends, the university’s teachers make a daring plan: Each student is given one book of the 147-volume collection to carry thousands of miles to China’s western provinces. Nineteen-year-old student Hu Lian undertakes the task not just for the sake of her school and the priceless volumes, but also to find her mother, who was forced out of her home and sought shelter in Shanghai. It soon becomes evident that, in spite of the perils of the journey, the students and teachers seem to be under the protection of supernatural beings, guardian spirits who have been awakened and who also have their own path to take–one that may change China forever. VERDICT Chang (Dragon Springs Road) has created a lovely novel that is both joyful and lighthearted and deeply tragic as she explores a culture and people who are forced to accept that their country will never be the same following the war and the departure of the spirits that protected their land for centuries. – Library Journal Review

The Immortals by Amit Chaudhuri

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Immortals

In 1980s Bombay, a highly regarded voice teacher and his affluent sixteen-year-old student enter into a relationship that will have unexpected and lasting consequences in their lives, and the lives of their families. With exquisitely sensuous detail, quiet humor, and unsentimental poignancy, Amit Chaudhuri paints a luminous portrait of the spiritual and emotional force behind a revered Indian tradition; of two fundamentally different but intricately intertwined families; and of a society choosing between the old and the new.

No Witness But The Moon by Suzanne Chazin

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

No Witness But The Moon

A police officer in upstate New York faces the agony of having killed a man.Taking a call about a home invasion with shots fired, Jimmy Vega rushes to the scene and finds two Latino men running from the house. The one with the gun, homeowner Ricardo Luis, immediately puts down his weapon while Jimmy chases the other one. When the man refuses to put his hands up after they speak in Spanish and turns with a hand jammed into his pocket, Jimmy shoots and kills him. Jimmy is horrified when a search discloses nothing but an old photograph in the dead man’s pocket. Soon after he’s put on leave until an investigation can clear him, the man is identified as the father of a woman who babysits for Jimmy’s girlfriend, attorney Adele Figueroa, who runs La Casa, a Latino community center. The incident unleashes a firestorm of bad publicity. Adele, pressed to condemn Jimmy or lose her job, finds her faith in him wavering, especially when a neighbor at the death scene claims Jimmy executed the man in cold blood. When Jimmy learns that the dead man was the superintendent of the apartment building in the Bronx where his mother lived and died violently, he feels he must investigate. But he’s recognized, and only the intervention of an old friend saves him from mob violence. Fighting his fears and his newly sharpened temper, Jimmy links his shooting and his mother’s murder to a scheme to extort money from illegal immigrants. Chazin’s pulse-pounding procedurals (A Blossom of Bright Light, 2015, etc.) excel at plucking stories from the headlines. This one combines a complex mystery with a heartbreaking look at both sides of police shootings. – Kirkus Review

Out In The Open: A Novel by Jesús Carrasco

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Out In The Open

A boy, escaping an abusive environment, encounters and befriends an elderly goatherd; together, traveling by night and resting under cover by day, they bond as they struggle to satisfy their basic survival needs–eating, drinking, voiding, sleeping–with the four elements playing pivotal roles, often to their advantage but sometimes not. While scouting for water by himself, the boy is kidnapped by a crippled bounty hunter, from whom he escapes, only to wind up in the clutches of his evil pursuers, the bailiff and his deputy. He and the goatherd confront the captors in a stunning and violent climax that brings the story full circle, with the boy as forsaken as when the tale began. The bare-bones narration and skeletal dialog reflect the stark, drought-ravaged terrain, a withered, austere wasteland set in a chaotic, desolate state. The characters’ general anonymity gives an almost parable-like feel to a story of salvation and fragile hope as a downpour closes the novel. VERDICT A dynamite debut by a writer whose dark and symbolic view of an ominous society seems frighteningly realistic. Library Journal Review

Roman Crazy: A Novel by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci

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

Roman Crazy

A delicious, sexy, laugh-out-loud modern romance about a newly single woman and her journey to find love again, from New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton and debut author Nina Bocci.

Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

The Slave And The Free by Suzy McKee Charnas

 (Available Formats: Print Book)

The Slave And The Free

The Slave And The Free by Suzy McKee Charnas – contains the first two books of the Hold Fast Chronicles “Walk To The End Of The World”, and “Motherlines.”

About the plot of the first book Walk To The End Of The World:

After a nuclear holocaust humanity survives in isolated enclaves of feudalism, scratching a meagre existence among the ruins of their world. One such community, the Holdfast, has evolved a mythology which holds women responsible, for the cataclysm, and they are now treated as an inferior caste -“Fems”- dominated and degraded by men and valued only as breeding animals and slaves. Holdfast society is rigidly structured with the older men, the Seniors, having absolute authority over the younger juniors. When Eykar Bek flouts that authority by deserting his post two other men, Captain Kelmz and the renegade Servan d Layo, are sent out to find and capture him. Instead, all three elect to go in search of Bek’s half-legendary father Maggomas. Now pursued by the forces of the Seniors, the trio fall in with Alldera, a female slave with a mission of her own -to find and enlist the aid of the Free Fems rumoured to exist beyond the Holdfast. Their travels take them the length and breadth of the Holdfast, reaching an unexpected and shocking conclusion in the distant town of ‘Troi. Walk to the End of the World is both an engrossing adventure story and a penetrating (but never strident) examination of human gender relationships. The imaginative background detail and convincing character development recall the novels of Ursula K Le Guin – but Suzy McKee Charnas is a new, original and welcome addition to the ranks of sf novelists. Fantastic Fiction Overview

The Well by Catherine Chanter

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

The Well

Fortysomething couple Ruth and Mark leave behind exhausting work schedules and criminal accusations in London to make a fresh start at a small farm in the English countryside. Their new home is named the Well after a mysterious water source on the property that has never run dry. As their land continues to flourish inexplicably in a country beset with a decade-long drought, the couple find themselves surrounded by hostilities once more. Ruth and Mark attempt to farm while battling with the media, angry neighbors, and devout cults come to worship the rain. Relationships, both familiar and spiritual, buckle under the tension. In the end, the pair’s blessings prove fatal and they realize how much they had to lose. VERDICT This timely mix of environmental and psychological storytelling illustrates how in an era of increasing climate change ecological dramas become family dramas. This powerful novel is more emotional than political, but as a story foreshadowing a very possible future, it will strike a chord with readers of fiction and nonfiction alike. Library Journal Review

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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