New York Times Bestsellers February 6, 2022

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 Audiobook), 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 posts are published on Sundays, and the next  New York Times Bestseller post will be published on —

February 3, 2022 Update! As the library closed at noon today, Thursday, February 3 and will be closed tomorrow, Friday, February 4 – the next New York Times Best Seller list post will be published on Monday, February 7, 2022.

And of course, the New York Times Bestseller lists are updated each Thursday and can always be accessed on the New York Times website: https://www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers/

FICTION

CALL US WHAT WE CARRY  by Amanda Gorman

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

A debut collection of poems on identity and history by the presidential inaugural poet who wrote “The Hill We Climb.”

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr

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

An interconnected cast of dreamers and outsiders are in dangerous and disparate settings past, present and future.

ELECTRIC IDOL by Katee Robert 

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

The second book in the Dark Olympus series. A modern retelling of the myth of Psyche and Eros.

GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE by Diana Gabaldon

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

The ninth book in the Outlander series. As the Revolutionary War moves closer to Fraser’s Ridge, Claire and Jamie reunite with their daughter and her family.

HORSEWOMAN by James Patterson and Mike Lupica

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

As the Paris Olympics draw near, a mother and daughter, who are champion horse riders, compete against each other.

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 JUDGE’S LIST by John Grisham

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

Judge's List

The second book in the Whistler series. Investigator Lacy Stoltz goes after a serial killer and closes in on a sitting judge.

THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave

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

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

LIGHTNING IN A MIRROR by Jayne Ann Krentz

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

The final installment of the Fogg Lake trilogy.

THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles

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

Lincoln Highway

Two friends who escaped from a juvenile work farm take Emmett Watson on an unexpected journey to New York City in 1954.

LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood

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

Love Hypothesis

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

THE MAID by Nita Prose 

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Maid

When a wealthy man is found dead in his room, a maid at the Regency Grand Hotel becomes a lead suspect.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives one could have lived.

NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Is Ben using his relationship with Fallon as fodder for his novel?

ONE STEP TOO FAR by Lisa Gardner

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The second book in the Frankie Elkin series. Frankie searches for a young man who went missing during a bachelor party camping trip.

PARADISE by Hanya Yanagihara

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

To Paradise

Difficult circumstances and societal pressures affect characters living in America in 1893, 1993 and 2093.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

SOMETHING TO HIDE by Elizabeth George

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The 21st book in the Inspector Lynley series. Lynley pursues a killer who might be hiding in North London’s Nigerian community.

THE STRANGER IN THE LIFEBOAT by Mitch Albom

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

After a ship explodes, 10 people struggling to survive pull a man who claims to be the Lord out of the sea

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Ugly Love

Tate Collins and Miles Archer, an airline pilot, think they can handle a no strings attached arrangement. But they can’t.

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

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

WISH by Nicholas Sparks

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

The Wish

Maggie Dawes, a renowned travel photographer, struggles with a medical diagnosis over Christmas.

WISH YOU WERE HERE by Jodi Picoult

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

Diana O’Toole re-evaluates her seemingly perfect life when a pandemic disrupts her vacation in the Galápagos Islands.

NON-FICTION:

1619 PROJECT edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman and Jake Silverstein

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Viewing America’s entanglement with slavery and its legacy, in essays adapted and expanded from The New York Times Magazine.

ALL ABOUT LOVE by bell hooks

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

All About Love

The late feminist icon explores the causes of a polarized society and the meaning of love.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

How trauma affects the body and mind, and innovative treatments for recovery.

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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

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

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

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

Crying in H Mart

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.

GREAT RESET by Glenn Beck with Justin Haskins

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

The syndicated radio host portrays what he sees as a conspiracy to shift economic and social power.

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

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

Greenlights

The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

The REAL ANTHONY FAUCI by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

The anti-vaccine advocate gives his take on the chief medical advisor to the president.

THE STORYTELLER by Dave Grohl

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

The Storyteller

A memoir by the musician known for his work with Foo Fighters and Nirvana.

TASTE by Stanley Tucci

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

Taste

The award-winning actor reflects on his career, Italian-American heritage, meals and mishaps.

THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant

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

Think Again

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

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

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

Untamed

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

UNTHINKABLE by Jamie Raskin

(Available Formats: Print Book coming soon)

The Maryland congressman describes leading the impeachment effort against the former president shortly after his son’s death by suicide and the insurrection at the Capitol.

WILL by Will Smith with Mark Manson

(Available Formats: Print Book)

WIll

The actor, producer and musician tells his life story and lessons he learned along the way.

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 January 28, 2022

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,

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Another Day by Paul McCartney

From The Album: Ram (1971)

At Last by Etta James (Genre: Vocal, R&B)

From The Album: At Last! (1961)

The Boxer by Joan Baez & Paul Simon (Genre: Folk, Singer-Songwriter)

From The Album: Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration (2016)

Fire At Midnight by Jethro Tull (Genre: Classic Rock)

From The Album: Songs From The Woods (1977)

Sleep Warm by Dean Martin (Genre: Vocal)

From The Album: Sleep Warm (1959)

It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry by Bob Dylan (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk)

From The Album: Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Oh Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison

From The Album: Oh Pretty Woman (1964)

Same Old Saturday Night by Frank Sinatra (Genre: Vocal)

From The Album: Sinatra 80th: All The Best (1995)

A Sunday Kind of Love by Charles Brown (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: These Blues (1995).

Walking After Midnight by Patsy Cline (Genre: Vocal, Country)

From The Album: Patsy Cline (1957)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Crosby, Stills & Nash by Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969)

Crosby, Stills & Nash

A terrific album, if ever there was one!

And from the album the song

Pre-Road Downs

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.

Library Connections, A Readers’, Listeners’ & Viewers’ Advisory Videocast January 21, 2022

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, February 1, 2022.

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

Have a great week!
Linda Reimer, SSCL

Suggested Reading January 25, 2022

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, February 1, 2022.

Annihilation Road by Christine Feehan

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Annihilation Road

Savin “Savage” Pajari is convinced he’s not worth a damn thing. He’s not like his brothers. He’s a sadistic monster, a killer—a man no woman could truly love. So it completely throws him when a stranger risks her life for his, pushing him out of the way and taking the hit that would have sent him six feet under. If he had any kind of sense, he’d leave her alone, but Savage can’t get the woman with a smart mouth and no sense of self-preservation out of his head. With one kiss, he’s lost.

Seychelle Dubois has spent her entire life not feeling much of anything, until Savage comes along and sets her whole body on fire. Kissing him was a mistake. Letting him get close would be a catastrophe. He’s the most beautiful—and damaged—man she’s ever met. He has a way of getting under her skin, and what he’s offering is too tempting to resist.

Seychelle knows so little about Savage or the dangerous world of Torpedo Ink, but his darkness draws her like a moth to a flame. Loving him could mean losing herself completely to his needs—needs she doesn’t understand but is eager to learn. But what Savage teaches her could destroy her.

Readers’ Note: This is the sixth book in the Torpedo Ink Series. If you’d like to start reading from the beginning of the series, checkout book 1 – Judgement Road.

Find Me: A Novel by Alafair Burke

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

Find Me

The fate of Hope Miller, as her friends in Hopewell, N.J., know her, drives Edgar finalist Burke’s scintillating sixth novel featuring NYPD Det. Ellie Hatcher (after 2014’s All Day and a Night). Fifteen years earlier, Manhattan defense lawyer Lindsay Kelly pulled Hope, who had lost her memory, out of an overturned vehicle on a road near Hopewell. Lyndsay became Hope’s best friend, mentor, and protector. Now, in search of a fresh start, Hope moves to East Hampton, Long Island. Lindsay’s fears that her friend will be lost without her are quickly realized after Hope disappears, the only clue a drop of blood matching a DNA sample related to a Wichita, Kans., serial killer. The subsequent death of an East Hampton businessman leads the police to believe Hope is not a victim but a villain. Enter Ellie, whose late father was so obsessed with his investigation into the Wichita serial killer that he died by suicide. While Hope and Lindsay’s deep friendship takes center stage, Ellie’s intelligence, insight, and lingering grief over her father will keep readers turning the pages. Appealing characters match the meticulous plotting. Burke reinforces her place in the top rank of suspense writers. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Five Tuesdays in Winter: Stories by Lily King

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

Five Tuesdays In Winter

National Book Critics Circle award winner King (Euphoria) delivers a rich and varied collection filled with characters whose lives are transformed by old and new acquaintances, addiction, and the written word. In the opener, “Creature,” teenage narrator Carol finds summer employment as a nanny while she reads Jane Eyre, a novel that has strange and fascinating resonances for her. In “When in the Dordogne,” the narrator, a “martini baby, conceived after one too many in late July 1971,” struggles in the wake of his father’s failed suicide. “The Man at the Door,” the collection’s finest entry, finds a writer who’s also a mother experiencing the heaven of her avocation—“This morning, however, a sentence rose, a strange unexpected chain of words meeting the surface in one long gorgeous arc”—before being quickly brought back down to earth: “The baby bleated through the monitor. She’d only managed to get three sentences on the page.” These stories crackle and shine, and King is a master of the thumbnail portrait: she can create a fully realized life in a single paragraph and then alter it in breathtaking ways. This is a must for fans of the short story. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Heading Out To Wonderful: A Novel by Robert Goolrick

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

Heading Out To Wonderful

Goolrick’s tale of doomed love resonates like a folk ballad, with the language of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its people giving this novel its soul. Just after WWII, 39-year-old veteran Charlie Beale arrives in smalltown Brownsburg, Va., hoping for a brighter future. He offers his services to the local butcher, Will Haislett, and works his way into the good graces of Haislett’s family, especially five-year-old Sam. But even as Charlie finds acceptance, he remains apart in Brownsburg: he attends services in every church before finally finding redemption in an African-American Episcopal service; he buys up more land than he needs; and he makes a big mistake by falling for Sylvan Glass, the young wife of wealthy, old, vulgar Harrison Glass, who bought Sylvan at 17 “like a head of cattle.” Sylvan, an outsider like Charlie, dreams of Hollywood, while Charlie simply yearns for a place to call home. Goolrick (A Reliable Wife) tells their story from multiple perspectives, most poignantly that of Sam’s, a boy trying to make sense of the unfolding tragedy. Like any good ballad, the narrative builds slowly to its violent climax, packs an emotional punch, and then haunts readers with its quintessentially American refrain. Publishers Weekly Review

Hotel Portofino by J. P. O’Connell

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Hotel Portofino

For fans of Downton Abbey and The Crown… welcome to Hotel Portofino, where romance, revelry, and intrigue await. A heady historical drama about a British family who opens an upper-class hotel on the magical Italian Riviera during the Roaring Twenties.

Hotel Portofino has been open for only a few weeks, but already the problems are mounting for its owner Bella Ainsworth. Her high-class guests are demanding and hard to please. And she’s being targeted by a scheming and corrupt local politician, who threatens to drag her into the red-hot cauldron of Mussolini’s Italy.

To make matters worse, her marriage is in trouble, and her children are still struggling to recover from the repercussions of the Great War. All eyes are on the arrival of a potential love match for her son Lucian, but events don’t go to plan, which will have far-reaching consequences for the whole family.

Set in the breathtakingly beautiful Italian Riviera, Hotel Portofino is a story of personal awakening at a time of global upheaval and of the liberating influence of Italy’s enchanting culture, climate, and cuisine on British “innocents abroad.”

I’d Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them by Jesse Goolsey

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

I'd Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them

The suggestive title contains this novel in miniature: a community of soldiers confronts harrowing choices on the battlefield and eventually faces loss, fragmentation, and meaninglessness in civilian life. In Afghanistan, in 2004, seasoned vet Armando Torres cites a Marine Corps slogan to newly arrived Wintric Ellis: “Be polite, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.” This paradox haunts the two of them as well as Big Dax, a soldier even more hardened than Torres. After establishing some of the boredom and horrors of war, the novel dips into the past. We see the logic of Wintric’s decision to enlist two weeks after high school graduation, for he’s come of age in a Northern California town that offers little that he values. The story then skips to Torres’ past in Colorado Springs, where we meet his smartass, cynical father, imprisoned for unintentionally killing a man after setting a forest fire, and his mother, soon to be horribly injured in a car crash. Big Dax, we learn, has grown up in Rutherford, New Jersey, and is overly influenced by his risk-taking, amoral friend, Alston. On their return from duty, they all find that, at home as in Afghanistan, nothing quite makes sense. Wintric marries his girlfriend, Kristen, who naively believes that “the war won’t live in him forever.” Torres returns to his family, where his wife anxiously asks him, “Did you kill anyone this time?” And Big Dax links up with a serious girlfriend, Nicholle, whom he marries; she carries the baggage of a pathologically disturbed and dangerous brother. By the end of the novel we realize the war has intimately shaped the men’s lives without giving them meaning. Like its major characters, a novel that is appropriately fragmented and without a center. Kirkus Review

Many Selves of Katherine North by Emma Geen

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Many Selves of Katherine North

In the not-so-distant future, 19-year-old Katherine North, known as Kit, works for a corporation that specializes in zoological research, ShenCorp. Kit’s work involves projecting her consciousness into different animals to better understand their behaviors. Kit is asked by ShenCorp to assist customers with their own jumps into various animals, which she does with the personal goal of helping people to understand animals. However, when she realizes that people are not changed by the experience, the new job creates an ethical dilemma for Kit, who truly loves and values animals. Kit is also rethinking her career, because she has started to notice anomalies during her jumps and feels herself acting uncharacteristically. Kit’s experiences as an animal are some of the best moments in the novel, because they allow Geen’s lyrical prose to truly shine. The varied terminology Geen creates to reinforce her world can be a barrier to comprehending all of the details, but this book is a great match for readers who were fans back in the day of the popular teen series Animorphs. – Booklist Review

The Pretender’s Lady by Alan Gold

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Pretender's Lady

From the author of The Lost Testament comes the true love of Bonnie Prince Charlie, her adventures in America, and her lasting legacy.

In the page-turning popular genre trail-blazed by Antonia Fraser and Phillippa Gregory, The Pretender’s Lady, Alan Gold’s meticulously researched novel, opens history’s pages on a peerless woman who helped change the course of history and whose legend lives on in Scotland today—Flora MacDonald.

She was the most famous Scotswoman of her day, having single-handedly saved Bonnie Prince Charlie. This is her fictionalized life story—her relations with the Prince, her flight to America, Ben Franklin’s influence, and her return to Britain to lobby for peace.

But what’s hidden from history, and revealed now for the first time in Gold’s dazzling fiction, is the result of Flora and Charlie’s love: a beautiful and talented boy raised on an American farm. Only she knows his true heritage and his claim to the world’s greatest throne. And only the genius of Ben Franklin understands how to use this naive boy to influence their young country.

The Replacement Life by Boris Fishman

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

A Replacement Life

The debut novel from Fishman shines with a love for language and craft. Minsk-born 25-year-old Slava Gelman has made it to the bottom of top-tier journalism. He’s junior staff at Century magazine, and he’s just been given a shot at a byline. But the death of his Holocaust-survivor grandmother throws self-involved Slava’s life out of focus. His grandfather—a quick-to-brag but resourceful man who “gets things”—pressures Slava into forging a restitution claim letter for Slava’s deceased grandmother, then spreads the news around his South Brooklyn neighborhood of Slava’s availability to write such fraudulent letters. Soon, Slava finds himself sharing secrets with strangers whose war stories, full of “the oddly specific details he had come to learn make a narrative feel authentic,” leave him feeling much closer to his grandmother. Fishman’s description of the precious information that grandparents pass down is beautiful; their memories have been a burden for Slava, whose grandfather’s meandering stories about Soviet life leave him “feeling like a failure because he was letting gold slip away in a fast-moving river,” but he learns their real value in the course of this forging scheme. Writers like Slava, and like Fishman, have a responsibility to do justice to the beauty in the details, and Fishman achieves that handily here. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Vein of Iron by Ellen Glasgow

 (Available Formats: Print Book)

Vein of Iron

Vein of Iron, by Ellen Glasgow, is published today. That it will go immediately into the best-seller lists is inevitable. And this popularity reflects credit not on Miss Glasgow as much as it does on the reading public. When a book as fine and as true and as thoughtful as Vein of Iron is given general acclaim—and I’d like to bet that it will be—it seems to me that literature is pretty safe here in America. I’m a little tired of authors “too good to be popular” and the idea that only shallow and tawdry books sell. Vein of Iron is rich in emotion and understanding, with a profound feeling for the fullness of life in the past and the present. And those who love Ellen Glasgow need not be told that her prose is beautiful—I’ve never known it as lovely as in Vein of Iron. The story is laid in the village of Ironside, in Shut In Valley, Virginia, and in the city of Queenborough. The most delightful as well as the most heartrending scenes are laid in Ironside. In this village the Fincastles have lived since they took the land from the Indians. They were simple people and just, with duty and religion more important than happiness, but with happiness found in small things. They were poor—had always been poor—but they still lived in “the manse,” and there was enough to eat… Vein of Iron Summary | Thyra Samter Winslow, “The First Reader, ” New York World-Telegram, 29 August 1935|

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

The Digital Catalog, is an online catalog containing eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, digital magazines and a handful of streaming videos. The catalog, which allows one to download content to a PC, also has a companion app, Libby, which you can download to your mobile device; so you can enjoy eBooks and downloadable audiobooks on the go!

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 January 30, 2022

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 Audiobook), 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 posts are published on Sundays.

January 16, 2022 Update! I’ve run out of week this week – so the next  New York Times Bestseller post will be published on Sunday, January 30, 2022.

FICTION

CALL US WHAT WE CARRY  by Amanda Gorman

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

A debut collection of poems on identity and history by the presidential inaugural poet who wrote “The Hill We Climb.”

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr

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

An interconnected cast of dreamers and outsiders are in dangerous and disparate settings past, present and future.

INVISIBLE by Danielle Steel

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Invisible

The daughter of a couple in a loveless marriage is discovered by a British filmmaker and thrust into the public eye.

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 JUDGE’S LIST by John Grisham

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

Judge's List

The second book in the Whistler series. Investigator Lacy Stoltz goes after a serial killer and closes in on a sitting judge.

THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave

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

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

THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles

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

Lincoln Highway

Two friends who escaped from a juvenile work farm take Emmett Watson on an unexpected journey to New York City in 1954.

LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood

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

Love Hypothesis

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

THE MAID by Nita Prose 

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Maid

When a wealthy man is found dead in his room, a maid at the Regency Grand Hotel becomes a lead suspect.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives one could have lived.

OLGA DIES DREAMING by Xochitl Gonzalez

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog; coming soon as a print book)

After a devastating hurricane hits Puerto Rico, Olga is visited in New York by her mother, who abandoned her as a child to advance a militant political cause

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

SOMETHING TO HIDE by Elizabeth George

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The 21st book in the Inspector Lynley series. Lynley pursues a killer who might be hiding in North London’s Nigerian community.

SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

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

Song of Achilles

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

THE STRANGER IN THE LIFEBOAT by Mitch Albom

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

After a ship explodes, 10 people struggling to survive pull a man who claims to be the Lord out of the sea

TO PARADISE by Hanya Yanagihara

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Difficult circumstances and societal pressures affect characters living in America in 1893, 1993 and 2093.

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Ugly Love

Tate Collins and Miles Archer, an airline pilot, think they can handle a no strings attached arrangement. But they can’t.

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

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

WISH YOU WERE HERE by Jodi Picoult

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

Diana O’Toole re-evaluates her seemingly perfect life when a pandemic disrupts her vacation in the Galápagos Islands.

NON-FICTION:

1619 PROJECT edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman and Jake Silverstein

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Viewing America’s entanglement with slavery and its legacy, in essays adapted and expanded from The New York Times Magazine.

ALL ABOUT LOVE by bell hooks

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

All About Love

The late feminist icon explores the causes of a polarized society and the meaning of love.

AMERICAN MARXISM by Mark R. Levin

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

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, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

How trauma affects the body and mind, and innovative treatments for recovery.

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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

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

CHASING HISTORY by Carl Bernstein

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

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist details his journey of self-education in the newsrooms of Washington, D.C.

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

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

Crying in H Mart

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.

GREAT RESET by Glenn Beck with Justin Haskins

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

The syndicated radio host portrays what he sees as a conspiracy to shift economic and social power.

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

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

Greenlights

The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

HOW CIVIL WARS START by Barbara F. Walter

(Available Formats: eBook & Print Book coming soon)

A political scientist looks at increasing civil wars around the globe and the potential for a second one in the United States.

LITTLE CLOSER TO HOME by Ginger Zee

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

The chief meteorologist for ABC News shares some of her childhood difficulties and ongoing struggles.

The REAL ANTHONY FAUCI by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

The anti-vaccine advocate gives his take on the chief medical advisor to the president.

THE STORYTELLER by Dave Grohl

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

The Storyteller

A memoir by the musician known for his work with Foo Fighters and Nirvana.

TASTE by Stanley Tucci

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

Taste

The award-winning actor reflects on his career, Italian-American heritage, meals and mishaps.

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

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

Untamed

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

UNTHINKABLE by Jamie Raskin

(Available Formats: Print Book coming soon)

The Maryland congressman describes leading the impeachment effort against the former president shortly after his son’s death by suicide and the insurrection at the Capitol.

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

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

What Happened To You

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

WILL by Will Smith with Mark Manson

(Available Formats: Print Book)

WIll

The actor, producer and musician tells his life story and lessons he learned along the way.

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 January 21, 2022

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, January 28, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

As You Said by Cream (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

From The Album: Wheels of Fire (1968)

Down The Road a Piece by The Rolling Stones (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

From The Album: Rolling Stones, Now! (1965)

False Company by Garcia Peoples (Genre: Rock, Jam Rock)

From The Album: Dodging Due (2022)

Love Special Delivery by Los Lobos (Genre: Rock, Traditional Rock)

From The Album: Native Sons (2021)

More Today Than Yesterday by Charles Earland (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Black Talk! (1969)

Raised On Robbery by Join Mitchell (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Pop-Rock)

From The Album: Court And Spark (1974)

Robber by The Weather Station (Genre: Jazz, Pop-Rock)

From The Album: Ignorance (2020)

Thanks For Saving My Life by Billy Paul (Genre: Vocal, R&B)

From The Album: War of The Gods (1973)

Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anyone Seen My Love) (Empire Burlesque Alternate Mix by Bob Dylan (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Rock)

From The Album: Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16 / 1980-1985 (2021)

Under The Falling Sky by Bonnie Raitt (Genre: Blues, Rock)

From The Album: Give It Up (1972)

And as a bonus, two more jam songs!

Spoonful by Cream also from their album Wheels of Fire (1968)

&

The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys by Traffic

This song is the title track from their 1971 LP (Note: the song starts softly and builds – so adjust your volume accordingly)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Strictly A One-Eyed Jack (2022) by John Mellencamp (Genre: Rock, Singers-Songwriter)

And from the album the song

Wasted Days with Bruce Springsteen

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.

New York Times Bestsellers January 23, 2022

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 Audiobook), 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 posts are published on Sundays.

January 16, 2022 Update! I’ve run out of week this week – so the next  New York Times Bestseller post will be published on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

FICTION

CALL US WHAT WE CARRY  by Amanda Gorman

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

A debut collection of poems on identity and history by the presidential inaugural poet who wrote “The Hill We Climb.”

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr

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

An interconnected cast of dreamers and outsiders are in dangerous and disparate settings past, present and future.

GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE by Diana Gabaldon

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

The ninth book in the Outlander series. As the Revolutionary War moves closer to Fraser’s Ridge, Claire and Jamie reunite with their daughter and her family.

INVISIBLE by Danielle Steel

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Invisible

The daughter of a couple in a loveless marriage is discovered by a British filmmaker and thrust into the public eye.

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 JUDGE’S LIST by John Grisham

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

Judge's List

The second book in the Whistler series. Investigator Lacy Stoltz goes after a serial killer and closes in on a sitting judge.

THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave

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

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

THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles

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

Lincoln Highway

Two friends who escaped from a juvenile work farm take Emmett Watson on an unexpected journey to New York City in 1954.

LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood

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

Love Hypothesis

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

THE MAID by Nita Prose 

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Maid

When a wealthy man is found dead in his room, a maid at the Regency Grand Hotel becomes a lead suspect.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives one could have lived.

PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry

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

People We Meet On Vacation

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

RECKLESS GIRLS by Rachel Hawkins

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Reckless Girls

Six visitors who go to an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean encounter death and danger.

SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS by Jessamine Chan

(Available Formats: Downloadable audiobook)

The School For Good Mothers

After one moment of poor judgment, government officials will decide if Frida Liu will get to keep her child.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

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

Song of Achilles

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

STARLESS CROWN by James Rollins

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

The Starless Crown

A team of outcasts embark on a journey to find secrets that might bring about their salvation.

STAR WARS: THE FALLEN STAR by Claudia Gray

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Fallen Star

The third book in the High Republic series. Marchion Ro plans a new attack.

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Ugly Love

Tate Collins and Miles Archer, an airline pilot, think they can handle a no strings attached arrangement. But they can’t.

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

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

WISH YOU WERE HERE by Jodi Picoult

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

Diana O’Toole re-evaluates her seemingly perfect life when a pandemic disrupts her vacation in the Galápagos Islands.

NON-FICTION:

1619 PROJECT edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman and Jake Silverstein

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Viewing America’s entanglement with slavery and its legacy, in essays adapted and expanded from The New York Times Magazine.

ALL ABOUT LOVE by bell hooks

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

All About Love

The late feminist icon explores the causes of a polarized society and the meaning of love.

ALL ABOUT ME! by Mel Brooks

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

All About Me

The EGOT and Kennedy Center honoree shares stories about making comedy for the stage, film and television.

AMERICAN MARXISM by Mark R. Levin

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

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, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

How trauma affects the body and mind, and innovative treatments for recovery.

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

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

Crying in H Mart

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.

DAWN OF EVERYTHING by David Graeber and David Wengrow

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A reinvestigation of social evolution and suggestions for new ways of organizing society.

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

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

Greenlights

The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

THE LYRICS: 1956 TO THE PRESENT by Paul McCartney

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

The Lyrics

A two-volume celebration of 154 songs, with handwritten texts, paintings and photographs from the songwriter’s archives.

PERIL by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

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

Peril

The Washington Post journalists detail the dangers and challenges during the transition to the Biden presidency.

The REAL ANTHONY FAUCI by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

The anti-vaccine advocate gives his take on the chief medical advisor to the president.

THE STORYTELLER by Dave Grohl

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

The Storyteller

A memoir by the musician known for his work with Foo Fighters and Nirvana.

TASTE by Stanley Tucci

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

Taste

The award-winning actor reflects on his career, Italian-American heritage, meals and mishaps.

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

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

Untamed

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, eBook & downloadable audiobook)

What Happened To You

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

WILL by Will Smith with Mark Manson

(Available Formats: Print Book)

WIll

The actor, producer and musician tells his life story and lessons he learned along the way.

YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion

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

Year of Magical Thinking

Winner of the National Book Award in 2005. The late writer recounts her daughter’s illness and husband’s death.

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.

Library Connections, A Readers’, Listeners’ & Viewers’ Advisory Videocast January 14, 2022

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, January 25, 2022.

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

Have a great week!
Linda Reimer, SSCL

Suggested Reading January 18, 2022

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, January 25, 2022.

Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels

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

Aimme Come Home

It begins as a lark — a harmless diversion initiated by Washington, D.C., hostess Ruth Bennett as a means of entertaining her visiting niece, Sara. But the séance conducted in Ruth’s elegant Georgetown home calls something back; something unwelcome … and palpably evil. Suddenly Sara is speaking in a voice not her own, transformed into a miserable, whimpering creature so unlike her normal, sensible self. No tricks or talismans will dispel the malevolence that now plagues the inhabitants of this haunted place — until a dark history of treachery, lust, and violence is exposed. But the cost might well be the sanity and the lives of the living.

The Beach by Alex Garland

(Available Formats: Print & eBook)

The Beach

The irresistible novel that was adapted into a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Khao San Road, Bangkok — first stop for the hordes of rootless young Westerners traveling in Southeast Asia. On Richard’s first night there, in a low-budget guest house, a fellow traveler slashes his wrists, bequeathing to Richard a meticulously drawn map to “the Beach.”

The Beach, as Richard has come to learn, is the subject of a legend among young travelers in Asia: a lagoon hidden from the sea, with white sand and coral gardens, freshwater falls surrounded by jungle, plants untouched for a thousand years. There, it is rumored, a carefully selected international few have settled in a communal Eden.

Haunted by the figure of Mr. Duck — the name by which the Thai police have identified the dead man — and his own obsession with Vietnam movies, Richard sets off with a young French couple to an island hidden away in an archipelago forbidden to tourists. They discover the Beach, and it is as beautiful and idyllic as it is reputed to be. Yet over time it becomes clear that Beach culture, as Richard calls it, has troubling, even deadly, undercurrents.

Spellbinding and hallucinogenic, The Beach by Alex Garland — both a national bestseller and his debut — is a highly accomplished and suspenseful novel that fixates on a generation in their twenties, who, burdened with the legacy of the preceding generation and saturated by popular culture, long for an unruined landscape, but find it difficult to experience the world firsthand.

Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom by Carl Bernstein

(Available Formats: eBook, downloadable audiobook & print book coming soon!)

Chasing History

Pulitzer Prize winner Bernstein (All the President’s Men) looks back at his early days as a reporter, before his Watergate reporting made him a household name, in this entertaining memoir. With wry humor, he describes his apprenticeship “in the newspaper trade from ages sixteen to twenty-one.” Though his poor grades and record as a juvenile delinquent made it seem that “the odds were against my ever amounting to much,” Bernstein recounts how in 1960, with the help of his father, he got an interview at the now defunct Washington Star. Thanks to his persistence and charisma, Bernstein secured a job there as a copyboy and moved rapidly up the ranks. He amusingly recounts going from covering local stories to reporting on major political events—such as the fledgling Kennedy administration—all while juggling the mundanities of high school: “Now that I had covered the inauguration of the president of the United States,” he recalls, “Mr. Adelman’s chemistry class interested me even less.” Just as enthralling are his quaint recollections of growing up in D.C., at a time when being raised there felt “akin to living in a small town that also happened to be the capital of the United States.” Admirers of this remarkable journalist will find much to love in this charming account. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

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

The Comfort Book

Haig calls them life rafts, thoughts he’s recorded that have helped keep him afloat. The best-selling author of Notes on a Nervous Planet (2019) and The Midnight Library (2020) offers earnest reflections in this thought-provoking, affirming collection that is both personal and universal. Haig shares his struggles with mental health and what he’s learned about the beauty it’s possible to perceive even on the darkest days. He describes how his life-threatening depression seemed to define him, and what it took to recover from a massive breakdown. He shares insights from others who faced epic challenges, such as the 17-year-old survivor of a commercial flight that crash-landed in the Amazon rain forest. Haig bounces from topics like food and social media to philosophy and quantum physics with grace, and finds lessons in the lives of historical figures like Beethoven, Marcus Aurelius, and Nellie Bly. His work is filled to the brim with the power of self-acceptance, connection, and the knowledge that troubles will pass. With Haig’s trademark empathy and celebration of the resilience of the human heart, this is a book we all need and deserve. Booklist Review

Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo by Boris Fishman

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

Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo

The title of Fishman’s second book (after The Replacement Life, 2014) is the only demand the birth mother makes when she delivers Maya and Alex Rubin’s adoptive son. Eight years later, Max Rubin communes with deer in their suburban New Jersey backyard, then runs away from home to float face-down in streams. Determined that the answers to Max’s odd behavior lie in Montana, where he was born, Maya begs Alex to drive them the thousands of miles, even as winter approaches. Overall, this is Maya’s story. She and Alex are both immigrants from the former Soviet Union, but Alex, who came to the U.S. as a child with his parents, who set up the food-distribution center where he now works, does not struggle the way Maya who came as a college student and stayed once she fell in love does. At times, the narrative is slow and uncommunicative, it is a reflection of Maya’s journey, and it does pick up in the end. Readers will be left thinking about belonging and family, and how varied the experience is for those born elsewhere. -Booklist Review

The Fitzgerald Reader by F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Arthur Mizener

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Fitzgerald Reader

A selection of his finest work, edited and with an introduction by Arthur Mizener
The Fitzgerald Readers offers a top notch dive in to the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald in chronological order. Works include The Great Gatsby, The Rich Boy, Tender Is the Night, Handle With Care and The Last Tycoon.

Joan Is Okay: A Novel by Wang Weike

(Available Formats: eBook)

Joan is Okay

Wang’s profound latest (after Chemistry) portrays two generations of a grieving Asian American family. Joan, a 36-year-old self-possessed physician, works long hours at her Manhattan hospital’s ICU and lives alone in a sparsely decorated apartment despite the insistence of her well-to-do brother, Fang, that she move to Connecticut to be closer to him and his family. But when their father, who has lived in Shanghai with their mother ever since Joan went to college, dies after a stroke, Joan begins to feel unmoored. Their mother then returns to the U.S. after 18 years, only to be stranded in Connecticut due to the pandemic travel bans. Because of language barriers, her old age, and lack of a driver’s license, she depends on her children to get around and to communicate. Wang offers candid explorations of family dynamics (“berating is love, and here I was at thirty-six, still being loved,” Joan reflects after Fang shames her for not going with him and their mother on a fancy Colorado skiing trip), and Joan’s empathy for her ailing patients, as well as her disapproving brother and sister in law, are consistently refreshing. It adds up to a tender and enduring portrayal of the difficulties of forging one’s own path after spending a life between cultures. -Publishers Weekly Review

In Search of Lucy by Lia Fairchild

(Available Format: Print Book)

In Search of Lucy

Lucy Lang’s life is spiraling out of control. For years she sacrificed her own needs to care for her half sister and alcoholic mother, only to be abandoned by both. Now, at age 30, Lucy finds herself held back by memories and regret as she struggles to find her own purpose in life. But when her sister needs a kidney transplant, Lucy is the only one who can save her life.

With the help of new friends and a man who won’t give up on her, Lucy sets out on a journey to reunite with her sister and find the answers she so desperately needs. Can she get past her emotions and have a chance at happiness? With its colorful and endearing cast of characters, In Search of Lucy takes readers on a rollercoaster of emotions from sadness and heartache to happiness and hope.

The Last Klick by Robert Flynn

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Last Klick

Sherrill O’Connell is a college professor and the author of two novels about the effects of life’s tragic vicissitudes on common men. As his books go misunderstood and unread, tragedy strikes home with the death of his young daughter. Finding no comfort in his wife or his work, he gets a job as a reporter in Vietnam for a right-wing men’s magazine. His sense of failure continues when the magazine finds his stories too intellectual and liberal for its readers. In the midst of a fierce firefight, a desperate act makes him the news rather than the reporter and changes his perception of himself, his work, and his country. Flynn has written a provocative book that addresses a number of complex subjects–death, war, media manipulation, and the concept of celebrity. But it is the struggle to discover and preserve his true character that makes O’Connell someone we truly care about. Highly recommended. – Library Journal Review

The Siren of Sussex  by Mimi Matthews,

(Available Formats: eBook, downloadable audiobook and coming soon as a Print Book)

Siren of Sussex

Evelyn Maltravers needs to secure her family’s future in the wake of her disgraced sister’s disastrous season. To stir up matrimonial interest, she intends to commission a beautifully tailored riding outfit. Ahmad Malik sees great possibilities in designing for Evelyn. Orphaned as an infant, apprenticed to a tailor, and at 15 sent to England where he worked as a bully boy in a brothel, he is now a gorgeous, raven-haired tailor and designer with an innovative and elegant sense of style and on the verge of owning his own business. As for Evelyn, soon after the death of Prince Albert she is swept into the world of spiritualism by a sponsor who believes she attracts spirits. Despite feeling an intense mutual attraction, Evelyn and Ahmad are focused on their goals and, of course, in this era, a romance between a woman of the gentry and a mixed-race tradesman is inconceivable. Matthews brings the Victorian era to vivid life with meticulously researched details and an impossible romance made believable and memorable. Recommend Matthews to fans of Vanessa Riley’s Rogues and Remarkable Women series (A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby, 2020; An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler, 2021) which also deals with societal issues tied to race.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

The Digital Catalog, is an online catalog containing eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, digital magazines and a handful of streaming videos. The catalog, which allows one to download content to a PC, also has a companion app, Libby, which you can download to your mobile device; so you can enjoy eBooks and downloadable audiobooks on the go!

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.

Suggested Listening January 14, 2022

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, January 21, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

A.M. Radio by The Lumineers (Genre: Folk, Americana)

From The Album: Brightside (2022)

Church Street Blues by Punch Brothers (Genre: Bluegrass, Folk)

From The Album: Hell On Church Street (2022)

Dream On by Ben Rector (Pop)

From The Album: The Joy of Music (2022)

Fantaisie triomphale by the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Rumon Gamba withe Ian Tracy on organ (Genre: Classical, Orchestral)

From The Album: Fantaisie Triomphale (2022)

For Scott Kelly, Returned to Earth by Mary Lattimore (Genre: Harp)

From The Album: Collected Pieces II (2021)

I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony) by The Hillside Singers (Genre: Folk, Pop)

From the Album I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (1971)

Shenandoah by Geoff Castellucci (Genre: Folk, Modern Folk)

From the Album Shenandoah (2022)

Souled Out on You by Robert Finley (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Sharecropper’s Son (2021)

Twitchy by Rene Hall And His Orchestra with Willie Joe on guitar (Genre: Swing Rock)

Twitchy was recorded in 1957.

From The Album: Golden Selection (2021)

When I Was a Girl in Colorado by Judy Collins (Genre: Folk, Vocal)

From the Album Spellbound (2022)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Sharecropper’s Son by Robert Finley (Genre: Blues)

Sharecropper's Son

And from the album the song

Sharecropper’s Son

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.