Library Connections, A Readers’, Listeners’ & Viewers’ Advisory Videocast March 25, 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, April 5, 2022.

Library Connections videos may also be accessed via the Southeast Steuben County Library’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SESTEUBENCOLIBRARY

Have a great week!
Linda Reimer, SSCL

Suggested Reading March 29, 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, April 5, 2022.

The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe by Matthew Gabriele & David M. Perry

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Bright Ages

Historians Gabriele (An Empire of Memory) and Perry (Sacred Plunder) argue in this accessible revisionist history that the so-called Dark Ages was actually a period of innovation that helped pave the way for the Renaissance and Enlightenment. Highlighting architectural, artistic, literary, and theological breakthroughs, the authors analyze Dante’s Divine Comedy and shed light on the creation of Empress Galla Placida’s mausoleum in Italy, the church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (now Istanbul), and the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, among other achievements. Occasional references to 21st-century pop culture, including the musical Hamilton, keep the tone light as Gabriele and Perry chronicle the devastating toll plagues took on the Middle Ages; analyze Emperor Charlemagne’s uniting of Roman, Christian, and Israelite traditions; and counter the misconceptions about the Crusades that have been propagated by modern-day white supremacists and Islamic fundamentalists. Though the authors somewhat understate the brutality and religious persecution of the era, they add nuance and complexity to popular conceptions of the Dark Ages and make clear that beauty and achievement existed among the horrors. This is a worthy introduction to an oft-misunderstood period in world history. – Publishers Weekly Review

Caul Baby: A Novel by Morgan Jenkins

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

Caul Baby

The Melacons are a three-generation family of women living in a brownstone in gentrifying Harlem. They are beautiful, wealthy, and famously known for their caul, an invisible layer of skin that gives them the power to heal others. Laila, newly pregnant after suffering multiple miscarriages, visits the Melacons for help to ensure she has a successful pregnancy. After a series of unexpected events, Laila’s niece, Hallow, is born with caul and raised by the Melacons. As she matures, Hallow struggles with her moral compass, wondering whether she should continue the Melacon tradition of selling their caul only to wealthy white families, or use it to help their fellow native Harlemites. Jerkins’ debut novel is a multilayered reflection of contemporary dilemmas with a touch of magic realism. With themes such as motherhood, acceptance, and a duty to be of service, the novel is well paced, with alluring anticipation. The writing is sharp with an empathetic undertone, encouraging readers to understand characters’ choices even if they don’t agree. Readers are taken through a spectrum of emotions with a satisfying payoff. On the heels of her excellent memoir Wandering in Strange Lands (2020), Jerkins solidifies herself as one of our guiding literary lights, no matter the genre. Booklist Review

The Children Return by Martin Walker

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

Children Return

French police face down jihadis in Dordogne. Ever since his retirement from maintaining world order as a U.N. peacekeeper in Sarajevo, Benoit “Bruno” Courreges has served as chief of police in the sleepy rural village where he divides his time between solving routine crimes and making soup from the zucchini, peppers and cucumbers he grows in his garden. But the mutilated corpse found outside St. Denis shocks even a seasoned soldier like Bruno (The Crowded Grave, 2012, etc.). And the murder of Rafiq, an undercover cop, is only the tip of the iceberg. The terrorists who killed him were looking for information that would lead them to Sami Belloumi, an autistic savant who disappeared from a school for special needs students in Toulouse. Sami’s on his way back from Afghanistan, where Taliban forces have been capitalizing on his preternatural mechanical skills. But his emaciated frame and the scars on his back suggest that his work building improvised explosive devices may not have been voluntary. With the French, British and American press howling for Sami’s hide, Bruno wants to shield the gentle, confused youth and thinks he may have an ally in Pascal Deutz, the psychiatrist sent to debrief him. The U.S. State Department sends its own debriefer: Nancy Sutton, who both charms and terrifies Bruno. Into this heady mix comes Maya Halevy, a rich Israeli widow looking for the Perigord farm that sheltered her and her brother, David, during the war, for a recipe as volatile as Bruno’s pot-au-feu. Former journalist Walker’s seventh Bruno entry is as prescient as it is terrifying. – Kirkus Review

The Employees: A Workplace Novel of the 22nd Century by Olga Ravn & Martin Aitken

(Available Format: Print Book)

The Employees

The crew of a spaceship far from Earth struggle with conflicting emotions in this slippery and deeply resonant International Booker shortlisted novel from Ravn (Celestine). The inhabitants of the Six Thousand Ship, some human and others humanoid robots, become oddly attached to a collection of perplexing alien objects found on the planet New Discovery. In a series of disconnected, one-sided internal reports to an unnamed authority, the mostly unnamed crew members relay their intense, confused reactions to the objects. Humans express a longing for Earth—one employee’s job is to “make sure the human section of the crew don’t buckle under to nostalgia and become catatonic”—sometimes alleviated by being near the objects, while humanoids begin showing emotions well beyond their programming. (One, worrying about being the best employee, would “like to request some material concerning which actions require forgiveness.”) When the humanoids’ behavior takes a troubling turn, the company intervenes in a shocking manner. While initially disorienting, the fragmented style builds into an achingly beautiful mosaic of fragile characters managing their longing, pain, and alienation. This gorgeous, evocative novel is well worth the effort. – Publishers Weekly Review

Farewell, My Orange by Iwaki Kei

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

Farewell My Orange

Kei’s intense and impressive debut is the story of two women who bond in their adopted country of Australia, discovering the power of language, friendship, and family. Anchoring the narrative is the heartbreaking struggle of Nigerian refugee Salimah, who is abandoned in a small town by her husband and, unable to speak English, enrolls in a language class and finds a job as a meat packager at a supermarket. In alternating chapters, Japanese-born Echidna, who also attends the English class, writes letters to a favorite teacher, unveiling her disappointment as a writer, new mom, and wife of an often absent husband. The women help one another through their darkest moment: the loss of a child. “When I came here, I learned to do things I couldn’t do before… Even though I’m alone, I’m happy,” Salimah reveals in a presentation that Echidna has helped her with. And Salimah is the mentor for Echidna who, after her baby’s death, takes a job alongside Salimah. “I’ve had enough, of university, of study, maybe even of my family,” she laments. “The only thing that I can hang onto in this country now is money.” Kei adroitly intertwines these remarkable characters’ dreams and determination, making for an immigrant tale that readers won’t forget. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Fight: How Gen Z Is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America by John Della Volpe & David Hogg

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Fight How Gen Z Is Channeling

Early on in this sociopolitical profile of Zoomers, aka Generation Z, individuals born since the mid-1990s, Della Volpe, the director of polling at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, reminds readers that unlike clubs or political parties, no one gets to choose their generation. Della Volpe cites studies that show these young adults, whose shared circumstances define their realities, anticipate bleak futures mired in gun violence, a dying environment, overt racism, and crippling debt. Della Volpe also expresses his certainty that this generation will bring change. He revisits pivotal events (the Parkland School shooting, George Floyd’s murder) and analyzes how Gen-Z actions affected social activism and reform movements. His main argument is that Zoomers (and to a large extent Millennials, unlike previous generations) are influenced by and committed to personal engagement. He holds up the 2020 presidential election results as further proof, maintaining that Joe Biden’s message about hearing the voices of young voters was key to his victory. Scrupulously documented, Della Volpe’s assertions will seem controversial to some, but only the future will tell. – Booklist Review

The Great War and the Birth of Modern Medicine by Thomas Helling

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

The Great War And The Birth of Modern Medicine

A startling narrative revealing the impressive medical and surgical advances that quickly developed as solutions to the horrors unleashed by World War I.

The Great War of 1914-1918 burst on the European scene with a brutality to mankind not yet witnessed by the civilized world. Modern warfare was no longer the stuff of chivalry and honor; it was a mutilative, deadly, and humbling exercise to wipe out the very presence of humanity. Suddenly, thousands upon thousands of maimed, beaten, and bleeding men surged into aid stations and hospitals with injuries unimaginable in their scope and destruction. Doctors scrambled to find some way to salvage not only life but limb.

The Great War and the Birth of Modern Medicine provides a startling and graphic account of the efforts of teams of doctors and researchers to quickly develop medical and surgical solutions. Those problems of gas gangrene, hemorrhagic shock, gas poisoning, brain trauma, facial disfigurement, broken bones, and broken spirits flooded hospital beds, stressing caregivers and prompting medical innovations that would last far beyond the Armistice of 1918 and would eventually provide the backbone of modern medical therapy.

Thomas Helling’s description of events that shaped refinements of medical care is a riveting account of the ingenuity and resourcefulness of men and women to deter the total destruction of the human body and human mind. His tales of surgical daring, industrial collaboration, scientific discovery, and utter compassion provide an understanding of the horror that laid a foundation for the medical wonders of today. The marvels of resuscitation, blood transfusion, brain surgery, X-rays, and bone setting all had their beginnings on the battlefields of France. The influenza contagion in 1918 was an ominous forerunner of the frightening pandemic of 2020-2021.

For anyone curious about the true terrors of war and the miracles of modern medicine, this is a must read.

A Singing Army: Zilphia Horton and the Highlander Folk School by Kim Ruehl

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A Singing Army

Zilphia Horton was a pioneer of cultural organizing, an activist and musician who taught people how to use the arts as a tool for social change, and a catalyst for anthems of empowerment such as “We Shall Overcome” and “We Shall Not Be Moved.” Her contributions to the Highlander Folk School, a pivotal center of the labor and civil rights movements in the mid-twentieth century, and her work creating the songbook of the labor movement influenced countless figures, from Woody Guthrie to Eleanor Roosevelt to Rosa Parks. Despite her outsized impact, Horton’s story has seldom been told. A Singing Army introduces this overlooked figure to the world. Drawing on extensive archival, oral history research, and numerous interviews with Horton’s family and friends, Kim Ruehl chronicles her life from childhood in Arkansas coal country, through her formative travels and friendship with radical Presbyterian minister Claude C. Williams, and into her instrumental work in desegregation and fostering the music of the civil rights era. Revealing these experiences–as well as her unconventional marriage and controversial death by poisoning–A Singing Army tells the story of an all-but-forgotten woman who inspired thousands of working-class people to stand up and sing for freedom and equality. – From The Publisher

A Sunlit Weapon by Jacqueline Winspear

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

A Sunlit Weapon

There’s a lot going on in the seventeenth Maisie Dobbs mystery starring the intrepid investigator. In summer 1942, Air Transport Authority ferry pilots, many of them women, are being shot at by a pistol-wielding assailant in Kent, England; a Black American soldier, found by one of the ferry pilots bound and seriously injured, is being held in the disappearance of another soldier; Eleanor Roosevelt, in England to observe Blitz-torn conditions in the UK, may be in danger; and Maisie’s adopted daughter, of Maltese descent, is being bullied at her new school. Along with husband Mark, an American political attaché, Maisie lands in the middle of all these plot strains. Winspear manages the multifarious narratives with aplomb, excelling both in her portraits of the female ferry pilots, whose courage and daring in flying the sleek, speedy Spitfires (“”an aeroplane surely made for a woman, lifting her high into the sunlit skies””) and in dramatizing the bond Maisie feels for the Black American soldiers, victims of racism, who share with the British women the strength to “”remain standing tall when the world was bearing down. –Booklist Review

Welcome to the School by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Welcome To The School by the Sea

The first book of Jenny Colgan’s delightful new four-part series, set at a charming English boarding school on the sea.

Maggie went to the window and opened it wide, inhaling the lovely salt air off the sea. Why had she never lived by the sea before? Why had she always looked out on housing estates and not the little white hulls of trawlers bobbing off in the distance?

It’s gloriously sunny in Cornwall as the school year starts at the little boarding school by the sea. Maggie, the newest teacher at Downey House, is determined to make her mark. She’s delighted by her new teaching job, but will it come at the expense of her relationship with her safe, dependable boyfriend Stan?

Simone is excited and nervous: she’s won a scholarship to the prestigious boarding school and wants to make her parents proud. Forced to share a room with the glossy, posh girls of Downey House, she needs to find a friend, fast.

Fliss is furious. She’s never wanted to go to boarding school and hates being sent away from her home. As Simone tries desperately to fit in, Fliss tries desperately to get out.

Over the course of one year, friendships will bloom and lives will be changed forever. Life at the Little School by the Sea is never dull…

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 April 3, 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 list will be published to this blog on Sunday, April 3, 2022.

FICTION

THE ATLAS SIX by Olivie Blake

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

Atlas Six

Atlas Blakely recruits six candidates to fight for five spots in a secret society of magical academicians.

THE BOOK OF COLD CASES by Simone St. James

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Book of Cold Cases

In 2017, a true crime blogger encounters a woman who was suspected of two murders in 1977.

THE CLUB by Ellery Lloyd

(Available Formats: Downloadable audiobook, Print Book coming soon!)

The Club

Off the English coast, the body count rises at a celebrity members’ club.

GIVE UNTO OTHERS by Donna Leon

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Give Unto Others

The 31st book in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series. A favor for a family friend leads to an investigation of a venerable Italian institution.

HIGH STAKES by Danielle Steel

(Available Format: Print Book & CD audiobook)

High Stakes

A new assistant seeks to shake things up at a boutique literary and talent agency where damaging secrets have been kept hidden.

HOUSE OF SKY AND BREATH by Sarah J. Maas

(Available Formats: Print Book)

House of Sky and Breath

The second book in the Crescent City series. Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar must choose to fight or stay silent.

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.

KAIJU PRESERVATION SOCIETY by John Scalzi

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Kajiu Preservation

To break away from a Covid-19 stricken New York City, a food delivery driver takes a job to help save a group of endangered animals living on another planet.

THE LIGHTNING ROD by Brad Meltzer

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

The Lightning Rod

The second book in the Escape Artist series. Zig stumbles upon a hidden group that threatens America’s safety and security.

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 LOVE OF MY LIFE by Rosie Walsh

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Love of My Life

When a marine biologist suffers a serious illness, she must tell her husband about the

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 MATCH by Harlan Coben

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

The Match

The second book in the Wilde series. Questions surface when Wilde connects with family members who have been out of his life.

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 & downloadable audiobook)

November 9

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

ONE ITALIAN SUMMER by Rebecca Serle

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

One Italian Summer

During a summer trip in Italy, Katy’s late mother reappears as a 30-year-old woman.

THE PARIS APARTMENT by Lucy Foley

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

The Paris Apartment

Jess has suspicions about her half-brother’s neighbors when he goes missing.

RUN, ROSE, RUN by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD audiobook, eBook, downloadable audiobook & through Hoopla – Dolly Parton companion album also titled Run Rose Run.)

Run Rose Run

A singer-songwriter goes to Nashville seeking stardom but is followed by her dark past.

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.

SHADOWS REEL by C.J. Box

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

Shadows Reel

The 22nd book in the Joe Pickett series. A fishing guide’s murder, stolen falcons and a Nazi official’s photo album heighten the danger.

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.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

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

Where The Crawdads Sing

In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.

NON-FICTION:

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.

ALLOW ME TO RETORT by Elie Mystal

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

Allow Me To Retort

The Nation’s legal analyst and justice correspondent posits ways to protect the rights of women and people of color.

THE BETRAYAL OF ANNE FRANK by Rosemary Sullivan

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

Betrayal of Anne Frank

New technology was used to investigate who revealed the location of Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis.

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, eBook, downloadable audiobook, Hoopla instant checkout eBook & audiobook)

Braiding Sweetgrass

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.

EDUCATED by Tara Westover

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

Educated

The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.

THE ENDURANCE by Alfred Lansing

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Endurance

In 1914, the British explorer Ernest Shackleton and his crew set sail for Antarctica, but their ship became locked in an island of ice.

THE GATES OF EUROPE by Serhii Plokhy:

(Available Formats: Downloadable audiobook & Hoopla instant checkout audiobook)

Gates of Europe

The historian details Ukraine’s search for its identity and the turmoil over its sovereignty.

THE GREAT RESET by Glenn Beck with Justin Haskins

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Great Reset

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.

IN LOVE by Amy Bloom

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

In Love

After her husband’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, the author travels with him to Dignitas, a prominent Swiss right-to-die organization.

LESSONS FROM THE EDGE by Marie Yovanovitch

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

Lessons From The Edge

The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine chronicles her career in the post-Soviet world and her testimony during the first impeachment of President Trump.

ONE DAMN THING AFTER ANOTHER by William P. Barr

(Available Formats: Print Book)

One Damn Thing After Another

The former attorney general for George H.W. Bush and Donald Trump gives his account of those two tenures.

RED-HANDED by Peter Schweizer

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Red-Handed

The author of “Profiles in Corruption” portrays a conspiracy of how the Chinese government might infiltrate American institutions.

THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson

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

Splendid & The Vile

An examination of the leadership of the prime minister Winston Churchill.

THE STORYTELLER by David Grohl

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

The Storyteller

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

TASTE by Stanley Tucci

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

Taste

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

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

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

Untamed

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

WILL by Will Smith with Mark Manson

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

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 March 25, 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, April 1, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

My Funny Valentine by Michael Bublé (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)

From The Album: Higher (2022)

James Bond Theme (From Dr. No) by John Barry & His Orchestra (Genre: Instrumental, Soundtracks)

All Time High by Rita Coolidge (Genre: Vocal, Pop, Soundtrack)

From The Soundtrack: Octopussy (2003)

Beat Girl by The John Barry Orchestra (Genre: Instrumental, Soundtracks)

From The Album: Beat Girl (1960)

Goldfinger by Shirley Bassey (Genre: Vocal, Soundtracks)

From The Soundtrack: Goldfinger (1964)

Tiger Rag by The Original Dixieland Band (1917/1992) (Genre: Jazz, Ragtime)

From The Album: The Original Dixieland Band The 75th Anniversary (1992)

I Got Rhythm by Ella Fitzgerald (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)

From The Album: Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Song Book (1959)

Trav’lin Light by Billie Holiday (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)

From The Album: Lady Sings The Blues (1956)

Another Night To Cry by Lonnie Johnson (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Another Night To Cry (1962)

The Lover’s Waltz by Jay Unger & Molly Mason (Genre: Folk)

Listeners’ Note: Jay & Molly put on a from-home concert each Wednesday night on Facebook. They have since 2000 – they are excellent – the concerts are from the Quiet Room; and you can find the concerts Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. (EST) by simply going to the Jay Unger and Molly Mason page on Facebook – great music!

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Big Band Bash by Billy May & His Orchestra (Genre: Big Band)

Big Band Bash

And from the album the song

You’re Driving Me Crazy

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 March 22, 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, March 29, 2022.

The Cartographers: A Novel by Peng Shepherd

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

The Cartographers

Following her eerie and suspenseful debut, The Book of M, Shepherd returns with another literary mind twister. Nell Young’s great, fiery passion is cartography, so she is devastated when her father, a legendary cartographer, fires her and seeks to undermine her reputation–all because of an argument over a much-folded, much-faded gas station highway map. When he’s found dead in his office–at the New York Public Library, no less–she discovers the map in a desk drawer and sets out to uncover the secrets surrounding this particular artifact and her own family. Library Journal Review

East of the Mountains by David Guterson

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

East of the Mountains
It is mid-October, 1997, harvest time in the Columbia Basin of central Washington state, a rich apple- and pear-growing region. Ben Givens, recently widowed, is a retired heart surgeon, once admired for his steadiness of hand, his precision, his endurance. He has terminal colon cancer. While Ben does not readily accept defeat, he is determined to avoid suffering rather than engage it. And so, accompanied by his two hunting dogs, he sets out through the mythic American West-sage deserts, yawning canyons, dusty ranches, vast orchards-on his last hunt. The main issues for Ben as a doctor had been tactical and so it would be with his death. But he hadn’t considered the persuasiveness of memory-the promise he made to his wife Rachel, the love of his life, during World War II. Or life’s mystery. On his journey he meets a young couple who are “forever,” a drifter offering left-handed advice that might lessen the pain, a veterinarian with a touch only a heart surgeon would recognize, a rancher bent on destruction, a migrant worker who tests Ben’s ability to understand. And just when he thinks there is no turning back, nothing to lose that wasn’t lost, his power of intervention is called upon and his very identity tested. Full of humanity, passion, and moral honesty, East of the Mountains is a bold and beautiful novel of personal discovery.

The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys

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

Evening Chorus

Captured as a prisoner of war after he is shot down during his very first mission, James Hunter copes with Nazi captivity by studying a family of birds nesting just beyond the camp’s confines. His devotion to their daily habits draws the attention of the kommandant, who bewilders James with uncharacteristic acts of kindness. Yet as James immerses himself in the welfare of the fledgling birds, his newlywed wife, Rose, struggles with their separation, which may be too much for their young marriage to successfully weather. In the midst of her loneliness and confusion arrives Enid, James’ sister, fleeing war-damaged London and carrying burdens beyond the loss of her home and job. Like birdsthrown off course by severe storms, James, Rose, and Enid all emerge from the war in places far different from where they started. Inspired by the resiliency of the natural world, Humphreys (Coventry, 2009) creates a narrative arc that is compact and sinewy, yet from her spare prose and refined imagery springs an arresting novel of regret, contrition, and redemption that glimmers with transcendent moments of hope and valor. An ingeniously elegant and instinctively restrained tale about the durability of the human spirit. Starred Booklist Review

Familiar Things by Hwang Sok-Yong

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Familiar Things

Seoul. On the outskirts of South Korea’s glittering metropolis is a place few people know about: a vast landfill site called Flower Island. Home to those driven from the city by poverty, is it here that 14-year-old Bugeye and his mother arrive, following his father’s internment in a government ‘re-education camp’.

Living in a shack and supporting himself by weeding recyclables out of the refuse, at first Bugeye’s life on Flower Island is hard. But then one night he notices mysterious lights around the landfill. And when the ancient spirits that still inhabit the island’s landscape reveal themselves to him, Bugeye’s luck begins to change – but can it last?

Vibrant and enchanting, Familiar Things depicts a society on the edge of dizzying economic and social change, and is a haunting reminder to us all to be careful of what we throw away.

Free the Press: The Death of American Journalism and How to Revive It by Brain J. Karem

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Free The Press

Karem, the senior White House correspondent for Playboy, blends memoir, history, and call to action in this impassioned look at how government manipulation and economic pressures have led to the decline of U.S. journalism over the past few decades. He notes that most of the newspapers and television stations where he worked over the past 37 years have been closed or dramatically altered, and details steps government officials have taken since the Vietnam War to make it more difficult for reporters to obtain public information. He also criticizes the 1987 elimination of the fairness doctrine that required holders of broadcast licenses to present controversial matters of public interest in a manner that was “honest, equitable, and balanced,” the 1996 Telecommunications Act that set off a wave of corporate mergers and takeovers, and the Obama administration’s aggressive use of the Espionage Act to prosecute whistleblowers who leak to journalists. Karem also notes that politicians including Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump have scored points with their supporters by attacking the “media elite,” and calls on lawmakers to enforce antitrust laws to “break up media monopolies.” Enlivened by Karem’s vivid memories of the “good old days,” this is a trenchant study of what ails the American press.

The Lammas Wild by Alys Clare

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla instant checkout)

The Lammas Wild

In the latest installment of Clare’s Aelf Fen series, set in England in the twelfth century, gifted healer and visionary Lassair returns after six years spent further developing her powers in northern Spain. But as her ship enters the English port, she has a frightening vision of looming danger for her home country. She’s heard troubling rumors about the King and fears a crisis will soon come to a head. She’s also uneasy because her arch-enemy, Errita, has followed her back to England; Errita hates Lassair, who was favored by Errita’s mother and gifted with further powers, which Errita feels are rightfully hers. Despite her worries, Lassair is happy to see her old mentor, Gurdyman, and hopes to renew her romance with lawman Jack Chevestrier. Before either of those things happens, however, three brutal murders take place, and Errita seems increasingly determined to add Lassair to the list of victims. Like her previous books, this installment is driven by Clare’s vivid descriptions of life in medieval England and by a heroine who is as charismatic as she is clever. Booklist Review

Readers’ Note: If you’d like to start reading the series from the beginning, check out book 1 Out of the Dawn Light.

The Molten City by Chris Nickson

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Molten City

Set in 1908, Nickson’s superior eighth mystery featuring Supt. Tom Harper (after 2019’s The Leaden Heart) finds Harper preparing to provide protection for Prime Minister Herbert Asquith on his forthcoming visit to Leeds—and dealing with a cold case. Harper receives an anonymous letter from a dying woman who states that an affluent family paid a man, now dead, to steal a two-year-old boy in 1893. Though Harper, then a detective inspector, was in charge of the area where the boy vanished, shockingly, he’d never heard of the matter before. Harper gets a possible explanation for the case’s mishandling when he learns that the police constable who took the initial report was Adam Taylor. He himself had sacked Taylor for corruption in 1898. The discovery of Taylor’s stabbed body raises the stakes, as does the threat of protests by working-class men and suffragists during Asquith’s visit. Even minor characters are fully fleshed out in this trip down the mean streets of early 20th-century Leeds. Nickson’s consistent high quality across multiple series continues to impress. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Readers’ note: If you’d like to start reading the series from the beginning, checkout book 1, Gods of Gold.


The New Girls by Beth Gutcheon

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The New Girls

The New Girls is a resonant, engrossing novel about five girls during their formative prep-school years in the tumultuous mid-sixties. Into their reality of first-class trips to Europe, resort vacations, and deb parties enter the Vietnam War, the women’s movement, and the sexual revolution. As the old traditions collide with the new society, the girls lose their innocence, develop a social conscience, and discover their sexuality — blossoming into women shaped by their turbulent times.

Redwood And Wildfire by Andrea Hairston

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Redwood & Wildfire

Hairston (Master of Poisons) conjures a powerful coming-of-age saga highlighting hoodoo magic and the power of storytelling and set in an alternate 1890s American South. Black teen Redwood Phipps’s magic might be even more potent than her mama’s, and her confidence, fiery spirit, and hoodooing habits may be too much for the folks of Peach Grove, Ga., Black or white. Irish Indigenous Aidan Wildfire Cooper honors his promise to keep an eye on her after her mother is killed by a racist mob. The pair strike up a fast friendship—Redwood can pull the pain out of Wildfire, bringing him back from his frequent alcoholic rages, and Wildfire understands her complex relationship to her heritage, as he must hide his own Seminole roots. They’re kindred spirits and together they can work powerful magic. But backwoods Georgia isn’t safe for them, and they set out in search of a place where they can “be,” taking a winding route to Chicago and performing as storytellers and conjurers to pay their way. Hairston captures an impressive depth of tenderness between her leads and makes a moving argument for the power of stories and songs in the face of bigotry. The novel unfurls slowly, allowing each character the space to come into their own fully. It’s a spectacular feat. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Tripping Arcadia: A Gothic Novel by Kit Mayquist

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Tripping Arcadia

Returning from Italy, medical-school dropout Lena arrives in Boston to find her family in financial crisis. Desperate to help, she takes a job as an assistant to Dr. Prosenko, private physician to the headline-grabbing Verdeau family. Warning signs appear quickly, beginning with Prosenko’s peculiar secrecy about just what’s wrong with their patient, Jonathan Verdeau, heir to the family fortune, and extending to why Lena has been told to attend various family functions. Those events, it turns out, are bacchanalian orgies designed to feed patriarch Martin Verdeau’s ego. Lena and Prosenko’s role is to revive waves of overdosed partygoers. Enraged at being co-opted to assist in Verdeau’s abuses, Lena vows to punish him. When her plan goes awry, however, she becomes involved in a plot far more twisted than her own. In this evocative depiction of a dangerously seductive world, awash in gothic overtones, Mayquist tweaks class tensions as he portrays Lena’s growing desperation for control. Will she be the Verdeau heir’s long-awaited rescuer or an unwitting participant in further degradation? – Booklist Review

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.

Library Connections, A Readers’, Listeners’ & Viewers’ Advisory Videocast March 18, 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, March 29, 2022.

Library Connections videos may also be accessed via the Southeast Steuben County Library’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SESTEUBENCOLIBRARY

Have a great week!
Linda Reimer, SSCL

New York Times Bestsellers March 27, 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 list will be published to this blog on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

FICTION

ABANDONED IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

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

Abandoned in Death

The 54th book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas investigates a homicide and the disappearance of other women who resemble that victim.

ATLAS SIX by Olivie Blake

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

Atlas Six

Atlas Blakely recruits six candidates to fight for five spots in a secret society of magical academicians.

THE CLUB by Ellery Lloyd

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

The Club

Off the English coast, the body count rises at a celebrity members’ club.

GOLDEN COUPLE by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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

Golden Couple

An infidelity forces Marissa and Matthew to seek help from an unlicensed therapist who uses unorthodox methods.

HIGH STAKES by Danielle Steel

(Available Format: Print Book & CD audiobook)

High Stakes

A new assistant seeks to shake things up at a boutique literary and talent agency where damaging secrets have been kept hidden.

HOUSE OF SKY AND BREATH by Sarah J. Maas

(Available Formats: Print Book)

House of Sky and Breath

The second book in the Crescent City series. Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar must choose to fight or stay silent.

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, Large Print, CD audiobook, eBook & audiobook)

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

THE LIGHTNING ROD by Brad Meltzer

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

The Lightning Rod

The second book in the Escape Artist series. Zig stumbles upon a hidden group that threatens America’s safety and security.

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 LOVE OF MY LIFE by Rosie Walsh

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Love of My Life

When a marine biologist suffers a serious illness, she must tell her husband about the

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

ONE ITALIAN SUMMER by Rebecca Serle

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

One Italian Summer

During a summer trip in Italy, Katy’s late mother reappears as a 30-year-old woman.

THE PARIS APARTMENT by Lucy Foley

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

The Paris Apartment

Jess has suspicions about her half-brother’s neighbors when he goes missing.

RUN, ROSE, RUN by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD audiobook, eBook, downloadable audiobook & through Hoopla – Dolly Parton companion album also titled Run Rose Run.)

Run Rose Run

A singer-songwriter goes to Nashville seeking stardom but is followed by her dark past.

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.

SHADOWS REEL by C.J. Box

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

Shadows Reel

The 22nd book in the Joe Pickett series. A fishing guide’s murder, stolen falcons and a Nazi official’s photo album heighten the danger.

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.

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.

ALLOW ME TO RETORT by Elie Mystal

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

Allow Me To Retort

The Nation’s legal analyst and justice correspondent posits ways to protect the rights of women and people of color.

BETWEEN TWO KINGDOMS by Suleika Jaouad

(Available Formats:

Between Two Kingdoms

The writer of the New York Times column “Life, Interrupted” chronicles her fight with cancer and an impactful road trip.

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.

COMEDY COMEDY COMEDY DRAMA by Bob Odenkirk

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama

The actor and writer, known for his work in sketch comedy and dramatic roles, charts his path.

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.

EDUCATED by Tara Westover

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

Educated

The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.

THE ENDURANCE by Alfred Lansing

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Endurance

In 1914, the British explorer Ernest Shackleton and his crew set sail for Antarctica, but their ship became locked in an island of ice.

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH by Arthur C. Brooks

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog – coming soon!)

From Strength To Strength

A columnist for The Atlantic espouses ways to shift priorities and habits to overcome waning abilities in later life.

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 DO I UN-REMEMBER THIS? by Danny Pellegrino

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

How Do I Un-Remember This

The pop culture podcast host recounts growing up as a closeted gay kid in Ohio during the 1990s.

IN LOVE by Amy Bloom

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

In Love

After her husband’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, the author travels with him to Dignitas, a prominent Swiss right-to-die organization.

MADHOUSE AT THE END OF THE EARTH by Julian Sancton

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Madhouse At The End of The Earth

The troubles that beset an expedition to Antarctica, led by the Belgian commandant Adrien de Gerlache, in 1897.

THE NINETIES by Chuck Klosterman

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Nineties

An overview of the cultural and historical impact of the 1990s.

ONE DAMN THING AFTER ANOTHER by William P. Barr

(Available Formats: Print Book)

One Damn Thing After Another

The former attorney general for George H.W. Bush and Donald Trump gives his account of those two tenures.

RED-HANDED by Peter Schweizer

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Red-Handed

The author of “Profiles in Corruption” portrays a conspiracy of how the Chinese government might infiltrate American institutions.

THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson

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

Splendid & The Vile

An examination of the leadership of the prime minister Winston Churchill.

STOLEN FOCUS by Johann Hari

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Stolen Focus

Potential causes for diminishing attention spans and how corporations might raid our attention for profit.

THE STORYTELLER by David Grohl

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

The Storyteller

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

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

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

Untamed

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

WILL by Will Smith with Mark Manson

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

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 March 18, 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, March 25, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Bogalusa Strut by Kermit Ruffins (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Swing Time (1999)

Gotta Find My Baby Memphis Slim (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: At The Gate Of Horn (1959)

Going Across The Mountain by Frank Proffitt (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: Frank Proffitt of Reese, North Carolina (1962)

The Great Northern Stomp by Otis Spann (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Otis Spann Is The Blues (1960)

Here I’m Is by the Duke Robillard Band (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: They Called It Rhythm And Blues (2022)

If I Had a Talking Picture of You by Johnny Hamp & His Kentucky Serenaders (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Johnny Hamp and His Kentucky Serenaders (1920’s Dance Jazz Band) [Recorded 1928 – 1932]

I’ve Just Seen A Face by The Charles River Valley Boys (Genre: Bluegrass)

From The Album: Beatles Country (1966)

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Pete Seeger (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: Goofing-Off Suite (1954)

Tempted by Squeeze (Genre: Pop-Rock)

From The Album: East Side Story (1981)

You Can Do No Wrong by Carl Perkins (Genre: Rockabilly, Fifties Rock)

From The Album: Dance Album (1957)

‘Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do by Helen Humes (1959/2022)

T'aint Nobody's Business

And from the album the song

You Can Depend On Me

And as bonus just because it is a great song, even if a short one, also by Helen Humes:

I’m Gonna Let Him Ride

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 March 15, 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, March 22, 2022.

The Abbot’s Tale by Conn Iggulden

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

The Abbott's Tale

Dunstan of Glastonbury, a bright but selfish young man, finds himself hanging from a cliff. Encouraged to fall by his tormentors, who are crushing his fingers as he dangles, Dunstan requests a priest for a final confession. Pulling this “man of the cloth” over the edge with him, he uses the cleric’s body to break his impact. Such perceived miracles inform the course of his life until a childhood chum, a grandson of Alfred the Great, suddenly becomes King of England through an untimely death. Visions of a future united England come quickly once Dunstan has the king’s ear. Now, a well-placed abbot, Dunstan can unleash his ambitions and raise the funds to build empires for God. However, perpetuated lies come with a consequential price. Best-selling historical novelist Iggulden (“War of the Roses” series) offers a well-paced, believable peek into the brutal and often outright cruel world of tenth-century Europe. His attention to detail is illuminating and never tedious. VERDICT This gripping saga will appeal to historical fiction buffs, fans of Bernard Cornwell’s “Saxon Stories” series, as well as anyone who yearns for a compelling, well-told story.—Library Journal Review

Binstead’s Safari by Rachel Ingalls

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Binstead's Safari

A feminist, fabulist, magical realist romance set in London and Africa, originally published in 1983.After Mrs. Caliban (1982), an electrifying story of passion between an oppressed suburban housewife and a sexy green sea monster, Ingalls wrote this novel, featuring another underappreciated heroine whose claustrophobic life is about to blow wide open. Millie Binstead has begged to come along with her husband, Stan, minor academic and major creep, on a research trip to London and then Africa. When she offers to pay her own way from New England out of a recent inheritance, he is forced to agree. As soon as they get to London, he dumps her at the hotel and goes off to “work” with a colleague. Finally on her own and out in the world, Millie is not timid and miserable but wholly reborn. Everyone she meets is struck by how insightful, funny, and attractive she is; she is having the time of her life. By the time they get to Africa, Stan is wondering what the hell happened to his mousy, subservient little wife, who will now barely give him the time of day. At this point, the book becomes a deliciously gossipy take on colonial safari culture: the guides, the drivers, the rich tourists, the natives, the boozy, raunchy, sometimes-gory goings-on in town, out in the bush, and up in the sky in hot air balloons. Stan’s plan is to investigate the local myths about a Lion God, a man with “supernatural powers in battle and medicine, and love,” who can turn himself into the king of beasts when the going gets tough. If such a creature exists, he may be a con artist; Stan is on his trail. As much as it is a love story, this is also a story of revenge, which Stan defines from the perspective of primitive folklore: “the ceremony in which you reproduce the previous act in a slightly altered way or with a reversed outcome, and then it cancels what took place before.” Yup, Stan, that’s it. Another witty, elegant story from a writer whose atavistic vision of romantic love is resonant and deeply satisfying. Escaping the overblown egos and endless self-indulgence of the males of their own – Starred Kirkus Review

Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever by Kareem Rosser

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

Crossing The Line

Readers who think of polo–one of the world’s oldest equestrian sports–as merely a pastime for royalty and the very wealthy should prepare to be surprised. This is a contemporary memoir about the first African American polo team to win, against formidable odds, the National Interscholastic Polo Championship, in 2011. Rosser shares his story of growing up in a tough West Philadelphia neighborhood called the Bottom, where he found refuge and structure at an equestrian program for urban youth called Work to Ride. Program founder Lezlie Hiner has dedicated her life to helping at-risk kids, giving them a chance to learn how to ride horses and play polo. Rosser’s older brothers participated in the program and proved talented players but eventually succumbed to the lure of crime. Hiner, a surrogate parent for Rosser, helped him take advantage of opportunities to earn scholarships at Valley Forge Military Academy and then Colorado State University, where he became Intercollegiate Polo Player of the Year. This is a marvelous addition to the literature of inspirational sports stories. It’s an occasionally heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting coming-of-age story about the bonds of brotherhood and the unique healing powers capable of being generated between humans and horses. – Booklist Review

From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life by Arthur C. Brooks

(Available Formats: Print Book)

From Strength To Strength

The roadmap for finding purpose, meaning, and success as we age, from bestselling author, Harvard professor, and the Atlantic’s happiness columnist Arthur Brooks.

Many of us assume that the more successful we are, the less susceptible we become to the sense of professional and social irrelevance that often accompanies aging. But the truth is, the greater our achievements and our attachment to them, the more we notice our decline, and the more painful it is when it occurs.

What can we do, starting now, to make our older years a time of happiness, purpose, and yes, success?

At the height of his career at the age of 50, Arthur Brooks embarked on a seven-year journey to discover how to transform his future from one of disappointment over waning abilities into an opportunity for progress. From Strength to Strength is the result, a practical roadmap for the rest of your life.

Drawing on social science, philosophy, biography, theology, and eastern wisdom, as well as dozens of interviews with everyday men and women, Brooks shows us that true life success is well within our reach. By refocusing on certain priorities and habits that anyone can learn, such as deep wisdom, detachment from empty rewards, connection and service to others, and spiritual progress, we can set ourselves up for increased happiness.

Read this book and you, too, can go from strength to strength.

In Our Prime: The Fascinating History and Promising Future of Middle Age by Patricia Cohen

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

In Our Prime

Sounding a clarion call for the empowerment of women, Douglas (communications, Univ. of Michigan; Where the Girls Are) blasts the media and cosmetics industry for portraying women over 50 as has-beens, stating that, in fact, feminist boomers are reinventing older age and building up the social infrastructure of child care, eldercare, and public schools. Douglas proposes a model for “intergenerational bridge groups,” in which women share their stories, confront their challenges, identify areas of their lives that need improvement, and band together to make a difference, a task for which they are uniquely qualified. VERDICT Smart, savvy, and informed, Douglas is the perfect guide for women who are sick of the rampant sexism and ageism in our society and are ready to do something about it. – Library Journal Review

The Lightning Rod: A Novel by Brad Meltzer

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

The Lightning Rod

In this exciting followup to 2018’s The Escape Artist, former military mortician Jim “Zig” Zigarowski does a favor for a friend and agrees to work on the body of a recently deceased lieutenant colonel. The man died a hero, defending his family from a home invasion, but, after Zig stumbles onto something no one was supposed to see, he unearths the dark, hidden side of the dead man’s life. Stranger still, it seems the dead man had a connection to Nola Brown, the enigmatic artist whose near death was the launching point for The Escape Artist. Zig needs to talk to Nola if he’s going to get to the bottom of the mysteries surrounding the dead lieutenant colonel, but how to find her? That’s a challenge all by itself because Nola Brown is a lightning rod for trouble. Meltzer likes his conspiracy stories, and he puts a lot of work into them, but he seems to love his characters just as much. Zig and Nola are two of his strongest characters, and it feels like there are plenty more stories to be told about them. – Booklist Review

Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band by Christian Staebler

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla comic book edition)

Redbone

Experience the riveting, powerful story of the Native American civil rights movement and the resulting struggle for identity told through the high-flying career of west coast rock n’ roll pioneers, Redbone. You’ve heard the hit song “Come and Get Your Love” in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, but the story of the band behind it is one of cultural, political, and social importance. Brothers Pat and Lolly Vegas were talented Native American rock musicians that took the 1960s Sunset Strip by storm. They influenced The Doors and jammed with Jimmy Hendrix before he was “Jimi,” and the idea of a band made up of completely Native Americans soon followed. Determined to control their creative vision and maintain their cultural identity, they eventually signed a deal with Epic Records in 1969. But as the American Indian Movement gained momentum the band took a stand, choosing pride in their ancestry over continued commercial reward. Created with the cooperation of the Vegas family, painstaking steps were taken to ensure the historical accuracy of this important and often overlooked story of America’s past. Part biography and part research journalism, Redbone provides a voice to a people long neglected in American history.

A Single Man: A Novel by Christopher Isherwood

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

A Single Man

When Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man first appeared, it shocked many with its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in maturity. Isherwood’s favorite of his own novels, it now stands as a classic lyric meditation on life as an outsider.

Welcome to sunny suburban 1960s Southern California. George is a gay middle-aged English professor, adjusting to solitude after the tragic death of his young partner. He is determined to persist in the routines of his former life. A Single Man follows him over the course of an ordinary twenty-four hours. Behind his British reserve, tides of grief, rage, and loneliness surge—but what is revealed is a man who loves being alive despite all the everyday injustices.

The Talented Ribkins: A Novel by Ladee Hubbard

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

Talented Ribkins

Hubbard shrewdly molds the pop-culture mythology of the comic-book superhero team into a magical-realist metaphor for African-American struggles since the real-life heroic battle against segregation in the middle of the 20th century. You’ve heard of the Justice League? Meet the Justice Committee, an extended family of black crusaders who became legendary for using their extraordinary powers to protect leaders, activists, and their brothers and sisters during the 1960s civil rights movement. When this crafty and wistful debut novel opens in present-day Florida, the committee’s surviving members are scattered about, and one in particular, 72-year-old Johnny Ribkins, seems lost and at loose ends. Which is ironic since Johnny’s special gift is being able to draw precise maps of places he’s never been. (It came in handy when black drivers tried to make their ways safely through the racially segregated South.) But after the committee members drifted apart, Johnny and his brother, Franklin, whose natural wall-climbing skills rivaled those of Spider-Man, merged their talents for high-scale larceny. After Franklin’s untimely death, Johnny jump-starts his cartography gifts to track down buried loot from all their varied heists so he can pay off his debt to a shady real estate mogul. Accompanying Johnny in an antique Thunderbird she characterizes as “junky” is his moody teenage niece, Eloise, who’s been showing off some of her own inherited uncanniness by being able to catch any object thrown at her. With a pair of thugs shadowing them, Johnny and Eloise stop at various points in the Sunshine State, where they meet, among other relatives, Cousin Bertrand, nicknamed “Captain Dynamite” because he could “spit firecrackers”; another speedy, magnetic cousin known (of course) as “Flash”; and yet another nicknamed “The Hammer” because while her left hand looks normal, her right hand…you can probably guess the rest. With each rueful confrontation with people and places of his past, Johnny comes to grips with lost resolutions, squandered opportunities, and the complex history of a family that began with a patriarch whose superb sense of smell made him “The Rib King.” Hubbard weaves this narrative with prodigious skill and compelling warmth. You anticipate a movie while wondering if any movie could do this fascinating family…well, justice. To describe this novel, as someone inevitably will, as Song of Solomon reimagined as a Marvel Comics franchise is to shortchange its cleverness and audacity. Starred Kirkus Review

The Velveteen Daughter: A Novel by Laurel Davis Huber

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

The Velveteen Daughter

It doesn’t take long for author Margery Williams and Italian husband Francesco Bianco to realize that their daughter, Pamela Bianco, is a child prodigy. In 1921, when Pamela is 14, the New York art world goes mad for her debut exhibition of delicately etched works. Margery soon shares the limelight with her daughter when her beloved children’s classic, The Velveteen Rabbit, is published in 1922. Behind the scenes, Pamela fights mental illness for much of her life, a battle triggered by her unrequited love for Diccon, aka author Richard Hughes (A High Wind in Jamaica), and pressure from her father to focus on greater works of art and abandon the children’s illustrations she loves. (A joint mother/daughter book, The Skin Horse, was published in 1927.) The alternating narratives, told over the course of 33 years and enhanced by photographs and pictures of Pamela’s work, is a masterpiece. In a story as exquisitely wrought as Pamela’s intricate line drawings, debut novelist Huber brings to life the challenges of childhood genius, the glittering world of the creative arts in the decades leading up to World War II and beyond, the devastation of mental illness, and the power of unwavering parental love. VERDICT Incandescent, pitch-perfect, and destined for greatness. – Library Journal Review

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 March 20, 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 the next New York Times Bestseller list will be published to this blog on Sunday, March 20, 2022.

FICTION

ABANDONED IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

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

Abandoned in Death

The 54th book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas investigates a homicide and the disappearance of other women who resemble that victim.

ATLAS SIX by Olivie Blake

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

Atlas Six

Atlas Blakely recruits six candidates to fight for five spots in a secret society of magical academicians.

BLACK CAKE by Charmaine Wilkerson

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

Black Cake

Eleanor Bennett’s inheritance for her two children challenges what they knew about their lineag.

THE CHRISTIE AFFAIR by Nina de Gramont

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

The Christie Affair

Miss Nan O’Dea becomes the mistress of Agatha Christie’s husband.

THE CLUB by Ellery Lloyd

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

The Club

Off the English coast, the body count rises at a celebrity members’ club.

HOOK, LINE, AND SINKER by Tessa Bailey

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Hook Line & Sinker

Hannah Bellinger begins to fall for her roommate, who is a fisherman and a notorious ladies’ man.

HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD by Sarah J. Maas

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

House of Earth and Blood

Passion arises between Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar as they seek to avenge the deaths of Bryce’s friends.

HOUSE OF SKY AND BREATH by Sarah J. Maas

(Available Formats: Print Book)

House of Sky and Breath

The second book in the Crescent City series. Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar must choose to fight or stay silent.

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 LOVE OF MY LIFE by Rosie Walsh

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Love of My Life

When a marine biologist suffers a serious illness, she must tell her husband about the

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

ONE ITALIAN SUMMER by Rebecca Serle

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

One Italian Summer

During a summer trip in Italy, Katy’s late mother reappears as a 30-year-old woman.

THE PARIS APARTMENT by Lucy Foley

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

The Paris Apartment

Jess has suspicions about her half-brother’s neighbors when he goes missing.

PHANTOM GAME by Christine Feehan

(Available Format: Print Book)

Phantom Game

The 18th book in the GhostWalker series. Jonas must convince Camellia to not run away from him.

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.

SOOLEY by John Grisham

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

Sooley

Samuel Sooleymon receives a basketball scholarship to North Carolina Central and determines to bring his family over from a civil war-ravaged South Sudan.

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.

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.

ALLOW ME TO RETORT by Elie Mystal

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

Allow Me To Retort

The Nation’s legal analyst and justice correspondent posits ways to protect the rights of women and people of color.

BEAUTY OF DUSK by Frank Bruni

(Available Formats: Not yet in any catalog)

The Beauty of Dusk

A New York Times columnist describes his medical journey and shifting priorities after a rare stroke affected his vision.

BLACK OPS by Ric Prado

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Black Ops

The Cuban refugee and retired C.I.A. officer depicts his career fighting what he describes as shadow wars for the United States.

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.

COMEDY COMEDY COMEDY DRAMA by Bob Odenkirk

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama

The actor and writer, known for his work in sketch comedy and dramatic roles, charts his path.

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.

EDUCATED by Tara Westover

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

Educated

The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH by Arthur C. Brooks

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog – coming soon!)

From Strength To Strength

A columnist for The Atlantic espouses ways to shift priorities and habits to overcome waning abilities in later life.

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 TO BE PERFECT by Michael Schur

(Available Formats: Print Book)

How To Be Perfect

The creator of “The Good Place” incorporates works by various philosophers to examine ethical questions and moral issues.

I WAS BETTER LAST NIGHT by Harvey Fierstein

(Available Formats: Print Book)

I Was Better Last Night

A memoir by the four-time Tony Award–winning actor and playwright.

INVISIBLE KINGDOM by Meghan O’Rourke

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Invisible Kingdom

An examination of the rise of chronic illnesses and autoimmune diseases.

THE NINETIES by Chuck Klosterman

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Nineties

An overview of the cultural and historical impact of the 1990s.

RED-HANDED by Peter Schweizer

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Red-Handed

The author of “Profiles in Corruption” portrays a conspiracy of how the Chinese government might infiltrate American institutions.

RISE by Jeff Yang, Phil Yu and Philip Wang

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Rise

A chronicle of the sociopolitical shifts and pop-cultural touchstones of Asian America over the last three-plus decades.

THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson

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

Splendid & The Vile

An examination of the leadership of the prime minister Winston Churchill.

THE STORYTELLER by David Grohl

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

The Storyteller

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

 

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.