New York Times Bestsellers October 2, 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, October 2, 2022.

FICTION

6:20 MAN by David Baldacci

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

620 Man

When his ex-girlfriend turns up dead in his office building, an entry-level investment analyst delves into the halls of economic power.

ALL GOOD PEOPLE HERE by Ashley Flowers with Alex Kiester

(Available Formats: Print Book)

All Good People

A journalist who returns to her hometown vows to find a missing girl and solve a 20-year-old cold case.

ALL YOUR PERFECTS by Colleen Hoover

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

All Your Perfects

Quinn and Graham’s marriage depends on past promises.

BLOWBACK by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois

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

Blow Back

President Keegan Barrett’s power grab tests the loyalties of two C.I.A. agents.

THE BUTCHER AND THE WREN by Alaina Urquhart

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

The Butcher And The Wren

A forensic pathologist is on the trail of a serial killer in the Louisiana bayou.

CARRIE SOTO IS BACK by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Carrie Soto Is Back

A tennis player comes out of retirement and trains with her father to defend her record.

CLIVE CUSSLER’S HELLBURNER by Mike Maden

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

Clive Cussler Hellburner

The 16th book in the Oregon Files series. A criminal syndicate has a torpedo that could obliterate entire cities.

A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES by Sarah J. Maas

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

A Court of Silver Flames

The fifth book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series. Nesta Archeron is forced into close quarters with a warrior named Cassian.

DESPERATION IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

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

Desperation In Death

The 55th book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas is reminded of her past as she investigates a possible sex trafficking ring.

FAIRY TALE by Stephen King

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

Fairy Tale

A high school kid inherits a shed that is a portal to another world where good and evil are at war.

FIRE AND BLOOD by George R.R. Martin

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

Fire And Blood

Set 300 years before the events of “A Game of Thrones,” this is the first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

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.

LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave

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

The Last Thing He Told Me

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

LESSONS by Ian McEwan

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Lessons

Roland Baines looks back at his personal regrets and the historical upheavals in his lifetime.

LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus

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

Lessons in Chemistry

A scientist and single mother living in California in the 1960s becomes a star on a TV cooking show.

MARRIAGE PORTRAIT by Maggie O’Farrell

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

Marriage Portrait

In 1550s Florence, the future of the third daughter of the grand duke seems uncertain after she is thrust into a marriage.

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.

NONA THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Nona

Six months after waking up in a stranger’s body, Nona is torn between living an ordinary life or saving those around her from strange forces.

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?

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.

SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides

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

Silent Patient

Theo Faber looks into the mystery of a famous painter who stops speaking after shooting her husband.

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

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.

VINCE FLYNN: OATH OF LOYALTY by Kyle Mills

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

Oat of Loyalty

The 21st book in the Mitch Rapp series. President Cook, a team of assassins and a killer known as Legion confront Rapp on different fronts.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

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

Where The Crawdads Sing

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

NON-FICTION:

AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS by David Corn

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

American Psychosis

The Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine gives his take on the Republican Party over the last seven decades.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

Body Keeps Score

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

BREAKING HISTORY by Jared Kushner

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Breaking History

An account of time spent in the Trump White House by the former president’s son-in-law and senior adviser.

DAUGHTER OF AUSCHWITZ by Tova Friedman and Malcolm Brabant

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Daughter of Auschwitz

A survivor of Auschwitz describes her childhood during the Holocaust, and her time in a Nazi labor camp and the extermination camp known as Auschwitz-Birkenau.

DIANA, WILLIAM, AND HARRY by James Patterson and Chris Mooney

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

Diana William & Harry

A biography of the late Princess of Wales and her sons.

DINNERS WITH RUTH by Nina Totenberg

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Dinners With Ruth

The NPR legal affairs correspondent details her professional accomplishments and friendship with the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

FINDING ME by Viola Davis

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Finding Me

The multiple award-winning actress describes the difficulties she encountered before claiming her sense of self and achieving professional success.

HOLDING THE LINE by Geoffrey Berman

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Holding The Line

The former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York gives his account of pushing back against the Trump Justice Department.

I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED by Jennette McCurdy

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

I'm Glad My Mom Died

The actress and filmmaker describes her eating disorders and difficult relationship with her mother.

LIKE A ROLLING STONE by Jann S. Wenner

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Like A Rolling Stone

A memoir by the founder, co-editor and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine.

MYTH OF NORMAL by Gabor Maté with Daniel Maté

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Myth of Normal

The potential ways in which trauma and stress from modern-day living can affect our physical health.

PRISONERS OF THE CASTLE by Ben Macintyre

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Prisoners In The Castle

The author of “The Spy and the Traitor” profiles Allied prisoners detained by the German Army in Colditz Castle during World War II.

PROFILES IN IGNORANCE by Andy Borowitz

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Profiles In Ignorance

The creator of “The Borowitz Report” looks at the declining knowledge of some public officials over the last 50 years.

WHAT IF? 2 by Randall Munroe

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

What If 2

The creator of the web comic “xkcd” and former NASA roboticist looks into hypothetical and oddball scenarios.

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.

Also of Note: If a New York Times Bestseller isn’t yet available in any of the three catalogs; you can contact the library and request to be notified when it becomes available.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening September 23, 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, September 30, 2022 (the last day of September, already? How did that happen!)

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!


Get Up In The Mornin’ by Leadbelly (Blues, Folk-Blues)

From The Album: Midnight Special — The Library of Congress Recordings, V. 1 (1991)

Good On You Son by Mark Knopfler (Genre: Rock, Roots Rock)

From The Album: The Road Wherever (2018)

Help Me by Joni Mitchell (Genre: Singer-Songwriter)

From The Album: Court And Spark (1974)

I Ain’t Gonna Cry No More by Son House & J. D. Short (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Blues From The Mississippi Delta: The Library of Congress Recordings (1963/2004)

I Be Bound To Write To You Muddy Waters (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: The Complete Plantation Recordings (1993)

In Tall Buildings by Sam Bush (Genre: Folk)

From The Forthcoming Album: Radio John: Songs of John Hartford (November 11, 2022 release)

Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival (Genre: Classic Rock)

From The Album: At the Royal Albert Hall, April 14, 1970 (2022)

Sweet Pumpkin [feat. Pasquale Grasso] by Samara Joy & Pasquale Grasso (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Linger Awhile (2022)

This Little Light of Mine by Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Genre: Blues, R&B, Gospel)

Recorded live at the 1st Antibes Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival in 1960.

What Kinda Guy? By Steve Forbert (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: Alive On Arrival (1978); Also found on the Rhino album: Troubadours of Folk 5, Singer-Songwriter’s of the ’80s (2007)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Revival (1996) by Gillian Welch (Genre: Folk)

Revival

And from the album the song:

Pass You By by Gillian Welch

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

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’ Advisory Videocast September 16, 2022

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

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Tuesday, September 27, 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 September 20, 2022

Hi everyone, here are our recommended reads for the week!

*More information on the three catalogs and available formats is found at the end of the list of recommended reads*

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

September 18 – 24, 2022 is Banned Book Week; which is a big deal in Library Land!

A great description of why Banned Books Week is important is relayed by The American Library Association; and is as follows: “Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. For 40 years, the annual event has brought together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

In a time of intense political polarization, library staff in every state are facing an unprecedented number of attempts to ban books. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school and university materials and services in 2021, resulting in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals. Most targeted books were by or about Black or LGBTQIA+ persons.”

And Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom further notes that
“This is a dangerous time for readers and the public servants who provide access to reading materials. Readers, particularly students, are losing access to critical information, and librarians and teachers are under attack for doing their jobs.”

With all of that in mind, this weeks’ Suggested Reading post includes ten titles that have been banned within the United States.

So celebrate your right to read and checkout a banned book today!

Beloved by Toni Morrison

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

Beloved

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An unflinchingly look into the abyss of slavery, from the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner. This spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. With a new afterword.

Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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

The Color Purple

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon.

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband.

In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God. The letters, spanning twenty years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and her stepson’s wife, Sophia, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though the many letters from Celie’s sister are hidden by her husband, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all.

The Color Purple has sold more than five million copies, inspired an Academy Award–nominated film starring Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the groundbreaking novel that placed Walker “in the company of Faulkner” (The Nation), and remains a wrenching—yet intensely uplifting—experience for new generations of readers.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon

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

Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night Time

Christopher Boone, the autistic 15-year-old narrator of this revelatory novel, relaxes by groaning and doing math problems in his head, eats red—but not yellow or brown—foods and screams when he is touched. Strange as he may seem, other people are far more of a conundrum to him, for he lacks the intuitive “theory of mind” by which most of us sense what’s going on in other people’s heads. When his neighbor’s poodle is killed and Christopher is falsely accused of the crime, he decides that he will take a page from Sherlock Holmes (one of his favorite characters) and track down the killer. As the mystery leads him to the secrets of his parents’ broken marriage and then into an odyssey to find his place in the world, he must fall back on deductive logic to navigate the emotional complexities of a social world that remains a closed book to him.

In the hands of first-time novelist Haddon, Christopher is a fascinating case study and, above all, a sympathetic boy: not closed off, as the stereotype would have it, but too open—overwhelmed by sensations, bereft of the filters through which normal people screen their surroundings. Christopher can only make sense of the chaos of stimuli by imposing arbitrary patterns (“4 yellow cars in a row made it a Black Day, which is a day when I don’t speak to anyone and sit on my own reading books and don’t eat my lunch and Take No Risks”). His literal-minded observations make for a kind of poetic sensibility and a poignant evocation of character. Though Christopher insists, “This will not be a funny book. I cannot tell jokes because I do not understand them,” the novel brims with touching, ironic humor. The result is an eye-opening work in a unique and compelling literary voice. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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

Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is the winner of the Nebula and Hugo Awards

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
Ender’s Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

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

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Oskar Schell, hero of this brilliant follow-up to Foer’s bestselling Everything Is Illuminated, is a nine-year-old amateur inventor, jewelry designer, astrophysicist, tambourine player and pacifist. Like the second-language narrator of Illuminated, Oskar turns his naïvely precocious vocabulary to the understanding of historical tragedy, as he searches New York for the lock that matches a mysterious key left by his father when he was killed in the September 11 attacks, a quest that intertwines with the story of his grandparents, whose lives were blighted by the firebombing of Dresden. Foer embellishes the narrative with evocative graphics, including photographs, colored highlights and passages of illegibly overwritten text, and takes his unique flair for the poetry of miscommunication to occasionally gimmicky lengths, like a two-page soliloquy written entirely in numerical code. Although not quite the comic tour de force that Illuminated was, the novel is replete with hilarious and appalling passages, as when, during show-and-tell, Oskar plays a harrowing recording by a Hiroshima survivor and then launches into a Poindexterish disquisition on the bomb’s “charring effect.” It’s more of a challenge to play in the same way with the very recent collapse of the towers, but Foer gambles on the power of his protagonist’s voice to transform the cataclysm from raw current event to a tragedy at once visceral and mythical. Unafraid to show his traumatized characters’ constant groping for emotional catharsis, Foer demonstrates once again that he is one of the few contemporary writers willing to risk sentimentalism in order to address great questions of truth, love and beauty. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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

The Grapes of Wrath

The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers.

First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classics.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, eBook, downloadable audiobook, Hoopla instant checkout eBook, DVD (movie) &  DVD (TV series).

The Handmaid's Tale CD

Before The Testaments, there was The Handmaid’s Tale: an instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (New York Times).

The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population.
The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid’s Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.

House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

House of Spirits

“Spectacular…An absorbing and distinguished work…The House of the Spirits with its all-informing, generous, and humane sensibility, is a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present, and future of Latin America.” —The New York Times Book Review

Our Shared Shelf, Emma Watson Goodreads Book Club Pick November/December 2020!
The House of the Spirits, the unforgettable first novel that established Isabel Allende as one of the world’s most gifted storytellers, brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world. When their daughter Blanca embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her implacable father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban: his adored granddaughter Alba, a beautiful and strong-willed child who will lead her family and her country into a revolutionary future.

One of the most important novels of the twentieth century, The House of the Spirits is an enthralling epic that spans decades and lives, weaving the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD audiobook, eBook, e-Graphic novel, Hoopla instant checkout movie (streaming) & DVD)

The Kite Runner

Hosseini’s stunning debut novel starts as an eloquent Afghan version of the American immigrant experience in the late 20th century, but betrayal and redemption come to the forefront when the narrator, a writer, returns to his ravaged homeland to rescue the son of his childhood friend after the boy’s parents are shot during the Taliban takeover in the mid ’90s. Amir, the son of a well-to-do Kabul merchant, is the first-person narrator, who marries, moves to California and becomes a successful novelist. But he remains haunted by a childhood incident in which he betrayed the trust of his best friend, a Hazara boy named Hassan, who receives a brutal beating from some local bullies. After establishing himself in America, Amir learns that the Taliban have murdered Hassan and his wife, raising questions about the fate of his son, Sohrab. Spurred on by childhood guilt, Amir makes the difficult journey to Kabul, only to learn the boy has been enslaved by a former childhood bully who has become a prominent Taliban official. The price Amir must pay to recover the boy is just one of several brilliant, startling plot twists that make this book memorable both as a political chronicle and a deeply personal tale about how childhood choices affect our adult lives. The character studies alone would make this a noteworthy debut, from the portrait of the sensitive, insecure Amir to the multilayered development of his father, Baba, whose sacrifices and scandalous behavior are fully revealed only when Amir returns to Afghanistan and learns the true nature of his relationship to Hassan. Add an incisive, perceptive examination of recent Afghan history and its ramifications in both America and the Middle East, and the result is a complete work of literature that succeeds in exploring the culture of a previously obscure nation that has become a pivot point in the global politics of the new millennium. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Year of Wonder

An unforgettable tale, set in 17th century England, of a village that quarantines itself to arrest the spread of the plague, from the author The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna’s eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a “year of wonders.”

Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. Written with stunning emotional intelligence and introducing “an inspiring heroine” (The Wall Street Journal), Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal into a spellbinding and unforgettable read.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

Digital Banned Book Collections:

Banned Book Collection, the Digital Catalog (and Libby app)

https://stls.overdrive.com/collection/1364525

Hoopla’s Banned Book Collection (web catalog & Hoopla app)

https://www.hoopladigital.com/collection/16810

References

Banned & Challenged Classics. (2021, April 23). Advocacy, Legislation & Issues. Retrieved September 20, 2022, from https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics
Banned Books Week (September 18-24, 2022). (n.d.). American Library Association. https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/banned

EveryLibrary Poll Finds Book Bans Are Broadly Unpopular With Voters. (n.d.). PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved September 20, 2022, from https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/90365-everylibrary-poll-finds-book-bans-are-broadly-unpopular-with-voters.html

Limbong, A. (2022, September 19). New report finds a coordinated rise in attempted book bans. NPR.org. Retrieved September 20, 2022, from https://www.npr.org/2022/09/19/1123156201/new-report-finds-a-coordinated-rise-in-attempted-book-bans

*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.

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).

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 September 25, 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, September 25, 2022.

FICTION

6:20 MAN by David Baldacci

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

620 Man

When his ex-girlfriend turns up dead in his office building, an entry-level investment analyst delves into the halls of economic power.

ALL GOOD PEOPLE HERE by Ashley Flowers with Alex Kiester

(Available Formats: Print Book)

All Good People

A journalist who returns to her hometown vows to find a missing girl and solve a 20-year-old cold case.

AMERICAN ROOMMATE EXPERIMENT by Elena Armas

(Available Format: Print Book & eBook)

American Roomate Experiment

A romance writer goes on experimental dates with her best friend’s cousin to restart her writing.

CARRIE SOTO IS BACK by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Carrie Soto Is Back

A tennis player comes out of retirement and trains with her father to defend her record.

CLIVE CUSSLER’S HELLBURNER by Mike Maden

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

Clive Cussler Hellburner

The 16th book in the Oregon Files series. A criminal syndicate has a torpedo that could obliterate entire cities.

A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES by Sarah J. Maas

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

A Court of Silver Flames

The fifth book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series. Nesta Archeron is forced into close quarters with a warrior named Cassian.

DESPERATION IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

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

Desperation In Death

The 55th book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas is reminded of her past as she investigates a possible sex trafficking ring.

FAIRY TALE by Stephen King

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

Fairy Tale

A high school kid inherits a shed that is a portal to another world where good and evil are at war.

FIRE AND BLOOD by George R.R. Martin

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

Fire And Blood

Set 300 years before the events of “A Game of Thrones,” this is the first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

HELL AND BACK by Craig Johnson

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

Hell & Back

he 18th book in the Longmire series. Sheriff Longmire finds an adversary in himself.

THE INK BLACK HEART by Robert Galbraith

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Ink Black Heart

The sixth book in the Cormoran Strike series. When a cartoonist is murdered, Cormoran and Robin go after a mysterious online figure known as Anomie.

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.

KILLERS OF A CERTAIN AGE by Deanna Raybourn

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

Killers of a Certain Age

Four women who spent 40 years working as assassins have targets on their backs as they enter retirement.

LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus

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

Lessons in Chemistry

A scientist and single mother living in California in the 1960s becomes a star on a TV cooking show.

LOVE ON THE BRAIN by Ali Hazelwood

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Love On The Brain

Heartbeats quicken and neurons fire when a pair of antagonistic scientists work together on a project.

MARRIAGE PORTRAIT by Maggie O’Farrell

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

Marriage Portrait

In 1550s Florence, the future of the third daughter of the grand duke seems uncertain after she is thrust into a marriage.

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?

OTHER BIRDS by Sarah Addison Allen

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

Other Birds

When she takes over her deceased mother’s apartment, Zoey has strange encounters with her new neighbors.

RISING TIDE by Ann Cleeves

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Rising Tide

The 10th book in the Vera Stanhope series. A member of a group of friends is found hanged after being fired because of potential misconduct.

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.

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

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.

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:

BATTLE FOR THE AMERICAN MIND by Pete Hegseth with David Goodwin

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Battle For The American Mind

The “Fox & Friends Weekend” host makes his case for what he calls classical Christian education.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

Body Keeps Score

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

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah

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

Born A Crime

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

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook, downloadable audiobook and 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.

BREAKING HISTORY by Jared Kushner

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Breaking History

An account of time spent in the Trump White House by the former president’s son-in-law and senior adviser.

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.

DAUGHTER OF AUSCHWITZ by Tova Friedman and Malcolm Brabant

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Daughter of Auschwitz

A survivor of Auschwitz describes her childhood during the Holocaust, and her time in a Nazi labor camp and the extermination camp known as Auschwitz-Birkenau.

DIANA, WILLIAM, AND HARRY by James Patterson and Chris Mooney

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

Diana William & Harry

A biography of the late Princess of Wales and her sons.

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.

FINDING ME by Viola Davis

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Finding Me

The multiple award-winning actress describes the difficulties she encountered before claiming her sense of self and achieving professional success.

I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED by Jennette McCurdy

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

I'm Glad My Mom Died

The actress and filmmaker describes her eating disorders and difficult relationship with her mother.

LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI by Rinker Buck

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Life On The Mississippi

The author of “The Oregon Trail” recounts his adventures on a wooden flatboat and challenges the myths of American expansion.

PALACE PAPERS by Tina Brown

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

The Palace Papers

This follow-up to “The Diana Chronicles” details how the royal family reinvented itself after the death of Princess Diana.

PATH LIT BY LIGHTNING by David Maraniss

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Pat Lit Only By Lightning

The life story of the Olympic athlete, All-American football player and Major League Baseball player Jim Thorpe.

SHY by Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Shy

The memoirs of the late composer, author and screenwriter, written with the chief theater critic at The New York Times.

SLOUCHING TOWARDS UTOPIA by J. Bradford DeLong

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Slouching Toward Utopia

The former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury details shifts in material wealth and their impact from 1870 to 2010.

SOLITO by Javier Zamora

(Available Formats: eBook)

Solito

The poet describes his journey over two months from El Salvador to the United States to reconnect with his parents who left years earlier.

STORYTELLER by Dave Grohl

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

The Storyteller

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

THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant

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

Think Again

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

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

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

What Happened To You

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

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSL

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

The Digital Catalog has two companion apps, Libby & OverDrive. Libby is the app for newer devices and the OverDrive app should be used for older devices and Amazon tablets.

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

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

The Hoopla Catalog features instant check outs of eBooks, downloadable audiobook, comic books, albums and streaming videos. Patron check out limit is 4 items per month.

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

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

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

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

Also of Note: If a New York Times Bestseller isn’t yet available in any of the three catalogs; you can contact the library and request to be notified when it becomes available.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening September 16, 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, September 23, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

I’ll Be Seeing You by Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra, with Frank Sinatra (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)

From The Album: The Essential Frank Sinatra with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (1959)

Keep It To Yourself by Memphis Minnie (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Rough Guide To Memphis Minnie – Queen of the Country Blues (2022)

Nightfall by Benny Carter (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Swingin’ At Madia Vale (2013)

Shout by The Isley Brothers (Genre: R&B, Pop)

From The Album: Shout! (1959)

St. Louis Blues by Maxine Sullivan with John Kirby & His Orchestra (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Rhythm Jazz and Blues from the 40’s, Vol. 1 (2017)

Things We Said Today by The Beatles (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Tighten Up by Archie Bell & The Dells (Genre: R&B, Pop)

From The Album: Tighten Up (1968)

Unchained Melody (Film Mix) by Elvis Presley

From The Album: The Soundtrack to the 2022 TV series Elvis

Wimoweh ( Mbube, Lion Sleeps Tonight ) By Pete Seeger

From The Album: Pete Seeger: The Complete Bowdoin College Concert, 1960 (1960)

And as a bonus, just for fun – the 1961 version

The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens (Genre: Doo-Wop, Classic Pop)

From The Album: The Lion Sleeps Tonight (1961)

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On By Jerry Lee Lewis (Genre: Traditional/Classic Rock)

From The Album: The Essential Jerry Lee Lewis (1999)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

The Traveling Wilburys Collection (2016)

(Featuring both Traveling Wilbury albums)

Traveling Wilburys Collection

And from the collection the song

The End of the Line

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

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’ Advisory Videocast September 9, 2022

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

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Tuesday, September 20, 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 September 14, 2022

Hi everyone, here are our recommended reads for the week!

*More information on the three catalogs and available formats is found at the end of the list of recommended reads*

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays; unless it is super busy in Library Land as it has been this week thus far – and then they are published on Wednesdays!

The next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD audiobook – coming September 20)

Dreamland

Colby is taking the first vacation from his family farm that he has had in years. It’s not entirely a vacation, since he is playing in a band at a bar in Florida. There, he meets Morgan, a young woman of means from Chicago who just graduated college and is getting ready to launch her own music career. They fall in love within days, and he wonders if he will be able to change his life and follow this new, unexpected direction. Colby and Morgan’s story alternates with that of Beverly, who is running from her abusive husband and trying to hide her young son to keep him safe. Beverly’s tale is fraught with tension, and readers will realize that there is more to her situation than it appears. When Colby is called home to deal with a family emergency, forces converge to link Beverly with the lovers. Sparks’ (The Wish, 2021) latest appealing novel is filled with plenty of serious situations among the dreams and romance and rewards with a satisfyingly hopeful ending. – Booklist Review

The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards

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

The Girl From Guernica

In Guernica in 1937, Sibi is living with her sisters and mother, apart from her father in Germany. Civil war is waging and their time in Guernica is becoming precarious. An absorbing scene of a terrible bombing brings tragedy to Sibi’s family and she forms a kinship with an American OSS officer, Griff, who has taken to making sure Sibi and her sisters are safe. Leaving Guernica for Germany, Sibi walks into an entirely different sort of danger when Nazi officers become interested in her story of the Guernica bombing. Having to lie to the press and the world, Sibi despises the Nazis for what they are making her deny. Becoming a spy to assist Griff with gathering German intelligence is her way of fighting back. Tension builds as the danger increases, and Sibi’s relationship with Griff evolves over the years, notwithstanding their separation due to wartime activities. With gripping descriptions of bombings, fearful interrogations, and a blooming love story, Robards (The Black Swan of Paris, 2020) delivers a fantastic, captivating historical romance. – Booklist

The Housekeeper by Joy Fielding

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Housekeeper

Fielding follows up the excellent Cul-de-Sac (2021) with this story of a woman who does the wrong thing for the right reasons. Jodi’s mother is in the advanced stages of Parkinson’s, and her father, while still fairly mobile, is in his late seventies. So Jodi convinces her parents to hire a housekeeper, a woman in her sixties who seems like she’ll be a perfect fit. Appearances can be deceiving. Distracted by a difficult home life–Jody and her novelist husband keep clashing, and he might be having an affair–Jodi misses the early signs of trouble. By the time she figures out that the housekeeper isn’t the person she appeared to be, it could be too late. This is exactly the sort of story Fielding tells superbly. It’s a character-driven thriller, and she excels at creating people who exude the breath of real life. It’s a subtle story, too, relying heavily on subtext and the reader’s ability to put the clues together–again, very much in the author’s wheelhouse. Fielding’s many followers will definitely want to add The Housekeeprer to their TBR lists, and any psychological-thriller readers who aren’t already familiar with Fielding’s work will start backtracking after reading this one. – Booklist Review

The Librarian of Crooked Lane by C. J. Archer

(Available Formats: eBook & downloadable audiobook)

The Librarian of Crooked Lane

A librarian with a mysterious past, a war hero with a secret, and the heist of a magic painting. THE LIBRARIAN OF CROOKED LANE is an intriguing new fantasy from C.J. Archer, the USA Today bestselling author of the Glass and Steele series.

Librarian Sylvia Ashe knows nothing about her past, having grown up without a father and a mother who refused to discuss him. When she stumbles upon a diary that suggests she’s descended from magicians, she’s skeptical. After all, magicians are special, and she’s just an ordinary girl who loves books. She seeks the truth from a member of the most prominent family of magicians, but she quickly learns that finding the truth won’t be easy, especially when he turns out to be as artless as her, and more compelling and dangerous than books.

War hero Gabe is gifted with wealth, a loving family, and an incredible amount of luck that saw him survive four harrowing years of a brutal war without injury. But not all injuries are visible. Burying himself in his work as a consultant for Scotland Yard, Gabe is going through the motions as he investigates the theft of a magician-made painting. But his life changes when he unwittingly gets Sylvia dismissed from her job and places her in danger.
After securing her new employment in a library housing the world’s greatest collection of books about magic, Gabe and Sylvia’s lives become intwined as they work together to find both the painting and the truth about Sylvia’s past before powerful people can stop them.

But sometimes the past is better left buried…

A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib

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

A Little Devil In America

Poet, essayist, and cultural critic Abdurraqib (Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest) studies the impact of Black performers throughout U.S. history, sharing his own poignant stories along the way. Inspired by Josephine Baker’s extraordinary life and her self-proclaimed title of “little devil in America,” Abdurraqib pens respectful, heartwarming essays that reflect on other giants in music, television, cinema, and even magic. From intense dance marathons to afternoon sock hops, from the funerals of Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin to games of spades to barroom brawls, he examines the feeling of invisibility that haunts so many Black Americans. He scrutinizes ways in which Black artists subverted racial stereotypes, such as Josephine Baker’s banana skirt performance, which tackled the assumption of Black people as primitive and made it “so absurd that it circled around to desire.” The author also calls out the use of blackface and the sanitization of race relations in today’s films and laments the exploitation of violence against and by African Americans. VERDICT Told with humor and grace, Abdurraqib’s stories will inspire and provoke thoughtful meditations on how Black lives matter in all areas of life and art. – Library Journal Review

Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook – coming September 20)

Lucy By The Sea

Strout follows up Oh William! with a captivating entry in the Lucy Barton series. This time, Lucy decamps to rural Maine during the first year of the Covid lockdown. At the pandemic’s onset in 2020, Lucy’s philandering ex-husband and longtime friend, William, whisks her away from New York City to a rental house in coastal Maine. He may have self-centered ulterior motives beyond his assertion that he’s trying to save her life, but they are not readily transparent for most of the narrative. Personal and public events intrude during the lockdown as the pair develop a “strange compatibility” while attempting to comprehend the new normal. Their two daughters each face a crisis in their marriage; William contacts his once unknown half sister, Lois Bubar, and reveals a life-threatening medical condition; and the country roils from George Floyd’s murder and the insurrection on January 6. Bleak memories of Lucy’s impoverished childhood and of her recently deceased husband surface in shattering flashbacks. Loneliness, grief, longing, and loss pervade intertwined family stories as Lucy and William attempt to create new friendships in an initially hostile town. What emerges is a prime testament to the characters’ resilience. With Lucy Barton, Strout continues to draw from a deep well. – Starred Publishers Weekliy Review

Rules of Engagement by Stacey Abrams & Selena Montgomery

(Available Formats: eBook)

Rules of Engagement

Georgia gubernatorial candidate and voting rights leader Stacey Abrams wrote this second-chance romantic suspense novel as Selena Montgomery. Adam Grayson and Raleigh Foster are both brilliant thinkers recruited from graduate school by a shadowy extragovernmental intelligence agency. Their last assignment together brought them to the (fictitious) Mediterranean island of Jafir, which has an African and Middle Eastern culture and a powerful terrorist organization called Scimitar. Raleigh and Adam were tasked with infiltrating it, but their conflicting temperaments drove them apart. Rules are sacrosanct to her, whereas he is a maverick. Now, three years later, they are back in Jafir to save Adam’s project, Praxis, from falling into Scimitar’s hands to be used in chemical weapons. He blames her for the death of his best friend. She feels guilty about having to betray him again. He doesn’t dare to risk his heart again. She doesn’t believe she’s capable of love. Trust is the fulcrum on which their professional and romantic relationships pivot and stumble. Abrams masterfully pairs the cracking pace of a thriller with the tenderness of a romance. – Booklist Review

A Superior Death by Nevada Barr

(Anna Pigeon Series, Book 2)

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

A Superior Death

In her second appearance, after Track of the Cat, National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon is posted to an island in Lake Superior, where her interest in wildlife is fully engaged by the local population of humans. Two scuba-diving tourists exploring an old, submerged wreck discover a recent addition: the body of Denny Castle, who ran a commercial diving concession in the park. This makes Anna uneasy about the mysterious disappearance of Donna Butkus, wife of fellow ranger Scotty Butkus. Hawk Bradshaw, who worked with Denny, suggests that there was a link between Denny and Donna, but Hawk is less revealing about the nature of the relationship he and his twin sister had with the dead man and the impact Denny’s recent marriage (to yet another woman) had on it. The Bradshaws aren’t the only reticent ones here; indeed, Barr’s characters hide enough unsavory secrets to keep a soap opera humming for months. Despite the wealth of personal intrigue, FBI agent Frederic Stanton looks for a drug connection to the murder: “I’m all for drugs . . . Takes the guesswork out of law enforcement.” The levelheaded Anna is again a treat as she and a couple of minor characters whose lives don’t verge on melodrama keep the story from floundering on the rocks. Mystery Guild alternate; paperback rights to Avon. – Publishers Weekly Review

Sweetwater And The Witch by Jayne Castle

(Coming September 20)

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Sweetwater And The Witch

It isn’t a real date. At least, that is what Ravenna Chastain tells herself. If Ravenna accompanies Ethan Sweetwater to a business reception, he will consider it payment in full for Ravenna’s so far failed attempts to play professional matchmaker for him. Plus, Ethan will accompany Ravenna to an upcoming Chastain family event, for which Ravenna has yet to secure a date. However, what starts out as a fake date soon turns into something much more real when the two become the target of a dangerous cadre of criminals who are determined that neither Ravenna nor Ethan will have any kind of a future either together or apart. In the latest stellar addition to her Harmony series, Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) once again brilliantly draws on her own bewitching brand of literary magic to concoct a beguiling novel of futuristic romantic suspense that expertly fuses propulsive plotting, deftly incised secondary characters (including a dust bunny with a penchant for pens), and a pair of protagonists whose sexual chemistry goes from simmer to sizzle in sixty seconds flat. – 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.

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).

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

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Feel free to call the library! Our telephone number is 607-936-3713.

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New York Times Bestsellers September 18, 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, September 18, 2022.

FICTION

6:20 MAN by David Baldacci

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

620 Man

When his ex-girlfriend turns up dead in his office building, an entry-level investment analyst delves into the halls of economic power.

ALL GOOD PEOPLE HERE by Ashley Flowers with Alex Kiester

(Available Formats: Print Book)

All Good People

A journalist who returns to her hometown vows to find a missing girl and solve a 20-year-old cold case.

ALL YOUR PERFECTS by Colleen Hoover

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

All Your Perfects

Quinn and Graham’s marriage depends on past promises.

BABEL by R.F. Kuang

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Babel

In 1828, Robin Swift studies at Oxford University’s Royal Institute of Translation and faces a choice when Britain pursues a war with China.

CARRIE SOTO IS BACK by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Carrie Soto Is Back

A tennis player comes out of retirement and trains with her father to defend her record.

CHALLENGE by Danielle Steel

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

The Challenge

Parents of children who have gone missing on a dangerous peak in Montana form a search-and-rescue mission.

DAISY DARKER by Alice Feeney

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

Daisy Darker

A family reunion on a tidal island turns deadly as the characters are isolated by a storm and killed one by one.

FIRE AND BLOOD by George R.R. Martin

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

Fire And Blood

Set 300 years before the events of “A Game of Thrones,” this is the first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

GIRL, FORGOTTEN by Karin Slaughter

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

Girl Forgotten

U.S. Marshal Andrea Oliver goes to Longbill Beach to protect a judge and winds up investigating a cold case from 1982.

HOTEL NANTUCKET by Elin Hilderbrand

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

Hotel Nantucket

The new general manager of a hotel far from its Gilded Age heyday deals with the complicated pasts of her guests and staff.

THE INK BLACK HEART by Robert Galbraith

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Ink Black Heart

The sixth book in the Cormoran Strike series. When a cartoonist is murdered, Cormoran and Robin go after a mysterious online figure known as Anomie.

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, Large Print, CD audiobook, 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.

LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus

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

Lessons in Chemistry

A scientist and single mother living in California in the 1960s becomes a star on a TV cooking show.

LOVE ON THE BRAIN by Ali Hazelwood

(Avaialble Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Love On The Brain

Heartbeats quicken and neurons fire when a pair of antagonistic scientists work together on a project.

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?

OVERKILL by Sandra Brown

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

Overkill

A former football star falls for a state prosecutor at the same time he must decide whether to kill his ex-wife, who is on life support, to ensnare her attacker.

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.

TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW by Gabrielle Zevin

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

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Two friends find their partnership challenged in the world of video game design.

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

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.

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.

WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME by Gillian McAllister

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Wrong Place Wrong Time

A mother who witnesses her son murder a stranger finds her days are going in reverse and seeks to use that to alter events.

NON-FICTION:

ALL ABOUT LOVE by bell hooks

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

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, eBook & downloadable audiobook)

Body Keeps Score

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

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah

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

Born A Crime

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

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook, downloadable audiobook and 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.

BREAKING HISTORY by Jared Kushner

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Breaking History

An account of time spent in the Trump White House by the former president’s son-in-law and senior adviser.

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.

DIANA, WILLIAM, AND HARRY by James Patterson and Chris Mooney

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

Diana William & Harry

A biography of the late Princess of Wales and her sons.

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.

FINDING ME by Viola Davis

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Finding Me

The multiple award-winning actress describes the difficulties she encountered before claiming her sense of self and achieving professional success.

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH by Arthur C. Brooks

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

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.

I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED by Jennette McCurdy

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

I'm Glad My Mom Died

The actress and filmmaker describes her eating disorders and difficult relationship with her mother.

AN IMMENSE WORLD by Ed Yong

(Available Formats:Print Book & eBook)

An Immense World

The Pulitzer Prize–winning science writer explains the sensory perceptions and ways of communication used by a variety of animals.

LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI by Rinker Buck

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Life On The Mississippi

The author of “The Oregon Trail” recounts his adventures on a wooden flatboat and challenges the myths of American expansion.

OPERATION PINEAPPLE EXPRESS by Scott Mann

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Operation Pineapple Express

A retired Green Beret gives an account of a rescue mission during the time of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.

PATH LIT BY LIGHTNING by David Maraniss

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Pat Lit Only By Lightning

The life story of the Olympic athlete, All-American football player and Major League Baseball player Jim Thorpe.

THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant

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

Think Again

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

VACUUMING IN THE NUDE by Peggy Rowe

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

VACUUMING IN THE NUDE

Stories of vacation mishaps, writers’ conferences and a cancer support group.

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

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

What Happened To You

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

WHAT WE OWE THE FUTURE by William MacAskill

(Available Formats:

What We Owe The Future

A philosopher shares his perspective on what we should do now to ensure that civilization would rebound if it collapsed.

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.

Also of Note: If a New York Times Bestseller isn’t yet available in any of the three catalogs; you can contact the library and request to be notified when it becomes available.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening September 9, 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, September 16, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Benny & Bea’s Waltz by Hemlock & Hickory (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: Hemlock & Hickory (2022)

For Your Love by Fleetwood Mac (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Mystery To Me (1973)

Me And Bobby McGee by Kris Kristofferson (Genre: Country)

From The Album: Live At Gilley’s – Pasadena, TX: September 15, 1981 (2022)

And as a bonus, just for fun, here is Janis Joplin singing the same song:

Me And Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Pearl (1971)

Nobody But You by Shemekia Copeland (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Done Come Too Far (2022)

No Poetry by Gary Jules (Genre: Roots Rock, Rock)

From The Album: Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets (2001)

Not Just A Girl by Shania Twain (Genre: Country)

From The Album: Not Just A Girl: The Highlights (2022)

Space Cowboy by The Steve Miller Band (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: BraveNewWorld (1969)

Train Take Me Away by Monica Taylor (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: Trains, Rivers & Trails (2022)

Wake Up Call by John Mayall and Mavis Staples (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Wake Up Call (1993)

We Go Back by Buddy Guy and Mavis Staples (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: The Blues Don’t Lie (2022)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – the Complete Recordings by Howard Shore (Genre: Score, Ethereal!)

The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

And from the album the song

The Council of Elrond Assembles / “Aníron” (feat. Enya) by Howard Shore

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Online References

50 Best Patriotic Songs Worth Adding to Your 4th of July Playlist by Erin Cavoto, May 24, 2022, https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/holidays-celebrations/g32142591/patriotic-songs/

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.