Suggested Reading May 4, 2021

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

Format Note: Under each book title you’ll find a list of all the different formats that specific title is available in; including: Print Books, Large Print Books, CD Audiobooks, eBooks & Downloadable Audiobooks from the Digital Catalog (OverDrive & Libby apps) and Hoopla eBooks & Hoopla Downloadable Audiobooks (Hoopla App).

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

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

The next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, May 10, 2021.

Bailey’s Cafe by Gloria Naylor

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

Bailey's Cafe

A “moving and memorable” novel about a cafe where everyone has a story to tell from the award-winning author of The Women of Brewster Place (The Boston Globe).

In post–World War II Brooklyn, on a quiet backstreet, there’s a little place that draws people from all over—not for the food, and definitely not for the coffee. An in-between place that’s only there when you need it, Bailey’s Cafe is a crossroads where patrons stay for a while before making a choice: Move on or check out?

In this novel, National Book Award–winning author Gloria Naylor’s expertly crafted characters experience a journey full of beauty and heartbreak. Touching on gender, race, and the African American experience, Bailey’s Cafe is “a sublime achievement” about the resilience of the human spirit (People).

Bitterroot Lake by Alicia Beckman; audiobook read by Linda Jones

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook & audiobook)

Bitterroot Lake

Twenty-five years ago, during a celebratory weekend at historic Whitetail Lodge, Sarah McCaskill had a vision, a dream, a nightmare. When a young man was killed, her guilt over having ignored the warning devastated her. Her friendships with her closest friends and her sister fell apart as she worked to build a new life in a new city. But she never stopped loving Whitetail Lodge on the shores of Bitterroot Lake.

Now that she’s a young widow, her mother urges her to return to the lodge for healing. But when she arrives, she’s greeted by an old friend-and by news of a murder that’s clearly tied to that tragic day she’ll never forget. And the dreams are back too. What dangers are they warning of this time? As Sarah and her friends dig into the history of the lodge and the McCaskill family, they uncover a legacy of secrets and make a discovery that gives chilling new meaning to the dreams. Now, they can no longer ignore the ominous portents from the past that point to a danger more present than any of them could know.

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Blood Water Paint

McCullough’s debut, told primarily in verse, introduces 17-year-old Artemisia Gentileschi, who was in real life a talented young painter during the Italian Baroque period. Grudgingly trained by her father and forced to sign his name to her clearly superior work, Artemisia chafes against the confines of being a woman in a male-dominated world. When an established artist takes an interest in her, Artemisia reaches for the opportunity to improve her craft, but she soon learns that his interest is less than noble and her protestations are no protection. Interspersed throughout Artemisia’s story are those of ancient heroines Susanna and Judith, two women who stand against men who covet their bodies and seek to destroy. As Artemisia tries to tell the truths of these women on canvas (“I know/ what it is to be watched, to be leered at what it is to be a thing”), she grows into her own power and finds the strength to stand against her own rapist. A haunting, stirring depiction of an unforgettable woman, Artemisia’s story will resonate deeply with readers today and beyond. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

The King’s Beast: A Mystery of the American Revolution by Eliot Pattison

(Available Formats: Print Book)

King's Beast

The latest installment in Pattison’s excellent “Bone Rattler” series (after Savage Liberty) combines solid historical research with superb storytelling. The year is 1769, and stakes are high. Unless the king intervenes, his war council plans to garrison Boston and New York with troops to put an end to the grumblings of the Sons of Liberty and close down an unidentified agent who’s stealing English manufacturing secrets and smuggling them into America. It’s not time yet for full-out rebellion. The colonists want for their complaints to be aired, but their enemies in England have already branded them as traitors. Duncan McCallum–exiled from Scotland as a Jacobite, indentured in the colonies, whipped at the post alongside slaves, accepted by the Iroquois as truth-seeker–sets out for London to deliver the bones of giant prehistoric animals to Benjamin Franklin, who hopes to use them to secure a private meeting with the king. But London is perilous for Duncan and his friends and allies, some of whom are incarcerated in Bedlam, and Duncan’s worst enemy is getting closer. VERDICT Satisfying as both action thriller and as history, this exciting mystery should also appeal to lovers of historical fiction. Starred Library Journal Review

Readers’ Note: If you’d like to read the entire Mysteries of Colonial America Series; here is the current reading list: 1. Bone Rattler, 2. Eye of the Raven, 3. Original Death, 4. Blood of the Oak, 5. Savage Liberty & 6. The King’s Beast.

Open Carry by Marc Cameron

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

Open Carry

In this strong series debut, U.S. Marshal Arliss Cutter and his team, experts in tracking down fugitives, face a stern test: a young Tlingit woman has been murdered in a remote part of Alaska, and several crew members of a TV reality show filming in the area have disappeared. Are the murders and disappearances random events or the work of a deranged maniac? Or is there more to the carnage? Cameron effectively combines investigation and straight-ahead action, and he has fashioned a compelling, never-give-an-inch hero who will appeal to Jack Reacher fans. Jump in now for what looks to be a series that thriller fans will follow closely. – Booklist Review

Readers’ Note: The Arliss Cutter series features three books to-date: Open Carry, Stone Cross and Bone Rattle.

Sleuthing For A Living by Jennifer L. Hart; audiobook read by Suzanne Cerreta

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout audiobook)

Sleuthing For A Living

Part 1 of the Mackenzie & Mackenzie P.I. series

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries comes a new series that proves blood can be thicker than water… As a young single parent, Mackenzie Elizabeth Taylor has struggled to provide for her teenage daughter. She finally catches a break when she inherits half of an apartment building in Boston from her uncle Al…along with his P.I. business. So what if she doesn’t know the first thing about investigation or if their hot-but-crabby downstairs tenant is a police detective who’s looking for any excuse to handcuff her? Her daughter, Mac the computer whiz, has her back. And these two girls don’t know the meaning of the word quit-not even when their first case takes an unexpected turn. The man Mackenzie’s been hired to follow in a custody case seems to have upset more than just her client when she spies another person tailing him-a mysterious man Mackenzie would bet is up to no good. But when her mark suddenly winds up dead, and her first and only client is accused of his murder, Mackenzie vows to find the truth. Only one problem: she doesn’t know where to start…or when to draw the line. Who is the mysterious man she spotted tailing the victim? Is he the killer? Is she in over her head, or will she uncover the secrets someone killed to keep hidden? Mackenzie and Mackenzie are on the case, and the world of private investigation will never be the same.

Silent Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn

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

Silent Sanctuary

Join Lady Julia Grey on her next investigation in book 2 of the acclaimed historical mystery series only from New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn.

Fresh from a six-month sojourn in Italy, Lady Julia returns home to Sussex to find her father’s estate crowded with family and friends. Much to her surprise, the one man she had hoped to forget—the enigmatic and compelling Nicholas Brisbane—is among her father’s houseguests…and he is not alone. Not to be outdone, Julia shows him that two can play at flirtation and promptly introduces him to her devoted, younger, titled Italian count.

But the homecoming celebrations quickly take a ghastly turn when one of the guests is found brutally murdered in the chapel. Lady Julia resumes her unlikely and deliciously intriguing partnership with Nicholas Brisbane, setting out to unravel a tangle of deceit before the killer can strike again.

The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright

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

Orphan Keeper

Based on a remarkable true story Seven-year-old Chellamuthu’s life-and his destiny-is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan, he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America. Chellamuthu is suddenly surrounded by a foreign land and a foreign language. He can’t tell people that he already has a family and becomes consumed by a single, impossible question: How do I get home? But after more than a decade, home becomes a much more complicated idea as the Indian boy eventually sheds his past and receives a new name: Taj Khyber Rowland. It isn’t until Taj meets an Indian family who helps him rediscover his roots, as well as marrying Priya, his wife, who helps him unveil the secrets of his past, that he begins to discover the truth he has all but forgotten. Taj is determined to return to India and begin the quest to find his birth family. But is it too late? Is it possible that his birth mother is still looking for him? And which family does he belong to now? From the best-selling author of The Rent Collector, this is a deeply moving and gripping journey about discovering one’s self and the unbreakable family bonds that connect us forever.

Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich; audiobook narrated by Lori Petty

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

Two For The Dough

Stephanie Plum Series, Book 2

Sassy, brassy Stephanie Plum, the bounty hunter from Trenton, N.J., introduced to acclaim in last year’s One for the Money, returns to track a bond jumper through her blue-collar neighborhood known as the “burg.” A local funeral home, a slimy undertaker and mutilated corpses figure large in the search for Kenny Mancuso, who, having shot an old high-school friend in the knee, posted bail with Stephanie’s boss, her cousin, and then disappeared. When the old friend is shot again, fatally, Stephanie reluctantly joins forces with her sexy enemy and love interest, Trenton homicide cop Joe Morelli. While looking for Kenny, Stephanie also searches for 24 caskets stolen from Spiro Stiva, heir apparent of Stiva’s Mortuary and also a high-school buddy of Kenny’s. As body parts, cut from “clients” on view at Stiva’s, are used to warn people off the case, Stephanie and Morelli spar in a lively if expected fashion and Stephanie’s feisty gun-toting Grandma Mazur forsakes her usual routine of talk-show TV and attending wakes to join the fight against crime. Readers will likely stay a few steps ahead of the sleuths, but the sharp repartee and Stephanie’s slightly cynical but still fond relationship with her family and the burg hold a treasury of urban-style charms. – Publishers Weekly Review

This is the first book in the twenty-seven book Stephanie Plum Series. The first book is titled One For The Money and the latest is Fortune and Glory (2020).

Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

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Whose Body

In the debut mystery in Dorothy L. Sayers’s acclaimed Lord Peter Wimsey series, the case of a dead bather draws Lord Peter into the 1st of many puzzling mysteries Lord Peter Wimsey spends his days tracking down rare books, and his nights hunting killers. Though the Great War has left his nerves frayed with shellshock, Wimsey continues to be London’s greatest sleuth-and he’s about to encounter his oddest case yet. A strange corpse has appeared in a suburban architect’s bathroom, stark naked save for an incongruous pince-nez. When Wimsey arrives on the scene, he is confronted with a once-in-a-lifetime puzzle. The police suspect that the bathtub’s owner is the murderer, but Wimsey’s investigation quickly reveals that the case is much stranger than anyone could have predicted. Whose Body? introduced a character and a series that would make Dorothy L. Sayers famous. To this day, Lord Peter remains 1 of the genre’s most beloved and brilliant characters. Whose Body? is the 1st book in the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, but you may enjoy the series by reading the books in any order.

Readers’ Note: The entire fifteen book Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery Series is available in omnibus four eBook volumes – in the Hoopla instant checkout catalog. And if you’d just like to follow reading book 1 in the series with book 2; it is titled Clouds of Witness.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have questions or want to request a book?

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers May 9, 2021

Hi everyone, here is the weekly list of New York Times Bestsellers.

Each title is followed by a listing of which formats it is available in for check out within the three catalogs: StarCat (Print, Large Print & CD Audiobooks), The Digital Catalog (eBook & Downloadable Audiobook) and the Hoopla Catalog (Hoopla instant checkout eBook & Hoopla Audiobook).

For more information on the three catalogs skip to the section below the bestselling titles*

New York Times Bestseller blog postings are published on Sundays; and the next New York Times Bestselling blog posting will be published on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

UPDATE! The library was unexpectedly closed last Friday, due to electrical work in the building taking longer than expected; and staff was thus unexpectedly off on Friday, April 30.

So we’re skipping a week of posting the bestseller lists; as I can’t put the new bestseller list post together until Thursday, and the library building was closed, due to the same electrical work, as expected – last Thursday too. All of that is the long way around the barn of saying the next New York Times Bestseller posting will be published on Sunday, May 9, 2021 – Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! LR

FICTION

BOOK OF LONGINGS by Sue Monk Kidd

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

A scholarly young woman named Ana meets an 18-year-old Jesus and becomes caught up in a confluence of dangers.

THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah

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

As dust storms roll during the Great Depression, Elsa must choose between saving the family and farm or heading West.

A GAMBLING MAN by David Baldacci

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

Aloysius Archer, a World War II veteran, seeks to apprentice with Willie Dash, a private eye, in a corrupt California town.

GOOD COMPANY by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

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

The foundation of a marriage between actors is shaken when they reunite with an old friend who is now a TV star.

GOOD SISTER by Sally Hepworth

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

Past secrets come up when Fern decides to pay back her twin sister, Rose, by having a baby for her.

THE HILL WE CLIMB by Amanda Gorman

(Available Formats: Print, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

The poem read on President Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day, by the youngest poet to write and perform an inaugural poem.

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab

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

A Faustian bargain comes with a curse that affects the adventure Addie LaRue has across centuries.

KLARA AND THE SUN by Kazuo Ishiguro

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)

An “Artificial Friend” named Klara is purchased to serve as a companion to an ailing 14-year-old girl.

LATER by Stephen King

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

Later

An N.Y.P.D. detective asks the son of a struggling single mother to use his unnatural ability to track a killer.

LOVER UNVEILED by J.R. Ward

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The 19th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Sahvage and Mae fight against what she unleashed.

LOST APOTHECARY by Sarah Penner

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

An aspiring historian in London finds a clue that might put to rest unsolved apothecary murders from 200 years ago.

MAN WHO LIVED UNDERGROUND by Richard Wright

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A previously unpublished novel by the author of “Native Son,” with an afterword by his grandson Malcolm Wright. A Black man named Fred Daniels is tortured by the police until he confesses to a crime he did not commit.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

OCEAN PREY by John Sandford

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

The 31st book in the Prey series. When federal officers are killed, Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers team up to investigate matters.

THE RED BOOK by James Patterson and David Ellis

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

The second book in the Black Book thriller series. Chicago detective Billy Harney investigates his own past.

THE ROSE CODE by Kate Quinn

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook coming shortly)

Rose Code
As a post-World War II royal wedding approaches, an encrypted letter resurrects an alliance between three female code breakers.

THE SONGS OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

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

 

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

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett

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

The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern Black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity but their fates intertwine.

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.

WIN by Harlan Coben

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Windsor Horne Lockwood III might rectify cold cases connected to his family that have eluded the F.B.I. for decades.

NON-FICTION:

BLOOD AND TREASURE by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A depiction of the frontiersman Daniel Boone.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

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

BROKEN by Jenny Lawson

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

The humorist maps out her mental and physical health journey.

BROKEN HORSES by Brandi Carlile

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter recounts difficulties during her formative years and her hard-won successes.

CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson

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

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines aspects of caste systems across civilizations and reveals a rigid hierarchy in America today.

THE CODE BREAKER by Walter Isaacson

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook coming shortly)

Code Breaker
How the Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues invented CRISPR, a tool that can edit DNA.

EMPIRE OF PAIN by Patrick Radden Keefe

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A portrait of the Sackler family, known for their philanthropy toward institutions around the world, and their involvement with Valium and OxyContin.

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

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

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

ON THE HOUSE by John Boehner

(Available Formats: Print Book; eBook coming shortly)

The former speaker of the House reflects on his time in Washington, key political figures and the current state of the Republican Party.

THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant

(Available Formats: Print Book)

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

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

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

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

Be well and read on!

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.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening April 30, 2021

Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!

Suggested Listening postings are published on Fridays; and our next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, May 7, 2021

Bright Side Girl by Eric Church (Genre: Country, Country-Rock)

Modern country outlaw Eric Church, whose music owes as much to rock n’ roll as country, offers a new collection of rough and ready songs including the melancholy, yet optimistic song Bright City Girl.

From The Album: Soul (2021).

Come Monday by Jimmy Buffett (Genre: Folk-Rock, Pop, Country-Rock)

A song about a sad singer missing his girlfriend from the man who later became known for his super-festive party style concerts

From The Album: Living And Dying In 3/4 Time (1974).

Codona Live by Don Cherry (Genre: Jazz, Experimental)

This live version of Codona was recorded in New York City in 1985.

From The Album: Original recording found on the album Codona (1979).

The Harvest Home Suite: Spring (Prairie Spring) by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: Harvest Home: Music For All Season (1999)

I Can See For Miles by The Who (Genre: Rock)

The classic mod group with one of the stand-out songs from their semi-concept album The Who Sell Out.

From The Album: The Who Sell Out Deluxe Edition (original release 1967; deluxe edition 2021)

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19, II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo by Hilary Hahn & Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France & Mikko Franck (Genre: Classical)

A lively composition showing the musical chops of the talented violinist Hilary Hahn, and with a fantastic video component.

From The Album: Paris (2021)

Runnin’ Down A Dream by Lucinda Williams (Genre: Rock, Folk, Americana)

A brilliant songwriter, Lucinda Williams turns her musical attention to the works of Tom Petty and offers an introspective collection of Petty covers.

From The Album: Runnin’ Down A Dream: A Tribute To Tom Petty (2021)

Saturday Night by The Bay City Rollers (Genre: Pop-Rock)

A blast from the past and a number one hit for the popular bubble gum band in 1976.

From The Album Rollin’ (1974)

She Walks In Beauty by Marianne Faithful with Warren Ellis

The great deep-voiced singer reads poetry on her new album. If you’re in a meditative mood – check out this song and album!

From The Album: She Walks In Beauty (2021).

Walkin’ by Paul Oscher (Genre: Blues)

When Paul Oscher began his career in the sixties; he was a rarity — a young white man playing the harmonica in Muddy Water’s band. Oscher was a multi-instrumentalist, playing the harmonica, guitar and piano. He was known as an excellent sideman, and for many years played live with a well a number of well-known blues players including Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker and Levon Helm. In the 1990s, Oscher branched out and started recording albums with his own band.

The song Walkin’, which sounds like it could have been recorded in Chicago in the sixties, can be found on his fourth album Along With The Blues.

From The Album: Along With The Blues (2004)

Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd (Genre: Rock)

The progressive and wildly popular band with the title track from their 1975 album of the same name; recorded live in 1990; at the annual Knebworth Festival, held on the grounds of Knebworth House in Knebworth, England.

From The Album: Live at Knebworth 1990 (2021).

Hoopla Recommendation of the Week

Come And Stay With Me: The UK 45s 1964-1969 by Marianne Faithful (Vocal, Pop)

An early collection of popular songs by the great singer.

And one of her best know songs, is her version of the Jagger-Richards classic

As Tears Go By

Have a good weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

AllMusic. 2021. AllMusic | Record Reviews, Streaming Songs, Genres & Bands. [online] Available at: <https://www.allmusic.com/&gt;.

Weekly References

Zoladz, L. (2021, April 28). She’s Marianne Faithfull, Damn It. And She’s (Thankfully) Still Here. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/22/arts/music/marianne-faithfull-she-walks-in-beauty.html

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive & Libby Apps)

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

Hoopla

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading April 27, 2021

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

Format Note: Under each book title you’ll find a list of all the different formats that specific title is available in; including: Print Books, Large Print Books, CD Audiobooks, eBooks & Downloadable Audiobooks from the Digital Catalog (OverDrive & Libby apps) and Hoopla eBooks & Hoopla Downloadable Audiobooks (Hoopla App).

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

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

The next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

After The One by Cass Lester

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

An Uplifting Novel of Friendship, Family and New Love

What happens… after The One?

April 16th is always one of Charley’s worst days of the year. It’s her husband’s birthday, a painful reminder of his death four-years ago. So naturally, her car breaks down. She nearly gets run over trying to catch the bus. And then, she’s made redundant.

Her friends see the redundancy as a chance for her to start again and live the life she always wanted, but since being widowed Charley has clung to familiarity and avoided change like the plague. Then, out of the blue, her mother-in-law Pam pitches up in need of a place to stay after walking out on her 40-year marriage. Together, Charley and Pam find themselves at a crossroad. It’s not easy to move on after The One, but they can’t stand still forever.

A gorgeously heartwarming and feel-good story for fans of Libby Page and Nicola Gill.

Apple (Skin to the Core) by Eric Gansworth

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

How about a book that makes you barge into your boss’s office to read a page of poetry from? That you dream of? That every movie, song, book, moment that follows continues to evoke in some way?

The term “Apple” is a slur in Native communities across the country. It’s for someone supposedly “red on the outside, white on the inside.”

Eric Gansworth is telling his story in Apple (Skin to the Core). The story of his family, of Onondaga among Tuscaroras, of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds.

Eric shatters that slur and reclaims it in verse and prose and imagery that truly lives up to the word heartbreaking.

The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt

(Available Formats: Print & Hoopla instant checkout audio)

In Hewitt’s superb, darkly charming debut, Londoner Alice Wyndham receives a mysterious gift and discovers that she is an exceedingly rare aviarist who can see each person’s invisible nightjar, a bird that is a mirror of the soul that it guards. She can even hone the talent to perceive a person’s emotions and memories. A man named Crowley tells Alice she’s in danger, and an attempted kidnapping causes an accident that puts Alice’s best friend, Jen, in a coma. To save her, Alice must reunite Jen with her nightjar, which fled in confusion when Jen was injured. Crowley offers to help Alice control her magic and whisks her off to the Rookery, an alternate “sister-city” of London, but they’re threatened by the powerful Judicium, who want to destroy people like Alice, and the leader of a death cult. Hewitt makes it easy to picture the 1930s-infused Rookery, where magic comes as naturally as breathing, and readers will be fascinated by the story’s magic, largely based in Finnish lore. It’s a delight to explore the Rookery alongside Alice as she discovers her unusual powers and races to save her friend. The wildly imaginative Hewitt is a writer to watch. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

No Way Out by Fern Michaels

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels comes a brand-new novel that blends her rich, character-driven storytelling with a hint of suspense, as a reclusive young woman struggles to piece her life back together…

Ellie Bowman barely remembers the incident that put her into a coma. When she awoke, filled with unease, all she knew for certain was that her boyfriend, Rick, was missing. She knew she needed to get away from her old life and recover in safety. With the proceeds of a video game she helped develop, Ellie starts over in rural Missouri, working from her cottage and trusting no one except her friend and business partner.

Yet even in this quiet small town, it’s impossible to completely isolate herself. Especially when a curious eight-year-old boy, smitten with Ellie’s pup, stops by every day to talk to him over the fence. Little by little, Ellie is being drawn back into the world through the neighbors and community around her, realizing that everyone has their own fears and obstacles to contend with.

But when Ellie hears that Rick has resurfaced, her nightmares return, and with them, small snippets of memory. No one has heard from Rick since before the incident, so why is he back now? Ellie wants to move forward with her life, but first she must find the courage to look into her past, no matter what she finds there …

The Promise by Damon Galgut

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A modern saga that could only have come from South Africa, written in gorgeous prose by author, Damon Galgut.

Haunted by an unmet promise, the Swart family loses touch after the death of their matriarch. Adrift, the lives of the three siblings move separately through the uncharted waters of South Africa; Anton, the golden boy who bitterly resents his life’s unfulfilled promises; Astrid, whose beauty is her power; and the youngest, Amor, whose life is shaped by a nebulous feeling of guilt.

Reunited by four funerals over three decades, the dwindling family reflects the atmosphere of its country, an atmosphere of resentment, renewal, and-ultimately-hope. The Promise is an epic drama that unfurls against the unrelenting march of national history, sure to please current fans and attract many new ones.

The Right Kind of Fool by Sarah Loudin Thomas

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Haunted by his culpability for the deafness of his son, Loyal, Creed Raines knows he is better off alone in his mountainside cabin. His wife can understand the boy, and Creed would only make matters worse with his bullheadedness, much like his own father. When Loyal, 13, unexpectedly comes to Creed for help after discovering a corpse, Creed is quickly pulled back into the life he tried to abandon. As they search for answers to the mysterious death, Loyal begins teaching a hesitant Creed sign language so that they can better communicate with one another, thus revealing the power of mutual understanding and acceptance. Thomas (When Silence Sings, 2019) returns with an uplifting novel that strikes all the high points of redemptive love and coming-of-age within a historical murder mystery. Set in West Virginia during the Great Depression, this father-son tale affirms the challenges facing the Deaf community. Thomas brilliantly incorporates the use of sign language throughout the novel and infuses sparkling energy in her depiction of her characters’ growing understanding. She writes with compassion and honesty as she appraises the gifts of hearing and of being heard, and offers a fresh look at the nuances and the importance of emotional intelligence. Starred Booklist Review

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

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Finalist for an Edgar Award for Best Novel

“This lively whodunit keeps you guessing until the end.” -People

Death lies between the lines when the events of a dark story start coming true in this haunting modern Gothic mystery, perfect for fans of Magpie Murders and The Lake House.

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. A high school teacher specializing in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she even teaches a course on him. But when one of Clare’s colleagues is found dead, with a line from Holland’s iconic story “The Stranger” left by her body, Clare is horrified to see her life collide with her favorite literature.

The police suspect the killer is someone Clare knows. Unsure whom to trust, she turns to her diary, the only outlet for her suspicions and fears. Then one day she notices something odd. Writing that isn’t hers, left on the page of an old diary:
Hallo Clare. You don’t know me.

Clare becomes more certain than ever: “The Stranger” has come to terrifying life. But can the ending be rewritten in time?

Windhall: A Novel by Ava Barry

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A stunning literary thriller in which an investigative journalist in modern Los Angeles attempts to solve the Golden Age murder of a Hollywood starlet. 1940s Hollywood was an era of decadence and director Theodore Langley was its king. Paired with Eleanor Hayes as his lead actress, Theo ruled the Golden Age of Hollywood. That ended when Eleanor’s mangled body was discovered in Theo’s rose garden and he was charged with her murder. The case was thrown out before it went to trial and Theo fled L.A., leaving his crawling estate, Windhall, to fall into ruin. He hasn’t been seen since. Decades later, investigative journalist Max Hailey, raised by his gran on stories of old Hollywood, is sure that if he could meet Theo, he could prove once and for all that the famed director killed his leading lady. When a copycat murder takes place near Windhall, the long reclusive Theo returns to L.A., and it seems Hailey finally has his chance.

When Hailey gets his hands on Theo’s long-missing journals, he reads about Eleanor’s stalkers and her role in Theo’s final film, The Last Train to Avalon, a film so controversial it was never released to the public. In the months leading up to her death, something had left her so terrified she stopped coming to work.

The more Hailey learns about Avalon, the more convinced he becomes that the film could tell him who killed Eleanor and why she had to die. But the implications of Avalon reach far beyond Eleanor’s murder, and Hailey must race to piece together the murders of the past and present before it’s too late.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have questions or want to request a book?

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers May 2, 2021

Hi everyone, here is the weekly list of New York Times Bestsellers.

Each title is followed by a listing of which formats it is available in for check out within the three catalogs: StarCat (Print, Large Print & CD Audiobooks), The Digital Catalog (eBook & Downloadable Audiobook) and the Hoopla Catalog (Hoopla instant checkout eBook & Hoopla Audiobook).

For more information on the three catalogs skip to the section below the bestselling titles*

New York Times Bestseller blog postings are published on Sundays; and the next New York Times Bestselling blog posting will be published on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

FICTION

THE DEVIL’S HAND by Jack Carr

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The fourth book in the Terminal List series. James Reece is given a top-secret C.I.A. mission.

THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah

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

As dust storms roll during the Great Depression, Elsa must choose between saving the family and farm or heading West.

GOOD SISTER by Sally Hepworth

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Past secrets come up when Fern decides to pay back her twin sister, Rose, by having a baby for her.

THE HILL WE CLIMB by Amanda Gorman

(Available Formats: Print, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

The poem read on President Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day, by the youngest poet to write and perform an inaugural poem.

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab

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

A Faustian bargain comes with a curse that affects the adventure Addie LaRue has across centuries.

KLARA AND THE SUN by Kazuo Ishiguro

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)

An “Artificial Friend” named Klara is purchased to serve as a companion to an ailing 14-year-old girl.

LATER by Stephen King

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

Later

An N.Y.P.D. detective asks the son of a struggling single mother to use his unnatural ability to track a killer.

LIFE AFTER DEATH by Sister Souljah

(Available Formats: Print Book)

In a sequel to “The Coldest Winter Ever,” Winter Santiaga emerges after time served and seeks revenge.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

NORTHERN SPY by Flynn Berry

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The sister of a BBC producer may have joined the Irish Republican Army.

OCEAN PREY by John Sandford

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

The 31st book in the Prey series. When federal officers are killed, Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers team up to investigate matters.

THE RED BOOK by James Patterson and David Ellis

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

The second book in the Black Book thriller series. Chicago detective Billy Harney investigates his own past.

THE ROSE CODE by Kate Quinn

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook coming shortly)

Rose Code
As a post-World War II royal wedding approaches, an encrypted letter resurrects an alliance between three female code breakers.

THE SONGS OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

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

STARGAZER by Anne Hillerman

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

Can Leaphorn give Chee and Manuelito the guidance they need to find the justice they seek?

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett

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

The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern Black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity but their fates intertwine.

WHEN THE STARS GO DARK by Paula McLain

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

Personal tragedy ushers a missing persons detective back to where she grew up and onto a new case.

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.

WIN by Harlan Coben

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Windsor Horne Lockwood III might rectify cold cases connected to his family that have eluded the F.B.I. for decades.

NON-FICTION:

BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Hunter Biden

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The lawyer and artist, who is the son of the current president, details tragedies within his family and his path to sobriety.

BECOMING by Michelle Obama

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

The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

THE BODY by Bill Bryson

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

An owner’s manual of the human body covering various parts, functions and what happens when things go wrong.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

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

BROKEN by Jenny Lawson

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

The humorist maps out her mental and physical health journey.

BROKEN HORSES by Brandi Carlile

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter recounts difficulties during her formative years and her hard-won successes.

CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson

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

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines aspects of caste systems across civilizations and reveals a rigid hierarchy in America today.

THE CODE BREAKER by Walter Isaacson

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook coming shortly)

Code Breaker
How the Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues invented CRISPR, a tool that can edit DNA.

EMPIRE OF PAIN by Patrick Radden Keefe

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A portrait of the Sackler family, known for their philanthropy toward institutions around the world, and their involvement with Valium and OxyContin.

GOD EQUATION by Michio Kaku

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The theoretical physicist explains the controversy around the synthesis of the theory of relativity and quantum theory.

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

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

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

LIGHT OF DAYS by Judy Batalion

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

How Jewish women in Poland turned Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis and helped build systems of underground bunkers.

ON THE HOUSE by John Boehner

(Available Formats: Print Book; eBook coming shortly)

The former speaker of the House reflects on his time in Washington, key political figures and the current state of the Republican Party.

A PROMISED LAND by Barack Obama

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

In the first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama offers personal reflections on his formative years and pivotal moments through his first term.

THE SUM OF US by Heather McGhee

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The chair of the board of the racial justice organization Color of Change analyzes the impact of racism on the economy.

THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant

(Available Formats: Print Book)

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

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

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

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

Be well and read on!

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.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening April 23, 2021

Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!

Suggested Listening postings are published on Fridays; and our next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, April 30, 2021.

Black Like Me by Mickey Guyton (Genre: Country)

Singer-songwriter Mickey Guyton has been working in the music field as a songwriter for more than ten years; and has previously released several EPs. Black Like Me is the insightful single that brought her music to the attention of mainstream music fans.

From The EP: Bridges (2020).

Feel So Good by Junior Kimbrough (Genre: Blues)

Mississippi based Junior Kimbrough played an earthy, juke-style blues – very cool!

If you haven’t heard his music before, check it out!

From The Album: First Recordings (1966).

The Foothills by Sara Watkins (Genre: Folk, Americana)

Singer-songwriter and fiddle player Sara Watkins first came to the attention of music fans as a member of the bluegrass band Nickel Creek. In 2009, she branched out and launched a successful solo career, recording an array of insightful folk songs along the way.

And as the song The Foothills is a rather short, but grand, instrumental; here is another song from the same album:

You’re The One I Love with Fiona Apple

From The Album: Sun Midnight Sun (2012)

I Shall Not Be Moved by Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi (Genre: Folk, Americana, Vocal)

A new song from the brand-new album by the very talented multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter!

From The Album: They’re Calling Me Home (2021).

I’ve Got To See You Again by Nora Jones (Genre: Jazz, Vocal)

Jazz singer Nora Jones delivers her first ever live album!

From The Album: ‘Til We Meet Again (Live) (2021)

No Such Thing by Sara Bareilles (Genre: Pop-Rock)

A terrific song from the talented singer-songwriter and pianist!

From The Album: Amidst The Chaos (2019).

Put Your Record On by Corinne Bailey Rae (Genre: R&B, Pop)

Corinne Bailey Rae is a gifted singer-songwriter and guitarist; and this upbeat song has a spring-tinged feel to it!

From The Album: The Heart Speaks In Whispers (2015).

Stagger Lee by Lloyd Price (Genre: R&B, Pop-Rock)

Stagger Lee was a smash hit for the New Orleans based Lloyd Price. Price was known far and wide for his flamboyant concert performances, as “Mr. Personality” , and you can even hear his enthusaism in his music!

From The Album: Stagger Lee (1959).

Tambo by Rubén Blades (Genre: Jazz, Latin)

The great salsa player Rubén Blades is still going strong, and recording upbeat tunes at the age of 72!

From The Album: SALSWING! (2021)

Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers (Genre: Soul, Pop)

The classic blue-eyed soul duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield with one of their most popular songs.

From The Album: One For The Road (1968).

Hoopla Recommendation of the Week

The Plastic Ono Band Ultimate Edition (2021) by John Lennon with Yoko Ono (Genre: Rock)

Plastic Ono Band Ultimate Collection

The Plastic Ono Band Ultimate Collection features 121 songs recorded during the sessions for the original Plastic Ono Band album, which was released in 1970.

Beatles and Lennon fans – check it out!

Hold On by John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band

Have a good weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

AllMusic. 2021. AllMusic | Record Reviews, Streaming Songs, Genres & Bands. [online] Available at: <https://www.allmusic.com/&gt;.

Weekly References

Blake, J. (2021, January 1). This Black country singer wrote the most powerful song about race in 2020. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/31/entertainment/mickey-guyton-country-singer/index.html

Leight, E. (2021, April 16). Song You Need to Know: Rubén Blades, ‘Tambó.’ Rolling Stone. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/ruben-blades-tambo-song-review-1153017/

Rogers, J. (2021, April 16). Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi: They’re Calling Me Home review – big, beautiful laments. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/apr/16/rhiannon-giddens-and-francesco-turrisi-theyre-calling-me-home-review

Tucker, K. (2020, September 22). Country Singer Mickey Guyton Opens Up About Race And Gender In “Black Like Me.” NPR WSKG. https://www.npr.org/2020/09/22/915611804/country-singer-mickey-guyton-opens-up-about-race-and-gender-in-black-like-me

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive & Libby Apps)

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

Hoopla

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading April 20, 2021

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

Format Note: Under each book title you’ll find a list of all the different formats that specific title is available in; including: Print Books, Large Print Books, CD Audiobooks, eBooks & Downloadable Audiobooks from the Digital Catalog (OverDrive & Libby apps) and Hoopla eBooks & Hoopla Downloadable Audiobooks (Hoopla App).

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

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays. The next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

Beneath The Keep by Erika Johansen

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Beneath The Keep

Johansen takes readers back to the world of the Tearling with a stand-alone novel set 20 years before the events in The Queen of the Tearling (2014). It is a time of drought, famine, and civil unrest. The aristocracy have no sense of noblesse oblige, the church is run by hypocrites, and the queen rules through fear and intimidation. Princess Elyssa is nothing like her mother and hopes she can become her people’s prophesied True Queen. Her dream of saving her kingdom and providing justice for all will be immutably impacted–for good or ill–by a brutal young slave with aspirations of escaping to freedom and a deviously callous procurer with designs on the throne. The story considers the nature of forgiveness, the use and abuse of power, and the morality of right and wrong as characters develop in unexpected ways. The dramatic climax will have readers questioning who the real hero is at the end of this compelling tale of epic fantasy. Series fans will be intrigued to discover the background details of individuals who are pivotal to events in the trilogy, and those new to the series will want to find out what comes next. – Booklist Reivew

Guilt at the Garage by Simon Brett

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

Guilt at the Garaage

Brett takes a shrewd look at the nasty side of village life in his slyly witty 20th Fethering mystery (after 2019’s The Killer in the Choir). When garage owner Bill Shefford, a longtime widower, returns home to Fethering, “a village of unimpeachable middle-class propriety, minding its own business in West Sussex on the South Coast of England,” from a vacation in Thailand with Malee, his beautiful new bride, the locals are quick to brand Malee a gold digger who’s out to cheat Billy, Bill’s son, out of his rightful inheritance. The noxious flow of village gossip escalates when a gearbox falls on Bill’s head while he’s working on a car, killing him. The tone darkens as the series leads—Carole Seddon, a straight-laced retired civil servant, and her zaftig neighbor, Jude Nichols, an alternative healer—investigate the circumstances surrounding Bill’s death. The disparate duo uncover a crime even more sinister than outright murder. Well-developed subplots support the intricate narrative. Brett proves once again to be a master of the amateur sleuth genre.

Killer Content by Olivia Blacke

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Killer Content

It’s murder most viral in this debut mystery by Olivia Blacke.

Bayou transplant Odessa Dean has a lot to learn about life in Brooklyn. So far she’s scored a rent free apartment in one of the nicest neighborhoods around by cat-sitting, and has a new job working at Untapped Books & Café. Hand-selling books and craft beers is easy for Odessa, but making new friends and learning how to ride the subway? Well, that might take her a little extra time.

But things turn more sour than an IPA when the death of a fellow waitress goes viral, caught on camera in the background of a couple’s flash-mob proposal video. Nothing about Bethany’s death feels right to Odessa—neither her sudden departure mid-shift nor the clues that only Odessa seems to catch. As an up-and-coming YouTube star, Bethany had more than one viewer waiting for her to fall from grace.

Determined to prove there’s a killer on the loose, Odessa takes matters into her own hands. But can she pin down Bethany’s killer before they take Odessa offline for good?

Mrs. Jeffries Demands Justice by Emily Brightwell

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

Mrs Jeffries Demands Justice

In Brightwell’s energetic 39th Victorian mystery (after 2019’s Mrs. Jeffries and the Alms of the Angel), Mrs. Jeffries, the smart housekeeper of Insp. Gerald Witherspoon, is on the case when her employer’s well-born colleague, Insp. Nigel Nivens, is implicated in the fatal shooting of iceman Bert Santorini in Whitechapel, and Witherspoon’s superior, who’s eager to end press accusations that the Metropolitan Police will cover up a crime committed by one of their own, assigns the inspector to the investigation. Though the weaselly Nivens has double-crossed Witherspoon in the past to get ahead, Mrs. Jeffries believes that everyone deserves justice, and deploys her fellow servants and other associates to pump residents for information. They soon learn that Santorini had numerous enemies, was romancing his landlady as well as a barmaid, seemed quite friendly with a notorious pickpocket, had an unexplained cache of cash, and may have sent innocent men to prison through false testimony. But why is Nivens acting so suspiciously? Memorable characters resonate amid the unusual scenario of an unsympathetic prime suspect. Both longtime fans and readers new to the series will have a grand time. Publisher Weekly Review

Northern Spy by Flynn Berry

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Northern Spy
Berry juxtaposes the pleasures, wonder, and frustrations of life with a baby against a journalist’s life in contemporary Northern Ireland. Terrorism first encroaches on Tessa Daly’s life as a single mother when she sees her sister, Marian, on TV donning a ski mask to rob a bank with IRA members. Baby care and work fade to insignificance as Tessa scrambles to determine where her sister is, whether she was kidnapped by the terrorists and forced to do take part in the robbery, and how to get her home. That’s just the start of this twisting thriller, though, as Tessa becomes far more involved with the terrorists’ cause than she ever planned, risking her life to save all she loves. Edgar-winning Berry (Under the Harrow, 2016) unobtrusively uses Tessa’s agonizing journey to portray life in the IRA and the nonchalance of the British forces toward Northern Ireland’s locals, in the process dropping readers headfirst into the emotions of living in conflict. Berry’s portrayal of Irish life is uncannily accurate; give this to all who love an emotional thriller, but also to Irish and Irish American patrons seeking a no-shamrocks look at Ireland in the not-so-distant past. Booklist Review

The Officer’s Daughter: A Memoir of Family and Forgiveness by Elle Johnson

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Officer's Daughter

Screen writer Johnson debuts with a beautiful and emotional memoir of a family tragedy. In 1981, her cousin and best friend, 16-year-old Karen Marsh, was killed in a botched Burger King robbery in the Bronx. In 2014, Karen’s brother asked her to write a letter to the parole board asking to keep the convicted killer in prison, which prompted Johnson to revisit the incident and the devastating effects it had on her family. At the time of the crime, Johnson’s father was an NYPD parole officer and her uncle was an NYPD homicide detective, and before the suspects were caught she overheard them talking about finding and killing them. Her relationship with her father, a controlling man who beat her mother, was already strained, and overhearing this made it more so. Eventually, two teenage boys involved in the robbery turned themselves in, and the shooter was tracked to California and returned for trial. All received lengthy prison sentences and were denied parole multiple times, but they were eventually released. Johnson never did write the letter, because she waited until it was too late. By researching the case and revisiting her past, though, she finally found forgiveness, for the robbers and her own father. Assured prose bolsters the personal insights. This searing story deserves a wide readership. Agent: Eric Simonoff, WME. Starred PW Review

Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis by Jeffrey H. Jackson

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Paper Bullets

Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe were two singular, if long unsung, figures of WWII French artists, lesbians, subversive and unapologetically empathetic to humanity. As gender-bending creatives in Paris, Schwob and Malherbe were known as Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, respectively. As residents of the English Channel island of Jersey, they were a two-woman resistance movement against the Nazi occupation. The paper bullets of the title refer to insults against Hitler and the Nazis that they wrote on scraps of paper and ingeniously and secretly distributed around the island to lower the morale of German soldiers. It is a remarkable story of creative courage. Historian Jackson (Paris under Water, 2010) describes life on the island under German occupation and the women’s elaborate resistance campaigns until the rueful day both were placed under arrest. Schwob and Malherbe’s fierce intelligence is on full display during their court martial, which was a tour de force of cunning and truth telling, including moments of levity, as they parried every question, leaving their German interrogators angry and baffled, since they showed no regret for their actions nor pled for their lives. Most political propaganda is designed to prevent people from thinking. Ours was designed to make them [the German soldiers] think, said Schwob. Exceptional and inspiring. Women in Focus: The 19th in 2020(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2020, American Library Association.) Starred Booklist Review

A Piece of the Moon by Chris Fabry

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A Piece of the Moon

Waite Evers oversees an eccentric cast of misfits at a dilapidated 1980s country music radio station in West Virginia’s Hill Country. The main news of the day is a local legend about Gideon Quidley’s treasure, supposedly worth enough to lift the whole town of Emmaus out of poverty. The unconventional Quidley hid the windfall in a replica of the Ark of the Covenant, which he then concealed somewhere in the mountains. In an effort to spark religious revival, Quidley left a series of Bible verse clues for the community, but when a local pastor is gravely injured searching for the gold, the radio crew feels responsible for feeding the treasure madness. Waite and his friends decide to solve the mystery to heal the division in their small town. VERDICT Every title by Fabry (Borders of the Heart) draws readers into the story with clear, honest writing in a similar style to Charles Martin and Lynn Austin. The rural South comes to life, with themes of forgiveness and second chances as highlights. The characters are both deeply flawed and immensely relatable, making this another hit for Fabry.–Christine Barth, Scott Cty. Lib. Syst., IA – Library Journal

Three Missing Days by Colleen Coble

Three Missing Days

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Book Three in the gripping romantic suspense series from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.

A chilling murder.
Chief of Police Jane Hardy plunges into the investigation of a house fire that claimed the life of a local woman as well as one of the firefighters. It’s clear the woman was murdered. But why? The unraveling of Jane’s personal life only makes the answers in the case more difficult to find.

Her son’s arrest.
Then Jane’s fifteen-year-old son is accused of a horrific crime, and she has to decide whether or not she can trust her ex, Reid, in the attempt to prove Will’s innocence—and whether she can trust Reid with her heart.

Her stolen memories.
Three days of Jane’s past are missing from her memory, and that’s not all that has been stolen from her. As she works to find the woman’s murdered and clear her son’s name, finding out what happened in those three days could change everything.

It all started with one little lie. But the gripping truth is finally coming out.

When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson

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When The Apricots Bloom

In this moving, suspenseful debut novel, three courageous women confront the complexities of trust, friendship, motherhood, and betrayal under the rule of a ruthless dictator and his brutal secret police. Former foreign correspondent Gina Wilkinson draws on her own experiences to take readers inside a haunting story of Iraq at the turn of the millennium and the impossible choices faced by families under a deadly regime.

At night, in Huda’s fragrant garden, a breeze sweeps in from the desert encircling Baghdad, rustling the leaves of her apricot trees and carrying warning of visitors at her gate. Huda, a secretary at the Australian embassy, lives in fear of the mukhabarat-the secret police who watch and listen for any scrap of information that can be used against America and its allies. They have ordered her to befriend Ally Wilson, the deputy ambassador’s wife. Huda has no wish to be an informant, but fears for her teenaged son, who may be forced to join a deadly militia. Nor does she know that Ally has dangerous secrets of her own.

Huda’s former friend, Rania, enjoyed a privileged upbringing as the daughter of a sheikh. Now her family’s wealth is gone, and Rania too is battling to keep her child safe and a roof over their heads. As the women’s lives intersect, their hidden pasts spill into the present. Facing possible betrayal at every turn, all three must trust in a fragile, newfound loyalty, even as they discover how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect their families.

“Vivid…secrets and lies mingle as easily as the scent of apricot blossoms and nargilah smoke. Wilkinson weaves in the miasma of fear and distrust that characterized Hussein’s regime with convincing detail. Richly drawn characters and high-stakes plot.”-Publishers Weekly

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

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