New York Times Bestsellers November 21, 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 Bestseller  blog posting will be published on Sunday, November 14, 2021.

FICTION

APPLES NEVER FALL by Liane Moriarty

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

Apples Never Fall

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

ATTIC ON QUEEN STREET by Karen White

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Attic On Queen Street

The seventh book in the Tradd Street series. Melanie Trenholm’s husband asks for a separation while ghosts invade her home.

BETTER OFF DEAD by Lee Child and Andrew Child

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

Better Off Dead

The 26th book in the Jack Reacher series. Reacher helps an F.B.I. agent look for her missing brother and takes on a foe named Dendoncker.

BILLY SUMMERS by Stephen King

(Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook & eBook)

Billy Summers

A killer for hire who only takes out bad guys seeks redemption as he does one final job.

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr

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

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

DUNE by Frank Herbert

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

Dune

The 1965 science fiction novel that is the basis of several adaptations, including the recent film directed by Denis Villeneuve.

GAME ON by Janet Evanovich

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

Game On

The 28th book in the Stephanie Plum series. Diesel and Stephanie track the international computer hacker Oswald Wednesday.

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)


A battered wife raised in a violent home attempts to halt the cycle of abuse.

THE JUDGE’S LIST by John Grisham

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

Judge's List

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

THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Last Thing He Told Me

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

THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles

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

Lincoln Highway

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

LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood

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

Love Hypothesis

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

THE 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.

OH WILLIAM! by Elizabeth Strout

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

Oh William

Lucy Barton joins her ex-husband on a trip to look into a family secret.

OUR COUNTRY FRIENDS by Gary Shteyngart

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Our Country Friends

Betrayals emerge and romances develop when eight friends wait out the pandemic in a country house.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

STATE OF TERROR by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny

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

State of Terror

In the wake of the previous administration’s mishandling of international affairs, the new Secretary of State Ellen Adams confronts interconnected global threats.

STRANGER IN THE LIFEBOAT by Mitch Albom

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

Stranger In A Life Boat

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

THE WISH by Nicholas Sparks

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

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

NON-FICTION:

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.

THE BOYS by Ron Howard and Clint Howard

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

The Boys

The Howard brothers credit their success in Hollywood to their Midwestern parents, Rance and Jean.

E.R. NURSES by James Patterson and Matt Eversmann with Chris Mooney

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

E.R. Nurses

A collection of stories from people working in big-city and small-town hospitals.

GOING THERE by Katie Couric

(Available Formats: eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

Going There

The former anchor of the “CBS Evening News” and “Today” describes some of the personal and professional challenges she faced.

PERIL by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

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

Peril

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

PRESIDENT AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTER by Brian Kilmeade

(Available Formats: Print Book)

President and the Freedom Fighter

The Fox News host gives an account of the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

RENEGADES by Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Renegades

Conversations between the 44th president and the multiple award-winning musician on a range of topics.

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari

(Available Formats: Print Book & Libby Audiobook)

Sapiens

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

THE STORYTELLER by Dave Grohl

(Available Formats: eBook)

The Storyteller

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

TASTE by Stanley Tucci

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

Taste

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

TO RESCUE THE REPUBLIC by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney

(Available Formats: Print Book)

To Rescue The Republic

The Fox News chief political anchor recounts challenges faced by Ulysses S. Grant.

WHOLEHEARTED FAITH by Rachel Held Evans with Jeff Chu

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)

Wholehearted Faith

Reflections on the identity and purpose of Christianity completed posthumously.

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSL

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening November 12, 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, November 19, 2021.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Burning Down The House by Bonnie Raitt (Genre: Blues, Rock)

From The Album: Road Tested (1995)

Don’t Let Me Down by The Beatles (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Let It Be (1970)

Dream Weaver by Gary Wright (Genre: Seventies Rock)

From The Album: The Dream Weaver (1976)

If We Make It Through December by Pistol Annies (Genre: Country)

From The Album: Hell Of A Holiday (2021)

Jamaican Medley by Maria Thompson Corley (Genre: Piano, Classical)

From The Album: Soulscapes 2 – Piano Music by Women of African Descent (2021)

The King by Loreena McKennitt (Genre: Vocal, Folk)

From The Album: To Drive The Cold Away (1987)

Shouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave by Traffic (Genre: Classic Rock)

From The Album: Welcome To The Canteen (1971)

Sleigh Ride by Ella Fitzgerald (Genre: Jazz, Holiday)

From The Album: Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (1960)

Women Be Wise by Sippie Wise (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Women Be Wise (1994)

You’re Still The One by Orleans (Genre: Rock, Seventies Rock)

From The Album: Walking And Dreaming (1976)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Motown Thanksgiving Celebration by Various Artists (Genre: R&B, Rock)

MoTown Thanksgiving

This short LP is not a traditional Thanksgiving themed album; but instead features five terrific songs of thanks; or actually five terrific songs and four of thanks – as I’m not sure that I Heard It Through The Grapevine qualifies as a “thankful” song; but then Marvin Gaye songs are always top-notch!

And here is the five-song playlist: 1. Dancing In The Street (Stereo) by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, 2. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, 3. I’ll Be There by Jackson, 4. Love Is Like A Heatwave by Martha & The Vandellas & 5. I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye.

And from the album, a happy and thankful song if ever there was one!

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

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

The Libby App

Libby

Libby is the companion app to the Digital Catalog and may be found in the Apple & Google app.

Hoopla

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Connections, A Readers’, Listeners’ & Viewers’ Advisory Videocast November 5, 2021

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

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

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

Have a great day,
Linda Reimer, SSCL

Suggested Reading November 9, 2021.

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

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

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

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

The Book Of Form And Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

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

Book of Form & Emptiness

“Has it ever occurred to you that books have feelings, too?” As does every object in supersensitive Benny Oh’s world. They also have voices, and how they plague him after the death of his Japanese Korean jazz-musician father, Kenji. A young teen, Benny is left with Annabelle, his big, blond, utterly bereft mother. Her dream was to become a children’s librarian; instead, she labors as a media monitor. In a subconscious attempt to fill the void Kenji has left, she hoards things, filling their humble Pacific Northwest duplex with clamor and clutter, which is torture for Benny. He lands in a psychiatric ward, which leads to his infatuation with an intrepid teen artist who is devoted to her mentor, an aged, homeless Slovenian philosopher-poet. All three misfits find sanctuary in the public library. Ozeki (A Tale for the Time Being, 2013) draws on her Zen Buddhist attentiveness as she writes with bountiful insight, exuberant imagination, and levitating grace about psychic diversity, our complicated attitude toward our possessions, street protests, climate change, and such wonders as crows, the moon, and snow globes. Most inventively, Ozeki celebrates the profound relationship between reader and writer. This enthralling, poignant, funny, and mysterious saga, thrumming with grief and tenderness, beauty and compassion, offers much wisdom. “Books are works of love, after all.” Starred Booklist Review

Danger, Sweetheart by Mary Janice Davidson

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

Danger Sweetheart

Popular and inventive Davidson, best known for her Undead books, including Undead and Unforgiven (2015), has a field day with conventional romance tropes as she brings readers to Sweetheart, North Dakota. There, millionaire intellectual Blake Tarbell feels compelled to work on a farm to make up for his mistake of selling area farms to a land developer and becomes enchanted by the no-nonsense, part-time foreman, Natalie. Davidson provides a guide to the 46 romance themes she has cleverly woven into this madcap, tongue-in-cheek tale, including hot librarians and characters who are erroneously presumed dead. A somewhat slow start will not keep voracious romance fans from relishing Davidson’s humor and characters. – Booklist Review

I Will Have Vengeance by Maurizio De Giovanni

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

I Will Have Vengeance

The first English translation of veteran Italian crime writer de Giovanni, this murder mystery set in Fascist 1930s Italy introduces new readers to haughty homicide detective Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi. A loner cursed with a “scar on his soul,” Commissario Ricciardi can see in his mind’s eye the final moments in the lives of victims “who had died violently,” an ability that has propelled him to the top of his profession. Arnaldo Vezziârevered by opera audiences as the world’s greatest tenor but reviled by everyone who knew himâis fatally stabbed with a large shard of a mirror in his dressing room before a performance of Pagliacci. Ricciardi re-creates the prelude to murder in his mind and hears Vezzi softly rehearsing his lines, which include the Italian words of this book’s title. Under pressure from his superior, who is eager to deliver swift justice in such a high-profile case and win Il Duce’s praises, the detective pieces together two disparate storylines for a drawn-out but didn’t-see-it-coming denouement. Appel deserves credit for retaining de Giovanni’s distinct brand of noir in her translation, which will appeal to Agatha Christie and Manuel Vazquez Montalban fans. – Publishers Weekly Review

Readers’ Note: This is the first book in the Commissario Ricciardi Mystery Series

First Lady: My Thirty Days Upstairs in the White House by Patrick Dennis

(Available Formats: Print Book)

First Lady

“Here it is at last for all the world to share – the inside story of the ill-fated Butterfield Administration (March 4, 1909 – April 4, 1909). And who could tell the tragic tale better than the First Lady herself – Martha Dinwiddie Butterfield, patent medicine heiress, social leader, Nobel Prize winner and haunted hostess of the Executive Mansion for one cataclysmic month.” (from inside flap)”

If you’re looking for a humorous, historical fiction novel – check out this one!

It’s A Wonderful Woof by Spencer Quinn

(Available Formats: Print Book)

It's A Wonderful Woof

Holiday time in the Valley, and in the holiday spirit—despite the dismal shape of the finances at the Little Detective Agency—Bernie refers a potential client to Victor Klovsky, a fellow private eye. It’s also true that the case—promising lots of online research but little action—doesn’t appeal to Bernie, while it seems perfect for Victor, who is not cut out for rough stuff. But Victor disappears in a rough-stuff way, and when he doesn’t show up at his mom’s to light the Hanukkah candles, she hires Chet and Bernie to find him.

They soon discover that Victor’s client has also vanished. The trail leads to the ruins of a mission called Nuestra Señora de los Saguaros, dating back to the earliest Spanish explorers. Some very dangerous people are interested in the old mission. Does some dusty archive hold the secret of a previously unknown art treasure, possibly buried for centuries? What does the Flight into Egypt—when Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus fled Herod—have to do with saguaros, the Sonoran desert cactus?

No one is better than Chet at nosing out buried secrets, but before he can, he and Bernie are forced to take flight themselves, chased through a Christmas Eve blizzard by a murderous foe who loves art all too much.

Readers’ Note: This is the twelfth book in the Chet & Bernie Mystery series. If you’d like to start reading the series from the beginning, the first book is Dog On It.

Foretold By Thunder by E. M. Davey (Thunder Series, Book 1)

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Foretold By Thunder

When journalist Jake Wolsey stumbles upon a declassified file showing Winston S. Churchill’s interest in the ancient, esoteric Etruscan civilization, his curiosity is piqued—but a series of deadly coincidences seems to surround the file and everyone who knows of its existence. Wolsey soon attracts the unlikely attention of alluring archaeologist Florence Chung—and that of MI6. As the journalist and archaeologist are pursued across Europe and Africa in search of a sacred Etruscan text, danger closes in and more questions than answers arise. Are there powers in the sky modern science has yet to understand? Could the ancients predict the future? And what really explains the rise of Rome, that of Nazi Germany, the ebb and flow of history itself? In a thrilling race against time and enemies known and unknown, Wolsey fears the very survival of the West may depend on his ability to stay one step ahead of his adversaries.

An assured rollercoaster full of unexpected twists and turns, E.M. Davey offers up a gripping read for fans of Dan Brown in this bombastic debut.

Bonus Recommendation the second book in the adventure series:

The Napoleon Complex by E.M. Davey (Thunder Series, Book 2)

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Napoleon Complex

“Napoleon stood before a turbulent sky. In his hand was a scroll, and on that scroll were characters. Etruscan characters. Reporter Jake Wolsey has seen things he never thought possible. After stumbling across declassified documents showing Winston Churchill’s interest in the ancient Etruscan civilisation, he became a hunted man. Now he is hiding on a remote beach in Thailand, trying to put the past behind him. But when an anonymous letter arrives featuring authentic quotations from Napoleon about fate and destiny, Jake knows he is no longer safe. And when his former lover Jenny reaches out to him for help, he has no choice but to come to her aid. Unearthing secrets many would kill for, can Jake evade both Washington and MI6? And up against a maniacal Prime Minister who dreams of rebuilding the British Empire, what happens if the power to predict the future falls into the wrong hands? The sequel to Foretold by Thunder races through Sierra Leone, Israel, Egypt, Austria, Tanzania and Burundi, and peers back into the smoky Westminster drawing rooms of Victorian statesmen. As Jake fights for his life and his love in this fast-paced, thrilling adventure, can he solve the Napoleon Complex once and for all?” –Publisher’s website.

The Sweetest Remedy by Jane Igharo

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Sweetest Remedy

Igharo’s distinguished sophomore outing (after Ties that Tether) follows biracial Hannah as she connects with her roots and falls in love along the way. After a brief fling with Hannah’s white American mother, Hannah’s Black Nigerian father, Chief Jolade, returned to his wife and children. Hannah had no contact with his side of the family growing up and, as a result, feels out of touch with her Nigerian heritage—until Chief Jolade’s death and posthumous request that she attend his funeral. Upon Hannah’s arrival in Nigeria, her siblings and extended relations learn of her existence for the first time. As Hannah navigates a foreign culture and finds her place within a complex family dynamic, her only lifeline is Lawrence, a longtime friend of her father’s family whom Hannah happens to have met at a party in her hometown of San Francisco. The pair reconnect in Nigeria, and in the midst of finding herself, Hannah finds love with Lawrence as well. This well-paced, multi-narrator tale expertly marries romance with a moving story of family and identity. Readers will be impressed. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Quiet Desperation, Savage Delight: Sheltering With Thoreau In The Age Of Crisis by David Gessner

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

Quiet Desperation Savage Delight

Further evidence that Thoreau offers wise counsel in dark times. Melding memoir and nature writing, award-winning environmentalist Gessner celebrates Thoreau, whose Walden he discovered at the age of 16, inspiring him to question his values, attend to the natural world, keep a journal, and, as an adult, even build his own solitary writing shack. Now, facing environmental degradation and a global pandemic, Gessner sees Thoreau as his “presiding genius, and guiding spirit.” Examining Thoreau’s enduring relevance, he writes, “in an age of climate change he gets to the root of it: the need to do with less not acquire more. The need to live a moral life despite the risks and the ridicule. And of course the deep understanding of just how much nature can still offer us. Not nature in any vague or high-handed sense but in the physical daily experience of it.” Gessner vividly recounts his rich daily experiences of wildness, including walking, biking, kayaking, and bird-watching in North Carolina, his adopted home for the past 17 years; accompanying environmental activist Rick Bass for a project to save grizzlies; and traveling to Thoreau country–Cape Cod, Concord, and Maine–with his family. “Wildness, unlike wilderness,” he writes, “can be found anywhere.” Writing this book during the first seven months of the pandemic, the author reports the increasing numbers of cases and deaths, statistics that serve as bleak epigraphs to each chapter. As much as he asserts “that staying still and finding home can be exciting, even thrilling,” he admits to feeling low-level depression during “this endless night of a year.” He also admits to wondering if it is too late to save the planet and to raise consciousness about the perils of materialism and anthropocentrism. Yet despite evidence that sometimes overwhelms him, Gessner, like Thoreau, finds hope in every new morning and joy in the world that Thoreau so eloquently extolled. A grateful homage to the iconic naturalist and a pleasant memoir of wildness. – Kirkus Review

The Twelve Jays of Christmas by Donna Andrews

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

Twelve Jays of Christmas

Agatha Award–winner Andrews’s fast-moving, high-spirited 30th Meg Langslow mystery (after Murder Most Fowl) finds witty Meg preparing to host her large extended family at her home in Caerphilly, Va., for the Christmas holidays. Unfortunately, she’s hampered by a sprained ankle, two wombats in the basement, and flocks of birds in the library. The birds were released from their cages by an unwanted houseguest, wildlife artist and “misogynistic jerk” Roderick Castlemayne, who’s in Caerphilly to illustrate the new book by Meg’s grandfather, an eminent naturalist and the owner of the zoo from which the furry and feathered guests have been brought to serve as models for the artist’s illustrations. When someone plunges a Swiss army knife into Castlemayne’s throat, the only people who are sorry to see him go seem to be the legions to whom he owes money. Ex-wives, bill collectors, and process servers are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to suspects. This Christmas romp, complete with a litter of adorable puppies, will certainly please fans and newcomers alike. Andrews consistently entertains. Publishers Weekly Review

Under Jerusalem: The Buried History of the World’s Most Contested City by Andrew Waller

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Under Jerusalem

Journalist Lawler (The Secret Token) explores in this sweeping account the complicated history of archaeological digs in Jerusalem. Ranging from imperialistic expeditions in the 19th century, when explorers competed in a “race to stake a claim to Jerusalem’s past,” to allegations that prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government used archaeology “as a legitimizer for the state,” Lawler’s colorful narrative includes aristocrats, scientists, charlatans, and clerics who searched for the “authentic place of Jesus’s death and resurrection,” sought to uncover the remnants of the ancient City of David, and tried to find the Ark of the Covenant, among other archaeological treasures. He vividly describes early explorers navigating mud- and sewage-laden tunnels to “recover the biblical secrets locked beneath the Holy City,” and incisively untangles the contentious geopolitical dimensions of ancient history as modern-day Israelis and Palestinians use archaeological analysis to bolster their political viewpoints and territorial claims. Richly detailed, sensitively argued, and entertainingly written, this immersive history casts Jerusalem in a new light and reveals the tensions that meet at the intersection of science, politics, religion, and history. This fascinating, evenhanded chronicle is a treasure. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky by Margaret Verble

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

When Two Feathers Fell From The Sky

At the Glendale Park Zoo outside of Nashville in 1926, Two Feathers, who is Cherokee, and her diving horse, Ocher, are among the biggest attractions. One day, Two and Ocher fall through the pool into the caves beneath–caves that are actually pillaged Native American burial grounds. Shell-shocked zoo manager Clive Lovett rescues her with the help of one of his cousins, who died in a trench in Europe years ago. While Two recovers, Little Elk, a Cherokee spirit from precolonial times, watches over her. Despite these supernatural elements, Verble (Cherokee America, 2019) has constructed a vivid world rooted in its time period: the Scopes trial rages on, the zoo owner is haunted by his Civil War boyhood, and racist attitudes of the day prevail, even among the most well-meaning. Even the secondary characters are richly drawn, giving life to romantic (and not-so-romantic) subplots and the deep friendship between Two and Crawford, a Black horse handler. Themes of death, belonging, and our distance from the past make this a good choice for book groups who like historical fiction. This utterly memorable, beautifully written story will linger with readers. Booklist Review

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have questions or want to request a book?

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening November 5, 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, November 12, 2021.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

And Dream Of Sheep by Solem Quartet & William Newell (Genre: Classical)

From The Album: The Four Quarters (2021)

Creep by Postmodern Jukebox with Haley Reinhart (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: The Essentials (2016)

Kiss The Rain by Betsy B Rheins (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Kiss The Rain (2021)

Land of 1,000 Dances by Wilson Pickett (Genre: R&B)

From The Album: The Exciting Wilson Pickett (1966)

Midnight To Six Man by The Pretty Things (Genre: Classic Rock)

From The Album: Get The Picture (1965)

Sleigh Ride by The Jeff Steinberg Jazz Ensemble (Genre: Jazz, Holiday)

From The Album: Cocktail Lounge: Easy Jazz Christmas (2021)

Sugar Drops by Davina and the Vagabonds (Genre: Blues, Vocal, Folk)

From The Album: Sugar Drops (2019)

The Sweetest Thing by JJ Grey and Mofro featuring Toots Hibbert (Genre: Roots Rock, Blues)


From The Album: Georgia Warhorse (2010)

White Rabbit by The Jefferson Airplane (Genre: Classic Rock)

From The Album: Surrealistic Pillow (1967)

Work Song by Bonnie Bramlett (Genre: R&B, Blues, Roots Rock)

From The Album: Roots, Blues & Jazz (2006).

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

A Sentimental Christmas With Nat King Cole And Friends: Cole Classics Reimagined (2021) by Nat King Cole

A Sentimental Christmas

And from the album, the song:

The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole & John Legend

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

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

The Libby App

Libby

Libby is the companion app to the Digital Catalog and may be found in the Apple & Google app.

Hoopla

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Connections, A Readers’, Listeners’ & Viewers’ Advisory Videocast October 29, 2021

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

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

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

Have a great day,
Linda Reimer, SSCL

Suggested Reading November 2, 2021

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

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

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

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

The Attic on Queen Street by Karen White

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Attic On Queen Street

White finishes her Tradd Street series with panache. Doughnut-addicted realtor Melanie Trenholm’s ability to see and converse with ghosts has caused considerable turmoil in her life. The old house she inherited in Charleston has provided thrills, chills, and unhappiness. Her husband, Jack, a bestselling author and father of their twins, is still angry with her for finding a long-lost treasure while he was ill–a treasure that was stolen along with his book idea by villainous Marc Longo. Since Longo thinks more treasure, the mythical half of the Hope Diamond, is still hidden in the house, he’s constantly snooping around. Mellie’s even more concerned with the spirit of a young woman who died on the property in the 1800s. The ghost appears to Jack’s teen daughter, Nola, warning her to beware of a tall man. In addition, a creepy doll in a coffin pops up, along with piles of antique buttons. While Jack blows hot and cold, Mellie researches the identity of the monitory apparition and begins to wonder if the mystical diamond might exist. This last dispatch from Tradd Street is so closely linked to the prior six that readers are well advised to start from the beginning. Charleston and its rich history provide a lovely backdrop to this tale of mystery, romance, and danger. – Kirkus Review

Reader’s note: This is the seventh book in the Tradd Street series. If you’d like to start reading at the beginning of the series check out: The House on Tradd Street.

The Bride Finder by Susan Carroll

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Bride Finder

Praise for The Bride Finder:

“An intriguing tale that proves the wounds of the heart can be healed by the magic of true love.” –Nora Roberts

“The Bride Finder is an absolutely beautiful love story , a spellbinding combination of magic, passion and destiny.” –Kristin Hannah.

“The Bride Finder is totally fresh and original. . .The dynamite plot has a fascinating premise that keeps you riveted to the last page and still wanting more when you’re finally forced to close the book.” –Iris Johansen

High atop the cliffs of Cornwall, a mysterious castle stands, home to the St. Legers, a family possessed of otherworldly powers. Haunted by this legacy, Anatole St. Leger lives in lonely isolation until the day he is forced to yield to his family’s strangest tradition. Forbidden by an ancient curse to choose his own wife, Anatole must rely on the services of a distant cousin. Known as the Bride Finder, Septimus Fitzleger is blessed with the unique gift to find the woman who is Anatole’s destiny.

Madeline Breton is that chosen bride. Wooed by Fitzleger’s promises of a happily-ever-after marriage, the sensible Madeline dares to dream and travels to Cornwall to meet her new husband. But Anatole is nothing like the gentle scholar of her imagination. With his strapping physique and wild black hair, he appears more like an ancient Celtic warrior, guarding both his family secrets and his heart.

Yet somewhere in the depths of his fierce dark eyes, Madeline catches glimpses of a man who is as vulnerable and lonely as she is. Despite their differences, passion ignites between them. But before the Bride Finder’s promise of a forever love can be fulfilled, a dangerous foe returns, seeking revenge against all St. Legers.
Madeline must summon all her courage to defeat this enemy and save the man she loves before it is too late…

On A Reader’s Note: This is the first book in a trilogy that follows the same family – the St Legers. The Second book is: The Night Drifter and the third is: The Midnight Bride. All three eBooks are available in the Digital Catalog.

The Christmas Bookshop: A Novel by Jenny Colgan

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Christmas Bookshop

Perfect for the holidays! A brand-new heartwarming Christmas novel from the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner and Christmas at the Island Hotel.

When the department store she works in closes for good, Carmen has perilously little cash and few options. She doesn’t want to move in with her perfect sister Sofia, in Sofia’s perfect house with her perfect children and her perfectly ordered Edinburgh life.

Frankly, Sofia doesn’t exactly want Carmen there either. Her sister has always been sarcastic and difficult. But Sofia has yet another baby on the way, a mother desperate to see her daughters get along, and a client who needs a retail assistant for his ailing bookshop, so welcoming Carmen might still have some benefits for everyone.

At Sofia’s behest, Carmen is thrown into the daily workings of old Mr. McCredie’s ancient bookshop on the streets of the old dark city. Can she use her design skills to revamp the store and bring it back to popularity in time to benefit from Christmas shopping traffic? Can she choose between bad boy literary rock star Blair and quiet Quaker student Oke? And will she heal the rift with the most important people of all: her family?

Compass Rose by Anna Burke

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

Compass Rose

In the year 2513, the only thing higher than the seas is what’s at stake for those who sail them. Rose was born facing due north, with an inherent perception of cardinal points flowing through her veins. Her uncanny sense of direction earns her a coveted place among the Archipelago Fleet elite, but it also attracts the attention of Admiral Comita, who sends her on a secret mission deep into pirate territory. Accompanied by a ragtag crew of mercenaries and under the command of Miranda, a captain as bloodthirsty as she is alluring, Rose discovers the hard way that even the best sense of direction won’t be enough to keep her alive if she can’t learn to navigate something far more dangerous than the turbulent seas. Aboard the mercenary ship, Man o’ War, Rose learns quickly that trusting the wrong person can get you killed—and Miranda’s crew have no intention of making things easy for her—especially Miranda’s trusted first mate, Orca, who is as stubborn as she is brutal.

Day of Wrath: A Novel by William J. Coughlin

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Day of Wrath

The city’s criminal courthouse is an unlikely place to find an ambitious state supreme court justice.

Insiders call it “the Zoo” because it’s full of animals, the dregs of the city’s underbelly. A group of judges hatch a plot to clean out the pens, thinking that their plan will de-clog the system.

But a plan that began as a simple stepping-stone to power savagely backfires and the judges of the criminal court are caught in the middle of an ugly terrorist plot.

A small band of terrorists, calling themselves the World Liberation Army, invades the courthouse during the judges’ monthly meeting, demanding the release of two of their soldiers and threatening everyone who stands in their way.

The judges, prosecutors, probation officers, and countless innocent bystanders are caught up in a ruthless and horrifying vortex of violence, and not everyone will escape unscathed.

The Judge’s List by John Grisham

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

Judge's List

A vigorous thriller that gets out of the courtroom and into the swampier corners of the Redneck Riviera. Judges are supposed to dispense justice, not administer the death penalty on their own initiative. That’s just what Lacy Stoltz is up against, though. The protagonist of The Whistler (2016), she’s a jaded investigator for Florida’s Board on Judicial Conduct, which, thanks to budget cuts, is dying on the vine, “a leaderless mess.” Lacy acts on complaints, and she receives a doozy from a well-put-together Black woman who introduces herself as Margie, though she admits that’s an alias. Her father, a much-respected professor of constitutional law, had retired to South Carolina and was murdered by an unknown killer. Now the coldest of cold cases, his death is a link in an evidentiary chain that only Margie–her real name is Jeri Crosby–has managed to construct. The murderer: a circuit judge sitting in Pensacola, biding his time until he can cross off the next victim on a deeply personal to-be-avenged list. Judge Bannick has more money than God and more technological goodies than Lex Luthor, but though a psycho, he puts on a good public face. Lacy is resistant at first, given that her normal brief is to investigate complaints about drunkenness or corruption, but she allows that “six murders would certainly liven up her caseload.” And then some. We don’t meet the killing judge until halfway through the book, and then he’s a model of clinical badness in a game of cat and mouse that ends in–well, a rather frothily grisly moment. As with all his procedurals, Grisham injects professorial notes on crime and justice into the proceedings: “This country averages fifteen thousand murders a year. One-third are never solved….Since 1960, over two hundred thousand.” And as ever, with one body unaccounted for, he leaves the door ajar to admit a sequel–one that, with luck, will team Lacy with the much more energetic Jeri to enact some justice of their own. A shiny bauble of mayhem sure to please Grisham’s many fans. – Kirkus Review

Oh William! By Elizabeth Stout

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

Oh William

Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout explores the mysteries of marriage and the secrets we keep, as a former couple reckons with where they’ve come from—and what they’ve left behind.

“Elizabeth Strout is one of my very favorite writers, so the fact that Oh William! may well be my favorite of her books is a mathematical equation for joy. The depth, complexity, and love contained in these pages is a miraculous achievement.”—Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House

I would like to say a few things about my first husband, William.

Lucy Barton is a writer, but her ex-husband, William, remains a hard man to read. William, she confesses, has always been a mystery to me. Another mystery is why the two have remained connected after all these years.

They just are.

So Lucy is both surprised and not surprised when William asks her to join him on a trip to investigate a recently uncovered family secret—one of those secrets that rearrange everything we think we know about the people closest to us. What happens next is nothing less than another example of what Hilary Mantel has called Elizabeth Strout’s “perfect attunement to the human condition.” There are fears and insecurities, simple joys and acts of tenderness, and revelations about affairs and other spouses, parents and their children. On every page of this exquisite novel we learn more about the quiet forces that hold us together—even after we’ve grown apart.

At the heart of this story is the indomitable voice of Lucy Barton, who offers a profound, lasting reflection on the very nature of existence. “This is the way of life,” Lucy says: “the many things we do not know until it is too late.”

Silverview: A Novel by John le Carré

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Silverview

First-rate prose and a fascinating plot distinguish the final novel from MWA Grand Master le Carré (1931–2020). Two months after leaving a banking job in London, 33-year-old Julian Lawndsley gets a visit from an eccentric customer, Edward Avon, just before closing time at the bookshop Julian now runs in East Anglia. When Julian asks the man what he does, he replies, “Let us say I am a British mongrel, retired, a former academic of no merit and one of life’s odd-job men.” The next morning, Julian runs into Edward at the local café, where Edward claims he knew Julian’s late father at Oxford. Julian later learns that Edward, a Polish emigré, was recruited into the Service years before. Julian senses something is off, as does the head of Domestic Security for the Service, who’s investigating Edward’s wife, an Arabist and outstanding Service intelligence analyst. While laying out the Avons’ intriguing backstories and their current activities, le Carré highlights the evils spies and governments have perpetrated on the world. Many readers will think the book is unfinished—it ends abruptly—but few will find it unsatisfying. This is a fitting coda to a remarkable career. – Publishers Weekly Review

Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima

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

Striking Range

In the continuing search for answers to her father’s murder, Timber Creek sheriff’s deputy Mattie Cobb plans to meet with a Colorado state prison inmate, but he’s found dead in his cell on the day of their planned interview. He leaves Maddie a possible clue, in a map to Timber Creek and the surrounding wilderness. Mattie, her K-9 partner Robo, and cold case detective Jim Hauck follow the clue into the mountains, trying to beat a blizzard. They find only one of the prisoner’s stashes before Mattie is called away to the scene of a murder–a young mother has been found dead at a campground, and there’s no sign of her newborn. The sheriff’s department brings in everyone to search, fearing the baby will be found frozen. As they comb the mountains, one of their own is the victim of a hit-and-run, and the blizzard traps Mattie’s boyfriend, veterinarian Cole Walker, with a desperate man connected to the cold case and the missing infant. The man sets a trap for Mattie and Robo that leads to a dramatic chase on a mountain trail. VERDICT Mizushima’s follow-up to Hanging Falls still leaves questions about Mattie’s past. The tension and drama of this series installment will satisfy fans of K-9 partners and solid police procedurals.- Starred Library Journal Review
Reader’s Note: This is the seventh book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series. If you’d like to read the series from the beginning, check out the first book: Killing Trail.

The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl

(Available Formats: eBook)

The Storyteller

So, I’ve written a book.

Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities (“It’s a piece of cake! Just do 4 hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!”) I have decided to write these stories just as I have always done, in my own hand. The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales is not unlike listening back to a song that I’ve recorded and can’t wait to share with the world, or reading a primitive journal entry from a stained notebook, or even hearing my voice bounce between the Kiss posters on my wall as a child.

This certainly doesn’t mean that I’m quitting my day job, but it does give me a place to shed a little light on what it’s like to be a kid from Springfield, Virginia, walking through life while living out the crazy dreams I had as young musician. From hitting the road with Scream at 18 years old, to my time in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, jamming with Iggy Pop or playing at the Academy Awards or dancing with AC/DC and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, drumming for Tom Petty or meeting Sir Paul McCartney at Royal Albert Hall, bedtime stories with Joan Jett or a chance meeting with Little Richard, to flying halfway around the world for one epic night with my daughters…the list goes on. I look forward to focusing the lens through which I see these memories a little sharper for you with much excitement. – David Grohl

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have questions or want to request a book?

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers November 7, 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 Bestseller  blog posting will be published on Sunday, November 14, 2021.

FICTION

APPLES NEVER FALL by Liane Moriarty

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

Apples Never Fall

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

BILLY SUMMERS by Stephen King

(Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook & eBook)

Billy Summers

A killer for hire who only takes out bad guys seeks redemption as he does one final job.

THE BUTLER by Danielle Steel

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

The Butler

The working relationship between a man and woman from different worlds develops into something new for them.

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr

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

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

CROSSROADS by Jonathan Franzen

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

Crossroads

Members of a Midwestern family find themselves at a pivotal moment of moral crisis in 1971.

DEAR SANTA by Debbie Macomber

(Available Formats:Print Book & eBook)

Dear Santa

A special letter to Santa brings about hope, love and second chances for Lindy Carmichael.

DUNE by Frank Herbert

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

Dune

The 1965 science fiction novel that is the basis of several adaptations, including the recent film directed by Denis Villeneuve.

HARLEM SHUFFLE by Colson Whitehead

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

Harlem Suffle

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

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)


A battered wife raised in a violent home attempts to halt the cycle of abuse.

THE JUDGE’S LIST by John Grisham

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

Judge's List

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

THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Last Thing He Told Me

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

THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles

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

Lincoln Highway

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

LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood

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

Love Hypothesis

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

THE 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.

OH WILLIAM! by Elizabeth Strout

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

Oh William

Lucy Barton joins her ex-husband on a trip to look into a family secret.

OVER MY DEAD BODY by Jeffrey Archer

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Over My Dead Body

The fourth book in the William Warwick series. A detective and former undercover agent are at the center of three investigations.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

SILVERVIEW by John Le Carré

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Silverview

A London spy chief’s investigation brings him to a quiet seaside town where Julian Lawndsley has relocated and opened a bookstore.

STATE OF TERROR by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny

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

State of Terror

In the wake of the previous administration’s mishandling of international affairs, the new Secretary of State Ellen Adams confronts interconnected global threats.

THE WISH by Nicholas Sparks

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

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

NON-FICTION:

AMERICAN MARXISM by Mark R. Levin

(Available Formats: Print Book)

American Marxism

The Fox News host gives his take on the Green New Deal, critical race theory and social activism.

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.

BOOK OF HOPE by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams with Gail Hudson

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

Book of Hope

The naturalist explores an element of human nature during a time of multiple crises in areas of health, climate and politics.

THE BOYS by Ron Howard and Clint Howard

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

The Boys

The Howard brothers credit their success in Hollywood to their Midwestern parents, Rance and Jean.

E.R. NURSES by James Patterson and Matt Eversmann with Chris Mooney

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

E.R. Nurses

A collection of stories from people working in big-city and small-town hospitals.

MAID by Stephanie Land

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

Maid

An unexpected pregnancy forces the author to navigate challenges faced by the working poor.

MIDNIGHT IN WASHINGTON by Adam Schiff

(Available Formats: eBook)

Midnight In Washington

The congressman from California describes risks to our democracy and the resurgence of autocracy.

PERIL by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

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

Peril

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

THE STORYTELLER by Dave Grohl

(Available Formats: eBook)

The Storyteller

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

TASTE by Stanley Tucci

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

Taste

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

TO RESCUE THE REPUBLIC by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney

(Available Formats: Print Book)

To Rescue The Republic

The Fox News chief political anchor recounts challenges faced by Ulysses S. Grant.

VANDERBILT by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe

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

Vanderbilt

The CNN host and descendant of the Vanderbilt family charts the rise and fall of this American dynasty.

WHERE THE DEER AND THE ANTELOPE PLAY by Nick Offerman

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Where The Deer & THe Antelope Play

The actor and humorist shares stories and observations from three quests taken in the outdoors.

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSL

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening October 29, 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, November 5, 2021.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

All Things Must Pass by Billy Preston (Genre: R&B, Pop-Rock)

From The Album: Encouraging Word (1970)

Better Days the Doobie Brothers (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

From The Album Liberte (2021)

Billy’s Waltz by Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers (Genre: Classic Rock)

From The Album: American Babylon: 25th Anniversary Edition (2021)

It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry by Bob Dylan (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Rock)

From The Album: Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

The Keeper of Time by the Beau Brummels (Genre: Classic Rock, Sixties Rock)

From The Album: Triangle (1967)

Music Land – Silly Symphonies (A classic music short)

November Rains by Harry Chapin (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk)

From The Album: The Last Protest Singer (1989)

Sad Songs & Waltzes by Cody Johnson with Willie Nelson (Genre: Country)

From The Album: Human: The Double Album (2021)

Swim To New York State by Tori Amos (Genre: Vocal, Pop, Easy Listening)

From The Album: Ocean To Ocean (2021)

Way Down Now by World Party (Genre: Pop, Rock, Singers-Songwriter)

From The Album: Goodbye Jumbo (1990)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Relax At Home by 101 Strings (Genre: Easy Listening)

Relax at Home

A relaxing collection of instrumental pop standards.

And from the album, the song:

As Time Goes By by 101 Strings

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

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

The Libby App

Libby

Libby is the companion app to the Digital Catalog and may be found in the Apple & Google app.

Hoopla

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading October 26, 2021

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

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

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

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall & Douglas Abrams

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

Book of Hope

This illuminating conversation between naturalist Goodall (Reason for Hope) and Abrams (coauthor, The Book of Joy) teases out Goodall’s thoughts on why one should feel hopeful in “dark times.” According to Goodall, there are “four main reasons for hope: the amazing human intellect, the resilience of nature, the power of youth, and the indomitable human spirit.” In unpacking her belief in the power of persistence, Goodall takes readers to her childhood home in England, where her family questioned if she had the constitution to travel to Africa; to Tanzania, where she studied chimpanzees and came face to face with “crippling poverty, lack of good education and degradation of the land”; and into her work as a U.N. Messenger of Peace. In the process, she cites having a spiritual sense of purpose as crucial to her hope and activism. Her infectious optimism and stirring call to action make this necessary reading for those concerned about the planet’s future: “we must not let this distract us from the far greater threat to our future—the climate crisis and the loss of biodiversity,” she writes. “Find your reasons for hope and let them guide you onward.” Goodall’s rousing testament will resonate widely. Starred Publishers Weekly Review.

Flight of the Intruder by Stephen Coontz

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

Flight of the Intruder

With this well-crafted first novel, the publishers of The Hunt for Red October again demonstrate a sure eye for picking winners in the thriller genre. Jake Grafton is an A-6 Intruder pilot during the Vietnam War who flies his bomber on sorties past enemy flak and SAM missiles, and then must maneuver his plane, often at night, onto the relatively small deck of an aircraft carrier. Former Navy flyer Coonts gives an excellent sense of the complexities of modern air raids and how nerve-wracking it is, even for the best airmen, to technically solve sudden problems over and over, knowing that even a twist of fate a peasant wildly firing a rifle from a field could wipe out the crew. Grafton alternates between remorse over the fate of his unseen Vietnamese victims on the ground and a gung-ho “let’s win this war” sentiment that lashes at both policymakers who select less-than-important targets for the dangerous missions and advocates for peace back in the States. The action, though, is realistically detailed and absorbing.

On A Reader’s Note: This is the first book in the Jake Grafton adventure series.

Hobgoblin by John Coyne

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Hobgoblin

Ancient magic meets contemporary horror in this thrilling tale of a young man’s obsession. Scott Gardiner is already shattered by the demise of his character in a sword-and-sorcery fantasy. When his father dies at almost exactly the same moment, the line between nightmare and reality begins to erode.

Scott and his mom attempt to start over by moving to Ballycastle, a medieval Irish manor house rebuilt on the banks of the Hudson. A new role-playing game captures Scott’s imagination: Hobgoblin, in which he takes on the identity of the legendary Irish hero Brian Borù. Before long, he’s seeing a black annis ― a terrifying creature of Celtic myth ― darting about the estate. Scott plunges deeper and deeper into the dreamlike allure of Hobgoblin until more than just his sanity is at stake and he is forced to rescue others from a dark power.

Love Saves The Day by Gwen Cooper

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Love Saves The Day

From the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Homer’s Odyssey comes a tender, joyful, utterly unforgettable novel, primarily told through the eyes of the most observant member of any human family: the cat.

Humans best understand the truth of things if they come at it indirectly. Like how sometimes the best way to catch a mouse that’s right in front of you is to back up before you pounce.

So notes Prudence, the irresistible brown tabby at the center of Gwen Cooper’s tender, joyful, utterly unforgettable novel, which is mostly told through the eyes of this curious (and occasionally cranky) feline.

When five-week-old Prudence meets a woman named Sarah in a deserted construction site on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, she knows she’s found the human she was meant to adopt. For three years their lives are filled with laughter, tuna, catnaps, music, and the unchanging routines Prudence craves. Then one…

A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cossé

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A Novel Bookstore

Ivan and Francesca decide to open a bookstore devoted solely to good literature and their love of books. Frustrated by the glut of mediocre books printed every month and envisioning a true literary paradise, they offer a selection of literary masterpieces chosen by a top-secret committee of like-minded literary connoisseurs.

To their amazement, after only a few months, their vision proves popular. Very popular. Tucked away in a corner of Paris, the bookstore quickly becomes a haven for bibliophiles. Indeed, it becomes so successful that the great majority of Parisian readers are now buying their books only at Ivan and Francesca’s store, and other stores in the city are starting to change how they order and display books too. Now big publishing’s powerful elite are desperately trying to adapt their business model to the demand for quality above all else. As the store’s success grows, venomous comments begin circulating online and the owners, and their selection committee, become the target of vicious editorials and threats.

A Novel Bookstore blends book love and bookstore love with a brilliantly conceived and entertaining mystery and is a delight for readers of all tastes.

Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories, edited by Roald Dahl

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Roald Dahl Book of Ghost Stories

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was a prickly, colorful character who wrote maliciously funny short stories for adults (The Best of Roald Dahl) as well as better-known works for children (James and the Giant Peach). As he relates in the introduction, he started the research for this book by making a call to the celebrated ghost-story anthologist/writer, Lady Cynthia Asquith. He then went to the British Museum Library, and read a total of 749 tales before selecting 14 for this anthology. His criterion: “Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story. It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts.” Included here are not only acknowledged classics by Robert Aickman, Edith Wharton, J. S. Le Fanu, and F. Marion Crawford, but also tales by lesser-known writers such as L. P. Hartley, Rosemary Timperley, Jonas Lie, Mary Treadgold, and A. M. Burrage. The Washington Post writes, “Dahl’s taste, it will surprise no one, is impeccable.” – Amazon Review

The Secret of Snow: A Novel by Viola Shipman

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Secret of Snow

A woman returns home and confronts her past trauma in Shipman’s latest (after The Clover Girls, 2021). Sonny Dunes has spent years running from her tragic past, even going so far as to change her name to establish herself as a meteorologist in Palm Springs. But when she has a breakdown on air after being replaced by an AI meteorologist, the only place she has to go is back home to Michigan. As a 50-year-old moving back in with her mother, Sonny feels like a complete failure, but that hurts less than the memories of her deceased younger sister that continue to linger. As Sonny reestablishes her career at her hometown news station, she must confront her guilt and grief surrounding her sister’s death, while also learning to let love melt her frozen heart. The Secret of Snow is a contemporary novel on grief and the way it can keep you frozen from living life to the fullest. While some plot points seemed contrived, the overall themes and tone will touch readers. Booklist Review

Three-Fifths by John Vercher

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Three-Fifths

Vercher’s first novel gets Agora Books, a new imprint dedicated to diverse crime fiction, off to a fast start. Bobby Saraceno is a 22-year-old mixed-race man living in the largely African American neighborhood of Homewood in 1990s Pittsburgh, during the time of the O. J. Simpson trial. Raised by his white, alcoholic mother, Isabel, and racist grandfather, Bobby passes as white, while his best friend and fellow comics nerd Aaron wishes he was Black, though he is ridiculed for adopting the style and mannerisms of the Black kids in the neighborhood. Things change dramatically when Bobby’s father, a doctor whom Bobby believes to be dead, walks into the bar where Isabel works. Meanwhile, Aaron, having been incarcerated for drug dealing, returns from prison as a member of the Aryan Brotherhood and promptly assaults a young Black man in Bobby’s presence. Bobby’s life quickly spirals out of control, his sense of self reeling after he meets his father and struggles with whether he should betray his friend by revealing what he knows about the assault. Vercher, who is also biracial and grew up in Pittsburgh, handles the potentially melodramatic elements of his plot with considerable subtlety, building strong, multifaceted characters with bold strokes and using the tools of noir to present what is finally a full-blown tragedy. This powerful exploration of race and identity pairs well with Steph Cha’s superb Your House Will Pay. Starred Booklist Review

Tom O’Bedlam by Robert Silverberg

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Tom O'Bedlam

Tom, like the medieval Tom O’Bedlam, can’t decipher the meaning of the images plaguing his mind. Much like the wondering and mad Tom of the medieval ballad, the Tom O’Bedlam of 2103 doesn’t know what to make of the images that keep cluttering his mind. To preserve the last shred of his sanity and keep these never-ending wonders a secret, he feigns insanity. But then a probe that has traveled over four light years away transmits the very pictures that have been haunting Tom’s dreams. In this post-industrial world on the verge of a total collapse, Tom has become humanity’s spokesperson to the distant planet that may be his world’s salvation.

Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Lynn Crosbie

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Where Did You Sleep Last Night

Does true love have supernatural power?

Where Did You Sleep Last Night is a love story about a teenage girl who embarks on a relationship with Kurt Cobain.

Evelyn Gray is a sad and lonely sixteen-year-old from Carnation, Washington who is terrorized by her classmates at school. She spends most of her time in her room reading, writing letters to dead people, listening to old records and talking to the poster of Kurt Cobain above her bed.

Her mother is an alcoholic grunge relic from Seattle, whose recollections, books and music help ignite Evelyn’s love for Cobain-a love so painfully strong that it summons the deceased singer to her side.
When Evelyn is taken to the hospital after an overdose, she awakens to find Cobain-who has little to no memory of his former life-convalescing in the bed beside her.

Once united, they quickly become addicted to drugs and each other.

Cobain-renamed Celine Black-and Evelyn escape the hospital and run off together, determined to have everything they want. Inevitably, they become infamous musicians, but despite their mutual devotion, the couple is tormented by strong passion and jealousy. As their celebrity grows, their relationship becomes more excessive, and an episode of sexual violence explodes, shockingly, into murder.

A highly original work of haute fan fiction, written in Crosbie’s poetic and emotionally evocative prose, Where Did You Sleep Last Night is an imaginative, surprisingly funny, and touching novel about the adamant persistence of love

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

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