Library Connections, A Readers’ & Listeners’ Advisory Videocast November 11, 2022

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

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2022.

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

Have a great week!
Linda Reimer, SSCL

New York Times Bestsellers November 20, 2022

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

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

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

New York Times Bestseller blog posts are usually published on Sundays. And the next post will be up on Sunday, November 20, 2022.

FICTION

THE BOYS FROM BILOXI by John Grisham

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

The Boys From Biloxi

Two childhood friends follow in their fathers’ footsteps, which puts them on opposite sides of the law.

THE CLOISTERS by Katy Hays

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Cloisters

A woman assigned to the Met Cloisters discovers a 15th-century deck of tarot cards that might help predict the future.

DEMON COPPERHEAD by Barbara Kingsolver

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

Demon Copperhead

A reimagining of Charles Dickens’s “David Copperfield” set in the mountains of southern Appalachia.

DREAMLAND by Nicholas Sparks

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

Dreamland

Musicians from different backgrounds are attracted to each other and a mother flees with her son from an abusive husband.

FAIRY TALE by Stephen King

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

Fairy Tale

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

FIRE AND BLOOD by George R.R. Martin

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

Fire And Blood

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

GOING ROGUE by Janet Evanovich

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Going Rogue

The 29th book in the Stephanie Plum series. The man who abducted the office manager at Vinnie’s Bail Bonds demands a mysterious coin in exchange for her.

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.

IT STARTS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book)

It Starts With Us

In the sequel to “It Ends With Us,” Lily deals with her jealous ex-husband as she reconnects with her first boyfriend.

LIVID by Patricia Cornwell

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Livid

 

The 26th book in the Kay Scarpetta series. Scarpetta becomes a star witness in a televised murder trial and the judge’s sister is found dead.

LONG SHADOWS by David Baldacci

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

Long Shadows

The seventh book in the Memory Man series. Decker works with a new partner to investigate a double homicide.

MAD HONEY by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

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

Mad Honey

After returning to her hometown, Olivia McAfee’s son gets accused of killing his crush.

NO PLAN B by Lee Child and Andrew Child

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

No Plan B

The 27th book in the Jack Reacher series. Reacher goes after a killer but is unaware of the bigger implications.

OUR MISSING HEARTS by Celeste Ng

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

Our Missing Hearts

Twelve-year-old Bird Gardner goes on a quest to find his mother, a Chinese American poet whose work he was taught to disavow.

THE PASSENGER by Cormac McCarthy

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Passenger

The first of a two-volume story. Bobby Western discovers things have gone missing from a jet in an underwater crash site, including the 10th passenger.

RACING THE LIGHT by Robert Crais

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Racing The Light

The 19th book in the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series. A search for a missing podcaster involves corrupt politicians and business cartels.

TRIPLE CROSS by James Patterson

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Triple Cross

Detective Alex Cross and the true-crime author Thomas Tull search for a serial killer known as the Family Man.

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

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

Ugly Love

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

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

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

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

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

Where The Crawdads Sing

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

NON-FICTION:

AND THERE WAS LIGHT by Jon Meacham

(Available Formats: Print Book

And There Was Light

The Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer portrays the life of Abraham Lincoln.

BEYOND THE WAND by Tom Felton

(Available Formats: Not yet in any catalog)

Beyond The Wand

The actor known for playing the villain Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” movies recounts his life on and off the set of the film series.

BIBI by Benjamin Netanyahu

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Bibi

An autobiography by the former prime minister of Israel.

CINEMA SPECULATION by Quentin Tarantino

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Cinema Speculation

The filmmaker shares his love of cinema with special attention given to key American films of the 1970s.

THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF AN ORDINARY MAN by Paul Newman

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

Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man

The late movie star’s memoir reveals intimate details about his personal relationships and professional rivalries; compiled and edited by David Rosenthal.

FRIENDS, LOVERS, AND THE BIG TERRIBLE THING by Matthew Perry

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Friends Lovers & The Big Terrible Thing

The actor, known for playing Chandler Bing on “Friends,” shares stories from his childhood and his struggles with sobriety.

I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED by Jennette McCurdy

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

I'm Glad My Mom Died

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

JUSTICE CORRUPTED by Ted Cruz

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant check out audiobook)

Justice Corrupted

The Republican senator from Texas gives his take on the justice system.

KILLING THE LEGENDS by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Killing The Killers

The conservative commentator’s Killing series profiles Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Muhammad Ali.

MYTH OF NORMAL by Gabor Maté with Daniel Maté

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

Myth of Normal

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

PHILOSOPHY OF MODERN SONG by Bob Dylan

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Philosophy of Modern Song

In a collection of more than 60 essays, the musician and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature explores the nature of popular music.

RADIO’S GREATEST OF ALL TIME by Rush Limbaugh with Kathryn Adams Limbaugh and David Limbaugh

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Radio's Greatest of All Time

A collection of the late conservative commentator’s on-air moments, with memories from his widow and brother.

REVOLUTIONARY by Stacy Schiff

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Revolutionary

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer details Samuel Adams’s contributions to the American Revolution.

SONG OF THE CELL by Siddhartha Mukherjee

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Song of The Cell

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author chronicles the discovery of cells and describes how modern medicine uses them.

SURRENDER by Bono

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Surrender

The lead singer of the Irish rock band U2 offers details of his life, career and activism.

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSL

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening November 11, 2022

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

Suggested Listening postings are published on Fridays; and our next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, November 18, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

(This week, a “baker’s ten!”)

Autumn In New York by The Modern Jazz Quartet (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: The Complete Modern Jazz Quartet Prestige & Pablo Recordings (2003)

Autumn Serenade by John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman (Genre: Jazz, Vocal)

From The Album: John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman (1963)

Early Autumn by Stan Getz (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Stan Getz & Strings (1961)

Early Morning Rain by Gordon Lightfoot (Genre: Folk/Singer-Songwriter)

From The Album: Complete Greatest Hits (2006)

Great Big House by Sean Breen (Genre: Folk)

This one is a traditional folk song; and this version does not appear on any album – just this educator’s YouTube page – but it is a fun autumn song! Enjoy —

Great Pumpkin Waltz by The Vince Guaraldi Trio (Genre: Instrumental, Jazz)

From The Soundtrack: A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965/2012)

Hey Leroy, Your Mama’s Callin’ You by Jimmy Castor (Genre: R&B)

From The Album: The Definitive Collection (2022)

John Barleycorn Must Die by Steven Winwood (Genre: Rock, Vocal, Folk)

Studio Version From The Album: John Barleycorn Must Die by Traffic (1970)

Shine On Harvest Moon by Rosemary Clooney (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)

From The Album: Rosie Solves the Swingin’ Riddle! (1961)

Stormy Weather by Etta James (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)

From The Album: At Last! (1961)

Sweet Dollar Bill by Louis Philippe (Genre: Pop/Rock)

From The Album: Sean O’Hagan Presents: The Sunshine World of Louis Philippe (2022)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Harvest Home (1999) by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason (Genre: Folk)

Harvest Home

And from the album:

The Harvest Home Suite: Autumn

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

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

The Libby App

Libby

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

Hoopla

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Connections, A Readers’ & Listeners’ Advisory Videocast November 4, 2022

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

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.

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

Have a great week!
Linda Reimer, SSCL

Suggested Reading November 9, 2022

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

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

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are now published on Wednesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.

Blood Moon by Heather Graham

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Blood Moon

The action-packed follow up to The Rising, from acclaimed thriller-suspense novelists Heather Graham and Jon Land, this is Blood Moon.

The recipient of RWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award and ITW’s Thriller Master Award, Heather Graham is at the pinnacle of her career. Now she’s teamed up with USA Today bestselling author Jon Land to continue the story of high school seniors Alex Chin and Samantha Dixon.

They may have managed to win a major battle against the powerful enemy determined to destroy civilization as we know it. But the war continues, with Alex and Sam embarking on a desperate journey to save mankind, even as their friendship blossoms into something much more.

The roadmap for their journey lies in a mysterious book, the language of which has never been deciphered, until Alex finds himself able to translate the words that may hold the keys to saving the future. Toward that end, Alex’s and Sam’s quest spirits them away to a myriad of locations around the world, each of which holds another piece of the puzzle that can defeat the alien invaders.

But an ageless foe, long the guardian of the secrets his race has left behind on Earth, arises to stop them at all costs. At his disposal is a deadly and merciless army that has been awaiting this very war, an army as unstoppable as it is relentless.

Over the ruins of the lost Mayan city of El Mirador, a blood moon is about to rise, triggering the end of mankind unless Alex and Sam can prevail in a struggle that will determine the fate of the planet. As forces both ancient and modern converge, as painful choices must be made and sacrifices accepted, two young heroes will rise again to stand as the final line of defense to preserve their world and their love.

Reader’s Note: This is the second book in The Rising Series, if you’d like to start reading the series from the beginning check out book one titled, simply, The Rising.

Desert Star by Michael Connelly

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

Desert Star

In bestseller Connelly’s thrilling fifth outing for Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch (after 2021’s The Dark Hours), Ballard invites the retired Bosch to volunteer for the LAPD’s newly revived Open-Unsolved Unit, which she’s running, enticing him with the prospect of finding the man responsible for the 2013 slaying of an entire family. She also wants to reopen the 1994 murder of 16-year-old Sarah Pearlman, sister of the L.A. city councilman who helped resuscitate the cold case team. Ballard and Bosch work at the department’s new homicide archive where the unsolved murder books are stored: “hallowed ground to Bosch. The library of lost souls.” Both cases require deep dives into the past; both lead to great action scenes; and, as always, Connelly displays his encyclopedic knowledge of the latest forensics, such as “Investigative Genetic Genealogy.” Bosch, however, takes a low-tech approach and follows leads in the field with his trademark intensity, driven by his desire to restore order in a violent world (“The dark engine of murder would never run low on fuel. Not in his lifetime”). This entry, the 24th Bosch novel, may not be as expansive as The Dark Hours, but it ranks up there with Connelly’s best. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Galatea: A Short Story by Madeline Miller

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla instant check out eBook)

Galatea

In Ancient Greece, a skilled marble sculptor has been blessed by a goddess who has given his masterpiece – the most beautiful woman the town has ever seen – the gift of life. Now his wife, Galatea is expected to be obedience and humility personified, but it is not long before she learns to use her beauty as a form of manipulation. In a desperate bid by her obsessive husband to keep her under control, she is locked away under the constant supervision of doctors and nurses. But with a daughter to rescue, she is determined to break free, whatever the cost…

Pygmalion’s story has moved millions through the centuries, inspiring George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, and later the beloved musical My Fair Lady. Ecco is proud to publish Orange Prize-winning author Madeline Miller’s E-book original short story Galatea which will appear in the forthcoming anthology xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths to be published in October. This retelling of the Pygmalion myth from the statue’s perspective is a tale that will make readers rethink how they relate to the great myths of our time.

Murder at Black Oaks: A Robin Lockwood Novel by Phillip Margolin

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Murder At Black Oakes

Defense attorney Robin Lockwood has a tricky problem to resolve. A retired DA has proof that a man he convicted for murder three decades ago is innocent, but he can’t reveal the proof because he’s bound by attorney-client privilege. To free the wrongly convicted man, Robin must find a workaround. But is such a thing possible? An intriguing situation, and it’s only the beginning of this audacious combination of a legal thriller and a modern-day Gothic. The titular Black Oaks is the name of a centuries-old, moody, possibly cursed English manor house that was transplanted and rebuilt in Oregon. It’s the retired DA’s home, and it’s the key setting (a character, really) for the bulk of the action. This is the sixth Lockwood novel, and it’s certainly the gutsiest. Margolin risks straining the reader’s credibility with talk of curses, but the risks pay off exceedingly well. Readers who enjoy a traditional legal thriller with some distinctly nontraditional story elements should really enjoy this one. – Booklist Review

Reader’s Note: As mentioned this is the sixth book in the Lockwood Series. If you’d like to start reading the series from the beginning, check out book one: The Third Victim.

One Woman’s War: A Novel of the Real Miss Moneypenny by Christine Wells

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

One Woman's War

World War II London: When Victoire “Paddy” Bennett first walks into the Admiralty’s Room 39, home to the Intelligence Division, all the bright and lively young woman expects is a secretarial position to the charismatic Commander Ian Fleming. But soon her job is so much more, and when Fleming proposes a daring plot to deceive the Germans about Allied invasion plans he requests the newlywed Paddy’s help. She jumps at the chance to work as an agent in the field, even after the operation begins to affect her marriage. But could doing her duty for King and country come at too great a cost?
Socialite Friedl Stöttinger is a beautiful Austrian double agent determined to survive in wartime England, which means working for MI-5, investigating fifth column activity among the British elite at parties and nightclubs. But Friedl has a secret—some years before, she agreed to work for German Intelligence and spy on the British.

When her handler at MI-5 proposes that she work with Serbian agent, Duško Popov, Friedl falls hopelessly in love with the dashing spy. And when her intelligence work becomes fraught with danger, she must choose whether to remain loyal to the British and risk torture and execution by the Nazis, or betray thousands of men to their deaths.

Soon, the lives of these two extraordinarily brave women will collide, as each travels down a road of deception and danger leading to one of the greatest battles of World War II.

Peril in Paris by Rhys Bowen

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Peril In Paris

A quick trip to Paris turns into a dangerous murder hunt in 1936. Lady Georgiana Rannoch O’Mara may be cousin to King Edward VIII, but she and her husband, Darcy O’Mara, are poor and lucky to be living on an estate belonging to a relative. The pregnant Georgie, who’s finally over her morning sickness, jumps at the chance to go to Paris with Darcy and spend time with her best friend, Belinda, who’s apprenticing with Coco Chanel. Darcy has a hush-hush job, and Georgie always worries when he’s away, so she’s especially happy that they won’t be separated. Once they settle in Paris, Darcy asks Georgie to do a little job for him picking up microfilm from Frau Goldberg, whose husband, a Jewish scientist, isn’t allowed to travel. Georgie enjoys spending time in the city with Belinda and her avant-garde friends. Since she’s modeled for Chanel before, though with disastrous results, she’s urged to model a dress Chanel designs to hide her pregnancy. The only good thing to come out of the experience is the chance it provides to get the microfilm from Frau Goldberg, who’s attending the fashion show with the ladies from a delegation that includes Georgie’s mother, who’s engaged to a wealthy German. After rude American Mrs. Rottenburger takes Frau Goldberg’s seat, Georgie finds the lady dead of cyanide poisoning. Was she the real target, or was it a case of mistaken identity? Georgie had better find out, for the French police think she’s the killer. The mystery is meager, but touring prewar Paris with Bowen’s irresistible sleuth is a treat. – Kirkus Review

Reader’s Note: This is the sixteenth book in The Royal Spyness Series; if you’d like to start reading the series from the beginning, check out book one Her Royal Spyness

Ted Kennedy: A Life by John A. Farrell

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Ted Kennedy A Life

Biographer Farrell (Richard Nixon: The Life) untangles in this masterful account the complex blend of political dexterity, recklessness, and unflagging support of the less fortunate that defined Ted Kennedy’s rise from overlooked youngest son of a political dynasty to “Lion of the Senate.” According to Farrell, Kennedy grew up “awed by the achievements of his father and brothers and vexed by self-doubt.” Only 30 years old when he took his brother John’s former seat in the U.S. Senate in 1962, Kennedy remained in that role until his death in 2009, fighting in his final months for the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Kennedy took early stands on civil rights, Farrell writes, but came into his own after the tragic assassinations of his older brothers. Farrell’s evenhanded account documents Kennedy’s “craven” behavior following the car crash on Chappaquiddick Island that left Mary Jo Kopechne dead, but gives equal weight to his accomplishments as an anti-apartheid advocate, an early champion of gay rights and AIDS funding, and a crusader for healthcare reform. The book shines in its vivid accounts of backroom political dealmaking, as Farrell enlivens his exhaustive research and expert analysis with a novelist’s pacing. The result is the definitive one-volume biography of a consequential American lawmaker. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Triple Cross by James Patterson

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Triple Cross

A precise killer, he always moves under the cover of darkness, flawlessly triggering no alarms, leaving no physical evidence.

Cross and Sampson aren’t the only ones investigating.

Also in on this most intriguing case is the world’s bestselling true-crime author, who sees patterns everyone else misses.

The writer, Thomas Tull, calls the Family Man murders the perfect crime story. He believes the killer may never be caught.
Cross knows there is no perfect crime. And he’s going to hunt down the Family Man no matter what it takes.
Until the Family Man decides to flip the narrative and bring down Cross and his family.

Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars: The Story of the First American Woman to Command a Space Mission by Eileen Collins

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

Through The Glass Ceiling To The Stars

The long-awaited memoir of a trailblazer and role model who is telling her story for the first time.
Eileen Collins was an aviation pioneer her entire career, from her crowning achievements as the first woman to command an American space mission as well as the first to pilot the space shuttle to her early years as one of the Air Force’s first female pilots. She was in the first class of women to earn pilot’s wings at Vance Air Force Base and was their first female instructor pilot. She was only the second woman pilot admitted to the Air Force’s elite Test Pilot Program at Edwards Air Force Base. NASA had such confidence in her skills as a leader and pilot that she was entrusted to command the first shuttle mission after the Columbia disaster, returning the US to spaceflight after a two-year hiatus. Since retiring from the Air Force and NASA, she has served on numerous corporate boards and is an inspirational speaker about space exploration and leadership.
Eileen Collins is among the most recognized and admired women in the world, yet this is the first time she has told her story in a book. It is a story not only of achievement and overcoming obstacles but of profound personal transformation. The shy, quiet child of an alcoholic father and struggling single mother, who grew up in modest circumstances and was an unremarkable student, she had few prospects when she graduated from high school, but she changed her life to pursue her secret dream of becoming an astronaut. She shares her leadership and life lessons throughout the book with the aim of inspiring and passing on her legacy to a new generation.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the three catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 13, 2022

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

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

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

New York Times Bestseller blog posts are usually published on Sundays. And the next post will be up on Sunday, November 13, 2022.

FICTION

THE ATLAS PARADOX by Olivie Blake

(Available: Print Book)

Atlas Paradox

The second book in the Atlas series. The Society of Alexandrians is headed by someone intent on changing life as we know it.

THE BOYS FROM BILOXI by John Grisham

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

The Boys From Biloxi

Two childhood friends follow in their fathers’ footsteps, which puts them on opposite sides of the law.

DEMON COPPERHEAD by Barbara Kingsolver

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

Demon Copperhead

A reimagining of Charles Dickens’s “David Copperfield” set in the mountains of southern Appalachia.

DREAMLAND by Nicholas Sparks

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

Dreamland

Musicians from different backgrounds are attracted to each other and a mother flees with her son from an abusive husband.

FAIRY TALE by Stephen King

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

Fairy Tale

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

FIRE AND BLOOD by George R.R. Martin

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

Fire And Blood

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

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)


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

IT STARTS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book)

It Starts With Us

In the sequel to “It Ends With Us,” Lily deals with her jealous ex-husband as she reconnects with her first boyfriend.

LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus

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

Lessons in Chemistry

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

LIVID by Patricia Cornwell

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Livid

 

The 26th book in the Kay Scarpetta series. Scarpetta becomes a star witness in a televised murder trial and the judge’s sister is found dead.

 

LONG SHADOWS by David Baldacci

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

Long Shadows

The seventh book in the Memory Man series. Decker works with a new partner to investigate a double homicide.

MAD HONEY by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

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

Mad Honey

After returning to her hometown, Olivia McAfee’s son gets accused of killing his crush.

THE MAZE by Nelson DeMille

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

Maze

The eighth book in the John Corey series. When a former lover offers him a job, Corey comes out of forced retirement to track a serial killer.

NO PLAN B by Lee Child and Andrew Child

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

No Plan B

The 27th book in the Jack Reacher series. Reacher goes after a killer but is unaware of the bigger implications.

OUR MISSING HEARTS by Celeste Ng

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

Our Missing Hearts

Twelve-year-old Bird Gardner goes on a quest to find his mother, a Chinese American poet whose work he was taught to disavow.

THE PASSENGER by Cormac McCarthy

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Passenger

The first of a two-volume story. Bobby Western discovers things have gone missing from a jet in an underwater crash site, including the 10th passenger.

RIGHTEOUS PREY by John Sandford

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

Righteous Prey

The 32nd book in the Prey series. Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport go after a group of vigilante killers.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

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

Ugly Love

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

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

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

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

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

Where The Crawdads Sing

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

THE WINNERS by Fredrik Backman

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

The Winners

The third book in the Beartown series. Rivalries between two hockey-obsessed towns escalate into violence off the ice.

NON-FICTION:

AND THERE WAS LIGHT by Jon Meacham

(Available Formats: Print Book

And There Was Light

The Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer portrays the life of Abraham Lincoln.

BEYOND THE WAND by Tom Felton

(Available Formats: Not yet in any catalog)

Beyond The Wand

The actor known for playing the villain Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” movies recounts his life on and off the set of the film series.

BIBI by Benjamin Netanyahu

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Bibi

An autobiography by the former prime minister of Israel.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

Body Keeps Score

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

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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

Braiding Sweetgrass

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

CONFIDENCE MAN by Maggie Haberman

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Confidence Man

The New York Times White House correspondent traces events from Donald Trump’s rise in New York City through to his post-presidency.

EJACULATE RESPONSIBLY by Gabrielle Blair

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Ejaculate Responsibly

Arguments on the subject of abortion that focus on men’s lack of accountability in preventing unwanted pregnancies.

THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF AN ORDINARY MAN by Paul Newman

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

Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man

The late movie star’s memoir reveals intimate details about his personal relationships and professional rivalries; compiled and edited by David Rosenthal.

I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED by Jennette McCurdy

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

I'm Glad My Mom Died

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

KILLING THE LEGENDS by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Killing The Killers

The conservative commentator’s Killing series profiles Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Muhammad Ali.

LIVE WIRE by Kelly Ripa

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Live Wire

The Daytime Emmy Award-winning TV host shares stories from her life on and off screen.

MADLY, DEEPLY by Alan Rickman

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Madly Deeply

The late stage and screen actor’s diaries from 1993 to 2016; edited by Alan Taylor.

MOSQUITO BOWL by Buzz Bissinger

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

MOSQUITO BOWL

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist depicts the service of college football players who served in the Marines during World War II.

THE PERSUADERS by Anand Giridharadas

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

The Persuaders

The author of “Winners Take All” profiles people working to use persuasion during a time of polarization.

STARRY MESSENGER by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

Starry Messenger

 The astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium delves into subjects including politics, religion, gender and race.

WAXING ON by Ralph Macchio

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Waxing On

The star of “Cobra Kai” discusses the personal and pop culture impact of “The Karate Kid.”

WHAT IF? 2 by Randall Munroe

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

What If 2

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

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSL

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Viewing November 2022

Hi everyone, here are our streaming recommendations for November.

The next streaming recommendation post will be out on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

1899 (Netflix) (November 17)

A Christmas Story Christmas (HBO Max) (November 17)

The Crown, Season 5 (Netflix) (November 9)

The English (Amazon Prime) (November 11)

Enola Holmes, Season 2, Part 1 (Netflix) (November 1)

MythicQuest, Season 3 (Apple TV+) (November 11)

Spirited (Apple TV+) (November 18)

Warrior Nun, Season 2 (Netflix) (November 10)

Wednesday (Netflix) (November 23)

Willow (Disney+) (November 30)

Hoopla Streaming Pick of the Month

The Murder At Hill House

(Part of the series, The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher)

And here is the trailer for The Murder At Hill House

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Suggested Listening: November 4, 2022

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

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

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Ace in the Hole by Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer (Vocal, Pop)

From The Album: Two Of A Kind (1961)

Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino (Genre: Rock, R&B)

From The Album: This Is Fats Domino (1957)

Chelsea Morning by Fairport Convention (Genre: Folk-Rock, Folk)

From The Album: Fairport Convention (196?/2003)

Do I Love You? (Indeed I do) By Bruce Springsteen (Genre: Rock, Singer-Songwriter)

From The Album: Only The Strong Survive (2022)

Everyday by Buddy Holly (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Buddy Holly (1957)

Fade Away by Joanne Shaw Taylor (Genre: Blues, Rock)

From The Album: Nobody’s Fool (2022)

Got To Get You Into My Life (First Version / Take 5) (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Revolver [Super Deluxe Edition] (2022) (Original release date: 1966)

Let’s Talk About Us by Jerry Lee Lewis (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Jerry Lee’s Greatest Hits (1961)

True, True Lovin’ by The Trashmen (Genre: Classic Rock)

From The Album: Best of the Trashmen (2022)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Midnights by Taylor Swift

Midnights

And from the album:

Lavender Haze by Taylor Swift

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

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

The Libby App

Libby

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

Hoopla

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Connections, A Readers’ & Listeners’ Advisory Videocast October 28, 2022

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

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

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

Have a great week!
Linda Reimer, SSCL

Suggested Reading November 2, 2022

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

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

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are now published on Wednesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

The Come Up: An Oral History of the Rise of Hip-Hop by Jonathan Abrams

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Come Up

Firsthand accounts from more than 300 interviewees provide a vivid picture of how the sound of hip-hop changes with the times and regions in Abrams’s (All the Pieces Matter) essential oral history of the genre. Each chapter presents a time capsule of specific locations, along with in-depth discussions about artists, producers and record labels that some interviewees feel heavily impacted the music, including Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, DJ Marley Marl, N.W.A., and various people at Def Jam Recordings. Most of the conversations have a laid-back, talking-among-friends vibe. Backstories on seminal songs and microbiographies of artists and DJs from the South and Midwest contribute to a reminiscent feel. One thing absent, however, is more information about women rappers. The book briefly mentions MC Lyte, Salt-N-Pepa, and Queen Latifah, among others, but rarely discusses them in more detail. As a whole, however, this oral history on the evolution of hip-hop during its first 50 years is a labor of love and respect. Includes a selected bibliography.

VERDICT Recommended for music historians, hip-hop fans, and casual listeners who want to add to their playlists.—Library Journal Review

Friends, Lovers And The Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir by Mathew Perry

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Friends Lovers & The Big Terrible Thing

“Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.”

So begins the riveting story of acclaimed actor Matthew Perry, taking us along on his journey from childhood ambition to fame to addiction and recovery in the aftermath of a life-threatening health scare. Before the frequent hospital visits and stints in rehab, there was five-year-old Matthew, who traveled from Montreal to Los Angeles, shuffling between his separated parents; fourteen-year-old Matthew, who was a nationally ranked tennis star in Canada; twenty-four-year-old Matthew, who nabbed a coveted role as a lead cast member on the talked-about pilot then called Friends Like Us. . . and so much more.

In an extraordinary story that only he could tell—and in the heartfelt, hilarious, and warmly familiar way only he could tell it—Matthew Perry lays bare the fractured family that raised him (and also left him to his own devices), the desire for recognition that drove him to fame, and the void inside him that could not be filled even by his greatest dreams coming true. But he also details the peace he’s found in sobriety and how he feels about the ubiquity of Friends, sharing stories about his castmates and other stars he met along the way. Frank, self-aware, and with his trademark humor, Perry vividly depicts his lifelong battle with addiction and what fueled it despite seemingly having it all.

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is an unforgettable memoir that is both intimate and eye-opening—as well as a hand extended to anyone struggling with sobriety. Unflinchingly honest, moving, and uproariously funny, this is the book fans have been waiting for.

Going Rogue: Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine by Janet Evanovich

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Going Rogue

Evanovich’s twenty-ninth Stephanie Plum novel proves that the sassy New Jersey bail-bonds agent is as irrepressible as she was in her first outing, One for the Money (1994). In her latest (mis)adventure, Plum investigates the kidnapping of her sleazy cousin, Vinnie, who runs the bail-bonds company where Stephanie works, and Connie, the office manager. Their disappearances seem related to a valuable coin that Vinnie took as surety for a customer’s bond, but the coin, worth millions, has also vanished, and a mystery caller threatens dire repercussions if it isn’t returned to him in 24 hours. When the bail-bonds office is blown up, and someone stun-guns Stephanie, she knows her adversaries aren’t kidding around. Fortunately, Stephanie has help in rounding up the baddies, and that’s good news for her fans, who can’t get enough of the series’ stellar supporting cast: Stephanie’s feisty, gun-toting grandma; her first-string boyfriend, cop Joe Morelli; her “back-up” boyfriend, Ranger, the super-handsome, super-sexy, ex-military hunk who owns a high-end security firm; flamboyant and foul-mouthed office assistant Lula; and even Joe’s weird, spell-casting grandma. Irreverent, raucous, bawdy, and always laugh-out-loud hilarious, this is Evanovich at her brilliant best.

HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Over multiple series and stand-alones, Evanovich has produced 43 New York Times best-sellers in the last 26 years. Booklist Review

No Plan B by Lee & Andrew Childs

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

No Plan B

In the new Jack Reacher novel, the former military cop witnesses a homicide: a man pushes a woman under a bus. The police seem content to write it off as an accident, but the detective in charge of the case isn’t happy about that and asks Reacher (unofficially, of course) to find out what happened and why. This is the twenty-seventh installment in the Reacher series, and the third co-written by Lee Child and his younger brother, Andrew, before Andrew takes over when Lee’s retirement kicks in; but the writing is as crisp as it was in the very first novel, 1997’s Killing Floor. Reacher continues to be one of thrillerdom’s most compelling characters, a big man with an unswerving sense of justice who prefers to use his mind to get out of a jam, but who’s also perfectly comfortable using his fists as required. Reacher fans may have been worried about how the baton pass between brothers would affect the delicate chemistry of the series–particularly the tone and the balance between action and reflection–but so far, so good.

HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Reacher still rules, even with two names on the title page. – Booklist Review

Now Is Not The Time To Panic: A Novel by Kevin Wilson

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Now Is Not The Time

Note: This book is being published November 8; but you can request a copy now!

 If the Coalfield Panic were to happen today, it would dominate the news cycle for 10 minutes before it got subsumed by another, more sensational story. In middle-of-nowhere Tennessee in 1996, Frankie Budge and her new friend, Zeke, create a poster and plaster it all over town as performance art. Unfortunately, the poster catches people’s imagination for all the wrong reasons, and it stays in the larger public consciousness for longer than Frankie and Zeke ever wanted. The signature slogan is Frankie’s, “The edge is a shantytown filled with gold seekers. We are fugitives, and the law is skinny with hunger for us.” To the two teenage misfits in Coalfield, the writing sounds subversive yet safe. But once the narrative gets out of control, it creates serious and lasting damage, enough to cast a long shadow on Frankie’s adult life. Wilson (Nothing to See Here, 2020) has developed a story that is a precise capture of adolescence and of two vibrant teens whose everyday dilemmas, weaknesses, and triumphs are utterly endearing. If the denouement feels a little pat, it is more than made up for by the crisp dialogue and the zipping story line that takes us there. – Booklist Review

The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer

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

The Outcasts of Time

This vividly descriptive time-travel adventure by the acclaimed author of “The Time Traveler’s Guide” series reads like historical fiction, but given the surreal plot, becomes a story about the love and devotion between two brothers caught in an impossible situation. Journeying home on a cold, bleak day in December 1348, brothers John and William face death as they become victims of the Black Plague. Then a voice comes and offers them a chance to live for six more days, but each day will be 99 years apart in the future. With brotherly loyalty, they accept in hopes of redeeming their souls. So begins a quest through six centuries. In order to survive, the brothers quickly adjust to changing customs, religious beliefs, inventions, food, clothing, and laws. They stay true to each other and their moral beliefs but wonder how they can be redeemed in the end.

VERDICT The period immersion in this unusual tale of time travel and redemption comes close in detail and tone to Jack Finney’s Time and Again and From Time to Time, as well as Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series. Highly recommended. – Library Journal Review

Photo Finished by Christin Brecher

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

Photo Finished

This sparkling series launch from Brecher (the Nantucket Candle Maker mysteries) introduces struggling photographer Liv Spyers, who lives in a basement studio next to her grandparents’ West Village locksmith shop, where she sometimes helps out. One morning outside the shop, she runs into Regina Montague, the owner of New York’s premier photography studio, who needs a key made. After admiring the photos on view in Liv’s studio window, Regina offers her a job taking pictures at the Holiday Ball held at the Pierre Hotel, the original photographer having quit at the last minute. Liv seizes this opportunity of a lifetime, but during the ball she discovers Regina hovering over the bloody body of millionaire venture capitalist Charlie Archibald. Her career may be doomed unless she can clear Regina of murder charges. Photos Liv took at the elite event may point to the real killer. Meanwhile, an antique safe in her grandparents’ shop holds an important clue to the murder. Distinctive characters complement a well-paced plot that takes several unexpected twists and turns. Brecher has upped her game with this superior cozy. – Publishers Weekly Review

Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know by Ben Bowlin & Matt Frederick

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Stuff They Don't Want You To Know

Bowlin, Matt Frederick, and Noel Brown bring their podcast to print, examining conspiracy theories and bizarre conjectures. They seek to answer why the government would lie, how conspiracy theories get traction with the general public, and what the average person can do to dig out the truth. Biological warfare (weaponized deer ticks?) and UFOs (Roswell?) share space with factual information on the Tuskegee Study and verified experiments that exposed unknowing New York City subway riders to purportedly harmless chemicals. VERDICT Readable and interesting, with spots of wry humor. Sources are generally referenced in text or footnotes, leaving readers free to agree or disagree and research further in response to the authors’ conclusions. – Library Journal Review

Theft Of An Idol by Dana Stabenow

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Theft Of An Idol

When Cleopatra’s most beloved actress disappears, her new Eye of Isis must solve a case that will lead to the darkest corners of Alexandria.

From the palaces of Alexandria reigns Cleopatra – seventh of her name, avatar of the goddess Isis, ruler of the Kingdom of Egypt – surrounded by riches untold. Through the streets of her great city bustle scholars and sailors, politicians and priests. For those with the means, it is a comfortable life.

But not all are invited to share in the wealth of Egypt’s first city. For the peasants and farmers, their lives lie in the hands of the gods and the harvest. Unless, that is, they can find other methods to feed their families. Other, less savoury methods.

When Herminia, one of Alexandria’s most beloved actresses, disappears on the eve of a great performance, Cleopatra sets Tetisheri, her Eye, to investigate. In her search for the truth, Tetisheri will uncover a mystery that will take her to the city’s darkest corners…

Reader’s Note: This is the third book in the Eye of Isis mystery series; if you’d like to start reading the series from the beginning, checkout book 1: Death Of An Eye.

We Are The Light by Matthew Quick

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

We Are The Light

A survivor of a mass shooting confronts his grief in this illuminating epistolary novel from Quick (The Silver Linings Playbook). In small-town Majestic, Penn., high school counselor Lucas Goodgame wrestles with the loss of his wife, Darcy, through a series of letters to his Jungian analyst, Karl Johnson. Darcy, along with Karl’s wife and 15 others, were murdered in a theater during a screening of a “classic Christmas movie.” (The allusion appears to be It’s a Wonderful Life—Lucas details how Darcy visits him every night as a winged angel.) When the shooter’s 18-year-old brother, Eli, starts camping out in Lucas’s back yard, Darcy’s angel assures him, “That boy is the way forward.” Lucas decides to mentor Eli, and with the help of the filmmaker-theater owners, the pair collaborate on a monster movie to help Eli work through his demons. The effort helps Lucas as much as it does Eli, giving Lucas the structure he’d been missing from the sessions with Karl, which stopped for reasons that only become clear later in the narrative. Quick adds credible details of moviemaking and dynamic secondary characters to a crackling narrative, which builds to an excruciatingly honest disclosure. The author’s fans will love this. Publishers Weekly Review

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the three catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.