New York Times Bestsellers February 5, 2023

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

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

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

New York Times Bestseller blog posts are published on Sundays.And the next New York Times blog post will be published Sunday, February 5, 2023.

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.

CABINET OF DR. LENG by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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

Cabinet of Dr. Leng

The 21st book in the Pendergast series. Constance Greene travels back in time to prevent the deaths of her siblings.

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.

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.

HELL BENT by Leigh Bardugo

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)

Hell Bent

The second book in the Alex Stern series. Alex risks her future at Lethe and Yale to get Darlington out of purgatory.

HOUSE IN THE PINES by Ana Reyes

(Available Formats: eBook)

The House in the Pines

Seven years after witnessing her best friend drop dead, May returns to her Berkshires hometown to piece together what happened.

HOUSE OF WOLVES by James Patterson and Mike Lupica

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

House of Wolves

After her father is murdered, Jenny Wolf becomes the head of a powerful family in California.

HOW TO SELL A HAUNTED HOUSE by Grady Hendrix

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

How To Sell A Haunted House

After her parents die, Louise encounters more than she expected in dealing with the family home.

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.

THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave

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

The Last Thing He Told Me

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

LESSONS 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.

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.

MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook & original movie (not the one with Tom Hanks) available as a DVD and to stream from Hoopla)

A Man Called Ove

A curmudgeon’s gruff exterior masks a generosity of spirit; the basis of the film “A Man Called Otto.”

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

Midnight Library

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

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

SHARDS by Bret Easton Ellis

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Shards

In Los Angeles in 1981, a prep school senior becomes obsessed with a new student at the same time he and his circle of friends are taunted by a serial killer.

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides

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

Silent Patient

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

TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW by Gabrielle Zevin

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

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

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

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook & 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.

WITHOUT A TRACE by Danielle Steel

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

Without A Trace

Charles Vincent meets someone who ignites his passion and must decide whether to walk away from his perfect-from-the-outside life.

NON-FICTION:

ALL ABOUT LOVE by bell hooks

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

All About Love

The late feminist icon explores the causes of a polarized society and the meaning of love.

AND THERE WAS LIGHT by Jon Meacham

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

And There Was Light

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

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

Braiding Sweetgrass

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

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

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

Crying in H Mart

The daughter of a Korean mother and Jewish-American father, and leader of the indie rock project Japanese Breakfast, describes creating her own identity after losing her mother to cancer

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

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

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, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

I'm Glad My Mom Died

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

AN IMMENSE WORLD by Ed Yong

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

An Immense World

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

THE LIGHT WE CARRY by Michelle Obama

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

Light We Carry

The former first lady shares personal stories and the tools she uses to deal with difficult situations.

 

SONG OF THE CELL by Siddhartha Mukherjee

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Song of The Cell

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

SPARE  by Prince Harry

(Available Formats: Print Book,

Spare

The Duke of Sussex details his struggles with the royal family, loss of his mother, service in the British Army and marriage to Meghan Markle.

STRAIGHT SHOOTER by Stephen A. Smith

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Straight Shooter

The ESPN analyst recounts the highs and lows of his life and career.

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.

Belated Suggested Reading January 27, 2023

Hi everyone, I’m running a bit late in getting our weekly suggested reading post out this week, due to our inclement weather on Wednesday – but better late than never – and just in time for the weekend; 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 usually published on Wednesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

The Book of Everlasting Things: A Novel by Aanchal Malhotra

The Book of Everlasting Things

DEBUT New Delhi-born artist and oral historian Malhotra has written extensively about the 1947 Partition of India, including the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize-shortlisted Remnants of Partition: 21 Objects from a Continent Divided, and she brings that knowledge to her first novel, rendering history in human, often poignant images. One January morning in 1938, Samir Vij, apprentice perfumer and a Hindu, meets Firdaus Khan, calligrapher’s apprentice and a Muslim, in his family’s ittar (a fragrant essential oil) shop in Lahore. Time passes, and their friendship deepens into love, until they find themselves on opposite sides of the border after Partition. The story glides back and forth in time, through two World Wars and the Partition and the recent past. Secrets are revealed, the intricacies of calligraphy and perfume-making are described, and the consequences of decisions made are recounted. Near the novel’s end, Samir sums it up: “It is difficult to forget, but it is even harder to keep remembering.” It will be difficult indeed to forget this exquisite story.
VERDICT A long and luxurious tale of love, loss, memory, and place, told against a backdrop of tumultuous historical events. – Starred Library Journal Review

A Fashionable Fatality by Alyssa Maxwell

A Fashionable Fatality
Set in 1921, Maxwell’s engrossing eighth Lady and Lady’s Maid mystery (after 2021’s A Deadly Endowment) takes plucky Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her intrepid lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, to the Cotswolds, where Phoebe’s sister, Julia, the Marchioness of Allerton, is hosting a house party. The guests include up-and-coming French fashion designer Coco Chanel, but unfortunately Coco has decided that Julia’s estate would be the perfect place to stage a fashion shoot and has brought her entire entourage without consulting her hostess. Julia endures the imperious Coco and her battling crew—a caddish photographer, two miserable assistants, and two bitterly competitive models. When one of the models is found dead of smoke inhalation, Julia is quick to blame a servant for forgetting to open the flue in the woman’s bedroom, but Phoebe is convinced it was murder. Phoebe and Eva make a great team, seamlessly working together above stairs and below stairs to uncover the truth. An evocative setting, realistic relationships, and a nicely crafted plot more than make up for the unlikely murderer simply confessing at the end. Fans of lighter historicals should be satisfied. – Publishers Weekly Review

The Local by Joey Hartstone

The Local

James Euchre, the narrator of film and TV writer Hartstone’s impressive debut, has built a successful career as a patent lawyer in Marshall, Tex., which has become the country’s leading jurisdiction for intellectual property litigation under the leadership of federal judge Gerald Gardner. When Gardner, Euchre’s mentor, is fatally stabbed after a holiday party, the prime suspect is Amir Zawar, a wealthy tech entrepreneur whom Euchre was defending against a claim of copyright infringement before Gardner. After the judge denied Zawar’s motion to dismiss the case, the irate Zawar cursed him out and threatened his life. Despite Euchre’s lack of experience in criminal defense and close relationship with the murdered man, he’s brought onboard as local counsel in the hopes that he’ll be more relatable for the jury. Euchre and his colleagues pursue a two-track defense, poking holes in the prosecution’s case to establish reasonable doubt while also investigating independently to identify a credible alternate suspect. The surprising twists are rendered plausible by Hartstone’s mastery of conveying detailed trial strategies. Scott Turow readers should take a look. – Publishers Weekly Review

Moon Rise Over New Jessup by Jamila Minnicks

Moonrise Over New Jessup
A Southern community confronts the meaning of Black power. In a warmly appealing book debut, Minnicks, winner of the 2021 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, considers the fraught question of integration from the perspective of an all-Black community in rural Alabama. It’s 1957, and Alice Young is on her way to Birmingham after fleeing abuse in the segregated town where she grew up. Getting off the bus to stretch her legs, she is incredulous to find herself in a place with no “WHITES ONLY signs and backdoor Negro entrances.” New Jessup, she learns, had been established by freedmen who separated from the White community “across the woods,” where they had worked “from field to house and everywhere inside.” Even after Whites tried to run the Black people of New Jessup off the land, they rebuilt and set down roots, started thriving businesses, a school, a hospital, and farms. But, Alice soon discovers, there are troubles: A growing national movement for desegregation has incited dissension. Some in New Jessup agree with the NAACP that integration will be favorable for Blacks; others, that “independence, and not mixing” is a better goal. In New Jessup, the independence movement is adopted by the National Negro Advancement Society, whose aim is “keeping folks from across the woods outta our hair and our pockets for good!” Alice would prefer to distance herself from politics, but she becomes immersed in the controversy when she falls in love with an NNAS activist. How, the NNAS asks, can separation work for Negro communities? Will integration mean equal rights–or merely upending lives for something neither Blacks nor Whites want? What is a viable path to real power? Minnicks’ impassioned characters struggle with those questions as they think about the consequences of court-mandated integration and the reality of living in a society where, Alice realizes, “not all unwelcoming is posted in the window at eye level.” A thoughtful look at a complex issue. – Kirkus Review

The Night Travelers: A Novel by Armando Lucas Correa

The Night Travelers

Correa (The Daughter’s Tale) unfurls a stunning multigenerational story involving WWII Germany and the Cuban Revolution. In 1931 Berlin, poet Ally Keller gives birth to Lilith, her daughter with jazz musician Marcus, a Black German man. After Marcus goes missing, and as Germany marches toward war, Ally fears Lilith may be targeted by the Nazis because of her skin color, so she begs her Jewish neighbors, Beatrice and Albert Herzog, to take seven-year-old Lilith with them to Cuba. As Lilith adapts to life in Cuba with the Herzogs, she befriends Martín Bernal, and they eventually marry. But Martín’s alliance with Batista’s government puts him in danger when Fidel Castro comes to power, forcing him to leave Lilith and their daughter Nadine alone after he is captured, and Lilith arranges for Nadine to leave Cuba for the U.S., where she’s adopted by an American couple. Years later, Nadine attends college in Germany, and while working as a scientist at a research center in Berlin, her interest in her heritage leads her to information about her birth mother’s early years. Correa makes palpable the sacrifices made by Ally and Lilith for their children’s survival, and the taut pacing keeps the pages flying. Readers will be deeply moved. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

This Other Eden by Paul Harding

This Other Eden

Pulitzer winner Harding (Tinkers) suffuses deep feeling into this understated yet wrenching story inspired by an isolated mixed-raced community’s forced resettlement in 1912 Maine. Formerly enslaved Benjamin Honey and his Irish-born wife Patience settled Apple Island more than a century earlier. Now, the hardscrabble community includes gender-bending and incestuous siblings Theophilus and Candace Lark and their four, mentally disabled children; a Civil War veteran named Zachary Hand to God Proverbs, who lives in a hollow tree; Irish sisters Iris and Violet McDermott, who raise three orphaned Penobscot children; and the Honeys’ descendents. Christian missionary and retired schoolteacher Matthew Diamond has spent the past five years visiting the island during the summer to teach the community’s children. A deeply prejudiced man, he prays for the strength to overcome his “visceral, involuntary repulsion” to Black people, and is continually shocked at the children’s quick minds as well as Ethan Honey’s talent for drawing. With eugenics on the rise, the state sets in motion a plan to clear the island and Diamond contrives to send Ethan to a colleague in Massachusetts, where he can pass as white and study art. Harding’s close-third narration gives shape and weight to the community members’ complicated feelings about their displacement, while his magisterial prose captures a sense of place (“the island a granite pebble in the frigid Atlantic shallows”). It’s a remarkable achievement. – Publishers Weekly Review

Paris Daillencourt Is About to Crumble by Alexis Hall

Paris is About To Crumble

Centering the depiction of a romantic protagonist on mental illness is a risk; making that depiction comic is riskier. If anyone can pull it off, it’s Hall (Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake), but even so, this laugh-cry rom-com about anxiety disorder succeeds more as a personal growth story than a love story. Wealthy, white university student Paris Daillencourt’s crippling anxiety means he’s most at ease in his London flat. But his roommate pushes him to compete in a Great British Bake Off–style reality show, and because Paris can’t face conflict, he does as he’s told. Initially the spirals of paralyzing antilogic that dog his every thought have a Robin Williams quality, but once he starts negotiating the flirtatious overtures of Tariq, a Bangladeshi Muslim fellow contestant, the wrecking ball of Paris’s anxiety overcomes the humor. Internalized bias and social pressure exacerbate the damage to the men’s budding relationship, but luckily, as the wince factor rises, expertly sketched supporting characters assume the comedic responsibility. Resolving the lovers’ angst requires something of a fairy tale twist, but the rocky road to their happy ending is thoughtful, worthwhile, and, yes, funny. Series fans will not be disappointed. – Publishers Weekly Review

The Reunion: A Novel by Kayla Olson

The Reunion

In YA novelist Olson’s (This Splintered Silence) first foray into romance, Liv Latimer, the star of the popular teen drama Girl on the Verge, has returned to film a reunion episode of the show. This reunites her with co-star and former best friend Ransom Joel, who she hasn’t spoken to since their friendship imploded after the series finale 14 years prior. Sparks quickly fly between the two, but Liv, whose career has taken a different, more serious trajectory since the end of the series, must figure out how to balance her career ambitions, the possibility of a Girl on the Verge reboot series, and her budding attraction to Ransom. The second-chance, friends-to-lovers romance is well-paced and well-developed, as are Liv and Ransom’s external ambitions and challenges. Readers, especially those who were fans of Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, and similar shows, will enjoy the Hollywood setting and cast of fully realized supporting characters in this excellent contemporary romance.

VERDICT A must-read for fans of Christina Lauren, Emily Henry, and early 2000s teen drama shows. – Library Journal Review

Sleep No More by Jayne Ann Krentz

Sleep No More
What’s going on at the Carnelian Sleep Institute in the quiet college town of Carnelian, Calif.? That’s the question at the heart of this enticing romantic suspense novel and Lost Night Files series launch from bestseller Krentz (Lightning in a Mirror). Months before the start of the book, Pallas Llewellyn and two strangers, Talia and Amelia, all lost their memories of the exact same window of time while staying at Lucent Springs Hotel. Since then, the women have become friends and started the podcast that gives this series its name, using it to investigate what happened to them and explore other potentially paranormal cases. Ambrose Drake turns to this podcast for help after a disturbing experience. While participating in an overnight sleep study, he’s positive that he heard screams from the adjoining room and believes a fellow patient may have been murdered, though the medical staff assure him he was only dreaming. The stakes ratchet higher when institute assistant Emery Geddings mysteriously disappears, leading Pallas and Ambrose to investigate—with explosive results. Krentz’s plot is characteristically twisty and her characters are well-shaded. The cliffhanger ending will undoubtedly frustrate some readers, but it successfully builds anticipation for future installments. Readers will be on the edges of their seats. – Publishers Weekly Review

The Vibrant Years by Sonali Dev

Vibrant Years

Regrets, secrets, and love drive this beautifully told multigenerational saga from Dev (The Emma Project). App developer Cullie Desai hit it big with Shloka, which she created to help others deal with anxiety. She then had an affair with Steve, who helped take the app to market. Now, six months after Steve went back to his wife, he’s trying to sabotage the program by charging users a subscription fee, prompting Cullie to come up with another winner so she can boot him from the team. Meanwhile, her mother, Aly, is still chasing her dream of becoming a television news anchor, a career that’s already cost Aly her marriage and 10 years of being pushed into the background by her boss. Meanwhile, Cullie’s paternal grandmother, Bindu, who’s just received a substantial inheritance, tries to create a new life at an upscale seniors’ residence. Unfortunately, the inheritance is tied to a painful secret from her distant past. Dev easily gets the reader to root for her well-rounded characters, and the intertwined story lines wrap up with a delightful ending. This effervescent tale is sure to please the author’s fans and win her new ones. – 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.

Suggested Listening January 27, 2023

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, February 3, 2023

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Blowing The Blues Away by Billy Eckstine (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)

From The Album: Jazz Foundations Volume 5 (2008)

Drifting And Dreaming by Bert Kaempfert and his Orchestra (Genre: Easy Listening, Instrumental)

From The Album: Wonderland By Night: The Best of Bert Kaempfert (1961)

I Hear Music by Diane Marino (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)

From The Album: I Hear Music (2022)

Little Moss Man, After Midnight & Creeping by Michael Howell and Lafayette Harris Jr. (Genre: Piano, Guitar &  just plain great music!)

From The Album: Recorded live – no album available.

Lafayette Harris Jr. has a new album coming out in March: Swingin’ Up in Harlem (2023)

A Love Song, Played Slow by Rachel & Vilray (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)

From The Album: I Love A Song! (2023)

Medley: I Heard It Through The Grapevine/Have A Little Mercy/Tell Mama/Chain Of Fools (Live) by Electric Flag with Erma Franklin (Genre: Vocal, Classic Rock & R&B)

From The Album: Live Carousel 1968 (2015)

Sixth Avenue Express : Pete Johnson & Albert Ammons (Genre: Boogie Woogie, Piano, Jazz)

From The Album: Great Holiday Times by Pete Johnson (2020)

Small Town Nashville Blues by Cristina Vane (Genre: Americana)

From The Album: Make Myself Me Again (2022)

Wayfaring Stranger by Rhiannon Giddens (Genre: Vocal, Americana)

From The Album: There Is No Other (2019)

We’re In This Love Together (Genre: Jazz, Vocal)

From The Album: Breaking Away (1981)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

The Best of Diana Krall (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)

Best of Diana Krall

And from the album the song:

Pick Yourself Up by Diana Krall

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.

New York Times Bestsellers January 22, 2023

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 New York Times blog post will be published Sunday, January 29, 2022

FICTION

AGE OF VICE by Deepti Kapoor

(Available Formats: Print & eBook)

Age of Vice

A servant, an heir and a journalist are caught up in a complicated series of events involving romance and corruption in India.

BABEL by R.F. Kuang

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Babel

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

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.

DESERT STAR by Michael Connelly

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

Desert Star

Ballard and Bosch bury old resentments as they go after two killers.

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.

HOUSE IN THE PINES by Ana Reyes

(Available Formats: eBook)

The House in the Pines

Seven years after witnessing her best friend drop dead, May returns to her Berkshires hometown to piece together what happened.

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.

LOATHE TO LOVE YOU by Ali Hazelwood

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Loathe To Love You

Three romance stories: “Under One Roof,” “Stuck With You” and “Below Zero.”

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 MAID by Nita Prose

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

The Maid

When a wealthy man is found dead in his room, a maid at the Regency Grand Hotel becomes a lead suspect.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

Midnight Library

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

REMARKABLY BRIGHT CREATURES by Shelby Van Pelt

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

Remarkably Bright Creatures

A widow working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium is aided in solving a mystery by a giant Pacific octopus living there.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides

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

Silent Patient

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

TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW by Gabrielle Zevin

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

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

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

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook & 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.

WITHOUT A TRACE by Danielle Steel

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

Without A Trace

Charles Vincent meets someone who ignites his passion and must decide whether to walk away from his perfect-from-the-outside life.

A WORLD OF CURIOSITIES by Louise Penny

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

World of Curiosities

The 18th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. When an attic room that was sealed off 160 years ago is opened, an old enemy returns.

NON-FICTION:

ALL ABOUT LOVE by bell hooks

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

All About Love

The late feminist icon explores the causes of a polarized society and the meaning of love.

AND THERE WAS LIGHT by Jon Meacham

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

And There Was Light

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

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

Braiding Sweetgrass

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

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

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

Crying in H Mart

The daughter of a Korean mother and Jewish-American father, and leader of the indie rock project Japanese Breakfast, describes creating her own identity after losing her mother to cancer

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

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

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, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

I'm Glad My Mom Died

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

AN IMMENSE WORLD by Ed Yong

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

An Immense World

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

 

THE LIGHT WE CARRY by Michelle Obama

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

Light We Carry

The former first lady shares personal stories and the tools she uses to deal with difficult situations.

MASTER SLAVE HUSBAND WIFE by Ilyon Woo In 1848, Ellen Craft, disguised as a disabled white man, and her husband, William, posing as that man’s slave, achieved freedom only to have to flee again.

NAZI CONSPIRACY by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch The story of a Nazi plot to kill President Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill.

ROUGH SLEEPERS by Tracy Kidder The Pulitzer Prize-winning author chronicles Jim O’Connell’s work to provide medical care to Boston’s unhoused population.

SONG OF THE CELL by Siddhartha Mukherjee

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Song of The Cell

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

SPARE  by Prince Harry

(Available Formats:

The Duke of Sussex details his struggles with the royal family, loss of his mother, service in the British Army and marriage to Meghan Markle.

STRAIGHT SHOOTER by Stephen A. Smith

(Available Formats:

The ESPN analyst recounts the highs and lows of his life and career.

 

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 January 20, 2023

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, January 27, 2023.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

All I Have To Do/Kathy’s Clown by The Everly Brothers (Genre: Classic Rock, Vocal)

From The Album: The Very Best of the Everly Brothers (2008)

And as a bonus, as it is a great song:

Nashville Blues by The Everly Brothers

From The Album: It’s Everly Time (1960)

Ball n’ Chain by Big Mama Thornton & Buddy Guy (Genre: Blues)

Studio Version From The Album: Ball n’ Chain (1989)

Baby, You Got What It Takes by Dinah Washington & Brooks Benton (Genre: Vocal, R&B)

From The Album: The Two Of Us (1960)

Been To The Mountain by Margo Price (Genre: Americana)

From The Album: Strays (2023)

Crazy Love (Crazy Music) by Buddy Guy (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Left My Blues in San Francisco (1967)

Good Times Bad Times by Led Zeppelin (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Led Zeppelin (1969)

Hey Jude by The Beatles (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: 1 (2000)

Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles (Genre: Vocal, R&B)

From The Album: True Genius (2021)

Roll On Down The Highway by Bachman-Turner OverDrive (Genre: Classic Rock)

From The Album: Not Fragile (1974)

You Know What I Mean by Jeff Beck (Genre: Guitar)

From The Album: Blow By Blow (1975)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

The Chronological Fats Waller 1940 – 1941 by Fats Waller (Genre: Jazz)

Fats Waller

And from the album the song:

Fat’s Waller’s Original E Flat Blues by Fats Waller

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.

Suggested Reading January 18, 2023

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, January 25, 2023

A Bad Day For Sunshine by Darynda Jones

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

Bad Day For Sunshine

After Sunshine “Sun” Vicram moves back to her hometown of Del Sol, NM, she’s elected as the new sheriff in a race she never entered, thanks to her well-meaning parents. While Sun faces her first day on the job, her 14-year-old daughter Auri starts at the local high school, where she is soon targeted by bullies. Events rapidly deteriorate for the new sheriff, with a missing deputy, an escaped prisoner, and an abducted teen. With the help of various deputies and other law enforcement officers, and Auri, Sun must unravel all the mysteries and find the missing teen. As the investigations continue, Sun is also forced to face her own history and tell her daughter the truth about their past. Jones (Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave) departs from her usual paranormal fiction and creates a smart and sassy mother-daughter team in a small-town setting where anything can happen. VERDICT Though readers may find it difficult to keep track of the minor characters, this series opener provides plenty of action. Recommended for fans of Linda Castillo and J.A. Jance. – Library Journal

House of Wolves by James Patterson & Brian Sitts

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

House of Wolves

James Patterson and Mike Lupica are the thriller dream team! Jenny Wolf’s murdered father leaves her in charge of a billion-dollar empire—and a family more ruthless than Succession’s Roys and Yellowstone’s Duttons.

The Wolfs, the most powerful family in California, have a new head–thirty-six-year-old former high school teacher Jenny Wolf.

That means Jenny now runs the prestigious San Francisco Tribune.

She also controls the legendary pro football team, the Wolves.

And she has a murdered father to avenge—if she can survive the killers all around her.

An unforgettable family drama by two writers at the top of their craft.

Leech by Hiron Ennes

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Leech

DEBUT Ennes’s novel is an amalgam of multiple genres that mutates into something truly unique. In an isolated mining town, a baron’s doctor has died mysteriously, and the Institute sends a replacement (who narrates this story) to find out what happened. The Institute is more than just a guild of doctors; all of its members are a hivemind, all parts of an organism dedicated to keeping watch over humanity. This doctor, and subsequently the Institute, discovers a new kind of parasite spreading throughout the baron’s chateau, which could usurp the Institute’s rung on the evolutionary ladder. Ennes blends several different genres here, including science fiction, postapocalyptic fiction, gothic horror, and body horror, turning them into a delightfully original work that explores multiple themes including identity and autonomy. Readers must really pay attention to the story, since the narrator is used to being one of many bodies, but for their efforts they also get to watch the narrator evolve away from the Institute’s influence. VERDICT The fascinating world and original narrator that Ennes creates in their debut produce a sublime gothic sci-fi tale that grows into a story greater than the sum of its parts. -Library Journal

Mitford Affair by Marie Benedict

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Mitford Affair

Benedict (Her Hidden Genius) delves into the Mitford family’s fatal attraction to fascism and Hitler in her captivating latest. Set in 1930s England before WWII, Diana, the middle child of six sisters and a brother, is a famous beauty who is married to Bryan Guinness, heir to the brewing fortune. Diana, 22, leaves Bryan for “fascist gadabout” Sir Oswald Mosley, founder of the British Union of Fascists. Diane later teaches her children the Hitler salute, and her connections to elite Nazis keep Mosley’s BUF afloat until the political tide turns against them when WWII looms. Younger sister Unity, 18, hoping to help Great Britain prevent war with Germany, is a fierce Nazi sympathizer and antisemite, and her obsession with Hitler leads her to join his inner circle—a decision followed by dire consequences. When the oldest Mitford sister, 29-year-old novelist Nancy, grasps the precise nature of her sisters’ visits to Germany, she sleuths out Diana’s and Mosley’s treasonous scheme to start up a radio station for spreading Nazi propaganda, and outs them to her cousin Winston Churchill. This engaging tale of genteel spies shifts easily between the sisters’ perspectives and provides timely insight on British fascists and supporters of appeasement. Benedict’s silky-smooth page-turner is sure to please her fans. – Publishers Weekly

The Most Likely Club by Elyssa Friedland

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Most Likely Club

In the delightful latest from Friedland (Last Summer at the Golden Hotel), four women celebrate their 25th high school reunion. Of the four, only Suki Hammer, whose school superlative was “Most Likely to Join the Forbes 400,” feels fulfilled. Melissa Levin, meanwhile, divorced her high school sweetheart and worries about her weight; Tara Taylor aspired to be a chef before she was sexually assaulted by a culinary celebrity; and Priya Chowdhury, a doctor, second-guesses her successes after overhearing her colleagues’ racist and sexist comments about her. A lot of the details are delivered in exposition, such as a magazine article that outlines how Suki manages to keep up a successful and happy life. Furthermore, a glut of 1990s references—Tara’s “Courtney Love” look, coveted Oakley sunglasses—eventually slips into overkill. Still, Friedland keeps up a steady supply of clever lines to convey the women’s mix of excitement and dread over the big event (“Like a migraine, the weekend of the reunion arrived without warning”). The author also does a good job with the heavier themes—in addition to the racism and sexism, there are nuanced accounts of Tara’s sexual assault and Melissa’s eating disorder. Overall, this strikes a fine balance between lighthearted and serious. – Publishers Weekly

Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer

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

Only Time Will Tell

With his latest, Archer delivers another page-turning, heart-stopping saga, with delightful twists, and a surprise ending. This first title from the Clifton Chronicles introduces readers to Harry Clifton, a boy growing up in Bristol whose father mysteriously died a full year before his birth, supposedly killed in WWI. Though Harry dreams of becoming a stevedore like his Uncle Stan, crazy Old Jack Tar shows Harry the truths of the stevedore life and becomes his surrogate father. After hearing an angelic treble voice, Harry decides to join the choir and learns to read. The choir in turn gains him a scholarship to boys’ boarding school St. Bede’sâa gateway to the life his mother wants for him, far from the harbor and shipping industry. He meets scholarly Deakins and wealthy Giles Barrington, who become his best friends, and the three strive to gain acceptance to Bristol Grammar School. Though Giles’ father has a particular aversion to Harry, the boys’ friendship proves stronger than any paternal dictates. While Archer hasn’t revealed how many books will make up this saga (which will span one hundred years), readers will surely wait for the next with bated breath. – Publishers Weekly Review

Putin by Philip Short

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

Putin

Vladimir Putin has had his finger in almost every international political pie of the 21st century. To understand what drives the man and how he controls post-Soviet Russia, journalist Short (Mao: A Life) explores the totality of Putin’s life. Details of his infancy, childhood, and schooling in St. Petersburg, his marriage, life as a KGB operative in Dresden, and his nascent political career in St. Petersburg add context to the man who has presided over Russia for two decades. Extensive research including interviews with acquaintances from childhood through adulthood, observers from multiple countries, and information regarding his family life flesh out as closely as currently possible the truths and lies that comprise the Putin mystique. Sketches of Russian life during the Brezhnev, Gorbachev, and Yeltsin eras put Putin’s obsession with regaining respect for Russia in context. VERDICT Short has written a remarkable biography, rich in facts and details, of Putin’s life and career. This book will appeal to readers with an interest in Russia, world history, biographies of world leaders, and current events.-Starred Library Journal Review

Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O’Connell’s urgent mission to bring healing to homeless people by Tracy Kidder

(Available Formats: Downloadable Audiobook)

Rough Sleepers

Pulitzer winner Kidder (A Truck Full of Money) spotlights in this poignant account the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, “the country’s largest medical system wholly devoted to the care of homeless people.” At the center of the narrative is Jim O’Connell, the program’s founding physician and organizer of its Street Team, which ministers to people who shun shelters and live “mainly outside or in makeshift quarters.” According to Kidder, the Health Care for the Homeless Program works against the grain of corporate medicine by emphasizing continuity of care and the importance of listening attentively to and spending time with homeless people. Interwoven with O’Connell’s story are those of his patients, including Tony Columbo, who spent 18 years in prison for sexual assault and struggles with substance abuse and mental disorders. Drawing on five years’ worth of reporting, Kidder vividly portrays life on the streets and in the program’s health clinics, and sheds light on various legal and policy matters, though the focus is less on the institutional forces that contribute to chronic homelessness than on the individual lives it touches. Keenly observed and fluidly written, this is a compassionate report from the front lines of one of America’s most intractable social problems. – Publishers Weekly Review

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla Instant Checkout Audiobook)

Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

An Instant National Bestseller • One of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2022 • An NPR Book We Loved in 2022 • Named a Best Fiction book of 2022 by the Washington Post, Times (UK), Financial Times, and The Guardian.

Winner of the 2022 Booker Prize, The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida is a searing satire set amid the mayhem of the Sri Lankan civil war.

Colombo, 1990. Maali Almeida—war photographer, gambler, and closet queen—has woken up dead in what seems like a celestial visa office. His dismembered body is sinking in the serene Beira Lake and he has no idea who killed him. In a country where scores are settled by death squads, suicide bombers, and hired goons, the list of suspects is depressingly long, as the ghouls and ghosts with grudges who cluster round can attest. But even in the afterlife, time is running out for Maali. He has seven moons to contact the man and woman he loves most and lead them to the photos that will rock Sri Lanka.

Ten years after his prize-winning novel Chinaman established him as one of Sri Lanka’s foremost authors, Shehan Karunatilaka is back with a “thrilling satire” (Economist) and rip-roaring state-of-the-nation epic that offers equal parts mordant wit and disturbing, profound truths.

The Sleeping Car Porter by Suzette Mayr

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Sleeping Car Porter

WINNER OF THE 2022 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY TOP 20 LITERARY FICTION BOOKS OF 2022

OPRAH DAILY: BOOKS TO READ BY THE FIRE

THE GLOBE 100: THE BEST BOOKS OF 2022

CBC BOOKS: THE BEST CANADIAN FICTION OF 2022

When a mudslide strands a train, Baxter, a queer Black sleeping car porter, must contend with the perils of white passengers, ghosts, and his secret love affair

The Sleeping Car Porter brings to life an important part of Black history in North America, from the perspective of a queer man living in a culture that renders him invisible in two ways. Affecting, imaginative, and visceral enough that you’ll feel the rocking of the train, The Sleeping Car Porter is a stunning accomplishment.

Baxter’s name isn’t George. But it’s 1929, and Baxter is lucky enough, as a Black man, to have a job as a sleeping car porter on a train that crisscrosses the country. So when the passengers call him George, he has to just smile and nod and act invisible. What he really wants is to go to dentistry school, but he’ll have to save up a lot of nickel and dime tips to get there, so he puts up with “George.”

On this particular trip out west, the passengers are more unruly than usual, especially when the train is stalled for two extra days; their secrets start to leak out and blur with the sleep-deprivation hallucinations Baxter is having. When he finds a naughty postcard of two queer men, Baxter’s memories and longings are reawakened; keeping it puts his job in peril, but he can’t part with the postcard or his thoughts of Edwin Drew, Porter Instructor.

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.

Suggested Listening January 13, 2023

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, January 20, 2023.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Bamalong Blues by Andre & Jim Baxter (Genre: Blues)

From The Various Artists Album: Before The Blues, Vol. 1 (1996; Yazoo Records)

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by The Andrew Sisters (Genre: Vocal, Jazz, Swing)

From The Album: 20th Century Masters: Best of the Andrews Sisters (The Millennium Collection) (2000)

Carol by Chuck Berry (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Chuck Berry Is On Top (1959)

Coming Up by Paul McCartney (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: McCartney II (1980)

Fine And Mellow by Billie Holiday (Genre: Blues/Jazz)

From The Album: Lady In Satin: The Centennial Edition (2015)

Hobo Blues by John Lee Hooker (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Early Years (1948-1953) (2000)

Jumpin Jive by Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers (Genre: Jazz, Swing)

From The Movie/Album: Stormy Weather (1943) | Masters Of The Last Century: Best of Cab Calloway (2012)

Never Gonna Rain by Bryan Adams (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: So Happy It Hurts (2022)

Two Tickets To Paradise by Eddie Money (Genre: Pop/Rock)

From The Album: Eddie Money (1977)

Underneath The Harlem Moon by Ethel Waters (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)

From The Movie: Rufus Jones for President (1933)

And as a bonus here is Rhiannon Giddens’s version:

Underneath The Harlem Moon by Rhiannon Giddens (Genre: Vocal)

From The EP: Factory Girl (2015)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

To Whom It May Concern (2003) by Lisa Marie Presley

To Whom It May Concern

And from the album the song:

So Lovely by Lisa Marie Presley (Genre: Rock)

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.

Suggested Reading January 11, 2023

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, January 18, 2023

At Day’s Close: Night In Times Past by A. Roger Ekirch

(Available Format: eBook)

At Day's Close

Engrossing, leisurely paced and richly researched, this history finds Ekirch reminding us of how preindustrial Westerners lived during the nocturnal hours, when most were plunged into almost total darkness. By describing how that darkness spelled heightened risk—of stumbles, drowning, fires and other dangers—Ekirch accounts for the traditional association of nighttime with fear and suspicion, illuminating the foundations of popular beliefs in satanic forces and the occult. He also describes how the night literally provided a cloak of darkness for crimes and insurrections, and how fear of the night sometimes led to racist blame and accusation. A professor of history at Virginia Tech, Ekirch ranges across the archives of Europe and early colonial America to paint a portrait of how the forces of law and order operated at night, and he provides fascinating insight into nocturnal labor—of masons, carpenters, bakers, glassmakers and iron smelters, among many others. The hardest nocturnal workers were women, Ekirch writes, doing laundry after a full day’s domestic work. Ekirch also evokes benign nighttime activities, such as drinking and alehouse camaraderie; the thrill of aristocratic masquerades; the merrymaking of harvest suppers and dances. A rich weave of citation and archival evidence, Ekirch’s narrative is rooted in the material realities of the past, evoking a bygone world of extreme physicality and preindustrial survival stratagems. – Publishers Weekly

Bruno’s Challenge: And Other Stories of the French Countryside by Martin Walker

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Bruno's Challenge

Fans of The Coldest Case and Walker’s other novels set in the little French market town of St. Denis will savor this inviting story collection featuring Bruno Courrèges, the town’s genial chief of police. As St. Denis is in the Périgord, the culinary heartland of France, a thread of gastronomy and bonhomie plays a significant part in all 14 tales. Walker smoothly integrates recipes into the text, beginning with the title story, which finds Bruno throwing together a golden wedding anniversary feast for friends on short notice and includes easy to follow instructions on how to prepare Poulet à l’estragon. Prehistoric cooking methods figure in “Boeuf Neanderthal,” as Bruno prepares a menu for the Société Historique et Archéologique du Périgord. “The Green Army” describes biodynamic viticultural techniques, and “Sugar Lumps” reveals the proper way to drink absinthe. The area’s rich history and traditions are explored at every turn. Any crimes are relatively minor—nasty anonymous letters, spates of vandalism—and are resolved by cooperation, conviviality, and Bruno’s clever intervention. Culinary mystery aficionados won’t want to miss this one. – Publishers Weekly Review

Code Name Wren: The True Story of America’s Most Dangerous Female Spy—and the Sister She Betrayed by Jim Poplin

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout audiobook; Print Book coming soon!)

Code Name Blue Wren

Investigative journalist Popkin’s engrossing debut tells the story of Ana Montes, an intelligence analyst for the U.S. government who, probably before she joined the Defense Intelligence Agency in 1985, was spying for Cuba. In 1998, the efforts of her sister, Lucy, an FBI analyst, to bring down a Cuban spy ring in Miami led to clues about a highly placed U.S. citizen working for Cuba. The FBI and DIA spent more than two years investigating, but came up short due to a lack of cooperation between the agencies. It wasn’t until they finally shared information that they identified the spy as Montes. She was arrested 10 days after 9/11, which explains the lack of headlines her capture received. Montes pleaded guilty to one count of espionage, receiving 25 years in prison. Popkin thoroughly explores her upbringing—an abusive father divorced her mother—but never really explains why she became an ardent supporter of Fidel Castro to the extent that she risked her high-level position at the DIA and ultimately her freedom. This is a must-read for espionage fans. – Publishers Weekly Review

Even This I Get To Experience by Norman Lear

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

Even This I Get To Experience

This is, flat out, one of the best Hollywood memoirs ever written. In most Hollywood bios, we skip through a lot of sections, waiting to get to the good stuff, but here it’s all good stuff. Lear, the creator of the classic TV series All in the Family and Maude (among many, many others), had numerous jobs before he fell into television writing: he was a PR man, a door-to-door salesman, an inventor, a radio operator aboard a B-17 bomber, and each of these stages of his early life easily could be a book unto itself, so entertainingly does Lear write about them. And the story of how he came to be one of television’s top producers reads like the script for a really good movie: Lear teams up with a buddy to write comic songs; they parlay this into a gig writing sketches and routines for Danny Thomas, which leads to writing full-time for legends like Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, which leads (for Lear, anyway) to writing movie scripts, which leads to Lear’s changing the landscape of television in the 1970s with his truly revolutionary approach to the types of characters and themes that could appear on the small screen. Now in his nineties, Lear writes about his own life with a sort of can you believe it? approach, and at times you can see him opening new doors in his own memory (as, for example, when he realizes that he’s spent most of his life trying to whitewash the truth about his father, who was a fraud and a liar but also a pretty likable guy). An absolute treasure. Starred Booklist Review

A Few Days Full of Trouble: Revelations on the Journey to Justice for My Cousin and Best Friend, Emmett Till

(Available Formats: eBook)

Few Days Full of Trouble

Parker is the last living witness to the abduction of his cousin Emmett Till, whose 1955 lynching in Mississippi lent momentum to the Civil Rights movement. Here, with the help of Benson, a lawyer and former features editor for Ebony, he recalls the event, the impact on his family, and efforts over the decades to secure justice for Till. – Library Journal Review

Freedom: Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Right by various authors, published by Amnesty International USA

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Freedom

Thirty-six authors ranging widely in nationality have contributed to this tribute to The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With an introduction by Archbishop Desmond Tutu discussing literature as an expression of humanity and a moving epilog by Henning Mankell, this compilation includes stories inspired by each of the declaration’s 30 articles. The writers, who include Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosley, David Mitchell, Ariel Dorfman, Banana Yoshimoto, Yann Martel, Paulo Coehlo, Nadine Gordimer, and Rohinton Mistry, among many others, interpret the articles as they consider culture, government, religion, law, gender, race, and media in relation to human rights. For instance, in “The Kind of Neighbor You Used To Have,” James Meek writes effectively of a man detained without habeas corpus and confronted by a neighbor who himself has been taken in to custody to persuade the detainee to confess to his crime. Kate Atkinson’s satirical and frightening “The War on Woman” focuses on an apolitical woman whose mundane existence is altered by an increasingly aggressive enforcement of a law against women.

VERDICT The stories here are impressive in scope and show that The Universal Declaration of Human Rights can apply to many aspects of the human experience. Valuable reading. – Library Journal Review

The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo

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

The Redbreast

Shifting effortlessly between the last days of WWII on the Eastern front and modern day Oslo, Norwegian Nesbø spins a complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal. A recovering alcoholic recently reassigned to the Norwegian Security Service, Insp. Harry Hole begins tracking Sverre Olsen, a vicious neo-Nazi who escaped prosecution on a technicality. But what starts as a quest to put Olsen behind bars soon explodes into a race to prevent an assassination. As Hole struggles to stay one step ahead of Olsen and his gang of skinheads, Nesbø takes the reader back to WWII, as Norwegians fighting for Hitler wage a losing battle on the Eastern front. When the two story lines finally collide, it’s up to Hole to stop a man hell-bent on carrying out the deadly plan he hatched half a century ago in the trenches. Perfectly paced and painfully suspenseful, this crime novel illuminates not only Norway’s alleged Nazi ties but also its present skinhead subculture. Readers will delight in Hole, a laconic hero as doggedly stubborn as Connelly’s Harry Bosch, and yet with a prickly appeal all his own. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Reader’s Note: The Readbreast is the third book in the Harry Hole Mystery Series.

The Spice Master at Bistro Exotique by Samantha Vérant

(Available Formats: eBook)

The Spice Master

No matter how small the dish or how simple the preparation, cooking always harnesses Kate’s senses. The feel of pliable dough, the smell of fresh herbs, the sound of sizzling -butter–all of it lights up her every neuron and emotion. Now opening her very own restaurant in Paris’ trendy tenth arrondissement, Kate can channel her love of food to the wider world–or at least her little canal-side corner of it. But when Bistro Exotique threatens to crumble around her, Kate will have to rely on more than her senses to bring her dream restaurant back to its full strength. Vérant brings her signature style to Kate’s story, infusing it with sensuality, romance, and a genuine love of the culinary arts. No mere background player, the City of Lights itself is present in every fish market, chic café, and floury boulangerie that Kate sets foot in on her culinary adventures. Fans of Mary Simses and Kerry Anne King will adore the interplay between food and romance, snobbery and appreciation, and critique and acclaim. – Booklist Review

Trespasses by Louise Kennedy

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Trespasses

In mid-1970s Belfast, 24-year-old Cushla’s name (from the Irish endearment, “”the pulse of my heart””) instantly marks her as part of the Catholic minority. A teacher at the local parochial school and part-time barmaid in her family’s pub, she occupies a precarious middle ground. Some of the pub’s Protestant regulars won’t acknowledge her family on the street, and her seven-year-old students are on intimate terms with the violence they report on each morning during current events. When Michael, an older, married Protestant lawyer who frequents the pub, asks Cushla to teach him and his friends the Irish language, the two quickly begin an affair. When the father of one of her students is brutally assaulted, Cushla helps the boy’s family. Cushla tries to keep the various strands of her life separate, but eventually they become tangled, culminating in a violent act with lasting repercussions. Kennedy (The End of the World Is a Cul de Sac, 2021) draws on her personal experiences growing up Catholic in Northern Ireland in this debut novel that will appeal to fans of Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain (2020). – Booklist Review

Waypoints: My Scottish Journey by Sam Heughan

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Waypoints

The male lead of the TV series Outlander takes us on a long Scottish hike while recounting the travails of stage and screen. “I’m not hyperactive, I crave down time, but I feel guilty if I’m not…pushing myself in some capacity,” writes Heughan, who, sidelined by Covid-19 after shooting an abbreviated sixth season of Outlander, decided to walk the West Highland Way. Running from just north of Glasgow along Loch Lomond and up the U.K.’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, before ending along Scotland’s west coast, the trail is not for the faint of heart. Neither, writes Heughan, is acting: He chronicles his unsuccessful auditions for many much-wanted roles–e.g., hoping to bring the James Bond trademark back home, he was beaten out by Daniel Craig. Being hammered by rain and cold and pained by blisters and sore muscles are perhaps no less dispiriting than losing a role, but Heughan writes with generally good humor of his experiences, in which, on the trail, he plays the part of the hapless newbie. Still, he enjoys the bucolic solitude, as when he notes, “There isn’t a single soul around, unless you count a few hardy sheep in the distance bracing themselves against the gusts.” If you want to read solely about tramping around Britain, Robert Macfarlane is the writer you want, but if you have any interest in the art and craft of acting along the way, Heughan offers plenty of notes. “The key to Shakespeare, I learned, is to allow the text to live,” he writes. “It’s the punctuation and poetry that guides the actor, which makes breathing key to delivery.” For all that, it’s a treat, after a winding narrative that ranges from exultant to melancholic, to see Heughan on top of Ben Nevis at last. A pleasure for fans of the author, whisky, and Scotland. – Kirkus 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.

Library Connections, A Readers’ & Listeners’ Advisory Videocast January 6, 2023

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, January 18, 2023.

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 January 15, 2023

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 New York Times blog post will be published Sunday, January 15, 2022

FICTION

BABEL by R.F. Kuang

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Babel

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

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.

DESERT STAR by Michael Connelly

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

Desert Star

Ballard and Bosch bury old resentments as they go after two killers.

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.

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.

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.

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 MARRIAGE PORTRAIT by Maggie O’Farrell

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

Marriage Portrait

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

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

Midnight Library

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

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides

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

Silent Patient

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

TOM CLANCY: RED WINTER by Marc Cameron

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Red Winter

The 22nd book in the Jack Ryan series. Ryan goes behind the Berlin Wall in 1985 to investigate an East German defector.

TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW by Gabrielle Zevin

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

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

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

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.

A WORLD OF CURIOSITIES by Louise Penny

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

World of Curiosities

The 18th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. When an attic room that was sealed off 160 years ago is opened, an old enemy returns.

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.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

Body Keeps Score

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

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.

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

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

Crying in H Mart

The daughter of a Korean mother and Jewish-American father, and leader of the indie rock project Japanese Breakfast, describes creating her own identity after losing her mother to cancer

FINDING ME by Viola Davis

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

Finding Me

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

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.

AN IMMENSE WORLD by Ed Yong

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

An Immense World

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

JANUARY 6 REPORT by the House January 6th Committee

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

January 6 Report Melber

The final report of the Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6. Attack on the United States Capitol; with a foreword by Ari Melber. (Harper Press)

JANUARY 6TH REPORT by the Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6. Attack on the United States Capitol

January 6 Report Remnick

with a preface by David Remnick and epilogue by Representative Jamie Raskin. (Celadon Press)

THE LIGHT WE CARRY by Michelle Obama

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

Light We Carry

The former first lady shares personal stories and the tools she uses to deal with difficult situations.

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.

 

THE 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.

STARRY MESSENGER by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

Starry Messenger

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

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.

WHAT IF? 2 by Randall Munroe

(Available Formats: Print Book)

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.