New York Times Bestsellers May 29, 2022

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

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

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

New York Times Bestseller blog posts are published on Sundays and the next New York Times Bestseller list will be published to this blog on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

FICTION

22 SECONDS by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

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

22 Seconds

The 22nd book in the Women’s Murder Club series. Lindsay Boxer returns as word gets around about a shipment of drugs and weapons.

BETTER OFF DEAD by Lee Child and Andrew Child

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

Better Off Dead

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

BOOK LOVERS by Emily Henry

Book Lovers

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

While on vacation in North Carolina, a literary agent keeps running into an editor.

BOOK OF NIGHT by Holly Black:

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Book of Night

A bartender working at a Berkshires dive bar deals with doppelgängers, billionaires and magicians seeking a vast and terrible power.

DREAM TOWN by David Baldacci

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

Dream Town

he third book in the Archer series. Archer, Dash and Callahan search for a missing screenwriter who had a dead body turn up in her home.

HOMEWRECKERS by Mary Kay Andrews

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Homewreckers

A widow starring in a beach house renovation reality show gets caught up in competing love interests and an old missing persons case.

THE INVESTIGATOR by John Sandford

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

The Investigator

Letty Davenport, the adopted daughter of Lucas Davenport, looks into oil thefts in Texas.

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)


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

LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, 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.

THE LIONESS by Chris Bohjalian

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

The Lioness

In 1964, a violent kidnapping disrupts a honeymoon holiday in Tanzania for a Hollywood star and her friends.

LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood

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

Love Hypothesis

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

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover

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

November 9

Is Ben using his relationship with Fallon as fodder for his novel?

ONE ITALIAN SUMMER by Rebecca Serle

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

One Italian Summer

During a summer trip in Italy, Katy’s late mother reappears as a 30-year-old woman.

THE PARIS APARTMENT by Lucy Foley

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

The Paris Apartment

Jess has suspicions about her half-brother’s neighbors when he goes missing.

PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry

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

People We Meet On Vacation

Opposites Poppy and Alex meet to vacation together one more time in hopes of saving their relationship.

RAVAGED by Norman Reedus with Frank Bill

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Ravaged

Jack, Hunter and Anne go on separate journeys to get away from their pasts.

RUN, ROSE, RUN by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD audiobook, eBook, downloadable audiobook & through Hoopla – Dolly Parton companion album also titled Run Rose Run.)

Run Rose Run

A singer-songwriter goes to Nashville seeking stardom but is followed by her dark past.

THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Emily St. John Mandel

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

Sea of Tranquility

A detective investigating in the wilderness discovers that his actions might affect the timeline of the universe.

 

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

STAR WARS: BROTHERHOOD by Mike Chen

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Brotherhood

As the Clone Wars develop, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker must grow beyond being master and apprentice to restore peace.

SUMMER PLACE by Jennifer Weiner

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

The Summer Place

A wedding between Ruby Danhauser and her pandemic boyfriend at a family beach house in Cape Cod brings to light family secrets.

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Ugly Love

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

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

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

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

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

Where The Crawdads Sing

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

NON-FICTION:

ALI’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL by Ali Wentworth

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Ali's Well That Ends Well

The comedic actress shares stories of joy and despair during the Covid-19 pandemic.

BACK TO THE PRAIRIE by Melissa Gilbert

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Back To The Prairie

The actress and former president of the Screen Actors Guild chronicles renovating a cottage in the Catskills during the Covid-19 pandemic.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

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

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.

EDUCATED by Tara Westover

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

Educated

The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.

FINDING ME by Viola Davis

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Finding Me

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

FREEZING ORDER by Bill Browder

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Freezing Order

The author of “Red Notice” tells his story of becoming Vladimir Putin’s enemy by uncovering a $230 million tax refund scheme.

HEARTS TOUCHED WITH FIRE by David Gergen

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Hearts Touched By Fire

The former White House adviser to four presidents details the stories of iconic and effective leaders.

HOW THE WORLD REALLY WORKS by Vaclav Smil

(Available Formats: Print Book)

How The World Reallly Works

A look at our 21st-century lives covering food production, globalization and the environment, and prognostications on our quality of life ahead.

 

JUST TYRUS by Tyrus

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Just Tyrus

A memoir by the pro wrestler and Fox News political commentator.

KILLING THE KILLERS by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Killing The Killers

The 11th book in the conservative commentator’s Killing series gives an account of the global war against terrorists.

LILY’S PROMISE by Lily Ebert and Dov Forman

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Lily's Promise

A 98-year-old woman who gained attention through TikTok videos tells her story of surviving Auschwitz.

OUT OF THE CORNER by Jennifer Grey

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Out of the Corner

The actress details growing up the child of Joel Grey, her iconic film roles and the repercussions from a plastic surgery procedure.

PALACE PAPERS by Tina Brown

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

The Paper Palace

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

A SACRED OATH by Mark T. Esper

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

A Sacred Oath

The former secretary of defense gives an account of serving in his post until he was fired by the president after the 2020 election.

THIS WILL NOT PASS by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

This Will Not Pass

Two New York Times correspondents chronicle the 2020 election and the first year of the Biden presidency.

UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN by Jon Krakauer

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

Under The Banner of Heaven

Two brothers who subscribed to a fundamentalist version of Mormonism killed a woman and her daughter; the basis of the TV series.

UNMASKED by Paul Holes

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalogs)

Unmasked

A memoir by a former cold case investigator who worked on several notable cases, including the identification of the Golden State Killer.

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

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

What Happened To You

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

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSL

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening May 20, 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, May 27, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Ain’t No Wheels On This Ship by Patsy Cline (Genre: Vocal, Country)

From The Album: Patsy Cline (1957)

A Day In The Life by The Beatles (Genre: Pop/Rock)

From The Album: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band (1967)

The Gambler by Kenny Rogers (Genre: Country, Pop)

From The Album: The Gambler (1978)

Long Time Gone by Norah Jones & Billie Joe Armstrong (Genre: Vocal, Pop, Jazz)

From The Album: Foreverly (2013)

Nice Work If You Can Get It by Ella Fitzgerald (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)

From The Album: Songs In A Mellow Mood (1955)

Route 66 by The Rolling Stones (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Live at the El Mocambo (2022; recorded live in 1977)

So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) by The Everly Brothers (Vocal, Pop-Rock)

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

Something Cool by June Christy (Genre: Vocal, Pop)

From The Album: Something Cool (1955)

Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan (who turns 81 on Tuesday, May 24!) (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Rock)

From The Album: Highway 61’ Revisited (1965)

Thing Called Love by Bonnie Raitt (Genre: Pop-Rock, Blues)

From The Album: Nick of Time (1989)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Come Away With Me Super Deluxe Edition (2022) by Norah Jones (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Vocal, Jazz)

Nora Jones

And from the album the song

Nightingale by Norah Jones

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

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

The Libby App

Libby

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

Hoopla

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading May 17, 2022

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

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

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

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury

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

Angels Walking

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes the first in a brand-new series about second chances—a dramatic story about a washed up baseball player, the love he left behind, and the miracles that might save them both.

When former national baseball star Tyler Ames suffers a career-ending injury, all he can think about is putting his life back together the way it was before. He has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. Then just when things seem to be turning around, Tyler hits rock bottom. Across the country, Tyler’s one true love Sami Dawson has moved on.

A series of small miracles leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home and a friendship with Virginia Hutcheson, an old woman with Alzheimer’s who strangely might have the answers he so desperately seeks.
A team of Angels Walking take on the mission to restore hope for Tyler, Sami, and Virginia. Can such small and seemingly insignificant actions of the unseen bring healing and redemption? And can the words of a stranger rekindle lost love? Every journey begins with a step.

It is time for the mission to begin…

The Essential W. P. Kinsella by W. P. Kinsella

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

The Essential W. P. Kinsella

This career retrospective celebrates the 80th birthday of baseball’s greatest scribe, W. P. Kinsella (Shoeless Joe), as well as the 25th anniversary of Field of Dreams, the film that he inspired.

In addition to his classic baseball tales, W. P. Kinsella is also a critically-acclaimed short fiction writer. His satiric wit has been celebrated with numerous honors, including the Order of British Columbia.

Here are his notorious First Nation narratives of indigenous Canadians, and a literary homage to J. D. Salinger.

Alongside the “real” story of the 1951 Giants and the afterlife of Roberto Clemente, are the legends of a pirated radio station and a hockey game rigged by tribal magic.

Eclectic, dark, and comedic by turns, The Essential W. P. Kinsella is a living tribute to an extraordinary raconteur.

Drawing in the Dust by Zoe Klein

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

Drawing In The Dust

Insight into the world of biblical excavation in Israel raises Rabbi Klein’s debut novel from a Jewish Da Vinci Code to an emotionally rich story of personal and historical discovery. After a dozen years digging in Megiddo, American archeologist Page Brookstone longs for something new. When an Arab couple propose that Page investigate the haunted ruins under their home, she ignores colleagues’ misgivings and heads to Anatot, just outside Jerusalem. There, the couple, along with Page and her team, uncover murals, artifacts and remains suggesting they have come upon the grave of the prophet Jeremiah, buried with the woman he loved, Anatiya, who also has left a manuscript that parallels the Book of Jeremiah. The discovery ignites an international uproar and violent attacks while Page, affected by the ancient spirits, is attracted to Orthodox Israeli Mortichai Master, despite his connections to an organization opposing her efforts. Rabbi Klein’s most vivid passages depict the meditative tedium of digging, the exultation of discovery and the intricate processes of authentication and preservation, while love stories past and present—and a balanced, compassionate view of both Israeli and Arab traditions—add to the book’s pleasures. – Publishers Weekly Review

The Master Blaster by P. F. Kluge

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

The Master Blaster

Saipan is the largest island of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a half-hour plane ride from Guam, and a place most Americans probably don’t even realize is an American territory. The island is a muddle of decommissioned WWII- and Cold Warera installations, abandoned garment factories, sleazy strip bars, empty hotels with algae-filled pools, acres of prime beachfront property ripe for development, and a populace eager to fleece new arrivals. On this shabby tropical isle, instead of a ship of fools, Kluge creates an island of fools, as four disparate visitors all experience life-changing eventsnot necessarily for the better. Shady wheeler-dealer Mel Brodie; Dr. Stephanie Warner, a libidinous academic; indentured laborer Khan, from Bangladesh; and George Griffin, a world-weary travel writer, all arrive together one morning, suffering from jet lag and eager for new experiences. Although not the typical genre-fiction page-turner, this title is recommended for large popular collections for its interesting character development, plot twists, and gotcha ending. Booklist Review

In And Out of Step by Christine M. Knight

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

In And Out Of Step

The past denied and her dance championship dreams discarded. Cassie Sleight leaves home. In the seemingly idyllic coastal town of Keimera, she starts a career on the English staff of the local high school. Contact with Mark Talbut, a man struggling to be modern yet threatened by power shifts in the workplace and in society, causes Cassie to assess her reactions as a women and t teacher. As she does so, the secrets of her past surface. Will that past continue to choreograph Cassie’s present steps? What sort of women does she become?

Mr. Flood’s Last Resort by Jess Kidd

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Mr. Flood's Last Resort

Bridlemere, in West London, is a house filled with secrets, lost souls, mountains of hoarded rubbish, dozens of cats, and one cantankerous old man. No government caseworker has been able to prevail over the eccentric Cathal Flood and his haunted estate; even the agency’s geriatric whisperer lasted only three days. That is, until his case is assigned to Maud Drennan. Undaunted by Flood’s harsh peculiarities, Maud arms herself with bleach and traverses Flood’s wall of National Geographic magazines in search of clues. Bridlemere holds the secrets of Flood’s lost family, with treasures and ghostly spirits standing on guard. Surrounded by filth and the supernatural, Maud forges a bond with Flood that’s very real. When their friendship comes to a tragic end, Maud realizes she must return to reality and finally confront the secrets of her own past. Kidd’s (Himself, 2017) compelling second novel weaves love, betrayal, and forgiveness with humor, mystery, and a bit of magic. This absorbing mix of paranormal tragedy and heartfelt triumph will appeal to a broad swath of readers. Booklist Review

Hand Me Down World by Lloyd Jones

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Hand Me Down

A mother’s love propels this latest work from the award-winning author of Mister Pip. In Tunisia, a young woman who works as a hotel maid falls in love and has a baby, but the baby’s father steals him, and the penniless mother makes a harrowing trip to Berlin to find her child. What’s most original about this novel is the structure. More than half of it is narrated by individuals encountered by the main character (whom we come to know as Ines) during her journey and her time in Berlin. These people are mostly kind but sometimes cruel, and their narratives read almost like short stories as they reveal glimpses not only of Ines but also of themselves and their loneliness. The injustice of Ines’s situation is heartbreaking, and the cruelty and selfishness of the child’s father is maddening–perhaps the novel’s one shortcoming, for he is a more important but less realized character than others. Ines finally tells her own story, and we get a slightly different take on some of those she met on her way–a pleasure of multiple viewpoints. VERDICT An absorbing work recommended for fans of Peter Carey, whose novels (such as Oscar and Lucinda) have a similar dreamy, shifting quality. Library Journal Review

Street Magic by Caitlin Kittredge

(Available Format: Print Book)

Street Magic

The first in the Black London series, this dark tale takes Kittredge’s supernatural shadows to the next level. At 16, Pete Caldecott witnessed the apparent death of punk rocker Jack Winter after he raised an ancient spirit. Twelve years later, Det. Insp. Caldecott has followed in her dead father’s footsteps at Scotland Yard. She follows a tip about a missing child and finds Jack, now a heroin junkie claiming intimate knowledge of a parallel realm called the Black. As Jack detoxes and more children disappear, he joins Pete’s quest to find them, teaching her to use hexes and spells as well as her physical abilities in the fight against a rising dark power. Kittredge (the Nocturne City series) knows how to create a believable world, and her fans will enjoy the mix of magic and city grit. – Publishers Weekly Review

Passing Strange by Ellen Klages

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Passing Strange

In 1940, San Francisco is filled with outcasts and tourists seeking excitement, home to Chinatown and the World’s Fair. A group of six bohemian women enjoy a safe harbor in each other’s company: Franny and Babs work together to test the limits of location magic; Helen practices law and works as a nightclub dancer in a Chinese cabaret; Polly is a scientist and exile from an England at war; and pulp-cover artist Haskel falls in love with Emily, a nightclub singer. Focusing on Haskel and Emily, Klages deftly weaves each thread to a climax both bittersweet and empowering while demonstrating historical knowledge and immense fondness for her subjects and setting. For fans of speculative fiction with a strong sense of place. – Booklist Review

Villa America by Liza Klaussmann

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Villa America

Klaussmann’s second novel (after Tigers in Red Weather) chronicles a real-life couple whose titular villa was the nucleus of 1920s American social life. After an unconventional courtship that spans Gerald’s service in World War I, upper-crust Americans Sara and Gerald Murphy make their home at Cap d’Antibes in the south of France, where Gerald pursues an art career and their frequent summer parties on the Riviera draw much attention. Though Cole Porter, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and the Fitzgeralds are guests, the Murphys’ favorite is Owen Chambers, an attractive young cargo pilot from rural New England who becomes a fixture in Sara and Gerald’s guest house and a close confidant of both Murphys, but especially Gerald, whose relationship with Owen throws his entire life into a tailspin. Propelled by the drama-filled foibles of nearly every prominent lost generation figure a history buff could wish for, Klaussmann’s atmospheric prose contains a treasure trove of trivia for fans of the era. Though the central conflicts and emotions are relatively slow to emerge and seem a little buried under lavish descriptions of the Murphys’ opulent digs, readers who are looking for a trip back in time will find this an ideal beach read. 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.

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

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

Have questions or want to request a book?

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers May 22, 2022

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

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

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

New York Times Bestseller blog posts are published on Sundays and the next New York Times Bestseller list will be published to this blog on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

FICTION

22 SECONDS by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

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

22 Seconds

The 22nd book in the Women’s Murder Club series. Lindsay Boxer returns as word gets around about a shipment of drugs and weapons.

BEAUTIFUL by Danielle Steel

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Beautiful

A supermodel deals with the effects of a terror attack at an airport in Brussels on her life and appearance.

BETTER OFF DEAD by Lee Child and Andrew Child

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

Better Off Dead

 

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

BOOK LOVERS by Emily Henry

Book Lovers

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

While on vacation in North Carolina, a literary agent keeps running into an editor.

BOOK OF NIGHT by Holly Black:

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Book of Night

A bartender working at a Berkshires dive bar deals with doppelgängers, billionaires and magicians seeking a vast and terrible power.

BOOK WOMAN’S DAUGHTER by Kim Michele Richardson

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

Book Woman's Daughter

Honey Lovett takes over her mother’s packhorse library route and delivers books to remote areas of Appalachia.

CITY ON FIRE by Don Winslow

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

City On Fire

Two rival crime families that control all of New England start a war against each other.

DREAM TOWN by David Baldacci

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

Dream Town

he third book in the Archer series. Archer, Dash and Callahan search for a missing screenwriter who had a dead body turn up in her home.

HOMEWRECKERS by Mary Kay Andrews

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Homewreckers

A widow starring in a beach house renovation reality show gets caught up in competing love interests and an old missing persons case.

THE INVESTIGATOR by John Sandford

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

The Investigator

Letty Davenport, the adopted daughter of Lucas Davenport, looks into oil thefts in Texas.

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)


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

LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, 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)

Lessons in Chemistry

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

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

ONE ITALIAN SUMMER by Rebecca Serle

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

One Italian Summer

During a summer trip in Italy, Katy’s late mother reappears as a 30-year-old woman.

THE PARIS APARTMENT by Lucy Foley

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

The Paris Apartment

Jess has suspicions about her half-brother’s neighbors when he goes missing.

PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry

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

People We Meet On Vacation

Opposites Poppy and Alex meet to vacation together one more time in hopes of saving their relationship.

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.

RUN, ROSE, RUN by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD audiobook, eBook, downloadable audiobook & through Hoopla – Dolly Parton companion album also titled Run Rose Run.)

Run Rose Run

A singer-songwriter goes to Nashville seeking stardom but is followed by her dark past.

THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Emily St. John Mandel

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

Sea of Tranquility

A detective investigating in the wilderness discovers that his actions might affect the timeline of the universe.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Ugly Love

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

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

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

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

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

Where The Crawdads Sing

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

NON-FICTION:

1619 PROJECT edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman and Jake Silverstein:

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

The 1619 Project

Viewing America’s entanglement with slavery and its legacy, in essays adapted and expanded from The New York Times Magazine.

ANNA by Amy Odell:

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Anna

A biography of the editor in chief of American Vogue and the chief content officer of Condé Nast, Anna Wintour.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

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 & 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.

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 Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Finding Me

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

FREEZING ORDER by Bill Browder

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Freezing Order

The author of “Red Notice” tells his story of becoming Vladimir Putin’s enemy by uncovering a $230 million tax refund scheme.

HELLO, MOLLY! by Molly Shannon with Sean Wilsey

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Hello Molly

The comedic actor shares stories of family tragedy and her years as a star of “Saturday Night Live.”

I’LL SHOW MYSELF OUT by Jessi Klein

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

I'll Show Myself Out

A collection of comedic essays on motherhood and middle age by the Emmy Award-winning writer and producer.

JUST TYRUS by Tyrus

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Just Tyrus

A memoir by the pro wrestler and Fox News political commentator.

KILLING THE KILLERS by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Killing The Killers

The 11th book in the conservative commentator’s Killing series gives an account of the global war against terrorists.

OUT OF THE CORNER by Jennifer Grey

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Out of the Corner

The actress details growing up the child of Joel Grey, her iconic film roles and the repercussions from a plastic surgery procedure.

PALACE PAPERS by Tina Brown

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

The Paper Palace

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

STORYTELLER by Dave Grohl

(Available Formats: eBook & downloadable audiobook)

The Storyteller

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

THIS WILL NOT PASS by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

This Will Not Pass

Two New York Times correspondents chronicle the 2020 election and the first year of the Biden presidency.

UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN by Jon Krakauer

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

Under The Banner of Heaven

Two brothers who subscribed to a fundamentalist version of Mormonism killed a woman and her daughter; the basis of the TV series.

UNMASKED by Paul Holes

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalogs)

Unmasked

A memoir by a former cold case investigator who worked on several notable cases, including the identification of the Golden State Killer.

THE WAR ON THE WEST by Douglas Murray

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

The War of the West

An associate editor of The Spectator and Fox News contributor makes his arguments against anti-Western rhetoric.life and death.

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

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

What Happened To You

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

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSL

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening May 13, 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, May 20, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Boney Fingers by Hoyt Axton & Renee Armand (Genre: Country)

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From The Hoyt Axton Album: Life Machine (1974)

Chest Fever by The Band (Genre: Rock)

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From The Album: Music From Big Pink (1968)

Don’t Dream It’s Over by Crowded House (Genre: Pop/Rock)

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From The Album: Crowded House (1986)

House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals (Genre: Pop/Rock, Blues)

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From The Album: The Animals (1964)

Joy To The World by Three Dog Night (Genre: Pop-Rock)

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From The Album: Naturally (1970)

Life In A Northern Town by The Dream Academy (Genre: Pop/Rock)

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From The Album: The Dream Academy (1985)

Peppermint Twist by Joey Dee & The Starlighters (Genre: Pop, R&B)

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From The Album: Peppermint Twist (1961)

Stand By Me by Ben E. King (Genre: R&B, Pop)

From The Album: The Very Best of Ben E. King (1998)

Temptation Eyes by The Grass Roots (Genre: Pop-Rock)

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From The Album: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of The Grass Roots (2001)

You Are The Woman by Firefall (Genre: Seventies Pop)

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From The Album: Firefall (1976)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Come From The Shadows (1972) by Joan Baez (Genre: Folk, Country)

Come From The Shadows

And from the album the song

Imagine by Joan Baez

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

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

The Libby App

Libby

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

Hoopla

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Connections, A Readers’, Listeners’ & Viewers’ Advisory Videocast May 6, 2022

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

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Tuesday, May 31, 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 May 10, 2022

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

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

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

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday,

Carolina Built by Kianna Alexander

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Carolina Built

This historical fiction account illuminates the extraordinary life of real-estate magnate Josephine “”Jo”” N. Leary, a pioneering woman freed from slavery and always reaching for the stars. After emancipation, Jo Napoleon marries Archer “Sweety” Leary and begins a life of freedom, ambition, and fortitude. Together, the Learys open a barbershop, and Jo kicks off her own goals of owning land and building an empire to pass on to her descendants. They have two daughters, Flora and Florence, whom they raise with the help of family in Edenton, North Carolina. Jo faces blatant racism, sexism, and the cultural expectations of married women in a small town that is still reeling with the new realities of life after the Civil War. She challenges the status quo, though, and demonstrates to her daughters the values of hard work and perseverance in a world intent on keeping her in the home. Her inspiring story transcends one life in the years after emancipation to encompass all women who take the chance to secure their own happiness.

Death is Hard Work by Mustafa Khalifa

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

Death Is Hard Work

FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE

A dogged, absurd quest through the nightmare of the Syrian civil war

Khaled Khalifa’s Death Is Hard Work is the new novel from the greatest chronicler of Syria’s ongoing and catastrophic civil war: a tale of three ordinary people facing down the stuff of nightmares armed with little more than simple determination.

Abdel Latif, an old man from the Aleppo region, dies peacefully in a hospital bed in Damascus. His final wish, conveyed to his youngest son, Bolbol, is to be buried in the family plot in their ancestral village of Anabiya. Though Abdel was hardly an ideal father, and though Bolbol is estranged from his siblings, this conscientious son persuades his older brother Hussein and his sister Fatima to accompany him and the body to Anabiya, which is―after all―only a two-hour drive from Damascus.

There’s only one problem: Their country is a war zone.

With the landscape of their childhood now a labyrinth of competing armies whose actions are at once arbitrary and lethal, the siblings’ decision to set aside their differences and honor their father’s request quickly balloons from a minor commitment into an epic and life-threatening quest. Syria, however, is no longer a place for heroes, and the decisions the family must make along the way―as they find themselves captured and recaptured, interrogated, imprisoned, and bombed―will prove to have enormous consequences for all of them.

Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel by Rachel Khong

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Goodbye Vitamin

When Ruth’s mom, Annie, asks her to extend her visit home for Christmas by an entire year, Ruth figures she may as well. She won’t be leaving much behind in San Francisco, besides the still-stinging breakup with her fiance, Joel. Besides, Annie needs help: Ruth’s dad, Howard, has been extra forgetful and was just told he won’t be returning to his job as a university professor. Since Alzheimer’s can’t be diagnosed in a living person, doctors rule out what Howard doesn’t have, and everyone hopes his memory loss might cease, or reverse itself. Annie’s convinced the dementia was caused by aluminum cookware, so they subsist on takeout and vitamins. Ruth’s younger brother, Linus, is wary of Howard, having witnessed family troubles Ruth was too wrapped up in her life with Joel to notice. Ruth’s new preoccupation with memory, in its most concrete form, gives her a different glimpse of her father and family, while they all cope with what they know is a one-way-only illness. In her tender, well-paced debut novel, which spans Ruth’s year at home, Khong (All about Eggs, 2017) writes heartbreaking family drama with charm, perfect prose, and deadpan humor. Starred Booklist Review

The Harbor by Katrine Engberg

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Harbor

The disappearance of 15-year-old Oscar Dreyer-Hoff drives Engberg’s engrossing third novel featuring Copenhagen police detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner (after 2020’s The Butterfly House). When Oscar’s affluent parents, who own an auction house, find a cryptic, threatening note addressed to them in their kitchen, they’re convinced Oscar is being held ransom. Soon, Oscar’s Danish teacher, Malthe Saether, is found strangled. Convinced that Oscar’s apparent kidnapping and Malthe’s death are tied together, Jeppe and Anette begin their investigation, aided by a large cast of supporting characters, all of whom, like retired academic Esther de Laurenti (who had a lead role in 2019’s The Tenant), are delightfully fleshed out. Meanwhile, Jeppe struggles to maintain an amicable relationship with his girlfriend’s daughters, and Anette becomes attracted to one of the witnesses. The plot takes some unexpected turns as the detectives unearth some shocking secrets involving fraud and pornography en route to the satisfying conclusion. Readers will eagerly await Jeppe and Anette’s next case. Publishers Weekly Review

The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity by Axton Betz-Hamilton

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Less People Know About Us

This shocking debut charts how Betz-Hamilton’s family suffered after falling victim to identity thieves. When Betz-Hamilton was 12 in the early 1990s, her parents stopped receiving their mail, including their bills. The author’s often depressed mother, who was in charge of household finances, concluded that some vindictive person was out to get the family. The author watched as troubles piled on: her parents had their utilities turned off and received a foreclosure notice, her mother was accused of passing bad checks at a store she supposedly never went to, her father learned he had property he never knew existed. “Closed curtains became a hard-and-fast rule in our house,” writes the author, who became paranoid and wary of strangers. When Betz-Hamilton went to college, she learned via a credit report that she’d had her identity stolen, too, at age 11. This discovery, which Betz-Hamilton relays with the tension of a thriller, compelled her to focus her studies on identity theft. It is only after her mother’s death that a cache of incriminating documents is discovered on the family property. Betz-Hamilton then begins an investigation into her mother’s past, a process that leads to jaw-dropping revelations. Astonishing and disturbing, this emotionally resonant book is perfect for true crime fans. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Little Souls by Sandra Dallas

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

LIttle Souls

Sandra Dallas’s Little Souls is a gripping tale of sisterhood, loyalty, and secrets set in Denver amid America’s last deadly flu pandemic

Colorado, 1918. World War I is raging overseas, but it’s the home front battling for survival. With the Spanish Flu rampant, Denver’s schools are converted into hospitals, churches and funeral homes are closed, and nightly horse-drawn wagons collect corpses left in the street. Sisters Helen and Lutie have moved to Denver from Ohio after their parents’ death. Helen, a nurse, and Lutie, a carefree advertising designer at Neusteter’s department store, share a small, neat house and each finds a local beau – for Helen a doctor, for Lutie a young student who soon enlists. They make a modest income from a rental apartment in the basement. When their tenant dies from the flu, the sisters are thrust into caring the woman’s small daughter, Dorothy. Soon after, Lutie comes home from work and discovers a dead man on their kitchen floor and Helen standing above the body, an icepick in hand. She has no doubt Helen killed the man—Dorothy’s father—in self-defense, but she knows that will be hard to prove. They decide to leave the body in the street, hoping to disguise it as a victim of the flu.

Meanwhile Lutie also worries about her fiancé “over there”. As it happens, his wealthy mother harbors a secret of her own and helps the sisters as the danger deepens, from the murder investigation and the flu.
Set against the backdrop of an epidemic that feels all too familiar, Little Souls is a compelling tale of sisterhood and of the sacrifices people make to protect those they love most.

The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post: A Novel by Allison Pataki

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Town & Country

Mrs. Post, the President and First Lady are here to see you. . . . So begins another average evening for Marjorie Merriweather Post. Presidents have come and gone, but she has hosted them all. Growing up in the modest farmlands of Battle Creek, Michigan, Marjorie was inspired by a few simple rules: always think for yourself, never take success for granted, and work hard—even when deemed American royalty, even while covered in imperial diamonds. Marjorie had an insatiable drive to live and love and to give more than she got. From crawling through Moscow warehouses to rescue the Tsar’s treasures to outrunning the Nazis in London, from serving the homeless of the Great Depression to entertaining Roosevelts, Kennedys, and Hollywood’s biggest stars, Marjorie Merriweather Post lived an epic life few could imagine.

Marjorie’s journey began gluing cereal boxes in her father’s barn as a young girl. No one could have predicted that C. W. Post’s Cereal Company would grow into the General Foods empire and reshape the American way of life, with Marjorie as its heiress and leading lady. Not content to stay in her prescribed roles of high-society wife, mother, and hostess, Marjorie dared to demand more, making history in the process. Before turning thirty she amassed millions, becoming the wealthiest woman in the United States. But it was her life-force, advocacy, passion, and adventurous spirit that led to her stunning legacy.

And yet Marjorie’s story, though full of beauty and grandeur, set in the palatial homes she built such as Mar-a-Lago, was equally marked by challenge and tumult. A wife four times over, Marjorie sought her happily-ever-after with the blue-blooded party boy who could not outrun his demons, the charismatic financier whose charm turned to betrayal, the international diplomat with a dark side, and the bon vivant whose shocking secrets would shake Marjorie and all of society. Marjorie did everything on a grand scale, especially when it came to love.

Sing Her Name: A Novel by Rosalyn Story

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

Sing Her Name

Story tells the tales of two African American female singers with nearly a century between them. Celia, based on the real-life Sissieretta Jones, is an operatic phenomenon in New Orleans in the early 1900s but fades into obscurity due to the erasure of racism. Eden is a musically gifted Hurricane Katrina refugee struggling to stay atop of bills and family needs in New York City. The past and present converge when Eden comes upon a box of Celia’s mementos and embarks on her own musical journey while trying to revive appreciation for Celia’s forgotten accomplishments. Readers may wish for more time in Celia’s world and less focus on Eden’s backstory. Nonetheless, Story’s background as a musician and nonfiction writer about African American opera (And So I Sing: African American Divas of Opera and Concert, 2000) primes her to tell this musical tale of the ghosts of wronged artists and the burdens they pass on, the legacy of place, and how we can forgive others and move on, with or without them. This truly is a novel that sings. Booklist Review

Unlikely Animals: A Novel by Annie Hartnett

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Unlikely Animals

When Emma Starling returns to Everton, New Hampshire after four years away in order to help her ailing father, she isn’t the successful young healer everyone believed she would be. Instead, she feels lost at home, with an eccentric father who sees hallucinations of animals and the ghost of naturalist Ernest Harold Baynes, a brother overcoming his drug addiction, and a controlling mother trying to hold the family together. Emma hopes to find some direction in her life and get out of town. But when she learns her former best friend has been missing and only Emma’s father is continuing the search, she slowly realizes how much she took her community for granted. She stumbles upon a substitute-teaching job for a fifth-grade class traumatized by losses resulting from the opioid crisis. The longer Emma stays in Everton, the more she must confront her past before, unexpectedly, embarking on a healing journey of her own. As in her debut, Rabbit Cake (2017), Hartnett masterfully balances a story of deep loss with the perfect amount of hilarity and tenderness. Unlikely Animals explores complex family dynamics and the growth that can occur after tragedy, with just a little help. Booklist Review

The Wrong Victim: A Novel by Allison Brennan

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

The Wrong Victim

In bestseller Brennan’s busy third Costa and Quinn novel (after 2021’s Tell No Lies), FBI special agent Matt Costa, head of the agency’s Mobile Response Team, and LAPD officer Kara Quinn, who’s on loan to the FBI, travel to Washington’s San Juan Island to investigate the bombing of a private charter boat piloted by retired FBI agent Neil Devereaux. Neil and his eight wealthy passengers died in the explosion, and the FBI is in a quandary about who the intended victim might have been. Was a businessman marked for death by his lovely young widow? Was Neil murdered by a criminal connected to a cold case he was investigating? Was the charter service the target of a domestic terrorist attack? Or is there something else afoot on San Juan Island? The tension rises as a top FBI forensic psychiatrist questions Kara’s assessments of the suspects, as well as Matt’s reasons for including her on the team. Brennan tends to overdo the details of her many characters’ emotional lives, but she keeps readers guessing whodunit to the end as the attraction between Matt and Kara heats up. Romantic suspense fans will be satisfied. 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.

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

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

Have questions or want to request a book?

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers May 15, 2022

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

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

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

New York Times Bestseller blog posts are published on Sundays and the next New York Times Bestseller list will be published to this blog on Sunday, May  15, 2022.

FICTION

THE BAXTERS by Karen Kingsbury

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

The Baxters

A prequel to the Baxter Family series. A storm approaches as Kari is about to marry Tim.

BEAUTIFUL by Danielle Steel

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Beautiful

A supermodel deals with the effects of a terror attack at an airport in Brussels on her life and appearance.

BETTER OFF DEAD by Lee Child and Andrew Child

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

Better Off Dead

 

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

DREAM TOWN by David Baldacci

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

Dream Town

he third book in the Archer series. Archer, Dash and Callahan search for a missing screenwriter who had a dead body turn up in her home.

GOOD LEFT UNDONE by Adriana Trigiani

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

Good Left Undone

The matriarch of the Cabrelli family, who is near the end of her life, shares her mother’s love story with her family.

THE INVESTIGATOR by John Sandford

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

The Investigator

Letty Davenport, the adopted daughter of Lucas Davenport, looks into oil thefts in Texas.

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.

KAIKEYI by Vaishnavi Patel

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Kaikeyi

A reimagining of the life of the queen from the Indian epic the Ramayana.

LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus

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

Lessons in Chemistry

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

THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles

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

Lincoln Highway

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

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover

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

November 9

Is Ben using his relationship with Fallon as fodder for his novel?

ONE ITALIAN SUMMER by Rebecca Serle

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

One Italian Summer

During a summer trip in Italy, Katy’s late mother reappears as a 30-year-old woman.

THE PARIS APARTMENT by Lucy Foley

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

The Paris Apartment

Jess has suspicions about her half-brother’s neighbors when he goes missing.

RUN, ROSE, RUN by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD audiobook, eBook, downloadable audiobook & through Hoopla – Dolly Parton companion album also titled Run Rose Run.)

Run Rose Run

A singer-songwriter goes to Nashville seeking stardom but is followed by her dark past.

THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Emily St. John Mandel

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

Sea of Tranquility

A detective investigating in the wilderness discovers that his actions might affect the timeline of the universe.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

SHADOW FIRE by Christine Feehan

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Shadow Fire

The seventh book in the Shadow Riders series. Elie Archambault decides to marry a woman he has never met.

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Ugly Love

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

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

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

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BENNETTS by Lisa Scottoline

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

What Happened To The Bennetts

A brush with members of a drug-trafficking organization ushers a suburban family to go into the witness protection program.

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:

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

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 & 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.

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 Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Finding Me

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

FREEZING ORDER by Bill Browder

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Freezing Order

The author of “Red Notice” tells his story of becoming Vladimir Putin’s enemy by uncovering a $230 million tax refund scheme.

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH by Arthur C. Brooks

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

From Strength To Strength

A columnist for The Atlantic espouses ways to shift priorities and habits to overcome waning abilities in later life.

HELLO, MOLLY! by Molly Shannon with Sean Wilsey

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Hello Molly

The comedic actor shares stories of family tragedy and her years as a star of “Saturday Night Live.”

I’LL SHOW MYSELF OUT by Jessi Klein

(Avaialable Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

I'll Show Myself Out

A collection of comedic essays on motherhood and middle age by the Emmy Award-winning writer and producer.

JUST TYRUS by Tyrus

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Just Tyrus

A memoir by the pro wrestler and Fox News political commentator.

PALACE PAPERS by Tina Brown

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

The Paper Palace

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

PLAYING WITH MYSELF by Randy Rainbow

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Playing With Myself

A memoir by the three-time Emmy-nominated comedian known for his online musical and political satires.

START WITHOUT ME by Gary Janetti

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Start Without Me

A collection of comedic stories by the writer and producer best known for his work on “Family Guy

UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN by Jon Krakauer

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

Under The Banner of Heaven

Two brothers who subscribed to a fundamentalist version of Mormonism killed a woman and her daughter; the basis of the TV series.

UNMASKED by Paul Holes

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalogs)

Unmasked

A memoir by a former cold case investigator who worked on several notable cases, including the identification of the Golden State Killer.

THE WAR ON THE WEST by Douglas Murray

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

The War of the West

An associate editor of The Spectator and Fox News contributor makes his arguments against anti-Western rhetoric.life and death.

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSL

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening May 6, 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, May 13, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

At Midnight by George Winston (Genre: Piano, New Age)

From The Album: Night (2022)

The Boxer by Simon & Garfunkel (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk-Rock)

From The Album: Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)

East of the Sun by Toots Thielemans (Genre: Jazz, Harmonica)

From The Album: Man Bites Harmonica! (1958)
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King Porter Stomp by Jelly Roll Morton (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: The Complete Library of Congress Recordings (2006)

Let The Good Times Roll by Louis Jordan & His Orchestra (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Let The Good Times Roll: The Anthology 1938 – 1953 (2007)

Papa Was A Rolling Stone by The Black Crowes (Genre: Rock, R&B)

From The Album: 1972 (2022)

Puttin’ On The Ritz by Leo Reisman and His Orchestra with Lew Reisman on vocals (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Puttin’ On The Ritz – Timeless Recordings From The King Of The Sweet Bands (2007)

Runaway by Del Shannon (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Runaway With Del Shannon (1961)

And as a bonus, since it is a great song, here’s Bonnie Raitt with her version!

Runaway by Bonnie Raitt (Genre: Rock, Blues-Rock)

From The Album: Sweet Forgiveness (1977)

Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond (Genre: Singer-Songwriter)

From The Album: All-Time Greatest Hits (2014)

Sweet Thing by Van Morrison (Genre: Singer-Songwriter)

From The Album: Astral Weeks (1968)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Lionel Richie (1982) by Lionel Richie (Genre: R&B, Pop)

Lionel Richie

And from the album the song

Truly

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

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

The Libby App

Libby

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

Hoopla

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading May 3, 2022

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

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

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

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

The African Equation by Yasmina Khadra

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

The African Equation

A giant of francophone writing, Algerian author Yasmina Khadra uses current events as a lens to examine narratives of Africa and the West.

‘A skilled storyteller working at the height of his powers’ Times Literary Supplement
Frankfurt MD Kurt Krausmann is devastated by his wife’s suicide. Unable to make sense of what happened, Kurt agrees to join his friend Hans on a humanitarian mission to the Comoros. But, sailing down the Red Sea, their boat is boarded by Somali pirates and the men are taken hostage.
The arduous journey to the pirates’ desert hideout is only the beginning of Kurt’s odyssey. He endures imprisonment and brutality at the hands of captors whose failings are all too human.
As the situation deteriorates, it is fellow prisoner, Bruno, a long-time resident in Africa, who shows Kurt another side to the wounded yet defiant continent he loves.

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

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

The Colorado Kid

On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There’s no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues.

But that’s just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an impossible crime? Or something stranger still…?

No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained. With echoes of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world’s great storytellers presents a surprising tale that explores the nature of mystery itself…

Dark Night: A Mystery by Paige Shelton

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

Dark Night

A traumatized woman slowly works through her personal issues while solving crimes in a remote Alaskan town. Famous novelist Elizabeth Fairchild fled to Benedict after a hazardous escape from her kidnapper, which left her with a large scar and white hair. Calling herself Beth Rivers, her birth name, she runs a small newspaper and has made many friends, but only Gril, the police chief, knows her real identity. Beth’s world is turned upside down by the sudden appearance of her mother, Mill, who’s wanted by the police for shooting, though not killing, her daughter’s kidnapper, Travis Walker. Beth gets more directly involved when wife-beater Ned Withers is found stabbed after yet another incident with his wife, Claudia. Ned’s been hiding his sister, Lucy, who’s also wanted by the police. Another wild card is Doug Vitner, supposedly a census man snooping around the area. Beth is both pleased and shocked by her mother’s visit. Mill’s been searching for years for both the husband who deserted her and for Walker, who as it turns out was dealing drugs with her husband and another missing man. But Beth begins to suspect that Mill has ulterior motives. Things get complicated as she and her friends search for a killer and try to track down Beth’s kidnapper. A character-driven mystery in a near-mystical setting, a land of stark contrasts and self-reliant denizens. – Kirkus Review

Readers’ Note: This is the third book in the Alaska Wild Series, if you’d like to start reading the series from the beginning check out book one, Thin Ice.

The Hotel Neversink by Adam O’Fallon Price

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

Hotel Neversink

A 2020 Edgar Award Winner!

“A gripping, atmospheric, heart-breaking, almost-ghost story. Not since Stephen King’s Overlook has a hotel hiding a secret been brought to such vivid life.” —Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State

Thirty-one years after workers first broke ground, the magnificent Hotel Neversink in the Catskills finally opens to the public. Then a young boy disappears.

This mysterious vanishing—and the ones that follow—will brand the lives of three generations. At the root of it all is Asher Sikorsky, the ambitious and ruthless patriarch whose purchase of the hotel in 1931 set a haunting legacy into motion. His daughter Jeanie sees the Hotel Neversink into its most lucrative era, but also its darkest. Decades later, Asher’s grandchildren grapple with the family’s heritage in their own ways: Len fights to keep the failing, dilapidated hotel alive, and Alice sets out to finally uncover the murderer’s identity.

Told by an unforgettable chorus of Sikorsky family members—a matriarch, a hotel maid, a traveling comedian, the hotel detective, and many others—The Hotel Neversink is the gripping portrait of a Jewish family in the Catskills over the course of a century. With an unerring eye and with prose both comic and tragic, Adam O’Fallon-Price details one man’s struggle for greatness, no matter the cost, and a long-held family secret that threatens to undo it all.

How the Women of Country Music Became the Success They Were Never Supposed to Be by Marissa R. Moss

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Her Country

Nashville journalist Moss argues that women performers are never seen as “country enough” for a genre that has been dominated by the “good ol’ boys” ever since President Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which resulted in conglomerates making decisions about who got played on radio airwaves. Still, Moss notes, women have continued to claw their way onto the country music scene and to lead the way for the next generation of singers. Her book explores the careers of many female country singers but zeroes in on three in particular: Maren Morris (“The Bones”; “I Could Use a Love Song”), Mickey Guyton (“Black Like Me”; “Better Than You Left Me”), and Kacey Musgraves (“Follow Your Arrow”; “Rainbow”). Moss illustrates how these artists have carved out spaces for women, including women of color and LGBTQIA+ people, who are even less represented in the country music field. Moss’s clear and accessible writing is a delight, deftly capturing the lyricism of the genre. VERDICT A must for anyone interested in country music and how the genre reflects on the United States as a whole. – Starred Library Journal Review

The Last Ottoman Generation and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Michael Provence

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Last Ottoman Generation

The modern Middle East emerged out of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, when Britain and France partitioned the Ottoman Arab lands into several new colonial states. The following period was a charged and transformative time of unrest. Insurgent leaders, trained in Ottoman military tactics and with everything to lose from the fall of the Empire, challenged the mandatory powers in a number of armed revolts. This is a study of this crucial period in Middle Eastern history, tracing the period through popular political movements and the experience of colonial rule. In doing so, Provence emphasises the continuity between the late Ottoman and Colonial era, explaining how national identities emerged, and how the seeds were sown for many of the conflicts which have defined the Middle East in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. This is a valuable read for students of Middle Eastern history and politics.

Lucky Breaks by Yevgenia Belorusets, translated by Eugene Ostashevsky

(Available Formats: eBook)

Lucky Breaks

Belorusets, a documentary photographer and activist, captures the extraordinary lives of ordinary Ukrainian women in her arresting fiction debut, a story collection. The brief entries survey lives upended by the political and military turmoil over the past two decades: “that’s the kind of country we have, okay? The unprotected kind,” recounts the eponymous narrator of the excellent “Lena in Danger,” about a woman who leaves Ukraine for Germany in the 2000s. Some have a magical or fantastical element, such as “The Woman Who Caught Babies into a Mitt,” in which a powerful witch places curses on whole buildings. As the war in the Donetsk region begins in 2014, many of the women disappear—in “The Florist,” a woman spends all her time in her flower shop (“it was only inside her store,” the narrator says of her, “that she knew how to exist”), until she and the shop disappear. In “A Woman at the Cosmetologist’s,” another woman finds comfort visiting her cosmetologist, who gives massages and fulfills the role of a therapist. As suicide rates increase, the characters’ despair becomes palpable in a series of standout stories, namely “The Stars” and “The Crash.” Two of Belorusets’s photo series supplement her writing, but her words speak for themselves. The combination makes for a powerful exercise. – Publishers Weekly Review

The No-Show by Beth O’Leary

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The No Show

Three distinctive women unknowingly fall in love with the same man in this captivating romance from bestseller O’Leary (The Road Trip). Life coach Siobhan Kelly meets charismatic Joseph Carter in London and falls hard after a passionate night together. Miranda Rosso, a free-spirited professional tree surgeon, also feels committed to Joseph despite suspecting that he’s keeping secrets. And shy, bookish Jane Miller is determined to keep her flirtatious relationship with Joseph platonic, though deep down, she wishes they were something more. When Joseph doesn’t show up to his Valentine’s dates with any of the three women, his erratic behavior casts doubt on his relationships, and his partners wonder if there’s more to Joseph than he’s letting on. O’Leary pulls off an impressive balancing act, unraveling each woman’s backstory while meticulously drawing connections between them and celebrating them for their differences. The attention to detail adds depth to each character—even Joseph will win readers over—and the twisty plot keeps readers both guessing what will happen next and rooting for happy endings across the board. This is a knockout. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

The Misunderstood Reign of George III by Andrew Roberts

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Last King of America

Vilified in the United States for that long list of grievances constituting the bulk of the Declaration of Independence, King George III had to endure intrigue and controversy within his home realm. Biographer Roberts rescues this ill-fated monarch from a lot of myth. Thanks to Queen Elizabeth II’s recent opening of royal archives, new facts have appeared that make George III appear much more enlightened. As a young prince, George had a good education not only in history and politics, but also in the arts, particularly in music and theater. He came to the throne in an era of intense strife within British society. Foreign wars proved costly, and the rise of Napoleon after the French Revolution threatened Britain’s security. On a personal level, George was blessed with an apparently very happy marriage to Charlotte and their fifteen children. Roberts details the king’s frequently difficult relations with his prime ministers and the disastrous effects of his bipolar disorder on both the nation and the king’s family. Roberts here renders George III a figure more tragic than malicious. – Booklist Review

Suburban Dicks by Fabian Nicieza

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Suburban Dicks

The murder of a gas station attendant in West Windsor, N.J., propels this outstanding debut novel from Nicieza, the co-creator of the comic book superhero Deadpool. Andrea Stern—mother of four with a fifth on the way—stumbles across the victim while looking for a bathroom for her kids. The perpetually exhausted Andrea, who gave up her dreams of becoming an FBI profiler when she first became pregnant, decides to investigate and, after finding glaring inconsistencies in the sloppy police work, vows to track down the killer. Meanwhile, disgraced investigative reporter Kenneth Lee is attempting to resurrect his career with a story that uncovers the criminal behind the first murder in the West Windsor–Plainsboro area in more than 30 years. Together Andrea and Kenneth uncover a grand-scale conspiracy driven by racism and institutional bigotry that has lasted generations and continues to plague the township. Nicieza delivers a wildly entertaining blend of high-octane snark and brass-knuckle social commentary, but it’s the courageous Andrea and her group of soccer moms, whom she privately dubs the Cellulitists, who steal the show. Mystery fans looking for something different won’t want to miss this quirky crime novel. – Starred 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.

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

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

Have questions or want to request a book?

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.