Suggested Listening June 22, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations for the week; four streaming suggestions* and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album you’re interested in!)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

The Blues Is Alive And Well (2018) by Buddy Guy (Genre: Blues):

Blues guitar master Buddy Guy is 81 years young and is still going strong – his singing and playing is as vibrant as ever and he is still playing concerts and recording. His new album, The Blues Is Alive And Well, was released just last week!

Songs on the album include: A Few Good Years, Guilty As Charged, The Blues Is Alive And Well, Blue No More, Old Fashioned and Ooh Daddy.

Guest musicians appearing on the LP include Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and James Bay.

Mixed Reality (2018) by Gin Blossoms (Genre: Rock, Pop):

The Gin Blossoms first broke into the national music arena in the early nineties, charting with bright pop-rock songs including “Hey Jealousy” and “Found Out About You.”

This new collection of songs has that same bright, upbeat sound and features the songs: Break, Angels Fly, Here Again, Miranda Chicago, Wonder and Forever Is This Night.

Sink or Swim (2007) by the Gaslight Anthem (Genre: Rock):

In his AllMusic biography of Gaslight Anthem Corey Apar describes the music of the band as sounding like “Bruce Springsteen backed by the Clash,” and I have to agree!

If you like the music of Springsteen and the Clash – check out Gaslight Anthem’s music. Sink or Swim is their second album and includes the songs: Boomboxes And Dictionaries, 1930, Red In Morning, I Coulda Been A Contender, We Came To Dance and I’da Called You Woody, Joe.

Audacity (2018) by Buster Williams (Genre: Jazz, Vocal):

Jazz bassist Buster Williams worked for years as a sideman for artists including Jimmy Heath, Gene Ammons, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Williams and Herbie Hancock before stepping out on his own. Today he is a seasoned elder on the jazz scene whose work remains full of vitality.

Songs in this collection include: Where Giants Dwell, Sisko, Stumblin’, Lost on 4th Avenue and Audacity.

Recommended CD of the Week:

The Best of Tuck & Patti (Genre: Jazz, Pop, Vocal, New Age, Easy Listening):

Guitarist Tuck Andress and vocalist Patti Cathcart met in Las Vegas in 1980 and began performing together the next year. They were married in 1983 and worked for a few years on developing their sound before signing their first recording contract with Windham Hill Jazz in 1987. Their music is what I would describe as deep, uncluttered and straight to the point. Tuck studied classical guitar and knows how to create musical depth by playing just a few notes and Patti has a great voice that is right at home singing traditional R&B or Jazz and together they create great music!

This is an older greatest hits collection, released on Windham Hill Jazz, in 1994 and it includes songs from early in their career and gives you a good idea of their sound.

Songs on the LP include: Tears of Joy, Time After Time, Love Warriors, As Time Goes By, Better Than Anything and Little Wing.

Videos of the Week:

A Few Good Years by Buddy Guy

Break by Gin Blossoms

Boomboxes & Dictionaries by The Gaslight Anthem

Boomboxes & Dictionaries – Acoustic Version Brian Fallon by of The Gaslight Anthem

Sisko by Buster Williams

Surf City by Jan & Dean, introduced by Steve Allen

Sidewalk Surfin by Jan & Dean from American Bandstand

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:

http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:

Digital Library Catalogs:

Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music

OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos

RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!

The Traditional Library Catalog:

You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!

Librarian Nancy Pearl’s Summer Reading Picks

From NPR – Author and librarian Nancy Pearl’s summer reading picks.

And if you’re not familiar with Nancy Pearl, she is what I would describe as a librarian’s librarian. In other words, she promotes the importance of libraries and she knows good books when she reads them!

Click on the photo to access the book review:

The books are either available to be requested right now through StarCat, or, have been ordered and will be available soon.

Click on the StarCat logo to be re-directed to the catalog where you can request any of the recommended titles:

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

Wireless Security Note

In July, checkout our Computer-Hacking Demo by professor of physics and information technology, Joe DeLeone. He’ll set up a network, and a Windows 10 computer, and claims he can get into it in 5 minutes or less. He spoke here recently about wireless security; here are a few highlights from his talk (and my notes):

What is most secure? 

  • A wired connection (Ethernet to cable) at your home or office, because someone would have to physically connect in order to snoop and you likely only let people you trust near your computer
  • Documents and personal files that are stored in a location that is not always connected to the internet
  • Set up a separate password-protected wireless network for guests–most routers come with an easy  option for this with no added cost
  • Never give out your home network password, and make the password about 20 characters (a strong password draws from multiple character sets and doesn’t use common letter substitutions or words anyone could find in a dictionary)

Cellular networks are often more secure than wireless networks at this time. Professor DeLeone’s advice is to get one of those “unlimited” data plans and use it whenever you’re away from your home network. Every smartphone now has the ability to generate a “personal hotspot” to which your non-cellular devices can connect. He also recommends Apple products because they’re much harder to affect.

Tips for avoiding hardship:

  • Hotel networks are the worst because it’s very easy to be fooled without realizing you’re not connecting to what you want and the network itself could be compromised.
  • Never let your credit card out of your sight where someone could quickly photograph it. That’s you’re bank account. Restaurants are the #1 place for your information to be stolen.
  • Celebrate https because the S is for security and it encrypts the website you are visiting. Hackers could see what website, but not information processed while you were there.

Healthy security habits avoid the worst security risk: being “low-hanging fruit” or an “easy target:”

  • Click carefully and intentionally (clicking on anything and everything can burn through your luck)
  • Diligently install software and operating system updates (out of date often means known loopholes available for exploitation)
  • Do not download files you did not request (confirm with even known senders whenever possible)
  • Hover your mouse over web links and email addresses to see that they are what you expect and want before you click.

#SecurityAware

Suggested Reading Week of June 18, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, five digital titles available through OverDrive and five print titles available through StarCat.

(Note: Click on the photo of the item you’d like to request or check out)

Digital Suggestions Of The Week:

The President Is Missing: A Novel (downloadable audiobook) written by Bill Clinton & James Patterson, read by Dennis Quaid, et. al.:

The President Is Missing confronts a threat so huge that it jeopardizes not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view . . .

Set over the course of three days, The President Is Missing sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of our nation. Filled with information that only a former Commander-in-Chief could know, this is the most authentic, terrifying novel to come along in many years.

When Life Gives You Lululemons (downloadable audiobook) written by Lauren Weisberger & read by Laura Benanti:

HE SET HER UP. THEY’LL BRING HIM DOWN.

Welcome to Greenwich, Connecticut, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured, the Tito’s and sodas are extra strong, and everyone has something to say about the infamous new neighbor.

Let’s be clear: Emily Charlton does not do the suburbs. After leaving Miranda Priestly, she’s been working in Hollywood as an image consultant to the stars, but recently, Emily’s lost a few clients. She’s hopeless with social media. The new guard is nipping at her heels. She needs a big opportunity, and she needs it now.

When Karolina Hartwell, a gorgeous former supermodel, is arrested for a DUI, her fall from grace is merciless. Her senator-husband leaves her, her Beltway friends disappear, and the tabloids pounce.

In Karolina, Emily finds her comeback opportunity. But she quickly learns Greenwich is a world apart and that this comeback needs a team approach.

So it is that Emily, the scorned Karolina, and their mutual friend Miriam, a powerful attorney turned stay-at-home suburban mom, band together to not only navigate the social land mines of suburban Greenwich but win back the hearts of the American public. Along the way, an indispensable ally emerges in one Miranda Priestly.

With her signature wit, Lauren Weisberger offers an alluring look into a sexy, over-the-top world—and proves it’s style and substance together that gets the job done.

Darkness Lane by Thomas Kies:

Random Road introduced Geneva Chase – “a reporter with a compelling voice, a damaged woman who recounts her own bittersweet story as she hunts down clues,” says Library Journal – to murders straight out of a nightmare – six bodies found naked and cut to ribbons in a posh Connecticut home.

Having survived this and a personal tragedy, Geneva’s story still includes alcoholism and career challenges compounded by the rocky finances of her newspaper employer. But she’s working. She’s fighting the urge to reconnect with a magnetic yet married lover. And she’s raising a rebellious young lady who is not her daughter but a cherished legacy.

Nevertheless the newshound in Geneva spurs her to bad if not downright dangerous choices as two unrelated crimes unexpectedly collide. A fifteen-year-old-girl at her ward’s high school has vanished along with her English teacher. Is this same-old, same-old, or something more? And then there’s the abused woman who torched her sadistic husband, and how to keep her out of the clutches of powerful mobsters – and thus, out of the news.

Out on the crime beat, Geneva works to unravel the connection, if any, between these two disparate stories while her newspaper is put up for sale, a high-flying Hollywood production lights up the town, and her personal battles accelerate. Jarring twists and turns include charming movie stars, treacherous diamond merchants, adultery, sex traffickers, and murder. While the clock ticks and Geneva works desperately to find the missing student, she comes to the horrible realization that she’s in over her head.

Darkness Lane, the second novel in the Geneva Chase Mystery Series, hurtles along at a breakneck speed where nothing is what it seems, and where art and reality collide in a terrifying climax.

The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer:

In the ancient moors of Scotland, the king of Calidon lies on his deathbed, cursed by a ring that cannot be removed from his finger. When a mysterious fey stranger appears to save the king, he also carries a secret that could tear the royal family apart.

The kingdom’s only hope will lie with two young men raised worlds apart. Aric is the beloved heir to the throne of Calidon; Albaric is clearly of noble origin yet strangely out of place.

The Oddling Prince is a tale of brothers whose love and loyalty to each other is such that it defies impending warfare, sundering seas, fated hatred, and the very course of time itself. In her long-awaited new fantasy novel, Nancy Springer (the Books of Isle series) explores the darkness of the human heart as well as its unceasing capacity for love.

The Woman in the Woods: A Thriller by John Connolly:

From internationally bestselling author and “creative genius who has few equals in either horror fiction or the mystery genre” (New York Journal of Books) comes a gripping thriller starring Private Investigator Charlie Parker. When the body of a woman—who apparently died in childbirth—is discovered, Parker is hired to track down both her identity and her missing child.

In the beautiful Maine woods, a partly preserved body is discovered. Investigators realize that the dead young woman gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby.

Private detective Charlie Parker is hired by a lawyer to shadow the police investigation and find the infant but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in much more than a missing child…someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake.

And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring and a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman.
A Woman in the Woods is the brand new sixteenth book in the Charlie Parker Mystery series. Book 1 in the series, should you wish to start from the beginning, is Every Dead Thing.

Print Suggestions Of The Week:

The Moscow Deception by Karen Robards:

Clever, cunning and highly skilled—there’s only one Bianca St. Ives and don’t you dare forget it.

Bianca St. Ives was recently put through the wringer, but she came out the same way she always does—the way her father trained her to—hungry for a fight. Still navigating the fallout from a shocking revelation that’s left a network of assassins’ crosshairs trained on her, Bianca’s ready to take fate into her own hands. It’s kill or be killed, and she’s got her finger flush against the trigger.

But as Bianca races to outmaneuver her tireless pursuers, her father loops her in on a job that might just do the trick: recover King Priam’s Treasure, a collection of heavily guarded, priceless artifacts stolen by the Russians during World War II, and return it to Germany. Impossible? Maybe for some, but a high-risk heist is all in a day’s work for Bianca St. Ives, especially when there’s intel on the line—intel that could finally bring down the shadowy forces seeking to bury Bianca for good. Faced with threats that circle closer with every move she makes, she knows the stakes have never been higher, but when you’re already living on borrowed time, you have to hustle if you want to live to see tomorrow.

I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting:

SHE’S GOT CURB APPEAL. HE’S A FIXER UPPER…

From New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting comes I Flipping Love You, a love story about flipping houses, taking risks, and landing that special someone who’s move-in ready.

Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in the Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…

Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance―without burning down the house?

Bearskin: A Novel by James McLaughlin:

Rice Moore is just beginning to think his troubles are behind him. He’s found a job protecting a remote forest preserve in Virginian Appalachia where his main responsibilities include tracking wildlife and refurbishing cabins. It’s hard work, and totally solitary—perfect to hide away from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed back in Arizona. But when Rice finds the carcass of a bear killed on the grounds, the quiet solitude he’s so desperately sought is suddenly at risk.

More bears are killed on the preserve and Rice’s obsession with catching the poachers escalates, leading to hostile altercations with the locals and attention from both the law and Rice’s employers. Partnering with his predecessor, a scientist who hopes to continue her research on the preserve, Rice puts into motion a plan that could expose the poachers but risks revealing his own whereabouts to the dangerous people he was running from in the first place.

James McLaughlin expertly brings the beauty and danger of Appalachia to life. The result is an elemental, slow burn of a novel—one that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza:

As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. There is Hadia: their headstrong, eldest daughter, whose marriage is a match of love and not tradition. Huda, the middle child, determined to follow in her sister’s footsteps. And lastly, their estranged son, Amar, who returns to the family fold for the first time in three years to take his place as brother of the bride. What secrets and betrayals have caused this close-knit family to fracture? Can Amar find his way back to the people who know and love him best?

A Place for Us takes us back to the beginning of this family’s life: from the bonds that bring them together, to the differences that pull them apart. All the joy and struggle of family life is here, from Rafiq and Layla’s own arrival in America from India, to the years in which their children—each in their own way—tread between two cultures, seeking to find their place in the world, as well as a path home.
A Place for Us is a book for our times: an astonishingly tender-hearted novel of identity and belonging, and a resonant portrait of what it means to be an American family today. It announces Fatima Farheen Mirza as a major new literary talent.

The Book of Essie: A Novel by Meghan MacLean Weir:

A captivating novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the story of the seventeen-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family’s hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart.

Esther Ann Hicks–Essie–is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She’s grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family’s fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie’s mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show’s producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia’s? Or do they try to arrange a marriage–and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? Meanwhile, Essie is quietly pairing herself up with Roarke Richards, a senior at her school with a secret of his own to protect. As the newly formed couple attempt to sell their fabricated love story to the media–through exclusive interviews with an infamously conservative reporter named Liberty Bell–Essie finds she has questions of her own: What was the real reason for her older sister leaving home? Who can she trust with the truth about her family? And how much is she willing to sacrifice to win her own freed

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

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

Freegal Music Service

This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day:

RBDigital

Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available.

About Library Apps:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive, Freegal or Zinio app from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at: 607-936-3713 and one of our Digital Literacy Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening June 15, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations for the week; four streaming suggestions* and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album you’re interested in!)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Sesame Street: Pete Seeger and Brother Kirk Visit Sesame Street (1974) by Pete Seeger with Douglass Kirkpatrick (Genre: Folk, Pop, Kids):

This collection is full of sing along favorites! Pete Seeger is accompanied by “Brother Kirk” who is better known as the singer and Civil Rights activist Reverend Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick.

And even though the duo are singing with a group of children – the music is great for all ages – a classic folk song sing along.

Songs include: This Land Is Your Land, Michael Row Your Boat Ashore, Skip to My Lou, Garbage, She’ll Be Coming ‘Round The Mountain, The Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly and Ballad of Martin Luther King.

The Essential Son House by Son House by Son House (Genre: Blues, Delta Blues, Acoustic):

One of the quintessential Delta Bluesmen Son House was born Eddie James House Jr. in Riverton, Mississippi in 1901; and along with his contemporaries Charley Patton and Willie Brown set down the foundation for the next generation of Blues players, the ones that went electric – including Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.

If you’re not familiar with his playing Son House’s music has an earthly accessible quality to it. Deep vocals with an enthusiastic combo strumming and picking acoustic guitar playing, known as bottle neck (or slide) bring an intensity to the music that most modern music simply doesn’t have.

Songs in the collection include: Pearline, Louise McGhee, Empire State Express, Grinnin’ in you Face, Levee Camp Moan, President Kennedy and Yonder Comes My Mother.

Will Bradley and His Jazz Octet (2008) by Will Bradley and His Jazz Octet (Genre: Swing, Boogie-woogie, Jazz, Easy Listening, Instrumental):

Will Bradley was a swing and Boogie-Woogie trombonist and band leader who hailed from New Jersey and rode a wave of popularity during the Swing era of the 1930s and 1940s.

If you like swing – you’ll enjoy this collection!

Songs on the LP include: The Easy Way, Melody from Mars, I’ve Waited For You, I Like The Old Time Way, Sad Spring and Flat Top Special.

The Very Best Of Bonnie Tyler by Bonnie Tyler (Genre: Pop, Rock, Eighties):

Welsh born singer Bonnie Tyler has a very distinctive raspy voice and had several bit hits in her late seventies and eighties heyday including Total Eclipse of The Heart and Holding Out For A Hero.

Songs in the set include the aforementioned songs and: Here She Comes, Loving You Is A Dirty Job, Fast Than The Speed Of Night, Straight From The Heart and No Way To Treat A Lady.

Recommended CD of the Week:

If All I Was Is Black (2017) by Mavis Staples (Genre: R&B, Soul, Blues, Pop-Rock, Gospel):

This is a great and hopeful album by the world renowned Staple Singers vocalist and soloist Mavis Staples. Staples is 78 going on 79 but you wouldn’t know it from listening to this album – her singing is vibrant and her songs hopeful – that despite the turbulent times we are living in – her take is we’ll get through them!

Songs on the album include: If All I Was Was Black, Who Told You That, Ain’t No Doubt About It, Build A Bridge and We Go High.

Videos of the Week:

Guantanamera by Pete Seeger and his grandson Tao Rodriguez (aka Tao Rodriguez-Seeger):

Skip To My Lou by Pete Seeger:

Garbage Garbage Garbage by Tom Chapin & Oscar The Grouch from Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday Concert:

Grinnin’ In Your Face by Son House:

Short Concert by Son House: 

Melody From Mars by the Will Bradley Octet: 

Celery Stalks At Midnight (1940) by Will Bradley and His Orchestra:

Total Eclipse of the Hart by Bonnie Tyler:

If All I Was Was Black by Mavis Staples:

We Go High by Mavis Staples:

Alphabet by Lou Rawls with kids from Sesame Street circa early 1970s:

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:

http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:

Digital Library Catalogs:

Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music

OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos

RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!

The Traditional Library Catalog:

You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!

An Impromptu Poem About Imagination, the Internet, and You

Join me in imagination for a moment

Look past the instant gratification

Breathe deep with the concepts put forth

Considered or tossed in like pennies to a fountain

Some would say polluted or a mess

Others would say cultural and beautiful

 

The internet is one part intertwined with all else

Enough ideas to overwhelm as a hurricane

Forceful enough to carry away as a tornado

Calm enough to lull you to sleep

As a sailboat floats, sails ready to unfurl,

On a sea of ideas with a breeze of hope.

 

What will you realize today?

What will you express today?

What will you perceive?

What will you wish for tomorrow?

And will you come about to realize your wishes…

 

Suggested Reading Week of June 11, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, five digital titles available through OverDrive and five print titles available through StarCat.

(Note: Click on the photo of the item you’d like to request or check out)

Digital Suggestions Of The Week:

The Assault on Intelligence American National Security in an Age of Lies by Michael V. Hayden:

A blistering critique of the forces threatening the American intelligence community, beginning with the President of the United States himself, in a time when that community’s work has never been harder or more important

In the face of a President who lobs accusations without facts, evidence, or logic, truth tellers are under attack. Meanwhile, the world order is teetering on the brink. North Korea is on the verge of having a nuclear weapon that could reach all of the United States, Russians have mastered a new form of information warfare that undercuts democracy, and the role of China in the global community remains unclear. There will always be value to experience and expertise, devotion to facts, humility in the face of complexity, and a respect for ideas, but in this moment they seem more important, and more endangered, than they’ve ever been. American Intelligence—the ultimate truth teller—has a responsibility in a post-truth world beyond merely warning of external dangers, and in The Assault on Intelligence, General Michael Hayden takes up that urgent work with profound passion, insight and authority.

It is a sobering vision. The American intelligence community is more at risk than is commonly understood, for every good reason. Civil war or societal collapse is not necessarily imminent or inevitable, but our democracy’s core structures, processes, and attitudes are under great stress. Many of the premises on which we have based our understanding of governance are now challenged, eroded, or simply gone. And we have a President in office who responds to overwhelming evidence from the intelligence community that the Russians are, by all acceptable standards of cyber conflict, in a state of outright war against us, not by leading a strong response, but by shooting the messenger.

There are fundamental changes afoot in the world and in this country. The Assault on Intelligence shows us what they are, reveals how crippled we’ve become in our capacity to address them, and points toward a series of effective responses. Because when we lose our intelligence, literally and figuratively, democracy dies.

If Beale Street Could Talk: A Novel written by James Baldwin & read by Bahni Turpin:

The book is the basis for an upcoming movie!

Here’s a description of the book: In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions–affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.

The Body by Stephen King:

Just in time for summer – this book is the basis for the 1986 film Stand By Me!

Here is a description of the book:

Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King’s timeless novella “The Body”—originally published in his 1982 short story collection Different Seasons, and adapted into the 1986 film classic Stand by Me—now available for the first time as a stand-alone publication.

It’s 1960 in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. Ray Brower, a boy from a nearby town, has disappeared, and twelve-year-old Gordie Lachance and his three friends set out on a quest to find his body along the railroad tracks. During the course of their journey, Gordie, Chris Chambers, Teddy Duchamp, and Vern Tessio come to terms with death and the harsh truths of growing up in a small factory town that A timeless exploration of the loneliness and isolation of young adulthood, Stephen King’s The Body is an iconic, unforgettable, coming-of-age story.

And if speaking of the 1986 film Stand By Me, the library has that too, available on DVD!

Europe in Autumn, Europe Series, Book 1 by Dave Hutchinson:

NO BORDER CAN HOLD HIM

Rudi is a cook in a Krakow restaurant, but when his boss asks Rudi to help a cousin escape from the country he’s trapped in, a new career – part spy, part people-smuggler – begins. Following multiple economic crises and a devastating flu pandemic, Europe has fractured into countless tiny nations, duchies, polities and republics. Recruited by the shadowy organisation Les Coureurs des Bois, Rudi is schooled in espionage, but when a training mission to The Line, a sovereign nation consisting of a trans-Europe railway line, goes wrong, he is arrested and beaten, and Coureur Central must attempt a rescue.

With so many nations to work in, and identities to assume, Rudi is kept busy travelling across Europe. But when he is sent to smuggle someone out of Berlin and finds a severed head inside a locker instead, a conspiracy begins to wind itself around him. With kidnapping, double-crosses and a map that constantly re-draws itself, Europe in Autumn is a science fiction thriller like no other.

The Hellfire Club written and read by Jake Tapper (Downloadable Audiobook):

A young Congressman stumbles on the powerful political underworld of 1950’s D.C. in this “potent thriller” (David Baldacci) and New York Times bestseller from CNN correspondent Jake Tapper.

Charlie Marder is an unlikely Congressman. Thrust into office by his family ties after his predecessor died mysteriously, Charlie is struggling to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s Washington, DC, alongside his young wife Margaret, a zoologist with ambitions of her own. Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers, a mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history. When Charlie discovers a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of governance, he has to fight not only for his principles and his newfound political career…but for his life.

Print Suggestions Of The Week:

Death Notice: A Novel written by Zhou Haohui:

An elite police squad hunts a manipulative mastermind out to publically execute criminals the law cannot reach. A wild thriller and deadly game of cat-and-mouse from one of China’s most popular authors. For fans of Jo Nesbo, Se7en, and Hong Kong police cinema.

The brutal murder of respected police officer Sergeant Zheng Haoming sends shock waves through Chengdu, a modern metropolis in the heart of China’s stunning Sichuan province. He had been obsessed by an unsolved, eighteen-year-old murder case until an entity calling itself Eumenides (after the Greek goddess of vengeance and retribution) releases a terrifying manifesto. Is the manifesto a sick joke, or something more sinister? Soon, the public starts nominating worthy targets for Eumenides to kill, and, two days later, Sergeant Zheng is dead.

Eumenides’ cunning game is only getting started. The police receive a “death notice,” a chilling note announcing the killer’s next target, the crimes they have committed, and the date of their execution. The note is both a challenge and a taunt to the police. When the first victim dies in public, under their complete protection, the police are left stunned. More death notices are coming.

The chase is on.

Death Notice is an explosive, page-turning thriller filtered through a vibrant cultural lens. Zhou Haohui expertly adds an exhilarating new perspective to the twists and tropes of the genre all fans love, making for a uniquely propulsive and entertaining read.

Dreams of Falling by Karen White:

New York Times bestselling author Karen White crafts evocative relationships in this contemporary women’s fiction novel, set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, about lifelong friends who share a devastating secret.

On the banks of the North Santee River stands a moss-draped oak that was once entrusted with the dreams of three young girls. Into the tree’s trunk, they placed their greatest hopes, written on ribbons, for safekeeping–including the most important one: Friends forever, come what may.

But life can waylay the best of intentions….

Nine years ago, a humiliated Larkin Lanier fled Georgetown, South Carolina, knowing she could never go back. But when she finds out that her mother has disappeared, she realizes she has no choice but to return to the place she both loves and dreads–and to the family and friends who never stopped wishing for her to come home.

Ivy, Larkin’s mother, is discovered badly injured and unconscious in the burned-out wreckage of her ancestral plantation home. No one knows why Ivy was there, but as Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets kept for nearly fifty years–whispers of love, sacrifice, and betrayal–that lead back to three girls on the brink of womanhood who found their friendship tested in the most heartbreaking ways.

Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates:

In the title story of her taut new fiction collection, Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense, Joyce Carol Oates writes: Life was not of the surface like the glossy skin of an apple, but deep inside the fruit where seeds are harbored. There is no writer more capable of picking out those seeds and exposing all their secret tastes and poisons than Oates herself―as brilliantly demonstrated in these six stories.

The book opens with a woman, naked except for her high-heeled shoes, seated in front of the window in an apartment she cannot, on her own, afford. In this exquisitely tense narrative reimagining of Edward Hopper’s Eleven A.M., 1926, the reader enters the minds of both the woman and her married lover, each consumed by alternating thoughts of disgust and arousal, as he rushes, amorously, murderously, to her door. In “The Long-Legged Girl,” an aging, jealous wife crafts an unusual game of Russian roulette involving a pair of Wedgewood teacups, a strong Bengal brew, and a lethal concoction of medicine. Who will drink from the wrong cup, the wife or the dance student she believes to be her husband’s latest conquest? In “The Sign of the Beast,” when a former Sunday school teacher’s corpse turns up, the blighted adolescent she had by turns petted and ridiculed confesses to her murder―but is he really responsible? Another young outsider, Horace Phineas Love, Jr., is haunted by apparitions at the very edge of the spectrum of visibility after the death of his tortured father in “Night-Gaunts,” a fantastic ode to H.P. Lovecraft.

Southernmost by Silas House:

In this stunning novel about judgment, courage, heartbreak, and change, author Silas House wrestles with the limits of belief and the infinite ways to love.

In the aftermath of a flood that washes away much of a small Tennessee town, evangelical preacher Asher Sharp offers shelter to two gay men. In doing so, he starts to see his life anew—and risks losing everything: his wife, locked into her religious prejudices; his congregation, which shuns Asher after he delivers a passionate sermon in defense of tolerance; and his young son, Justin, caught in the middle of what turns into a bitter custody battle.

With no way out but ahead, Asher takes Justin and flees to Key West, where he hopes to find his brother, Luke, whom he’d turned against years ago after Luke came out. And it is there, at the southernmost point of the country, that Asher and Justin discover a new way of thinking about the world, and a new way of understanding love.

Southernmost is a tender and affecting book, a meditation on love and its consequences.
Reveling in the uncanny and richly in conversation with other creative minds, Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense stands at the crossroads of sex, violence, and longing―and asks us to interrogate the intersection of these impulses within ourselves.

There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange: 

Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking—Tommy Orange’s first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, and it introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career.

There There is a relentlessly paced multigenerational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. It tells the story of twelve characters, each of whom have private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and has come to the powwow to dance in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and unspeakable loss.

Here is a voice we have never heard—a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with stunning urgency and force. Tommy Orange writes of the plight of the urban Native American, the Native American in the city, in a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. An unforgettable debut, destined to become required reading in schools and universities across the country.

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

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