Suggested Reading January 19, 2021

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

Format Note: Under each book title you’ll find a list of all the different formats that specific title is available in; including: Print Books, Large Print Books, CD Audiobooks, eBooks & Downloadable Audiobooks from the Digital Catalog (OverDrive & Libby apps) 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.  The next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

And Still I Rise by Henry L. Gates and Kevin M. Burke

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook, Hoopla eBook & DVD)

Black America Since MLK

The companion book to Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s PBS series, And Still I Rise-a timeline and chronicle of the past fifty years of black history in the U. S. in more than 350 photos.

Beginning with the assassination of Malcolm X in February 1965, And Still I Rise: From Black Power to the White House explores the last half-century of the African American experience. More than fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the birth of Black Power, the United States has both a black president and black CEOs running Fortune 500 companies-and a large black underclass beset by persistent poverty, inadequate education, and an epidemic of incarceration. Harvard professor and scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. raises disturbing and vital questions about this dichotomy. How did the African American community end up encompassing such profound contradictions? And what will “the black community” mean tomorrow? Gates takes readers through the major historical events and untold stories of the sixty years that have irrevocably shaped both the African American experience and the nation as a whole, from the explosive social and political changes of the 1960s, into the 1970s and 1980s-eras characterized by both prosperity and neglect-through the turn of the century to today, taking measure of such racial flashpoints as the Tawana Brawley case, OJ Simpson’s murder trial, the murders of Amadou Diallo and Trayvon Martin, and debates around the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” policies.

Even as it surveys the political and social evolution of black America, And Still I Rise is also a celebration of the accomplishments of black artists, musicians, writers, comedians, and thinkers who have helped to define American popular culture and to change our world.

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

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

A murder on the high seas. A remarkable detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist. The extraordinary new novel from Stuart Turton, author of the bestselling The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, winner of the Costa Best First Novel Award. It’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent.

But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered. And then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel. Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes? With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger. A mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.

Find The Good by Heather Lende

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

Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer

As the obituary writer in a spectacularly beautiful but often dangerous spit of land in Alaska, Heather Lende knows something about last words and lives well lived. Now she’s distilled what she’s learned about how to live a more exhilarating and meaningful life into three words: find the good. It’s that simple–and that hard. Quirky and profound, individual and universal, Find the Good offers up short chapters that help us unlearn the habit–and it is a habit–of seeing only the negatives. Lende reminds us that we can choose to see any event–starting a new job or being laid off from an old one, getting married or getting divorced–as an opportunity to find the good. As she says, ‘We are all writing our own obituary every day by how we live. The best news is that there’s still time for additions and revisions before it goes to press

House of Ghosts by W. C. Ryan

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

Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives. At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, armaments manufacturer Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons, both of whom died at the front.

Among the guests, two have been secretly dispatched from the intelligence service: Kate Cartwright, a friend of the family who lost her beloved brother at the Somme and who, in the realm of the spiritual, has her own special gift; and the mysterious Captain Donovan, recently returned from Europe. Top secret plans for weapons developed by Lord Highmount’s company have turned up in Berlin, and there is reason to believe enemy spies will be in attendance. As the guests arrive, it becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends, they find themselves trapped on the island. Soon one of their number will die. For Blackwater Abbey is haunted in more ways than one . . .

An unrelenting, gripping mystery, packed with twists and turns and a kindling of romance, A House of Ghosts is the perfect cold-weather read.

The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Bianca M. Schwarz

(Available Formats: Hoopla eBook & Hoopla Audiobook)

Part 1 of the Gentleman Spy Mysteries series

In the twilight of a November evening, Sir Henry, a man of wealth and charm, comes across a badly beaten Eliza, desperate to escape her cruel stepfather. Realizing she has nowhere to go, Sir Henry takes her to his home in Mayfair. There, as she recovers, Henry introduces the lovely Eliza to a world of art and literature she never knew existed. But Eliza’s brutal world follows her to London, where the salons of the aristocratic elite co-exist with the back alleys of the criminal underworld. Thankfully, Henry, a secret agent to the crown, is able and willing to deal with the man Eliza’s stepfather had sold her to, and the pimp who plans to enslave her. As romance blossoms between them, Eliza unearths an old secret that leads them into the dark sadistic world of sex trafficking, and finally allows Henry to identify the traitor responsible for selling military secrets to the French, causing the death of thousands. A natural at the spy game, Eliza proves herself a worthy partner in their fight for truth and justice. But with time running out, and the fate of one girl hanging in the balance, Henry and Eliza must find a way to outwit a nasty pimp and eliminate a dangerous enemy agent.

Lethal Intent by Cara C. Putman

(Available Formats: Hoopla eBook)

When Caroline takes a job with a promising medical start-up, she believes she’s on the side of angels … until she’s asked to go too far.

When the judge she’s clerked for dies, Caroline Bragg starts over as in-house counsel for a pharmaceutical start-up working on innovative adult stem cell research with the potential to save thousands of lives. But when her charismatic new boss ignores her legal advice, Caroline’s left unsettled. Then the company launches into headlines when a furious family demands answers regarding how the start-up used their deceased relative’s cells for innovation-with neither informed consent nor agreement for compensation. Caroline must defend the work of the company even as she realizes informed consent couldn’t have been given and the business is operating on questionable legal and ethical grounds.
Caroline’s friend Brandon Lancaster is at risk of losing his life’s work-a group foster care called

Almost Home that has provided for sibling groups needing a landing place. He’s desperate for a solution, but then the pharmaceutical company’s he invested his last dime in is losing value fast.

He’s been counting on the eventual sale of the start-up to save Almost Home, but with every other effort failing, he’s out of options and out of time.

With the start-up in trouble, Caroline’s and Brandon’s problems intersect. He needs the story to end so he can salvage his investment, and she wants the truth to come out. Will their relationship survive? And will they survive the changes that are inevitably headed their way?

The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla eBook)

Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals-and Other Forgotten Skills

Part of the Natural Navigation series

Gooley’s more than two decades of pioneering outdoor experience include research among the Dayak people of Borneo and the Tuareg of the Sahara. With his first book, The Natural Navigator, he started a renaissance in the rare art of reading nature’s clues. Now, in The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs, Gooley has compiled more than 850 outdoor tips-many not found in any other book in the world-that will open readers’ eyes to nature’s hidden logic. He shares techniques for forecasting and tracking, and for walking in the country or city, along the coast, and by night. This is the ultimate resource on what the land, sun, moon, stars, plants, animals, and clouds can reveal-if you only know how to look!

Upstairs At The White House by J. B. West, Mary Lynn Kotz

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

My Life with the First Ladies

A New York Times bestseller: A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at life on Pennsylvania Avenue with America’s first families, by the man who spent nearly three decades in their midst J. B. West, chief usher of the White House, directed the operations and maintenance of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue-and coordinated its daily life-at the request of the president and his family. He directed state functions; planned parties, weddings and funerals, gardens and playgrounds, and extensive renovations; and with a large staff, supervised every activity in the presidential home. For twenty-eight years, first as assistant to the chief usher, then as chief usher, he witnessed national crises and triumphs, and interacted daily with six consecutive presidents and first ladies, their parents, children and grandchildren, and houseguests-including friends, relatives, and heads of state. In Upstairs at the White House, West offers an absorbing and novel glimpse at America’s first families, from the Roosevelts to the Kennedys and the Nixons. Alive with anecdotes ranging from the quotidian (Lyndon B. Johnson’s showerheads) to the tragic (the aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s assassination), West’s book is an enlightening and rich account of the American history that took place just behind the Palladian doors of the North Portico.

The Way The Story Goes by Samantha Chase

(Available Formats: Hoopla eBook & Hoopa Audiobook)

Thriller writer Mia Kingsley has been hit with a serious case of writer’s block and she needs a little peace and quiet. A beach front property in Magnolia Sound seemed like the perfect escape and just the change of scenery she needs to get the words flowing again. That is, until her noisy neighbor starts running power tools and blasting music at all hours of the day and night. Before long, the next victim in her story starts to bear an uncanny resemblance to the contractor next door.

Austin Coleman never wanted to come back to Magnolia Sound. But sometimes, life takes an unexpected turn and the only way to get back on your feet is to go home. His plan is to avoid all things connected to his past, and renovating a beach house in the off-season is just the way to do that-there’ll be no neighbors and no distractions. Or so he thought until he almost maims his sexy neighbor with a flying sink. Despite his best efforts, trouble follows everywhere he goes.

At first she wanted to kill him. Now she wants to kiss him. Sometimes you have to wait and see where the story goes.

Word Gets Around by Lisa Wingate

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

Lauren Eldridge had avoided returning home to Daily, Texas, until her father confesses to being in over his head. Paying back an old favor, he’s invested in a horse that’s supposed to be the star of a new Hollywood movie. Only the horse won’t behave. And Lauren is the best trainer in the state. Convinced to return, she soon finds more than she bargained for when the movie’s screenwriter turns out to be leading-man handsome. This movie may be Nate Heath’s last shot at turning his career around. He didn’t have high hopes at first, but the town of Daily may be just what everyone needs to find hope and healing. And maybe even a little romance.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*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 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.

Also feel free to call the Southeast Steuben County Library and request titles via tel 607-936-3713.

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

Have questions?

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 January 24, 2021

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

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

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

 

 

The next New York Times Bestselling blog posting will be published on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

 

 

FICTION:

ALL THE COLORS OF NIGHT by Jayne Ann Krentz

(Avaialble Formats: Print Book, eBook coming shortly)

The second book in the Fogg Lake series. North Chastain and Sierra Raines use their psychic abilities to search for a deadly artifact.

 

 

AMERICAN TRAITOR by Brad Taylor

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print Book)

The 15th book in the Pike Logan series. Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill uncover a plot by China to reclaim Taiwan.

 

 

ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Fredrik Backman

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

A failed bank robber holds a group of strangers hostage at an apartment open house.

 

 

BLACK BUCK by Mateo Askaripour

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook coming soon)

The only Black person at a tech startup determines to get other young people of color into America’s sales force.

 

 

THE DUKE AND I by Julia Quinn

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The first book in the Bridgerton series. Daphne Bridgerton’s reputation soars when she colludes with the Duke of Hastings. The basis of the Netflix series “Bridgerton.”

 

 

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

 

 

THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict

(Available Format: Print Book, eBook & Hoopla eBook)

What might have happened during the 11 days in which a rising mystery author went missing in 1926.

 

 

NEIGHBORS by Danielle Steel

(Avaialble Formats: Print Book, Large Print, eBook coming soon)

A Hollywood recluse’s perspective changes when she invites her neighbors into her mansion after an earthquake.

 

 

OUTLAWED by Anna North

(Avaiable Format: Print Book, eBook coming soon)

 

Ada, who apprentices midwifery under her mother, must decide whether to aid a band of outlaws who want to create a safe haven for outcast women.

 

 

PROPHETS by Robert Jones Jr.

(Avaialble Formats: Print Book, eBook coming soon)

When an older slave begins preaching on a Southern plantation, the love between two slaves, Isaiah and Samuel, is seen in a different light.

 

 

PUSH by Ashley Audrain

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook coming soon)

A devastating event forces a mother who questions her child’s behavior and her own sanity to confront the truth.

 

 

READY PLAYER TWO by Ernest Cline

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

In a sequel to “Ready Player One,” Wade Watts discovers a technological advancement and goes on a new quest.

 

 

THE RETURN by Nicholas Sparks

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

A doctor serving in the Navy in Afghanistan goes back to North Carolina where two women change his life.

 

 

ROMANCING MISTER BRIDGERTON by Julia Quinn

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

The fourth book in the Bridgerton series. Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton discover each other’s secrets.

 

 

STAR WARS: LIGHT OF THE JEDI by Charles Soule

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook both coming shortly)

In this installment of the High Republic series, a disaster in hyperspace may cause far greater damage.

 

 

A TIME FOR MERCY by John Grisham

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

The third book in the Jake Brigance series. A 16-year-old is accused of killing a deputy in Clanton, Miss., in 1990.

 

 

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett

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

The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity.

 

 

THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME by Julia Quinn

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

The second book in the Bridgerton series. Kate Sheffield gets in the way of Anthony Bridgerton’s intent to marry.

 

 

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens:

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

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

 

 

WIFE UPSTAIRS by Rachel Hawkins

(Avaialable Formats: Print Book, eBook & Hoopla Audiobook)

 

A recently arrived dog walker in a Southern gated community falls for a mysterious widower.

 

 

NON-FICTION:

 

THE ANSWER IS …by Alex Trebek

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

A memoir by the host of the TV game show “Jeopardy!,” from 1984 to 2020.

 

 

BAG MAN by Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The MSNBC host gives an account of the 1973 investigation of then Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and its impact on politics and the media.

 

 

BECOMING by Michelle Obama

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

The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

 

 

BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

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

 

 

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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

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

 

 

BREATH by James Nestor

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

A re-examination of a basic biological function and a look at the science behind ancient breathing practices.

 

 

CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson

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

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines aspects of caste systems across civilizations and reveals a rigid hierarchy in America today.

 

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover

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

 

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

 

 

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

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

The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

 

 

HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST by Ibram X. Kendi

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

A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.

 

 

ON TYRANNY by Timothy Snyder

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

Twenty lessons from the 20th century about the course of tyranny.

 

 

A PROMISED LAND by Barack Obama

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

In the first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama offers personal reflections on his formative years and pivotal moments through his first term.

 

 

THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson:

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

An examination of the leadership of the prime minister Winston Churchill.

 

 

TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH by Mary L. Trump

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

The clinical psychologist gives her assessment of events and patterns inside her family and how they shaped President Trump.

 

 

UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS WITH A BLACK MAN by Emmanuel Acho

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

A look at some questions and concepts needed to address systemic racism.

 

 

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

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

The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.

 

 

WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo

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

Historical and cultural analyses on what causes defensive moves by white people and how this inhibits cross-racial dialogue.

 

 

WINTERING by Katherine May

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Personal reflections on the potential benefits of embracing and living through painful times of isolation.

 

 

WORLD OF WONDERS by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla eBook)

In a collection of essays, the poet celebrates various aspects of the natural world and its inhabitants.

 

 

Be well and read on!

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.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening January 15, 2021

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

Our Suggested Listening postings focus on the music of the past, with a few new songs mixed in for good measure.

Suggested Listening postings come out weekly, on Fridays, and the next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, January 22, 2020.

Blackwater Side by Ronn McFarlane & Carolyn Anderson Surrick (Genre: Folk)

Blackwater Side is from the new album Fermi’s Paradox (2021); a back to the basics LP recorded during the pandemic by viola player Surrick and lutenist McFarlane – the instrumental album has a hopeful vibe mixed into the folk music and, for added spice, the paring of top-notch viola and lute players an uncommon but pleasant musical pairing.

Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins, I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash & Crazy by Patsy Cline – From the Ranch Party with Tex Ritter (Genre: Rockabilly, Traditional Rock & Country)

Vintage rock and country classics!

Blue Suede Shoes is from the album Dance Album (1962) by Carl Perkins

I Walk The Line is from the LP With His Hot Red & Blue Guitar (1957) by Johnny Cash

razy is from the album Showcase (1961) by Patsy Cline
Great music all the way around!

Candle by Buck Meek (Genre: Country-Rock, Country)

Buck Meek, best known as a member of the band Big Thief; as a solo artists is known for singing and playing softly introspective acoustic guitar-centric music -as this song aptly illustrates!

Candle is a track from Meek’s new album Two Saviors (2021).

Grimstock by The Baltimore Consort with Howard Bass (Folk, Classical)

Grimstock is a perfect example of the top-notch renaissance music The Baltimore Consort is known for!

From the album Watkins Ale: Music of the English Renaissance (1991).

Happy New Year by The McGuire Sisters (Genre: Vocal, 1950s Pop)

I came across this clip while doings research for this posting and have not yet been able to track down which album this song appears on – if indeed it does – it appears to have been recorded for television. And even though we are well into the new year now, I thought I’d include this song as it is super upbeat and positive to the max!

Piano Sonata No. 14 composed by Beethoven and performed by Annie Lennox (Classical, Piano)

The very talented Annie Lennox, best known as half of the duo The Eurythmics, plays a bit of classical music!

Sherry by The Four Seasons (Pop, Rock, Vocal)

A classic song from the great Four Seasons!

From the album Sherry and 11 Others (1962).

Strawberry Window by East Village (Genre: Pop-Rock)

East Village was a short-lived London based band that recorded in the late 1980s. The indie group’s music featured Byrds-ish guitar playing and is lovely guitar-based pop music to listen to. A collection of the group’s work, including this song, was re-issued last year on the album Hotrod Hotel and the album is definitely worth a listen!

Vivaldi Aria by Philippe Jaroussky (Genre: Classical, Vocal)

Philippe Jaroussky has an incredible voice to say the very least! The sound of his crystal-clear singing of this aria is soulful in a classical way.

Jaroussky critically acclaimed new album is La Vanità del Mondo: Oratorios Arias (2021).

You Need Us by The Honeybees (AKA Mary Ann, Ginger and Mrs. Howell on Gilligan’s Island)

From the Gilligan’s Island episode Don’t Bug the Mosquitoes.

Hoopla Pick of the Week

Terrific songs from the classic age of vocal pop! Artists include Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Tom Jones, Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Julie London and more! Perfect background music for the cocktail hour!

Have a peaceful weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

AllMusic: https://www.allmusic.com/

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive & Libby Apps)

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

Hoopla

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading January 12, 2021

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

Format Note: Under each book title you’ll find a list of all the different formats that specific title is available in; including: Print Books, Large Print Books, CD Audiobooks, eBooks & Downloadable Audiobooks from the Digital Catalog (OverDrive & Libby apps) 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.  The next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

All Creatures Great And Small by James Herriot

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, old BBC series on DVD, eBook & Hoopla eBook)

The basis for the new Masterpiece Theater TV series!

From a Yorkshire veterinarian and a “wise and wonderful writer”: The New York Times bestseller and basis for the beloved BBC series of the same name (The Boston Globe).

In the rolling dales of Yorkshire, a simple, rural region of northern England, a young veterinarian from Sunderland joins a new practice. A stranger in a strange land, he must quickly learn the odd dialect and humorous ways of the locals, master outdated equipment, and do his best to mend, treat, and heal pets and livestock alike.

This witty and heartwarming collection, based on the author’s own experiences, became an international success, spawning sequels and winning over animal lovers everywhere. Perhaps better than any other writer, James Herriot reveals the ties that bind us to the creatures in our lives.

All That We Carried by Erin Bartels

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla eBook)

Sisters with opposite personalities embark on a strenuous hike through Michigan’s Porcupine Mountains in an attempt to reconnect after years apart owing to a family tragedy. Olivia Greene is a successful prosecutor and believes in nothing but her own abilities, while her sister, Melanie, is a social media guru who believes a little bit of every philosophy and religion under the sun. Their bonding hike starts out badly in a rainstorm, and the sisters encounter one mishap after another as they try desperately to rekindle the camaraderie of their childhood. Bereft of modern conveniences, each woman discovers truths about herself, but they must still find the courage to face the past and accept forgiveness. As each reaches the end of her rope, a mysterious stranger named Josh opens their eyes to the possibility of miracles.

VERDICT In a modern-day tale of Martha and Mary, Bartels (We Hope for Better Things) proves herself a master wordsmith and storyteller. Fans of Rachel Hauck and David Rawlings will appreciate hints of a world beyond our own, and anyone with sisters will relate to Olivia and Melanie’s tumultuous relationship.–Christine Barth, Scott Cty. Lib. Syst., IA, Starred Library Journal Review

The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla eBook)

A dozen women join a secret 1850s Arctic expedition—and a sensational murder trial unfolds when some of them don’t come back.

Eccentric Lady Jane Franklin makes an outlandish offer to adventurer Virginia Reeve: take a dozen women, trek into the Arctic, and find her husband’s lost expedition. Four parties have failed to find him, and Lady Franklin wants a radical new approach: put the women in charge.

A year later, Virginia stands trial for murder. Survivors of the expedition willing to publicly support her sit in the front row. There are only five. What happened out there on the ice?
Set against the unforgiving backgdrop of one of the world’s most inhospitable locations, USA Today bestsellng author Greer Macallister uses the true story of Lady Jane Franklin’s tireless attempts to find her husband’s lost expedition as a jumping-off point to spin a tale of bravely, intrigue, perseverance and hope.

Death Of A Messenger by Robert McCaw

(Available Formats: Hoopla eBook)

Journey deep into the exotic locales of Hawaii’s Big Island to discover its language, culture—and crime

On Hawaii Island, an anonymous 911 caller reports a body at Pohakuloa, the Army’s live-fire training area. Hilo Chief Detective Koa Kane, a cop with his own secret criminal past, finds a mutilated corpse—bearing all the hallmarks of ancient ritual sacrifice.

He encounters a host of obstacles as he pursues the murderer—an incompetent local medical examiner, hostility from both haoles (Westerners) and sovereignty advocates, and a myriad of lies. Koa races to discover whether the victim stumbled upon a gang of high-tech archaeological thieves, or learned a secret so shocking it cost him his life and put others in mortal danger.
Will Hilo’s most respected detective stop this sadistic fiend—or will the Pohakuloa killer strike again, with even deadlier consequences?
Perfect for fans of Michael Connelly and James Lee Burke

The Dress Shop on King Street by Ashley Clark

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla eBook)

Millie Middleton may be only 16 years old, but she already knows one way she can become a seamstress and establish her own dress shop is by hiding half of who she really is. After a tragic reminder of how violently hostile their 1946 world is to biracial children, Millie’s African American mother sends Millie away from Charleston, South Carolina, in the hope that in a new place Millie will be able to pass as white and fulfill her dreams. But the decision leaves Millie questioning her identity, which sets off a chain of events with generational consequences. Clark opens her new Heirloom Secrets series against the backdrop of discrimination against interracial families and follows a family history anchored to an embroidered satchel and its contents. Alternating between 1946 and the present, with Clark’s narrative strength most evident in the historical setting, this tale traces the consequences of personal decisions through the textile arts, with Millie standing as a bridge between the two eras. –Booklist Review

The Gentleman And The Thief by Sarah M. Eden

(Available Formats: Hoopla eBook)

A gentleman scribes penny dreadful novels by night and falls in love with a woman who is a music teacher by day—and a thief at night.

LONDON 1865

From the moment Hollis Darby meets Ana Newport, he’s smitten. Even though he’s from a wealthy, established family and she isn’t, he wishes he could have a life with her by his side. But Hollis has a secret: the deep coffers that have kept his family afloat for generations are bare, so he supports himself by writing penny dreadfuls under a pseudonym. If not for the income from his novels, he would be broke.

Ana Newport also has a secret. Though she once had a place in society thanks to her father’s successful business, bankruptcy and scandal reduced his fortune to nothing more than a crumbling town house. So Ana teaches music during the day, and at night she assumes the identity of the “Phantom Fox.” She breaks into the homes of the wealthy to reclaim trinkets and treasures she feels were unjustly stolen from her family when they were struggling.

When Hollis’s brother needs to hire a music tutor for his daughter, Hollis recommends Ana, giving him a chance to spend time with her. Ana needs the income and is eager for the opportunity to get to know the enigmatic gentleman. What neither of them expects is how difficult it will be to keep their respective secrets from each other.

When a spree of robberies rocks the city, Ana and Hollis join forces to solve the crimes, discovering that working together deepens the affection between them. After all, who better to save the day than a gentleman and a thief?

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

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

Leroy – This, is the pinnacle of writing, the holy grail of the fantasy genre. The book that started it all. Bilbo Baggins is an ordinary hobbit. He lives in The Shire- a place filled with nature, good food, and- of course- many, many hobbits. Now, hobbits are not just small humans, but they are…well, hobbits. Around 3 feet tall or so, they are peaceful folk, They have large appetites and eat around 7 times a day. They have hairy feet and a love of nature. When a mysterious wizard named Gandalf comes to Bilbo’s house, he did not expect to go on an adventure of a lifetime. He finds his house filled with hungry dwarves, an old wizard and a mysterious key and map. After a meeting with said crew, he embarks on an adventure to help the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield reclaim The Lonely Mountain- the dwarven palace and homeland- from the clutches of Smaug, an evil dragon who keeps all the riches for himself and has a taste for dwarves. Will they ever succeed in their quest? Or will Smaug get the better of them? Only you can find out by reading this very book. –Dogo Book Review

Murder at the Mayfair Hotel by C.J. Archer

(Available Formats: Large Print, Hoopla eBook & Hoopla Audiobook)

It was the most fashionable place to stay in London, until murder made a reservation. Solve the puzzle in this new cozy historical mystery from USA Today bestselling author of the Glass and Steele series.

December 1899. After the death of her beloved grandmother, Cleopatra Fox moves into the luxury hotel owned by her estranged uncle in the hopes of putting hardship and loneliness behind her. But the poisoning of a guest throws her new life, and the hotel, into chaos.

Cleo quickly realizes no one can be trusted, not Scotland Yard and especially not the hotel’s charming assistant manager. With the New Year’s Eve ball approaching fast and the hotel’s reputation hanging by a thread, Cleo must find the killer before the ball, and the hotel itself, are ruined. But catching a murderer proves just as difficult as navigating the hotel’s hierarchy and the peculiarities of her family.

Can Cleo find the killer before the new century begins? Or will someone get away with murder?

The River Within by Karen Powell

(Available Formats: Hoopla eBook & Hoopla Audiobook)

A novel about infatuation, class, and obligation, The River Within will take its place as a classic in a tradition of English fiction that takes in Thomas Hardy, Graham Swift, and Helen Dunmore.

It is the summer of 1955. The body of Danny Masters is found by three of his friends in the river that runs through Starome, a village on the Richmond estate in North Yorkshire.

Alexander, one of the three friends that found Danny and the sole heir to Richmond Hall, has always been unpredictable but lately he has grown elusive, his behaviour becoming increasingly erratic. His mother, Lady Venetia Richmond, is newly widowed and too busy trying to keep the sprawling family estate together to worry about Alexander, though she could use his help.

A second friend, Lennie Fairweather, “child of nature” and daughter of the late Sir Angus Richmond’s private secretary, has other things on her mind too. In love with Alexander, she longs to escape life with her over-protective father and domineering brother, Tom, who was also there when Danny’s body was discovered.

In the weeks that follow the tragic drowning, the river begins to give up its secrets. As the circumstances surrounding Danny’s death emerge, other stories surface that threaten to disrupt everybody’s plans and to destroy an entire way of life.

The Water Keeper by Charles Martin

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

A riveting new story of heroism, heartache, and the power of love to heal all wounds.

Murphy Shepherd is a man with many secrets. He lives alone on an island, tending the grounds of a church with no parishioners, and he’s dedicated his life to rescuing those in peril. But as he mourns the loss of his mentor and friend, Murph himself may be more lost than he realizes.

When he pulls a beautiful woman named Summer out of Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, Murph’s mission to lay his mentor to rest at the end of the world takes a dangerous turn. Drawn to Summer, and desperate to find her missing daughter, Murph is pulled deeper and deeper into the dark and dangerous world of modern-day slavery.

With help from some unexpected new friends, including a faithful Labrador he plucks from the ocean and an ex-convict named Clay, Murph must race against the clock to locate the girl before he is consumed by the secrets of his past—and the ghosts who tried to bury them.

With Charles Martin’s trademark lyricism and poignant prose, The Water Keeper is at once a tender love story and a heartrending search for freedom.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*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 feel free to call the Southeast Steuben County Library and request titles via tel 607-936-3713.

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

Have questions?

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 January 17, 2021

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

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

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

 

The next New York Times Bestselling blog posting will be published on Sunday, January 17, 2021.

 

 

FICTION:

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

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

A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel.

 

 

ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Fredrik Backman

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

A failed bank robber holds a group of strangers hostage at an apartment open house.

 

 

AWAKENING by Nora Roberts

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

The first book in the Dragon Heart Legacy series. Breen Kelly travels through a portal in Ireland to a land of faeries and mermaids.

 

 

DAYLIGHT by David Baldacci

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

The F.B.I. agent Atlee Pine’s search for her twin sister overlaps with a military investigator’s hunt for someone involved in a global conspiracy.

 

 

DEADLY CROSS by James Patterson

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

The 28th book in the Alex Cross series. An investigation of a double homicide sends Alex Cross to Alabama.

 

 

THE DUKE AND I by Julia Quinn

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The first book in the Bridgerton series. Daphne Bridgerton’s reputation soars when she colludes with the Duke of Hastings. The basis of the Netflix series “Bridgerton.”

 

 

THE GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley

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

A wedding between a TV star and a magazine publisher on an island off the coast of Ireland turns deadly.

 

 

HUSH-HUSH by Stuart Woods

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

The 56th book in the Stone Barrington series. Old friends come to Stone’s aid as he takes on an expanding cabal of enemies.

 

 

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab

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

A Faustian bargain comes with a curse that affects the adventure Addie LaRue has across centuries.

 

 

THE LAW OF INNOCENCE by Michael Connelly

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

The sixth book in the Mickey Haller series. Haller defends himself when police find the body of a former client in his car’s trunk.

 

 

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

 

 

THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict

(Available Format: Print Book, eBook & Hoopla eBook)

What might have happened during the 11 days in which a rising mystery author went missing in 1926.

 

 

READY PLAYER TWO by Ernest Cline

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

In a sequel to “Ready Player One,” Wade Watts discovers a technological advancement and goes on a new quest.

 

 

THE RETURN by Nicholas Sparks

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

A doctor serving in the Navy in Afghanistan goes back to North Carolina where two women change his life.

 

ROMANCING MISTER BRIDGERTON by Julia Quinn

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

The fourth book in the Bridgerton series. Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton discover each other’s secrets.

 

 

THE SENTINEL by Lee Child and Andrew Child

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

Jack Reacher intervenes on an ambush in Tennessee and uncovers a conspiracy.

 

 

A TIME FOR MERCY by John Grisham

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

The third book in the Jake Brigance series. A 16-year-old is accused of killing a deputy in Clanton, Miss., in 1990.

 

 

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett

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

The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity.

 

 

THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME by Julia Quinn

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

The second book in the Bridgerton series. Kate Sheffield gets in the way of Anthony Bridgerton’s intent to marry.

 

 

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens:

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

 

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 ANSWER IS …by Alex Trebek

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

A memoir by the host of the TV game show “Jeopardy!,” from 1984 to 2020.

 

 

BECOMING by Michelle Obama

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

The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

 

 

BAG MAN by Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The MSNBC host gives an account of the 1973 investigation of then Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and its impact on politics and the media.

 

 

BREATH by James Nestor

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

A re-examination of a basic biological function and a look at the science behind ancient breathing practices.

 

 

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

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

 

 

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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

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

 

 

CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson

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

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines aspects of caste systems across civilizations and reveals a rigid hierarchy in America today.

 

 

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

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

The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

 

 

HUMANS by Brandon Stanton:

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Photos and stories of people from over 40 countries collected by the creator of “Humans of New York.”

 

 

IS THIS ANYTHING? by Jerry Seinfeld

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

The comedian shares material he collected in an accordion folder over the last 45 years.

 

 

THE LAST DAYS OF JOHN LENNON by James Patterson with Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

The story of the killing of the former member of the Beatles by Mark David Chapman in 1980 and interviews with some of Lennon’s friends and associates.

 

 

A PROMISED LAND by Barack Obama

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

In the first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama offers personal reflections on his formative years and pivotal moments through his first term.

 

 

THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson:

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

An examination of the leadership of the prime minister Winston Churchill.

 

UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS WITH A BLACK MAN by Emmanuel Acho

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

A look at some questions and concepts needed to address systemic racism.

 

 

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

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

The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.

 

 

WINTERING by Katherine May

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Personal reflections on the potential benefits of embracing and living through painful times of isolation.

 

WORLD OF WONDERS by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla eBook)

In a collection of essays, the poet celebrates various aspects of the natural world and its inhabitants.

 

 

Be well and read on!

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.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening January 8, 2021

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

Our Suggested Listening postings focus on the music of the past, with a few new songs mixed in for good measure.

Suggested Listening postings come out weekly, on Fridays, and the next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, January 15, 2020.

Canyon Ride by Beachwood Sparks (Genre: Rock, Country)

The music of the Los Angeles based group Beachwood Sparks sounds like they would have been right at home making music in the late sixties or early seventies, and that they’d make a perfect double-bill act for groups like the Byrds, during their country phase, or The Flying Burrito Brothers. In other words, the music is country and folk-centric with a dash of psychedelic vibes, translating into a and mellow and hopeful listening experience – and the band has just released an extended version of their debut LP – check it out!

The Daily News by Tom Paxton (1964) (Genre: Folk)

Tom Paxton discusses the importance of the daily news and fact checking in the sixties; still an important subject today…
From the album Ramblin’ Boy (1964)

Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)

An upbeat song indeed!

From the album Simple Pleasures (1988).

Fall In A Daydream by Louis Philippe & The Night Mail (Genre: Vocal, Pop)

Louis Philippe is a French singer who currently hails from London. His music is usually described as being “indie”; although I think I’d describe it as traditional vocal based pop music of the highest caliber. This song is from his new album Thundeclouds (2020).

It’s Gonna Be Alright by Gerry And The Pacemakers (Genre: Rock, Merseybeat, Classic Rock)

A terrifically upbeat songs from the Merseybeat group headed by Gerry Marsden.

Love Will Remain by Bill Fay (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Pop-Rock)

Bill Fay is an English musician who knows how best to make use of silence intertwined with music; His sparse songs are all the more emotional in scope due to his lovely sparse style.

This song is from his new album Counting Branches (2020).

Middle Age boogie Blues by Saffire — The Uppity Blues Women (Genre: Blues)

From the trio’s terrific album Live And Uppity (1998).

Newspapermen by Pete Seeger (1958)

A humorous take on the importance of the press; from Pete’s 1958 album Gazette, Vol. 1 (1958)

Oreo Cookie Blues by Lonnie Mack (Genre: Blues, Rock)

From the great guitarists album Lighting Strike (1983).

Coquette, When I Swing My Stick, Snake Charmer, The Girl Friend of the Whirling Dervish by Jitterbug Jump by Frances Carroll & Her Coquettes with Eunice Healy and Viola Smith (1940) (Genre: Big Band, Jazz)

In the 1930s and 1940s playing music professionally was considered a man’s job – Frances Carroll & The Coquettes showed that that was a mistaken impression!

That’s Alright Mama by Elvis Presley (Genre: Rock, Traditional Rock)

Elvis’s very first single to commemorate the 86th anniversary of his birth, January 8, 1935 – and just because the music still sounds as fresh and vibrant today as it did in 1954!

 

Hoopla Pick of the Week

A collection of terrific blues songs recorded by the great early Twentieth Century blues singer Ma Rainey. And if you like the blues and haven’t seen the great new Netflix film of the same name – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – check it out!

Have a peaceful weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

AllMusic: https://www.allmusic.com/

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive & Libby Apps)

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

Hoopla

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading January 5, 2021

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

Format Note: Under each book title you’ll find a list of all the different formats that specific title is available in; including: Print Books, Large Print Books, CD Audiobooks, eBooks & Downloadable Audiobooks from the Digital Catalog (OverDrive & Libby apps) 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.  The next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Age Is Just a Number: 101 Stories of Humor & Wisdom for Life After 60 by Amy Newmark

(Available Formats: eBook)

Life begins again at 60! You’ll be inspired by these tales of new love, new careers, new adventures, and new purpose by those living their best lives after 60!

You’ll love these 101 true stories from dynamic, active people over 60 who prove the adage that age is just a number. Whether relaxing at home or traveling the world, married or single, working or retired, these folks do it all. You’ll read about:

Finding romance and love again at 60, 70, or 80
Downsizing and enjoying the freedom of less
Traveling the world and moving to new homes
Starting new businesses, new jobs, and volunteering
Getting in shape – with new sports and fitness routines
Trying new things and proudly overcoming fears
Finding new passions – for dancing, teaching, acting, sports cars and more

Proof that older really is wiser!

And plenty of comic relief about pesky technology, creaky joints, and those “senior moments”
Chicken Soup for the Soul books are 100% made in the USA and each book includes stories from as diverse a group of writers as possible. Chicken Soup for the Soul solicits and publishes stories from the LGBTQ community and from people of all ethnicities, nationalities, and religions.

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audiobook, eBook, Downloadable Audiobook and through Hoopla and available for instant checkout Hoopla eBook & Hoopla Audiobook)

Reader’s Note: The entire Harry Potter series, in both eBook and downloadable audiobook formats, is available for instant checkout in the Hoopla Library!

And here’s a synopsis of the plot of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone:
Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’.

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

#1 LibraryReads Pick

Indie Next Pick

One daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.

When her flailing department lands on the university’s chopping block, Professor Naya Turner’s friends convince her to shed her frumpy cardigan for an evening on the town. For one night her focus will stray from her demanding job and she’ll tackle a new kind of to-do list. When she meets a charming stranger in town on business, he presents the perfect opportunity to check off the items on her list. Let the guy buy her a drink. Check. Try something new. Check. A no-strings-attached hookup. Check…almost.

Jake makes her laugh and challenges Naya to rebuild her confidence, which was left toppled by her abusive ex-boyfriend. Soon she’s flirting with the chance at a more serious romantic relationship—except nothing can be that easy. The complicated strings around her dating Jake might destroy her career.

Naya has two options. She can protect her professional reputation and return to her old life or she can flirt with the unknown and stay with the person who makes her feel like she’s finally living again.

Just Feed Me: Simply Delicious Recipes from My Heart to Your Plate by Jessie James Decker

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A New York Times bestseller!

Country music sensation, lifestyle guru, and New York Times bestselling author Jessie James Decker gives fans her favorite recipes in this charming and beautifully designed full-color cookbook.
In her New York Times bestselling book Just Jessie, Jessie James Decker invited fans into her life, sharing personal moments, honest recollections, and a window into life with her husband Eric Decker and their children. Along the way she also shared some of her favorite recipes from home, showcasing the mouthwatering food that has nourished and delighted her family, leaving readers hungry for more of her home-cooking secrets.

In this, her first cookbook, Jessie goes even further, opening her kitchen cabinets and inviting fans to sit for a spell and enjoy a great meal at the Decker dinner table. Just Feed Me gives fans what they want—simply delicious meals from the heart. Jessie shares down-home and simple-to-make recipes for drinks, appetizers, and full dinners—many Italian, Southern and Cajun dishes which were handed down to her from her mom. She also offers advice and inspiration for creating the warm, appealing scents and savory feel of her own kitchen, the heart of her household.
Aspirational, beautiful, with fun, fast, and flavorful recipes, Just Feed Me is a family-friendly cookbook and keepsake that will leave Jessie fans asking for second helpings.

Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder: A Novel written by T. A. Willberg and read by Karen Cass

(Available Formats: Hoopla Audiobook)

The letter was short. A name, a time, a place.

Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder plunges readers into the heart of London, to the secret tunnels that exist far beneath the city streets. There, a mysterious group of detectives recruited for Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries use their cunning and gadgets to solve crimes that have stumped Scotland Yard.

Late one night in April 1958, a filing assistant for Miss Brickett’s named Michelle White receives a letter warning her that a heinous act is about to occur. She goes to investigate but finds the room empty. At the stroke of midnight, she is murdered by a killer she can’t see-her death the only sign she wasn’t alone. It becomes chillingly clear that the person responsible must also work for Miss Brickett’s, making everyone a suspect.

Almost unwillingly, Marion Lane, a first-year Inquirer-in-training, finds herself being drawn ever deeper into the investigation. When her friend and mentor is framed for the crime, to clear his name she must sort through the hidden alliances at Miss Brickett’s and secrets dating back to WWII. Masterful, clever and deliciously suspenseful, Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder is a fresh take on the Agatha Christie-style locked-room mystery with an exciting new heroine detective at the helm.

The Mermaid from Jeju by Sumi Hahn

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

“A transporting masterpiece.” —Booklist starred review

Inspired by true events on Korea’s Jeju Island, Sumi Hahn’s “entrancing [debut] novel, brimming with lyricism and magic” (Jennifer Rosner, The Yellow Bird Sings) explores what it means to truly love in the wake of devastation.

In the aftermath of World War II, Goh Junja is a girl just coming into her own. She is the latest successful deep sea diver in a family of strong haenyeo. Confident she is a woman now, Junja urges her mother to allow her to make the Goh family’s annual trip to Mt. Halla, where they trade abalone and other sea delicacies for pork. Junja, a sea village girl, has never been to the mountains, where it smells like mushrooms and earth. While there, she falls in love with a mountain boy Yang Suwol, who rescues her after a particularly harrowing journey. But when Junja returns one day later, it is just in time to see her mother take her last breath, beaten by the waves during a dive she was taking in Junja’s place.

Spiraling in grief, Junja sees her younger siblings sent to live with their estranged father. Everywhere she turns, Junja is haunted by the loss of her mother, from the meticulously tended herb garden that has now begun to sprout weeds, to the field where their bed sheets are beaten. She has only her grandmother and herself. But the world moves on without Junja.

The political climate is perilous. Still reeling from Japan’s forced withdrawal from the peninsula, Korea is forced to accommodate the rapid establishment of US troops. Junja’s canny grandmother, who lived through the Japanese invasion that led to Korea’s occupation understands the signs of danger all too well. When Suwol is arrested for working with and harboring communists, and the perils of post-WWII overtake her homelands, Junja must learn to navigate a tumultuous world unlike anything she’s ever known.

The New Science of Narcissism: Understanding One of the Greatest Psychological Challenges of Our Time–And What You Can Do about It by W. Keith Campbell

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla eBook)

Cut Through the Noise Around Narcissism with the Leading Researcher in the Field

“Narcissism” is truly one of the most important words our time—ceaselessly discussed in the media, the subject of millions of online search queries, and at the centerpiece of serious social and political debates. But what does it really mean?

In The New Science of Narcissism, Dr. W Keith Campbell pulls back the curtain on this frequently misused label, presenting the most recent psychological, personality, and social research into the phenomenon.

Rather than pathologizing all behaviors associated with the label, Campbell reveals that not only does narcissism occur on a spectrum, but almost everyone exhibits narcissistic tendencies in their day-to-day behavior. Drawing from real-life incidents and case studies, The New Science of Narcissism offers tools, tips, and suggestions for softening toxically selfish behaviors both in yourself and others.

Here you will discover:

An exploration of personality disorders connected with and adjacent to narcissism

Why minor narcissistic tendencies are common in most people

The foundational difference between grandiose and vulnerable narcissism

Different psychological models of personality and how they interpret narcissistic behaviors

The “recipe” of mental and emotional traits that combine into narcissism

How to identify when you’re in a relationship with a narcissist and what you can do about it

Why the 21st century has seen the rise of a “Great Fantasy Migration” into evermore insular subcultures

The connection between narcissistic tendencies and leadership

Why “the audience in your pocket” of social media has exacerbated culture-wide narcissistic tendencies

Though narcissism looms large in our cultural consciousness, The New Science of Narcissism offers many different options for understanding and treating it. With Campbell’s straightforward and grounded guidance, you’ll not only discover the latest and best information on the condition, but also a hopeful view of its future.

Under the Alaskan Ice by Karen Harper

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla Audiobook)

The truth always surfaces.When a small bush plane smashes through the ice at Falls Lake Lodge, it’s a chilling reminder of everything Megan Metzler has lost. Three years ago, Meg’s pilot husband died in a similar crash, a tragedy Meg and her young son, Chip, have struggled to move on from. Still, Meg does everything she can to assist when Commander Bryce Saylor arrives to investigate, even as working alongside the handsome pilot stirs up painful memories—and an attraction that catches them both off guard.

Bryce knows time is of the essence as he plunges into the frigid water in search of clues. But when vital evidence is destroyed, it soon becomes clear this downed plane was no accident. With someone tracking them from the woods, Meg and Bryce must race to unravel a mystery as indomitable as the Alaskan wilderness, or they might be the next victims to crash and burn…

The Alaska Wild Novel Series
Book 1: Deep in the Alaskan Woods (Also available as a Hoopla Audiobook)
Book 2: Under the Alaskan Ice

Wrong Alibi by Christina Dodd

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

Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd delivers an all-new thriller, featuring a bold and brash female protagonist.

WRONG JOB
Eighteen-year-old Evelyn Jones lands a job in small-town Alaska, working for a man in his isolated mountain home. But her bright hopes for the future are shattered when Donald White disappears, leaving her to face charges of theft, embezzlement—and a brutal double murder. Her protestations of innocence count for nothing. Convicted, she faces life in prison…until fate sends her on the run.

WRONG NAME
Evie’s escape leaves her scarred and in hiding, isolated from her family, working under an alias at a wilderness camp. Bent on justice, intent on recovering her life, she searches for the killer who slaughters without remorse.

WRONG ALIBI
At last, the day comes. Donald White has returned. Evie emerges from hiding; the fugitive becomes the hunter. But in her mind, she hears the whisper of other forces at work. Now Evelyn must untangle the threads of evidence before she’s once again found with blood on her hands: the blood of her own family…

“This is Dodd at her brilliant best.”

—Booklist (starred review) on Strangers She Knows

Dodd’s twisty suspense will have readers turning the pages and keeping the lights on at night.

Zoom for Dummies by Phil Simon

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

Zoom into the new world of remote collaboration

While a worldwide pandemic may have started the Zoom revolution, the convenience of remote meetings is here to stay. Zoom For Dummies takes you from creating meetings on the platform to running global webinars. Along the way you’ll learn how to expand your remote collaboration options, record meetings for future review, and even make scheduling a meeting through your other apps a one-click process. Take in all the advice or zoom to the info you need – it’s all there!

Discover how to set up meetings
Share screens and files
Keep your meetings secure
Add Zoom hardware to your office
Get tips for using Zoom as a social tool

Award-winning author Phil Simon takes you beyond setting up and sharing links for meetings to show how Zoom can transform your organization and the way you work.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*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 feel free to call the Southeast Steuben County Library and request titles via tel 607-936-3713.

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

Have questions?

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Connections End of the Year Some of the Best Books of 2020 Editions!

Library Connections January 1, 2021

This program focuses on ten non-fiction selections from among the best non-fiction titles of 2020.

 

 

And the December 24 edition of Library Connections highlights ten selections from among the best fiction titles of 2020.

 

 

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSCL