Suggested Viewing October 1, 2022

Hi everyone, here are our streaming recommendations for October.

The next streaming recommendation post will be out the first Saturday, in November.

The Man In The Hat (2022) (YouTube) (Available to stream now)


Hocus Pocus 2 (Disney+) (September 30)

(Not quite coming out in October – but Halloween is coming!)

Interview With A Vampire (AMC+) (October 2)


Pennyworth Season 3 (HBO Max) (October 6)


Catherine Called Birdy (2022) (Amazon Prime) (October 7)


The Winchesters (The CW) (October 11)

The School for Good and Evil (Netflix) (October 19)


Descendant (Netflix) (October 21)


Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities (Netflix) (October 25)

Star Trek: Prodigy (Paramount+) (October 27)

Viewer’s Note: This viewer finds this series both fun and hopeful. The first ten episodes of season one have been out for months; the second ten will start airing on October 27.

And as a bonus, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the debut of the TV series this fall; I’m going to recommend all eleven seasons of MASH!

(Stream with a Hulu subscription; purchase from Apple, Amazon & Google Play; or check out the DVD from the Southeast Steuben County Library- all eleven seasons!)

Mash (1972-1983)

References

Alan Alda on ‘M*A*S*H’: ‘Everybody Had Something Taken From Them’ As the acclaimed “situation tragedy” turns 50, the star reflects on its innovations: “The crazy behavior wasn’t just to be funny. It was a way of separating yourself for a moment from the nastiness.” Written by Saul Austerlitz for The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/16/arts/television/alan-alda-mash-anniversary.html

Five International Movies to Stream Now by Devika Girish for the New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/23/movies/five-international-movies-to-stream-now.html

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More: 2022 brings us Knives Out 2, Avatar 2, a few original movies and more delays. Check out the latest blockbuster release dates written by Richard Trenholm for CNET, https://www.cnet.com/pictures/movies-coming-in-2022-from-marvel-netflix-dc-and-more/

Netflix Sets Sundance Award-Winning Doc ‘Descendant’ for October Release (EXCLUSIVE) Netflix Sets Sundance Award-Winning Doc ‘Descendant’ for October Release (EXCLUSIVE), https://variety.com/2022/film/news/descendant-netflix-release-date-1235336723/

New Netflix movies and shows coming in October 2022 written by Reed Gaudens for Fansided, https://netflixlife.com/2022/09/06/new-netflix-movies-and-shows-coming-october-2022/

What to watch in October 2022: 19 new movies and shows on Netflix, Disney Plus, Prime Video and more by Kelly Woo for Tom’s Guide, https://www.tomsguide.com/news/what-to-watch-in-october-2022-19-new-movies-and-shows-on-netflix-disney-plus-prime-video-and-more

Suggested Listening September 30, 2022

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

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

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Blood And Roses by The Smithereens

From The Album: Especially For You (1986)

Do  You Know The Way to San Jose? By Dionne Warwick

From The Album: Valley of the Dolls (1968)

Hot House Ball by Bruce Hornsby (Genre: Pop/Rock, Piano, Jazz)

From The Album: Hot House (1995)

In These Times by Makaya McCraven

Studio Version From The LP: In These Times (2022)

Respect by Aretha Franklin (Genre: Vocal, R&B)

From The Album: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)

Thank You Girl by John Hiatt (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Country)

From The Album: Bring The Family (1987)

There’s A Place by The Beatles (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Please, Please Me (1963)

Wilson Boulevard by The Honeydogs (Genre: Pop/Rock)

From The Album: Here’s Luck (2001)

Waltzing For Dreamers by Richard Thompson (Singer-Songwriter, Folk-Rock)

From The Album: Live From Honolulu (2022)

A Woman’s Worth by Alicia Keys (Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Piano)

From The Album: Songs in A Minor (2001)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Things Happen That Way by Dr. John (2022) (Genre: Classic Rock, Blues etc.)

Things Happen That Way

And from the album, the song:

Funny How Time Slips Away by Dr. John

And as a bonus, just because it is a great song and I love the blues!

What’s Wrong With That by the great blues artists Buddy Guy and Bobby Rush (Genre: Most definitely blues!)

From The Album: What’s Wrong With That (2022)

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

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

The Libby App

Libby

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

Hoopla

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers October 9, 2022

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

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

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

New York Times Bestseller blog posts are usually published on Sundays; but in this case since I’ve accidentally published it on Friday I’m going to leave it up!

Next week I shall be on vacation. So the next New York Times Bestseller list will be published to this blogs in two weeks, on Sunday, October 11, 2022.

FICTION

6:20 MAN by David Baldacci

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

620 Man

When his ex-girlfriend turns up dead in his office building, an entry-level investment analyst delves into the halls of economic power.

ALL GOOD PEOPLE HERE by Ashley Flowers with Alex Kiester

(Available Formats: Print Book)

All Good People

A journalist who returns to her hometown vows to find a missing girl and solve a 20-year-old cold case.

BLOWBACK by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois

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

Blow Back

President Keegan Barrett’s power grab tests the loyalties of two C.I.A. agents.

BULLET THAT MISSED by Richard Osman

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

Bullet That Missed

The third book in the Thursday Murder Club series. A decade-old cold case and a new foe spark the latest adventure.

THE BUTCHER AND THE WREN by Alaina Urquhart

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

The Butcher And The Wren

A forensic pathologist is on the trail of a serial killer in the Louisiana bayou.

CARRIE SOTO IS BACK by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Carrie Soto Is Back

A tennis player comes out of retirement and trains with her father to defend her record.

DESPERATION IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

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

Desperation In Death

The 55th book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas is reminded of her past as she investigates a possible sex trafficking ring.

DREAMLAND by Nicholas Sparks

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

Dreamland

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

FAIRY TALE by Stephen King

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

Fairy Tale

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

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)


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

LESS IS LOST by Andrew Sean Greer

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Less Is Lost

A follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Less,” in which Arthur Less goes on a road trip across America.

LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus

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

Lessons in Chemistry

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

MARRIAGE PORTRAIT by Maggie O’Farrell

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

Marriage Portrait

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

MAYBE NOW by Colleen Hoover

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

Maybe Now

The third book in the Maybe Someday series. Maggie, Ridge and Sydney are forced to deal with the dynamics of their relationships.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover

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

November 9

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

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

SWEETWATER AND THE WITCH by Jayne Castle

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Sweetwater And The Witch

A woman accused of being a witch gets involved with her matchmaking client, who is involved in industrial espionage and hunts monsters.

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Ugly Love

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

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

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

VINCE FLYNN: OATH OF LOYALTY by Kyle Mills

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

Oat of Loyalty

The 21st book in the Mitch Rapp series. President Cook, a team of assassins and a killer known as Legion confront Rapp on different fronts.

VIPER by J.R. Ward

(Available Formats: Print Books)

Viper

The third book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp series.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

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

Where The Crawdads Sing

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

NON-FICTION:

BIGGEST IDEAS IN THE UNIVERSE by Sean Carroll

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Biggest Idea in the Universe

The ways in which physics can be used to explain how some things function in the universe.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

Body Keeps Score

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

BREAKING HISTORY by Jared Kushner

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Breaking History

An account of time spent in the Trump White House by the former president’s son-in-law and senior adviser.

DINNERS WITH RUTH by Nina Totenberg

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Dinners With Ruth

The NPR legal affairs correspondent details her professional accomplishments and friendship with the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

THE DIVIDER by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Divder

The married journalists who write for The New York Times and The New Yorker posit that Donald Trump began to emulate the foreign autocrats he admired.

HOLDING THE LINE by Geoffrey Berman

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Holding The Line

The former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York gives his account of pushing back against the Trump Justice Department.

I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED by Jennette McCurdy

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

I'm Glad My Mom Died

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

LADY JUSTICE by Dahlia Lithwick

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Lady Justice

The senior legal correspondent at Slate chronicles the work of some women lawyers during the Trump presidency.

LIKE A ROLLING STONE by Jann S. Wenner

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Like A Rolling Stone

A memoir by the founder, co-editor and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine.

MOSQUITO BOWL by Buzz Bissinger

(Available Formats: Print Book)

MOSQUITO BOWL

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

MYTH OF NORMAL by Gabor Maté with Daniel Maté

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Myth of Normal

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

PROFILES IN IGNORANCE by Andy Borowitz

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Profiles In Ignorance

The creator of “The Borowitz Report” looks at the declining knowledge of some public officials over the last 50 years.

WHAT IF? 2 by Randall Munroe

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

What If 2

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

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSL

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Connections, A Readers’ & Listeners’ Advisory Videocast September 23, 2022

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

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2022.

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

Have a great week!
Linda Reimer, SSCL

Suggested Reading September 27, 2022

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

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

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

Act Of Oblivion: A Novel by Robert Harris

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Acto of Oblivion

The latest novel by the author of V2 (2020) and Imperium (2006), among many others, is set in Massachusetts in 1660. It’s been 11 years since King Charles I was executed during the Civil War of 1642-51. Several of the people behind the king’s murder are still free. Richard Nayler, an officer of the Privy Council, is determined to bring them to justice. Harris focuses on two of the “regicides,” Edward Whalley and William Goffe, who fled to Massachusetts. Like most of the characters in the book, Whalley and Goffe are real people, and, as he usually does, Harris sticks closely to the known facts as much as he can (Nayler, the manhunter, is fictional, as is the story of his pursuit of the two regicides). It will come as no surprise to readers familiar with Harris’ work that this is a splendidly written historical novel. Harris really is a joy to read, and it’s interesting to see how he adjusts his writing style with each book to reflect the story’s time period (this one is less ornate than his books set in ancient Rome but more ornate than his WWII novels). Another top-flight effort from a master storyteller. – Booklist

Because I Could Not Stop for Death by Amanda Flower

(Available Formats: eBook)

Because I Could Not Stop for Death

Emily Dickinson plays sleuth in this sprightly series launch from Flower (the Magical Bookshop mysteries). One night in 1855, Henry Noble, a stable hand with a tendency to get into trouble, tells his sister, Willa, a shy, insecure maid who’s just been hired to work for the Dickinsons, a well-to-do family in Amherst, Mass., that he’s about to make enough money to change both their lives—but he won’t tell her how until this coming Sunday. When Henry dies in a seeming accident at the town stable before Sunday, 25-year-old Emily, moved by Willa’s grief, insists that she and Willa launch their own investigation, starting with the stable. Courageous and intelligent, Emily asks uncomfortable questions of those with money and power, not just in Amherst but in Washington, D.C., a trip that the Dickinson family actually made by train in 1855. This mystery works best when it delves into the complexities of the Dickinson family, particular its depiction of Emily’s cold father, Congressman Edward Dickinson, and her controlling sister, Lavinia. This is a good start to what could be a rich historical series. – Publishers Weekly Review

Gather The Bones by Alison Stuart

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

Gather The Bones

Likable, relatable characters augment Stuart’s compelling romantic ghost story set in post-WWI England. When war widow Helen Morrow visits the family home of Charlie, her deceased husband, for the first time, she is greeted by his resentful mother. The fact that Helen is Australian is enough to turn Lady Evelyn Morrow and all of her peers against the “colonial interloper,” even to the point of snubbing Helen and Charlie’s young child. Helen’s only ally is Charlie’s cousin Paul, a recluse recovering from his own war injuries and tortured by painful memories. When eerie manifestations begin to haunt the pair, it’s easy for Paul to dismiss them as nothing—or perhaps as symptoms of his battle-related trauma. But as ghosts from both the recent and the distant past encroach, Paul and Helen are drawn toward each other. A little predictability doesn’t detract from Stuart’s beautifully drawn story about the damage wrought by war and xenophobia, and the transcendent power of love.

Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Gmorning And Gnight

Suggested way to listen to this audiobook–one “gmorning” and “gnight” at a time, when you wake up and before you go to sleep. That way, you’ll begin and end your day with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s gentle, encouraging voice offering tiny but powerful doses of affirmation and inspiration. The audiobook is an intimate experience: Listeners hear Miranda deliberately take a deep breath, or yawn, or let out a long groan, or sip a cup of coffee as he shares these sometimes sweet, sometimes moving, sometimes funny greetings, compiled from years of his posts on Twitter. It’s like having a friend in your ear reminding you that you’re not alone, that you’ll get through this, that there’s always a chance for a fresh start, and a rest at the end of it. – AudioFile Review

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

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

Hobbit

If you aren’t already a Lord of the Rings fan, you will be once you read The Hobbit. Tolkien’s writing is ethereal, his vivid imagery and detailed descriptions fully immersing you into his fictional world of Middle-earth. So go ahead, go on this adventure with Bilbo Baggins as he finds himself roped into a quest to defeat Smaug the dragon!

The journey through Middle-earth begins here with J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy.

“A glorious account of a magnificent adventure, filled with suspense and seasoned with a quiet humor that is irresistible… All those, young or old, who love a fine adventurous tale, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts.”—The New York Times Book Review

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” So begins one of the most beloved and delightful tales in the English language—Tolkien’s prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Set in the imaginary world of Middle-earth, at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale, The Hobbit is one of literature’s most enduring and well-loved novels.

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

The Manhattan Girls by Gill Paul

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

Manhattan Girls

Dorothy Parker’s wit is famous (if not infamous), but her fragile ego and intense longing are less often discussed. In her latest piece of historical fiction, Paul introduces the reader to Parker’s circle of friends in early 1920s New York. Parker’s acerbic sense of humor lays the foundations for the group at the “Gonk” (the Algonquin Hotel) to chat and gossip and drink. Among Parker’s closest friends are Jane Grant, the first woman reporter at the New York Times; Winifred Lenihan, Broadway star; and Peggy Leach, a brilliant writer disguised as a mousy spinster. Each woman takes a turn narrating as Paul moves around Manhattan, from speakeasies to run-down, walk-up apartments. The women must navigate the heady and confusing atmosphere of postwar NYC. They become united in their efforts to keep Parker from falling completely apart when her marriage begins to falter. Paul (The Lost Daughter, 2019) strikes a balance between the cynicism of the Lost Generation and the characters’ sincere desires to find happiness and stability. Witty, emotional, and intelligent. – Booklist Review

Need To Know: World War II and the Rise of American Intelligence by Nicholas Reynolds

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Need To Know

Former CIA officer Reynolds (Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy) delivers an exhaustively researched critical history of American military intelligence from 1940 to the beginning of the Cold War. Before WWII, Reynolds notes, the U.S. had no permanent spy agency. At the war’s outset, President Franklin Roosevelt’s “haphazard approach” led to multiple counterintelligence programs: the Army and Navy each had its own systems for tracking and breaking encrypted messages; J. Edgar Hoover’s nascent FBI had begun foreign campaigns in Latin America; and William “Wild Bill” Donovan’s Office of Strategic Services, an independent department based on the British intelligence services, changed its mission according to the whims of its impulsive founder. Reynolds spends little time recounting far-flung spy missions, choosing instead to focus on the internal conflicts and personality clashes that roiled these intelligence agencies, including the battle for power between Donovan and Hoover. Light is also shed on lesser-known figures including Kenneth A. Knowles, a former gunnery officer who led the Navy’s efforts to track German U-boats in the Atlantic. Though the extensive cast of characters can be hard to keep track of, Reynolds’s scrupulous and well-rounded approach reveals the good, the bad, and the reckless in the early days of U.S. intelligence. Espionage buffs will be fascinated. – Publishers Weekly Review

The Old Place by Bobby Finger

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Old Place

Long-buried secrets lurk everywhere in Billington, the small Texas town of this debut from journalist and Who? Weekly celebrity podcast cohost Finger. Curmudgeonly protagonist Mary Alice, a widow, lost her only son when he was just 18; both her husband’s and her son’s deaths occurred under bizarre circumstances. Her best friend, Ellie, lost a son, too, just before Mary Alice’s son passed. Finally retired from her position teaching math at the local high school, where she had become an institution, Mary Alice is irked by her replacement, Josie. New York City transplant Josie’s urbanity triggers something scornful inside Mary Alice, and this is when things really begin to unravel. The return of Mary Alice’s estranged sister Katherine further sends Mary Alice’s quaint routine into upheaval. The repercussions of spilled secrets and the appearance of town ghosts could mean the rewriting of history . . . something Mary Alice fears she is not built to survive. Cozy, enthralling, and driven by complex, endearing women, The Old Place explores the mysterious act of realizing the worst in oneself and pushing forward anyway. – Booklist Review

On The Rooftop: A Novel by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

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

On The Rooftop

For years, Vivian trained her daughters, Ruth, Esther, and Chloe, on their building’s rooftop to sing as the Salvations. In 1953, her dream of a better life for them is on the cusp of coming true. Vivian and her late husband, whom she still grieves, came to San Francisco from Louisiana to escape white hoods and threats. When Vivian shares the news that a man with connections wants to manage the Salvations on a national tour, Ruth has news of her own. Later, Esther is drawn to a cause, and Chloe to a man that she perhaps shouldn’t be. All this unfolds as their supportive, Black-owned neighborhood is targeted by white gentrifiers. Sexton (The Revisioners, 2019) offers another rich, complex novel that tells deeply personal stories against a national and historical backdrop. Narrating duties rotate among Vivian and each of her daughters, illuminating the stressors and conflicting values that the women must navigate as they try to find themselves within their singing family, their Black community, and their unjust country. Once again, Sexton delivers. – Booklist Review

Seasonal Work: Stories by Laura Lippman

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Seasonal Work

These 12 stories were written between 2007 and 2019 and appeared in various anthologies, except for “”Just One More,”” a never-previously-published novella about a married couple in the midst of the pandemic who decide to sign up for a dating app just for fun–something to vary the routine of streaming Columbo. This excruciatingly timely story perfectly captures the quotidian sameness of life during lockdown until it corkscrews into something very different. Throughout the collection, Lippman showcases a pitch-perfect sense of how to end a short piece, surprising us with revelatory twists but never doing so in a formulaic, O. Henry way. Also on display is Lippman’s ability to create compelling female characters of varying ages, from forty-somethings to teens and children, who combine resolute determination with sometimes-heartbreaking personal vulnerability. Fans will be pleased to find two Tess Monaghan stories here, along with one about the early lives of Tess’ parents, Judith and Patrick. The outstanding title story has Tess, still a reporter before launching her PI business, exposing an audacious Christmas scam but being outmaneuvered by the teenager she attempts to rescue. (Lippman’s great feel for teen characters inspires hope that a YA thriller might be in her future.) All in all, this is a first-rate collection, an obvious must for the legions of Lippman fans, but also great reading for anyone who savors short crime fiction. – Booklist Review

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have questions or want to request a book?

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers October 2, 2022

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

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

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

New York Times Bestseller blog posts are published on Sundays. The next New York Times Bestseller list will be published to this blog on Sunday, October 2, 2022.

FICTION

6:20 MAN by David Baldacci

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

620 Man

When his ex-girlfriend turns up dead in his office building, an entry-level investment analyst delves into the halls of economic power.

ALL GOOD PEOPLE HERE by Ashley Flowers with Alex Kiester

(Available Formats: Print Book)

All Good People

A journalist who returns to her hometown vows to find a missing girl and solve a 20-year-old cold case.

ALL YOUR PERFECTS by Colleen Hoover

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

All Your Perfects

Quinn and Graham’s marriage depends on past promises.

BLOWBACK by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois

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

Blow Back

President Keegan Barrett’s power grab tests the loyalties of two C.I.A. agents.

THE BUTCHER AND THE WREN by Alaina Urquhart

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

The Butcher And The Wren

A forensic pathologist is on the trail of a serial killer in the Louisiana bayou.

CARRIE SOTO IS BACK by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Carrie Soto Is Back

A tennis player comes out of retirement and trains with her father to defend her record.

CLIVE CUSSLER’S HELLBURNER by Mike Maden

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

Clive Cussler Hellburner

The 16th book in the Oregon Files series. A criminal syndicate has a torpedo that could obliterate entire cities.

A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES by Sarah J. Maas

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

A Court of Silver Flames

The fifth book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series. Nesta Archeron is forced into close quarters with a warrior named Cassian.

DESPERATION IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

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

Desperation In Death

The 55th book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas is reminded of her past as she investigates a possible sex trafficking ring.

FAIRY TALE by Stephen King

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

Fairy Tale

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

FIRE AND BLOOD by George R.R. Martin

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

Fire And Blood

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

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)


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

LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave

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

The Last Thing He Told Me

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

LESSONS by Ian McEwan

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Lessons

Roland Baines looks back at his personal regrets and the historical upheavals in his lifetime.

LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus

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

Lessons in Chemistry

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

MARRIAGE PORTRAIT by Maggie O’Farrell

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

Marriage Portrait

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

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

NONA THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Nona

Six months after waking up in a stranger’s body, Nona is torn between living an ordinary life or saving those around her from strange forces.

NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover

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

November 9

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

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides

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

Silent Patient

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

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Ugly Love

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

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

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

VINCE FLYNN: OATH OF LOYALTY by Kyle Mills

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

Oat of Loyalty

The 21st book in the Mitch Rapp series. President Cook, a team of assassins and a killer known as Legion confront Rapp on different fronts.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

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

Where The Crawdads Sing

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

NON-FICTION:

AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS by David Corn

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

American Psychosis

The Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine gives his take on the Republican Party over the last seven decades.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

Body Keeps Score

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

BREAKING HISTORY by Jared Kushner

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Breaking History

An account of time spent in the Trump White House by the former president’s son-in-law and senior adviser.

DAUGHTER OF AUSCHWITZ by Tova Friedman and Malcolm Brabant

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Daughter of Auschwitz

A survivor of Auschwitz describes her childhood during the Holocaust, and her time in a Nazi labor camp and the extermination camp known as Auschwitz-Birkenau.

DIANA, WILLIAM, AND HARRY by James Patterson and Chris Mooney

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

Diana William & Harry

A biography of the late Princess of Wales and her sons.

DINNERS WITH RUTH by Nina Totenberg

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Dinners With Ruth

The NPR legal affairs correspondent details her professional accomplishments and friendship with the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

FINDING ME by Viola Davis

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Finding Me

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

HOLDING THE LINE by Geoffrey Berman

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Holding The Line

The former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York gives his account of pushing back against the Trump Justice Department.

I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED by Jennette McCurdy

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

I'm Glad My Mom Died

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

LIKE A ROLLING STONE by Jann S. Wenner

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Like A Rolling Stone

A memoir by the founder, co-editor and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine.

MYTH OF NORMAL by Gabor Maté with Daniel Maté

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Myth of Normal

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

PRISONERS OF THE CASTLE by Ben Macintyre

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Prisoners In The Castle

The author of “The Spy and the Traitor” profiles Allied prisoners detained by the German Army in Colditz Castle during World War II.

PROFILES IN IGNORANCE by Andy Borowitz

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Profiles In Ignorance

The creator of “The Borowitz Report” looks at the declining knowledge of some public officials over the last 50 years.

WHAT IF? 2 by Randall Munroe

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

What If 2

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

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSL

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening September 23, 2022

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

Suggested Listening postings are published on Fridays; and our next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, September 30, 2022 (the last day of September, already? How did that happen!)

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!


Get Up In The Mornin’ by Leadbelly (Blues, Folk-Blues)

From The Album: Midnight Special — The Library of Congress Recordings, V. 1 (1991)

Good On You Son by Mark Knopfler (Genre: Rock, Roots Rock)

From The Album: The Road Wherever (2018)

Help Me by Joni Mitchell (Genre: Singer-Songwriter)

From The Album: Court And Spark (1974)

I Ain’t Gonna Cry No More by Son House & J. D. Short (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Blues From The Mississippi Delta: The Library of Congress Recordings (1963/2004)

I Be Bound To Write To You Muddy Waters (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: The Complete Plantation Recordings (1993)

In Tall Buildings by Sam Bush (Genre: Folk)

From The Forthcoming Album: Radio John: Songs of John Hartford (November 11, 2022 release)

Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival (Genre: Classic Rock)

From The Album: At the Royal Albert Hall, April 14, 1970 (2022)

Sweet Pumpkin [feat. Pasquale Grasso] by Samara Joy & Pasquale Grasso (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Linger Awhile (2022)

This Little Light of Mine by Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Genre: Blues, R&B, Gospel)

Recorded live at the 1st Antibes Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival in 1960.

What Kinda Guy? By Steve Forbert (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: Alive On Arrival (1978); Also found on the Rhino album: Troubadours of Folk 5, Singer-Songwriter’s of the ’80s (2007)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Revival (1996) by Gillian Welch (Genre: Folk)

Revival

And from the album the song:

Pass You By by Gillian Welch

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

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

The Libby App

Libby

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

Hoopla

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Connections, A Readers’ & Listeners’ Advisory Videocast September 16, 2022

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

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

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

Have a great week!
Linda Reimer, SSCL

Suggested Reading September 20, 2022

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

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

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

September 18 – 24, 2022 is Banned Book Week; which is a big deal in Library Land!

A great description of why Banned Books Week is important is relayed by The American Library Association; and is as follows: “Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. For 40 years, the annual event has brought together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

In a time of intense political polarization, library staff in every state are facing an unprecedented number of attempts to ban books. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school and university materials and services in 2021, resulting in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals. Most targeted books were by or about Black or LGBTQIA+ persons.”

And Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom further notes that
“This is a dangerous time for readers and the public servants who provide access to reading materials. Readers, particularly students, are losing access to critical information, and librarians and teachers are under attack for doing their jobs.”

With all of that in mind, this weeks’ Suggested Reading post includes ten titles that have been banned within the United States.

So celebrate your right to read and checkout a banned book today!

Beloved by Toni Morrison

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

Beloved

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An unflinchingly look into the abyss of slavery, from the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner. This spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. With a new afterword.

Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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

The Color Purple

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon.

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband.

In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God. The letters, spanning twenty years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and her stepson’s wife, Sophia, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though the many letters from Celie’s sister are hidden by her husband, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all.

The Color Purple has sold more than five million copies, inspired an Academy Award–nominated film starring Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the groundbreaking novel that placed Walker “in the company of Faulkner” (The Nation), and remains a wrenching—yet intensely uplifting—experience for new generations of readers.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon

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

Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night Time

Christopher Boone, the autistic 15-year-old narrator of this revelatory novel, relaxes by groaning and doing math problems in his head, eats red—but not yellow or brown—foods and screams when he is touched. Strange as he may seem, other people are far more of a conundrum to him, for he lacks the intuitive “theory of mind” by which most of us sense what’s going on in other people’s heads. When his neighbor’s poodle is killed and Christopher is falsely accused of the crime, he decides that he will take a page from Sherlock Holmes (one of his favorite characters) and track down the killer. As the mystery leads him to the secrets of his parents’ broken marriage and then into an odyssey to find his place in the world, he must fall back on deductive logic to navigate the emotional complexities of a social world that remains a closed book to him.

In the hands of first-time novelist Haddon, Christopher is a fascinating case study and, above all, a sympathetic boy: not closed off, as the stereotype would have it, but too open—overwhelmed by sensations, bereft of the filters through which normal people screen their surroundings. Christopher can only make sense of the chaos of stimuli by imposing arbitrary patterns (“4 yellow cars in a row made it a Black Day, which is a day when I don’t speak to anyone and sit on my own reading books and don’t eat my lunch and Take No Risks”). His literal-minded observations make for a kind of poetic sensibility and a poignant evocation of character. Though Christopher insists, “This will not be a funny book. I cannot tell jokes because I do not understand them,” the novel brims with touching, ironic humor. The result is an eye-opening work in a unique and compelling literary voice. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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

Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is the winner of the Nebula and Hugo Awards

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
Ender’s Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

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

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Oskar Schell, hero of this brilliant follow-up to Foer’s bestselling Everything Is Illuminated, is a nine-year-old amateur inventor, jewelry designer, astrophysicist, tambourine player and pacifist. Like the second-language narrator of Illuminated, Oskar turns his naïvely precocious vocabulary to the understanding of historical tragedy, as he searches New York for the lock that matches a mysterious key left by his father when he was killed in the September 11 attacks, a quest that intertwines with the story of his grandparents, whose lives were blighted by the firebombing of Dresden. Foer embellishes the narrative with evocative graphics, including photographs, colored highlights and passages of illegibly overwritten text, and takes his unique flair for the poetry of miscommunication to occasionally gimmicky lengths, like a two-page soliloquy written entirely in numerical code. Although not quite the comic tour de force that Illuminated was, the novel is replete with hilarious and appalling passages, as when, during show-and-tell, Oskar plays a harrowing recording by a Hiroshima survivor and then launches into a Poindexterish disquisition on the bomb’s “charring effect.” It’s more of a challenge to play in the same way with the very recent collapse of the towers, but Foer gambles on the power of his protagonist’s voice to transform the cataclysm from raw current event to a tragedy at once visceral and mythical. Unafraid to show his traumatized characters’ constant groping for emotional catharsis, Foer demonstrates once again that he is one of the few contemporary writers willing to risk sentimentalism in order to address great questions of truth, love and beauty. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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

The Grapes of Wrath

The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers.

First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classics.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, eBook, downloadable audiobook, Hoopla instant checkout eBook, DVD (movie) &  DVD (TV series).

The Handmaid's Tale CD

Before The Testaments, there was The Handmaid’s Tale: an instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (New York Times).

The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population.
The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid’s Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.

House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

House of Spirits

“Spectacular…An absorbing and distinguished work…The House of the Spirits with its all-informing, generous, and humane sensibility, is a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present, and future of Latin America.” —The New York Times Book Review

Our Shared Shelf, Emma Watson Goodreads Book Club Pick November/December 2020!
The House of the Spirits, the unforgettable first novel that established Isabel Allende as one of the world’s most gifted storytellers, brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world. When their daughter Blanca embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her implacable father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban: his adored granddaughter Alba, a beautiful and strong-willed child who will lead her family and her country into a revolutionary future.

One of the most important novels of the twentieth century, The House of the Spirits is an enthralling epic that spans decades and lives, weaving the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD audiobook, eBook, e-Graphic novel, Hoopla instant checkout movie (streaming) & DVD)

The Kite Runner

Hosseini’s stunning debut novel starts as an eloquent Afghan version of the American immigrant experience in the late 20th century, but betrayal and redemption come to the forefront when the narrator, a writer, returns to his ravaged homeland to rescue the son of his childhood friend after the boy’s parents are shot during the Taliban takeover in the mid ’90s. Amir, the son of a well-to-do Kabul merchant, is the first-person narrator, who marries, moves to California and becomes a successful novelist. But he remains haunted by a childhood incident in which he betrayed the trust of his best friend, a Hazara boy named Hassan, who receives a brutal beating from some local bullies. After establishing himself in America, Amir learns that the Taliban have murdered Hassan and his wife, raising questions about the fate of his son, Sohrab. Spurred on by childhood guilt, Amir makes the difficult journey to Kabul, only to learn the boy has been enslaved by a former childhood bully who has become a prominent Taliban official. The price Amir must pay to recover the boy is just one of several brilliant, startling plot twists that make this book memorable both as a political chronicle and a deeply personal tale about how childhood choices affect our adult lives. The character studies alone would make this a noteworthy debut, from the portrait of the sensitive, insecure Amir to the multilayered development of his father, Baba, whose sacrifices and scandalous behavior are fully revealed only when Amir returns to Afghanistan and learns the true nature of his relationship to Hassan. Add an incisive, perceptive examination of recent Afghan history and its ramifications in both America and the Middle East, and the result is a complete work of literature that succeeds in exploring the culture of a previously obscure nation that has become a pivot point in the global politics of the new millennium. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Year of Wonder

An unforgettable tale, set in 17th century England, of a village that quarantines itself to arrest the spread of the plague, from the author The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna’s eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a “year of wonders.”

Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. Written with stunning emotional intelligence and introducing “an inspiring heroine” (The Wall Street Journal), Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal into a spellbinding and unforgettable read.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

Digital Banned Book Collections:

Banned Book Collection, the Digital Catalog (and Libby app)

https://stls.overdrive.com/collection/1364525

Hoopla’s Banned Book Collection (web catalog & Hoopla app)

https://www.hoopladigital.com/collection/16810

References

Banned & Challenged Classics. (2021, April 23). Advocacy, Legislation & Issues. Retrieved September 20, 2022, from https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics
Banned Books Week (September 18-24, 2022). (n.d.). American Library Association. https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/banned

EveryLibrary Poll Finds Book Bans Are Broadly Unpopular With Voters. (n.d.). PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved September 20, 2022, from https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/90365-everylibrary-poll-finds-book-bans-are-broadly-unpopular-with-voters.html

Limbong, A. (2022, September 19). New report finds a coordinated rise in attempted book bans. NPR.org. Retrieved September 20, 2022, from https://www.npr.org/2022/09/19/1123156201/new-report-finds-a-coordinated-rise-in-attempted-book-bans

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have questions or want to request a book?

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers September 25, 2022

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

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

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

New York Times Bestseller blog posts are published on Sundays. The next New York Times Bestseller list will be published to this blog on Sunday, September 25, 2022.

FICTION

6:20 MAN by David Baldacci

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

620 Man

When his ex-girlfriend turns up dead in his office building, an entry-level investment analyst delves into the halls of economic power.

ALL GOOD PEOPLE HERE by Ashley Flowers with Alex Kiester

(Available Formats: Print Book)

All Good People

A journalist who returns to her hometown vows to find a missing girl and solve a 20-year-old cold case.

AMERICAN ROOMMATE EXPERIMENT by Elena Armas

(Available Format: Print Book & eBook)

American Roomate Experiment

A romance writer goes on experimental dates with her best friend’s cousin to restart her writing.

CARRIE SOTO IS BACK by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Carrie Soto Is Back

A tennis player comes out of retirement and trains with her father to defend her record.

CLIVE CUSSLER’S HELLBURNER by Mike Maden

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

Clive Cussler Hellburner

The 16th book in the Oregon Files series. A criminal syndicate has a torpedo that could obliterate entire cities.

A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES by Sarah J. Maas

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

A Court of Silver Flames

The fifth book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series. Nesta Archeron is forced into close quarters with a warrior named Cassian.

DESPERATION IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

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

Desperation In Death

The 55th book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas is reminded of her past as she investigates a possible sex trafficking ring.

FAIRY TALE by Stephen King

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

Fairy Tale

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

FIRE AND BLOOD by George R.R. Martin

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

Fire And Blood

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

HELL AND BACK by Craig Johnson

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

Hell & Back

he 18th book in the Longmire series. Sheriff Longmire finds an adversary in himself.

THE INK BLACK HEART by Robert Galbraith

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Ink Black Heart

The sixth book in the Cormoran Strike series. When a cartoonist is murdered, Cormoran and Robin go after a mysterious online figure known as Anomie.

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)


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

KILLERS OF A CERTAIN AGE by Deanna Raybourn

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

Killers of a Certain Age

Four women who spent 40 years working as assassins have targets on their backs as they enter retirement.

LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus

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

Lessons in Chemistry

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

LOVE ON THE BRAIN by Ali Hazelwood

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Love On The Brain

Heartbeats quicken and neurons fire when a pair of antagonistic scientists work together on a project.

MARRIAGE PORTRAIT by Maggie O’Farrell

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

Marriage Portrait

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

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover

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

November 9

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

OTHER BIRDS by Sarah Addison Allen

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

Other Birds

When she takes over her deceased mother’s apartment, Zoey has strange encounters with her new neighbors.

RISING TIDE by Ann Cleeves

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Rising Tide

The 10th book in the Vera Stanhope series. A member of a group of friends is found hanged after being fired because of potential misconduct.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Ugly Love

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

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

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

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

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

Where The Crawdads Sing

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

NON-FICTION:

BATTLE FOR THE AMERICAN MIND by Pete Hegseth with David Goodwin

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Battle For The American Mind

The “Fox & Friends Weekend” host makes his case for what he calls classical Christian education.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

Body Keeps Score

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

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah

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

Born A Crime

A memoir about growing up biracial in apartheid South Africa by the host of “The Daily Show.”

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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

Braiding Sweetgrass

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

BREAKING HISTORY by Jared Kushner

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Breaking History

An account of time spent in the Trump White House by the former president’s son-in-law and senior adviser.

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

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

Crying in H Mart

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

DAUGHTER OF AUSCHWITZ by Tova Friedman and Malcolm Brabant

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Daughter of Auschwitz

A survivor of Auschwitz describes her childhood during the Holocaust, and her time in a Nazi labor camp and the extermination camp known as Auschwitz-Birkenau.

DIANA, WILLIAM, AND HARRY by James Patterson and Chris Mooney

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

Diana William & Harry

A biography of the late Princess of Wales and her sons.

EDUCATED by Tara Westover

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

Educated

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

FINDING ME by Viola Davis

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Finding Me

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

I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED by Jennette McCurdy

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

I'm Glad My Mom Died

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

LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI by Rinker Buck

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Life On The Mississippi

The author of “The Oregon Trail” recounts his adventures on a wooden flatboat and challenges the myths of American expansion.

PALACE PAPERS by Tina Brown

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

The Palace Papers

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

PATH LIT BY LIGHTNING by David Maraniss

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Pat Lit Only By Lightning

The life story of the Olympic athlete, All-American football player and Major League Baseball player Jim Thorpe.

SHY by Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Shy

The memoirs of the late composer, author and screenwriter, written with the chief theater critic at The New York Times.

SLOUCHING TOWARDS UTOPIA by J. Bradford DeLong

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Slouching Toward Utopia

The former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury details shifts in material wealth and their impact from 1870 to 2010.

SOLITO by Javier Zamora

(Available Formats: eBook)

Solito

The poet describes his journey over two months from El Salvador to the United States to reconnect with his parents who left years earlier.

STORYTELLER by Dave Grohl

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

The Storyteller

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

THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant

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

Think Again

An examination of the cognitive skills of rethinking and unlearning that could be used to adapt to a rapidly changing world.

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

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

What Happened To You

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

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSL

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.