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Suggested Listening June 8, 2018

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

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

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

No Frills – Solo Acoustic (2010) by Nik Kershaw (Genre: Pop, Rock, 1980s Pop):

This album features pop singer-songwriter Nik Kershaw playing his best known songs solo.

The album includes the songs: Wouldn’t It Be Good, I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Loud Confident and Wrong and the Riddle.

The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection by Kris Kristofferson (Genre: Country):

Eleven early and essential studio albums recorded and released by Kris Kristofferson between 1970-1981. The albums include: Kristofferson (1970), Me and Bobby McGee (1971), The Silver Tongued Devil And I (1971), Jesus Was a Capricorn, Breakaway (1974), A Star is Born (1976) and more.

Songs include: Me and Bobby McGee, Help Me Make it Through The Night, Sunday Morning Coming Down, The Silver Tongued Devil And I, Loving Her Was Easier, The Taker, The Pilgrim and many others – this album collection features 200 songs!

Bluegrass American Classics (2013) by Tennessee River Authority (Genre: Bluegrass, Country, Folk):

Brothers Hank, Scott and Jeff Harrison and friend Mark Maniscalco formed the The Tennessee Valley Authority bluegrass band in 1972. And the band is still playing today!

Songs on this 2010 LP include: Man Of Constant Sorrow, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Sweet Home Alabama, Rocky Top, Nine Pound Hammer, Orange Blossom Special, Early Morning Rain and Peaceful Easy Feeling

Swinging Sixties Musical Hits (2009) by Matthew Ford (Genre: Vocal, Swing, Jazz):

Something else is a 2009 release by British jazz singer Matthew Ford. Ford is backed on the recording by Graham Harvey on piano and organ, Matthew Skelton on drums and Jeremy Brown on bass.

Songs on the LP include: Don’t Rain On My Parade, Fabulous Place, Once In A Lifetime, My Favorite Things, When In Rome and Pure Imagination

Reading His Complete Recorded Poetry by Dylan Thomas (Genre: Spoken Word, Poetry, Audiobook):

The great mid-twentieth century poet reading his poems!

Some of the recordings show their age a bit – however, hearing the author read his own work is super cool! And, it is notable, that in the very early sixties a young folk singer-songwriter thought so too and changed his name from Bob Zimmerman to Bob Dylan. So if you too love the way words flow together to create mental imagery – check out this collection!

Poems in collection include: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Especially When The October Wind, Altarwise By Owl Light, This Side Of Truth and Quite Early One Morning.

Recommended CD of the Week:

Out In The Open (2018) by Steep Canyon Rangers (Genre: Country, Bluegrass):

The brand new album from the Grammy Award Winning North Carolina based band formed by Woody Platt, Graham Sharp and Charles R. Humphrey III in 2000.

I’m on a bluegrass, string music & folk music kick this week!

This group is known for their straight ahead bluegrass-country-folk blended music with tinges of rock music mixed in for good measure. In other words they are a modern bluegrass band and their music swings!

Songs on the LP include: Let Me Out Of This Town, Out In The Open Shenandoah Valley, Roadside Anthems, Let Me Die In My Footsteps and The Speed We’re Traveling.

Videos of the Week:

Wouldn’t It Be Good by Nik Kershaw & Howard Jones

Help Me Make It Through The Night by Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge

Peaceful Easy Feeling by The Tennessee Valley River Authority

BBC Proms Hollywood Rhapsody with Matthew Ford, Jane Monheit and the John Wilson Orchestra

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas

NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert by Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

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

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:

http://www.allmusic.com/

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

Matthew Ford http://www.matthewford.info/

Tennessee Valley Authority http://www.tvabluegrass.com/Home_Page.html

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

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

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

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

Digital Library Catalogs:

Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music

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

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

The Traditional Library Catalog:

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

Suggested Reading Week of June 4, 2018

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

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

Digital Suggestions Of The Week:

From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia by Michael McFaul:

From one of America’s leading scholars of Russia who served as U.S. ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration, a revelatory, inside account of U.S.-Russia relations from 1989 to the present.

In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today’s most contentious and consequential international relationships. As President Barack Obama’s adviser on Russian affairs, McFaul helped craft the United States’ policy known as “reset” that fostered new and unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. And then, as U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, he had a front-row seat when this fleeting, hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency. This riveting inside account combines history and memoir to tell the full story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president. From the first days of McFaul’s ambassadorship, the Kremlin actively sought to discredit and undermine him, hassling him with tactics that included dispatching protesters to his front gates, slandering him on state media, and tightly surveilling him, his staff, and his family.

How It Happened by Michael Koryta:

“One of the best books to bring to the beach this summer.” – Good Morning America

“And that is how it happened. Can we stop now?”

Kimberly Crepeaux is no good, a notorious jailhouse snitch, teen mother, and heroin addict whose petty crimes are well-known to the rural Maine community where she lives. So when she confesses to her role in the brutal murders of Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, the daughter of a well-known local family and her sweetheart, the locals have little reason to believe her story.

Not Rob Barrett, the FBI investigator and interrogator specializing in telling a true confession from a falsehood. He’s been circling Kimberly and her conspirators for months, waiting for the right avenue to the truth, and has finally found it. He knows, as strongly as he’s known anything, that Kimberly’s story-a grisly, harrowing story of a hit and run fueled by dope and cheap beer that becomes a brutal stabbing in cold blood-is how it happened. But one thing remains elusive: where are Jackie and Ian’s bodies?

After Barrett stakes his name and reputation on the truth of Kimberly’s confession, only to have the bodies turn up 200 miles from where she said they’d be, shot in the back and covered in a different suspect’s DNA, the case is quickly closed and Barrett forcibly reassigned. But for Howard Pelletier, the tragedy of his daughter’s murder cannot be so tidily swept away. And for Barrett, whose career may already be over, the chance to help a grieving father may be the only one he has left.

HOW IT HAPPENED is a frightening, tension-filled ride into the dark heart of rural American from a writer Stephen King has called “a master” and the New York Times has deemed “impossible to resist.”

Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz:

Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, is a deeply researched—and deeply disturbing—history of guns and gun laws in the United States, from the original colonization of the country to the present. As historian and educator Dunbar-Ortiz explains, in order to understand the current obstacles to gun control, we must understand the history of U.S. guns, from their role in the “settling of America” and the early formation of the new nation, and continuing up to the present.

A Scandalous Deal: The Four Hundred Series by Joanna Shupe:

Joanna Shupe returns with another unforgettable novel set in the glittering world of New York City’s Gilded Age…
They call her Lady Unlucky…

With three dead fiancés, Lady Eva Hyde has positively no luck when it comes to love. She sets sail for New York City, determined that nothing will deter her dream of becoming an architect, certainly not an unexpected passionate shipboard encounter with a mysterious stranger. But Eva’s misfortune strikes once more when she discovers the stranger who swept her off her feet is none other than her new employer.

Or is it Lady Irresistible?

Phillip Mansfield reluctantly agrees to let the fiery Lady Eva oversee his luxury hotel project while vowing to keep their relationship strictly professional. Yet Eva is more capable–and more alluring–than Phillip first thought, and he cannot keep from drawing up a plan of his own to seduce her.

When a series of onsite “accidents” make it clear someone wants Lady Unlucky to earn her nickname, Phillip discovers he’s willing to do anything to protect her–even if it requires a scandalous deal…

Simmering Heat by Leora Gonzales:

Spark Growing up as the privileged daughter of two doctors, Jasmine Kingford always thought the housekeeper’s son was hot-and the feeling was mutual. But back then there were lines they couldn’t cross. Good thing they’re all grown up now-and in the same wedding party . . . Blaze As best man for a fellow firefighter, Leo Trask is floored to discover the maid-of-honor is a blast from his past. One that ignites fireworks that have been brewing for years. Soon enough, he and Jasmine are having a very private, all-night-long celebration of their own-and it’s clear neither wants it to end there . . . Wildfire Jasmine’s all too happy to finally shed her pampered princess demeanor with Leo. What she finds is a connection-and a complication-she didn’t expect. Leo’s the opposite of the nine-to-five guy she planned on. She wants a nursing career, kids, and a man who’s home by dinnertime. Leo’s an irresistible bad boy with a dangerous, unpredictable job. And he’s everything she never knew she wanted, and more . . .

Print Suggestions Of The Week:

Beach House Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe:

Whisking you back to the shores of her bestselling Beach House series, Mary Alice Monroe weaves together a tale of the struggles and triumphs of the historic Rutledge family of Charleston, South Carolina. Beautifully wrought and rich with keen insight, this is an illuminating tale of new beginnings, resilience, and one family’s enduring love.

Cara Rutledge returns to her Southern home on the idyllic Isle of Palms. Everything is comfortingly the same, yet each detail is rife with painful memories. Only through reconnecting with family, friends, and the rhythms of the lowcountry can Cara release the hold of the past and open herself to the possibility of a new love, career, and hope for the future.

Meanwhile, her niece Linnea, a recent college graduate who doesn’t know where her life will take her, leaves her historic home in Charleston, with all its entitlement and expectations, and heads to her aunt’s beach house. On the island, she is part of the freer, natural ocean lifestyle she loves, rejoining the turtle team, learning to surf, and falling in love. Remembering the lessons of her beloved grandmother, Lovie, the original “turtle lady,” Linnea rediscovers a meaningful purpose to her life and finds the courage she needs to break from tradition.

In this heartwarming novel, three generations of the Rutledge family gather together to find the strength, love, and commitment to break destructive family patterns and to forge new bonds that will endure long beyond one summer reunion.

The Glitch: A Novel by Elisabeth Cohen:

A fast, funny, deeply hilarious debut–The Glitch is the story of a high-profile, TED-talking, power-posing Silicon Valley CEO and mother of two who has it all under control, until a woman claiming to be a younger version of herself appears, causing a major glitch in her over-scheduled, over-staffed, over-worked life.

Shelley Stone, wife, mother, and CEO of the tech company Conch, is committed to living her most efficient life. She takes her “me time” at 3:30 a.m. on the treadmill, power naps while waiting in line, schedules sex with her husband for when they are already changing clothes, and takes a men’s multivitamin because she refuses to participate in her own oppression.

But when she meets a young woman also named Shelley Stone who has the same exact scar on her shoulder, Shelley has to wonder: Is she finally buckling under all the pressure? Completely original, brainy, and laugh-out-loud funny, The Glitch introduces one of the most memorable characters in recent fiction and offers a riotous look into work, marriage, and motherhood in our absurd world.

The Outsider: A Novel by Stephen King:

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South by Virginia Willis:

Recipes and stories of the modern South.

In Secrets of the Southern Table, award-winning chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis takes you on a tour of today’s South—a region rich in history and cultural diversity. With her signature charm and wit, Virginia shares many well-known Southern recipes like Pimento Cheese Tomato Herb Pie and “Cathead” Biscuits, but also some surprising revelations drawn from the area’s many global influences, like Catfish Tacos with Avocado Crema, Mississippi-Style Char Siu Pork Tenderloin, and Greek Okra and Tomatoes. In addition to the recipes, Virginia profiles some of the diverse chefs, farmers, and other culinary influencers who are shaping contemporary Southern cuisine. Together, these stories and the delicious recipes that accompany them celebrate the rich and ever-evolving heritage of Southern cooking.

The Testament of Loki by Joanne Harris (Book 2 in the Loki Series):

In the sequel to The Gospel of Loki, Loki’s adventures continue when he finds a way out of the end of the world and plans to restart the power of the Norse gods.

The end of the world—also known as Ragnarok to the Norse gods—has occurred, and Loki has been trapped in a seemingly endless purgatory, in torture, until he finds a way to escape. It seems that he still exists in the minds of humanity and uses that as a way to our time.

Back in the ninth world (Earth), Loki finds himself sharing the mind of a teenage girl named Jumps, who is a bit of a mess. She’s also not happy about Loki sneaking his way into her mind, since she was originally calling on Thor. Worse, her friends have also been co-opted by the gods: Odin, Jump’s one-eyed best friend in a wheelchair, and Freya, the pretty one. Thor escapes the netherworld as well and shares the mind of a dog, and he finds that it suits him.

Odin has a plan to bring back the Norse gods ascendancy, but Loki has his own ideas on how things can go—and nothing goes according to plan.

The Testament of Loki is the second book in the Loki series, book 1 is titled The Gospel of Loki and may be requested via StarCat or OverDrive.

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

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

Freegal Music Service

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

RBDigital

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

About Library Apps:

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening June 1, 2018

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

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

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Dixie Melodies by The Street Parade Band (Genre: Jazz, Dixieland, Easy Listening):

I searched online and couldn’t find any information on The Street Parade Band!

However, this is a fun, upbeat, brass centered album.

And it is perfect for summer time listening!

Songs on the album include: Samantha’s Blues, Frankie & Johnny, Hot Dog Stomp, Chinese Eggroll and Aircastle.

More Ghost Stories written by M. R. James & read by Bart Wolffe (Genre: Spoken Word, Audiobook):

This collection of ghost stories by the classic British author M. R. James is perfect listening material for a summer evening!

The stories in this collection include: A School Story, The Rose Garden, The Tractate Middoth, The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral and Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance.

Soul Man (1968) by Soul Finders (Genre: R&B, Funk, Soul):

The Soul Finders were led by the great New Orleans songwriter and pianist Eddie Bo and their sound is similar in scope to that of the great music made by Stax label artists in the sixties. If you enjoy horn-centric rock music – this album is for you!

Songs on the LP include: Soul Man, Chain Of Fools, I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good, Sweet Soul Woman, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore and Explosion In My Soul.

The Travelin’ McCourys (2018) by The Travelin’ McCourys (Genre: Folk, Country, Pop, Rock): 

The Travelin’ McCourys are a modern string band led by brothers Rob & Ronnie McCoury. Rob & Ronnie are the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury – so great music is a family tradition!

Songs on the LP include: Natural to Be Gone, Cumberland Blues, The Hardest Part, Let Her Go, Freedom Blues and Travelin’.

Recommended CD of the Week:

Eight Classic Albums by Hank Williams:

This four disc set contains the albums I Saw The Light (1954), Ramblin’ Man (1954), As Luke The Drifter (1954), Memorial Album (1953), Moanin’ The Blues (1952), Honky Tonkin’ (1954), Sing Me A Blue Song (1957) and The Immortal Hank Williams (1958).

Songs in the 94 song collection include: I Saw The Light, Wealth Won’t Save Your Soul, Ramblin’ Man, Nobody’s Lonesome For Me, Lonesome Whistle and I’ve Been Down That Road Before.

Videos of the Week:

Samantha’s Blues by The Street Parade Band

Mr. Humphreys And His Inheritance written by M. R. James – video by ITV

Soul Man by The Soul Finders

Cumberland Blues by The Travelin’ McCourys

I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

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

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:

http://www.allmusic.com/

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

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

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

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

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

Digital Library Catalogs:

Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music

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

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

The Traditional Library Catalog:

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

Did You Know…Science Fiction Section!

Hi everyone, here is our Did You Know… posting for June 2018!

And after the rather lengthy Did You Know posting I did for May, I thought I’d offer a shorter one this month to highlight our Science Fiction & Fantasy Section and related books and DVDs!

And with out further ado…

Did you know…

The library has a separate section for Science Fiction & Fantasy books?

We do!

So the next question is – where is it!

So here is a brief description of where to find the Science Fiction & Fantasy section, within the Fiction Sectionn and if you already know where our Science Fiction & Fantasy Section is – you can just skip down to the book and DVD recommendations at the end of this posting!

So back to where the Science Fiction & Fantasy Section is in the library!

If you come into the library from our main, Tioga Avenue, entrance – walk forward about 20 feet, turn left and you’ll see the library’s reading room, the area where we keep the magazines and newspapers near the fire place.

Walk about twenty more feet and you’ll see the Circulation Desk to your left and the beginning of the Fiction Section to your right.

The Fiction Section in the library is bordered on one side by the library’s main aisle and on the other side by windows that face the Civic Center Plaza. The section features seven complete stacks, i.e. librarese for double sided shelving units, filled with books that are filed alphabetically by the author’s name within each fiction sub-section.

There are seven fiction sub-section and they are in sequential order: Large Print Fiction, Large Print Mysteries, Large Print Westerns, General Fiction, Mysteries, Westerns and Science Fiction & Fantasy.

The Large Print Section features books that have large text, 14 or 16 font. And the Large Print Section flows from Large Print General Fiction Section to the Large Print Mystery Section to the Large Print Westerns Section. Following the Large Print Westerns you’ll find the largest single fiction section – General Fiction, followed by the Mystery Section, the Western Section, and finally starting with books housed on the sixth stack of books, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Section! Hurray!

And just for fun, here is a short photo guide showing where you can find the Science Fiction & Fantasy Section in the library:

Looking down the Large Print General Fiction aisle with the first fiction stack seen at the left.

There are signs on the slatwall endcaps of each stack indicating which books are housed on each side of that stack.

Seen below are the signs on the first stack of fiction books.

And if you keep walking down the library’s main aisle, which is seen in the photo below, and count the stacks – when you get to the sixth stack you’ll be at the beginning of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Section.

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Section shares space on the shelves with books from the Mystery Section and the Western Section on one side, and on the other with audiobooks on CD.

On the other side of the seventh stack, the one behind the Reference Desk, is the tail end of the library’s DVD Section.

And here is a photo of the the first half of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Section!

Some of the fantasy series that you’ll find in our Science Fiction & Fantasy Section include the following titles, for which I shall include a description of the first book in each series and links to request all the books in each series:

The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb:

Book 1: The Assassin’s Apprentice:

Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill—and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family.

As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

Book 2: Royal Assassin:

Book 3: Assassin’s Quest:

The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin:

Book 1: The Fifth Season:

This is the way the world ends…for the last time.

A season of endings has begun.

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.

It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.

It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

Book 2: The Obelisk Gate:

Book 3: The Stone Sky:

Chronicles of the Necromancer by Gail Z. Martin

Book 1: The Summoner:

The comfortable world of Martris Drayke, second son of King Bricen of Margolan, is shattered when his older half-brother, Jared, and Jared’s dark mage, Foor Arontala, kill the king and seize the throne. Tris is the only surviving member of the royal family aside from Jared the traitor. Tris flees with three friends: Soterius, captain of the guard; Carroway, the court’s master bard; and Harrtuck, a member of the royal guard. Tris harbors a deep secret. In a land where spirits walk openly and influence the affairs of the living, he suspects he may be the mage heir to the power of his grandmother, Bava K’aa, once the greatest sorceress of her age. Such magic would make Tris a Summoner, the rarest of magic gifts, capable of arbitrating between the living and the dead.

Book 2: The Blood King:

Book 3: Dark Haven:

Book 4: Dark Lady’s Chosen:
Coming soon to our library!

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher:

Book 1: Storm Front:

In the first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series, Harry Dresden’s investigation of a grisly double murder pulls him into the darkest depths of magical Chicago…

As a professional wizard, Harry Dresden knows firsthand that the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most of them don’t play well with humans. And those that do enjoy playing with humans far too much. He also knows he’s the best at what he does. Technically, he’s the only at what he does. But even though Harry is the only game in town, business—to put it mildly, stinks.

So when the Chicago P.D. bring him in to consult on a double homicide committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name…

Book 2: Fool Moon:

Book 3: Grave Peril:

Book 4: Summer Knight:

Book 5: Death Masks:

Book 6: Blood Rites:

Book 7: Dead Beat:

Book 8: Proven Guilty:

Book 9: White Knight:

Book 10: Small Favor:

Book 11: Turn Coat:

Book 12: Changes:

Book 13: Ghost Story:

Book 14: Cold Days:

Book 15: Skin Game:

The Majipoor Cycle by Robert K. Stirling

Book 1: Lord Valentine’s Castle:

He is a man with no past— a wanderer without memory of his origins. He calls himself Valentine. As a member of a motley group of entertainers, he travels across the magical planet of Majipoor, always hoping he will meet someone who can give him back what he has lost.

And then, he begins to dream–and to receive messages in those dreams. Messages that tell him that he is far more than a common vagabond—he is a lord, a king turned out of his castle. Now his travels have a purpose—to return to his home, discover what enemy took his memory, and claim the destiny that awaits him…

Book 2: The Majipoor Chronicles
Coming soon!

Book 3: Valentine Pontifex:

The Island Series by S. M. Stirling:

Book 1: Island In The Sea Of Time:

“Utterly engaging…a page-turner that is certain to win the author legions of new readers and fans.”—George R. R. Martin, author of A Game of Thrones

It’s spring on Nantucket and everything is perfectly normal, until a sudden storm blankets the entire island. When the weather clears, the island’s inhabitants find that they are no longer in the late twentieth century…but have been transported instead to the Bronze Age! Now they must learn to survive with suspicious, warlike peoples they can barely understand and deal with impending disaster, in the shape of a would-be conqueror from their own time.

Book 2: Against The Tide Of Years:

Book 3: On The Oceans Of Eternity:

The Nightingale Series by Stephen Leather:

Book 1: Nightfall:

“You’re going to hell, Jack Nightingale.”

These are the words that ended Jack Nightingale’s career as a police negotiator. Now a struggling private detective, the chilling words return with a vengeance when Jack inherits a mansion with a priceless library—and a terrifying warning from a man who claims to be his father.

Nightingale quickly learns his soul was sold at birth and a devil will come to claim it on his thirty-third birthday, which is just three short weeks away. It’s a hard pill to swallow. He doesn’t believe in Hell and probably doesn’t believe in Heaven either. But when people close to him start to die horribly, he is led to the inescapable conclusion that real evil may be at work. And if he doesn’t find a way out, he’ll be damned for eternity.

Dripping with brooding intensity, unrelenting suspense, and surprising wit, United Kingdom thriller master Stephen Leather’s first book in the Nightingale series is a riveting, heart-stopping mystery with extraordinary range and power.

Book 2: Midnight:

Book 3: Nightmare:

The last four books in the series will be added to the library’s collection shortly! I honestly thought we had all the books in the series — but I’ve ordered the last four and they’ll be here soon!

Book 4: Nightshade:

Book 5: Last Night:

Book 6: San Francisco Night:

Book 7: New York Night:

And getting back to our theme of Did You Know…

Did You Know…

We have a Newly Arrived Science Fiction & Fantasy Section too?

We do!

The Section is actually housed on a cart at the Circulation Desk as seen in the photo below.

So if you’re waiting for the next new book in a series to come in – or your just popping into the library for a minute pick up a new book or two to fill the Sci-Fi and Fantasy niche in your life!

Did You Know we have the following Science Fiction and Fantasy DVDs?

We do!

And they’re perfect for your summer viewing pleasure (Or fall, winter or spring viewing too really…)

Alice At The Palace (1982):

Meryl Streep displays the talent that would soon make her a movie star in Alice at the Palace, a musical theater adaptation by Elizabeth Swados of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Dressed in pink overalls, Streep sings and dances through such famous scenes as the Mad Tea Party and playing croquet with the Queen of Hearts. This production, from the early 1980s, lies somewhere between Hair and Into the Woods. The music ranges across a variety of styles (from calypso to barbershop quartet) and video manipulations enhance the inventive physical staging, but it’s Streep that will carry you through–her sound effects as Alice changes size (after drinking from a bottle labeled “Drink Me”) are delightful, capturing both a childlike imagination and the fluid reality of theater. Alice at the Palace features several other recognizable faces, including Mark Linn-Baker (My Favorite Year) and dancer-choreographer Debbie Allen. –Bret Fetzer, Amazon Review

The Dresden Files (2007):

If you’ve never seen it – this is a great 12 episode video set based upon the books by Jim Butcher – it is one of those brilliant series that just didn’t get high enough ratings to get renewed – but I’ve seen every episode and enjoyed them all immensely.

Series Description: The Dresden Files is about a wizard named Harry. “Good marketing,” a cynical observer notes in one episode from the Sci-Fi Channel’s one-season wonder based on the books by Jim Butcher. “Couldn’t you come up with something a little more original?” Actually, this series manages to be plenty original despite echoes of The X-Files and the 1970s cult classic The Night Stalker. Paul Blackthorne stars as Harry Dresden, a scruffy Chicago private eye whose gift comes in handy for children menaced by skinwalkers, or for offering Lt. Murphy (Valerie Cruz) of the Chicago police “an unconventional point of view” concerning grisly, bizarre cases involving werewolves, vampires, and other decidedly unfriendly spirits. The Dresden Files is a paranormal noir (para-noir?) that deftly balances genuine scares, hard-boiled moxie, and tongue-in-cheek humor, delivered with panache by “Bob” (Terrance Mann), an ancient English spirit who resides in a skull and gives.Harry supernatural assistance. Harry’s backstory–magician father, wizard mother, treacherous uncle–is revealed over the course of these 12 episodes. The eighth broadcast episode, “Things That Go Bump,” was reportedly intended as the series pilot, and may be the best place to start. But Harry’s world-weary voice-over in the classic tradition (“If you’re a wizard and you fail, people can end up dead”) keeps viewers oriented. Low ratings made The Dresden Files disappear, making this DVD set welcome for the series’ hardcore fans who mounted the ultimately unsuccessful letter-writing campaign to save Dresden from the “Brilliant, but Cancelled” files. But even those who are unfamiliar with Butcher’s books or are not on the Sci-Fi Channel’s wavelength will be charmed. –Donald Liebenson, Amazon Review.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016):

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter blockbusters. The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

The Guild Seasons 1 & 2:

Cyd Serman (a.k.a. Codex) has hit bottom. Dumped by her boyfriend, her employer, and her therapist, she drowns her sorrows the way any modern girl would–in the world of online gaming. But after a fellow player mistakes their in game rapport for real-world romance and shows up on her doorstep, Codex brings all of the members of her online guild face-to-face…with very awkward results.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016):

If it’s the Snow White tale you’re looking for, discover the story that came before… Chris Hemsworth and Oscar winner Charlize Theron return to their roles in the epic action-­adventure The Huntsman: Winter’s War, joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. Theron stars as evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Blunt) with an unforgiveable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. As war escalates between the two queens, Eric the Huntsman (Hemsworth), and his fellow warrior, Sara (Chastain), must help Freya vanquish her sister… or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.

The Magicians, Season 1:

Based on Lev Grossman’s New York Times best seller, The Magicians centers on Quentin, a brilliant grad student chosen to attend Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. He and his 20-something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real – and poses grave danger to humanity.

Mazes And Monsters (1982):

Bound together by a desire to play “Mazes and Monsters”, Robbie and his four college classmates decide to move the board game into the local legendary cavern. When Robbie starts having real life visions, the line between reality and fantasy fuse into a harrowing adventure.

The Orphanage:

The Orphanage centers on Laura (Belén Rueda) who purchases her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring and reopening the long abandoned facility as a place for disabled children. Once there, Laura discovers that the new environment awakens her son’s imagination, but the ongoing fantasy games he plays with an invisible friend quickly turn into something more disturbing. Upon seeing her family increasingly threatened by the strange occurrences in the house, Laura looks to a group of parapsychologists for help in unraveling the mystery that has taken over the place.

The Seventh Son (2017):

In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscarwinner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes of The Chronicles of Narnia). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Oscar winner Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.

Classic Ray Harryhausen Films:

7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958):

It’s an incredible cinematic adventure as the legendary Sinbad sets off on a dangerous journey to the mysterious Island of Colossus. His quest is to break the spell cast over his beloved princess by a diabolical magician. But before he can save her, Sinbad must battle an awesome collection of mythical monsters, the man-eating Cyclops, a saber-wielding skeleton, a ferocious two-headed bird called the Roc and a fire-breathing dragon. Starring Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Torin Thatcher and highlighted by the stunning visual effects mastery of Ray Harryhausen. Now in a pristine, hi-definition transfer that captures the magic of Harryhausen’s “eye-popping” special effects in dazzling Technicolor.

Clash of the Titans (1981):

Decades prior to the sensational 2010 version of the tale, Harry Hamlin took up sword and shield to play valorous Perseus, mortal son of Zeus (Laurence Olivier) who sets out to fulfill his destiny by rescuing beloved Andromeda from the wrath of goddess Thetis (Maggie Smith). Perils await Perseus time and again. And eye-filling thrills await viewers as stop-motion effects legend Ray Harryhausen (Jason and the Argonauts) unleashes snake-haired Medusa, fearsome Kraken, winged Pegasus, two-headed dog Dioskilos, giant scorpions and more. Rejoice, fantasy fans: the movie gods gift us with adventure that’s innovative, heroic, titanic.

Jason and the Argonauts (1963):

Fantastic special effects by Ray Harryhausen and exciting mythological adventure make this a film that is fun for everyone. It’s the story of Jason (Todd Armstrong), a fearless sailor and explorer, who returns to the kingdom of Thessaly after a 20-year voyage to make his rightful claim to the throne. But to do so, Jason must first find the magical Golden Fleece. He selects a crew and with the help of Hera, Queen of the Gods, sets sail in search of the Fleece. Jason and his crew must overcome incredible obstacles including a 100-foot bronze giant, the venomous Hydraa huge creature with the heads of seven snakes, and a spectacular battle with an army of skeletons.

Mysterious Island (1961):

Based on Verne’s sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, this rousing Civil War-era fantasy begins when a band of Union war prisoners (and one Confederate straggler) escape in a hot-air balloon, which crash-lands on the titular island of mystery. Verne’s novel doesn’t include any gigantic creatures, but Harryhausen’s version–under the capable direction of genre specialist Cy Endfield–features giant oysters, bees, a prehistoric Phororhacos (a giant chickenlike bird!), an undersea cephalopod, a giant crab, and enough danger to keep its resourceful ensemble on constant alert. Captain Nemo (Herbert Lom, ably filling James Mason’s shoes) is a third-act hero, pursuing an ill-fated dream to save humanity from hunger and war. The action may be too intense for younger viewers, but Endfield’s pacing and Harryhausen’s stop-motion mastery make Mysterious Island a wondrous precursor to Harryhausen’s follow-up classic, Jason and the Argonauts. –Jeff Shannon, Amazon Review.

One Million Years B.C. (1966):

Tumak (John Richardson, Black Sunday) is banished from his home, but soon finds himself living among the kind, gentle Shell People. There, he falls in love with the beautiful Loana (Raquel Welch, 100 Rifles, Fuzz, Fathom), in the role that made her an international sex symbol and a major star. The two decide to strike out on their own, living by their wits in a deadly land of treacherous beasts and unknown dangers, leading to a thrilling climax by the edge of an angry volcano. The stunning primeval creatures were created by the legendary special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen (The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms). One Million Years B.C., is a true science-fiction classic.

Valley of the Gwangi (1969):

Cowpokes head into a mysterious Mexican valley to head ’em up and move ’em out. But they’re not looking for little doggies. They’re looking for great big dinosaurs. James Franciscus stars in this thunderous adventure featuring amazing special effects by Ray Harryhausen. Franciscus plays a Wild West showman who leads his riding and roping crew into the title region, where prehistoric giants still roam. Thanks to Harryhausen wizardry, fantastic creatures lunge, fight and rampage in scene after dazzling scene (including an awesome sequence where the cowboys rope Gwangi, a razor-toothed allosaurus). Saddle up and join the excitement.

Sometimes They Come Back (1991):

This adaptation of Stephen King’s thriller is about a man (Tim Matheson) who returns to his hometown after 27 years. Soon he is tormented by ghosts of the dead teens who killed his brother, then died in freak accident, a train wreck, years before. As students in his class die, they are replaced by the killers.

Two Film Favorites: Stanley Kubrick:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): The sci-fi masterpiece from acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick about a space voyage to Jupiter that turns chaotic when a computer enhanced with artificial intelligence takes over.

A Clockwork Orange (1971): The head of a gang of toughs is conditioned to become physically ill at sex and violence during a prison sentence. When he is released, he’s beaten by all of his old adversaries.

And if there are any books or DVDs you’d like to see read or watch but that you don’t see in our collection – please let me know!

I am the Acquisitions Librarian & you can email me at: reimerl@stls.org

Have a great day!
Linda, SSCL

StarCat (The catalog of physical materials, i.e. books, DVDs, music CDs etc.):

OverDrive (The catalog of digital materials including eBooks, downloadable audio books and a handful of streaming videos):

Freegal Music Service (The streaming catalog of music available for free to library card holders):

RB Digital (Free magazines – on demand!):

And apps for OverDrive, Freegal & RB Digital can be found in your app store – so you can access digital library content on a laptop/desktop computer or on a mobile device.

Personal Information Rights…

Many of my one-on-one patrons are very cautious of what information they submit on the internet. They may be interested in our June and July Tech, Talk, and Tea programs. Some one-on-one patrons aren’t very concerned with it, feeling like there’s no reason for them to protect what they consider relatively valueless digital assets. The other day I was doing my best to explain how one person’s “meh” is another person’s “aha…” I mean–what you may think is useless can often be exploited give the right tools, know-how, and ethical alignment.

Regardless of your stance, it’s interesting to see the European Union’s take on the news lately. They’re taking steps to ensure their residents have access to what, how, and where their personal information is used. Here’s are a few articles on the issue and how it may affect our lives in the United States, across the big blue wet thing:

CNBC: “US companies are not exempt from Europe’s new data privacy rules — and here’s what they need to do about it”

Wall Street Journal: “GDPR: What Is It and How Might It Affect You?”

European Union Press Release: “General Data Protection Regulation enters into application” 

If this topic is of interest to you, then I encourage you to check out the Crash Course YouTube playlist on what I consider a closely related topic: Media Literacy!

 

Suggested Reading Week of May 28, 2018

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

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

Digital Suggestions Of The Week:

Assume the Worst, The Graduation Speech You’ll Never Hear by Carl Hiaasen:

This is Oh, the Places You’ll Never Go–the ultimate hilarious, cynical, but absolutely realistic view of a college graduate’s future. And what he or she can or can’t do about it.

“This commencement address will never be given, because graduation speakers are supposed to offer encouragement and inspiration. That’s not what you need. You need a warning.”

So begins Carl Hiaasen’s attempt to prepare young men and women for their future. And who better to warn them about their precarious paths forward than Carl Hiaasen? The answer, after reading Assume the Worst, is: Nobody.

And who better to illustrate–and with those illustrations, expand upon and cement Hiaasen’s cynical point of view–than Roz Chast, best-selling author/illustrator and National Book Award winner? The answer again is easy: Nobody.

Following the format of Anna Quindlen’s commencement address (Being Perfect) and George Saunders’s commencement address (Congratulations, by the way), the collaboration of Hiaasen and Chast might look typical from the outside, but inside it is anything but.

This book is bound to be a classic, sold year after year come graduation time. Although it’s also a good gift for anyone starting a job, getting married, or recently released from prison. Because it is not just funny. It is, in its own Hiaasen way, extremely wise and even hopeful. Well, it might not be full of hope, but there are certainly enough slivers of the stuff in there to more than keep us all going.

Dead Girl Running: Cape Charade Series, Book 1 by Christina Dodd:

I have three confessions to make:
1. I’ve got the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.
2. I don’t remember an entire year of my life.
3. My name is Kellen Adams…and that’s half a lie.

Girl running…from a year she can’t remember, from a husband she prays is dead, from homelessness and fear. Tough, capable Kellen Adams takes a job as assistant manager of a remote vacation resort on the North Pacific Coast. There amid the towering storms and the lashing waves, she hopes to find sanctuary. But when she discovers a woman’s dead and mutilated body, she’s soon trying to keep her own secrets while investigating first one murder…then another.

Now every guest and employee is a suspect. Every friendly face a mask. Every kind word a lie. Kellen’s driven to defend her job, her friends and the place she’s come to call home. Yet she wonders–with the scar of a gunshot on her forehead and amnesia that leaves her unsure of her own past–could the killer be staring her in the face?

File M for Murder: Cat in the Stacks Mystery Series, Book 3 by Miranda James:

In this mystery in the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series, librarian Charlie Harris and his cat Diesel must clear the name of someone near and dear to their hearts—Charlie’s own daughter.

Athena College’s new writer in residence is a famous native son, playwright Connor Lawton, known for his sharp writing—and sharper tongue. After an unpleasant encounter, librarian Charlie Harris heads home to a nice surprise: his daughter, Laura, is visiting and will be subbing for another professor this fall semester. It’s great news until he hears who got her the job: her old flame, Connor Lawton…

Fearing competition for Connor’s affections, one of his admirers tries to drive Laura out of town. And then, before Connor finishes the play he is writing, he is murdered—and Laura is the prime suspect. Knowing she’s innocent, Charlie and his faithful sidekick, Diesel, follow Connor’s cluttered trail of angry lovers, bitter enemies, and intriguing library research to find the true killer before his daughter is forever cataloged under “M”—for murderer.

Furyborn: The Empirium Trilogy Series, Book 1 by Claire Legrand:

The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable―until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world―and of each other.

Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations (unabridged downloadable audio book) written by John McCain & Mark Salter, read by Beau Bridges:

In this candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain, an American hero reflects on his life—and what matters most.

“I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here. Maybe I’ll have another five years. Maybe, with the advances in oncology, they’ll find new treatments for my cancer that will extend my life. Maybe I’ll be gone before you read this. My predicament is, well, rather unpredictable. But I’m prepared for either contingency, or at least I’m getting prepared. I have some things I’d like to take care of first, some work that needs finishing, and some people I need to see. And I want to talk to my fellow Americans a little more if I may.”

So writes John McCain in this inspiring, moving, frank, and deeply personal memoir. Written while confronting a mortal illness, McCain looks back with appreciation on his years in the Senate, his historic 2008 campaign for the presidency against Barack Obama, and his crusades on behalf of democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Always the fighter, McCain attacks the “spurious nationalism” and political polarization afflicting American policy. He makes an impassioned case for democratic internationalism and bi-partisanship. He tells stories of his most satisfying moments of public service, including his work with another giant of the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy.

Senator McCain recalls his disagreements with several presidents, and minces no words in his objections to some of President Trump’s statements and policies. At the same time, he offers a positive vision of America that looks beyond the Trump presidency.
The Restless Wave is John McCain at his best.

Print Suggestions Of The Week:

The House of Broken Angels (Audiobook on CD) by Luis Alberto Urrea:

In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader in a single weekend. Among the guests is Big Angel’s half brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life.

Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of Big Angel and his mother, and recounting the many inspiring tales that have passed into family lore, the acts both ordinary and heroic that brought these citizens to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home.

The story of the de La Cruzes is the quintessential American story. This indelible portrait of a complex family reminds us of what it means to be the first generation and to live two lives across one border. It takes us into a world we have not known, while reflecting back the hopes and dreams of our own families. Teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn, The House of Broken Angels is Luis Alberto Urrea at his best, and cements his reputation as a storyteller of the first rank.

Insidious Intent by Val McDermid:

Longlisted for the 2018 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

Insidious Intent, the latest installment in Val McDermid’s popular series featuring psychologist Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan, reaffirms Val McDermid’s place as Britan’s reigning Queen of Crime. In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A wedding crasher is luring the women away―only to torch the victims’ bodies in their own cars in remote locations, leaving behind no personal clues or forensic traces. It is the first official case for Carol’s elite Regional Major Incident Team―and maybe the toughest case she and Tony have ever had to face. It all “comes together in an ending that hits like a bomb blast,” The Globe and Mail raved. “Don’t miss this one and save it for the day when you want to read straight through.”

Margaret Truman’s Allied In Danger by Margaret Truman & Donald Bain:

PI Robert Brixton is back in Margaret Truman’s Allied in Danger, Donald Bain’s next installment in the New York Times bestselling Capital Crimes series

David Portland works security for America’s British Embassy in London. His life is upended when his son Trevor dies mysteriously in Nigeria, while employed by a suspicious security/mercenary company known as SureSafe. One night, Portland sees a man in a bar wearing a bracelet―a family heirloom, which he had given his son―and attacks the man. The information he learns will send Portland down a rabbit-hole of deadly deception―one which he hopes will lead him to the truth about his son’s death.

Meanwhile, Robert Brixton, a noted Washington DC-based international investigator, has been hired to look into a fraudulent charity and a criminal warlord in Nigeria. His life and his investigations will soon become intertwined with Portland’s probe and that of his estranged, ex-wife, Elizabeth. Their interconnected cases will take Brixton to Nigeria, into that country’s Heart of Darkness and on one of the most violent and dangerous journeys of his life.

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel:

Pacific Rim meets The Martian in the explosive follow-up to Sleeping Giants (“One of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory.”—NPR) and

Waking Gods (“Pure, unadulterated literary escapism.”—Kirkus Reviews).

Brilliant scientist Rose Franklin has devoted her adult life to solving the mystery she accidentally stumbled upon as a child: a huge metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. The discovery set in motion a cataclysmic chain of events with geopolitical ramifications. Rose and the Earth Defense Corps raced to master the enigmatic technology, as giant robots suddenly descended on Earth’s most populous cities, killing one hundred million people in the process. Though Rose and her team were able to fend off the attack, their victory was short-lived. The mysterious invaders retreated, disappearing from the shattered planet . . . but they took the scientist and her crew with them.

Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find a devastating new war—this time between humans. America and Russia are locked in combat, fighting to fill the power vacuum left behind after the invasion. Families are torn apart, friends become bitter enemies, and countries collapse in the wake of the battling superpowers. It appears the aliens left behind their titanic death machines so humankind will obliterate itself. Rose is determined to find a solution, whatever it takes. But will she become a pawn in a doomsday game no one can win?

Warlight: A Novel by Michael Ondaatje:

From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.

In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself–shadowed and luminous at once–we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings’ mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn’t know and understand in that time, and it is this journey–through facts, recollection, and imagination–that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

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

Freegal Music Service

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

RBDigital

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

About Library Apps:

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

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Think Like a Developer

One of the most common responses to my instruction is: how do you know this!

Now, I’m not a software developer, but I am a design and planning thinker, and besides a healthy dose of experience–*cough-cough* necessitated trial-and-error *cough-cough*–I think it’s helpful to trust that the person who designed what you’re using put what you commonly want fairly close by.

We like the sleek, simplified look, but also want to have all the tools we might possibly want there when we want them. The solution to your “how do I…” woes is often in one of the following ways to find more options:

Options

  • Three lines (at top left or right)
  • Three dots (at top left or right)
  • Left arrow to go back to the previous screen (usually at top left)
  • On a computer: right click (the options depend on where the cursor is located)

So many people I work with feel dumb for not knowing or remembering to use one of these features, but I’ve seen pretty much everyone pause to think (sometimes for a while) when they need to find options. I attribute it to adapting to screen-logic, or moving between screen-logic and physical-logic.

What do you think?