Suggested Viewing January 2023

Hi everyone, here are our streaming recommendations for the month ahead of us.

The next Suggested Viewing post will be out the first Saturday, in February – Saturday, February 4, 2023.

The Adam Project (Netflix) (Debut Date: 2022)

Adam Reed is a pilot from the year 2050, a dystopian future where time travel is more or less commonplace.
Adam’s wife disappears in the past, and he attempts to travel to the year 2018 to find her but inadvertently ends up in the year 2022, in his own childhood backyard. Now Adam will need to rely on the help of his younger self to find his wife and save the future. “The Adam Project” is a funny, lighthearted adventure through time that just about anyone will have fun watching. – Looper Description

The Fablemans (Debut Date: 2022)

(Can be rented/purchased from Amazon, Apple or Google Play and is playing in theaters now) (Debut Date: 2022)

Rediscover the magic of movies in Steven Spielberg’s coming-of-age story about a young man’s love of film and the power it has to reveal the truth in ourselves and others

The Woman King (2022)

(Can be rented/purchased from Amazon, Apple or Google Play) (Debut Date: 2022)

Inspired by true events, Viola Davis stars in an action-packed story of an elite all-female unit of warriors determined to defend their nation. Amazon Description

Kaleidoscope (Netflix) (Debut Date: January 1, 2023)

DESCRIPTION: This heart-pounding Netflix Original action crime-drama series is an absolute must-watch for 2023.

Follow along as a master thief and his crew try to carry out an extremely elaborate and ambitious heist worth a whopping $7 billion dollars. Unsurprisingly, an effort this big comes with its own share of problems that include betrayals, greed, vengeance, and more threats that seek to undermine their mission. See it all go down Kaleidoscope this month, only on Netflix. – Decider Description

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+) (Debut Date: January 4, 2023)

The series is about a team of clone mercenaries navigating the galaxy after the fall of the Republic. -Marketwatch

The Pale Blue Eye (Netflix) (January 6, 2023)

Christian Bale headlines this 1830-set mystery as world-weary detective Landor, who’s called to West Point to investigate the gruesome murder of a young cadet. Stonewalled by the academy’s code of silence, he enlists the help of one of their own. The eccentric cadet has no love for military life but a true passion for poetry. His name is Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling). Together, Landor and Poe pursue the case, all while the detective struggles with grief over his dead wife. Meanwhile, Poe is intrigued by Lea (Lucy Boynton), the sister of a cadet who becomes a suspect. – Kelly Woo, Tom’s Guide

The Rig (Amazon Prime Video) (January 6, 2023)

A group of workers on a remote Scottish oil rig are due to return to the mainland when a mysterious fog enshrouds them and supernatural forces take hold. Buzzfeed Description

Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches (AMC) (Debut Date: January 8, 2023)

AMC is all in on Anne Rice. The network has ordered a second season of its Interview With a Vampire reboot, and now it’s unveiling a series based on the author’s bestselling trilogy, Lives of the Mayfair Witches. Alexandra Daddario stars as Rowan, an intuitive neurosurgeon who discovers she’s the heir to a family of witches. As she comes to terms with her heritage and her newfound powers, she must also contend with the sinister spirit that has haunted her family for generations. – Kelly Woo, Tom’s Guide

Night Court (NBC) (January 17, 2023)

Revivals and reboots are a trend that’s here to stay. The latest classic TV show to come back to life is Night Court, a sequel/continuation of the 1980s sitcom. The original starred Harry Anderson as Judge Harry Stone, who presided over the night shift at a Manhattan courthouse. Now, more than 30 years later, his daughter, Abby Stone (Melissa Rauch) is wielding the gavel. Anderson passed away in 2018, so he’ll only be present as a beloved memory. But John Larroquette is reprising his role as prosecutor Dan Fielding. He’ll be one of many oddballs and cynics that the second Judge Stone must bring to order. – Kelly Woo, Tom’s Guide

Lockwood & Co. (Netflix) (January 27, 2023)

DESCRIPTION: This brand new Netflix Original supernatural thriller based on Jonathan Stroud’s book series of the same name takes place in London, where the most skilled ghost-hunters engage in nightly battles with dangerous spirits. Setting themselves apart from all the adult-run ghost-hunting agencies are the three teens behind Lockwood & Co., a small startup determined to investigate the deadly spirits haunting their city. – Decider Description

Hoopla Streaming Pick of the Month

Because We’re Done (2022) (Genre: Comedy)

A married man going through a mid life crisis believes that the fate of his marriage rest solely in his hands.

Only to learn that the ultimate decision will be made by his wife.

Have a great weekend,

Linda

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Suggested Listening January 6, 2023

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, January 13, 2023.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Black Nights by Lowell Fulsom (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Soul (1966)

Blues With A Feeling by The Butterfield Blues Band (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: The Butterfield Blues Band (1965)

Cedar’s Blues by Rufus Reed Trio with the Sirius Quartet (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Celebration (2022)

Days Beyond Recall by Bunk Johnson (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Bunk’s Blues (2009)

Gonna Live The Life by Josh White Jr. (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: House of the Rising Son (1999)

If I Do Nothing by Colleen Kattau (Genre: Folk)

Recorded live in 2016. Colleen Kattau is a professor at Cortland University.

I Stand And Wonder by Sam Chatmon (Genre: Blues)

From The Albums: I Have To Paint My Face (1960) by Sam Chatmon & Classic Delta and Deep South Blue from Smithsonian Folkways (2018) by Various Artists

Peace Piece by Bill Evans (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Everyone Digs Bill Evans (1959)

A Pillow of Winds by Pink Floyd (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

From The Album: Meddle (1971)

Ten Long Years by B.B. King & Eric Clapton (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Riding With The King (2000)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

In Defense of My Own Happiness (2021) by Joy Oladokun (Genre: Folk)

In Defense of My Own Happiness

And from the album, the song:

In My Younger Days by Joy Oladokun

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.

Suggested Reading January 4, 2023

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 now published on Wednesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

Age of Vice: A Novel by Deepti Kapoor

(Available Formats: eBook, Print Book coming soon!)

Age of Vice

A poor boy joins up with a ruthless rich family in this fast-paced thriller. Kapoor’s sprawling second novel opens with a horrific scene: five day laborers lying dead on a New Delhi street, killed after being struck by a Mercedes early in the morning. When the police arrive, they find Ajay, a young man, at the wheel, an empty bottle of scotch nearby. Ajay, we learn, comes from a “poor, less than poor” family in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh; his family are members of a socially disadvantaged caste. When he was a boy, his father was beaten to death by a group of strongmen; his mother sold him to pay for the money she borrowed for her husband’s medical bills. Ajay worked for the farmer who bought him until the man died, then found work in a backpacker cafe where he met Sunny Wadia, the de facto leader of a band of “young, rich, and glamorous Indians, not afraid to show it, not afraid to slum it, welcome everywhere, welcomed by themselves.” Sunny, a flashy playboy, offers Ajay a job working for him in Delhi; the young man accepts, becoming a valet, butler, bodyguard: “the beating heart of Sunny’s world. Wordless, faceless, content.” Ajay soon learns that the Wadia family, entrenched in a feud, is more sinister and dangerous than he thought and that he’s being made to take the fall for a crime he didn’t commit. Kapoor switches points of view and timelines throughout the book to great effect; it doesn’t take long for the reader to become invested in the Mario Puzo-esque drama of the Wadia family and their associates. Her dialogue shines, and although the novel is a bit too long, it’s certainly gripping. Fans of crime novels will find much to admire in this quite entertaining book. A bit too long-winded but a whole lot of fun. – Kirkus Review

Bandit Queens: A Novel by Parini Shroff

(Available Formats: eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

Bandit Queens

Shroff’s debut is a darkly hilarious take on gossip, caste, truth, village life, and the patriarchy. Geeta’s abusive drunk of a husband disappeared five years ago, leaving her alone and destitute in a small village in India, where rumor has it that she did him in. Her reputation as a woman who “removed her own nose ring” protects her from various unpleasant attentions, and it’s not long before other women in her microloan group seek her assistance removing their nose rings. Inspired by Phoolan Devi, “the Bandit Queen,” who fought for the rights of women in India, Geeta engages the help of a handsome widower (and black-market liquor purveyor) and takes on a gangster from whom she steals a dog. Geeta inadvertently manages to facilitate a couple of husband disposals before her own spouse reappears, hoping to reconcile with her. As one of her beneficiaries tries to blackmail her and her long-estranged, childhood best friend becomes a source of support, Geeta endeavors to take her life back. A perfect match for fans of Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer (2018) and clever, subversive storytelling. – Booklist Review

Brotherless Night: A Novel by V. V. Ganeshananthan

(Available Formats: eBook)

Brotherless Night

In 1980s civil war–shattered Sri Lanka, 16-year-old Sashi works as a medic at a field hospital for the Tamil Tigers, who are fighting for a separate homeland. When the Tigers murder one of her teachers and Indian peacekeepers bring further atrocity, Sashi joins a dangerous underground project to document human rights violations in her country. From the author of Love Marriage, which was long-listed for the Women’s Prize. – Library Journal Review

Checkout 19: A Novel by Claire-Louise Bennett

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Checkout 19

Bennett’s (Pond, 2016) kaleidoscopically imaginative, word-enthralled, working-class English narrator reenters the consciousness of her younger selves and tracks how books, reading, and writing shaped each phase of her life, her syntax, vocabulary, and tone evolving as she matures. As a misfit child she learns to take out one book at a time from the library rather than the stack she covets because the other books distract her while she attempts to read. Hyper-observant, she fidgets in school, has a crush on a teacher who encourages her to write, and, with increasing cynicism, becomes cognizant of society’s different expectations for men and women. She works for years on a story that stoked the precariousness of her relationship with a poet, a poignant, metaphysical, and wryly witty tale featuring wealthy Tarquin Superbus in “long-ago” Venice who discovers that his vast library contains books with blank pages. When she works in a grocery store during college, the Russian man who always stands in her checkout line eventually presents her with Nietzche’s Beyond Good and Evil. Incandescent, surreal, mordantly funny, wrenching, and exhilarating, Bennett’s enrapturing paean to literature echoes Jorge Luis Borges, Clarice Lispector, Lynne Tillman, and Lucy Ellmann, pays direct homage to myriad writers, traces the nexus of literature and life, and maps a book-besotted woman’s search for meaning. – Booklist Review

Dangerous Business: A Novel by Jane Smiley

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

A Dangerous Business

Pulitzer Prize winner Smiley (Perestroika in Paris) spins a remarkable story of the California gold rush and a pair of sex worker sleuths who track down the culprit behind a series of disappearances. After 21-year-old Eliza Cargill Ripple’s husband is killed in a bar brawl, she goes to work in the efficiently run and well-guarded brothel of beneficent madam Mrs. Parks. It’s Mrs. Parks who says the “risky business” of prostitution is a “dangerous” one, but so is, for these characters, simply being a woman. Eliza’s customers are a mix of the young and old, wandering sailors, adulterous husbands, judges, and lawyers. One day, Eliza establishes what she terms her life’s “ first true friendship” with Jean MacPherson, a colleague who services “reticent” women and often dresses as a man. Most of the characters are transplants from back east who’ve landed in town with new names and new identities, and when several of them—all women—disappear, Eliza and Jean become a formidable duo of amateur sleuths whose deductive skills were gained by reading Edgar Allan Poe (especially “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”). Harnessing’s Poe’s character Dupin’s “train of logic,” the women suss out the most likely culprit and hatch a cleverly devised trap. The vivid historical details and vibrant characters bring Smiley’s setting to glorious life. This seductive entertainment is not to be missed. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

The Darkest Game by Joseph Schneider

(Available Formats: eBook, Hoopla instant checkout eBook & Audiobook)

The Darkest Game

Good thing Joseph Schneider is a crackerjack crime novelist. As readers of his quirky first novel, One Day You’ll Burn (2020), know, he writes more asides, mini-essays, and one-liners into his fiction than the chattiest Victorian ever dared. And they’re usually fascinating enough to keep plot-centered mystery readers from abandoning ship. Learn the origin of the word “”buccaneer.”” Ponder the possibility that brain scans can reveal sociopathy. And enjoy the story. LA homicide detective Marcus Jarsdale of Burn is back, this time tackling two murders at a prestigious library, art museum, and garden. His interrogations of staffers have an unusual layer, as arty types with strong sense of self-importance encounter a cop who’s a former classics professor and can correct their misinformation about Emperor Vespasian. There’s gunplay, too, along with misdirection and facts presented as clues that may be just . . . facts. (Watch out for that blue chip and that H.G. Wells novel lying about.) Above all, relish the beautiful writing, as when water is described as “”the dazzling blue of a gas flame.”” And ponder the distinction between “”acronyms”” and “”initialisms. – Booklist Review

Earl and the Pharaoh: From the Real Downton Abbey to the Discovery of Tutankhamun by The Countess of Carnarvon

(Available Formats: eBook & CD Audiobook)

Earl and the Pharaoh

You may not know Lady Fiona Carnarvon, but you know her country home, Highclere Castle, where the sensationally popular Downton Abbey is filmed. Here she draws on Highclere’s archives to chronicle the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, financed by her forebear George Herbert, an antiquities collector and the 5th Earl of Carnarvon. Just in time for the centennial. – Library Journal Review

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries: Book One of the Emily Wilde Series by Heather Fawcett
(Available Formats: eBook)

Emily Wilde

DEBUT Known for her middle grade and YA titles, Fawcett (The School Between Winter and Fairyland) makes her adult fiction debut with this story told in the form of a journal. Emily Wilde is a faerie folklore researcher setting off for field work in Hrafnsvik, a small town with few amenities. She is a genius researcher with meticulous practices, the very opposite of her colleague Wendell Bambleby. Wendelle is a leading researcher with many accolades, but who is he really? Emily has many suspicions about him, and their field work will bring them closer than ever, as Wendell shows up unexpectedly in Hrafnsvik. What’s more, faeries are abducting and harassing humans, which forces Emily and Wendell to team up in order to help the locals and so that Emily can finish her research. VERDICT While the pacing starts off slow, Fawcett grabs readers’ attention by drawing them into the folklore as well as the surrounding world. She does a fantastic job building complex characters, and the academic-prose style of Emily’s journal entries works well for the story. A great read for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Erin Morgenstern. – Starred Library Journal Review

Ghost 19 by Simone St. James

(Available Formats: eBook)

Ghost 19

A woman moves to a town where she becomes obsessed with watching the lives of her neighbors while stuck in a house that refuses to let her leave in this first ever short story from the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Cold Cases.

Is there something wrong with Ginette Cox? It’s what everyone seems to think. When a doctor suggests that what she might need is less excitement, she packs up and moves from New York City to a house in suburban NY: 19 Howard Ave.

The town offers Ginette little in the way of entertainment in 1959, but at least she has interesting neighbors. Whether it’s the little girl with her doll or the couple and their mother-in-law, Ginette watches them from her window and makes up names and stories for them.

But it’s not all peaceful in suburbia. Ginette finds it hard to sleep in her new house. There are strange and scary noises coming from the basement, and she is trapped, either by a ghost or her own madness.

But when Ginette starts to think a murder has taken place and a mysterious man starts making terrifying appearances outside her window, it’s clear she must deal with whatever isn’t allowing her to escape this house…

Heretic Royal: An Action Packed Novel of High Fantasy by G.A. Aiken

(Available Formats: eBook & Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

Heretic Royal

In this riveting, feminist tale perfect for fans of Katee Robert and Nalini Singh, two sisters battle for a single throne, warring factions take up arms, a land is divided, and uncertain allies become very certain lovers. With subtle commentary on today’s political polarization, this riveting epic celebrates strong female characters and champions the underdog with diverse, expert world building.
Gods save the queen!

Ainsley Farmerson has always planned to break free of the family business—and the family drama. But what was once farming, smithworking, and bickering over the dinner table has turned into open warfare between sisters. Sides have been taken, lives are on the line, and Ainsley has no doubt which sister must be queen. She’ll do whatever is necessary to take down the soulless Beatrix. Even if that means joining forces with angry battle nuns, irritating monks, and overbearing centaurs.
Gruffyn of the Torn Moon Clan has no time for human beings.

And yet . . . there is something about the uncontrollable princess that he can’t ignore. Maybe it’s the way her eldest sisters underestimate her. Or her bravery facing down dragons and mad queens from distant lands. Whatever the reason, Gruff is willing to fight by this human’s side. Not only for the entertainment value, but because she’s right. Beatrix must never be queen. So whatever he has to do, whoever he has to destroy, Gruff will battle beside Ainsley. Fast. Hard. And with absolutely no mercy .

“The action speeds along and the dialogue pings among sarcastic dragons, earnest fathers and obnoxious siblings.”– Bookpage

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.

Suggested Listening December 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, January 6, 2023.

And here are our recommended songs of the week!

Auld Lang Syne by Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (Genre: Easy Listening)

From The Album: Auld Lang Syne (2006)

Auld Lang Syne Boogie by Freddie Mitchell (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: The Chronological Freddie Mitchell 1949-1950 (2002)

Bringing In A Brand New Year by Charles Brown (Genre: R&B, Blues)

From The Album: Cool Christmas Blues (1994)

Celtic New Year by Van Morrison (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk)

From The Album: Magic Time (2005)

Happy New Year by Judy Garland (Genre: Vocal)

From The Album: Alone (1957)

Let’s Start The New Year Right by Bing Crosby (Genre: Vocal)

From The Soundtrack: Holiday Inn (1942)

My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year) by Peggy Lee (Genre: Pop, Vocal)

From The Album: Christmas With Peggy Lee (2006)

New Year’s Eve by Joe Walsh (of the Eagles)

From The Soundtrack: The Waterboy (2007)

New Year’s Resolution by Otis Redding & Carla Thomas (Genre: R&B, Vocal)

From The Album: King And Queen (1967)

Nothin’ New for New Year by Harry Connick Jr. & George Jones (Genre: Vocal, Jazz & Country)

From The Album: Harry For The Holidays (2003)

Peace by Norah Jones (Genre: Vocal)

From The Album: First Sessions (2001)

Same Old Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg (Genre: Pop/Rock)

From The Album: The Innocent Age (1981)

This Will Be Our Year by The Zombies (Genre: Classic Rock)

From The Album: Odessey and Oracle (1968)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

This Time I’m Swingin’ (1960) by Dean Martin (Genre: Vocal, Easy Listening)

This Time I'm Swingin

 

And from the album, the song:

On The Street Where You Live by Dean Martin

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.

Suggested Reading December 28, 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 now published on Wednesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.

American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis by Adam Hochschild

(Available Formats: Print Book)

American Midnight

President Woodrow Wilson’s call for the U.S. to enter WWI to make the world “safe for democracy” ironically set the stage for an unprecedented attack on Americans’ civil liberties, according to this expert and eye-opening account. Historian Hochschild (Rebel Cinderella) notes that increasing numbers of immigrants from Italy, Eastern Europe, and Russia during the early 20th century provoked nativist resentments and violent attacks from Americans whose Protestant ancestors came from England and northwestern Europe. Even more common, however, was violence against coal miners, steel workers, and other laborers attempting to unionize. Hochschild documents how new laws ostensibly passed to protect America’s national security, including the Espionage and Sedition Acts, were weaponized against the foreign born, labor activists, and pacifists. Though few records remain, Hochschild cites claims by one lawyer that between 1917 and 1921, 462 men and women were jailed by the federal government for a year or longer for their written or spoken words. He also documents outbreaks of racial violence, anarchist bombings, and the 1919 Palmer raids, which targeted the Union of Russian Workers. Meticulously researched, fluidly written, and frequently enraging, this is a timely reminder of the “vigilant respect for civil rights and Constitutional safeguards” needed to protect democracy and forestall authoritarianism. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

The Book Lovers by Emily Henry

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

Book Lovers

Henry’s latest is a witty, rapidly unfolding novel set in New York’s publishing world, where literary agent Nora Stephens is known as a shark. Scary, precise, and organized, she works tirelessly. She is someone people can count on, whether they’re her clients, her colleagues, or her sister, with whom she’s spending August in Sunshine Falls, North Carolina. Charlie Lastra is a talented editor with a reputation for brusqueness, broodiness, and acerbic editorial comments. He craves complete honesty at all times. While wanting to understand how things work in the world, he has learned not to trust it. They meet over Nora’s client’s book, which Charlie badly wants to edit after rejecting her former book. He, too, is in Sunshine Falls, and as they work together, their initial hostility sparks romance. They are both true big-city workaholics who appreciate each other’s ethics and brilliance, but both struggle with insecurities and the sense that they will always be watching life from the outside. Like Henry’s two previous runaway bestsellers, People We Meet on Vacation (2021) and Beach Read (2020), Book Lovers is poised to capture readers’ hearts and minds. – Booklist Review

A Book of Days by Patti Smith

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A Book of Days

Rock star Smith (Year of the Monkey) unfurls a vibrant photo scrapbook created during the Covid-19 pandemic and inspired by the “exploding collage” of social media culture. The photos include selections from Smith’s personal archive, as well as cellphone snapshots and Polaroids. There is one photo for each day of the year, and the short accompanying text often references cultural figures, whether William S. Burroughs or Greta Thunberg. Smith also recounts moments from her own life, including riding her first bike as a child and outtakes from her 1970s punk heyday. Recurring figures include her late partner, Robert Mapplethorpe, and her daughter, Jesse, who encouraged Smith to join Instagram. The captions often take the form of straightforward descriptions (“The desk of the great writer Jorge Luis Borges lives in the National Library in Buenos Aires”), but Smith’s personal photos provide moments for deeper introspection (“This is my thinking chair. I sit and let it take me where it will, as if it were a small wooden ship”). Below a photo of One World Trade Center, Smith writes, “A city of burning days and consecrated nights, utterly transformed from the New York I once knew.” Wrapped in a nostalgic glow, this will be an inspiration for Smith’s fans. – Publishers Weekly Review

Drunk on Love by Jasmine Guillory

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

Drunk On Love

Two years after returning home to Napa, CA, Margot Noble still feels a strong need to prove her worth as co-owner of her family’s winery. Margot’s hard work has left little time for pleasure, but her best friend convinces her to explore the instant connection she feels with Luke Williams. At a crossroads in his tech career, Luke views the job he spontaneously took at Noble Family Vineyards as something interesting to do while pondering his future. Neither knows who the other is when they hook up. Although Luke wants more than one night, Margot is torn, but their working relationship gives them the chance to get to know each other. Their professional scenes crackle with sexual tension and, once they are free to be together, it’s a pleasure to witness them be each other’s refuge. Still, the clandestine nature of their relationship’s beginning colors how they interact and leads to some momentous revelations about themselves and their families. VERDICT Guillory’s (By the Book) latest, imbued with her signature heat, wit, and scene-stealing secondary characters, is sure to be popular. -Starred Library Journal Review

Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Funny You Should Ask

Entertainment reporter Chani Horowitz is ecstatic and nervous when she is assigned to interview gorgeous movie star Gabe Parker. She is instantly charmed, and a whirlwind weekend ensues but ends with an awkward parting. Chani writes a flattering article about Gabe that goes viral, solidifying her writing career. A week later, Gabe elopes with his costar Jacinda, while Chani ends up marrying her boyfriend and leaving Los Angeles for New York. Ten years after their first encounter, both Chani and Gabe are divorced, and Gabe is trying to revive his acting career after getting sober. Hoping to recreate the magic of that first article, Gabe’s agent arranges for him to be interviewed once more by Chani. Sparks fly when Gabe and Chani meet again, but there’s a decade of hurt and misunderstandings in the way.

VERDICT After writing YA novels (Drawn That Way; Stray; Burn), Sussman makes her adult fiction debut with a smart and sexy tale of second-chance love. The story thoroughly satisfies on a romantic level and packs an emotional punch with genuine characters. -Starred Library Journal Review

Lessons by Ian McEwan

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

Lessons

After experimenting with forms and genres in his last three books (Nutshell, 2016; Machines Like Me, 2019; The Cockroach, 2019), McEwan returns to his forte, the sweeping family drama. This novel focuses on Roland Baines, who was born in Libya and then sent to boarding school in rural England at age 11. This traumatic separation from his family is compounded by his piano teacher, Miriam Cornell, becoming infatuated with him. The effects of these personal experiences and relentless, dramatic global events lead to Roland’s peripatetic existence: he is, like the places he is drawn to–Berlin before the wall fell and Northern Ireland during the Troubles–struggling to reconcile the many parts of himself. After meeting Alissa, he believes he has settled down, but the opening scenes focus on the aftermath of Alissa’s sudden abandonment of Roland and their son, Lawrence. McEwan is reflecting on his life; like Julian Barnes’ The Only Story (2018) and Jonathan Franzen’s ambitious tomes, this is a tale focused on a few characters that reveals much about the way the world has changed in McEwan’s lifetime. It is a rapturously enjoyable journey and one that demonstrates why McEwan is still one of the most engaging writers around.

HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: McEwan’s many fans will be thrilled to learn of his return to the saga, one stretching from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the COVID-19 pandemic.- Booklist Review

Nightwork by Nora Roberts

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

Nightwork

Harry Booth learned very early in life that he couldn’t afford to play by the rules. To help his mother pay a never-ending avalanche of medical bills, Harry began picking pockets, gradually promoting himself to nightwork, relieving wealthy households of a valuable bauble or two. After his mother’s death, Harry begins roaming around the U.S., changing his name to fit each geographic location. While indulging in his surprising penchant for higher learning, Harry meets professor’s daughter Miranda Emerson and begins seriously thinking of leaving his old life behind. But a sociopathic former client has a different plan in mind for Harry. Ever-popular Roberts’ (Legacy, 2021) latest protagonist may reinvent himself to blend in with his latest locale, but the queen of romance remains true to the traits that consistently work for her, using her immersive storytelling capabilities to create captivating characters and ensnare readers in a carefully crafted plot that splendidly showcases her signature brand of spine-chilling suspense and stylish romance.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: While there are very few sure things in life, readers can bet Roberts’ latest stand-alone will land at the top of best-seller lists everywhere. – Booklist Review

Now Is Not The Time To Panic by Kevin Wilson

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Now Is Not The Time To Panic

If the Coalfield Panic were to happen today, it would dominate the news cycle for 10 minutes before it got subsumed by another, more sensational story. In middle-of-nowhere Tennessee in 1996, Frankie Budge and her new friend, Zeke, create a poster and plaster it all over town as performance art. Unfortunately, the poster catches people’s imagination for all the wrong reasons, and it stays in the larger public consciousness for longer than Frankie and Zeke ever wanted. The signature slogan is Frankie’s, “The edge is a shantytown filled with gold seekers. We are fugitives, and the law is skinny with hunger for us.” To the two teenage misfits in Coalfield, the writing sounds subversive yet safe. But once the narrative gets out of control, it creates serious and lasting damage, enough to cast a long shadow on Frankie’s adult life. Wilson (Nothing to See Here, 2020) has developed a story that is a precise capture of adolescence and of two vibrant teens whose everyday dilemmas, weaknesses, and triumphs are utterly endearing. If the denouement feels a little pat, it is more than made up for by the crisp dialogue and the zipping story line that takes us there.- Booklist Review

People Person by Candice Carty-Williams

(Available Formats: Print Book)

People Person

Cyril Pennington’s five adult children met as kids when their fun-loving, mostly absent father introduced them all over ice cream so that they wouldn’t ever “”fall in love or have sex or any of dem tings.”” Since then it’s been touch and go (mostly go). Carty-Williams’ second London-set novel follows the whole family, giving the most airtime to sensitive thirty-year-old middle child Dimple, a would-be influencer who opens the story panicking over the dead body of her (recently) ex-boyfriend and, not knowing what else to do, calls uber-competent oldest sibling Nikisha. Soon all five siblings are gathered, but to say much more would be saying too much. Even as relative strangers, Cyril’s kids share something inarguably innate, which leads to consternation, closeness, and, eventually, growth. Combining relationship fiction, dark comedy, and domestic thriller, People Person is ultimately about how Cyril’s absence plays out for each of his kids. As she did so shrewdly in her stellar debut, Queenie (2019), Carty-Williams also weaves astute sociocultural commentary into the Penningtons’ story and their crackling, near-constant dialogue.

HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Queenie was such a hit, readers are primed for Carty-Williams’ return. – Booklist Review

Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention and How to Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari

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

Stolen Focus

Journalist Hari (Lost Connections) explores a growing “crisis”—people’s inability to focus their attention for extended periods—in this provocative study. He presents data that suggests students switch tasks once every 65 seconds, while adults in offices tend to remain focused on one thing for just three minutes. There are costs to this decrease in attention span, he suggests, from both an intellectual and a productivity perspective, as studies have shown that workers’ IQ dropped by an average of 10 points when they faced frequent “technological distraction” in the form of emails and phone calls. Hari lays out a wide array of environmental factors at play in this decline: technology companies promote innovations to keep people glued to their screens; there’s a large-scale sleep deprivation issue (40% of Americans are chronically sleep-deprived); and overall stress levels have increased—meanwhile, “deteriorating diets and rising pollution” do little to help. Although Hari addresses some actions that readers can take (such as locking phones up in a safe and taking six months off social media), he concludes that the issue is beyond individuals and is a regulatory problem—but his call that people need to band together to build “a movement to reclaim our attention” feels somewhat nebulous. Still, it’s a comprehensive and chilling lay of the land.- Publishers Weekly Review

Have a great day!

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.

Suggested Listening December 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, December 30, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Brave by Sarah Bareilles (Genre: Vocal, Pop-Rock)

From The Album: Brave (2013)

Flying Home by Lionel Hampton (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Flying Home (1956)

Good Times by Chic (Genre: R&B)

From The Album: Risqué (1979)

Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey (Genre: Pop/Rock)

From The Album: Escape (1981)

Happy Together by The Turtles (Genre: Pop/Rock)

From The Album: Happy Together (1967)

I’m A Believer by Neil Diamond (Genre: Singer-Songwriter)

From The Album: All Time Greatest Hits (2014)

John Henry by Big Bill Broonzy (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: The Blues (2009)

One O’Clock Jump by Count Basie (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: The Complete Decca Recordings (1992)

Sophisticated Lady by Duke Ellington (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: The Essential Duke Ellington (2007)

Shout by the Isley Brothers (Genre: Vocal, R&B)

From The Album: The Essential Isley Brothers (2004)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

A Sense of Place (1989) by John Mayall (Genre: Blues)

A Sense of Place

And from the album, the song:

I Can’t Complain by John Mayall

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.

Suggested Reading December 21, 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 now published on Wednesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Wednesday, December 28, 2022.

30 Things I Love About Myself by Radhika Sanghani

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

30 Things I Love About Myself

Nina Mistry would be the first to tell you that she’s a bit of a mess. She just broke off her engagement, her friend group may be ghosting her, and she’s celebrating her thirtieth birthday alone. After she runs out to get a much-needed birthday treat, through a series of events Nina finds herself instead spending her birthday in jail. Despondent at hitting rock bottom, Nina asks for some reading material to distract her and is given a self-help book about self-love and fixing your life. Thinking it can’t get any worse, Nina decides to take the book’s advice. As she navigates life’s ups (viral fame, new friends) and downs (family drama, viral infamy), with the book as a guide, Nina learns to love herself and her life. Sanghani’s latest (after Not That Easy, 2015) is a sweet and funny contemporary novel about learning to embrace yourself, flaws and all. Discussions on racism and depression add depth, keeping the tone from becoming saccharine. Readers will be inspired to create their own self-love lists. -Booklist Review

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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

Daughter of Doctor Moreau

Carlota, the beautiful and brilliant daughter of Dr. Moreau, lives on an isolated estate on the Yucatan Peninsula in the 1870s, where her life revolves around her father’s hybrid human-animal creatures. Montgomery, a troubled man running away from his past, was hired as Moreau’s new overseer by his patron, the wealthy Lizalde, when Carlota was 14. Six years later, he is a vital part of their grotesque utopian “family.” But outside the walls of the estate, instability and violence rule as colonial powers, the Mexicans of Spanish descent, and the Mayans are vying for control of the country, and an unexpected visit by the handsome son of Lizalde brings the turmoil of the outside world in. Told from Carlota and Montgomery’s points of view and clearly inspired by H. G. Wells, this wholly new novel paints a vivid picture that is as alluring as it is unsettling, filled with action, romance, and monsters. However, it is Moreno-Garcia’s ability to mesh the unease of the scientifically created beasts with the real-life terrors of a life on the margins and the horror of colonialism that elevates this story. Readers will fall into this tale immediately, enchanted. -Booklist Review

The Escape Artist by Jonathan Freedland

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Escape Artist

Guardian columnist Freedland debuts with a harrowing account of Rudolf Vrba’s escape from Auschwitz and his quest to hold Jewish leaders accountable for failing to prevent more people from dying in the Holocaust. Born Walter Rosenberg in Czechoslovakia (present-day Slovakia) in 1924, Vrba was sent to Auschwitz at age 17. Hoping to escape and prevent more Jews from passively boarding trains to their death, he kept a mental tally of arriving transports and how many people were selected for forced labor or sent directly to the crematorium. In April 1944, Vrba and another prisoner escaped by hiding in a wood pile for three days and nights (using gasoline-soaked tobacco to mask their scent from guard dogs), then crawling underneath a wire fence. After a harrowing journey to Žilina, they met with leaders of the Slovak Jewish Council and compiled a report including transport numbers, estimated deaths, maps, and the names of S.S. officers. Unfortunately, delays in translating and distributing the report resulted in the failure to save hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews who were deported to Auschwitz in May 1944. Vrba, who blamed Hungarian Jewish leader Rezső Kasztner and other Jewish officials for the delays, became a controversial figure, often ignored in histories of the Holocaust. Drawing on interviews with family members and former colleagues, Freedland presents a warts-and-all portrait of Vrba, and vividly captures the horrors of Auschwitz. The result is a noteworthy contribution to the history of the Holocaust.- Publishers Weekly Review

Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Fellowship Point

Dark (Think of England) celebrates women’s friendships and artistic mentorship in this expansive yet intimate novel. At the age of 80 in the year 2000, Agnes Lee is thinking about her legacy, especially following her third breast cancer diagnosis. While celebrated for writing a series of feminist children’s books centered on a plucky character named Nan, Agnes is also secretly the author of a literary series for adults, published under a pseudonym. The fifth volume is due, but she’s suffering from writer’s block. Meanwhile, Agnes seeks support from her lifelong best friend, Polly, on her mission to donate a valuable stretch of land along the Maine coast held jointly by their families, rather than pass it to the next generation and risk it falling into the hands of developers. Blunt and self-reliant Agnes, who has no children, finds herself at loggerheads with Polly, who has several—and who, much to Agnes’s everlasting frustration, invariably defers to her husband. The families and their grudges and grievances fill a broad canvas, and within it Dark delves deeply into the relationships between Agnes and her work, humans and the land, mothers and children, and, most indelibly, the sustenance and joy provided by a long-held female friendship. It’s a remarkable achievement. – Publishers Weekly Review

Half American by Matthew F. Delmont

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

Half American

The persistence of white supremacy in the U.S. means that the nation was not fully victorious in WWII, according to this revelatory history. Highlighting the Pittsburgh Courier’s “Double Victory” campaign, which sought “victory over fascism abroad and victory over racism at home,” Dartmouth history professor Delmont (Black Quotidian) documents the harassment of the 94th Engineer Battalion by white police officers and citizens in Guron, Ark., among other episodes of racial intimidation and violence, and details the role Black newspapers played in warning about the dangers of fascism and celebrating the achievements of African American soldiers. Delmont also profiles the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, an all-volunteer force that fought in “racially integrated units” against Nationalist troops in Spain, and the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of Black pilots who helped capture the Italian islands of Pantelleria and Sicily, only have their combat performance unfairly questioned by their white commander. Throughout, Delmont makes clear how Black soldiers’ experiences stoked their commitment to fighting for racial justice, noting, for instance, how the preferential treatment of German POWs at U.S. military bases revealed that “Jim Crow segregation and the Nazis’ master-race theory were two sides of the same coin.” The result is an eloquent and essential corrective to the historical record.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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

It Ends With Us

Best-selling Hoover’s latest valiant and compelling new-adult novel packs her trademark emotional punch in a story of romance derailed by abuse. Lily is starting her dream of owning a flower shop in Boston and tries to forget the sexy doctor she met on a rooftop one evening. When he turns out to be her new assistant’s brother, it seems like fate, and they fall in love. When he hits her the first time, she struggles with her memories of her father hitting her mother. She finds a diary from her teens and remembers the homeless teen she fell for then, and how her father beat him to a pulp. She runs into that person, now a chef, at a nearby restaurant. She returns to her boyfriend and tries to have a normal life and marriage, only to realize that her situation can’t last. The power and pain of the relationship will stay with readers even as Hoover offers hope.

Learning To Talk: Stories by Hilary Mantel

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Learning To Talk

Two-time Booker winner Mantel explores the landscapes of her childhood in this collection, first published in Britain in 2003. The six stories, set in 1950s-70s industrial northern England, read like personal reminiscences but are filtered through a fictional lens. Mantel calls them “autoscopic” rather than autobiographical. The narrators closely observe their young lives amidst adult tensions, including marital scandals and class, racial, and religious differences. Neighborhood conflicts become a microcosm of Protestant-Catholic frictions, and two girls’ experience of getting lost in a junkyard induces musings on emotional rootedness. Standouts are the title story, about elocution lessons for social mobility, and “The Clean Slate,” which delves into the mutability of historical memory through reflections on a drowned village. Mantel carves beauty and meaning out of bleakness, crafting brilliant metaphors with penetrating human insights. “The country through which they move is older, more intimate than ours,” she writes, describing children’s innate knowledge and ability to deduce truths about their world. Read this collection alongside her memoir, Giving Up the Ghost (2003), for more understanding of her life and exceptional creative process. -Booklist Review

Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

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

Lessons in Chemistry

Cooking is chemistry. When Elizabeth Zott enters a relationship with the brilliant Calvin Evans, she cooks him meals in exchange for sharing his home. They are both scientists at a California research institute in the 1960s, and although she has to fight for basic supplies like beakers, he is celebrated for the funding his work generates. When their relationship is tragically cut short, she turns to cooking and lands a job as the chef of a television show, allowing her to support her daughter, Madeline. Stymied in her scientific career by the misogynistic attitudes of her colleagues, Elizabeth nevertheless persists in this unflinching examination of the hurdles women of the era had to overcome to be valued similarly to men in the workplace. With the help of a forthright neighbor, a loyal TV producer, and an astute dog, Elizabeth forges a path that includes an unexpected hobby as a rower and her no-nonsense cooking show, in which she draws on her knowledge of chemistry. Indefatigable and formidable, Elizabeth pushes the bounds of how women and their work are perceived in this thoroughly engaging debut novel.- Booklist Review

The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama

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

Light We Carry

There may be no tidy solutions or pithy answers to life’s big challenges, but Michelle Obama believes that we can all locate and lean on a set of tools to help us better navigate change and remain steady within flux. In The Light We Carry, she opens a frank and honest dialogue with readers, considering the questions many of us wrestle with: How do we build enduring and honest relationships? How can we discover strength and community inside our differences? What tools do we use to address feelings of self-doubt or helplessness? What do we do when it all starts to feel like too much?

Michelle Obama offers readers a series of fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge, and power, including her belief that when we light up for others, we can illuminate the richness and potential of the world around us, discovering deeper truths and new pathways for progress. Drawing from her experiences as a mother, daughter, spouse, friend, and First Lady, she shares the habits and principles she has developed to successfully adapt to change and overcome various obstacles—the earned wisdom that helps her continue to “become.” She details her most valuable practices, like “starting kind,” “going high,” and assembling a “kitchen table” of trusted friends and mentors. With trademark humor, candor, and compassion, she also explores issues connected to race, gender, and visibility, encouraging readers to work through fear, find strength in community, and live with boldness.

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

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

The Paris Apartment

From the author of The Hunting Party (2019) and The Guest List (2020) comes this exceedingly clever new novel. Jess arrives at her brother Ben’s apartment in Paris to find that Ben seems to have disappeared. She talks to the other residents of the small apartment building, but no one seems to know what might have happened to him, although we know, from chapters written from the residents’ points of view, that something is not quite right. What’s especially interesting about the novel, apart from the deft characterizations and the overall feeling of dread, is the way Foley is cagey about exactly what kind of story this is. Could it be a riff on the Agatha Christie abundance-of-suspects theme? Could it be a twist on the traditional locked-room mystery? Could it be a psychological thriller? Could we be dealing with an unreliable-narrator? Who, exactly, is Ben? What kind of man is he? What is he capable of? The author keeps Jess and the reader guessing right up to the end. A fine suspenser from a writer who consistently delivers the goods.- Booklist Review

Have a great day!

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 December 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 usually published on Sundays.

And due to the holiday and vacation schedule in Library Land, the next New York Times blog post will be published Sunday, January 8, 2022

And as an FYI, The New York Times Bestseller lists are available for free for all to view via the following link: https://www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers/

FICTION

THE BOYS FROM BILOXI by John Grisham

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

The Boys From Biloxi

Two childhood friends follow in their fathers’ footsteps, which puts them on opposite sides of the law.

THE CHOICE by Nora Roberts

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

The Choice

The third book in the Dragon Heart Legacy series. Breen Siobhan Kelly confronts darkness during her first Christmas in both Talamh and Ireland.

DEMON COPPERHEAD by Barbara Kingsolver

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

Demon Copperhead

A reimagining of Charles Dickens’s “David Copperfield” set in the mountains of southern Appalachia.

DESERT STAR by Michael Connelly

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

Desert Star

Ballard and Bosch bury old resentments as they go after two killers.

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.

GOING ROGUE by Janet Evanovich

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Going Rogue

The 29th book in the Stephanie Plum series. The man who abducted the office manager at Vinnie’s Bail Bonds demands a mysterious coin in exchange for her.

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.

IT STARTS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book)

It Starts With Us

In the sequel to “It Ends With Us,” Lily deals with her jealous ex-husband as she reconnects with her first boyfriend.

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.

MAD HONEY by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

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

Mad Honey

After returning to her hometown, Olivia McAfee’s son gets accused of killing his crush.

NO PLAN B by Lee Child and Andrew Child

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

No Plan B

The 27th book in the Jack Reacher series. Reacher goes after a killer but is unaware of the bigger implications.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

STELLA MARIS by Cormac McCarthy

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

Stella Maris

A companion volume to McCarthy’s recent novel “The Passenger.” A doctoral candidate diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia contemplates the nature of madness.

TOM CLANCY: RED WINTER by Marc Cameron

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Red Winter

The 22nd book in the Jack Ryan series. Ryan goes behind the Berlin Wall in 1985 to investigate an East German defector.

TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW by Gabrielle Zevin

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

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Two friends find their partnership challenged in the world of video game design.

TRIPLE CROSS by James Patterson

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Triple Cross

Detective Alex Cross and the true-crime author Thomas Tull search for a serial killer known as the Family Man.

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

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

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.

A WORLD OF CURIOSITIES by Louise Penny

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

World of Curiosities

The 18th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. When an attic room that was sealed off 160 years ago is opened, an old enemy returns.

NON-FICTION:

AND THERE WAS LIGHT by Jon Meacham

(Available Formats: Print Book

And There Was Light

The Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer portrays the life of Abraham Lincoln.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

Body Keeps Score

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

THE BOOK OF DAYS by Patti Smith

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

A Book of Days

More than 365 images and reflections by the National Book Award–winning author and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

CINEMA SPECULATION by Quentin Tarantino

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Cinema Speculation

The filmmaker shares his love of cinema with special attention given to key American films of the 1970s.

COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE BOOK by Jerry Seinfeld

(Available Formats: Print Book)

COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE BOOK

Behind-the-scenes photos and stories of the streaming series about the art of comedy.

FRIENDS, LOVERS, AND THE BIG TERRIBLE THING by Matthew Perry

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Friends Lovers & The Big Terrible Thing

The actor, known for playing Chandler Bing on “Friends,” shares stories from his childhood and his struggles with sobriety.

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.

THE LIGHT WE CARRY by Michelle Obama

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

Light We Carry

The former first lady shares personal stories and the tools she uses to deal with difficult situations.

PHILOSOPHY OF MODERN SONG by Bob Dylan

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Philosophy of Modern Song

In a collection of more than 60 essays, the musician and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature explores the nature of popular music.

RADIO’S GREATEST OF ALL TIME by Rush Limbaugh with Kathryn Adams Limbaugh and David Limbaugh

(Available Formats: eBook)

Radio's Greatest of All Time

A collection of the late conservative commentator’s on-air moments, with memories from his widow and brother.

THE REVOLUTIONARY by Stacy Schiff

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Revolutionary

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer details Samuel Adams’s contributions to the American Revolution.

SO HELP ME GOD by Mike Pence

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

So Help Me God

The former vice president gives an account of his career, including his time in the Oval Office and during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

SONG OF THE CELL by Siddhartha Mukherjee

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Song of The Cell

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author chronicles the discovery of cells and describes how modern medicine uses them.

STARRY MESSENGER by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

Starry Messenger

The astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium delves into subjects including politics, religion, gender and race.

SURRENDER by Bono

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Surrender

The lead singer of the Irish rock band U2 offers details of his life, career and activism.

WHAT IF? 2 by Randall Munroe

(Available Formats: Print Book)

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 December 16, 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, December 23, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!


The Bell by Shannen Moser (Genre: Pop/Rock)

From The Album: The Sun Still Seems to Move (2022)

Blackbyrd by Donald Byrd (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Live: Cookin’ with Blue Note at Montreux, July 5, 1973 (2022)

Blues Run The Game by Bert Jansch (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: Bert at the BBC (2022)

Boogie Woogie Mama by Tommy Ridgley (Genre: Swing, R&B)

The Tommy Ridgley Collection 1949-61 (2012)

In The Misty Moonlight by Dean Martin (Genre: Vocal)

From The Album: Dino: The Essential Dean Martin (2004)

I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen (and Yellow Stripes) by the Sons of the Pioneers (Genre: Country, Folk, Americana)

From The Soundtrack: Rio Grande (1950/2006)

Mooses Come Walking by Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: More Together Again in Concert, Vol. 1 (1994)

A More Perfect Union by Pete Seeger & Lorre Wyatt (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: A More Perfect Union (2012)

Soon It’s Gonna Rain by Barbara Streisand (Genre: Vocal)

From The Album: Live at the Bon Soir, Greenwich Village, NYC – Nov. 5, 1962 (2022)

You’ve Got To Love Her With A Feeling by Freddie King (Genre: Blues, Vocal)

From The Album: The Complete King Federal Singles Set (2013)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Wade In The Water (1966) by The Ramsey Lewis Trio (Genre: Jazz)

Wade in the Water

And from the album, the song:

Money In Pocket by The Ramsey Lewis Trio

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.

Suggested Reading December 14, 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 now published on Wednesdays.

And we are getting closer to the end of the year (how did that happen so fast?!), the suggested reading posts for this month will feature some of the most popular and critically acclaimed titles published in 2022.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.

Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Afterlives

The latest novel from Nobel laureate Gurnah resists categorization. As a breathtaking historical account, this underscores decades-long horrors of war, displacement, slavery, and colonial conquest. Yet Gurnah also intimately captures luminous facets of humanity through unique characters, each with a rich personal background and attention-grabbing, often humorous, sometimes disturbing idiosyncrasies. Ultimately, in this story of a love that transcends pain, suffering, tragedy, and misfortune, Gurnah constructs a remarkable portrait of tenderness, deep affection, and longing that stretches over time and across continents. Set in colonial East Africa in the early twentieth century, the book centers on Hamza, who volunteers as an askari (local soldier) fighting for German colonial troops. After recovering from a debilitating injury, Hamza flees to his old home. He secures work and meets Afiya, who was rescued by her brother, Ilyas, from a terrifyingly abusive childhood and a life of oppressive and violent servitude. As Hamza and Afiya begin their courtship and find love, Ilyas, who also volunteered as an askari, has disappeared, perhaps as a casualty of war. While Ilyas’ whereabouts remain unknown, Afiya discovers, through Hamza’s old war contacts, priceless information regarding her long-lost but never-forgotten brother. Absorbing, powerful, and enduring, Afterlives is an extraordinary reading experience by one of the great writers of our time. –Booklist Review

The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Atlas Paradox

Following the events of The Atlas Six (2020), Blake returns readers to the elite Alexandrian Society’s second year of study for the strongest, most powerful medeians in the world. Libby Rhodes is gone, and the five initiates who remain have promised to find her. Their search for Libby is not as straightforward as it seems when it appears the question is not where Libby Rhodes is but when. Between a sentient library with an agenda of its own, shifting alliances, and a caretaker who is increasingly hostile to the initiates, the group struggles to come together to find Libby and reestablish their own lives in the outside world, all while being hunted by the mysterious Forum, the Alexandrian Society’s rival. The society’s initiates are incredibly powerful yet incredibly flawed human beings, demonstrating Blake’s masterful skills at characterization. Fantasy fans will not be disappointed by the complex and varied magic system that relies more on solid scientific principals than do other series treading similar ground. Blake has built a unique and interesting dark-academia fantasy full of intrigue and suspense. HIGH-

DEMAND BACKSTORY: Dark academia is hot right now, and readers have been clamoring for more since 2020’s viral, best-selling The Atlas Six, so expect lots of holds. –Booklist Reivew

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

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

Black Cake

Wilkerson debuts with a shining family saga that stretches from the 1960s Caribbean to present-day Southern California. After septuagenarian Eleanor Bennett dies, her lawyer plays a lengthy message she has recorded for her children Byron and Benny. The siblings have made for uneasy company with each other since a rift grew between them—Byron, the oldest, is laser-focused on his career, while his sister Benny is drifting. They knew their mother as a stern presence and an accomplished swimmer from somewhere in the Caribbean (who was also known to bake a rum and port soaked “black cake” from an old family recipe), but neither is prepared for what they learn from the recording. Eleanor is in fact Coventina “Covey” Lyncook, who was married off to a gangster named Little Man in 1965 by her debt-ridden father. At the wedding, Little Man drops dead, poisoned. Covey runs from the scene and, knowing she will be suspected of murder, swims away from the island. At first shocked by the revelations, Byron and Benny reconcile, and their mother’s instructions to share a black cake she’d left in the freezer “when the time is right” take on great poignancy. Wilkerson offers superb descriptions of Covey’s homeland, from the tension between those who speak patois and those who believe in the superiority of standard English, to sensual descriptions of food, surfing, and coastal terrain. Readers will adore this highly accomplished effort from a talented new writer. –Publishers Weekly Review

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins-Reid

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

Carrie Soto Is Back

A retired tennis player returns to the game to defend her Grand Slam record. Carrie Soto is the best tennis player in the world, and she knows it. Her father, Javier, is a former tennis champion himself, and he’s dedicated his life to coaching her. By the time she retires in 1989, she holds the record for winning 20 Grand Slam singles titles. But then, in 1994, Nicki Chan comes along. Nicki is on the verge of breaking Carrie’s record, and Carrie decides she can’t let that happen: She’s coming out of retirement, with her father coaching her, to defend her record…and her reputation. Carrie was never a friendly player, preferring to focus on both a brutal game and brutal honesty, and now the media has a field day with her return to the sport as a 37-year-old. At times, it seems like everyone is waiting for her to fail, but when Carrie wants something, she doesn’t give up easily. Along the way, she reconnects with Bowe Huntley, a 39-year-old tennis player she once had a fling with. Now they need to help each other train, but Carrie quickly realizes she might need him for more than just tennis–if she can let herself be vulnerable for the first time in her life. Reid writes about the game with suspense, transforming a tennis match into a page-turner even for readers who don’t care about sports. Will Carrie win? And, more importantly, will she finally make time for a life outside of winning? Reid has scored another victory and created another memorable heroine with Carrie Soto, a brash, often unlikable character whose complexity makes her leap off the page. Sports commentators may call her “The Battle Axe” or worse, but readers will root for her both on and off the court. A compulsively readable look at female ambition. –Kirkus Review

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

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

Daughter of the Moon Goddess

DEBUT Tan’s epic fantasy (the first in a duology) draws on the mythology of Chang’e, the Chinese goddess of the moon. Protagonist Xingyin has only ever known a life of solitude on the moon with her mother and trusted servants. She’s unaware that her mother is in exile, for stealing the Celestial Emperor’s elixir of life and transforming into the Moon Goddess. Xingyin’s existence has been kept hidden, until her magic flares and the Emperor investigates; she’s forced to run away to the beautiful, secretive Celestial Kingdom. Hiding her identity becomes second nature to Xingyin, even when she becomes study partner and servant to the Celestial Crown Prince. As Xingyin searches for a way to free her mother from exile, she must also face battles of honor, love, and sacrifice; following her heart could destroy the kingdom she has been trained to protect.

VERDICT An exquisitely detailed fantasy with a strong, vulnerable protagonist. The intimate prose makes Tan’s wonderful debut an immersive experience; share with fans of Shelley Parker-Chan and Katherine Arden. –Starred Library Journal Review

Horse by Geraldine Brooks

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

The Horse

In this powerful story from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Brooks, an enslaved groom named Jarrett leads the bay foal he’s bonded with to record-shattering racing victories across the 1850s South. During the Civil War, the two meet up dangerously with an itinerant artist who’s won fame with his many paintings of the stunning racehorse. A gallery owner in 1950s New York becomes fascinated with the paintings, but it’s not until 2019 that a Nigerian American art historian uncovers the true story of the horse and groom and links up with a Smithsonian scientist who’s studying the horse’s bones to learn the secret of its extraordinary endurance. Based on the true story of a racehorse named Lexington and sure to attract a wide range of readers. –Library Journal Review

If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)

If I Survive You

Escoffery’s vibrant and varied debut, a linked collection, chronicles the turbulent fate of a Jamaican American family in Miami. Trelawny, the main character in most of the entries, is the younger of two sons. He questions where his light skin places him within America’s racial categories and where he fits into family hierarchy: “You want to prove your father bet on the wrong son,” Trelawny narrates in the title story, addressing his father’s favorable treatment of his older brother, Delano, an arborist and musician. “In Flux” recounts Trelawny’s liberal arts education as he leaves Miami and attends college in the colder, and more racially homogenous, Midwest. “Odd Jobs,” “Independent Living,” and the title story center on the strange and ethically dubious gigs Trelawny takes to survive, including a running stint as a voyeur for a rich Miami couple, asking himself all the while: “What kind of employee are you? And just what kind of man?” Two stories exert a thrilling dramatic pull: In “Splashdown,” Trelawny’s cousin Cukie learns the lobster trapping trade, and something darker, from his estranged father; and “If He Suspected He’d Get Someone Killed…” follows Delano rushing to secure a bucket truck and a tree-trimming contract before a dangerous storm arrives. This charged work keeps a tight hold on the reader. –Starred Publishers Weekly Review

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong

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

An Immense World

Pulitzer-winning journalist Yong (I Contain Multitudes) reveals in this eye-opening survey animals’ world through their own perceptions. Every animal is “enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble,” he writes, or its own “perceptual world.” Yong’s tour covers vision (mantis shrimp have “12 photoreceptor classes”), sound (birds, researchers suggest, hear in a similar range as humans but they hear faster), and nociception, the tactile sense that sends danger signals (which is so widespread that it exists among “creatures separated by around 800 million years of evolution”). There are a wealth of other senses outside the standard five: sea turtles have two magnetic senses, electric fish generate currents to “sense their surroundings” as well as to communicate with each other, and the platypus’s sensitive bill gives it what scientists think may be “electrotouch.” Yong ends with a warning against light and sound pollution, which can confuse and disturb animals’ lives, and advocation that “natural sensescapes” ought to be preserved and restored. He’s a strong writer and makes a convincing case against seeing the world as only humans do: “By giving in to our preconceptions, we miss what might be right in front of us. And sometimes what we miss is breathtaking.” This is science writing at its best. – Publishers Weekly Review

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

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

Killers of a Certain Age

Edgar finalist Raybourn (the Speedwell series) makes a dazzling excursion out of the Victorian era with this uproarious contemporary thriller. Billie, Mary Alice, Natalie, and Helen have been a cozy quartet of “avenging goddesses” for more than 40 years, one of the “most elite assassin squads on earth,” recruited in late 1978 by an “extra governmental” organization called the Museum. Soon after they’re forced to go on an all-expenses-paid retirement cruise in the Caribbean, they discover they’ve apparently been targeted for death by the Museum board. They immediately go into investigative overdrive, relying on their expert training and experiences to uncover the means and motives behind their potential demise. Flashbacks to several of their high-profile cases, including a Zanzibar hit on an aging baroness that comes back to haunt Billie, keep the reader guessing. Colorful regional details and vividly portrayed secondary characters flesh out this rollicking tale. Fans of Helen Tursten and Richard Osman will relish watching these badass women in their 60s (“no one notices you unless you want them to,” Billie observes) swing into action. Raybourn has outdone herself. –Publishers Weekly Review

Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Things We Never Got Over

Bearded, bad-boy barber Knox prefers to live his life the way he takes his coffee: Alone. Unless you count his basset hound, Waylon.

Knox doesn’t tolerate drama, even when it comes in the form of a stranded runaway bride.

Naomi wasn’t just running away from her wedding. She was riding to the rescue of her estranged twin to Knockemout, Virginia, a rough-around-the-edges town where disputes are settled the old-fashioned way with fists and beer. Usually in that order.

Too bad for Naomi her evil twin hasn’t changed at all. After helping herself to Naomi’s car and cash, Tina leaves her with something unexpected. The niece Naomi didn’t know she had. Now she’s stuck in town with no car, no job, no plan, and no home with an 11-year-old going on thirty to take care of.

There’s a reason Knox doesn’t do complications or high-maintenance women, especially not the romantic ones. But since Naomi’s life imploded right in front of him, the least he can do is help her out of her jam. And just as soon as she stops getting into new trouble he can leave her alone and get back to his peaceful, solitary life. At least, that’s the plan until the trouble turns to real danger.

Have a great day!

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.