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Suggested Listening November 29, 2019

Hi everyone, just a reminder the library is closed on Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving, open our regular hours of 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 29, closed on Saturday, November 30 for rug cleaning and open our regular hours next week.

Regular Library Hours Are:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (except not this Saturday 11/30!)

Sunday: Closed

And onto the musical recommendations for this week!

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Format: DVD)

Okay, so this one really is really short, only 24 minutes, and it is for kids or those of us who are of an age to find the Charlie Brown seasonal videos nostalgic! But is is fun!

The Plot: Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends to Charlie Brown’s house for Thanksgiving. Charlie only knows how to make toast and cereal but he is saved when his friends Linus, Snoopy & Woodstock jump in to help him and pull out all the stops to put on a memorable Thanksgiving dinner

The music for the video is once again provided by the great jazzy pianist Vince Guaraldi.

December (1982) by George Winston (Genre: New Age, Instrumental, World Music, Piano) (Format: CD):

George Winston’s classic 1982 album features a great mix of original tunes, traditional Christmas songs and Pachelbel’s Cannon; a great relaxing and unwinding collection of instrumental piano music – perfect for the holiday season.

Song List:
1. Thanksgiving
2. Jesu, Jesu, Rest Your Head
3. Joy
4. Prelude
5. Carol of the Bells
6. Night, Pt. 1: Snow
7. Night, Pt. 2: Midnight
8. Night, Pt. 3: Minstrels
9. Variations on the Kanon by Pachelbel

Double Espresso (2002) by The Tony Levin Band (Genre: Pop/Rock) (Format: CD):

Master bassist Tony Levin and his band offer an intense collection of rock music that makes a perfect complement to expresso – as both will work hard to wake you up!

Song List:
1. Pieces of the Sun
2. Geronimo
3. Silhouette
4. Dog One
5. Tequila
6. Black Dog
7. Ooze
8. Apollo
9. L’ Abito Della Sposa

Garnet Rogers (1984) by Garnet Rogers

Garnet Rogers is first album by the Canadian folk singer-songwriter; and this album if full of wonderful acoustic music including the timely tune Thanksgiving Eve.

If you’re looking for a relaxing mix of traditional folk music for the holiday season – check this album out!

Song List:
1. Woh Me
2. Break The Law
3. Music In Your Eyes
4. Carrickfergus
5. Final Trawl
6. Westlin Winds
7. Black Eye Susan
8. Bird On A Wing
9. Farewell to Music
10. Thanksgiving Eve

Sinatra (1992) (Format: DVD):

Sinatra was originally broadcast at a TV miniseries and chronicles the eventful life of Frank Sinatra from his childhood through 1974.

The colorful series was approved by Frank Sinatra, developed by his younger daughter Tina Sinatra and starred Philip Casnoff as Frank Sinatra, Olympia Dukakis as Dolly Sinatra and Gina Gershon as Nancy Sinatra.

Also of note, the mini-series features music and vocals by the real Frank Sinatra – so it is a fun series to watch and the music is great too!

Videos Of The Week:

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Music by the Vince Guaraldi Sextet

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Opening

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – Food

Night Part III: Minstrels by George Winston:

Thanksgiving by George Winston

Variations on the Kanon by Pachelbel by George Winston

Boogie Woogie Piano by Henri Herbert (from the documentary Street Pianos – Instrument of Change)

Black Dog by The Tony Levin Band

Utopia by The Tony Levin Band

Night Drive by Garnet Rogers

Small Victory by Garnet Rogers

Thanksgiving Eve by Garnet Rogers


Sinatra mini-series clip featuring Philip Casnoff

Philip Casnoff as Sinatra singing with the Benny Goodman Orchestra from the Sinatra mini-series


I Couldn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night from the film Higher And Higher by the real Frank Sinatra

My Way by Frank Sinatra

One More For The Road by Frank Sinatra

Have a great weekend!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

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

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

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

ABOUT LIBRARY APPS: Libby & RBDigital:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the Libby and/or the RBDigital app, to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and on-demand magazines, from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at 607-936-3713 and one of our tech coaches will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading November 25, 2019

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

DIGITAL CATALOG RECOMMENDATIONS:

The Book of Lost Saints by Daniel José Older (Format: eBook):

The Book of Lost Saints is an evocative multigenerational Cuban-American family story of revolution, loss, and family bonds from New York Times-bestselling author Daniel José Older.

Marisol vanished during the Cuban Revolution, disappearing with hardly a trace. Now, shaped by atrocities long-forgotten, her tenacious spirit visits her nephew, Ramón, in modern-day New Jersey. Her hope: that her presence will prompt him to unearth their painful family history.

Ramón launches a haphazard investigation into the story of his ancestor, unaware of the forces driving him on his search. Along the way, he falls in love, faces a run-in with a murderous gangster, and uncovers the lives of the lost saints who helped Marisol during her imprisonment.

The Book of Lost Saints by Daniel José Older is a haunting meditation on family, forgiveness, and the violent struggle to be free.

 

 

Not Always a Saint by Mary Jo Putney (Format: eBook):

New York Times bestselling author and historical romance legend Mary Jo Putney delights readers with this meticulously researched and page-turning story in her sensual Lost Lords series…

After the death of his sweetheart when he was at university, Daniel Herbert buried his grief in medical studies and his passion for healing. Viewed as a saint by those who know him, in his own mind he never quite manages to live up to his own high standards.

Most men would be thrilled to learn they’ve inherited a title and estate from a distant relative, but Daniel is appalled because the burden of wealth will interfere with his medical calling. Warily he accepts that he must enter society and seek a wife—a sensible woman who can oversee his properties, leaving him free to continue his work. He does not expect to become intoxicated by a woman called the Black Widow, who is as mysterious as she is shockingly beautiful…

Jessie Kelham’s looks have always been a curse. Now alone with a young daughter and a perilous secret, she is in need of protection. But dangerously attractive Daniel Herbert is not the kind of husband she has in mind. If he recognizes her, the demons of her past will surely erupt. Yet they cannot keep apart—and soon they are drawn into a union that may bring joy—or shattering danger…

 

 

The Poppy Wife: A Novel of the Great War by Caroline Scott (Format: eBook):

In the tradition of Jennifer Robson and Hazel Gaynor, this unforgettable debut novel is a sweeping tale of forbidden love, profound loss, and the startling truth of the broken families left behind in the wake of World War I.

1921. Survivors of the Great War are desperately trying to piece together the fragments of their broken lives. While many have been reunited with their loved ones, Edie’s husband Francis is still missing. Francis is presumed to have been killed in action, but Edie knows he is alive.

Harry, Francis’s brother, was there the day Francis went missing in Ypres. And like Edie, he’s hopeful Francis is living somewhere in France, lost and confused. Hired by grieving families in need of closure, Harry returns to the Western Front to photograph soldiers’ graves. As he travels through France gathering news for British wives and mothers, he searches for evidence his own brother is still alive.

When Edie receives a mysterious photograph that she believes was taken by Francis, she is more certain than ever he isn’t dead. Edie embarks on her own journey in the hope of finding some trace of her husband. Is he truly gone, or could he still be alive? And if he is, why hasn’t he come home?

As Harry and Edie’s paths converge, they get closer to the truth about Francis and, as they do, are soon faced with the life-changing impact of the answers they discover.

An incredibly moving account of an often-forgotten moment in history—those years after the war that were filled with the unknown—The Poppy Wife tells the story of the thousands of soldiers who were lost amid the chaos and ruins in battle-scarred France; and the even greater number of men and women hoping to find them again.

 

 

Religion as We Know It: An Origin Story: An Origin Story written by Jack Miles and read by David Cochran Heath (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

A brief, beautiful invitation to the study of religion from a Pulitzer Prize winner How did our forebears begin to think about religion as a distinct domain, separate from other activities that were once inseparable from it? Starting at the birth of Christianity-a religion inextricably bound to Western thought-Jack Miles reveals how the West’s “common sense” understanding of religion emerged and then changed as insular Europe discovered the rest of the world. Finally, in a moving postscript, he shows how this very story continues today in the minds and hearts of individual religious or irreligious men and women.

 

 

Some Danger Involved written by Will Thomas and read by Antony Ferguson (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

An atmospheric debut novel set on the gritty streets of Victorian London, Some Danger Involved introduces detective Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, as they work to solve the gruesome murder of a young scholar in London’s Jewish ghetto. When the eccentric and enigmatic Barker takes the case, he must hire an assistant, and out of all who answer an ad for a position with “some danger involved,” he chooses downtrodden Llewelyn, a gutsy young man with a murky past. As they inch ever closer to the shocking truth behind the murder, Llewelyn is drawn deeper and deeper into Barker’s peculiar world of vigilante detective work, as well as the heart of London’s teeming underworld. Brimming with wit and unforgettable characters and steeped in authentic period detail, Some Danger Involved is a captivating novel that introduces an equally captivating duo.

 

 

PRINT RECOMMENDATIONS:

The Future Of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz:

Abstract: “1992: After a confrontation at a riot grrl concert, seventeen-year-old Beth finds herself in a car with her friend’s abusive boyfriend dead in the backseat, agreeing to help her friends hide the body. This murder sets Beth and her friends on a path of escalating violence and vengeance as they realize many other young women in the world need protecting too. 2022: Determined to use time travel to create a safer future, Tess has dedicated her life to visiting key moments in history and fighting for change. But rewriting the timeline isn’t as simple as editing one person or event. And just when Tess believes she’s found a way to make an edit that actually sticks, she encounters a group of dangerous travelers bent on stopping her at any cost. Tess and Beth’s lives intertwine as war breaks out across the timeline–a war that threatens to destroy time travel and leave only a small group of elites with the power to shape the past, present, and future. Against the vast and intricate forces of history and humanity, is it possible for a single person’s actions to echo throughout the timeline?”–Amazon.com

 

 

Into The Dark by Karen Rose:

Abstract: “New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose returns with a new thriller in her chilling Cincinnati series. Michael Rowland is not your typical teenager. Deaf from birth, he’s always looked out for his five-year-old brother, Joshua. When his stepfather comes after Joshua, Michael takes the child and runs. He’s determined to protect his brother at all costs, even if that means making himself vulnerable to a danger he can’t hear coming. And the danger intensifies when Michael witnesses a stranger kill his stepfather. Desperate and afraid, the boys have nowhere else to go but to Joshua’s soccer coach, journalist and ex-Army ranger Diesel Kennedy. When Diesel sees that Michael is injured, he takes them to see Dr. Dani Novak-not only because she’s fluent in American Sign Language, but because he’s drawn to her and everything she stands for. She never refuses Diesel’s requests-because she, too, feels their connection-but she resists him for reasons she doesn’t want to confess. When Dani and Diesel learn that Michael saw the face of his stepfather’s killer, they fear for his safety. But they quickly discover that it’s even worse than they feared: They may have a serial killer on their hands-and all signs point to Michael as the next target”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

Our Wild Calling: How Connecting With Animals Can Transform Our Lives–And Save Theirs by Richard Louv:

Abstract: “The author shows how cultivating the powerful, mysterious, and fragile bond between humans and other animals can improve our mental, physical, and spiritual health, protect our planet, and serve as an antidote to the loneliness of our species”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

The Second Sleep by Robert Harris:

Abstract: “From the internationally best-selling author of Fatherland and the Cicero Trilogy–a chilling and dark new thriller unlike anything Robert Harris has done before. 1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artifacts–coins, fragments of glass, human bones–which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? Fairfax becomes determined to discover the truth. Over the course of the next six days, everything he believes–about himself, his faith, and the history of his world–will be tested to destruction”– Publisher’s description.

 

 

Stands Of Truth: A Novel by Colleen Coble:

Abstract: “Harper Taylor is used to being alone. Her mother passed away in a car accident when she was an infant, she never knew who her father was, and now even the widowed grandmother who raised her is gone. She’s done just fine investing her marine biology degree and her energy into her pen shell business. The last thing she expects is for the DNA test she took to reveal a likely half-sister. And when she and Annabelle meet, there are striking similarities in their stories. Is it just coincidence that both their mothers died tragically without revealing Harper and Annabelle’s father’s name? When Harper’s business partner has a stroke, his son Ridge steps in to help. Before long, he’s spending more time with her than the business would dictate–and Harper finds she doesn’t mind in the least. When yet another tragedy strikes close to home, though, Harper and Ridge realize that the secrets of the past can’t stay there. They’ll have to unravel Harper’s past before they can secure their future”– Provided by publisher.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

StarCat

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

ABOUT LIBRARY APPS:

You can access digital library content, i.e. eBooks & downloadable audiobooks, on PCs, Macs and mobile devices.

For mobile devices simply download the Libby (eBooks & downloadable audiobooks) or the RB Digital app (on-demand magazines), from your app store to get started. And if you’re using a PC or Mac simply click on the following link: https://stls.overdrive.com/

If you have questions call the library at 607-936-3713 and one of our tech coaches will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers December 1, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the upcoming week.

(Click on the book covers to read a summary of each plot and to request the book(s) of your choice.

FICTION:

19TH CHRISTMAS by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro:

In the 19th installment of the Women’s Murder Club series, detective Lindsay Boxer and company take on a fearsome criminal known only as “Loman.”

 

 

BLUE MOON by Lee Child:

Jack Reacher gets caught up in a turf war between Ukrainian and Albanian gangs.

 

 

THE DESERTER by Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille:

Two members of the Criminal Investigation Division must bring back a Delta Force soldier who disappeared.

 

 

THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett:

A sibling relationship is impacted when the family goes from poverty to wealth and back again over the course of many decades.

 

 

THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS by Lisa Jewell:

Libby Jones learns the identity of her parents and inherits a London mansion, but this comes with a mystery of multiple murders.

 

 

THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes:

In Depression-era America, five women refuse to be cowed by men or convention as they deliver books throughout the mountains of Kentucky.

 

 

THE GUARDIANS by John Grisham:

Cullen Post, a lawyer and Episcopal minister, antagonizes some ruthless killers when he takes on a wrongful conviction case.

 

 

THE INSTITUTE by Stephen King:

Children with special talents are abducted and sequestered in an institution where the sinister staff seeks to extract their gifts through harsh methods.

 

 

MICHAEL CRICHTON: THE ANDROMEDA EVOLUTION by Daniel H. Wilson:

A team of experts is assembled to stop an evolving and potentially apocalyptic microbe.

 

 

THE NIGHT FIRE by Michael Connelly:

Harry Bosch and Renée Ballard return to take up a case that held the attention of Bosch’s mentor.

 

 

NOTHING TO SEE HERE by Kevin Wilson:

Madison enlists her former boarding school roommate to look after her twin stepchildren, who burst into flames when agitated.

 

 

OLIVE, AGAIN by Elizabeth Strout:

In a follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Olive Kitteridge,” new relationships, including a second marriage, are encountered in a seaside town in Maine.

 

 

STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern:

Zachary Ezra Rawlins fights to save a labyrinthine underground repository of stories.

 

 

THE TESTAMENTS by Margaret Atwood:

In a sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” old secrets bring three women together as the Republic of Gilead’s theocratic regime shows signs of decay.

 

 

TWISTED TWENTY-SIX by Janet Evanovich:

The 26th book in the Stephanie Plum series. A New Jersey gangster’s associates go after a bounty hunter’s widowed grandmother.

 

 

WATER DANCER by Ta-Nehisi Coates:

A young man who was gifted with a mysterious power becomes part of a war between slavers and the enslaved.

 

 

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens:

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

 

 

NON-FICTION:

BEAUTIFUL ONES by Prince. Edited by Dan Piepenbring:

A memoir by the musician written before his death, with photos and other memorabilia detailing his evolution.

 

 

BECOMING by Michelle Obama:

The former first lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, and how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

 

 

BLOWOUT by Rachel Maddow:

The MSNBC host argues that the global oil and gas industry has weakened democracies and bolstered authoritarians.

 

 

THE BODY by Bill Bryson:

An owner’s manual of the human body covering various parts, functions and what happens when things go wrong.

 

 

CATCH AND KILL by Ronan Farrow:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter details some surveillance and intimidation tactics used to pressure journalists and elude consequences by certain wealthy and connected men.

 

 

FINDING CHIKA by Mitch Albom:

Lessons learned by the Alboms when they bring a Haitian orphan with a life-threatening illness into their family.

 

 

I HEARD YOU PAINT HOUSES by Charles Brandt:

A World War II veteran works for a crime boss and comes into contact with the union boss Jimmy Hoffa. The basis of the movie “The Irishman.”

 

 

ME by Elton John:

The multi-award-winning solo artist’s first autobiography chronicles his career, relationships and private struggles.

 

 

SAM HOUSTON AND THE ALAMO AVENGERS by Brian Kilmeade:

The “Fox & Friends” host gives an account of the battle against the Mexican Army in 1836.

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell:

Famous examples of miscommunication serve as the backdrop to explain potential conflicts and misunderstandings.

 

 

TRIGGERED by Donald Trump Jr.:

Forays into politics and views on liberals from the executive vice president of the Trump Organization.

 

 

UNITED STATES OF TRUMP by Bill O’Reilly:

The conservative commentator weaves interviews and personal history to portray the power and influence of the 45th president.

 

 

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT by Nikki R. Haley:

A memoir by the former United States ambassador to the United Nations and governor of South Carolina.

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Note: this list contains all the New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week that are owned by libraries within the Southern Tier Library System.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening November 22, 2019

Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations of the week!

(Click on the Book/eBook/CD/DVD or book cover to request the item)

Capital Jazz: A 50th Anniversary Collection (1992) by Various Artists (Format: CD):

Capital Jazz is a terrific 50 song set of classic jazz music. Artists in the set include Ella Mae Morse, Paul Whiteman, Jack Teagarden, Kay Starr, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, Stan Kenton, and Woody Herman.

Before The Dead (2018) by Jerry Garcia (Format: CD):

This collection features 3.5 hours of music and some of the earliest, and rarest, recordings made by Jerry Garcia, both as a solo musician and as a member of the groups The Black Mountain Boys, The Asphalt Jungle Mountain Boys and The Wildwood Boys.

Included are recordings made at coffee houses, at part of a bluegrass band and even a recording made at a birthday party– all the material was recorded before 1965.

The Holy Or The Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & The Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah” by Adam Light (Format: Print Book):

Author and music journalist Alan Light chronicles the story of how Leonard Cohen wrote and recorded the song “Hallelujah”, the song then went nowhere and only after Jeff Buckley recorded and released it, did it become a world-wide smash and, in the post 9/11 era an anthem of hope for millions.

Bonnie Raitt Live At Montreux 1977 (And 1991) by Bonnie Raitt (Format: DVD):

In 1977 Bonnie Raitt was touring to promote her sixth album, Sweet Forgiveness. She had released her first single from the LP, a version of Del Shannon’s Runaway, and it became her first hit.

This concert shows that in the 1970s Bonnie was already a top-notch blues guitarist and singer – it just took a while for the public to cotton on!

This collection features the eleven songs she played at the 1977 concert and, as a bonus, four songs she played at the 1991 Montreux Festival after the release of the two albums that made her a house hold name – Nick of Time (1989) and Luck of the Draw (1991)

Song List (1977):
1. Under The Falling Sky
2. Walk Out The Front Door
3. Good Enough
4. Nothing Seems To Matter
5. Love Me Like A Man
6. Give It Up, Or Let Me Go
7. Women Be Wise
8. I Thought I Was A Child
9. Home
10. Sugar Mama
11. Runaway

Song List: (1991)
1. Papa Come Quick
2. Good Man, Good Woman
3. Three Time Loser
4. Think

Me, The Mob And The Music: One Helluva Ride With Tommy James And The Shondells by Tommy James with Martin Fitzpatrick (Format: Print Book):

The classic rocker Tommy James relays the story of his life, which includes a somewhat harrowing account of how he signed and recorded for Roulette Records, under the direction of the mobster and music business executive Morris Levy.

Bonus Suggestion: Original Album Series by Tommy James & The Shondells (CD):

This set released in 2013 features all the songs on five of the groups sixties albums: Hanky Panky, I Think We’re Alone Now, Mony Mony, Crimson & Clover and Cellophne Symphony.

The collection features of the group’s greatest hits including the songs Mony Mony, Hanky Panky, I Think We’re Alone Now, Crystal Blue Persuasion and Mirage.

Videos Of The Week:

Cow Cow Boogie by Freddie Slack & His Orchestra with Ella Mae Morse on vocals:

Godchild by Miles Davis

Passion Flower by Louis Bellson And The Just Jazz All Stars

What Is This Thing Called Love by The (Nat) King Cole Trio

All My Trials by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter (Bob and Jerry)

Man of Constant Sorrow by Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers featuring Jerry Garcia

Rosa Lee McFall by the Black Mountain Boys featuring Jerry Garcia

Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

Give It Up, Or Let Me Go by Bonnie Raitt

Home by Bonnie Raitt

Runaway by Bonnie Raitt

Love Has No Pride by Crosby, Stills & Nash with Bonnie Raitt

Crystal Blue Persuasion by Tommy James & The Shondells

Hank Panky by Tommy James & The Shondells

Mony Mony by Tommy James & The Shondells

Have a great weekend!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

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

Jeff Buckley, 30, Who Wrote And Sang Eclectic Folk-Rock. Written by Neil Strauss. June 6, 1997. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/1997/06/06/arts/jeff-buckley-30-who-wrote-and-sang-eclectic-folk-rock.html

Leonard Cohen, Epic and Enigmatic Songwriter, Is Dead at 82. Written by Larry Rohter and published in the New York Times November 10, 2016. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/11/obituaries/leonard-cohen-dies.html

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.

ABOUT LIBRARY APPS: Libby & RBDigital:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the Libby and/or the RBDigital app, to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and on-demand magazines, from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at 607-936-3713 and one of our tech coaches will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading November 19, 2019

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

DIGITAL CATALOG SUGGESTIONS:

The Bishop’s Bedroom written by Jill Foulston & read by Edoardo Ballerini (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Summer 1946. World War II has just come to an end, and there’s a yearning for renewal. A man in his thirties is sailing on Lake Maggiore in northern Italy, hoping to put off the inevitable return to work. Dropping anchor in a small, fashionable port, he meets the enigmatic owner of a nearby villa who invites him home for dinner with his older wife and beautiful widowed sister-in-law. The sailor is intrigued by the elegant waterside mansion, staffed with servants and imbued with mystery, and stays in a guest room previously occupied by a now-deceased bishop related to his host. The two men form an uneasy bond, recognizing in each other a shared taste for idling and erotic adventure. They soon set sail together, encountering old flames and making new conquests. But tragedy puts an abrupt halt to their revels and shatters the tranquility of the villa. What really happened on the dock? And who was the figure glimpsed cycling around the shore in the dark?

I Wanted Fries with That: How to Ask for What You Want and Get What You Need by Amy Fish (Format: eBook):

SPEAK UP AND PERSUADE

At some point in our lives, we’ve all experienced an injustice, large or small — a restaurant botching our lunch order or a boss who isn’t following the guidelines for workplace etiquette — and suffered in silence for fear of offending anyone. When we fail to speak up, however, we shortchange ourselves. Amy Fish encourages standing up for yourself (and others) by complaining effectively. Her suggestions will appeal to anyone who wants to speak up and isn’t sure where to start, including managers navigating workplace disputes, couples who argue about the same things over and over, and even someone with a friend with bad breath. Illustrating her points with funny real-life stories, Fish reveals pragmatic methods to redress grievances with civility, honesty, and fairness for everyone involved — whether you’re trying to right the wrongs of the world or just claim the french fries you ordered.

Sh*tshow by Richard Russo (Format: eBook):

A Vintage Shorts Short Story original.

David and Ellie didn’t realize how much they have missed their friends, two other couples who had moved out of their modest neighborhood in a desert city for the comforts of the suburbs, until the day of Donald Trump’s election. Separated also from their daughter who lived hours away in California, they were in a funk. But, when Ellie discovers a repellant offering floating in the small Jacuzzi in their backyard, David is blindsided. Little does he know this is but the first in a chain of grisly events that would play out in their lives with devastating consequences.

In this darkly humorous, incisive and absorbing political parable, written with the remarkable humanity he’s beloved for with countless fans, Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo probes how deeply, yet imperceptibly, fissures can form amongst friends, neighbors, and families.

Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival by Velma Wallis (Format: eBook):

“No one should miss this beautiful legend.” — Tony Hillerman

Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine.

Though these women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying. In simple but vivid detail, Velma Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful. In her old women, she has created two heroines of steely determination whose story of betrayal, friendship, community, and forgiveness “speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness, and wisdom” (Ursula K. Le Guin).

Vespasian Series Books 1-3: Tribune of Rome, Rome’s Executioner, False God of Rome by Robert Fabbri (Format: eBook):

Tribute of Rome: One man, born in rural obscurity, destined to become one of Rome’s greatest Emperors
26 AD: 16-year-old Vespasian leaves his family farm for Rome, his sights set on finding a patron and following his brother into the army, but he discovers a city in turmoil and an Empire on the brink. The aging emperor Tiberius is in seclusion on Capri, leaving Rome in the iron grip of Sejanus, commander of the Praetorian Guard. Sejanus is ruler of the Empire in all but name, but many fear that isn’t enough for him. Sejanus’ spies are everywhere—careless words at a dinner party can be as dangerous as a barbarian arrow. Vespasian is totally out of his depth, making dangerous enemies (and even more dangerous friends—like the young Caligula) and soon finds himself ensnared in a conspiracy against Tiberius. With the situation in Rome deteriorating, Vespasian flees the city to take up a position as tribune in an unfashionable legion on the Balkan frontier. Even here, rebellion is in the air and unblooded and inexperienced, Vespasian must lead his men in savage battle with hostile mountain tribes. Vespasian will soon realize that he can’t escape Roman politics any more than he can escape his destiny.

Rome’s Executioner: A hero forged in battle. A legend born. Thracia, AD30: Even after four years military service at the edge of the Roman world, Vespasian can’t escape the tumultuous politics of an Empire on the brink of disintegration. His patrons in Rome have charged him with the clandestine extraction of an old enemy from a fortress on the banks of the Danube before it falls to the Roman legion besieging it.

Vespasian’s mission is the key move in a deadly struggle for the right to rule the Roman Empire. The man he has been ordered to seize could be the witness that will destroy Sejanus, commander of the Praetorian Guard and ruler of the Empire in all but name. Before he completes his mission, Vespasian will face ambush in snowbound mountains, pirates on the high seas, and Sejanus’s spies all around him. But by far the greatest danger lies at the rotten heart of the Empire, at the nightmarish court of Tiberius, Emperor of Rome and debauched, paranoid madman.

False God Of Rome: Vespasian’s mission will lead to violence, mayhem, and theft—and in the end, to a betrayal so great it will echo through the ages

Vespasian is serving as a military officer on the outskirts of the Roman Empire, suppressing local troubles and defending the Roman way. But political events in Rome—Tiberius’s increasingly insane debauchery, the escalating grain crisis—draw him back to the city. When Caligula becomes Emperor, Vespasian believes that things will improve. Instead, he watches the young emperor deteriorate from Rome’s shining star to a blood-crazed, incestuous, all-powerful madman. Lavish building projects, endless games, public displays of his relationship with his sister, Drusilla, and a terrified senate are as nothing to Caligula’s most ambitious plan: to bridge the bay of Neapolis and ride over it wearing Alexander’s breastplate. And it falls to Vespasian to travel to Alexandria and steal it from Alexander’s mausoleum.

PRINT BOOK SUGGESTIONS:

The Body On The Train by Frances Brody:

Abstract: “London, 1929. In the darkness before dawn, a railway porter, unloading a special train from Yorkshire, discovers a man’s body, shot and placed in a sack. There are no means of identification to be found and as Scotland Yard hits a dead end, they call on the inimitable Kate Shackleton, a local sleuth, confident her local knowledge and investigative skills will produce results. But it’s no easy task. Suspicion of political intrigue and fears of unrest in the Yorkshire coalfields, impose secrecy on her already difficult task. The murder of a shopkeeper, around the same time, seems too much of a coincidence. The convicted felon was found with blood on his hands, but it’s too tidy and Kate becomes convinced the police have the wrong man. By then it’s too late. Kate finds herself in a den of vipers. The real killer is still at large, and having tinkered with Kate’s car, nearly causes her to crash. Not only that, but Scotland Yard has turned their back on her. As Kate edges toward the shocking truth, she’s going to need all the strength and resourcefulness she can muster to uncover this sinister web of deceit.”–IndieBound.org

The Fall Of Richard Nixon: A Reporter Remembers Watergate by Tom Brokaw:

Abstract: “The last year of the Nixon presidency was filled with power politics, legal jiu-jitsu and high-stakes showdowns, with head-shaking surprises every day. Tom Brokaw, the NBC News White House correspondent during the final year of Watergate, gives us a close-up, personal account of the players, the strategies, and the highs and lows of the scandal that brought down a president. Brokaw writes, ‘Even now, almost half a century later, I am astonished by what the country went through, and I wanted to share press stories from the inside looking out — what it was like to be on call 24/7, the twists and turns, the laughs and tensions during this historic time.'”– Provided by publisher.

The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts:

Abstract:”The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Year One and Of Blood and Bone concludes her stunning new trilogy praised as “A match for end-of-the-world classics like Stephen King’s The Stand.” After the sickness known as the Doom destroyed civilization, magick has become commonplace, and Fallon Swift has spent her young years learning its ways. Fallon cannot live in peace until she frees those who have been preyed upon by the government or the fanatical Purity Warriors, endlessly hunted or locked up in laboratories, brutalized for years on end. She is determined to save even those who have been complicit with this evil out of fear or weakness-if, indeed, they can be saved. Strengthened by the bond she shares with her fellow warrior, Duncan, Fallon has already succeeded in rescuing countless shifters and elves and ordinary humans. Now she must help them heal-and rediscover the light and faith within themselves. For although from the time of her birth, she has been The One, she is still only one. And as she faces down an old nemesis, sets her sights on the enemy’s stronghold, and pursues her destiny-to finally restore the mystical shield that once protected them all-she will need an army behind her…”– Provided by publisher.

Robert B. Parker’s Angel Eyes by Ace Atkins:

Abstract: “In the latest thriller featuring the legendary Boston PI, Spenser heads to the City of Angels to meet old friends and new enemies in a baffling missing person case that might shake Tinseltown to its core”– Provided by publisher.

Twisted Twenty-Six: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich:

Abstract: Grandma Mazur is a widow … again. This time her marriage lasted a whole 45 minutes. The unlucky groom was one Jimmy Rosolli, local gangster, lothario (senior division) and heart attack waiting to happen … well, the waiting’s over. It’s a sad day, but if she can’t have Jimmy at least Grandma can have all the attention she wants as the dutiful widow. But some kinds of attention are not welcomed, particularly when Jimmy’s former “business partners” are convinced that his widow is keeping the keys to their financial success for herself. As someone who has spent an entire career finding bad guys, a set of missing keys should be no challenge for Stephanie Plum. Problem is, the facts are as twisted as a boardwalk pretzel with mustard.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

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New York Times Bestsellers November 24, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the upcoming week.

(Click on the book covers to read a summary of each plot and to request the book(s) of your choice.

FICTION:

19TH CHRISTMAS by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro:

In the 19th installment of the Women’s Murder Club series, detective Lindsay Boxer and company take on a fearsome criminal known only as “Loman.”

 

 

BLUE MOON by Lee Child:

Jack Reacher gets caught up in a turf war between Ukrainian and Albanian gangs.

 

 

THE DESERTER by Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille:

Two members of the Criminal Investigation Division must bring back a Delta Force soldier who disappeared.

 

 

THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett:

A sibling relationship is impacted when the family goes from poverty to wealth and back again over the course of many decades.

 

 

THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS by Lisa Jewell:

Libby Jones learns the identity of her parents and inherits a London mansion, but this comes with a mystery of multiple murders.

 

 

FINAL OPTION by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison:

The 14th book of the Oregon Files series. Juan Cabrillo’s enemy has replicated a state-of-the-art ship.

 

 

FIND ME by André Aciman:

Years after the events of “Call Me by Your Name,” Elio has become a classically trained pianist in Paris while Oliver is a New England college professor with a family.

 

 

THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes:

In Depression-era America, five women refuse to be cowed by men or convention as they deliver books throughout the mountains of Kentucky.

 

 

THE GUARDIANS by John Grisham:

Cullen Post, a lawyer and Episcopal minister, antagonizes some ruthless killers when he takes on a wrongful conviction case.

 

 

THE INSTITUTE by Stephen King:

Children with special talents are abducted and sequestered in an institution where the sinister staff seeks to extract their gifts through harsh methods.

 

 

KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM CRY by Mary Higgins Clark:

An investigative journalist seeks to uncover sexual misconduct at a television news network.

 

 

THE NIGHT FIRE by Michael Connelly:

Harry Bosch and Renée Ballard return to take up a case that held the attention of Bosch’s mentor.

 

 

NOEL STREET by Richard Paul Evans:

A former Vietnam War prisoner of war may gift a single mother with release to her secret pain in Mistletoe, Utah.

 

 

OLIVE, AGAIN by Elizabeth Strout:

In a follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Olive Kitteridge,” new relationships, including a second marriage, are encountered in a seaside town in Maine.

 

 

STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern:

Zachary Ezra Rawlins fights to save a labyrinthine underground repository of stories.

 

 

WATER DANCER by Ta-Nehisi Coates:

A young man who was gifted with a mysterious power becomes part of a war between slavers and the enslaved.

 

 

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens:

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

 

 

NON-FICTION:

ACID FOR THE CHILDREN by Flea:

A memoir by the bassist and a founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

 

 

BEAUTIFUL ONES by Prince. Edited by Dan Piepenbring:

A memoir by the musician written before his death, with photos and other memorabilia detailing his evolution.

 

 

BLOWOUT by Rachel Maddow:

The MSNBC host argues that the global oil and gas industry has weakened democracies and bolstered authoritarians.

 

 

THE BODY by Bill Bryson:

An owner’s manual of the human body covering various parts, functions and what happens when things go wrong.

 

 

BOOK OF GUTSY WOMEN by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton:

Profiles of women from around the world who have blazed trails and challenged the status quo.

 

 

CATCH AND KILL by Ronan Farrow:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter details some surveillance and intimidation tactics used to pressure journalists and elude consequences by certain wealthy and connected men.

 

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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

 

 

FINDING CHIKA by Mitch Albom:

Lessons learned by the Alboms when they bring a Haitian orphan with a life-threatening illness into their family.

 

 

I HEARD YOU PAINT HOUSES by Charles Brandt:

A World War II veteran works for a crime boss and comes into contact with the union boss Jimmy Hoffa. The basis of the movie “The Irishman.”

 

 

LITTLE WEIRDS by Jenny Slate:

A collection of comedic and revealing essays.

 

 

ME by Elton John:

The multi-award-winning solo artist’s first autobiography chronicles his career, relationships and private struggles.

 

 

MOBITUARIES by Mo Rocca and Jonathan Greenberg:

 

The humorist spotlights frequently unnoticed aspects of deceased celebrities and historical figures.

 

 

SAM HOUSTON AND THE ALAMO AVENGERS by Brian Kilmeade:

The “Fox & Friends” host gives an account of the battle against the Mexican Army in 1836.

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell:

Famous examples of miscommunication serve as the backdrop to explain potential conflicts and misunderstandings.

 

 

THREE DAYS AT THE BRINK by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney:

The Fox News host describes a meeting between Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin in Tehran during World War II.

 

 

TRIGGERED by Donald Trump Jr.:

Forays into politics and views on liberals from the executive vice president of the Trump Organization.

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Note: this list contains all the New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week that are owned by libraries within the Southern Tier Library System.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening November 15, 2019

Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations of the week!

(Click on the Book/eBook/CD/DVD or book cover to request the item)

Be Thou My Vision: Sacred Music (2004) by John Rutter by The Cambridge Singers (Format: CD):

A choral music collection of works by the modern composer of choral works – John Rutter

Of course, this recording features his own Cambridge Singers, with the City of London Sinfonia, all under his baton and sounding highly polished.

1. Be Thou My Vision for chorus, organ & orchestra
2. Open Thou Mine Eyes for chorus
3. I will sing with the spirit, for choir & orchestra
4. A Gaelic Blessing for chorus & orchestra
5. Wings of the morning, for choir & orchestra
6. Be Joyful in the Lord for chorus & orchestra
7. All Things Bright and Beautiful for chorus & orchestra
8. I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes for chorus & orchestra
9. As the Bridegroom To His Chosen for chorus & strings

Eddie & The Cruisers (1983) (Format: DVD):

Movie Summary: In the early sixties an up and coming rock band lead by Eddie Wilson recorded some great songs, lost their equally great saxophone player and then their lead singer seemingly drove his car off a bridge.

Twenty years later the band’s music is more popular than ever and a reporter decided to dig deeper and find out if Eddie really died in 1963, or, might he still be alive?

The music in the film was written by John Cafferty and performed by Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band – and is fun, upbeat classic rock.

Songs List:
1. On the Dark Side
2. Mockingbird
3. Runaround Sue
4. Down on My Knees
5. Hang up My Rock & Roll Shoes
6. Runaway
7. Boardwalk Angel
8. Betty Lou Got a New Pair of Shoes
9. Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me of You)
10. Season in Hell (Fire Suite)

The Flying Dulcimer (1993) by Matthew Abelson (Format: CD):

Matthew Abelson is hammered dulcimer player extraordinaire who has played at the White House and has traveled across the country putting on dulcimer workshops and performing concerts.

This collection seems like a perfect complement to the fall-into-holiday season!
Traditional music played on a traditional instrument – check it out!

1. Goin’ ‘Cross The Mountain / Over The Waterfall
2. Langstrom’s Pony
3. O’Carolan’s Welcome
4. Drowsy Maggie / Golden Keyboard
5. Minuet In G
6. Simple Gifts
7. South Wind
8. Tobin’s Favorite / Top Of The Cork Road
9. Cantata (Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring)
10. O’Carolan’s Concerto
11. Sandy River Belle
12. Temperance Reel / Staten Island
13. Si Bheag, Si Mohr
14. Pretty Little Dog
15. Da Slokit Light

Linus & Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi (1996) by George Winston (Format: CD):

George Winston is a great pianist known for creating New Age music for the Windham Hill label since 1980. This collection features some music that will be very familiar to anyone who has watched any of the Charlie Brown TV shows over the years as Vince Guaraldi wrote and prefomed the original music for those classic TV shows.

Song List:
1. Cast Your Fate To The Wind
2. Skating
3. Linus & Lucy
4. The Great Pumpkin Waltz
5. Monterrey
6. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
7. Treat Street
8. Eight Five Five
9. The Masked Marvel
10. Charlie Brown and His All-Stars
11. You’re in love, Charlie Brown
12. Peppermint Patty
13. Bon voyage
14. Young man’s fancy
15. Remembrance
16. Theme to Grace/Lament

Things Have Changed (2018) by Bettye Lavette (Format: CD):

Bettye Lavette is a talented R&B singer who performed & recorded for many years before finally breaking through to the mainstream American audience with her 2005 album I’ve Got My Own Hell To Raise. Things Have Changed is her newest LP and it consists of terrific cover versions of Bob Dylan’s songs.

Song List:
1. Things Have Changed
2. It Ain’t Me Babe
3. Political World
4. Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight
5. Seeing the Real You at Last
6. Mama, You Been on My Mind
7. Ain’t Talkin’
8. The Times They Are A-Changin’
9. What Was It You Wanted

Videos Of The Week:

On The Dark Side by Eddie & The Cruisers (music by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band)

 

 

Tender years by Eddie & The Cuisers (music by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band)

 

 

Jamming with Matthew Abelson

 

 

Matthew Abelson performs at Arcade & Kent – 1999

 

 

Cast Your Fate To The Wind by George Winston

 

 

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving by George Winston

 

 

Linus & Lucy (Charlie Brown Theme) by Vince Guaraldi

 

 

Love Reign by Bettye Lavette

 

 

Things Have Changed by Bettye Lavette

 

 

Times They Are A-Changin’ by Bettye Lavette

Have a great weekend!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

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

John Rutter Composer & Conductor, https://johnrutter.com/

The Flying Dulcimer, http://www.flyingdulcimer.com

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