New York Times Bestsellers May 8, 2022

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

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

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

New York Times Bestseller blog posts are published on Sundays and the next New York Times Bestseller list will be published to this blog on Sunday, May 8, 2022.

FICTION

BEAUTIFUL by Danielle Steel

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Beautiful

A supermodel deals with the effects of a terror attack at an airport in Brussels on her life and appearance.

THE CANDY HOUSE by Jennifer Egan

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

Candy House

In a follow-up to “A Visit From the Goon Squad,” a new technology gives the potential to save and share every memory one has ever had.

DEATH OF THE BLACK WIDOW by James Patterson and J.D. Barker

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

Death of a Black Widow

Detective Walter O’Brien is obsessed with an escape artist who bludgeoned her kidnapper and avoided police custody.

THE DIAMOND EYE by Kate Quinn

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

Diamond Eye

In 1937 Ukraine, a history student transforms into a hunter of Nazis known as Lady Death and is sent to America on a goodwill tour.

 

DREAM TOWN by David Baldacci

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

Dream Town

he third book in the Archer series. Archer, Dash and Callahan search for a missing screenwriter who had a dead body turn up in her home.

 

THE INVESTIGATOR by John Sandford

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

The Investigator

Letty Davenport, the adopted daughter of Lucas Davenport, looks into oil thefts in Texas.

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.

KINGDOM OF BONES by James Rollins

(Available Formats: eBook)

Kingdom of Bones

The 16th book in the Sigma Force series. An unknown force is putting people in a catatonic state in a village in the Congo.

THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave

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

The Last Thing He Told Me

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

LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus

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

Lessons in Chemistry

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

THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles

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

Lincoln Highway

Two friends who escaped from a juvenile work farm take Emmett Watson on an unexpected journey to New York City in 1954.

THE MEMORY LIBRARIAN by Janelle Monáe et al

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Memory Librarian

A companion collection of stories to Monáe’s 2018 album “Dirty Computer.” Jane 57821 pushes back against the few who have the power to control or erase memories.

 

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

 

THE PARIS APARTMENT by Lucy Foley

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

The Paris Apartment

Jess has suspicions about her half-brother’s neighbors when he goes missing.

 

RUN, ROSE, RUN by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD audiobook, eBook, downloadable audiobook & through Hoopla – Dolly Parton companion album also titled Run Rose Run.)

Run Rose Run

A singer-songwriter goes to Nashville seeking stardom but is followed by her dark past.

THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Emily St. John Mandel

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

Sea of Tranquility

A detective investigating in the wilderness discovers that his actions might affect the timeline of the universe.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

 

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Ugly Love

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

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

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

 

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BENNETTS by Lisa Scottoline

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

What Happened To The Bennetts

A brush with members of a drug-trafficking organization ushers a suburban family to go into the witness protection program.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

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

Where The Crawdads Sing

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

NON-FICTION:

1619 PROJECT edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman and Jake Silverstein

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Viewing America’s entanglement with slavery and its legacy, in essays adapted and expanded from The New York Times Magazine.

ALL ABOUT LOVE by bell hooks

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

All About Love

The late feminist icon explores the causes of a polarized society and the meaning of love.

BITTERSWEET by Susan Cain

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Bittersweet

The author of “Quiet” suggests ways to embrace loss and suffering within ourselves and others.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

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

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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

Braiding Sweetgrass

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

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

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

Crying in H Mart

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

DEAF UTOPIA by Nyle DiMarco with Robert Siebert

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Deaf Utopia

The actor and reality TV personality shares his story of being half of a pair of deaf twins born to a multigenerational deaf family.

FREEZING ORDER by Bill Browder

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Freezing Order

The author of “Red Notice” tells his story of becoming Vladimir Putin’s enemy by uncovering a $230 million tax refund scheme.

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH by Arthur C. Brooks

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

From Strength To Strength

A columnist for The Atlantic espouses ways to shift priorities and habits to overcome waning abilities in later life.

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

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

Greenlights

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

HELLO, MOLLY! by Molly Shannon with Sean Wilsey

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Hello Molly

The comedic actor shares stories of family tragedy and her years as a star of “Saturday Night Live.”

LEFT ON TENTH by Delia Ephron

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Left on Tenth

The author and screenwriter describes losing her sister and husband to cancer, finding love again and receiving a leukemia diagnosis.

 

PANDORA’S JAR by Natalie Haynes

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Pandora's Jar

A re-examination of Greek myths and their female characters through a woman’s perspective.

PLAYING WITH MYSELF by Randy Rainbow

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Playing With Myself

A memoir by the three-time Emmy-nominated comedian known for his online musical and political satires.

RECESSIONAL by David Mamet

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Recessional

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright lambastes liberal politics, cancel culture and other things he finds objectionable.

 

 

 

THE STORYTELLER by David Grohl

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

The Storyteller

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

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

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

Untamed

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

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

(Available Formats: eBook & downloadable audiobook)

What Happened To You

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

WHAT WE WISH WERE TRUE by Tallu Schuyler

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

What We Wish Were True

Quinn Reflections by the late founder of the Nashville Food Project on the themes of life and death.

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.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

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 April 29, 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, May 6, 2022.

And here are the “baker’s” 10 recommended songs of the week!

Be Bop A Lula by Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps (Genre: Rockabilly, Rock)

From The Album: Capital Collector’s Series (1990)

Collect Caller by Tomberlin (Genre: Pop-Rock)

From The Album: i dont know who needs to hear this… (2022)

Hikky-Burr by Quincy Jones with the great Carole Kaye on bass; also featuring Jimmy Smith, Milt Jason, Eddie Harris, Les McCann, Ernie Watts, Arthur Adams, Ray Brown & Monty Alexander (Genre: Instrumental, Jazz, Soundtrack)

From The Album: The Original Jam Sessions (1969)

I’m Bringing Home Good News by Eli “Paperboy” Reed (Genre: R&B)

From The Album: Down Every Road (2022)

Let’s Have A Party by Wanda Jackson (Genre: Rockabilly)

From The Album: Queen Of Rockabilly: The Best of the Rockabilly Years (2000)

Mr. Spaceman by The Byrds (Genre: Rock, Folk-Rock)

From The Album: Fifth Dimension (1966)

Sit Down I Think I Love You by Buffalo Springfield (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

From The Album: Buffalo Springfield (1966)

Suzie-Q by Dale Hawkins (Genre: Rockabilly)

From The Album: Oh! Suzie-Q (1958)

Turn Back the Hands of Time by Tyrone Davis (Genre: R&B)

From The Album: Turn Back The Hands Of Time (1970)

Wandering Spirit by Miranda Lambert (Genre: Country)

From The Album: Palomino (2022)

And in honor of May Day, both the traditional May Day, celebrating the advent of summer, and the more modern May Day that highlights workers’ rights, here are two songs:

May Day Carol by Magpie Lane (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: Jack-In-The-Green (2016)

&

Union Burying Ground by Woody Guthrie

From The Album: Struggle (1941)

Goodnight Irene by The Weavers (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: The Weaver’s Greatest Hits (1984)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Seasons Of Love (2022) by Lani Hall featuring Herb Alpert (Genre: Vocal, Jazz, Easy Listening)

Seasons Of Love

And from the album the song

Happy Woman

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

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 April 26, 2022

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

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

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

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

Addis Ababa Noir edited by Maaza Mengiste

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Addis Ababa Noir

Few of the 14 stories in this solid Akashic noir anthology qualify as classic noir, but they all contain many of the classic elements such as desperation, greed, desire, and death. In Meron Hadero’s memorable “Kind Stranger,” the narrator literally trips over a stranger who’s lying on the ground at a construction site. The narrator sits down with the stranger, who proceeds to tell a fraught tale about a woman who rebuked his advances and how he took revenge on her during a time of political turmoil. Another strong entry is Girma T. Fantaye’s “Of the Poet and the Café,” in which a poet sets out to get rid of every copy of his one published book, only to find that it’s not just words that can be erased from the world. Solomon Hailemariam’s pointed “None of Your Business” examines life under a tyrannical regime where a simple school assignment can have dire consequences for one small boy and his family. Each contributor embraces day-to-day life in Ethiopia, and fills each story with a rich sense of time, place, and character. The authors reveal much about a culture unfamiliar to many American readers. Publishers Weekly Review

Readers’ Note: Maaza Mengiste’s short story, Dush, Ash, Flight which was published in the collection Addis Ababa Noir, won the 2021 Edgar Award for Best Short Story.

Readers’ Note Too: If you’re not familiar with them, The Edgars are awarded annually to outstanding mysteries within mystery sub-genres – i.e. best short story! And if you’d like to check out the listing of Edgar winners, here is a link to the official Edgar Award website:

Search the Edgars Database!

Daughters of a Dead Empire by Carolyn Tara O’Neil

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Daughters of a Dead Empire

In 1918 Russia, czarist Anna and communist Evgenia form a tentative alliance to escape a ruthless Bolshevik commander. Seventeen-year-old Anna is the sole survivor after her family is assassinated in Ekaterinburg. Her only hope of safety is finding her cousin who is stationed with the White Army. She offers 16-year-old peddler Evgenia a diamond in exchange for a ride on her old horse wagon. Evgenia, who’s a communist, agrees to help the bedraggled yet seemingly bourgeois Anna (whose true identity readers familiar with Russian history may divine before it is revealed in the narrative) because she’s desperate to afford a doctor to treat her injured soldier brother. Their journey is dangerous from the start but turns deadly when Evgenia’s branded a traitor and a Bolshevik secret police commander becomes set on killing both girls. Well-researched and accessible, this alternate history immerses readers in the Russian Revolution and the competing, equally bloodthirsty factions hoping to control the country’s destiny. A kind officer from the Czechoslovak Legion introduces a different perspective and the barest hint of romance. But Anna and Evgenia’s hard-earned friendship forms the heart of the tale and reinforces the importance of crossing class, political, and religious lines to find the humanity in all. A riveting reimagining of a historical legend as a pulse-pounding thriller. – Kirkus Review

Good Intentions: A Novel by Kasim Ali

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Good Intentions

In the story of Nur and Yasmina’s promising relationship, and the troubling reality of unresolved racial dynamics, debut novelist Ali offers striking social insights and a peek into the life of the British Pakistani community in Birmingham. Nur, a British Pakistani man, and Yasmina, a British Sudanese woman, meet and fall in love as college students and subsequently move in together. But their relationship is under a dark cloud, as Nur doesn’t introduce Yasmina to his family, or even talk to them about her. Convinced that his family will have difficulty accepting his Black girlfriend, Nur is caught between familial and cultural concerns and his desire for a future built on love. As Ali tackles the difficult reality of racism within ethnic groups tied to assumptions of solidarity, he succinctly delineates memorable characters and complex interactions. The narrative’s leaps back and forward in time can be challenging, even as they serve to escalate the tension of Nur’s damaging choices. In all, a vitally important exploration of deep-rooted prejudice, and the disconnect between understanding and the genuine practice of inclusiveness. Booklist Review

Hitchcock and the Censors by John Billheimer

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Hitchcock And the Censors

Edgar Award Winner: This lively account of the director’s battles with the Code Office is “an essential addition to any Hitchcock shelf” (Mystery Scene Magazine).

From 1934 to 1968, the Motion Picture Production Code Office controlled the content and final cut on all films made and distributed in the United States. Code officials protected sensitive ears from standard four-letter words, as well as a few five-letter words like tramp and six-letter words like cripes. They also scrubbed “excessively lustful” kissing from the screen and ensured that no criminal went unpunished. Thus, throughout his career, Alfred Hitchcock had to deal with a wide variety of censors attuned to the slightest suggestion of sexual innuendo, undue violence, toilet humor, religious disrespect, and all forms of indecency, real or imagined.

During their review of Hitchcock’s films, the censors demanded an average of 22.5 changes, ranging from the mundane to the mind-boggling, on each of his American films. Code reviewers dictated the ending of Rebecca, absolved Cary Grant of guilt in Suspicion, edited Cole Porter’s lyrics in Stage Fright, decided which shades should be drawn in Rear Window, and shortened the shower scene in Psycho.

In Hitchcock and the Censors, John Billheimer traces the forces that led to the Production Code and describes Hitchcock’s interactions with code officials on a film-by-film basis as he fought to protect his creations, bargaining with code reviewers and sidestepping censorship to produce a lifetime of memorable films. Despite the often-arbitrary decisions of the code board, Hitchcock still managed to push the boundaries of sex and violence permitted in films by charming—and occasionally tricking—the censors and by swapping off bits of dialogue, plot points, and individual shots (some of which had been deliberately inserted as trading chips) to protect cherished scenes and images. By examining Hitchcock’s priorities in dealing with the censors, this work highlights the director’s theories of suspense as well as his magician-like touch when negotiating with code officials.

Kingdom of Women by Rosalie Morales Kearns

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

Kingdom of Women

In a slightly alternate near-future, women are forming vigilante groups to wreak vengeance on rapists, child abusers, and murderers of women. Averil Parnell, a female Catholic priest, faces a dilemma: per the Golden Rule she should advise forgiveness, but as the lone survivor of an infamous massacre of women seminarians, she understands their anger.

Her life becomes more complicated when she embarks on an obsessive affair with a younger man and grapples with disturbing religious visions.

She had wanted to be a scholar, before the trauma of the massacre. Later, all she wanted was a quiet life as a parish priest. But now she finds she has become a mystic, and a central figure in the social upheaval that’s gathering momentum all over the world.

The novel taps into a tradition of works that explore the inner lives of religious mystics (such as Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow; Ron Hansen’s Mariette in Ecstasy; Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory), but also engages broad social/political issues, similar to wide-ranging literary epics like The Poisonwood Bible and Midnight’s Children.

Kingdom of Women spans decades and delves into multiple points of view, not only highlighting the personal evolution of a complex, troubled individual but also exploring larger themes like the ethical implications of the use of violence against oppression, and the tension between justice and mercy, revenge and forgiveness.

Left On Tenth: A Second Chance At Life: A Memoir by Nora Ephron

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Left On Tenth

In her new memoir, Ephron will make readers feel, and with her short sentences and matter-of-fact voice, she’ll make readers laugh, swoon, cringe, and cry, sometimes all within the same section of writing. The novelist, essayist, playwright, and screenwriter (she wrote the film You’ve Got Mail with sister Nora) begins this memoir with the story of her husband’s death, from his time in hospice, to her grieving afterwards; she also introduces all the people who helped her through mourning. While trying to disconnect her late husband’s phone line, she has a bad experience that she writes about in the New York Times. The essay sparks interest in a man from her past who reaches out to her via email; Ephron includes this correspondence, among many others, in the book. The events kick off a new love story that is the focus of the first part of the memoir; Ephron’s leukemia is the theme of the second half. Through her own recollections and through emails, readers get to see the hope and positivity of Ephron’s friends, as well as the despair she felt during her illness. VERDICT With poetic writing, strong characterization, and a powerful love story, Ephron’s memoir takes readers on a journey of loss, pain, hope, and perseverance.-Starred Library Journal Review

The Ladies’ Lending Library by Janice Keefer

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

Ladies' Lending Library

Canada in the 1960s is the setting for Keefers melancholy tale of a group of Ukrainian immigrants whose lives are conspicuously connected by blood or circumstance. For the principal characters, the excitement of relocation to the Great White North has faded into a steady, at times numbing rhythm made up of raising families and going to work. Their one escape is summers spent at an idyllic lakeside resort, where the women read and discuss racy books, and their children begin to explore the mysteries of the opposite sex. (The husbands only come up on weekends, disrupting the women’s scandalous literary pursuits.) Sasha Plotsky is the ringleader of the reading group, the envy of many of the women because she always says just what she thinks. But her best friend, Sonia Martyn, a former model trapped in a lackluster marriage, is the novels driving force, spending the summer trying to keep the peace among a cluster of passionate personalities. Readers of Gilmores Golden Country (2006) will find much to like in this poignant saga of real life and unrealized dreams. – Booklist Review

Man On Fire: A Novel by Stephen Kelman

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Man On Fire

Bibhuti Bhushan (BB) Nayak has never met an extreme sports challenge that he could resist, the more extreme the better. From his first attempt at a Guinness Book record–43 kicks to his unprotected groin–BB lusts after sports immortality. To the consternation of his increasingly fretful wife, BB continually puts himself in harm’s way, believing that a strict training regime, along with proper diet, correct breathing, meditation, and prayer will help him achieve his goals. His exploits eventually attract the interest of John Lock, an Englishman disappointed in life and lately diagnosed with cancer. Faking his death to spare his wife the worry and care of his illness, Lock travels to Mumbai, determined to assist BB in his quest for a new record: to withstand 50 baseball bats smashed against his body. With the book narrated alternately by Lock from BB’s hospital bedside and by BB himself, it’s hard to know whether BB is a true sportsman or an insane masochist. VERDICT With its unlikely subject for such an emotionally rich and imaginatively told tale, this second novel easily fulfills the promise of Kelman’s much-admired and Man Booker short-listed Pigeon English. Astonishingly, most of this “fictional biography” is true. Starred library Journal Review

How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman

(Available Formats: Print Book)

How Late It Was, How Late

Winner of the Booker Prize: “A work of marvelous vibrance and richness of character.”—New York Times Book Review

One Sunday morning in Glasgow, shoplifting ex-con Sammy awakens in an alley, wearing another man’s shoes and trying to remember his two-day drinking binge. He gets in a scrap with some soldiers and revives in a jail cell, badly beaten and, he slowly discovers, completely blind. And things get worse: his girlfriend disappears, the police question him for a crime they won’t name, and his stab at disability compensation embroils him in the Kafkaesque red tape of the welfare bureaucracy. Told in the utterly uncensored language of the Scottish working class, this is a dark and subtly political parable of struggle and survival, rich with irony and black humor.

Small Mercies: A Novel by Eddie Joyce

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Small Mercies

An emotionally rich debut novel about family dynamics in the wake of tragedy. If Staten Island were Asbury Park, this former lawyer-turned-novelist could be its literary Springsteen. He was born and raised in the borough, which one of his characters calls “the servants’ quarters of the city,” and he has a deep affinity for the ethnic assimilations, class struggles, marital discontents and larger ambitions of those who share his roots. Though the novel flirts with sentimentality and occasionally succumbs to cliche, depth of character trumps plot melodrama here. In the seven days leading to the birthday of Bobby Jr., the son of a firefighter who was a casualty of 9/11, every member of the family has flashbacks and reminiscences that suggest the variety of knots the plot must untangle. Bobby Sr. became a firefighter like his father, Michael, who strongly resisted becoming a butcher like his own immigrant father, thus depriving his family of some security. Gail continues to resent her husband and mourn her son 10 years after his death. She has little relationship with her oldest son, Peter, the one who escaped the borough to become a successful lawyer and marry a WASP but who will find his life crumbling through the most conventional of complications. Middle son Franky is the family’s black sheep, an alcoholic who’s never been the same since his brother died. And Bobby’s widow, Tina, with whom Gail is very close, has finally become involved with another man, introduced to her by Peter, and she wants to bring him to Bobby Jr.’s birthday party. Will Franky cause a drunken scene? Will Gail be civil? Will Peter reconcile with his family? The novel unpacks a lot of emotional baggage (even without the 9/11 references), but readers will get to know these characters and care about them to the very last page. – Kirkus Review

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

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.

Library Connections, A Readers’, Listeners’ & Viewers’ Advisory Videocast April 22, 2022

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

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

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

Have a great week!
Linda Reimer, SSCL

New York Times Bestsellers May 1, 2022

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

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

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

New York Times Bestseller blog posts are published on Sundays and the next New York Times Bestseller list will be published to this blog on Sunday, May 1, 2022.

FICTION

 

THE CANDY HOUSE by Jennifer Egan

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

Candy House

In a follow-up to “A Visit From the Goon Squad,” a new technology gives the potential to save and share every memory one has ever had.

THE DIAMOND EYE by Kate Quinn

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

Diamond Eye

In 1937 Ukraine, a history student transforms into a hunter of Nazis known as Lady Death and is sent to America on a goodwill tour.

THE DUKE AND I by Julia Quinn

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

Duke & I

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

FRENCH BRAID by Anne Tyler

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

French Braid

The ups and downs of a Baltimore family from the 1950s to the pandemic present.

THE INVESTIGATOR by John Sandford

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

The Investigator

Letty Davenport, the adopted daughter of Lucas Davenport, looks into oil thefts in Texas.

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.

LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus

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

Lessons in Chemistry

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

THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles

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

Lincoln Highway

Two friends who escaped from a juvenile work farm take Emmett Watson on an unexpected journey to New York City in 1954.

LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood

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

Love Hypothesis

A young professor agrees to pretend to be a third-year Ph.D. candidate’s boyfriend.

 

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover

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

November 9

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

ONE ITALIAN SUMMER by Rebecca Serle

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

One Italian Summer

During a summer trip in Italy, Katy’s late mother reappears as a 30-year-old woman.

THE PARIS APARTMENT by Lucy Foley

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

The Paris Apartment

Jess has suspicions about her half-brother’s neighbors when he goes missing.

 

RECOVERY AGENT by Janet Evanovich

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

The Recovery Agent

When her family’s home is threatened, Gabriela Rose goes with her ex-husband to seek lost treasure in the jungles of Peru.

RUN, ROSE, RUN by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD audiobook, eBook, downloadable audiobook & through Hoopla – Dolly Parton companion album also titled Run Rose Run.)

Run Rose Run

A singer-songwriter goes to Nashville seeking stardom but is followed by her dark past.

SACRED BRIDGE by Anne Hillerman

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

Sacred Bridge

Chee seeks to solve a mystery that eluded Leaphorn decades ago while Manuelito gets into a life-threatening situation.

THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Emily St. John Mandel

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

Sea of Tranquility

A detective investigating in the wilderness discovers that his actions might affect the timeline of the universe.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

TIME IS A MOTHER by Ocean Vuong

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Time is a Mother

A second collection of poems by the MacArthur fellow and author of “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.”

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Ugly Love

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

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

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

VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME by Julia Quinn

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

Viscount Who Loved Me

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

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BENNETTS by Lisa Scottoline

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

What Happened To The Bennetts

A brush with members of a drug-trafficking organization ushers a suburban family to go into the witness protection program.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

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

Where The Crawdads Sing

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

NON-FICTION:

1619 PROJECT edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman and Jake Silverstein

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Viewing America’s entanglement with slavery and its legacy, in essays adapted and expanded from The New York Times Magazine.

ALL ABOUT LOVE by bell hooks

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

All About Love

The late feminist icon explores the causes of a polarized society and the meaning of love.

BITTERSWEET by Susan Cain

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Bittersweet

The author of “Quiet” suggests ways to embrace loss and suffering within ourselves and others.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

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

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

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

Crying in H Mart

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

FREEZING ORDER by Bill Browder

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Freezing Order

The author of “Red Notice” tells his story of becoming Vladimir Putin’s enemy by uncovering a $230 million tax refund scheme.

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH by Arthur C. Brooks

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

From Strength To Strength

A columnist for The Atlantic espouses ways to shift priorities and habits to overcome waning abilities in later life.

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

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

Greenlights

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

GROWING UP BIDEN by Valerie Biden Owens

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

Growing Up Biden

A memoir by the younger sister and longtime campaign manager of President Biden.

HELLO, MOLLY! by Molly Shannon with Sean Wilsey

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Hello Molly

The comedic actor shares stories of family tragedy and her years as a star of “Saturday Night Live.”

LEFT ON TENTH by Delia Ephron

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Left on Tenth

The author and screenwriter describes losing her sister and husband to cancer, finding love again and receiving a leukemia diagnosis.

LOVE THAT STORY by Jonathan Van Ness

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Love That Story

Personal reflections on dealing with challenges and embracing change by the star of “Queer Eye.”

PANDORA’S JAR by Natalie Haynes

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Pandora's Jar

A re-examination of Greek myths and their female characters through a woman’s perspective.

RECESSIONAL by David Mamet

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Recessional

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright lambastes liberal politics, cancel culture and other things he finds objectionable.

RED NOTICE by Bill Browder

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

Red Notice

 

An American hedge fund manager in Russia is expelled by kleptocrats who then seize his property. Browder’s investigation into the death of his attorney led to the Magnitsky Act.

THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson

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

Splendid & The Vile

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

STILL JUST A GEEK by Wil Wheaton

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Still Just A Geek

The star of “Stand by Me” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” revisits and updates his 2004 collection of blog posts.

THE STORYTELLER by David Grohl

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

The Storyteller

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

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

(Available Formats: eBook & downloadable audiobook)

What Happened To You

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

WILL by Will Smith with Mark Manson

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

WIll

The actor, producer and musician tells his life story and lessons he learned along the way.

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.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

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 April 22, 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, April 29, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

In honor of guitar great Duane Eddy, who was born in Corning on April 26, 1938, and who thus turns 84 years young on Tuesday – here is Duane playing one of his best-known songs –

Rebel Rouser by Duane Eddy (Genre: Guitar, Rock, Instrumental)

From The Album: Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel (1958)

Coming Home by Leon Bridges (Genre: R&B, Pop-Rock)

From The Album: Leon Bridges (2015)

Hot Rod Rocky by Jools Holland (Genre: Pop-Rock, Rockabilly)

Jools Holland Meets Rock ‘A’ Boogie Billy (1984)

I Can’t Be Satisfied by Muddy Waters (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Best of Muddy Waters (Chess Records; 1967)

Just Like That by Bonnie Raitt (Genre: Pop-Rock, Blues)

From The Album: Just Like That (2022)

Meet On The Ledge by Fairport Convention (Genre: Folk-Rock, Folk)

From The Album: What We Did On Our Holiday (1969)

And check out a really cool recent interview with, guitarist and former Fairport Convention co-founder, Richard Thompson by clicking on the link to the April 20, 2022 Fresh Air podcast:

https://www.npr.org/2022/04/20/1093709649/fairport-convention-band-cofounder-richard-thompson-looks-back-on-his-life-in-mu

Muscle Shoal Blues by Fats Waller (Genre: Stride Piano, Jazz, Blues)

From The Album: Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (2007)

Rachmaninoff: 6 Romances, Op. 38 – No. 3, Daisies by Ruth Slenczynska (Genre: Piano, Classical)

From The Album: My Life In Music (2022)

Rock This Town by The Stray Cats (Genre: Rockabilly, Rock)

From The Album: Built For Speed (1982)

Waiting For The Cards To Fall by Guy Davis (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Butt Naked Free (2000).

And as a bonus recommendation, since today is Earth Day, here is:

Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology Song) by Marvin Gaye

From The Album: What’s Going On (1971)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Curtis in Chicago by Curtis Mayfield (Genre: R&B)

Curtis In Chicago

And from the album the song

Superfly

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

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 April 19, 2022

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

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

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

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

Ancestor Trouble: A Reckoning and a Reconciliation by Maud Newton

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Ancestor Trouble

“Know thyself,” said Socrates, and Newton takes this directive to heart in a memoir that strives to not only understand her specific personality but identify its development through multiple generations of ancestors. This knowledge of her family’s colorful history, which includes a grandfather who allegedly married 13 times; a demanding, racist father; and a speaking-in-tongues evangelical mother, raises more questions than it answers. Fortunately, the burgeoning industry of internet ancestry research and accessible DNA testing helps Newton affix missing leaves to her family tree. Yet each new data point reveals further avenues of inquiry, rabbit holes that raise doubts about physical traits, emotional vulnerabilities, and mental strengths. In exploring her own background, Newton investigates current theories regarding DNA analysis, inherited trauma, and psychological profiling with Sherlockian verve and an academician’s tenacity. Genealogy sleuths often undertake such quests hoping to discover hidden gems buried deep in those census records, such as a direct link to aristocracy or a Founding Father. Newton is just looking for some peace of mind, and her approach may help others realize what a worthy goal that is. Booklist Review

Arabian Nights and Days by Naguib Mahfouz

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Arabian Nights & Days

The Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz refashions the classic tales of Scheherazade into a novel written in his own imaginative, spellbinding style. Here are genies and flying carpets, Aladdin and Sinbad, Ali Baba, and many other familiar stories from the tradition of The One Thousand and One Nights, made new by the magical pen of the acknowledged dean of Arabic letters, who plumbs their depths for timeless truths.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

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

Body Keeps Score

This title has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for months, and as it seems a timely subject, it is one of our recommendations for this week.

About The Book: Renowned trauma researcher van der Kolk’s book is comprehensive in scope. The author explains in clear terms the physical causes and manifestations of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), how vast the population of sufferers is, and the devastating repercussions to society in general as a result of inadequate treatment. Anecdotes of patients from all walks of life are used to illustrate how trauma rewires the brain to create dissociated memories. Sufferers do not merely “remember” the event or events but actually relive it, complete with a cascade of excruciating physical and emotional pain. Organizing their lives to avoid triggers can lead to behaviors such as substance abuse that often compound the destructiveness of the original trauma. Inadequate conventional treatments such as talk therapy and pharmaceuticals are being replaced with neurofeedback, mindfulness training, yoga, Internal Family Systems, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapies, helping victims reclaim their minds and bodies and regain self-regulation and personal resilience. VERDICT This valuable work for psychologists, therapists, and public health professionals walks the line between academic medical text and popular nonfiction. More important, it offers hope for the millions of sufferers and their families seeking meaningful treatment and relief from the ongoing pain of trauma.

For a deep dive on the subject, check out New York Times columnist Ezra Kline’s podcast interview with van der Kolk:

Carnivalesque by Neil Jordan

(Available Formats: eBook)

Carnivalesque

In the summer of 2016, 14-year-old Dubliner Andy Rackard enters Burleigh’s Amazing Hall of Mirrors at a traveling carnival. Upon his exit, a different Andy emerges, a sullen reflection of the boy who entered, now trapped in a fun house mirror. The ethereal carnie Mona rescues him and, over time, initiates the rechristened Dany into the mysteries of the Carnies’ lore and life. With each revelation about the carnival and its people, Dany more deeply intuits his identity and crucial role in the ancient war between the Carnies and the Dewmen. Ultimately, Dany faces the horrific Captain Mildew, the traitorous Burleigh, and his twin to save the Carnies and his human mother, Eileen, bereft of the beloved boy who disappeared months ago in a hall of mirrors. VERDICT This new work from director/author Jordan is a house of mirrors, reflecting and distorting Celtic fairy tales to reveal new dimensions to timeless stories. Jordan’s seductive narratives are unmatched in modern literature, although many will recognize parallels to Oscar Wilde, Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, and Neil Gaiman. Starred Library Journal Review

Lulu In Marrakech by Diane Johnson

(Available Formats: Print)

Lulu In Marrakech

In her first novel in five years (after “L’Affaire”), Johnson moves operations out of France and south to Morocco. In a “Notorious”-style intrigue, Lulu Sawyer is a CIA spy infiltrating the expatriate community in Marrakech. While undercover, she stays at the villa of her wealthy British boyfriend, where she meets a wide cast of characters who could all be innocent bystanders or double agents. They include her Moroccan contact, a young French-Muslim girl escaping certain death in Paris, a gorgeous Saudi wife, and a brother come to exact an honor killing. Morocco is not an original location for a spy story (think “Casablanca” and “The Man Who Knew Too Much”), but it works well as a showcase for modern issues like Muslim extremists, terrorism, and money laundering. Sprinkled with deception, romances, and quotes from the Qu’ran, this novel makes a good read, despite its rather unsatisfactory ending. Johnson’s Francophile fans may be disappointed with this change in location from her popular Paris-set novels (“Le Divorce, Le Mariage, L’Affaire”), but other readers, particularly those interested in spy stories or mysteries with a strong female protagonist, will enjoy this. Recommended for fiction collections.

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The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Paradox Hotel

Time travel has been monetized in this stellar SF thriller from Hart (The Warehouse). The U.S. government charges the 1% “hundreds of thousands of dollars to see the first-ever public showing of Hamlet or visit the Library of Alexandria,” but it’s still losing money on the hyperexpensive operation. That leads to a privatization initiative, and several trillionaires arrive at the Paradox Hotel to make their proposal to buy the Einstein Intercentury Timeport. Their presence is a headache for hotel security head January Cole, who’s suffering deleterious health side effects from entering the time stream frequently and overwhelming grief from the accidental death of her lover, Mena, a waitress at the Paradox. When January sees a stabbed corpse in a guest room that no one else can see, including her smart-ass AI assistant, Ruby, she endeavors to determine whether there’s a real murder to investigate or whether it’s an apparition that’s a symptom of her illness. The twists keep coming without simplifying January’s mental struggles in this impressive melding of creative plotting and three-dimensional characters. Hart remains a writer to watch.

Pay Dirt Road by Samantha Allen

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Pay Dirt Road

This mystery, which won the Tony Hillerman Prize for best debut novel set in the Southwest, is that rarity in private-eye fiction: a coming-of-age story. Very often, the fictional PI is older, well established, and cynical. Here, the PI, Annie McIntyre, is young (22), a recent college grad, and doesn’t know what she is. Annie returns to her hardscrabble Texas town, directionless and conflicted. She divides her time between hanging out with her high-school buddies, who never left town, and waitressing at a local café that is filled with farmers and ranchers in the morning, and long-haul truckers, shift workers, and stoned teens at night. One of the waitresses at the café goes missing after a bonfire party that Annie attended. This marks Annie’s awakening, since she identifies with the wild, vulnerable, missing young woman, who is eventually found strangled. Annie then gets a plot-convenient offer to join her grandfather, a former sheriff, in his detective agency. Readers will forgive this ploy as they learn, with Annie, the tricks of the investigating trade, starting with “never ask too many questions” when doing an interview. Annie grows before our eyes, and the Texas landscape, with its falling-apart houses and bedraggled bars, comes alive in this remarkable novel, reminiscent of Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show. – Booklist Review

Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

Please See Us

2021 Edgar Award Winner for best first novel.

DEBUT Abandoned by her mother and manipulated by her aunt and guardian to support them, teenage psychic Clara reads tarot cards on the Atlantic City boardwalk. There she meets Lily, an aspiring art dealer who has returned to Atlantic City after a breakup. Emily is struggling to get through college after leaving an overbearing family and a failed attempt at acting. Peaches, a strung-out prostitute, tries to get clean. When Clara has disturbing visions, she realizes they might have something to do with the disappearances of two young women. She and Lily, who works at a dingy casino nearby, team up to find the truth and save others from a serial killer. VERDICT Written in multiple first-person accounts, including the voices of several murdered women, this is a dark, gritty, and cathartic debut with well-developed characters and a compelling plot that will appeal to fans of Attica Locke, Lou Berney, and Jennifer Hillier. Starred library Journal Review

They Don’t Play Fair by Clifford Johnson

(Available Formats: Print Book)

They Don't Play Fair

Papio and Special are back! Their love for one another has withstood the drama and turmoil of their chaotic lives, but their thirst for the dollar has once again set them on a crash course for mayhem. They’ve accumulated a long list of enemies, and now it’s time to do battle. Calling on some strong allies to assist them, they insist that no one will be spared, and no one will get in their way. Papio and Special are going all out to get what they want and what they feel they deserve. Whatever it takes, their goals will be reached. There’s no rules in the game they are playing. They don’t care about rules anyway, because They Don’t Play Fair!

The World Is A Wedding by Wendy Jones

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

The World Is A Wedding

With rare old-fashioned storytelling having a beauty and grace all its own, this sequel to Jones’s The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals offers a wonderful escape to the small Welsh town of Narberth in 1926. The novel opens with Wilfred’s wedding to his beloved Flora Edwards. Soon she is expecting, yet doesn’t feel wholly at ease, even as Wilfred struggles to be a good husband. Meanwhile, Grace, briefly married to Wilfred, has fled to London. The story unfolds events both joyous and tragic, and while Wilfrid ponders their relationship to him, he comes to the profound realization that “everything living was knitted and wedded to the world.” Indeed, Narberth contains the whole world, the contented and frustrated, those who married well and those who withstand abuse, and everyone is joined together like the dovetail joints of a piece of furniture.

VERDICT Delightfully crafted with realistic accounts of places and people and a remarkable sense of time, this novel offers a refreshing outlook on life. A terrific story of life and love told by a writer with a true gift for creating an atmospheric period piece. Starred Library Journal Review

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

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.

Library Connections, A Readers’, Listeners’ & Viewers’ Advisory Videocast April 15, 2022

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

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

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

Have a great week!
Linda Reimer, SSCL

New York Times Bestsellers April 24, 2022

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

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

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

New York Times Bestseller blog posts are published on Sundays and the next New York Times Bestseller list will be published to this blog on Sunday, April 24, 2022.

FICTION

AN OFFER FROM A GENTLEMAN by Julia Quinn

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

An Offer From A Gentleman

The third book in the Bridgerton series. Sophie Beckett spends time in the arms of Benedict Bridgerton during a masquerade ball.

THE CANDY HOUSE by Jennifer Egan

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

Candy House

In a follow-up to “A Visit From the Goon Squad,” a new technology gives the potential to save and share every memory one has ever had.

THE DIAMOND EYE by Kate Quinn

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

Diamond Eye

In 1937 Ukraine, a history student transforms into a hunter of Nazis known as Lady Death and is sent to America on a goodwill tour.

THE DUKE AND I by Julia Quinn

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

Duke & I

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

FRENCH BRAID by Anne Tyler

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

French Braid

The ups and downs of a Baltimore family from the 1950s to the pandemic present.

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.

LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus

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

Lessons in Chemistry

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

THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles

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

Lincoln Highway

Two friends who escaped from a juvenile work farm take Emmett Watson on an unexpected journey to New York City in 1954.

LOVER ARISEN by J.R. Ward

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Lover Arisen

The 20th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. As Balthazar and Erika come together, an old enemy is reborn.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover

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

November 9

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

ONE ITALIAN SUMMER by Rebecca Serle

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

One Italian Summer

During a summer trip in Italy, Katy’s late mother reappears as a 30-year-old woman.

THE PARIS APARTMENT by Lucy Foley

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

The Paris Apartment

Jess has suspicions about her half-brother’s neighbors when he goes missing.

PORTRAIT OF A THIEF by Grace D. Li

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Portrait of a Thief

A senior at Harvard plans to steal back five priceless Chinese sculptures that were stolen from Beijing centuries ago.

RECOVERY AGENT by Janet Evanovich

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

The Recovery Agent

When her family’s home is threatened, Gabriela Rose goes with her ex-husband to seek lost treasure in the jungles of Peru.

RUN, ROSE, RUN by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD audiobook, eBook, downloadable audiobook & through Hoopla – Dolly Parton companion album also titled Run Rose Run.)

Run Rose Run

A singer-songwriter goes to Nashville seeking stardom but is followed by her dark past.

THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Emily St. John Mandel

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

Sea of Tranquility

A detective investigating in the wilderness discovers that his actions might affect the timeline of the universe.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

TIME IS A MOTHER by Ocean Vuong

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Time is a Mother

A second collection of poems by the MacArthur fellow and author of “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.”

TRUE BIZ by Sara Novic

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

True Biz

At a residential school for the deaf, personal and political problems affect the lives of two students and the headmistress

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Ugly Love

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

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

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

VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME by Julia Quinn

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

Viscount Who Loved Me

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

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BENNETTS by Lisa Scottoline

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

What Happened To The Bennetts

A brush with members of a drug-trafficking organization ushers a suburban family to go into the witness protection program.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

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

Where The Crawdads Sing

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

NON-FICTION:

1619 PROJECT edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman and Jake Silverstein

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Viewing America’s entanglement with slavery and its legacy, in essays adapted and expanded from The New York Times Magazine.

AGAINST ALL ODDS by Alex Kershaw

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Against All Odds

The story of four soldiers who received the Medal of Honor for their service during World War II.

ALL ABOUT LOVE by bell hooks

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

All About Love

The late feminist icon explores the causes of a polarized society and the meaning of love.

BETWEEN TWO KINGDOMS by Suleika Jaouad

(Available Format: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Between Two Kingdoms

The writer of the New York Times column “Life, Interrupted” chronicles her fight with cancer and an impactful road trip.

BITTERSWEET by Susan Cain

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Bittersweet

The author of “Quiet” suggests ways to embrace loss and suffering within ourselves and others.

BLOOD AND RUINS by Richard Overy

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Blood And Ruins

A reassessment of World War II as the “last imperial war” and a call for a more global perspective on the war.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

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

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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

Braiding Sweetgrass

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

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

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

Crying in H Mart

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

EDUCATED by Tara Westover

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

Educated

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

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH by Arthur C. Brooks

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

From Strength To Strength

A columnist for The Atlantic espouses ways to shift priorities and habits to overcome waning abilities in later life.

THE GREAT RESET by Glenn Beck with Justin Haskins

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Great Reset

The syndicated radio host portrays what he sees as a conspiracy to shift economic and social power.

NOWHERE FOR VERY LONG by Brianna Madia

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Nowhere For Very Long

A young woman and her companions travel the deserts of the American West in an orange van.

ONE DAMN THING AFTER ANOTHER by William P. Barr

(Available Formats: Print Book)

One Damn Thing After Another

The former attorney general for George H.W. Bush and Donald Trump gives his account of those two tenures.

ORIGIN by Jennifer Raff

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Origin

Using genetic data, an anthropologist traces the lineage of the first people to populate the Americas and the routes that they took.

PANDORA’S JAR by Natalie Haynes

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Pandora's Jar

A re-examination of Greek myths and their female characters through a woman’s perspective.

REAL ANTHONY FAUCI by Robert F. Kennedy Jr

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

Real Anthony Fauci

The anti-vaccine advocate gives his take on the chief medical advisor to the president.

RECESSIONAL by David Mamet

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Recessional

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright lambastes liberal politics, cancel culture and other things he finds objectionable.

THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson

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

Splendid & The Vile

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

THE STORYTELLER by David Grohl

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

The Storyteller

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

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

(Available Formats: eBook & downloadable audiobook)

What Happened To You

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

WILL by Will Smith with Mark Manson

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

WIll

The actor, producer and musician tells his life story and lessons he learned along the way.

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.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

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 April 15, 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, April 22, 2022.

And here are the ten recommended songs of the week!

Band Intro & Oh, Pretty Woman by John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers with Mick Taylor & John McVie (Genre: Blues)

Recorded in concert in Melborne, Australia on February 1, 1982.

If you like what you hear, check out the studio album Mick Taylor recorded with John Mayall before he joined the Rolling Stones, John McVie plays on that album too! 1967’s Crusade.

Drawn To The Rhythm by Sarah McLachlan (Genre: Singer-Songwriter)

From The Album: Solace (1991)

I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ by Frank Sinatra (Genre: Vocal, Pop)

From The Album: A Swingin’ Affair (1957)

A Letter From The Open Sky by Richard Meyer (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: A Letter From The Open Sky (1994)

The Long Way ‘Round by Jewel (Genre: Soul, Pop, Folk)

From The Album: Freewheelin’ Woman (2022)

Look For Me Baby by The Kinks (Genre: Classic Rock)

From The Album: Kinda Kinks (1965)

Nice Work If You Can Get It by Ella Fitzgerald (Genre: Jazz, Vocal)

From The Album: Songs In A Mellow Mood (1955)

The Palomino Waltz/Donna’s Waltz by Phil Cunningham (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: The Palomno Waltz (1989)

She Took Off My Romeos David Lindley (Genre: Guitar, Rock)

From The Album: El Rayo-X (1981)

Soul Searching by Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters (Genre: Blues, R&B)

From The Album: Mercy Me (2022)

And as a bonus, I discovered this fun vintage playlist featuring Tommy Dorsey, Bing Crosby, Phil Harris: Lazy Afternoon – A Vintage Music Playlist

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

20 Years At The Village Vanguard by Mel Lewis And His Orchestra (Genre: Big Band, Jazz)

20 Years At The Village Vanguard

And from the album the song

C-Jam Blues

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Online References

Place, J., & Peterson, C. (2012, May 18). In Memoriam: Richard Meyer. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved April 15, 2022, from https://si-siris.blogspot.com/2012/05/in-memoriam-richard-meyer.html

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.