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Suggested Listening March 27, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our weekly recommended listening posting.

And since so many of us are at home at the present time, I’m going to start publishing two recommended listening postings per week for the duration of the Corona crisis; one on Friday evening, as usual, for your weekend listening pleasure, and one on Monday evening so you can listen to some great, and possibly new to you, music during the week.

Our listening suggestions today includes ten streaming albums and some related music videos.

 If you have questions about how to use the Freegal Music Service, please let me know! You can contact me by leaving a message on the blog. Or, you can send an email to the following address reimerl@stls.org and I’ll get back to you!

Freegal Streaming Suggestions:

Brazilian Byrd (1965) by Charlie Byrd & Orchestra (Genre: Jazz, Guitar):

An upbeat collection of music by the great jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd!

Song List:

Jazz ‘n’ Samba
Corcovado
That Look You Wear
The Girl from Ipanema
Samba Do Avião
Engaño
O Amor Em Paz
Dindi
Canção Do Amor Demais

Charlie Wood and the New Memphis Underground (2007) by Charlie Wood (Genre: Blues, R&B):

Charlie Wood and the New Memphis Underground is the seventh album by Memphis native Charlie Wood. Wood sings and plays keyboard, and this album, if you’re not familiar with it, would be right at home next to your collection of Stax records!

Song List:

Let it Rip
Brand New Feelin’
I Just Want You Cause I Want You
Too Much is Not Enough
Keep it Comin’
Please Send Someone to Love
Don’t Let the Money Get Funny, Honey
I Almost Forgot About the Blues
Come On if You’re Comin’
Drown in My Own Tears
Coffee is For Me
You Don’t Really Wanna Know
Boot-Leg
City Home

Come On, Come On (1992) by Mary Chapin Carpenter (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Pop-Rock, Country):

Mary Chapin Carpenter has been releasing terrific albums for many years now, so it is easy to forget that there was a time when she wasn’t as well known to music fans as she is today. And this album, 1992’s Come On, Come On, was her breakthrough album. I was working at Sam Good at the Arnot Mall, in Horseheads, New York, when this album was released. And I didn’t know who Mary Chapin Carpenter was before I heard it; but after listening to it – I will never forget!

This album features great story songs, upbeat singing and playing and is just a terrific album all the way around! Enjoy!

Song List:

The Hard Way
He Thinks He’ll Keep Her
Rhythm of the Blues
I Feel Lucky
The Bug
Not Too Much to Ask
Passionate Kisses
Only a Dream
I Am a Town

Daryl Hall and John Oates (1975) by Daryl Hall and John Oates (Genre: Pop-Rock):

A lush, classic album from the pop vocal duo!

Song List:

Camellia
Sara Smile
Alone Too Long
Out of Me, Out of You
Nothing At All
Gino (The Manager)
(You Know) It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
Ennui On the Mountain
Grounds for Separation
Soldering
What’s Important To Me
Ice

In The Gold Old Days (When Times Were Bad) (1969) by Dolly Parton (Genre: Country):

A classic album by the always classic Dolly Parton!

Song List:

Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind
He’s a Go Getter
In The Good Old Days
It’s My Time
Harper Valley PTA
Little Bird
Mine
The Carroll County Accident
Fresh Out of Forgiveness
Mama Say a Prayer
Always the First Time
D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

Noël (1993) by Orchestre Symphonique De Québec (Genre: Classical, Vocal, Holiday):

It may seem strange to recommend a Christmas album in March. However, this one offers super vocals by Lyne Fortin, accompanied by the Orchestre Symphonique De Québec with Pascal Verrot conducting. And I found the songs on this LP uplifting and wanted to share!

Song List:

Adeste Fideles (John Francis Wade)
L’ Enfant au Tambour (K. Davis, H. Onorati/H. Simeone)
Noël Blanc (Berlin, Irvin)
Ave Maria (Schubert, Franz)
Les Anges dans Nos Campagnes (Noël Xiiie Siècle)
Panis Angelicus (Franck, César)
Greensleeves
Alleluia (Mozart W.A.)
Agnus Dei (Bizet, Georges)
Carol of the Bells
Ave Maria (Gounod, Charles)
Sainte Nuit (Gruber, Franz)
Gesù Bambino (Yon, Pietro A.)
Minuit Chrétiens (Adam, Adolphe)

Miss Gloria Lynn (1958) by Gloria Lynne (Genre: Jazz, Vocal):

Jazz singer Gloria Lynn’s critically acclaimed first album from 1958.

Song List:

April in Paris
Stormy Monday Blues
Without a Song
Just Squeeze Me (But Don’t Teese Me)
Little Fingers
Perdido
June Night
I Don’t Know Why
All Day Long
I Can’t Give You Anything
Bye, Bye Blackbird
They Didn’t Believe Me

Nomads, Indians, Saints Extended Version (1990, 2000) by The Indigo Girls (Genre: Folk, Pop):

The third album by the bright folk-pop duo, Nomads, Indians, Saints was the follow up to their break-through, self titled second LP, and so it doesn’t always get the credit it deserves as being a really top-notch album too.

Song List:

Hammer And A Nail
Welcome Me
World Falls
Southland In The Springtime
1 2 3
Keeper Of My Heart
Watershed
Hand Me Downs
You And Me of The 10,000 Wars (Studio)
Pushing The Needle Too Far
The Girl With The Weight Of The World In Her Hands
Welcome Me (Live)
Interview
You And Me of The 10,000 Wars (Live)

Southern Comfort by Regina Carter (Genre: Jazz, Folk):

Southern Comfort is one of violinist Regina Carter’s best albums

Song List:

Miner’s Child
Trampin’
Hickory Wind
Shoo-Rye
Blues de Basile
I’m Going Home
Honky Tonkin’
Cornbread Crumbled In Gravy
See See Rider
I Moaned And I Moaned
Death Have Mercy/Breakaway

Strictly Instrumental (1967) by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs with Doc Watson (Genre: Country, Bluegrass):

A classic album by the guitarists and banjoist extraordinaire!

Song List:

Pick Along
Nothing To It
Evelina
Jazzling
Liberty
Tammy’s Song
John Hardy Was a Desperate Man
Lonesome Ruben
Spanish Two-Step
Careless Love
Bill Cheatham

Recommended Music Videos:

Corcovado by Charlie Byrd

The Girl from Ipanema by Charlie Byrd

Jazz “N” Samba by Charlie Byrd

Coffee Is For Me by Charlie Wood

I Almost Forgot About Me by Charlie Wood

Let It Rip by Charlie Wood

The Hard Way by Mary Chapin Carpenter

I Feel Lucky by Mary Chapin Carpenter

Passionate Kisses by Mary Chapin Carpenter

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Camellia by Hall and Oates

Nothing at All by Hall & Oates

Sara Smile by Hall & Oates

Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind by Dolly Parton

Harper Valley P.T.A. by Dolly Parton

In The Good Old Days by Dolly Parton

Adeste Fideles by Orchestre Symphonique De Québec with Lyne Fortin

Greensleeves (instrumental) by Orchestre Symphonique De Québec

Sainte Nuit (instrumental) by Orchestre Symphonique De Québec

April in Paris by Gloria Lynn

Bye, Bye Blackbird by Gloria Lynn

Stormy Monday Blues by Gloria Lynn

Hammer and a Nail by Indio Girls

Southland In The Springtime by Indio Girls

Welcome Me by Indigo Girls

Hickory Wind by Regina Carter

Miner’s Child & Honky Tonkin’ by Regina Carter

Trampin’ by Regina Carter

Carless Love by Flatt, Scruggs & Watson

Jazzing by Flatt, Scruggs & Watson

Pick Along by Flatt, Scruggs & Watson

Be well!

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 March 24, 2020

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, and while the library is closed the weekly recommendations will all be digital – eBooks & downloadable audiobooks.

DIGITAL CATALOG RECOMMENDATIONS:

The African Trilogy by Chinua Achebe (Format: eBook):

Chinua Achebe is considered the father of modern African literature, the writer who “opened the magic casements of African fiction.” The African Trilogy—comprised of Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, and No Longer at Ease—is his magnum opus. In these masterly novels, Achebe brilliantly imagines the lives of three generations of an African community as their world is upended by the forces of colonialism from the first arrival of the British to the waning days of empire.

The trilogy opens with the groundbreaking Things Fall Apart, the tale of Okonkwo, a hero in his village, whose clashes with missionaries—coupled with his own tragic pride—lead to his fall from grace. Arrow of God takes up the ongoing conflict between continuity and change as Ezeulu, the headstrong chief priest, finds his authority is under threat from rivals and colonial functionaries. But he believes himself to be untouchable and is determined to lead his people, even if it is towards their own destruction. Finally, in No Longer at Ease, Okonkwo’s grandson, educated in England, returns to a civil-service job in Lagos, only to see his morality erode as he clings to his membership in the ruling elite.

Drawing on the traditional Igbo tales of Achebe’s youth, The African Trilogy is a literary landmark, a mythic and universal tale of modern Africa. As Toni Morrison wrote, “African literature is incomplete and unthinkable without the works of Chinua Achebe. For passion, intellect and crystalline prose, he is unsurpassed.”

Angels of Mercy by Alice Duncan (Mercy Allcutt Mystery Series, Book 4) (Format: eBook):

Named Director and Producer, Milton Halsey Gosset, Shot Dead in Angels of Mercy, a Cozy Historical Mystery from Alice Duncan

—1926, Los Angeles, CA—

Former Boston Brahmin Mercy Allcutt is excited to be renting suites of rooms to deserving working women in her new Bunker Hill home. She considers it an an act of good-heartedness, no matter how skeptical her boss, private investigator Ernie Templeton, is about her endeavor.

When her housekeeper’s son is arrested for the murder of a Hollywood big-wig, Mercy presses Ernie to solve the case. She’s positive Calvin Buck is innocent. Ernie tells her he’ll do his best but she’s not entirely convinced he means it, so she does some snooping on her own.

In the meantime, Mercy not only takes driving lessons from Ernie, she discovers there’s more to being a landlady than meets the eye. One of her “Angels of Mercy” may not be what she appears. Only time, and Mercy and Ernie, will tell.

Publisher Note: Readers who enjoy cozy mysteries in historical settings are sure to appreciate the Mercy Allcutt series set in 1920s Los Angeles, California. No vulgarity or explicit sex for those who appreciate a clean and wholesome read.

Two-time RT KISS Award Winner
New Mexico/Arizona Book of the Year finalist
New Mexico/Arizona Book of the Year Award winner
Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Nominee
“Mercy Allcutt is a delight.” ~Carola Dunn

The Mercy Allcutt Mystery Series
Lost Among the Angels
Angels Flight
Fallen Angels
Thanksgiving Angels
Angels of Mercy

Heart of Darkness by Kira Brady (Format: eBook):

In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war—and an irresistible passion. . .

Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies. . .and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.

Herzog written by Saul Bellow and read by Malcolm Hillgartner (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

Herzog is a man seeking balance, trying to regain a foothold on his life. Thrown out of his ex-wife’s house, Herzog retreats to his abandoned home in a remote village in the Berkshire Mountains. Amid the dust of the disused house, he begins scribbling letters to family, friends, lovers, colleagues, enemies, dead philosophers, ex-presidents—anyone with whom he feels compelled to set the record straight. The letters—which are never sent—are a means to cure himself of the psychic strain of the failures of his life: that of being a bad husband, a loving but poor father, an ungrateful child, a distant brother, an egoist to friends, and an apathetic citizen.

Herzog is primarily a novel of redemption. For all of its innovative techniques and brilliant comedy, it tells one of the oldest of stories. Like The Divine Comedy, it progresses from darkness to light, from ignorance to enlightenment. Today it is still considered one of the greatest literary expressions of postwar America.

The Immigrants by Howard Fast (Lavette Family Series, Book 1) (Format: eBook):

A love story of tremendous beauty…a tale of passion, adventure, and ambition set against the streets of San Francisco, America’s most romantic city.

Dav Lavette, the son of an Italian fisherman, battles from the rubble of the San Francisco earthquake to build a fortune in the shipping industry. Rising to success through hard work and a loveless marriage to the daughter of the city’s wealthiest family, he risks it all for the exotic beauty of a woman who shares his secret and scandalous passion.

From Nob Hill to the harbor, San Francisco comes alive through three immigrant families—Italian, Irish, and Chinese—whose intertwining dreams are propelled by the emotional events of America’s coming of age…

Inspector Ghote Caught in Meshes by H. R. F. Keating (Format: eBook):

Inspector Ghote, ‘one of the great creations of detective fiction’ (Alexander McCall Smith), investigates a highway robbery – and finds himself unexpectedly enmeshed in a world of espionage and intrigue.

When an American visitor to India is killed on the lonely, dusty road between Poona and Bombay, it seems like a classic case of highway robbery. But what Inspector Ghote of the Bombay CID learns from the victim’s brother – the distinguished hydrology professor, Gregory Strongbow – soon makes him suspect that everything is not as it first appeared.

Professor Strongbow is convinced that his brother, a prominent member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, was assassinated – and Inspector Ghote is inclined to agree. But convincing his boss, the irritable Deputy Superintendent Samant, is only his first challenge, in a case that quickly enmeshes the good detective in a world of espionage and intrigue. Soon, Ghote finds his own life in danger, as he is faced with a conspiracy that reaches to the very highest level of Indian politics . . .

Let The People Pick The President (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

People have been arguing against the Electoral College from the beginning. But no one, at least in recent years, has laid out the case as comprehensively and as readably as Jesse Wegman does in ‘Let the People Pick the President.'” — The New York Times Book Review

This program is read by the author

The framers of the Constitution battled over it. Lawmakers have tried to amend or abolish it more than 700 times. To this day, millions of voters, and even members of Congress, misunderstand how it works. It deepens our national divide and distorts the core democratic principles of political equality and majority rule. How can we tolerate the Electoral College when every vote does not count the same, and the candidate who gets the most votes can lose?

Twice in the last five elections, the Electoral College has overridden the popular vote, calling the integrity of the entire system into question—and creating a false picture of a country divided into bright red and blue blocks when in fact we are purple from coast to coast. Even when the popular-vote winner becomes president, tens of millions of Americans—Republicans and Democrats alike—find that their votes didn’t matter. And, with statewide winner-take-all rules, only a handful of battleground states ultimately decide who will become president.

Now, as political passions reach a boiling point at the dawn of the 2020 race, the message from the American people is clear: The way we vote for the only official whose job it is to represent all Americans is neither fair nor just. Major reform is needed—now. Isn’t it time to let the people pick the president?

In this thoroughly researched and engaging call to arms, Supreme Court journalist and New York Times editorial board member Jesse Wegman draws upon the history of the founding era, as well as information gleaned from campaign managers, field directors, and other officials from twenty-first-century Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns, to make a powerful case for abolishing the antiquated and antidemocratic Electoral College. In Let the People Pick the President he shows how we can at long last make every vote in the United States count—and restore belief in our democratic system.

“Wegman combines in-depth historical analysis and insight into contemporary politics to present a cogent argument that the Electoral College violates America’s ‘core democratic principles’ and should be done away with…” —Publishers Weekly

The Passage by Justin Cronin (Format: eBook):

It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”
An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

Look for the entire Passage trilogy:
THE PASSAGE | THE TWELVE | THE CITY OF MIRRORS

Wonderful by Jill Barnett (Format: eBook):

War weary knight Merrick de Beaucourt wants nothing more than a simple life, a peaceful wife, and to oversee his new earldom. What he gets are orders from his king, Camrose Castle, an unbiddable wife, and the wild Welsh borders. For six long years, Lady Clio has waited for her betrothed. Once the news arrives that he is returning, Clio returns to Camrose and awaits her husband, determined to make him pay for the years she languished in a convent. Clio leads Merrick a merry chase as she takes on the role of alewife to discover the lost recipe for ancient “heather ale,” a magical beer first made by the Picts. Surrounded by the enchanted mists that circle Camrose Castle, these head-strong adversaries embark on a sometimes hilarious battle of wills and passion in this 13th Century tale of a brave knight who seeks to claim, and tame, his bride, or so he thinks….

The Wounded Shadow by Patrick W. Carr (Format: eBook):

The kings and queens of the northern continent lay siege to the Darkwater Forest, desperate to contain its evil. But rumors of gold and aurium have lured deserters and the desperate into its shadow, creating a growing army held in its sway. Desperate after the death and dissolution of their greatest ally, Willet and the Vigil seek the truth of what lies at the heart of the evil they face. They delve the mind of an old enemy and find an answer far worse than they could have imagined.

Danger stalks the cities of the north, striking at the rulers of the kingdoms. As Willet and the rest of the Vigil seek to find answers, the group is scattered with an ever-growing darkness around them. Will they discover a path to keep their land safe, or will an ancient evil reclaim the world it once called its own?

Stay safe and happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Note: Book summaries are from the publisher unless otherwise specified.

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 March 29, 2020

Hi everyone, as regular blog visitors know, I usually post links to request the print versions of the New York Times Bestsellers on Sundays, so that patrons can request those (print) titles in StarCat (the catalog of physical library materials).

 

However, as all the libraries in the Southern Tier Library System are currently closed, you can’t place holds for physical materials, nor, of course, pick up holds.

 

So for the duration of this crisis, I’m going to post links to the New York Times Bestsellers, in eBookor  downloadable audiobook form, that can be requested through the Digital Catalog.

 

If you don’t have a library card – jump down to the section that discusses how you can get an e-New York Public Library card, and you’ll be able to gain access to their collection of eBooks and audiobooks (and we hope you’ll love having access to that collection so much that once the crisis has past – you’ll come in and get a library card from us – so you can access our collection too!)

 

If you have questions about how to access digital content you can write a comment and post it on the blog, or send me, SSCL Librarian Linda Reimer, questions via email: reimerl@stls.org

 

For eager do-it-your-selfers here is a link to the OverDrive (Digital Catalog) devices info page – where you can go to look up your device and see how to download digital content to it.
https://help.overdrive.com/en-us/devices.htm

 

There is a bit of difference as to how you checkout digital library content, depending upon the device your own; however, basically, if you have a mobile device – get the Libby app from your app store, or the OverDrive app for Kindle tablets, and you can check out and enjoy library eBooks and audiobooks through the app.

 

If you have a Kindle eReader, then go to a web browser on a computer or other device, go to the Digital Catalog found at https://stls.overdrive.com/ , look for an eBook you want to check out and then follow the checkout prompts – you’ll be redirected to the Amazon login page where you’ll enter you Amazon login information and then click on a button to send the library eBook to your Kindle eReader and your eBook should be sent to your Kindle eReader – if you don’t see it on home screen – sync your Kindle and it should appear.

 

 

We love it when patrons check out our digital materials!

Having said that, during the current crisis, and with so many people stuck inside, I think it will be helpful for patrons to have access to a wider selection of popular digital materials – so I’m going to recommend three ways you can get more digital content, without paying for it – just as an FYI.


1. SimplyE New York Public Library App Get the SimplyE New York Public app – information can be found via the following link https://www.nypl.org/books-music-movies/ebookcentral/simplye – this is super easy to do, just download the SimplyE app from your app store; you don’t even have to login and you can be reading in seconds!

 

2. SCRIB Reading Service: Get a free 30 day subscription (no credit card or sign up required!) for the SCRIB reading service. SCRIB will allow you to read a great collection of popular eBooks and digital magazines on demand – for more info click/tap on the following link:
https://www.scribd.com/?lohp=1

 

3. Free Audible Audiobooks For Kids: Amazon has opened a free collection of audiobooks for kids, to access it just click on the following link https://stories.audible.com/discovery

 

And now, insert drum roll here for dramatic effect are the New York Times Bestsellers found in the Digital Catalog.

 

Just click on the book covers to read a summary of each plot and to request the titles of your choice.

 

FICTION:

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins (Format: eBook):

A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel.

 

 

BLINDSIDE by James Patterson and James O. Born (Format: eBook):

The 12th book in the Michael Bennett series. A serial-killing spree might impact national security.

 

 

THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

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

 

 

THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

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

 

 

IN FIVE YEARS by Rebecca Serle:

A Manhattan lawyer finds herself confronting a vision she had when elements of it come to life on schedule.

 

 

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng (Format eBook):

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

 

 

LONG RANGE by C.J. Box (eBook):

The 20th book in the Joe Pickett series. A grizzly bear attack and an attempted assassination of a local judge baffle the Wyoming game warden.

 

 

MIRROR & THE LIGHT by Hilary Mantel (Format: eBook):

The third book in the Wolf Hall trilogy. After Anne Boleyn’s execution, Thomas Cromwell’s enemies assemble.

 

 

NUMBERS GAME by Danielle Steel (Format: eBook):

An affair wrecks a marriage and a daughter seeks to get out from her family’s shadow while old dreams and new love are pursued.

 

 

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

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

 

 

SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid (Format: eBook):

Tumult ensues when Alix Chamberlain’s babysitter is mistakenly accused of kidnapping her charge.

 

 

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris (Format: eBook):

A concentration camp detainee tasked with permanently marking fellow prisoners falls in love with one of them.

 

 

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens (eBook):

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:

BECOMING by Michelle Obama (eBook):

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.

 

 

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

HOPE OF GLORY by Jon Meacham (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer delves into the seven last sayings of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels.

 

 

JOHN ADAMS UNDER FIRE by Dan Abrams and David Fisher (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

How the man who became the second president served as the defense lawyer for the British soldiers who stood accused in the Boston Massacre in 1770.

 

 

JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson (eBook):

A law professor and MacArthur grant recipient’s memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.

 

 

THE MAMBA MENTALITY by Kobe Bryant (Format: eBook):

Various skills and techniques used on the court by the Los Angeles Lakers player.

 

 

OPEN BOOK by Jessica Simpson with Kevin Carr O’Leary (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The singer, actress and fashion designer discloses times of success, trauma and addiction.

 

 

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari (Format: Downloadable Audiobooks):

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

 

 

SAY NOTHING by Patrick Radden Keefe (Format: eBook):

A look at the conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.

 

 

SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

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

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

UNKNOWN VALOR by Martha MacCallum (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The Fox News anchor weaves stories of combat veterans who fought during World War II.

 

 

VERY STABLE GENIUS by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists use firsthand accounts to chart patterns of behavior within the Trump administration.

 

 

Stay safe and enjoy the sunshine today!

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 March 20, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our weekly recommended listening posting! And for right now, as we are mostly home bound in New York State, I’m going to offer some great listening suggetions via YouTube videos.

And just FYI, you can download three free songs per week and listen to three hours of commercial free music per day, through the library system’s Freegal Music service.

And if you’d like to check out Freegal, you can stream and download music to a computer by accessing the Freegal Music catalog via the following link:

https://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/home

And you can download the Freegal app, from your app store, and listen to the music on your tablet or smartphone. You will need your library card and your PIN (the last four digits of your phone no.) to login.

Recommended Music Videos of the Week:

Before the recommended music videos of the week, here’s a link to the YouTube page of the great American musician Yo-Yo Ma who has started a streaming series of videos called Songs of Comfort. Ma was features in a PBS new story on the same subject earlier this week.

Here’s a link to Yo-Yo Ma’s YouTube page
https://www.youtube.com/user/YoYoMaVideos

And one to the short PBS interview with Ma on the subject of these beautiful music videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/YoYoMaVideos

And now onto the other recommended videos of the week!

Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens by Louis Jordan

Beans & Cornbread by Louis Jordan

Brian Boru’s March by James Galway

Caravan by Duke Ellington

The Forest Gump Suite from the soundtrack

Going Home by Yo-Yo Ma

Good Day Sunshine by The Beatles

Lord of the Rings Suite by James Galway

Rock Steady by Aretha Franklin

So What? by Miles Davis

Take Five by Dave Brubeck

Take It Easy by The Eagles

Theme From The Thorn Birds by James Galway

The Weight by The Band

Wooden Ships by The Jefferson Airplane

Stay safe!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

Alan Lomax Man Who Recorded The World, NPR Review from All Things Considered (2011),
https://www.npr.org/2011/01/08/132707935/alan-lomax-recording-the-world

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

Booker T. Jones On New Memoir, Heard on All Things Considered (2019),
https://www.npr.org/2019/12/01/784005895/booker-t-jones-on-new-memoir

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.

New York Times Bestsellers March 22, 2020

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:

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins:

A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel.

 

 

BLINDSIDE by James Patterson and James O. Born:

The 12th book in the Michael Bennett series. A serial-killing spree might impact national security.

 

 

DEACON KING KONG by James McBride:

In 1969, secrets in a South Brooklyn neighborhood are uncoverd when a church deacon known as Sportcoat shoots a drug dealer in public.

 

 

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 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.

 

 

HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD by Sarah J. Maas:

Passion arises between Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar as they seek to avenge the deaths of Bryce’s friends.

 

 

JETSETTERS by Amanda Eyre Ward:

Old pains are unpacked as the fractured Perkins family goes on a trip through Europe.

 

 

LETHAL GAME by Christine Feehan:

The 16th book in the GhostWalker series. When Amaryllis is endangered, Malichai’s true identity risks being exposed.

 

 

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng:

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

 

 

LONG RANGE by C.J. Box:

The 20th book in the Joe Pickett series. A grizzly bear attack and an attempted assassination of a local judge baffle the Wyoming game warden.

 

 

NIGHT WATCHMAN by Louise Erdrich:

As a bill that may hurt the rights of Native Americans goes to Congress in 1953, domestic issues arise for plant workers near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota.

 

 

NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney:

The connection between a high school star athlete and a loner ebbs and flows when they go to Trinity College in Dublin.

 

 

NUMBERS GAME by Danielle Steel:

An affair wrecks a marriage and a daughter seeks to get out from her family’s shadow while old dreams and new love are pursued.

 

 

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides:

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

 

 

SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid:

Tumult ensues when Alix Chamberlain’s babysitter is mistakenly accused of kidnapping her charge.

 

 

TRACE ELEMENTS by Donna Leon:

The 29th novel in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series. Circumstances around a motorcycle accident reveal that Venice’s water supply might be at risk.

 

 

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.

 

 

WRITERS & LOVERS by Lily King:

Casey Peabody goes through a big life transition as she tries to maintain a creative life.

 

 

YOU ARE NOT ALONE by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen:

Shay Miller’s bad luck may get even worse when she meets a pair of sisters who always get what they want.

 

 

NON-FICTION:

 

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.

 

 

DARK TOWERS by David Enrich:

The New York Times finance editor traces the history and illicit dealings of Deutsche Bank.

 

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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

 

 

JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson:

A law professor and MacArthur grant recipient’s memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.

 

 

THE MAMBA MENTALITY by Kobe Bryant:

Various skills and techniques used on the court by the Los Angeles Lakers player.

 

 

OPEN BOOK by Jessica Simpson with Kevin Carr O’Leary:

The singer, actress and fashion designer discloses times of success, trauma and addiction.

 

 

PROFILES IN CORRUPTION by Peter Schweizer:

The author of “Clinton Cash” gives his evaluations of members of the Democratic Party.

 

 

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari:

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

 

 

SAY NOTHING by Patrick Radden Keefe:

A look at the conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.

 

 

SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson:

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

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell:

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

 

 

UNKNOWN VALOR by Martha MacCallum:

The Fox News anchor weaves stories of combat veterans who fought during World War II.

 

 

UNTIL THE END OF TIME by Brian Greene:

A physicist gives an overview of how we got here, where we are and directions we might go.

 

 

VERY STABLE GENIUS by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists use firsthand accounts to chart patterns of behavior within the Trump administration.

 

 

Have a great weekend!

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 March 13, 2020

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)

Recommended Titles:

1973: Rock At The Crossroads by Andrew G. Jackson (Format: Print Book) (Genre: Classic Rock):

A fascinating account of the music and epic social change of 1973, a defining year for David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Eagles, Elvis Presley, and the former members of The Beatles.

1973 was the year rock hit its peak while splintering—just like the rest of the world. Ziggy Stardust travelled to America in David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane. The Dark Side of the Moon began its epic run on the Billboard charts, inspired by the madness of Pink Floyd’s founder, while all four former Beatles scored top ten albums, two hitting #1.

FM battled AM, and Motown battled Philly on the charts, as the era of protest soul gave way to disco, while DJ Kool Herc gave birth to hip hop in the Bronx. The glam rock of the New York Dolls and Alice Cooper split into glam metal and punk. Hippies and rednecks made peace in Austin thanks to Willie Nelson, while outlaw country, country rock, and Southern rock each pointed toward modern country. The Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, and the Band played the largest rock concert to date at Watkins Glen.

Led Zep’s Houses of the Holy reflected the rise of funk and reggae. The singer songwriter movement led by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell flourished at the Troubadour and Max’s Kansas City, where Bruce Springsteen and Bob Marley shared bill. Elvis Presley’s Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite was NBC’s top-rated special of the year, while Elton John’s albums dominated the number one spot for two and a half months.

Just as U.S. involvement in Vietnam drew to a close, Roe v. Wade ignited a new phase in the culture war. While the oil crisis imploded the American dream of endless prosperity, and Watergate’s walls closed in on Nixon, the music of 1973 both reflected a shattered world and brought us together. – From The Publisher

“Jackson’s book paints a vivid portrait of the year through the lens of popular music — mostly rock, but also country and hip-hop … His analysis of sexuality and rock music is particularly interesting … Jackson also proves to have a real talent for evoking the places that made 1973 such a consequential year in music.” —NPR Review

Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded The World by John Szwed (Format: Print Book) (Genre: Music History, Folk, Jazz, Blues, Regional Music, Americana):

The definitive biography of Alan Lomax-from John Szwed,”the best music biographer in the business” (L.A. Weekly).

One of the most remarkable figures of the twentieth century, Alan Lomax was best known for bringing legendary musicians like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, and Burl Ives to the radio and introducing folk music to a mass audience. Now John Szwed, the acclaimed biographer of Miles

Davis and Sun Ra, presents the first biography of Lomax, a man who was as influential as he was controversial-trailed for years by the FBI, criticized for his folk- song-collecting practices, denounced by some as a purist and by others as a popularizer. This authoritative work reveals how Lomax changed not only the way everyone in the country heard music but also the way they viewed America itself.

Country Fuzz (2020) by Cadillacs Three (Format: CD) (Genre: Country)

Country Fuzz is the sixth album by the Nashville based country trio, whose music is built on the foundations of country, Southern rock and Outlaw rock. The trio features Jaren Johnston on guitar vocals, Neil Mason on drums and Kelby Ray on bass. Johnston writes most of the bands material and the trio’s music can be well described as country rock with a side order of swagger!

Song List:
Bar Round Here
The Jam
Hard Out Here for a Country Boy
Slow Rollin’
All the Makin’s of a Saturday Night
Crackin’ Cold Ones With the Boys
Labels
Raise Hell
Back Home

State Of Nature (2008) by Stanley Jordan (Format: CD) (Genre: Jazz, Guitar):

State Of Nature is the twelfth album by Princeton graduate, music therapist and incomparable modern Jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan.

Song List:
A Place in Space
All Blues
Forest Garden
Insensatez
Mozart’s Piano Concerto #21 (Andante in F Major)
Song for My Father
Mind Games #1
Ocean Breeze
Healing Waves

Time Is Tight: My Life Note By Note by Booker T. Jones (Format: Print Book) (Genre: Classic Rock, R&B, Soul):

The long-awaited memoir of Booker T. Jones, leader of the famed Stax Records house band, architect of the Memphis soul sound, and one of the most legendary figures in music. From Booker T. Jones’s earliest years in segregated Memphis, music was the driving force in his life. While he worked paper routes and played gigs in local nightclubs to pay for lessons and support his family, Jones, on the side, was also recording sessions in what became the famous Stax Studios — all while still in high school. Not long after, he would form the genre-defining group Booker T. and the MGs, whose recordings went on to sell millions of copies, win a place in Rolling Stone’s list of top 500 songs of all time, and help forge collaborations with some of the era’s most influential artists, including Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Sam & Dave. Nearly five decades later, Jones’s influence continues to help define the music industry, but only now is he ready to tell his remarkable life story.

Time is Tight is the deeply moving account of how Jones balanced the brutality of the segregationist South with the loving support of his family and community, all while transforming a burgeoning studio into a musical mecca. Culminating with a definitive account into the inner workings of the Stax label, as well as a fascinating portrait of working with many of the era’s most legendary performers — Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Tom Jones, among them — this extraordinary memoir promises to become a landmark moment in the history of Southern Soul.

Videos Of The Week:

Band on The Run by Paul McCartney & Wings

Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) by George Harrison

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John

Mind Games by John Lennon

Over The Hills And Far Away by Led Zeppelin

Photograph by Ringo Starr

The Real Me by The Who

Time by Pink Floyd

Watch That Man by David Bowie

61 Highway Blues by Sonny Boy Nelson

County Blues by Dock Boggs

Diamond Joe by Bessie Jones

Whole Heap of Little Horses by Texas Gladden


Freedom In the Air: A Documentary on Albany, Georgia (1961-1962) (Produced by Alan Lomax, available on the Lomax Archive YouTube channel) Time: 41 minutes, 26 seconds.

To Hear Your Banjo Play (1947) produced by Alan Lomax & narrated by Pete Seeger

Back Home by The Cadillac Three

Bar Round Here by The Cadillac Three

All The Makin’s Of A Saturday Night by The Cadillac Three

Eleanor Rigby by Stanley Jordan

Stairway To Heaven by Stanley Jordan

State Of Nature by Stanley Jordan

Everything Is Everything by Booker T. Jones

Green Onions by Booker T. & The MG’s

Melting Pot by Booker T. & The MGs

Have a great weekend!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

Alan Lomax Man Who Recorded The World, NPR Review from All Things Considered (2011),
https://www.npr.org/2011/01/08/132707935/alan-lomax-recording-the-world

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

Booker T. Jones On New Memoir, Heard on All Things Considered (2019),
https://www.npr.org/2019/12/01/784005895/booker-t-jones-on-new-memoir

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 March 9, 2020

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:

Dawn by Octavia E. Butler:

An alien race calls on one woman to revive mankind after Earth’s apocalypse in this science fiction classic from the award-winning author of Parable of the Sower.

Lilith Iyapo has just lost her husband and son when atomic fire consumes Earth—the last stage of the planet’s final war. Hundreds of years later Lilith awakes, deep in the hold of a massive alien spacecraft piloted by the Oankali—who arrived just in time to save humanity from extinction. They have kept Lilith and other survivors asleep for centuries, as they learned whatever they could about Earth. Now it is time for Lilith to lead them back to her home world, but life among the Oankali on the newly resettled planet will be nothing like it was before.

The Oankali survive by genetically merging with primitive civilizations—whether their new hosts like it or not. For the first time since the nuclear holocaust, Earth will be inhabited. Grass will grow, animals will run, and people will learn to survive the planet’s untamed wilderness. But their children will not be human. Not exactly.

Featuring strong and compelling characters and exploring complex themes of gender and species, Octavia E. Butler presents a powerful, postapocalyptic interplanetary epic, as well as a ray of hope for humanity.

Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz:

Deftly written and emotionally powerful, Drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed. A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut.

Winter, 1919. Amanda Starkey spends her days nursing soldiers wounded in the Great War. Finding herself suddenly overwhelmed, she flees Milwaukee and retreats to her family’s farm on Nagawaukee Lake, seeking comfort with her younger sister, Mathilda, and three-year-old niece, Ruth. But very soon, Amanda comes to see that her old home is no refuge—she has carried her troubles with her. On one terrible night almost a year later, Amanda loses nearly everything that is dearest to her when her sister mysteriously disappears and is later found drowned beneath the ice that covers the lake. When Mathilda’s husband comes home from the war, wounded and troubled himself, he finds that Amanda has taken charge of Ruth and the farm, assuming her responsibility with a frightening intensity. Wry and guarded, Amanda tells the story of her family in careful doses, as anxious to hide from herself as from us the secrets of her own past and of that night.

Ruth, haunted by her own memory of that fateful night, grows up under the watchful eye of her prickly and possessive aunt and gradually becomes aware of the odd events of her childhood. As she tells her own story with increasing clarity, she reveals the mounting toll that her aunt’s secrets exact from her family and everyone around her, until the heartrending truth is uncovered.

Guiding us through the lives of the Starkey women, Christina Schwarz’s first novel shows her compassion and a unique understanding of the American landscape and the people who live on it.

The King’s War by Peter Conradi:

The broadcast that George VI made to the British nation on the outbreak of war in September 1939—which formed the climax of the multi-Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech—was the product of years of hard work with Lionel Logue, his iconoclastic, Australian-born speech therapist. Yet the relationship between the two men did not end there. Far from it: in the years that followed, Logue was to play an even more important role at the monarch’s side. The King’s War follows that relationship through the dangerous days of Dunkirk and the drama of D-Day to eventual victory in 1945—and beyond. Like the first book, it is written by Peter Conradi, a London Sunday Times journalist, and Mark Logue (Lionel’s grandson), and again draws on exclusive material from the Logue Archive—the collection of diaries, letters, and other documents left by Lionel and his feisty wife, Myrtle. This gripping narrative provides a fascinating portrait of two men and their respective families—the Windsors and the Logues—as they together face the greatest challenge in Britain’s history.

The Red House by Mark Haddon:

From Mark Haddon, the bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, comes a dazzlingly inventive novel about modern family life.

Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites his estranged sister and her family to join his family for a week at a vacation home in the English countryside. Against the backdrop of a strange family gathering, Haddon skillfully weaves together the stories of eight very different people forced into close quarters. The Red House is a symphony of long-held grudges, fading dreams and rising hopes, tightly guarded secrets and illicit desires, painting a portrait of contemporary family life that is at once bittersweet, comic, and deeply felt.

Tulip Fever: A Novel by Deborah Moggach:

A sensual tale of art, lust, and deception—now a major motion picture

In 1630s Amsterdam, tulipomania has seized the populace. Everywhere men are seduced by the fantastic exotic flower. But for wealthy merchant Cornelis Sandvoort, it is his young and beautiful wife, Sophia, who stirs his soul. She is the prize he desires, the woman he hopes will bring him the joy that not even his considerable fortune can buy.

Cornelis yearns for an heir, but so far he and Sophia have failed to produce one. In a bid for immortality, he commissions a portrait of them both by the talented young painter Jan van Loos. But as Van Loos begins to capture Sophia’s likeness on canvas, a slow passion begins to burn between the beautiful young wife and the talented artist.

As the portrait unfolds, so a slow dance is begun among the household’s inhabitants. Ambitions, desires, and dreams breed a grand deception—and as the lies multiply, events move toward a thrilling and tragic climax.

In this richly imagined international bestseller, Deborah Moggach has created the rarest of novels—a lush, lyrical work of fiction that is also compulsively readable. Seldom has a novel so vividly evoked a time, a place, and a passion.

PRINT RECOMMENDATIONS:

The Antidote For Everything by Kimmery Martin:

An evocative new novel set in the medical world about how far one woman will go to save a friendship from acclaimed author and former ER doctor Kimmery Martin. Urologist Georgia Brown’s sense of self-preservation is kicked into high gear after she’s sexually harassed by a male surgeon at her medical clinic, but her outrage grows when her best doctor friend, Jonah, is dismissed for treating transgender patients. After traveling to Amsterdam to attend a medical conference, Georgia concocts a plan to persuade the board to reverse their decision about Jonah. But when her scheme to teach the hospital administration an important lesson begins to spiral out of control, Georgia worries she’s caused more harm than good. After a medical crisis involving one of her friends, she learns that love and friendship are the antidotes for all the ills in her life.

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley:

Julian Jessop, an eccentric, lonely artist and septuagenarian believes that most people aren’t really honest with each other. But what if they were? And so he writes–in a plain, green journal–the truth about his own life and leaves it in his local café. It’s run by the incredibly tidy and efficient Monica, who furtively adds her own entry and leaves the book in the wine bar across the street. Before long, the others who find the green notebook add the truths about their own deepest selves–and soon find each other In Real Life at Monica’s Café.

The Authenticity Project’s cast of characters–including Hazard, the charming addict who makes a vow to get sober; Alice, the fabulous mommy Instagrammer whose real life is a lot less perfect than it looks online; and their other new friends–is by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true-to-life. It’s a story about being brave and putting your real self forward–and finding out that it’s not as scary as it seems. In fact, it looks a lot like happiness.

The Authenticity Project is just the tonic for our times that readers are clamoring for–and one they will take to their hearts and read with unabashed pleasure.

The Last Passenger by Charles Finch:

London, 1855: A young and eager Charles Lenox faces his toughest case yet: a murder without a single clue. Slumped in a first-class car at Paddington Station is the body of a young, handsome gentleman. He has no luggage, empty pockets, and no sign of violence upon his person–yet Lenox knows instantly that it’s not a natural death. Pursuing the investigation against the wishes of Scotland Yard, the detective encounters every obstacle London in 1855 has to offer, from obstinate royalty to class prejudice to the intense grief of his closest friend.

Red Mantle by Maria Turtschaninoff:

Introducing the third and final installment in the celebrated Red Abbey Chronicles trilogy

Red Mantle is the gripping conclusion to the critically acclaimed first two installments in the Red Abbey Chronicles, Maresi and Naondel. An epistolary novel, Red Mantle is told through the letters Maresi writes back to her friends and mentors at the Abbey. The novel continues the story of Maresi as she leaves the Abbey at Menos and returns home to the small, oppressed province of Rovas. There, Maresi is determined to spread the knowledge she has gained and start a school–but in the end, she will learn just as much as she teaches.

The Splendid And The Vile by Erik Larson:

On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally–and willing to fight to the end.

In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it’s also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports–some released only recently–Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents’ wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela’s illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the advisers in Churchill’s “Secret Circle,” to whom he turns in the hardest moments.

The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today’s political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when, in the face of unrelenting horror, Churchill’s eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Note: Book summaries are from the publisher unless otherwise specified.

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.