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New York Times Bestsellers June 28, 2020

Hi everyone, here is the weekly list of New York Times Bestsellers available in the Digital Catalog.

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

 

 

FICTION:

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins (eBook):

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

 

 

BIG SUMMER by Jennifer Weiner (eBook):

Daphne Berg’s former best friend asks her to be the maid of honor at her wedding in Cape Cod.

 

 

CAMINO WINDS by John Grisham (eBook):

The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred when an author of thrillers is found dead after a hurricane hits Camino Island.

 

 

DADDY’S GIRLS by Danielle Steel (eBook):

After a California rancher‘s sudden death, his three daughters discover things they did not know about their father.

 

 

DANCE AWAY WITH ME by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Downloadable Audiobook):

Tess Hartsong, a midwife and widow, goes to find peace of mind in the mountains of Tennessee.

 

 

DAUGHTERS OF ERIETOWN by Connie Schultz (eBook):

The story of four generations of an Ohio family brings to life the tribulations encountered and bonds formed by women in the 20th century.

 

 

FAIR WARNING by Michael Connelly (Downloadable Audiobook):

The third book in the Jack McEvoy series. A reporter tracks a killer who uses genetic data to pick his victims.

 

 

THE GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley (Downloadable Audiobook):

A wedding between a TV star and a magazine publisher on an island off the coast of Ireland turns deadly.

 

 

HIDEAWAY by Nora Roberts (Downloadable Audiobook):

A child star escapes her abductors, gathers herself in western Ireland and returns to Hollywood.

 

 

IF IT BLEEDS by Stephen King (eBook):

Four novellas: “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone,” “The Life of Chuck,” “Rat” and “If It Bleeds.”

 

 

LIES THAT BIND by Emily Giffin (eBook):

When the new man in her life disappears on 9/11, the budding reporter Cecily Gardner questions what she knew about him.

 

 

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng (eBook):

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

 

 

SUMMER HOUSE by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois (Downloadable Audiobook):

Jeremiah Cook, a veteran and former N.Y.P.D. cop, investigates a mass murder near a lake in Georgia.

 

 

TOM CLANCY: FIRING POINT by Mike Maden (eBook):

When an old friend is killed during the bombing of a Barcelona cafe, Jack Ryan Jr. searches for those responsible.

 

 

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett (eBook)

The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity.

 

 

WALK THE WIRE by David Baldacci (eBook):

The sixth book in the Memory Man series. Decker and Jamison investigate a murder in a North Dakota town in a fracking boom.

 

 

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.

 

 

BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates (eBook):

Winner of the 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction. A meditation on race in America as well as a personal story, framed as a letter to the author’s teenage son.

 

 

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah (eBook):

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

 

 

THE COLOR OF LAW by Richard Rothstein (eBooks):

An examination of the ways in which the government caused residential segregation through racial zoning and other systemic practices.

 

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover (eBook):

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

 

 

HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST by Ibram X. Kendi (eBook):

A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.

 

 

I’M STILL HERE by Austin Channing Brown (Downloadable Audiobook):

A black woman who was given a white man’s name by her parents shares her journey to finding her own worth and what stands in the way of racial justice.

 

 

JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson (Downloadable Audiobook):

: 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 (eBook):

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

 

 

ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY by Layla F. Saad (eBook):

Ways to understand and possibly counteract white privilege.

 

 

THE NEW JIM CROW by Michelle Alexander (eBook):

A law professor takes aim at the “war on drugs,” mass incarceration and their impact on black men.

 

 

OUR TIME IS NOW by Stacey Abrams (Downloadable Audiobook):

The nonprofit chief executive and former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives makes her case for voter protections, elevated identity politics and moral international leadership.

 

 

SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE by Ijeoma Oluo (Downloadable Audiobook)

A look at the contemporary racial landscape of the United States.

 

 

SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson (eBook):

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

 

 

STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING by Ibram X. Kendi (Downloadable Audiobook):

Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction. A look at anti-black racist ideas and their effect on the course of American history.

 

 

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle (eBook):

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

 

 

WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo (eBook):

Historical and cultural analyses on what causes defensive moves by white people and how this inhibits cross-racial dialogue.

 

 

WHY ARE ALL THE BLACK KIDS SITTING TOGETHER IN THE CAFETERIA? by Beverly Tatum (eBook):

The president emerita of Spelman College examines whether self-segregation is a problem or a coping strategy.

 

 

Be well and read on!

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 June 19, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our bi-weekly recommended listening posting for Friday, June 19, 2020.

The next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Wednesday, June 24.

And as the Southeast Steuben County Library will reopen, at our annex location, starting Monday, June 29, I shall revert to a weekly suggested listening schedule with the Suggested Listening posting on Friday, June 26.

Regarding curbside appointments, initially, the library will be open for patrons to pick up and drop off books by curbside appointment only. You can make an appointment by either calling the library at 607-936-3713 or via the following link https://www.ssclibrary.org/appointment/

And here are the music recommendations for today!

All Night Long by Lionel Richie (Genre: R&B, Pop)

Black Fire by Andrew Hill (Genre: Jazz)

Black Fire is the title track from Chicago based Avant-garde and bop composer and pianist Andrew Hill, originally released in 1963.

Dance With Mr. Domino by Fats Domino (Genre: Classic R&B, Pop, Rock)

An upbeat dance tune, perfect for hanging out in the back yard or by the pool, by the legendary Fats Domino!

Dreamboat Annie by Heart (Genre: Rock)

Pacific Northwest rockers Anne & Nancy Wilson and company with one of their classic songs!

Girl In A Country Song by Maddie & Tae (Genre: Country)

Maddie & Tae are Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye, who met while studying with the same vocal teacher in high school. And their Girl In A Country Song features a humorous take on how women usually appear in country music videos.

It’s All Good by Boney James (Genre: Jazz)

Saxophonist and composer Boney James with a mellow and upbeat song from his classic 1997 album Sweet Thing.

Lazy Summer Night by The Four Preps (Genre: Classic Pop, Vocal)

A hit in 1958 for the classic Hollywood based vocal group.

The Lost Concert by The Beach Boys (Genre: Classic Rock, Surf Rock) (Time: 21:34)

Songs in this short 1964 concert include Fun Fun Fun, Long Tall Texan, Little Deuce Coup, Surfer Girl, Surfin’ USA, Shut Down, In My Room, Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow & Hawaii.

A Summer Song by Chad & Jeremy (Genre: Classic Pop)

In honor of the arrival of summer this Saturday, June 20, 2020, a classic song by the English folk duo.

You Needed Me by Anne Murray (Genre: Vocal, Pop)

A number one song in 1978!

Be well & happy listening!

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 Listening June 17, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our bi-weekly recommended listening posting for Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

The next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, June 19, 2020.

And here are the music recommendations for today!

Suggested Listening June 17, 2020:

Angels Around by Kurt Rosenwinkel (Genre: Jazz, Guitar)

Angels Around is the title track from Kurt Rosenwinkel’s new LP – check it out!

I’m Alive by Norah Jones (Genre: Pop, Rock, Jazz)

I’m Alive is featured on Norah’s new album Pick Me Up Off the Floor.

I’m Getting Sentimental Over You by Tommy Dorsey (Genre: Jazz, Swing)

A swinging favorite from Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra!

In The Heights (Broadway Show/Lin-Manuel Miranda)

The title song from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway show In The Heights!

Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney (Genre: Rock)

Maybe I’m Amazed was top ten hit for McCartney’s super-group Wings in the mid-seventies – selected today in celebration of Paul’s 78 birthday on June 18, 2020!

Rough and Rowdy Ways by Bob Dylan (Genre: Folk, Rock)

The title track from Dylan’s new LP, coming out June 19!

Schubert: Fantasy in C Major, Op. 15, D. 760 “Wanderer” – 4. Allegro by Seong-Jin Cho (Genre: Classical)

From the new album, The Wanderer: Schubert, Berg, Liszt, by classical pianist Seong-Jin Cho.

Some Might Say by Oasis (Genre: Rock)

Oasis rocking out with a song from their second album, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?

The Urge for Going by Tom Rush (Genre: Folk)

Classic folk singer-songwriter Tom Rush singing a Joni Mitchell penned classic!

You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To by Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster (Genre: Jazz)

Classic jazz saxophonists Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster playing together!

Be well & happy listening!

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 June 15, 2020

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, consisting entirely of eBooks & downloadable audiobooks available through the Digital Catalog.

Suggested Reading of the Week:

The Book of Rosy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border by Rosayra Pablo Cruz & Julie Schwietert Collazo (Format: eBook)

“Offers hope in the face of desperate odds” – ELLE Magazine, ELLE’s Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2020

“[D]isturbing and unforgettable memoir…This wrenching story brings to vivid life the plight of the many families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.” – Publisher’s Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

“[The] haunting and eloquent…narrative of a Guatemalan woman’s desperate search for a better life.” -Kirkus, STARRED Review

Compelling and urgently important, The Book of Rosy is the unforgettable story of one brave mother and her fight to save her family.

When Rosayra “Rosy” Pablo Cruz made the agonizing decision to seek asylum in the United States with two of her children, she knew the journey would be arduous, dangerous, and quite possibly deadly. But she had no choice: violence—from gangs, from crime, from spiraling chaos—was making daily life hell. Rosy knew her family’s one chance at survival was to flee Guatemala and go north.

After a brutal journey that left them dehydrated, exhausted, and nearly starved, Rosy and her two little boys arrived at the Arizona border. Almost immediately they were seized and forcibly separated by government officials under the Department of Homeland Security’s new “zero tolerance” policy. To her horror Rosy discovered that her flight to safety had only just begun.

In The Book of Rosy, with an unprecedented level of sharp detail and soulful intimacy, Rosy tells her story, aided by Julie Schwietert Collazo, founder of Immigrant Families Together, the grassroots organization that reunites mothers and children. She reveals the cruelty of the detention facilities, the excruciating pain of feeling her children ripped from her arms, the abiding faith that staved off despair—and the enduring friendship with Julie, which helped her navigate the darkness and the bottomless Orwellian bureaucracy.

A gripping account of the human cost of inhumane policies, The Book of Rosy is also a paean to the unbreakable will of people united by true love, a sense of justice, and hope for a better future.

Broken People: A Novel Sam Lansky (Format: eBook)

A Vogue Most Anticipated Book of 2020

An O, The Oprah Magazine “LGBTQ Book That Will Change the Literary Landscape in 2020”
“Profound and affecting.”—Chloe Benjamin

“Broken People leads us through the winds of time and memory to offer a riveting portrait of transformation. I am better for having read it.”—Jamie Lee Curtis

A groundbreaking, incandescent debut novel about coming to grips with the past and ourselves, for fans of Sally Rooney, Hanya Yanagihara and Garth Greenwell

“He fixes everything that’s wrong with you in three days.”

This is what hooks Sam when he first overhears it at a fancy dinner party in the Hollywood hills: the story of a globe-trotting shaman who claims to perform “open-soul surgery” on emotionally damaged people. For neurotic, depressed Sam, new to Los Angeles after his life in New York imploded, the possibility of total transformation is utterly tantalizing. He’s desperate for something to believe in, and the shaman—who promises ancient rituals, plant medicine and encounters with the divine—seems convincing, enough for Sam to sign up for a weekend under his care.

But are the great spirits the shaman says he’s summoning real at all? Or are the ghosts in Sam’s memory more powerful than any magic?

At turns tender and acid, funny and wise, Broken People is a journey into the nature of truth and fiction—a story of discovering hope amid cynicism, intimacy within chaos and peace in our own skin.

The Crystal Cave Trilogy: The Omnibus Edition of the Crystal Cave Trilogy by Susan Wittig Albert (Format: eBook)

The omnibus edition of the Crystal Cave Trilogy, from NYT bestselling author, Susan Wittig Albert.

NoBODY: Ruby Wilcox has always known that she has a rare gift for seeing things that others can’t. But she tries to downplay her psychic gift—until she experiences a horrifying nightmare that just won’t stop. Again and again, she dreams that a woman is abducted on the hike-and-bike trail and knows that the victim is in deadly danger.

SomeBODY Else: Ruby is spending the weekend as a vendor at the annual Mystic Creek Harvest Festival, held at a Hill Country ranch. When she begins to suspect that she knows more than she’s meant to know about a murder, she has to decide how to use this dangerous knowledge.

Out of BODY: It’s Halloween, and Ruby is planning a busy holiday weekend at the Crystal Cave. But her holiday plans are interrupted when Jessica Nelson, crime reporter at the Pecan Springs Enterprise, shows up with a hard-to-believe story about a serial killer targeting the terminally ill. When Detective Ethan Connors gets involved and Jessica herself is threatened, Ruby’s psychic abilities are put to the test in ways she could never have predicted.

Ruby Wilcox can see things that others can’t, but that doesn’t guarantee that she knows her own heart. What would her life be like if she honored her psychic gifts and found powers within herself that she had never imagined?

The Daughters of Erietown: A Novel by Connie Schultz (Format: eBook)

Hidden desires, long-held secrets, and the sacrifices people make for family are at the heart of this powerful first novel by the popular Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist.

“A moving, unforgettable story about time, progress, and how the mistakes of one generation get repeated or repaired by the next.”—J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Saints for All Occasions

1957, Clayton Valley, Ohio. Ellie has the best grades in her class. Her dream is to go to nursing school and marry Brick McGinty. A basketball star, Brick has the chance to escape his abusive father and become the first person in his blue-collar family to attend college. But when Ellie learns that she is pregnant, everything changes. Just as Brick and Ellie revise their plans and build a family, a knock on the front door threatens to destroy their lives.

The evolution of women’s lives spanning the second half of the twentieth century is at the center of this beautiful novel that richly portrays how much people know—and pretend not to know—about the secrets at the heart of a town, and a family.

Dead Land: V.I. Warshawski Series, Book 20 written by Sara Paretsky and read by Susan Ericksen (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

“V.I. Warshawski is as dogged and ferocious as ever. So is Sara Paretsky, who is at the top of her crime novel game.”— C.J. Box

Chicago’s legendary detective, V.I. Warshawski, knows her city’s rotten underbelly better than most, but she’s unable to avoid it when her goddaughter drags her into a fight over lakefront land use, in this propulsive novel from New York Times bestseller Sara Paretsky.

Chicago may be the city of broad shoulders, but its political law is “Pay to Play.” Money changes hands in the middle of the night, and by morning, buildings and parks are replaced by billion-dollar projects.

Chicago PI V.I. Warshawski gets pulled into one of these clandestine deals through her impetuous goddaughter, Bernie Fouchard. Bernie tries to rescue Lydia Zamir, a famed singer-songwriter now living on the streets; Zamir’s life fell apart when her lover was murdered next to her in a mass shooting at an outdoor concert. Not only does Bernie plunge her and V.I. headlong into the path of some ruthless developers, they lead to the murder of the young man Bernie is dating. He’s a computer geek working for a community group called SLICK.

V.I. is desperate to find a mysterious man named Coop, who roams the lakefront in the middle of the night with his dog. She’s sure he holds the key to the mounting body count within SLICK. Coop may even know why an international law firm is representing the mass murderer responsible for Lydia’s lover’s death. Instead, the detective finds a terrifying conspiracy stretching from Chicago’s parks to a cover-up of the dark chapters in America’s meddling in South American politics. Before she finds answers, this electrifying novel pushes V.I. close to the breaking point: People who pay to play take no prisoners.

The Everlasting: A Novel by Katy Simpson Smith (Format: eBook)

Spanning two thousand years, The Everlasting follows four characters whose struggles resonate across the centuries: an early Christian child martyr; a medieval monk on crypt duty in a church; a Medici princess of Moorish descent; and a contemporary field biologist conducting an illicit affair.

Outsiders to a city layered and dense with history, this quartet separated by time grapple with the physicality of bodies, the necessity for sacrifice, and the power of love to sustain and challenge faith. Their small rebellions are witnessed and provoked by an omniscient, time-traveling Satan who, though incorporeal, nonetheless suffers from a heart in search of repair.

As their dramas unfold amid the brick, marble, and ghosts of Rome, they each must decide what it means to be good. Twelve-year old Prisca defiles the scrolls of her father’s library. Felix, a holy man, watches his friend’s body decay and is reminded of the first boy he loved passionately. Giulia de’ Medici, a beauty with dark skin and limitless wealth, wants to deliver herself from her unborn child. Tom, an American biologist studying the lives of the smallest creatures, cannot pinpoint when his own marriage began to die. As each of these conflicted people struggles with forces they cannot control, their circumstances raise a profound and timeless question at the heart of faith: What is our duty to each other, and what will God forgive?

Moving back through time from today (The Wilderness) to the Renaissance (The City) to the Middle Ages (The Grave) and finally to Rome under Marcus Aurelius (The Paradise), Tom, Guilia, Felix, and Prisca search and suffer for love in the eternal city, made vivid and familiar as they reappear in each century.

How Did We Get Here?: From Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump by Robert Dallek (Format: eBook)

The award-winning, New York Times bestselling historian considers the vast array of triumphs and failures of America’s modern presidents that paved a path to Donald Trump, offering an understanding of our current moment and hope for a way back to true leadership.

The struggle to preserve the Republic has never been easy or without perils. The rise of conflicting political parties, which the founders opposed, and President John Adams’ Alien and Sedition Acts repressing First Amendment rights made Franklin’s observation at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention—”a republic, if you can keep it”—seem prescient.

In the twentieth century, America endured numerous struggles: economic depression, World War II, McCarthyism, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Iran-contra scandal, the war in Iraq—all of which gave rise to demagogues, as did the growth and reach of mass media. But this wasn’t the Founding Fathers’ vision for our leadership. The resistance to putting a demagogue in the White House survived the anti-Communist agitation of the 1950s and the Vietnam War in the 1960s. But the latter opened the way for Richard Nixon’s election in 1968 and Watergate, which again tested our democratic institutions and the rule of law. Nixon’s resignation in August 1974 moved Vice President Gerald Ford, his successor, to declare, “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.”

But was it? Donald Trump’s 2016 election has presented a new challenge. How did past politics and presidential administrations pave the way for this current assault on American democracy? Our nation’s history provides reassurance that we will restore our better angels to government. Yet it must be considered that earlier administrations and public outlook facilitated the rise of such an un-presidential character as Trump in the first place. In How Did We Get Here?, Robert Dallek considers a century of modern administrations, from Teddy Roosevelt to today, shining a light on the personalities behind the politics and the voters who elected each. His cautionary tale reminds us that the only constant in history is change, but whether for good or ill the choice is Americans’ to make.

One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak (Format: eBook)

Some families we’re born into

Some we find for ourselves

When Serenity Alston swabbed her cheek for 23andMe, she joked about uncovering some dark ancestral scandal. The last thing she expected was to discover two half sisters she didn’t know existed. Suddenly, everything about her loving family is drawn into question. And meeting these newfound sisters might be the only way to get answers.

The women decide to dig into the mystery together at Serenity’s family cabin in Lake Tahoe. With Reagan navigating romantic politics at work, and Lorelei staring down the collapse of her marriage, all three women are converging at a crossroads in their lives. Before the summer is over, they’ll have to confront the past and determine how to move forward when everything they previously thought to be true was a lie. But any future is easier to face with family by your side..

Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters by Dominique Crenn & Emma Brockes (Format: eBook)

The inspiring and deeply personal memoir from highly acclaimed chef Dominique Crenn

By the time Dominique Crenn decided to become a chef, at the age of twenty-one, she knew it was a near impossible dream in France where almost all restaurant kitchens were run by men. So, she left her home and everything she knew to move to San Francisco, where she would train under the legendary Jeremiah Tower. Almost thirty years later, Crenn was awarded three Michelin Stars in 2018 for her influential restaurant Atelier Crenn, and became the first female chef in the United States to receive this honor – no small feat for someone who hadn’t gone to culinary school or been formally trained.

In Rebel Chef, Crenn tells of her untraditional coming-of-age as a chef, beginning with her childhood in Versailles where she was emboldened by her parents to be curious and independent. But there is another reason Crenn has always felt free to pursue her own unconventional course. Adopted as a toddler, she didn’t resemble her parents or even look traditionally French. Growing up she often felt like an outsider, and was haunted by a past she knew nothing about. But after years of working to fill this blank space, Crenn has embraced the power her history gives her to be whoever she wants to be.

Here is a disarmingly honest and revealing look at one woman’s evolution from a daring young chef to a respected activist. Reflecting on the years she spent working in the male-centric world of professional kitchens, Crenn tracks her career from struggling cook to running one of the world’s most acclaimed restaurants, while at the same time speaking out on restaurant culture, sexism, immigration, and climate change. At once a tale of personal discovery and a tribute to unrelenting determination, Rebel Chef is the story of one woman making a place for herself in the kitchen, and in the world.

The Resisters: A novel written by Jen Gish and read by William DeMeritt (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

“The Resisters is palpably loving, smart, funny, and desperately unsettling. The novel should be required reading for the country both as a cautionary tale and because it is a stone-cold masterpiece. This is Gish Jen’s moment. She has pitched a perfect game.” —Ann Patchett

The time: not so long from now. The place: AutoAmerica. The land: half under water. The Internet: one part artificial intelligence, one part surveillance technology, and oddly human—even funny. The people: Divided. The angel-fair “Netted” have jobs, and literally occupy the high ground. The “Surplus” live on swampland if they’re lucky, on water if they’re not.

The story: To a Surplus couple—he once a professor, she still a lawyer—is born a Blasian girl with a golden arm. At two, Gwen is hurling her stuffed animals from the crib; by ten, she can hit whatever target she likes. Her teens find her happily playing in an underground baseball league.

When AutoAmerica rejoins the Olympics, though—with a special eye on beating ChinRussia—Gwen attracts interest. Soon she finds herself playing ball with the Netted even as her mother challenges the very foundations of this divided society.

A moving and important story of an America that seems ever more possible, The Resisters is also the story of one family struggling to maintain its humanity and normalcy in circumstances that threaten their every value—as well as their very existence.

Extraordinary and ordinary, charming and electrifying, this is Gish Jen at her most irresistible.

Be well and happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Note: Book summaries are from the respective publishers 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 June 21, 2020

Hi everyone, here is the weekly list of New York Times Bestsellers available in the Digital Catalog.

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

 

 

FICTION:

ALL ADULTS HERE by Emma Straub (Format: eBook):

A repressed memory triggers Astrid Strick to weigh the outcomes of her parenting of her now-grown children.

 

 

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.

 

 

BIG SUMMER by Jennifer Weiner (Format: eBook):

Daphne Berg’s former best friend asks her to be the maid of honor at her wedding in Cape Cod.

 

 

A BURNING by Megha Majumdar (Format: eBook):

Jivan, PT Sir and Lovely seek to improve their circumstances within the complexity of contemporary Indian life

 

 

CAMINO WINDS by John Grisham (Format: eBook):

The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred when an author of thrillers is found dead after a hurricane hits Camino Island.

 

 

FAIR WARNING by Michael Connelly (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The third book in the Jack McEvoy series. A reporter tracks a killer who uses genetic data to pick his victims.

 

 

THE GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

A wedding between a TV star and a magazine publisher on an island off the coast of Ireland turns deadly.

 

 

HIDEAWAY by Nora Roberts (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

A child star escapes her abductors, gathers herself in western Ireland and returns to Hollywood.

 

 

HUSH by James Patterson and Candice Fox (Format: eBook):

The fourth book in the Detective Harriet Blue series. The man who put her in prison asks Harriet Blue to find missing members of his family.

 

 

IF IT BLEEDS by Stephen King (Format: eBook):

Four novellas: “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone,” “The Life of Chuck,” “Rat” and “If It Bleeds.”

 

 

LIES THAT BIND by Emily Giffin (Format: eBook):

When the new man in her life disappears on 9/11, the budding reporter Cecily Gardner questions what she knew about him.

 

 

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng (Format eBook):

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

 

 

NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

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

 

 

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: Downloadable Audiobook)

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

 

 

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett (Format: eBooks)

The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity.

 

 

WALK THE WIRE by David Baldacci (Format: eBook):

The sixth book in the Memory Man series. Decker and Jamison investigate a murder in a North Dakota town in a fracking boom.

 

 

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 (Format: 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.

 

 

BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Format: eBook):

Winner of the 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction. A meditation on race in America as well as a personal story, framed as a letter to the author’s teenage son.

 

 

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.”

 

 

THE COLOR OF LAW by Richard Rothstein (Format:eBooks):

An examination of the ways in which the government caused residential segregation through racial zoning and other systemic practices.

 

 

HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST by Ibram X. Kendi (Format: eBook):

A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.

 

 

HUMANKIND by Rutger Bregman (Format: eBook):

The author of “Utopia for Realists” explains why he believes humans are kind, cooperative and trusting.

 

 

I’M STILL HERE by Austin Channing Brown (Format:Downloadable Audiobook):

A black woman who was given a white man’s name by her parents shares her journey to finding her own worth and what stands in the way of racial justice.

 

 

JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson (Format:Downloadable Audiobook):

: 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.

 

 

ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY by Layla F. Saad (Format: eBook):

Ways to understand and possibly counteract white privilege.

 

 

THE NEW JIM CROW by Michelle Alexander (Format: eBook):

A law professor takes aim at the “war on drugs,” mass incarceration and their impact on black men.

 

 

SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE by Ijeoma Oluo (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

A look at the contemporary racial landscape of the United States.

 

 

STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING by Ibram X. Kendi (Format Downloadable Audiobook):

Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction. A look at anti-black racist ideas and their effect on the course of American history.

 

 

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

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

 

 

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

WHY ARE ALL THE BLACK KIDS SITTING TOGETHER IN THE CAFETERIA? by Beverly Tatum (Format: eBook):

The president emerita of Spelman College examines whether self-segregation is a problem or a coping strategy.

 

 

WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo (Format: eBook):

Historical and cultural analyses on what causes defensive moves by white people and how this inhibits cross-racial dialogue.

 

 

Be well and read on!

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 June 12, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our bi-weekly recommended listening posting for Friday, June 12, 2020.

The next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Wednesday, June 17.

And here are the music recommendations for today!

All American Made by Margo Price (Genre: Folk, Country)

An insightful song by the Americana tune-smith, from her second LP, 2017s’ American Made.

Could It Be I’m Falling In Love by The Spinners (Genre: Soul, R&B, Vocal, Pop)

An R&B classic from the great seventies vocal group!

Devil’s Radio by George Harrison (Genre: Rock)

The Devil’s Radio is from George’s 1987 album Cloud Nine. And the song foreshadows a subject that has grown in importance during the Internet age, the subject of the spreading of misinformation.

Everything I Own by Boy George (Genre: Pop)

Boy George offering a modern version of the old Bread classic Everything I Own.

If I Had A Hammer by Trini Lopez (Genre: Folk)

A top ten hit from 1963!

Pay It No Mind by Sarah Jarosz (Genre: Folk)

Pat It No Mind is from Jarosz’s brand new album World On The Ground.

Radio by John Scofield, Bill Stewart & Steve Swallow (Genre: Jazz)

Radio is from the new album, Swallow Tales, by guitarist John Scofield, drummer Bill Stewart and bassist Steve Swallow.

Spoonful by Howlin’ Wolf (Genre: Blues)

Blues great Howlin’ Wolf with one of his most influential songs!

Wayfaring Stranger by Rhiannon Giddens (Genre: Americana, Folk)

Rhiannon Giddens offers a great version of the traditional song Wayfaring Stranger, from her 2019 LP There Is No Other.

Working Me Way Back To You by Four Seasons (Genre: Vocal, Sixties Pop)

A classic hit from the classic Jersey vocal group!

Be well & happy listening!

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 Listening June 10, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our bi-weekly recommended listening posting for Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

The next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, June 12.

On a pop culture note, Donald Duck first appeared in the short The Wise Little Hen, part of the Silly Symphonies series on June 9, 1934.

So, in honor of Donald, here is the short The Wise Little Hen!

And I have to say, it is too bad Peter Pig and Donald Duck weren’t wise as they could have shared in the delicious corn bounty after the harvest!

And onto the music suggestions for today!

Early This Morning by Blind Blake (Genre: Blues)

Blind Blake is a somewhat mysterious early blues recording artist. When and where he was born and grew up remain a mystery. He recorded around 80 songs for Paramount Records in the late 1920s and early 1930s. And he became known as King of the Ragtime Guitar, in deference to his finger-style guitar playing. He died of tuberculosis in the mid nineteen thirties, but fortunately left us with some great music before he went.

It’s Been A Long, Long Time by Bing Crosby with Les Paul & His Trio (Genre: Vocal, Guitar, Jazz, Pop)

Pioneer electric guitarist Les Paul began recording in 1936, playing acoustic guitar behind the blues singer Georgia White. In those days, the early days of amplified music, bands were usually set up around a single microphone that the singer sang into; so guitars and other instruments were softly heard in the background and the vocals were front and center. Paul wanted to change that! He wanted to create an electric guitar that could be amplified and thus heard as a equal player in the music – and he did so – he was so successful at working with early electric guitar technology in the 1930s and 1940s that he wound up with a very influential guitar named after him – Gibson’s Les Paul model – which is still in production today.

And in the video clip you can clearly hear Paul’s fluid guitar playing front and center with the vocals provided by Bing Crosby – very cool!

Kidney Stew Blues by Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson (Genre: Blues/Jazz)

Jazz and blues saxophonist Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson hailed from Texas, and began playing jazz and blues at a young age. His best recordings include his 1957 album Cleanhead’s Back in Town, which features the song Kidney Stew Blues.

On an interesting side note: Vinson acquired the nickname “Cleanhead” in his youth, after a failed experiment with a lye-based hair straightening product caused him to lose most of his hair.

Lido Shuffle by Boz Scaggs (Genre: Rock, Seventies Rock)

Boz Scaggs is a blue-eyed soul singer-songwriter and guitarist who played with the Steve Miller and in the sixties, and then launched solo career in the seventies. He is best known today for his smash 1976 album Silk Degrees, which features the hits Lowdown and Lido Shuffle.

The Low Sparks of High-Heeled Boys by Traffic (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock, Jazz)

Steve Winwood and company with the long, flowing seventies classic – The Low Sparks of High-Heeled Boys – all thirteen minutes and forty seconds of it!

Scarcely Cricket by Stuart Duncan, You-You Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer Thile (Genre: Classical, Country, Folk)

Scarcely Cricket is from a brand-new album, Not Our First Goat Rodeo, by a super group consisting of bluegrass fiddler Stuart Duncan, classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma, double bassists Edgar Meyer & mandolinist Chris Thile.

These Boots Are Made For Walking by Nancy Sinatra (Genre: Vocal, Sixties Pop)

Actress and singer Nancy Sinatra was born on June 8, 1940, and celebrates her 80th birthday this week. Sinatra is the daughter and eldest child of the great singer Frank Sinatra and his first wife also named Nancy. The younger Nancy Sinatra hit the charts with great, upbeat pop songs during sixties, including Sugar Town, Somethin’ Stupid, Summer Wine and her most popular song – this one – These Boots Are Made For Walking!

Walking The Blues by Willie Dixon (Genre: Blues)

A classic blues song by the great blues singer, songwriter, bassist and producer Willie Dixon!

What A Difference A Day Makes by Dinah Washington with Louis Jordan and his Orchestra (Genre: R&B, Vocal)

A classic song by the great R&B singer Dinah Washington recorded live for TV in 1960.

You’re The Top by Cole Porter (sung by the man himself!) (Genre: Showtunes)

Cole Porter was one of the two best American song writers of the early Twentieth Century, the other, of course, being George Gershwin. Porter’s influence on popular music is inestimable. Like Gershwin, Porter composed songs that later became standards for many musical shows, a super popular format of the day. His musicals included Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes, You’re The Top and Begin the Beguine. Since he’s more know for writing popular song than singing them, I’m going to include two of his compositions as performed by other artists as well – Artie Shaw and Fred Astaire!

Cole Porter’s Begin The Beguine by Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (Genre: Showtunes, Jazz, Big Band)

Cole Porter’s Night and Day by Fred Astaire (Genre: Showtunes, Film Music)

Be well & happy listening!

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 June 8, 2020

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, consisting entirely of eBooks & downloadable audiobooks available through the Digital Catalog.

Suggested Reading of the Week:

The Beetle by Richard Marsh (Format: eBook)

Originally published the same year as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, in 1897, Marsh’s chilling story was more popular than the classic vampire novel during its time. This reissue includes broader historical context, lists of further reading, and discussion questions. Drawing on a Victorian fascination with the dark powers of the Egyptian scarab, the tale begins with Holt, a homeless man, who enters a deserted building. He sees an insect transform into a deformed man. The man then commands Holt to break into the home of a member of Parliament, setting the stage for a tale of intrigue, love, and revenge told through four narrators, each describing their personal encounters with the mysterious, shape-shifting Beetle, all while a visceral threat to the whole of England emerges. The plot itself, while bordering on silly at times, nevertheless manages to tackle some serious issues of class, gender, sexual, and ethnic identity while still providing plenty of satisfying chills. VERDICT Like many Victorian-era gothic tales, this will appeal to a wide range of readers. The universal ick factor of creepy crawlies additionally ensures that this crowdpleaser from the past will continue to strike fear in the hearts and minds of 21st-century readers. — Library Journal

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art written and read by James Nestor (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

A science journalist takes a measured look at the way we breathe and finds it out of whack.

“No matter what we eat, how much we exercise, how resilient our genes are, how skinny or young or wise we are—none of it will matter unless we are breathing correctly.” So writes Nestor, who, having suffered breathing problems, followed a doctor’s suggestion to take a breathing class. What he found set him on a long chain of discovery into the realms of the most modern science and the most ancient wisdom, leading to this readable treatise on improving the way we breathe. A great many of us could stand to improve. By Nestor’s measure, about half of us are “habitual mouthbreathers,” which leads to all sorts of structural, physical, and medical consequences. Things should be happening in the nose instead, even if “for the past century, the prevailing belief in Western medicine was that the nose was more or less an ancillary organ.” The nose is key, for using it properly can clear up breathing obstructions and militate against the “dysevolution” caused over countless millennia by the lowering of the larynx to permit speech. Instead, notes the author, nose breathing widens the airways and makes breathing easier, with success building on success to clear up breathing problems such as the ones he’d been laboring under. In the way of an ancient master of prana—or chi, pneuma, atma, and many another spiritually resonant term—Nestor offers the lessons he learned from pulmonologists and “pulmonauts” alike. These include what he calls “the perfect breath”: breathing in deeply through the nose for 5.5 seconds and out for 5.5 seconds, which yields 5.5 breaths a minute. It’s free, he counsels happily, “and you can do it wherever you are, whenever you need.”A welcome, invigorating user’s manual for the respiratory system. — Kirkus Reviews

Catherine House: A Novel by Elisabeth Thomas (Format: eBook)

Thomas’s spellbinding debut opens in 1996 on Ines Murillo’s first night at a small, highly selective college in the Pennsylvania woods. Drunk after a party, Ines reflects on her relief that behind Catherine House’s locked gates, no one knows about her past. Renowned for controversial research regarding a mysterious elemental substance called plasm, the school holds classes year-round, and students remain confined to Catherine’s rural estate. Eager to disassociate from a past trauma, Ines falls behind on her work while seeking solace in a string of sexual encounters before finding a group of friends who feel closer to family than anything she’s ever known. Still, Ines can’t ignore her growing suspicions about the school’s plasm experimentation in “psychosexual healing,” in which students are subjected to mass hypnosis. Ines’s academic probation leads her to forced isolation in the “Restoration Center,” where a professor places plasm pins in her head and tells her she’ll never think of her past life again. Surreal imagery, spare characterization, and artful, hypnotic prose lend Thomas’s tale a delirious air, but at the book’s core lies a profound portrait of depression and adolescent turmoil. Fans of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History will devour this philosophical fever dream. — Publishers Weekly Review

The Guest List written by Susan Foley and read by Jot Davies (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the author of The Hunting Party.

The bride? The plus one? The best man? The wedding planner? The bridesmaid The body?

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?

Hush: Detective Harriet Blue Series, Book 4 written by James Patterson & Candice Fox (Format: eBook)

Top cop. Devoted sister. Now Inmate 3329. But prison bars won’t stop Harriet Blue from seeking justice for the murder of her brother.

Prison is a dangerous place for a former cop – as Harriet Blue is learning on a daily basis.

So, following a fight for her life and a prison-wide lockdown, the last person she wants to see is Deputy Police Commissioner Joe Woods. The man who put her inside.

But Woods is not there to gloat. His daughter Tonya and her two-year-old child have gone missing.
He’s ready to offer Harriet a deal: find his family to buy her freedom…

Iron Lake: Cork O’Connor Series, Book 1 written by William Kent Krueger and read by David Chandler (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Cork is having difficulty dealing with the marital meltdown that has separated him from his children, getting by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago’s South Side, there’s not much that can shock him. But when the town’s judge is brutally murdered, and a young Eagle Scout is reported missing, Cork takes on this complicated and perplexing case of conspiracy, corruption, and a small-town secret that hits painfully close to home.

Editorial Reviews

“Iron Lake is where it all began, when Cork O’Connor walked off the page, tough, vulnerable, hardened and shattered, and into our lives. His creation is a brilliant achievement, and one every crime reader and writer needs to celebrate. With this novel, Kent Krueger elevated the crime fiction genre into something very special.” — Louise Penny

“Among thoughtful readers, William Kent Krueger holds a very special place in the pantheon. Upon introducing Cork O’Connor in IRON LAKE twenty years ago, Kent showed the mystery reading world that a protagonist need not be a chain-smoking loner with lots of emotional baggage but he could be an honest and admirable family man doing his best for all the right reasons.” — C.J. Box

“There’s a feel that you get from a master craftsman, a saddle that sits right, a fly rod that casts with its own agility, or a series of books written with a grace and precision so stunning that you’d swear the stories were your own—Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Conner novels fit that bill.”– Craig Johnson

Little Eyes: A Novel by Samanta Schweblin (Format: eBook)

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE

They’ve infiltrated homes in Hong Kong, shops in Vancouver, the streets of in Sierra Leone, town squares in Oaxaca, schools in Tel Aviv, bedrooms in Indiana. They’re everywhere. They’re here. They’re us. They’re not pets, or ghosts, or robots. They’re real people, but how can a person living in Berlin walk freely through the living room of someone in Sydney? How can someone in Bangkok have breakfast with your children in Buenos Aires, without your knowing? Especially when these people are completely anonymous, unknown, unfindable.

The characters in Samanta Schweblin’s brilliant new novel, Little Eyes, reveal the beauty of connection between far-flung souls—but yet they also expose the ugly side of our increasingly linked world. Trusting strangers can lead to unexpected love, playful encounters, and marvelous adventure, butbut what happens when it can also pave the way for unimaginable terror? This is a story that is already happening; it’s familiar and unsettling because it’s our present and we’re living it, we just don’t know it yet. In this prophecy of a story, Schweblin creates a dark and complex world that’s somehow so sensible, so recognizable, that once it’s entered, no one can ever leave.

Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters: A Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini (Format: eBook)

The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker returns to her most famous heroine, Mary

Todd Lincoln, in this compelling story of love, loss, and sisterhood rich with history and suspense.

In May 1875, Elizabeth Todd Edwards reels from news that her younger sister Mary, former First Lady and widow of President Abraham Lincoln, has attempted suicide.

Mary’s shocking act followed legal proceedings arranged by her eldest and only surviving son that declared her legally insane. Although they have long been estranged, Elizabeth knows Mary’s tenuous mental health has deteriorated through decades of trauma and loss. Yet is her suicide attempt truly the impulse of a deranged mind, or the desperate act of a sane woman terrified to be committed to an asylum? And—if her sisters can put past grievances aside—is their love powerful enough to save her?

Maternal Elizabeth, peacemaker Frances, envious Ann, and much adored Emilie had always turned to one another in times of joy and heartache, first as children, and later as young wives and mothers. But when Civil War erupted, the conflict that divided a nation shattered their family. The Todd sisters’s fates were bound to their husbands’ choices as some joined the Lincoln administration, others the Confederate Army.

Now, though discord and tragedy have strained their bonds, Elizabeth knows they must come together as sisters to help Mary in her most desperate hour.

Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America written and read by Stacey Abrams (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

A detailed exposé of how our democracy has been eroded—and a plan to fix it—from an up-and-coming national leader.

“My parents raised the six of us in Mississippi, my mother an underpaid librarian and my father a dyslexic shipyard worker,” writes Abrams, whose earliest memory of the voting process involved accompanying her parents to the polls. Her more recent memories are more bitter: In 2018, she lost the Georgia gubernatorial race to Brian Kemp in what she believes was an unfairly conducted election. “For a New American Majority—that coalition of people of color, young people, and moderate to progressive whites—to be successful, we have to stop letting them tell us who we are and how to succeed,” she writes. In succinct but thorough chapters, she lays out the grim history of voting rights, both in policy and practice, from the crafting of the Constitution to the present day. The devious creativity of the techniques used to suppress votes is jaw-dropping, and Abrams provides detailed examples from around the country. Among them are obstacles to registration, voter ID “exact match” policies and other restrictions, unexpected poll closings, restriction of early and absentee voting, ballot rejection, miscounting, manipulation of provisional ballots, gerrymandering, and a broken infrastructure, including malfunctioning machines and interminable lines. The author’s plan to solve the problem “short-circuits” debate about identity politics, and she clearly explains how to enact change at the federal level. The census, for example, can be “an organizing tool we can use to salvage democracy.” Abrams informs readers how “democracies rarely fail today because of military coups or foreign invasion. Instead their death is gradual, coming slowly and over time with an erosion of rights and an accumulation of attacks on the institutions that form their backbone.” An afterword on COVID-19 emphasizes the urgency of the 2020 election.

If you are feeling hopeless about politics, this well-informed blueprint for change may begin to restore your faith. — Kirkus Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Stacey Abrams’s powerful, deeply moving book shines a bright light on the ongoing attacks on the sacred, constitutional right to the ballot. Stacey provides everyday Americans and political leaders alike with the tools that are urgently needed to confront and defeat the forces that seek to deny Americans their voice in our democracy. The right to vote is the foundation of our freedom and a key pillar of our democracy, and we must all fight to ensure that all Americans have a say in their nation’s future.” —Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

“Stacey Abrams’s Our Time Is Now outlines a dynamic blueprint for how each of us can reshape the future of our democracy. Her ability to rise above her own political struggles and transform her learned experience into a saving grace for marginalized communities is breathtaking. With each page, she inspires and empowers us to create systems that reflect a world in which all voices are heard and all people believe and feel that they matter.” —Kerry Washington

“Stacey Abrams is not only a passionate advocate of democracy, but also an inspiring example of how to practice it. In Our Time Is Now, she exposes systematic voter suppression efforts across America, and tells us what we need to do to fight back. This book is an essential toolkit for citizens of all backgrounds who believe, as I do, that democracy is not a spectator sport.” —Madeleine K. Albright, former United States Secretary of State
“Following her historic run for Governor of Georgia in 2018, Stacey Abrams led a nationwide effort to empower and enfranchise voters to participate in our democratic process. With Our Time is Now, she’s now set out a comprehensive roadmap for engaging those voters, tearing down barriers to participation, and making our democracy live up to its highest ideals.” —Julian Castro, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America written by Stephen L. Klineberg and read by Danny Campbell (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

Sociologist Klineberg (founding director, Kinder Inst. for Urban Research, Rice Univ.) gives a fascinating portrait of Houston in this debut. He begins with the misconceptions of Houston—an ugly, boring city that is too big for its own good. Klineberg offers a different message about the city as a purveyor of America’s future, using a four-decade study to analyze how the demographics have shifted over the years, along with the varied opportunities and challenges that have occurred as a result. According to Klineberg, the city’s large wealth gap is one of the significant threats to society, as it determines who lives in an environment that is more likely to succeed, or who is more likely to experience hardship. This disparity is evident from the gaps between West Houston and East Houston. Education levels are exasperated by this wealth gap, which also leads to perception of governmental benefits. The author believes that diversity is Houston’s biggest asset because it offers new perspectives and allows the city a chance to become an inclusive community and metropolitan area. In his words, these are lessons that the rest of the country can learn from. VERDICT A must-read, highly recommended sociological perspective of America’s future.—Jacob Sherman, John Peace Lib., Univ. of Texas at San Antonio for Library Journal

Be well and happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Note: Book summaries are from the respective publishers 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 June 14, 2020

Hi everyone, here is the weekly list of New York Times Bestsellers available in the Digital Catalog.

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

 

 

FICTION:

THE 20TH VICTIM by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The 20th book in the Women’s Murder Club series. Lindsay Boxer looks into the murders of disreputable persons in three separate cities.

 

 

ALL ADULTS HERE by Emma Straub (Format: eBook):

A repressed memory triggers Astrid Strick to weigh the outcomes of her parenting of her now-grown children.

 

 

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.

 

 

BIG SUMMER by Jennifer Weiner (Format: eBook):

Daphne Berg’s former best friend asks her to be the maid of honor at her wedding in Cape Cod.

 

 

BOMBSHELL by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall (Format: eBook):

Gossip and a grudge put Teddy Fay in a tough spot back in Hollywood.

 

 

THE BOOK OF LONGINGS by Sue Monk Kidd (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

A scholarly young woman named Ana meets an 18-year-old Jesus and becomes caught up in a confluence of dangers.

 

 

CAMINO WINDS by John Grisham (Format: eBook):

The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred when an author of thrillers is found dead after a hurricane hits Camino Island.

 

 

FAIR WARNING by Michael Connelly (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

The third book in the Jack McEvoy series. A reporter tracks a killer who uses genetic data to pick his victims.

 

 

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.

 

 

HENNA ARTIST by Alka Joshi (Format: eBook):

In 1950s Jaipur, a young woman who escaped an abusive marriage and started a new life is confronted by her husband.

 

 

HIDEAWAY by Nora Roberts (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

A child star escapes her abductors, gathers herself in western Ireland and returns to Hollywood.

 

 

IF IT BLEEDS by Stephen King (Format: eBook):

Four novellas: “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone,” “The Life of Chuck,” “Rat” and “If It Bleeds.”

 

 

THE LAST TRIAL by Scott Turow (Format: eBook):

An 85-year-old defense lawyer puts off his retirement to aid a Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, who is accused of insider trading, fraud and murder.

 

 

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng (Format eBook):

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

 

 

NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

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

 

 

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.

 

 

WALK THE WIRE by David Baldacci (Format: eBook):

The sixth book in the Memory Man series. Decker and Jamison investigate a murder in a North Dakota town in a fracking boom.

 

 

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.

 

 

WRATH OF POSEIDON by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell (Format: eBook):

The 12th book in the Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure series. A kingpin is released from prison and a final showdown takes place in Greece.

 

 

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.

 

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

GRANT by Ron Chernow (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

A biography of the Union general of the Civil War and two-term president of the United States.

 

 

THE GREAT INFLUENZA by John M. Barry (Format: eBook):

An overview of the 1918 flu epidemic and cautionary tale for similar kinds of large-scale outbreaks.

 

 

HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD by Robert Kolker (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

From 1945 to 1965, a family in Colorado had 12 children, six of whom went on to develop schizophrenia.

 

 

HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST by Ibram X. Kendi (Format: eBook):

A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.

 

 

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

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

 

 

ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY by Layla F. Saad (eBook):

Ways to understand and possibly counteract white privilege.

 

 

THE NEW JIM CROW by Michelle Alexander (Format: eBook):

A law professor takes aim at the “war on drugs,” mass incarceration and their impact on black men.

 

 

SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE by Ijeoma Oluo (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

A look at the contemporary racial landscape of the United States.

 

 

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

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

 

 

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle (Format: eBook):

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

 

 

WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo (Format: eBook):

Historical and cultural analyses on what causes defensive moves by white people and how this inhibits cross-racial dialogue.

 

 

A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE by Sonia Purnell (Format: eBook):

The true story of a Baltimore socialite who joined a spy organization during World War II and became essential to the French Resistance.

 

 

Be well and read on!

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 June 5, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our bi-weekly recommended listening posting for Friday, June 5, 2020.

Just a reminder, starting next week, I will be publishing suggested listening postings on Tuesday and Friday evenings, instead of Friday and Monday evenings. So, there will be a posting today Friday, June 5, then one on Wednesday, June 10, followed by one on Friday, June 12. And after that, the schedule will be Wednesday and Friday evenings.

This week I’m offering a collection of music that focuses on life and the good things we can achieve if we work together and take care of each other.

Recommended Music:

Ain’t You Got A Right To The Tree Of Life (Genre: Folk)

Amazing Grace by Aretha Franklin (Genre: R&B, Vocal)

Black and White by Three Dog Night (Genre: Pop, Classic Rock)

Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan


Eyes on the Prize by Sweet Honey & The Rock (Genre: Vocal, R&B, Spiritual)

Following the North Star by Rhiannon Giddens (Genre: Americana, Rock, Folk)

Freedom Highway by Rhiannon Giddens(Genre: Americana, Rock, Folk)

Glory (from the Selma soundtrack) by John Legend (Genre: Vocal, R&B)

If I Had A Hammer by Peter, Paul & Mary (Genre: Folk)

Lean on Me by Bill Withers (Genre: R&B, Pop)

Healing River (I Can See A New Day) by Pete Seeger (Genre: Folk)

Let’s Get Together by The Youngbloods (Genre: Folk-Rock, Classic Rock)

Melting Pot by Booker T & The MGs (Genre: R&B, Classic Rock, Soul)

Music For Hope by Andrea Bocelli (Genre: Classical, Vocal)

Oh Freedom by Joan Baez (Genre: Folk)

This Little Light of Mine by Sam Cooke (Genre: R&B, Vocal)

What The World Needs Now Is Love by Jackie DeShannon (Genre: Pop, Sixties Pop)

We Shall Not Be Moved by The Freedom Singers (Genre: Folk)

We Shall Overcome by Louis Armstrong and friends (Genre: Vocal, Jazz, Folk)

We Shall Overcome by Pete Seeger (Genre: Folk)

Be well & happy listening!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

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

Morrison, Nick. (2010. January 18). Songs Of The Civil Rights Movement. NPR. https://www.npr.org/2010/01/18/99315652/songs-of-the-civil-rights-movement

Music in the Civil Rights Movement. Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/collections/civil-rights-history-project/articles-and-essays/music-in-the-civil-rights-movement/

Ruehl, Kim. (2019. September 25).10 Essential Civil Rights Songs. ThoughtCo., https://www.thoughtco.com/essential-civil-rights-songs-1322740

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.