Suggested Listening September 16, 2022

Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!

Suggested Listening postings are published on Fridays; and our next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, September 23, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

I’ll Be Seeing You by Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra, with Frank Sinatra (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)

From The Album: The Essential Frank Sinatra with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (1959)

Keep It To Yourself by Memphis Minnie (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Rough Guide To Memphis Minnie – Queen of the Country Blues (2022)

Nightfall by Benny Carter (Genre: Jazz)

From The Album: Swingin’ At Madia Vale (2013)

Shout by The Isley Brothers (Genre: R&B, Pop)

From The Album: Shout! (1959)

St. Louis Blues by Maxine Sullivan with John Kirby & His Orchestra (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Rhythm Jazz and Blues from the 40’s, Vol. 1 (2017)

Things We Said Today by The Beatles (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Tighten Up by Archie Bell & The Dells (Genre: R&B, Pop)

From The Album: Tighten Up (1968)

Unchained Melody (Film Mix) by Elvis Presley

From The Album: The Soundtrack to the 2022 TV series Elvis

Wimoweh ( Mbube, Lion Sleeps Tonight ) By Pete Seeger

From The Album: Pete Seeger: The Complete Bowdoin College Concert, 1960 (1960)

And as a bonus, just for fun – the 1961 version

The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens (Genre: Doo-Wop, Classic Pop)

From The Album: The Lion Sleeps Tonight (1961)

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On By Jerry Lee Lewis (Genre: Traditional/Classic Rock)

From The Album: The Essential Jerry Lee Lewis (1999)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

The Traveling Wilburys Collection (2016)

(Featuring both Traveling Wilbury albums)

Traveling Wilburys Collection

And from the collection the song

The End of the Line

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

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

The Libby App

Libby

Libby is the companion app to the Digital Catalog and may be found in the Apple & Google app.

Hoopla

A catalog of instant check out items, including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, TV shows and movies for patrons of the Southeast Steuben County Library.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Connections, A Readers’ & Listeners’ Advisory Videocast September 9, 2022

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

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

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

Have a great week!
Linda Reimer, SSCL

Suggested Reading September 14, 2022

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

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

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays; unless it is super busy in Library Land as it has been this week thus far – and then they are published on Wednesdays!

The next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD audiobook – coming September 20)

Dreamland

Colby is taking the first vacation from his family farm that he has had in years. It’s not entirely a vacation, since he is playing in a band at a bar in Florida. There, he meets Morgan, a young woman of means from Chicago who just graduated college and is getting ready to launch her own music career. They fall in love within days, and he wonders if he will be able to change his life and follow this new, unexpected direction. Colby and Morgan’s story alternates with that of Beverly, who is running from her abusive husband and trying to hide her young son to keep him safe. Beverly’s tale is fraught with tension, and readers will realize that there is more to her situation than it appears. When Colby is called home to deal with a family emergency, forces converge to link Beverly with the lovers. Sparks’ (The Wish, 2021) latest appealing novel is filled with plenty of serious situations among the dreams and romance and rewards with a satisfyingly hopeful ending. – Booklist Review

The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards

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

The Girl From Guernica

In Guernica in 1937, Sibi is living with her sisters and mother, apart from her father in Germany. Civil war is waging and their time in Guernica is becoming precarious. An absorbing scene of a terrible bombing brings tragedy to Sibi’s family and she forms a kinship with an American OSS officer, Griff, who has taken to making sure Sibi and her sisters are safe. Leaving Guernica for Germany, Sibi walks into an entirely different sort of danger when Nazi officers become interested in her story of the Guernica bombing. Having to lie to the press and the world, Sibi despises the Nazis for what they are making her deny. Becoming a spy to assist Griff with gathering German intelligence is her way of fighting back. Tension builds as the danger increases, and Sibi’s relationship with Griff evolves over the years, notwithstanding their separation due to wartime activities. With gripping descriptions of bombings, fearful interrogations, and a blooming love story, Robards (The Black Swan of Paris, 2020) delivers a fantastic, captivating historical romance. – Booklist

The Housekeeper by Joy Fielding

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Housekeeper

Fielding follows up the excellent Cul-de-Sac (2021) with this story of a woman who does the wrong thing for the right reasons. Jodi’s mother is in the advanced stages of Parkinson’s, and her father, while still fairly mobile, is in his late seventies. So Jodi convinces her parents to hire a housekeeper, a woman in her sixties who seems like she’ll be a perfect fit. Appearances can be deceiving. Distracted by a difficult home life–Jody and her novelist husband keep clashing, and he might be having an affair–Jodi misses the early signs of trouble. By the time she figures out that the housekeeper isn’t the person she appeared to be, it could be too late. This is exactly the sort of story Fielding tells superbly. It’s a character-driven thriller, and she excels at creating people who exude the breath of real life. It’s a subtle story, too, relying heavily on subtext and the reader’s ability to put the clues together–again, very much in the author’s wheelhouse. Fielding’s many followers will definitely want to add The Housekeeprer to their TBR lists, and any psychological-thriller readers who aren’t already familiar with Fielding’s work will start backtracking after reading this one. – Booklist Review

The Librarian of Crooked Lane by C. J. Archer

(Available Formats: eBook & downloadable audiobook)

The Librarian of Crooked Lane

A librarian with a mysterious past, a war hero with a secret, and the heist of a magic painting. THE LIBRARIAN OF CROOKED LANE is an intriguing new fantasy from C.J. Archer, the USA Today bestselling author of the Glass and Steele series.

Librarian Sylvia Ashe knows nothing about her past, having grown up without a father and a mother who refused to discuss him. When she stumbles upon a diary that suggests she’s descended from magicians, she’s skeptical. After all, magicians are special, and she’s just an ordinary girl who loves books. She seeks the truth from a member of the most prominent family of magicians, but she quickly learns that finding the truth won’t be easy, especially when he turns out to be as artless as her, and more compelling and dangerous than books.

War hero Gabe is gifted with wealth, a loving family, and an incredible amount of luck that saw him survive four harrowing years of a brutal war without injury. But not all injuries are visible. Burying himself in his work as a consultant for Scotland Yard, Gabe is going through the motions as he investigates the theft of a magician-made painting. But his life changes when he unwittingly gets Sylvia dismissed from her job and places her in danger.
After securing her new employment in a library housing the world’s greatest collection of books about magic, Gabe and Sylvia’s lives become intwined as they work together to find both the painting and the truth about Sylvia’s past before powerful people can stop them.

But sometimes the past is better left buried…

A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib

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

A Little Devil In America

Poet, essayist, and cultural critic Abdurraqib (Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest) studies the impact of Black performers throughout U.S. history, sharing his own poignant stories along the way. Inspired by Josephine Baker’s extraordinary life and her self-proclaimed title of “little devil in America,” Abdurraqib pens respectful, heartwarming essays that reflect on other giants in music, television, cinema, and even magic. From intense dance marathons to afternoon sock hops, from the funerals of Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin to games of spades to barroom brawls, he examines the feeling of invisibility that haunts so many Black Americans. He scrutinizes ways in which Black artists subverted racial stereotypes, such as Josephine Baker’s banana skirt performance, which tackled the assumption of Black people as primitive and made it “so absurd that it circled around to desire.” The author also calls out the use of blackface and the sanitization of race relations in today’s films and laments the exploitation of violence against and by African Americans. VERDICT Told with humor and grace, Abdurraqib’s stories will inspire and provoke thoughtful meditations on how Black lives matter in all areas of life and art. – Library Journal Review

Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook – coming September 20)

Lucy By The Sea

Strout follows up Oh William! with a captivating entry in the Lucy Barton series. This time, Lucy decamps to rural Maine during the first year of the Covid lockdown. At the pandemic’s onset in 2020, Lucy’s philandering ex-husband and longtime friend, William, whisks her away from New York City to a rental house in coastal Maine. He may have self-centered ulterior motives beyond his assertion that he’s trying to save her life, but they are not readily transparent for most of the narrative. Personal and public events intrude during the lockdown as the pair develop a “strange compatibility” while attempting to comprehend the new normal. Their two daughters each face a crisis in their marriage; William contacts his once unknown half sister, Lois Bubar, and reveals a life-threatening medical condition; and the country roils from George Floyd’s murder and the insurrection on January 6. Bleak memories of Lucy’s impoverished childhood and of her recently deceased husband surface in shattering flashbacks. Loneliness, grief, longing, and loss pervade intertwined family stories as Lucy and William attempt to create new friendships in an initially hostile town. What emerges is a prime testament to the characters’ resilience. With Lucy Barton, Strout continues to draw from a deep well. – Starred Publishers Weekliy Review

Rules of Engagement by Stacey Abrams & Selena Montgomery

(Available Formats: eBook)

Rules of Engagement

Georgia gubernatorial candidate and voting rights leader Stacey Abrams wrote this second-chance romantic suspense novel as Selena Montgomery. Adam Grayson and Raleigh Foster are both brilliant thinkers recruited from graduate school by a shadowy extragovernmental intelligence agency. Their last assignment together brought them to the (fictitious) Mediterranean island of Jafir, which has an African and Middle Eastern culture and a powerful terrorist organization called Scimitar. Raleigh and Adam were tasked with infiltrating it, but their conflicting temperaments drove them apart. Rules are sacrosanct to her, whereas he is a maverick. Now, three years later, they are back in Jafir to save Adam’s project, Praxis, from falling into Scimitar’s hands to be used in chemical weapons. He blames her for the death of his best friend. She feels guilty about having to betray him again. He doesn’t dare to risk his heart again. She doesn’t believe she’s capable of love. Trust is the fulcrum on which their professional and romantic relationships pivot and stumble. Abrams masterfully pairs the cracking pace of a thriller with the tenderness of a romance. – Booklist Review

A Superior Death by Nevada Barr

(Anna Pigeon Series, Book 2)

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

A Superior Death

In her second appearance, after Track of the Cat, National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon is posted to an island in Lake Superior, where her interest in wildlife is fully engaged by the local population of humans. Two scuba-diving tourists exploring an old, submerged wreck discover a recent addition: the body of Denny Castle, who ran a commercial diving concession in the park. This makes Anna uneasy about the mysterious disappearance of Donna Butkus, wife of fellow ranger Scotty Butkus. Hawk Bradshaw, who worked with Denny, suggests that there was a link between Denny and Donna, but Hawk is less revealing about the nature of the relationship he and his twin sister had with the dead man and the impact Denny’s recent marriage (to yet another woman) had on it. The Bradshaws aren’t the only reticent ones here; indeed, Barr’s characters hide enough unsavory secrets to keep a soap opera humming for months. Despite the wealth of personal intrigue, FBI agent Frederic Stanton looks for a drug connection to the murder: “I’m all for drugs . . . Takes the guesswork out of law enforcement.” The levelheaded Anna is again a treat as she and a couple of minor characters whose lives don’t verge on melodrama keep the story from floundering on the rocks. Mystery Guild alternate; paperback rights to Avon. – Publishers Weekly Review

Sweetwater And The Witch by Jayne Castle

(Coming September 20)

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Sweetwater And The Witch

It isn’t a real date. At least, that is what Ravenna Chastain tells herself. If Ravenna accompanies Ethan Sweetwater to a business reception, he will consider it payment in full for Ravenna’s so far failed attempts to play professional matchmaker for him. Plus, Ethan will accompany Ravenna to an upcoming Chastain family event, for which Ravenna has yet to secure a date. However, what starts out as a fake date soon turns into something much more real when the two become the target of a dangerous cadre of criminals who are determined that neither Ravenna nor Ethan will have any kind of a future either together or apart. In the latest stellar addition to her Harmony series, Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) once again brilliantly draws on her own bewitching brand of literary magic to concoct a beguiling novel of futuristic romantic suspense that expertly fuses propulsive plotting, deftly incised secondary characters (including a dust bunny with a penchant for pens), and a pair of protagonists whose sexual chemistry goes from simmer to sizzle in sixty seconds flat. – Booklist Review

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note: Book summaries are from the respective publishers unless otherwise specified.

Have questions or want to request a book?

Feel free to call the library! Our telephone number is 607-936-3713.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

New York Times Bestsellers September 18, 2022

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

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

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

New York Times Bestseller blog posts are published on Sundays. The next New York Times Bestseller list will be published to this blog on Sunday, September 18, 2022.

FICTION

6:20 MAN by David Baldacci

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

620 Man

When his ex-girlfriend turns up dead in his office building, an entry-level investment analyst delves into the halls of economic power.

ALL GOOD PEOPLE HERE by Ashley Flowers with Alex Kiester

(Available Formats: Print Book)

All Good People

A journalist who returns to her hometown vows to find a missing girl and solve a 20-year-old cold case.

ALL YOUR PERFECTS by Colleen Hoover

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

All Your Perfects

Quinn and Graham’s marriage depends on past promises.

BABEL by R.F. Kuang

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Babel

In 1828, Robin Swift studies at Oxford University’s Royal Institute of Translation and faces a choice when Britain pursues a war with China.

CARRIE SOTO IS BACK by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Carrie Soto Is Back

A tennis player comes out of retirement and trains with her father to defend her record.

CHALLENGE by Danielle Steel

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

The Challenge

Parents of children who have gone missing on a dangerous peak in Montana form a search-and-rescue mission.

DAISY DARKER by Alice Feeney

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

Daisy Darker

A family reunion on a tidal island turns deadly as the characters are isolated by a storm and killed one by one.

FIRE AND BLOOD by George R.R. Martin

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

Fire And Blood

Set 300 years before the events of “A Game of Thrones,” this is the first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

GIRL, FORGOTTEN by Karin Slaughter

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

Girl Forgotten

U.S. Marshal Andrea Oliver goes to Longbill Beach to protect a judge and winds up investigating a cold case from 1982.

HOTEL NANTUCKET by Elin Hilderbrand

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

Hotel Nantucket

The new general manager of a hotel far from its Gilded Age heyday deals with the complicated pasts of her guests and staff.

THE INK BLACK HEART by Robert Galbraith

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The Ink Black Heart

The sixth book in the Cormoran Strike series. When a cartoonist is murdered, Cormoran and Robin go after a mysterious online figure known as Anomie.

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)


A battered wife raised in a violent home attempts to halt the cycle of abuse.

THE JUDGE’S LIST by John Grisham

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

Judge's List

The second book in the Whistler series. Investigator Lacy Stoltz goes after a serial killer and closes in on a sitting judge.

LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus

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

Lessons in Chemistry

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

LOVE ON THE BRAIN by Ali Hazelwood

(Avaialble Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Love On The Brain

Heartbeats quicken and neurons fire when a pair of antagonistic scientists work together on a project.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover

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

November 9

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

OVERKILL by Sandra Brown

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

Overkill

A former football star falls for a state prosecutor at the same time he must decide whether to kill his ex-wife, who is on life support, to ensnare her attacker.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW by Gabrielle Zevin

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

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

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

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Ugly Love

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

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

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

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

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

Where The Crawdads Sing

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

WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME by Gillian McAllister

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Wrong Place Wrong Time

A mother who witnesses her son murder a stranger finds her days are going in reverse and seeks to use that to alter events.

NON-FICTION:

ALL ABOUT LOVE by bell hooks

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

All About Love

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

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

Body Keeps Score

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

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah

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

Born A Crime

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

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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

Braiding Sweetgrass

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

BREAKING HISTORY by Jared Kushner

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Breaking History

An account of time spent in the Trump White House by the former president’s son-in-law and senior adviser.

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

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

Crying in H Mart

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

DIANA, WILLIAM, AND HARRY by James Patterson and Chris Mooney

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

Diana William & Harry

A biography of the late Princess of Wales and her sons.

EDUCATED by Tara Westover

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

Educated

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

FINDING ME by Viola Davis

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Finding Me

The multiple award-winning actress describes the difficulties she encountered before claiming her sense of self and achieving professional success.

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH by Arthur C. Brooks

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

From Strength To Strength

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

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

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

Greenlights

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

I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED by Jennette McCurdy

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

I'm Glad My Mom Died

The actress and filmmaker describes her eating disorders and difficult relationship with her mother.

AN IMMENSE WORLD by Ed Yong

(Available Formats:Print Book & eBook)

An Immense World

The Pulitzer Prize–winning science writer explains the sensory perceptions and ways of communication used by a variety of animals.

LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI by Rinker Buck

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Life On The Mississippi

The author of “The Oregon Trail” recounts his adventures on a wooden flatboat and challenges the myths of American expansion.

OPERATION PINEAPPLE EXPRESS by Scott Mann

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Operation Pineapple Express

A retired Green Beret gives an account of a rescue mission during the time of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.

PATH LIT BY LIGHTNING by David Maraniss

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Pat Lit Only By Lightning

The life story of the Olympic athlete, All-American football player and Major League Baseball player Jim Thorpe.

THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant

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

Think Again

An examination of the cognitive skills of rethinking and unlearning that could be used to adapt to a rapidly changing world.

VACUUMING IN THE NUDE by Peggy Rowe

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

VACUUMING IN THE NUDE

Stories of vacation mishaps, writers’ conferences and a cancer support group.

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

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

What Happened To You

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

WHAT WE OWE THE FUTURE by William MacAskill

(Available Formats:

What We Owe The Future

A philosopher shares his perspective on what we should do now to ensure that civilization would rebound if it collapsed.

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSL

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

The Digital Catalog has two companion apps, Libby & OverDrive. Libby is the app for newer devices and the OverDrive app should be used for older devices and Amazon tablets.

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

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

The Hoopla Catalog features instant check outs of eBooks, downloadable audiobook, comic books, albums and streaming videos. Patron check out limit is 4 items per month.

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

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

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

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

Also of Note: If a New York Times Bestseller isn’t yet available in any of the three catalogs; you can contact the library and request to be notified when it becomes available.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening September 9, 2022

Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!

Suggested Listening postings are published on Fridays; and our next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, September 16, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

Benny & Bea’s Waltz by Hemlock & Hickory (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: Hemlock & Hickory (2022)

For Your Love by Fleetwood Mac (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Mystery To Me (1973)

Me And Bobby McGee by Kris Kristofferson (Genre: Country)

From The Album: Live At Gilley’s – Pasadena, TX: September 15, 1981 (2022)

And as a bonus, just for fun, here is Janis Joplin singing the same song:

Me And Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Pearl (1971)

Nobody But You by Shemekia Copeland (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Done Come Too Far (2022)

No Poetry by Gary Jules (Genre: Roots Rock, Rock)

From The Album: Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets (2001)

Not Just A Girl by Shania Twain (Genre: Country)

From The Album: Not Just A Girl: The Highlights (2022)

Space Cowboy by The Steve Miller Band (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: BraveNewWorld (1969)

Train Take Me Away by Monica Taylor (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: Trains, Rivers & Trails (2022)

Wake Up Call by John Mayall and Mavis Staples (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: Wake Up Call (1993)

We Go Back by Buddy Guy and Mavis Staples (Genre: Blues)

From The Album: The Blues Don’t Lie (2022)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – the Complete Recordings by Howard Shore (Genre: Score, Ethereal!)

The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

And from the album the song

The Council of Elrond Assembles / “Aníron” (feat. Enya) by Howard Shore

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Online References

50 Best Patriotic Songs Worth Adding to Your 4th of July Playlist by Erin Cavoto, May 24, 2022, https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/holidays-celebrations/g32142591/patriotic-songs/

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

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

The Libby App

Libby

Libby is the companion app to the Digital Catalog and may be found in the Apple & Google app.

Hoopla

A catalog of instant check out items, including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, TV shows and movies for patrons of the Southeast Steuben County Library.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading September 6, 2022

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

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

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

And the next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

Fairy Tale by Stephen King

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD audiobook)

Fairy Tale

King’s latest novel follows Charlie, a teen boy who befriends local recluse Mr. Bowditch and his elderly dog, Radar. Soon after, Mr. Bowditch passes away, leaving everything to Charlie, including a cassette tape that reveals the existence of a portal to another world in an old garden shed. Hoping to use the magic of this other world to restore Radar’s youth, Charlie enters Empis and becomes drawn into a desperate struggle to prevent this already sick and dying world from being finally destroyed. King’s fantasy otherworld, which some characters posit is the source of many fairy-tale or fantastic stories, is by its nature a bit of a hodgepodge of various existing references, with some occasional striking images of its own (millions of monarch butterflies, a telepathic cricket). While this novel certainly doesn’t break new ground for King or for the fantasy genre, it should please King’s existing fans, especially those who enjoyed the more complex otherworlds of the Dark Tower series or King’s earlier fantasy work, The Eyes of the Dragon (1987). HIGH DEMAND BACKSTORY: A new novel from King means lots of interest and lots of holds. – Booklist

The Honeybee Emeralds by Amy Tector

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook & audiobook)

Honeybee Emeralds

“Debut novelist Tector captures European life and her characters beautifully as she interweaves the perspectives of four women seeking fulfillment and success in this satisfying adventure. Keep an eye on this author.” —Booklist

Alice Ahmadi has never been certain of where she belongs. When she discovers a famed emerald necklace while interning at a struggling Parisian magazine, she is plunged into a glittering world of diamonds and emeralds, courtesans and spies, and the long-buried secrets surrounding the necklace and its glamorous former owners.

When Alice realizes the mysterious Honeybee Emeralds could be her chance to save the magazine, she recruits her friends Lily and Daphne to form the “Fellowship of the Necklace.” Together, they set out to uncover the romantic history of the gems. Through diaries, letters, and investigations through the winding streets and iconic historic landmarks of Paris, the trio begins to unravel more than just the secrets of the necklace’s obsolete past. Along the way, Lily and Daphne’s relationships are challenged, tempered, and changed. Lily faces her long-standing attraction to a friend, who has achieved the writing success that eluded her. Daphne confronts her failing relationship with her husband, while also facing simmering problems in her friendship with Lily. And, at last, Alice finds her place in the world―although one mystery still remains: how did the Honeybee Emeralds go from the neck of American singer Josephine Baker during the Roaring Twenties to the basement of a Parisian magazine?

The House on Blueberry Lane: A Novel by Brenda Jackson

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

House on Blueberry Lane

“If there’s one thing Jackson knows how to do, it’s how to pluck those heartstrings.”—BookPage

All he needs is a second chance

All she wants is no strings attached

The biggest mistake of Jaye Colfax’s life was letting Velvet Spencer leave. For three years, they were together exclusively and it was great—at least for Jaye. But Velvet wanted more. Jaye wouldn’t commit to anything because he just didn’t believe in love or marriage. Tired of waiting, Velvet left him without so much as a goodbye. Only then did Jaye realize he’d been too proud to admit he loved her. But it was too late—his stubbornness had cost him the love of his life.

It took Jaye two years to find where Velvet had gone. Now, he’s come to Catalina Cove to prove his love and win back her heart. He’ll do whatever it takes, even buy the local bank and move in next door. But will Velvet have him?

In Pursuit of Jefferson by Derek Baxter

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

In Pursuit of Jefferson

Traveling through Europe with the Most Perplexing Founding Father

A debut that combines historical nonfiction with travel books, for fans of Bill Bryson and Tony Horwitz, In Pursuit of Jefferson is the story of an American on a journey through Europe, following the epic trail of Thomas Jefferson.

A controversial founding father. A man ready for a change. And a completely unique trip through Europe.

In 1784, Thomas Jefferson was a broken man. Reeling from the loss of his wife and stung from a political scandal during the Revolutionary war, he needed to remake himself. To do that, he traveled. Wandering through Europe, Jefferson saw and learned as much as he could, ultimately bringing his knowledge home to a young America. There, he would rise to power and shape a nation.
More than two hundred years later, Derek Baxter, a devotee of American history, stumbles on an obscure travel guide written by Jefferson-Hints for Americans Traveling Through Europe-as he’s going through his own personal crisis. Who better to offer advice than a founding father himself? Using Hints as his roadmap, Baxter follows Jefferson through six countries and countless lessons. But what Baxter learns isn’t always what Jefferson had in mind, and as he comes to understand Jefferson better, he doesn’t always like what he finds.

In Pursuit of Jefferson is at once the story of a life-changing trip through Europe, an unflinching look at a founding father, and a moving personal journey. With rich historical detail, a sense of humor, and boundless heart, Baxter explores how we can be better moving forward only by first looking back.

In The Moon Of Red Ponies by James Lee Burke

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

In The Moon of Red Ponies

In this top-notch fourth novel in Burke’s series featuring ex–Texas Ranger attorney Billy Bob Holland, Billy Bob has moved his family and practice to the pastoral city of Missoula, Mont., the setting of his last adventure, only to discover that the psychopathic ex-biker/rodeo clown, Wyatt Dixon (who buried Billy Bob’s private investigator wife, Temple, alive), is out of prison on a technicality and claiming to be a born-again Christian. Billy Bob befriends alcoholic Desert Storm hero Johnny American Horse, a sometime breeder of horses and eco-activist who—when not in the drunk tank—is carrying on a passionate affair with Amber Finley, the daughter of Romulus Finley, a vindictive and bigoted powerful U.S. senator. When Johnny is suspected of murdering the hit man who invaded his home as well as masterminding the burglary of Global Research (a high-tech agricultural lab), making off with its computer files, the action picks up quickly. Noted for quirky characters and intricate plots, Burke introduces demon-driven sheriff’s deputy Darrel McComb—an ex–war hero and former mercenary pilot who flew cocaine for the contras—who has an erotic fixation on Amber. Factor in private security agency chief Greta Lundstrum, FBI agent Seth Masterson and Karsten Mabus, CEO of the company that owns Global Research, and the mayhem builds to a gripping, spine-tingling finale. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Mad About You: A Novel by Mhairi McFarlane

(Available Formats:

Mad About You

Wedding photographer Harriet Hatley, 34, is contemplating breaking up with her boyfriend when he proposes–on holiday, in front of his family. She needs to move out quickly, so she takes a room in a house with handsome, charming Cal. But there’s no danger of her falling for him–Cal left his bride at the altar at a wedding she covered, so clearly he’s not a great guy. At another wedding, she runs into Scott, her abusive ex-boyfriend, who is now engaged. In an effort to warn his fiancé about Scott’s true nature, Harriet writes her a letter. Scott turns around and writes a detailed Facebook post, accusing Harriet of all the abuse he perpetrated. But this brings another of Scott’s ex-girlfriends out of the woodwork, and the women plot public revenge. Despite its heavy themes of coping with past abuse and loss, McFarlane’s latest, following Just Last Night (2021), is a mostly lighthearted romp through friendship, love, and starting over. Readers of Marian Keyes will be drawn to this British charmer.- Booklist Review

The Mamas: What I Learned about Kids, Class, and Race from Moms Not Like Me by Helena Andrews-Dyer

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Mamas

Washington Post reporter Andrews-Dyer (Bitch Is the New Black) shares what she picked up in mommy groups in this candid take on race, class, and motherhood. Upon becoming a mother, Andrews-Dyer felt ambivalent about joining her neighborhood’s predominantly white support group, the Mamas. But feeling she needed a sense of community, she signed on, and soon she was confronted by tone-deaf comments (“you can’t compare them,” one white mom quipped to Andrews-Dyer about their children). An offshoot group called “The Super Cool Moms” was born, in which Andrews-Dyer was still the only Black woman, and out of that came an “all-Black pod” with some friends. Her experiences in the three groups led Andrews-Dyer to reevaluate the idea of belonging (“being Black and a mother didn’t necessarily mean we wanted the same exact things for our kids”) and to come to some striking conclusions, as when she writes “what I really wanted, deep down in the sunken place, was to parent like . All the love but minus the crippling legacy of institutionalized socioeconomic oppression and the baked-in fear that your child might get murdered.” She also mixes in some sharp reporting on topics including the importance of talking to kids about race. This frank portrait of motherhood hits all the marks. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Muck by Deror Burshṭain

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Muck

In a Jerusalem both ancient and modern, where the First Temple squats over the populace like a Trump casino, where the streets are literally crawling with prophets and heathen helicopters buzz over Old Testament sovereigns, two young poets are about to have their lives turned upside down. Struggling Jeremiah is worried that he might be wasting his time trying to be a writer; the great critic Broch just beat him over the head with his own computer keyboard. Mattaniah, on the other hand, is a real up-and-comer–but he has a secret he wouldn’t want anyone in the literary world to know: his late father was king of Judah. Jeremiah begins to despair, and in that despair has a vision: that Jerusalem is doomed, and that Mattaniah will not only be forced to ascend to the throne but will thereafter witness his people slaughtered and exiled. But what does it mean to tell a friend and rival that his future is bleak? What sort of grudges and biases turn true vision into false prophecy? Can the very act of speaking a prediction aloud make it come true? And, if so, does that make you a seer, or just a schmuck? – Publishers overview

The Trojan War Museum and Other Stories by Ayse Papatya Bucak

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Trojan War Museum

The 10 stories in Bucak’s beguiling debut play with traditional narrative forms and explore the author’s Turkish roots. In “The History of Girls,” told in the plural “we,” a group of girls trapped in the rubble of a school explosion from a blown gas line are visited by the ghosts of their dead classmates. “An Ottoman Arabesque” tells the story of 19th-century Ottoman ambassador Khalil Bey via observations on his assortment of erotic artwork, while the collection’s title story spans centuries as Apollo wanders the Earth, visiting different Trojan War museums and ruminating on the traumas of battle. In “Mysteries of the Mountain South,” the story of a recent college grad caring for her dying grandmother is enhanced with the epistolary elements of blog posts. “A Cautionary Tale” breaks the fourth wall, telling the story of a Turkish wrestler and then using the story to interrogate an unnamed character on the story’s validity. “The Dead,” about a sponge magnate’s encounter with a survivor of the Armenian genocide, includes birth and death dates for each major character. The author astutely deploys a range of styles and techniques that create a cerebral, multifarious collection. Bucak’s remarkable, inventive, and humane debut marks her as a writer to watch. – Starred Publishers Weekly Review

The Verifiers by Jane Pek

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

The Verifiers

A cool, cerebral, and very funny novel about a young woman who works for an agency that investigates potential online dating partners and who has relationship questions–and quests–of her own. Claudia Lin has a pretty excellent job. She works at Veracity, a detective agency that helps vet potential partners for clients pursuing romance via dating apps. Claudia is very much into literary mysteries–her go-to comfort reading is a murder-mystery series featuring one Inspector Yuan–as well as literature in general. Her astute, often acerbic observations prove a heady combination, contributing to Claudia’s engaging voice: She keeps the narrative moving at a fast-paced clip. When a new client wants Veracity to investigate a recent online flirt who’s ghosted said client–and when this request is followed in quick succession by another verification request–Claudia is all in, ably abetted by Finders Keepers, a proprietary app that can track people’s whereabout through their cellphones. Meanwhile, in her personal life, Claudia has a stake in keeping her own secrets hidden from her more conventional immigrant family: Not only is she dead set against the type of Chinese husband her mom wishes for her, she also regularly measures herself against her much higher achieving brother and sister. Beautifully complemented by entertaining secondary characters that include Claudia’s artistic roommate, Max, and Lionel, Claudia’s sister’s boyfriend, Claudia is the seductive protagonist in a tale that delves into the dark heart of contemporary technology, not to mention the foibles of the human heart. With an inquisitive, clever, and curious narrator, this adventurous mystery is both scary and hilarious. – Kikus Review

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note: Book summaries are from the respective publishers unless otherwise specified.

Have questions or want to request a book?

Feel free to call the library! Our telephone number is 607-936-3713.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Connections, A Readers’ & Listeners’ Advisory Videocast September 2, 2022

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

The next Library Connections video will be posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

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

Have a great week!
Linda Reimer, SSCL

New York Times Bestsellers September 11, 2022

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

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

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

New York Times Bestseller blog posts are published on Sundays. The next New York Times Bestseller list will be published to this blog on Sunday, September 11, 2022.

FICTION

6:20 MAN by David Baldacci

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

620 Man

When his ex-girlfriend turns up dead in his office building, an entry-level investment analyst delves into the halls of economic power.

ALL GOOD PEOPLE HERE by Ashley Flowers with Alex Kiester

(Available Formats: Print Book)

All Good People

A journalist who returns to her hometown vows to find a missing girl and solve a 20-year-old cold case.

BABEL by R.F. Kuang

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Babel

In 1828, Robin Swift studies at Oxford University’s Royal Institute of Translation and faces a choice when Britain pursues a war with China.

CHALLENGE by Danielle Steel

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

The Challenge

Parents of children who have gone missing on a dangerous peak in Montana form a search-and-rescue mission.

FIRE AND BLOOD by George R.R. Martin

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

Fire And Blood

Set 300 years before the events of “A Game of Thrones,” this is the first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

FOX CREEK by William Kent Krueger

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

Fox Creek

The 19th book in the Cork O’Connor mystery series. Cork uses his skills as a hunter to track mercenaries and confronts his own self-doubt.

GIRL, FORGOTTEN by Karin Slaughter

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

Girl Forgotten

U.S. Marshal Andrea Oliver goes to Longbill Beach to protect a judge and winds up investigating a cold case from 1982.

HOTEL NANTUCKET by Elin Hilderbrand

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

Hotel Nantucket

The new general manager of a hotel far from its Gilded Age heyday deals with the complicated pasts of her guests and staff.

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)


A battered wife raised in a violent home attempts to halt the cycle of abuse.

IT GIRL by Ruth Ware

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

IT Girl

A decade after her first year at Oxford, an expectant mother looks into the mystery of her former best friend’s death.

LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus

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

Lessons in Chemistry

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

LOVE ON THE BRAIN by Ali Hazelwood

(Avaialble Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Love On The Brain

Heartbeats quicken and neurons fire when a pair of antagonistic scientists work together on a project.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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

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

NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover

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

November 9

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

OVERKILL by Sandra Brown

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

Overkill

A former football star falls for a state prosecutor at the same time he must decide whether to kill his ex-wife, who is on life support, to ensnare her attacker.

PORTRAIT OF AN UNKNOWN WOMAN by Daniel Silva

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

Portrait of an Unknown Woman

The 22nd book in the Gabriel Allon series. Allon becomes an art forger to uncover a multibillion-dollar fraud.

RUBY FEVER by Ilona Andrews

(Available Formats:

Ruby Fever

The sixth book in the Hidden Legacy series.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo

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

SOUL TAKEN by Patricia Briggs

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Soul Taken

The 13th book in the Mercy Thompson series. The disappearance of the vampire Wulfe and others might indicate the return of the Harvester.

SPARRING PARTNERS by John Grisham 

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

Sparring Partners

Three novellas “Homecoming,” “Strawberry Moon” and “Sparring Partners.”

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Ugly Love

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

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Verity

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

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

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

Where The Crawdads Sing

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

WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME by Gillian McAllister

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Wrong Place Wrong Time

A mother who witnesses her son murder a stranger finds her days are going in reverse and seeks to use that to alter events.

NON-FICTION:

ALL ABOUT LOVE by bell hooks

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

All About Love

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

BATTLE FOR THE AMERICAN MIND by Pete Hegseth with David Goodwin

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

Battle For The American Mind

The “Fox & Friends Weekend” host makes his case for what he calls classical Christian education.

THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk

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

Body Keeps Score

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

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah

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

Born A Crime

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

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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

Braiding Sweetgrass

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

BREAKING HISTORY by Jared Kushner

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Breaking History

An account of time spent in the Trump White House by the former president’s son-in-law and senior adviser.

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

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

Crying in H Mart

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

DIANA, WILLIAM, AND HARRY by James Patterson and Chris Mooney

(Available Formats: Print Book & Large Print)

Diana William & Harry

A biography of the late Princess of Wales and her sons.

EDUCATED by Tara Westover

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

Educated

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

FINDING ME by Viola Davis

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

Finding Me

The multiple award-winning actress describes the difficulties she encountered before claiming her sense of self and achieving professional success.

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

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

Greenlights

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

I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED by Jennette McCurdy

(Available Formats: Print Book & downloadable audiobook)

I'm Glad My Mom Died

The actress and filmmaker describes her eating disorders and difficult relationship with her mother.

JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson

(Available Formats:

Just Mercy

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

LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI by Rinker Buck

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Life On The Mississippi

The author of “The Oregon Trail” recounts his adventures on a wooden flatboat and challenges the myths of American expansion.

PATH LIT BY LIGHTNING by David Maraniss

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Pat Lit Only By Lightning

The life story of the Olympic athlete, All-American football player and Major League Baseball player Jim Thorpe.

SCENES FROM MY LIFE by Michael K. Williams with Jon Sternfeld

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Scenes From My Life

The late actor’s memoir gives details about his childhood in East Flatbush, struggles with addiction and work with social justice organizations.

THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant

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

Think Again

An examination of the cognitive skills of rethinking and unlearning that could be used to adapt to a rapidly changing world.

VACUUMING IN THE NUDE by Peggy Rowe

(Available Formats: Not yet available in any catalog)

VACUUMING IN THE NUDE

Stories of vacation mishaps, writers’ conferences and a cancer support group.

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

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

What Happened To You

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

WHAT WE OWE THE FUTURE by William MacAskill

(Available Formats:

What We Owe The Future

A philosopher shares his perspective on what we should do now to ensure that civilization would rebound if it collapsed.

Happy reading!

Linda Reimer, SSL

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

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

The Digital Catalog has two companion apps, Libby & OverDrive. Libby is the app for newer devices and the OverDrive app should be used for older devices and Amazon tablets.

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

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

The Hoopla Catalog features instant check outs of eBooks, downloadable audiobook, comic books, albums and streaming videos. Patron check out limit is 4 items per month.

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

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

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

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

Also of Note: If a New York Times Bestseller isn’t yet available in any of the three catalogs; you can contact the library and request to be notified when it becomes available.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Viewing: September 2022

Hi everyone, here are our streaming recommendations for September.

Streaming recommendations are posted on the first Saturday of the month. And the next streaming recommendations post will be published on Saturday, October 1.

Andor (September 21) (Disney Plus)

The final Star Wars Disney Plus series of the year is Andor, which already feels like a great excuse to go rewatch the excellent Rogue One. This series starts off five years before that movie, and will give us more insight into how Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) became the man who helped steal the Death Star plans. But it’s about more than just his personal story, as Andor is also telling the story of the rise of the rebellion. Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) plays a key role in all of this, and it looks like we’ll see a younger version of Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) and possibly learn about how he got those robotic legs. Stellan Skarsgård and Fiona Shaw also co-star. – HTC, Tom’s Guide Overview

Blondie (September 28) (Netflix)

One of the most talked about films of the year is finally making its debut on Netflix this month. Adapted from Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel of the same name, Blonde is a historical psychological drama film that offers a fictionalized account of the inner life of 1950s and 1960s icon Marilyn Monroe (Ana de Armas). The NC-17 rated film gives viewers a unique look at Monroe, taking us from her early traumatic years growing up as Norma Jeane Mortensen to changing her name and image as she made her move to Hollywood and the silver screen, to all of the exploitation, substance issues, and romantic drama she experienced through it all behind the scenes in her personal life. Fans of Monroe, Old Hollywood, and film in general need to make it their mission to see Blonde as soon as it drops towards the end of September, only on Netflix.- Decider Review

Elvis (September 2) (HBO Max)

To describe Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis as simply another biopic would not do it justice. This movie is a deep-fried, over-the-top ice cream sundae, and the movie leans into it. Everything about this film is too much—and it rocks.

The story follows the life of Elvis Presley, played with overwhelming stamina of Austin Butler, from the star’s impoverished birth to unglamorous death. It’s a story of addiction on many levels, namely Elvis’s endless need for the public’s love and adoration. It’s a big movie, one that suits a movie theater experience, but you can check it out in your own home right at the top of the month with HBO Max. – Lifehacker Review

Hocus Pocus Two (Disney Plus) (September 30)

The Sanderson witches are back! And it only took nearly 30 years this time, not 300. A sequel to the 1993 comedy/horror movie Hocus Pocus seems completely unnecessary yet also totally welcome by its now grown-up fans (who likely have tweens of their own). Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy look like they’re having a blast in returning as the sisters who first terrorized girls in Salem in 1693, then again in 1993. In the modern day, they appear once more when the Black Flame Candle is lit by unsuspecting high schoolers. They must work together to stop the witches before they cause complete chaos. – KW, Tom’s Guide Review

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Amazon Prime Video) (September 2) *

It’s been a long time coming, but the prequel series that delves into the story of how those coveted rings were forged, distributed and ultimately destroyed hits Prime Video this month. Sure, there’s no Gandalf or Gollum to invest in when we return to Middle Earth, but at least we’ll see a few familiar elven faces as the episodes unroll. Spy Review

Los Spooky, Season Two (HBO Max) (September 16)

If you like What We Do In The Shadows, then you should get caught up on the absurd, critically-acclaimed Los Espookys. In the first season of this dark comedy we were introduced to a zany group of friends who are in the business of creating spooky, horror-inspired experiences for their clients. The new season finds Los Espookys leader and gore enthusiast Renaldo (Bernardo Velasco) haunted by the ghost of a murdered beauty pageant queen. Created by and starring Fred Armisen, Ana Fábrega and Julio Torres, season two is a long time coming due to a three-year pandemic delay. Plus, the series is bilingual (with subtitles) and features a predominantly Latino cast. – Lifehacker Review

Pantheon (AMC+) (September 1)

AMC’s first animated series drops this weekend to make us all think twice about the concept of artificial intelligence. The show revolves around a young woman who receives messages from an unknown number claiming to be her dead dad. But when she pursues the truth, a more sinister story emerges. Paul Dano, William Hurt, Taylor Schilling, Lara Pulver and Maude Apatow voice the series. Spy Overview

Reboot (Hulu) (September 20)

We’re suckers for meta Hollywood projects, and this comedy is as meta as it gets. Reboot revolves around a dysfunctional cast that’s forced back together to reboot (okay, technically revive) their comedy years after it originally aired. Of course, none of them have grown since their time in the limelight — they’ve backtracked, and now they need to learn to get along. Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key, Johnny Knoxville, Paul Reiser and Rachel Bloom star. Spy Overview

Severance, Season One (2022) (Apple TV+)

Mark leads a team of office workers whose memories have been surgically divided between their work and personal lives. When a mysterious colleague appears outside of work, it begins a journey to discover the truth about their jobs. – Radio Times)

The U.S. And The Holocaust (PBS) (September 18)

The U.S. and the Holocaust is a three-part, six hour series that examines America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. Americans consider themselves a “nation of immigrants,” but as the catastrophe of the Holocaust unfolded in Europe, the United States proved unwilling to open its doors to more than a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking refuge. Through riveting firsthand testimony of witnesses and survivors who as children endured persecution, violence and flight as their families tried to escape Hitler, this series delves deeply into the tragic human consequences of public indifference, bureaucratic red tape and restrictive quota laws in America. Did the nation fail to live up to its ideals? This is a history to be reckoned with. – PBS

Hoopla Streaming Recommendation of the Month

This new adaptation of the classic novel “The Darling Buds of May” by H.E. Bates follows the warmhearted, wheeler-dealer adventures of the Larkin family in the idyllic Kent countryside of the 1950s. Joanna Scanlan (No Offence) and Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK) star in a show capturing the warmth, optimism, and escapism of the Larkins for a modern generation.

Larkins, Season One Trailer

Have a great weekend everyone,

Linda

*If you’re watching The Ring Of Power this weekend and would like to read or listen to more of Tolkien’s Middle Earth volumes, especially the ones that feature stories set the Second Age that is covered in the TV series, like the Silmarillion; checkout all the Tolkien eBooks and audiobooks available for instant checkout through Hoopla!

All you need is your library card!

Here is the link to the catalog online: https://www.hoopladigital.com/search?artistName=Tolkien&page=1

And of course you can download the Hoopla app to your smart TV or mobile device.

References


Casale, M. (2022, September 1). New On Netflix September 2022, Plus What’s Coming Next. Decider. Retrieved September 2, 2022, from https://decider.com/article/new-on-netflix/

Dietz, M. (2022, August 31). 12 of the Best New Things to Stream in September 2022. Lifehacker. Retrieved September 2, 2022, from https://lifehacker.com/12-of-the-best-new-things-to-stream-in-september-2022-1849476519/slides/2

Staff, R. T. (2022, July 22). Best TV shows on Apple TV+. Radio Times. Retrieved September 2, 2022, from https://www.radiotimes.com/tv/best-tv-shows-on-apple-tv/

U.S. and the Holocaust. (n.d.). PBS. Retrieved September 2, 2022, from https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/us-and-the-holocaust/

Dowling, A. (2022, September 1). What to Watch in September: The 31 Best New Streaming Releases on HBO Max, Disney+ and Netflix. SPY. Retrieved September 2, 2022, from https://spy.com/feature/new-streaming-releases-1202830372/

Suggested Listening September 2, 2022

Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!

Suggested Listening postings are published on Fridays; and our next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, September 9, 2022.

And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!

9 to 5 by Dolly Parton (Genre: Country/Pop)


From The Album: Ultimate Dolly Parton (2003)

Allentown by Billy Joel (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Rock)

From The Album: The Nylon Curtain (1982)

Blow The Man Down by The Almanac Singers (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: Complete General Recordings (2007)

Casey Jones by Pete Seeger and the Almanac Singers (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: Classic Labor Songs by Smithsonian Folkways (2006)

Joe Hill by Joan Baez (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: The Best of Joan Baez (1997)

John Henry by Pete Seeger (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1 (2002)

Rain On The Scarecrow by John Mellencamp (Genre: Rock)

From The Album: Scarecrow (1985)

She Works Hard For The Money by Donna Summers (Genre: Vocal, Pop, R&B)

From The Album: She Works Hard For The Money (1983)

We Shall Not Be Moved/Roll The Union On by Joe Glazer (Genre: Folk)

From The Album: Classic Labor Songs by Smithsonian Folkways (2006)

Working Man’s Ph.D by Aaron Tippin (Genre: Country)

From The Album: Greatest Hits (1997)

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Labor Day Moods by Various Artists

Labor Day Moods

And from the album the Copeland classic:

Fanfare For The Common Man by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Goossens

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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

The Digital Catalog, web version of Libby

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

The Libby App

Libby

Libby is the companion app to the Digital Catalog and may be found in the Apple & Google app.

Hoopla

A catalog of instant check out items, including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, TV shows and movies for patrons of the Southeast Steuben County Library.

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