Reader's Advisory

January Staff Picks

 Lights Out

Lights out : a cyberattack, a nation unprepared, surviving the aftermath

By Ted Koppel

Call # 363.11 KOP

From the publisher: Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America's power grid is not only possible but likely--and that it would be devastating" and "examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways to prepare for a catastrophe.

Susan Olson Higgins / Friend of the Corning Library: Lights Out is a timely warning about the vulnerability of America to a massive cyberattack that would cripple all we take for granted – electricity, communication, transportation. This is not science fiction. Hats off to Ted Koppel for putting us all on alert.”   -Tom Brokaw

This is a review from the back of Ted Koppel’s new book, “Lights Out.” The book is divided into three sections,  The Cyber Attack, A Nation Unprepared,  and Surviving the Aftermath. The author discusses indepth details about the potential of a future attack on America.  He bases his data upon sound research and interviews with experts in the field.  It it well written and interesting to read.  The data shared between the covers of this book puts us on alert, and is a wake up call to be prepared. I enjoyed reading this book, and highly recommend it.  


 Lovely Bones

The lovely bones : a novel 

By Alice Sebold

Call # FIC SEB

From the publisher: When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn't happen. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief, her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor and begin the difficult process of healing. In the hands of a brilliant novelist, this story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching story about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.

Todd/Librarian: This is one of my favorite books of all time. I decided to re-read and am so glad I did. As a fan of True Crime sometimes I can get caught up in the mystery of the story and forget that these stories involve real people and emotions. The Lovely Bones provides a beautifully written voice to the victims of violent crimes. This book is a combination of Anne Tyler -esque family drama and Ann Rule -esque crime story. You can find a copy in the "Lights, Camera, Read" section of the library. 




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