Library Bookshelf: Dr. Who, Fabio and Margaret Thatcher

FresnoJune 22, 2013 

The Fresno County Library's Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music and other items, and provides information about library programs.

 New arrivals

"Doctor Who: Series Seven, Part Two" (DVD): The Doctor starts off this new series of adventures by looking for his companion Clara, someone he's already lost twice. This ambitious adventure could cost him everything. The Doctor's oldest secret is in jeopardy of being exposed, as the longest running science fiction series in television history builds toward its volatile 50th anniversary later this year. This will be Matt Smith's last series starring as Dr. Who.

"The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver" (CD): For the purists out there, this may not be for you, though even if you don't like it you will note the reverential treatment of the material. To those who are open to a bit of a spin on Denver's songs, you may even prefer some of these versions to the originals. Brandi Carlile and Emmylou Harris do a remarkable cover of "Take Me Home, Country Roads."

"Fabio's Italian Kitchen: Over 100 Delicious Family Recipes" by Fabio Viviani with Melanie Rehak: Fabio Viviani, known for his participation in several Top Chef seasons and spinoffs, offers us some great food, with participation required.

"Margaret Thatcher: the Authorized Biography, from Grantham to the Falklands" by Charles Moore: The first volume of Charles Moore's authorized biography shows for the first time the early life, rise to power and first years as prime minister of the woman who changed Britain and the world in the late 20th century.

Community favorites

"How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk" (30th Anniversary Edition) by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish: This updated version provides many believable problem sets that cover a wide array of situations involving parents and children — and offers practical solutions.

"Choke Point (A Risk Agent Novel)" by Ridley Pearson: When a correspondent uncovers the existence of an Amsterdam-based sweatshop that uses and enslaves young girls, John Knox is hired to locate it and close it for good. But with enemies everywhere, Knox can't tell the good guys from the bad ones.

"Safe Haven" (DVD): Based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, the film is an affirming and gripping account of a young woman's battle to learn to love again.

"Identity Thief" (DVD): A comedy in which a conventional man is driven to severe actions to clear his name. He must confront the seemingly innocent woman who has been recklessly spending his money after stealing his identity.

Upcoming events

Manga and Anime Club: Monthly meeting for manga and anime enthusiasts. It provides an open-discussion forum with different monthly topics. From 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, June 24, at the Fig Garden Library. Details: 600-4071.

Edible Beach: Create a beach landscape using nothing but food. Sugar in the raw makes great sand! Space is limited; first come, first served. For teens. From 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at the Reedley Library. Details: 638-2818.

E & M Reptiles: Showcases their family of bugs, frogs and reptiles. Space is limited; call branch for more information. For kids and their families. From 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at the West Fresno Library. Details: 455-6066.

Author Lillian Faderman: The author will discuss her new book, "My Mother's Wars." The book will be available for purchase and signing after her talk. 2-3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Woodward Park Library. Details: 600-6226.


Fresno County Library's Bookshelf is a weekly column written by the Fresno County Public Library staff. The library posts a full listing of each week's events on its Facebook page. Events are usually free of charge. Visit or call 600-6227 for additional event details.

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