The Fresno County Library's Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music and other items and provides information about library programs.
Top 5 most requested books
"Takedown Twenty" by Janet Evanovich
"Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
"Inferno" by Dan Brown
"Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty
"Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" by Reza Aslan
"Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Grandeur: 20 Designs from Rowan for Patchwork and Quilting" by Kaffe Fassett: Some truly masterful quilt designs, offered with stunning photographs and colored diagrams.
"The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice" by Rebecca Musser with M. Bridget Cook: Musser was the 19th wife of Rulon Jeffs; she was a teenager, he was 85. She ultimately escaped but was still consumed by the knowledge of underage marriages and abuse in her former church family. Musser tells how she was able to bring the offending church members to justice.
No Time to Read? Just listen … to a book
"Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling): After a supermodel's "suicide," private investigator Cormoran Strike is hired to investigate.
"Mastering The Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing" by Anya Von Bremzen (book on CD read by Kathleen Gati): Part cookbook, part memoir, part history lesson, this mix blends well for good listening.
Free Tutors: Need help with your homework? Volunteer tutors (all honor high school students) offer one-on-one tutoring for grades K-12 in all subjects. Appointments recommended but not required. Offered Sunday, Oct. 20, from 12-2 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional Library. For more info, go to www.fresnolibrary.org.
Painting: Autumn Leaves or Reflections: Tap into your inner artist and explore your creative side, have fun and meet new friends. Limited to 20 adults or teens; register at Fig Garden Library. Sunday, Oct. 20, from 1-3 p.m. at the Fig Garden Regional Library.
Clovis Mystery Book Club: Ninth Year Birthday Party & Potluck. This month's selection is "Edge of Evil" by J. A. Jance. This Ali Reynolds novel deals with discrimination, terminal illness, and blogging. First in series. Sunday, Oct. 20, from 2-4 p.m. at the Clovis Regional Library.
This is a weekly column written by the Fresno County Public Library staff. The library posts a full list of the week's events on Facebook. Events are usually free. Visit fresnolibrary.org or call 600-6227 for details.