Library bookshelf: Three books that will teach you something new

FresnoOctober 26, 2013 

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

"House of Hades" by Rick Riordan

"W is for Wasted" by Sue Grafton

"Allegiant" by Veronica Roth

"Never Go Back" by Lee Child

"Longest Ride" by Nicholas Sparks

New arrivals

"KewlBites: 100 Nutritious, Delicious, and Family-Friendly Dishes" by Reed Alexander: Reed played a character on the TV show iCarly, then his self-admitted unhealthy eating habits contributed to him gaining weight and feeling lethargic. He started cooking for himself and became a spokesman for the Clinton Foundation's Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

"Mob Boss: The Life of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down the Mafia" by Jerry Capeci: Touted as the highest-ranking mobster to turn government witness, Al D'Arco had many unseemly tales to tell. Capeci reveals these tales in great detail.

"Kittenhood: Life-Size Portraits of Kittens in their First 12 Weeks" by Sarah Beth Ernhart: Super cute photos of kittens — how could this be any better?

Learn something new

"An Introduction to Fly Fishing for Trout" by Mark D. Williams: Williams covers gear, knots, bugs, when to cast, skills, strategies and fly-fishing etiquette.

"Boost Your Brain: The New Art And Science Behind Enhanced Brain Performance" by Majid Fotuhi: Fotuhi offers a comprehensive plan to optimize your own brain power in a twelve-week plan.

"Vedge: 100 Plates Large and Small That Redefine Vegetable Cooking" by Rich Landau & Kate Jacoby: In addition to the 100 plates referenced in the title, the authors present tips of preparing the recipes and offer suggestions on how to keep a well-stocked pantry.

Upcoming events

Spooktacular Event: Come to the library for its annual Spooktacular Event for Halloween. Presented by the Woodward Park Teen Council from 1-3 p.m today (Sunday, Oct. 27) at the Woodward Park Regional Library.

Spooky Story Concert: Join storyteller-librarian Terrance V. McArthur for a spirited evening of fun just before Halloween. From 7-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the Sanger Branch Library.

Halloween Crafts: Kids and teens, get ready for this special holiday by making a mask or crafting other spooky creations. From 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Fig Garden Regional Library.


The library posts a full list of the week's events on Facebook. Events are usually free. Visit or call 600-6227 for details.

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