Library Bookshelf: 'Desolation of Smaug' guidebook available

FresnoJanuary 4, 2014 

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: A Stephanie Plum Novel" by Janet Evanovich

"House of Hades" by Rick Riordan

"The Valley of Amazement" by Amy Tan

"Sycamore Row" by John Grisham

"The Gods of Guilt: A Novel" by Michael Connelly

New arrivals

"The Hobbit, the Desolation of Smaug: Official Movie Guide" by Brian Sibley. Contains exclusive discussions with the film's director, Peter Jackson, members of the cast and principal filmmakers to produce a behind-the-scenes guide to the second installment in the trilogy inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's classic story.

"Inside the White House: Stories from the World's Most Famous Residence" by Noel Grove, with William B. Bushong and Joel D. Treese. Presents an overview of America's first home, examining the occupants, personnel, favorite pets, famous guests and security through the years.

"Beethoven: the Man Revealed" by John Suchet. Working with the most recent research, in addition to using source information, a top expert on the life and work of Ludwig van Beethoven exposes the man behind the legend, rendering a complete picture of one of the greatest composers who ever existed.

Self help

"No More Diabetes: A Complete Guide to Preventing, Treating, and Overcoming Diabetes" by Gary Null. A nutrition expert offers facts on the causes, prevention and care of diabetes, outlining a sequence of lifestyle modifications that can help control diabetes.

"Healing ADD from the Inside Out: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the Seven Types of Attention Deficit Disorder" by Daniel G. Amen, MD. In this completely updated and revised edition, Dr. Amen offers a new approach to the country's most common learning disorder by classifying kinds of attention deficit disorder and offering strategies for selecting the correct therapeutic procedures.

"When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart: Coping with Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, and the Problems That Tear Families Apart" by Joel L. Young, MD, and Christine Adamec. Proposes sensible guidance and tested strategies for coping for parents dealing with upsetting behavior in their children, tackling such topics as substance abuse, depression, suicide and mental disorders.

Upcoming events

Book Discussion Group: Come discuss the latest book you have read or one you're thinking of reading. Find out how you can enhance your enjoyment of books by using the library database, Novelist, and other databases and print sources. For seniors, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Senior Resource Center Library. Details: 600-6767.

Jazz — River Song Quintet: Please come to listen to this visiting jazz chamber group, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Woodward Park Library. Details: 600-3135.

Homework Help: Great homework help is offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For kids (K-6), 3-6 p.m. at the Sunnyside Library. Details: 600-6594.

Classics Bookclub: Explore the classics of literature. We meet at Panera Bakery at the Sierra Vista Mall and chat about literature. This month's discussion is on the author P.G. Wodehouse. Read any novel by this enormously popular and prolific writer. Presented by the Clovis Library, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8. Details: 278-2066.


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 or call (559) 600-6227 for details.

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