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
"Valley of Amazement" by Amy Tan
"Divergent" by Veronica Roth
"Sycamore Row" by John Grisham
"Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel" by Janet Evanovich
"Dark Wolf: a Carpathian Novel" by Christine Feehan. Previously needing to guard half of his soul, Skyler must protect Carpathian Dimitri after he is singled out for execution by the Lycans, in the second novel of the Carpathian trilogy following "Dark Lycan."
"Fear Nothing: a Novel" by Lisa Gardner. Badly hurt after blundering onto a crime scene she cannot recall, Boston detective D. D. Warren hears about a second murder with the same properties only to find out that she is being individually pursued by the killer.
"Robert B. Parker's Bull River" by Robert Knott. While looking into an important bank robbery and finding its chief suspect brutally beaten outside a classy brothel, territorial marshal Virgil Cole and deputy Everett Hitch are obliged to depend on a recently caught bandito for clues to a risky Cain-and-Abel retaliation mission.
"The 3-1-2-1 Diet: Eat and Cheat Your Way to Weight Loss — Up to 10 Pounds in 21 Days" by Dolvett Quince. A fitness expert and trainer from "The Biggest Loser," Quince introduces the "3-1-2-1" diet, which permits food "cheat days" when nothing is forbidden and combines this diet with physical activities.
"Gluten-Free Girl Every Day" by Shauna James Ahern with Daniel Ahern. The author of "Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef" has written a cookbook for active people that concentrates on gluten-free living, offering sensible tips for buying food and baking without gluten while recommending an assortment of choices.
"The Fat Chance Cookbook: More Than 100 Recipes Ready in Under 30 Minutes to Help You Lose the Sugar and the Weight" by Robert H. Lustig, M.D. with Heather Miller. This companion cookbook to the New York Times best-seller includes more than 100 recipes that help to significantly lower sugar and boost fiber to promote weight loss and recover health.
All library branches will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Mystery Book Club: Explore the world of mystery.
This month's selection is "Hunter's Moon" by Randy Wayne White. This is a "Doc Ford" mystery set in Florida/Central America, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Clovis Library. Details: 260-7516.
Jazz at the Library: Jazz Fresno presents musical evenings featuring different topics in jazz, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Woodward Park Library. Details: 600-6226.
Crafting & Sewing Group: A creative outlet in our community to meet new people and share all our unique ideas and learn of upcoming craft events. Bring your own craft item to work on, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Caruthers Library. Details: 864-8766.
One-on-One Computer Help: One-on-One computer classes for complete beginners or computer users in need of a little help! Subjects covered include: using a mouse, Internet basics, setting up an e-mail account and basic word processing.
Please call the branch to sign up, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sanger 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 (559) 600-6227 for details.