Library Bookshelf: Doctors' books explore how to improve health

FresnoFebruary 20, 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

"Valley of Amazement" by Amy Tan

"Divergent" by Veronica Roth

"Sycamore Row" by John Grisham

"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

"The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd

New arrivals

"Do or Die" by Suzanne Brockman. Directed to liberate two abducted children being held prisoner in an embassy in South America, past Navy SEAL Ian Dunn partners with bright young attorney Phoebe Kruger in a battle against time that is made difficult by a mob killing.

"Hollow City: the Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs. A sequel to the best-selling first novel in this series starts in 1940 with Jacob and his new friends fleeing from Miss Peregrine's island and journeying to London, where they meet new friends, a menagerie of strange animals and other unforeseen surprises.

"Private L.A." by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan. When Hollywood's greatest megastar couple vanishes suddenly from their ranch, private detective Jack Morgan encounters risky secrets to uncover a netherworld of despair and dishonesty.


"Healthy Joints for Life: An Orthopedic Surgeon's Proven Plan to Reduce Pain and Inflammation, Avoid Surgery and Get Moving Again" by Richard Diana, M.D., with Sheila Curry Oakes. A past NFL player who is now a physician and leading orthopedic consultant to collegiate athletic programs presents an eight-week diet and exercise regimen including nutritional supplements to reduce joint pain, decrease inflammation, and boost movement.

"Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar — Your Brain's Silent Killers" by David Perlmutter, M.D., with Kristin Loberg. A neurologist explains how carbohydrates, even the supposedly beneficial ones, damage brain performance and trigger an array of ailments including anxiety, chronic headaches, ADHD, dementia and depression and presents a four-week strategy to change dietary routines and stimulate the development of new brain cells.

"The Exercise Cure: A Doctor's All-Natural, No-Pill Prescription for Better Health & Longer Life" by Jordan Metzl, M.D., with Andrew Heffernan. An inspiring manual for the strategic use of therapeutic exercise for curative benefits offers a comprehensive catalog of disorders and detailed exercise treatments for each, delineating tailored workouts and a corresponding physician-approved eating plan for losing weight.


Manga & Anime Club: A monthly gathering of manga/anime enthusiasts discussing the popular genre, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Monday at the Fig Garden Library. Details: 600-4071.

Chess Club: Chess for all ages! Appropriate for beginners and advanced. All levels. Drop-ins welcome, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Auberry Library. Details: 855-8523.

Woodward Shakespeare Festival: Woodward Shakespeare Festivals Readers Theater presents: "All's Well that Ends Well" directed by Julia Reimer. Highlights from Shakespeare's dark and most controversial comedy, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Sunnyside Library. Details: 600-6226.

Babies & Bibs: Bring your babies up to 18 months for this parent-and-child story time. Very interactive, 9:30-10 a.m. Friday at the Clovis Library. Details: 600-9531.


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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