Library Bookshelf: New arrivals include Oates, Margolin

FresnoMarch 1, 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

"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

"Divergent" by Veronica Roth

"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green

"Valley of Amazement" by Amy Tan

"Sycamore Row" by John Grisham

New Arrivals

"Worthy Brown's Daughter" by Phillip Margolin. Inspired by a true story, recently widowed attorney Matthew Penny comes to the aid of Worthy Brown, a recently freed slave, to free his 15-year-old daughter from their former master, but when Worthy is placed under arrest for homicide this creates an excruciating ethical predicament that could send either Worthy or Matthew to the hangman.j

"Carthage" by Joyce Carol Oates. When his daughter disappears in the wilderness of the Adirondacks, Zeno Mayfield, along with the town of Carthage, anxiously hunts for her, but instead discovers the least likely of suspects — an honored veteran of the Iraq War with close links to the Mayfield family.

"Cell" by Robin Cook. Radiology resident George Wilson is going into a profession on the verge of major change by a new smartphone technology able to diagnose and treat patients. Wilson is shocked when his fiancée and some of his patients die after beta testing the technology.

New Nonfiction

"Doctor Who: Who-ology" by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright. An official handbook to the popular "Doctor Who" cult sensation honors 50 years of the classic series. Filled with details, figures and tales from the show's entire run, the manual includes tables, charts and illustrations.

"The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built FOX News and Divided a Country" by Gabriel Sherman. When Rupert Murdoch recruited Ailes to start a cable news network in 1996, American television and politics changed forever. New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman brings Ailes' exceptional brilliance to life.

"Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby" by Sarah Churchwell. An exploration of the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic tracks his revelries and arguments at the side of Zelda during the highlights and scandals of 1922 before a violent double homicide in New Jersey set the stage for what was to become one of America's best-loved novels.


Bilingual Storytelling: Bilingual English/Spanish storytelling performed by community volunteers. For preschoolers and kids (K-6), 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, at the Cedar-Clinton Library. Details: 442-1770.

Wiggles & Giggles Storytime for Toddlers: Join Ms. Shonda for an active storytime aimed at children 18 months to 2 years. Movement is encouraged, 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Clovis Library. Details: 600-9531.

Pathfinder in the Library: Join us for organized pathfinder society games in the library, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 8,  at the Gillis Library. Details: 225-0140.

Calendar Card Class: Make a set of greeting cards with matching envelopes using a calendar (old or new). Calendars will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you have one you like. Samples will be on display. Sign-up required. Adults and teens only, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at the Sanger Library. Details: 875-2435.


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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