Library Bookshelf: Lots of mystery available, plus Roaring Twenties

FresnoMarch 15, 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

"Divergent" by Veronica Roth

"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green

"The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd

"The Valley of Amazement" by Amy Tan

New arrivals

"After I'm Gone" by Laura Lippman. Working a 26-year-old cold case concerning the killing of an imprisoned criminal's mistress, retired Baltimore detective Roberto Sanchez gets entangled in a web of resentment, envy and avarice that covers 30 years and links five women whose lives will change dramatically once the truth is uncovered.

"Be Careful What You Wish For" by Jeffrey Archer. As Harry and Emma rush to learn the state of their son after a horrible auto collision, Don Pedro Martinez plans to appoint a puppet chairman at the Barrington Shipping Co., and Jessica's wedding is disrupted by a malicious acquaintance.

"Stone Cold" by C.J. Box. Looking into rumors about an affluent and mysterious hired assassin who lives on an isolated ranch in Wyoming, Joe Pickett, a troubleshooter for the governor, finds two men at the ranch: a coldblooded assassin and a troubling individual from long ago.

Staff reads

"The Days of Anna Madrigal: a Novel" by Armistead Maupin. The ninth volume of Maupin's celebrated "Tales of the City" series finds Anna Madrigal, the 92-year-old matriarch of the Barbary Lane clan, on a quest to exorcise some demons from her past. Meanwhile, the rest of the San Francisco crew attends Burning Man, each with a different goal for the event.

"North of Boston: a Novel" by Elisabeth Elo. Perfume executive Pirio Kasparov wonders whether her old friend's death when his commercial fishing boat sank was no accident. Elo's first novel is a well-paced thriller, seamlessly blending North Atlantic commercial fishing, environmentalism, difficult relationships and perfume.

"7: an Experimental Mutiny Against Excess" by Jen Hatmaker. The true and humorous story of how the author chose seven months, identified seven areas of overindulgence, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism and excess. She ties her choices in with her Christian faith and our need environmentally to reduce our consumption and materialistic lifestyles.


Clovis Mystery Book Club: Explore the world of mystery. Celebrating the Big Read 2014 by exploring the golden age of mystery — 1920s. Pick one of the following: "The Maltese Falcon" by Dashiell Hammett, "Poodle Springs" by Raymond Chandler or "Cat Among the Pigeons" by Agatha Christie. Presented by the Clovis Library, 2:30-4:30 p.m. today (Sunday, March 16) at the Clovis Police/Fire Community Room. Details: 260-7516.

The Birth of Jazz and The Great Gatsby: Jazz Fresno presents music of the '20s by Les Nunes, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Woodward Park Library. Details: 600-6226.

Great Gatsby Book Discussion: Join us for a discussion about "The Great Gatsby" for The Big Read, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Auberry Library. Details: 855-8523.

The Great Gatsby Live Theater Performance: See a live performance of "The Great Gatsby" play at a historic building, The Grand, 1401 Fulton St. Showings are 8-11 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2-5 p.m. and 8-11 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and 2-5 p.m. next Sunday, March 23. Tickets are free at any library branch. Details: 600-6226.


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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