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 Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
"The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd
"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt
"Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel" by Anna Quindlen
"The Bootlegger: An Isaac Bell Adventure" by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. After his boss is almost murdered while pursuing a rum-running ship at the peak of Prohibition, Isaac Bell challenges a merciless crew of Bolshevik killers and saboteurs committed to toppling the U.S. administration.
"Bone Deep" by Randy Wayne White. Doc Ford travels to a section of Central Florida where he meets a ruthless gang of black-marketers and a cold-blooded multi-billion-dollar phosphate business that conceals homicide victims in the middle of its bone remains.
"Missing You" by Harlan Coben. Seeing her ex-fiancée's picture on an online dating site, NYPD detective Kat Donovan tries to contact him, in hopes of reviving the past, but her desire changes to suspicion and then fear as a terrifying conspiracy is exposed.
Rock music books
"The Beatles: Six Days That Changed the World. February 1964 photography by Bill Eppridge. A wealth of mostly never before published photos of the revolutionary band's famous first trip to the U.S. showcases the work of a prize-winning photographer who was provided rare admission to their performances at Carnegie Hall, in Central Park and on the Ed Sullivan Show.
"God Save the Kinks: A Biography" by Rob Jovanovic. Marked by brotherly competition, frantic in-performance fighting, walkouts, overdoses, a career-stifling ban from the U.S., repugnant decadence, and the band's remarkable resurgence as '80s arena rockers, the account told in "God Save The Kinks" is one of the best in British popular history.
"One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band" by Alan Paul. A key depiction of the famous American rock band draws on exclusive interviews to trace their career from 1969 to the present and is supplemented by never before published photos and mementos.
All library branches will be closed Monday in observance of Cesar Chavez Day.
Clovis Classics Bookclub: Explore the classics of literature. The club meets at Panera Bakery in the Sierra Vista Mall (near the movie theater) and chats about literature. This month's discussion is on the book "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov. Sponsored by the Clovis Library, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2. Details: 278-2066.
Japanese Cherry Blossoms Watercolor Craft: Try your hand at painting Japanese cherry blossoms in watercolor. For teens and adults, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Selma Library. Details: 896-3393.
Deadly Daisy: "Fitzgerald's Unsuspected Femme Fatale and How She Fits the Classic Profile of the Lethal Woman," a discussion by professor emeritus Paul Kaser. Co-sponsored by the Fresno County Public Library and the Sisters in Crime, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Yosemite Falls Cafe, 4278 W. Ashlan. There will be a $15 charge for lunch. RSVP reservations to: email@example.com or call 260-7516.
Tissue Paper Flowers Craft: Come and learn how to make beautiful tissue paper flowers. Signups start one week in advance at the library. All ages are welcome, limited to 20, 2-3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Reedley Library. Details: 638-2818.
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 www.fresnolibrary.org or call (559) 600-6227 for details.