Library Bookshelf: 'Frog Music,' 'Blood Will Out' are new arrivals

FresnoApril 26, 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 Fault in Our Stars" by John Green

"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

"The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd

"Insurgent" by Veronica Roth

New arrivals

"Frog Music" by Emma Donoghue. Blanche Beunon works as a burlesque dancer/prostitute in 1876 San Francisco and attempts to learn who killed her friend Jenny, who was shot through a window in a railroad saloon during the summer of extreme heat and widespread smallpox.

"Blood Will Out: The True Story of A Murder, A Mystery, and A Masquerade" by Walter Kirn. Novelist Kirn portrays his 15-year association with peculiar New Yorker Clark Rockefeller, his finding that Rockefeller was a serial impostor and murderer, and how his old acquaintance's murder trial made him confront difficult realities about himself.

"10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works: A True Story" by Dan Harris. The anchor, who had a panic attack live on "Good Morning America," guides readers on a journey through the outer ranges of neuroscience to the inner lair of network news through which he learned a way to get happier that is actually attainable.

Staff reads

"The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" by Jonas Jonasson and translated from Swedish by Rod Bradbury. This international best-seller novel is a satirical look back at world history through the eyes of an old man who has seen it all. Charmingly funny version of world history; highly recommended to history lovers, as well.

"Why the Universe Is the Way It Is" by Hugh Ross. Explains how recent findings in astronomy and cosmology show that the universe is fine-tuned to prepare our planet for our habitation, with precision that could not be the result of mere chance but is evidence of an Intelligent Designer. The tuning includes the degree of force of gravity strong enough to pull star material together to light stars' nuclear fires and produce the heavy elements for life and technology but not as strong as to mash all stars into black holes.

"Masters of Mystery: The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini" by Christopher Sandford. This fascinating tragi-comic story tells of the relationship between two of the most loved figures of the 20th century and their shared interest in magic and lost loved ones.

Upcoming events

Day of the Child, Day of the Book: Join the Fresno County Public Library and Arte Américas for the free Day of the Child, Day of the Book celebration. Participate in music, dance, storytelling, crafts, games, prizes, passport station, reading to a dog and more. Free children's books while supplies last. Food will be available for purchase, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, Saturday, May 3, at Arte Américas, 1630 Van Ness Ave. in downtown Fresno.

Afterschool Crafts: Styrofoam ink plates, for kids (K-6) and tweens, 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Fig Garden Library. Details: 600-4071.

ArtHop: Presentation of art with refreshments, with featured artist available to talk about his or her work, 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Cedar Clinton Library. Details: Mark Thornton, 442-1770.

Writing Workshop with Fresno's Poet Laureate: Free writing workshop with Fresno's first poet laureate, James Tyner. Bring five copies of a poem that you would like to work on in the workshop. All levels of writing welcome, 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3, at the Gillis Library. Details: 225-0140.


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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