Library Bookshelf: 'Railway Man,' books on author Philip K. Dick

FresnoJuly 5, 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

"Top Secret Twenty-One" by Janet Evanovich.

"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green

"Divergent" by Veronica Roth

"Insurgent" by Veronica Roth.

"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt.

New arrivals

"The Railway Man: a POW's Searing Account of War, Brutality and Forgiveness" by Eric Lomax. Awarding winning and lately adopted as a major movie, this book is a personal account of Lomax's experience of building the Burma-Siam railway during World War II, being tortured as a POW in a Japanese camp, and finally meeting and forgiving the torturer after 50 years.

"Do Fathers Matter? What Science is Telling Us about the Parent We've Overlooked" by Paul Raeburn. Retelling scientific research in plain language to illustrate the role of men in the different stages of biological, psychological and social development of their offspring.

"Learn French the Fast and Fun Way" by Theodore Kendris and Elisabeth Bourquin Leete. With a book full of colorful illustrations, a CD-ROM of audio and a bilingual booklet of vocabularies, this kit is for travelers to France or language learners who want to grasp a few basic phrases in French. The same series is also available in Italian, Spanish and German languages.

Philip K. Dick

"Only Apparently Real" by Paul Williams. Paul Williams, founder of the Philip K. Dick Society, transcribes a three-day visit and interview with the most influential science fiction writer in modern time.

"The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick" Selected entries from Philip K. Dick's journal revealing his thoughts and ideas embedded in his novels later adapted into popular movies, such as "Total Recall" and "Minority Report."

"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by Philip K. Dick. A novel set in the post-apocalyptic future when humans and androids are distinguished by the level of empathy. The book was adapted as a graphic novel of the same title, and as the movie "Blade Runner."


Summer Reading Program Performance: Oklin Bloodworth invites the audience to dance, hop, laugh, wiggle and sing along. First come, first served in compliance with room capacity, Monday, July 7, 10-11 a.m. at the Selma Library (896-3393), and 2-3 p.m. at the Caruthers Library (864-8766).

Summer Reading Program Performance: Randel McGee & Groark's puppet show is a lively combination of fast-paced comedy, hilarious storytelling and memorable melodies. First come, first served in compliance with room capacity. Tuesday, July 8, 12-1 p.m. at the Orange Cove Library (600-9292), and 3-4 p.m. at the Bear Mountain Library (332-2528).

Summer Reading Program Performance: Stanley and Yolanda Lucero serenade the audience with Spanish and bilingual songs. First come, first served in compliance with room capacity. Wednesday, July 9, 10-11 a.m. at the Reedley Library (638-2818), and 2-3 p.m. at the Parlier Library (646-3835).

Summer Reading Program Performance: E&M's Reptile showcases a family of bugs, frogs and reptiles. First come, first served in compliance with room capacity. Friday, July 11, noon-1 p.m. at the Easton Library (237-3929), and 3-4 p.m. at the Fowler Library (600-9281).


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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