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 Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins.
• “All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel,” by Anthony Doerr.
• “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” by Chris Kyle.
• “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn.
• “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E.L. James.
•“Girl Online: The First Novel by Zoella,”
by Zoe Sugg. Penny vents her feelings about her family, high school, friends and boys online. When things get a bit intense, her parents take her to New York City for a Christmas cool-down. There she meets Noah, the boy of her dreams, and a whole new set of adventures begins.
by Kimberly Derting. Kyra Agnew wakes up one day at a gas station, with a pounding headache. She arrives home and finds that five years have passed. Kyra focuses all her energy on discovering what happened. What will she uncover?
by James Patrick Hunt. Tracy Coughlin blames her father-in-law, Lee, for the death of her husband in the Iraq war. As resentment still seethes within the family, convicts kidnap Tracy, her son, and Lee. Can they band together under captivity and survive this ordeal?
National Pie Day
•“A Year of Pies: A Seasonal Tour of Home Baked Pies,”
by Ashley English. This book showcases 60 different pies for all occasions, accompanied by helpful cooking tips and sumptuous photography. Try your hand at tasty treats like Chocolate and Orange Marmalade Pie, Limoncello Lemon Meringue Pie and Lattice Top Triple Berry Pie.
•“The Pie and Pastry Bible,” by Rose Levy Beranbaum.
From the author of “The Cake Bible,” this comprehensive work has more than 300 easy-to-follow recipes for pies, tarts and pastries, and details creating the ideal crust.
•“Martha Stewart’s New Pies and Tarts: 150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned and Modern Favorites,”
by the editors of Martha Stewart Living. For both experts and those new to the kitchen, this clear step-by-step guide will help you achieve the baked treats of your dreams. The recipes range from classic to innovative and offer something to satisfy everyone.
•Friends of the Fowler Library Book Sale:
Get great deals on books at the semiannual book sale noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 1-5 p.m Friday, Feb. 6, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday, Feb. 7. Details: (559) 600-9281.
•Writing Workshop with Fresno’s Poet Laureate:
Free writing workshop with Fresno’s first poet laureate. A free event. Bring five copies of a poem that you would like to review. All levels of writing welcome, 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Gillis Branch Library. Details: (559) 225-0140.
•Reedley Gumdrop Challenge:
What can be made using only gumdrops and toothpicks? For children ages 5-12. Pre-registration required, 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Reedley Branch Library. Details: (559) 638-2818.