The Fresno County Library’s Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music, and other items, and provides information about library programs.
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Top 5 Most Requested Books
▪ “Commonwealth: A Novel,” by Ann Patchett.
▪ “Turbo Twenty-Three: A Stephanie Plum Novel,” by Janet Evanovich.
▪ “Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel,” by Lee Child.
▪ “The Nix: A Novel,” by Nathan Hill.
▪ “Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan,” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.
▪ “Ashes of Fiery Weather,” by Kathleen Donohoe. Irish women who are the lovers, wives and mothers of firefighters star in this multigenerational novel. Set in the Emerald Isle and in Brooklyn, and intertwined with 9/11 and other real-life tragedies.
▪ “ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic,” by Alan Schwarz. With diagnosed cases of this disorder increasing every year, the author asks: Is this problem out of control – and are we really able to stop it?
▪ “The Shattered Tree: A Bess Crawford Mystery,” by Charles Todd. When World War I trench nurse Bess Crawford is wounded while on duty, she convalesces in Paris to find out if one of her former patients is a German spy.
100 Years of Peter Finch
▪ “Far From the Madding Crowd,” directed by John Schlesinger (DVD). This all-star 1967 film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel features a standout performance by Finch as William Boldwood. Also stars Julie Christie, Terence Stamp and Alan Bates.
▪ “Network,” directed by Sidney Lumet (DVD). The “mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore” film, with Finch memorably starring as Howard Beale, a crazed news anchor who becomes a “prophet of the airwaves.”
▪ “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” directed by John Schlesinger (DVD). Decades ahead of its time, a film about a romantic triangle in 1970s London, written sensitively by Penelope Gilliatt and acted superbly by Finch, Glenda Jackson and Murray Head.
▪ Heritage Fresno Presents: Matthew Jendian, Ph.D. and chair of Fresno State’s Sociology Department, will speak on local interest topics. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: 559-600- 3135.
▪ Book to Movie Teen Club: Come and join this exciting new group! Snacks are encouraged. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Betty Rodriguez Regional Library. Details: 559-600- 9245.
▪ Dungeons and Dragons: Bring your 20-sided dice and start an adventure with new friends. Open to all ages – new players are welcome! 5-6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, at the Gillis Branch Library. Details: 559-225- 0140.
This is a weekly column written by the Fresno County Public Library staff. Events are usually free. Visit fresnolibrary.org, or call 559-600- 6227 for details.