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
▪ “Heatbreak Hotel,” by Jonathan Kellerman.
▪ “A Man Called Ove: A Novel,” by Fredrik Backman.
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▪ “Echoes in Death,” by J.D. Robb.
▪ “The Orphan’s Tale,” by Pam Jenoff.
▪ “The Shack: A Novel,” by William P. Young.
▪ “Back Pocket Pasta: Inspired Dinners to Cook on the Fly,” by Colu Henry. For those nights when you want specialty pasta dishes but don’t want to go out shopping, this cookbook shows how to get the most out of common kitchen ingredients.
▪ “The Typewriter’s Tale,” by Michiel Heyns. An early 20th century story in which reality and fiction blur. The woman who takes dictation from famed novelist Henry James finds herself drawn tightly into his private life and coerced into exposing its darker secrets.
▪ “The Shivering Turn: A Jennie Redhead Mystery,” by Sally Spencer. Mary Corbet of Oxford, England, thinks her daughter was murdered, while her family and the police insist there was no foul play. After Mary hires a private investigator, the conventional wisdom begins to crumble.
Fake News: Nothing New!
▪ “Is That a Fact? Frauds, Quacks, and the Real Science of Everyday Life,” by Joe Schwarcz. Wondering if the Twinkie Diet and homeopathy are for real? Find the answers in this book, which divides various scientific claims into white (true), gray (in-between) and black (false).
▪ “Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s ‘War of the Worlds’ and the Art of Fake News,” by A. Brad Schwartz. A second look at the 1938 radio broadcast said to have terrified America, showing that longstanding misreports and myths obscured the public’s actual reactions.
▪ “Digital Assassination: Protecting Your Reputation, Brand, or Business Against Online Attacks,” by Richard Torrenzano and Mark Davis. This practical guide shows how to tame the Internet and stop it from creating different kinds of cyber-havoc.
▪ Author Talk: Don’t miss this chance to hear local author and artist Doug Hansen discuss his newest children’s book. Copies will be available for purchase and signing. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Politi Branch Library. Details: 559-225-0140.
▪ Pushing the Limits – Birds of Prey: A discussion of T.C. Boyle’s book, “When the Killing’s Done,” combined with a live and up-close look at birds of prey. This program is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation. 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the Riverdale Branch Library. Details: 559-867-3381.
▪ Design Your Own Flume! Children and teens: Use materials created by Fresno Ideaworks to design a miniature lumber transport system, including a water pump to move logs! 2-3 p.m. Saturday at the Caruthers Branch Library. Details: 559-864-8766.
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.