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
▪ “Into the Water,” by Paula Hawkins
▪ “16th Seduction,” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
▪ “Golden Prey,” by John Sandford
▪ “The Fix,” by David Baldacci
▪ “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry,” by Neil deGrasse Tyson
▪ “Lies That Bind: An Alex Duggins Mystery,” by Stella Cameron. A pub owner in picturesque Folly-on-Weir, England, feels obligated to protect a young man who’s found a murder victim—but her own life could get wrenched apart as a result.
▪ “The Four Legendary Kingdoms,” by Matthew Reilly. Superhero Jack West Jr. is kidnapped and forced to compete in the Great Games of Hydra, which will decide whether he, his family – and the whole world – lives or dies.
▪ “Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables,” by Joshua McFadden. For those who aren’t content to steam and stew: Exciting new vegetable dishes, such as kale and mushroom lasagna, layered cauliflower ragu, and roasted fennel with cheeses and nuts.
President Kennedy’s birth centennial
President John F. Kennedy was born May 29, 1917. He was assassinated Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas.
▪ “A Time to Act: John F. Kennedy’s Big Speech,” by Shana Corey. For younger readers, the story behind President Kennedy’s signature civil rights address – which tackled issues that continue in today’s national dialogue.
▪ “Jackie” (DVD), directed by Pablo Larrain. The former First Lady comes to grips with her legacy in the dark days following her husband’s assassination. Stars Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, and John Hurt.
▪ “The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign,” by Thomas Oliphant. Based on previously unused source material, this new study traces the steadily upward path President Kennedy took from the United States Senate to the White House.
▪ Fandom Trivia Night: Interested in “Supernatural,” “Sherlock,” “Doctor Who” and other fan favorites? Join us for a trivia tournament on these shows and more! Bring your own team or join one at the event, limit six members. There will be prizes! 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: 559-600-3135.
▪ Stitches ’n Twisted Yarns: Join a group of people who knit, crochet and work on different yarn creations. Bring your own project and share in the fun. 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Fig Garden Regional Library. Details: 559-600-4071.
▪ Author Talk: Susan Lowe will discuss her book, “Josie: A Story of Faith and Survival,” about the persecution of ethnic Germans in post-World War II Yugoslavia. 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Teen Area, Clovis Regional Library. Details: 559-600-9531.