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 Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
"Divergent" by Veronica Roth
"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt.
"Capital in the Twenty-first Century" by Thomas Piketty
"Blood Feud: the Clintons vs. the Obamas" by Edward Klein
"Painkillers, Heroin, and the Road to Sanity: Real Solutions for Long-Term Recovery from Opiate Addiction" by Joani Gammill. Speaking as a recovering addict and an interventionist who appears frequently on Dr. Phil's TV show, the author focuses on the problems of relapse and provides self-help strategies for those who cannot afford regular treatment.
"Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today)" by Jennifer Steinhauer. This book provides recipes to retrace the childhood fun of making snacks at home using Cheetos, Twinkies, Oreos and Cracker Jacks.
"Think and Grow Rich for Women: Using Your Power to Create Success and Significance" by Sharon Lechter. This financial book written for women who will be the future of American business presents a road map to success and provides case studies of the most successful women in the nation.
"The Drunken Botanist: The Plants behind the World's Great Drinks" by Amy Stewart. Every cocktail has an origin story, and this fascinating compendium takes a look at the plants and the science behind a variety of alcoholic beverages. Includes over 50 drink recipes.
"True Brews: How to Craft Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine, Sake, Soda, Mead, Kefir and Kombucha at Home" by Emma Christensen. A step-by-step guide to crafting and brewing a wide array of beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Also contains tips from drink experts.
"The Cocktail Lab: Unraveling the Mystery of Flavor and Aroma in Drink, with Recipes" by Tony Conigliaro. Using the latest in high-tech kitchen technology, the author engages molecular gastronomy by revamping 60 classic cocktails for the 21st century.
Tim Mannix: Watch a fun-filled magic show, first come, first served in compliance with room capacity. Tuesday, July 22, noon to 1 p.m. at the Orange Cove Library (600-9292) and 3-4 p.m. at the Bear Mountain Library (332-2528); Friday, July 25, 12-1 p.m. at the Easton Library (237-3929) and 3-4 p.m. at the Fowler Library (600-9281).
Oklin Bloodworth: Dance, hop, laugh, wiggle and sing along, first come, first served in compliance with room capacity. Tuesday, July 22, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Clovis Library (600-9531) and 2-3 p.m. at the Sanger Library (875-2435).
Magic Rabbit: Magical entertainment, puppetry with audience participation, first come, first served in compliance with room capacity. Wednesday, July 23, 2-3 p.m. at the Tranquillity Library (698-5158) and 4-5 p.m. at the San Joaquin Library (693-2171); Saturday, 11 a.m.-noon at the Riverdale Library (867-3381) and 1-2 p.m. at the Laton Library (923-4554).
Teen Crafts Workshop: Decorate and bring home a bandana for your pet or yourself, supplies are limited. Thursday, July 24, 1-2 p.m. at the Pinedale Library (439-0486), 2-3 p.m. at the West Fresno Library (455-6066), 3-4 p.m. at the Caruthers Library (864-8766) and 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Politi Library (431-6450).