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
• “Gray Mountain,” by John Grisham.
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• “The Burning Room,” by Michael Connelly.
• “Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Long Haul,” by Jeff Kinney.
• “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” by Laura Hillenbrand.
• “There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me,” by Brooke Shields.
•“Citizens Creek,” by Lalita Tademy.
Follow the story of Cow Tom, the slave of a Creek Indian chief, in this multi-generational novel. During the Civil War, he works as a translator for the U.S. Army to buy his freedom. Will emancipation live up to his expectations and his family’s?
•“A Map of Betrayal,” by Ha Jin.
Lilian Shang grew up knowing that her father was the most notorious Chinese spy ever caught. When he dies, she discovers his diary and even more secrets, including news of her father’s other family, still living in China. What else will the diary reveal?
•“The Edge of Falling,” by Rebecca Serle.
Caggie feels overwhelming guilt for failing to save her younger sister from drowning, but after she stops a fellow classmate from taking her own life, people begin calling her a hero. Feeling nothing like a hero, she meets Astor, a new boy at school, who has dark secrets of his own. Will he drag Caggie down with him?
A Day of Infamy remembered
Sunday, Dec. 7 is Pearl Harbor Day when we commemorate the sacrifices made on this date in 1941. Here are three books that capture what Honolulu was like that day:
•“Day of Infamy,” by Walter Lord.
This gripping narrative tells the story of the Pearl Harbor attack from a variety of first-person accounts. Officers, soldiers and civilians relate what happened and how they reacted to this unforgettable event.
•“What Was Pearl Harbor?” by Patricia Brennan Demuth.
Have your kids ever asked you about the attack on Pearl Harbor? This well-illustrated book offers a clear and concise explanation of what took place, helpful for anyone unfamiliar with the circumstances.
•“At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor,” by Gordon W. Prange, in collaboration with Donald M. Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon.
In this exhaustive and thorough account of the Pearl Harbor bombing, the story is retold through interviews with eyewitnesses on both sides — American and Japanese.
•Shaver Lake Book Club:
Book discussions held the second Monday of the month. Monday, Dec. 8, 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Shaver Lake Branch Library. Details: (559) 841-3330.
•At the Library with Friends:
Guitar soloist Maurizio Russo featured Monday, Dec. 8, 6:30-7:15 p.m. at the Sanger Branch Library. Details: (559) 875-2435.
•Take a Picture with Santa:
Hear a story and carolers from the Sunnyside High School Choir; one-day wait to receive photos taken with Santa. Tuesday, Dec. 9, starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Regional Library. Details: (559) 600-6594.
•Santa at the Library:
Bring your own camera to take a photo with Santa. Thursday, Dec. 11, 5-6 p.m. at the Selma Branch Library. Details: (559) 896-3393.
•Cedar-Clinton Saturday Movies: S
ponsored by the Friends of the Cedar-Clinton Library. Saturday, Dec. 13, 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Cedar-Clinton Branch Library. Details: (559) 442-1770.