The Fresno County Library Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music, and other items, and provides information about library programs.
Top 5 Most Requested Books
• “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins.
• “The Nightingale,” by Kristin Hannah.
• “A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel,” by Anne Tyler.
• “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania,” by Erik Larson.
• “Aging Backwards: Reverse the Aging Process and Look 10 Years Younger in 30 Minutes a Day,” by Miranda Esmonde-White.
•“The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be,”
by Jack Canfield with Janet Switzer. Jack Canfield, author of the bestselling series Chicken Soup for the Soul, shares his principles for success including increasing your confidence, discovering and living your passion, and dealing effectively with daily challenges. Canfield weaves inspiring stories throughout from CEOs, celebrities, world-class athletes and everyday people. The blueprint set out here will help you achieve any goal you desire.
•“The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014,”
edited by Daniel Handler. This annual collection of short stories highlights the year’s extraordinary fiction, nonfiction, poetry and comics. Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, is the editor of this volume and selects a fascinating array of stories that are sure to stay with you long after you have put the book down.
•“One Step Too Far: A Novel,”
by Tina Seskis. New writer Tina Seskis delivers an intricately plotted and addictive thriller about Emily Coleman, who has a happy marriage, beautiful family and home. Yet she walks out on it all to start over as someone else. In her new life, Emily becomes known as Cat, working at a hip advertising firm in London with her new friend, Angel. She is convinced she has covered her tracks so well that no one could ever find her, forgetting that she can’t bury her past or her memories. How will Cat face the truth of what she’s done?
Erin Go Bragh!
by Mary Kay Andrews. When her friend and former partner is murdered in a St. Patrick’s Day robbery, Callahan Garrity goes on a nonstop wild ride to find the killer. A novel guaranteed to leave readers breathless!
•“Maeve Binchy: The Biography,”
by Piers Dudgeon. The life and times of the beloved Irish storyteller, whose many best-sellers were often based on first-hand experiences.
•“The Spinning Heart,”
by Donal Ryan. A gritty first novel taken straight out of recent headlines. When Ireland goes into financial collapse, a small village’s construction company shuts its doors, creating dire consequences for everyone who lives there.
The Friends of the Auberry Library present Therianthrope, a trio featuring nylon string guitarist Dusty Brough, tabla percussionist Miles Shrewsbery, and violinist Fabrice Martinez. Friday, March 20; social half-hour, 7-7:30 p.m.; concert 7:30-9 p.m.; at the Auberry Branch Library. Details: (559) 855-8523.
•An Evening with Dashiell Hammett’s Granddaughter, Julie Rivett:
Join us for an in-depth exploration of “The Maltese Falcon” author’s life and works. Part of this year’s Big Read celebration. Saturday, March 21, 1:30-3 p.m., at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: (559) 600-3135.
•1930s Speakeasy: A whodunit extravaganza!
Get in the spirit of “The Maltese Falcon” with period music, dance and games. Dress as a character from the book, or in period for the era, and enter the costume contest! There will be hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. Rumor has it a crime might happen — be prepared! Saturday, March 21, 7-10 p.m., at the Fresno City College Library, 1101 E. University Ave., Fresno. Details: (559) 600-6226.