The Fresno County Library’s Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music, and other items, and provides information about library programs. All Fresno County Public Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.
Top 5 Most Requested Books
▪ “14th Deadly Sin,” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.
▪ “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” by Marie Kondo.
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▪ “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins.
▪ “The Wright Brothers,” by David McCullough.
▪ “X,” by Sue Grafton.
▪ “Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America,” by Bruce Barcott. While some states keep strict anti-marijuana laws on their books, others now allow it to be sold in bread and candy and purchased anywhere. The author explains how these differences have evolved —a nd how they might, in time, be reconciled.
▪ “Blood Sweep: A Posadas County Mystery,” by Steven F. Havill. What connects a concert pianist with attempted murder, a missing person and a proposed theme park? Another chapter in this popular series, set in southern New Mexico.
▪ “The Liar,” by Nora Roberts. When Richard Roberts turns up missing, his wife, Shelby, discovers he left behind tons of cash, fake jewelry and phony identification cards. Just who did she marry — and will his seemingly sordid past soon come back to haunt her?
Summer Reading Suggestions
▪ “The Bone Tree: A Novel,” by Greg Iles. The author of “Natchez Burning” returns to familiar territory — people digging for answers to murders that happened in civil-rights-era Mississippi, and those equally intent on covering sins of the past.
▪ “The Fall,” by John Lescroart. The authorities all agree: San Francisco teenager Anlya Paulson was pushed from a freeway overpass and killed. But when they put a suspect on trial and attorney Rebecca Hardy is convinced they got the wrong man, a series of new controversies erupt and threaten to bring down the whole city.
▪ “It’s a Long Story: My Life,” by Willie Nelson, with David Ritz. It’s all here, told as only the country music superstar can tell it: humble beginnings, musical influences, personal trouble, IRS trouble, playing at the White House, and much more.
▪ Harry Potter Day: Join fellow Harry Potter fans as we celebrate the Battle of Hogwarts anniversary with crafts and activities that will excite any Hogwarts student — past or present! Noon-5 p.m., Sunday, May 24, at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: (559) 600-3135.
▪ Family-Palooza at Central: Celebrate National Bike Month by reading and sharing stories about bicycles! 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, at the Central Library. Details: (559) 600-READ (7323).
▪ Teen Night at Fowler: Come hang out and enjoy food, games, movies, and more! 5-6 p.m., Thursday, May 28, at the Fowler Branch Library. Details: (559) 600-9281.
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.