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
- “Go Set a Watchman,” by Harper Lee.
- “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins.
- “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” by Marie Kondo.
- “The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel,” by Melissa de la Cruz.
- “Nemesis,” by Catherine Coulter.
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- “Footsteps in the Sky,” by Gregory J. Keyes. Hopi and Zuni adventurers from the Southwest take center stage in this science fiction epic. They leave earth and re-establish civilization on a planet called the Fifth World.
- “Every Father’s Daughter: Twenty-Four Women Writers Remember Their Fathers,” edited by Margaret McMullan. An anthology devoted to a special (and often frustrating) parent-child bond. It features essays from Jane Smiley, Maxine Hong Kingston and Alice Munro.
- “Little Pretty Things,” by Lori Rader-Day. For years, Madeleine Bell has had an easier ride in life than her friend, Juliet Townsend. When Maddy is murdered, the police think it’s jealousy on Juliet’s part—and she begins an urgent struggle to clear her name.
70 Years Since World War II’s End
- “Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman — From World War to Cold War,” by Michael Dobbs. The story of how the world’s superpowers brought history’s greatest conflict to a close, despite deep mistrusts and crumbling cooperation.
- “Hitler’s Last Days,” by Bill O’Reilly. From the popular Fox News host, a gripping account of the American and Russian push into Berlin, and the collapse of Germany’s Nazi government.
- “World War II: The Definitive Visual History, from Blitzkrieg to the Atom Bomb,” edited by Alison Sturgeon. Published in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, this tells the story of the campaigns, the diplomats and the soldiers in hundreds of contemporary photos.
Upcoming Library Events
- Connect with Classics: Join this monthly group for a lively discussion of literary masterworks. Kingsley Amis’s “Lucky Jim” will be this session’s subject. 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug.t 11, at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: (559) 600-3135.
- Live Music with Glen Delpit: Enjoy a freewheeling blues concert with this local artist. 5-6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Parlier Branch Library. Details: (559) 646-3835.
- Friends of Auberry Library Free Family Night at the Downing Planetarium: This will be an exciting night of hands-on astronomy and physics demonstrations. 7-10 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, on the Fresno State campus. Please register in advance by visiting www.friendsofauberrylibrary.org, or calling (559) 855-8523.
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. Follow the library! Get information on library events, contests, and more when you connect with us on social media. Use the tag #fresnolibrary.