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
▪ “Killing Reagan,” by Bill O’Reilly.
▪ “Make Me,” by Lee Child.
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▪ “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” by Marie Kondo.
▪ “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” by David Lagercrantz.
▪ “Devoted in Death,” by J.D. Robb.
▪ “The Traitor Baru Cormorant,” by Seth Dickinson. A seasoned sci-fi author presents a dazzling debut novel. When her home country of Taranoke is conquered by the Empire of Masks, Cormorant poses as a collaborator to destroy the evil forces from the inside.
▪ “Daughter of the House,” by Rosie Thomas. To keep a struggling theatre alive in the wake of World War I, Nancy Wix switches from traditional entertainment to psychic readings and spiritualism – with many unanticipated consequences.
▪ “Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style,” by Cintra Wilson. The author goes in the field, from Los Angeles to Miami to Brooklyn, and offers dozens of hard-edged, outrageous opinions on what’s right and wrong with contemporary fashion.
It’s Great Books Week!
This annual event is sponsored by the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors. All selections listed below are available electronically through Library eBooks and via Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org), as well as in printed format.
- “Pride and Prejudice,” by Jane Austen.
- “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” by Lewis Carroll.
- “Don Quixote,” by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
- “Heart of Darkness,” by Joseph Conrad.
- “The Brothers Karamazov,” by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
- “Madame Bovary,” by Gustave Flaubert.
- “Ulysses,” by James Joyce.
- “Moby-Dick,” by Herman Melville.
- “Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus,” by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
- “War and Peace,” by Leo Tolstoy.
▪ Learn About Caving: Greg Roemer, chair of the San Joaquin Valley Grotto, will discuss this unusual hobby and how you can get involved with it. 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: 559-600-3135.
▪ Master Gardeners – Spiders: See a presentation and participate in a craft involving these eight-legged wonders. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Sunnyside Regional Library. Details: 559-600-6594.
▪ 1 on 1 Bilingual Computer Class: Learn to use the mouse, sign up for email and search the Internet. Call in advance or sign up at the circulation desk. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Mendota Branch Library. Details: 559-600-9291.
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.