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
▪ “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology,” by Leah Remini, with Rebecca Paley.
▪ “Rogue Lawyer,” by John Grisham.
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▪ “The Crossing: A Novel,” by Michael Connelly.
▪ “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School,” by Jeff Kinney.
▪ “The Japanese Lover: A Novel,” by Isabel Allende.
▪ “A Killing Winter,” by Tom Callaghan. A bold new thriller set in an unlikely locale – the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. Inspector Akyl Borubaev finds a corpse in a public park and fears that this simple discovery will lead to the end of his own life.
▪ “Cleopatra’s Shadows: A Novel,” by Emily Holleman. When the celebrated queen-to-be and her father flee strife in Egypt and run to Rome, her sisters Berenice and Arsinoe stay behind and become tangled in webs of violence and deceit.
▪ “Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking,” by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook. Along with staples such as kugels, latkes, and rugelach, this James Beard Award-winner adds exotic new fare, such as pink lentil soup and cashew baklava cigars.
‘Tis the Season
▪ “Holiday Cookies: Prize-Winning Family Recipes From the Chicago Tribune for Cookies, Bars, Brownies and More.” Certain to please and selected from hundreds of the newspaper’s prize-winning cookie contest entries.
▪ “Holiday Cheer: Festive Inspirations for Your Best Season Ever,” by the editors of Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Country Living. Indulge your seasonal creativity with these recipes, decoration ideas, and homemade gift instructions.
▪ “Gluten-Free Holiday: Delicious Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Stuffings and Sauces for the Perfect Festive Table,” by Hannah Miles. Learn how to make delicious mini-cornbreads, chestnut stuffings, and other fare for protein-sensitive people.
▪ Hunger Games Movie Nights: Celebrate the release of the series’ final film by watching the first three. Seating is limited, arrive early! Monday, Nov. 16 (“Hunger Games”); Wednesday, Nov. 18 (“Catching Fire”); and Thursday, Nov. 19 (“Mockingjay, Part 1”); all 6-9 p.m., at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: 559-600-3135.
▪ Crafters Social Circle: Learn, teach, talk about, and have fun with various crafts. 5-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Caruthers Branch Library. Details: 559-864-8766.
▪ Kingsburg Author Talk: Valerie Runningwolf will read from her new children’s book, “Nerplee: The Giant Little Girl.” Take your picture with Nerplee, too! 11 a.m.-noon., Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Kingsburg Branch Library. Details: 559-897-3710.
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.