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 close Thursday, Dec. 31, and remain closed all day Friday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s holiday.
Top 5 Most Requested Books
▪ “The Guilty,” by David Baldacci.
▪ “Rogue Lawyer,” by John Grisham.
▪ “Cross Justice,” by James Patterson.
▪ “Secret Sisters,” by Jayne Ann Krentz.
▪ “Tricky Twenty-Two: A Stephanie Plum Novel,” by Janet Evanovich.
▪ “Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers,” by Matt Kaplan. If you’ve ever wondered whether sacred water can heal or people can change biological form, this book has the (often surprising) answers.
▪ “The Bone Labyrinth: A Sigma Force Novel,” by James Rollins. Spanning 50,000 years of recorded history, this novel goes backward to see if humanity has a future – or is facing imminent extinction.
▪ “Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons: A Rose Gardner Mystery,” by Denise Grover Swank. Find out what you do when you’re a murder trial juror, have a psychic vision that the defendant is innocent, and are too intimidated to tell the prosecutor about it.
Toward a Better 2016
▪ “First, Kill All the Marriage Counselors: Modern-Day Secrets to Being Desired, Cherished, and Adored for Life,” by Laura Doyle. A set of real-life answers for those who have tried conventional marriage therapy and found it unhelpful.
▪ “Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life,” by Eric Greitens. Offered by a former Navy SEAL, this collection of advice seeks to instruct and inspire all those who endure life’s roughest patches.
▪ “Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness,” by Sasha Martin. The author shows that solutions to life’s most difficult problems are often found by conversation over a well-crafted, home-cooked meal.
▪ Fig Garden Manga and Anime Club: Monthly meeting of fans to discuss these popular genres. Selections will be shown. 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 28, at the Fig Garden Regional Library. Details: 559-600-4071.
▪ Closely Knit Group: Are you an experienced knitter or beginner? Come join a group that enjoy knitting and sharing its skills. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 30, at the Senior Resource Center Library. Details: 559-600-6767.
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.