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
▪ “The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son Talk About Life, Love, and Loss,” by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt.
▪ “Fool Me Once,” by Harlen Coben.
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▪ “The Nest,” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney.
▪ “The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time,” by Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bark.
▪ “The Summer Before the War: A Novel,” by Helen Simonson.
▪ “Sent to the Devil,” by Laura Lebow. The darker sides of golden-age Vienna and Venice: While poet Lorenzo Da Ponte is busy writing the words to Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” murder, mystery and social unrest keep thumping against his door.
▪ “Chasing the North Star: A Novel,” by Robert Morgan. Jonah Williams, an 18-year-old South Carolina slave, runs away from his plantation in 1851. All he has are his luck and wits, and the help of an equally bold slave girl also racing toward freedom.
▪ “Good Girls, Bad Girls of the New Testament: Their Enduring Lessons,” by T.J. Wray. A detailed look at the well-known women of Judea, their associations with Jesus Christ and Paul, and the impact they’ve had on religion and culture.
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▪ “Srsly Hamlet,” by Courtney Carbone. The famous play, presented scene by scene but told in texts and emojis!
▪ “The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio,” by Andrea E. Mays. Discover the surprising story of how a world-class Shakespeare library ended up on Capitol Hill, next door to the Library of Congress.
▪ “Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays,” by Tina Packer. By following the timeline of Shakespeare’s writings, the author shows how the women he wrote about slowly became more complex, alive and assertive.
▪ Poetry Contest: Join a Library tradition and submit your poems at http://www.fresnolibrarypoetry.org/, from April 1-30. Talented fellow poets will judge your work, and winners will get Barnes & Noble gift cards! Details: 559-600-6218.
▪ Computer Help One-on-One: Learn computer basics in a one-hour, one-on-one session with a staff member. 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, at the Sunnyside Regional Library. Please register in advance by calling 559-600-6594.
▪ Doctor Who – Impossible Astronaut Day: Spend a full day making Who crafts, playing Who trivia and watching Who episodes! First come, first served, all supplies furnished, no reservations needed. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 23, at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: 559-600-3135.
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.