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 Last Mile,” by David Baldacci.
▪ “The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son Talk About Life, Love and Loss,” by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt.
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▪ “Miller’s Valley: A Novel,” by Anna Quindlen.
▪ “Most Wanted,” by Lisa Scottoline.
▪ “The Nest,” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney.
▪ “Blood Defense,” by Marcia Clark. The famous prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson case turns again to fiction. Here she tells the story of Samantha Brinkman, a rising defense attorney who’s taken on a high-profile, high-risk case that might jeopardize her career.
▪ “Extreme Prey,” by John Sandford. Another entry in the “Prey” series: Lucas Davenport is juggling two huge jobs – handling security for Minnesota’s nationally-prominent governor, and keeping a determined, infuriated citizen from killing her.
▪ “Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life,” by Edward O. Wilson. In this book, the world-famous scientist challenges us to make an extraordinary commitment: Dedicating half the Earth’s surface to nature alone and the biodiversity it shelters.
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▪ “A Blossom of Bright Light,” by Suzanne Chazin. When a dead baby turns up outside a community center, detective Jimmy Vega steps in to solve the case, and steps on some toes as well. The second installment of a new, Latino-themed mystery series.
▪ “Mendota: Life and Times of an Emerging Latino Community, 1891-2012,” by Manuel Gonzales. In 342 pages, the author details the major events in this Fresno County town’s history, and showcases its important roles in local agriculture and culture.
▪ “Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco,” by Judith Robbins Rose. For younger readers: A compelling novel about Jacinta, a girl navigating between Latino and American cultures, and what she discovers about herself and others along the way.
▪ Author Talk: Hans Berger, author of “A Bridge to Cross”, will discuss his family’s struggles against the Nazis and Russians at the end of World War II. 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: 559-600-3135.
▪ Friends of the Auberry Library Concert: Hear the Dusty Brough Trio’s jazz sounds on guitar, saxophone and drums. 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, at the Auberry Branch Library. Details: 559-855-8523.
▪ Homebrew Talk: Join the San Joaquin Worthogs Homebrew Club for a discussion on making beer at home. 3-4 p.m., Saturday, May 7, at the Betty Rodriguez Regional Library. Details: 559-600-9245.
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.