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 Wrong Side of Goodbye: A Novel,” by Michael Connelly.
▪ “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Special Rehearsal Script,” by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne.
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▪ “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” by J.D. Vance.
▪ “The Underground Railroad: A Novel,” by Colson Whitehead.
▪ “Bullseye,” by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.
▪ “Good Morning, Midnight: A Novel,” by Lily Brooks-Dalton. An astronomer, alone in an Arctic research station, and a space flight crew returning to Earth discover that they might be the last specimens of the human race.
▪ “The Paris Librarian,” by Mark Pryor. When Paul Rogers dies unexpectedly at the American Library in Paris, the authorities blame natural causes. His friend, Hugo Marston, suspects more sinister forces at work—and soon begins to prove his point.
▪ “Face Value: The Hidden Ways that Beauty Shapes Women’s Lives,” by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano. A lengthy response to the age-old questions—what do others find attractive about women, and why?
▪ “Insidious,” by Catherine Coulter. The FBI’s best brains are trying to track down a killer known as the Starlet Slasher, and also find out who’s attempting to murder a corporate executive. As these very different cases begin to connect, the plot keeps thickening.
▪ “Three Sisters, Three Queens,” by Philippa Gregory. In the early 16th century, the queens of England, Scotland and France – all related by blood or marriage – band together as court intrigue, religious controversies and warfare swirl about them.
▪ “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst,” by Jeffrey Toobin. A new look at a famous case, where the central figure has long been surrounded by question marks – was she a victim or a criminal?
▪ Fig Garden Manga and Anime Club: A monthly fan meeting to discuss these popular genres. Anime video selections will be shown. 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 29, at the Fig Garden Regional Library. Details: 559-600-4071.
▪ College Night: Thinking of attending college locally? Find out about admissions, programs, degrees, registration and more. 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the San Joaquin Branch Library. Details: 559-693-2171.
▪ One-on-One Basic Computer Class: Work toward a computer learning goal with a volunteer expert. 10 a.m.-noon, Friday, Sept. 2, at the Sunnyside Regional Library. Please register in advance by calling 559-600-6594.
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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.