The Fresno County Library’s Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music, and other items, and provides information about library programs.
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Top 5 Most Requested Books
▪ “Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel,” by Lee Child.
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▪ “The Whistler: A Novel,” by John Grisham.
▪ “The Wrong Side of Goodbye,” by Michael Connelly.
▪ “No Man’s Land,” by David Baldacci.
▪ “The Chemist: A Novel,” by Stephenie Meyer.
▪ “Fish in Exile,” by Vi Khi Nao. In this heart-wrenching novel, Vietnam-born poet Vi Khi Nao weaves the tale of a married couple grieving their twin children, blending poetry and prose to examine universal problems of loss and mourning.
▪ “A Taste of Blood and Ashes: A Jared McKean Mystery,” by Jaden Terrell. Investigating an insurance claim after a barn fire, Nashville PI and horse whisperer Jared McKean discovers some long-buried bones and unearths a forty year old conspiracy.
▪ “Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital,” by David Oshinsky. In this chronicle of New York City’s Bellevue Hospital, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Oshinsky traces the evolution of American medicine, from quackery to regulated practice based on clinical research.
▪ “Turbo Twenty-Three,” by Janet Evanovich. Hapless bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is at it again, this time going undercover in an ice cream factory to investigate an unusually sticky crime as she continues to juggle the two men in her life.
▪ “Chaos,” by Patricia Cornwell. In this latest installment of Cornwell’s bestselling series, Kay Scarpetta investigates a death that seems to have been (but was not) caused by lightning, work that is made more difficult by the bizarre, threatening poems she receives from an anonymous cyberbully.
▪ “Alexander Hamilton,” by Ron Chernow. Acclaimed hip-hop musical “Hamilton” was inspired by this biography of the founding father, first published in 2004.
▪ Annual Winter Craft: During the month of December, you can stop by your local branch and create a keepsake holiday ornament! Plastic, fillable ornaments, and all other materials are provided by the library, but please call the branch to pre-register to ensure supplies will be available for you. Please see www.fresnolibrary.org for full details.
▪ Pipe on the Hob: The Holidays: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, join us at Woodward Park Regional Library for a spirited holiday concert from one of the Valley’s most prominent Celtic music bands. Details: 559-600-3135.
▪ Photos with Santa: Come one, come all, and take free photos with Santa at select Fresno County Public Library branches. Santa will be visiting Sanger Branch Library (559-875-2435) at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Sunnyside Regional Library (559-600-6594), at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
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.