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
▪ “Echoes in Death,” by J.D. Robb.
▪ “Right Behind You: A Novel,” by Lisa Gardner.
▪ “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race,” by Margot Lee Shetterly.
▪ “A Piece of the World: A Novel,” by Christina Baker Kline.
▪ “Norse Mythology,” by Neil Gaiman.
▪ “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow,” by Yuval Noah Harari. As lifespans lengthen, diseases are eliminated and hunger conquered, how will the world improve in the near future? The author’s answers are often encouraging, yet frequently unsettling.
▪ “Rusty Puppy,” by Joe R. Lansdale. The residents of Camp Rapture, Texas, include shady cops, dogfighters, a midget vampire, and – maybe – a ring of murderers dumping bodies behind an old paper mill.
▪ “The Mother’s Promise,” by Sally Hepworth. Alice Stanhope has sheltered her daughter Zoe for years. A cancer diagnosis forces her to seek help from two strangers, and the four women together form a team to meet some of life’s biggest challenges.
▪ “A Dog’s Purpose,” by W. Bruce Cameron. Is a dog destined to look out for itself or others, care for its owners, or even seek its own happiness? Some of the answers appear in the book, guaranteed to pull the heartstrings of every animal lover.
▪ “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World,” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Abrams. Two internationally famous spiritual leaders share ideas on how to find lasting inner peace and satisfaction, in a world where serenity is frequently short in supply.
▪ “Never Never,” by James Patterson and Candice Fox. When Det. Harriet Blue of the Sydney police gets sent to a grimy outback village, she discovers a deep criminal underground – and begins to wonder if she’ll get too close to it and vanish.
▪ Author Talks: Linda Kane talks about writing effectively, developing characters and how she creates her own books. 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Gillis Branch Library (details, 559-225-0140) and 7-8 p.m. Thursday at the Fig Garden Regional Library Details: 559-225-0140.
▪ Musica en la Parque: Join local artist Aracely d’Alvarado for bilingual stories and songs. Made possible by a grant from the Central Valley Community Foundation. 10-11 a.m. Friday at J.O. Eaton Park, 690 Sixth St., Orange Cove. Details: 559-600-9292.
▪ Pet Movie Double Feature: The Betty Rodriguez Regional Friends of the Library presents two feature-length pet-themed movies for all ages. Come join us! 12:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Rodriguez Regional Library. Details: 559-867-3381.
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.