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 Black Book,” by James Patterson and David Ellis.
▪ “If Not for You: A Novel,” by Debbie Macomber.
▪ “Heartbreak Hotel,” by Jonathan Kellerman.
▪ “The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story,” by Diane Ackerman.
▪ “A Man Called Ove: A Novel,” by Fredrik Backman.
▪ “Kneaded to Death: A Bread Shop Mystery,” by Winnie Archer. The first installment in the Bread Shop Mysteries. Is the Yeast of Eden bakery in peaceful Santa Sofia, Calif., quietly serving up murder and mayhem among its loaves and cakes? Also available as an e-book on Cloud Library.
▪ “Lucky You: A Novel,” by Erika Carter. The “Mystic Pizza” formula moves to Arkansas: Three young women, longtime friends now waitressing at a bar, lend each other hugs, tears and moral support as they put youth behind and move into an uncertain adulthood.
▪ “Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean,” by Jonathan White. The author trots around the globe to study how motion in the seas affects different sets of people, from Inuit hunters in the Arctic to monks living on an isolated island in France.
100 Years Ago: America Enters World War I
▪ “Stubby,” by Kate Klimo. For younger readers: The amazing but true story of the dog who served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, who was injured in battle, shook hands with President Woodrow Wilson, and learned how to salute with his paw! Also available as an e-book on Cloud Library.
▪ “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania,” by Erik Larson. A gripping retelling of this luxury liner’s sinking at the hands of a German U-boat, which helped propel America’s entry into World War I. Also available as an e-book on Overdrive.
▪ “Terrorist: Gavrilo Princip, the Assassin Who Ignited World War,” by Henrik Rehr. A graphic novel about the Serbian nationalist who shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, a single act which had repercussions still felt across the planet.
▪ Chair Yoga at the Library: A session designed explicitly for people who need to practice yoga with the assistance of a chair. 9:15-10 a.m. Monday at the Betty Rodriguez Regional Library. Details: 559-600-9245.
▪ Come Play “Jeopardy!”: Join in this live version of the ever-popular game show and win library-related prizes! 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Gillis Branch Library (details, 559-225-0140) and 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Caruthers Branch Library (details, 559-864-8766).
▪ Finding Your Voice: Get expert advice from author John Brantingham on how to write about natural worlds and the high Sierra. You will leave the session with a completed piece of poetry or fiction! 3-4 p.m. Friday at the Clovis Regional Library. Details: 559-600-9531.
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.