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 Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins.
• “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James.
• “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” by Chris Kyle.
• “The Maze Runner,” by James Dashner.
• “Private Vegas,” by James Patterson.
•“Plus One: A Novel,”
by Christopher Noxon. A Los Angeles actress and wife becomes an overnight star after her 14th TV pilot succeeds. Her marketing professional then becomes a “plus one”— a man whose spouse’s fame far exceeds his own.
•“Etta and Otto and Russell and James,”
by Emma Hooper. Realizing she has never seen the ocean, 82-year-old Etta leaves a note for her husband and begins walking from Saskatchewan to her destination. What seems like a simple journey soon becomes a rich tapestry of adventure.
•“The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II,”
by Jan Jarboe Russell. The little-known story of a facility where German, Italian and Japanese families were interned during the conflict and traded for Americans trapped behind enemy borders.
Black History Month
•“The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration,”
by Isabel Wilkerson. By recounting the journeys of three people, the author shows how African-Americans spent several decades moving from the South to the North and the West in search of better lives.
•“Warriors Don’t Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High,”
by Melba Pattillo Beals. Told by one of the participants, this account gives the full details of a landmark civil rights struggle in American history.
•“Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America,”
by Gilbert King. When four young African-American men were unjustly accused of a crime in 1949 Florida, a spiral of violence followed.
•Cardboard Challenge 2015:
Youths are invited to use cardboard and recycled materials to create robots, games, toys, and more. Three prizes will be offered for grade levels K-three, four-six and seven-12. Creations must be entered at participating libraries by March 2. Contact your local branch for more information. Vote for your favorite Cardboard Challenge creations on our Facebook page during the month of March.
•Fowler Book Club:
Join this fun book club for a discussion of “Still Alice: A Novel,” by Lisa Genova, 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Fowler Branch Library. Details: (559) 600-9281.
•Hazel Dixon-Cooper Author Event:
A Valentine’s Day treat that will show you how to use astrology to find your soulmate and improve your life. Her newest book, “Harness Astrology’s Bad Boy,” will be available for purchase and signing, 6-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13, at the Clovis Regional Library. Details: (559) 600-9531.
•Enrollment Help Session for Affordable Care:
This year’s deadline for Affordable Care is fast approaching. Get help 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Central Library. Details: (559) 600-7323.
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. Follow the library! Get information on library events, contests, and more when you connect with us on social media. Use the tag #fresnolibrary.