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.
• “The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel,” by Mark Pryor.
• “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James.
• “Go Set a Watchman,” by Harper Lee.
• “Fifty Shades Darker,” by E. L. James.
•“This Is What You Just Put in Your Mouth? From Eggnog to Beef Jerky, the Surprising Secrets of What’s Inside Everyday Products,”
by Nick Di Justo. For everyone who’s ever wondered what’s in A-1 Steak Sauce, Hot Pockets, Doritos and other common foods. The answers are not necessarily negative!
•“The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases,”
by Amy Myers, M.D. Almost everyone suffers from inflammations and autoimmune conditions. This book shows how to overcome them by avoiding certain foods and toxins and repairing long-term body damage.
•“City of Savages,”
by Lee Kelly. Sisters Skylar and Phee Miller live in post-World War III Manhattan, which has been turned into a POW camp for obscure reasons.
It’s Optimism Month!
•“The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking,”
by Oliver Burkeman. Is the road to contentment reasonable or ultimately unrealistic? The author offers some non-traditional views on the subject in this thought-provoking study.
•“Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder,”
by Arianna Huffington. The pursuit of success often comes at a cost to health and inner peace. Huffington shows how the use of sleep, meditation, and other techniques can restore the balance necessary to live a fulfilled life.
•“Well-Being: The Five Essential Elements,”
by Tom Rath and Jim Harter. To feel right, people need to achieve well-being in different, yet interconnected, aspects of their lives. The authors identify how everyone can pursue a path of effective mind and body transformation.
•Curious About College?
A guest speaker from the State Center Community College District will provide an overview of Fresno County educational options and how to finance them. All ages are welcome. Wednesday, March 4, from 4-5 p.m., at the Orange Cove Branch Library. Details: (559) 600-9292.
•Clovis Classics Book Club:
Rediscover a classic book every month! This month’s selection is “The Maltese Falcon,” by Dashiell Hammett, this year’s selection for the Fresno County Public Library’s Big Read program. Wednesday, March 4, from 7-8 p.m., at the Clovis Regional Library. Details: (559) 600-9531.
•Master Gardener Program for Kids:
The gardeners of Fresno will discuss the soil in our area and how we can improve it to grow better plants. A fun activity will follow. Thursday, March 5, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., at the Reedley Branch Library. Details: (559) 638-2818.
•Pipe on the Hob:
Join us for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration with this popular San Joaquin Valley Celtic music band! Saturday, March 7, from 2-4 p.m., at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: (559) 600-3135.