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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.

• “A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel,” by Anne Tyler.

• “Last One Home: A Novel,” by Debbie Macomber.

• “Cold Betrayal: An Ali Reynolds Novel,” by J.A. Jance.

• “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania,” by Erik Larson.

New arrivals


“The Other College Guide: A Road Map to the Right School for You,”

by Jane Sweetland, Paul Glastis, and the staff of the Washington Monthly. This real-world guide helps you find the best in prices, course offerings, social life and more, and features a special section on excellent schools often overlooked by prospective students.


“The Wrong Side of Right,”

by Jenn Marie Thorne. After Kate Quinn’s mother dies, she finds out her real father is running for the United States presidency. The surprises don’t stop there, and Kate’s teenage life turns into a crazier, stranger, and more romantic ride than she ever expected.


“A Little Life: A Novel,”

by Hanya Yanagihara. In college, four men meet and become best of friends. The bonds they form run deep, but are forged — and often tested — by a heritage of unspeakable pain and anguish.

150th anniversary of the Civil War’s end


“Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee,”

by Michael Korda. A new portrait of the famed Confederate general, one of America’s greatest military commanders and, at the same time, perhaps the Civil War’s most tragic hero.


“The Smoke at Dawn: A Novel of the Civil War,”

by Jeff Shaara. In the summer of 1863, Union forces control the Mississippi River and a noose is tightening around the Confederate States. The stage is set for a last-ditch conflict at Chattanooga, one that will determine nothing less than the war’s final outcome.


“Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image,”

by Joshua Zeitz. Few today realize that Abraham Lincoln was not well-regarded as a president in the years following his assassination. This narrative shows how his former secretaries rehabilitated his public image and succeeded far beyond their expectations.



Film Noir Discussion:

Led by Paul Kaser, emeritus faculty member of Reedley College, including clips from classic mystery and suspense films. Part of this year’s Big Read, celebrating Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon.” Thursday, April 9, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Sunnyside Regional Library. Details: (559) 600-6594.


“Our Lives: Surviving the Streets of Fresno”

Video Screening: This documentary profiles a number of local homeless people. Some of them will be on hand for a panel discussion following the screening. For more information, visit Friday, April 10, 7 p.m.-8:45 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno (2672 E. Alluvial). Details: (559) 600-6267.


Mini Maker Faire at the Fresno Art Museum:

Celebrate innovation, arts, and crafts in Fresno! Winning entries from this year’s Cardboard Challenge will be displayed. For more information, visit Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Fresno Art Museum, 2233 N. First Street. Details: (559) 600-6227.