The Fresno County Library’s Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music, and other items, and provides information about library programs. All Fresno County Public Libraries will be closed October 12, 2015, for the Annual Library Meeting.
Top 5 Most Requested Books
▪ “Make Me,” by Lee Child.
▪ “Killing Reagan,” by Bill O’Reilly.
▪ “The Murder House,” by James Patterson and David Ellis.
▪ “The Martian: A Novel,” by Andy Weir
▪ “A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction,” by Patrick Kennedy.
▪ “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear,” by Elizabeth Gilbert. From the best-selling author of “Eat Pray Love,” a practical road map for taking risks, living fully, tackling life’s biggest issues and coming out on top.
▪ “The Sparrow Sisters,” by Ellen Herrick. The townsfolk of Cape Cod’s Granite Point think that Sorrel, Nettie and Patience Sparrow are wide-eyed local eccentrics, until a sudden tragedy makes them wonder if something more sinister lurks within the sisters.
▪ “Under the Udala Trees,” by Chinelo Okparanta. Told against the backdrop of civil war and strife in Nigeria, this striking debut novel shows the persistence of love between youths Ijeoma and Amina, regardless of what their hard-luck world throws at them.
Celebrating Italian-American Heritage Month
▪ “Going Off Script: How I Survived a Crazy Childhood, Cancer, and Clooney’s 32 On-Screen Rejections,” by Giuliana Rancic. The story of an Italian TV reporter who discovered she couldn’t deliver hard news, but was a smash at broadcasting fluff.
▪ “Have a Nice Guilt Trip,” by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella. Short pieces about living, cooking, dating, parenting, and (of course) guilt, all with an Italian flavor, by the mother-daughter team of “Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim.”
▪ “Burnt Siena: A Flora Garibaldi Art History Mystery,” by Sarah Wisseman. Restauro Lorenzetti of Siena, Italy brings decaying masterworks of the past back to life. Is it also responsible for a present-day trail full of deceit and death?
▪ Connect with Classics: Rediscover a classic book every month! This month’s selection is “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee. 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: 559-600-3135.
▪ English Conversation Circle: Designed for ESOLs (English Speakers of Other Languages), practice your discussion skills in a relaxed small-group atmosphere. 1-2:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, at the Fig Garden Regional Library. Details: 559-600-4071.
▪ Teen DIY-Express It Journals: Learn how to make words convey your innermost thoughts and emotions. All materials are provided. 11 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Sanger Branch Library. Details: 559-600-9291.
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.