The Fresno County Library’s Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music, and other items, and provides information about library programs. All libraries will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, in observance of the Presidents Day holiday.
Top 5 Most Requested Books
▪ “Me Before You,” by Jojo Moyes.
▪ “When Breath Becomes Air,” by Paul Kalanithi.
▪ “NYPD Red 4,” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp.
▪ “Blue: A Novel,” by Danielle Steel.
▪ “The Bitter Season,” by Tami Hoag.
▪ “The Guest Room: A Novel,” by Chris Bohjalian. Good intentions go far wrong when a bachelor party ends up with two dead, two women on the run, blackmail and an estranged marriage!
▪ “The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain,” by Bill Bryson. The record of a leisurely trip that includes an insane asylum, Stonehenge, the London Underground and an investigation into rural cow attacks.
▪ “The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom,” by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig. The authors show how to weigh less, sleep better and strengthen immunity through a series of dietary adjustments.
Reading for Presidents Day
▪ “Reagan: The Life,” by H.W. Brands. From Illinois to Hollywood and Washington, here is a detailed biography of the president who helped end the Cold War and left a long legacy still felt today in American politics.
▪ “The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House,” by Kate Andersen Brower. Beginning with the Kennedy and ending with the Obama administrations, see the presidents and first ladies through the eyes of their cooks, butlers and maids.
▪ “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety,” by Jimmy Carter. A fond look backward from the former president, offering joys and regrets, general advice, lessons gained through experience and commentaries on current affairs.
▪ Career online high school: Starting on Tuesday, Feb. 16, find out about the library’s exciting new program to complete high school diplomas online. Visit the library’s website, or call 559-600-9243 for details.
▪ Jazz at the library: Come hear the Jazz Composers’ Orchestra play popular selections from the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band. 7-8:30 P.M., Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: 559-600-3135.
▪ Chinese new year’s crafts: Find out how to make colorful Chinese paper lanterns, a fun activity for all ages. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Selma Branch Library. Details: 559-896-3393.
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.