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 Nest,” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney.
▪ “Fool Me Once,” by Harlan Coben.
▪ “Clawback: An Ali Reynolds Novel,” by J.A. Jance.
▪ “The Steel Kiss: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel,” by Jeffery Deaver.
▪ “Me Before You,” by Jojo Moyes.
▪ “The Infidel Stain,” by M.J. Carter. In “The Strangler Vine,” Captain William Avery and Jeremiah Blake were sleuths in colonial India; in this new adventure, they take on the Victorian underworld of London and a killer protected by high authorities.
▪ “The Moon in the Palace,” by Weina Dai Randel. When 13-year-old Mei joins the Chinese emperor’s court, she soon gets involved in a brutal split within the Tang Dynasty and has to defend herself against a small army of rivals.
▪ “Communing With the Ancestors: Your Spirit Guides, Bloodline Allies, and the Cycle of Reincarnation,” by Raven Grimassi. If you’ve ever wondered how to speak beyond the grave, this book offers different suggestions on how to open the channels.
Gregory Peck’s Centennial
▪ “Gregory Peck: A Charmed Life,” by Lynn Haney. The portrait of an actor often cast as a determined hero, who was sometimes far less than perfect in private; written with Peck’s full cooperation just before his death.
▪ “To Kill a Mockingbird (DVD),” directed by Robert Mulligan. Peck’s Academy Award-winning performance as crusading lawyer Atticus Finch continues to move audiences everywhere. Also stars Mary Badham, Brock Peters and Robert Duvall.
▪ “The Yearling (DVD),” directed by Clarence Brown. The story of a young boy growing up in the Florida wilds, with Peck as his stern father, intent on teaching him life’s hardest lessons. Also stars Jane Wyman and Claude Jarman, Jr.
▪ Come Play “Jeopardy!”: Compete for gift bags in this fast-paced event, based on the popular TV game show. 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, April 4, at the Gillis Branch Library. Details: 559-225-0140.
▪ Marble Magnets: Make a magnet or game token using marbles and recycled books. Call the branch to register. Limit of 15 participants. 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, at the Reedley Branch Library. Details: 559-638-2818.
▪ Saturday Family Movies: Enjoy one or both of two films suited for all ages! 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., 2:30-3 p.m., Saturday, April 9, at the Betty Rodriguez Regional Library. Details: 559-600-9245.
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.