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
▪ “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Special Rehearsal Script,” by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne.
▪ “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” by J.D. Vance.
▪ “The Wrong Side of Goodbye,” by Michael Connelly.
▪ “The Underground Railroad: A Novel,” by Colson Whitehead.
▪ “The Woman in Cabin 10,” by Ruth Ware.
▪ “The Invisible Library,” by Genevieve Cogman. Follow the adventures of super-sleuth Irene, who’s entrusted with finding a book that exists underneath alternate dimensions, inside of a London full of mythical creatures and beasts!
▪ “The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life & Succeed on Your Own Terms,” by Vishen Lakhiani. Are the “rules” of everyday living necessarily valid? The author says they aren’t, offers proof to support his claim, and shows how they can be modified and ignored for better personal outcomes.
▪ “By the Numbers,” by Jen Lancaster. Just when Penny Sinclair thinks she’s ready to leave her marriage behind and strike out on her own, her entire family descends on her house and won’t let her leave until she helps them fix their lives, one at a time.
The National Park Service Turns 100!
▪ “Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon,” by Ann Marie Brown. A detailed guide to the national parks in Fresno’s backyard, with little-known facts bound to surprise veteran hikers, climbers and sightseers.
▪ “Before They’re Gone: A Family’s Year-Long Quest to Explore America’s Most Endangered National Parks,” by Michael Lanza. A sentimental, yet chilling, report on how America’s best-loved landscapes are being altered through different environmental pressures.
▪ “The Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and our National Parks,” by Barb Rosenstock. For younger readers, the inspiring story of how four days in the wilderness led straight to the creation of the national park system.
▪ Images of the Armenian Spirit: Presented by Heritage Fresno, this film offers an introduction to the culture and arts of Armenia. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: 559-600-3135.
▪ Paper Quilling: Learn how to roll, loop, twist and curl paper into beautiful designs! 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Sunnyside Branch Library. Details: 559-600-6594.
▪ Author Talk: Hear Anthony Puyo discuss his novel, “The Compelled,” which puts Fresno in the center of an upcoming apocalypse. 1-2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: 559-600-3135.
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.