The Fresno County Library’s Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music, and other items, and provides information about library programs.
War in the Pacific: 75 years later
▪ “Women Heroes of World War II: The Pacific Theater,” by Kathryn J. Atwood. True stories of nurses, bureaucrats, journalists and spies with two common goals: Easing the suffering of war, and blazing a path to Allied victory.
▪ “MacArthur at War: World War II in the Pacific,” by Walter R. Borneman. A fresh study of the highly capable, famously vain general – at war not only with Japan, but with the U.S. Army and federal politicians, as well.
▪ “Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors and Submarines in the Pacific,” by Deborah Hopkinson. The David-and-Goliath, beneath-the-water struggle between the U.S. and Japan, and how it changed the entire course of war in a matter of months.
Top 5 most requested books
▪ “The Late Show,” by Michael Connelly.
▪ “Paradise Valley,” by C.J. Box.
▪ “House of Spies,” by Daniel Silva.
▪ “The Glass Castle,” by Jeannette Walls.
▪ “Camino Island,” by John Grisham.
▪ “The New Camp Cookbook: Gourmet Grub for Campers, Road Trippers, and Adventurers,” by Linda Ly. For those who want gourmet fare with minimum fuss – the specialties include Korean flank steak, fennel pizza and one-pan chicken fajita pasta.
▪ “Afterlife,” by Marcus Sakey. A pair of Chicago FBI agents die in the line of fire and are reunited on the other side – only to find themselves confronting an apocalypse head-on.
▪ “No One Is Coming to Save Us: A Novel,” by Stephanie Powell Watts. When JJ Ferguson returns to his Pinewood, North Carolina, hometown and pursues the dreams he’s held for a lifetime, each one collides with stark realities and fierce denials.
▪ Learn or Teach Crochet and Knitting: Do you want to learn or teach crochet or knitting? Or catch up on a craft project? Then this is the place for you. 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Caruthers Branch Library. Details: 559-864-8766.
▪ Movie Lovers’ Night: Full-feature, free-of-charge film. Due to the film’s content and for the audience’s comfort, no children, please. 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Fig Garden Regional Library. Details: 559-600-4071.
▪ Clovis Book Club: Thought-provoking discussions on today’s popular literature.6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Clovis Regional Library. Details: 559-323-0347.