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These books took top prizes for fiction writing, and they’re at the library

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead

The Fresno County Library’s Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music, and other items, and provides information about library programs.

Prizewinning Fiction of 2017

▪ “Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel,” by George Saunders. Winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize. After his son Willie succumbs to fever, Abraham Lincoln visits him at his temporary crypt and encounters a strange world poised between death and rebirth.

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“Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders RANDOM HOUSE

▪ “Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel,” by Jesmyn Ward. Winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction. A broken biracial family living on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast struggles to overcome its internal conflicts and become whole again.

▪ “The Underground Railroad: A Novel,” by Colson Whitehead. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The past and present blur as plantation slaves Cora and Caesar board a passenger train to freedom, encountering prejudice and dismay at every stop, while trying to stay ahead of the man determined to catch them.

Top 5 Most Requested Books

▪ “The People vs. Alex Cross,” by James Patterson.

▪ “End Game,” by David Baldacci.

▪ “The Rooster Bar,” by John Grisham.

▪ “The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel,” by Lee Child.

▪ “Hardcore Twenty-Four,” by Janet Evanovich.

New Arrivals

▪ “The Deal of a Lifetime: A Novella,” by Fredrik Backman. When a father feels Christmastime guilt for neglecting his son’s upbringing, he sees an opportunity to set matters straight – and wonders if his idea has any chance of working.

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“The Deal of a Lifetime” by Fredrik Backman ATRIA BOOKS

▪ “The Weight of Ink,” by Rachel Kadish. Facing her own mortality, an ill scholar in modern London attempts to learn the identity of a woman who lived 350 years earlier, who left behind a legacy of enlightened thinking and humanism in her writings.

▪ “Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault,” by Jody Revenson. In the Harry Potter films, a large team of technical and creative people brought flying brooms, monsters and talking artwork to life. This book explains what they did to create true movie magic.

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“Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault” by Jody Revenson HARPER DESIGN


▪ Oculus Rift and League of Legends: Use the library’s state-of-the-art virtual reality equipment to play games and explore new environments, or play League of Legends online with friends. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sunnyside Regional Library. Details: 559-600-6594.

▪ Trivia Nights – Big Fat Quiz of 2017: 2017 is ending soon, and what better way to celebrate than to test your wits on everything that happened this year? Bring along your best team members – there will be prizes! 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: 559-600-3135.

▪ Veterans Connect: Meet with a trained volunteer to see if you or a loved one qualifies for housing, educational, health and other veteran benefits. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Betty Rodriguez Regional Library. Details: 559-600-9240.

This is a weekly column written by the Fresno County Public Library staff. Events are usually free. Visit, or call 559-600-6227 for details.