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As we honor Martin Luther King, books on civil rights movement offer insight, context

“The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Right Activist” by Cynthia Levinson
“The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Right Activist” by Cynthia Levinson

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

Remembering the Civil Rights Struggle

▪ “The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist,” by Cynthia Levinson. For younger readers: How a 9-year-old girl protested segregation in Birmingham, Alabama and became the youngest person arrested for civil disobedience.

▪ “Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case,” by Patricia Hruby Powell. When Richard and Mildred Loving were wed, little did they know that simple act would lead straight to the Supreme Court and end all bans against interracial marriage in America. An inspiring story, told in blank verse.

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“Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case” by Patricia Hruby Powell CHRONICLE BOOKS

▪ “American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals and Their Struggle for Social and Political Justice,” by Albert J. Raboteau. A study of different civil rights leaders (Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton and others) who regarded their actions as central to their faiths.

Top 5 Most Requested Books

▪ “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” by Michael Wolff.

▪ “The Woman in the Window: A Novel,” by A.J. Finn.

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“The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn WILLIAM MORROW

▪ “The Rooster Bar,” by John Grisham.

▪ “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” by Jesmyn Ward.

▪ “Year One,” by Nora Roberts.

New Arrivals

▪ “Immortal Life: A Soon to Be True Story,” by Stanley Bing. When a 127-year-old man tries to inhabit a new body, the younger of the two minds has other ideas on how to live – and a struggle for control happens, one that might affect the whole human race.

▪ “The Keeper of Lost Things: A Novel,” by Ruth Hogan. Anthony Peardew has been collecting items misplaced by others for most of his life. As he nears death, the need to reunite a houseful of objects with their owners becomes especially urgent.

▪ “The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity,” by Esther Perel. A new look at the subject of infidelity, and how its proper understanding presents unique opportunities to grow and change.

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“The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity” by Esther Perel HARPER

Events

▪ Virtual Reality Tour Art Hop: Visit a museum and see art in a whole new way with Oculus virtual reality. Anyone can observe, but you must be age 13 or older to use the Oculus headset. 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Betty Rodriguez Regional Library. Details: 559-600-9245.

▪ Evo Bluestein Concert: Hear traditional American folk music interpreted by this well-known local performer, lecturer, composer and author (“Road to Sweet’s Mill”). Presented by the Friends of the Auberry Library.7-9 p.m., Friday, Auberry Branch Library. Details: 559-855-8523.

▪ Author Talk – Jeffrey Williams and Lexi: Learn the fascinating story of Lexi the Library Therapy Dog, who recently had a whole book written about her! 1-2 p.m., Saturday, 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.

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 or details.

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