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Valentine’s Day is coming soon, and romance is in the air – and on bookshelves

“Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari
“Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari

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

In the Mood for Romance?

▪ “Modern Romance,” by Aziz Ansari. A lighthearted journey through the electronic dating wilderness of, eHarmony and Tinder, guided by the comic who operates by “the Flo Rida Theory of Acquired Likability Through Repetition.”

▪ “Romancing Daphne: A Regency Romance,” by Sarah M. Eden. When Daphne Lancaster gets reacquainted with girlhood friend James Tilburn, wedding bells soon ring in the distance. But several unforeseen events threaten to silence them forever.

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“Romancing Daphne” by Sarah E. Eden COVENANT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

▪ “Fresh Romance, Volume 1,” by Kate Leth. Sentimental fiction crosses into graphic novel territory with this groundbreaking anthology, exploring the familiar themes of forbidden affairs, teenage heartthrobs, love triangles and much more.

Top 5 Most Requested Books

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

▪ “City of Endless Night,” by Douglas J. Preston.

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“City of Endless Night” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING

▪ “The Great Alone,” by Kristin Hannah.

▪ “Little Fires Everywhere,” by Celeste Ng.

▪ “Still Me,” by Jojo Moyes.

New Arrivals

▪ “Beneath the Sugar Sky,” by Seanan McGuire. A new entry in the Wayward Children series, where a girl named Rini pulls together a team of boys and girls to save her homeland – the World of Confection, sporting a pink soda sea and a gingerbread castle.

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“Beneath the Sugar Sky” by Seanan McGuire TOR.COM

▪ “Light It Up,” by Nicholas Petrie. Witness the birth of a new literary genre – the marijuana mystery. When vehicles full of Colorado pot money are besieged by unknown forces, Peter Ashe enters the fray to find out who’s responsible.

▪ “The Star Wars Cookbook BB-Ate: Awaken to the Force of Breakfast and Brunch,” by Lara Starr. For diehard fans, here are recipes for Luke Skywaffles, BB-8 Energy Balls and Admiral Ackbars.


▪ Friends of the Auberry Library Speaker Series: Join Shirley Spencer in a photographic journey through four Tanzanian National Parks, “From the Serengeti to the Roof of Africa.” 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Auberry Branch Library. Details: 559-855-8523.

▪ Story Jam: An Evening of Community Storytelling: Everybody has a story. Come tell yours at an evening of true and mildly-embellished stories shared live (approximately five minutes a story, no particular theme). 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Politi Branch Library. Details: 559-600-6174.

▪ STEAM Crafts for Tweens: Learn about basic science concepts by building toys or conducting experiments. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Doris Gates Room, Central Library. Details: 559-600-7323 .

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