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Library celebrates Frankenstein’s 200th birthday

Frankenstein’s 200th Anniversary!
Frankenstein’s 200th Anniversary!

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

Happy 200th Birthday, Frankenstein!

▪ “Monstrous Progeny: A History of the Frankenstein Narratives,” by Lester D. Friedman. A study that traces the roots of the famous story back several centuries and forward to today, with the monster adorning cereal boxes, cartoons and other mass-market cultural artifacts.

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“Monstrous Progeny: A History of the Frankenstein Narratives” by Lester D. Friedman RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PRESS

▪ “The New Annotated Frankenstein,” by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; edited by Leslie S. Klinger. Some 200 illustrations, a thousand explanatory footnotes, and lists of films and other adaptations provide depth guaranteed to please any Frankenstein fanatic.

▪ “Frankenstein” (DVD). Enjoy the 1931 classic with Boris Karloff, Colin Clive and Mae Clarke in a newly-remastered, wide-screen format. A film that’s attained the kind of immortality Henry Frankenstein himself sought. Directed by James Whale.

Top 5 Most Requested Books

▪ “The Great Alone,” by Kristin Hannah.

▪ “Night Moves: An Alex Delaware Novel,” by Jonathan Kellerman.

▪ “Look for Me: A Novel,” by Lisa Gardner.

▪ “Fifty Fifty,” by James Patterson.

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“Fifty Fifty” by James Patterson LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY

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

New Arrivals

▪ “Zero Day: A Novel,” by Ezekiel Boone. The final installment in the author’s “Hatching” series: A vast army of spiders is on track to overtake the world, and their human opponents fight among each other on how best to eliminate the menace.

▪ “My Name is Venus Black: A Novel,” by Heather Lloyd. After her release from prison, the young adult heroine of this story tries to go straight in Seattle – and finds herself drawn back to the same type of people and situations that first got her into trouble.

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“My Name is Venus Black” by Heather Lloyd THE DIAL PRESS

▪ “Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving,” by Julia Samuel. Straight from the mouths of those who have experienced loss, here are coping strategies, handy hints, philosophical observations – and messages of profound understanding.


▪ Hmong Folktales: Discover this Southeast Asian culture through its heirloom stories. Librarian-storyteller Terrance V. McArthur will bring you the funny, the sad, the spooky, and the fascinating. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Sunnyside Regional Library, details: 559-600-6594; 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Reedley Branch Library, details: 559-638-2818; and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Orange Cove Branch Library, details: 559-600-9292.

▪ Poetry Writing Class: Learn the basics of poetry writing with Fresno’s first poet laureate, James Tyner. Each class will cover a different aspect of the craft, from imagery to metaphor, and where to submit your writing. Registration required. 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Betty Rodriguez Regional Library. Details: 559-600-9245.

▪ Recipe Exchange: Bring your favorite recipe to share, and copy new ones that sound promising. Also, the library will provide copies of the recipe of the month. 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Clovis Regional Library. Details: 559-600-9531.

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.