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Tired of clutter? These books will help you get organized

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

It’s Get Organized Month!

▪ “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter,” by Margareta Magnusson. Or, how to eliminate unused and unnecessary possessions before someone else has to take on the job!

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“The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter” by Margareta Magnusson


▪ “Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster – and Loving Your Home Every Day,” by Melissa Maker. By moving through each vital living space (kitchens, bedrooms, storage, etc.) the author shows the best techniques for making and keeping each one of them tidy.

▪ “Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day,” by Becky Rapinchuk. For those who find organization overwhelming, here’s an easy-to-follow plan for a seven-day kickstart and 28-day “challenge” to incorporate the tips and tricks into daily routines.

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.

▪ “The Great Alone,” by Kristin Hannah.

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“The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah


▪ “The Rooster Bar,” by John Grisham.

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

New Arrivals

▪ “Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America,” by Emily Dufton. This account shows how the lengthy fight between cannabis activists and government policymakers delayed acceptance and legalization of the drug for many years.

▪ “A State of Freedom: A Novel,” by Neel Mukherjee. In contemporary India, five people from completely different circumstances set out to escape their lives and master their own destinies – even when it seems like an impossible wish.

▪ “The English Wife,” by Lauren Willig. A wealthy, golden couple in New York is split forever after one is apparently murdered and the other disappears. How did two people who did everything so right end up so wrong?

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“The English Wife” by Lauren Willig



▪ Maker Monday: Tinker with technology, crafts and art. Focus on the process (not the product) and learn that all of us are makers! 2-3 p.m. Monday, Caruthers Branch Library. Details: 559-864-8766.

▪ Author Talk and Reading: Hear local author and tall ship captain Johann Steinke read from his book, “The Greatest Captain in the World.” He’ll also tell stories and sing songs. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Sunnyside Regional Library (559-600-6594), and 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Reedley Branch Library (559-638-2818).

▪ Hmong Music Concert: Listen to an afternoon of music, featuring local performers playing traditional Hmong songs. 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Central Library. Details: 559-600-7323 (READ).

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