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Every Other Book

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Jon Koobatian is best known as the owner and head chef of Jon’s Bear Club in Reedley, California. His history with the Bear Club (he added Jon’s to the name when he became the owner) started many years before that. Jon was born in Dinuba, California and has had a love for food for most of his life.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week we have a video interview with local chef Jon Koobatian. Jon grew up in Dinuba, and went on to be the owner and head chef at Jon’s Bear Club in Reedley. He recently published a cookbook and has been doing some local book events and cooking demonstrations. We will be reviewing Jon’s book in the near future, and giving away a copy, so be sure to watch for that! Info on his upcoming event at Woodward Library in Fresno both in the video and below.

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by Maricela Estrada-Moreno


Escape From Myself: A Manic-Depressive’s Journey to Nowhere, eloquently written by Tom Roberts, is an inspirational memoir of a man’s battle with manic depression and the courage that leads him to a path of mental health recovery. This is an amazing book that demonstrates the true meaning of hope and recovery for those living with manic depression also known as Bipolar Disorder.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


KRL will be interviewing several local authors over the next several months and this week we are interviewing children’s book author Jean Chaffee, who is the wife of the late Dr. Paul Chaffee who was the Fresno Chaffee Zoo vet for 30 years and the zoo director for 25 years. The zoo was named in honor of him at his time of passing. Her books are based on fun, true stories about beloved zoo animals located at the Chaffee Zoo.

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by Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho


LitHop 2017, an annual literary festival founded last year by former Fresno Poet Laureate Lee Herrick as a fundraiser for the Fresno Arts Council’s poetry programs, kicked off last Saturday, April 29, in an array of venues around Fresno’s Tower District. Forty diverse readings spread out over five hours, featuring the work of more than 150 writers, explored themes of love, hate, sex, violence, politics, motherhood, cultural identity and heritage, and feminism.

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by Tom Sims


We so often stagger through life encumbered with the pressures of everyday problems and phantom concerns. We are sensitive to slightest slight and the subtlest gesture. We are quick to take offense and slow to receive healing when offended, much less to extend forgiveness. We step gingerly into new experiences and tremble at the very suggestion of risk or danger. We take our cues about our self-concepts from other people’s words and evaluations. We speak our minds and hearts with question marks. We timidly go where many have gone before and wouldn’t think of venturing where none have trod.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


In June I went to my first VidCon in Anaheim and it was amazing! For anyone who doesn’t know what that is, it’s kind of like an online content convention–some people call it a YouTube convention, but there’s so much more out there now than just YouTube.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week we are interviewing Clovis, California YA author Kasie West about her writing and her new book P.S. I Like You which comes out this month. She lives in Clovis with her husband and four children. Kasie will be having her book launch on July 28 at Clovis Book Barn-details at the end of this post. There are also details on how to win a copy of the book, and a link to purchase it.

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by Diana Hockley


Alice Mongoose lives with her parents in a big house in India, where they happily eat eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Alice goes to the market one day and sees an advertisement encouraging mongooses to go to Hawaii. Flushed with excitement, Alice and her parents pack her suitcases and steam-trunk (they didn’t have back-packs in those days!) and she sets sail for her new job.

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by Sandra Murphy


Written by Dorothy Wills-Raftery and illustrated by Michele Littler, both books are delightful for children or Siberian Husky lovers. The first tells the tale of Gibson, the alpha leader of a family of five Siberian Huskies.

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by Mallory Moad




“Moooooommmmmmmmmmm, I’m boooored!” This is the dark side of summer vacation, a result of the sudden lack of structured activity. Another unfortunate aspect is the negative effect a limited amount of mental stimulation for nine weeks can have on a kid’s achievement in school. Have no fear, Moms and Dads, the Fresno County Public Library (FCPL) has your back with the Summer Reading Challenge.

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by Sandra Murphy


Do you watch the Simon’s Cat videos on YouTube? For a quick two or three minutes of fun and laughter, they can’t be beat. Be warned, once you start, it’s hard to stop! For his newest book, Tofield went to his vet’s office for how-to’s that make the vet trip a better experience for both the human and the cat. One tip from the vet is to leave the cat crate out at all times so the cat’s used to it. At the vet’s office, keep it out of reach of curious dogs, and don’t open it! Annual checkups are vital since cats tend to hide symptoms. A head-to-tail exam can find problems early on. Weigh-ins can give clues to a hidden illness—even a tiny weight loss can be a signal.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


A Gift from Bob: How a Street Cat Helped One Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas, is the latest Bob the Cat book from James Bowen. A Street Cat Named Bob and The World According to Bob, along with various children’s and youth versions of the story, have topped best seller lists all over the world.

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by Sandra Murphy


This is not a sad book. It’s full of hope and laughter with tales of rescued dogs with remarkable second acts. The only tears you’ll shed will be from laughing so hard and smiling so big your face has to let it all out.

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by Kathy Eide Casas



Are you looking for something fun and challenging to do during this sizzling summer? Check out all the cool activities going on at the Fresno County Library. With one simple click on www.fresnolibrarysrp.org, summertime fun will be at your fingertips!

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Scar Wars Forged in Fright

IN THE June 20 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andEvery Other Book,
andMental Health
SECTIONS

by Julie Lambeth Pitts


My name is Julie Lambeth Pitts, and I am the author of the recently released book Scar Wars Forged In Fright. This book is a very powerful read. Some of it is so sad and heartbreaking that at times I had to stop writing because the emotions were washing over me like tidal waves. You see, this is a story about a little girl who was physically, mentally, and sexually abused. This child was raped at eleven and again at sixteen because she did not think anyone would believe her, and so she never told. This child was me.

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by Sandra Murphy



Farm animals are the most abused in the country yet they receive only 1% of donated money to improve their lives. Baur calls this book “the ultimate guide to a mindful, compassionate animal-friendly life.”

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by Kathy Eide Casas



It’s that time of year again…it’s time for the Fresno County Public Library’s BIG READ!
Readers, authors, literary enthusiasts and mystery-lovers alike, mark your calendars now for the ninth Annual Big Read, kicking off this Friday, March 13, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Arte Americas. Located in the heart of downtown Fresno, Arte Americas is the largest Latino Cultural Arts Center in the San Joaquin Valley and the perfect venue for this kick-off event. Plan for an afternoon of fun-filled and memorable experiences at Arte Americas.

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