August Staff Recommendations

Our display at the Main Library has been filled with great new titles.  Check out the latest books, DVDs, and CDs recommended by MPL staff!


  • Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen. “A story of estranged sisters who must find the courage – and patience – to confront past troubles and forgive each other so they can build a life that has a chance for happiness.” ~Elizabeth
  • Across the Nightingale Floor, by Lian Hearn. “This is the first book in the Tales of the Otori series, and as such it is a coming of age tale set in feudal Japan. The twist is that the protagonist, Takeo, discovers latent abilities that mark him as a descendant of one of the most infamous and secretive ninja clans of all time.” ~Elizabeth
  • The Devil in the Desert, by Paul Horgan. “A nice little story based on the life of local missionary and church architect Pierre Yves Keralum, who disappeared in the bush near Mercedes, Texas, in 1872.” ~Richard
  • The Three, by Sarah Lotz. “Black Thursday – 4 planes crash in one day. 3 survivors, all children. What does this mean for the entire world? Read the book and find out.” ~Esther C.
  • Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. “History is often taught by the victor, however, in this fictional illustration of colonization in Africa, Achebe highlights what it means to be colonized, to have your identity stifled and your culture reduced and neglected, to be the colonized.” ~Jessica
  • Crashers, by Dana Haynes. “Think of it as ‘CSI: National Traffic Safety Board/downed airliner’.” ~John

Young Adult Fiction

  • In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang. “When you’re an avatar with moxie in the multiplayer virtual world of Coarsegold Online, life can get pretty sticky, but you’ll definitely learn about trust and friendship.” ~Kate

Juvenile Fiction

  • The Glass Sentence, by S.E. Grove. “Sophia Tims is the niece of Shadrack, the worlds greatest cartographer who has been mapping the New World since the Great Disruption of 1799, when continents from different time periods melded together. Mystery, intrigue, action and adventure abound throughout book one of The Mapmakers Trilogy. The future will never be the same… or will it?” ~Rolando
  • Mark of the Thief, by Jennifer A. Nielsen. “Nic, a Roman slave miner, finds an ancient magic amulet once owned by Emperor Julius Caesar some 300 years prior. The amulet gives Nic uncontrollable powers but also places him at the center of a conspiracy to overthrow the current emperor and destroy Rome. Follow Nic’s exploits in book one of the Mark of the Thief trilogy. And did I mention he rides a Griffin?” ~Rolando

Juvenile Nonfiction

Science Fiction


  • Inherit the Wind, by Jerome Lawrence. “A dramatized account of the real trial of a Tennessee educator who was indicted for teaching Evolution in a high school science class. Historical note: “Brady” in this novel is an alias for one-time Mission resident and three-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan.” ~Richard



  • Mr. Bean’s Holiday, directed by Steve Bendelack. “It’s the best season to take a break from the routine. Mr. Bean has a remarkable summer adventure that begins with a winning raffle ticket and ends with sweet fulfillment of one of his great dreams.” ~Beverly
  • There Will be Blood, directed by P.T. Anderson. “A slow paced character driven film about Daniel Plainview, a ruthless man of great ambition and little to no morals. Excellent performances and beautiful cinematography.” ~Robert
  • Repo Man, directed by Alex Cox. “Fun punk rock sci-fi comedy flick! Plus the soundtrack rocks!” ~Bobby

 Music CDs

We hope you enjoy this month’s selection!

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