September Staff Recommendations

 There are many great items available this month – check out the latest books, DVDs, and CDs recommended by MPL staff!


September MPL Staff Recommendations


  • Lost Lake, by Sarah Addison Allen.  “This is a great book to read at the end of the summer, when remembering good memories from recent years and feeling nostalgic about childhood summer adventures.  Allen’s prose is light but deep – you may end up devouring all her books!” ~Elizabeth
  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman. “Very immersive and atmospheric novel about a young woman growing up on Coney Island in Brooklyn in the 1910’s.  There is romance, crime, investigations, history, and you won’t be able to put it down.” ~Julia
  • Bird Box, by Josh Malerman. “Something *spooky* shows up one day that turns people violently insane when they look at it. A mother and her two children attempt to escape, blindfolded, by boat. Read with a flashlight under your blanket for the full effect.”  ~Dylan

Juvenile Fiction

  • Bud, not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis. “Bud is a ten-year old orphan boy living in a foster home in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression; which he escapes to search for his presumed father, the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids, Michigan. This Newbery Medal winning book is an intriguing tale of loss, hardship and self discovery for children of all ages.”  ~Rolando
  • The Watsons Go to  Birmingham, by Christopher Paul Curtis. “Nine-year old Kenny Watson of Flint, Michigan narrates the story of his African-American family’s journey to his Grandma’s home in Birmingham, Alabama during the era of the most heated protests and violence of the Civil Rights Moment. A story of how a family can rally together during a crisis. This multiple award winning novel is an excellent read for both Tweens, Teens and adults.   ”  ~Rolando

Graphic Novels/Manga

  •  Lowriders in Space, by Cathy Camper.
    • “The ball point pen artwork is amazing in this graphic novel. The dialect used between the three characters is a mix of English and Spanish slang that will easily capture your attention and make you laugh.”  ~Veronica
    • “When these funky friends put their minds and talents together to win the contest for best lowrider car, the results are out of this world, and will have you cheering, “bajito y suavecito!” for this hip graphic novel.” ~Kate
  • Ghostopolis, by Doug TenNapel.  “Garth is accidentally transported to the ghost world, and, after discovering his amazing powers and his grandfather’s ghost, the two search for a way to get back to the land of the living, with a little help from a bungling agent of the Supernatural Immigration Task Force, Frank Gallows.”  ~Kate


  • The Joe Leaphorn Mysteries, by Tony Hillerman. “An interesting series of mystery novels focusing on the Navajo tribal police.”  ~Robert

Science Fiction

  • The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman.  “A military science fiction story that uses the time dilation from relativity as a means to help express the disconnect that a soldier returning home from the war feels when he has seen how much the culture has changed in his absence.”  ~Robert


  • Fast N’ Loud:  Blood, Sweat, and Beers, by Richard Rawlings. [629.222 Raw] “Everybody’s favorite car restoring/flipping maniac from Dallas, in his own words. GYSOT! (Get You Some Of That!)”  ~John
  • The Cook’s Herb Garden, by Jeff Cox. [635.7 Cox c1] “The Cook’s Herb Garden shows you how to grow your own supply of herbs whether on a window ledge, in pots, on the patio, or in a vegetable garden.”  ~Gabriel
  • The Wonder Is, by Jan Seale. [TX 811.54 Sea] “One of our Texas Poet Laureates and a McAllen resident, Jan E. Seale’s voice is sure to entertain you!”  ~Priscilla


  •  Death Note:  L, Change the World, directed by Hideo Nakata. [Y DVD 791.43 Dea] “Ever wonder what the last days were like for L? Wonder about his youth? Get to experience the backstory and the end of one of this generation’s most likeable hero!”  ~Priscilla
  • Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, directed by Troy Nixey. [DVD 791.43 Don] “Curious Sally has made it her quest to uncover the secret locked away for years in a 19th century mansion. However, Sally will soon learn some secrets aren’t meant to be discovered.”  ~Naomi
  • Amadeus, directed by Milos Forman. [BLU 791.4372 Ama] ““Mediocre” composer Antonio Salieri speaks of his unfulfilled quest for fame, his jealousy of musical prodigy Mozart, and his bitterness toward the One who refused him the talent. Nominated for 53 awards and winner of 40, this dramedy is an all-time favorite.”  ~Richard
  • Conan the Barbarian, directed by John Milius. [BLU 791.4372 Con] “Conan the Barbarian is a Texan! From the Rio Grande Valley!! Well, maybe not, but he was born in the imagination of Lone Star fiction writer Robert E. Howard during a stopover in Mission, Texas, in 1932, ushering in a popular book and movie genre that lives on to this day. No cattle prods in this 1982 cult classic film, though; just a lot of sharp steel!”  ~Richard
  • How to Train Your Dragon, directed by Chris Sanders & Dean DeBlois. [J DVD 791.4372 How] “I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy this movie as an adult, but I was delightfully surprised!!  It is a wonderful story; highly recommended for all animal lovers.”  ~Elizabeth
  • Supernatural, Season One, directed by Eric Kripke. [DVD 791.4572 Sup ] “A show about really handsome brothers who are hunters and listen to awesome music in a really pimp ride while they do a job no one knows or even really cares about.  They receive close to no respect for saving the world countless times probably because they also make mistakes along the way because at the end of the day they are still just really attractive humans… and also there’s pie. ”  ~Jessica
  • Max Headroom:  The Complete Series, directed by . [DVD 791.4575 Max] “’20 minutes into the future …’ The both prescient and flippant science fiction TV series from the late 1980’s.”  ~John

We hope you enjoy this month’s selections!

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