April Staff Recommendations

Come on by your favorite MPL location and enjoy the latest selection of books and DVDs recommended by our dedicated staff!

April Staff Recommendations

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  • The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly. [Lark Branch] “This is another book in the Lincoln Lawyer series and I thought it was compelling.” ~Sean
  • The Hammer and the Blade, by Paul S. Kemp. [Lark Branch] “I like Paul S. Kemp’s novels and this has some original characters. I thought it was an enjoyable book and this might appeal to people who enjoyed his Star Wars novels.” ~Sean
  • The Fraud, by Brad Parks. [Lark Branch] “This is the latest book in the series about a newspaper reporter in New Jersey. The hero, Carter Ross, is likable and the newspaper setting is interesting.” ~Sean
  • Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace. [Main Library]  “My single favorite book- even if it doesn’t punch your gut a few times, it’s worth a read just to see the thing of it all.” ~Dylan
  • Raptor Red, by Robert T. Bakker. [Main Library]  “A year in the life of Red, a female Utahraptor. This book feels almost as if you are reading an extremely enthusiastic nature documentary and is at turns funny, exciting and informative.” ~Robert B.
  • Ve y pon un centinela, by Harper Lee. [Main Library]  “Una novela emblematica amientada dos décadas después de la historia de la obra maestro ganadora del Pulitzer, Matar a un Ruiseñor.” ~Ema


Juvenile Fiction

  • How to Train Your Dragon, by Cressida Cowell. [Main Library] “This exciting sixth grade level juvenile fiction novel is about the adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. Hiccup is a viking boy who desperately tries to catch and train a dragon as an initiation to his viking manhood. Will he succeed or end up being turned into a pile of dragon fire ash. Find out for yourself in this fast and fun read.” ~Rolando R.
  • I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005, by Laruen Tarshis. [Palm View Branch] “A wonderful series that gives the reader a historical and in person view of the major event happening.” ~Andra


Juvenile Biography

  • Temple Grandin : How the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world, by Sy Montgomery. [Palm View Branch] “The true story of a girl born with autism in a time before doctors understood what autism actually was. This inspiring story reveals Dr. Temple Grandin’s journey through life, becoming a scientist and professor of animal science, while advocating for the better understanding and treatment of people with autism who are “different… not less!”  ~Rolando R.


Young Adult Fiction

  • Along for a Ride: a novel, by Sarah Dessen. [Palm View Branch] “Even though this is a fiction book, it’s really relatable to teens who’s parents are going or have gone through a divorce,  and show’s that you can get past your negative feelings with new experiences.”  ~Joanna A.
  • Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones. [Main Library] “A great fantasy book for older children or young adults, it has a light whimsical tone that could almost be described as ‘cozy’.”  ~Robert B.
  • My Last Kiss, by Beth Neal. [Palm View Branch] “Cassidy Haines dies suddenly and cannot remember the days leading to her death. She is left trying to clear her name and remembering who she kissed last.”  ~Joanna A.


Picture Books


Science Fiction

  • Uprooted, by Naomi Novik. [Main Library] “Refreshing twists on classic fantasy tropes as well as vibrant characters, especially the heroine.”  ~Alison



  • Tricky Twenty-Two : A Stephanie Plum novel, by Janet Evanovich. [Main Library] “This is the latest in the Stephanie Plum series. Fast paced action and filled with humorous misadventures for this female bond enforcement bounty hunter.” ~Esther C.


Graphic Novels

  • All-Star Superman, by Grant Morrison. [Main Library] “An oddly engaging and surprisingly tender stand-alone series about Superman’s last days. ” ~Dylan



  • The Divide : American injustice in the age of the wealth gap, by Matt Taibbi. [Lark Branch]  “It talks about even though violent crime has fallen since the 1990’s, the U.S. prison population has grown greatly. It also looks how white collar criminals are treated differently from others in the justice system.” ~Sean
  • Cat Breeds of the World, by Desmond Morris. [Palm View Branch]  “Gorgeous photos and information on cat breeds you might never have heard of before!” ~Elizabeth
  • The Way to Eternity: Egyptian Myth, by Fergus Fleming. [Lark Branch] “There are some beautiful photos of ancient Egyptian art of many types. There are also some interesting items in this book about ancient Egyptian gods, politics and palace intrigues, and military exploits.” ~Rebecca B.
  • The Art of Basketry, by Kari Lonning. [Lark Branch] “This book covers both more traditional looking designs as well as some really unusual ones. There are technical instructions for construction of baskets and the work of 24 different basketry artists is reviewed.” ~Rebecca B.
  • La calma está en ti : mensajes de paz e ilusión, by Concha Barbero. [Main Library] “La calma está en ti recoge intensos y sencillos escritos que nos trasladan a nuestra profundida, donde -suceda lo que suceda fuera- la paz siempre está presente.”  ~Ema



  • My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante. [Overdrive] “This is the first of a 4-book series by the famous Italian author Elena Ferrante. It is the story of two young girls growing up in a poor neighborhood of Naples in the 1950’s. Their paths through life diverge and converge, but they remain best friends and embodiments of a changing nation.” ~Julia



  • My Cousin Vinny, directed by Jonathan Lynn. [Main Library] “This early 1990’s courtroom comedy, which earned Marisa Tomei a best supporting actress Oscar, is still making audiences laugh, making it a cult classic to this day!” ~Bobby
  • The Man With no Name trilogy, directed by Sergio Leone. [Lark Branch] “Three ‘spaghetti westerns’ featuring Clint Eastwood’s nameless anti-hero. A Fistful of Dollars: borrowing the plot of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, Eastwood plays a gunfighter who comes to a small border town and offers his services to two rival gangs. For a Few Dollars More: western drama in which two bounty hunters join forces to capture an outlaw gang leader. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: three gunmen set out to find a hidden fortune in this tale of greed, revenge, and epic warfare.”  ~Gabriel
  • Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet . [Lark Branch] “Amélie Poulin is an awkward, but adorable heroine. This film proves that no matter how odd you feel you may be, there is someone out there who matches you perfectly.” ~Elizabeth
  • Havana, directed by Sydney Pollack. [Palm View Branch] “A more superficial look at the Cuban Revolution through the eyes of a professional gambler (played by Robert Redford).” ~John D.
  • Ida, directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. [Main Library] “Anna is about to take vows as a nun when she learns from her only relative that she is Jewish – both women then embark on a journey to discover their family story and where they belong.” ~Rudy
  • The Lost City, directed by Andy Garcia. [Palm View Branch] “An in-depth look at a Cuban nightclub owner and his extended family on the eve of the Cuban Revolution.” ~John D.
  • The War Roomdirected by Alex Kendrick. [Lark Branch] “Extraordinary movie! It’s heartfelt and very powerful.” ~Naomi
  • William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Julietdirected by Baz Luhrmann. [Palm View Branch] “Billy Shakespeare’s classic tragedy takes a surreal twist, with the play taking place in post-modern Verona Beach.” ~Sara
  • The Gift, directed by Joel Edgerton. [Lark Branch] “Modern Day ‘Fatal Attraction.’ Joel Edgerton did a great job acting and directing this film. You also get to see a darker side to Jason Bateman.” ~Sylvia K.
  • The Green Mile, directed by Frank Darabont. [Palm View Branch] “Stephen King novel turned into another wonderful movie. It is the story of Death Row guards and their charges as they await their fate – and one special man who teaches them all that miracles can and do happen.” ~Andra



  • Kane and Abel, by Jeffrey Archer . [Main Library] “Kane & Able This is historical fiction at it’s very best. Jeffrey Archer has a masterful way of placing his fictional characters in the heart of real world events, keeping the reader captivated from William Kane’s and Abel Rosnovski’s instantaneous births, their climatic clash, to their ultimate demise.” ~Rolando R.
  • The 21 Project, by Hunter Hayes. [Lark Branch] “Its a 3-CD set includes 7 songs, each one performed differently. Great music and all songs co-written by Hunter Hayes.” ~Sylvia K.

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