May Staff Recommendations

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

May Staff Recommendations



  • Different Seasons, by Stephen King. [Palm View Branch] “The master of 1000+ page horror novels once wrote short stories of mystery and intrigue. Three of the four stories within this fantastic novel have been made into major motion pictures, so you know they have to be good!” ~Rolando
  • Joyland, by Stephen King. [Palm View Branch] “Yes, Stephen King does write short stories and they are just as awesome as his long ones. This book written for Hard Case Crime publishing is typical King with a dash of ‘Who dunnit?’ Fun and fast read.” ~Rolando
  • Damage, by John Lescroart. [Lark Branch] “It is a legal thriller about a new DA in San Francisco trying to prosecute the son of a powerful family.” ~Sean
  • Private Paris, by James Patterson. [Palm View Library]  “Another great book in the Private series. This time the events are in the City of Love and Private must solve the murders of several French citizens.” ~Andra
  • The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart. [Main Library]  “This is the first book in a retelling of the King Arthur myth which is told from the perspective of a young Merlin and set in the Dark Ages after the fall of the Roman Empire. Excellent characterization and a vibrant setting make this an extremely enjoyable read.” ~Robert B.
  • Before I Go To Sleep, by S.J. Watson. [Main Library]  “This book hooked me by about the third paragraph, I couldn’t put it down. If you like books with multiple plot twists and plenty of mystery, then this is a book for you. You won’t want to go to sleep for awhile!” ~Jacqui
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson. [Main Library] “Allan Karlsson would rather be anywhere but at his own 100th birthday party. He decides to take a step outside and never return. As many wild adventures as he has from that moment, they really don’t top the adventures he had before he turned 100.” ~Beverly


Juvenile Fiction


Young Adult Fiction

  • My Life in Black and White, by Natasha Friend. [Palm View Branch] “Helps you realize that life can change dramatically from one instant to another, but that you can easily come out on top of things.”  ~Joanna A.



  • Still foolin’ ’em, by Billy Crystal. [Lark Branch] “This is Billy Crystal, actor and comedian, telling about his life. I liked the chapter “My Twenties” more than some chapters but I like the book as a whole.” ~ Sean


Spanish Biography

  • Había una vez una niña en una vecindad, by María Antonieta de las Nieves. [Main Library] ” María Antonieta de las Nieves reconocida internacionalmente por dar vida al personaje de La Chilindrina del recordado programa “El Chavo del Ocho” da un un recuento revelador de su vida con fotografías inéditas.” ~Ema


Young Adult Biography

  • The Inker’s Shadow, by Allen Say. [Main Library] “Fifteen-year old Allen Say moves to the U.S. from Japan in 1953 and attempts to assimilate while maintaining his roots and aspirations to become a comics artist.”  ~Kate


Picture Books

  • Not a Box, by Antoinette Portis. [Lark Branch] “This is an excellent book for children to explore their imagination!!!”  ~Diana C.


Science Fiction

  • The Best of Leigh Brackett, by Leigh Brackett. [Main Library] “Brackett was one of the great female writers from the early days of science fiction and her stories often included elements of fantasy which gave them a very unique atmosphere.”  ~Robert B.


Graphic Novels

  • Tomboy, by Liz Prince. [Main Library] “Liz Prince’s light-hearted, Kirkus Award-winning graphic memoir follows the challenges and humor of growing up outside of gender normatives.” ~Kate



  • Bordering Fires, by Cristina Garcia. [Main Library]  “An anthology combining literature from both sides of the Southwest border, including works by Rudolfo Anaya, Ana Castillo, Alfonso Reyes and Juan Rulfo.” ~Priscilla
  • Public Enemies, by Bryan Burrough. [Lark Branch]  “It is an interesting book about the FBI and some famous criminals in the 1930’s. There was a movie based on it a few years back but I think the parts of the book about Bonnie and Clyde were interesting. ” ~Sean
  • Big Yoga, by Fergus Fleming. [Palm View Branch] “You don’t have to be thin to practice the art of yoga. A perfect book for beginners or lovers of yoga. Filled with photographs of easy to follow step by step positions to get you fit and ready for the summer.” ~Verónica
  • Cat vs. Cat, by Pam Johnson-Bennett. [Main Library]  “Managing two, three, even four cats in a household can be done! Find out how to create a peaceful environment where multiple cats can thrive from the leading cat behavior expert.” ~Elizabeth
  • Little House Living, by Merissa Alink. [Lark Branch] “If you love country living, beautiful days, good food and simple pleasures this is the book for you. All kinds of recipies from Handmade Breads to Handmade hair and body products.” ~Christina B.
  • Essential Emeril, by Emeril Lagasse. [Lark Branch] “Emeril Lagasse, goes back to basic, presenting more than 130 recipes.”  ~Sylvia K.
  • Everyday Vegan Eats, by Zsu Dever. [Lark Branch]  “I have frequently toyed with the idea of becoming vegetarian. I love that there are big photos of the items in the recipes and the recipes look easy to follow. I like to cook, but rarely have time to so simple is superb.” ~Rebecca B.
  • Crazy Sexy Juice, by Kris Carr. [Lark Branch] “Its a very colorful guide to the wonderful world of fruit and vegetable elixirs. It has 100 + all-new recipes. Great Book!”  ~Sylvia K.
  • Love the House You’re In, by Paige Rien. [Main Library]  “This book encourages you to create a home that truly reflects YOU instead of spending money on trends that are merely popular and pretty.” ~Roxann
  • A to Z Great Modern Artist, by Andy Tuohy. [Main Library] “Get to know some of the greatest modern artists of our time, and learn to recognize their individual styles. ” ~Elizabeth
  • The Train to Crystal City, by Jan Jarboe Russell. [Palm View Branch] “A little-known piece of South Texas history, perhaps more relevant to events in the present than we realize.”  ~John D.


 Texas Nonfiction

  • The Amazing Armadillo, by Larry Lane Smith. [Palm View Branch] “Learn things you never imagined about the official state mammal of Texas. Things like armadillo migration, armadillo racing, and the armadillo’s economic impact.” ~John D.



  • The Act of Killing, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer . [Lark Branch] “A vivid documentary that recounts the Indonesian killings of 1965–66 by the killers themselves. They are asked to reenact their savage crimes in the style of their favorite Hollywood films, but some of the killers are unable to because of their realization of guilt.” ~Rudy
  • Heathers, directed by Michael Lehmann . [Main Library] “Dark teen comedy, that turns the genre on it’s head.”  ~Bobby
  • The Breakfast Club, directed by John Hughes. [Palm View Branch] “One of the John Hughes classics!!!! Story of 5 high school students stuck in detention and what they learn about themselves and each other.” ~Andra
  • Hairspray, directed by John Waters. [Main Library] “This comedy with a social conscience is set in Baltimore in the early 1960’s. Not only is there dancing and family togetherness, but you may be surprised who plays some of the roles!” ~Beverly
  • The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum. [Palm View Branch] “It has a very good story line.” ~Joanna A.
  • S.T.E.M., Nickelodeon. [Palm View Branch] “If you would like for your children to learn about STEM early this video is the perfect way to show your children.” ~Joanna B.
  • Paw Patrol, Nickelodeon. [Palm View Branch] “For parents that have toddlers, Paw Patrol gives the children insight to valuable life lessons.” ~Joanna B.
  • Sin Nombre, directed by Paulina Gaitan. [Palm View Branch] “This film is based on true life events that happen with immigrants from South and Central America. It is a story of the struggle they go through to try and make it to America in search of a better opportunity or to escape the violence in their own country.” ~Verónica

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