June Staff Recommendations

Come on by your favorite MPL location and enjoy the latest selection of books, CD’s and DVD’s recommended by our dedicated staff!


June Staff Recommendations

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Fiction

  • Twisted, by Andrea Kane. [Palm View Branch] “Ex-FBI Agent turned private detective tracks a serial killer (or vice versa?) – If you like the tv series “Criminal Minds”, this one is for you!” ~John D.
  • Robert B. Parker’s Blackjack, by Robert Knott. [Lark Branch] “Cole and Hitch pursue people and situations that are not what they seem…” ~John D.
  • My Year of Meats, by Ruth Ozeki. [Lark Branch] “A Japanese-American woman better understands her bicultural identity through travel and food.” ~Erin
  • Eligible, by Curtis Sitttenfeld. [Main Library]  “Eligible is a modern adaptation of the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice, set in current day Cincinnati. Sittenfeld’s tone echoes Austen’s own sharp wit and critique of society. Sittenfeld has a remarkable talent- ever since her first novel, Prep, which I also loved- for making the reader identify with her protagonist and relate to the story in a personal way, and yet also appeal to our need for escapism. Her wry humor gives an appealing edge to the traditional themes of love, family, and coming-of-age. ” ~Julia

Picture Books

Young Adult Fiction

  • If I Stay, by Gayle Forman. [Palm View Branch] “The story is very well written and after you read the book you can also check out the movie!”  ~Joanna A.

Biography

  • John  Adams, by John P. Diggins. [Lark Branch] “It is a good concise biography of John Adams.”  ~Sean
  • Adele : the biography, by Marc Shapiro. [Lark Branch] “This book fleshes out the details of the British Soul sensation’s early life and her rise to stardom.” ~ David C.
  • Last Words, by George Carlin. [Lark Branch] “It is the autobiography of comedian George Carlin.”  ~Sean
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of State, by Robert Micheal Gates. [Lark Branch] “This autobiography is a bout a retired general that recounts the early years of the War on Terror in the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan.” ~ David C.

Mystery

  • The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith. [Main Library] “Mma Precious Ramotswe uses her understanding of human nature, powers of observation and intuition to help ordinary people solve their life problems. This is the first book in the series, introducing you to the interesting characters and stories set in the gentle land of Botswana.”  ~Beverly

Science Fiction

  • I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov. [Main Library] “Some of the most classic stories from the golden age science fiction, Asimov’s robot stories are quick enjoyable reads that often have an amusing logical twist to them.”  ~Robert B.
  • Far-seer, by Robert J. Sawyer. [Main Library] “The story of a young astronomer from a society of intelligent dinosaur-like aliens, and of the shocking discovery he makes.”  ~Robert B.

Nonfiction

  • A Naturalist’s Guide to the Texas Hill Country, by Mark Gustafson. [Lark Branch] “In this guide, biologist Mark Gustafson introduces residents and visitors to the history, geology, water resources, plants, and animals found in the nineteen countries occupying the eastern part of Edwards Plateau and characterizing the Hill Country.” ~Sylvia K.
  • A Field Guide to Peppers, by Dave DeWitt. [Main Library]  “Everything you ever wanted to know about peppers but were too afraid to ask!” ~Bobby G.
  • Dinner Pies, by Ken Haedrich . [Lark Branch]  “In Dinner Pies, Ken Haedrich brings this exciting trend seamlessly into the home kitchen. Ken serves up 100 creative and scrumptious recipes for two-crust and one-crust savory pies you can make for Dinner.” ~Sylvia K.

Spanish Nonfiction

Juvenile Nonfiction

  • Respecting the Contributions of LGBT Americans, by Anna Kingston. [Main Library] “Great information about the contributions of LGBT Americans, promoting important concepts of inclusion and diversity to readers of all ages.” ~Elizabeth

CD’s

  • Deal Breaker, by Harlan Coben . [Lark Branch] “This is Coben’s first novel with sports agent/amateur sleuth Myron Bolitar. I think Myron is a likable hero and the actor reading the book does a very good job.” ~Sean
  • Dust, by Patricia Cornwell. [Palm View Branch] “Another great book in the Kay Scarpetta series. Dr. Scarpetta tackles the case of a body found at MIT.”  ~Andra
  • Joyland, directed by Stephen King. [Palm View Branch] “One of Stephen ‘King of Horror’s’ best novellas about a young man’s coming of age struggles, which while overcoming, positively benefits the lives of others. This audiobook is a perfect blend of adventure, drama, and intrigue, with a dash of horror mixed in just to keep things… Stephen King.” ~Rolando
  • Under the Dome, by Stephen King. [Palm View Branch] “The story of a town suddenly surrounded by a dome and what the townspeople must do in order to survive this strange phenomenon.” ~Andra
  • The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. [Palm View Branch] “The prequel to the epic Lord of the Rings series and my personal favorite. A light-hearted, yet dark tale of innocence, friendship, heroism and perseverance. Listening to this audiobook, you quickly become one of the adventurers, but always remain vigilant on your journey and beware of the evil one… my Precious.” ~Rolando

BLU Ray/DVDs

  • Concussion, directed by Peter Landesman . [Palm View Branch] “Will Smith does a great job playing the roll of Dr. Bennet and story line is also very interesting on how he discovers a new disease to help NFL players.” ~Joanna
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Wes Anderson. [Palm View Branch] “This Wes Anderson film is perfect for lovers of mystery, comedy and romance combined!”  ~Veronica
  • Angelitos negros, directed by Joselito Rodriguez. [Main Library] “A classic from the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, this beautiful story about pre-judism within a family will have an impact on you. Starring Pedro Infante and Rita Montaner.” ~Priscilla

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