July 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!

July Staff Recommendations

 July staff selection


  • The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison. [Lark Branch] “This story is cerebral and elegant, with intriguing court politics, and a hero that is generous and compelling all at once.” ~Alison
  • Only Time Will Tell, by Jeffrey Archer. [Palm View Branch] “Harry Clifton, a young, Bristol, England dock worker who discovers an unexpected talent that wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, and changes his life forever. The first novel of the six-part Clifton Chronicles written by Jeffrey Archer, one of the best historical fiction authors.” ~Rolando
  • The Sins of the Father, by Jeffrey Archer. [Palm View Branch] “On the heels of WWII, Harry Clifton has joined the Merchant Navy, but his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, drowning almost the entire crew. Being the only one rescued, Harry takes on another’s identity, which proves to be worse than the one he had hoped to escape. An exciting book two of the six-part Clifton Chronicles.” ~Rolando
  • Sweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler. [Main Library]  “Tess moves to New York City to work as a server in the best restaurant in the Big Apple and spends a fierce year developing her culinary and romantic tastes.” ~Kate
  • The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri. [Main Library] “A beautifully written novel about the immigrant experience and the ways in which shifting cultures create a generational divide.” ~Erin
  • The Milagro Beanfield War, by John Treadwell Nichols. [Palm View Branch]  “Epic tale of the little guy vs. govt’/big business, while capturing accurately the flavor of north New Mexico in the late 1960’s” ~John D.
  • Slow Learner: Early Stories, by Thomas Pynchon. [Main Library]  “In ‘Slow Learner’, Thomas Pynchon fans will recognize his unique writing style in these five early short stories.” ~Rudy

Young Adult Fiction

  • Generation Dead, by Daniel Waters. [Palm View Branch] “This is something I usually wouldn’t read, but it turned out I really liked it. It has a little bit of everything in it and who doesn’t like a good zombie story.”  ~Joanna

Graphic Novels

  • The Shadow Now: Volume One, by David Liss. [Lark Branch] “I like the art a lot and I thought it was good to see the character in modern times.”  ~Sean

Easy Books

  • Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans. [Main Library] “Whether you are new to this series of books or they are old friends from your childhood, you will enjoy seeing Paris through Madeline’s eyes.” ~Beverly

Juvenile Fiction

Science Fiction

  • The Face in the Abyss, by Abraham Merritt. [Main Library] “Done in the style of a classic adventure story like King Solomon’s Mines or the Lost World, this novel quickly goes off the rails into an exciting mix of fantasy and sci-fi. A quick and enjoyable read.”  ~Robert B.
  • Armor, by John Steakley. [Main Library] “A military science fiction novel focusing on the psychological repercussions of violence and survivors guilt. Despite this serious premise it still manages to have some fairly intense action sequences and oddball characters which keep it from being too much of a downer for a light summer read.”  ~Robert B.

Juvenile Biography

  • I Am Abraham Lincoln, by Brad Meltzer. [Lark Branch] “I think this is a nice biography of Lincoln for children.”  ~Sean


  • The Age of Turbulence, by Alan Greenspan. [Lark Branch] “It gives insight to the post 9/11 financial climate in America through the eyes of former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan.”  ~David C.
  • Patton: A Genius for War, by Carlo D’Este. [Lark Branch] “George S. Patton revolutionized mechanized warfare and infantry training doctrine; if you like military history, you don’t want to miss this!” ~David C.


  • Sugar Smart Express, by Anne Alexander. [Lark Branch] “Its a good book full of great ideas on how to detox from sugar and lose weight, stop cravings and still enjoy the sweets you Love!” ~Sylvia K.
  • Living Off the Land, by Chris McNab. [Main Library]  “Very informative on survival situations. An illustrated guide to tracking, building traps, constructing shelters, tool making, finding water, foraging for food, and much more.” ~Gabriel
  • The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half, by Stephanie Nelson. [Lark Branch]  “Couponing is something that I really want to get a handle on and this looks like a good place to start. Amazon.com gives it a very high rating. It’s laid out well and is very readable. There are cautions to avoid common pitfalls, a table of substitutions for household cleansers (more eco and budget friendly), and so much more.” ~Rebecca B.
  • Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer. [Main Library]  “A thoughtful, nuanced report of how our food gets to our plates.” ~Erin
  • Reading Magic, by Mem Fox. [Main Library] “Help your child read before starting school. Children can gain benefits from reading as soon as they are born! “Reading Magic” is easy to read advice from a literary expert on the benefits of reading to our children.” ~Roxann
  • The Music of the Arabs, by Habib Touma. [Lark Branch]  “I first learned of the beauty of Arabic music in the late 70s and early 80s although I am no expert on the music. If you love music I think you should at least check out some Middle Eastern music. This book has a CD which is quite interesting.” ~Rebecca B.
  • The Last Lords of Palanque, by Victor Perera. [Main Library]  “The Lacandones are Mayans who live in the Chiapan rain forest. This book reflects the extraordinary experiences of an author and a linguist who were allowed to live with group who continue living as did their ancestors from centuries before.” ~Beverly

Spanish Nonfiction

  • Polos y helados, by Sandra Mangas. [Main Library] “Los amantes de los helados encontrarán en este libro 50 recetas para disfrutar de su placer preferido todos días del año.” ~Ema
  • Chocolate, by Sandra Mangas. [Main Library] “Gracias a este delicioso recetario podrás disfrutar de los dulces de chocolate más seductores al paladar en tu propia casa.” ~Ema

Juvenile Nonfiction

  • The Big Book of Boy Stuff, by Bart King. [Palm View Branch] “This book will keep your kids occupied for hours with fun facts, jokes and entertaining information.” ~Veronica H.


  • Red Dawn, directed by John Milius . [Lark Branch] “It is a classic movie from the 1980s and possibly much better than the remake (which I did not see). The cast is good.” ~Sean
  • The Outsiders, directed by Francis Ford Coppola . [Lark Branch] “I like the movie. I thought the cast was really good. ” ~Sean
  • Independence Day, directed by Roland Emmerich. [Lark Branch] “Recommend this Movie great special effects. Will Smith fights back against the Killing Aliens and July 4th becomes the day humanity will fight for its Freedom.” ~Sylvia K.
  • St. Vincent, directed by Theodore Melfi. [Main Library] “An unlikely friendship is born between a young boy and a misanthrope.” ~Aminda
  • Max, directed by Boaz Yakin. [Main Library] “The friendship between dog and his owner, overcome PTSD and help a family find understanding.” ~Aminda
  • The Milagro Beanfield War, directed by Robert Redford. [Main Library] “Robert Redford’s excellent adaptation of the John Nichols novel, filmed on location in Truchas, New Mexico.”  ~John D.
  • Midnight In Paris, directed by Woody Allen. [Main Library] “An aspiring writer played by Owen WIlson is in Paris on a trip with his fiance. When he goes out for a walk one night he meets an interesting and familiar group of people.” ~Rudy
  • If I Stay, directed by R. J. Cutler . [Palm View Branch] “It’s a really good movie that is based on a book. It makes you contemplate what you would do if you were in the main characters shoes.” ~Joanna
  • Thelma & Louise, directed by Ridley Scott. [Main Library] “Despite being over twenty years old, this film is as fresh as ever, with a raw, occasionally tranquil quality.”  ~Alison
  • Happy-Go-Lucky, directed by Mike Leigh. [Main Library] “Fun to watch.Full of optimism.” ~Maricela
  • Supernatural: The Complete First Season [Main Library] “I was a normal person with a regular life until Dean Winchester broke in and said “Dad’s gone on a hunting trip, and he hasn’t been back in a few days.” ~Helen

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