August 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!

August Staff Recommendations


  • Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn, by Ace Atkins. [Palm View Branch] “Spenser, Hawk, and Sixkill pursue a firebug with an assist from Vinnie Morris. Vinnie and Quirk are now both recently promoted to ‘upper management’ in their respective fields.” ~John D.
  • The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver. [Main Library] “The story of a man caught between two worlds — Mexico and the United States in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s — whose search for identity takes readers to the heart of the twentieth century’s most tumultuous events.” ~Erin
  • Violet Crimes, by Phillip Margolin. [Lark Branch] “I think is this is a good legal thriller and a good introduction to the author’s work.” ~Sean
  • The Heist, by Daniel Silva. [Palm View Branch]  “The Gabriel Allon series is a thrilling mixture of art, politics, and intrigue. A must read!” ~Elizabeth
  • Sword at Sunset, by Rosemary Sutcliff. [Main Library] “An interesting take on the legend of King Arthur which removes all of the magical elements and instead treats the tale as if it were a part of history.” ~Robert B.

Young Adult Fiction

  • Sloppy Firsts, by Megan McCafferty. [Palm View Branch] “This book will literally make you laugh out loud! It’s has a little of everything and is part of a series that follows the Main character all the way to graduate school.”  ~Joanna
  • Second Helpings, by Megan McCafferty. [Palm View Branch] “Is a great series.”  ~Joanna

Science Fiction

  • Halo: Cryptum, by Greg Bear. [Main Library] “If you are a fan of the Halo universe, you cannot miss this first entry in Greg Bear’s epic Forerunner Trilogy!”  ~David C.
  • Black Sun Rising, by C.S. Friedman. [Main Library] “A adventure story which skillfully blends science fiction and fantasy together as well as a well written cast of characters – the first book in a trilogy.”  ~Robert B.

Spanish Biography

  • Sin miedo : lecciones de rebeldes, by Jorge Ramos. [Main Library] “‘La gente me pregunta si soy periodista o activista. La verdad es que soy simplemente un periodista que hace preguntas, pero uno que, en efecto, toma una postura’ Jorge Ramos”  ~Ema


  • Sor Juana, or The Traps of Faith, by Octavio Paz. [Main Library] “Mexican literary giant Octavio Paz pays homage to Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz.”  ~Priscilla


  • Essential Emeril, by Emeril Lagasse. [Lark Branch] “It is a good cook book and I liked the section called kitchen essentials and I also liked the page talking about Julia Child.” ~Sean
  • Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales, by Roberto Santibanez. [Palm View Branch]  “Recipes worth a look for those tacos, tortas, and tamales Tuesday!” ~Veronica
  • Tacos : Recipes and Provocations, by Alex Stupak. [Palm View Branch]  “In this book you will the art and craft of taco recipes. Check out the homemade beet or nopal tortilla recipes!” ~Veronica
  • Creative Clay Jewelry, by Leslie Dierks. [Lark Branch]  “This book is really full of intensely beautiful polymer clay ideas. I find myself wishing for all the cool modeling tools and some clay.” ~Rebecca B.
  • Pool & Billiards for Dummies, by Nicholas Leider. [Lark Branch]  “I’ve always wanted to learn how to play pool. This book seems just my speed with all the diagrams and helpful information.” ~Rebecca B.
  • The Movie Book, by Sam Atkinson. [Main Library] “Films can be entertaining but they can also reveal truths about the world around us and human nature. ” ~Bobby
  • Eight World Cups, by George Vecsey. [Lark Branch]  “It covers World Cup history for 1982 to 2013 and Vecsey is a good writer.” ~Sean
  • Breaking the Sound Barrier, by Amy Goodman. [Main Library]  “Amy Goodman, award-winning host of the daily radio and television program Democracy Now!, breaks through the corporate media’s lies, sound bites, and silence to prove the power that independent journalism can play in the struggle for a better world, one in which ordinary citizens are the true experts of their own lives and communities.” ~Erin

Spanish Nonfiction

  • Las diosas nunca envejecen, by Christiane Northrup. [Main Library] “La autora ‘desmonta el viejo paradigma sobre la vejez y nos enseña a convertir la madurez en una experiencia vibrante y renovadora en cuerpo y alma.'” ~Ema

Children’s Nonfiction

Electronic E-book/Audio book

  • Life of Pi, by Yann Martel. [Main Library] “This book recommendation touches on the magically, mathematical number ‘pi.’ You know, 3.14159265359. In THE LIFE OF PI, the name of the number, becomes a nickname of a young man who survives a 3/4 year journey across the desert of the Pacific, within a small lifeboat, in the company of a full grown Bengal Tiger. Or does he? This audiobook will take you on Pi’s captivating journey from India to Canada and the wilderness of ocean that spans in between. Also available in eBook and Book-book.” ~John D.
  • Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Bathrooms, [Main Library]  “It’s all in the title! From simple decor to a down-to-the-studs remodel, all of the information you need to design your bathroom and do the work yourself is in this book.” ~Roxann


  • Anomalisa, directed by Charlie Kaufman. [Main Library] “A stop motion story of a lonely man in a lonelier world.” ~Bobby
  • Badlands, directed by Terrence Malick. [Main Library] “A teenage girl named Holly (Sissy Spacek) becomes infatuated by a twenty-something James Dean look-alike Kit (played by Martin Sheen). Holly is banned from seeing Kit by her father and Kit deals with it the only way he knows how.. by shooting him. This kicks off a killing spree by the pair in the Midwest badlands in the early 1960’s.” ~Rudy
  • Legally Blonde, directed by Robert Lucktic. [Lark Branch] “A fun flick with an iconic lead character about breaking female gender norms and proving that you can do anything and be amazing at it – all while maintaining your self-confidence and manicure routine.” ~Sara
  • Bottle Rocket, directed by Wes Anderson. [Main Library] “Three friends try and pull a series of heists and go on the run. Sounds easy, right? Not if you’re this group of amateurs.” ~Rudy
  • Grease Live!, directed by Thomas Kail. [Lark Branch] “I thought it was fun. It might not be as good at the original movie but it has some good songs and performances. ” ~Sean

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