September Staff Recommendations

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

September Staff Recommendations



  • The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown. [Palm View Branch] “A bizarre murder in Paris’ Louvre museum starts Robert Langdons search in unraveling an enigmatic riddle. A gripping story of intrigue and suspense from beginning to end. One of author Dan Brown’s best novels.” ~Rolando
  • The Black Box, by Michael Connelly. [Palm View Branch] “Detective Harry Bosch links a recent crime’s bullet to the killing of a female reporter during the L.A. riots, 20 years earlier. Detective Bosch searches for the ‘Black Box’ of the crime, which is the one piece of evidence that will tie the two crimes together.” ~Rolando
  • Sweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler. [Main Library] “Reading this novel is like being thrown into one year of the surreal life of a young college graduate, who moves from an anonymous Midwestern town to New York City. She has no plan other than to live life to the fullest, and ends up in Brooklyn at the beginning of its hipster-ization, where she immediately finds a job at one of the fanciest and trendiest restaurants in New York City. The novel focuses completely on the restaurant staff’s work and their social lives, which revolve completely around each other. The characters are often high on stimulant drugs to get through the controlled chaos of their day at the restaurant and the all-night partying that follows, or hungover. Their partying is interspersed with moments of discovery and appreciation for the world of organic food, wine, and fine dining. The novel is a slightly uncomfortable but fascinating glimpse of their chaotic lives and the restaurant world, which serve as a backdrop for the main character’s coming of age.” ~Julia
  • Taking Chances, by Molly McAdams. [Main Library]  “It’s a very different story than what people are used to.” ~Joanna
  • The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. [Main Library] “The writing is fantastic, it’s a book for book people, the story is amazing… It’s my favorite book for a reason!” ~Heather
  • Nora Webster, by Colm Toibin. [Main Library] “From one of contemporary literature’s bestselling, critically acclaimed and beloved authors, a magnificent new novel set in Ireland, about a fiercely compelling young widow and mother of four, navigating grief and fear, struggling for hope.” ~Erin

Young Adult Fiction

  • Fallen, by Lauren Kate. [Main Library] “It’s scary and something new I read.”  ~Joanna
  • Mouse Guard: Fall 1152, by David Petersen. [Main Library] “Mouse Guard is the lavishly illustrated fantasy series of three brave soldier mice who must fight off predators and peacefully guide common mice from village to village.”  ~Kate

Picture Books

  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Joffe Numeroff. [Main Library] “A great kids book that’s sure to bring a smile to the readers face.” ~Robert B.

Science Fiction

  • Deus Ex: Icarus Effect, by James Swallow. [Main Library] “This book is based on the cult-hit videogame series. Its content is really interesting because it explores the potential dangers and benefits of mechanically and genetically modifying the human body and the social, political and religious ramifications. Will ‘induced evolution’ ultimately enhance or hinder the human condition? You decide!”  ~David C.


  • Poodle Springs, by Raymond Chandler. [Main Library] “When Raymond Chandler died in 1959, he left behind the first four chapters of a new Philip Marlowe thriller, which was completed three decades later by Robert B. Parker.”  ~John D.


  • The Silent Twins, by Majorie Wallace. [Lark Branch] “The fascinating – and sometimes creepy – real story of identical twins Jennifer and June Gibbons.”  ~Sara
  • Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow. [Palm View Branch] “This is the story of our immigrant founding father who lived his life non-stop, and is also the basis for the Tony Award winning musical.”  ~Kate


  • Improbable Libraries, by Alex Johnson. [Main Library] “Discover the world’s most unusual libraries, and celebrate how libraries in all forms have relevance in society today.” ~Elizabeth
  • Translation Nation, by Hector Tobar. [Palm View Branch]  “Stories of Latinos throughout the United States and the challenges and success of their immigration to this country legally and illegally.” ~Veronica
  • I Live Here, by Mia Kirshner . [Palm View Branch]  “Real life journals of humanitarian crises around the world from Juarez, Burma, Ingushetia, and Malawi. This book is filled with documentaries of struggle and inspiration.” ~Veronica
  • The Dark Man : Australia’s First Serial Killer, by Jason K. Foster. [Lark Branch]  “The Dark Man is the amazing true story of Australia’s first serial killer, who kept the colony of New South Wales in the grip of fear as the police ruthlessly hunted their man.” ~Sylvia K.
  • The New Bohemians : Cool & Collected Homes, by Justina Blakeney. [Main Library] “A Los Angeles-based designer explores neo-urban hippie style and visits 20 different homes across the United States decorated in this mode, interviewing the owners and discussing their aesthetic inspirations and offering ideas to those who want to decorate their own spaces.” ~Erin

Spanish Nonfiction

  • Sobre Carga, by Joyce Meyer. [Main Library] “Cómo desconectarse, relajarse y soltarse a sí mismo de la presión del estrés. ‘…usted puede lograr la vida alegre y pacífica que está destinada para usted.’—Joyce Meyer” ~Ema

Juvenile Nonfiction

  • Science Projects, by Meg Greve. [Palm View Branch] “In order for parents to be prepared for science exams and yearly projects this book has great starter ideas.” ~Joanna


  • High Plains Drifter, directed by Clint Eastwood. [Lark Branch] “It is a classic western.” ~Sean
  • The Hustler, directed by Robert Rossen. [Lark Branch] “Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason are really good in their roles.” ~Sean
  • The Magnificent Seven, directed by John Sturges. [Lark Branch] “This is another classic western and it be fun to see (or see again) before the remake comes out this fall.” ~Sean
  • Spotlight, directed by Tom McCarthy. [Lark Branch] “This is just an eye-opener. See it.” ~David C.
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. [Main Library] “An unlikely romance kindles between a German cleaning woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan immigrant twenty-five years her junior. Their relationship takes a both heartwarming and heartbreaking turn.” ~Rudy
  • Arsenic and Old Lace, directed by Frank Capra. [Main Library] “A classic dark comedy film with an excellent script and great performances.” ~Robert B.
  • Brazil, directed by Terry Gilliam [Lark Branch] “Loosely based on George Orwell’s ‘1984’, this satirical look at an, almost certain, not-so-distant future explores what it would be like to fly above a highly structured and bureaucratic state.” ~Rudy
  • Purple Rain, directed by Albert Magnoli. [Lark Branch] “Great Movie! Great Music!” ~Sylvia K.
  • Serenity, directed by Joss Whedon. [Palm View Branch] “Movie finale of the Joss Whedon sci-fi television series Firefly.” ~John D.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season One, [Main Library] “She was kept underground as a hostage for 15 years but Kimmy is free now and ready to begin her new life in New York City. With optimism and a positive approach to problems, Kimmy is unbreakable!” ~Beverly

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