October 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!

October Staff Recommendations



  • A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini. [Main Library] “This book, besides being heart-rending and blood boiling, it made me feel happy to realize that we are all interconnected, or will be interconnected, in one way or form. How our humanity, although sometimes forgotten, is not always lost.” ~Leslie C.
  • The Stand, by Stephen King. [Palm View Branch] “This epic tale is set in a time when a plague has ravaged 99% of the Earth’s population and survivors are drawn together to make a stand for Good or Evil. One of Stephen King’s most popular novels with trouble lurking around every page. And never forget, M O O N, that spells trouble! I promise you will get that reference once you read the book.” ~Rolando
  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, by Stephen King. [Palm View Branch] “Not only is Stephen King a great epic novel writer, but he is pretty darn good with the short fiction too. This collection has a plethora of excellent shorts to mystify, shock, and amaze, while giving the reader a peek into the mind of the master storyteller himself. ‘Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth, King warns’.” ~Rolando

Young Adult Fiction

  • Hellraisers, by Alexander Gordon Smith. [Lark Branch] “This is a very dark tale about a Hellish machine that make wishes a reality…for a price, of course; it is very unique and should be read by anyone who enjoys the horror genre.”  ~Eric C.

Picture Books

  • The Three Bears ABC, by Grace Maccarone. [Lark Branch] “This book is a fantastic way to practice your alphabet through a classic story!!!” ~Diana C.

Science Fiction

  • The Compleat Werewolf, by Anthony Boucher. [Main Library] “A collection of golden age science fiction and fantasy short stories, the last two works in the collection We Print the Truth and The Ghost of Me are classics.”  ~Robert B.
  • Red Rising, by Pierce Brown. [Main Library] “The first book in an excellent trilogy, Red Rising is about a young man named Darrow who realizes his life is a lie created to sustain the privileges of a class called the Golds, the wealthy and powerful who rule Mars while his people toil beneath the surface. The series goes in directions I never expected and is exciting from start to finish while also raising some very important questions about current social and political issues, as all good science fiction should.”  ~Heather
  • A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. La Guin. [Main Library] “An excellent fantasy for a young adult audience, the words almost seem to come alive right off the page as you read them.”  ~Robert B.
  • Darkfever, by Karen Marie Moning. [Main Library] “An amazing sci-fi romance book with awesome characters and lore.”  ~Bianca C.

Children’s Biography

  • I Am Lucille Ball, by Brad Meltzer. [Lark Branch] “It is a concise biography of Lucille Ball for kids and the artist Christopher Eliopoulos is really good.”  ~Sean

Children’s Fiction


  • The Pagan Mysteries of Halloween, by Jean Markale. [Lark Branch] “It is interesting to look back and see ancient traditions…even (or more especially) the spooky ones.” ~Rebecca
  • Day of the Dead: Dia de los muertos, by Ward S. Albro. [Lark Branch]  “Although Dia de los Muertos is in November, it is at the beginning of the month so I think it would be good to check out this book. It has lots of large colorful pictures of holiday preparations and celebrations as well as information on the holiday. Dia de los muertos has some things in common with Halloween, but it is really very different. It is a remembrance of those who have passed on. There are altars in houses and cemeteries to remember dead family members.” ~Rebecca
  • The N0-gossip Zone, by Sam Chapman. [Main Library]  “Learn how to counter destructive workplace gossip and create an environment of authentic and respectful communication.” ~Kate
  • The Devil at the Disco, by David Bowles. [Main Library] “A retelling of a popular leyenda, you are sure to have heard this tale before!” ~Priscilla S.
  • On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft, by Stephen King. [Main Library]  “I thought it was interesting to know how King writes and how he refined his writing.” ~Sean

Children’s Nonfiction

  • Creepy Creatures and Other Cucuys, by Xavier Garza. [Main Library] “This book of traditional tales heard around El Valle will give you goosebumps.” ~Priscilla S.
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, by Alvin Schwartz. [Lark Branch] “I remember this title from my childhood and it still brings back a sense of nostalgia around Fall time. Having said that, this title isn’t particularly good– I just checked it out for the wonderfully macabre artwork of Stephen Gammell! They still give me nightmares!” ~Eric C.


  • In Rainbows, by Radiohead. [Main Library] “Experience all the colors of love in this glorious and romantic album that you can enjoy from first poignant track to last. No skipping!” ~Priscilla M.


  • The Wild Bunch, directed by Sam Peckinpah. [Main Library] “A revisionist western that changed the rules of cinema.” ~Bob
  • 12 Angry Men, directed by Sidney Lumet. [Main Library] “Courtroom drama unlike any other before, focusing on the jury in 1950’s America and it’s changing landscape.” ~Bob
  • Tokyo Ghoul, directed by Shuhei Morita. [Main Library] “Fun and interesting anime that is awesome art work.” ~Bianca C.
  • The Intern, directed by Nancy Meyers. [Palm View Branch] “A retiree goes to work as an intern for a new company, in the same building he previously worked in for four decades. Robert DeNiro’s performances never disappoint.” ~John D.
  • The Internship, directed by Shawn Levy. [Main Library] “Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as old-school salesmen who go to work as interns at Google resulting in instant generational and culture shock all around!” ~John D.
  • Paris, Texas, directed by Wim Wenders. [Main Library] “A man wanders out of the desert after a four year absence. When his brother finds him, they return to L.A. to reunite the man with his young son. Soon after, he and the boy set out to locate the mother of the child, who left shortly after the man disappeared. Beautiful cinematography and unforgettable acting make ‘Paris, Texas’ a nearly perfect movie.” ~Rudy
  • Goosebumps: The Headless Ghost, by R.L. Stine. [Palm View Branch] “This great family movie gets everyone into the Halloween spirit!” ~Veronica
  • Lucas, by David Seltzer. [Lark Branch] “It is a classic high school movie.” ~Sean
  • The Fifth Element, directed by Luc Besson. [Main Library] “He’s a cab driver, she’s the Supreme Being. Together they must save the world from evil. A campy, sci-fi, cinematic feast for your eyes! It’s SUPER GREEN!” ~Priscilla M.

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