January 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!

January Staff Recommendations



  • The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict. [Palm View Branch] “Mitza Maric is a highly intelligent physicist and mathematician in her own right. But how can her brilliance shine beside the resplendent genius of her colleague and truelove, Albert Einstein? Mitza’s journey may reveal that the mixing of emotions and intelligence can only blend together as that of oil and water.” ~Rolando
  • The Girls, by Emma Cline. [Main Library] “An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong.” ~Erin
  • Flying Blind, by Max Allan Collins. [Palm View Branch] “A novel in which former retired Chicago private investigator, Nathan Heller, follows one theory on Amelia Earhart’s disappearance to exotic locales, full of espionage and betrayal.” ~John D.
  • Amor y cohetes, by Jaime Hernandez. [Palm View Branch] “A collection of short graphic novels combining characters from the novels written by the Hernandez brothers in Love and Rockets and Perla la Loca.” ~Veronica
  • The Skystone, by Jack Whyte. [Palm View Branch] “An historical novel set in Britain at the decline of the Roman occupation.” ~John D.

Young Adult Fiction

  • 1984, by George Orwell. [Main Library] “A literary classic that offers a depressing view of a bleak society in which a totalitarian government run by one referred to as ‘Big Brother’ holds absolute control over everyone of its citizens, and an exploration into the mind of an individual who seeks to defy the establishment.”  ~Robert M.
  • How to Say Goodbye in Robot, by Natalie Standiford. [Palm View Branch] “It’s a story of an unusual friendship that starts when Bea moves to a new town.” ~Joanna

Children’s Fiction

  • Pippi in the South Seas, by Astrid Lindgren. [Main Library] “Pippi Longstocking is the best friend anyone could have. In this book she seeks out her father, the king of a tropical island. She is hailed as a princess but she is still Pippi, the girl who refuses to grow up.” ~Beverly
  • Benjamin Franklin, Huge Pain in My, by Adam Mansbach. [Lark Branch] “I thought some of the letters from Franklin were funny. I think it is a silly book but still enjoyable.” ~Sean



  • The Art of Living, by Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho (also known as His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama). [Main Library] “This book may help you as you seek fulfillment and happiness.” ~Beverly
  • Great Again, by Donald Trump. [Palm View Branch]  “The book that reveals President-elect Donald J. Trump’s reasons for wanting to be the 45th President of the United States of America and outlines his objectives of how he plans to Make America Great Again. An excellent read for all those who voted either “for” or “against” him in the general election. This narrative may help you to solidify, modify or change your opinion of our next POTUS.” ~Rolando
  • The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, by Barbara Pleasant. [Palm View Branch]  “One of the best guides to improving the life in your soil, no matter what kind of gardener you are.” ~Helen
  • The Life-changing Magic of Tyding Up, by Marie Kondo. [Main Library] “It’s time to list our New Year’s Resolution for the upcoming year but how about for our home. The KonMari method uses a categorization technique that allows an individual to visually assess whether our items brings us happiness or Spark Joy.” ~Claudia
  • Shell Chic, by Marlene Hurley Marshall. [Lark Branch] “A must read for the discriminating interior designer inclined to use shellfish skeletons as home decor.” ~ Eric
  • I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephron. [Main Library] “With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.” ~Erin

Young Adult Nonfiction

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling. [Main Library] “Although it reads like a play, don’t let that turn you off it is detailed and still amazingly well written. Rowling brings us back into the Wizarding universe with this continuation of our favorite characters. Only here is the difference, something is amiss among Harry and his children; unlikely friendships are made and nurtured, and new foes present themselves in the most subtle ways. The Golden Trio isn’t done fighting and the new generation must do their share as well.” ~Raquel

Children’s Nonfiction

  • The Bible Story, by Arthur Stanley Maxwell. [Lark Branch] “This book is an excellent starting point for children to explore and understand Christian faith and philosophy.” ~Eric


  • The Big Lebowski, directed by Ethan & Joel Coen. [Main Library] “Hilarious off beat dark comedy by the brilliant minds of the Coen brothers.” ~Bob
  • Melancholia, directed by Lars Von Trier. [Main Library] “Another fascinating film by Danish director, Lars Von Trier. In this sci-fi drama, he examines depression and the end of the world.” ~Bob
  • Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards. [Main Library] “If you like watching giant monsters destroy cities then you’d probably enjoy this movie.” ~Robert B.
  • Justice League: Gods and Monsters [Lark Branch] “I thought it was a good animated movie and it had an interesting alternate version of the Justice League.” ~Sean
  • Man of Tai Chi, directed by Keanu Reeves. [Lark Branch] “It is fun action movie directed by Keanu Reeves, who also has a role in the movie. The fight scenes are well done.” ~Sean
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails, directed by Wes Ball. [Lark Branch] “I thought it was interesting follow up to the first movie in the series.” ~Sean


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