April 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!

April Staff Recommendations



  • The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. [Main Library] “The Handmaid’s Tale is brilliant, terrifying, and now, relevant, and I couldn’t put it down. It’s one of my favorites!” ~Sara
  • The Sellout, by Paul Beatty. [Main Library] “The Sellout is one of the great satirical novels of our time. The story of a black man who owns a slave, has a farm in the middle of Los Angeles, and has plans to segregate his childhood town, told with side-splitting dark humor and introspective commentary.” ~Rudy
  • Robert B. Parker’s Blackjack, by Robert Knott. [Palm View Branch] “Appaloosa, the hometown of Territorial Marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, continues to prosper, but with prosperity comes a slew of new trouble: carpetbaggers, gamblers, migrants, peddlers, drifters, thieves, and whores, all boiling in a cauldron of excess and greed.” ~John D.
  • Robert B. Parker’s Revelation, by Robert Knott. [Palm View Branch] “Cole and Hitch are called on to pursue eight escapees from the penitentiary. Along the way they discover there is more involved than just a simple jailbreak and that much is not as it appears.” ~John D.

Science Fiction

Young Adult Fiction

  • Cinder, by Marissa Meyer. [Palm View Branch] “Book One of the Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder is a fairytale-like, sci-fi adventure that is literally out of this world. Loosely based on the Cinderella story, lowly droid mechanic, Linh Cinder, who happens to be a cybernetic human, finds out that she is much more than even she would ever believe to be. This story has Lunar beings, royalty, interplanetary tension, a plague, and cybernetic escort droids, just to spark your interest.”  ~Rolando
  • Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer. [Main Library] “Book two of the Lunar Chronicles. This sci-fi fairytale is loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood, and yes, there is a big, bad wolf. Scarlet’s grandmother has gone missing and Scarlet desperately searches for. Scarlet’s journey is full of twists and turns, but her’s and Cinder’s fates are destined to collide.” ~Rolando

Children’s Fiction

Children’s Easy Books

  • The Chickens Build a Wall, by Jean-Francois Dumont. [Main Library] “Believe it or not, this book was originally printed in 2011 and in French. This 2013 translation could have been written in 2016… for obvious reasons.”  ~Heather
  • Martin Finds a Way, by T.H. Marshall. [Palm View Branch] “It felt good to find a Way.” ~Maria O.
  • Little Critter Where Is My Frog?, by Mercer Mayer. [Palm View Branch] “Frogs are awesome and a lift the flap is great for smaller children to learn.” ~Joanna
  • Poles Apart, by Jeanne Willis. [Palm View Branch] “North Pole, South Pole and a unusual friendship!” ~Maria O.


  • It Ends With Us, by Colleen Hoover. [Electronic Branch] “This book was an amazing read and allowed an outsider to feel the pressure of difficult choices women must make during abusive relationships. Not everything is as black and white as it might appear and the fear of making the wrong choice can be paralyzing. I was very impressed with this book, how it was written, and the subject matter.”  ~Raquel
  • All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven. [Electronic Branch] “I like that it gives both perspectives of the story. It let’s you know what a person contemplates when considering suicide, while also providing warning signs you can look out for so you can get the person help even though it is a fiction book.”  ~Joanna

Spanish Nonfiction

  • A todos se nos antoja murir, by Fitte. [Palm View Branch] “Poemas cortos pero con mucho filo, que hasta te hace recordar ese viejo amor.” ~Veronica
  • Enero en poesia, by Sergio Osvaldo Lopez Sierra. [Palm View Branch] “Un libro perfecto para los amantes de la poesía, llena de pasión y sentimientos.” ~Veronica


  • Dead Snails Leave No Trails, by Loren Nancarrow. [Main Library] “This guide to controlling pests in your home and garden (and even on your pets!) is packed with simple and effective ways to avoid chemical pesticides that can kill off beneficial insects and keep useful reptiles and birds from making anyone’s yard their home.” ~Gabriel
  • The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kond. [Main Library]  “This is a great book that will help you organize different aspects of your personal and professional life. A must read.” ~Edwardo L.

Children’s Nonfiction

  • A Family of Poems, by Caroline Kennedy. [Palm View Branch] “A beautifully illustrated book of poems selected by Caroline Kennedy to share with children of all ages.” ~Erin
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein. [Lark Branch] “Shel Silverstein’s beloved classic will enjoyed by children and adults alike for National Poetry Month.” ~Erin


  • It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, directed by Phil Roman. [Lark Branch] “I am a fan of Peanuts and Easter is one of my favorite holidays; this is a great title to see for children and adults alike.” ~Eric C.
  • The Man with No Name Trilogy, directed by Sergio Leone. [Lark Branch] “Three movies that revitalized the Western genre and brought Clint Eastwood to stardom – the cinematography and score are extraordinary.” ~Robert B.
  • The Big Short, directed by Adam McKay. [Lark Branch] “It is a movie about the financial crisis and some of the performances are pretty good.” ~Sean
  • The Best Exotic Marigod Hotel, directed by John Madden. [Main Library] “An all around humorous,feel good movie for those retiring. Your never to old to enjoy what lies ahead.” ~Maricela
  • Star Trek: Beyond, directed by Justin Lin. [Main Library] “A fun, sweet, and punchy science-fiction movie that focuses on the value of characters’ relationships with one another.” ~Alison

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