May 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!

May Staff Recommendations



  • 4 3 2 1, by Paul Auster. [Main Library] “4 3 2 1 is the coming of age story of a boy (Archie Ferguson) that isn’t like any other coming of age story. This book takes the reader through Ferguson’s life, during the 50’s and 60’s in 4 parallel, but completely different versions.” ~Rudy
  • The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd. [Main Library] “Fans of The Help by Kathryn Stockett will love this earlier tale of a young girl who is trying to cope with the loss of her mother.This is a beautiful novel that explores the divine power of woman using bees.” ~Jeremy
  • Fatal: A Novel, by John Lescroart. [Lark Branch] “I thought it was an interesting set up for a book and that I liked some of the characters.” ~Sean
  • Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders. [Main Library] “Abraham Lincoln’s little boy, Willie Lincoln, dies unexpectedly and enters the bardo, a place where souls of the newly- and long-departed tarry. What follows is a strange tale of good vs. evil, told through snippets of historical documents, fanciful dialogue, and fictional accounts.” ~Kate
  • Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld. [Palm View Branch] “Prep was the first, and in my opinion best, novel from bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld. It is the story of a teenage girl who goes to a fancy boarding school away from home, how she manages by tooth and nail to carve a place for herself in their exclusive society, and the later consequences of doing so. Because of my own high school experience at a boarding school, and later at a rather preppy liberal arts college in the northeast, this book really struck a chord with me. But it’s a classic portrait of the thrills and despair of teenage life, to which anyone can relate.” ~Julia

Science Fiction

  • Fortress In The Eye of Time, by C.J. Cherryh. [Main Library] “A very well written fantasy story told from a unique viewpoint – though it is the first in a series it also works perfectly well as a stand alone story.” ~Robert B.
  • Shades of Grey, by Jasper Fforde. [Main Library] “Not related to the similarly titled romance novel, this story is an excellent blend of comedy and dystopian science fiction set in a world where the ability to see colors determines a person’s social caste.” ~Robert B.
  • Changeling, by Roger Zelazny. [Main Library] “Classic science fiction of the ‘magic vs. technology’ variety in Zelazny’s distinct style.” ~John D.
  • Madwand, by Roger Zelazny. [Main Library] “Sequel to Changeling. The story stands in it’s own, but there are implications that there was to be a third book in the series (never written).” ~John D.

Adult Graphic Novels

  • Wet Moon:  Book 1, by Ross Campbell. [Main Library] “A combination of slice-of-life and Lynchian horror, Wet Moon is eye-catching in its southern grit and beautiful artwork featuring a diverse range of bodies that is often too rare in comic books.”  ~Alison

Young Adult Fiction

  • How It Went Down, by Kekla Magoon. [Main Library] “Black teen Tariq is shot by a white man, but it’s not always clear what really happened amid personal stories and media hype. This book, which earned a Coretta Scott King Honor, shows how racism affects everyone.” ~Kate
  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, by Benjamin Alire Saenz. [Main Library] “This novel beautifully illustrates the power of love and learning for strengthening families, friendships, and peace of mind during trying times.” ~Veronica Z.
  • Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, by Morgan Matson. [Main Library] “I really enjoyed that the book had pictures of the menu, receipt, or postcard to the places the character ate/ visited while on her road trip.” ~Joanna

Children’s Easy Books

  • Take Me Out to the Yakyu, by Aaron Meshon. [Main Library] “Come along with one little boy and his grandfathers, one in America and one in Japan, as he learns about how baseball is played in two different countries.” ~Erin
  • Mango, abuela y yo, by Meg Medina. [Palm View Branch] “Una tierna historia que nos enseña como hacer amigos en cualquier idioma!” ~Maria O.


  • The Winter People, by Jennifer McMahon. [Electronic Branch] “This book alternates between the present and the past, however the common theme among both timelines: those who are gone are never truly lost, sometimes they can come back. Two women are searching for those lost to them and they have a connection, but the secrets of a diary hold the key to the big reveal.” ~Raquel
  • Under the Jeweled Sky, by Alison McQueen. [Electronic Branch] “This is the story of a tragic love affair that begins in a maharajah’s palace in India in the 1940’s, right before British colonial rule ended and Pakistan and India separated. It is also an important lesson on the consequences of war caused by religion, that is just as relevant today.” ~Julia
  • Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan. [Electronic Branch] “This is a coming of age story about a young girl who must leave behind the only home she has ever know in search of a future in the United States.” ~Priscilla S.

Spanish Fiction

  • El vampiro del Rio Grande, by Robert de la Torre Hurtado. [Palm View Branch] “Esta colección de cuentos oscuros de nuestra región seguramente te asustarán.” ~Priscilla S.

Children’s Spanish Nonfiction

  • Azul, by Jared Siemens. [Palm View Branch] “It is a great book to utilize for bilingual speaking children.” ~Joanna


  • Inheritance, by Sharon Moalem. [Palm View Branch]  “Science is fascinating. Great way to explain genetic make-up.” ~Yolanda
  • Grow, Cook, Preserve, by Helen Lynne Culpepper. [Palm View Branch] “A better way to save money on meals by growing, preserving, and cooking your own fruits and vegetables.” ~Veronica
  • The Fifty Year Mission, by Edward Gross. [Main Library]  “It is about the creation of Star Trek and its first twenty five years.” ~Sean
  • The Baseball Codes, by Jason Turbow. [Main Library] “This entertaining book uncovers the hidden rules of baseball through stories and interviews with some of the game’s greats.” ~Erin
  • Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In, by Bernie Sanders. [Main Library]  “In the world we live in, it is important to stay aware of the countless barriers that are affecting the majority of Americans. This book was wonderfully constructed with the ideals of Bernie Sanders, who thought of not only breaking all barriers, but had the courage to bring to light those barriers and injustices. Even though he did not become the US President, he is still fighting and has the best for the US at heart. ” ~Leslie C.


  • Make Trouble, by John Waters. [Main Library] “John Waters, The People’s Pervert, excellent speech to the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design.” ~Bobby

Children’s Nonfiction

  • Information Technology, by John Csiszar. [Palm View Branch] “Wearable technology? Talking through your glasses? WOW” ~Maria O.

Young Adult Nonfiction

  • American Dragons, by various. [Lark Branch] “This is a great read for young adults who want a first-hand account of Asian-Americans.” ~David C.


  • Eyes Wide Shut, directed by Stanley Kubrick. [Main Library] “A psychosexual suspense about jealousy and conspiracies. Kubrick’s last film.” ~Bobby
  • Doctor Strange, directed by Scott Derrickson. [Palm View Branch] “I really liked the way the movie was put together and liked several of the actors in the cast.” ~Joanna
  • Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins. [Main Library] “An evocative combination of dreaminess and grit, Moonlight captures growing up in life beautifully. ” ~Alison
  • Happy, directed by Roko Belic. [Main Library] “What makes you happy?” ~Maricela
  • The Girl On the Train, directed by Tate Taylor. [Palm View Branch] “Full of suspense and a great twisting plot.” ~Veronica
  • My Love, Don’t Cross That River, directed by Jin Mo-young. [Main Library] “This is a quiet, gentle documentary that introduces us to a Korean couple who have been together 76 years. They still share a tender love and respect for each other even through life’s changes.” ~Beverly
  • Canciones de mi padre, by Linda Ronstadt. [Main Library] “See Linda Ronstadt in a different light. Enjoy Mexican folk music, dancing and breathtaking colorful costume.” ~Maricela
  • Deep South, by Josh Turner. [Palm View Branch] “American country artist Josh Turner released his sixth studio album, Deep South on March 2017, with radio hits like Hometown Girl, Lay Low and my personal favorite, Beach Bums. Check out all the new music arrivals at the Palm View Branch Library for your summertime listening pleasure.” ~Rolando

Children’s DVDs

  • Long Way North, directed by Remi Chaye. [Palm View Branch] “Sacha, a young Russian girl of the late-19th-century Saint Petersburg aristocracy, searches for her recently lost Arctic exploring grandfather in an adventure that takes her to the top of the world. An exciting animated tale of a young girl’s love, courage, determination and fortitude. Also available on Blu-ray.” ~Rolando
  • Moana, directed by Ron Clements. [Palm View Branch] “Moana is a great movie that inspires parents and children the importance of destiny.” ~Joanna

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