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!
July Staff Recommendations
- The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison. [Lark Library] “A rare fantasy story that focuses more on politics than action sequences – this book was nominated for a number of awards and deserved every one.” ~Robert B.
- The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michel Faber. [Main Library] “A lush, riveting book where the narrative focuses on two contrasting, fascinating women, Sugar, a sharp, strong-willed sex worker and Agnes, a religious, mentally ill woman that is the deconstruction of the Victorian ideal woman.” ~Alison
- Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee. [Main Library] “A wonderful historical fiction novel chronicles four generations of a Korean family in exile in Japan.” ~Erin
- A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. [Main Library] “This novel is at times sad, funny and eye-opening as it demonstrates the power of love and community.” ~Beverly
- Siempre Amigos, by Danielle Steel. [Palm View Branch] “Una historia sobre la fortuna de enfrentar los desafios de la vida con verdaderos amigos a nuestro lado.” ~Maria O.
- Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah. [Electronic Branch] “Both funny and harrowing, this autobiography gives a picture of growing up under apartheid.” ~Erin
- We Are All Made of Molecules, by Susin Nielsen. [Electronic Branch] “This book is very funny and relatable if you have gained step siblings.” ~Joanna A.
Young Adult Fiction
- The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. [Main Library] “An absolute classic of humorous science fiction.” ~Robert B.
Young Adult Graphic Novel
- American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang. [Palm View Branch] “Gene L. Yang’s epic graphic novel was the winner of the 2007 Michael L. Printz Award & 2007 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album, along with many other honors. The story is a young American born Chinese boy as he struggles with racism from without and within, which transcends all cultures. An excellent story and lesson in life for teens and adults alike.” ~Rolando
Young Adult Nonfiction
- Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story, by Caren Barzelay Stelson. [Palm View Branch] “A Nagasaki atomic bomb survivor, Sachiko Yasui, tells the story of her life after this devastating experience and her journey to finding and spreading peace. This novel is a revealing historical perspective from the eyes of an innocent child and the wisdom of an elderly woman.” ~Rolando
- The Charming Life of Izzy MaloneThe Charming Life of Izzy Malone, by Jenny Lundquist. [Main Library] “A cute book about an unconventional charm school student, Isabella Malone. A great read for kids ages 9-11 (and adults too!)” ~Heather
Children’s Graphic Novel
- Newsprints, by Ru Xu. [Main Library] “Great illustrations, a smart story, and fun characters. The first book in what looks to be a great new series of graphic novels for kids!” ~Heather
- Math Lab for Kids, by Rebecca Rapoport. [Palm View Branch] “If you want your children to like math and make it fun this will enable children to learn with math in a new way.” ~Joanna B.
- I Want To Be Happy, by Harriet Griffey. [Palm View Branch] “This book gives you the tools and advice on how have better relationships , how to deal with stress, and live a happier life.” ~Veronica
- A Field Guide to Lies by Daniel J. Levitin. [Main Library] “If you want to avoid embarrassing yourself on what you post on Facebook, this book will help; its writing is clean-cut and amiable, accessible for anyone to read!” ~Alison
- Teach Your Baby to Sign, by Monica Beyer. [Palm View Branch] “I think that teaching babies to sign helps children cognitively match the word with the sign making it easier for children to communicate.” ~Joanna B.
- Koreatown: A Cookbook, by Deuki Hong. [Palm View Branch] “Explore new exotic flavors in cooking with this modern Korean cookbook.” ~Veronica
- 100 Weekend Projects Anyone Can Do, by Family Handyman. [Lark Branch] “I thought the book was well written and it used photos well.” ~Sean
- Working For You Isn’t Working For Me, by Katherine Crowley. [Main Library] “A good book for living in the modern workplace.” ~Helen
- Ultimate Guide to Plumbing, by Merle Henkeinus. [Lark Branch] “I thought the book broke the repairs down nicely into steps and I thought the photos were helpful. There is also a glossary at the back of the book.” ~Sean
- XXIVK Magic, by Bruno Mars. [Palm View Branch] “It’s a fun CD that is different from what other artist have out at the moment.” ~Joanna A.
- El cumple de la abuela, [Palm View Branch] “Una reunion para celebrar un cumpleaños y una sorpresa!” ~Maria O.