August 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!

August Staff Recommendations

 Aug 2017 Staff Recs


  • Mary Reilly, by Valerie Martin. [Main Library] “A dark, clever retelling of a classic story with star-crossed love, commentary on classism, contemplation of the dark side to everyone, and all through unique point of view.” ~Alison
  • Darktown: A Novelby Thomas Mullen. [Palm View Branch] “Fictional treatment of the first eight negro patrol officers in the Atlanta, Georgia police department in 1948.” ~John D.
  • Untouched by Human Hands, by Robert Sheckley. [Main Library] “This collection of extremely creative science fiction short stories is definitely worth a read for anyone who enjoys having fun with the genre.” ~Robert B.

Science Fiction

  • A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah E. Harkness. [Main Library] “This book is the first in the All Souls Trilogy and is an absolute delight to read! If you enjoy reading about witches and vampires splashed with historical figures and intrigue; this book will not disappoint.” ~Raquel
  • Elric of Melnibone, by Michael Moorcock. [Main Library] “A vintage fantasy that has so much zest, sharp and electric, packed in such a short book that makes it a rather timeless story.” ~Alison

Young Adult Graphic Novels

  • Boxers, by Gene Luen Yang. [Palm View Branch] “A historical fiction graphic novel of the 1898 Chinese Boxer Rebellion told from the point of view of a Chinese peasant that rises up to root out the secondary devils that have invaded his homeland. Part one of a two-part, must read series.” ~Rolando
  • Saints, by Gene Luen Yang. [Palm View Branch] “Part 2 of the historical fiction graphic novel, Boxers & Saints set. This second story is from the point of view of a Chinese catholic girl during the 1898 Boxer Rebellion. An exciting and interesting way of highlighting history from opposing perspectives.” ~Rolando

Children’s Graphic Novels

  • Snow White, by Matt Phelan. [Main Library] “A fantastic graphic novel retelling of Snow White set in the 1920’s. The Seven Little Men are the stars of the show here.” ~Heather

Children’s Fiction

  • The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander. [Main Library] “An excellent book for a child interested in fantasy.” ~Robert B.
  • Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times, by Emma Trevayne. [Main Library] “Welcome to Londinium, a London in an alternative universe of clockwork, steam, and magic. A fun introduction to the Steampunk genre for fifth grade level readers.” ~Heather

Children’s Easy Books

  • Mi felicidad eres tu, by Heinz Janisch. [Palm View Branch] “Todo lo que quiero decirte es…” ~Maria O.


  • A Thousand Pieces of You, by Claudia Gray. [Electronic Branch] “This is the first book of the Firebird trilogy, and all three are page-turners. The main characters travel through multiple universes in order to unravel a dangerous conspiracy, and discover love, adventure, and danger along the way.” ~Julia
  • Vanishing Girls, by Lauren Oliver. [Electronic Branch] “It starts out kind of slow but once it catches momentum it’s a really good book.” ~Joanna A.
  • Accidental Love, by Gary Soto. [Electronic Branch] “This book is so funny it will literally have you laughing out loud.” ~Joanna A.


  • Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly. [Palm View Branch] “Tells of the contributions of African American women to the space race in the 1960s.” ~China
  • Dinner Made Simple, by Real Simple. [Palm View Branch]  “Easy delicious recipes with ingredients that most of us have at home.” ~Yolanda
  • Anatomy of a Song, by Marc Myers. [Lark Branch] “It covers an interesting variety of songs. Each chapter is about a different song.” ~Sean


  • How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, by Florence + the Machine. [Main Library] “The album chronicles front woman Florence Welch’s decent into self destruction and discovery, at the hands a doomed relationship.” ~Virgil
  • Logan, directed by James Mangold. [Lark Branch] “It’s a story befitting this beloved X-Men character.” ~China

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