January Staff Recommendations

Come on by your favorite MPL location and enjoy the latest selection of books, CD’s and DVD’s recommended by our dedicated staff!

January Staff Recommendations

 Jan 2018


  • Hold Tight, by Harlan Coben. [Lark Branch] “This is a story about parents worried about their son and they spy on him and fear he is in trouble.” ~Sean
  • Rain Fall, by Barry Eisler. [Lark Branch] “This is about a Japanese America assassin named John Rain and the character and his methods are interesting.” ~Sean
  • The Godfather, by Mario Puzo. [Lark Branch] “A thrilling saga set in the 1950’s of a Sicilian family’s rise to power in New York City’s criminal underworld. Adapted into one of the best movies of all time, the novel reveals events and character development not featured in the film. A must read!” ~Rolando

Science Fiction

  • The Desert of Souls, by Howard A. Jones. [Main Library] “An adventurous fantasy novel set in 8th century Baghdad which is hard to put down once you start.” ~Robert B.
  • A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge. [Main Library] “A dense science fiction book which still manages to tell a very human story even in the bizarre future it conjures up for the reader.” ~Robert B.

Children’s Easy Books

  • Big Bear, Small Mouse, by Karma Wilson. [Palm View Branch] “An interesting book for you to show children about opposites.” ~Joanna B.

Children’s Fiction

  • Moon Over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool. [Palm View Branch] “Abilene Tucker is left in the care of her father’s hometown friend. While searching to find out about her father’s childhood, Abilene unravels hidden secrets from the town’s near past. A great tale of loss and redemption for children, teens and adults.” ~Rolando


  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, by Kate Moore. [Electronic Branch] “The radium girls painted radium — once considered harmless — on clock faces and airplane dials until slowly, one by one, they fell ill and died of radium poisoning. This is a true, scandalous story of corporate greed and workers rights.”  ~Kate


  • You Herd Me!, by Colin Cowherd. [Lark Branch] “Cowherd is an opinionated man and some of his opinions are interesting.” ~Sean
  • The Billy Bob Tapes, by Billy Bob Thornton. [Palm View Branch] “Actor, screenwriter, director, and musician; the book is a series of windows into the life of a true southern original.” ~John D.
  • Victoria the Queen, by Julia Baird. [Main Library] “This biography sheds new light on a woman who has fascinated people for decades.” ~China

Spanish Biography

  • Casi una mujer, by Esmeralda Santiago. [Palm View Branch] “Continuacion de cuando era Puertorriqueña.” ~Maria O.


  • The Everything Cast-iron Cookbook, by Cinnamon Cooper. [Main Library] “For those who love to cook, cast iron is the best cooking utensil to use. This book aids cooks in making good use of this valuable cooking tool.” ~China
  • Salsas and Moles, by Deborah Schneider. [Palm View Branch]  “If you love home cooking you need to explore the recipes in this book. Fiery HOT!” ~Veronica
  • The Tacos of Texas, by Mando Rayo. [Palm View Branch]  “We all want to know where the best tacos are at and this book also includes the RGV area.” ~Veronica

Spanish Nonfiction

  • Libertad financiera, by Edwin Castro. [Main Library] “El autor Edwin Castro le enseña cómo salir y evitar la esclavitud que causa la presión por las deudas.” ~Ema
  • Come grasa y adelgaza, by Mark Hyman. [Main Library] “Este libro -que recién publicado alcanzó en Estados Unidos la primera posición en las listas de los más vendidos- te ayudará a alcanzar ese estado de salud óptima que siempre habías deseado.” ~Ema


  • I Am Love, directed by Luca Guadagnino. [Main Library] “Superb and stylish film by Italian director Guadagnino, who is currently receiving a lot of buzz for his latest release, Call Me by Your Name.” ~Bobby

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