July 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!

July Staff Recommendations


  • Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic, by Ace Atkins. [Palm View Branch] “Spenser and Vinnie Morris pursue new leads on a legendary twenty year old museum art theft.” ~John D.
  • The Clan of the Cave Bear, by Jean M. Auel. [Palm View Branch] “The first novel in the six-part Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel’s, whose 1980 debut novel and groundbreaking best seller is as riveting a read today as it was nearly 40 years ago. This classic novel about prehistoric people was made into a 1986 movie blockbuster, starring Daryl Hannah as Ayla.” ~Rolando
  • The Valley of Horses, by Jean M. Auel. [Palm View Branch] “Book two of the six-part, ground breaking Earth’s Children series. Driven from her adoptive Clan, Ayla must learn to survive on her own, as she seeks for The Others, like herself. A great sequel to The Clan of the Cave Bear. ‘” ~Rolando
  • Between Two Fires, by Christopher Buehlman. [Main Library] “This is a fairly unique and extremely well written book that blurs the lines of genre and falls somewhere between historical fiction, horror and fantasy.'” ~Robert B.
  • Watch Me, by Christopher Buehlman. [Palm View Branch] “1990’s era story with a Criminal Minds flavor about a computer hacker. Or is it?” ~John D.
  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami. [Main Library] “This novel’s loose narrative involves a Japanese man searching for his lost cat, and involves multiple story shifts, dreams, a pair of psychics, a dying healer, and a mysterious high-school dropout. Just go with Murakami’s beautiful prose and enjoy the ride.'” ~Kate


  • Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. [Electronic Branch] “Ifemelu returns to her native Nigeria and reconnects with her childhood love, Obinze. But this is not a simple love story; it’s also a reflection on race, modernity, and identity.” ~Kate


  • Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu. [Palm View Branch]  “Take a deep breath and read this book. You will feel profound peace of mind while reading these poetic meditations.” ~Veronica H.
  • Wicca Practical Magic, by Patti Wigington. [Palm View Branch] “This is the perfect book for beginners who want to practice Wicca. Easy to follow rituals, useful tools and spells and prayers.'” ~Veronica H.

Children’s Easy Books

  • It’s Backward Day!, by Jane O’Connor. [Palm View Branch] “All kids should experience backwards day and this book will give them insight.” ~Joanna B.
  • Amelia Bedelia On the Move, by Herman Parish. [Palm View Branch] “Amelia Bedelia helps her family in a grand way.” ~Joanna B.

Children’s Fiction

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