August 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!

August Staff Recommendations


  • The Mammoth Hunters, by Jean M. Auel.  [Palm View Branch] “Archaeologists have recently unearthed new discoveries about the origins of ancestral humans, which have shaken past theories to their very foundations. Explore a fictional portrayal of human history by following Ayla’s adventures in Book 3 of Jean M. Auel’s epic Earth’s Children series.” ~Rolando
  • We the Animals, by Justin Torres. [Main Library] “The chaotic and heartbreaking coming-of-age story of a boy growing up with his two wild brothers and unstable parents, written in poetic and imagistic prose.” ~Kate

Science Fiction

  • Best Served Cold, by Joe Abercrombie. [Main Library] “A fantasy novel that is a good fit for people who like stories of revenge – definitely not for young audiences though.” ~Robert B.
  • I Only Killed Him Once, by Adam Christopher. [Main Library]  “A genre-mashup between mystery and science-fiction with a fairly unique protagonist.” ~Robert B.

Graphic Novel

  • Deadly Class. 1, 1987, Reagan Youth, by Rick Remember. [Palm View Branch] “Welcome to the most brutal high school on earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained.” ~Veronica H.


  • Myths About Suicide, by Thomas E. Joiner. [Main Library] “I thought I knew all there was about the subject of suicide but this book opened up my world and dismantled many misconceptions I did not realize I had, I feel it will open up the minds of others.” ~Alison
  • The Clever Camper Cookbook, by Megan Winter-Barker. [Lark Branch]  “It looks like a good cook book for people with campers or people who are camping.” ~Sean
  • Grill it Up, by Steve Tillett. [Lark Branch] “It has nice tips in the front and the food looks good.” ~Sean
  • Ask a Manager, by Alison Green. [Palm View Branch] “The advice given in this book is fresh, current, and easy to follow for anyone learning how to approach being a professional.” ~Alison

Children’s Easy Books

  • En Marcha!, [Palm View Branch] “Vehiculos y mas vehiculos.” ~Maria O.
  • La Llorona, by Patty Rodriguez. [Main Library] “A cute take on the haunting legend of La Llorona, but in the form of a Board Book for toddlers. Even though it is toned-down as a book for the youngest of children, those of us who know of the tale can read between the lines and enjoy the hinting in the images!” ~Priscilla
  • Mixed, by Arree Chung. [Lark Branch]  “A very interesting tale about what it means to be different.” ~Joanna B.
  • My Daddy Is a Hero, by Isabel Otter. [Palm View Branch] “Dad’s are Heroes in many ways. A great family book.” ~Joanna B.
  • Ninja Party, by Jonathan Evans. [Palm View Branch] “It’s ninja time!” ~Maria O.

Children’s Fiction

  • The Red Pencil, Andrea Davis Pinkney. [Main Library] “Young Amira has had to escape the terrorism in her Sudanese Village and relocate to a refugee camp, alone. The gift of a red pencil changes her world.” ~Kate

Children’s Nonfiction

  • The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Rome, Jonathan W. Stokes. [Lark Branch] “This book about Rome is written like a guide for Time Travelers. It has nice graphics.” ~Sean


  • The White Album, by The Beatles. [Main Library] “An essential part of everyone’s rock ‘n’ roll education.” ~Beverly
  • The Clan of the Cavebear, directed by Michael Chapman. [Palm View Branch] “Book 1 of Jean M. Auel’s epic Earth Children series dramatically transformed into a 1986 featured film, starring Daryl Hannah. Even though it did not fair well at the box office, in my opinion, it is one of the best movie dramatizations of ancestral humans and our humanity, of all time.” ~Rolando
  • The Great Outdoors, directed by Howard Deutch. [Palm View Branch] “An old classic starring the legendary John Candy and Dan Aykroyd that still manages to make me laugh. The movie follows a family on their drama-filled vacation that tests the patience of even the most carefree relatives.” ~Priscilla
  • Lost in Paris, by Fiona and Abel Gordon. [Main Library] “This is a light comedy involving Fiona the Canadian librarian, her elderly Aunt Martha in Paris and Dom, the affable but annoying tramp who won’t leave Fiona alone. If you need some laugh therapy, this is the movie for you!” ~Beverly

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