September 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!

September Staff Recommendations


  • Cinnamon and Gunpowder, by Eli Brown.  [Main Library] “The story of a chef who finds himself kidnapped by pirates so that he can cook for their captain, under penalty of death if his meals fail to entertain her.” ~Robert B.
  • Carter Beats the Devil, by Glen David Gold. [Main Library] “An entertaining historical novel with an unusual protagonist – a stage magician who is a suspect in the death of the president of the United States.” ~Robert B.
  • Twisted Prey, by John Sandford. [Lark Branch] “Sandford is a good writer and I don’t remember the last book of his that I disliked.” ~Sean

Science Fiction

  • The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss. [Main Library] “It’s a well-written and clever story!” ~Ana

Graphic Novel

  • Drama, by Raina Telgemeier. [Main Library] “This is a good introductory title for those interested in graphic novels; it’s a captivating & funny story that centers around a teen theater production.” ~JoAnn


  • Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, Kevin Kwan. [Electronic Branch] “This whole trilogy is great on so many levels! It’s hilarious, heartwarming, and also eye-opening. A perfect Cinderella-like escape, with important messages about family and culture. Anyone can relate to it, regardless of ethnicity.” ~Julia

Young Adult Fiction

  • Hurt Go Happy, by Ginny Rorby. [Main Library] “Hurt Go Happy won the Schneider Family Book Award in 2008 and is an excellent middle grade read. It tells a transformational story of Joey, a deaf teenager controlled by her mother, and Sukari, a chimpanzee who knows American Sign Language.” ~Amanda


  • Compact Farms, by Josh Volk. [Lark Branch] “It has a nice layout and the topic seems interesting.” ~Sean
  • Hunting El Chapo, by Andrew Hogan. [Lark Branch]  “Fascinating story and it looks interesting.” ~Sean

Children’s Easy Books

  • The Shrunken Head, by Denys Cazet. [Palm View Branch] “Story – within- a- story.” ~Marianela
  • Late for School, by Steve Martin. [Palm View Branch]  “Do some rhyming with Steve Martin (yes, THAT one, the actor and comedian) as you try to get to school on time and avoid being in the ‘grammar slammer’!” ~John D.
  • La llamada de la ciénaga, by Davide Cali. [Palm View Branch] “This book was beautifully illustrated and a great story about adoption or blended families.” ~Gisela

Children’s Nonfiction

  • Dogs Rule!, by Daniel Kirk. [Palm View Branch] “We are dogs: we’re strong and proud. We play too hard, we bark too loud! There’s no other pet as cool, DOGS RULE!” ~John D.


  • True Detective: Season One, [Main Library] “An internal investigation about brutal, ritualistic murders in the Louisiana bayou uncovers unhealed wounds and unfolds a viciously delicious plot. It also stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Need I say more??” ~Rudy
  • Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You, directed by Kunihiko Yuyama. [Palm View Branch] “Pokémon is a popular character for boys and girls alike.” ~Joanna B.
  • Canoa, directed by Felipe Cazals. [Main Libary] “This film directly inspired the newest wave of Mexican filmmakers in Hollywood. An introduction by the legendary Guillermo del Toro starts the movie, and is complemented by an interview with Alfonso Cuaron, director of Gravity. It’s an underrated masterpiece that deserves more attention and love.” ~Alexis
  • A Wrinkly in Time, by Ava DuVernay. [Main Library] “Based on the Madeleine L’Engle novel, this movie follows the adventures of a young girl taking an out-of-this-world journey in hopes of rescuing her father.” ~Priscilla
  • El último jaripeo, by Joan Sebastian. [Main Library] “A musical trajectory of the late Joan Sebastian, a beloved Mexican musician and songwriter known as el poeta del pueblo.” ~Priscilla

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