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


  • The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck. [Palm View Branch] “Beautiful story of marriage, loyalty and betrayal.” ~Marianela
  • A Dog’s Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron. [Main Library] “A dog searching for his purpose in life.” ~Gabriel
  • Colorblind, by Reed Farrel Coleman. [Palm View Branch] “Jesse Stone, post-rehab!” ~John D.
  • There There, by Tommy Orange. [Palm View Branch] “In this stunning debut novel by Native-American author, Tommy Orange, several characters’ stories revolve around their past and present lives, and the drive to attend the Big Oakland Powwow.” ~Kate

Science Fiction

  • Starless, by Jacqueline Carey. [Main Library] “This novel is passionate and diverse, with one of the most fascinating main characters that I’ve read in a long time.” ~Alison


Spanish Fiction

  • La hija del verdugo, by Oliver Potzsch. [Palm View Branch] “Una novela que te embelesé por su suspenso, misterio, hechicería y muerte.” ~Veronica

Spanish Nonfiction

  • La dieta Fast Diet, by Micheal Mosley. [Palm View Branch] “Loose weight feel great no need for starving.” ~Yolanda


  • Healthyish, by Lindsay Maitland Hunt. [Palm View Branch] “Healthyish will lead you to real food you’ll actually enjoy preparing and eating.” ~Veronica
  • Football For A Buck, by Jeff Pearlman. [Lark Branch] “It is a good book about the USFL. It does a good job explaining the legacy of the short lived football league.” ~Sean
  • Decreation, by Anne Carson. [Main Library] “A beautiful, profound work that marks Carson as a poet whose words this day and age should learn to covet.” ~Alison


  • Everything’s Bigger in Texas, by Mary Lou Sullivan. [Palm View Branch] “The Texas hill country’s larger than life musician and author, for those who have pondered why he’s Kinky.” ~John D.

Children’s Easy Books

  • Go Big or Go Gnome!, by Kirsten Mayer. [Main Library] “A short and sweet book about being yourself no matter what, and finding all your hidden talents. BL 3.3 and 0.5 AR points.” ~Heather

Children’s Fiction

  • City of Ghosts, by Victoria Schwab . [Main Library] “An excellent beginning to a very promising middle grade series. Cassidy can see ghosts, which is no big deal… until her family heads to Edinburgh, one of the most haunted cities in the world! BL 4.8 and 7 AR points.” ~Heather
  • Property of the Rebel Librarian, by Allison Varnes. [Main Library] “12-year old June despairs after her parents take away her books and get the school library closed down, until she stumbles upon a Little Free Library and starts her own underground library for curious readers.” ~Kate

Young Adult Fiction

  • Leah On the Offbeat, by Becky Albertalli. [Palm View Branch] “After reading Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, comes Leah on the Offbeat a side story about the student of Creekwood HS. A perfect way to understand teens now days.” ~Adriana
  • Vernon God Little, by D.B.C. Pierre. [Main Library] “Based in Texas, Vernon God Little is the story of a teen who is in the middle of an investigation into a school shooting which he swears he isn’t involved in. One of the funniest books ever written, it will have you laughing out loud uncontrollably.” ~Rodolfo


  • Halloween, by John Carpenter. [Lark Branch] “With the latest Halloween sequel coming to video soon, it might be nice to re-watch the original.” ~Sean
  • Logan’s Run, by Michael Anderson. [Lark Branch] “This is a classic film with Michael York. It is worth seeing again if you have not seen it in a while.” ~Sean
  • Misery, by Rob Reiner. [Lark Branch] “It is a story of fandom gone too far and James Caan and Kathy Bates are both really good in their roles.” ~Sean
  • Pyscho, by Gus Van Sant. [Main Library] “It is a remake of a classic and there are interesting things about it.” ~Sean
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, by Martin McDonagh. [Main Library] “This movie shows the lengths that a mother is willing to go to in order to find out who murdered her daughter. It’s funny, yet powerful, and a very great watch.”  ~Rodolfo

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