February 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!

February Staff Recommendations


  • Sea Prayer, by Khaled Hosseini. [Palm View Branch] “Sea Prayer is a heartbreaking story inspired by Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee who died in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach safety in Europe in 2015.” ~Veronica
  • Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver. [Main Library] “With her inherited house literally falling down around her, Willa perseveres in this timely novel that interweaves past and present.” ~Kate
  • They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, by Horace McCoy. [Main Library] “The absolutely bleakest book I’ve read all year – a good read for those who want a quick punch in the gut.” ~Robert B.

Graphic Novels

  • Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts, by Anthony Bourdain. [Palm View Branch] “Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic Japanese Edo period stories with a thread of food in each. This graphic novel contains adult content and language.” ~Rolando
  • American Gods: Shadows, by P. Craig Russell. [Palm View Branch] “Shadow Moon’s early release from jail is due to his wife’s tragic death in a car accident. Still in shock and broke, Shadow meets Mr. Wednesday, who employs him as his bodyguard and an unknowing pawn in the war of the gods.” ~Rolando
  • Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson. [Main Library] “A warm, witty take on the fantasy genre that everyone will enjoy.” ~Alison

Spanish Nonfiction

  • Cómo no matar tus plantas, by Veronica Peerless. [Palm View Branch] “Este es el libro que buscas para encontrar consejos para cuidar tus plantas.” ~Maria O.


  • Unmarriageable, by Soniah Kamal. [Electronic Branch] “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single reader in possession of a good book, must be in want of someone to share it with! This wonderful book is a retelling of Jane Austen’s classic “Pride and Prejudice”, set in Pakistan in 2001. It’s a great example of how certain universal themes like love, family, and honor transcend borders, cultures, and time.” ~Julia

Young Adult Fiction

  • Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare. [Palm View Branch] “A spinoff of ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series, this book picks up a few years after with Emma Carstairs. No longer a child, Emma introduces readers to a new world of shadowhunters.” ~Priscilla
  • Children of Eden, by Joey Graceffa. [Palm View Branch] “YouTube creator and NYT Best Seller Joey Graceffa brings us a the dystopian future of our world. This book is page turned and really hard to put down.” ~Adriana
  • Elites of Eden, by Joey Graceffa. [Palm View Branch] “This book is a continuation of the New York Times Best Sellers Children of Eden; Book 2 out 3.” ~Adriana
  • Rebels of Eden, by Joey Graceffa. [Palm View Branch] “This book is the conclusion of the New York Times Best Sellers Children of Eden and Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa; The ending is unexpected.” ~Adriana
  • The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt. [Palm View Branch] “Growing up in 1967 meant war, middle school and family.” ~Marianela
  • The Running Dream, by Wendelin Van Draanen. [Palm View Branch] “Life, opportunities , and finish lines.” ~Marianela


  • The Prince of Egypt, by Brenda Chapman. [Lark Branch] “It is an enjoyable cartoon based on the Biblical story of Moses.” ~Sean
  • Night Hawks, by Bruce Malmuth. [Lark Branch] “It is a movie with Sylvester Stallone as a cop fighting a terrorist. Billy Dee Williams also plays a cop.” ~Sean
  • Slap Shot, by George Roy Hill. [Lark Branch] “It is a classic hockey comedy and I like Paul Newman.” ~Sean
  • Young Guns, by Christopher Caine. [Lark Branch] “I like the cast of this one.”  ~Sean

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