April 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!

April Staff Recommendations


  • ARMADA, by Ernest Cline. [Palm View Branch] “If you got hooked on Ready Player One, now Ernest Cline brings you his fantastic second novel…it is time to rejoice!” ~Adriana 
  • A Pocketful of Crows, by Joanna Harris. [Palm View Branch] “A cozy flight of fancy to curl up with on a chilly night with a cup of hot coco.” ~Adriana
  • Journey To the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne. [Lark Branch] “An expedition into a crater in Iceland which leads to the center of the earth.” ~Gabriel

Science Fiction

  • Stores of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang. [Main Library] “A collection of extremely well written science fiction stories that are both thought provoking and emotional in nature.” ~Robert B.



  • Love for Imperfect Things, by Eric Tyson. [Palm View Branch] “This book helps you understand and accept yourself as who you are instead of having the pressure of everyone around you to fit in in an imperfect world.” ~Veronica
  • Are You Okay?: A Guide to Caring For Your Mental Health, by Kati Morton. [Lark Branch] “The reason i highly recommend this book is because I think it is hard to find a book that talks about your mental health in a manner that is written in both in a medical and personal matter that is not to complicated to understand to help the reader.” ~Joyce
  • Scarface and The Untouchable : Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and The Battle For Chicago, by Max Allan Collins. [Lark Branch] “This is a good non-fiction book by Collins, who also wrote novels about Eliot Ness.” ~Sean
  • Salsas and Moles, by Deborah Schneider. [Palm View Branch] “Book contains great salsa recipes that are sure to please your taste buds.” ~Yolanda
  • Lost: Children of the River, by Gabriel H. Sanchez. [Main Library] “Contemporary literature documenting experiences faced in the borderlands.” ~Priscilla
  • Essential Costa Rica, by Dorothy MacKinnon. [Lark Branch] “I like how it is organized and I like the lay out.” ~Sean
  • A Cartoon History of Texas, by Patrick M. Reynolds. [Palm View Branch] “A graphic novel approach to Texas history, excerpted from the weekly feature Texas Lore that appeared in the Dallas Morning News.” ~John D.


  • Love, by Michael Buble. [Lark Branch] “It has some great classic songs.” ~Sean
  • An American Treasure, by Tom Petty. [Lark Branch] “It is a CD set that provides an look back at Tom Petty’s career.” ~Sean
  • The Joneses, by Derrick Borte. [Palm View Branch] “A seemingly perfect family moves into a suburban neighborhood, but when it comes to the truth as to why they’re there, they don’t exactly come clean with their neighbors.” ~John D.


  • Columbus, by Kogonada. “‘Columbus is a movie about Casey, a college student living in a small mid-west town and lives with her single mother. Jin is from the other side of the world, literally, and is in town visiting his dying father. Casey and Jin’s paths cross, creating a bond, though for only about a month, that will surely last a lifetime. This film is beautifully shot, and I highly recommend it.” ~Rudy
  • Le Samourai, by Jean-Pierre Melville. “A slick, elegant thriller with engaging cinematography.” ~Alison
  • Ma Ma, by Julio Medem. “When tragedy strikes but then life hits you with the unexpected. An intertwining story of love, loss, and overcoming.” ~Veronica

Children’s Easy Books

  • The Last Jedi, by Beth Davies. [Palm View Branch] “Are you ready for SRP 2019?” ~Maria O.
  • Quieres ser mi amigo?, by Molly Potter. [Palm View Branch] “Los buenos amigos son importantes.” ~Maria O.

Children’s Fiction

  • Bless This Mouse, by Lois Lowry. [Main Library] “A very sweet and cute book about church mice fighting to keep their home at St. Bartholemew’s despite the threat of cats and pest control. If your kids are interested but just not ready for Redwall, this might be a good stepping stone!” ~ Heather

Children’s Non-Fiction

  • Forgive Me, I Meant to Do it, by Gail Carson Levine. [ Main Library] “In honor of National Poetry Month, here is a silly book full of silly poems based on This Is Just to Say (the plums in the icebox poem). My favorite: Rapunzel’s poem on page 62.” ~Heather

Young Adult Fiction

  • Defy the Worlds, by Claudia Gray. [Palm View Branch] “An outcast from her home, a fugitive from his.” ~Marianela
  • Let’s Talk About Love, by Claire Kann. [Palm View Branch] “A sweet and beautiful journey about self-discovery and identity, an awesome book with very likable and diverse characters.” ~Adriana
  • Access Restricted, by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. [Palm View Branch] “SEQUEL TO ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.” ~Marianela
  • Reign of the Fallen, by Sarah Glenn Marsh. [Palm View Branch] “A new intriguing and diverse fantasy that needs to be on your list of must-reads.” ~Adriana
  • Puddin’, by Julia Murphy. [Palm View Branch] “Dumplin’ should be required Middle School and High School reading book and for those who has ever felt uncomfortable in his or her skin.” ~Adriana

Young Adult Graphic Novel

  • Amulet: The Stonekeeper, by Kazu Kibuishi. [Palm View Branch] “After losing their father in a car accident, Emily, Navin their mother move to the strange house of their great-grandfather. Once the family explores the basement, their whole world changes, literally. An excellent story in comic book format for all ages.” ~Rolando

Young Adult Non-Fiction

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