November Staff Recommendations

 Please enjoy the latest books, DVDs, and CDs recommended by MPL staff!

November MPL Staff Recommendations


  • The Clowns of God, by Morris West.  “A gripping novel about the “Second Coming”, with a faith-testing end.” ~Richard

Juvenile Fiction

  • The Wainscott Weasel, by Tor Seidler. “A book I read over and over again as a child about a pair of star crossed lovers . . . A weasel and a fish.”  ~Tanya


  •  Scents and Sensibility, by Spencer Quinn. “Chet and Bernie investigate black-market cacti, an old kidnapping, and a new friend (with a few dead bodies along the way….)”  ~John

Science Fiction

  •  The Lost World, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. “While he is best known today for creating the character of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also wrote this exciting dinosaur filled adventure novel. ”  ~Robert
  • Smith of Wootton Major — Farmer Giles of Ham, by J. R. R. Tolkien. “Two short stories; The ramifications of a very special cake, AND what happens when you mix a bumbling giant, a pesky dragon, and a very no-nonsense farmer.”  ~John


  •  The Shootist, by Glendon Fred Swarthout. “An extremely unusual western that was later made into a movie with John Wayne – “The Shootist” features an aging gunman who is dying of cancer and how he spends the last few weeks of his life.”  ~Robert

Graphic Novels/Manga

  •  Through the Woods, by Emily Carroll. “Very wintery and creepy, this series of graphically retold scary tales captures the essence of being chased by things that want to eat you.”  ~Helen
  • Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon, by Matt Fraction. ” ‘Hawkeye, became the greatest sharpshooter known to man. He then joined the avengers. This is what the does when he’s not being an avenger.’  This is one of the most entertaining comics I’ve had the pleasure of reading, I ❤ Hawkeye.”  ~Jessica
  • Daredevil Season One, by Antony Johnston. “Being a children’s librarian I usually feature children’s books, but this month I wanted to highlight the books that made me want to read as a child… Comic Books! Daredevil is a blind attorney by day and a karate fighting superhero by night who patrols New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. Daredevil comics have hard hitting action with deep, heartfelt story-arcs.”  ~Rolando
  • The Walking Dead Compendium One, by Robert Kirkman. “Continuing with the comic book theme, I would like to introduce one of my favorite comic book reads… THE WALKING DEAD. You may have watched the TV show (which is awesome!), but the comic book will capture and drag you in faster than a Zombie mega-herd. Once bitten, you will want to read these comics with all the lights on.”  ~Rolando


  • Gracias! De como la gratitud puede hacert feliz, by Richard A. Eammons. [SP 179.9 Emm] “En este libro Emmons nos demuestra como la gratitud es necesacia. Tambien demuestra como fisica y emocionalment nos ayuda y eleva nuestros niveles de energia y esta al alcance de todos.” ~Ema
  • LULAC, Mexican Americans, and National Policy, by Craig Allan Kaplowitz. [322.4 Kap c1] “Being a proud member of LULAC at the University of Texas A&M Kingsville, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about the history of LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens). You’ll gain insight into the struggles and victories in decades past and present by Mexican American activists.”  ~Naomi
  • Anguished English, by Richard Lederer. [428 Led] “A treasure trove of amusing mistakes that people of all walks of life have made when putting words in print. Absolutely hilarious! ”  ~Richard
  • Dead Snails Leave No Trails, by Loren Nancarrow. [635.0496 Nan c1]  “This comprehensive guide to controlling pests in your home and garden (and even on your pets!) is packed with simple and effective ways to avoid chemical pesticides that can kill off beneficial insects and keep useful reptiles and birds from making anyone’s yard their home.”  ~Gabriel
  • Hacienda Style, by Karen Witynski. [728.3709 Wit c1] “The charming architecture and vibrant colors of these Mexican haciendas provide beautiful photographs to peruse.”  ~Priscilla
  • The Wreath Recipe Book, by Alethea Harampolis. [745.926 Har] “A terrific decorating resource and idea-generator, appropriate for the holidays or projects all year round!”  ~Elizabeth
  • Remake, by Jeff Hamada. [770 Rem] “Seeing these master artworks remade in today’s era of digital photography and Photoshop brings about a new appreciation for the breadth – and the humor – of human creativity.”  ~Elizabeth


  •  Fish Tank, directed by Andrea Arnold. [Blu 791.43 Fis] “Fifteen year old Mia’s coming of age story of living in the projects in Essex, England is a sympathetic portrait of a young girl’s struggle through adolescence and economic hardship.”  ~Bob
  •  Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater. [Blu 791.4372 Boy] “Extraordinary coming of age film about a young boy growing into adulthood, filmed over the course of 12 years.”  ~Bob
  • City of God, directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund. [BLU 791.4372 Cit] “The story of a young man growing up in one of Brazil’s slums, and the first  movie I fell in love with. It would be extremely difficult to watch if not for the quick editing, the stream of consciousness narrative style, and the near-mythological characters.” ~Dylan
  • Jeff, Who Lives at Home, directed by Jay and Mark Duplass. [DVD 791.4372 Jef] “We all search for the meaning of life. Jeff’s journey is a little unconventional (Kevin holds the key) but along the way, he and his family experience more than they could ever imagine.” ~Beverly
  • Mood Indigo, directed by Michel Gondry. [DVD 791.4372 Moo] “A surreal, romantic french film about two newlyweds. Every shot is filled with bizarre, intricate set design and trippy camera effects, but the emotional core between the two main actors keeps the movie from overwhelming.” ~Dylan
  • Fireflly: The Complete Series, directed by Joss Whedon. [DVD 791.45 Fir] “Set in the future these space cowboys try to survive any way possible in this vast expanding frontier, 15 very exciting episodes and a movie (Serenity) so do yourself a favor and pick this gem up right away.” ~Jessica

Music CDs

  •  Horses, by Patti Smith. [CD 781.66 Smi]  “This album has never lost its edge, its depth and its feeling despite it being released 40 years ago.”  ~Beverly

Stay tuned for next month’s recommendations!

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