August 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!

August Staff Recommendations


  • Days Without End, by Sebastian Barry. [Main Library] “Thomas McNulty and John Cole, two brothers in arms that enlist in the army to fight in the Indian Wars in the mid 1800S. Together, they form a makeshift, nontraditional family that is a great centerpiece for this wonderfully crafted novel.” ~Rodolfo
  • The Kiss Quoteint, by Helen Hoang. [Main Library] “A love story featuring an autistic heroine, this novel (written by an autistic woman), is warm, kind, and uplifting.” ~Alison
  • Neon Prey, by John Sandford. [Lark Branch] “Sandford’s Prey series is pretty consistently good and I liked this one.” ~Sean
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple. [Main Library] “Bernadette is a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect; and to 15-year-old Bee, she’s a best friend and, simply, Mom. Bee has aced her report card and claimed her reward: a family trip to Antarctica.” ~Gabriel
  • Star Wars, Thrawn, by Timothy Zahn. [Palm View Branch] “The story contains the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power and infamy. A great sci-fi read for teens and adults.” ~Rolando
  • Star Wars, Thrawn: Alliances, by Timothy Zahn. [Palm View Branch] “Book Two of the Star Wars Thrawn trilogy. Lord Vader and Grand Admiral Thrawn, though fierce rivals and outspoken adversaries, become a formidable partners for a crucial Imperial mission.” ~Rolando

Science Fiction

  • All Systems Red, by Martha Wells. [Main Library] “A short, fun science fiction story with a unique protagonist – Murderbot, a self aware security drone with both free will and social anxiety.” ~Robert B.



  • Attack Panic, by Shaun Grant. [Palm View Branch] “This book has great information if you suffer panic attacks. It was helpful to me.” ~Yolanda
  • Uncommon Carriers, by John McPhee. [Main Library] “Includes a section on a very professional chemical tank truck owner/operator, another niche trucking career” ~John D.
  • The Guide to Basic Cover Letter Writing, by Public Library Association. [Palm View Branch] “Easy to follow comprehensive guide to creating clear, concise cover letters whether you are changing careers, re-entering the job market, or looking for your first job.” ~Veronica C.
  • Knock ‘Em Dead Resumes, by Martin John Yate. [Palm View Branch] “Learn the tricks that will get your resume to the top of the pile.” ~Veronica C.


  • Love, by Michael Buble. [Lark Branch] “He is a good singer and this CD features some classic songs.” ~Sean
  • Dancing Queen , by Cher. [Lark Branch] “Cher covers ABBA in this album full of hits!” ~Priscilla
  • River and the Wall, by Ben Masters. [Main Library] “Five friends with diverse professional backgrounds travel the Rio Grande River from El Paso to the mouth of the river in Brownsville. The film highlights the natural beauty of the river and how closely tied it is to border communities, and how all of this would be threatened by a wall. This is a must-see film that shines a light on what the US-Mexico border in Texas is really like.” ~Julia

Children’s Easy Books

  • Roof Octopus, by Lucy Branam. [Palm View Branch] “The pictures are very interesting.” ~Stephany
  • Cartas en el bosque, by Susanna Isern. [Palm View Branch] “The colors are bright.” ~Stephany

Children’s Non-Fiction

  • America’s National Park, by Alexa Ward. [Lark Branch] “It is a nice book about the National Parks for younger readers. It has nice photos and illustrations.” ~Sean

Children’s Fiction

  • They Call Me Guero, by David Bowles. [Main Library] “A story in verse that is full of heart and discovery, told in the voice of a 12 year old from the border.” ~Priscilla
  • Yasmin the Builder, by Saadia Faruqi. [Palm View Branch] “Are you ready to build?” ~Maria
  • Amal Unbound, by Aisha Saeed. [Palm View Branch] “This compelling story of a girl’s fight to regain her life and dreams after being forced into indentured servitude to pay off her family’s debt. An excellent middle-grade level read.” ~Rolando
  • Dario de Greg, by Jeff Kinney. [Palm View Branch] “En esta divertida lucha por la supervivencia, los amigos lograran salir victoriosos?” ~Maria O.

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