November 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!

November Staff Recommendations


  • Father and Son, by Larry Brown. [Main Library] “Glen just got out of jail. Within 48 hours of being back in his hometown, he commits double-homicide.Bobby is the sheriff and is in charge of trying to deal with Glen and his path of destruction. Father and Son is grit lit at its finest.” ~Rodolfo
  • The Weight of This World, by David Joy. [Main Library] “‘The Weight of the World is about family, friendship, and what happens when your dope dealer accidentally shoots himself in front of you and a bagful of money and meth figuratively (and literally) lands in your lap. David Joy is the best Appalachian-noir author at the moment and this novel proves it.” ~Rodolfo
  • Coming Up For Air, by George Orwell. [Main Library] “Comical portrayal of a mid-life crisis; another example of why Thomas Wolfe was right when he said, You can’t go home again.” ~John D.
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong. [Main Library] “All at once this novel is elegant, tender, raw, and heartbreaking, Vuong is really one of the best writers we have in this age.” ~Alison
  • Water For Elephants, by Sara Gruen. [Main Library] “A second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression.” ~Gabriel


  • Catch Me If You Can, by Frank W. Abagnale. [Palm View Branch] “Catch me if you can : the amazing true story of the youngest and most daring con man in the history of fun and profit.” ~Gabriel

Science Fiction

  • The Etched City, by K.J. Bishop. [Main Library] “Beautifully written, The Etched City is a dark fantasy story which avoids genre cliches and feels wholly unique in itself.” ~Robert


  • Truman, by Cesc Gay. [Electronic Branch] “Truman is a heartfelt Spanish-Argentine drama with two of the most renowned Spanish-speaking actors, Ricardo Darín and Javier Cámara.” ~Veronica H. Casas

Graphic Novels

  • Wires and Nerve Vol. 1, by Marissa Meyer. [Palm View Branch] “A great graphic novel continuation of the epic Lunar Chronicles.” ~Rolando
  • Wires and Nerve Gone Rogue Vol. 2, by Marissa Meyer. [Palm View Branch] “Volume 2 of the graphic novel continuation of the Lunar Chronicles.” ~Rolando


  • 501 Ways for Adult Students to Pay for College, by Gen S. Tanabe. [Lark Branch] “The book seems informative and well organized. The chapter about financial aid scams looks interesting.” ~Sean
  • The Asian Slow Cooker, by Kelly Kwok. [Palm View Branch] “You’ll find faster, easier, tastier and healthier than take out recipes to make on your slow cooker.” ~Veronica H. Casas
  • The Tacos of Texas, by Mando Rayo. [Palm View Branch] “Awesome book… great recipes” ~Yolanda L.
  • The Home Edit, by Clea Shearer. [Lark Branch] “It is well organized and colorful.” ~Sean
  • Field Guide to the End of the World, by Jeannine H. Gailey. [Main Library] “Gailey is a magician with words, and she has pieced together a work that speaks to people’s grief and despair with the world as well as that lingering longing for hopefulness.” ~Alison


  • Edge of Tomorrow, by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. [Lark Branch] “Classic time loop genre sci-fi.” ~John D.


  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow. [Electronic Branch] “This magical tale of an ordinary girl who discovers extraordinary powers and hidden worlds will sweep you off your feet. A tribute to the power of the written word and stories passed through generations. ” ~Julia

Children’s Easy Books

  • Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert. [Palm View Branch] “See what leaves can be and how they come in different size, and shapes.” ~Stephany
  • I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie, by Alison Jackson. [Palm View Branch] “Children will love this book and laugh at all the stuff that an old lady swallowed. She didn’t just swallow a pie, there were so many other things she swallowed. Read and find out what else she eats!” ~Stephany
  • El Bebe Pirata, by Mary Hoffman. [Palm View Branch] “Cuando la tripulacion del barco pirata Destartalado encuentra a un pequeño bebe a la deriva en alta mar, estan un poco desconcertados…” ~Maria O.

Children’s Non-Fiction

  • 100 Things to Recycle and Make, by Fiona Hayes. [Lark Branch] “It has some interesting things to make.” ~Sean
  • Camera Tricks, by Sara Green. [Lark Branch] “It is a concise book about camera tricks in movies and it has some nice photos.” ~Sean

Children’s Spanish Fiction

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