February Staff Recomendation

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


  • In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez. [Palm View Branch] “In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all four sisters Minerva, Patricia, Maria Teresa, and the survivor, Dede speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from hair ribbons and secret crushes to gunrunning and prison torture, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo s rule. Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez s imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human cost of political oppression.” ~Rolando
  • Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline. [Palm View Branch] “The way it is written makes you feel like you are in that VR world.” ~Adriana
  • Edge of Dark Water, by Joe R. Lansdale. [Main Library] “Texas author Joe R Lansdale has created a Sabine River hommage to Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn with a noir tale of a group of teenage and adult depression-era east Texans fleeing downriver on a raft.” ~John D.
  • Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations, by Alexander McCall Smith. [Palm View Branch] “Book has funny stories about dating that will make your day.” ~Yolanda


  • The Little Prince, by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry. [Electronic Branch] “This heartwarming 1943 novella about children growing up and letting go was adapted into a family friendly award winning 3-D animated film that is now available on Netflix.” ~Lorie

Science Fiction

  • Clockwork Boys, by T. Kingfisher. [Main Library] “A great book for people who enjoy comedic fantasy which still has real stakes for the characters and well written action.” ~Robert B.


Texas Non-Fiction

  • Issac’s Storm, by Erik Larson. [Palm View Branch] “Galveston, Texas, 8 September 1900. It’s another fine day in the Gulf according to Isaac Cline, chief observer of the new US Weather Bureau, but one day later, 6-10,000 people were dead, wiped out by the biggest storm the coast of America had ever witnessed.” ~Rolando


  • Bohemian Rhapsody, by Brian Singer. [Palm View Branch] “Informative, inspiring and well made.” ~Adriana
  • Den of Thieves, by Christian Gudegast. [Palm View Branch] “A great heist genre movie in the tradition of Heat and The Town that illustrates the famous quote from Friedrich Nietzsche about staring too long into the abyss…” ~John D.
  • Ready Player One, by Steven Spielberg. [Palm View Branch] “80’s and 90’s gamer babies loved this movies, lots of memorabilia.” ~Adriana
  • Can’t Get Enough, by Barry White. [Main Library] “This silky smooth album is sure to ignite some sparks!” ~Amy H.
  • Brazilian Nights, by Kenny G. [Main Library] “Kenny G. is muy caliente in this exotic assortment of seductive saxophone songs.” ~Amy H.


  • Warrior Workouts Vol. 1, by Stewart Smith. [Palm View Branch] “This book is designed to professionally get you into the best shape of your life using workouts that include calisthenics to cardio.” ~Verónica
  • Warrior Workouts Vol. 2, by Stewart Smith. [Palm View Branch] “Challenge yourself with workout plans used by military, special forces, police, firefighters to stay fit and in optimal physical condition.” ~Verónica
  • Web Marketing For Dummies, by John Arnold. [Palm View Branch] “This book is for those with little knowledge of advertising and promoting online business or products.” ~Yolanda
  • Hecho en Tejas, by Dagoberto Gilb. [Main Library] “The Tex-Mex experience comes to life in this anthology by Tejano voices, including poets, writers, musicians, and artists.” ~Priscilla
  • Bordering Fires, by Cristina García. [Main Library] “An anthology with voices from both sides of the river (U.S. and Mexico), full of rich narratives by various voices.” ~Priscilla

Teen Graphic Novels

  • Caraval, by Stephanie Garber. [Main Library] “A story of magic, suspense, sisterhood, and some serious daddy issues. Its a great and fun read!” ~Raquel

Children’s Easy Books

  • My Hair is a Garden, by Cozbi A. Cabrera. [Palm View Branch] “We are celebrating Black Month History and this book teaches young girls to love their hair. It also teaches them to be proud to be who they are.” ~Stephany
  • Cosas que no sabré cómo decirte cuando crezcas, by David Aceituno. [Palm View Branch] “Un poema sobre las cosas que no sabemos como decir.” ~Maria O.

Children’s Non-Fiction

  • Little Legends by Vashti Harrison. [Lark Branch] “It has concise entries on a variety of people from America’s history.” ~Sean

Children’s Biography

Children’s Fiction

  • The Ever After, by Jodi Lynn Anderson. [Palm View Branch] “When you read this book it will take you a whole different world that no body has ever seen!” ~Stephany

Children’s Graphic Novels

  • Dog Man and Cat Kid, by Dav Pilkey. [Palm View Branch] “Has Dog Man found the purr-fect sidekick?” ~Maria O.
  • Dog Man, by Dav Pilkey. [Lark Branch] “It looks like a very fun read.” ~Sean

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