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New Book Spotlight: Page-Turners Featuring Twins

If you want a thriller, try…

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Beside Myself by Ann Morgan

Already at six, Helen and Ellie have found their roles as a twin. Helen is the older, stronger and favored twin, while Ellie is slower as a result of a complication at birth and thus often ignored. The twins switch places as a funny prank, but once Ellie is in the coveted role of Helen, she refuses to switch back.




If you want a fantastical look at grief, try…

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Eleanor by Jason Gurley

After the death of her identical twin, Eleanor is left picking up the pieces of her family’s grief. She begins slipping into other worlds which leads her to new discoveries about the tragedies that have affected her family over time.




Learn how you can win a prize for reading books during February!

Staff Pick: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Picture of ColleenThe niece of Sherlock Holmes meets the half-sister of Bram Stoker in this steampunk mystery by Colleen Gleason! Filled with action, snark, fascinating characters, Egyptian mythology, and a mystery that keeps you reading until the last page, The Clockwork Scarab is perfect for anyone who enjoys alternate history novels with a great mystery!

Adult Winter Reading Program

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February 1, 2016-February 29, 2016

Winter Reading has begun! For every book you read in February you can enter to win a prize. E-books and audiobooks are included.


There is no need to sign-up! Read a book and stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen desk on the second floor to fill out a ticket and enter to win a prize. The more you read this month, the more chances you have to win!

Prizes available for participants to win:

-$75 Gift card to Bahama Breeze (2 winners)
-$75 Gift card to Jack Alexander Salon and Spa
-A Mira French Press Stainless Travel Mug+Coffee/Tea (3 winners)
-$10 Starbucks gift card (3 winners)

I don’t know what to read!

Good news, we can help!

-Take a look at staff favorites
-Explore the reading lists the Library has developed
-Ask in-person or online

Bonus Fun:

See into what books MPPL staff would be interested in escaping
Check out the 2016 Winter Reading video

Books with a Man Wearing a Tie on the Cover

Did you know during the month of February, you can enter to win prizes for every book you read? Stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen desk to fill out a ticket for every book you finish (including e-books and audiobooks) and you might win a gift card! Why not try one of these books featuring a man with a tie on the cover?

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The Mark and the Void by Paul Murrary

Claude, an investment banker in Ireland, becomes the subject of an author’s next novel and finds his boring average life turning out to be filled with more excitement than he realized in the darkly comedic tale of economics.

Finale by Thomas Mallon

A richly detailed exploration of the Reagan Administration shares insights into the 40th President’s character and decisions while evaluating key historical events and the influences of such figures as Margaret Thatcher, Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon. (summary from Novelist)

Meatspace by Nikesh Shukla

After losing his job and his girlfriend, Kitab spends his days immersed in the internet, maintaining his various social media presences along with a very mature blog. His life takes a new direction, when a boy with the same name as him shows up on his door step declaring that they should be friends.

Books: Leave Behind Winter and Escape into a Book!

If you could escape into any book, which one would you want to escape into_

Would you love to be Elizabeth Bennet’s best friend in Pride and Prejudice? How about going on a date with Don Tillman in The Rosie Project or moving into your own hobbit hole? In celebration of Winter Reading, we asked Library staff what book they would like to escape into! Join in on the fun and tell us what book you’d like to escape into when you sign up for Winter Reading. Winter Reading for all ages lasts February 1-February 29!


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Miriam would love to escape into The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
David would love to escape into Great Expectations by Charles Dickens


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Jennifer would love to escape into The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
Cathleen would love to escape into Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde


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Anne would love to escape into The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Carol would love to escape into The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

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Denise would love to escape into A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
Joe would love to escape into Wild Cards by George R.R. Martin

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Janine would love to escape into Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Jenny would love to escape into How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

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Mary Jane would love to escape into Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
Barb would love to escape into The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Want to keep on experiencing the fun? Take a look at MPPL staff starring in the video Winter Reading 2016 as they escape to Mordor, the wild, from zombies, and more.