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MPPL's staff blog about books, movies, music and the talent behind them.

New: Historical Fiction and Romance

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste

New: Historical Fiction Books

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The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory
Song of the Shank by Jeffery Renard Allen
O, Africa! by Andrew Lewis Conn

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The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Euphoria by Lily King

New: Romance Books

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Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
The Red Bikini by Lauren Christopher
Long, Hot Texas Summer by Carolyn Brown

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The Maiden of Ireland by Susan Wiggs
Love Letters by Debbie Macomber
Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-Slaw Dogby Mary Jane Hathaway

Music: The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Cover of The Goat Rodeo SessionsBest listened to outside or going on adventures, world class musicians Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Chris Thile (mandolin), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Edgar Meyer (bass), and guest vocalist Aoife O’Donovan blend genres to create The Goat Rodeo Sessions. With its fresh sweeping strings, this bluegrass/classical quartet will make any room feel expansive. The album is as diverse as its musicians, featuring upbeat tracks like “Quarter Chicken Dark,” haunting melodies in “Franz and the Eagle,” and quick intricate pieces showing off the individuals’ technical abilities, such as in “Where’s My Bow.” While the artists come alive in the album a one-night-only live concert, The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live, is also available to check out.

Staff Pick: Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

Marta Main PictureTen years into serving time for her mother’s murder, famous party girl Janie Jenkins is released from jail on a technicality. Everyone in Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little thinks Janie is guilty. They might be right. Janie can’t remember how she ended up next to her mother’s body covered in blood…

Movies and TV: Prisoners of War

Prisoners of War DVD coverBefore Homeland there was Prisoners of War, and though they share a general premise, you cannot assume you know what to expect. In the original Israeli series, two POWs return home after seventeen years in captivity. Seventeen years. Time enough that one soldier faces teenage children who don’t know him at all, while his comrade is confronted with a fiancée who has since married his brother. A third hostage returns in a coffin, but his sister sees and hears him as if he survived. Extraordinary in its quiet, tense moments, Prisoners of War is a complex and provocative exploration of the effects of torture, suspicion, and the struggle to reintegrate into both family and society.

New: Fiction and Nonfiction Books

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

New: Fiction Books

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The Children Act by Ian McEwan
A Life Intercepted 
by Charles Martin
2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

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The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
The Narrow Road to the Deep North  by Richard Flanagan

New: Nonfiction Books

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns

 

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Rewire  by Richard O’Connor
Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things by David Rose
Daring: My Passages by Gail Sheehy

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