Month: December 2018

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MPPL Staff Favorites of 2018

animated pictureTake a moment to reflect: what did you love this year?

As 2018 is drawing to a close, MPPL staff took time to look back on everything they watched, read, listened to, and played throughout the year in order to choose some of their top favorites. With 32 staff members sharing, you’re bound to find plenty to add to your own reading, listening, and watching lists!

 

Picture of ErinBook: Theft by Finding
by David Sedaris
Book: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
by Michelle McNamara
Book: Peter and Ernesto
by Graham Annable
picture of AndreaBook: The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo
Book: Moxie
by Jennifer Mathieu
Book: Leah on the Offbeat
by Becky Albertalli
Picture of ClaireBook: The Girl Who Smiled Beads 
by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
Book: The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row 
by Anthony Ray Hinton
picture of ChelseaAudiobook: Baby Teeth
by Zoje Stage
Graphic Novel: Black Hammer, Vol. 1: Secret Origins
by Jeff Lemire
DVD: Legion: Season 1
picture of AngelaBook: Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi
Book: Educated
by Tara Westover
Book: The Hating Game

by Sally Thorne
Picture of JessicaBook: Lady Q: The Rise and Fall of A Latin Queen
by Reymundo Sanchez and Sonia Rodriguez
DVD: Acrimony
Book: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman
Picture of MaryBook: The Great Alone
by Kristin Hannah
Book: The Feather Thief
by Kirk Johnson
Book: Astral Weeks
by Ryan H. Walsh
Picture of KeldaBook: The One-in-a-Million Boy
by Monica Wood
DVD: Tulip Fever
Audiobook: Lily and the Octopus
by Steven Rowley
Picture of CaitlinBook: Into the Drowning Deep
by Mira Grant
DVD: Love, Simon
Book: Jane, Unlimited
by Kristin Cashore

 

Picture of ChrisBook: Mortal Engines
by Philip Reeve
DVD: Incredibles 2
Book: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
by Dr. Seuss
picture of DanBook: The Necronomicon
by H.P. Lovecraft
Book: 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed
by Eric H. Cline
Book: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry 
by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
picture of KarenBook: The Woman in the Window
by A. J. Finn
Book: Hum If You Don’t Know the Words
by Bianca Marais
Book: The Fallen
by David Baldacci

 

Picture of CathleenBook: How Long ‘Til Black Future Month?
by N.K. Jemisin
Graphic Novel: My Boyfriend Is a Bear
by Pamela Ribon
DVD: Eighth Grade
Picture of FrankBook: All My Sons
by Arthur Miller
Book: The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov
by Andrea Pitzer
Book: The Trial
by Franz Kafka
Book: Front Desk 
by Kelly Yang
Book: One of Us Is Lying
by Karen M. McManus
Book: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Picture of DeniseBook: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Audiobook: If We Were Villains
by M. L. Rio
Book: One Day in December
by Josie Silver
picture of Mary Jane Book: Walk Until Sunrise
by J. J. Maze
Book: A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles
Book: A Man Called Ove 
by Fredrik Backman

 

Picture of JohnDVD: Leave No Trace
Graphic Novel: Berlin
by Jason Lutes
DVD: The Americans: The Complete Final Season
picture of Jennifer ABook: I Am Princess X
by Cherie Priest
CD: Reputation
by Taylor Swift
Book: Haunted Ground
by Erin Hart
picture of JanineBook: Becoming
by Michelle Obama
Audiobook: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
Book: Tin Man
by Sarah Winman
Audiobook: The Second Mrs. Hockaday
by Susan Rivers
Book: Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys
Book: Spinning Silver
by Naomi Novik
Picture of DonnaBook: Behold the Dreamers
by Imbolo Mbue
Book: The Copenhagen Affair
by Amulya Malladi
Book: Anansi Boys
by Neil Gaiman
picture of CatherineBook: Senlin Ascends 
by Josiah Bancroft
Book: Into the Drowning Deep 
by Mira Grant
Book: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle 
by Stuart Turton
picture of emilyBook: At Home: A Short History of a Private Life
by Bill Bryson
Book: Melmoth
by Sarah Perry
Book: The Mothers
by Brit Bennett
Picture of JoeGraphic Novel: The Black Hammer: Vol. 1, Secret Origins
by Jeff Lemire
Graphic Novel: Hot Dog Taste Test  
by Lisa Hanawalt
Graphic Novel: Royal City: Vol 1, Next of Kin
by Jeff Lemire
Picture of DonnaDVD: Wyeth: The Life of Andrew Wyeth in Bold Strokes
Book: In the Midst of Winter
by Isabel Allende
Book: Identicals
by Elin Hilderbrand

 

picture of MariaBook: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine 
by Gail Honeyman
Book: Hillbilly Elegy 
by J. D. Vance
Book: Mrs. Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf
Mariel photoBook: The Secret History
by Donna Tartt
Book: Circe
by Madeline Miller
Book: The Raven Cycle Series
by Maggie Stiefvater

 

Picture of DaleBook: We Sold Our Souls
by Grady Hendrix
Book: Little Heaven
by Nick Cutter
Book: The Family Plot
by Cherie Priest
Book: The Art of Gathering
by Priya Parker
Book: The Book of Joy

by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Book: The Distant Marvels
by Chantel Acevedo

 


Want more? Take a look at what staff chose in 2014 and 2015 and 2017 as their favorites.

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Audiobooks: Family Friendly Stories for Winter Drives

If you are about to pack up a car full of tweens, teens and adults for a winter’s journey, consider taking along one of these audiobooks to accompany you and keep everyone occupied!

ender's game book coverEnder’s Game
by Orson Scott Card

Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid book coverThe Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century—1951—in the middle of the United States—Des Moines, Iowa—in the middle of the largest generation in American history—the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero. In his case, he ran around his house and neighborhood with an old football jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck that served as his cape, leaping tall buildings in a single bound and vanquishing awful evildoers (and morons)—in his head—as “The Thunderbolt Kid.”

The Golden Compass book coverThe Golden Compass
by Philip Pullman

Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal–including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world. Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want–but what Lyra doesn’t know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other.

Standing in the Rainbow book coverStanding in the Rainbow
by Fannie Flagg

The time- 1946–2000. he place- Elmwood Springs, Missouri. Right in the middle of everywhere, which could be anywhere. World War II has ended and the joyous transitions to peace are being — mostly — embraced. Bobby Smith, ten is the effervescent son of the well-known radio hostess Neighbour Dorothy, who broadcasts every day from her living room, via the power in her backyard, to an eager, and at times lonely audience. And, meet the Oatman Family Southern Gospel Singers at a pharmaceutical convention in Memphis, where they blow the place away; Hamm Sparks, a super-salesman everyone likes and trusts, who soon sells all of Missouri; and the phenomena known as the Sunset Club, Dinner on the Ground and the Funeral King.

Summerland
by Michael Chabon

Ethan Feld is bad at baseball. Hopeless, even. But when his father mysteriously disappears, Ethan is recruited to save him and the world by traveling the baseball-obsessed Summerlands to stop Coyote, the trickster, from unmaking existence. With help from a ragtag group of friends he meets along the way, Ethan must not only find his father and stop Coyote, but also master his position on the field.

The Book Thief book coverThe Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Asked at the Desk: Holiday Fiction

Picture of Fiction/AV/Teen desk

The year wraps up with a month of various festivities and celebrations. As we embrace past holiday traditions or forge ahead making new ones, sometimes we just want to pause in the midst of the bustle to curl up with a good book, finding comfort in a seasonal story. This month we have had several patrons asking for holiday book recommendations. These are just some of the titles we have in our collection.

Alaskan Holiday book coverAlaskan Holiday
Debbie Macomber
Lighting the Flames book coverLighting the Flames
Sarah Wendell
Holiday Cheer book coverHoliday Cheer
Rochelle Alers
my true love gave to me book coverMy True Love Gave to Me
Stephanie Perkins
Hiddensee book coverHiddensee
Gregory Maguire
One Day in December book coverOne Day in December
Josie Silver
Remembrance book coverRemembrance
Mary Monroe
Burning Bright
Megan Hart
Skipping Christmas book coverSkipping Christmas
John Grisham

Season of Wonder book coverSeason of Wonder
RaeAnne Thayne

Interested in more suggestions? Stop by Fiction/AV/Teen Services on the second floor to ask at the desk yourself, or ask online to visit our virtual desk.

DVD: Family Friendly Movies

Popcorn imageThe start of winter often brings a break to the hustle and bustle of life. If you are looking for a movie or show sure to please a wide range of ages at your house, try one of these!

 

 

Duck Soup DVD cover

Duck Soup, Starring the Marx Brothers (1933)

In this political satire, Groucho is Rufus T. Firefly, the hilarious dictator of mythical Freedonia, while Harpo and Chico are commissioned as spies by his political rival.

 

The Princess Bride DVD coverThe Princess Bride, Starring Peter Falk, Billy Crystal, Fred Savage, Robin Wright (1987)

When the beautiful maiden Buttercup hears that her true love Westley is dead, she reluctantly agrees to marry the loathsome Prince Humperdinck. After Westley returns to rescue Buttercup, the two begin an epic adventure filled with fencing, fighting, giants, monsters, miracles, true love and hilarity!

 

Hidden Figures DVD coverHidden Figures, Starring Taraji P. Henson, Dorothy Vaughn, Octavia Spencer (2017)

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

 

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon DVD coverCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Starring Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh (2000)

Unspoken affection binds Li Mu Bai (Yun Fat), who has vowed to avenge his master’s death, and Shu Lien (Yeoh), as they join forces to recover the master’s stolen sword, Green Destiny.

 

Mythbusters Season 1 DVD coverMythbusters, Television Series (2003 – present)

Watch as pop culture’s most baffling urban myths and legends are debunked, decoded and demystified in tests that separate the real from the really out there.