Check It Out Category: Staff Picks

Staff Picks: Anticipated Summer 2019 Reads

the word summer written in the sand along the shore
Summer Reading begins on June 1st! If you need ideas for how to spend those long hours at the beach, beside the pool, or on vacation, here are a number of titles you may want to bring along with you.
While planning your summer reading list, take a look at what our MPPL staff is hoping to read this summer!
Chelsea
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The Last Time I Saw You book coverThe Last Time I Saw You
by Liv Constantine

Chelsea
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How Not to Die Alone book coverHow Not to Die Alone
by Richard Roper

 

Rachel
South Branch

The Water Museum book coverThe Water Museum
by Luis Alberto Urrea

Rachel
South Branch

David and Goliath book coverDavid and Goliath
by Malcolm Gladwell

Carolyn
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The Churchill Woman book coverThe Churchill Woman
by Stephanie Barron

Carolyn
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil book coverMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
by John Berendt

Andrea
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With the Fire on High book coverWith the Fire on High
by Elizabeth Acevedo

 

Andrea
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Other Words for Smoke book coverOther Words for Smoke
by Sarah Maria Griffin

Nancy
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the leavers book coverThe Leavers
by Lisa Ko

Nancy
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Daisy Jones and the Six book coverDaisy Jones and the Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

 

Emily W.
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City of Girls book coverCity of Girls
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Emily W.
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The Priory of Orange Trees book coverThe Priory of the Orange Tree
by Samantha Shannon

Marsha
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Beneath the Tamarind Tree book coverBeneath the Tamarind Tree
by Isha Sesay

Marsha
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The Unbreakables book coverThe Unbreakables
by Lisa Barr

Karen H.
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Witchmark book coverWitchmark
by C. L. Polk

 

Karen H.
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Middlegame book coverMiddlegame
by Seanan McGuire

Abby W.
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The Night Diary book coverThe Night Diary
by Veera Hiranandani

 

Abby W.
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A Sorcery of Thorns book coverA Sorcery of Thorns
by Margaret Rogerson

Erin
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The Library Book book coverThe Library Book
by Susan Orlean

Erin
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The Great Believers book coverThe Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai

 

Janine
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99 Percent Mine book cover99 Percent Mine
by Sally Thorne

Janine
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The Lake House book coverThe Lake House
by Kate Morton

 

Allison N.
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Foolish Hearts book coverFoolish Hearts
by Emma Mills

Allison N.
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Disappearing Earth book coverDisappearing Earth
by Julia Phillips

Kelda
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Becoming book coverBecoming
by Michelle Obama

Kelda
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Circe book coverCirce
by Madeline Miller

Jenny
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Foundryside book coverFoundryside
by Robert Jackson Bennett

Jenny
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How to Write an Autobiograhical Novel book coverHow to Write an Autobiographical Novel
by Alexander Chee

Maria P.
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where'd you go Bernadette book coverWhere’d You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple

Maria P.
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The Library Book book coverThe Library Book
by Susan Orlean

 

Denise
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Where the Crawdads Sing book coverWhere the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens

Denise
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Fix Her Up book coverFix Her Up
by Tessa Bailey

Donna S.
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The Identicals book coverThe Identicals
by Elin Hilderbrand

Donna S.
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Deep Harbor book coverDeep Harbor
by Fern Michaels

Cathleen
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Mouthful of Birds book coverMouthful of Birds
by Samanta Schweblin

 

Cathleen
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Bowlaway book coverBowlaway
by Elizabeth McCracken

Liz
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Pride Prejudice and Other Flavors book coverPride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
by Sonali Dev

Liz
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The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs book coverThe Daughters of Temperance Hobbs
by Katherine Howe

Kelly W.
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The Bride Test book coverThe Bride Test
by Helen Hoang

Kelly W.
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The Farm book coverThe Farm
by Joanne Ramos

 

Donna C.
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Fumbled book coverFumbled
by Alexa Martin

Donna C.
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The Moment of Lift book coverThe Moment of Lift
by Melinda Gates

john
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the raven boys book coverThe Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater

Staff Picks: Liz’s Selections of the Day

We asked Fiction Librarian Liz which books she’s recommending today.

She chose a combination of evocative stories that touch upon the mysterious and tragic, while searching for a measure of hope in complex situations.

 

 

 

The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband’s three-hundred-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired in the two years he was away?

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater are awake, magic is swirling around Blue and The Raven boys and Ronan Lynch’s ability to pull objects from his dreams is almost out of control but worst of all, the mysterious Gray Man is stalking the Lynch family, looking for something called the Greywaren.

 
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom. When their paths converge in route to the ship that promises salvation, Joana, Emilia, and Florian find their strength, courage, and trust in one another tested with each step closer toward safety. When tragedy strikes the Wilhelm Gustloff, they must fight for the same thing: survival.

Staff Picks: Kelda’s Selections of the Day

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We asked Readers’ Advisory Assistant Kelda which books, audiobooks, and DVDs she’s recommending today.

She chose a combination of thoughtful, touching stories that reveal the fragility & strength of relationships.

 

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley (Audiobook)

Ted—a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to open himself up to intimacy except through the steadfast companionship of Lily, his elderly dachshund. When Lily’s health is compromised, Ted vows to save her by any means necessary. By turns hilarious and poignant, an adventure with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked truths of loss and longing, Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

The story of your life never starts at the beginning. Don’t they teach you anything at school?
So says 104-year-old Ona to the 11-year-old boy who’s been sent to help her out every Saturday morning. As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed, Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she’s confessing secrets she has kept hidden for decades.
One Saturday, the boy doesn’t show up. Ona starts to think he’s not so special after all, but then his father arrives on her doorstep, determined to finish his son’s good deed. The boy’s mother is not so far behind. Ona is set to discover that the world can surprise us at any age…

Tulip Fever (DVD)

An artist falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of seventeenth century Amsterdam.

Staff Picks: Andrea’s Selections of the Day

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We asked Teen Librarian Andrea which books she’s recommending today.

She chose a combination of mysteries, thrillers and realistic fiction, with secrets and suspense aplenty.

 

 

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

The story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle. The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help. No one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?