December 2016 | ASP Upper School Library Newsletter         


The US library newsletter
December issue

"What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels
about education" Harold Howe 

On Monday, November 21, US students, faculty and staff discovered the brand new Sawaris Family Library.

Our design was motivated by functionality, curriculum needs and flexibility. With a college feel, the library has a warm, relaxing and work-conducing atmosphere.  

We are very happy about the positive response we received from the community at large. Students and faculty have already started taking ownership and making themselves at home. 

Here are some of the students' favorite features: 

. The general feel of openess
. The small groups work areas
. The relaxing atmosphere you get upon entering
. The comfortable furniture (and the large bean bags)
. The white boards for studying
. The views from the large windows and the natural light

If you haven't done so yet, please come and visit us soon. We're located at the top of the atrium staircase. 



Mario Chioini 
US Librarian        



In this issue                 

New additions to the library
. New p(rint) and ebooks

Book Highlight
. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair - Joel Dicker

KOOB Club (book club)
. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair - Joel Dicker (Some coincidence!) - Jan. 11


The Hub! The library web site

Past newsletters

American Library in Paris

Room to Read


Bits and Pieces

Building 6, Room 6108, at the top of the Atrium stairs

Monday-Thurs.: 8:30 am to 5 pm 
Friday: 8:30 am to 4 pm

TELEPHONE: 01 41 12 82 97                          


CIRCULATION: 1 month, 1 renewal, no book limit

FINE: 20 cents per day, per item

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The  icon preceeding a call number indicates the item is an electronic book (e-book).


F BAR (ff)

Bardugo, Leigh. Six of crows. New York : Henry Holt and Co., c2015.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first.




Dicker, Joel, 1985-. The truth about the Harry Quebert affair : a novel. London, UK : Maclehose Quercus, 2015, c2012.

Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist, visits Somerset, New Hampshire, to see his mentor, Harry Quebert, one of the country's most respected writers, and to find a cure for his writer's block as his publisher's deadline looms. But Marcus's plans are violently upended when Harry is suddenly and sensationally implicated in the cold-case murder of Nola Kellergan.



Mbue, Imbolo. Behold the dreamers : a novel. London, UK: : 4th Estate, c2016.

A Cameroonian immigrant arrives in Harlem hoping for a better life for his family, but when the economy collapses, their marriage begins to fall apart and all four members' lives are dramatically upended.




Charlier, Jean-Michel. Fort Navajo. Paris, France : Dargaud, 2013, c1965.

First volume in the series following Michael Steven Donovan, nicknamed “Blueberry”, a name he chose when fleeing from his Southern enemies, starting with his adventures as a lieutenant in the United States Cavalry shortly after the American Civil War



Charlier, Jean-Michel. Tonnerre a l'ouest. Paris, France : Dargaud, 2013, c1966.

Second volume in the series following Michael Steven Donovan, nicknamed “Blueberry”, a name he chose when fleeing from his Southern enemies, starting with his adventures as a lieutenant in the United States Cavalry shortly after the American Civil War.



Manouguian, Virginie. Neuf nouvelles realistes. Paris, France : Belin/Gallimard, c2015.

This volume brings together nine outstanding realistic short stories, by four notable French writers, originally published between 1829 and 1884.



13 a table ! : nouvelles. Paris, France : Pocket, c2015.

The 13 at a table series features short stories penned by contemporary writers around a common theme. For each book purchased, the nonprofit Restos du Coeur donates four meals to the needy in France.




363.738 KLE

Klein, Naomi, 1970-. This changes everything : capitalism vs. the climate. London, UK : Penguin Books, 2015, c2014.

Argues that the climate crisis presents a challenge to abandon the core "free market" ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake failing political systems in order to fix economic systems, and that reducing greenhouse emissions will provide an opportunity to reduce inequalities, repair broken democracies, and rebuild local economies.



E 641.3 GRI

Chocolate : history, culture and heritage. Edites by Louis Evan Grivetti, Howard-Yana Shapiro.Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2009.

Presents fifty-seven essays about how chocolate influenced medicine, religion, economics, and culture by scholars with backgrounds in anthropology, culinary arts, gender studies, engineering, nutrition, and linguistics.



741.5 OCU (Fr)

Le tour de France : 1. Les petites histoires de la Grande Boucle. Joncret, Belgium : TJ editions, c2016.

A collection of stories and anecdotes in graphic novel form about the winners and losers in the rich history of the Tour de France.


978 EGA

Egan, Timothy. The worst hard time : the untold story of those who survived the great American dust bowl. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c2006.

Recounts the experiences of six families and they communities as they struggle to survive the dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains during the Great Depression.




The Blues Brothers. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, 2006, c1980. Directed by John Landis.

Paroled convict Jake and his brother Elwood set out on "a mission from God" to save from foreclosure the Catholic orphanage in which they were raised. To do so, they must reunite their R&B band and organize a performance to earn $5,000 needed to pay the orphanage's property tax bill.



Les miserables. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, 2013, c2012. Directed by Tom Hooper.

The 2012 motion picture adaptation of the stage musical in which, after escaping from unjust imprisonment, Jean Valjean tries to become a respectable citizen but is pursued by an ambitious policeman who threatens to take back his freedom.



Mamma mia. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, c2008. Directed by Phillida Lloyd.

Sophie wants nothing more than to have her father walk her down the aisle; however, her mother can't remember which of the three men she was with is actually Sophie's father.



Midnight in Paris = Minuit a Paris. French ed. Boulogne-Billancourt, France : TF1 Video, c2011. Directed by Woody Allen.

 A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.



The Snow Queen 2 : Magic of the ice mirror = La Reine des Neiges 2 : Le miroir sacre. Director, Alexey Zamyslov. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, c2014.

The storm is back with an all new ice-breaking adventure! After celebrating their victory over the Snow Queen, Gerda and Orm have given their fellow trolls a taste of freedom. But when Orm gets a cold-hard reality check, they slip into another perilous journey and must protect the world from eternal winter.





Title: The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Author: Joel Dicker
Pages: 615 pages
Call number: F DIC

In the hopes of overcoming his writer's block Marcus Goldman, a young literary sensation, decides to visit his old mentor, Harry Quebert, in bucolic Somerset, New Hampshire. 

Soon after Goldman's arrival Quebert is accused of the murder of 15 year-old Nora Kellerman whose body was just discovered 33 years after her sudden disappearance. Goldman intends to do everything he can to prove the innocence of his old friend and maybe find inspiration for his next book along the way...

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is a good and effective murder mystery with plenty of twists to satisfy any reader of the genre. Dicker's successful career is not unlike that of his protagonist and while he is often compared to Roth and Franzen The Guardian prefers to compare the Swiss author to the more modest Harlan Coban. You be the judge.

Ironically, some suggest that Dicker may have plagiarized the idea for his book from Philip Roth's The Human Stain. If the detective in you needs a challenge, read both novels, compare them and send me your findings to be published in a future newsletter.

. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, translated from the French by Sam Taylor
. Rights sold for translation in 32 languages 
. Awards: Prix Goncourt des Lycéens, Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française

mario chioini
us librarian



How to tame Google was the last of our 3 workshop series. We will offer them again starting in January.

1. Discovering ASP online resources
2. Searching online databases 
3. Taming Google Search 

If you are interested in having your own workshop, just gather a minimum of 7 participants and contact Mr. Chioini directly.

KOOB Club (book club)

This is an invitation to all parents, faculty and staff to join our book club gatherings for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Each of the four meetings is just over an hour, right after school, in the US library. After talking about our club selection we end the session with a short book sharing time where each participant is invited to share a work he/she enjoyed reading. Here's the information on our next read.

Title: The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Location: US Library
Time: From 3:55 to 5:00 pm

RSVP to Mario Chioini: or ext. 297

ALP, Your English-Language Partner
10, rue du Général Camou, 75005 01 53 59 12 60

Established in 1920 the library has been a very important institution in Paris. ALP hosts regular literary and public-affairs programs and book groups, as well as children's events and activities for teens. Web site: 


ASP is happy to support Room to Read through various activities and fund raisers during the year.

Millions of children across 10 countries in Africa and Asia have benefitted from Room to Read’s programs. The plan is to 
reach 15 million children with quality education by the end of 2020, but Room to Read needs your help to get there. Invest in their work or learn about other ways to get involved. Imagine a world in which all children receive the education they need to reach their full potential. Now, help make it a reality.

If you are interested in making a donation to support Room to Read's mission please contact Mario Chioini at the US library or click this link to Room to Read's donation secured web site.



Mr. Mario Chioini - US Librarian,
 Mr. Anthony Tremblay - US Library Assistant

American School of Paris

41, Rue Pasteur, 92210  |  Saint Cloud, France
School: Tel +33 (0)1 41 12 82 82

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