March 2017 Issue

US Sawiris Library


"In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed." Germaine Greer




March is already upon us. In the 3 months since our move we have gained some insights into library usage. Here are some observations. 


Despite the library's smaller total surface area we are able to welcome as many students as before while providing a better working environment.


The library's busiest times (students - daily average):

1. Second half of 1st lunch (61)

2. Second half of 2nd lunch (36)

3. Morning break (32)

4. After school (28)


The 3 most popular areas:

1. The South-Eastern corner with a view on the future Arts Link.

2. Both study rooms.

3. Along the Southern windows with a view on the big field.


Students have embraced the 2 study rooms and seem to appreciate having separate and contained areas within the library. One of them is equipped with a TV monitor and an hdmi cable to allow students to project from their computers. Similarly, the write-on boards on wheels are a great success with students. 


Come by soon.


Until next month...


Mario Chioini 

US Librarian


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Barnes, Jennifer (Jennifer Lynn). The fixer. New York : Bloomsbury, c2015.


When her grandfather develops dementia, sixteen-year-old Tess, who has been keeping his Montana ranch going, is whisked away to Washington, D.C., by a sister she barely knows and thrown into a world of politics, power, wealth, love triangles, and family secrets.




Donnelly, Jennifer. The tea rose. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, c2002.


Fionna Finnegan has always dreamed of opening a shop with her longtime love, Joe Bristow, but when a dark and brutal man takes away everything she holds dear, her dreams are shattered and she is forced to flee London for New York, where she hopes to begin a new life.




Donnelly, Jennifer. The winter rose. New York : Hyperion, c2008.


While tending to the desperately poor on London's East End, India Selwyn Jones meets and falls in love with notorious gangster Sid Malone, who pulls India into an unpredictable, passionate affair that challenges everything India holds dear and sends her on an unforgettable journey.



Donnelly, Jennifer. The wild rose. London, UK : Bloomsbury, 2016, c2011.

Mountaineer Willa Alden is devastated after losing her leg in a climbing accident and her inability to forgive Seamus Finnegan, the man she loves, for saving her life, forces them to go their separate ways and face the violence of the first world war apart, despite their deep love for one another.


F JUR (sf)

Jury, Walter. Scan. New York, N.Y. : Speak, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2015, c2014.

Tate Archer outruns armed government officials as he tries to keep his now dead father's strange invention out of the wrong hands, alien hands.


Mulligan, Andy. Liquidator. Oxford, UK : David Fickling Books, c2015.

Katkat's wangled a position with the team that looks after mega-rock star Snowy Cosgrove. The Tuttle twins are going to be journalist. Leela's got a placement in a hospital. Spud's doing drains (his dream). And Vicky's going to make sandwiches for a law firm. But when Vicky spills coffee on a lawyer's laptop, and takes it to a friend to clean up, they discover something truly appalling. And find themselves on the inside of a hurtling adventure involving a dying boy, some corrupt lawyers, hair-raising surgery and a rock concert beamed to the entire world.




Pears, Iain. Arcadia. London, UK : Faber & Faber, c2015.


Henry Lytten - a spy turned academic and writer - sits at his desk in Oxford in 1962, dreaming of other worlds. He embarks on the story of Jay, an 11-year-old boy who has grown up within the embrace of his family in a rural, peaceful world - a kind of Arcadia. But when a supernatural vision causes Jay to question the rules of his world, he is launched on a life-changing journey.



Wynne-Jones, Tim. The emperor of any place. Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, c2015.


After his father dies, a son finds a diary of a Japanese soldier stranded on a small Pacific island in World War II, but he's confused as to why his father was reading it.I'm a new Text block ready for your content.




Lupano, Wilfrid. Les vieux fourneaux. Brussels, Belgium : Dargaud Benelux, c2015.


Tells the story of three septuagenarians who have been friends since childhood. They have each taken different paths in life and made different choices. Legacies, memories, fragments of a life that's almost over... but these three still have a reason to live, and a strong friendship to keep them going.


338.3 KUR

Kurlansky, Mark. World without fish. New York : Workman Pub., c2011.

Describes what is happening to fish, the oceans, and the environment in the early twenty-first century, explaining how commonly-consumed fish, such as tuna, cod, and salmon, are disappearing; and discussing the impact of overfishing on other species and the effects of fishing on the oceans.

741.5 SIM (Fr)


Simsolo, Noël. Napoléon, Vol. 1 & 2. Grenoble, France : Glénat / Fayard, c2014 & c2015.


The first two volumes of a graphic novel on Napoléon Bonaparte's life and achievements written jointly by a comic book artist and a noted history specialist. Also contains 8 bonus pages written by the historian, to give more insight on the character.


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Freedman, Lew. Pelé : a biography. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, c2014.

An examination of Brazilian soccer star Pelé's life, covering his personal history from childhood, his career as a multi-time World Cup champion playing for Brazil, his experiences in the United States playing for the New York Cosmos, and his recent, current, and future activities as ambassador for Brazil when it hosts the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016.

863 SEP (Fr)


Sepulveda, Luis, 1949-. Rendez-vous d'amour dans un pays en guerre : et autres histoires. Paris, France : Points, 2014, c1997.


A collection of short stories by one of Chile's most famous and beloved authors.


959.704 HER


Herr, Michael. Dispatches. New York : Vintage Books, 1991, c1977.


Details the first hand experiences of a war correspondent soldier during the Vietnam War, depicting the horrors of bodies, drug addictions, and mental breakdowns.
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Dark places. French ed. Boulogne-Billancourt, France : TF1 Video, 2015, c2014. Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner.


Libby Day was only seven years old when her mother and two sisters were murdered and her brother Ben was jailed for the crime. Now, twenty-five years later, Libby discovers shocking evidence that Ben may be innocent, and the real killer still at large.



Silver linings playbook = Happiness therapy. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, c2012. Directed by David O. Russell.

The story of a man who has lost everything, his house, his job, his wife, and how he creates his own silver linings from the bonds he forms with his family and friends.

Begin again = New York melody. French ed. Boulogne-Billancourt, France : TF1 Video, 2014, c2013. Directed by John Carney.

British songwriter Gretta is adrift in Manhattan after getting dumped by her philandering rock star boyfriend. While playing at an open mic night at a local bar, she is discovered by struggling music producer Dan. Sensing her songwriting potential, Dan pushes Gretta to sign with him and record an ambitious outdoors album all across the city.

Scarface. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures, 2004, c1983. Directed by Brian De Palma.

Follows the violent career of a smalltime Cuban refugee hoodlum who guns his way to the top of Miami's cocaine empire.



Whiplash. French ed. Boulogne-Billancourt, France : TF1 Video, 2015, c2013. Directed by Damien Chazelle.

A talented young jazz drummer experiences a trial by fire when he's recruited by a ferocious instructor, whose unyielding search for perfection could destroy both of them.



GAPS 9 Wellness Project


Through their GAPS classes and in collaboration with the library every grade 9 student had to research a topic related to Wellness, prepare a slide show and present orally in front of their peers. Students were assessed on content and presentation skills. As part of their health unit the Wellness project was to help students review and practice some of the skills needed throughout their academic career. 




Title: The Tea Rose

Author: Jennifer Donnelly


Call number: F DON



This is a racy romp of a story which takes the reader from the streets of Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper to the streets of Golden Age New York. Fiona and Joe have been friends since childhood, with a shared dream of leaving Whitechapel and opening their own shop. At eighteen, their friendship matures but when circumstances turn for the worse, Fiona flees to New York with her younger brother. This is Donnelly's first published book and part of a trilogy. Here is a romance novel, albeit it star-crossed, with an incredibly well researched historical backdrop.


Meg Meg Seaver and Linda Rosso

ASP faculty



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KOOB Club (book club)


For our last read of the year we decided to let members select their own material from the list below and to discuss all 3 of them. Please join us. 


1. The Dream Lover - Elizabeth Berg

2. Nutshell - Ian McEwan

3. Please Look After Mom - Shin Kyung-sook


Date: Thursday, May 4

Location: Conference Room 6401, Building 6

Time: From 3:50 to 5:00 pm


For parents, faculty and staff

RSVP to Mario Chioini: or ext. 576




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

During exams: Until 6 pm



01 41 12 82 97

American School of Paris

Mr. Mario Chioini, US Librarian,

Mr. Anthony Tremblay, US Library Assistant,


41, Rue Pasteur, 92210  |  Saint Cloud, France

School: Tel +33 (0)1 41 12 82 82, Library: +33(0)1 41 12 82 97

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