November 2017 Issue

US Sawiris Library






"Civilised nations build libraries; lands that have lost their souls close them down." Toby Forward, author



Welcome to the November issue of The Hub!    


This month:


A new library policy for the study room

. Additions to the collection 

. Improvisation en français, s'il-vous-plaît !

. Poetry By Heart Update

. Do you Shmoop?

. Book reviews...

Happy reading...


Mario Chioini 

8-12 Librarian





Reserve the library study room

After much observation and reflection we decided to convert the two study rooms into one single working space. The room is now available for small groups of 3 to 8 students who need a dedicated and professional space for their academic work. 


Reservations in person only. 


Details in the library and on our website.

Matchs d'impro en français, s'il-vous-plaît !


Des élèves aventureux ont décidé d'accompagner M. Chioini dans une nouvelle aventure d'improvisation en français. Empruntant des éléments au jeu de hockey sur glace et de l'improvisation, les élèves continuent une longue tradition théâtrale et scolaire. Les rencontres hebdomadaires iront jusqu'aux vacances de décembre. Une nouvelle session reprendra au retour, en janvier.


Information et inscription : M. Chioini.




Poetry By Heart at the Upper School


Our poets and competitors Nolan Schwegler, Alexandria Sacci, Ioannis Sterckk  and Flavie de Germay will perform their poems on 2 occasions this month.


The first will be in front of their respective classes during the week of November 7 (optional) then in the Coulson Family Commons on Wednesday, November 22, at 9 am.


If you're free stop by to show your support.



US Students Book Club


After The Metamorphosis, our readers tackled On the Road by Jack Kerouac (read their book review in our next issue) and are following up with The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Heavy readers... And difficult to keep up with them.

Send your requests to the co-leaders


Mia Kwon, Co-Leader


    Flavie de Germay, Co-Leader



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





Beatty, Paul. The sellout. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2015.

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court.


Broach, Elise. The wolf keepers. 1st ed.--2016. New York : Henry Holt and Co., c2016.

Twelve-year-old Lizzie Durango lives in a zoo, spending her days taking note of the animals' behaviors, then she meets runaway Tyler Briggs and together they investigate the wolves who are suddenly dying.

                                                 F CLA


                                                 Clare, Cassandra.


Lady midnight. Dark artifices book 1. New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2016.


Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs and her parabatai Julian Blackthorn race to stop a demonic plot that threatens Los Angeles.





Lord of Shadows. Dark artifices book 2. New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2017.


Emma is torn between her passion for Julian and her need to protect him from the consequences of a forbidden romantic partnership, a situation challenged by her relationship with Mark and his efforts to regain his Shadowhunter capabilities.



Conroy, Frank, 1936-2005. Body & soul. New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, 1998, c1993.

The life of young Claude Rawlings, the son of an eccentric taxi-driver mother, is changed forever in the 1940s when a local music store owner discovers the boy is a piano prodigy.




Dicker, Joel, 1985-. The Baltimore boys. London, UK : MacLehose Press, 2017, c2015.

A chance meeting with an old girlfriend decides Marcus Goldman on re-tracing his schooldays, and the idyllic time spent with his cousins in "the Goldman Gang".



Furst, Alan. A hero in France : a novel. London, UK : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2017, c2016.

The City of Light is dark and silent at night. But in Paris and in the farmhouses, barns, and churches of the French countryside, small groups of ordinary men and women are determined to take down the occupying forces of Adolf Hitler. Mathieu, a leader of the French Resistance, leads one such cell, helping downed British airmen escape back to England.




Green, John, 1977-. Turtles all the way down. London, UK : Penguin Books, c2017.

The story centers around 16 year old Aza Holmes, a high school student living with obsessive compulsive disorder, and her search for a fugitive billionaire.


301 ING


Ingold, Tim, 1948-. Making : archaeology, anthropology, art and architecture. London, UK : Routledge, c2013.


This textbook takes an entirely new approach to the study of four related disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture. Tim Ingold argues that these four disciplines are concerned with exploring, interpreting and describing the worlds we inhabit and the ways we perceive them.


305 KIL

Killermann, Sam. A guide to gender : the social justice advocate's handbook. 2nd ed. Austin, TX : Impetus Books, 2017.

Offers clear, easily-digested, and practical explanations of one of the most commonly misunderstood things about people. The author dissects gender using a comprehensive, non-binary toolkit, with a focus on making this subject accessible and enjoyable. All this to help you understand something that is so commonly misunderstood, but something we all think we get: gender.

305.5 VANCE

Vance, J. D. Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis. 1st ed. New York, NY : Harper, c2016.

Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class.

502.7 FLE


Flexner, Abraham. The usefulness of useless knowledge. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2017, c1939.

In his classic essay the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the man who helped bring Albert Einstein to the United States, describes a great paradox of scientific research. The search for answers to deep questions, motivated solely by curiosity and without concern for applications, often leads not only to the greatest scientific discoveries but also to the most revolutionary technological breakthroughs.

658.406 FUR


Furr, Nathan & Jeff Dyer. The Innovator's Method : bringing the Lean Startup into Your Organization. Boston, Mass : Harvard Business Review Press, c2014.

A radical new method--adapting the latest techniques honed by successful start-ups--for managing innovation in established businesses.

782.42166 TOLHURST

Tolhurst, Laurence. Cured : the tale of two imaginary boys. London, UK : Quercus, 2017, c2016.

A memoir by a founding member of the band that virtually invented alternative music, The Cure. Tolhurst threads the genesis of The Cure through his schoolboy years with Smith, the iconic leader of the group, and the band's most successful era in the 1980s. He takes us up to the present day, a riveting forty years since the band's inception.
791.4302 VIE

Viers, Ric. The sound effects bible : how to create and record Hollywood style sound effects. Studio City, CA : Michael Wiese Productions, c2008.

A comprehensive guide to designing and creating sound effects for personal movies, with instructions for understanding digital audio workstations and building a Foley stage and editing studio.

794.8 BUR


Burak, Asi. Power play : how video games can save the world. New York : St. Martin's Press, c2017.

Explores how video games play a role in pioneering social change, and the impact they have on leading organizations and the next generation of gamers.

956.1 ZUR


Zurcher, Erik Jan. Turkey : a modern history. 3rd ed. London : I.B. Tauris, c2017.

Builds upon and updates the twin themes of Turkey's continuing incorporation into the capitalist world and the modernization of state and society.






En équilibre. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, c2015. Directed by Denis Dercourt.

After a serious accident which traumatically injures him, Marc, an equestrian stuntman loses all hope of ever getting back on a horse. Florence works for an insurance company and is in charge of Marc's case. Although they have nothing in common, their brief interaction will impact them in more ways than they can imagine.



The water diviner = La promesse d'une vie. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Studios, 2015, c2014. Directed by Russell Crowe.

In 1919, an Australian farmer travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons. With insurmountable obstacles he must travel across the battle-scarred Turkish landscape to find the truth and his own peace.




Last knights. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Studios, 2016, c2014. Directed by Kazi Kiriya.

A fallen warrior rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master.



The theory of everything = Une merveilleuse histoire du temps. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, 2015, c2014. Directed by James Marsh.


A dramatization of Jane Hawking's memoir about her relationship with the famous scientist Stephen Hawking.




Zero dark thirty. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures, 2013, c2012. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow.


Details the hunt for Osama bin Laden through the eyes of the intelligence expert who dedicated a decade of her life to tracking down the world's most wanted terrorist.








Body & Soul 

by Frank Conroy


450 pages

Call #: F CON


Reviewer: Maryama Antoine



In a bustling New York City of the 1940s - where 'loneliness and privacy' hang haggard with the street lamps -- Music -- like some swooping god comes to the rescue of Claude Rawlings, elevates him to the highest social stratum and offers him life as a composer.

Click here for the full review...


NOTE: If you wish to share a library book review, please contact M. Chioini.









The Thirst by Joe Nesbo

538 pages
Call #: F NES

Reviewer: Michael Kopp

Fans of police procedurals, crime thrillers, and mysteries will find themselves right at home when reading the latest novel from Norwegian author Jo Nesbo. The Thirst is the most recent installment of Nesbo's fast-paced and wildly popular Harry Hole series, but you need not have read any of the previous novels to enjoy this one. Nesbo's works will undoubtedly become even more well-known with the recent release of a film adaptation of his previous novel, The Snowman.
Click here for the full review...

NOTE: If you wish to share a library book review, please contact M. Chioini






You have an SAT or ACT test coming up?

You want to review an AP class and take a mock exam?

Then, welcome to Shmoop, the popular test prep and homework site.


The school subscribes to the fee-based web service Shmoop to give you access to an amazing array of exercices and mock exams for PSAT, ACT and SAT exams as well as help you review all the AP classes you take at ASP.


To create an account, please go to databases page on the library web site and follow the directions. 


Next Standardized Testing Dates:

SAT Subject: Nov 4

SAT & SAT Subject: Dec. 2

ACT with writing: Dec. 9

If you need help creating an account, please see Mr. Chioini.


(The Adult Book Club may be a more convenience name!)

The group is now reading the acclaimed The Underground Railroad by Coleson Whitehead.


Next meeting: Tuesday, November 28 

Future dates: Jan. 16, March 13, May 22

If you're interested in joining the group, please contact M. Chioini.

The Book Club is open to parents from all 3 Divisions.





Thank you to the parents who attended the library resources workshop on October 3. We  want to remind you that the library offers various workshops on topics such as Resources available, Google Searching, Databases Searching. Get 7 people together and contact M. Chioini to arrange a workshop tailored to your needs.






Building 6, Room 6108,

at the top of the Coulson Commons stairs



Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am to 5 pm 

Friday: 8:30 am to 4 pm

During senior exams: Until 6 pm




Right: Mr. Mario Chioini, MLIS, US Librarian,

Left: Mr. Anthony Tremblay, US Library Assistant,



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