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February 2018 Issue

US Sawiris Library

  

 

 

 



"Les librairies sont des lieux de résistance à la bêtise"
François Busnel

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    This month:

 

    . New acquisitions 

    . Book review 

    . Curriculum connection with GAPS 10

  

    Happy reading...

 

    Mario Chioini 

    8-12 Librarian

SEEN IN THE LIBRARY

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NEWS

 

Matchs d'impro en français
Joignez-vous au groupe en tant que joueur ou juge

 

Nous avons débuté un autre semestre d'improvisation en français.

 

Le match d'impro consiste en 2 équipes qui essaient de marquer des points en improvisant sur des thèmes variés.

Les juges, qui font partie intégrante du match, décident de  l'équipe qui a présenté la meilleure impro.


Nos rencontres ont lieu les lundis de 15h45 à 17h dans la salle 6105. 

  

Information et inscription : M. Chioini.

 

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Calling young authors for YAFF 2018

 

The American Library in Paris is proud to once again organize the annual Young Authors Fiction Festival. YAFF is a city-wide creative writing initiative that aims to strengthen community among English-speakers through the art of storytelling. YAFF is free of charge and open to all students ages 5-18 in the greater Paris area who write in English. 

 

The deadline for submission is 30 March 2018 at 22h00. 

For other questions, contact the library at

yaff@americanlibraryinparis.org. Happy writing!

 

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NEW ACQUISITIONS

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

FICTION

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F BER

 

Berry, Steve, 1955-. The Lost Order. London, UK : Hodder & Stoughton, c2017.


The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, hidden all across the country. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched in vain. Now two factions of what remains of the organization want that lost treasure - one to preserve it, the other to spend it for their own ends.

F GAR

Garvin, Jeff. Symptoms of Being Human. 1st ed. New York : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, c2016.

A gender-fluid teenager who struggles with identity creates a blog on the topic that goes viral, and faces ridicule at the hands of fellow students.

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F GRI

 

Grisham, John. The Whistler. London, UK : Hodder, 2017, c2016.


Lacy Stoltz, an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, investigates a crooked judge who is getting paid by the Coast Mafia to look the other way on their involvement with a casino on Native American land.

F KIL

 

Kilbourne, Christina, 1967-. Detached. Toronto : Dundurn, c2016.

 

Told in alternating first-person perspectives that include Anna; her mother; and Anna's best friend, Aliya, this novel sheds light on mental illness.

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F KIN

 

King, A. S. (Amy Sarig), 1970-. Still life with Tornado. New York, NY : Dutton Books, c2016.

 

A talented 16-year-old artist slowly discovers the history of domestic violence behind why her brother left the family years earlier, and why she suddenly cannot make art.".

F LAC

 

LaCour, Nina. We Are Okay. New York, NY : Dutton Books, c2017.


After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.


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F MAR

 

Marra, Anthony. The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories. 1st pbk. ed. London, UK ; : Hogarth, 2016, c2015.

 

A collection of interwoven tales explores themes of family, sacrifice, war, and the redemptive power of art.


F NGU

 

Nguyen, Viet Thanh, 1971-. The Sympathizer. 1st ed. New York : Grove Press, c2015.


Follows a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life in 1975 Los Angeles.

 
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F PIE

 

Pierson, D. C. The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had to: a Novel. New York, NY : Vintage Books, c2010.

 

Fifteen-year-old Darren, a social misfit who spends his time at school trying not to be noticed while drawing characters for a planned film series and book tie-ins, befriends Eric, another outcast who reveals that he never sleeps.

F STA
Starmer, Aaron, 1976-. Spontaneous. New York, NY : Dutton Books, c2016.

A humorous exploration of friendship, goodbyes--and spontaneous combustion.

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 F TRE

 

Tremblay, Larry. The Orange Grove: a Novel. Minneapolis, Minn. : Milkweed Editions, 2016, c2013.


FR TRE

 

Tremblay, Larry.

Larry. L'orangeraie. Québec, Canada : Editions Alto, c2013. 

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In an unnamed and war-torn country, twin brothers Amed and Aziz live in the sanctuary of the family's orange grove. But when a bomb comes from "the other side of the mountain" and kills their grandparents, their father must choose how to best avenge his parents' death, with tragic and unforeseen consequences. 


FR ABE

 

Abécassis, Eliette. L'ombre du Golem. Paris, France : Flammarion, c2017.

 

A young girl living in a poor neighbourhood in Prague ventures by herself in the Jewish ghetto and comes upon the creation of the Golem, a huge monster produced to defend the people of the ghetto against the King's brutal attacks.

 

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F STH

Sthers, Amanda. Les terres saintes. Paris, France : Librairie Generale Francaise, 2011, c2010.

Follows Harry Rosenmerck, a Jewish-American cardiologist who left everything behind to become a pig farmer in Israel. Harry is now faced to deal with life and face its outcome head-on with the former "enemy" of his farm: rabbi Moshe Cattan.

NON-FICTION

746.9 THO

Thomas, Dana. Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. New York, N.Y. : Penguin Press, c2015.
Analyzes the ends of two preeminent fashion designers to demonstrate how they were casualties of the war between art and commerce, chronicling their rise and achievements while sharing insights into how art has suffered at the hands of economic demands.
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914.43 BOU (Fr)


Bouvet, Vincent. La génération perdue : Des américains à Paris, 1917-1939. Paris, France : Cohen&Cohen, c2016.


A richly illustrated photo book which explores the cultural and intellectual boom experienced in Paris, France between 1917 and 1939, looking at aesthetics, literature, the changing role of women, and the transformation of avant-garde culture and the "Lost Generation" of American writers and poets who were living there at the time.

 

930.1 CLI

 

Cline, Eric H. Three Stones Make a Wall. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2017.

 

Traces the history of archaeology from an amateur pursuit to the cutting-edge science it is today by taking the reader on a tour of major archaeological sites and discoveries, from Pompeii to Petra, Troy to the Terracotta Warriors, and Mycenae to Megiddo and Masada.

 

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941.084 CHURCHILL JOH


Johnson, Boris. The Churchill Factor : How One Man Made History. London, UK : Hodder & Stoughton, 2015, c2014.


The mayor of London and former Spectator editor challenges popular misconceptions to assess Churchill's enduring influence on the world, discussing the many contradictions of his life and his considerable political and military achievements.

 

DVDs

DVD F AVA

 

Avant l'hiver. French ed. Boulogne-Billancourt, France: TF1 Video, c2013. Directed by Philippe Claudel.

 

Story of a man in the autumn of his life, torn between a loving wife and his dangerous attraction for a troubled, mysterious young woman.

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DVD F EVE

 

Everest. French ed. Paris, France: Universal Pictures Video, 2016, c2015. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur.

 

Inspired by the events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, 'Everest' documents the journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind.


DVD F LES

 

Les bronzés font du ski. French ed. Issy-les-Moulineaux, France: StudioCanal, 2005, c1979. Directed by Patrice Leconte.

 

Eight tourists who met in a holiday camp on the Ivory Coast are reunited for a skiing holiday.

 


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DVD F MOM


Mommy. French ed. Boulogne-Billancourt, France : TF1 Video, 2015, c2014. Directed by Xavier Dolan.


A working-class Quebec mother struggles to care for her troubled teenage son until a chance encounter with their shy neighbor offers unexpected hope for a brighter future.

DVD F SUM

 

Summer in February. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, 2014, c2013. Directed by Christopher Menaul.

 

A sweeping romance set at a bohemian artist colony on the picturesque coast of pre-war England and is based on the true story of painter Sir Alfred Munnings and his blue-blood best friend Gilbert.

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BOOK DISCUSSION

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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

 

Call #: 833 KAF ebook

 

Reviewer: Mia Kwon



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In 1915, one of Kafka's most celebrated work, The Metamorphosis first appeared in print. The novella was originally written in 1912; however, with the onset of a world war that had engulfed global affairs, its publication was delayed until October 1915. Along with many of Kafka's work, The Metamorphosis is recognized as the icon of twentieth century literature. Ironically, the manuscript was never intended for publication; it was written as a diversion from Kafka's writer's block while writing Amerika, his incomplete novel published posthumously in 1927. Now, in contemporary literature and media, The Metamorphosis remains as one of the most commemorated works, its influence evident in modern works such as David Cronenberg's most prominent horror film The Fly and tv series The Human Centipede.  Click here for the full review...


 

  CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHT

 

 Project: Sexual Health in GAPS 10
 Supervisor: Sandy Karam

As part of their unit on research skills, I was invited to work with all GAPS 10 students on a project about sexual health. The long list of topics ranged from sexual harassment and emotional relationships to STIs and age of consent.

 

All students received instruction on how to search the Internet and databases, on proper citing and referencing and on presenting skills. The final presentations will take place during the first week of February and be evaluated informally by all their peers and student mentors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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         Classroom-library collaboration

 

 

 

PARENTS-FACULTY-STAFF BOOK CLUB 
(The Adult Book Club!)

 

The group is now reading The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra.


Our next meeting: March 13

Last meeting of the year: 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.


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Photo credit: Janet Rubinstein, ASP Communications Manager

BITS & PIECES

 

Location

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at the top of the Coulson Commons stairs

 

Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am to 5 pm 

Friday: 8:30 am to 4 pm


During senior exams: Until 6 pm

 

Telephone

 

Right: Mr. Mario Chioini, MLIS, US Librarian, mchioini@asparis.fr

Left: Mr. Anthony Tremblay, US Library Assistant, uslibrary@asparis.fr

 

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