March 2019 Issue

Sawiris Library




"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking." Haruki Murakami


Welcome to the March issue of The Hub!


Here is a sample of our new arrivals this month. 


Lee McIntyre's Post-Truth  discusses the rise of fake news and proposes ways we can fight back. Part of the MIT Essential Knowledge series, Post-Truth is concise and accessible. (Best Book of 2018 on the PBS News Hour)


Keep also an eye for these two works about the news industry in our April issue, Merchants of Truth by Jill Abramson and Alan Rusbridger's Breaking News.


The Overstory, Richard Powers' newest novel, speaks to the environmental activist in us and urges us to reclaim our connection with Nature. (Shortlisted The Man Booker Prize 2018). This is the perfect companion to Peter Wohlleben's essay The Hidden Life of Trees (also in the library) that convincingly claims that trees are social beings.


Finally, a literary reminder that essayist Daniel Mendelsohn, author of An Odyssey, will be at ASP on March 12 as this year's visiting writer. RSVP required.


Happy reading.


Mario Chioini 

8-12 Librarian


P.S. If you read a library book, share your thoughts and write a short book review! 



The Kalahari Club has started its annual book drive. Every year we travel to Ganap village, South Africa, to teach the students of Ganap and of the surrounding villages reading, writing and listening to the English language in order to help them pass their matriculation exams. Our work takes place in a very impoverished area of the Kalahari desert. 

We need your help to make our teaching days, and our impact on the children, as good as possible. We now need more young children's books. We ask that the books be in good condition as we want to give the children the best resources we can. Please drop off you donations in the boxes that will be provided in the US commons area and in the LS library. The book drive will continue until the end of the school year. We hope that everyone can contribute!

Matilda Ordóñez, 11th grader 



YA = Young Adult



F BEL (sf)  -  YA


Belleza, Rhoda. Empress of a Thousand Skies. New York, N.Y.: Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, c2017.


When their paths cross after a brutal attack Aly is falsely accused of making on Rhee, they are forced to work together to save their own lives and the universe.

F CAM (sf) - YACameron, Sharon, 1970-. The Forgetting. New York, N.Y. : Scholastic Press, c2016.
Canaan is a quiet city on an idyllic world, hemmed in by high walls, but every twelve years the town breaks out in a chaos of bloody violence, after which all the people undergo the Forgetting, in which they are left without any trace of memory of themselves, their families, or their lives--but somehow seventeen-year-old Nadia has never forgotten, and she is determined to find out what causes it and how to put a stop to The Forgetting forever.



Docx, Edward. Let Go My Hand. London, UK: Picador, 2018, c2017.


A darkly funny and deeply moving novel about a dysfunctional family and their final chance to fix things.



Edugyan, Esi. Washington Black. New York, N.Y.: Knopf, c2018.


A dazzling adventure story about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world.




Ezell, Heather. Nothing Left to Burn. New York, N.Y.: Razorbill, c2018.


Taking place over 16 intense hours, this novel tells the story of sixteen-year-old Audrey who is navigating her tumultuous and all-consuming relationship while also juggling her family's evacuation from the path of a deadly wildfire sweeping through Orange County, California.




Garner, Paula. Relative Strangers. Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick, c2018.


A teen's discovery that she spent 19 months in foster care as an infant sends her searching for answers.




Hannah, Kristin. The Great Alone. London,UK: Macmillan, c2018.


Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America's last true frontier.



Lyga, Barry. Bang : a novel. New York: Little, Brown and Co., c2017.


A new friend and their YouTube cooking channel help fourteen-year-old Sebastian move on from accidentally shooting his infant sister ten years earlier.


F MAS (sf)


Mastai, Elan. All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel. New York, N.Y.: Dutton, c2017.


A man returns to an alternate reality, desperate to fix his time-travel mistake.


McGinnis, Mindy. A Madness So Discreet. New York, NY: Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016, c2015.
Near the turn of the nineteenth century, Dr. Thornhollow helps teenaged Grace Mae escape from the Boston asylum where she was sent after becoming pregnant by rape, and takes her to Ohio where they put her intelligence and remarkable memory to use in trying to catch murderers.



Molloy, Aimee. The Perfect Mother: A Novel. 1st ed. New York, N.Y.: Harper, c2018.


An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.




Powers, Richard, 1957-. The Overstory. London, UK: William Heinemann, c2018.


A novel of activism and natural-world power presents interlocking fables about nine remarkable strangers who are summoned in different ways by trees for an ultimate, brutal stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest.




Tallent, Gabriel. My Absolute Darling. New York, N.Y.: Riverhead Books, c2017.


A remarkable California teen comes to a realisation about her predatory father. 



Zentner, Jeff. The Serpent King: A Novel. 1st ed. New York, N.Y.: Crown, c2016.


The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.




121 MCI


McIntire, Lee C. Post-truth. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, c2018.


Traces the development of the post-truth era, when "alternative facts" replace actual facts, and feelings have more weight than evidence, from science denial through the rise of "fake news," from our psychological blind spots to the public's retreat into "information silos.".




Mendelsohn, Daniel Adam, 1960-. An Odyssey: a Father, a Son, and an Epic. London, UK: William Collins, c2017.


Presents the story of a father and son's transformative shared journey in reading in the wake of the father's late-in-life enrollment in his son's undergraduate seminar, where the two engaged in debates over how to interpret Homer's classic masterpiece.



320 EMM


Emmott, Bill. The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World's Most Successful Political Idea. Revised ed. London, UK: Profile Books, 2018, c2017.


Explores the the challenges and changing times in Western Europe, including science, social change, culture, and affluence.


341.23 DIL


Dille, Brian. Engaging the United Nations: A Brief Introduction to the UN. Engagement Learning, c2017.


An accessible introduction to the UN and a guide to prepare for a Model UN simulation. Each chapter is introduced by a comic that relates the parallel stories of two young women, one a refugee on the receiving end of international institutions, and the other a recent college graduate whose work shows the bureaucratic side of the UN.


364.15 CUR


Currie-McGhee, L. K. (Leanne K.). Human Rights in Focus: Human Trafficking. San Diego, CA : ReferencePoint Press, c2018.


Globally, millions of people live in modern day slavery. Men, women, and children across the world are subject to forced labor and sexual exploitation at the hands of human traffickers. The challenges human trafficking victims face, the efforts to eradicate this crime, and how to assist victims are discussed in this book.

791.4301 SHI


Psychocinematics: Exploring Cognition at the Movies. Edited by Arthur P. Shimamura. New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, c2013.


How do movies engage us so thoroughly, capturing our sensations, thoughts, and emotions? This edited volume introduces psychocinematics, which brings together film theorists, philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists to consider the viability of a scientific approach to our movie experience.


973.04924 MEN


Mendelsohn, Daniel Adam, 1960-. The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million. Updated ed. London, UK: William Collins, 2013, c2006.


In this rich and riveting narrative, a writer's search for the truth behind his family's tragic past in World War II becomes a remarkably original epic—part memoir, part reportage, part mystery, and part scholarly detective work—that brilliantly explores the nature of time and memory, family and history.


DVD 792.7 NGI


Thomas Ngijol 2. French ed. Issy-les-Moulineaux, France: StudioCanal, c2015. Directed by Karole Rocher & Clément Chabault.


After his success in film and television, comedian Thomas Ngijol returns to his roots with this one-man show full of hilarious observations on life.




Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas. French ed. Issy-les-Moulineaux, France: StudioCanal, 2007, c2006. Directed by Philippe Lioret.


The unexpected disappearance of her troubled brother causes a nineteen year-old girl intense emotional distress.



Le corniaud. French ed. Issy-les-Moulineaux, France: StudioCanal, 2009, c1965. Directed by Gérard Oury.


After the luxury car of Mr. Saroyan, an import-export businessman, crashes into his, Antoine Marechal is offered, as compensation, an all-expenses-paid trip to Naples in a Cadillac. Marechal accepts eagerly, never dreaming what he is transporting.




A quick update on our curriculum work this past month. 



Teacher: Ms. Bui


In a joint English-Social Studies project students in grade 7 are asked to write a persuasive essay about a social issue to convince their audience by taking a stance. 


I had the opportunity to work with all the groups and review some important research skills with them such as how to narrow a topic, select and use resources accurately and cite properly using the MLA 8 style. They all rised to the challenge with brio.



Teacher: Mr. Scanlon


In a similar way, I was invited to review research skills with grade 8 students to help them answer the essential question: How does science contribute to understanding environmental problems? For their outcome, students are asked to create a film to summarise their findings. You can see an example of films that were made last year by clicking here or on the image on the right.

















Our group meets every few months on Tuesdays from 3:50 to 5:00 pm in the Ghosn Room (4th floor, Building 6).


Next meetings


Mar 19: Fever Dream by S. Schweblin and  Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss 


May 14: To be announced


* Parents from all Divisions are welcomed.
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    Picture by Janet Rubinstein 




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Right: Mario Chioini, MLIS, Upper School Librarian,

Left: Anthony Tremblay, Upper School Library Assistant,


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