Need a mental break from studying? Check out a book!

20 Apr

Need a mental release from the intense prep for AP exams? Consider checking out a book from the library to read in those times between study sessions. Here’s a sampling of the library’s new additions:

  • Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – “Built on the groundwork of the Iliad, Madeline Miller’s page-turning, profoundly moving, and blisteringly paced retelling of the epic Trojan War marks the launch of a dazzling career” (
  • Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell – “In this vivid account of the U.S. Army’s legendary 10th Mountain Division’s heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan, Captain Sean Parnell shares an action-packed and highly emotional true story of triumph, tragedy, and the extraordinary bonds forged in battle” (
  • Dragonfly Effect by Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith – Want to change the world? Learn how to leverage Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube to create social change.
  • Social Media for Social Good by Heather Mansfield – “more than 100 best practices covering Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0 communications and fundraising. From building your e-newsletter list to finding your “Twitter voice” to launching a mobile website and texting campaign on a small budget, this guide presents a step-by-step strategic plan for launching and maintaining successful social media and mobile marketing campaigns” (
  • Defending Jacob by William Landry – “Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in suburban Massachusetts for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student” (
  • Numbers Rule Your World by Kaiser Fung – “In the popular tradition of eye-opening bestsellers like Freakonomics, The Tipping Point, and Super Crunchers, this fascinating book from renowned statistician and blogger Kaiser Fung takes you inside the hidden world of facts and figures that affect you every day, in every way.
  • Capitol Men by Philip Dray – “This grand and compelling new history of Reconstruction shines a light on a little known group of men: the nation’s first black members of Congress. These individuals—some of whom were former slaves—played a critical role in pushing for much-needed reforms in the wake of a traumatic civil war, including equal rights, public education, and protection from Klan violence. Most important, their example laid the foundation for future black political leaders” (
  • Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? by William Poundstone – “You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown in a blender. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do? If you want to work at Google, or any of America’s best companies, you need to have an answer to this and other puzzling questions. Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? guides readers through the surprising solutions to dozens of the most challenging interview questions. The book covers the importance of creative thinking, ways to get a leg up on the competition, what your Facebook page says about you, and much more” (
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