The John L. Zoph Library at Junípero Serra High School

In the Library: New Books

Some of our latest titles …  Enjoy!


41qap6ztvol-_sy344_bo1204203200_speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999, 198 p.). A must-read for those considering the impact of sexual violence among our youth today.  From the jacket: “From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she’s an outcast.  She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops–a major infraction in high-school society–so her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t know glare at her.  She retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence, making her all the more mute.  But it’s not so comfortable in her head, either–there’s something banging around in there that she doesn’t want to think about.  Try as she might to avoid it, it won’t go away, until there is a painful confrontation.  Once that happens, she can’t be silent–she must speak the truth.

Michael L. Printz Honor Book * National Book Award Finalist * ALA Best Book for Young Adults * Booklist Editor’s Choice * School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * The Horn Books Blue Ribbon Book

“In this powerful novel, an utterly believable, bitterly ironic heroine speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while learning that, although it’s hard to speak up for yourself, keeping your mouth shut is worse.”  Call # FIC AND

51fw9-ahqbl-_sx323_bo1204203200_Allegheny Front by Matthew Neill Null (Sarabande Books, 2016, 165 p.)  From the cover:  “History is a living and inescapable presence in the panoramic stories of Allegheny Frontwhere Matthew Neill Null brings his homeland of rural West Virginia vividly to life.  In Null’s telescopic narration, human and animal populations exist in precarious balance with a landscape ravaged by resource exploitation and failed enterprise.  … With haunting lyricism, lush detail, and a keen ear for dialogue, Null creates a world simultaneously intimate and epic in scope.”  Call # FIC NUL

Winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction



51hnb7fegcl-_sx327_bo1204203200_Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.  (Simon & Schuster, 2016, 510 p., 16 plates of photos)  From the jacket: Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir.  This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock ‘n’ roll.  Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. … Springsteen’s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.”   Call #. B SPR

Theology & Spirituality

3662Coffee with Jesus by David Wilkie (IVP Books, 2013, 118 p.).  From the cover:  “Thousands of people start their day with a shot of Coffee with Jesus, the enormously popular online comic strip.  Find out what happens when you join them.”  Call # 232.02 WIL




Inclusivity : A Gospel Mandate by Diarmuid O’Murchu (Orbis Books, 2015, 219 p.).  The 41inrvis1cl-_sx322_bo1204203200_Padre brotherhood is inclusive!  From the cover:  “Diarmuid O’Murchu holds high the millions on the margins of the church as well as those who honor Jesus but feel they don’t fit in because of the alternative vision or minority status resulting from race, ethnicity, social standing, or sexual orientation.  Inclusivity offers a faith dynamic characterized by discipleship with an adult Jesus in the service of an adult God.  It is a gift of the ‘Pope Francis effect,’ and inevitable drive to reach out and bring in, the next step in a movement toward spiritual wholeness.”  Call # 260.8 OMU


0877939934-x625Tough Choices : Bringing Moral Issues Home by Sean Lynch and Brian O’Brien (Ave Maria Press, 2003, 191 p.)  From the cover: “Tough Choices : Bringing Moral Issues Home … provides concrete ways for teenagers to learn about, apply, and make choices involving a number of current and practical moral issues.”  Call # 241.042 LYN

Literature & Poetry

780534-_uy200_Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (Transl. by Stephen Mitchell.  Modern Library, 2001, 109 p.)  From the jacket:  “Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet are arguably the most famous and beloved letters of the twentieth century.  Written when the poet was himself a young man, with most of his greatest work before him, they were addressed to a student who had sent Rilke some of his own writing, asking for advice on becoming a writer.  The two never met, but over a period of several years Rilke wrote him these ten letters…Eloquent and personal, Rilke’s meditations on the creative process, the nature of love, the wisdom of children, and the importance of solitude offer a wealth of spiritual and practical guidance for anyone.”  Call # 836 RIL

new_coverHead Off & Split : Poems by Nikky Finney (TriQuarterly Press/Northwestern University Press, 2011, 97 p.)  From the cover: “With Head Off & Split, Nikky Finney establishes herself as one of the most eloquent, urgent, fearless and necessary poets writing in America today.  What makes this book as important as anything published in the last decade is the irresistible music, the formal dexterity and the imaginative leaps she makes with metaphor and language in these simply stunning poems.  This  is a very, very important achievement.” (Kwame Dawes, author of Hope’s Hospice)  Call # 811 FIN

National Book Award for Poetry Winner

Performing Arts

9781455539741_p0_v1_s1200x630Hamilton the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (Grand Central Publishing, 2016, 287 p.)  This is a book as beautiful and impressive a work as the musical itself!  From the introduction by Jeremy McCarter: “It tells the story of two revolutions.  There’s the American Revolution of the 18th century, which flares to life in Lin’s libretto, the complete text of which is published here, with his annotations.  There’s also the revolution of the show itself: a musical that changes the way that Broadway sounds, that alters who gets to tell the story of our founding, that lets us glimpse the new, more diverse America rushing our way.  …The account…is based on what I saw in script meetings, set meetings, presentations, workshops, dressing-room hangouts, and at some excellent parties.  It also draws on interviews with more than 40 people close to the show and on timely glimpses into their notebooks, inboxes, and Twitter feeds–Lin’s in particular.”    Call # 792.6 MIR


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