Judging a Book by its Cover

By - February 24th, 2017

Here are some great new books that also happen to have great covers. These are all available at Ohrstrom Library on the New Books shelves in the Baker Reading Room. Come on over and check them out!

4321 : A Novel by Paul Auster
Henry Holt and Company, 2017
Call Number: Fiction Au7

“Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives.” (Amazon description)


The Strays: A Novel by Emily Bitto
Twelve, 2017
Call Number: FictionB54

“A haunting evocation of life-changing friendship…THE STRAYS is a marvel of setting and characterization, re-creating a time of artistic revolution and personal revelation. Memorable and moving, this is a novel not to be missed.”― Booklist (starred review)


Forward: A Memoir by Abby Wambach
Dey Street Books, 2016
Call Number: Biog. W18W

“Forward is the powerful story of an athlete who has inspired girls all over the world to believe in themselves…Abby is deeply honest about her professional and life challenges – and she shows us by example how to overcome problems and live a happier, braver life.” (Sherly Sandberg, Facebook COO and New York Times bestselling author of Lean In)
“Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. At age seven she was put on the boys’ soccer team. At age thirty-five she would become the highest goal scorer—male or female—in the history of soccer, capturing the nation’s heart with her team’s 2015 World Cup Championship. Called an inspiration and “badass” by President Obama, Abby has become a fierce advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world.
As she reveals in this searching memoir, Abby’s professional success often masked her inner struggle to reconcile the various parts of herself: ferocious competitor, daughter, leader, wife. With stunning candor, Abby shares her inspiring and often brutal journey from girl in Rochester, New York, to world-class athlete. Far more than a sports memoir, Forward is gripping tale of resilience and redemption—and a reminder that heroism is, above all, about embracing life’s challenges with fearlessness and heart.” (Amazon description)


99: Stories of the Game by Wayne Gretzky with Kirstie McLellan Day
Putnam’s Sons, 2016.
Call Number: 796.96 G86N

“ ‘The Great One’ weaves memories of his legendary career with an inside look at the sport of professional hockey, and the heroes and stories that inspired him.” (Amazon description)


Dear My Blank: Secret Letters Never Sent edited by Emily Trunko and illustrated by Lisa Congdon
Crown, 2016.
Call Number: 808.86 T77D

“From the popular Tumblr account of the same name comes a collection of heart-warming, tear-jerking, and gut-wrenching anonymous letters that people never intended to, or didn’t have the courage to send.
What first started as a Tumblr account with over 30,000 followers, is now a carefully curated collection of 150 anonymous letters covering a range of topics from heartbreak, unrequited love, and loss, to inspiration, self-awareness, and gratitude. Featuring exclusive content not available on Tumblr, these unsent letters are addressed to secret crushes, lost loved ones, boyfriends, siblings, parents, grandparents, and many more.” (Publisher’s website)

Hockey players on Lower School Pond, 1916

By - Systems Librarian February 2nd, 2017


A photo of SPS hockey players on Lower School Pond – a game against Exeter that took place in February of 1916, won by SPS 10-3.

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St. Paul’s School Hockey Team, 1908

By - Systems Librarian January 19th, 2017


St. Paul’s School Hockey Team, 1908: This photograph features Hobart Amory Hare Baker, Form of 1909 – hockey legend Hobey Baker, second from the left.

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January 30, 1903

By - Systems Librarian January 21st, 2013

No business like snow business:

Skating has been very good this term, owing to the persistent work of removing snow from a large part of the Upper Pond.  Fiver rinks and a large space uninclosed are in constant use, but the greatest improvement is the high board rink on the “Gulf of Mexico”, where all matches are played.  Great improvement in hockey playing should result from this rink.

March 13, 1926

By - Systems Librarian February 27th, 2012

Seven in one:

February 27 has the distinction of being the only day in the recent history of St. Paul’s School and probably in all of its history, that has seen seven hockey games played in one rink in one day and each of these for a championship.

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