New Books in Literature

April showers bring May flowers, but April acquisitions may just lead you to your new favorite read! The books we recently received have something for everyone—whether you’re looking for poetry, prose, or criticism.

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The Continuing Influence of James Baldwin

Finding James Baldwin at the Library
James Baldwin taken Hyde Park, London. Allan Warren, CC BY-SA 3.0

We’re inspired by BAMPFA’s current film exhibition, James Baldwin, Reflection and Resistance: James Baldwin and Cinema! Brush up on your Baldwin with his works available at the UC Berkeley Libraries.

The recent 2016 film I Am Not Your Negro based on James Baldwin’s incomplete manuscript, Remember This House, has made quite the critical splash, and yet this award-winning film is far from the first Baldwin piece to make it to the silver screen. In related programming, Thursday, November 9th at BAMPFA features a showing of documentary The Nine Muses by John Akomfrah, with an introduction from UC Berkeley’s own Stephen Best, and Tongues Untied, introduced by Damon Young, on Thursday, November 16th. Can’t make it? You can find both films at the Moffitt Library Media Resources Center here and here.

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La rentrée littéraire

September is the month when an unusually high concentration of new publications are released to the European market, notably in France and Belgium. While it may take a few more weeks for these books to reach us in Berkeley and get cataloged, some are already making their way to the shelves. Remember, all new books destined for the Main Stacks are first displayed on the third floor of the Moffitt Library and also listed on the recent acquisitions lists for French, Italian and Iberian studies in OskiCat for your convenience. Enjoy!

Year 3 of funding for materials in less commonly taught European languages

Two years ago, the Institute of European Studies established a special fund to support the UC Berkeley Library in acquiring materials in or about less commonly taught European languages (LCTLs). Students, both undergraduate and graduate, lecturers and faculty who wish to use library materials (books, ebooks, graphic novels, dissertations, DVDs, etc.) in a European LCTL and published in Europe that are currently not available on the Berkeley campus, can fill out the Library Recommendation Form and mention “IES LCTL Support” in the Comments section.

This support only applies to LCTLs that are still spoken today in Western, Northern, or Southern Europe (i.e. all European languages with the exception of German, French, Italian and Spanish); no support will be given for classical or extinct languages nor for Slavic and other Eastern European languages supported by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

A few examples of titles acquired last year include:

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available in print:

1. Biostatistics toolbox for data analysis. By Steve Selvin. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Call number: RA409 .S327 2015
See the table of contents, a description, and an excerpt at the publisher’s website.

2. Nutrition and growth: yearbook 2016. Volume editors, Berthold Koletzko, Raanan Shamir, Dominique Turck, Moshe Phillip. Basel; New York: Karger, 2016.
Call number: QP141.A1 W66 v.114 (2016)
Read a description and the table of contents here.

3. Zoonoses: infectious diseases transmissible between animals and humans, 4th edition. Edited by Rolf Bauerfeind, Alexander von Graevenitz, Peter Kimmig, et al. Washington, DC : ASM Press, 2016.
Call number: RC113.5 .Z6813 2016
View a description and a short excerpt at

and here are some new titles available online from the National Academies Press:

4. Health Risks of Indoor Exposure to Particulate Matter: Workshop Summary. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2016.

5. Lifelong Impact: Why the United States Needs a National Birth Cohort Study.The National Academy of Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2016.

6. Integrating Health Literacy, Cultural Competence, and Language Access Services: Workshop Summary. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2016.

Please note that these books are only a small selection of what is newly available. If you are interested in checking out any book(s), submit a request using our online form and we will mail the book(s) to you.

You may also log into your web portal account to request book(s).

If you do not currently possess a UC Berkeley library card, you will need to apply for one before we can check out a book to you.

New Books In Graduate Services June 2016

The use of bodies

The Use of Bodies: Homo Sacer IV, 2 by Giorgio Agamben

The American intellectual tradition

The American Intellectual Tradition Volume 1: 1630-1865 edited by David A. Hollinger and Charles Capper

Tennessee Williams : mad pilgrimage of the flesh

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgramage Of The Flesh by John Lahr

Philosophical anthropology

Philosophical Anthropology: Writings And Lectures, Volume. 3 by Paul Ricoeur edited by Johann Michel and Jerome Poree

Of Africa

Of Africa by Wole Soyinka

Books of the Week

This new book list is a tribute to Ashgate Publishing which was acquired by Informa (Taylor & Francis Publishing) last summer. Ashgate’s U.S. office has since been dissolved. Ashgate had built a reputation for publishing new titles reflecting cutting edge research in the arts and humanities, often written by new scholars. You will see some of those titles reflected here.

To find any of these titles in the UC Berkeley Library, click on the book cover.