Summer reading: Campus Diversity

Book cover for Campus DiversityCampus Diversity: The Hidden Consensus
John M. Carey, Katie Clayton, & Yusaku Horiuchi

This book is authored by two political science luminaries, John Carey and Yusaku Horiuchi of Dartmouth, as well as one of their students who was an undergraduate herself at the time of the writing, Katie Clayton.

I can’t imagine a work of nonfiction that better addresses the theme of this year’s Summer Reading List. Campus Diversity focuses on one of the central social, political, and legal issues confronting universities: whether and how race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status should be considered in college admissions and in faculty recruitment. It takes seriously what students think about an issue on which they have direct, recent experience. It acknowledges head-on the challenges students may face in openly expressing opinions about diversity, and it shows how scholars can measure attitudes even on hot-button issues. It further shows how the academic research process can unfold, identifying a puzzle, applying an innovative method to get traction on it, and presenting results graphically, in an accessible manner that requires no prior familiarity with statistical methods. It provides historical background on demographic diversity at American universities and current context on legal and political challenges to affirmative action.

Nothing could be more timely, and the book is a model of engaging, accessible social science. Perhaps most importantly, given this year’s theme, the book unearths hidden connections among students and opens the way for more open and fruitful dialogue. I think incoming students would enjoy it and profit enormously from reading it.

Political Science Department

This book is part of the 2020 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!

Summer reading: An Unnecessary Woman

Book cover for An Unecessary WomanAn Unnecessary Woman
Rabih Alameddin

In An Unnecessary Woman, Rabih Alameddine connects the reader with an isolated, brilliant, unconventional woman living in Beirut. Her life is peopled with the characters of her beloved books, and each year — for her own pleasure — she translates one of them into Arabic. An Unnecessary Woman transports the reader to Lebanon, through great works of literature, and into the life and mind of a remarkable woman. And, as Rabih Alameddine states, the novel questions how we balance an inner life with an outer life — and how important is each?

Head, Social Sciences Division
Social Welfare Librarian & Interim African Studies Librarian

This book is part of the 2020 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!

Read at Home: June in OverDrive

OverDrive is a UC Berkeley Library service for borrowing ebooks and audiobooks. You can access books online, download them to a device, or read them on an ereader such as Kindle. OverDrive is available to current UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. How it works: Simply log in with your CalNet ID, and you can start borrowing!

You can also download the Libby by OverDrive app to access OverDrive from your mobile device. For more information, visit the OverDrive help guide.

Check out some of June’s new arrivals here:

New eBooks for June in Art History

Here is a sampling of  new titles for Art History available as ebooks through the UC Berkeley Library.  Click the links to their Oskicat records and check them out.

Acts of Transgression                                                         Africobra                                            Becoming Mary Sully


Shifting Grounds                                       Classicisms in the Black Atlantic        Street Art and Democracy in Latin America

You are an Artist                                        Art and Tradition in a Time of Uprisings                           Drone Art

Summer reading: Where the Crawdads Sing

Book cover for Where the Crawdads SingWhere the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens

I just finished reading Where the Crawdads Sing and thought it was excellent. It tells the story of a girl who is abandoned by her family at a young age. The novel traces her struggle to survive and her eternal longing for connection. Sadly, she is rejected by nearly all the people she comes in contact with and is treated as a “feral child.” The storytelling is superb, and the author creates a beautiful world in the marshlands where it takes place.

College Writing Programs

This book is part of the 2020 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!

Celebrate Pride Month with these LGBTQ+ Reads

June is Pride month! Immerse yourself in LGBTQ+ literature with the Library’s suggestions below as a guide, and be sure to explore additional titles of LGBTQ+ works on your own as well!

Browse these inspirational and riveting works of nonfiction:

If historical and period pieces appeal to you, don’t miss these:

Be sure to add LGBTQ+ poetry and essays to your reading list:

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Art History: Social justice and anti-racism library resources guide

Explore the new resource guide for Social Justice and Anti-Racism located under Art History Research Guides on the Art History/ Classics Library page.   Gain online access to the publications featured below by U.C. Berkeley Faculty: Lauren Kroiz, Darcy Grigsby, Julia Bryan- Wilson, and Keyatta A.C. Hinkle, and Alumnus Huey Copeland.

Along with these titles, find additional ebooks on art, race, and social justice; image collections from the Bancroft Library on Calisphere; and films and videos available through our Kanopy subscription.  This resource guide provides a sample of some of the resources available online through the U.C. Berkeley Library’s collections.

Summer reading: All the Light We Cannot See

Book cover for all the light we cannot seeAll the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr

This novel is set during World War II, tracking the lives of a French girl and a German boy. While these two characters are initially separate and unbeknownst to each other, the summit of the novel arrives when their lives intertwine as they struggle to survive the war. Anthony Doerr creates a beautiful collision of two worlds in the most detailed and unexpected of ways, providing readers with a story of light set amidst a time period riddled with darkness.

Class of 2021
English major

This book is part of the 2020 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!

Summer reading: Meadowlark

Book cover for the meadowlarkMeadowlark
Melanie Abrams

UC Berkeley faculty member Melanie Abrams’ fantastic new novel, Meadowlark, follows Simone, a photojournalist, who escapes a strict spiritual compound as a teenager and later reconnects with the childhood friend, Aaron, she escaped with. Aaron is now the charismatic leader of a commune, Meadowlark, which holds some disturbing beliefs concerning children and their “gifts.” Despite her reservations, Simone agrees to come document Meadowlark’s story but arrives only to realize the commune is in the midst of a tense criminal investigation. A gripping novel about the sometimes inexplicable pull of connection and what it means to see and be seen.

Director of Marketing & Partnerships
Greater Good Science Center

This book is part of the 2020 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!