Summer reading: The Displaced

Book cover for The Displaced
The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives
Edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen

In Spring 2019, the LEP Global Book Club read The Displaced, an anthology of personal stories by refugee writers, collected and edited by author Viet Thanh Nguyen. Reading their stories allows us greater insight into the often painful realities of millions of people in our current moment, enhancing our empathy towards others, while also challenging us to reflect on questions of our own identities, belonging, and our understandings of home.

MAYA MAHAJAN
Coordinator
Language Exchange Program
Student Learning Center

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Changes to MLA Bibliography & LION Databases

If you use Literature Online (LION) or the MLA International Bibliography, you may have noticed some changes recently.

The MLA International Bibliography and the MLA Directory of Periodicals will now be found solely on the EBSCO platform. Although the interface looks different, the functionality has not changed. The Bibliography indexes journal articles and other critical scholarship in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore.

MLA Bibliography

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Summer reading: The Woman Warrior

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The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
Maxine Hong Kingston

For our first LEP Global Book Club read in Fall 2018, we selected Maxine Hong Kingston’s debut novel. Kingston illustrates her struggle of existing between worlds as the American-born daughter of Chinese immigrants. She expertly weaves together scenes from her own life growing up in America with her mother’s stories from China, providing insight into how culture, language, and family bonds shape our own identities.

MAYA MAHAJAN
Coordinator
Language Exchange Program
Student Learning Center

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer reading: My Year of Rest and Relaxation

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation
Ottessa Moshfegh

The narrator of this novel, after some difficulties in her personal and professional life, decides that she is tired, and needs more sleep. What makes her unique, however, is she decides to spend a whole year doing nothing but sleeping. What follows is a whirlwind of theory, thought, and adventure, all while the narrator is barely conscious.

This is a fantastic story that made me think, and has stuck with me for some time. I especially like the concept of going through a cleansing period to a state of rebirth. A must read!

GABRIELLE PRINDLE
Class of ‘21
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research major

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer reading: Disgrace

Book cover for DisgraceDisgrace
J.M. Coetzee

Disgrace is a novel set in post-apartheid South Africa and narrated by an unfavorable man who is unseated from his job as a professor due to an affair he has been having with (his assault of) a vulnerable student in his class. He then moves to live on the farm of his daughter Lucy, where the tensions of a society that has been unbalanced play out around him. Disgrace carefully explores how shifting power dynamics in the strict racial hierarchy of a racist society can intimately affect and alter individuals’ lives. From a writer’s perspective, Disgrace is absolutely fascinating in the way it depicts the blurring of lines between what is right and wrong, good and bad, just and unjust, and also in its portrayal of characters who are difficult to like but equally difficult to condemn.

ASMAA AHMED
Class of 2020
Double major in English and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer Reading Series: LGBT+ Literature

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by Taylor Follett

June is Pride month! June 28, 2019 marks 50 years since the famous Stonewall Riot, one of the starting points for the gay liberation movement. Whether or not you’re attending a Pride parade or any other Pride month event, Pride month means that it’s time to make sure your reading list includes LGBT+ literature, and the library is here to help!

Kick it off with these novels that feature LGBT+ characters:

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Summer reading: Passing

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Nella Larsen

Passing is a short and insightful novel centering around two black women, one who passes for white in wealthy white society while the other does not by virtue of her more visibly black family. Larsen herself was a mixed-race woman who lived during the first half of the 20th century and struggled for most of her life with the fact that she couldn’t easily belong in white or black society. Passing is thoughtful and strange and, I felt, powerfully emotional in a way that leaves you thinking about the book after you’ve finished reading.

ASMAA AHMED
Class of 2020
Double major in English and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


New Books in Literature

Now that the sun is finally out, it’s the perfect time to relax out on Memorial Glade with a new book, and the library’s new acquisitions are wonderful candidates. The books we recently received have something for everyone—whether you’re looking for poetry, prose, or criticism.

Check out the rest of the new acquisitions!

Want a book that we don’t have in the library? Request it here.