Summer reading: Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom

Book cover for Ties That BindTies That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom
Tiya Miles

Lift your eyes to the interwoven story of a Cherokee warrior and African American slave as their lives are carefully detailed in this vivid historical account. Themes of colonialism, slavery, and marginalization weave the “ties” that make up not just a part of American history (one that is not taught in our schools), but the very essence of the American fabric–a fabric which is frayed, knotted, and stained.

LISA C. PIERACCINI (she/her)
Lecturer, History of Art
Fellow, Townsend Center for the Humanities

This book is part of the 2021 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Read at Home: New 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 our new arrivals here:



Summer reading: Brown Girl Dreaming

Book cover for Brown Girl DreamingBrown Girl Dreaming
Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming is a YA novel that tells the story of a young woman who is searching for her place in the world. In Woodson’s lyrical account, told as a series of poems, she writes of what it was like growing up during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Moving from Ohio to South Carolina and then New York, Jacqueline confronts injustice and the realities of living in the post-Jim Crow era South. Always staying true to herself, she pursues her dreams and personal goals of becoming a writer despite the initial reservations of those around her and ultimately finds her voice through the stories and personal histories she tells.

LINDSEY LANFERSIECK
Lecturer
College Writing Programs

This book is part of the 2021 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer reading: The Undocumented Americans

Book cover for The Undocumented AmericansThe Undocumented Americans
Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

In this remarkable book—part memoir, part journalism, part creative non-fiction—Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, herself undocumented, opens our eyes to what is right in front of us, but which we have been unable to see clearly up until now. She brings us into the lives of her family and other undocumented people in the United States, focusing not on a model-minority, soft-focus Dreamer narrative, but on the complex, real lives of undocumented people, who entrusted her with their stories, perhaps in part because of her own honesty and vulnerability. The student reviewers for the On the Same Page program were blown away by this book, and you will be, too.

ALIX SCHWARTZ
Director of Academic Planning
College of Letters & Science

This book is part of the 2021 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Read at Home: New 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 our new arrivals here:



New Book and a Conversation with Suzanne Guerlac from the French Department

Check out this new book by Department of French faculty member Suzanne Guerlac, available in print and as an ebook through the online catalog.

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Through an engagement with the philosophies of Marcel Proust’s contemporaries Félix Ravaisson, Henri Bergson, and Georg Simmel, author Suzanne Guerlac presents an original reading of Proust’s magnum opus, Remembrance of Things Past (A la recherche du temps perdu).

On Wednesday, March 10 from 12-1, Professor Guerlac will be a special guest on Berkeley Book Chats hosted online by the Townsend Center for the Humanities.


New publication by Nick Paige from the French Department

Check out this new book by Department of French faculty member Nicholas Paige, available in print and as an ebook through the online catalog.

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From introduction:

“This book is about the evolution of French and to a lesser degree English novels – by which I mean French- and English-language novels – from 1601 to 1830. And while evolution is very much at the center of my preoccupations, I do not offer a “story” about that evolution. There is no plot, as we might want if we thought of the novel moving forward, perhaps from birth, episode by episode, toward a resolution, some happy state of stability – as if, in other words, the novel’s own history could be made into a kind of novel.”

“In lieu of a story, Technologies of the Novel offers a quantitative account of the ceaseless yet patterned flux of the novel system over these twenty-three decades.”

“Technologies of the Novel is, then, digital and distant; but it is most certainly not antianalogue or anticlose.”


Celebrating Black History Month with Black Literature

February marks the start of Black History Month, a perfect time to celebrate the cultural and artistic impact of African American writers in literature. We at the Library have compiled a brief list of novels and poetry by both acclaimed and budding Black authors for your exploration!

Browse more in our Black Lives Matter ebook and audiobook collection, or suggest a book for the Library to acquire.



Ring in the New Year with Books

A new year always brings new opportunities, goals, and ways to enrich one’s life. We think there’s no better way to ring in the new year than with loads of books. Whether your resolution is to read more or expand your literary horizons, check out some of our ebooks and audiobooks to start 2021 off right!



Literary Research: How to Research from Home (and Be Awesome)

Literary Research Workshop

Literary Research: How to Research from Home (and Be Awesome)
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Online: Register to receive the Zoom link
Stacy Reardon

We love books! But how do you research authors, novels, literary periods, and more when you can’t come to the Library in person? Attend this online workshop with Stacy Reardon, the Librarian for literature, to learn how to research literary studies from home. Together, we’ll cover important online databases for the study of literature, ebooks you can read from home, citation management tools, and helpful research strategies. You’ll leave the workshop knowing the fundamentals of literary research to help you craft informed class assignments or just indulge your inner lit nerd!

This workshop is designed especially for UC Berkeley undergraduate literature students of all levels.