Summer reading: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Book cover of The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Mohsin Hamid

Moshid’s fascinating and insightful 2007 novel narrates the complex reaction of a Princeton-educated Pakistani to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

LISA GOLDBERG
Adjunct Professor of Economics and Statistics
Co-Director, Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

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


Summer Reading: Everything Here is Beautiful

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Everything Here is Beautiful
Mira T. Lee

This story is Ecuador and New York and Switzerland and Israel and China.

This story is sisters and lovers and friends and mothers and doctors and shop owners.

This story is today and a long time ago and maybe hopefully even the future.

This story is people entirely whole and entirely broken.

This story is all of us.

CHRISTINE MULLARKEY
Undergraduate Major Advisor
Psychology Student Services

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


Summer reading: The Overstory

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The Overstory
Richard Powers

I loved this novel even though reading it was bittersweet. It tells a narrative about several different people and families through the nearby trees that are important to them. There is a nice comparison of people-years vs. tree-years, people’s needs vs. nature’s needs. The book spans many years in these narratives though much of it takes place in the present day. The messages in the book will really resonate, I think, for those of us that feel a special kinship with the natural world.

MICHELLE DOUSKEY
Lecturer
Department of Chemistry

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


September 4: Art For Your Apartment

 

Art for your apartment posterWednesday, September 4
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Morrison Library

The best way to appreciate art is to live with it!

Come see and learn about the Graphic Arts Loan Collection. This is framed art prints you can bring home and hang on your wall for the school year.

Event takes place in the historic Morrison Room (housed within the Doe Library). A brief presentation will be followed by ample time to browse representative works and initiate the borrowing process.

Prints comprise a survey of movements and artists – from Impressionism to Cubism, and from Rembrandt to Miro.


Summer reading: A Darker Shade of Magic

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A Darker Shade of Magic
V.E. Schwab

This novel is the first of a three-part series, “Shades of Magic,” that deals with different worlds that only those with a certain level of magic can access. This magic marks those characters as physically different and leads to many superstitions about them across the worlds that they travel. While the setting of the series is fantastical (a world where the Thames shines red with magic!) the theme is universal: feeling like an outsider, like a different world must be better than the one you are in, and finally learning to fight for yourself and the beauty in your own world.

MICHAEL MAIRE LANGE
Permission and Access Officer
The Bancroft Library

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


Getting Your Bearings Library Tours

Library Tours Aug. 28-Sept. 3 graphic

Join other students and get your bearings with a 3-in-one tour of the Doe Memorial Library, Moffitt Undergraduate Library, and the Main Stacks. See these central libraries and learn about the student services they provide.

When: Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2019 every day (with exceptions) from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.
Where: Doe Library; tour starts at the north entrance


Summer reading: Johnny Got His Gun

Johnny Got His Gun book cover
Johnny Got His Gun
Dalton Trumbo

It’s an anti-war novel about a man who returns from World War I after having lost his vision, hearing, his ability to speak, and all of his arms and legs. In this state, he claims that he is “the nearest thing to a dead man on earth” and in his unique position, caught between the worlds of the living and dead, he begins to re-examine the reasons he felt compelled to go to war.

This book just moved me. There’s a wealth of interesting points of discussion (political, historical, literary), but above all it is just a persuasive call for humanity.

CASSANDRA KARP
Class of 2019
English major

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


Summer reading: Killers of the Flower Moon

Book cover of Killers of the Flower Moon
Killers of the Flower Moon
David Grann

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI is a must read for all. David Grann traces a disturbing history of murders in 1920s Oklahoma revealing an institutionalized form of decimation of Native peoples. Simply stated, Killers of the Flower Moon presents a chilling chapter of US history and the Native struggle to survive in American society.

LISA C. PIERACCINI
History of Art
Ancient History & Native American Archaeology

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


Summer reading: Austerlitz

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Austerlitz
W.G. Sebald

This is a fantastic read for the theme of “between worlds” as it is an unconventionally formatted novel (the novel itself lies between the worlds of fiction and non-fiction) and it recounts a man’s search for his lost early childhood–where he was an orphan sent to Great Britain from Prague via the Kindertransport movement. It’s an extremely well-written and evocative novel that recreates, via history, not just the character’s past, but the past of Europe and the repercussions of the Holocaust.

LISA C. PIERACCINI
History of Art
Ancient History & Native American Archaeology

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


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!