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Summer Reading List: The Little Prince

The Little Prince

The UC Berkeley Summer Reading List is an annual compilation of recommended (though not required) readings suggested by Cal faculty, staff, and students as a welcome to incoming freshmen and transfer students.

"I liked The Little Prince because it is about people and their interaction. Coming to Berkeley, a new place, for college, I felt very lost. I knew I had more close friends than I could ask for, yet a part of me always felt lonely. In college, when the busy-ness catches up, you either withdraw into your own day-to-day life and become isolated, or you become a part of student organizations, who are like friends that you are entitled to. I feel like many college students don't know how to make a connection to a single person who isn't related to their life through clubs or classes, or how to make the bond last. The Little Prince is about first friends, first adventure, first love, first discoveries, and many other firsts."

- STEPHEN WANG Undeclared, Class of 2019


Post contributed by:
Michael Larkin Lecturer, College Writing Programs
Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library

May 23, 2016 | Categories: Featured News | admin

Summer Reading List: My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend

The UC Berkeley Summer Reading List is an annual compilation of recommended (though not required) readings suggested by Cal faculty, staff, and students as a welcome to incoming freshmen and transfer students.

"This novel by the Italian author Elena Ferrante (a pen name; no one knows her true identity) is the first of her four Neapolitan Novels: readers who enjoy it will have three more they can look forward to reading. It is about a first and formative friendship between two girls (and later women)--a rare subject in literature. The protagonist, Elena, is the first girl in her working-class family to complete her education and go on to college and a professional career. Her relationship with her "brilliant friend" Lila, who remains rooted in the poor, violent neighborhood in Naples where they grew up, is complicated--they are both kind and cruel to each other, supportive and jealous, affectionate and antagonistic. Each novel in the series is a gripping page-turner that also provides a guided tour of Italy's political and social evolution since the 1950s."

- MICHELE RABKIN Associate Director Berkeley Connect


Post contributed by:
Michael Larkin Lecturer, College Writing Programs
Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library

May 23, 2016 | Categories: Featured News | admin

Book bound in human skin?

Book bound in human skin?

The Daily Cal recently spoke to David Faulds, Curator of Rare Books and Literary Manuscripts, about L'office de l'Eglise en François, a book in the Bancroft Library that was until recently thought to be bound in human skin. As a note in the OskiCat record now states, the book is actually "bound in horse hide, resembling black pebble-grained morocco; with metal clasps; edges gilt. Peptide mass fingerprinting (PMF) analysis conducted in December 2015 determined that the binding was not human skin, as had previously been described."

Watch David Faulds explain their detective work.

May 16, 2016 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

Summer Reading List: The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness

The UC Berkeley Summer Reading List is an annual compilation of recommended (though not required) readings suggested by Cal faculty, staff, and students as a welcome to incoming freshmen and transfer students.

"In Ursula K. Le Guin's award-winning classic science fiction novel of first contact on the planet Winter, it is always Year One. Le Guin, daughter of Alfred Kroeber, UCB's first professor of anthropology, immerses her readers unapologetically in the complex world of Winter so that our experience is akin to that of the First Envoy: a human from Earth named Genly Ai, dropped into the middle of the action to make his way alone, surrounded by alien mystery and danger as he struggles to build a relationship with the enigmatic Estraven, native of Winter.

Le Guin's writing is poetic and evocative, and as the story shifts among points of view, understanding layers itself atop further mysteries. Estraven puzzles over Genly Ai; personal history reflects cultural lore; gender and politics commingle. And when Genly and Estraven huddle together in a tiny tent atop an enormous ice floe before making their final dash for freedom - we, too, are swept away to a new world in joy and heartbreak."

- CAROLYN HILL Lecturer, College Writing Programs


Post contributed by:
Michael Larkin Lecturer, College Writing Programs
Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library

May 16, 2016 | Categories: Featured News | admin

Summer Reading List: The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

The UC Berkeley Summer Reading List is an annual compilation of recommended (though not required) readings suggested by Cal faculty, staff, and students as a welcome to incoming freshmen and transfer students.

This week we take a closer look at The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, Jessica Hopper, New York: Featherproof Books, 2015.

"This book is an excellent compilation of album reviews, artist profiles, and pop culture critiques from Hopper's years as a music journalist and rock/punk/music aficionado. It's a great introduction to music criticism that goes beyond star-rated blurbs, and it's extremely entertaining, following Hopper to festivals and underground clubs and mosh pits alike. Hopper's writing is both sharp and clearly conveys her passion about her chosen medium, which makes for a great read even if you aren't necessarily familiar with the subjects (like I was). It's also super relevant in its "firstness," as rock criticism is still largely a boy's club, which becomes a topic that runs throughout her pieces. Overall, a really insightful and interesting read."

- CAMRYN BELL, Class of 2019
Intended History/Political Science double major


Post contributed by:
Michael Larkin Lecturer, College Writing Programs
Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library

May 16, 2016 | Categories: Featured News | admin

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