Revolutionary reading list offered for summer

For the Class of 2016’s last sweet summer before college, UC Berkeley is offering its annual, eclectic list of reading suggestions suitable for inquiring minds — be they at the beach, taking a break from work or hanging around the house waiting to pack for school.

“Revolutions” is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading List for Freshmen, a compilation of recommendations from Berkeley faculty and staff.

Memoirs by rocker Keith Richards, chef Gabrielle Hamilton and Apple computer genius Steve Jobs share the list with classics like Stendhal’s “Charterhouse of Parma” a volume on the real Tea Party, in Boston, and a history of the hip hop generation. Eleven books are recommended overall.

The list was put together by Jennifer Dorner, head of instruction and user services and Doe and Moffitt libraries, and Michael Larkin, a lecturer in the College Writing Programs.

“Each year, we ask Berkeley faculty and staff to offer what they think are the best readings centered on a particular theme,” the two wrote in introducing this year’s list. “We want the readings that have most engaged them and which they believe will engage students.” Then the list is sent out to incoming freshmen.

“This isn’t homework; this list is strictly for pleasure,” they emphasize.  

All of these readings are available via one of Berkeley’s libraries. The 2012 list is posted here;  past lists are can be found here.