of Black Folk
New American Library, 1982
"A classic text on African Americans which was first published in 1903.
It was DuBois who correctly predicted that the "color line" would
be the major issue of the 20th century. DuBois, an early Black
scholar, was the father of empirical research in sociology, and in
this definitive study combined the approaches of the humanities and
social sciences in a effort to capture the complexities of African
American life in the United States. His language is eloquent and
his grasp of the subject matter brilliant. It is required reading
for the informed college student."
Margaret B. Wilkerson, Afro-American Studies
"The race to discover the structure on DNA, the 'stuff of life,' as told
by Nobel Laureate James Watson who, together with Francis Crick,
achieved this remarkable feat. This slim volume embodies the
creative spirit of scientific inquiry, the excitement born of intellectual
curiosity, the results of purposeful dedication and determination;
and, yes, the all-too-human qualities of not-so-friendly competition among
Herbert H. Srebnik, Biology
Stores by Latinas
Edited by A. Gomez, C. Moraga, and M.R. Carmona
Kitchen Table, 1983
"This collection of short stories deals with Chicano issues. One
story in particular is about a young woman in her first year of college.
Readers will gain insight into what it is like to be a Chicano in
the majority society."
Margarita Melville, Ethnic Studies
Gate: a novel in verse
Random House, 1986
"An engaging and considered view on life in the Bay Area written in verse.
The manipulation of the verse form, which is influenced by the Penguin
translation of Pushkin's Evganii Onegin is surprisingly fluent.
But it is the depth Seth gives to his characters, their involvement
with each other, and in the peace movement, against a backdrop of
Bay Area life that is so wonderful. This is a book from which readers
of every age can learn. Seth's biography in verse shows clearly
that he shares students' experiences."
Philip Brett, Music
Washington Square Press, 1972
"This book is about a young black woman who moves from the South to the Northeast
and who believes that if she only had blue eyes she would be accepted.
The story probes stereotypes and identity and gives the readers an understanding
of what it means to be African American."
Margarita Melville, Ethnic Studies
in Two Worlds: a biography of the last wild Indian in North America
University of California Press, 1972
"Ishi was the last California Indian to continue the ancient ways of living
off the land, long after whites had settled throughout California.
This is the story of experience. It is a true story and helps
one to understand the transition that American Indians made from
their ancestral way of life to that of other Americans."
William Simmons, Anthropology
making a new science
"This is an exceptionally well written popular account of a new field
of applied mathematics that cuts across physics, biology, economics, weather
prediction and more. It explains snowflakes, market fluctuations,
cloud formation, coast lines, complex magnetic fields, population
growth and many other topics of everyday life in terms of a remarkable
new mathematical framework made understandable to a lay audience.
The illustrations are marvelous and startling. It is by far the best
popular science book out in years."
T. Kenneth Fowler, Nuclear Engineering
Oxford University Press, 1987
"A Sand County Almanac recounts the experiences of Aldo Leopold on a small abandoned
farm in Wisconsin. Leopold paints a picture of the changing seasons and
the wildlife on this old farm to develop an environment ethic. His
writing is at times poetic and always forceful with regard to our
responsibility for the environment. I first read this book
as a student and since have come back to it many times for inspiration
and a rededication to the wise use of natural resources and the protection
of our environment."
Joe R. McBride, Forestry and Resource Management
to UC Berkeley Summer Reading Lists