100 Top Books By 100 UW Authors Print
Written by Tom Griffin & Eric McHenry   
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100 Top Books By 100 UW Authors
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ImageJamero, Peter, ’81
Growing Up Brown: Memoirs of a Filipino American
A story of hardship and success, Jamero’s work relates the experience of the “Bridge Generation” of Filipino Americans whose lives straddle two different cultures.
ImageJohnson, Charles
Middle Passage
Fleeing debt collectors and his fiancée, ex-slave Rutherford Calhoun stows away on the first boat out of New Orleans, which turns out to be a slave ship bound for Africa. A novel of extraordinary ambition, intelligence and humanity, Middle Passage received the National Book Award in 1990.
ImageJohnston, Norman ’42
The Fountain and the Mountain
For anyone who loves to visit the UW campus, this is the next best thing. Much more than a collection of photographs, it is a history of how the Seattle campus came to be one of the most beautiful in the country.
ImageJones, Thom, ’70
The Pugilist at Rest
Pugilists, veterans and the terminally ill—fighters, in short—populate the stories of Thom Jones, himself an ex-Marine and amateur boxer. The Pugilist at Rest received a National Book Award nomination and was named one of the best books of 1993 by Publishers Weekly.
ImageJonsen, Albert
Bioethics Beyond the Headlines: Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Decides?
From the controversies surrounding Terri Schiavo to the use of embryonic stem cells, this UW professor gives a reasoned, accessible take on today’s medical ethics debates. “Jonsen [is] the preeminent historian of biomedical ethics.”—Journal of the American Medical Association
ImageKelley, Kitty, ’64
His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra
The tattled tales of Kitty Kelley may not be to everyone’s taste, but His Way, admitted the Washington Post’s Jonathan Yardley, “reduce[d] the legend of Ol’ Blue Eyes to rubble.” Sinatra tried to block the book’s publication, but ultimately withdrew his lawsuit.
ImageKenney, Richard
Orrery
Like the object for which this second collection of poems is named—a gear-driven device that tracks the motions of celestial bodies—Richard Kenney’s poems are complex, elegant, and meticulously constructed. Kenney was awarded a MacArthur “genius grant” in 1987.
ImageKingsbury, Martha
George Tsutakawa
Painter, sculptor, teacher and internationally renowned fountain designer, George Tsutakawa’s work is preserved in this glorious book by Art History Professor Kingsbury.
ImageKopay, David, ’64
The David Kopay Story (with Perry Deane Young)
Kopay was a captain on the Huskies’ 1964 Rose Bowl team, an NFL running back for 10 years (including for Vince Lombardi), and the first professional athlete in America to reveal that he is gay. The memoir ends with Kopay’s return to Seattle for a 1976 alumni/varsity game shortly after giving the Washington Star interview that announced his sexual orientation.
ImageKozloff, Eugene
Seashore Life of the Northern Pacific Coast
For anyone who loves to walk along a beach, Kozloff’s guide is the perfect companion, covering more that 650 species of plants and animals found between Monterey Bay and British Columbia.