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100 Top Books By 100 UW Authors
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ImageKruckeberg, Arthur
Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest
This botany professor’s tome hit the market prior to the boom in native plants and was a factor in transforming gardening in the region. “A standard guidebook for anyone who gardens with Northwest natives.”—Sunset
ImageKuhl, Patricia
The Scientist in the Crib: Minds, Brains, and How Children Learn (with Andrew Meltzoff and Alison Gopnik)
Babies know much more about the world than cognitive scientists first thought possible, practically from the moment they are born. This is a book not just for parents, but for anyone who wonders how the human mind learns. “Meticulously researched, combining charm and erudition, humor and humanity.”—Washington Post
ImageLevy, David
Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age
This Information School professor ruminates on a common document—a receipt from a deli—looking at the implications of shifting from print to a digital world. “Levy … maintains that one isn't necessarily a Luddite because he or she still prefers to read information on the printed page.”—Publisher’s Weekly
ImageLeWarne, Charles, ’69
Utopias on Puget Sound
The history of Washington state is rich in radicalism. LeWarne examines five short-lived utopian communities, the forces and personalities that brought them into being, and the legacies they left.
ImageLuckovich, Mike, ’82
Four More Wars!
His giant-eared George W. Bush is instantly recognizable, as are his acid-tinged captions. This brand new collection includes the work that helped Luckovich, the most reprinted editorial cartoonist in the country, pick up his second Pulitzer in 2006.
ImageMarzluff, John
In the Company of Crows and Ravens (with Tony Angell, ’62)
Here are some of the things a crow can do: build and use tools, identify the McDonald’s logo on a bag of food, and recognize John Marzluff—a UW forest resources professor whose research requires him to capture and tag crows. Co-written and illustrated with over 100 drawings by Tony Angell, this book won a 2006 Washington State Book Award.
ImageManning, Harvey, ’46
100 Classic Hikes in Washington (with Ira Spring)
After writing their first Northwest hiker’s guide, Manning and Spring thought the printing of 5,000 copies would last two years. Instead, it sold out in three weeks and launched a series of hiking guides that has influenced two generations.
ImageMcElroy, Colleen
Queen of the Ebony Isles
This collection of intensely lyrical poems received the American Book Award in 1984, the same year McElroy became the first African American woman to attain the rank of full professor at the UW.
ImageMcHugh, Heather
Hinge & Sign: Poems, 1968–1999
Looking closely at one of McHugh’s complex, densely interwoven poems is like studying the underside of a huge, elaborately patterned Persian rug—remembering that every one of its hundred thousand knots was tied by hand. Hinge & Sign was a finalist for the National Book Award and was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review.
ImageMeany, Edmond, 1885, 1889
Origin of Washington Geographic Names
Legendary History Professor Meany started writing about Washington names in 1917 and by 1923 had enough material for a book. Eighty-three years later, it is still the standard history for local names.