100 Top Books By 100 UW Authors Print
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100 Top Books By 100 UW Authors
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ImageScates, Shelby, ’54
Warren G. Magnuson and the Shaping of 20th-Century America
Scates brings to life the legendary U.S. senator who wrote the Civil Rights Act, banned oil tankers from Puget Sound, saved Boeing and founded the National Institutes of Health. “One of a handful of political writers … who truly affected the institutions and people they covered.”—Seattle Times
ImageSchwartz, Pepper
Love Between Equals—How Peer Marriage Really Works
The sociology professor explains how balanced marriages work and the steps couples need to take if they want a relationship of equals. “One of the nation's top marriage researchers.”—San Francisco Chronicle
ImageShields, David
Dead Languages
For Jeremy Zorn, a boy with a profound speech defect, language becomes both a burden and an obsession. Writing in The New York Review of Books, Robert Towers called Dead Languages “a remarkable novel” and “a brilliant mixture of pitiless observation, excoriation, humor, love, and forgiveness.”
ImageSteinbrueck, Victor, ’40
Market Sketchbook
Steinbrueck, a UW graduate and professor of architecture, led the successful campaign to save Pike Place Market from the wrecking ball in the 1960s. And he preserved the historic site in a second way—this collection of lovingly rendered sketches, which won a Governor’s Book Award in 1969.
ImageSteves, Rick, ’78
Europe Through the Back Door
What started as an ASUW Experimental College course is now a travel empire with 27 guidebooks and a TV series carried on 312 PBS stations. “A fastidious mind coupled with an explorer’s sense of whimsy.”—New York Times
ImageStraley, John, ’77
The Woman Who Married a Bear
Straley’s first novel, about a murder case that’s closed but not exactly solved, marked the arrival of Cecil Younger—a private detective who, like his creator, lives and works in Sitka, Alaska.
ImageSweeney, Julia, ’82
God Said, “Ha!” A Memoir
This memoir of the “worst year” in the life of former Saturday Night Live cast member Julia Sweeney—during which she endured divorce, cancer and the death of a beloved brother—is written with humor and grace.
ImageTaylor, Quintard
The Forging of a Black Community: Seattle’s Central District
In the first of his three influential books on blacks in the American West, History Professor Taylor examines the complex racial dynamics that have made the Central District unique in Seattle’s history—and Seattle unique in America’s.
ImageThapa, Manjushree, ’98
Forget Kathmandu: An Elegy For Democracy
An accomplished novelist, Thapa brings a storyteller’s flair to this clear-eyed critique of the political situation in her native Nepal, where a repressive monarchy, a Maoist rebellion and a hodgepodge of political parties have been deadlocked for a decade.
ImageUnderwood, Doug
When M.B.A.s Rule the Newsroom
More than a decade ago, Communication Professor Underwood warned about how planning, packaging and profitability are replacing long-held standards of journalism in American newsrooms. “That this is being reshaped by ‘marketers and managers,’ not always for the best, is indisputable, and Underwood has some useful things to say about the process.”—Washington Post