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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ImageWagoner, David
Traveling Light: Collected and New Poems
A life’s work from the uncompromising master of the long line and the American idiom, Traveling Light received a Governor’s Book Award in 2000.
ImageWeeks, Kent, ’63, ’66
The Lost Tomb
In 1995, Weeks made what may be the most important archaeological discovery in Egypt since King Tut’s tomb— KV5, the immense burial chamber of the sons of Ramesses II. “A fascinating story that fully conveys the thrill of discovery after years of painstaking work.”—Publishers Weekly
ImageWhite, Richard, ’72
The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River
A MacArthur “genius” grant-winner, White’s account of the damming of the Columbia and its aftermath broke new ground in environmental history. “A compact and suggestive reflection … with numerous insights and a knack for exposing unities even while exposing differences.”—New York Times
ImageWhorton, James
Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America
A medical history professor, Whorton follows the rise of alternative medicine such as chiropractic, osteopathy, homeopathy and naturopathy from 1800 to today.
ImageWolfe, Art, ’75
The Living Wild
Wolfe, one of the world’s premier nature photographers, used wide-angle lenses to capture the creatures who populate The Living Wild. Almost every single image is a double-portrait—the animal and its habitat. It won a National Outdoor Book Award in 2001.
ImageWong, Shawn
American Knees
A wry look at interethnic love and identity, Wong’s 1995 novel became a celebrated independent film retitled “Americanese” in 2006.
ImageWright, James, ’54, ’59
Above the River: The Complete Poems
A towering figure in 20th-century American poetry, Wright traveled some distance along the stylistic continuum over the course of his brief career, beginning with rigorously formal stanzas and moving toward a distinctive, muscular free verse. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1972.
ImageWright, Robin K., ’71, ’77, ’85
Northern Haida Master Carvers
Wright, a UW art history professor and curator of Native American art at the Burke Museum, documents the evolution of Haida monumental art by examining the stylistic differences among master pole carvers from the early 19th century to the present day.


Yamasaki, Minoru, ’34
A Life In Architecture
The UW’s most famous architecture graduate wrote this autobiography in 1979. Its most memorable passages describe his design for the World Trade Center in New York, which he called “a physical expression of the universal effort of men to seek and achieve world peace.”


ImageZubrin, Robert, ’84, ’92
The Case for Mars
In this 1996 book, Zubrin lays out his argument that colonization and “terraforming” of Mars could happen in the near term, through a low-cost, pragmatic plan he called “Mars Direct,” if Americans put their minds to it. The proposal is now under review at NASA.

Tom Griffin is editor of Columns and the author of The University of Washington Experience, published by Documentary Media. Eric McHenry is the associate editor of Columns and the author of the poetry collection Potscrubber Lullabies, published by Waywiser Press.

Many of these titles are available at University Book Store, which offers a 10 percent discount to UWAA members during December if they show their membership card at checkout.

To read comments about these book selections and to see a blog on how the titles were chosen, visit UWalum.com/columns.