Books

July 2, 2018

Books: Understanding PTSD—and how to help

June is not just for marking the end of the school year and welcoming good weather. It is also PTSD Awareness Month. This month, the PTSD Foundation of America launched a nationwide awareness campaign to shed more light on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the impact it has on veterans—and their families. With more than 20...


Meet the beetles

Biology professor Jim Kenagy takes in the surprising beauty of ordinary life in wild places.


March 3, 2018

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Perfectly Claire

Best-selling feminist author Claire Dederer, ’93, on growing up grunge, creating a literary canon for the Northwest, and bad men who create great art.


September 27, 2017

Life-changing documents

A quirky and thought-provoking new book from an iSchool professor.


September 20, 2017

no apparent distress

Books: UW pediatrics resident pens compelling coming-of-age memoir

“No Apparent Distress” by Rachel Pearson is a terrifying, compelling and excellent book about the American health care system.


July 17, 2017

Age on your own terms

Anyone who is planning to get old should read this book.


March 1, 2016

War is sexy. Huh?

David Shields, author, essayist and UW English professor, takes the New York Times to task in his book, "War Is Beautiful."


September 1, 2015

UW Press at 100

The University of Washington's press dates back to Edmond Meany's 1915 book on the governors of the state and territory.


September 1, 2014

Book store lifer

Louise Little is a University Book Store icon. She started 34 years ago as a cashier and is now CEO. But it all started when she read Nancy Drew as a kid.


March 1, 2014

'Silence is a coping mechanism'

Teresa Tamura captures poignant stories of hardship from a World War II relocation center in her book "Minidoka: An American Concentration Camp."


Conquering Everest

The first time I tried to climb Mount Everest was in the spring of 1987. It was a very different mountain then from the swarmed-over scene it’s become today.


December 1, 2013

Montana mindscape

Ivan Doig's tales of the West have made him one of America's top authors.


September 1, 2009

Books of revelation


March 1, 2009

Haunted hallways

When Kevin Rupprecht, '06, accepted the job of principal at Forks High School, he didn't realize he was signing on to be a minor celebrity as well.


Just call her a scholar

Ellen Dissanayake is working in a field she invented: evolutionary aesthetics, the study of art-making as an innate human behavior that helps us survive.


Evolution of art

Ellen Dissanayake came up with a paradigm-changing theory: Art-making evolved as a behavior that contained advantages for human survival-and those advantages went far beyond what Charles Darwin ever imagined.


December 1, 2006

100 books by Huskies

To celebrate the literary achievements of our UW community, the editors of Columns asked 15 faculty, alumni and book publishing professionals to help choose 100 outstanding books by 100 UW authors.


The black TV book

Kathleen Fearn-Banks once worked in TV, and now has written the dictionary on an important part of its history.


Book report

For a long time we’ve wanted to celebrate the creative power of the University of Washington by presenting 100 top books by 100 UW authors. While the idea sounds great on paper, coming up with the final list was no easy task. What follows is an editor’s diary of the selection process.