President's 2016-17 Book Selection


Out of the depths of the Depression comes the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys' own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man's personal quest.

"A suspenseful tale of triumph."
— USA Today

"Riveting...a rousing story of American

— Parade

Daniel James Brown


New York Times bestselling author, Daniel James Brown, grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and attended the University of California at Berkeley. He taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford before becoming a technical writer and editor, first in Silicon Valley and later at Microsoft. He now writes narrative nonfiction books full time. His primary interest as a writer is in bringing compelling historical events to life as vividly and accurately as he can. He lives in the country outside of Seattle, Washington with his wife, two daughters, and an assortment of cats, dogs, chickens, and honeybees. When he is not writing, he is likely to be birding, gardening, fly fishing, reading American history, or chasing bears away from the bee hives.

  • Pick up your book at Jumpstart Orientation
  • President Holland book descussion
  • Presidents Book Discussion
Why should you participate?
  • To share a common experience with other new students.
  • To enhance your intellectual university experience.
  • To make new friends and network with faculty.
  • This book is a required text for SLSS 1000 and ENGH 0890.

All new freshmen for the 2016-2017 academic year will be given a UVU-custom copy of The Boys in the Boat when they attend Jumpstart Orientation. Books are also available for pick-up in the Losee Center, Room 405, beginning May 2015.

So, pick up your book soon and be ready to make the most of your first year at college! All new freshmen, entering either summer or fall 2016, or spring 2017, should read The Boys in the Boat this year.

Classical Book  Selection 2015-16ABOUT THE CLASSICAL BOOK SELECTION:

In addition to the primary freshman reading book selection, President Holland selects a classical selection for those students who desire to engage with a more complex text at a higher intellectual level.

The classical selection for 2016-2017 is William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. One of Shakespeare's final plays, The Winter's Tale may arguably be his best tragicomedy. Since it's first performance in the early 17th century, it has been a favorite of directors and audiences alike.

The classical selection is also incorporated each year into UVU's Honors Program activities and presented in a theatrical production by UVU's theater department.