• Book cover of the "Boys in the Boat." President Holland's 2017-2018 Book Selection. USA Today calls the book, "a suspenseful tale of triumph."
  • Book cover of the "Boys in the Boat." President Holland's 2017-2018 Book Selection. Associated Press says, "readers need neither background nor interest in competitive rowing to be captivated by this remarkable and beautifully crafted story."
  • Book cover of the "Boys in the Boat." President Holland's 2017-2018 Book Selection. Pick up your book at Jumpstart Orientation. Read it before classes start in the fall.

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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.

"Riveting...a rousing story of American

— Parade


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.

Why should YOU participate?

  • To share a common experience with other new students.
  • To introduce you to UVU's intellectual culture.
  • To make new friends.
  • This book is a required text for SLSS 1000 and ENGH 0890.

All new freshmen for the 2017-2018 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 2017.

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 2017, or spring 2018, should read The Boys in the Boat this year.

Cover of Classical Book Selection 2017-2018: Dr. FaustusABOUT 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 2017-2018 is Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus. Using both broad humor and deadly seriousness in this daring work, Marlowe addresses the essence of the human soul. Investigating the liability of knowledge, the interplay of free will and fate, and the perversion of power, Faustus's story has as much relevance to us today as it did to audiences in the sixteenth century (description taken from amazon.com).