As your student hits the books this academic year, the UCLA Parents’ Council invites you to join us in some of our own reading as Bruin family members! Below you’ll find a specially-curated list of books you may enjoy reading in the coming months. Each work’s authors, stories, or usage have unique Bruin connections and most are available on e-readers or as audio books. Happy reading!



The Black Bruins: The Remarkable Lives of UCLA’s Jackie Robinson, Woody Strode, Tom Bradley, Kenny Washington, and Ray Bartlett
by James W. Johnson

UCLA in the 1930s and 40s made history by adding five black athletes to its team, turning the Bruins into a powerhouse. Mr. Johnson helps readers appreciate why this bold move by UCLA led the charge to integrate collegiate athletics across the nation, and how these courageous Bruins went on to make extraordinary contributions to the civil rights movement, pro sports, the military, law, law enforcement, and Hollywood. Against all odds, they helped integrate the sports and entertainment industries, transforming American life.
The American West: A Very Short Introduction
by Stephen Aron, Robert N. Burr Department Chair, UCLA Department of History

Stephen Aron’s 125-page, action-packed history strips the myth of the American West as a particular time, place, and state of mind. Tracking how peoples, politics, and cultures came together in multi-ethnic “Wests,” he enthusiastically explores the neighborhoods, regions, frontiers and environments of North America from 900 A.D. and the building of the Cahokia Mounds to the 20th century and post-World War II immigration to California. Professor Aron will help you not only re-think your understanding of American history, but also learn lessons about culture and convergence that are relevant today.
UCLA English Department 2018 Marathon Reading Pick: Wide Sargasso Sea
by Jean Rhys 

Wide Sargasso Sea was initially conceived as a “prequel” to Jane Eyre. In this book, Ms. Rhys creates an engaging backstory for the woman living in Mr. Rochester’s attic: a Creole heiress who has been forced to move to England from Jamaica and lacks a sense of belonging in either culture. The engaging story by Ms. Rhys, a Dominica-born author, concerns ethnic and gender inequality, displacement and assimilation.
UCLA English Department 2018 Marathon Reading Pick: Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë

This iconic novel portrays the evolution of a young woman’s sensibility in a way that revolutionized the art of fiction. The story chronicles Jane Eyre's life from her young years as an orphan raised by her cruel aunt, to her young adult years and her pursuit of education, truth and love. Jane famously pronounces, “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
Stick with It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life - for Good 
by Sean D. Young, Associate Professor, UCLA Department of Family Medicine; Director, UCLA Center for Digital Behavior; Executive Director, University of California Institute for Prediction Technology

Dr. Sean Young draws on behavioral research findings to offer practical strategies for permanently breaking problem habits and behaviors. How do you stop making absent-minded mistakes at work, being addicted to your smart phone and email, eating junk food you crave or putting off exercise? Professor Young shows why change can be difficult and identifies how “neurohacks” can help the mind create new habits that can bring about lasting change in our daily routines and overall health and joy.
How to Eat a Small Country: A Family's Pursuit of Happiness, One Meal at a Time
by Amy Finley '96

UCLA alumnus, chef and host of The Gourmet Next Door, Amy Finley shares her experience spending six months in Burgundy and beyond with her young family. Television fame has taken a toll on her marriage, and she describes how hunting down and preparing gradually disappearing regional dishes in the French countryside helps bring renewed joy in her family’s life and strengthens her marriage and herself. A travelogue of culinary journeys at home and beyond.
Unconventional Wisdom: Facts and Myths about American Voters
by Dr. Karen M. Kaufmann '81, MBA '85, PhD '98, Lecturer, UCLA Luskin Center for Public Affairs, former UCLA professor John R. Petrocik and Daron R. Shaw '88, PhD '94

Three UCLA-affiliated political scientists team up to correct fundamental preconceptions about polarization, campaign effects, turnout, swing voters, the gender gap, and the youth vote. They show how today’s voting patterns have deep roots in history, and explore and correct popular myths about voters and elections in ways that can help you better understand American politics today.
Life is Short, Don't Wait to Dance: Advice and Inspiration from the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Coach of 7 NCAA Championship Teams
by Valorie Kondos Field '87 with Steve Cooper, Instructor, UCLA Extension

Coming October 2018! “Coach Val” describes how she has used curiosity, creativity, attention to detail and care for the overall well-being of student-athletes to earn 7 national championship and 15 Pac-12 titles for UCLA. A former ballet dancer, she shares lessons Coach Wooden taught her and recounts colorful stories of coaching Bruin Olympians and others. You’ll also learn about her approach to dealing with cancer and her selfless devotion to instilling life lessons in Bruins.
2017-18 Common Book Pick: The Best We Could Do
by Thi Bui

UCLA's Common Book program engages students in conversations around global citizenship and cultural competency. Each year, a new book serves as the centerpiece for campus events, course instruction and community discussion. The Best We Could Do follows Thi Bui’s journey with her family from Vietnam during the 1970s. Bui’s gripping graphic novel explores the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family. Stay tuned for the 2018-19 Common Book, which will be announced in the coming months!