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2012 Summer Reading

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Monday, we're offering a list of books to consider for your summer reading. Our guests are local booksellers Catherine Weller of Weller Book Works, Betsy Burton of The King's Englishand Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books. They each have omnivorous taste and in the hour we'll cover new titles and classics, novels and non-fiction, children's books and more.

Adult Titles
Catherine Weller, Betsy Burton, Ken Sanders

Children's Books
Catherine Weller, Betsy Burton

We ran out of time - again! Watch this video extra for children's titles - and more fiction and non-fiction for grown-ups.


Catherine Weller's Books for Adults
Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore

  • American Canopy: Trees, Forests and the Making of a Nation by Eric Rutkow, Scribner, hardcover, $29.00
  • Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America by Jonathan D. Moreno, Bellevue Literary Press, paperback, $18.95
  • Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams, W.W. Norton, hardcover, $25.95
  • Capital: A Novel by John Lanchester, W.W. Norton, hardcover, $26.95
  • Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web is Changing What We Read and How We Think by Eli Pariser, Penguin Books, paperback, $16.00
  • From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant by Alex Gilvarry, Viking Press, hardcover, $26.95
  • Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes by Witold Gombrowicz, Yale University Press, paperback, $9.95
  • History of the English Speaking Peoples by Sir Winston Churchill
  • Leafy Greens: An A-to-Z Guide to 30 Types of Greens Plus More than 120 Delicious Recipes by Mark Bittman, John Wiley & Sons, paperback, $18.99
  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson, Amy Einhorn Books, hardcover, $25.95
  • Mr. Churchill’s Profession: The Statesman as Author and the Book that Defined the “Special Relationship” by Peter Clarke, Bloomsbury Press, hardcover, $30.00 
  • Sense of Direction by Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Riverhead Books, hardcover, $26.95 
  • Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Ecco Press, hardcover, $25.99 
  • Taste What You’re Missing: The Passionate Eater’s Guide to Why Good Food Tastes Good by Barb Stuckey, Free Press, hardcover, $26.00
  • Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams, Plume, paperback, $16.00 
  • Under the Harrow by Mark Dunn, Macadam Cage, paperback, $15.00 
  • Understanding Objectivism: A Guide to Any Rand’s Philosophy, Lectures by Leonard Peikoff edited by Michael S. Berliner, New American Library, paperback, $18.00
  • What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets by Michael J. Sandel, FSG, hardcover, $27.00
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, Knopf, hardcover, $25.95
  • Yoga for Meditators: Poses to Support Your Sitting Practice by Charlotte Bell, Rodmell Press, paperback, $14.95

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Betsy Burton's Books for Adults
The King's English


  • Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, Henry Holt, hardcover, $28
  • All That I Am by Anna Funder, HarperCollins, hardcover, $25.99
  • Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd, Harper, hardcover, $26.99
  • The Spoiler by Annalena McAfee, Knopf, hardcover, $25.95
  • Skios by Michael Frayn, Metropolitan Books, hardcover, $25
  • The Dog Stars by Peter Heller, Knopf, hardcover, $24.95 (Out in August)
  • How It All Began by Penelope Lively, Viking, hardcover, $26.95
  • Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville, Grove Press, hardcover, $25

Fiction in Paper

  • Turn of Mind by Alice Laplante, paperback, $15
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, Picador, paperback, $16
  • Three Weeks in December by Audrey Schulman, Europa, paperback, $15
  • The Voice of the River by Melanie Rae Thon, University of Alabama, paperback,
  • The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, Vintage International, paperback, $14.95
  • The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje, Vintage International, paperback, $14.95


  • The Paris Directive by Gerald Jay, Nan Talese, hardcover, $25
  • The King of the Bottom by William Gordon, Bay Tree Publishing, paperback, $14.95
  • The Chalk Girl by Carol O’Connell, Putnam, hardcover, $25.95


  • When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Meditations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $24
  • Trip of the Tongue: Cross-Country Travels in Search of America’s Languages by Elizabeth Little, Bloomsbury, hardcover, $25.00
  • Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson, Grove Press, hardcover, $25
  • End This Depression Now by Paul Krugman, WW Norton, hardcover, $24.95

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Ken Sanders' Books for Adults
Ken Sanders Rare Books

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Ballantine Books, paperback, $6.99
  • The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury, Harper Perennial, paperback, $8.99
  • The Martian Chronicals by Ray Bradbury, Harper Perennial, paperback, $8.99
  • The Educated Outlaw: The Story of Elza Lay of the Wild Bunch by Havey Lay Murdock, AuthorHouse, paperback, $15.95, hardcover, $35.95
  • Lady in the Ore Bucket: A History of Settlement and Industry in the Tri-Canyon Area of the Wasatch Mountains by Charles L. Keller, The University of Utah Press, paperback, $29.95
  • Calendar of Regrets by Lance Olson, Fiction Collective Two, paperback, $22.00
  • Last of the Robbers Roost Outlaws: Moab’s Bill Tibbets by Tom McCourt, Canyonlands Natural History Association, paperback, $14.99
  • A Selection of Early Mormon Hymnbooks 1832-1872: Hymnbooks and Broadsides from the First 40 Years of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Shane J. Chism, [self-published], hardcover, $75.00
  • Satantango by Laszlo Krasznahorkai, New Directions, hardcover, $25.95
  • Rumi: Art of Loving by Jalaluddin Rumi (translations by Rasoul Shams), Rumi Poetry Club, paperback, $12.95
  • When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams, Sarah Crichton Books, hardcover, $23.00
  • Engine Empire: Poems by Cathy Park Hong, WW Norton, hardcover, $24.95
  • Lost Canyons of the Green River: The Story Before Flaming Gorge Dam by Roy Webb, The University of Utah Press, paperback, $21.95
  • Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism by Slavoj Zizek, Verso, hardcover, $69.95
  • Butch Cassidy, My Uncle: A Family Portrait by W.J. “Bill” Betenson, High Plains Press, Paperback, $19.95, hardcover, $35.00
  • The Ballad of Gutless Ditch by Katie Lee, Katydid Books & Music, hardcover, $75.00
  • West from Salt Lake: Diaries from the Central Overland Trail by Jesse G. Peterson (editor), Arthur H. Clark, hardcover, $34.95
  • Sugar House Review #6 (Volume 4, Issue 1) by Various Contributors, Sugar House Review, paperback, $7.00
  • Antigonick (Antigone) by Anne Carson, New Directions, hardcover, $24.95
  • Mysterious Traveler: The Steve Ditko Archives Volume 3, Fantagraphics, hardcover, $39.99
  • With Golden Visions Bright Before Them: Trails to the Mining West, 1849-1852 (Volume 2 in the acclaimed series Overland West: The Story of the Oregon and California Trails by Will Bagley, (September) Oklahoma University Press, hardcover, $45.00
  • The Mormon Rebellion: America’s First Civil War, 1857-1858 by Will Bagley, (August) Oklahoma University Press, paperback, $24.95

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Catherine Weller's Books for Children
Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore

  • Chuck Close Face Book by Chuck Close, Abrams Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $18.95
  • Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea, Blue Apple Books, hardcover, $16.99
  • Hippoposites by Janik Coat, Appleseed Books, hardcover, $14.95
  • Hueys: The New Sweater by Oliver Jeffers, Philomel, hardcover, $10.99
  • Partials by Dan Wells, Balzer and Bray, hardcover, $17.99
  • Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean and Eric Litwin, Harper, hardcover, $16.99
  • Railsea by China Mieville, Ballentine Books, hardcover, $18.00
  • Same Sun Here by Silas House & Neela Vaswani, Candlewick, hardcover, $16.99
  • Women Explorers by Jane Cummins, Dial Press, hardcover, $17.99

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Betsy Burton's Books for Children
The King's English

Chapter Books for Children and Young Adults

  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Hyperion, hardcover, $16.99 (13 and up)
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio, Knopf, hardcover, $15.99 (10 and up)
  • Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin, Henry Holt, hardcover, $15.99 (8 and up)

Picture Books for Children

  • Sophie’s Fish by A. E. Cannon illustrated by Lee White, Viking, hardcover, $15.99 (all ages)
  • Soup for One by Ethan Long, Running Press, hardcover, $14.95
  • Just as Good: How Larry Doby Changed America’s Game by Chris Crow, illustrated by Mike Benny, Candlewick Press, hardcover, $16.00 (5 and up)

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Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.