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2016 Summer Reading

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Summer’s finally here. Time to settle in and read a good book. If you’re not sure what to read, our guests on Wednesday’s show likely have at least one suggestion that’ll pique your interest. Local booksellers Catherine Weller, Ken Sanders, and Betsy Burton have a combined century of experience in the business, so they know how to pair a reader with the right book. They’ll join Doug to talk about their top picks of the season for readers of all tastes and ages.

Adult Books: Catherine WellerBetsy BurtonKen Sanders
Children's Books: KenSandersCatherine WellerBetsy Burton


Catherine Weller's Books for AdultsWeller Book Works

Adult Non-Fiction

  • But What if We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present as if it Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman, Blue Rider Press, hardcover, $26.00
  • Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change by Andrew Solomon, Scribner, hardcover, $32.00
  • Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee, Scribner, hardcover, $32.00
  • Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach, W.W. Norton & Co., hardcover, $26.95
  • Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams Sarah Crichton Books, hardcover, $27.00
  • Maxwell Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg, Berkeley Publishing Group, paperback, $18.00
  • Paper: Paging Through History by Mark Kurlansky, W.W. Norton & Co., hardcover, $27.95
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli, translated by Simo Carnell and Erica Segre, Riverhead Books, hardcover, $18.00
  • We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to Cover Girl, the Buying and Selling of a Political by Andi Zeisler, PublicAffairs, hardcover, $26.99

Adult Fiction

  • Barkskins by Annie Proulx. Scribner, hardcover, $32.00
  • Course of Love: A Novel by Alain de Botton. Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $26.00
  • Girls by Emma Cline, Random House, hardcover, $27.00
  • Insides by Jeremy Bushnell Melville House Publishing, paperback, $16.95
  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich, Harper, hardcover, $27.99
  • Mirror Thief by Martin Seay, Melville House Publishing, hardcover, $27.95
  • Zero K by Don Delillo. Scribner, hardcover, $27.00

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


  • Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo, Knopf hardcover, $27.95
  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich, HarperCollins hardcover, $27.95
  • The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson, Random House hardcover, $28
  • Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave, Simon & Schuster hardcover, $26.95
  • Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf, Vintage paperback, $15
  • Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra, Hogarth paperback, $16
  • Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg, Gallery/Scout paperback, $16
  • Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher, Anchor paperback, $14.95


  • A Hero of France by Alan Furst, Random House hardcover, $27
  • Missing Presumed by Susie Steiner, Random House hardcover, $27
  • The Waters of Eternal Youth, Donna Leon Atlantic Monthly Press hardcover, $26
  • King Maybe by Timothy Hallinan, Soho hardcover $25.96
  • Night Life by David Taylor, Forge paperback, $15.99
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Grove Press hardcover, $16
  • I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers, Nan Talese hardcover, $25.95
  • A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George, Penguin paperback, $16
  • End of Watch: Bill Hodge’s Trilogy Book 3 by Steven King, Scribner Hardcover, $30


  • The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams, Sarah Crichton Books, Farrer, Strauss Giroux hardcover, $27
  • The Latter Days: A Memoir by Judith Freeman, Pantheon hardcover, $28.95
  • Far & Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-five Years, Andrew Solomon, Scribner hardcover, $29
  • The Apache Wars by Paul Andrew Hutton, Crown hardcover, $30
  • The Oregon Trail: An American Journey by Rinker Buck, Simon & Schuster hardcover $16.99
  • H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, Grove hardcover $16
  • Dead Wake by Erik Larson, Crown hardcover $17

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Ken Sanders' Books for Adults,Ken Sanders Rare Books

Utah, The Mormons, The West & Its Writers

  • Ways to the West: How Getting Out of Our Cars Is Reclaiming America’s Frontier, paperback, Utah State University Press, $24.95
  • Hiking the Escalante: In the Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, by Rudi Lambrechtse, paperback, University of Utah Press, $16.95
  • The Civil War Years in Utah: The Kingdom of God and the Territory That Did Not Fight by John Gary Maxwell, hardcover, University of Oklahoma Press, $29.95
  • Kingdom Transformed: Early Mormonism and the Modern LDS Church by Gordon Shepherd and Gary Shepherd, paperback, University of Utah Press,  $35.00
  • The Rocky Mountain National Park Reader by James H. Pickering, paperback, University of Utah Press, $17.95
  • The Polygamy Question, edited by Janet Bennion and Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, Utah State University Press, $45.00
  • Historic Tales of Utah by Eileen Hallet Stone, paperback, The History Press, $21.99
  • Nine Mile Canyon: The Archaeological History of an American Treasure by Jerry D. Spangler, paperback, University of Utah Press, $34.95
  • Last Chance Byway: The History of Nine Mile Canyon by Jerry D. Spangler and Donna Kemp Spangler, paperback, University of Utah Press, $34.95
  • The Awkward State of Utah: Coming of Age in the Nation, 1896-1945 by Charles S. Peterson and Brian Q. Cannon, paperback, Utah State Historical Society and University of Utah Press, $29.95


  • The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams, hardcover, Sarah Crichton Books, $27.00
  • Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them by Nancy Marie Brown, hardcover, St. Martin’s Press, $26.99
  • Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places by Rebecca Rego Barry, hardcover, Voyageur Press, $17.50
  • The Problem with Education Technology (Hint: It’s Not the Technology) by Ben Fink, paperback, Utah State University Press, $10.00
  • The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New by Annie Dillard, hardcover, HarperCollins, $25.99
  • But What If We’re Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman, hardcover, Blue Rider Press, $26.00
  • We Were Feminists Once by Andi Zeisler, hardcover, PublicAffairs, $26.99

Fiction and Poetry

  • The Ancient Minstrels: Novellas by Jim Harrison, hardcover, Grove Press, $25.00
  • Dead Man’s Float by Jim Harrison, hardcover, Copper Canyon Press, $23.00
  • Boar Island by Nevada Barr, hardcover, Minotaur Books, $26.99
  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich, hardcover, HarperCollins, $30.00
  • A Collapse of Horses by Brian Evenson, paperback, Coffee House Press, $16.95
  • Tender the Maker by Christina Hutchins, paperback, Utah State University Press, $16.95
  • No One Can Do Anything Worse to You Than You Can by Sam Pink, paperback, Lazy Fascist Press, $15.00
  • F250 by Bud Smith, paperback, Piscataway House, $13.00
  • Witch Hunt: Poems by Juliet Escoria, paperback, Lazy Fascist Press, $15.00
  • Reliant by S. Kay, paperback, tNY.Press, $24.99
  • Taipei by Tao Lin, paperback, Vintage Books, $14.95
  • Bad Sex by Clancy Martin, hardcover, Tyrant Books, $23.00
  • Golden Delicious by Christopher Boucher, paperback, Melville House, $16.95
  • Book of Numbers by Josh Cohen, paperback, Random House, $18.00
  • Not Funny Ha-Ha by Leah Hayes, hardcover, Fantagraphics, $16.99
  • Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 by Haruki Murakami, paperback, Vintage International, $16.00
  • I Am Going to Clone Myself Then Kill the Clone and Eat It: Writings From 2007-2009 by Sam Pink, paperback, Lazy Fascist Press, $14.00
  • Everything Neon by Bud Smith, paperback, Marginalia Publishing, $9.00
  • Black Cloud by Juliet Escoria, paperback, Civil Coping Mechanisms, $17.00
  • The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay, hardcover, Melville House, $27.95
  • Mislaid by Nell Zink, paperback, HarperCollins, $14.95
  • The Highwayman by Craig Johnson, hardcover, Viking, $20.00
  • Zero K by Don DeLillo, hardcover, Scribner, $27.00 

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Ken Sanders’ Books for Children,KenSanders Rare Books

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (illustrated by Anne Bachelier), hardcover, CFM Gallery, $39.95
  • Rantjinshji’s 9,000 Elephants Visits Serendipity Books by Ian Jackson (illustrated by Ann Arnold), paperback, Serendipity Books, $25.00
  • Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (illustrated by Harry Rountree), hardcover, Calla Editions, $40.00
  • Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (illustrated by Anne Bachelier), hardcover, CFM Gallery, $39.95
  • Anastasia At This Address by Lois Lowry, paperback, Dell $4 (used price)
  • Anastasia At Your Service by Lois Lowry, paperback, Dell $4 (used price)
  • Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry, paperback, Dell $4 (used price)
  • Anastasia on Her Own by Lois Lowry, paperback, Dell, $3 (used price)

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Catherine Weller's Books for Children,Weller Book Works

  • Art of the Possible: An Everyday Guide to Politics by Edward Keenan, art by Julie McLaughlin, Owl Kids, hardcover, $16.95
  • Echo Echo: Reverse Poems About Greek Myths by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josee Massee, Dial Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $16.99
  • Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins, Atheneum, hardcover, $16.99
  • Thank You Book by Mo Willems, Hyperion DBG, hardcover, $9.99
  • Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, Little Brown & Co., hardcover, $17.99
  • Wild Robot by Peter Brown, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $16.99
  • Wolf Camp by Andrea Zuill, Schwartz & Wade, hardcover, $16.99
  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, Dutton Books for Young Readers, $16.99

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

Children’s Picture Books

  • Lady Liberty’s Holiday by Jen Arena, Illustrated by Matt Hunt, Knopf hardcover, $17.99
  • Girl & Gorilla Out and About by Rick Walton illustrated by Joe Berger Harper hardcover, $17.99
  • Pink is for Blobfish by Jess Keating, Illustrated by David DeGrand, Knopf hardcover, $16.95

Children’s Middle and Young Adult Chapter Books

  • Summerlost by Ally Condie, Dutton hardcover $17.99
  • Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar, Candlewick hardcover, $16.99 (14 and up)
  • Trying to Float by Nicolaia Rips, Scribner hardcover, $25
  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, Dutton hardcover, $16.99
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl illustrated by Quentin Blake, Puffin paperback, $7.99
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.
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