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2017 Summer Reading

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There are a couple of book trends this year that may not come as a surprise: politics is hot and the New Yorker recently declared this a “golden age” for dystopian fiction. Wednesday, we’re gathering Utah booksellers Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books, Catherine Weller of Weller Book Works, and Betsy Burton of The King’s English with their recommendations. But it is a summer reading list, so we’ll temper some of that pessimism with poetry and mysteries, children’s books and more.

Adult Books: Catherine WellerBetsyBurtonKen Sanders

Children's Books: Ken SandersCatherine WellerBetsy Burton

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Catherine Weller's Books for AdultsWeller Book Works

  • American Eclipse: A Nations’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World by David Baron, Liveright hardcover, $27.95
  • Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch, Harper hardcover, $26.99
  • Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny by Michael Wallis, Liveright hardcover, $27.95
  • Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century by Chuck Klosterman, Blue Rider Press hardcover, $27.00
  • Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton, Harper hardcover, $28.99
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the F.B.I. by David Grann, Doubleday hardcover, $28.95
  • Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami, Knopf hardcover, $25.95
  • Ministry of Utmost Happiness: A Novel by Arundhati Roy, Knopf hardcover, $28.95
  • One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel, Scribner hardcover, $22.00
  • Salt Fat Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat, Simon & Schuster hardcover, $35.00
  • Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in our Time by Brooke Gladstone, Workman Publishing paperback, $8.95
  • Walkaway by Cory Doctorow, Tor Books hardcover, $26.99
  • Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River by David Owen, Riverhead Books hardcover, $28.00
  • Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour by Neil Degrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott, Princeton University Press hardcover, $39.95
  • Wine Isn’t Rocket Science: A Quick and Easy Guide to Understanding, Buying, Tasting, and Pairing Every Type of Wine by Opelie Neiman, Black Dog & Leventhal hardcover, $24.99

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Betsy Burton's Books forAdults,The King's English


  • Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York by Francis Spufford, Scribner hardcover, $26.00
  • Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout, Random House hardcover, $27.00
  • House of Names by Colm Tóibín, Scribner hardcover, $26.00
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy, Knopf hardcover, $28.95
  • The Widow Nash, Jamie Harrison, Counterpoint hardcover, $26.00
  • ’Round Midnight by Laura McBride, Touchstone hardcover, $25.99
  • All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr, Scribner, paperback, $17.00
  • Cages by Sylvia Torti, Schaffner Press paperback, $16.95


  • The Radium Girls by Kate Moore, Sourcebooks hardcover, $26.99
  • Between Them by Richard Ford, Ecco hardcover, $25.99
  • The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road by Finn Murphy, Norton hardcover, $26.95


  • Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane, Ecco Press hardcover, $27.99
  • Persons Unknown, Susie Steiner Random House hardcover, $27.00
  • Earthly Remains by Donna Leon, Atlantic Monthly Press hardcover, $27.95
  • Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr Putnam hardcover, $27.00

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Ken Sanders' Books for Adults,Ken Sanders Rare Books

Water & the West

  • Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River by David Owen, Riverhead Books, paperback, $28.00
  • A River No More by Philip L. Fradkin, Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover, $25.00 (used price)
  • Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner, Penguin Books, paperback, $18.00 (used price)

Natural History & Sustainability

  • Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life  by Edward O Wilson, Liveright Publishing Corporation, paperback, $16.95
  • Thank You Fossil Fuels and Good Night: The 21st Century’s Energy Transition by Gregory Meehan, University of Utah Press, paperback, $24.95
  • The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture by Wendell Berry, Counterpoint, paperback, $16.95

Utah & the Mormons

  • Mountain Meadows Massacre: Collected Legal Papers (Two-Volume Set) (Edited by Richard E. Turley Jr., Janiece L. Johnson, LaJean Purcell Carruth), University of Oklahoma Press, hardcover, $130.00
  • Open Midnight: Where Ancestors and Wilderness Meet by Brooke Williams, Trinity University Press, $17.95


  • Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law by James Q. Whitman, Princeton University Press, hardcover, $24.95
  • Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Meyer, Anchor Books, paperback, $17.00

Female Empowerment

  • Wonder Woman: The Art & Making of the Film by Sharon Gosling, Titan, hardcover,  $39.95
  • Wonder Woman: A Celebration of 75 Years by William Moulton Marston, H.G. Peter, Denny O’Neil, Mike Sekowsky, Brian Azzarello,k Cliff Chiang, et al, DC, hardcover, $39.99
  • Nelvana of the Northern Lights by Adrian Dingle (Edited by Hope Nicholson and Rachel Richey), IDW, hardcover, $39.99
  • Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes by Anne Elizabeth Moore, Curbside Splendor Publishing, paperback, $16.95
  • The Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage: Queen of Pulp Pin-Up Art (Edited by Steven D. Korshak and J. David Spurlock), Vanguard, paperback, $24.95
  • This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class by Elizabeth Warren, Metropolitan Books, hardcover, $28.00
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Anchor Books, paperback, $15.95
  • Moana Little Golden Book by Laura Hitchcock (Illustrated by Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay), Golden/Disney, hardcover, $4.99


  • Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It by Michael J. Trinklein, Quirk Books, hardcover, $24.95
  • The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America by Mark Sundeen, Riverhead Books, hardcover, $26.00
  • Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books by Michael Dirda, Pegasus Books, paperback, $16.95
  • With a Measure of Grace: The Story of a Small Town Restaurant by Blake Spaulding and Jennifer Castle, Provecho Press, $34.97

Fiction & Literature

  • Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God by Steven Nightingale, Counterpoint LLC, paperback, $17.95
  • The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch, Harper, hardcover, $26.99
  • A Really Big Lunch: Meditations on Food and Life from the Roving Gourmand by Jim Harrison, Grove Press, hardcover, $26.00
  • Dream Lives of Debris by Lance Olsen, Dzanc Books, paperback, $16.95
  • A Collapse of Horses: Stories by Brian Evenson, Coffee House Press, paperback, $16.95
  • Literature Class: Berkeley 1980 by Julio Cortazar, New Directions, paperback, $18.95

Mystery & Thriller

  • Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane, Ecco Press, hardcover, $27.99
  • The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel by Jo Nesbo, Knopf Publishing Group, hardcover, $26.95
  • Vicious Circle: A Joe Pickett Novel by C.J. Box, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, hardcover, $27.00
  • The Twentieth Day of January by Ted Allbeury, Dover, paperback, $12.95

Poetry & Plays

  • A Small Porch: Sabbath Poems 2014 and 2015 by Wendell Berry, Counterpoint LLC, paperback, $16.95
  • Bluebonnets, Firewheels, and Brown-Eyed Susans, or, Poems New and Used from the Bandera Rag and Bone Shop by David Lee, Wings Press, paperback, $16.95
  • The Worrier: Poems by Nancy Takacs, University of Massachusetts Press, paperback, $19.95
  • Imaginary Vessels by Paisley Rekdal, Copper Canyon Press, paperback, $17.00
  • Bob Dylan: The Lyrics: 1961-2012 by Bob Dylan (Edited by Geoff Gans), Simon and Schuster, hardcover, $60.00
  • On Love by Charles Bukowski, Ecco Press, paperback, $15.99

Comics, Graphic Novels, Comic Art, and Illustrated Books

  • The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson: Volume 3: Belgian Lace From Hell: 1990-2017 (Edited by Patrick Rosenkranz), Fantagraphics Books, hardcover, $34.99
  • Take That, Adolf!: The Fighting Comic Books of the Second World War by Mark Fertig (Edited by Michael Catron), Fantagraphics Books, paperback, $29.99
  • Super Weird Heroes: Outrageous but Real! By Craig Yoe, Yoe Books, hardcover, $39.99
  • A Contract with God: and Other Tenement Stories by Will Eisner, W.W. Norton & Company, hardcover, $25.95
  • The Odyssey: Facsimile Edition of the 1929 Original by Homer (Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth), Calla, hardcover, $30.00
  • God’s Man: A Novel in Woodcuts (Signed and Numbered) by Lynd Ward, Centipede, hardcover, $95.00
  • Frankenstein:or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (Illustrated by Lynd Ward), Fall River Press, $12.50 (used price)
  • Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson (Edited by Daniel F. Yezbick), Fantagraphics, $49.99

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Ken Sanders’ Books for ChildrenKen Sanders Rare Books

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (12 Volumes) by Lemony Snicket, HarperCollins Publishers, hardcover, $100.00 (used price)
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: 5 Book Boxed Set by Rick Riordan, Disney-Hyperion, paperback, $35.00
  • The Goosebumps Collection: 8 Book Box Set by R.L. Stine, Scholastic Publishing, paperback, $25.00 (used price)
  • The Wizard of Oz Waddle Book by L. Frank Baum and W.W. Denslow, Applewood, hardcover, $24.95
  • Disney’s Storybook Collection, (Edited by Nancy Parent), Disney Press, hardcover, $15.00 (used price)
  • Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: An Art in Its Making: Featuring the Collection of Stephen H. Ison by Martin F. Krause and Linda Witkowski, Hyperion, hardcover, $35.00 (used price)
  • Before the Animation Begins: The Art and Lives of Disney Inspirational Sketch Artists by John Canemaker, Hyperion, hardcover, $25.00 (used price)
  • The Disney Villain by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas, Hyperion, hardcover, $20.00 (used price)
  • The Disney that Never Was: The Stories and Art from Five Decades of Unproduced Animation by Charles Solomon, Hyperion, hardcover, $20.00 (used price)

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Catherine Weller's Books for Children, Weller Book Works

  • Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman, Harper hardcover, $17.99
  • Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr, Balzer + Bray hardcover, $17.99
  • I Promise by David McPhail, Little Brown hardcover, $16.99
  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham (illustrator), First Second Books paperback, $12.99
  • Spork by Kyo Mclear, Kids Can Press paperback, $8.95
  • We Are Okay by Nina La Cour, Dutton Books for Young People hardcover, $17.99
  • Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals by Mo Willems, Hyperion Board Book, $15.99
  • 7 Ate 9 by Tara Lazar and Ross MacDonald (illustrator), Disney-Hyperion hardcover, $17.99

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

  • A Perfect Day by Lane Smith Roaring Brook Press hardcover, 17.99
  • The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Adam Rex, Balzer & Bray hardcover, $17.99
  • Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl,Tenspeed Press hardcover, $15.99 

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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.