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2019 Summer Reading

Renee Bright / KUER
L-R Doug Fabrizio, Betsy Burton, Elaine Clark, Ken Sanders, Catherine Weller, Benjamin Bombard

Did you really think we'd go on hiatus without giving you a summer book show?

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RadioWest is going on sabbatical, but there was no way we were going to leave without some great book recommendations for your own summer plans. Luckily, local booksellers Ken Sanders, Catherine Weller and Betsy Burton agreed to get their lists together just a little early this year. They’ll join us Wednesday with the best fiction, non-fiction and kid’s books for your summer reading list.

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Catherine Weller's Books for Adults, Weller Book Works

WBW: Fiction

  • Bunny by Mona Awad, Viking, hardcover, $26
  • Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Ballantine Books, hardcover, $27
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney, Hogarth, hardcover, $26
  • Organs of Sense by Adam Erlich Sachs, Farrar Straus and Giroux, hardcover, $26
  • Parisian by Isabella Hammad, Grove Atlantic, hardcover, $27
  • Rabbits for Food: A Novel by Binnie Kirshenbaum, Soho Press, hardcover, $26
  • Riots I Have Known by Ryan Chapman, Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $24
  • This is How You Lose the Time War by Max Gladstone, Saga Press, hardcover, $19.00 (Available July 16)

WBW: Non-fiction

  • Black Sea: Dispatches and Recipes through Darkness and Light by Caroline Eden, Quadrille, hardcover, $35
  • Club: Johnson, Boswell and the Friends Who Shaped an Age by Leo Damrosch, Yale University Press, hardcover, $30
  • Down the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear by Bryce Andrews, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover $25
  • Gay Rights and the Mormon Church: Intended Actions, Unintended Consequences by Gregory Prince, University of Utah Press, hardcover, $34.95
  • Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen by Mary Norris, WW Norton & Co, hardcover, $25.95
  • Horizon by Barry Lopez, Knopf, hardcover, $30
  • Longest Line on the Map: The United States, the Pan-American Highway and the Quest to Link the Americas by Eric Rutkow, Scribner, hardcover, $30
  • Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen, Little Brown & Co., hardcover, $27
  • Red Meat Republic: A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America by Joshua Specht, Princeton University Press, hardcover, $27.95
  • Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert MacFarlane, WW Norton, hardcover, $27.95 (Available June 4)
  • Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing by Robert A. Caro, Knopf, hardcover, $25

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

TKE: Fiction

  • Chances Are... by Richard Russo, Knopf, hardcover, $26.95 (available July 31)
  • Ask Again Yes by Mary Beth Keane, Scribner, hardcover, $27 (available May 28)
  • The River by Peter Heller, Knopf, hardcover, $25.95
  • Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington, Riverhead, hardcover, $25
  • Bunny by Mona Awad, Viking, hardcover, $26 (available June 16)
  • Memories of the Future by Siri Hustvedt, Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $27
  • The Parisian by Isabella Hammad, Grove Press, hardcover, $27
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers, Norton, paperback, $18.95
  • Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Stroud, Random House, paperback, $17
  • Warlight by Michael Ondaatje, Vintage, paperback, $16.95

TKE: Nonfiction

  • The Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep, Knopf, hardcover, $26.95
  • The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson, Henry Holt, hardcover, $40
  • Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston, Norton, hardcover, $25.95
  • Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide by Tony Horwitz, Penguin Press, hardcover, $30

TKE: Mystery/Thriller

  • Big Sky by Kate Atkinson, Little, Brown, hardcover, $28 (available June 25)
  • Joe Country by Mick Herron, Soho, hardcover, $26.96 (Available June 11)
  • Metropolis by Philip Kerr, Putnam, hardcover, $28
  • Unto Us a Son Is Given, Donna Leon, Atlantic Press, hardcover, $24
  • Transcription by Kate Atkinson, Back Bay, paperback, $16.99

Ken Sanders' Books for Adults, Ken Sanders Rare Books

KSRB: Local Spotlight

  • River Fever: Adventures on the Mississippi: 1969-1972 by Will Bagley, Signature Books, paperback, $18.95
  • Seasons: Desert Sketches by Ellen Meloy, Torrey House Press, paperback, $14.95
  • Enheduanna: A Pagan Literary Journal: Volume 3 by Daniel  Cureton (editor), Pagan Society Press, paperback, $14.99
  • Whale Song by Ken Brewer, Dream Garden Press, softcover, $15

The late Utah poet Ken Brewer reading his work "Whale Song," January 3, 2006 on RadioWest.

KSRB: Latter-Day Saint

  • Gay Rights and the Mormon Church: Intended Actions, Unintended Consequences by Gregory A. Prince, The University of Utah Press, hardcover, $34.95
  • Confidence Amid Change: The Presidential Diaries of David O. McKay: 1951-1970 by  David O. McKay and Harvard S. Heath (editor), Signature Books, hardcover, $60
  • William Bickerton: Forgotten Latter Day Prophet by Daniel P. Stone, Signature Books, hardcover, $35.95
  • To the Mormon Newlyweds Who Thought the Belly-Button was Somehow Involved by Deja Earley, Signature Books, paperback, $19.95

KSRB: Utah & The West

  • The Crimson Cowboys: The Remarkable Odyssey of the 1931 Claflin-Emerson Expedition by Jerry D. Spangler and James M. Aton, University of Utah Press, paperback, $39.95
  • Alone on the Colorado by Harold H. Leich with a foreword by Roy Webb, The University of Utah Press, paperback, $19.95
  • Standing on the Walls of Time: Ancient Art of Utah's Cliffs and Canyons by Kevin T. Jones and Layne Miller (photographs), The University of Utah Press, paperback, $19.95
  • Searching for Tao Canyon by Pat Morrow, Jeremy Schmidt, Art Twomey, hardcover, $30
  • Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague by David K. Randall, W. W. Norton, hardcover, $26.95
  • Mountain Man: John Colter, The Lewis & Clark Expedition, and the Call of the American West by David Weston Marshall, The Countryman Press, paperback, $16.95

KSRB: Natural History and Social Sciences

  • Dinosaurs Rediscovered: The Scientific Revolution in Paleontology by Michael J. Benton, Thames & Hudson, hardback, $14.95
  • Debunking Creation Myths About America’s Public Lands (2018 Wallace Stegner Lecture) by John D. Leshy, The University of Utah Press, paperback, $7.95
  • People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent by Joseph E. Stiglitz, W. W. Norton, hardcover, $27.95

KSRB: Lit, Graphic Novels, Art, and Illustrated Books

  • Flash and Filigree: A Novel by Terry Southern, Grove Press, paperback, $16
  • Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk; W. W. Norton, paperback, $15.95
  • The Divine Comedy: Inferno / Purgatorio / Paradiso by Dante Alighieri with illustrations by Gustave Dore, Flame Tree Publishing, hardcover, $30
  • NOW: The New Comics Anthology #6 by Eric Reynolds (editor), Fantagraphics Books, paperback, $9.99
  • Surrealism by Amy Dempsey, Thames & Hudson, paperback, $16.95
  • Women Artists by Flavia Frigeri, Thames & Hudson, paperback, $16.95


Ken Sanders' Books for Kids, Ken Sanders Rare Books

  • The H. P. Lovecraft Book of Puzzles: Cosmic Conundrms from Beyond the Black Seas of Infinity by Dr Gareth Moore, Arcturus Publishing Limited, paperback, $9.99
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with Poems, Letters & Biography by Lewis Carroll with illustrations by Arthur B. Frost, Henry Holiday, Sir John Tenniel & Arthur Rackham, Flame Tree Publishing, hardcover, $20
  • British Library Tenniel: Alice (Blank Sketch Book), Flame Tree Studio, hardcover, $19.99
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll with illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, Arcturus Publishing Limited, paperback, $6.99
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Arcturus Publishing Limited, paperback, $6.99
  • The Great Great Salt Lake Monster Mystery by Dr. Bonnie K. Baxter, Jaimi Butler, and Arly Landry (Illustrator), GSL Salty Sirens, hardcover, $19.95
  • High Jinks! Bookshelves: Bodleian Libraries, Flame Tree Publishing, jigsaw puzzle, $19.99

Catherine Weller's Books for Kids, Weller Book Works

  • Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon by John August, Roaring Brook Press, hardcover, $16.99
  • Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Norton Young Readers, hardcover, $17.95 or paperback, $11.95
  • Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli, Disney-Hyperion, hardcover, $16.99
  • Circle by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen, Candlewick Press, hardcover, $15.99
  • Great Great Salt Lake Monster Mystery by Bonnie K. Baxter & Jaimi Butler, GSL Salty Sirens, hardcover, $19.95
  • Hello Honeybees: Read and Play in the Hive by Hannah Rogge and Emily Dove, Chronicle Books, board book, $11.99
  • What Can a Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris, Chronicle Books, hardcover, $17.99
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo, Harperteen, hardcover, $17.99

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

  • Sweety by Andrea Zuill, Schwartz and Wade, hardcover, $17.99
  • Because by Mo Williams, illustrated by Amber Ren, Hyperion, hardcover, $17.99
  • How Do I Love Thee by Jennifer Adams and Christopher Silas Neal, Balzer and Bray, hardcover, $17.99
  • Field Trip to the Moon by John Hare, Holiday House, hardcover, &17.99
  • Planet Earth Is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos, Wendy Lamb, hardcover, $16.99
  • Shout, Laurie Halse Anderson, Penguin, hardcover, $17.99
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.