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RadioWest's 2020 Holiday Books Show


The holidays aren’t the holidays around here if we don’t check in with our three local booksellers for gift ideas and cozy winter reads, even if we have to do it via Zoom this year.

Join us for our bi-yearly chat with The King’s English’s Betsy Burton, Catherine Weller of Weller Book Works and Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books to hear how they’ve navigated 2020 and to find out about the books that we can’t do without this holiday season.


Ken Sanders' Books for Adults, Ken Sanders Rare Books

KSRB: Non-Fiction

  • Jericho, by Charles Bowden, University of Texas Press, $24.95 
  • Sonata, by Charles Bowden, University of Texas Press, 2020, $24.95 
  • The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s, by Maggie Doherty, Alfred A. Knopf, $29.95
  • Conspiracy to Riot: The Life and Times of One of the Chicago 7, by Lee Weiner, Belt Publishing, $26
  • Carry: A Memoir of Survival on a Stolen Land, by Toni Jensen, Ballantine, $27
  • Caste: The Origins of our Discontent, by Isabel Wilkerson, Penguin Random House, $32
  • Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country, by Pam Houston, Norton, Signed, $15.95
  • A Promised Land, by Barack Obama, Crown, $45
  • A History of Magic, Witchcraft & the Occult, by Kathryn Hennessy, Rose Blackett-Ord, Anna Fischel and Suzannah Lipscomb, DK Publishing, $35
  • Intimations, by Zadie Smith, Penguin Books, $10.95

KSRB: Regional Voices

  • Rebel of the Colorado: The Saga of Harry Leroy Aleson, by Renny Russell, Animist Press, $39.95
  • John Hance: The Life, Lies, and Legend of Grand Canyon's Greatest Storyteller, by Shane Murphy, University of Utah Press, $24.95
  • This Desert Hides Nothing, by Ellen Meloy, Stephen Strom (photography) and Ann Weiler Walka (Foreword), Torrey House Press, $15.95
  • Behind the Bears Ears: Exploring the Cultural and Natural Histories of a Sacred Landscape, by R.E. Burillo, Torrey House Press, $19.95
  • Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place, by Amy Irvine and Pam Houston, Torrey House Press, Signed, $15.95
  • Troubadour on the Road to Gold: William B. Lorton's 1849 Journal to California, by LeRoy Johnson and Jean Johnson, University of Utah Press, $45

KSRB: Fiction, Poetry, Graphic Novels & Misc.

  • Devotions, by Mary Oliver. Penguin Books, $20
  • The Archer, by Paulo Coelho, Alfred A. Knopf, $21
  • Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Del Rey, $27
  • Squeeze Me, by Carl Hiaasen, Alfred A. Knopf, $28.95
  • A History of Kindness, by Linda Hogan, Torrey House Press, $15.95
  • Voting is Your Super Power!, by Craig Yoe, Clover Press, $12.99
  • The Spacious Tarot, by Carrie Mallon and Annie Ruygt, $55
  • The Evening and the Morning, by Ken Follett, Viking, $36
  • The Face of Struggle: An Allegory Without Words, by Seth Tobocman, AK Press,$16 

Betsy Burton’s and Nathan Spofford’s Books for Adults,The King’s English

TKE: Fiction

  • Inside Story, by Martin Amis, Knopf, $28.96
  • Memorial, by Bryan Washington, Riverhead, $27
  • Deacon King Kong, by James McBride, Riverhead, $28
  • Just Like You, by Nick Hornby, Riverhead, $27 
  • The Mirror & the Light, by Hilary Mantel, Henry Holt, $30
  • A Long Petal to the Sea, by Isabel Allende, Ballantine, $28

TKE: Nonfiction

  • Three by Terry Tempest Williams New in 2020:
  • Erosion, by Terry Tempest Williams, Picador paperback (with a new chapter), $18 
  • A Burning Testament, by Terry Tempest Williams, Eakins Press with hand-sewn binding, $10
  • The Moon Is Behind Us, photographs by Fazal Sheikh, Steidl, $30
  • A Promised Land by Barack Obama, Crown, $45
  • His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by John Mecham, Random House, $30
  • Wonders of Sand and Stone: A History of Utah’s National Parks and Monuments, by Frederick H. Swanson, University of Utah Press, $35.95 

TKE: Mystery/Thriller

  • Snow, by John Banville, Hanover Square, $27.99
  • The Searcher, by Tana French, Viking, $27
  • The Law of Innocence, by Michael Connelly, Little Brown, $29
  • The Boy in the Field, by Margot Livesey, Harper, $26.99

TKT: Retellings of The Iliad

  • Ransom, by David Malouf, Vintage, $15.95
  • House of Names, by Colm Tóibín, Scribner, $17
  • Country, by Michael Hughes, Custom House, $16.99

Catherine Weller’s Books for Adults, Weller Book Works

WBW: Fiction

  • Axiom’s End, by Lindsay Ellis, St. Martin’s Press, $27.99
  • Black Sun, by Rebecca Roanhorse, Saga Press, $27.99
  • Children’s Bible, by Lydia Millet, W. W. Norton, $25.95
  • The Cold Millions, by Jess Walter, Harper, $28.99
  • Earthlings, by Sayaka Murata, Grove Press, $26
  • Homeland Elegies, by Ayad Akhtar, Little Brown, $28
  • Memorial, by Bryan Washington, Riverhead Books, $27
  • Mexican Gothic, by Sivia Moreno-Garcia, Del Rey, $27
  • Migrations, by Charlotte McConaghy, Flatiron Books, $26.99
  • Office of Historical Corrections, by Danielle Evans, Riverhead, $27
  • Shuggie Bain, by Stuart Douglas, Grove Press, $17
  • White Ivy, by Susie Yang, Simon and Schuster, $26

WBW: Non-fiction

  • 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design, by Mars Roman, Houghton Mifflin, $30
  • All that the Rain Promises and More, by David Arora, Ten Speed Press, $17.99
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent, by Isabelle Wilkerson, Random House, $32
  • Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X, by Les Pain and Tamara Pain, Liveright, $35
  • Department of Mind-Blowing Theories: Science Cartoons, by Tom Gauld, Drawn & Quarterly, $21.95
  • Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life, by Christie Tate, Avid Reader Press, $27
  • How to Astronaut: An Insider’s Guide to Leaving Planet Earth, by Terry Virts, Workman Publishing Co, $27.95
  • Lakota America: A History of Indigenous Power, by Pekka Hamalainen, Yale University Press, $22
  • Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World, by Fareed Zakaria, W. W. Norton & Co, $26.95
  • Surviving Autocracy, by Masha Gessen, Riverhead, $26
  • Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good, by Michael J Sandel, FSG, $28
  • Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret, by Catherine Coleman Flowers, New Press, $24.95
  • What It’s Like to Be a Bird, by David Sibley, Knopf Publishing Group, $35
  • World Beneath the Sands: The Golden Age of Egyptology, by Toby Wilkinson, W.W. Norton, $30

WBW: For the Kitchen

  • Complete One Pot: 400 Meals for your Skillet, Sheet Pan, Instant Pot, Dutch Oven and More, by America’s Test Kitchen, America’s Test Kitchen, $34.99
  • Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence, by Claire Saffitz, Clarkson Potter, $35
  • Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You’re Not Drinking for Whatever Reason, by Julia Bainbridge, Ten Speed Press, $22.99
  • How to Cocktail: Recipes and Techniques for Building the Best Drinks, by America’s Test Kitchen, $24.99
  • Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen: Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook, by Richa Hingle, Vegan Heritage Press, $24.95


Ken Sanders’ Books for Young People

  • What a Waste: Trash, Recycling and Protecting Our Planet, by Jess French, DK Books, $16.99
  • Cozy, by Jan Brett, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $18.99
  • Serpentine, by Philip Pullman, Alfred A. Knopf, $12.99
  • This is Your Time, by Ruby Bridges. Penguin Random House, $15.99
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika L. Sanchez, Ember, $11.99
  • Starsight, by Brandon Sanderson, Ember, $11.99
  • Before the Ever After, by Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Paulsen Books, $17.99
  • Antiracist Baby, by Ibram X. Kendi, Kokila, $8.99
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: A Hunger Games Novel, by Suzanne Collins, Scholastic Press, $27.99
  • Fablehaven: The Complete Set, by Brandon Mull. Aladdin, $49.99
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women, by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, $35
  • Wild Symphony, by Dan Brown and Susan Batori, Rodale Kids, $18.99

Catherine Weller’s Books for Young People

WBW: Kids Books

  • AntiRacist Baby, by Ibram X Kendi, Penguin, $8.99 
  • Before the Ever After, by Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Paulson Books, $17.99
  • Bill Nye’s Great Big World of Science, by Bill Nye, Abrams, $29.99
  • Cats are a Liquid, by Rebecca Donnelly and Misa Saburi (illus), Henry Holt, $17.99
  • Cemetery Boys, by Aiden Thomas, Swoon Reads, $17.99 
  • Elephant & Piggie Biggie 1, 2, or 3, by Mo Willems, Hyperion Books, $16.99
  • Highlights Book of Things to Do, by Highlights Press, Highlights Press, $24.99
  • Lobizona, by Romina Garber, Wednesday Books, $18.99
  • Skunk and Badger, by Amy Timberlake & Jon Klassen (illus), Algonquin Young Readers, $18.95
  • Silver Arrow, by Lev Grossman, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, $16.99
  • Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story of Racial Injustice, by Marianne Celano et al, Magination Press, $16.99

Betsy Burton and Nathan Spafford’s Books for Kids

TKE: Children’s Picture Books

  • If You Come to Earth, by Sophie Blackall, Chronicle, $18.99
  • You Matter!, by Christian Robinson, Atheneum, $17.99
  • Crow and Snow, by Robert Broder & Oliver Tallee, Simon & Schuster, $17.99
  • The Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Loren Long, Harper, $18.99 

TKE: Middle Readers

  • One Time, by Sharon Creech, Harper, $16.99
  • The One and Only Bob, by Katherine Applegate, Harper, $18.99 
  • Mañanaland, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Scholastic, $18.99

TKE: Young Adult

  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, Little Brown, $18.99
  • Mythos: The Greek Myths Reimagined, by Stephen Fry, Chronicle, $29.95
  • Remarkable Diaries: The world’s greatest diaries, journals, notebooks, and letters, by R.G. Grant, Andrew Humphreys, Esther Ripley, Lain Zaczek, DK, $30


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.