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2021 Summer Books Show

Renee Bright / KUER

We’ve rounded up our usual cast of local booksellers to load up your reading list for a summer that might feel a little … different.

With pandemic restrictions being loosened across the country, it’ll take some of us time to readjust to traveling and lazing around a campsite or a beach like we used to do. But while summer vacation may not exactly be normal, lots of people will still need a great book to read. We're joined by Betsy Burton of The King's English Bookshop, Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books, and Catherine Weller of Weller Book Works. As usual, they’ll share an eclectic line-up of fiction, non-fiction, and some titles for young readers, too. And it's a good guess that we won't quite get to everything on their lists. So look below for anything we missed. Tune in Friday at noon.

Catherine Weller's Books for Adults, Weller Book Works

WBW: Adult Fiction

  • Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Grove Press, $27
  • Eladatl: A History of the East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Line by Sesshu Foster and Arturo Romo, City Lights, paperback $17.95 
  • Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton, 37INK/Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $27
  • Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead, Knopf, hardcover, $28.95
  • Heaven by Mieko Kawakami, Europa Editions, hardcover, $23.00
  • Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer, MCD, hardcover, $27.00
  • Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, Knopf, hardcover, $28.00
  • Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenridge, Algonquin, hardcover, $26.95
  • My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee, Riverhead Books, hardcover, $28.00
  • Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin, HarperCollins, hardcover, $26.99
  • Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes, HarperCollins, hardcover, $27.99

WBW: Adult Non-Fiction

  • Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women – and Women to Medicine by Janice P. Nimura, W.W. Norton, hardcover, $27.95
  • Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 edited by Ibrahim X Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, One World, hardcover, $32.00
  • Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age by Annalee Newitz, WW Norton, hardcover, $26.50
  • Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World by Linda Colley, WW Norton, hardcover, $35.00
  • Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion, Knopf, hardcover, $23
  • Mapping America’s National Parks: Preserving Our National and Cultural Heritage by the U.S. National Park Service, ESRI Press, paperback, $39.99
  • Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Knopf, hardcover, $16.00
  • On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed, Liveright, hardcover, $15.95 
  • Snacking Cakes: Simple Treats for Anytime Cravings: A Baking Book by Yossi Arefi, Clarkson Potter, hardcover, $24.00
  • Standoff: Standing Rock, the Bundy Movement, and the American Story of Sacred Lands by Jacquline Keeler, Torrey House Press, paperback, $19.95
  • Swim in the Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading and Life by George Saunders, Random House, hardcover, $28.00
  • Turnaway Study: Ten Years, A Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having – Or Being Denied – an Abortion by Diana Greene Foster, Scribner Book Company, paperback, $18.00 (releases June 1, hardcover $27.00)
  • Vegetables on Fire: 50 Vegetable-Centered Meals from the Grill by Brooke Lewy, Chronicle Books, hardcover, $19.95

WBW: Kids 

  • ABCs of Black History written Rio Cortez illustrated by Lauren Semmer, Workman, hardcover, $14.95 (picture book, ages 5-10) 
  • Desert Diary: Japanese American Kids Behind Barbed Wire by Michael O. Tunnel, Charlesbridge, hardcover, $19.99 (ages 9-12)
  • Eyes that Kiss in the Corners written by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho, HarperCollins, hardcover, $17.99 (ages 4-7)
  • Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn written by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, Abrams, hardcover, $18.99 (ages 4-7)
  • Milo Imagines the World written by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson, Putnam, hardcover, $18.99 (ages 4-8)
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley, Henry Holt & Co, hardcover, $18.99 (ages 14-18)
  • Outdoor Scientist: The Wonder of Observing the Natural World by Temple Grandin, Philomel, hardcover, $18.99 (ages 8-12)
  • Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen, Candlewick, hardcover, $18.99 (ages 4-8)
  • Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi, Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $19.99 (ages 14-17)

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

TKE: Fiction

  • The Vixen, Francine Prose, Harper hardcover, $26.99
  • Light Perpetual, Francis Spufford, Scribner’s hardcover, $27
  • The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, Richard Flanagan, Knopf hardcover,, $27.95
  • Trio, William Boyd, Knopf hardcover, $27 
  • Brood, Jackie Polzin, Doubleday hardcover, $24
  • Klara and the Sun: A Novel, Kazuo Ishiguro, Knopf hardcover, $28
  • The Committed, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Grove hardcover, $27

TKE: Non-Fiction

  • The Stranger I Become: On Walking, Looking, and Writing, Katherine Coles
  • Turtle Point Press, paperback, $16 
  • The Anthropocene Reviewed, John Green, Dutton hardcover, $28
  • The Heartbeat of Trees: Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature, Peter Wohlleben, Greystone hardcover, $26.95
  • Around the World in 80 Trees, Jonathan Drori, Laurence King paperback, $19
  • The Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, Patrick Radden Keefe, Doubleday hardcover, $32.50

TKE: Mystery/Thriller

  • How to Find Your Way in the Dark, Derek Miller, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hardcover, $26
  • The Other Black Girl, Zakiya Dalila Harris, Atria hardcover, $27
  • An Unlikely Spy, Rebecca Starford, Ecco hardcover, $27.99
  • Thunderball, Paula Longhurst, Paperback, Open Flame, $16.99

TKE: Children’s Picture Books

  • Itty-Bitty Kitty Corn, Shannon Hale and Leuyen Pham, Abrams hardcover, $18.99
  • Fred Gets Dressed, Peter Brown, Little, Brown hardcover, $18.88
  • Cranky, Julie Berry, illustrated by Holly Hatam, Sounds True hardcover, $17.99

TKE: Children’s Chapter Books (all by local authors)

  • Rescue, Jennifer A. Nielsen, Scholastic hardcover, $17.99
  • Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls, Kaela Rivera, Harper hardcover, $16.99
  • Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms (Marvel Universe), McKenzi Lee, Marvel Press hardcover, $17.99

TKE: Children’s nonfiction

  • Desert Diary: Japanese American Kids Behind Barbed Wire, Michael O. Tunnell, Charlesbride Hardcover, $19.99

Ken Sanders' Books for Adults, Ken Sanders Rare Books

KSRB: Non-Fiction

  • Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard, Alfred A. Knopf, $28.95
  • Let Me Tell You What I Mean, by Joan Didion, Alfred A. Knopf, $23
  • Four Hundred Souls:A Community History of African America 1619-2019, by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, One World Books, $32
  • My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, by Jen Shapland, Tin House, $16.95
  • Disorder: A Fable, by Leslie Kaplan, AK Press, $12
  • Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot, by Mikki Kendall, Penguin Books, $16
  • Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer / Feminism, the Body, and the Machine, by Wendell Berry, $10
  • Think, Write, Speak: Uncollected Essays, Reviews, Interviews, and Letters, by Vladimir Nabokov, Brian Boyd and Anastasia Tolstoy, Vintage, $18
  • Resist Everything Except Temptation: The Anarchist Philosophy of Oscar Wilde, by Kristian Williams and Alan Moore, AK Press, $18 
  • Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement, by Ejeris Dixon and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, by AK Press, $18
  • Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, by Cathy Park Hong, One World Books, $18
  • The Soul of a Woman: On Impatient Love, Long Life, and Good Witches, by Isabel Allende, Ballantine Books, $22.99
  • Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future, by Elizabeth Kolbert, Crown, $28
  • For the People: A Story of Justice and Power, by Larry Krasner, One World, $28
  • The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee, One World, $28
  • What if Solving the Climate Crisis Is Simple? by Tom Bowman, Changemakers Books, $10.95
  • The Dead are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X, by Les and Tamara Payne, Liveright, $35
  • Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land, by N. Scott Momaday, HarperCollins, $17.99
  • We Will Not Cancel Us, by Adrienne Maree Brown, AK Press, $10

KSRB: Local Voices

  • Secret Salt Lake City: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure by Jeremy Pugh and Mary Brown Malouf. Reedy Press, $22.50
  • Standoff: Standing Rock, the Bundy Movement, and the American Story
    of Sacred Lands, by Jacqueline Keeler, Torrey House Press, $19.95
  • Quiet Desperation, Savage Delight: Sheltering with Thoreau in the Age of Crisis, by David Gessner, Torrey House Press, $19.95
  • The Last Canyon Voyage: A Filmmaker's Journey Down the Green & Colorado Rivers, by Charles Eggert, University of Utah Press, $34.95
  • Frank J. Cannon: Saint, Senator, Scoundrel, by Val Holley, University of Utah Press, $60
  • Baggage: Alex Caldiero in Retrospect, by Alex Caldiero, Scott Abbott, Laura Allred Hurtado, Scott Carrier, Trent Harris, Stefene Russell, et al. Utah Museum of Contemporary Art Press, $40 (Signed)
  • Watchman on the Tower: Ezra Taft Benson and the Making of the Mormon Right, by Matthew L. Harris, University of Utah Press, $34.95
  • Spencer Kimball's Record Collection: Essays on Mormon Music, by Michael Hicks, Signature Books, $17.95

KSRB: Fiction & Poetry

  • Cowboy Graves: Three Novellas, by Roberto Bolaño, Penguin Press, $24
  • Whereabouts, by Jhumpa Lahiri, Alfred A. Knopf, $24
  • Detransition Baby, by Torrey Peters, One World, $27
  • First Person Singular: Stories, by Haruki Murakami, Alfred A. Knopf, $28
  • The Man Who Lived Underground, by Richard Wright, Library of America, $22.95
  • The Carrying, by Ada Limón, Milkweed Editions, $16
  • The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country, by Amanda Gorman, Viking, $15.99
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea, by TJ Klune, Tor, $18.99
  • Bestiary, by K-Ming Chang, One World Books, $27
  • Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi, Alfred A. Knopf, $27.95
  • Dearly: New Poems, by Margaret Atwood, Ecco, $27.99

KSRB: Children’s and Young Adult

  • The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee, by Julie Leung and Julie Kwon, Hachette, $18.99
  • We Are Not Free, by Traci Chee, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99
  • Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer, by Traci Sorell and Natasha Donovan, Millbrook Press, $19.99
  • The Outdoor Scientist: The Wonder of Observing the Natural World, by Temple Grandin, Philomel Books, $18.99
  • We Are Water Protectors, by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade, Roaring Book Press, $17.99
  • Crooked Hallelujah, by Kelli Jo Ford, Grove Press, $26
  • She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein, by Lynn Fulton and Felicita Sala, Alfred A. Knopf, $17.99
  • Pirate Stew, by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell, Quill Tree Books, $19.99
  • When You Trap a Tiger, by Tae Keller, Random House Children’s Books, $16.99
  • Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom, by Carole Boston Weatherford and Michele Wood, Candlewick Press, $17.99
  • Elatsoe, by Darcie Little Badger and Rovina Cai, Levine Querido, $18.99 

KSRB: Graphic Novels, Comics and Illustrated Books

  • Kafkaesque: Fourteen Stories, by Franz Kafka, W. W. Norton & Company, $14.95
  • Fungarium, by Katie Scott and Ester Gaya, Big Picture Press, $35
  • Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books, Ken Quattro, Yoe Books, $34.99
  • They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei, Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott, Top Shelf Productions, $19.99
  • The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History, by David F. Walker and Marcus Kwame Anderson, Ten Speed Press, $19.99
  • Solutions and Other Problems, by Allie Brosh, Gallery Books, $30
  • Phoolan Devi: Rebel Queen, by Claire Fauvel. NBM Graphic Novels, $34.99

KSRB: Metaphysics

  • Dalí Tarot, by Salvador Dalí and Johannes Fiebig, Taschen, $60
  • The Library of Esoterica: Astrology, by Andrea Richards and Jessica Hundley, TASCHEN, $40
  • Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within, by Juliet Diaz, Hay House, $16.99
  • Parkers' Astrology: The Definitive Guide to Using Astrology in Every Aspect of Your Life, by Julia and Derek Parker, DK Books, $40
  • Herbal Magick: A Guide to Herbal Enchantments, Folklore, and Divination, by Gerina Dunwich and Arin Murphy-Hiscock, by Weiser Books, $16.95
  • HausMagick: Transform Your Home with Witchcraft, by Erica Feldmann, HarperOne, $25.99
  • Blackthorn's Botanical Brews: Herbal Potions, Magical Teas, Spirited Libations, by Amy Blackthorn, Weiser Books, $18.95
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.