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12/6/11: 2011 Holiday Book Show

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Tuesday on RadioWest we bring you our annual holiday book show. Here's how it works: we gather up our experts from local bookstores in Utah and ask them to make a list of the best books of the year so you can find just the right gift. They'll bring dozens of books with them into the studio – novels, mysteries, children's books, some meaty history and biography. There's sure to be a title that matches someone on your list.

Adult Titles
Betsy Burton, Ken Sanders, Catherine Weller

Children's Books
Betsy Burton, Ken Sanders, Catherine Weller

Listeners' Picks

Our panel of local booksellers agreed to stay with us after the show to not only talk about their favorite books ... but also to show us their favorite books:

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

Children's Picture Books

  • Home for Christmas by Jan Brett, hardcover, Putnam, $17.99
  • Chanukah Lights by Michael Rosen and Robert Sabuda, hardcover, Candlewick, $34.99
  • The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon, illustrated by Jake Parker, hardcover, HarperCollins Childrens, $17.99
  • How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland, hardcover, Blue Apple, $17.99
  • The Man in the Moon by William Joyce, hardcover, Atheneum, $17.99

    Children’s Chapter Books

  • Charlotte’s Rose by Ann Edwards Cannon, paperback, University of Utah Press, $9.95
  • The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright, drawings by Barry Moser, hardcover, Peachtree, $16.95
  • Bigger than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder, hardcover, Random House, $16.99
  • Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos, hardcover, Farrar Strauss Giroux, $15.99
  • Blue Fish by Pat Schmatz, hardcover, Candlewick, $15.99

    Young Adult

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, hardcover, Doubleday, $26.95 (also adult)
  • Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick, hardcover, Egmont, $17.99
  • How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, hardcover, Little Brown, $17.99
  • Crossed by Ally Condie, hardcover, Dutton, $17.99
  • Girls Don’t Fly by Kristen Chandler, hardcover, Viking, $16.99

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    Ken Sanders' Kids Books (for Adults)
    Ken Sanders Rare Books

  • Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes by Carl Barks, Fantagraphics Books, $24.99
  • Baby Get Me Some Lovin' by Lisa Brown, McSweeney's Irregulars, $9.00
  • Baby Make Me Breakfast by Lisa Brown, McSweeney's Irregulars, $9.00
  • Baby Mix Me a Drink by Lisa Brown, McSweeney's Irregulars, $9.00
  • The Rainbow Goblins by Ul De Rico, Thames & Hudson Inc., $19.95
  • Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 1 + 2 Box Set by Floyd Gottfredson, Fantagraphics Books, $49.99
  • Pogo - Through the Wild Blue Wonder Vol. 1 of the Complete Syndicated Comic Strips by Walt Kelly, Fantagraphics Books, $39.99
  • The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald, Puffin Books, $4.99
  • Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe, Calla Editions, $40.00
  • Bumble-Ardy by Maurice Sendak, Harper Collins, $17.95
  • Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein, Harper Collins, $19.99
  • The Ship That Sailed To Mars by William A. Timlin, Calla Editions, $40.00

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    Catherine Weller's Books for Children
    Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore

  • Between Shades of Gray by Rupta Septys, hardcover, Philomel Books, $17.99
  • Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg, hardcover, Houghton Mifflin, $24.99
  • Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler, hardcover, Razorbill, $18.99
  • Grandpa Green by Lane Smith, hardcover, Roaring Brook, $16.99
  • Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies, hardcover, Beach Lane, $12.99
  • How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, hardcover, Little Brown & Co., $17.99
  • Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver, hardcover, Harper, $16.99
  • Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxler, hardcover, Amulet, $16.95
  • Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, paperback, Yearling Books, $6.99
  • Return to Exile by E.J. Patten, hardcover, Simon & Schuster, $16.99

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


  • The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, hardcover, Knopf, $23.95
  • The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje, hardcover, Knopf, $26
  • Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante, hardcover, Atlantic Monthly Press, $24
  • Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch, hardcover, Doubleday, $25.95
  • We the Animals by Justin Torres, hardcover, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18
  • Voices of the River by Melanie Rae Thon, Paperback, University of Alabama, $15.50


  • Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard, hardcover, Doubleday, $32
  • A Thousand Voices by Jeri Parker, hardcover, Winter Beach, $22
  • London Under by Peter Ackroyd, hardcover, Nan Talese, $25
  • My Song by Harry Belafonte, hardcover, Knopf, $30.50
  • Catherine the Great by Robert Massie, hardcover, Random House, $35
  • Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean, hardcover, Simon & Schuster, $26.95
  • A Thousand Voices by Jeri Parker, hardcover, Winter Beach Press, $22

    Big Books for the Family

  • The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins, hardcover, Free Press, $29.95
  • The Louvre: All the Paintings by Erich Lessig and Vincente Pomarede, hardcover, Black Dog and Leventhal, $75
  • History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil Macgregor, hardcover, Viking, $45
  • Saveur: The New Comfort Food: Home Cooking from Around the World edited by James Oseland, hardcover, 35
  • Animal: The Definitive Guide edited by David Burnie and Son E. Wilson, hardcover, Smithsonian/DK, $50
  • M.C. Escher Pop-Ups by Courtney Watson McCarthy, hardcover, Thames & Hudson, $29.95
  • The Great Big Book of Horrible Things by Matthew White, hardcover, W.W. Norton, $35
  • Books: A Living History by Martyn Lyons, hardcover, Getty, $34.95


  • The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen, hardcover, Dutton, $25.95
  • Or The Bull Kills You by Jason Webster, hardcover, Minotaur, $24.99
  • The Chinese Jars by William C. Gordon, paperback, Bay Tree Publishing, $14.95
  • The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin, hardcover, Reagan Arthur, $25.99
  • Slash and Burn by Colin Cotterill, hardcover, Random House, $25

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    Ken Sanders' Books for Adults
    Ken Sanders Rare Books

    Utah & the Mormons

  • The Man Who Never Died The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon by William M. Adler, Bloomsbury, $30.00
  • The Mormon Rebellion: America's First Civil War, 1857-1858 by David L. Bigler and Will Bagley, University of Oklahoma Press, $35.00
  • Fire in the Pasture: 21st-Century Mormon Poets by Tyler Chadwick (editor), Peculiar Pages and B10 Mediaworx, $27.99
  • A Selection of Early Mormon Hymnbooks 1832-1872 Hymnbooks and Broadsides from the First 40 Years of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Shane J. Chism, $45.00
  • Everett Ruess: His Short Life, Mysterious Death, and Astonishing Afterlife by Philip K. Fradkin, University of California Press, $24.95
  • Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism by Terryl L Givens and Matthew J Grow, Oxford University Press, $34.95
  • Decades of Daring Midget Racing in the Rocky Mountains by Bill Hill, Bill Hill Productions, $75.00
  • Pie in the Sky: How Joe Hill's Lawyers Lost His Case, Got Him Shot, and Were Disbarred by Kenneth Lougee, iUniverse, Inc., $14.95
  • In Search of Dominguez & Escalante: Photographing the 1776 Spanish Expedition through the Southwest by Greg MacGregor & Siegfired Halus, Museum of New Mexico Press, $50.00
  • A History of Utah Radicalism: Startling, Socialistic, and Decidedly Revolutionary by John S. McCormick and John R. Sillito, Utah State University Press, $37.95
  • Last of the Robbers Roost Outlaws: Moab's Bill Tibbetts by Tom McCourt, Canyonlands Natural History Association, $14.99
  • Bones in the Well: The Haun's Mill Massacre, 1838 by Beth Shumway Moore, Arthur H. Clark Company, $29.95
  • The Savage View: Charles Savage, Pioneer Mormon Photographer by Bradley W. Richards, M.D., Carl Mautz Publishing, $25.00
  • 3D Atlas of Zion National Park by Steven L Richardson and Benjamin M. Richardson,, 2i3D Imaging, $29.95


  • El Sicario The Autobiography of Mexican Assassin by Charles Bowden & Molly Molloy, Nation Books, $15.99
  • The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27.00
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28.00
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, Knopf, $30.50
  • Just Kids by Patti Smith, Ecco Press, $16.00
  • Woolgathering by Patti Smith, A New Directions book, $18.95
  • Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, Penguin Classics, $20.00

    New Poetry

  • it doesn't get any better than this by Shana Agid, Brooklyn Artists Alliance, $7.00
  • Names by Jane LeCroy, Brooklyn Artists Alliance, $7.00
  • Like a Cure by Jane LeCroy (editor), Brooklyn Artists Alliance, $7.00
  • Scream at the Librarian by Joel J. Rane, Brooklyn Artists Alliance, $7.00

    Art & Music

  • Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson by Kevin Avery, Fantagraphics Books, $30.00
  • The Alphabet in Woodcut by Royden Card, Self-published, $20.00
  • R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection by R. Crumb, W.W. Norton, $27.95
  • Starlight on the Rails: A Songbook by Utah Phillips, Dream Garden Press, $30.00
  • F*** You: Finally a book about me by Frank Anthony Smith, Global Interprint, Inc, $38.00

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    Catherine Weller's Books for Adults
    Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore

  • 1Q84 by Haruku Murakami, hardcover, Knopf, $30.50
  • Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, hardcover, Little Brown & Co., $25.99
  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie, hardcover, Random House, $35.00
  • Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller, hardcover, WW Norton, $25.95
  • How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond by John Powell, paperback, Little Brown and Co. $19.99
  • Kearny’s March: The Epic Creation of the American West, 1846 - 1847 by Winston Groom, hardcover, Knopf, $27.95
  • Lenningrad: The Epic Siege of World War II, 1941-44 by Anna Reid, hardcover, Walker & Co., $30.00
  • Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: The Tipsy Baker’s Guide to the Best Homemade Foods by Jennifer Reese, paperback, Free Press, $24.00
  • Moby Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page by Matt Kish, paperback, Tin House, $39.95
  • Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age by Douglas Rushkoff, paperback, Soft Skull Press, $14.95
  • R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection by R. Crumb, hardcover, WW Norton, $27.95
  • Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, hardcover, Alfred A Knopf, $23.95
  • Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt, hardcover, WW Norton, $26.95
  • Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh, hardcover, Random House, $40.00
  • Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941 - 1942 by Ian W. Toll, hardcover, W.W. Norton, $35.00
  • Rome: A Cultural, Visual and Personal History by Robert Hughes, hardcover, Knopf, $35.00

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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.