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2013 Holiday Book Show

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If you survived Black Friday and visited your neighborhood shops on Small Business Saturday but still haven't crossed all the names off your gift-giving list, tune in on Monday for our annual Holiday Book Show. Catherine Weller of Weller Book Works, Betsy Burton of The King's English, and Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books join us in the studio to suggest their favorite titles -- from children's picture books and chapter books to adult fiction, nonfiction and stocking stuffers for all.

Adult TitlesCatherine Weller, Betsy BurtonKen Sanders

Children's Books: Ken Sanders, Catherine WellerBetsy Burton


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

Adult Fiction

  • At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcon, hardcover, Riverhead Books, $27.95
  • Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon, hardcover, Penguin Press, $28.95
  • Circle by Dave Eggers, hardcover, Knopf, $26.95
  • Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III, hardcover, WW Norton & Co., $25.95
  • Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Letham, hardcover, Doubleday, $27.95
  • Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide To Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That by Richard Betts, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, $19.99
  • Facades by Eric Lundren, hardcover, Overlook Press, $25.95
  • Interestings by Meg Wollitzer, hardcover, Riverhead, $27.95
  • Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, hardcover, Little Brown, $27.00
  • S. by Doug Dorst, Mulholland Books, $35.00
  • Theft by B.K. Loren, paperback, Counterpoint, $16.00
  • We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, hardcover, Putnam, $26.95

Adult Non-Fiction

  • Alternate Histories of the World by Matthew Buchholz, hardcover, Perigree, $25.00
  • Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven by John Elliott Gardner, hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf, $35.00
  • Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War by Stephen Kinzer, hardcover, Times Books, $30
  • Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin, hardcover, Simon & Schuster, $40
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser, hardcover, Penguin Press, $36.00
  • Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout, hardcover, Gotham, $30.00
  • History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton, hardcover, Viking, $40.00
  • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh, paperback, Touchstone Books, $17.99
  • Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson, hardcover, Doubleday, $28.95
  • Official Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert by
  • Roads in the Wilderness: Conflict in Canyon Country by Jedediah S. Rogers, hardcover,
  • University of Utah Press, paperback $24.95, hardcover, $39.95
  • Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition by Ben Schott, hardcover, Blue Rider Press, $16.00
  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! – In America’s Capital by Mark Leibovich, hardcover, Blue Rider Press, $27.95
  • To The Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing by Simon Garfield, hardcover, Gotham Books, $27.50

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


  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, $24.00
  • The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, $28.00
  • The Cartographer of No Man’s Land by P.S. Duffy, Liveright, Hardcover, $25.95
  • Someone by Alice McDermott, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, Hardcover, $25.00
  • MaddAdam by Margaret Atwood, Nan Talese Doubleday, Hardcover, $27.95
  • Longbourn by Jo Baker, Knopf, Hardcover, $25.95
  • Benediction by Kent Haruf, Knopf, Hardcover, $25.95

Books about Books, about Authors, and about Words

  • The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin, Penguin, Hardcover, $25.95
  • A Compendium of Collective Nouns: from an Army of Aardvarks to a Zeal of Zebras by Mark Faulkner, Eduardo Lima Filho, Harriet Logan, and Miraphona MIna of Woop Studies; Text by Jay Scaher, Chronicle Books, $35.00
  • A Reader’s Book of Days by Tom Nissley, Norton, Hardcover, $24.95
  • The Book of Legendary Lands by Umberton Eco, Rizzoli, Hardcover, $45.00


  • The Heart of Everything That Is by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, $30.00
  • The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, $40.00
  • The Boy Detective by Roger Rosenblatt, Ecco, Hardcover, $19.95
  • The Faithful Scribe by Shahan Mufti, Other Press, Hardcover, $26.95


  • Tatiana by Martin Cruz Smith, Simon & Schuster, Hardcover,  $25.99
  • The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane, Faber and Faber, Hardcover, $26.00
  • Then We Take Berlin by John Lawton, Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, $26.00
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling), Mulholland/Little Brown, Hardcover, $26.00
  • Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, $26.00

Large and Lovely Books

  • The Vatican: All the Paintings: The Complete Collection of Old Masters, Plus More than 300 Sculptures, Maps, Tapestries, and Other Artifacts, by  Anja Grebe and Ross King, Black Dog & Leventhal, hardcover, $75
  • Art of the National Parks by Jean Stern, Susan Hallsten McGarry, Terry Lawson, Dunn,  Fresco Fine Art Publications, Hardcover, $85.00
  • Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven by John Eliot Gardiner, Hardcover, Knopf, $35

Paperbacks for Stockings

  • Monument Road by Charlie Quimby, Torrey House Press, Hardcover, $16.95
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich, Harper Perenial, $15.99
  • Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon, Scribner, $21.50

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Ken Sanders' Books for Adults,Ken Sanders Rare Books

Upcoming Events at Ken Sanders Rare Books+

  • In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene by Doug Peacock, paperback, Counterpunch/AK Press, $15.00 (Event: Monday 12/2/13 at 7PM)
  • Kate MacLeod at Ken Sanders Rare Books by Kate MacLeod, CD, Waterbug Records, $15.00 (Event: Saturday 12/7/13 at 7PM)

Utah, LDS & Western Americana

  • A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin Explorer and Indian Missionary by Todd M. Compton, hardcover, University of Utah Press, $44.95
  • Bidder 70 by Beth & George Gage, DVD, First Run Features, $25.00
  • Brigham Young: A Concise Biography of the Mormon Moses by Ed Breslin, hardcover, Regnery History, $24.95
  • Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet by John G. Turner, hardcover, Belknap/Harvard, $35.00
  • Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins, 1875-1932 by Elizabeth O. Anderson, Limited Edition, Signature Books, $125.00, (release date 12/23)
  • Dale Morgan on the Mormons: Collected Works Part 2, 1949-1970 by Richard Saunders (editor), hardcover, Arthur H. Clark, $45.00
  • The Emerald Mile: The epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko, hardcover, Scribner, $30.00
  • The North Canyon Hunter: A Story of Ancient People in the Bonneville Basin by Jerry Evan Crouch, paperback, Jerry Evan Crouch, $17.95
  • Obstinate Hope: The Western Expeditions of Nathaniel J. Wyeth, Volume One 1832-1833 by Jim Hardee, hardcover, Sublette County Historical Society, $24.95
  • Prisoner of Zion: Muslims, Mormons, and Other Misadventures by Scott Carrier, paperback, Counterpoint, $15.95
  • The Selected Letters of Bernard DeVoto and Katharine Sterne by Mark DeVoto, University of Utah Press, hardcover, $29.95
  • Utah Trade Tokens by H. Robert Campbell, spiral bound, H. Robert Campbell, $95.00

Utah Art, Photography & Misc

  • Final Light: The Life and Art of V. Douglas Snow by Frank McEntire (editor), hardcover, Gibbs Smith, $26.95
  • Kenvin, An Artist’s Kitchen: Food, Art & Wisdom of a Bohemian Cowboy by Kenvin Lyman, hardcover, Gibbs Smith, $50.00
  • LeConte Stewart Masterworks by Mary Muir and Donna Poulton, hardcover, Gibbs Smith, $75.00
  • Utah’s Wasatch Range: Four Season Refuge (Updated 2nd Edition) by Howie Garber (photographer), various essayists, hardcover, Howie Garber, $49.95

Literature & Poetry

Elik Press

  • Sonosuono by Alex Caldiero, paperback, Elik Press, $13.95
  • Negative Spaces: Stories by Nate Liederbach, paperback, Elik Press, $9.95
  • Dark Music by Gordon Ball, paperback, Elik Press, $12.00
  • Certain Birds by Thomas R. Peters, Jr., paperback, Elik Press, $12.99


  • Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music, Music by Andrew Maxfield & Eric Bibb, CD, Yalecrest, $29.99
  • E.E. Cummings: Complete Poems 1904-1962 by E.E. Cummings, hardcover, Liveright, $50.00
  • The Gorgeous Nothings by Emily Dickinson, hardcover, New Directions, $40.00
  • Swenson: Collected Poems by May Swenson, hardcover, Library of America, $40.00
  • The Unknown University [Complete Poems] by Roberto Bolano, hardcover, New Directions, $39.95
  • The Waste Land by T.S. Elliot, hardcover, Liveright, $15.95


  • Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2 by Mark Twain, hardcover, University of California Press, $45.00
  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan, hardcover, Penguin, $27.95
  • On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History by Nicholas A. Basbanes, hardcover, Knopf, $35.00
  • Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill by Luis Gutierrez, hardcover, W.W. Norton, $27.95
  • The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme (Illustrated Panorama) by Joe Sacco, hardcover/24-panel foldout, W.W. Norton, $35.00
  • The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark, hardcover, Harper, $29.99


  • Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem, hardcover, Doubleday, $27.95
  • The River Swimmer by Jim Harrison, hardcover, Grove Press, $25.00
  • The Good Lord Bird by James McBride, hardcover, Penguin/Riverhead, $27.95
  • Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon, hardcover, Penguin, $28.95
  • The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner, hardcover, Scribner/Simon & Schuster, $26.99 (Paperback out on 02/04/2014, $17.00)
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, hardcover, Knopf, $27.95
  • The Tenth of December by George Saunders, hardcover, Random House, $26.00 (Paperback out on 01/07/2014, Random House, $15.00)

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Ken Sanders' Children's/Illustrated/Comics,Ken Sanders Rare Books

  • Donald Duck: A Christmas for Shacktown by Carl Barks, hardcover, Fantagraphics, $28.99
  • Donald Duck: Christmas On Bear Mountain by Carl Barks, hardcover, Fantagraphics, $28.99
  • Both Donald Duck volumes in a deluxe slipcase edition, $49.99
  • Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics by Gahan Wilson, hardcover, Fantagraphics, $29.99
  • Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Volume 4 by Steve Ditko, hardcover, Fantagraphics, $39.99
  • Mickey Mouse: Call of the Wild by Floyd Gottfredson, hardcover, Fantagraphics, $29.99
  • Mickey Mouse: Robin Hood Rides Again by Floyd Gottfredson, hardcover, Fantagraphics, $29.99
  • Both Mickey Mouse volumes in a deluxe slipcase edition, $49.99
  • The Secret History of Marvel Comics: Jack Kirby and the Moonlighting Artists at Martin Goodman’s Empire by Blake, hardcover, Fantagraphics, $39.99
  • The Geranium on the Windowsill Just Died, but Teacher You Went Right On by Albert Cullum, hardcover, Harlin Quist, $25.00
  • Animal-Man by Alain Herve (story), Jacques Rozier and Monique Gaudriault (illustrations), hardcover, Harlin Quist, $30.00
  • He Was There From the Day We Moved In by Rhoda Levine (story) and Edward Gorey (illustrations), paperback, Harlin Quist, $10.00
  • Murphy, Molly, Max and Me by Albert Cullum (story) and Henri Galeron (illustrations), paperback, Harlin Quist, $15.00
  • People Papers by Max Howard, hardcover, Harlin Quist, $25.00

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

  • Battle Bunny by Jon Sciezska et al, hardcover, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, $14.99
  • Beautiful Lego by Michael Doyle, paperback, No Starch Press, $29.95
  • Big Book of Art by Herve Tullet spiral, Phaidon, $24.95
  • Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang, paperback, First Second, $18.99
  • Daisy Gets Lost by Chris Raschka, hardcover, Schwartz and Wade Books, $17.99
  • Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale, paperback, Amulet Books, $12.95
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, St. Martins Griffin, hardcover, $18.99
  • Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman, Harper, hardcover, $14.99
  • Mischievians by William Joyce, hardcover, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $17.00
  • Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell, hardcover, Dial Press, $16.99

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

Children's Picture Books

  • The King of Little Things by Bil Lepp, illustrated by David T. Wenzel, Peachtree, Hardcover, $16.95
  • Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner, Clarion, Hardcover, $17.99
  • Journey by Aaron Becker, Candlewick, Hardcover, $15.95
  • When Charley Met Grandpa by Amy Hest Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, Hardcover, Candlewick, $15.99

Children’s Chapter Books

  • The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech, Harper, Hardcover, $16.99
  • Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell, Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, $16.99
  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, Delacorte Press, Hardcover, $18.99

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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.