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2014 Summer Reading

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Wednesday, we're hosting our annual summer reading show with Salt Lake City booksellers Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books, Catherine Weller of Weller Book Works, and Betsy Burton of The King's English. We'll take few minutes to ask them about the book world: trends their seeing and the health of the industry. Mostly though, we'll be talking about our usual eclectic mix of titles - fiction, non-fiction and a couple that may be hard to pin down. Of course, we'll ask what they recommend for young readers too.

Adult Books: Ken SandersCatherine WellerBetsy Burton
Children's Books: Betsy BurtonKen SandersCatherine Weller


Ken Sanders' Books for Adults,Ken Sanders Rare Books

Utah, LDS & Western Americana

  • Wild Rides and Wildflowers: Philosophy and Botany with Bikes by Scott Abbott and Sam Rushforth, Torrey House Press, paperback, $15.95
  • Theories Of Forgetting by Lance Olsen, Fiction Collective Two/The University of Alabama Press, paperback, $22.95
  • [[there.]] by Lance Olsen, Anti-Oedipus Press, paperback, $13.95
  • Lost Apostles: Forgotten Members of Mormonism’s Original Quorum of Twelve by William Shepard and H. Michael Marquardt, hardcover, $35.95
  • Joseph’s Temples: The Dynamic Relationship between Freemasonry and Mormonism by Michael W. Homer, hardcover, $34.95
  • The Ghosts of Dandy Crossing by Katie Lee, Dream Garden Press, paperback, $25.00
  • South Pass by Will Bagley, Oklahoma University Press, hardcover, $29.95
  • Blow Sand In His Soul: Bates Wilson the Heart of Canyonlands by Jen Jackson Quintano, Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks, paperback, $18.95

Other Non-Fiction

  • Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist by Bill McKibben, hardcover, $26.00
  • On Paper: The Everything of its Two-Thousand-Year History by Nicholas Basbanes, Knopf, hardcover, $35.00


  • Last Call by David Lee, Wings Press, paperback, $16.00
  • Ultimatum from Paradise by Jacqueline Osherow, Louisiana State University Press, paperback, $18.95

Summer Reading: Mystery and Suspense


  • The Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction, edited with an introduction by Edward Gorman
  • The Getaway by Jim Thompson
  • Dig My Grave Deep by Peter Rabe
  • The Straight Man by Kent Nelson
  • Strongarm by Dan J. Marlowe
  • Ill Wind by W.L. Heath
  • Fires That Destroy by Harry Whittington
  • The Vengeance Man by Dan J. Marlowe
  • The Root of His Evil by James M. Cain
  • Cassidy’s Girl by David Goodis
  • The Running of Beasts by Bill Pronzini and Barry Malzberg
  • Kill the Boss Good-By by Peter Rabe
  • Web of Murder by Harry Whittington
  • Sinful Woman by James M. Cain
  • The Killing by Lionel White
  • The Devil Wears Wings by Harry Whittington


  • Lethal Injection by Jim Nisbet
  • Low Bite by Sin Soracco

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

Adult Fiction

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Scribner Book Company, hardcover, $27.00
  • Euphoria by Lily King, Atlantic Monthly Press, hardcover, $25.00
  • Shotgun Lovesongs by Nicholas Butler, Thomas Dunne Books, hardcover, $25.99
  • Us Conductors by Sean Michaels, Tin House Books, paperback, 15.95
  • Weirdness by Jeremy P. Bushnell, Melville House Publishing, paperback, $16.95

Adult Non-Fiction

  • Art of Neil Gaiman by Hayley Campbell, Harper Design, hardcover, $39.99
  • Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge by Bryce Andrews, Atria Books, hardcover, $25.00
  • Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn, Liveright Publishing Corporation, hardcover, $25.95
  • Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast, Bloomsbury Books, hardcover, $28.00
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, Belknap Press, hardcover, $39.95
  • Carsick by John Waters, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, hardcover, $26.00
  • Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient by Mark Ruhlman, Little Brown and Company, $40.00
  • How About Never – Is Never Good Enough for You?: My Life in Cartoons by Bob Mankoff, Henry Holt and Company, hardcover, $32.50
  • How Not to be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg, Penguin Press, hardcover, $27.95
  • Joseph’s Temples: The Dynamic Relationship Between Freemasonry and Mormonism, University of Utah Press, $34.95
  • Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away by Rebecca Goldstein, Pantheon Books, hardcover, $29.95
  • Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert, Henry Holt & Co., hardcover, $28.00
  • There Goes Gravity by Lisa Robinson, Riverhead Books, hardcover, $27.95
  • Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber, Penguin Press, hardcover, $29.95
  • Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of a Meaningful Life by Tom Robbins, Ecco Press, hardcover, $27.99

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


  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Scribner, Hardcover, $27.00
  • Lovers at the Chameleon Club: Paris, 1932 by Francine Prose, Harper, Hardcover, $26.99
  • We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride, Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, $25.00
  • The Plover, Brian Doyle by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, Hardcover, $24.99
  • Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth, Bloomsbury, Hardcover, $26.00
  • Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jan Gilman, Grand Central, Hardcover, $26.00
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin Books, Hardcover, $24.95
  • The Painter by Peter Heller, Knopf, Hardcover, $24.95


  • Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: a Nisei Youth behind a World War II Fence by Lily Yoriko Nakai Havey, University of Utah Press, Hardcover, $29.95
  • Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast, Bloomsbury, Hardcover, $28.00
  • Liberty’s Torch by Elizabeth Mitchell, Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, $27.00


  • Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey, Harper, Hardcover, $25.99
  • By Its Cover by Donna Leon, Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, $26.00
  • The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel by Benjamin Black, Henry Holt, Hardcover, $27.00
  • Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller, Mariner Books, Paperback, $14.95

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

Children's Picture Books

  • Naked! by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, $17.99 (Ages 4-8)
  • Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman, Dial Press, Hardcover, $17.99 (Ages 3-5)
  • Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems by Paul Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Stewart, Candlewick, Hardcover, $16.99 (Ages 6-9) 

Children’s Chapter Books

  • Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald, Dial Press, Hardcover, $16.99 (Ages 8-12)
  • Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales Series) by Nathan Hale, Harry N. Abrams, Hardcover,  12.95 (Ages 11-17)
  • The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt, Bloomsbury, Hardcover, $17.99 (Ages 12-17)

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

  • The Annotated Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (Edited by Michael Patrick Hearn), W.W. Norton, hardcover, $39.95
  • Wizard of Oz Series by L. Frank Baum, Ruth Plumly Thompson, John R. Neill and others (40 titles total), used, various price ranges

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

  • At the Same Moment, Around the World by Clotilde Perrin, Chronicle Books, hardcover, $17.00
  • Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy is Enlightening by Chris Raschka, Candlewick Press, hardcover, $15.99
  • Gaston by Kellu DiPucchio, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $16.99
  • Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $15.99
  • Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth, Scholastic Press, hardcover, $17.99
  • My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I am Not.) by Peter Brown, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $18.00 (due July 1)
  • Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier, Amulet Books, hardcover, $16.95
  • Otto in the City by Tom Schamp, Tate Publishing, hardcover, $24.95
  • Ultimate Book of Vehicles from Around the World by Anne-Sophie Baumann and Didier Balicevic, Twirl, hardcover, $19.99
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Delacorte Press, hardcover, $17.99

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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.