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2019 Holiday Books Show

Kelsie Moore
From left to right: Betsy Burton, Catherine Weller and Ken Sanders taping our 2019 Holiday Books Show.

It’s our favorite time of year: The RadioWest Holiday Books Show! Even if you never know what to buy your people for the holidays, choosing new books is easy thanks to recommendations from our panel of local professionals, Catherine Weller, Ken Sanders and Betsy Burton.

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

TKE: Fiction

  • The Testaments: The Sequel to the Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Nan Talese Doubleday hardcover, $28.95
  • Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout, Random House hardcover, $27
  • Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Patina Gappah, Scribner hardcover, $27
  • Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane, Scribner hardcover, $27
  • Bunny by Mona Awad, Viking hardcover, $26

TKE: Nonfiction

  • Erosion by Terry Tempest Williams, Sarah Crichton hardcover, $27
  • One Long River of Song by Brian Doyle, Hachette hardcover, $27
  • The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson, Doubleday hardcover, $30

TKE: Big Beautiful Books

  • The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, Simon & Schuster hardcover, $35
  • Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks, Second Expanded Edition QT Luong photographer, foreword by Dayton Duncan, Terra Galleria hardcover, $65
  • Beautiful Machines edited by Gestalten and Blake Z. Rong, preface by Jan Baedeker, Gestalten hardcover, $69

TKE: Humor

  • 40 Years with Bagley by Pat BagleySalt Lake Tribune paperback, $20
  • The Great Christmas Tree Lot Fiasco by Jeff Metcalf paperback, TKE Ink, $12.95
  • The Letters of Cole Porter edited by Cliff Eisen and Dominic McHugh, Yale University Press hardcover, $35

TKE: Mystery

  • Country by Michael Hughes Custom House hardcover, $26.99
  • Agent Running in the Field by John Le Carré, Viking hardcover, $29
  • Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham, Scribner, $27

Catherine Weller's Books for Adults, Weller Book Works

WBW: Fiction

  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James, Riverhead, hardcover, $30
  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, Riverhead Press, hardcover, $27
  • Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton, Grand Central Publishing, hardcover, $27
  • Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky, Grand Central Publishing, hardcover, $30
  • Middlegame by Seanan McGuire, Tor, hardcover, $29.99
  • Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, Doubleday, hardcover, $24.95
  • Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson, Ecco Press, hardcover, $26.99
  • Out of Darkness Shining Light by Petina Gappah, Scribner Book Company, hardcover, $27
  • Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor, Vintage, paperback, $16.95
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, hardcover, $28.95
  • The Topeka School by Ben Lerner, Farrar Straus and Giroux, hardcover, $27
  • The Water Dancer by Ta Nehisi Coates, One World, hardcover, $28

WBW: Non-fiction

  • All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard – Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy by Phil Keith and Tom Clavin, Hanover Square Press, hardcover, $27.99
  • Be Your Own Bartender: A Surefire Guide to Finding (and Making) Your Perfect Cocktail by Carey Jones and John McCarthy, Countryman Press, softbound, $24.95
  • Confluence: Navigating the Personal & Political on Rivers of the New West by Zak Podmore, Torrey House Press, paperback, $18.99
  • How to Cook Everything – Completely Revised Twentieth Anniversary Edition: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman, Houghton Mifflin, hardcover, $37
  • In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf, hardcover, $26
  • Joy of Cooking: 2019 Edition by Irma S. Rombauer, Scribner Book Company, hardcover, $40
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibrahim X Kendi, One World, hardcover, $27
  • Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power by Peka Hamalainen, Yale University Press, hardcover, $35
  • The Necronomnomnom: Recipes and Rites from the Lore of HP Lovecraft by Mike Slater, Countryman Press, hardcover, $24.95
  • Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond by Alexandra Horowitz, Scribner, hardcover, $28
  • Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert MacFarlane, WW Norton, hardcover, $27.95
  • Virga & Bone: Essays from Dry Places by Craig Childs, Torrey House Press, paperback, $14.95
  • Whose Story is This?: Old Conflicts, New Chapters by Rebecca Solnit, Haymarket Press, paperback, $15.95
  • White Man’s Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon by Dana Schwartz, Harper, $16.99
  • Ye Olde Cat Memes by Eulalie Osgood Grover, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, $15.99
  • 40 Years with Bagley, by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune, paperback, $19.95
  • Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death by Caitlin Doughty, WW Norton, hardcover, $25.95

Ken Sanders' Books for Adults, Ken Sanders Rare Books

KSRB: Fiction & Poetry 

  • Dakotah: The Return of the Future by Charles Bowden. University of Texas Press, 2019. $24.95 
  • America's Most Alarming Writer: Essays on the Life and Work of Charles Bowden by various authors. University of Texas Press, 2019. $29.95
  • The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Harper Perennial, 2019 (Paperback). $18.99 
  • What I Stand On: The Collected Essays of Wendell Berry: 1969-2017 by Wendell Berry and Jack Shoemaker (Editor). Library of America, 2019. $75.00 
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2019. $28.95
  • Horizon by Barry Lopez. Alfred A. Knopf, 2019. $30.00
  • An American Sunrise: Poems by Joy Harjo. W. W. Norton & Company, 2019. $25.95
  • We Were Arrested by Ken Babbs. Tsunami Books Press, 2019. Signed, $12.00
  • Come West and See: Stories by Maxim Loskutoff. W. W. Norton & Company, 2019. $25.95
  • The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi. Vintage Books, 2016. $16.95
  • Blue Moon by Lee Child. Delacorte Press, 2019. $28.99
  • The Night Fire by Michael Connelly. Little, Brown and Company, 2019. $29

KSRB: Local Voices 

  • 40 Years with Bagley by Pat Bagley, 2019, Signed, $19.95 
  • Kingdom in the West, Volume 16–The Whites Want Every Thing: Indian-Mormon Relations, 1847–1877 by Will Bagley, Arthur H. Clark Publishing, 2019. $55 
  • Erosion: Essays of Undoing by Terry Tempest Williams. Sarah Crichton Books, 2019. $27
  • Virga & Bone: Essays from Dry Places by Craig Childs, Torrey House Press, 2019. Signed, $14.95
  • Mine Tailings by David Lee. 5 Sisters Press, 2019. Signed, $15
  • Feed My Sheep: The Life of Alberta Henry by Colleen Whitley. University of Utah Press, 2019. $34.95
  • Sites & Sightlines: New Ways to Explore Our Salt Lake City Communities and Ecosystems by various authors. Torrey House Press, 2019. $10
  • The Selected Letters of Juanita Brooks by Juanita Brooks and Craig S. Smith (Editor). University of Utah Press, 2019. $45
  • Faith & Intellect: The Lives and Contributions of Latter-Day Saint Thinkers by Leonard J. Arrington, Philip L. Barlow (Foreword) and Gary James Bergera (Editor). Signature Books, 2019. $14.95 

KSRB: Graphic Novels, Comics, and Illustrated Books for Adults 

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Lynd Ward (Illustrator). Dover, 2019. $14.95 
  • The Complete Little Nemo: 1910-1927 by Winsor McCay. Taschen, 2019. $80 
  • Kirby is...Fantastic! by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee [Fantastic Four]. Marvel Worldwide Inc, 2019. $100 
  • Vivisectionary by Kate Lacour. Fantagraphics Books, 2019. $24.99 
  • Archipelago: An Atlas of Imagined Islands by Huw Lewis-Jones. Thames & Hudson, 2019. $35
  • Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran (Illustrator). Dark Horse Books, 2019. $17.99
  • The Dreaming Volume One: Pathways and Emanations by Neil Gaiman, Simon Spurrier and Bilquis Evely. DC Comics, 2019. $16.99 

KSRB: Politics and Social Issues 

  • Permanent Record by Edward Snowden. Metropolitan Books, 2019. $30 
  • Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism by Nadya Tolokonnikova. HarperCollins, 2018. $24.99 
  • Is Capitalism Working?: A Primer for the 21st Century by Jacob Field and Matthew Taylor (Editor). Thames & Hudson, 2018. $18.95
  • Should We All Be Vegan?: A Primer for the 21st Century by Molly Watson and Matthew Taylor (Editor).  Thames & Hudson, 2019. $18.95

KSRB: Miscellaneous 

  • La Disparition d'Everett Reuss by Emmanuel Tellier, DVD, $18.25
  • Pity the Reader: On Writing With Style by Kurt Vonnegut and Suzanne McConnell. Seven Stories Press, 2019. $32.95


Catherine Weller's Books for Kids, Weller Book Works

  • Cicada by Shaun Tan, Arthur A Levine, hardcover, $19.99
  • Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell by Illustratus, Chronicle Books, hardcover, $21.99
  • The Line Tender by Kate Allen, Dutton Books, hardcover, $17.99
  • The Lost Cousins by B. B. Cronin, Viking Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $19.99
  • Orchestra by Avalon Nuovo, Nobrow Press, hardcover, $19.95
  • Pet by Akwaeke Emezi, Make Me a World, hardcover, $17.99
  • A Stone Sat Still by Brendan Wenzel, Chronicle Books, hardcover, $17.99
  • Starsight by Brandon Sanderson, Delacorte Press, hardcover, $19.99

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

  • The Great Santa Stakeout by Betsy Bird, illustrated by Dan Santat, Scholastic hardcover, $17.99
  • Just Because by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault Candlewick Press hardcover, $17.99
  • The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys Sepetys, Penguin hardcover, $18.99 (12 and up)
  • Loki: Where Mischief Lies, Mackenzi Hachette hardcover, $17.99 (12 and up)

Ken Sander’s Book for Kids and Young Adults

  • Our House is on Fire: Greta Thunberg's Call to Save the Planet by Jeanette Winter. Beach Lane Books, 2019. $17.99
  • We Are All Greta: Be Inspired to Save the World by Valentina Gianella. Laurence King Publishing Ltd, 2019. $12.99
  • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o and Vashti Harrison (Illustration). Simon & Schuster, 2019. $17.99
  • A Wild Child's Guide to Endangered Animals by Millie Marotta. Chronicle Books, 2019. $27.50
  • The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust, Volume Two by Philip Pullman. Alfred A. Knopf, 2019. $22.99
  • Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum by Dr. Seuss and Andrew Joyner. Random House, 2019. $18.99
  • Little Naturalists: The Adventures of John Muir by Kate Coombs and Seth Lucas (Art). Gibbs Smith, 2019. $9.99
  • Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations by Joan Rock Clokey and Joe Clokey. Dynamite Entertainment, 2017. $34.99

Ken’s Favorite Kids Books

  • The Rainbow Goblins by Ul De Rico. Thames & Hudson, 1978. $19.95
  • The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek by Evelyn Sibley Lampman and Hubert Buel (Illustrator). Purple House Press, 2007. $12.00
  • Desert Voices by Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall (Illustrator). Aladdin Paperbacks, 1993. $12.95
  • The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall (Illustrator). Aladdin Paperbacks, 1998. $7.99
  • Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall (Illustrator). Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1985. $19.99
  • Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald and Ursula K. Le Guin (Introduction). Puffin Books, 2011. $6.99

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.