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2020 Summer Books Show

Kelsie Moore

We are not letting a pandemic get in the way of our favorite bi-annual show, even though, this time around, we won’t have the pleasure of seeing our studio filled with books and book people. 

From the safety of their own homes, we’ll talk with Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books, Catherine Weller of Weller Book Works and Betsy Burton of The King’s English Bookshop about how they are holding up during the COVID-19 crisis and, of course, their summer books recommendations.

Catherine Weller's Books for Adults, Weller Book Works

WBW: Fiction

  • Amnesty by Aravind Adiga, Scribner, hardcover, $26
  • Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni, Willam Morrow, hardcover, $27.99
  • Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami, Europa Editions, hardcover, $27
  • City We Became by N. K. Jemison, Orbit, hardcover, $28
  • How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang, Riverhead, hardcover, $26
  • Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, Penguin Books, paperback, $18
  • Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, Pantheon, hardcover, $25.95
  • Severance by Ling Ma, Picador USA, paperback, $17.00
  • Writers and Lovers by Lily King, Grove Press, hardcover, $27.00

WBW: Adult Non-Fiction

  • American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God & Public Lands in the West, by Betsy Gaines Quammen, Torrey House Press, paperback, $18.95
  • Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout, by Philip Connors, Ecco Press, $15.99
  • I am a Stranger Here Myself, by Debra Gwartney, University of New Mexico Press, paperback, $24.95
  • Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College, by Jesse Wegman, St. Martins Press, hardcover, $27.99
  • Memoirs of my NonExistence, by Rebecca Solnit, Viking, hardcover, $26
  • Scenic Science of the National Parks, by Emily Hoff and Maygen Keller, Ten Speed Press, paperback, $24.99
  • So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo, Seal Press, paperback, $16.99
  • Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make them Pay, by Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, W. W. Norton, hardcover, $27.95
  • Unrigged: How Americans are Battling to Save Democracy, by David Daley, Liveright Publishing, hardcover, $26.95

WBW: Books for Home

  • All New Square Foot Gardening, 3rd edition by Mel Bartholomew, Cool Springs Press, paperback, $24.99
  • Backyard Homestead, by Carleen Madigan, editor, Storey Press, paperback, $18.95
  • Bread Illustrated, by America’s Test Kitchen, America’s Test Kitchen, paperback, $32.99
  • Cool Beans, by Joe Yonan, Ten Speed Press, hardcover, $30.00
  • Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States, by Mary Ann Newcomer, Timber Press, paperback, $19.95
  • Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen, by Richa Hingle, Vegan Heritage Press, paperback $22.95

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

TKE: Fiction

  • The Mirror & the Light, by Hilary Mantel, Henry Holt hardcover, $30 (final book in Wolf Hall trilogy)
  • Deacon King Kong, by James McBride, Riverhead hardcover, $28
  • The Night Watchman,, by Louise Erdrich, Harper hardcover, $28.99
  • Crooked Hallelujah, by Kelli Jo Ford, Grove hardcover, $26 (July)
  • A Long Petal to the Sea, by Isabel Allende, Ballantine hardcover, $28
  • The Paris Library, by Janet Skeslien Charles, Atria hardcover, $28 (June)
  • Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane, Scribner paperback, $17

TKE: Nonfiction

  • Bright Precious Thing: a Memoir, by Gail Caldwell, Random House hardcover, $27 (July)
  • The Splendid and the Vile, by Erik Larson, Crown hardcover, $32
  • The Story of More, by Hope Jahren, Vintage paperback, $15
  • Desert Notebooks, by Ben Ehrenreich, Counterpoint hardcover, $26 (July)

TKE: Mystery/Thriller

  • The Boy in the Field, by Margot Livesey, Harper hardcover, $26.99 (August)
  • Rollover, by Paula Longhurst, Open Flame Press paperback, $16.99
  • Hammer to Fall, by John Lawton, Atlantic hardcover, $26
  • Camino Island, by John Grisham, Doubleday hardcover, $28.95

Ken Sanders' Books for Adults, Ken Sanders Rare Books

KSRB: Ken’s Favorite 2019/2020 Books

  • The Ballad of Western Expressionism,by Tom Russell. Frontera Press, 2019. $29.99
  • Wrenched from the Land: Activists Inspired by Edward Abbey,by ML Lincoln; Diane Sward Rapaport (Editor); Bill McKibben (Foreword); Charles Bowden; Dave Foreman; Katie Lee; Ken Sleight; Doug Peacock; Ken Sanders; Tim DeChristopher; Terry Tempest Williams; et al. University of New Mexico Press, 2020. $24.95
  • Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick,by Zora Neale Hurston; Genevieve West (Editor); Tayari Jones (Foreword). HarperCollins, 2020. $25.95.
  • Our House is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis,by GretaThunberg; Svante Thunberg; Malena Ernman; Beata Ernman. Penguin, 2020. $17.00
  • The Great Interruption: The Story Of A Famous Story of Old Port William and How It Ceased To Be Told, (1935-1978),by Wendell Berry.
  • Larkspur Press, 2019. $50.00
  • Land of Wolves,by Craig Johnson. Penguin Random House, 2019. $28.00
  • Nature: Poems Old and New,by May Swenson. Mariner Books, $15.95.
  • Joseph Smith:History, Methods, and Memory, by Ronald O. Barney. University of Utah Press, 2020. $40.00

KSRB: Dystopian Picks

  • 1984,by George Orwell
  • The Plague,by Albert Camus
  • Oryx and Crake,(Maddadam Series) by Margaret Atwood
  • The Handmaid’s Tale,by Margaret Atwood
  • World War Z,by Max Brooks
  • The Road,by Cormac McCarthy
  • Due Preparations for the Plague,by Janette Turner Hospital
  • Brave New World,by Aldous Huxley
  • The Book of Joan,by Lidia Yuknavitch
  • We,by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,by Philip K. Dick
  • Fahrenheit 451,by Ray Bradbury
  • It Can’t Happen Here,by Sinclair Lewis
  • Generation A,by Douglas Coupland
  • Animal Farm,by George Orwell
  • The Giver,by Lois Lowry
  • The Hunger Games,by Suzanne Collins


Catherine Weller's Books for Kids

WBW: Kids Books

  • Goodbye from Nowhere by Sara Zarr, Balzer & Bray, hardcover, $18.99
  • List of Things That Will Not Change, by Rebecca Stead, Wendy Lamb Books, hardcover, $16.99
  • My Best Friend, by Julie Fogliano and Jillian Tamaki (illus), Atheneum, hardcover, $17.99
  • Our Planet: The One Place We All Call Home, by Matt Whyman, Harper Collins, hardcover, $24.99
  • Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You, by Jason Reynolds, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $18.99
  • Stars: A New Way to See Them, by H.A. Rey, Houghton Mifflin, hardcover or paperback, $27.99 or $14.99

Betsy Burton's Books for Kids

TKE: Children’s Picture Books

  • Ronan the Librarian, by Tara Luebbe & Becky Cattie, illustrated by Victoria Maderna, Roaring Brook Press hardcover, $17.99
  • Trees Make Perfect Pets, by Paul Czajak, illustrated by Cathy Genrron, Sourcebooks hardcover, $17.99
  • In a Jar, by Deborah Marcero, Putnam hardcover, $17.99

TKE: Middle Readers

  • The One and Only Bob, by Katherine Applegate, Harper hardcover, $18.99
  • Thieves of Weirdworld: A William Shivering Tale, by Christian McKay Heidicker, Henry Holt hardcover, $16.99
  • When Stars Are Scattered, by Victoria and Omar Mohamed, Color by Iman Geddy, Dial Books for Young Readers paperback, $12.99

TKE: Young Adult

  • Dragon Hoops, by Gene Luen Yang, Color by Lark Pi en, First Second hardcover, $24.99

Ken Sander’s Book for Kids and Young Adults

KSRB: Featured Kid’s Books

  • Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
  • The Rainbow Goblins,by Ul De Rico. Thames & Hudson, 1994. $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. $8.99
  • 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, 1974. $19.99
  • Princess and the Goblin,by George MacDonald and Ursula K. Le Guin (Introduction). Puffin Books, 2011. $6.99
  • Don’t Bump the Glumpby Shel Silverstein
  • The Ship That Sailed to Marsby William Timlin
  • Horton Hatches the Eggby Dr. Seuss
  • The “Oz” books
  • Harlan Quist
  • Pogo, by Walt Kelly
  • Nancy DrewThe Hardy Boys, by Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon

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.