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Summer Books of 2022

Stephanie Ollerton/Renee Bright

Get a pen and paper, open your note taking app or do your best to remember this show because it’s that time of year again: time for our summer books show!

We’ve rounded up our usual cast of extraordinary local booksellers who will share their picks for great reads during this year’s long, hot dog days. Betsy Burton co-founder of The King's English Bookshop, Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books, and Catherine Weller of Weller Book Works join us, and we hope you will too. They’ve got an eclectic line-up of titles for readers of all tastes and ages.

Betsy Burton, The King's English


  • “Horse” by Geraldine Brooks, Viking hardcover, $28.00 
  • “Probably Ruby” by Lisa Bird-Wilson, Hogarth, $27.00 
  • “Love Marriage” by Monica Ali, Scribner hardcover, $27.00 
  • “Companion Piece” by Ali Smith, Pantheon hardcover, $28.00 
  • “Unlikely Animals” by Annie Harnett, Ballentine hardcover, $27.00 


  • “The Colony: Faith and Blood in a Promised Land” by Sally Denton, Liveright hardcover, $27.95 
  • “Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces” by Margaret Atwood, Doubleday hardcover, $30.00 
  • “The Summer Friend” by Charles McGrath, Knopf hardcover, $25.00 
  • “River of the Gods: Genius, Courage and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile” by Candice Millard, Doubleday hardcover, $32.50 


  • “Two Nights in Lisbon” by Chris Pavone, Farrar, Straus, Giroux hardcover, $28.00 
  • “Sparring Partners” by John Grisham, Doubleday hardcover, $28.95 
  • “Torqued Man” by Peter Mann, Harper hardcover, $26.99 
  • “Gatekeeper” by James, Byrne, Minotaur hardcover, $27.99 

Children’s Picture Books

  • “This Book is Not for You” by Shannon Hale, illustrated by Tracy Subisak, Dial hardcover, $18.99 
  • “The World Belonged to Us” by Jackeline Woodson, illustrated by Leo Espinosa, Nancy Paulsen hardcover, $18.99 
  • “Yours in Books” by Julie Falatko & Gabriel Alborozo, Cameron Kids hardcover, $17.99 
  • “Lizzie and the Cloud” by The Fan Brothers, (Terry and Eric), Simon & Schuster hardcover, $18.99 

Children’s Chapter Books

  • “Wretched Waterpark” by Kiersten White, Delacorte hardcover, $16.99 
  • “A Baker’s Guide to Robber Pie” by Caitlin Sangster, Feiwel and Friends hardcover, $16.99 
  • “It’s the End of the World and I’m in My Bathing Suit” by Justin A. Reynolds, Scholastic hardcover, $17.99 

Young Adult

  • “Our Crooked Hearts” by Melissa Albert, Flatiron hardcover, $18.99 
  • “Valiant Ladies” by Melissa Grey, Feiwel and Friends hardcover, $18.99 
  • “Love Radio” by Ebony LaDelle, Simon & Schuster hardcover, $18.99 

Catherine Weller, Weller Book Works

Adult Fiction

  • “Candy House” by Jennifer Egan, Scribner, hardcover, $28.00 
  • “How High We Go in the Dark” by Sequoia Nagamatsu, William Morrow & Co, hardcover, $27.99 
  • “Immortal King Rao” by Vauhini Vara, WW Norton, hardcover, $27.95  
  • “Inheritance of Orquidea Divina: A Novel” by Zoraida Cordova, Atria, paperback, $17.00 
  • “Latecomer” by Jean Hanff Korelitz, Celadon, hardcover, $26.00 
  • “Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century” by Kim Fu, Tin House, paperback, $16.95 
  • “Night of the Living Rez: Stories” by Morgan Talty, Tin House, paperback, $16.95 
  • “Prayer for the Crown-Shy” by Becky Chambers, Tordotcom, hardcover, $21.95 
  • “Scattered All Over the Earth” by Yoko Tawada, New Directions, paperback, $16.95 
  • “Trust” by Herman Diaz, Riverhead Books, hardcover, $28.00 
  • “Twilight World” by Werner Herzog, Penguin Press, hardcover, $25.00 
  • “Yerba Buena” by Nina LaCour, Flatiron Books, hardcover, $26.99 

Adult Non-fiction

  • “Brief History of Equality” by Thomas Piketty. Hardcover, Belknap Press, $27.95 
  • “Easy Beauty: A Memoir” by Chloe Cooper Jones, Avid Reader Press, hardcover, $28.00 
  • “Family Roe: An American Story” by Joshua Prager, WWNorton, hardcover, $35.00 
  • “France: An Adventure History” by Graham Robb, WW Norton, hardcover, $32.50 
  • “Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the World Around Us” by Ed Yong, hardcover, Random House, $30.00 
  • “*Index, A History of the: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age” by Dennis Duncan, hardcover, WW Norton, $30.00 
  • “One Person, One Vote: A Surprising History of Gerrymandering in America” by Nick Seabrook, hardcover, Pantheon, $30.00 
  • “Two Wheels Good: The History and Mystery of the Bicycle” by Jody Rose, Crown, hardcover, $28.99 
  • “Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having – or Being Denied – an Abortion” by Diana Greene Foster, Scribner, paperback, $18.99 
  • “Watergate: A New History” by Garrett Graff, Avid Reader Press, hardcover, $35.00 

Food And Drink

  • “Foraging the Mountain West” by Thomas J. Elpel, HOPS Press, paperback, $30.00 
  • “Green Barbeque: Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes to Cook Outdoors & In” by Rukmini Iyer, Countryman Press, paperback, $21.95 
  • “Korean American: Food that Tastes Like Home” by Eric Kim, Clarkson Potter, hardcover, $32.50 
  • “New Middle Eastern Vegetarian: Modern Recipes from Veggiestan” by Sally Butcher, Interlink Books, hardcover, $35.00 
  • “Plant-Based on a Budget” by Toni Okamoto, BenBella, paperback, $21.95 
  • “Ultimate Baking for One Cookbook” by Kelly Jaggers, Abrams Media, paperback, $19.99 


  • “Big and Small and In-Between” by Carter Higgins illustrated by Daniel Miyares, Chronicle Books, hardcover, $18.99 (4 – 6 years) 
  • “First Cat in Space Ate Pizza” by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Shawn Harris, Katherine Tegan Books, hardcover, $15.99 (8 – 12 years) 
  • “I am Quiet: A Story for the Introvert in All of Us” by Andie Powers illustrated by Betsey Petersen, hardcover, $16.95 (3 – 7 years) 
  • “Last Mapmaker” by Christina Soontorvat, Candlewick Press, hardcover, $17.99 (8 – 12 years) 
  • “Mina” by Matthew Forsythe, Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $17.99 (4 – 6 years) 
  • “Ogress and the Orphans” by Kelly Barnhill, Algonquin Young Readers, hardcover, $19.95 (10 + years) 
  • “Packing for Mars for Kids” by Mary Roach, Norton Young Readers, hardcover, $16.95 (9 – 12 years) 
  • “Song Called Home” by Sara Zarr. Balzer + Bray, hardcover, $16.99 (8 -12 years) 
  • “Together” by Mona Damluji illustrated by Innosanto Nagara, Triangle Square, board book, $12.95 (3 -5 years) 

Ken Sanders, Ken Sanders Rare Books


  • “To Paradise” by Hanya Yanagihara. New York: Doubleday, 2022. $32.50 
  • “Violeta” by Isabel Allende. New York: Peng/Rand, 2022. $28.00 
  • “You Don't Know Us Negroes (and Other Essays)” by Zora Neale Hurston, with an introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. New York: HarperCollins, 2022. $29.99 
  • “Lapvona: A Novel” by Ottessa Moshfegh. New York: Penguin Press, 2022. $27.00 
  • “Wrath Goddess Sing: A Novel” by Maya Deane. New York: William, Morrow & Company, 2022. $27.99 
  • “City of Orange” by David Yoon. New York: Putnam, 2022. $27.00 
  • “Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker”. Edited by Valerie Boyd. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2022. $32.50 
  • “Happy-Go-Lucky” by David Sedaris. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2022. $29.00 

Coffee Table Books And Graphic Novels

  • “Abecedario de Juàrez: An Illustated Lexicon” by Julián Cardona and Alice Leora Briggs. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2022. $35.00 
  • “Kid A Mnesia: A Book of Radiohead Artwork” by Thom York and Stanley Donwood. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2022. $50.00 
  • “Amsterdam's Compleat Fools: Full Color Programs from All of Amsterdam's Festival of Fools between 1975 and 1984 plus MORE” by Michael Evans and Johnny Melville, with a foreword by Jango Edwards. Izzak Walton Montana Publishers, 2022 $120.00 
  • “A Life in Focus: The Photography of Graham Nash” by Graham Nash by Graham Nash, Joel Bernstein and Cameron Crowe. San Rafael, CA: Insight Editions, 2021. Signed by Graham Nash. $150.00
  • “Joseph Smith and the Mormons” by Noah Van Sciver. New York: Abrams Comicarts, 2022. $29.99 
  • “Brave New World: A Graphic Novel” by Aldous Huxley. Adapted and Illustrated by Fred Fordham. New York: HarperCollins, 2022. $24.99 
  • “Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator” by Sofia Warren. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions, 2022. $24.99 
  • “The High Desert: Black. Punk. Nowhere.” by James Spooner. New York: Harper, 2022. $26.99 

Natural History And Sustainability

  • “Was It Worth It? A Wilderness Warrior's Long Trail Home” by Doug Peacock. Ventura, CA: Patagonia Works, 2022 $27.95 
  • “The Tree Book: The Stories, Science, and History of Trees” by Michael Scott, OBE, Dr. Ross Bayton, Andrew Mikolajski, Keith Rushforth, et al. New York: DK Publishing, 2022. $50.00 
  • “An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us” by Ed Yong. New York: Random House, 2022. $30.00 
  • “Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World: Essays by Barry Lopez; with an introduction” by Rebecca Solnit. New York: Random House, 2022. $28.00 
  • “Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation” by Paul Hawken. New York: Penguin, 2021. $25.00 


  • “Christian Anarchist: Ammon Hennacy, a Life on the Catholic Left” by William Marling. New York: New York University Press, 2022. $45.00 
  • “Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces 2004 – 2021” by Margaret Atwood. Doubleday, 2022. $30.00 
  • “The Quiet Before: On the Unexpected Origins of Radical Ideas” by Gal Beckerman. New York: Crown, 2022. $28.99 
  • “Abolition. Feminism. Now.” by Angela Y. Davis, Gina Dent, Erica R. Meiners and Beth E. Richie. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2022. $16.95 
  • “Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor” by Kim Kelly. New York: Atria/One Signal Publishers, 2022. $28.00 
  • “The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened” by Bill McKibben. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2022. $27.99 

Regional Interest

  • “The Backwoods of Everywhere: Words From a Wandering Local” by R. E. Burrillo. Salt Lake City, UT: Torrey House Press, 2022. $18.98 
  • “Black Utah: Stories from a Thriving Community” by the Utah Black Chamber; Roy Banks; Emma E. Houston; Sandra Hollins; Siya Mali; Rev. Dr. France A. Davis, Pastor Emeritus; et al. Salt Lake City, UT: Soul Excellence Publishing, 2022. $15.99 
  • “Tracing Time: Season of Rock Art on the Colorado Plateau” by Craig Childs. Salt Lake City, UT: Torrey House Press, 2022. $18.95 
  • “lake words" by Milo and Lucy. Salt Lake City, UT, 2022. $12.00 
  • “Last of the Bandit Riders...Revisited” by Dr. Steve Lacy, Matt Warner and Joyce Warner. Salt Lake City, UT: Eborn Books , 2022 $35.00 
  • “The Reed Smoot Hearings: The Investigation of a Mormon Senator and the Transformation of an American Religion” edited by Michael Harold Paulos and Konden Smith Hansen. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2022. $26.95 


  • “Time Is a Mother” by Ocean Vuong. New York: Penguin Press, 2022. $24.00 
  • “The Hurting Kind: Poems” by Ada Limón. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2022. $22.00 
  • “Dear God, Dear Bones, Dear Yellow” by Noor Hindi. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2022. $17.00 
  • “The Kissing of Kissing: Poems” by Hannah Emerson. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2022. $16.00 
  • “Content Warning: Everything” by Akwaeke Emezi. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2022. $16.00 
  • “Bloodfresh” by Ebony Stewart. Minneapolis, MN: Button Poetry, 2022. $18.00 


  • “Wishy Washy: A First Words and Coloring Book” by Tabitha Paige. Bend, OR: Paige, Taite and Company, 2022. $14.95 
  • “Everywhere With You” by Carlie Sorosiak and Devon Holzwarth (Illustrator). Massachusetts: Walker Books, 2022. $18.99 
  • “The Queen in the Cave” by Júlia Sardà. Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 2022. $19.99 
  • “Rewilding: Bringing Wildlife Back Where It Belongs” by David A. Steen and Chiara Fedele (Illustrator) 
  • “What a Shell Can Tell” by Helen Scales and Sonia Pulido (Illustrator). New York: Phaidon Press, 2022. $19.95 
  • “Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free: The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth” by Alice Fay Duncan and Keturah A. Bobo (Illustrator). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2022. $17.99 

Banned Books

  • “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov 
  • “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison 
  • “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe 
  • “Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out” by Susan Kuklin 
  • “The Opposite of Innocent” by Sonya Sones 
  • “Monday’s Not Coming” by Tiffany D. Jackson 
  • “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison 
  • “l8r, g8r” by Lauren Myracle 
  • “Out of Darkness” by Ashley Hope Pérez 
  • “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas 
  • “Call Me Max” by Kyle Lukoff and Luciano Lozano (Illustrator) 
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