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RadioWest’s 2022 Holiday Book Show

Renee Bright

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time again for our annual tradition: Gathering a few close friends and talking books with them.

We’re joined by the usual suspects: Ken Sanders, Betsy Burton and Catherine Weller. Each of them has a literal pile of books to recommend — either as gifts for your loved ones, or maybe just a little present to yourself. A couple highlights include the latest offering from Cormac McCarthy, a book about butts (seriously, it’s very interesting) and some poetry from Utah native Rio Cortez. We hope you’ll join us this Friday at 11 a. m.


  •             Ken Sanders, owner of Ken Sanders Rare Books 
  •             Betsy Burton, co-founder of The King’s English Bookshop 
  •             Catherine Weller, book Buyer for Weller Book Works

Holiday Reading List:

 The King's English Bookshop


Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah, Algonquin hardcover, $27

The Hero of This Book by Elizabeth McCracken, ecco hardcover, $26.99

The Marriage Portrait by, Maggie O’Farrell, Knopf hardcover, $28

Gilded Mountain by Kate Manning, Scribner hardcover, $28

The Singularities by John Banville, Knopf hardcover, $30

Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout, Random House hardcover, $28

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr, Scribner paperback, $20

The Magician by Colm Toibin, Scribner paperback, $20

Oh, William by Elizabeth Strout, Random House paperback, $20


Our America: A Photographic History by Ken Burns, Knopf hardcover, $75

Shirley Hazzard: A Writing Life by Brigitta Olubas, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux hardcover, $35

Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure by Rinker Buck, Avid Reader hardcover, $32.50

Samuel Adams by Stacy Schiff, Little, Brown hardcover, $35

The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama, Crown hardcover, $32.50

The Song of the Cell by Siddhartha Mukherjee, Scribner hardcover, $32.50

Art of the Chicken: A Master Chef’s Paintings, Stories, and Recipes of the Humble Bird by Jacques Pepin Harvest hardcover, $30


Judas 62 by Charles Cumming, Mysterious Press, $27.95

Bad Actors by Mick Herron, Soho hardcover, $27.95

Desert Star by Michael Connelly, Little, Brown, $29

A Heart Full of Stones by Ian Rankin Little, Brown, $28

Blackwater Falls by Ausma Zehanat Khan, Scribner hardcover, $28

Children’s Picture Books

Like by Annie Barrows and Leo Espinoza, Chronicle hardcover, $17.99

King Kong’s Cousin by Mark Teague, Beach Lane hardcover, $18.99

Magnolia Flower by Zora Neale Hurston and Ibram X Kendi, illustrated by Loveis Wise, Amistad hardcover, $19.99

Witch Hazel by Molly Idle, Little, Brown hardcover, $18.99

Chapter Books

The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander Little, Brown hardcover, $17.99

Diana and Nubia: Princesses of the Amazon by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by Victoria Yang, Lynette Wong and Becca Carey , DC Graphic Novels for Kids paperback, $9.99

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger, illustrated by Rovina Cai, Levine Querido hardcover, $18.99

Bravely, Maggie Stiefvater, Disney hardcover, $19.99

Weller Book Works


Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: an Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R.F. Kuang, hardcover, $27.99

Before Your Memory Fades by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, hardcover, Hanover Square Press, $19.99

Dinosaurs by Lydia Millet, hardcover, WW Norton, $26.95

Gilded Mountain by Kate Manning, hardcover, Scribner, $28.00

Ithaca by Claire North, hardcover, Redhook, $28.00

Liberation Day: Stories by George Saunders, hardcover, Random House, $28.00

Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell, hardcover, Knopf, $28.00

Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra, hardcover, Hogarth, $28.99

Now is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson, hardcover, Ecco Press, $27.99

Toad by Katherine Dunn, MCD, hardcover, $28.00


Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus by David Quammen, hardcover, Simon and Schuster, $28.99

Butts: A Backstory by Heather Radke, hardcover, Avid Reader Press, $28.99

Ejaculate Responsibly: A Whole New Way to Think About Abortion by Gabrielle Blair, paperback, Workman, $14.99

Future is Analog: How to Create a More Human World by David Sax, hardcover, PublicAffairs, $29.00

Primer for Forgetting the Past: Getting Past the Past by Lewis Hyde, paperback, Picador, $18.00

Revolutionary: Samuel Adams by Stacy Schiff, hardcover, Little Brown & Co., $35.00

Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human by Siddhartha Mukherjee, hardcover, Scribner, $32.50

Spectre, Haunting: On ‘The Communist Manifesto’ by China Mieville, paperback, Haymarket Books, $21.95

This America of Ours: Bernard and Avis Devoto and the Forgotten Fight to Save the Wild, by Nate Schweber, hardcover, Mariner Books, $28.00

Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste by Nolan Gasser, paperback, $21.99


Cat-Hair Hats for Cats by Rojiman & Umatan, hardcover, TenSpeed Press, $16.99

Dinner in One: Exceptional & Easy One-Pan Meals by Melissa Clark, hardcover, $29.99

Dinosaur Philosophy by James Stewart, illustrated by K Romey, hardcover, HarperCollins, $14.99

Gateau: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes by Aleksandra Crapanzo, hardcover, Scribner, $30.00

Vegan Roasting Pan by Katy Beskow, hardcover, HardieGrant, $22.99


Christmas Book Flood by Emily Kilgore illustrated by Kitty Moss, hardcover, Farrar Strauss and Giroux. $18.99 (picture book)

Clackity by Lora Senf, hardcover, Atheneum, $17.99 (middle grade, 8-12)

Like by Annie Burrows, illustrated by Leo Espinosa, hardcover, Chronicle Books, $17.99 (picture book)

Lord of the Fly Fest by Goldy Moldavsky, hardcover, Henry Holt, $18.99 (young adult)

Marcel’s Masterpiece: How a Toilet Shaped the History of Art by Jeff Mack, hardcover, Henry Holt & Co., $19.99 (picture book, 5 – 7)

Night Lunch by Eric Fan, Illustrated by Dena Seiferling, hardcover, Tundra Books, $18.99 (picture book)

Nubia: The Awakening by Omar Epps, hardcover, Delacorte, $19.99 (young adult)

Roll for Initiative by Jamie Formato, hardcover, Running Press, $16.99 (middle grade, 8-12)

Vanquishers by Kalynn Bayron, hardcover, Bloomsbury Publishing, $16.99 (middle grade, 8-12)

Ken Sanders Rare Books

Fiction & Poetry

How It Went: Thirteen More Stories of The Port William Membership by Wendell Berry. New York: Counterpoint. $26

Dinosaurs by Lydia Millet. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2022. $26.95

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. New York: Harper, 2022. $32.50

We Won’t Be Here Tomorrow: And Other Stories by Margaret Killjoy. Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2022. $18

The Rupture Tense: Poems by Jenny Xie. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2022.

The Passenger and Stella Maris by Cormac McCarthy. New York: Borzoi Books, 2022. $30 / $26

Golden Ax by Rio Cortez. New York: Penguin Random House: 2022. $18

A Rainbow by Wendell Berry and Wesley Bates (Illustrator). Monterey, KY: Larkspur Press, 2022. $32

Illustrated & Gift Books

Wild Things are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak by Jonathan Weinberg, Lynn Caponera (Introduction), Thomas Crow, et al. New York: DelMonica Books, 2022. $55

The Philosophy of Modern Song by Bob Dylan. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2022. $45

Maverix and Lunatix: Icons of Underground Comix by Drew Friedman. Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2022. $34.99

Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of Protest by Silas Munro. San Francisco, CA: Letterform Archive Books, 2022. $45

The Night Eaters: She Eats the Night by Marjorie Liu. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2022. $24.99

Look Back by Tatsuki Fujimoto. San Francisco, CA: Viz Media, 2022. $12.99

War and Peace: The Graphic Novel by Alexandr Poltorak. Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2022. $19.99

Regional Interest

Dictionary of Utah Fine Artists by Vern G. Swanson, Donna L. Poulton, Angela Swanson Jones, Micah J. Christensen. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith, 2022. $80

Stone Desert by Craig Childs. Salt Lake City: Torrey House Press, 2022. $21.95

Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America by Megan Kate Nelson. New York: Scribner Book Company, 2022. $28.99

Unmask Alice: LSD, Satanic Panic, and the Imposter Behind the World’s Most Notorious Diaries by Rick Emerson. Dallas, TX: BenBella Books, 2022. $26.95

Cheap Land Colorado: Off-Gridders at America's Edge by Ted Conover. New York: Knopf, 2022. $30

Jonathan Troy by Edward Abbey. Chosho Publishing, 2022 (Reprint). $23.99

Supernatural Lore of Southern Utah by Darren M. Edwards. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2022, $21.99

Children’s and Young Adult

The Storyteller’s Handbooks: 52 Illustrations to Inspire Your Own Tales and Adventures by Elise Hurst and Neil Gaiman (Foreword). Seattle, WA: Compendium 2022. $24.95

Beatrice Likes the Dark by April Genevieve Tucholke and Khoa Le (Illustrator). New York: Algonquin Young Readers, 2022. $18.95

Attack of the Black Rectangles by A.S. King. New York: Scholastic Press, 2022. $18.99

The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas. New York: Feiwel & Friends, 2022. $18.99

This Story is Not About a Kitten by Randall de Sève and Carson Ellis (Illustrator). New York: Penguin Random House, 2022. $18.99

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee (Young Readers Adaptation) by David Treuer. New York: Viking Books for Young Readers, 2022. $19.99

History & Politics

The Need to Be Whole: Patriotism and the History of Prejudice by Wendell Berry. Shoemaker + Company, 2022. $24

Silent Spring Revolution: John F. Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and the Great Environmental Awakening by Douglas Brinkley. New York: Harper, 2022

Unruly Saint: Dorothy Day’s Radical Vision and Its Challenge for Our Times by D.L. Mayfield and Robert Ellsberg (Foreword). Minneapolis, MN: Broadleaf Books, 2022. $26.99

The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family by Kerri K. Greenridge. New York: Liveright Publishing, 2022. $32.50

Fighting Times: Organizing the Front Lines of the Class War by Jon Melrod. Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2022. $24.95

Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora. London: Hogarth Press, 2022. $28

Lady Justice: Women, The Law, and the Battle to Save America by Dahlia Lithwick. New York: Penguin Press, 2022. $29

Stocking Stuffers (Large & Small!)

Mondo Utah: A Collection of Extreme Weirdness from the Land of Zion by Trent Harris. Salt Lake City, UT: Dream Garden Press, 2006. $15

Everett Ruess:  A Vagabond for Beauty & Wilderness Journals by W.L. Rusho (Editor). Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith, 2002. $29.95

Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness by Amy Irvine. Salt Lake City, UT: Torrey House Press, 2022. $11.95

lake words by Milo and Lucy. Salt Lake City, UT. 2022. $12

Secret Salt Lake City: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure by Jeremy Pugh and Mary Brown Malouf. St. Louis, MO: Reedy Press, 2021. $22.5

This Immeasurable Place: Food and Farming from the Edge of Wilderness by Blake Spalding Jennifer Castle, Lavinia Spalding and Ace Kvale (photography). HBG Press, 2017. $40

The Moon is Behind Us: 30 Letters in Response to 30 Moons by Terry Tempest Williams and Fazal Sheikh. Germany: Steidl, 2021. $40

Back Roads of Utah: An informal guide to the state in commentary and original sketches by Margaret Pettis. Monee, Illinois: Margaret Pettis, 2021. $20

The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey and R. Crumb (Illustrator). Salt Lake City, UT: Dream Garden Press, 2022 (7th edition). $30

Airdate: Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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