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RadioWest’s 2023 Holiday Book Show

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Used with Permission by: Maria Paula Garcia
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It’s our favorite time of year – when we indulge in gathering piles of books and gifting them to our family and friends.

But, where to start? At “RadioWest, we turn to our local experts, Ken Sanders, Betsy Burton and Catherine Weller, who help narrow down the many choices. So, tune in for a conversation about fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, cookbooks, kids books, local topics … we’ve got everyone covered. Join us this Wednesday at 9 a.m. for a conversation about one of our favorite topics — books!


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

Airdate: Thursday, Dec. 14, at 9 a.m. and Saturday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. 



Holiday Reading List:


Ken Sanders Rare Books

Poetry & Literature

“Excuse Me as I Kiss the Sky,” by Rudy Francisco. Button Poetry, 2023. Paperback, $18

“Sun House,” by David James Duncan. Little, Brown and Company, 2023. Hardcover, $35

“A Stroke of the Pen: The Lost Stories,” by Terry Pratchett. Harper, 2023. Hardcover, $26.99

“Toy Gun,” by Matt Coonan. Button Poetry, 2023. Paperback, $18

“So Late in the Day: Stories of Women and Men,” by Claire Keegan. Grove Press, 2023. Hardcover, $20

“Bathhouse and Other Tanka,” by Ishii Tatsuhiko and Hiroaki Sato (translator). New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2023. Paperback, $17.95

“The MANIAC,” by Benjamin Labatut. Penguin Press, 2023. Hardcover, $28 “Roman Stories," by JhumpaLahiri. Knopf Publishing Group, 2023. Hardcover, $27 

“Always Something,” by Jim Dodge. Limberlost Press, 2023. Paperback, $20

“The Wolves of Eternity,” by Karl Ove Knausgaard and Martin Aitken (translator). Penguin Press, 2023. Hardcover, $35


“All of This Was Once Under Water : Poems by Natalie Padilla Young.” Quarter Press, 2023. Paperback, $15.99

“Kairos,” by Jenny Erpenbeck. New Directions, 2023. Hardcover, $25.95 “Prophet Song,” by Paul Lynch.Atlantic Monthly Press, 2023. Hardcover, $26 Illustrated

Graphic & Gift Books

“A Wild Promise: An Illustrated Celebration of the Endangered Species Act,” by Allen Crawford and Terry Tempest Williams (introduction). Tin House Books, 2023. Hardcover, $35

“Ranger of the Lost Art: Rediscovering the WPA Poster Art of our National Parks,” by Douglas Leen and Douglas Brinkley (foreword). Paragon Press, 2023. Hardcover, $100

“Watership Down: The Graphic Novel," by Richard Adams, James Sturm (adapted by) and Joe Sutphin (illustrator). Ten Speed Graphic, 2023. Paperback, $26.99

“My Brilliant Friend: The Graphic Novel,” by Elena Ferrante, Chiara Lagani (adapted by), Mara Cerri (illustrator) and Ann Goldstein (translator). Europa Editions, 2023. Hardcover, $26

“Monica,” by Daniel Clowes. Fantagraphics Books, 2023. Hardcover, $30

“The Mysteries,” by Bill Watterson and John Kascht (illustrator). Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2023. Hardcover, $19.99

“Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones,” by Dolly Parton, Holly George-Warren and Rebecca Seaver. Ten Speed Press, 2023. Hardcover, $50

“Ed Mitchell's Barbeque,” by Ed Mitchell, Ryan Mitchell and Zella Palmer. Ecco Press, 2023. Hardcover, $37.50


Regional Interest 

“Dr. Martha Cannon of Utah: The Unexpected Victorian Life of America's First Female State Senator,” by Joan Jacobsen. History Press, 2023. Paperback, $24.99.

Lowell L. Bennion: A Mormon Educator,” by George B. Handley. University of Illinois Press, 2023. Paperback, $14.95

First Peoples of Great Salt Lake: A Cultural Landscape from Nevada to Wyoming,” by Steven R. Simms. University of Utah Press, 2023. Paperback, $34.95

“Rocky Mountain Reflections,” by Michael Shoemaker. Poets Choice, 2023. Paperback, $25

“The September Six and the Struggle for the Soul of Mormonism,” by Sara M. Patterson. Signature Books, 2023. Hardcover, $34.95

“A Descriptive Bibliography of the Mormon Church: Addendum,” by Peter Crawley. Brigham Young University, 2023. Paperback, $40

“Useful to the Church and Kingdom: The Journals of James H. Martineau, Pioneer and Patriarch, 1850–1918,” by Noel A. Carmack and Charles M. Hatch (Editors). Signature Books, 2023. Hardcover, $39.95

Children’s & Young Adult 

“What You Need to Be Warm: A Poem of Welcome,” by Neil Gaiman, Yuliya Gwilym (illustrator), Nadine Kaadan(illustrator), Chris Riddell (illustrator), et al. Quill Tree Books, 2023. Hardcover, $18.99

“The Puppets of Spelhorst,” by Kate DiCamillo and Julie Morstad (illustrator). Candlewick Press, 2023. Hardcover, $17.99

“Once, a Bird,” by Rina Singh and Nathalie Dion (illustrator). Orca Book Publishers, 2023. Hardcover, $21.95

“The Lost Library,” by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass. Feiwel & Friends, 2023. Hardcover, $17.99

“Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Sleigh!,” by Mo Willems. Union Square Kids, 2023. Hardcover, $18.99

“Dogtown,” by Katherine Applegate, Gennifer Choldenko, and Wallace West (illustrator). Feiwel & Friends, 2023. Hardcover, $17.99

General Non-Fiction 

“Humanly Possible: Seven Hundred Years of Humanist Freethinking, Inquiry, and Hope,” by Sarah Bakewell. Penguin, 2023. Hardcover, $30

“Every Man for Himself and God Against All: A Memoir” by Werner Herzog. Penguin, 2023. Hardcover, $30

“The Best Minds: A Story of the Friendship, Madness, and the Tragedy of Good Intentions" by Jonathan Rosen. Penguin, 2023. Hardcover, $32

“Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World” by John Vaillant. Alfred A. Knopf, 2023. Hardcover, $32.50

“Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet” by Ben Goldfarb. W. W. Norton, 2023. Hardcover, $30

“Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World” by Naomi Klein. FSG, 2023. Hardcover, $30

“Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell” by Sy Montgomery. Mariner Books, 2023. Hardcover, $28.99

“Sonic Life: A Memoir” by Thurston Moore. Doubleday Books, 2023. Hardcover, 2023.

The King’s English Bookshop



“My Name is Barbra” by Barbra Streisand, Penguin audiobook read by the author, $45

“True West” by Betsy Gaines Quammen, Torrey House hardcover, $28.95

“A Man of Two Faces” by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Grove hardcover, $28

“The Good Virus” by Tom Ireland, Norton hardcover, $30

“The Covenant of Water” by Abraham Verghese, Grove hardcover, $30

Expensive but Glorious Nonfiction


“Among Friends: an Illustrated Oral History of Publishing and Bookselling in the 20th Century,” edited by Buz Teacher, Running Press hardcover, $200

“Entangled Life: How Fungi Make our Worlds,” an Illustrated Edition" by Merlin Sheldrake, Random House hardcover, $40

“Native American Art from the Thomas Weisel Collection” edited by Hillary C. Olcott, Christina Hellmich, and Deana Dart, Delmonico DAP hardcover, $85



“Let Us Descend” by Jesmyn Ward, Scribner hardcover, $28

“The Vaster Wilds” by Lauren Groff, Riverhead hardcover, $28

“The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store” by James McBride, Riverhead hardcover, $28

“The End of Drum Time” by Hanna PylvAinen, Henry Holt hardcover $28.99

“The Vulnerables” by Sigrid Nunez, Riverhead hardcover, $28



“The Secret Hours” by Mick Herron, Soho hardcover, $27

“The Last Ranger” by Peter Heller, Knopf hardcover, $27

“Gaslight” by Femi Kayode, Mulholland hardcover, $29

“A Man with One of Those Faces” (and the Dublin Trilogy) by Caimh McDonnell Whitehaired Irishman paperback $12.99

Children’s Picture Books


“Wombat” by Philip Bunting, Charlesbridge hardcover, $17.99

“A Toni Morrison Treasury” by Toni Morrison & Slade Morrison illustrated by Joe Cepeda, Pascal Lemaitre, Giselle Potter, Sean Qualls, and Shadra Strickland, Simon & Schuster hardcover, $29,99

“Pretty Perfect Kitty Corn” by Shannon Hale illustrated by Leuyen Pham, Abrams hardcover $18.99

“Snowmen’s Twelve Nights of Christmas” by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner, Dial hardcover $18.99

Children and Young Adult Chapter Books


“Saints of the Household” by Ari Tison, Farrar Straus Giroux hardcover, $19.99

“Warrior Girl Unearthed” by Angeline Boulley, Henry Holt hardcover, $19.99

“The Brothers Hawthorne” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Little, Brown hardcover, $19.99

“Ryan and Avery” by David Levithan, Knopf hardcover, $18.99

“Murtagh” by Christopher Paolini, Knopf hardcover, $29.99

Weller Book Works:


“Crook Manifesto” by Colson Whitehead, hardcover, Doubleday Books, $29.00

“Fraud” by Zadie Smith, hardcover, Penguin Press, $29.00

“Gutton” by A.K. Blakemore, hardcover, Scribner, $28.00

“Heaven and Earth Grocery Store” by James McBride, hardcover, Riverhead Books, $28.00

Iliad by Homer, new translation by Emily Wilson, hardcover, WW Norton & Co, $39.95

“Land of Milk and Honey” by C. Pam Zhang, hardcover, Riverhead Books, $28.00

“Let Us Descend” by Jasmyn Ward, hardcover, Scribner, $28.00

“Managua Trilogy” by Sergio Ramirez, paperback, McPherson & Co, $16.00 each

“North Woods” by Daniel Mason, hardcover, Random House, $28.00

“Vaster Wilds” by Lauren Groff, hardcover, Riverhead Books, $28.00


“Crossings: How Road Ecology is Shaping the Future of Our Planet” by Ben Goldfarb, hardcover, WW Norton, $30.00

“Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America” by Heather Cox Richardson, Viking, $30.00

“Doppelganger: A Trip Into the Mirror World” by Naomi Klein, hardcover, Farrar Strauss & Giroux, $27

“Emperor of Rome: Ruling the Ancient Roman World” by Mary Beard, hardcover, Liveright Publishing, $39.99

“Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution” by Cat Bohannon, hardcover, Knopf, $35.00

“Following Caesar: From Rome to Constantinople, the Pathways that Planted the Seeds to Empire” by John Keahey, hardcover, St. Martins Press, $30.00

“How to Say Babylon: A Memoir” by Safiya Sinclaire, hardcover, 37 Ink, $28.99

“Listen: On Music, Sound, and Us” by Michael Faber, hardcover, Hanover Square Press, $30.00

“Path to Paradise: The Francis Ford Coppola Story” by Sam Wasson, hardcover, Harper, $32.99

“Rome of One’s Own: The Forgotten Women of the Roman” Empire by Emma Southan, hardcover, Harry N. Abrams, $27.00

“This Country: Searching for Home in (Very) Rural America” by Navied Mahdavian, paperback, Princeton Architectural Press, $25.95

“This is What it Sounds Like: A Legendary Producer Turned Neuroscientist on Finding Yourself Through Music” by Susan Rogers, paperback, WW Norton, $17.95

“True West: Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America” by Betsy Gaines Quammen, paperback, Torrey House Press, $19.95 or hardcover $28.95

Cooking, Humor, Etc.:

“Baking Yesteryear: The Best Recipes from the 1900s to the 1980s” by B. Dylan Hollis, hardcover, DK Publishing, $32.00

“Dirty Guide to a Clean Home: Housekeeping Hacks You Can’t Live Without” by Melissa Dilkes Pateras, hardcover, Dial Press, $26.00

“Endangered Eating: America’s Vanishing Foods” by Sarah Lohman, hardcover, Norton, $28.95

“Museum Bums: A Cheeky Look at Butts in Art” by Mark Small, hardcover, Chronicle Books, $19.95

“Parenting Advice to Ignore in Art and Life” by Nicole Tersigni, hardcover, Chronicle Books, $14.95

“Safe and Sound: A Renter-Friendly Guide to Home Repair” by Mercury Stardust, hardcover, DK Publishing, $24.99

“Start Here: Instructions for Becoming a Better Cook: A Cookbook” by Sohla El-Waylly, hardcover, Knopf, $45.00



“101 Ways to Read a Book” by Timothee de Fombelle et al., hardcover, Red Comet Press, $20.00 (7-10 years, everyone really)

“Beautiful Noise: The Music of John Cage” by Lisa Rogers (illus) and Il Sung Na, hardcover, Anne Schwartz Books, $18.99 (6- 10 years)

“City of Dragons: The Awakening Storm” (Bk. 1) & “City of Dragons: Rise of the Shadowfire” (Bk.2) by Jaimal Yogis, paperback, Graphix, $12.99 (8-12 years)

“Deephaven” by Ethan M. Aldridge, hardcover, Quill Tree Books, $18.99 (8-12 years)

“Dim Sum Palace” by X. Fang, hardcover, Tundra books (3-7 years)

“Every Dreaming Creature” by Brendan Wenzel, hardcover, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, $18.99 (4-8 years)

“Godly Heathens” by H. E. Edemon, hardcover, Wednesday Books, $20.00 (14-18 years)

“Gwen & Art Are Not in Love” by Lex Croucher, hardcover, Wednesday Books, $20.00 (14-18 years)

“How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney?” by Mac Barnett (illus) and Jon Klassen, hardcover, Candlewick Press, $18.99 (4-8 years)

“Mr. S.” by Monica Arnaldo, hardcover, Katherine Tegen Books, $19.99 (4-8 years)

“Sam Francisco, King of the Disco: A Picture Book About Dancing Cats” by Talib Binny (illus) and Sarah Tagholm, hardcover, Annick Press, $18.99 (4-7 years)

“Stuff Kids Should Know: The Mind-Blowing Histories of (Almost) Everything” by Chuck Bryant et. al., hardcover, Henry Holt & Co., $19.99 (8-12 years)

“Three Tasks for a Dragon” by Eoin Colfer, hardcover, Candlewick Press, $19.99 (8-12)

“Welcome Home” by Amy June Bates, hardcover, Simon & Schuster, $18.99 (4-8 years)

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