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RadioWest’s 2024 Summer Book Show

Bill Sokol
Library of Congress

With summer upon us, it’s time again for a “RadioWest” tradition — gathering our trio of local booksellers to get you set up with all their favorite reads for the season.

If you’re in a punk rock mood, Weller Book Works’ Catherine Weller recommends “Rebel Girl,” by Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna. For you outdoor enthusiasts, The King’s English cofounder Betsy Burton offers up Kevin Fedarko’s “A Walk in the Park” about one hell of a misadventure through the Grand Canyon. And for those of you in the mood for something more local, Ken Sanders Rare Books owner Ken Sanders suggests “A Cowgirl’s Conservation Journey” about Utah-native Heidi Redd. If none of that floats your boat, fear not: We’ve got a lot more books to share with you.


Airdate: Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Summer Reading list: 

The King’s English, Betsy Burton



· A Walk in the Park: The True Story of a Spectacular Misadventure in the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko, Scribner hardcover, $32.50

· Sex and the Planet: What Opt-In Reproduction Could Do for the Globe by Margaret Battin, MIT hardcover, $35

· Dispersals: On Plants, Borders and Belonging by Jessica Lee, Catapult hardcover, $27

· The Editor: How Publishing Legend Judith Jones Shaped Culture in America by Sara B. Franklin, Atria hardcover, $29.99

· The Wide Wide Sea: Imperial Ambition, First Contact, and the Fateful Final Voyage of Captain James Cook”by Hampton Sides, Doubleday hardcover, $35

 · True West: Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America by Betsy Gaines Quammen, Torrey House paperback, $19.95

Nature in Summer Nonfiction: Small Gems


· The Sound of Wild Snails Eating by Elizabeth Tova Bailye, Algonquin paperback, $17.99

· The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year by Ruth Renkl, illustrated by Billy Renkl, Spiegel and Grau hardcover, $32

· Wisdom from the Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, illustrated throughout, Greystone hardcover, $15.95



· Come to the Window by Howard Norman, Norton hardcover, $27.95

· Long Island by Colm Tóibín, Scribner hardcover, $28

· Soldier Sailor by Claire Kilroy, Scribner hardcover, $26

· Welcome to Glorious Tuga by Francesca Segal, Ecco hardcover, $28.99

· Wandering Stars by Tommy Orange, Knopf hardcover, $29

· Resolution by Amy Wadsworth, Iguana paperback, $22

· Hard by a Great Forest by Leo Vardiashvil, Riverhead hardcover, $29

· The Coast Road by Alan Murrin, Harpervia hardcover, $28


· Burn by Pete Heller, Knopf hardcover, $28 (Due August 13)

· The Hunter Tana French, Viking hardcover, $32

· A Refiner’s Fire by Donna Leon, Atlantic Monthly hardcover, $28

· Shanghai by Joseph Kanon, Scribner hardcover, $28

· Storm Child Michael Robotham, Scribner hardcover, $28

Children’s Books

· Luigi The Spider Who Wanted to Be a Kitten by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, Candlewick hardcover $18.99 (Ages 3-8)

· How To Babysit Your Grown-Up: Activities to Do Together by Jean Reagan and Janay Brown-Wood, Illustrated by Lee Wildish, Knopf hardcover, $18.99 (Ages 3-8)

· Pretty Ugly David Sedaris, illustrated by Ian Falconer, Toon hardcover, $18.99 (Ages 5-7)

· Orris and Timple: the Beginning by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Carmen Mok, Candlewick hardcover, $16.99 (Ages 5-8)

· The Secret Language of Birds by Lynne Kelly, Delacorte hardcover, $17.99 (Ages 8-12)

· Force of Nature Ann E. Burg, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, Scholastic Press hardcover, $19.99, (Ages 8-12)

· Finding Normal by Stephanie Faris, Aladdin hardcover, $17.99 (Ages 9-13)

Ken Sanders Rare Books

Fiction, Poetry & Essays

- James by Percival Everett. Doubleday, 2024. Hardcover, $28

- The Spoiled Heart by Sunjeev Sahota. Viking, 2024. Hardcover, $29

- All Fours by Miranda July. Riverhead, 2024. Hardcover, $29

- I Cheerfully Refuse by Leif Enger. Grove Press, 2024. Hardcover, $28

- Until August by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Alfred A. Knopf, 2024. Hardcover, $22

- Wandering Stars by Tommy Orange. Alfred A. Knopf, 2024. Hardcover, $29

- Old King by Maxim Loskutoff. W.W. Norton & Company, 2024. Hardcover, $27.99

- Like Love: Essays and Conversations by Maggie Nelson. Graywolf, 2024. Hardcover, $32

- Reading Genesis by Marilynne Robinson. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2024. Hardcover, $29

- When You See My Mother, Ask Her to Dance: Poems by Joan Baez. Godine, 2024. Hardcover, $25.95

- We Loved It All: A Memory of Life by Lydia Millet. W.W. Norton & Company, 2024. Hardcover, $27.99

- Knife: Meditations After An Attempted Murder by Salman Rushdie. Random House, 2024. Hardcover, $28

- With Every Great Breath: New and Selected Essays, 1995-2023 by Rick Bass. Counterpoint, 2024. Hardcover, $28

- Wrong Norma by Anne Carson. New Directions, 2024. Paperback, $17.95

- To the Letter: Poems by Tomasz Rozycki, translated from the Polish by Mira Rosenthal. Archipelago, 2024. Paperback, $18

- Martyr!: A Novel by Kaveh Akbar. Knopf, 2024. Hardcover, $28.Regional Interest

- The Arches Reader by Jeffrey D. Nichols. The University of Utah Press, 2024. Paperback, $24.95

- American Zion: A New History of Mormonism by Benjamin E. Park. Liveright, 2024. Hardcover, $35

- Wild Wasatch Front: Explore the Amazing Nature in and Around Salt Lake City by Lisa Thompson (editor), with the Natural History Museum of Utah. Timber Press, 2024. Paperback, $25.99

- A Walk in the Park: The True Story of a Spectacular Misadventure in the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko. Scribner, 2024. Hardcover, $32.50

- Cactus Country: A Boyhood Memoir by Zoë Bossiere. Abrams, 2024. Hardcover, $27

- A Cowgirl's Conservation Journey: Stories from the Dugout Ranch by Heidi Redd, Larisa Bowen and Sally Jewell. The Nature Conservancy, 2024. Paperback, $49

- The Book of Bauer: Stories from a Forgotten Town by Stephen S. Lottridge. University of Utah Press, 2024. Paperback, $24.95

- Sustainability for the Forgotten by Gary E. Machlis. University of Utah Press, 2024. Paperback, $24.95

- The Book of Queer Mormon Joy by Kerry Spencer Pray. Signature Books, 2024. Paperback, $19.95

- Secret Covenants: New Insights on Early Mormon Polygamy by Cheryl L. Bruno. Signature Books, 2024. Hardcover, $39.95 Politics & Social Issues

- Making It In America: The Almost Impossible Quest to Manufacture in the U.S.A. by Rachel Slade. Pantheon Books, 2024. Hardcover, $28

- Power, Inequality, and the Struggle for the Soul of Labor by Hamilton Nolan. Hachette Books, 2024. Hardcover, $30

- The Literature of Japanese American Incarceration by Frank Abe and Floyd Cheung. Penguin, 2024. Paperback, $20

- Medgar & Myrlie: Medgar Evers and the Love Story That Awakened America by Joy-Ann Reid. Mariner Books, 2024. Hardcover, $30

- This System Is Killing Us: Land Grabbing, the Green Economy & Ecological Conflict by Xander Dunlap. Pluto Press, 2024. Paperback, $22.95

- Big Box USA: The Environmental Impact of America's Biggest Retail Stores by Bart Elmore, Rachel S. Gross and Sherri Sheu. University of Wyoming Press, 2024. Paperback, $24.95

- Defying Displacement: Urban Recomposition and Social War by Andrew Lee. AK Press, 2024. Paperback, $17

- Tripping on Utopia: Margaret Mead, the Cold War, and the Troubled Birth of Psychedelic Science by Benjamin Breen. Grand Central, 2024. Hardcover, $30

- Advocate: A Graphic Memoir of Family, Community, and the Fight for
Environmental Justice by Eddie Ahn. Ten Speed Graphic, 2024. Paperback, $24.99

- The Freaks Came Out to Write: The Definitive History of the Village Voice, the Radical Paper That Changed American Culture by Tricia Romano. PublicAffairs, 2024. Hardcover, $35

Children’s & Young Adult

- The Wishing Flower by A.J. Irving and Kip Alizadeh (Illustrator). Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2023. Hardcover, $18.99

- The Teeny-Weeny Unicorn by Shawn Harris. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2024. Hardcover, $18.99

- You Are Part of the Wonder by Ruth Doyle and Britta Teckentrup (Illustrations). Little Bee Books, 2024. Hardcover, $18.99

- There Is a Door in This Darkness by Kristin Cashore. Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2024. Hardcover, $19.99

- The Brightwood Code by Monica Hesse. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2024. Hardcover, $18.99

Weller Book Works

Adult Fiction and Poetry           

· All Fours by Miranda July, Riverhead Books, hardcover, $29.00

· Bright Sword by Lev Grossman, Viking, hardcover, $35.00 (due July 16)

· Fire Exit by Morgan Talty, Tin House Books, hardcover, $

· Goodnight Tokyo by Atsuhiro Yushida, Europa Editions, paperback, $18.00

· Martyr!: by Kaveh Akbar, Knopf Publishing, hardcover, $28.00

· Ministry of Time by Kaliane Bradley, Avid Reader Press, hardcover, $28.99

· Real Americans by Rachel Khong, Knopf Publishing, hardcover, $29.00

· Stories are Weapons by Annalee Newitz, WW Norton & Co. hardcover, $27.99

· You are Here: Poetry in the Natural World edited by Ada Limon, Utah poem by Paisley Rekdahl, Milkweed Editions, hardcover, $25.00

Adult Non-Fiction 


· Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion by Tori Telfer, Harper Perennial, paperback, $16.99

· Feeding Ghosts: A Graphic Memoir by Tessa Hulls, MCD, hardcover, $40.00

· Fi: A Memoir of My Son by Alexandra Fuller, Grove Press, hardcover, $28.00

· Free to Be: Understanding Kids and Gender Identity by Jack Turban, Atria, hardcover$28.99

· Moby Dyke: An Obsessive Quest to Track Down the Last Remaining Lesbian Bars in America by Krista Burton, Simon & Schuster, paperback, $19.99

· Reading the Room: A Bookseller’s Tale by Paul Yamazaki, Ode Books, paperback, $13.95

· *Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk by Kathleen Hannah, Ecco Press, hardcover, $29.99

· Slavery in Zion: A Documentary and Genealogical History of Black Lives and Black Servitude in Utah Territory, 1847 – 1862 by Amy Tanner Thiriot, paperback, University of Utah Press, $39.95

· Too Much Too Young, the 2 Tone Records Story: Rude Boys, Racism, and the Soundtrack of a Generation by Daniel Rachel, Akashik Books, hardcover, $32.95

· Trippy: The Peril and Promise of Medicinal Psychedelics by Ernesto Lodono, Celedon Books, hardcover, $29.99

· A Walk in the Park: The True Story of a Spectacular Misadventure in the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko, Scribner Book Company, hardcover, $32.50

Misc. Adult Books


· Big Dip Energy: 88 Parties in a Bowl for Snacking, Dinner, Desert and Beyond! By Alyse Whitney, William Morrow, hardcover, $29.99

· Book of Pintxos: Discover the Legendary Small Bites of Basque Country by Marti Buckley, Artisan Press, hardcover, $30.00

· Disappointing Affirmations: Unfollow Your Dreams! By Dave Tarnowski, Chronicle Books, hardcover, $14.95

· Spectacular Spreads: 50 Amazing Food Spreads for Any Occasion by Maegan Brown, Rock Point, hardcover, $28.00

· Stuzzichini: The Art of the Italian Snack by Stef Ferrari, Voracious/Little Brown, hardcover, $30.00

· Vegetable Garden Planner: A Crop-by-Crop Guide for Planning and Tracking Your Bounty Each Year from Seedling to Harvest by Lynn Byczynski, Storey Press, paperback, 18.99

· Zaytinya: Delicious Mediterranean Dishes from Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon by Jose Andres, Ecco, hardcover, $45.00

Kids Books


· Barren Grounds by David A Robertson, Puffin, paperback, $9.99

· Black Girl Survives in This One: Horror Stories edited by Desiree S. Evans, Flatiron Books, $19.99

· Just a Pinch of Magic by Alechia Dow, Feiwel & Friends, hardcover, $17.99

· Kyra, Just for Today by Sara Zarr, Balzer & Bray, hardcover, $19.99

· Mystery of Locked Rooms by Linsay Currie, Sourcebooks Young Readers, hardcover, $16.99

· Roy is Not a Dog by Esme Shapiro, Tundra Books, hardcover, $18.99

· Safiyyah’s War by Hiba Noor Khan, Allida, hardcover, $19.99

· Sam Francisco King of the Disco by Sarah Taholm, Annick Press, hardcover, $18.99

· Ursula Upside Down by Corey R Tabor, Balzer & Bray, hardcover, $19.99

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