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UPR's 2015 Book List on Wednesday's Access Utah

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Periodically we join together as a UPR community to share what we're reading. On Wednesday's Access Utah we're doing it again, but with a twist: We want your list of the best books of 2015.

Elaine Thatcher joins me in studio and we'll hear from Anne Holman from The King's English Book Shop in Salt Lake City, Andy Nettell from Back of Beyond Books in Moab and Catherine Weller of Weller Book Works in Salt Lake City.

You can share your best of 2015 list with us by email to, via Twitter @UtahPublicRadio or on our Utah Public Radio Facebook page. And you can call us at 1-800-826-1495 between 9:00 and 10:00 Wednesday morning.

Anne Holman, The King’s English Book Shop, Salt Lake City, Utah:

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Last Bus to Wisdom By Ivan Doig

Merry Christmas, Mr. Mouse by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson



Andy Nettel, Back of Beyond Books, Moab, Utah:


Gratitude by Oliver Sacks--Alfred A. Knopf


Being Mortal by Atul Gawande--Metropolitan Books


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman--Washington Square Press


Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts--Grove Press


Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart--Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  


Colorado's Yampa River, Free Flowing and Wild From the Flat Tops to Green.  Photography by John Fielder, text by Patrick Tierney--John Fielder Publishing


Rare Books Uncovered by Rebecca Barry--Voyageur Press  


Catherine Weller, Weller Book Works, Salt Lake City, Utah:

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf

The Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe


Rad American Women A to Z by Kate Schatz


Barbara from Hyrum: Callers: Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Jennifer from Vernal: The Scarlet Letter


Diana from Vernal: The Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold.

Steve from Beaver Dam, Arizona: SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard



Jake from Hyrum:

Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig   


Finding Amelia:  The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance by Ric Gillespie


Lieutenant Nobu Shirase and the Japanese Antarctic Expedition of 1910- 1912 by Nobu Shirase   


Recording The Beatles by Brian Kehew


Maughn Gregory

Guantánamo Diary​ by ​​Mohamedou Ould Slahi ​​​

​Between the World and Me​ by ​Ta-Nehisi Coates

​Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad ​by ​Eric Foner

The Sellout​ by Paul Betty​

​Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise​ by ​Thich Nhat Hanh​

Dome of the Hidden Pavilion: Poems​ by ​​James Tate

The Wright Brothers ​by David McCullough​

Intimacy Idiot​ by Isaac Oliver​




Joseph Anderson

Adventures of a Waterboy​ ​by Mike​ ​Scott​

American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church​ ​by Alex​ ​Beam

Deep Dark Fears​ ​by Fran​ ​Krause​

Monk's Hood (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #3)​ ​by Ellis Peters​

The English Ghost: Spectres Through Time​ ​by Peter​ ​Ackroyd​


Elaine Thatcher:

The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Vish Puri

My name is red, by Orhan Pamuk

The Sparrow by Mary Russell

Unicorn Variations by Roger Zelger

Heart Earth by Ivan Doig

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

A Garlic Testament on a Small New Mexico Farm by Stanley Crawford

The Road from Coorain by Jill Conway

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.