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Summer Book Show And Good Reads On Monday's Access Utah


UPR listeners are avid readers, so our periodic question to you isn’t if you’re reading, but what are you reading? We hope you’ll share your booklist with us and we’ll compile a UPR list and post it on www.upr.org  You can share your booklist by email to upraccess@gmail.com or on Twitter @upraccess. We’re also asking if you have any suggestions for beach or camping or summertime reading. And what do your children read during the summertime? Elaine Thatcher will join Tom Williams  in studio for the hour and we’ll be talking with Betsy Burton from The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City and Andy Nettell from Back of Beyond Books in Moab.

Tom’s list:

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

Joy in the Morning by P.G. Wodehouse

The Company by John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge

The Best Land Under Heaven by Michael Wallis

Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Love in a Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry


Elaine Thatcher Co-host:

Spring Mooa by Bette Boa Lord

Crime & Punishment and The Brothers Karamazou by FyodorDosoevsky

The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

First Principles and Ordinances: The Fourth Article of Faith in Light of the Temple by Morris Samuel Brown

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

Apparition Lake by Doug Lamoreux

Dragon Harvest by Upton Sinclair

Art of Singing: Discovering and Developing Your True Voice by Jennifer Hamady

A Man Called Intrepid by William Stevenson

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

Andy Nettelle from Back of Beyond Books

Monkey wrench gang Edward Abbey

Red Rock Stories by Stephen Trimble

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy D. Snyder

Ted (Listener):

I love your book shows. Thanks for feeding the reading pipeline!

I recently finished “All the Things I Never Told You” by Celeste NG  (Pronounced “i-Ng”)

This was a wonderful book around the complex and intermingled topics of race, education, family, and trust all wrapped up in a page-turning mystery that I read in a single go one spring evening. Ms. Ng crafts true characters that make you pit judgements of your perceived understanding of the characters against yourself throughout the book, replete with strong surprises at every turn. Highly recommended for an enjoyable read that stays with you and really makes you think (sometimes weeks or months after you finish it).

Another great book that deals with the Middle East is birds without wings by Louis de Bernies. I love the book - it talks about the rise of Ataturk and uses him as a character in a fictional novel. It really fleshes out this important character in Turkey's history  as a human being with ambitions, failures, and depth. It also addresses the Turk/Greek issue. Wonderful read. People may know this author from his other work at Captain Corelli's mandolin or the dust that falls from Dream.

Georgia Listener from Cedar City:

The Purple Swamphen and other short stories by Penelope Lively

According to Mark by Penelope Lively

Sterling Morris:

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace

Steve (Listener):

The first book is Four Fish by Paul Greenberg.  An engaging writer, Greenberg established his adolescent self-identity fishing in Connecticut in waters near to where I used to live.  The book is about mankind’s effect on the fish that swim in the sea, how those populations have been shaped and changed by us and with a special focus on four species that humans love to consume:  Salmon, sea bass cod and tuna.  Sound boring?  It’s not.

The second book is We Have No Idea — A Guide To The Unknown Universe by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson, both physics professors.  

I have an amateur’s interest in particle physics, relativity, astronomy and cosmology and read a lot on those subjects.  Cham and Whiteson  — as the title betrays — take a reverse approach from others I have read: they focus on what it is that we don’t understand rather than what we do, which is to say the book is all about what there is for us still to learn.  Needless to say, this inevitably also sheds light on that which we do understand.  The book is whimsically illustrated and if I have a beef with it, it is that the illustrations can be a little cutesy.  Still, We Have No Idea is an illuminating and fun read.  

Steve (Listener):

When I Was A Teenager I Gobbled-Up Dostoyevsky … …But now as an adult, I find him very heavy sledding indeed.


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.