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Summer Reading Lists With Elaine Thatcher On Wednesdays's Access Utah


As we head toward summer we want to know what you’re reading. What’s on your nightstand or device right now?  Is there a book that has had a big impact on you? Which books are you looking forward to reading? Perhaps you’d like to tell us a personal story connected to a favorite book. We’d love to hear about books in the adult, young adult & children’s categories. One suggestion or many are welcome.

We’re compiling a UPR Community Summer Booklist and you can add to it right now by sending your suggestions to  You can find the current list below with reading suggestions from Catherine Weller with Weller Book Works; Anne Holman with The King’s English Bookshop, Shauna Mayar with Central Book Exchange, UPR friend and avid reader Elaine Thatcher who joined us in studio for the hour, and listeners like you.

Elaine Thatcher's Picks:

A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle

Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear

Murder Must Advertise, Dorothy L. Sayers

Murder on the Levels, Frances Evesham

Murder at the Lighthouse, Frances Evesham

Four Souls, Louise Erdrich

3001: The Final Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke

The Five Books of Jesus, James Goldbug

American Gods, Neil Gaiman

The Overstory, Richard Powers

Anne Holman's Picks:


Warlight, Michael Ondaatje

The Overstory, Richard Powers

American by Day, Derek Miller (sequel to Norwegian by Night)


I'll Tell You What, Ann Cannon

Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America, Craig Childs

Back Cast: Fly Fishing and Other Such Matters, Jeff Metcalf

West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express, Jim DeFelice (Featured here on Access Utah)

Local Young Readers

A Pup Called Trouble, Bobbie Pyron

The Rose Legacy, Jessica Day George

The Traitor's Game, Jennifer Nielson

Catherine Weller's Picks:

The Last Cowboys, John Branch (Featured here on Access Utah)


The Women’s Hour, Elaine Weiss (Featured here on Access Utah)


Emmeline B. Wells, Carole Maison


Shauna Mayar's Picks:


Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed


Inkheart, Cornelia Funke



Listeners' Picks:


Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems, Kevin Kwan

We Were the Lucky Ones, Georgia Hunter

All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

Summerland, Michael Chabon

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski

Falling Upward, Richard Rohr

Cujo, Stephen King

Devoted: 38 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life With Dogs, Rebecca Ascher-Williams