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What Are You Reading On Monday's Access Utah

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We’re compiling another UPR Community Booklist and we want to know what you’re reading. What’s on your nightstand or device right now?  What is the best book you’ve read so far this year? Which books are you suggesting to friends and family? We’d love to hear about any book you’re reading, including in the young adult & children’s categories. One suggestion or many are welcome.

You can call us at 1-800-826-1495 during the program or email us right now to  We’ll also get reading suggestions from Catherine Weller with Weller Book Works, Anne Holman of The King’s English Book Shop and Andy Nettle from Back of Beyond Books in Moab. UPR friend and avid reader Elaine Thatcher will join us in studio for the hour.



Our Community Booklist:

Andy Nettell's List

Seasons: Desert Sketches by Ellen Meloy published by Torrey House Press

Down River: Into the Future of Water on the West by Heather Hansman published by University of Chicago Press

The River by Peter Heller published by Knopf

Crimson Cowboys: The Remarkable Odyssey of the 1931 Claflin-Emerson Expedition by Jerry Spangler and James Aton published by University of Utah Press

Across the Continent: The Union Pacific Photographs of Andrew J. Russell by Daniel Davis published by University of Utah Press

Anne Holman's List


The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo

The River, Peter Heller

The Wall, John Lanchester

A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles now out in paper

Stoner, John Williams


Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir, Ruth Reichl

Atlas of a Lost World, Craig Childs now out in paper

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession,and the Natural History Heist of the Century, Kirk Johnson

Catherine Weller's List


Daisy Jones & the Six: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Ballantine, hardcover, $27

Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen by Mary Norris, WW Norton, hardcover, $25.95

Horizon by Barry Lopez, Knopf, hardcover, $30.00

Rabbits for Food: A Novel by Binnie Kirshenbaum, Soho Press, hardcover, $26.00

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen, Little Brown, hardcover, $27.00

Seasons: Desert Sketches by Ellen Meloy by Ellen Meloy, Torrey House Press, paperback, $14.95

Trust Exercise: A Novel by Susan Choi, Henry Holt & Co., hardcover, $26.00

New in paperback!!!

Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Overstory by Richard Powers


Astrophysics for Young People In a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, WW Norton, paperback, $11.95 (10

and up)

Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli, Disney Hyperion, hardcover, $16.99 (Picture book, 4-6 years)

Circle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, Candlewick Press, hardcover, $15.99 (Picture Book, 4-6 years)

Hello Honeybees: Read and Play in the Hive! by Hannah Rogge & Emily Dove, Chronicle Books, board book $11.99 (Board Book, 2-5 years)

Elaine Thatcher's List

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, Michael Pollan

The Human Factor, Graham Greene

Pardonable Lies, Jaqueline Winspear

Galatea 2.2, Richard Powers

Emily Bassett:

Undefeated Mind and The Power of Now are 2 outstanding books that have had q profound impact on my life.

Anita Kingdom:

Just finished "Anne Frank Remembered" by Miep Gies. Very well written and a fascinating read.

Paul in Logan...says he recommends "A Call for Revolution by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and it is a love letter to the millennial generation."

Clarence and Barbara Hale:

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown. This is the saddest book I ever read. It is the story of the conquering of the American West from the Indian point of view. It is very well documented.

Tom Williams:

Something New by P.G. Wodehouse

The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

The Last Lion by William Manchester & Paul Reid

John Adams by David McCullough

The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro

The Rider of Lost Creek by Louis L’Amour

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

Bryan in Hyde Park

Nothing Like It by Stephen Ambrose

cThis is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitan


Jennifer in Vernal:

Everything Trump Touches Dies by Rick Wilson

Still Alice by Lisa Genova


Mike Newbold:

Coders by Clive Johnson

Mindhunter by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

Autopsy by Sherman Alexie

Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Weijun Wang

The Riverman by Robert Keppel

Hymn by Sherman Alexie

Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains by Charles A. Eastman

In Mad Love and War by Joy Harjo

The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Sadness by Elyn Saks

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells

Sharing Our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence

Sugar Run: A Novel by Mesha Maren

Instrumental by James Rhodes
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer


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.