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What Are You Reading? Wednesday's Access Utah



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. 

Continue the conversation by emailing  We’ll also get reading suggestions from Catherine Weller with Weller Book Works, Anne Holman of The King’s English Book Shop and Andy Nettell 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:

Catherine Weller

40 Years with Bagley by Pat Bagley

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Confluence: Navigating the Personal and Political on the Rivers of the New West by Zak Podmore

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

Grinnell: America's Environmental Pioneer and his Restless Drive by John Taliaferro

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

How to... by Randall Munroe

How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer

Virga and Bone: Essays from Dry Places by Craig Childs

Andy Nettell

Zak Podmore   Confluence--Navigating the Personal & Political on Rivers of the New West  (Torrey House Press)  

Ayja Bounous   Shaped By Snow--Defending the Future of Winter  (Torrey House Press)  

Craig Childs   Virga & Bone--Essays From Dry Places  (Torrey House Press)  

Anthony McCann   Shadowlands--Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff  (Bloomsbury)

Margaret Atwood   Testaments  (Doubleday)

Colson Whitehead   The Nickel Boys  (Doubleday) 

Ta-Nehisi Coates   The Water Dancer  (Random House)    

Anne Holman  

Wacko's City of Fun Carnival by Jeff Metcalf 

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys 

To the Land of Long Lost Friends by Alexander McCall Smith  

The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith 

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout 

Elaine Thatcher   

Molly Ivins: Letters to the Nation by Molly Ivins

In the Woods by Tana French  

An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear  

Becoming by Michelle Obama  

Cross and Crown by James McCabe  

The Second Mountain by David Brooks  

Cabanuelas: A Novel by Norma Elia Cantu   

Tom Williams   

Shelley Shepard Gray 

Lori Copeland  

Cindi Woodsmall   


Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer   

Jean Lown   

Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Michael Bloomberg & Carl Pope  

Caesar — Life Of A Colossus By Adrian Goldsworthy   

Sandy Long   

The Mueller Report  

The Mueller Report Illustrated: The Obstruction Investigation  

The Invisible Killer: The Rising Global Threat of Air Pollution and How We Can Fight Back by Gary Fuller   

Louise Excell 

The Overstory by Richard Powers   

Chris Buckner   

Written by Karen Pryor   

Karen Wood 

Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin

Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

Virgil Wander by Lief Enger

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.