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What Are You Reading? Our Summer Pandemic Booklist On Monday'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. 

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 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 by phone for the hour. 

Our list: 
The March of Folly by Barbara Tuchman

Grant by Jean Edward Smith

Various books by Louis L’Amour    

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Revolutionary Characters

Founding Faith

The Girl on The Train



Dark Matter

Common Sense

Revolutionary Mothers


So You Want To Talk About Race

Deep River by Karl Marlantes, published by Grove Atlantic

Man Who Never Died--The Life, Times and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon by William Adler, published by Bloomsbury

Joe Hill by Wallace Stegner, published by Vintage

Becoming Duchess Goldblatt--A Memoir by Anonymous, published by Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt

The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd, published by Canongate

Dirt--Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking by Bill Buford, published by Knopf

This Desert Hides Nothing, Ellen Meloy and Stephen Strom, Foreword by Ann Weiler Walka, published by Torrey House Press and Back of Beyond Books

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.