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Our fall 2021 community booklist on Thursday's Access Utah

A stack of books.
Kimberly Farmer

As we head toward the holidays 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 or giving as gifts? 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 and children’s categories. One suggestion or many are welcome. 

We’re going to compile a UPR Community Booklist. 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 with The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, and Andy Nettell from Back of Beyond Books in Moab. UPR friend and avid reader Elaine Thatcher will join us for the hour.

Our community booklist:

Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli by Mark Seal

Martita, I Remember You / Martita, te recuerdo by Sandra Cisneros

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Vesper Fights by Helen MacDonald

Education in Black and White: Miles Horton and the Highlander Center’s Vision for Social Justice by Stephen Preskill

The Tradition by Jericho Brown

Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay

Starfish by Lisa Fipps

Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

145th Street: Short Stories by Walter Dean Myers

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

The Art of Solitude by Stephen Batchelor

What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson

The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina

Picnic in the Ruins by Todd Robert Peterson

Mary Jane Wild: Two Walks and a Rant by Brooke Williams

Bless the Birds: Living with Love in a Time of Dying by Susan J. Tweit

The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich

Unsolaced: Along the Way to All That Is by Gretel Ehrlich

The Guide by Peter Heller

Paint by Numbers by Mark Sublette

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

Bewildered by Richard Powers

Daughter of the Morning Star by Craig Johnson

How to Find Your Way in the Dark by Derek Miller

Our Table by Peter Reynolds

I Eat Poop: A Dung Beetle Story by Mark Pett

Pando: A Living Wonder of Trees by Kate Allen Fox

Once Upon a Camel by Kathi Appelt

Amethyst by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

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.