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Our end-of-summer book list on Wednesday's Access Utah

Ylanite Koppens

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? 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.

You can email your list to us right now to We’ll also get reading suggestions from Anne Holman with The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City and Alyssa Sherman with Back of Beyond Books in Moab. UPR friend and avid reader Elaine Thatcher will join us for the hour.

Our Current Booklist:

Amy Anderson:
Blurred Fates by Anastasia Zadeik
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
When We were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
Reading Resilient Grieving by Lucy Hone
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Allisa Gilliespie:
Under The Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

Jennifer in Vernal:
The American Reader edited by Diane Ravitch
Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes
Thomas Paine's Common Sense

Anne Holman from The King’s English Bookshop:
Mercury Pictures Presents, Anthony Marra
Properties of Thirst, Marianne Wiggins
Calling for a Blanket Dance, Oscar Hokeah
House of Fortune, Jessie Burton | (appearing at The King's English on Thursday, September 9)
Life on the Mississippi, Rinker Buck
Catching the Light, Joy Harjo
Golden Ax, Rio Cortez
Rusty Barbed Wire, David Lee
Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light: Fifty Poems for Fifty Years, Joy Harjo
Patchwork, Matt de la Pena
Working Boats: An Inside Look at Ten Amazing Watercraft, Tom Crestodina | pre-order for November 8th

Alyssa Sherman from Back of Beyond Books:
Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Cult Classic by Sloane Crosley
Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John Koenig
An Immense World by Ed Yong
The Crane Wife by CJ Hauser
Jesus & John Wayne by Kristin Kobes Du Mez
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan

Tom Williams:
The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough
The Great Bridge by David McCullough
The Impending Crisis by David Potter
Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird
The Judge’s List by John Grisham
Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940 by William Trotter
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill by William Manchester and Paul Reid

Andy Nettell:
The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
Our Eyes at Night by M Dressler
Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson
Tracing Time by Craig Childs

Janet Miller:
The History of Pendennis, His Fortunes and Misfortunes, His Friends and His Greatest Enemy by William Makepeace Thackeray. (A lesser-known work by the author of Vanity Fair.)

Kirsten Swanson:
Words born of Silence by Ruth Swaner
The Mark of the Golden Dragon by L.A. Myer
The Further Adventures of the Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald
The Case of the Double Bumblebee Sting by John R. Erickson

Catherine Weller:
Candy House by Jennifer Eagen
How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu
Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim Fu
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird by Jack E Davis
Brief History of Equality by Thomas Piketty
Easy Beauty: A Memoir by Chloe Cooper Jones
Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas by Jennifer Raff
I Eat Poop: A Dung Beetle’s Story by Mark Pett
Song Called Home by Sara Zarr

Elaine Thatcher:
Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Sweetness and Light: The Mysterious History of the Honeybee by Hattie Ellis
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
The Department if Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
Why Didn't They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie
A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay

Tell Everyone on this Train I Love Them by Maeve Higgins

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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.