Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, when you may have some extra time for books, we’re compiling our latest UPR booklist. I’ve recently jumped headlong into the history of the Civil War. I’ll tell you which books I recommend on that subject. Elaine Thatcher, our usual co-host for these episodes, always has several fascinating books on her nightstand. She’ll share her list with us. We’ll also get recommendations of interesting new books from booksellers in Moab and Ogden. Andy Nettle from Back of Beyond Books in Moab and Kent and Julie Ann Winward from Booked on 25th in Ogden, will join.
“The Impending Crisis” by Edward Potter
“Grant” by Ron Chernow
“Battle Cry of Freedom” by James McPherson
“Race and Reunion” by David Blight
“Stamped From The Beginning” by Ibram Kendi
“The March of Folly” by Barbara Tuchman
“The Inimitable Jeeves” by P.G. Wodehouse
“The Woman in White” by Wilie Collins
“Stories of Your Life and Others” by Ted Chiang
“Out of Africa/Shadows on the Grass” by Isak Dinesen
“A Man Called Intrepid” by William Stevenson
“She Shall Be an Ensign” by Ardis Parshall
Stony Mesa Sagas by Chip Ward Publisher: Torrey house Press
Elk Mountain Mission by Tom McCourt and Wade Allinson Publisher: Southpaw Publications
Last to See Me by M. Dressler Publisher: Skyhorse
All of Katie Lee's Books
Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle
Glen Canyon Betrayed
Ghosts of Dandy Crossing
Ballad of Gutless Ditch
Birding Without Borders by Noah Stryker Publisher: Harcourt Mifflin Houghton
Letters Like the Day--On Reading Georgia O'Keeffe by Jennifer Sinor Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Art of Loading Brush--New Agrarian Writings by Wendell Berry Publisher: Counterpoint
First Impressions--A Reader's Journey to Iconic Places of the American Southwest by David Weber and William DeBuys Publisher: Yale
Kent and Julie Ann Winward
The Brothers K” David James Duncan
The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach
Bright Lights, Big City Jay McInerny
Shalimar the Clown Salman Rushdie
Blindness Jose Saramago
My Struggle Karl Ove Knausgaard
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Trial Franz Kafka
Crime and Punishment Fydor Dostoyevsky
Les Miserables Victor Hugo
Big Sur Jack Kerouac
Anti-Fragile Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Debt: The First Five Hundred Years David Graeber
American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America Colin Woodard
Redeployment Phil Klay
America’s Bitter Pill Steven Brill
The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander
We Were Eight Years In Power Ta-Nehsi Coates
No Apologies: Poems J.A. Carter-Winward
Altman's Tounge Brian Evenson
Daredevil Shawn Vestal
The Backslider Levi Peterson
Beginnings by Carol Lynn Pearson
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
The Complete Poetry Collection of Michael Madsen
Fire in the Earth* by David Whyte
Infinite Jest**, The Pale King by David Foster Wallace***
The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman
Then We Came to the End, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
Act of Love, The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
The Kindness of Women by J.G. Ballard
The Stranger by Albert Camus
The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Pretty much every novel by Philip Roth (except the meta-fiction) but specifically: Nemesis, Sabbath's Theater, Portnoy's Complaint, and Plot Against America.
Robert Olen Butler deserves a special line as well: From Where You Dream, Hell, A Small Hotel, and Severance.
*contains a poem that has informed my whole life--"Self-Portrait." I want it on my...epitaph, tombstone, or urn. Or cryo-chamber. I mean right? You don't know.
**I read IJ all the way through, then, at the very end, went back to the very beginning and re-read. It was, and is, That. Freaking. Good.
***If you've never seen it, the speech Wallace gave called This is Water is literally...for lack of a better term, my scripture."
Since you are discussing magazines as well as books today, I want to lob in a recommendation: Harper’s Magazine, which I continue to read avidly as I have been doing since the 1970s. Harper’s has much in common with The Atlantic (which you have already mentioned) but in my opinion with deeper reporting and better writing.
Not sure why this would be so, since they are both monthlies — perhaps it is the legacy of Lewis Lapham, who was the editor of Harper’s for many decades.
When I was young, I subscribed to and avidly read, The Atlantic, The New Republic and Harper’s and would often pick up The New Yorker on newsstands. But of the four, over the years, Harper’s is the only one I still read regularly.
Susan Jelus in Newton, Utah
I have been enjoying All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. The short chapter lengths make it ideal for bedtime reading. It covers the time period of the nazi occupation of France, which may not make it such good bedtime reading for some. It’s well-written, with some endearing characters.
For magazines, I enjoy Mother Earth News. There is always something of interest in it for the gardener/do-it-yourselfer/homesteader.