What's In Your Bookbag? Reading On Access Utah Tuesday

Jul 15, 2014

What’s on your nightstand or in your beach bag? Periodically we come together as a UPR community to build a reading list. And It’s time once again. We want to know what you’re reading, whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, classic literature, young adult or children’s books. You may have discovered a great read that we’d enjoy.  You can post your book list to upraccess@gmail.com or call 1-800-826-1495 during Access Utah Tuesday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Elaine Thatcher will join Tom Williams for the program; and we’ll check in with Catherine Weller from Weller Book Works in SLC and other booksellers.

Access Utah Booklist:

  • Assisted by John Stockton
  • A Country Year: Living The Questions/Sue Hubbell, One of the best-loved books ever written about life on the land about a woman finding her own way in middle age. I love the way Sue writes. Each, short essay just sucks me in as she describes her bees and her farm.
  • In God's Lap : Cache Valley history as told in the newspaper columns of A.J. Simmonds. A fascinating look at the history of Cache Valley. I’ve learned a lot about the beginnings of the valley.
  • River of January by Gail Chumbley. It's the story of how her husband's parents met in the 1930s. He was a pilot, she was a dancer. They met in Rio de Janeiro. It's such a sweet story, but that much more sweet because it's true!
  • War Gods Own Ben Green about the last of the horse era
  • March Up Country by David Weber
  • The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko
  • The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
  • The Reviled by Kate Wall
  • “The Homesman” by Glendon Swartout. Very interesting book about an unlikely pair escorting 3 insane pioneer women across the 1850s territory.
  • "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown was very inspiring about a Washington state crew team making it to the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” by Robert Pirsig
  • Thor Hyerdahl’s “Kon Tiki”.
  • Hard Twisted — Joseph Greaves, , a historical novel about murder set in the 1930s in Texas and Southeastern Utah, after hearing the author, Joseph Greaves, interviewed recently on Access Utah.
  • The Republic of Pirates — Colin Woodward, a history of the golden age of Caribbean piracy in the 17th and 18th Centuries.  It turns out that the pirates were a surprisingly democratic and fair-minded lot and not nearly so violent as they were depicted by authorities.   Pirate sailors lived far better lives than sailors either in the merchant marine or the various royal navies of the era who were treated as little more than slaves.
  • The Race Underground — Doug Most, about the competition between Boston (the city of my birth) and New York (where I lived for many years) at the turn of the last Century to build the first and best subway system in the country.  
  • A Garlic Testament by Stanley Crawford
  • The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  • The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
  • Lemon Tart by Josi S. .Kilpack
  • Allegiant (#3 in Divergent series) by Veronica Roth
  • Insurgent (#2 in Divergent series) by Veronica Roth
  • Buffalo Girls by Larry McMurtry
  • A Breach of Promise (William Monk #9) by Anne Perry
  • The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
  • Rachel & Leah (Women of Genesis #3) by Orson Scott Card
  • Procyx by O. R. Savage
  • The Veteran by Frederick Forsyth
  • Euphoria by Lily King
  • Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
  • Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
  • Carsick by John Waters
  • Hidden Tuscany: Discovering Art, Culture, and Memories in a Well-Known Regions Unknown Places by John Keahey
  • Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies by Alastair Bonnett
  • Any Other Name by Craig Johnson, published by Viking
  • Spirit Walk by Jay Treiber, published by Torrey House Press
  • Feathery Tribe- Robert Ridgway and the Modern Study of Birds by Daniel Lewis, published by Yale University Press
  • American Crucifixion-The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church, published by Perseus Book Group
  • Blow Sand in His Soul-Bates Wilson the Heart of Canyonlands, published by Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks
  • I recommend that people who spend time in cougar and bear country read the following books published by "A Falcon Guide": "Lion Sense: Traveling and Living Safely in Mountain Lion Country" by Steven Torres and "Bear Aware: The Quick Reference Bear Country Survival Guide" by Bill Schneider. You can get these books at your local Forest Service Office.


  • Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
  • Otto in the City by Tom Schamp
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart