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12/3/09: 2009 Holiday Book Show

photo: Roo Reynolds/Creative Commons via flickr
photo: Roo Reynolds/Creative Commons via flickr

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, Utah – With Thanksgiving behind us, it's time to turn our attention to the holiday gift giving list. We suspect you may have a few bibliophiles to think about, so we've invited Salt Lake's local book sellers to give us their suggestions. They're bringing children's books, novels, non-fiction, Western titles and miscellanea ... a little something for everyone.

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Children's BooksBetsy Burton, Catherine Weller, Ken Sanders

Adult Titles
Ken Sanders, Catherine Weller, Betsy Burton

Listeners' Picks

Betsy Burton's Books for Children, The King's English

  • Stick Man by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, Scholastic, $16.99
  • Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Jon Muth, Scholastic, 16.99
  • Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman, Chronicle, $19.99
  • The Magical Ms. Plum by Bonny Becker, Illustrated by Amy Portnoy, Knopf, $12.99
  • The Brilliant Fall of Giana Z. by Kate Messner, Walker, $16.99
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $17.99
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    Catherine Weller's Books for Children, Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore

  • Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty, hardcover, 2009, Henry Holt, $16.99
  • Maze Runner by James Dashner, hardcover, 2009, Delacourt, $16.99
  • Never Smile at a Monkey by Steve Jenkins, hardcover, 2009, Houghton Mifflin, $16.00
  • Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman, hardcover, 2009, HarperCollins, $14.99
  • Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr, hardcover, 2009, Little Brown, $16.99
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Jeremy Holmes, hardcover, 2009, $16.99
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    Ken Sanders' Illustrated and Children's Books,Ken Sanders Rare Books

  • Stories from Hans Christian Andersen by Hans Christian Andersen and Edmund Dulac (Illustrator), Calla Editions, $40.00
  • The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, W. W. Norton & Company, $24.95
  • Little Nemo in Slumberland: Many More Splendid Sundays by Winsor McCay, Sunday Press, $125.00
  • East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Kay Nielsen, Calla Editions, $30.00
  • Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe and Harry Clarke (Illustrator), Calla Editions, $40.00
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    Ken Sanders' Books for Adults, Ken Sanders Rare Books

  • War Dances by Sherman Alexie, Grove Press, $23.00
  • Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem, Doubleday, $27.95
  • The Original of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov, Alfred A. Knopf, $35.00
  • Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon, The Penguin Press, $27.95


  • Leaving by Wendell Berry, Counterpoint, $22.95
  • Head in Flames by Lance Olsen, Chiasmus Press, $14.95
  • Grand Canyon and Other Selected Poems by Amil Quayle, Black Star Press, $15.00

    Western and Regional Titles

  • Ghosts of Glen Canyon: History beneath Lake Powell by C. Gregory Crampton, Cricket Productions, $29.95
  • The Exploration of the Colorado River in 1869 and 1871-1872 by William Culp Darrah, Ralph V. Chamberlin, and Charles Kelly (Editors), The University of Utah Press, $19.95
  • The Exploration of the Colorado River and the High Plateaus of Utah by the Second Powell Expedition of 1871-1872 by Herbert C. Gregory, William Culp Darrah, and Charles Kelly (Editors), The University of Utah Press, $24.95


  • Revolutions for Fun and Profit by Ryan Shattuck, Bullshattuck Publishing, $16.99
  • Think of the Self Speaking by Harry Smith, Elbow / Cityful Press, $50.00
  • The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of A Thief, A Detective and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Bartlett, Riverhead Books, $24.95
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    Catherine Weller's Books for Adults, Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore

  • 2666 by Roberto Bolano, paperback, 2009, Picador, $18.00
  • Annie Leibovitz at Work by Annie Leibovitz, hardcover, 2009, $40.00
  • Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan, hardcover, 2009, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27.00
  • Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds edited by Billy Collins, illustrated by David Allen Sibley, hardcover, 2009, Columbia University Press, $22.95
  • Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, hardcover, 2009, Little Brown and Company, $25.99
  • Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman, hardcover, 2009, Scribner, $25.00
  • Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map that Gave America Its Name by Toby Lester, hardcover, Free Press, $30.00
  • Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls, hardcover, 2009, Scribner, $26.00
  • Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, hardcover, 2009, Scribner, $26.99
  • Invisible by Paul Auster, hardcover, 2009, Henry Holt, $25.00
  • Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J. Sandel, hardcover, 2009, FSG, $25.00
  • Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis, paperback, 2009, Bloomsbury USA, $22.95
  • Songs of Love, Moon, & Wind: Poems from the Chinese translated by Kenneth Rexroth, paperback, $12.95
  • Stitches by David Small, hardcover, 2009, W. W. Norton, $24.95
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    Betsy Burton's Books for Adults, The King's English

  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, hardcover, 2009, Knopf, List Price: $26.95
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, Holt, $27.00
  • War Dances by Sherman Alexie, Grove, $23.00
  • That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo, Knopf, $25.95
  • The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt, Knopf, $26.95
  • Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, Doubleday, $26.00
  • This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, Dutton, $22.95
  • Generosity by Richard Powers, Farrar Strauss, Giroux, $25.00
  • Homer and Langley by E. L. Doctorow, Random House, $26.00


  • Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon, Penguin, $27.95
  • Vows of Silence by Susan Hill, Viking, $24.95


  • Justice by Michael Sandel, Farrar Strauss Giroux, $25.00
  • Bright Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich, Metropolitan, $23.00
  • Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds edited by Billy Collins, Columbia, $22.95
  • Monument Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert Edsel, Center Street, $26.99
  • Louis Brandeis, A Life by Melvin Urofsky, Pantheon, $40.00
  • Stitches by David Small, Norton, $23.95

    Big Books for Holiday Giving

  • The Onion Presents: Our Front Pages edited by Joe Randazzo, $28.00
  • 44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the Modern World by David Burnett, National Geographic, $50.00
  • Bird by Andrew Zuckerman, Chronicle, $60.00
  • How to Roast a Lamb: New Greek Classic Cooking by Michael Psilakis, Little Brown, $35.00
  • Red Book by Carl Jung, Norton, $195.00
  • Ad Hoc at Home Tomas Keller, Workman, $50.00
  • Books Do Furnish a Room by Leslie Geddes-Brown, Merrell, $39.95
  • Our National Parks: America's Best Idea by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns, Knopf, $50.00
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