Catherine Weller's Holiday Book Picks for RadioWest
Every year I join Betsy Burton and Ken Sanders in the KUER studios to talk about holiday books on RadioWest with Doug Fabrizio. It's a fun and fascinating time. You can't get three booksellers in the same room without encountering a lot of passion and opinions. The three of us have different tastes and we even talk about books differently. So there's a lot of diversity in the show. There are also books we all have on our lists each year or that cross over between a couple of us. And, as Doug always says, there's never enough time to talk about all of them.
My holiday picks are in the list below. The adult titles are grouped together before the kids books.
A quirky, nostalgic send-up to the Oregon Trail computer game, featuring snarky and hard-earned life lessons from the trail.
Pack your wagons, find your ride-or-(literally) die friends, and roll up to Matt’s General Store with a sack of cash—it’s time to hit the Oregon Trail, twenty-first-century style!$15.00ISBN: 9780762464159Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Running Press Adult - October 9th, 2018
Literature, puns, and alcohol collide in this clever follow-up to Tequila Mockingbird, the world's bestselling cocktail recipes book.
Tim Federle's Tequila Mockingbird has become one of the world's bestselling cocktail books and resonated with bartenders and book clubs everywhere.$23.99ISBN: 9781467137454Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: History Press - September 17th, 2018
After an arduous journey to Utah's Mormon frontier, three Jewish immigrant brothers built a flagship institution that lasted more than a century in downtown Salt Lake City. The F. Auerbach & Bros. story is one of personal challenges, Prussian folktales, perilous sea voyages, Wild West tenacity and those elegant and sophisticated fashions found on the second floor.$15.95ISBN: 9781625578013Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Black Lawrence Press - July 31st, 2018$11.95ISBN: 9781937226978Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Torrey House Press - November 6th, 2018
As Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness turns fifty, its iconic author, who has inspired generations of rebel-rousing advocacy on behalf of the American West, is due for a tribute as well as a talking to.$28.00ISBN: 9780316382533Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Hachette Books - September 11th, 2018
In this 2018 New York Times Notable Book, Paige Williams "does for fossils what Susan Orlean did for orchids" (Book Riot) in her account of one Florida man's attempt to sell a dinosaur skeleton from Mongolia--a story "steeped in natural history, human nature, commerce, crime, science, and politics" (Rebecca Skloot).$27.00ISBN: 9781101981610Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Viking - April 24th, 2018
As heard on NPR's This American Life
“Absorbing . . . Though it's non-fiction, The Feather Thief contains many of the elements of a classic thriller.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air
“One of the most peculiar and memorable true-crime books ever.” —Christian Science Monitor$26.95ISBN: 9781324002642Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: W. W. Norton & Company - October 2nd, 2018
"The election happened," remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. "And then there was radio silence." Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace.$14.99ISBN: 9781328911247Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Mariner Books - October 23rd, 2018
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“An unbelievable debut, one that announces a new and necessary American voice.” —Tommy Orange, New York Times Book Review
“An excitement and a wonder: strange, crazed, urgent and funny.” —George Saunders
“Dark and captivating and e$13.00ISBN: 9780762465361Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Running Press Adult - October 9th, 2018Go from aww to awful! with I Don't Really Love You, a darkly humorous collection of adorable pet photography and soul-crushing one-liners, based on the popular Instagram @365DaysofDread.
$28.00ISBN: 9781476740188Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018
A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK
A WASHINGTON POST TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR * A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER and NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018
“A constant pleasure to read…Everybody who loves books should check out The Library Book.” —The Washington Post
<$27.99ISBN: 9780062856395Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Custom House - October 16th, 2018
“Masterful…scary and smart, working as a horror story but also a philosophical inquiry into the nature of will and love. Perry did as much in her richly praised novel The Essex Serpent, but this is a deeper, more complex novel and more rewarding.” —Washington Post$30.00ISBN: 9781627796378Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Metropolitan Books - October 23rd, 2018
An eye-opening exploration of blood, the lifegiving substance with the power of taboo, the value of diamonds and the promise of breakthrough science$26.00ISBN: 9780374261597Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 14th, 2018
Winner of the 2018 Kirkus Prize, A New York Times Notable Book of 2018, An Indie Next Selection$28.99ISBN: 9781250104694Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Thomas Dunne Books - November 13th, 2018
"A wondrously joyous account of travel as it should be." –Publishers Weekly
A travel narrative that focuses on Sicily's little-known regions, from the author of Seeking Sicily and Hidden Tuscany.$16.95ISBN: 9781941026915Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Cinco Puntos Press - September 18th, 2018
"A new book from Connors is always welcome, and A Song for the River--both an elegy for lost friends and a "biography of New Mexico's beautiful Gila river--delivers more of what made his previous efforts so compelling: humanity, lyricism, and top-notch nature writing."--Jon Foro, Amazon Book Review Best Nonfiction of 2018$22.95ISBN: 9781941026908Availability: Not in Stock... Available to ship in 3-5 daysPublished: Cinco Puntos Press - September 18th, 2018
"A new book from Connors is always welcome, and A Song for the River--both an elegy for lost friends and a "biography of New Mexico's beautiful Gila river--delivers more of what made his previous efforts so compelling: humanity, lyricism, and top-notch nature writing."--Jon Foro, Amazon Book Review Best Nonfiction of 2018$20.00ISBN: 9780451491336Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Berkley - October 23rd, 2018
On New York Post's Required Reading List$16.99ISBN: 9781787131767Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Quadrille Publishing - August 7th, 2018
For anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and longed to know more about the constellations that inhabit it then this is the perfect guide to discovering the stars. Written in the Stars will lead you through the heavens above as you discover the scientific facts, legends, and myths that surround the 88 constellations of the Northern and Southern hemispheres.$17.99ISBN: 9780735230378Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Dial Books - August 14th, 2018
A classic in the making, this heartwarming story about empathy and imagination is one that families will treasure for years to come.
Adrian Simcox tells anyone who will listen that he has a horse--the best and most beautiful horse anywhere.$18.99ISBN: 9780525579014Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Knopf Books for Young Readers - November 13th, 2018
From United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand comes an inspiring picture book about ten suffragists who fought for women's right to vote.$19.99ISBN: 9781492670025Availability: Not in Stock... Available to ship in 3-5 daysPublished: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - October 16th, 2018
The #1 New York Times Best Seller
Want to bake the most-awesome-ever cupcakes? Or surprise your family with breakfast tacos on Sunday morning? Looking for a quick snack after school? Or maybe something special for a sleepover? It's all here. Learn to cook like a pro--it's easier than you think.$16.99ISBN: 9781338268812Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Arthur A. Levine Books - September 11th, 2018It's 1863 and dinosaurs roam the streets of New York as the Civil War rages between raptor-mounted armies down South. Magdalys Roca and her friends from the Colored Orphan Asylum are on a field trip when the Draft Riots break out, and a number of their fellow orphans are kidnapped by an evil magistrate, Richard Riker.
$17.99ISBN: 9781338089493Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 30th, 2018As the rest of the town settles in to bed, one man, his dog, and a trusty snowplow get ready for a night's work. Follow them through slick roads and swirling drifts in this sweet, rhyming book by Deborah Bruss and New York Times bestselling illustrators Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson.$15.99ISBN: 9781452165950Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Chronicle Books - October 2nd, 2018
Ginger is the weird one. She plays with peas, purrs at artichokes, and has a strange fondness for chicken (but only the neighbor's chicken). Then there's Fred. His greatest talent? Sleeping. Oh, and hiding. And when he's not hiding, he's conspiring with Ginger to destroy the house! Such is life with cats. . . can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em—if you love them, that is.$17.95ISBN: 9780884486671Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Tilbury House Publishers - October 2nd, 2018
In this sequel to the tour de force children's art-history picture book If Picasso Painted a Snowman, Amy Newbold conveys nineteen artists' styles in a few deft words, while Greg Newbold's chameleon-like artistry shows us Edgar Degas' dinosaur ballerinas, Cassius Coolidge's dinosaurs playing Go Fish, Hokusai's dinosaurs surfing a giant wave, and dinosaurs smelling flowers in Ma$25.99ISBN: 9781481462495Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 2nd, 2018
Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking On the Origin of Species is now available in an accessible, illustrated edition for young readers that includes an introduction, glossary, modern insight and information, and more!
Charles Darwin’s famous theory of natural selection shook the world of science to its core, challenging centuries of orthodox beliefs about life itself.$12.99ISBN: 9781368022804Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Disney-Hyperion - October 16th, 2018Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah.$19.95ISBN: 9781609454838Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2018
Amazon Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book of 2018
One of Entertainment Weekly's 10 Best YA Books of 2018
One of Publishers Weekly's Best YA Book of the Year
A National Indie Bestseller