Catherine's Radio West Picks

Catherine Weller looks forward to RadioWest's holiday book show as much as you all do. The preparing, the chatting in studio, the rubbing out the kinks in her back while on air.. it's all fun. You can see Catherine, Ken, and Betsy talking with Doug (and Catherine rubbing the kinks out of her back) on the video RadioWest livestreamed on Facebook. We've shared it here, on our Facebook page for your convenience.

Below is the full list of her picks for this year's show. The books she had time to speak about are listed first.

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101902783
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 17th, 2017

This book folows the charismatic 06, a female in Yellowstone National Park, as she forms her own pack. Wolf policy in the west  through the eyes of tourists (wolf watching is a thing), conservationists, and wolf hunters. Amazing natural history.


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The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780199735815
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 1st, 2017

Outstanding and vigorous history of the Gilded Age. Plenty of reading to compare to our current times, both good and bad, by one of America's top historians.


We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590566
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - October 3rd, 2017

Eight chapters comprised of two powerful paired essays written about race; one written during the Obama administration and one looking back on that time. Bracing and uncompromising.


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Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393247138
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 10th, 2017

Are mustangs powerful symbols of freedom in the American West or are they vermin to be eradicated? Philipps book begins his exploration of wild horses with the fossil record and continues to today's round ups in the Nevada deseret.


Future Home of the Living God Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062694058
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - November 14th, 2017

Erdrich tackles dystopian fiction in this controversial episilatory novel that critics love or hate.


The Essex Serpent Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062666376
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Published: Custom House - June 6th, 2017

Historical fantasy about a science minded young widow, a vicar, and a storied serpant. Well done! and  a notable book of the year.


Stony Mesa Sagas Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781937226855
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Published: Torrey House Press - November 14th, 2017

Chip Ward constructs lively and colorful characters that inhabit central and southern Utah. Their lives show the changing world of rural Utah right now, and how some of it is still the same. Laugh out loud.


The Seventh Function of Language Cover Image
By Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor (Translator)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374261566
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 1st, 2017

If you can't imagine a romp through critical literary theory, you should read this book. It's also a comic detective novel. Was Roland Barthes really murdered?


After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) Cover Image
By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726826
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 3rd, 2017

How Humpty Dumpty overcomes his self-doubt following his famous fall.


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Nothing Rhymes with Orange Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452154435
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - August 1st, 2017

Nothing rhymes with orange but in this book Nietzsche rhymes with peachy. Hilarious!


Her Right Foot Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Artist)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781452162812
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 19th, 2017

Dave Eggers' charming history of the Eiffel Tower speculates on what she is striding toward.


Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask about Having a Disability Cover Image
By Shane Burcaw, Matt Carr (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626727717
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - November 7th, 2017

A young adult with disabilities answers common questions about his life to help kids learn he's not really that different.


This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781452136219
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Published: Chronicle Books - July 12th, 2016

This book turns into cool projects and activites.


A 3-D Tour of Latter-Day Saint History Cover Image
$48.95
ISBN: 9781560852674
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Published: Signature Books - November 30th, 2017

An edition of BH Roberts Latter-day
Saints' Tour from Palmyra, New York, to Salt Lake City: Through the Stereoscope
that comes with 3-d glasses for that stereoscopic experience.


Nightmare Christmas Cover Image
By Jean-Marie Donat (Artist)
$19.95
ISBN: 9782374950167
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Published: Cernunnos - October 24th, 2017

Oh those creepy Santas!


David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780316431712
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

Sedaris is quite the diarist, take a look at them in their glory here.


Grant Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781594204876
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

The man who helped push Hamilton into the limelight reintroduces us to Grant.


The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America's Food Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781631490736
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - November 9th, 2015

Favorite and wonderful foods from all 50 states.


The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth and Corporate Power Cover Image
$49.95
ISBN: 9781560852353
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Published: Signature Books - September 22nd, 2017

Quinns's latest in his Mormon Hierarchy series brings us to modern times.


My Absolute Darling Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735211179
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 29th, 2017

Bleak, dark, and not for the faint of heart. But beautifully done.


Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780761189817
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Published: Workman Publishing - October 17th, 2017

Mercury? Radiation? Touch of the king? Maybe they'd work. What could go wrong?


Women & Power: A Manifesto Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781631494758
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - December 12th, 2017

A brief but powerful book on just how firmly rooted in western culture the silencing of women is. Hint: those roots are deep!


All's Faire in Middle School Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525429999
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Published: Dial Books - September 5th, 2017

Life gets weird when you're a homeschooled kid going to public school for the first time in middled school and your parents run a renaissance faire.


The First Rule of Punk Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780425290408
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 22nd, 2017

The author of Roller Girl returns with the story of a Mexican-American girl rebelling with the help of "school of rock" nerd friends and her own drive and talent, of course.


Gem & Dixie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062434593
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 4th, 2017

I recommended this extraordinary YA novel on the Spring show. I'm again recommending this tale of two sisters who must raise themselves -- it's rightfully showing up on best book of the year lists now.


Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316508889
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 31st, 2017

An unlucky girl blamed for all the misfortune of her village is doomed to die. On several top 10 kids books of 2017 lists.


Pablo & His Chair Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616894900
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - September 6th, 2016

A disappointing gift, when viewed the right way, can change one's life for the better.