Monthly Book Review

 

Resisting processed food might be less a matter of willpower than a fight with addiction similar to tobacco, according to Michael Moss in his new book, Hooked- Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions. Amy Mills has this month’s book review.

 

May Book Review: 'The Exiles'

May 11, 2021

 

  Author Christina Baker Kline’s latest historical novelsheds light onthe harsh penal system in nineteenth-century England and the impact of colonization in Australia. Dan Compton has this month’s book review of The Exiles.

April Book Review: 'The Paris Library'

Apr 13, 2021

If you can spend hours in  little bookstores, often prefer a good book to a live person, love the way books smell, and seek out libraries when you’re on vacation, this book is for you. Coming up next, listen to Kirsten Nilsson, Summit County Library’s Children’s Librarian, review the compelling historical novel The Paris Library.

March Book Review 'The Cold Millions'

Mar 15, 2021

Just over a hundred years ago, Americans were battling over workers’ rights, police brutality, freedom of speech, and political corruption in ways that would feel remarkably familiar today. Cathy Lanigan reviews Jess Walter’s latest historical novel, The Cold Millions.

  

  The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Turn of the Key and In a Dark Dark Wood returns with another suspenseful thriller set on a snow-covered mountain. 

Ruth Ware, an alias for Ruth Warburton, is a British, psychological-crime, thriller author and no stranger to the New York Times bestseller list. Her latest book, One By One, could be the perfect read when you leave the slopes surrounding us here in Park City and curl up by the fire.

 

January Book Review: 'A Woman Of No Importance'

Jan 26, 2021

The book, A Woman of No Importance  The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell is the true story of an American woman, Virginia Hall, who lived, survived and even excelled in the 'man's world' of espionage and war in France during World War II.

December Book Review: 'Piranesi'

Dec 8, 2020

Author Susanna Clarke’s recent novel introduces us to a breathtaking new world and an intriguing protagonist who’s trying to make sense of his place in it. Dan Compton has this month’s book review of Piranesi.

December Book Review- 'Blowout' by Rachel Maddow

Dec 10, 2019

Is it possible for a global industry to undermine democracies and trigger earthquakes? MSNBC political analyst and commentator Rachel Maddow turns her discerning eye toward the oil and gas industry in this compelling expose.


Esi Edugyan’s new novel mashes up two unlikely story lines—it’s part Jules Verne adventure and part heart-breaking escaped slave narrative. The heart of the story is devoted friendship and the complicated meaning of freedom. This month’s book review is Washington Black.

Face to face encounters with the wild are an everyday occurrence in Wasatch and Summit counties. How we think about those encounters is at the heart of the new book Reimagining a Place for the Wild edited by Leslie Miller.

Walking the trash cans out to the curb last week, I was dive-bombed by a hawk. This creature left no doubt that she was on the attack and that I was her target. Terrified, I jumped under a tree while she hovered above. This was a stunningly beautiful, immense bird, and I had to acknowledge that in that moment, she was in control.

July Book Review - 'American Wolf' by Nate Blakeslee

Jul 9, 2019

A great theme in Western life is the relationship between man and Nature, or man and the untamed wild. That’s a strong theme in this month’s book review of American Wolf

American Wolf explores this theme of man and Nature through the life of one extraordinary Yellowstone wolf known as 06 for the year she was born. We know the facts of her life, thanks to the Yellowstone Wolf Project and its founder, biologist Doug Smith. From his helicopter, he tracks the park’s collared wolves, marking the range of each pack through the seasons.

You could say that Us Against You is a sports story about a hockey town and its team and you wouldn't be wrong, but it is about so much more.

Since his debut novel A Man Called Ove, written and published in 2014, Fredrik Backman cranked out one a year -   the last two being Beartown and Us Against You.

Between the years 1921 and 1924 at least 24 Osage Indians had been murdered and local officials did nothing to capture and punish the perpetrators. Newspapers across the country referred to this period as the "Osage Reign of Terror".

This month's review is of Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder, and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.

Every now and then a book comes along that is both universally pertinent and utterly timely. The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantu manages to be both timeless and urgent at once.

Determined to leave a home, more dysfunctional than she even realizes, and get a formal eduction is the mission on which Tara Westover embarks. Here's this month's book review of Educated by Tara Westover.

On the October New York Times Bestseller list, two memoirs made the top 10; In Pieces by Sally Field, age 72 and Educated; a Memoir by Tara Westover, age 31.

One might doubt a person could accumulate enough interesting life experiences in 30 years to compile a memoir. In this case, one would be wrong.

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