Book Reviews

KPCW invites members of the Friends of the Park City Library to review novels and non-fiction every month.

Fans of author Erin Morgenstern who fell in love with her debut novel “The Night Circus” in 2011, have been eagerly awaiting a second novel. “The Starless Sea” was published in November 2019. Here, with a plug for both, is Barb Bretz with this month’s book review.

December Book Review - Blowout

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.


November Book Review - Washington Black

Nov 13, 2019

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.

Jodi Picoult's last nine novels all debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.  Here's Barb Bretz with a review of her latest book, "A Spark of Light."

Jodi Picoult wraps a story around controversial social issues and develops empathetic characters to hash out the problems and solutions. She's addressed powerful topics before but in her 24th novel she pushes the hottest button of all: Abortion - with a CAPITAL “A”. How do we balance the rights of a pregnant woman with the rights of the unborn they carry?

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.

Whether you visit the library weekly, with toddlers in tow for story time, or you haven’t set foot in a library in who knows how long, Susan Orlean’s The Library Book will captivate and enthrall you. Set against the backdrop of the devastating Los Angeles Central Library fire in 1986, Orlean’s non-fiction narrative explores all kinds of things from the essential role of libraries in today’s world to the cultural history of Los Angeles.  Summit County Library’s Youth Services Librarian, Kirsten Nilsson has this month’s book review.

July Book Review - American Wolf

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.

May Book Review - The Fifth Risk

May 14, 2019

What do all those federal agencies do, and why do we need them? Michael Lewis’ recent book, The Fifth Risk explains. 

Earlier this year, parts of the federal government were shut down and their employees furloughed. It may have been hard for the average person to detect the range of services lost or damage done. Michael Lewis’ recent book, The Fifth Risk presents a timely discussion about the valuable, often unseen work that federal employees perform.

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