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Dunkirk? Speaking of WW II history, here are a few recommendations…

(Recommendations at the bottom. If you have a favorite you don't see listed, post it in the comments.) Known as "Operation Dynamo," the evacuation at Dunkirk began on May 26, 1940, saving 338,000 Allied troops from the … [Read More...]

Seeking Fortune in the Pacific Ocean: A Review of Three Great Books

I didn't set out to read three books in a row about three completely different casts of characters as they seek their own kind of fortune in the expanses of the Pacific Ocean, but two Audible daily deals about this topic … [Read More...]

Harry Potter’s 20th Birthday: On magic, youth, and reading the series to my kids

There's nothing quite like rediscovering Harry Potter through the eyes of children. Like most readers of my generation, I enjoyed the books of the Harry Potter series as they were released (mostly, at least...I missed the … [Read More...]

Book Review | All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I think I must be the last person I know to read All the Light We Cannot See, and I admit I'm kicking myself that I took so long. It's easily one of the most moving books I've read in recent memory. That said, I feel like … [Read More...]

Book Review | Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest by Bryan Hurt

Around the time that I read the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer, I came across this article that he wrote about various ideas that informed the trilogy: The Slow Apocalypse and Fiction I offset the link to … [Read More...]

Book Review | Zero to One by Peter Thiel

One of the most fascinating books I have read in recent months is Peter Thiel's Zero to One. I am not a tech entrepreneur or even starting a new business. But I found Zero to One so thought provoking and interesting, that I … [Read More...]

Book Review | Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

While studying English in college I was once (let's be honest this happened pretty regularly) challenged about the usefulness of my degree. I recall one conversation when I was studying mythology of some kind where I was … [Read More...]

Book Review | The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Meh. I will now write a soap-boxy rant review about this book; that I imagine almost no one will read, but it will at least make myself feel better. This book has over 700 pages. I've read a good armful of 600+ paged … [Read More...]

Book Review | Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

Several years ago I went on a trip to Hawaii. For my beach reading, I brought along Alan Greenspan's autobiography, Age of Turbulence. It was a giant book. It wasn't light reading, and I think I spent the whole trip reading … [Read More...]

Book Review | H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Beauty and tragedy and death and renewal and nature... H is for Hawk is a beautiful memoir by naturalist Helen Macdonald. Ten points to Benjamin, who recommended it to me. I read it as part of my UK reading challenge, and … [Read More...]

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Utah (local) Authors

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Non-Fiction Books

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