Angle of Repose - (Wallace Stegner, 1971) Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel--the magnificent story of four generations in the life of an American family. A wheelchair-bound retired historian embarks on a monumental quest: to come to know his grandparents, now long dead. The unfolding drama of the story of the American West sets the tone for Stegner's masterpiece.
Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwind in the West – (Chip Ward, 1999) A father recounts how his family sought neighborliness and safety in a small Utah town and became enmeshed in a drama involving hazardous waste, industrial pollution, and the devilish choice between jobs and health.
Desert Wife– (Hilda Faunce, 1928) In this compelling narrative, the wife of an Indian trader adjusts to life in the desert of the Navajos before World War I. A revealing portrayal of the land and the people, and exploration of the racial differences still confronting us today.
Escape - (Carolyn Jessop, 2007) The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist
American religious sect, and one woman’s courageous flight to freedom
with her eight children.When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn
Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a
man thirty-two years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives.
Faces of Utah – (Shannon Hoskins, 1996) In an inspired centennial project, the Mountain West Center at USU and the Utah Humanities Council put out a call around the state: tell us your feelings about living in Utah. Collected in this volume are entries picked out of over 500,000 responses to represent the diverse voices of the state’s people.
Great and Peculiar Beauty – (Thomas Lyon / T.T. Williams, 1995) Personal stories and essays of individuals from a range of perspectives and interests, celebrate Utah’s centennial.
History of Utah’s American Indians, A – (Forrest Cuch, ed., 2000) In consultation with local scholars, members of each of the state’s six official tribes recount their past and reflect on their present. Brought together for the first time, these stories allow for new understanding of Utah’s native people.
Joe Hill – (Gibbs M. Smith, 1969) Smith provides a moving account of a labor activist who worked and fought in Utah prior to his death by a firing squad.
The Last Cowgirl (Jana Richman, 2008) Set entirely in Utah (Salt Lake City and Utah’s west desert), Richman’s novel spans time from the 1960s to the present day. The story is that of ranchers in Utah’s west desert and their conflicts and interactions with the federal government at three area Army bases. It is also a story of love for place and people, a story of living with the decisions and choices we make. The Last Cowgirl has as its background one of Utah’s most disturbing historical events, the 1968 nerve gas accident, which resulted in the death of 6,000 sheep in Utah’s west desert in Tooele County. *Book this author, Jana Richman, to speak at your organization through our Authors on Main Street program.
Missing Stories: An Oral History of Ethnic and Minority Groups in Utah – (Leslie Kelen and Eileen Hallet Stone, 1996) This extensive volume contains oral histories from some of Utah’s oldest and largest cultural communities: Ute, African-American Jewish, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Greek, and Chicano-Hispano.
Mormon Country – (Wallace Stegner, 1942) A portrait of the subject done with affection and objectivity, every detail standing forth in the light of the author’s trenchant memory.
New Genesis: A Mormon Reader on Land and Community – (Terry Tempest Williams, William B. Smart, 1998) Members of the LDS faith relate personal experiences with the natural world, drawing on scripture and Mormon tradition to develop and environmental ethic and to practice, in the words of Terry Tempest Williams, the “extraordinary acts of faith we can exercise on behalf of life.”
Sum of Our Past: Revisiting Pioneer Women - (Judy Shell Busk, 2004) Pioneer women were as varied as women are today-strong but now without uncertainties and idiosyncrasies. Busk examines how pioneer women dealt with personal issues such as depression, isolation, family planning, and ambition beyond the domestic sphere.
The Journey of the Diné - (Ellen G. Callister, Robert Maryboy, 2004) Learn about the Navajo people, the Dine, in this beautifully presented book. In simple, direct, and lyrical prose, the authors describe the Dine past, their traditional beliefs, their legends, and their intimate, mystical relationship with the earth. With full color illustrations by Dine artist, Robert Maryboy, The Journey of the Dine helps readers understand the complex spirit of Navajo people.
The War Against Parents: What We Can Do for America’s Beleaguered Moms and Dads – (Sylvia Anne Hewlett and Cornel West) This scathing critique of the social, economic, and political forces that undermine parenting in America is a must-read in kid-rich, parent-harried, income-poor Utah. It is packed with data, analysis, and realistic proposals.
Women in Utah History: Paradigm or Pardox? - (Patricia Lyn Scott and Linda Thatcher, 2005) - This collection of historical essays show women in Utah as sharing much with other American women, particularly in the West. By taking an historical perspective, these essays capture the process of the social, religious, political, and economical changes that Utah women experienced.