Skip to main content

Read Your Way Through Utah

As part of The New York Times "Read Your Way Around the World" series, join beloved Utah author Terry Tempest Williams in a journey through her suggested Utah reading list! The original article, published Jan. 3, 2024, can be found here (look closely for a shoutout to yours truly, Back of Beyond Books!). Below, browse all the books she mentions, and learn why Williams calls Utah, a "state of mind."

David Williams
Current price: $24.95
No description available.
Read More about
Usually ships in 1 to 5 days
Stacie Shannon Denetsosie
Current price: $16.95
A 2022 National Endowment for the Arts Award winner "Propulsive and complex, this is agorgeously written debut." --KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review) In The Missing Morningstar and Other Stories, Stacie Shannon Denetsosie confronts long-reaching effects of settler-colonialism on Native lives in a seri ... Read More about
Usually ships in 1 to 5 days
Edward Abbey
Current price: $17.99
Hailed by The New York Times as “a passionately felt, deeply poetic book,” the moving autobiographical work of Edward Abbey, considered the Thoreau of the American West, and his passion for the southwestern wilderness. Desert Solitaire is a collection of vignettes about life in the wilderness and th ... Read More about
Usually ships in 1 to 5 days
Edward Abbey
Current price: $17.99
“A thing of beauty. . . . A wildly funny, infinitely wise, near to tragic tale of man against the bog god machine.” —Houston Chronicle Edward Abbey's classic comic gem of destructive mayhem and outrageous civil disobedience—the novel that sparked the environmental activism movement. Ex-Green Beret G ... Read More about
Usually ships in 1 to 5 days
Amy Irvine
Current price: $11.95
A grief-stricken, heart-hopeful, soul song to the American Desert. --PAM HOUSTON, author of Deep Creek As Ed Abbey's Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness turns fifty, its iconic author, who has inspired generations of rebel-rousing advocacy on behalf of the American West, is due for a trib ... Read More about
Usually ships in 1 to 5 days
In this abundant space and isolation, the energy lords extract their bounty of natural resources, and the curators of mass destruction once mined their egregious weapons and reckless acts. It is a land of absolutes, of passion and indifference, lush textures and inscrutable tensions. Here violence c ... Read More about
Usually ships in 1 to 5 days
In this invigorating mix of natural history and adventure, artist-naturalist Ellen Meloy uses turquoise—the color and the gem—to probe deeper into our profound human attachment to landscape. From the Sierra Nevada, the Mojave Desert, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Bahamas to her home ground ... Read More about
Usually ships in 1 to 5 days
A "beautifully written travelogue" that draws on the latest scholarly research as well as a lifetime of exploration to light on the extraordinary Anasazi culture of the American Southwest (Entertainment Weekly).  The greatest "unsolved mystery" of the American Southwest is the fate of the Anasazi, t ... Read More about
Usually ships in 1 to 5 days
Naturalist Craig Childs's "utterly memorable and fantastic" study of the desert's dangerous beauty is based on years of adventures in the deserts of the American West (Washington Post).  Like the highest mountain peaks, deserts are environments that can be inhospitable even to the most seasoned expl ... Read More about
Usually ships in 1 to 5 days
John G. Turner
Current price: $26.25
Brigham Young was a rough-hewn craftsman from New York whose impoverished and obscure life was electrified by the Mormon faith. He trudged around the United States and England to gain converts for Mormonism, spoke in spiritual tongues, married more than fifty women, and eventually transformed a barr ... Read More about
Usually ships in 1 to 5 days
Richard Lyman Bushman
Current price: $24.00
Founder of the largest indigenous Christian church in American history, Joseph Smith published the 584-page Book of Mormon when he was twenty-three and went on to organize a church, found cities, and attract thousands of followers before his violent death at age thirty-eight. Richard Bushman, an est ... Read More about
Usually ships in 1 to 5 days
Wallace Stegner
Current price: $24.95
Where others saw only sage, a salt lake, and a great desert, the Mormons saw their “lovely Deseret,” a land of lilacs, honeycombs, poplars, and fruit trees. Unwelcome in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois, they migrated to the dry lands between the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada to establish Mormon country ... Read More about
Usually ships in 1 to 5 days
33rd Annual Reading the West Book Award Winner for Memoir, 2023 Foreword INDIES Award Silver Winner, LGBTQ+, and New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Finalist for Memoir and LGBTQ "Readers will find hope and peace on these beautifully written pages."--LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review) A young person's st ... Read More about
Usually ships in 1 to 5 days
Juanita Brooks
Current price: $24.95
In the Fall of 1857, some 120 California-bound emigrants were killed in lonely Mountain Meadows in southern Utah; only eighteen young children were spared. The men on the ground after the bloody deed took an oath that they would never mention the event again, either in public or in private. The lead ... Read More about
Usually ships in 1 to 5 days
Darren Parry
Current price: $9.95
No description available.
Read More about
Usually ships in 1 to 5 days
Yoshiko Uchida
Current price: $12.00
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of a landmark work of juvenile fiction. "A haunting reminder of how indignities and dignity can reside side by side." --Terry Tempest Williams This much-loved and widely read classic is the moving story of one girl's struggle to remain brave during the World War II i ... Read More about
Usually ships in 1 to 5 days
Ayja Bounous
Current price: $18.95
"An introspective journey, connecting our passions to our past and our wishes to a very real future." --BRODY LEVEN Skier and debut author Ayja Bounous explores threats to winters and watershed in the face of climate change and the far-reaching impacts of a diminishing snowpack on the American West ... Read More about
Usually ships in 1 to 5 days