Anne Holman

My mom used to yell at me to come out from the other side of the bed and play with my friends who had come over to visit. It wasn't that I didn't want to play; it was just that a book, pretty much any book, had caught my attention and carried me away. A reader since I was old enough to hold a book, it never occurred to me that a person could actually have a JOB where books and people could come together and one could actually earn money doing it. A brief stint at Waldenbooks at the old Crossroads Mall in Salt Lake City cemented my love for working in a bookstore. Even processing "returns" was fascinating to me. Next came a job at the circulation desk at the Salt Lake City public library which was really fun but not the same as retail. Many years and two kids later I found myself back in Salt Lake. The King's English has been my home away from home for over 20 years now and I can't imagine doing anything else.

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James: A Novel By Percival Everett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385550369
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Published: Doubleday - March 19th, 2024

I Cheerfully Refuse By Leif Enger Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802162939
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Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2024

Red Rabbit By Alex Grecian Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250874689
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 19th, 2023

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Properties of Thirst By Marianne Wiggins Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416571278
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 30th, 2023

Like so many novels about the west, this is a story about water, the lack of it, the lust for it, the theft of it. Specifically, this is a story of the city of Los Angeles re-routing an entire water system from the ranchers who owned it to the thirsty citizens who needed it. And one rancher whose land was also seized to build an airstrip for the U.S. military. Why? Because of what they were building across the road from him—Manzanar. To set the stage, the rancher, Rocky, has learned that his enlisted son, Stryker, is missing in Hawaii in the days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. A young man, Schiff, appears at Rocky’s door, to “ask” about the property across the street. It turns out, Schiff works for the War department, is Jewish, and is about to get way more than he bargained for. Sunny, Rocky’s daughter and Stryker’s twin sister is a big part of what Schiff isn’t expecting. This is a marvelous, gut-wrenching story of the personal toll, WWII took on America. I will recommend this to everyone!


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Real Americans: A novel By Rachel Khong Cover Image
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Published: Knopf - April 30th, 2024

It's all in the name. What makes a real American? Birth? Allegiance? Genetics? I loved following this family across three generations of missed opportunities and missed understandings. As soon as we meet May, in China, desperate to escape the Cultural Revolution and study science we know the roller coaster is taking off and it does. If you loved Goodbye, Vitamin, you’ll love Real Americans.


Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel By Bonnie Garmus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385547345
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Published: Doubleday - April 5th, 2022

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Better the Blood: A Hana Westerman Thriller By Michael Bennett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802160607
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - January 10th, 2023

This debut set in Auckland, New Zealand and the surrounding countryside, is fast paced and fascinating. Hana Westerman, is a senior police detective, a Maori, and a mother. All of that comes into play as she chases a serial killer intent on righting the wrongs of the colonial past. I hope this is the first of many!


What Falls Away By Karin Anderson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781948814799
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Published: Torrey House Press - August 8th, 2023

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Father and Son: A Memoir By Jonathan Raban Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375422454
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Published: Knopf - September 19th, 2023

Poignantly, Jonathan Raban died just after finishing this memoir. In alternating chapters, he describes the stroke he had at age 69 and his father, Peter’s service in WWII. An irascible human being, Raban, Jr. was a keen observer of life and the stroke forced him to rely on others for almost everything; not an easy position when your first reaction isn’t always kindness. He recovered and went on to live and write for many more years. His chapters about his father begin with the senior Raban’s commission as a major in the Royal Artillery in Great Britain. Through letters back and forth between Peter and Monica (Jonathan’s mother)  and other people’s histories we learn of Dunkirk, Tunis, and Anzio all while years pass and peace finally arrives. The two lives are so different and their place in history so different and yet in each setting it feels like you are there. A very interesting read.


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The Full Catastrophe By Méira Cook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781487009946
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Published: House of Anansi Press - June 7th, 2022

Our protagonist, Charlie Minkoff, is 16 at the time of this novel. His mother, Jules, is an absent-minded and successful artist and his father, Nathan, has deserted them and returned to his Hasidic roots in Crown Heights. A smelly little dachshund named Gellman rounds out this family and if it weren't for Jules' best friend Weezie (lesbian long-haul trucker) their lives would be chaotic and maybe not even survivable. What Charlie wants more than anything is to help his 80-year-old grandpa, Oscar, make his bar mitzvah since the Nazis effectively kept that from happening when it should have. Delighted, Oscar decides the two men should make their journey to the Torah together but here's the problem. Charlie was born intersex and according to the rabbi, the Bible has clear rules on who can (men) and cannot (women) have a bar mitzvah. I loved this funny, maddening story of who gets to decide what another person gets to do and what happens when that person takes the reins of their life and literally rides off into the sunset.


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On Swift Horses: A Novel By Shannon Pufahl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525538127
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 3rd, 2020

It’s the late 1950s. The Korean War is over, and Vietnam is getting started. For brothers, Julius and Lee, newly home on leave, getting out of Kansas and starting anew in San Diego means the beginning of the American Dream. For Lee, it’s his new wife, Muriel and the promise of a house in the suburbs. For Julius, it’s less clear. These were still early days in the West; folks were watching atomic bombs blow up from the tops of hotels on Fremont street in Las Vegas, and decency laws still lived on the books and in people’s minds. As we follow Julius and Muriel alternately, we see two people, part of the Greatest Generation, trying to be true to themselves.


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Bearskin: An Edgar Award Winner By James A. McLaughlin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062742803
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Published: Ecco - April 16th, 2019

The Sinaloa cartel thanks you…” Rice Morton isn’t who he appears to be. Charged with protecting a wildlife preserve deep in the remote Virginia forest, he can stay hidden. He’s just beginning to relax when he’s lead to a bear carcass and so begins a crusade against the poachers—a crusade that may prove his undoing. His do-it-yourself witsec program is no match for the cartel he’s bloodied the nose of, and an aggrieved FBI agent is pointing the cartel right at him. – Paula Longhurst


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Whiskey When We're Dry: A Novel By John Larison Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - July 2nd, 2019

If you take the true grit of Mattie Ross and mix it with the disguises and daring-do of the Scarlet Pimpernel you get a glimpse of Jessilyn Harney in this amazing novel of the West when gunslingers were for hire and politics didn't look too different from the way they look today. After caring for her father until his death, Jess loads the only thing left to her, his rifle, and sets off to look for her runaway older brother. She doesn’t have to look too long or too far; he’s created quite a name for himself as an outlaw with a Robin Hood streak to his talents. I loved this story of the lengths people will go to to protect their families, blood-related or not.


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The Night Tiger: A Novel By Yangsze Choo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250175465
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 7th, 2020

A young girl and boy, step-siblings by marriage, are on the verge of adulthood and more. Add in missing fingers, mounting mah jong debts, a loyal house-boy, a were-tiger and more and you have a fantastical tale of magical realism in Malaysia in the early 1930's. Such a fun read!


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Another Brooklyn: A Novel By Jacqueline Woodson Cover Image
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Published: Amistad - May 30th, 2017

In her first novel for adults, Jacqueline Woodson writes a very real story of four young girls growing up in Brooklyn in the ‘70s. And it may be a story about being black but it felt universal to me. August is a young woman coming of age and coming in to her power, and she understands some things and wonders mightily about others. But in the meantime, she does her homework, says no to boys when she needs to and goes off to college when some of her friends make other choices or have choices made for them. It’s the old adage, “We are all different, we are all alike”. I would have loved to have been friends with August.


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Be Frank With Me: A Novel By Julia Claiborne Johnson Cover Image
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Published: Mariner Books - September 6th, 2016

Even Frank’s mother calls him a “character” and from the novel’s opening pages it’s clear the label fits. Everything about the 9-year-old, from the clothes he wears to his encyclopedic knowledge of the early days of Hollywood (and a little of everything else) is intriguing, and will have you eagerly turning the pages, dying to know what he’ll come up with next. Frank’s mother, Mimi, is on deadline to deliver a manuscript that doesn’t seem to be happening. The publisher sends its Gal Friday, Alice Whitley, to “help” Mimi finish the book. Mimi adamantly doesn’t want help and Frank needs help, or supervision anyway. So Frank and Alice are left to their own devices while the typewriter keeps up a clickety clack behind the closed door of Mimi’s office. Revealing too much about the plot would only ruin the surprise and delight that await you.


The Plover: A Novel By Brian Doyle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250062451
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Published: Picador - March 31st, 2015