What are the best books set in Utah?

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    #1Desert Solitaire

    Desert Solitaire
    Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey is a passionate tale of a man who lived in a desert. With a lot of details and humor, this incredible book lets you reconsider your relationship with nature.
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    Elvira Arriaga
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I read Desert Solitaire because I enjoy national parks and traveling a lot. I thought that it was a good read, but some parts of it were too technical and over the top for me. I still enjoyed it."
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    #2The 19th Wife

    The 19th Wife

    The 19th Wife is a historical fiction novel written by David Ebershoff first published in 2008 by Random House. This suspense novel is about Ann Eliza Young's life. 

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    Crystal Gutierrez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Absolutely fascinating book about Mormonism and life in Utah. I think in America, sometimes we have no idea how different the landscape is in other parts of the country. This book really brought Utah to life for me, I could picture it vividly in my head."
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    #3A Study in Scarlet

    A Study in Scarlet

    "A Study in Scarlet" published in 1886, is the first novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle where he presents the legendary Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, who would become the most famous mystery duo of World's literature.

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    Harry Young
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A Study in Scarlet is one of the best books set in Utah. Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle this is a classic that any fan of Sherlock Holmes should read. It is a classic mystery tale that takes you back to Utah in the late 1800s. Read this one for sure."
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    #4Under The Banner of Heaven

    Under The Banner of Heaven

    This bestseller book by Jon Krakauer is a lucid and even funny book that is a fresh view on the Mormon fundamentalism and the history of Ron and Dan Lafferty, who were convinced that they were commanded to kill in the name of God. 

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    Christian Sims
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Under The Banner of Heaven has to be the best book I've ever read that was set in Utah; the problem is, I'm pretty sure it's the only book I've ever read that was set in Utah. This is an incredibly niche category with little competition, so UTBoH skates through on uniqueness alone. It's not the greatest book, but there's really not a whole lot of options here."
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    #5Unnatural Exposure (Kay Scarpetta)

    Unnatural Exposure (Kay Scarpetta)

    Unnatural Exposure is a mystery thriller fiction and the eighth book in Kay Scarpetta series written by Patricia Cornwell. It is first published in 1997. 

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    Christopher Morales
    Written on April 13, 2018
    " Thoroughly informative white entertaining. A great update to the Scarpetta series. Always interesting and entertaining, never a dull moment"
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    #6By Your Side

    By Your Side

    By Your Side is a young adult romance novel by Kasie West. It tells the story of Autumn Collins and Dax Miller, who both get locked in the library for a weekend. Autumn gets to know Dax beyond his bad boy reputation and they connect.

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    Diane Davis
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I like young adult romance books. This one was okay but nothing really kept my attention. It seemed dull and boring."
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    #7The Lonely Polygamist

    The Lonely Polygamist

    The Lonely Polygamist is a contemporary fiction written by Brady Udall first published in 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. It is about Golden Richards' life after a tragedy happened to his family. 

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    Daniel Reid
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This book wasn't as raunchy as I thought it would be considering the subject material. But, the story ended up being really fascinating. "
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    #8Basin and Range

    Basin and Range

    Basin and Range is the first book in the nonfiction science book Annals of the Former World written by John McPhee which tells the history of the vanished landscapes of the United States from Utah to eastern California. 

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    Bruce Pearson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "McPhee is an artist journalist and this book is a fugue on geology. It’s about the basin range area in Utah,, which I drove through on the Lonsomest Highway in America once. I love that personal connection to the historical aspect of geology. And McPhee does the same in his story."
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    #9The Actor and the Housewife

    The Actor and the Housewife

    The Actor and the Housewife is a standalone adult fiction written by Shannon Hale which centers on Mormon housewife and pregnant Becky Jack after she meets celebrity Felix Callahan.

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    Christina Mendoza
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The concept of this book was interesting and fun, and I wanted to like it soooo bad, but it just fell short for me. It was a bit slow and was missing the magic that makes an outlandish idea seem real. It wasn't offensively bad though, so don't necessarily avoid it if it sounds interesting to you."
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    #10Leaving the Saints

    Leaving the Saints

    Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith is a non-fiction memoir written by Martha N. Back. This spiritual book is first published in 2005. 

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    Karen Sanchez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This was pretty interesting. As far as memoirs go, I think it's definitely in my top 5 of all time. I especially liked the attention to detail. "

Summary

Best What are the best books set in Utah
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Desert SolitaireBooks 45 Paid
2The 19th WifeBooks 43 Paid
3A Study in ScarletBooks 40 Paid
4Under The Banner of HeavenBooks 38 Paid
5Unnatural Exposure (Kay Scarpetta)Books 36 Paid
6By Your SideBooks 35 Paid
7The Lonely PolygamistBooks 34 Paid
8Basin and RangeBooks 32 Paid
9The Actor and the HousewifeBooks 31 Paid
10Leaving the SaintsBooks 1 Paid
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