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Come and see the latest and greatest addition to our store! We now have a Utah section which includes books, treats, and other products from local businesses here in Cache Valley!

Come sit down and eat a treat after you shop! We have goodies from Shaffer House Bakery, Alvey’s Chocolates, Weeks Berries of Paradise, and Gosner’s! We also have chips, drinks, and the famous Utah Truffles for you to enjoy. Come in and have a taste!

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All Things Utah

We have a great Utah section in our General Books Department with tons of cool books full of history about Utah and Cache Valley as well as photography books. Come check them out.

Hidden History of Utah by Eileen Hallet Stone

In the 1840s, land west of the Missouri River was a new frontier for courage, adventure, freedom and true grit. During this era and the decades that followed, Utah became the focal point for many brave settlers yearning for a new way of life. While Utah’s proud Mormon legacy is well documented, there are lesser-known stories that contribute to the state’s fascinating history.

Join public historian, author and history columnist Eileen Hallet Stone for a look into the state’s forgotten past as she presents a revelatory collection of tales culled from her popular Salt Lake Tribune” “Living History” column. From newly freed slaves, early suffragists, desert farmers and union men to railroad kings, cattle barons, influential statesmen and more, this is “Hidden History of Utah.”

Logan, Utah: A 150 Year History by Kenneth W. Godfrey

For more than 150 years Logan has been not only the largest city in Cache Valley, but also the county seat of Cache County, Utah.  There are 454 pages of informative information about the history of Logan, City in this book. Information about many great businesses, some still open today; some have already closed their doors, i.e. Woolworths, the Gem, the Roxey, Main Street in Logan and how its changed over the years, especially in the days before the “Mall.”

Really starts to get your memory rolling, recalling past days growing up in Logan, rather it be roller skating at the roller rink, to ice skating on the ice in the park; or attending USU and some of the great games held there with wonderful professors and students at USU! Eating out at one of the many local restaurants or local malt shops like Wingets, Steeds Dairy Bar, the Bluebird!

Kenneth Godfrey has done a wonderful job bringing back many great memories of Logan, City; along with mention of many great people who have given much to Logan City for the betterment of the community. This book will refresh your memory, and you will enjoy the stroll down memory lane!

Utah: Featuring the Art of Eric Dowdle

See the state of Utah like never before through the highly detailed, whimsical paintings of folk artist Eric Dowdle. His unique style captures the heart and soul of Utah. Its people, places, and heritage come together beautifully in each piece of this spectacular collection that will be cherished for years by those who love this state and great art. This keepsake book makes a perfect gift!

Cache Trails 2004 Edition by Jim Sinclair

The majority of the information for the trails described on this website was taken from the best hiking trails guidebook in the county: Cache Trails: A hiking guide for the trails of the Cache Valley, Utah area, 2004 Edition, by Jim Sinclair.Those trail details that did not come from this book, are explained below.


Happy Independence Day!

Just an extra heads up- the Book Table is closed today for the holiday. We will open tomorrow, July 5, with regular store hours. Happy Independence Day!

With all the fires going on, we add an extra word of caution to be careful. Here’s a link to the fireworks restrictions in the state so you know where not to go to light your sparklers and aerials:



New Books on Forgiving and Being Healthy

Do Yourself a Favor… Forgive
By Joyce Meyer

For author Joyce Meyer, it’s about mind over body. In her new book, she focuses on anger, teaching us how to remove it and forgive.

Book description: Building on her signature message of using the mind to master difficult emotions, Joyce Meyer focuses on the most destructive, insidious one of all: anger. It is responsible for broken relationships, sleepless nights, high blood pressure and ulcers. It destroys friendships, marriages and families, not to mention peace of mind. Anger is especially hard to handle for many Christians who have learned from childhood that “good Christians don’t get angry.” Meyer argues that properly handled, anger is an alert system that something is wrong and needs to be resolved.

In her latest book, she delves into the important process of forgiving, explaining its positive impact on the roots, the forms and the results of anger.

Why forgive? Joyce explains that forgiving is the only thing that can free one from the terrible turmoil that anger causes to spill over into every part of life.

Meyer understands that life will never be fair, but that is not a reason to let anger destroy our well-being and health. This is her guide to navigating that thorny territory and finding true peace.

Drop Dead Healthy
By A.J. Jacobs

Want to be healthy? How about perfectly healthy? Here is a story of “one many’s humble quest for bodily perfection.”

Book description: Hospitalized with a freak case of tropical pneumonia, goaded by his wife telling him, “I don’t want to be a widow at forty-five,” and ashamed of a middle-aged body best described as “a python that swallowed a goat,” A.J. Jacobs felt compelled to change his ways and get healthy. And he didn’t want only to lose weight, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol. His ambitions were far greater: maximal health from head to toe.

The task was epic. He consulted an army of experts— sleep consultants and sex clinicians, nutritionists and dermatologists. He subjected himself to dozens of different workouts—from Strollercize classes to Finger Fitness sessions, from bouldering with cavemen to a treadmill desk. And he took in a cartload of diets: raw foods, veganism, high protein, calorie restriction, extreme chewing, and dozens more. He bought gadgets and helmets, earphones and juicers. He poked and he pinched. He counted and he measured.

The story of his transformation is not only brilliantly entertaining, but it just may be the healthiest book ever written. It will make you laugh until your sides split and endorphins flood your bloodstream. It will alter the contours of your brain, imprinting you with better habits of hygiene and diet. It will move you emotionally and get you moving physically in surprising ways. And it will give you occasion to reflect on the body’s many mysteries and the ultimate pursuit of health: a well-lived life.

National Poetry Month: Kiwi

May Swenson is a beloved poet claimed by Cache Valley, and is lauded as one of the most important poets of the 20th Century.

Kiwi by May Swenson

Fruit without a stone, its shiny
pulp is clear green. Inside, tiny
black microdot seeds. Skin
the color of khakiImagine
a shaggy brown-green pelt
that feels like felt.
It’s oval, full-rounded, kind
of egg-shaped. The rind
comes off in strips
when peeled with the lips.
If ripe, full of juice,
melon-sweet, yet tart as goose-
berry almost. A translucent ring
of seed dots looks something
like a coin-slice of banana. Grown
in the tropics, some stone
fruits, overlarge, are queerly
formed. A slablike pit nearly
fills the mango. I
scrape the fibrous pulp off with my
teeth. That slick round ball
in avocado (fruit without juice) we call
alligator pear:
Plant this seedpit with care
on three toothpicks over a glass
of water. It can come to pass
in time, that you’ll see
an entire avocado tree.
Some fruits have stones, some seeds.
Papaya’s loaded with slimy black beads.
Some seem seedlesslike quince
(that makes your tastebuds wince.)
Persimmon will
be sour, astringent ‘until
dead ripe,’ they say. Behind
pomegranate’s leathery rind,
is a sackful of moist rubies. Pear,
cantaloupe, grapefruit, guava keep their
seeds hidden, as do raspberry, strawberry,
pineapple. Plum, peach and cherry
we know as fruits with big
seedstones. And fig?
Its graininess is seed. Hard to believe
is prickly durian. It’s custard
sweetand smells nasty.
But there’s no fruit as tasty,
as odd, or as funny
as fresh-off-the-vine New Zea-
land kiwi.

More New Titles in LDS Fiction!

Read on!

The Togi Tree
By Bethlene Williams
The Togi Tree is a magical tree that lives in the middle of the Cold River. It can grow and shrink, travel to various locations, and make itself invisible. But when it is found, its orange fruit can sustain a person for many days. In the wake of the most serious drought in recent history, fourteen-year-old Trenton and his brother, Scout, are sent by their village leader to find the wise Togi, who inhabits the Togi Tree and may hold the key to the survival of their village. They discover the life of the mystical Togi Tree is threatened and are sent on a mission to find out why the Cold River has dried up and how the Togi Tree can be saved. With only weeks to spare, Trenton and Scout navigate flash floods, survive unbearable thirst, and avoid wild animals to search for the answers. Will Trenton and Scout be able to restore the Cold River to its former abundance, or will the lives of the Togi Tree and the villagers be lost forever?

Friends & Foes
By Sarah M. Eden
After five years of tracking and capturing spies on English soil, Philip Jonquil, Earl of Lampton, is in pursuit of his last quarry. But at a traveler’s inn, he encounters an unexpected and far more maddening foe: Sorrel Kendrick, a young lady who is strikingly pretty, shockingly outspoken, and entirely unimpressed with him. Indeed, Sorrel cannot believe the nerve of this gentleman, who rudely accuses her of theft and insults her feminine dignity. Doubly annoyed when they both end up at a party hosted by mutual friends, Philip and Sorrel privately declare war on one another. But Philip’s tactics, which range from flirting to indifference, soon backfire as he finds himself reluctantly enjoying Sorrel’s company; and, much to her dismay, Sorrel finds Philip’s odd manner to be increasingly endearing. In the midst of this waning war and growing attraction, Philip catches wind of the French spy he’s been tracking, and Sorrel inadvertently stumbles upon a crucial piece of the puzzle, making her indispensable to the mission. But can two proud hearts negotiate a ceasefire when cooperation matters most?

The Iron Door
By Ron Jay Miller
Raised by his grandparents on a Nevada ranch, young Tim Hillman finds his life shattered when his grandparents die in a car accident. Things turn worse for him when his absentee father appears and attempts to sell the ranch and pull Tim from the life he loves. Unaware that a hired killer is stalking him, Tim begins a journey to save the ranch. Trudging through doubt and fear, he discovers new friends and uncovers a secret hidden since his birth. In the process, he regains faith in God and learns the importance of family and friends.

By Julianne Donaldson
Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she’ll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry. From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. Will Marianne be able to rein in her traitorous heart, or will a mysterious stranger sweep her off her feet? Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke.

By Rebecca H. Jamison
When Anne broke off her engagement seven years ago, she thought she’d never see Neil Wentworth again. But when Neil’s brother buys the house she grew up in, it seems fate has other plans in store, and Anne is woefully unprepared for the roller coaster of emotions that accompanies Neil’s return. Fans of Persuasion will love this fast-paced, modern retelling of Jane Austen’s most romantic novel.

Fiddle Fair

The King of all Orchestra sales is back!!

March 5-10 The Book Table is hosting its annual Fiddle Fair. This celebration is your chance to get higher quality instruments and great prices. We have brought in great string instruments, complete with higher end cases and bows, which will be marked down to  35% off list price.  From August Kohr to exceptional Artisans, you will find quality instruments. We even have a string bass in this year! Plus, all string accessories will be 40% off.

The Book Table will also be hosting several events throughout the Fiddle Fair:

Music Four You 

Thursday, March 8, 7:00pm

This string quartet from USU offers beautiful arrangements of music.  Perfect for wedding or party! Like what you hear? Contact Nicole Saraiva 435-741-4508 for reservations.

“Stretch Your Strings” with Grover Wilhelmsen- Master String Technician

Workshops & Appraisals
Friday, March 9, 4-7 p.m.

“Stretch your Strings” is your chance to come learn what repairs you can do yourself to keep costs down, and keep your instrument in excellent condition.  Grover also does repairs every Saturday 10-1 p.m.


Saturday, March 10, Noon

These six women of this local folk band, including the Book Table’s own Candice Kempton, are known for their vibrant personalities and musicianship. Get ready for a great time when you hear their music.

Come meet our in-house specialist, find a new instrument case or bow, and see why The Book Table is the place to come for all your music needs.

**String accessories sale does not include guitar accessories.

One World, Many Stories

This collection of diverse and insightful stories from Utah residents is the result of a call for personal experiences with the theme, “Seeking Freedom and Dignity.”

Included are stories from prisoner of war, refugees, community minded citizens, those familiar with mental and physical pain, and some who have survived sexual and substance abuse to create happy and productive lives.

In sharing their stories, these men and women bravely take us into moments of conflict and triumph. They offer us nuggets of wisdom, inspire hope in the future and shine a light on our common humanity. By making the effort to write and tell their stories, they preserve the value of their personal experience for generations to come.

One World, Many Stories is the 2011 community outreach project of the Utah Chapter of the Association of Personal Historians, whose goal is to save lives, one story at a time. As this remarkable anthology demonstrates, everyone has a story to tell!

Blessed, Honored Pioneers

I was raised with the idea that whenever my father would bleed, that blood would come out a rich blue. His name is Wilford Woodruff Daynes, if that gives you a clue. Pioneer heritage is alive and well in our family. My dad’s grandpa, Wilford Woodruff, and my mother’s grandfather, Erastus Snow, were in that first wagon train [to Utah]–and therein lies many of my memories. The humorous discussions between the two, Wilf and Dearie, were legend… whose statue is higher on the This is the Place monument (We spent much time standing at the base analyzing), who was the first one into the valley (“Why, my grandpa had potatoes planted by the time your granddad got there!”), and on and on.

My other great granddad, Joseph J. Daynes, the first Tabernacle organist, bargained his way into the backs of wagons over the plains when he was 10 by serenading them on his concertina. And still another great granddad died while a soldier in the Mormon Battalion, after being dragged over a pile of logs by a runaway mule. This is my family line… part of whom I am. I love reading their stories.

But Pioneer Day, to me, is not just that vanguard wagon train on the 24th, bu tall the pioneers in family lines who changed the lives of future generations by sacrifice and commitment. Be they from Europe, South America, Asia, wherever, being the first to take the risks and reach for something great, makes them pioneers. My hat’s off to all of our forefathers this weekend!

By way of a sales pitch for our remarkable store…

After dragging yourself to the campground, after circling the wagons and preparing the grub, and after soaking those tired feet, take time to relax with a good book. If you want to be inspired, pick up an historical novel such as Undaunted by Gerald Lund about the early hole-in-the-rock settlers, or All That Was Promised by Vickie Hall about the early Welch converts. Search through a history book such as The Mormon Battalion by Norma Ricketts where I found the story of my own ancestor, Words West by Ginger Wadsworth which contains stories from children, as does I Walked to Zion by Susan Arrington. Enjoy the many books in our biography section that are filled with stories of pioneers in every field. You will be amazed and humbled by their efforts.

Make it a wonderful 24th of July celebration!!!

–Mary Ann

Puddle Jumper Shoes Are a Splash

In 2003 Utahan Carrie Miner was in a dilemma. She wanted cute shoes for her two young daughters to wear, and was at a loss of where to find them. So, she started her own line of footwear for young children, and Puddle Jumper Shoes was born.


They’re described as “top quality” “European style” and “bold colors.” Another great thing about these shoes is that they are made for either crawling–with soft soles–or walking–with hard soles. They are simply adorable to look at, too. We’re pretty fond of them in the upstairs at the Book Table.

PJS has many styles for different ages and we are proud to sell the infant Maryjanes, for ages 12-18 months.They are made of durable material, offer arch support, and wide-width.

Puddle Jumpers is now sold in over 2,000 stores in the United States, Canada, and Australia. A portion of the annual profits goes to organizations who help orphans around the world.