To be completely accurate, these are not Susan's recommendations. But she did the NPR story, gathering good reads from several independent book stores (bless them all).
For old-time NPR listeners, Susan Stamberg is a real treat. Good to hear her again. She's a national treasure.
Some good stuff here, including a nonfiction book about Utopia, Texas (yes, really) by Karen Valby. The book is Welcome to Utopia. AT loves this sort of writing. The Amazon book link is here.
The NPR link, complete with Susan Stamberg audio, is here.