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Two chances to meet pioneering Phoenix TV helicopter newsman in Prescott

If you lived in the Phoenix area – or, really, anywhere in Arizona – in the 1970s and 80s, you know the name Jerry Foster.

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Off the Shelf: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

For those of you that love and care about the land you walk on and are concerned about various cultural practices that are doing harm, Robin Wall Kimmerer’s amazing Braiding Sweetgrass is a book you don’t want to miss.

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Peter Straub collects creepy short stories in 1 book

If the only mass-market horror writer you’ve ever read is Stephen King, you owe it to yourself to check out Peter Straub. His latest book, “Interior Darkness,” compiles the best of his previously published short stories and adds three new ones.

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Off the Shelf: Memoir chronicles cross-cultural marriage

Linda Valdez, who writes editorials and columns for the Arizona Republic that have made her a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Scripps Howard Walker Stone Award, has written a very different kind of work with her new memoir, "Crossing the Line: A Marriage Across Borders."

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Off the Shelf: Former Prescott College student pens novel for young adults

Book Review: "A Series of Small Maneuvers" by Eliot Treichel (Ooligan Press)Prescott College should be very proud of its former student, Eliot Treichel, for what he has accomplished.

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Off the Shelf: Moving memoir describes boy's life on Navajo Reservation

Book Review: "Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life" by Jim Kristofic (University of New Mexico Press)

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Off the Shelf: 'A Wild Swan' a delightful new take on classic tales

Book Review: "A Wild Swan" by Michael Cunningham(Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Michael Cunningham does an impressive job of enhancing the many classic tales he includes in his latest book, "A Wild Swan," adding and deepening character, motivation, plot, pathos and humor, as well as setting them in a more modern world.

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Prescott author's books amplify Star Wars films

Book Review: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," by Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey)It is no wonder that Alan Dean Foster's novelization of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" jumped to No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller List in less than a week.

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Meet the man who expanded the Star Wars universe

Prescott author Alan Dean Foster, whose "Star Wars" novels include the original novelization for "Star Wars," first published as "Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker" and "Splinter of the Mind's Eye," will appear at Peregrine Book Company, 219 N. Cortez St., at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, for a reading of his novelization of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," with a Q&A and book signing.

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Off the Shelf:'Pithy' book contains a wealth of insights - and humor

Book Review: "Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It," by Daniel KleinWhen Daniel Klein was a young philosophy major at Harvard, trying to see what great minds had to say about the meaning of life and how to best live a good life, he began a notebook of "Pithies," which were quotes from the great philosophers, followed by notes about his feelings on those ideas.

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Heller's suspenseful 'The Painter' is a page-turner

Book Review: "The Painter" by Peter Heller

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Author brings theater history of Old West to life

Book Review: "Arizona on Stage: Playhouses, Plays, and Players in the Territory 1879-1912" by Thomas P. Collins

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Don't be fooled, Moody's latest is not a guide to good lodgings

Book Review: "Hotels of North America" by Rick Moody (Little, Brown and Company)Although the title of Rick Moody's latest book, "Hotels of North America," might lead you to believe that this is a handy guide to be used to find yourselves decent lodging on trips, I would advise you not to try it.

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'Badluck Way' a deeply satisfying read

Book Review: "Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West" by Bryce Andrews (Simon & Schuster)

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New book recounts Whiskey Row's colorful history

"Prescott's Original Whiskey Row" by Bradley G. CourtneyI had no idea how much of a Western drama - studded with indelible characters and considerable violence - the early Whiskey Row actually was until I picked up the brand new History Press edition of "Prescott's Original Whiskey Row," by Bradley G. Courtney, a local resident.

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'The Enchanted' will take you to a magic place

Book Review:"The Enchanted" by Rene Denfield (Harper Collins Publishers)I've never read a book anything like "The Enchanted," by Rene Denfeld.

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Book Review: Here's a handbook to help you get along with your wild neighbors

"Coexisting with Urban Wildlife: A Guide to the Central Arizona Uplands," by Robert L. Hoff

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Book Review: 'When Women Were Birds' evokes the patterns of your life

"When Women Were Birds," by Terry Tempest WilliamsIt is hard to know just what to call Terry Tempest Williams's beautiful book, "When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice."

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Mystery writer Allende returns to her roots with intricate and moving story

Book Review: "The Japanese Lover" by Isabel Allende

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Book Review: Story of genetically engineered crops is an eye-opener

"Altered Genes, Twisted Truth" (Clear River Press) by Steven M. Druker

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Author skillfully guides us through Salem Witch Trials

Book Review: "The Witches: Salem, 1692," by Stacy Schiff (Little Brown and Company)

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Local author's novel is a message of hope for the environment

Book Review: "The Sawtooth Complex," by Susan Lang"The Sawtooth Complex" is a fascinating novel that deals vigorously with the dilemmas of human life on the planet.

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Collection of unpredictable short stories is a pleasure to read

"Half an Inch of Water," by Percival Everett

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Review: 'Saturn Run' is gripping futuristic tale

Book Review: "Saturn Run" by John Sandford and Ctein (Putnam)

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Book Review: "How to be a Parisian Wherever You Are," by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas

Book Review: "How to be a Parisian Wherever You Are," by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas