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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

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Author explores two visions of the West by two very different men

Book review: "All the Wild that Remains" by David Gessner (W.W. Norton & Co.)

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Book Review: "The Curious Nature Guide" by Clare Walker Leslie

Book Review: "The Curious Nature Guide" by Clare Walker Leslie

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Book Review: "Annie van Sinderen" is a can't-put-down story

Book Review: "The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen" (Putnam), by Katherine Howe

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Book Review: See's latest offers in-depth look at friendships

Book Review: "China Dolls" (Random House) by Lisa See

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Book Review: Two books of moving poetry elicit myriad moods

Book Review: "A field Guide to Fire" (FutureCycle Press) by David Chorlton"Going Down Grand" (Lithic Press)by Peter Anderson and Rick Kempa

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A magnificent read you'll want to read again

Book Review: "All the Light We Cannot See" (Scribner/ Simon & Schuster) by Anthony Doerr

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Book Review: When the moon breaks up

Book Review: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson