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An unexpected friendship leads to thrilling exploits for a little girl and a tomato worm in The Silly Adventures of Petunia & Herman the Worm ($17.95, Book Baby LLC). The book evolved from a bedtime story author Sam Baker made up for his now-adult children when they were young. Children’s book authorship is Scottsdale nonagenarian Baker’s fifth career. Previously, the Mississippi native was an engineer, served in the United States Marine Corps, was an ensign...

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“National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst,” quoth American novelist and environmentalist Wallace Stegner. Arizona travel writer Roger Naylor clearly agrees. His book, Arizona State Parks: A Guide to Amazing Places in the Grand Canyon State (University of New Mexico Press, $21.95), explores our state parks in all their glory, from camping and boating to hiking and stargazing. Naylor’s...

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If you grew up watching The Wallace and Ladmo Show on Phoenix’s first TV station, Channel 5 (KPHO), Phoenix Television by Arizona State University media professor Dr. John E. Craft and PHOENIX magazine contributor Lisa Honebrink (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99) will stir nostalgia. If you didn’t, it will serve as an education on the history of the “boob tube” in our fair city, from KPHO to Univision Arizona. Craft and Honebrink hope the book will sustain a...

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