Von's View - Random Book Reviews

11-11-2017 The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
It is fitting that I should finish this book on Veteran's Day as it is the story of an Army battalion's year being the spear point for the "surge" in Iraq. The author has done a brilliant job of following and reporting the activities of this unit, and it's commander, through the stages of deployment, combat, and the return home. No matter the reader's perspective about the war in general or the "surge" in particular, it is impossible to witness the stories of these soldiers with anything but awe for their fortitude, courage, and perseverance. read more...

Writing Groups

News from Amber Polo, Library Volunteer:

Special Open Book Club NEWS!

For the first time ever we’re all going to read the SAME book. And discuss it! So, come on November 14th to pick up your “mystery book” and learn how you can get “extra credit” when we discuss the book on December 12th. If you can’t attend on the 14th but want to join in on December 12th, send me an email and we can arrange for you to get a copy of the book or reserve a library copy.

The Open Book book club will be reading Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart for the Dec. 12th meeting

"an enthralling novel based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs."

“A smart, romping adventure, featuring some of the most memorable and powerful female characters I've seen in print for a long time. I loved every page as I followed the Kopp sisters through a too-good-to-be-true (but mostly true!) tale of violence, courage, stubbornness, and resourcefulness.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.


At  Camp Verde Community Library 

Tuesday, 11/14 10a-noon - Open Book Book: A book club for readers sharing with readers. Come and tell other readers about books you’ve read. Continues the Second Tuesday of the Month.

Tuesday, 11/21 10a-noon – Writing for Fun and More: Bring a bit of your writing to share. Meet other writers the third Tuesday of the Month.

Monday 11/13 10a-1p Verde Writers' Critique Circle: a writer's support group meets the 2nd Monday of each month.  The group consists of experienced and newbie authors who read a piece of their work-in-progress and receive friendly, constructive critiques and gentle encouragement from other members. The group is limited to no more than 6 writers, so that each member has approximately 30 minutes to share their work and receive comments. We currently have two openings.  If you are interested in joining, or for more information, please call Carole at 567-2832 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Other Verde Valley Locations

Cottonwood Public Library – Groups for writers - EVERY Tuesday –

  • Writing for Fun Tuesdays: 9a-10:30a

  • Creative Writing Tuesdays: 10:45a - 12:30p

Beaver Creek/Rimrock Public Library

  • Saturday, 11/18 10a The Phantasm Book Club: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick will be the book discussed. It is the novel two films “Blade Runner,” and “Blade Runner 2049” are based on. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

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Mesa Book Festival – Saturday, December 9

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Professional Writers of Prescott Member Events

PWP Meetings are on the 4th Wednesday at 6:00p, usually in  Prescott Valley Public Library's Crystal Meeting Room.

Wednesday, November 15 – MERLE MCCANN – Writing Series for Children  

Tuesday, December 12 – HOLIDAY PARTY

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS - free to PWP members

LEVIN WORKSHOPS - Carol Levin monthly writing workshops at Prescott Public library (prescottlibrary.info or 928 -777-1526).

CHILDREN’S AUTHOR GROUP  Contact Pat Frayne at 928-713-6679 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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