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Short Takes: March 2013 

click to enlarge In the Night Sky UFOs in the Hudson Valley

In the Night Sky: Hudson Valley UFO Sightings from the 1930s to the Present
Linda Zimmermann
Eagle Press, 2013, $20

Pine Bush may claim the title "UFO Capital of the East," but it's not alone. Intrepid Ghost Investigator Zimmermann interviewed more than 100 Hudson Valley residents about sightings and close encounters with flying discs, triangles, big-eyed squirrel people, and extraterrestrial light shows. Appearing 3/8 at 7pm, Mohegan Barnes & Noble; 3/20 at 6:30pm, Kent Library; 4/6 at 5pm, Golden Notebook, Woodstock.

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Laurina's Kitchen: Generations of Heirloom Dishes from the Ecobelli Family
Lora Lee Ecobelli & Tom Ecobelli
Square Circle Press, 2012, $31.50

For 40 years, Ballston Spa's Laurina Inzinna Ecobelli helmed an Italian restaurant with an Irish name, Ecobelli's Tam O'Shanter Inn. Two of her grandchildren collaborated on this nostalgic companion piece to their forthcoming film Chickadee, spinning tales of "The Tam" amid traditional recipes and playful graphics that recall vintage menu designs. Lora Lee Ecobelli will appear 3/19 at 6pm, Saugerties Public Library.

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One Hundred Thousand Lights: A Love Song to India
Garnette Arledge
Singing Stars, 2012, $25

Grace's only companions on the flight to Mumbai are a beloved book (Hilda Charlton's Saints Alive) and her cyber journal—or so she thinks. Former coworker and sometime love interest Mike is seated a few rows behind her. India's magic will transform them both. New Paltz author and Hospice chaplain Arledge conjures a shimmering rainbow of local color and spiritual teachings. 

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Owsley and Me: My LSD Family
Rhoney Gissen Stanley with Tom Davis
Monkfish Books, 2013, $15.95

Berkeley acid-lab guru, Grateful Dead pharmacologist, and Wall of Sound designer, the late Owsley "Bear" Stanley was a legend among legends. Rhoney Gissen met him in 1965, sharing the "sacred trip" of turning on a generation: Hendrix, Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Timothy Leary, Ram Dass. (She also shared Bear, in an ongoing triangle.) Written with SNL veteran Davis, her freewheeling memoir tells it like it was.

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The Devil of Echo Lake
Douglas Wynne
Journalstone, 2012, $16.95

An ambitious young rock star, a Mephistophelian music producer with a shady past, a recording studio in a haunted church, a David Bowie overdub session, and some mighty strange nightlife... Where else but Woodstock? Recording engineer Wynne serenades his former hometown in this award-winning indie horror debut with a rock'n'roll backbeat.

click to enlarge Carved in Stone—the art of tombstones

Carved in Stone: the Artistry of Early New England Gravestones 
Thomas E. Gilson and William Gilson
Wesleyan University Press, 2012, $30

Pine Bush photographer Thomas E. Gilson documented early American gravestones for years before learning that his brother William, a writer and poet, had a parallel obsession. Their collaboration pairs more than 80 spare, striking black-and-white photos with a personal and searching essay on the allure of these idiosyncratic, oddly eloquent carvings. Appearing 3/31 at 3pm, Golden Notebook, Woodstock.

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