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May 2019
Volume VI Issue 5

from the Editor

It's May! And you know what that means... Mother's Day, Graduations, and end of the year teacher gifts! Don't worry! We've got you covered! Our shelves are packed with a wonderful selection of books that will make the perfect gift! Can't find the title you are looking for? We are always happy to special order it for you!

May is blooming with so wonderful events and we are excited to share local and nationally published authors with you! If you have never attended a book signing here at the BookShelf, consider joining us; they are always interesting and inspiring!

special events at the Shelf

staff Shelf pick

Rebecca's Pick

Leading Men

By: Christopher Castellani

How I wish Goodreads allowed .5's. This is one of those rare books where I actually slowed down while reading to stay with the characters longer. All of them are so lovingly rendered, realistically and sometimes painfully, Frank broke my heart. The story told is the relationship between Tennessee Williams and Frank Merlo, with sections that move back and forth between their time spent in Italy and abroad in the 1950's, while Williams was writing some of his best plays, and current times in which their friend, Anja, struggles with the task of honoring her friend's memory. This book has that page turning magic that walks the fine line between historical staging and gossip, which allows the reader to engage with the book on a very personal level - at times feeling like you are one of the gang yourself. It is also a departure from Castellani's family based stories but the care and empathy that Castellani brings to all his characters is on full display. By far his best work............

This is a book about Love, Craft, Muses, Societal Norms, and Beautiful Landscapes. As a bookseller I can't wait to put this in one in readers hands.

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