Lois Leveen


June 4, 2012

Shelf Awareness

I get a little agoraphobic in bookstores. So many books to read! So little time! My pulse races, and my heart races and, well, I lose my mellow all over the plae.

I guess that's the idea behind Shelf Awareness, which promises "Enlightenment for Readers," through newsletters with book industry highlights. Sort of a Cliff Notes for people who actually want to read the whole book, as long as they can figure out which whole book to read. Shelf Awareness is so into its enlightenment approach, it even has a logo with a cute little Buddha all yoga-ed out on a bookshelf, using bound angle pose to prop up a book.

That is my kind of multi-tasking. Maybe if I could read in yoga class, I'd be a better yogini. And better read.

In any event, I'm delighted to report that Shelf Awareness has published a really glowing (per the enlightenment metaphor, maybe I should say inner-glowing?) review of The Secrets of Mary Bowser, which they call "A brilliant historical novel" and "a rich, layered story of slavery, of the South and of what it means to fight for what we believe in, no matter the cost."

If you'd like to get a little more enlightened, check out the full review.
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