Maximum Shelf: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Maximum Shelf: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

"Therese Anne Fowler has written a heartfelt novel about a woman out of her time, a woman whose talents were unsung, and she has brought a new understanding to a story we thought we knew." -Shelf Awareness

I've already mentioned how excited I am for Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler to hit your shelves in March just before Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" hits the big screen in May. Well today's Maximum Shelf features Z, the semi-fictional, semi-biographical account of the fabulous adventures of Zelda Sayre.

During the interview Fowler says,

"Zelda was a product of all that she had learned and internalized. Being brought up as a wealthy and beautiful Southern belle was hardly the road to making a stand for herself. She didn't know the depth of her interest in the arts--writing, dance and fine art--until she became involved in each of them. She has been badly misrepresented as a person. I wanted to get her story straight."

Vik from Shelf AwarenessRead the full novel summary, review, and interview with Therese Anne Fowler on ShelfAwareness.com.

And take a look at reading guru Vik all dolled up in flapper-wear (right)!

Also, see this note from Janet Lockhart from Readers Services at Wake County Public Library on the holds in her library:

 

She previously said,

 

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On the Shelf: The Sequel to Wolf Hall

On the Shelf: The Sequel to Wolf Hall

Shelf Awareness just ran a super sexy Maximum Shelf featuring BRING UP THE BODIES, Hilary Mantel's much-anticipated sequel to her 2009 Booker Prize winning novel, WOLF HALL!

BRING UP THE BODIES is the chilling story of Anne Boleyn's downfall from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell. Here are a few quotes from the Shelf Awareness review: 

 

"Mantel weaves a richly textured world that is at once deeply foreign and entirely relevant."

"Erotic desire and violent death are a constant, powerful undercurrent despite their subtle deployment."

"No one can know for certain the thoughts and feelings of historical figures--but from extant evidence and an understanding of human nature, a writer can extrapolate, inventing an imagined reality that is convincing in every detail. We see this firsthand, as Cromwell sets out to write the story of Anne Boleyn--and use it to bring about her death."

 

vikSee the full Maximum Shelf here including an interview with Mantel and a great portrait of Vik, the chill, blue Shelf Awareness guru, all decked out in Tudor finery (see right)!

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Don’t Miss Maximum Shelf: Home Front

Don’t Miss Maximum Shelf: Home Front

Psst, Kristin Hannah fans...

Did you catch this month's edition of Maximum Shelf from Shelf Awareness? It's all about Kristin Hannah's latest novel, HOME FRONT!

The issue will introduce you to Jolene Zarkades, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot in the National Guard who is deployed to Iraq just as her perfect marriage begins to fall apart. They say,

"[Hannah] seamlessly weaves the two sides of a soldier's heart--the damage and the horror inflicted upon it with the honor and pride that make it beat--in Jolene. She is a hero, and her life is a hero's journey, psychological and spiritual and physical."

With an extensive plot summary, a great review, and an in-depth author interview, this issue will get you pumped and ready to recommend this new Kristin Hannah title. 

"Kristin Hannah has written a passionate, inspired story of war's cost to a family; even more, the cost of silence."

Take a peek!

And how awesome does the sitting guru (a.k.a. Vik) look in that snazzy Macmillan T-shirt??

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