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Real by Shelley Malcolm

Thursday, December 15, 2011

About Real and Shelley Malcolm: (please see attached press release)

“REAL” is a collection of 60 inspirational stories by Shelley Malcolm, with photos by Terilee Dawn Ouimette. The stories are deeply revealing, while the photos are anonymous, focusing only on each subject’s hands. Subjects range from adolescent to elderly, from former gangster to humble homeless, international refugee to hero-housewife, from pro athlete to Hollywood celebrity. While “Real” is her first published book, Malcolm is no stranger to creative projects, as co-owner and restorer of an historic chapel, La Perla del Mar in Shell Beach, CA, and a set designer for theater and film. Shelley Malcolm was named Pismo Beach’s Citizen of the Year in 2011 for her extensive contributions and involvement in the community. Proceeds from the book will benefit the Alzheimer’s Foundation and other charities. Shelley Malcolm graduated from University of Southern California with a degree in dental hygiene. For more information, please visit or Shelley Malcolm resides in Shell Beach, California with her husband, Doug.

Shelley has four adult children. Her interests include painting , drawing, sculpting, building, playing piano and other musical instruments, outdoor activities including hiking, ocean kayaking, running, water and snow-skiing, international travel, sewing, reading, writing and others. Visit for more information.

Real - The Book from David Malcolm on Vimeo.

The true accounts found in this book were very raw and real.  The reader may even find some of them inspiring or applicable to his/her own life.  The author manages to take a picture of the author of a short story's hands and create a strong connection between that glimpse into someone else's life and his/her hands.  The stories themselves were very memorable and intense.  It was easy to get very involved in the stories.  There were some religious references, there were references to the authors' pasts and potential futures, these small references added a lot to the book.  All of the stories were designed to make the reader think, a feat they certainly accomplish.

Each story is told from someone who only reveals his/her first name, leaving an air of mystery for the reader.  This book was actually hard to put down, something I had not expected.  This book can be enjoyed by readers of different ages and different genres. 
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  1. MTeacress said...:

    That sounds very interesting. What a good idea for a book. I'll go check it out. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog last week!

  1. Thanks! It's an interesting book :)