Shelley Malcolm uses the image of hands to reveal much
of what we have in common, as well as, like finger prints, that which
makes each of us completely unique. The pages of REAL tell the stories
of actual people who are comfortable with sharing their dreams and
triumphs as well as their imperfections, losses and failures. These
stories, paired with dramatic and honest photographs by Terilee Dawn
Ouimette, present a refreshing and tangible new perspective that can
change the way the reader might see his or her self. REAL allows us to
not only forgive that which may seem ordinary, have disappointed us, or
caused shame …and instead embrace that which does not pretend to be
anything but REAL.
What readers are saying --
Every time I think I’ve found a favorite, I read another
one I like just as much. I think they’re all equally moving and well
thought out. I can’t think of how to succinctly get the point across of
how great REAL is. I am behind this book 100%.
Karen, Karen Grencik Literary Agency
I love your book “Real.” As someone who sees her hands
becoming like those of her mother and grandmother’s, it is inspiring to
be reminded of the “soul” that is reflected in those wrinkles and spots.
The entire book is a treat.
Mary F., Vintner
Anyone will truly enjoy reading the stories behind each
photo of hands . . . And what accomplishments are recorded in these
stories, acknowledging life’s challenges and meeting them head on. You
will look at hands as you never have before.
JoAnn Rossi, retired OTR, Hand Therapist, retired Ergonomics Specialist
I LOVE “Real.” I have cried, smiled and laughed each
time I read a part of the book. WOW!
A.C. Senior Staff Writer, Times Press Recorder