It’s that time of year again—Off the Shelf is celebrating another birthday, and of course you, our readers, get the presents. We can’t think of a better way to spend our third birthday than with some cake and 13 of our favorite books. You’re invited to celebrate with us, and you could win all of the books below.
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After spending years as a recluse, Jubilee Jenkins is forced to face the world when her mother dies. When she meets Eric, a divorcee and single father, he can’t understand why Jubilee keeps him at arm’s length. But anything closer might literally kill her since she has a rare allergy to human contact. CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH is the most unlikely love story you’ll read this year.
“The Princess Bride” debuted in theaters almost 30 years ago, and today it endures as a cult classic. In AS YOU WISH, Cary Elwes, who played Westley, the Dread Pirate Roberts, in the movie, gives fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film, reuniting the star-studded cast for never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews.
In this taut psychological thriller, Clare is on the run from her past, from her husband, and from her own secrets. When she turns up alone in a remote mining town asking about the local girl who disappeared, everyone wants to know who Clare really is and what she’s hiding. As it turns out, she’s hiding a lot. But who isn’t in this town?
In Catherine Lowell’s smart and original debut novel, the only remaining descendant of the Brontë family embarks on a modern-day literary treasure hunt to find the family’s long-rumored secret estate, using only the clues her father left behind and the Brontës’ own novels.
An intimate, funny, and inspiring memoir read by the author himself: the award-winning actor Bryan Cranston. Both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, A LIFE IN PARTS maps Cranston’s zigzag journey from abandoned son to beloved star by recalling the many odd parts he’s played in real life and diving deep into the grittiest details of his greatest role: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin.
Read by Bryan Cranston