What I’m Reading: Betsy Young, Volunteer Coordinator Co-Chair

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Betsy Young pictureI’m currently reading The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett. The central character, Peter, is a rare book dealer whose wife has recently died. Completely devastated by this, he relocates to a small village in England to try to start his life over. While exploring a rare book store, he stumbles upon an 18th century watercolor portrait of a woman who is the spitting image of his late wife. While investigating this, he finds an even bigger mystery–a manuscript that may prove that all of Shakespeare’s works were, in fact, written by the Bard himself. An added layer to the story is that he narrative alternates between the present action, Peter’s memory of how he and his wife met, and the historical provenance of the manuscript in question, making the book almost another character itself. It’s a lovely read for a bibliophile, with just enough mystery to boot!