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The Doorbells of Florence: 08/30/11

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)When I have some spending money I like to check the Friends of the Library book store at my library. There's bound to be a little treasure there waiting for me. One of those recent treasures was The Doorbells of Florence by Andrew Losowsky.

The book began as a series of Flickr photos of doorbells on a trip to Florence. The photos inspired some idle contemplation of what might be behind those doorbells. And that lead to some creative writing.

The result is a slim and utterly charming volume of one page what-if stories. Each story starts with a color photograph of a doorbell. As it's a short book, it can be read easily over a morning cup of coffee or while waiting in line. But it's one that has stuck with me. Everyone I've shared the book with has enjoyed it.

The book apparently went on to inspire a stage play. I've included the link to the story below.

Five stars.

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