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MELP Book of the Week

MELP Book of the Week

The Wolves and the Mandolin: Celebrating Life's Privileges in a Harsh World

by Brandon Vallorani


No matter where your beginnings, you deserve to follow your dreams of a better life and create a legacy for future generations.

Brandon Vallorani, accomplished entrepreneur and founder of Vallorani Estates, believes anyone can build upon humble beginnings and pursue the finer things in life. He recounts his own American Dream success story in his new book, The Wolves and the Mandolin: Celebrating Life's Privileges In A Harsh World.

"The wolves and the mandolin story has been passed down from generation to generation in my family. A great-uncle was stuck in a tree surrounded by wolves. He played his mandolin to pass the time, and the beautiful music calmed the wolves and my great-uncle made it away safely," says Vallorani. "This tale reminds us that beauty can be found even in the midst of growling wolves and that even the fiercest wolves can be calmed."

The Wolves and the Mandolin follows the Vallorani family's modest beginnings in Italy, shares legend-worthy stories of their first years in America, and culminates with Brandon's success as an entrepreneur. Vallorani provides his philosophies in business and management, and the path taken to create a quality brand of hand-curated luxury products, Vallorani Estates.

The Wolves and the Mandolin also reveals: 

  • Vallorani's five tips for selling any product online 
  • Why it's important for entrepreneurs and executives to take the time to enjoy life's privileges 
  • An entrepreneur's guide to dealing with "administrative wolves" without draining money, time and happiness 
  • Looking beyond: How to move on and up when you've hit a ceiling 
  • How to learn to celebrate life's privileges in a world of harsh wolves

As an eternal achiever and positive thinker, Brandon is always conquering new territory―but while doing so, encapsulating his life, his ancestors, and his future into a unique "brand" of living.

It's a good life in a harsh world, and in The Wolves and the Mandolin, Brandon Vallorani is proof and inspiration that a life worth celebrating is possible.

We invite you to read, discuss, and share.


About MELP

The Mamie Eisenhower Library Project (MELP) is the NFRW’s oldest program, celebrating more than 50 years of book donations from an approved list to schools, libraries, hospitals and other public institutions.



Bookplates are mailed to clubs upon receipt of the list of books to be donated. This enables the Literacy Committee to track the numbers and names of books being donated by Republican women across the country.

To request bookplates, clubs should send a list of the books they are donating to Literacy Committee member Cathy Percefull. Include the club name, the title and author of each book, and the address to which the bookplates should be sent. Bookplates will be mailed in return.

The Literacy Committee will provide the state presidents with a list of participating clubs and the number of books they donate each year.



Additions to the MELP Recommended Book List are made periodically, and the committee encourages recommendations from members.



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