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A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley : an Illuminated Novel | Warren Lehrer
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An illuminated novel containing 101 books within it (replete with cover designs), all written by a controversial author who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career.A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel containing 101 books within it, all written by Lehrer's protagonist who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. Nearly a year after the controversial author is thrown into a federal prison for refusing to reveal the name of a confidential source, he decides to break his silence. But it's not as simple as giving up a name to the grand jury. Over the course of one long night, in the darkness of his prison cell, he whispers his life story into a microcassette recorder, tracing his journey from the public housing project of his youth, to a career as a journalist, then experimental novelist, college professor, accidental bestselling author, pop-culture pundit, and unindicted prisoner.In A LIFE IN BOOKS, Mobley's autobiography/apologia is paired with a review of all 101 of his books. Each book is represented by its first-edition cover design and catalogue copy, and more than a third of his books are excerpted. The resulting retrospective contrasts the published writings (which read like short stories) with the author's confessional memoir, forming a most unusual portrait of a well-intentioned, obsessively inventive (but ethically challenged) visionary.Written and designed by award-winning author/artist Warren Lehrer , A LIFE IN BOOKS is an extraordinarily original, funny, heartwarming and heart-wrenching exploration of one man's use of books as a means of understanding himself, the people around him, and a half-century of American/global events. Rich with stories that spring from other stories, this genre-defying novel orchestrates a multicultural symphony of characters from Bleu's life and books: lovers, mothers, children, friends, enemies, teachers, students, runaways, rebels, thinkers, dreamers, believers, skeptics, the displaced and dispossessed. It celebrates the mysteries and contradictions of the creative process, and grapples with the future of the book as a medium, and the lines that separate truth, myth, and fiction. This four-color, full-length novel-containing over 101 hilarious and scrumptious book cover designs (and book-like objects)-fuses art and literature, and distinguishes itself as one of those books you'll want to hold in your hands, feast your eyes on, read andre-read, share with friends, and treasure for years to come.
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kaykay521
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16000 litfluence y‘all! Between work and graduate school I don‘t get anywhere near the amount of pleasure reading time I would like. That said, I do love this bookish community. This bibliophile has found her tribe ❤️❤️❤️

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Moray_Reads
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I have to admit I do this far too often, even when I know I'm going to enjoy whatever the non-reading event is! But #itsmylife and my friends and family know me well 📚📚📖📖 #rockinmay

rohit-sawant I'm guilty of this as well! 2y
Kalalalatja Same! 🙋 2y
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saresmoore My strategy at family gatherings is to subliminally hint at watching a movie then go sit off to the side with my Kindle. I mean, that would be my strategy...if I did this... 2y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore I definitely do that. We all sit together and while they watch a film I read. I'm in the room so it counts! 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk My mom used to get so upset when I would hide and read at family reunions. Dad understood though. 2y
Moray_Reads @TobeyTheScavengerMonk it's tough to be the introvert sometimes. We don't have much of an extended family though so there weren't very many occasions when my parents insisted I put the book down 2y
Cinfhen My parents are here now visiting and as much as I love having them here, it's killing my reading 😩😬🙄 2y
batsy @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Same! Mum would get mad, dad would be like "let her be" and buy me more books. My mum used to read to me all the time, but I think she became alarmed as I grew up to prefer reading over talk ? 2y
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Tanner
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Day 19 #endpapers #ReadJanuary The endpapers in my Complete Works Of Shakespeare are pretty, but the ones in this other book are cool!

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Eyelit
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#fortheloveoffonts - comics/graphic novels tend to have some pretty cool fonts #readjanuary

britt_brooke Ooh, good ones! 3y
8leagueboot Ooh, I haven't heard of these! Which is your favorite from the stack? 3y
Eyelit @8leagueboot I haven't read superzelda, life in books, or the goodnight one (all from library) but I love the rest. Unwritten is a bit of a takeoff of Harry Potter and Madame Xanadu is sorta about Nimue of legend. Superspy is a great espionage tale and bitch planet is just fantastic 3y
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