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Of Mice and Men Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140177398
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 1993

The foremost work by Steinbeck weaves narratives of dream culture, companionship, and demographics within strongholds of dogmatic soceity. It's a moving and stark work that displays Steinbeck's mastery of the common language. 

(June 2017)

American Buffalo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802150578
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Published: Grove Press - January 11th, 1994

One of the best plays I have ever read/played/watched. A couple of inner-city-junk-yard types argue over a rare and disputed buffalo nickel. Chaos and insanity ensue in only the most “American” of ways. (A must read for the actor).

(May 2017)

Eloise Cover Image
By Kay Thompson, Hilary Knight (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780671223502
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 30th, 1969

Who is Eloise? Why is she the greatest living human on Earth? Eloise is a tough, sassy, genius and adventurous little girl (young lady). She has the plaza hotel (in N.Y. city) at her utter control! This loveable terror has her own room and knows that you don't. You cannot resist her! You'll never be as good as she is! You'll never find a picture book as good as hers! 

(March 2017)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #2) Cover Image
By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064471046
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Published: HarperCollins - March 5th, 2002

Lucy Pevensie is telling tall tales, absurd stories of a snow and ice laden world that lies inside of a stale, old wardrobe. It's not until her brothers and sister also find this new world that the trouble really kicks off! These four siblings will face talking animals, mythical beasts, a witch with an obession with statues and a God-lion! 

(March 2017)

Battling Boy Cover Image
By Paul Pope, Paul Pope (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596431454
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Published: First Second - October 8th, 2013

I love this book! A 12 year old demi-god is sent to the human realm to go through his coming of age gauntlet. But, this new life is not as easy as he thought. And without his powerful war-God papi to fight his battles for him, he's in for a rough and high risk passage into God-hood! 

(March 2017)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142410318
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Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2007

This amazing, magical, wild book is one of the very greatest books of all time! A little boy wins a golden ticket to tour the most wonderful, crazy and mysterious candy factory in the world. The man behind this absurd fortress of sugar is the infamous Willy Wonka, a man who is as zany as he is brilliant. Join Charlie as he delves into this mad world of candy. 

(March 2017)

The Book of Genesis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393061024
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 1st, 2009

A visceral, overt, retelling of the first book of the Bible (Genesis). Crumb (interestingly enough) captures the relational struggle between God and man in a startling way. I love the true vibe that this comic rendention conveys. 

Note: Mature warning with his one. 

(March 2017)

Yann Gross: The Jungle Book: Contemporary Stories of the Amazon and Its Fringe Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597113823
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Published: Aperture - September 1st, 2016

This monograph fits snuggly, somewhere between the widly fantastical and the stark reality of the amazon. With photographs that make ones head tilt in wonder, and with commentary that is wrought in mythology, history and wit. 

(March 2017)

Deathblow Cover Image
By Brandon Choi, Jim Lee (Illustrator), Tim Sale (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781401251307
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: DC Comics - January 13th, 2015

This book dominated my imagination in my early teens. A violent, fast paced and sharp story of the ultimate mercenary, on his blood soaked quest to save the world from utter destruction (obviously!) Lee's art is iconic and inspired my drawing style heavily. 

(March 2017)

Moebius Library: The World of Edena Cover Image
By Moebius, Moebius (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781506702162
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Published: Dark Horse Books - November 8th, 2016

This graphic novel comes from the master of illustrated dreamscape. With portions translated from French for the very first time, the story itself is wild, enthralling and all around bizarre. Moebius tells impossible stories through his drawings alone. It's rare to see a graphic novel that transcends the flashy, hero centered conventions of comic books. Moebius dismantles the generic medium with ease. Edena is some sort of strange, beautifully haunting art form with hides behind the basic comic book format. 

(March 2017)

The Twits Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142410394
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Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2007

The worst, foulest, evil couple in the whole world! They play savage jokes on one another. They are even more cruel to every other living thing, butchering all manner of birds (to put in their barbaric pies)! Mr. and Mrs. Twit have pushed their pet monkeys to a breaking point; and these creatures band together to bring wild justice to the ugliest people alive! 

(March 2017)