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Celebrations of Curious Characters Hardcover – May 24, 2011
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There are few authors who care about their work as much as Jay. Every word is carefully selected, each picture is one of a kind, and even the design of the book is top notch. It's the type of book that you will want to display on a table rather than hide on a shelf. It's the perfect size for the subject matter and, thankfully, this is the kind of book that is so well done that it will never work as an ebook.
Each chapter consists of one page of text and one full page print. Each picture is both interesting and beautiful. In fact, you may want to get two copies just so you can frame a few of the pictures from the book. Some of my favorite chapters include:
Tossing The Broads - Jay's thoughts on the 3 card monte
Twins - A Celebration of Siamese Twins (the print accompanying this chapter is one of the very best - twins sharing a mustache)
Coffee - A History of the first Coffee Shops/Museums of the Unusual
Taking It on The Chin - The Story of the best "musical face player"
Misconception - Women who have given birth to animals
Shot From A Cannon - The first woman to be shot from a cannon (one of my favorite prints)
Death By Misadventure - The story of Chung Ling Soo
There is not a clunker in the entire book. Each short essay and every picture are nearly perfect; in short, this is a collection not to be missed. Whether you are fascinated with the unusual, curious about the odd, or just a lover of books, this is a must.
It is hard to review this funny and enlightening book except to list some of its contents. Jay's prose is witty and his selection of subjects is delightful and surprising.Read more ›