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Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010
A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book [$30.00]

Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas legend has never been shown with such intricate detail than in A Christmas Carol: A pop-up book by Chuck Fischer. The story literally jumps off the page with full London street scenes as well as a very creative and in-depth look through Scrooge’s past. While the masterful illustrations fill the pages, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge is told in five illustrated booklets, found in pockets behind the 3D creations.


This is the perfect gift for older children (not too young because that ghost of Christmas Future is pretty lifelike).


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Monday, Dec 6, 2010
I Love Lucy: Celebrating 50 Years of Love and Laughter by Elisabeth Edwards [$24.95]

I Love Lucy is remembered as one of the greatest television shows of all time and now, with I Love Lucy: Celebrating 50 Years of Love and Laughter everyone can reminisce about what made it so special. This official and revised episode guide has everything you’d ever wanted to know about the classic program. It has bios on the four piece ensemble, stories about the road to instant hit, quotes from fans, famous and otherwise, on why the show is so loved and of course a guide to every episode of I Love Lucy and its successor The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnez Show. There are credits for everyone who ever worked on the show, including writers, guest stars and even a song list.


Everything that could ever be wondered about the I Love Lucy is answered within these pages. This is the ultimate guide to I Love Lucy and the ultimate gift for any I Love Lucy fan.


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Monday, Nov 29, 2010
The Interpretation of Dreams: The Illustrated Edition by Sigmund Freud, Jeffrey Masson (ed) [$45.00]

This edition of Sigmund Freud’s landmark tome is as much an elaborate art book as it is a guide to dream-interpretation. Which is appropriate, since Freud’s groundbreaking investigation of the subconscious had a profound and lasting impact on the visual arts. Surrealist masterpieces, contemporary artworks, and works by “pre-Freudean” artists who anticipated Freud’s themes, are beautifully reproduced in this volume. Unique to this edition are a series of cleverly “hidden” essays—tucked away inside two-page artwork throughout the book—in which Freud scholar Jefferey Moussaieff Masson explains (and sometimes muses) over the book’s major concepts while also scrutinizing the limitations, errors, and contradictions of Freud’s work.


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Thursday, Nov 18, 2010
The Great LIFE Photographers, by John Life Magazine Editors [$24.99]

For 70 years, the photographers at LIFE Magazine captured the lives of public figures, politicians, actors, musicians, athletes, and everyday people. This definitive collection features the work of almost every major LIFE staff photographer from the 20th century. Including iconic photographs of the Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jordan, and Marlon Brando, amongst many, many others, those interested in a visual history of the 20th century would be hard-pressed to find a better compilation.


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Friday, Dec 18, 2009
Herblock - W.W. Norton [$35.00] and Dr. Seuss & Co. Go to War - New Press [$29.95]

Social strife, dirty politics, gadawful war—none of it’s funny, dammit. At least not ‘til some eagle-eyed, tongue-in-cheek talent comes along and nails current events and its players to the seemingly simple format of a single panel cartoon. We check ‘em out, grain of salt held firmly between our back molars, and chuckle at the absurdities of human nature, and marvel that we survive as a species at all. 


Not all political cartoons intend to evoke laughter, but they certainly aim to provoke thought, poke holes in things deemed sacred, and ideally, capture a moment in our historical timeline that will speak volumes to future generations with, maybe, just a few words. Herblock: The Life and Work of the Great Political Cartoonist, showcases Herblock’s 72-year career under 12 presidential administrations, Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush. There’s a lot of history captured between these pages and in the accompanying DVD. The work speaks volumes, as well, about what was in the American headlines, in its editorial pages, and on everyone’s mind during some of the most tumultuous years of the 20th century.


The man who instructed an entire generation on how to behave, Theodore Seuss Gisel, aka Dr. Seuss, had his hand in editorial cartoons covering World War II during his career as a political cartoonist for the New York daily newspaper, PM. The man of morals makes no bones about what he thinks Americans on the brink of war, and largely resistant to getting involved, should do. In the company of fellow progressive cartoonists Al Hirschfeld, Arthur Szyk, Carl Rose, Mischa Ricter and others (the ‘& Co.’ of the title), more than 300 cartoons spanning six years of the war are provided, here. This makes a nice companion book to Herblock for the history buff.


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