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There are too many incredible books to list, but these come to mind first for me as important in my own upbringing. I was basically steeped in Tintin as a child, basted by Oz and Tolkien, troubled by Jansson, tickled by Asterix and taught by Lear. It wasn’t until High School that I saw Codex Seriphinianus, and I was thrown irrevocably into the world of illustration for good.
is the undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion of All-Things-Wrestling-In-The-Library. This is his Book / Fight Club List: Ten best for teen boys about things in the ring.
There are many UFC biographies out, so it's who you like. I'm an old guy; I like the old guy.
A novel about a teen breaking into wrestling while wrestling with some problems of his own. The author is a Ric Flair fan (whooo!).
There's a lot of wrestling biographies out there, but Y2J's is probably best of the newer ones probably because he takes himself the least serious of all the squared circle scribes.
Filled with photos of these masked Mexican wrestlers, this is a must to understand the history and scope of pro wrestling.
Nothing but photos of UFC fighters through all stages of their careers. From the founders like Ken Shamrock to the modern kings of eight-sided cage, a wonderful way to browse the history of UFC.
The book follows the author's journey to become a MMA fighter. He thought training for the Army was hard work. Welcome to the cage.
The 4th novel of a series that started in the 1960s still punches hard with hard punches and harder choices.
A quick little read about a young man trying to earn money, and respect, by winning a boxing tournament.
The gritty covers lets you know the story inside is a tough one about a young man searching for himself, one fight at a time.
You get photos, lists, more photos, and more lists. As JR would say, "Business is about to pick up."
Anything by Robert Benchley, Woody Allen, Mark Twain, Dave Barry, Roald Dahl, Robert Cormier, Jack Gantos, Peg Kehret, Gary Paulsen, Carl Hiassen, Andrew Clements, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Gordon Korman, Roland Smith, Anthony Horowitz, and some guy named Jon Scieszka.
Genius. The Sgt. Pepper of children's books.
Still the best survival story.
This is the book that turned me on to reading. For the first time, somebody wrote like they were having a conversation with me.
Or anything by Dr. Seuss. Can’t beat it.
Without it, all intelligent life on Earth would have ceased to exist.
My favorite Everest book; my favorite adventure book.
designed this website. He also designed the JS Worldwide website. He has also designed all kinds of other stuff, beautifully.
I think this is the first book I ever picked out on my own and read by myself. I'm pretty sure it is. I can tell you this for sure: Lou Gehrig always has been and always will be my favorite baseball player. And I'm from Boston, so that's saying something about the influence of this book.
Before there was the Internet, there was What Do People Do All Day? to describe the whole world and everything in it. Still hours of fun to explore every page.
He wears a sweater and sails a boat and drives a car and gets dumped on a garbage barge. Oh, and he's a mouse.
An adventure story starring a carved wooden boat that travels all the way across Canda. A carved wooden boat? you say. That's right: a carved wooden boat! I wished I could be that boat.
This book and the other Great Brain books that followed are a handy how-to guide in the arts of scheming, swindling, cheating, and being a younger brother.
We just called them "Tintins." I'd say, "Do you have any new Tintins?" and my friend Jamie would say, "I just finished The Black Island. You can borrow it but you have to give it back." YOu always had to give them ack because these books are precious.
Yeah it's James Joyce, but so what? He ain't so tough. The beauty of these stories is in their simplicity. You'll be able to taste the peas with vinegar and pepper in "Two Gallants." Read this when your friends are reading Catcher in the Rye. (And read that one, too.)
A character named Borges comes across an encyclopedia of a fictional land. Pierre Menard rewrites bits of Don Quixote verbatim, by coincidence. Funes remembers everything that happened, ever. Amazing. Worth re-reading about every five years or so.
If you get far enough to read about the toilets in the title essay, you'll probably go on to read every word Wallace ever wrote. This book also contains the most terrifying description of baton-twirling you could ever read.
For the serious typographer as well as the font enthusiast: histories of all the classic typefaces from the days when fonts weighed about 50 pounds (because they were made out of lead). Simply indispensable.