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 novelcontaining 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 and re-read, share with friends, and treasure for years to come."