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This is a fascinating autobiography by the immensely talented artist, Chuck Close.  It’s loaded with information on his life, work and artistic process.  Close, who is wheelchair-bound since a collapsed spinal artery at the age of 48, paints with a brush strapped to his arm.  He discusses the severe dyslexia and face blindness he’s struggled with since childhood.  Throughout the book, his tone is open, warm and optimistic.

Through a Q & A format, he answers queries from real kids like, “What made you start to draw?” and “Why do you only paint faces?”  An interactive feature of the book cuts Close’s self portraits into three pieces that readers can mix and match–resulting in interesting combinations and an easy way to compare his varied techniques side by side.

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