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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; No Edition Stated edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402243499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402243493
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

You have to hand it to the authors of this splashy coffee-table celebration of NBC's long-running soap: they know what fans want. The only words here are in photo captions and single-paragraph introductions, which is not such a bad thing for this handsome volume. Most of the book, arranged in day-in-the-life format, takes readers on a behind-the-scenes tour to wardrobe, makeup, dressing rooms, and the set, where actors rehearse and the bountiful homes seen on-air contrast sharply with the drab soundstages. There are trips inside dressing rooms for quiet moments and playful mugging, and ample space is devoted to veterans like Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes who, as Doug and Julie, were the Luke and Laura of the '70s. Longtime cast members like Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso, who became the daytime drama's '90s super-couple Bo and Hope, also show up often. Candid shots of the younger set are here too, and if it's excessive (why have just one photo of Shawn Christian changing his shirt when you can have four?), it only helps to illustrate what has kept fans tuning in for 45 years. Hint: it's not restraint.
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Days of our Lives 45 Years: A Celebration in Photos makes a nice addition to any fan's collection. (My Book Views 2010-10-29)

"If you're a Days of our Lives fan who likes pictures, this book is for you...a rich picturesque history."

(Sunday Star-Ledger 2010-11-07)

Bursting with production notes, cast info and a virtual archive of rare images, it's as much a book about pop culture as it is a document of the popular series. (AOL News 2010-11-15)

For someone (and there are many) who has watched this show from the first Days, you'll know what I mean when I say it feels like a family album from the first picture to the last. (MyShelf.com 2010-11-17)

The espresso of coffee table books...Those who love TV show of any kind will enjoy the candid shots of cast and crew members. (Oakland Press 2010-11-08)

It's a beautiful book – perfect for the 'DOOL' fan on your holiday gift list.

(Examiner.com 2010-12-01)

This is a picturesque history of the show with some never before seen photographs, cast information and production notes to help commemorate Days celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. I looked through a copy at the Day of Days fan event in November and can personally attest to its greatness. (Examiner.com 2010-12-08)

While it celebrates the past with photos of gone-but-not-forgotten stars Frances Reid, MacDonald Carey, Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn, the book also gives a really great, fun look at the current cast of the series. (JimHalterman.com 2010-12-11)

Clearly great time and attention was given to deliver something original and unique to DAYS fans. Meng and Campbell painstaking crafted a book that not only illustrates a daily creative process, but also stands as a piece of art on its own. You may have seen other DAYS books, but you haven't seen life in Salem this close before.

(We Love Soaps 2010-12-13)

You have to hand it to the authors of this splashy coffee-table celebration of NBC's long-running soap: they know what fans want...Candid shots of the younger set are here too, and if it's excessive (why have just one photo of Shawn Christian changing his shirt when you can have four?), it only helps to illustrate what has kept fans tuning in for 45 years. Hint: it's not restraint. (Publishers Weekly 2011-01-24)

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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl McDougall on November 13, 2010
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I bought this book for my mother, a DOOL fan since the beginning of the show, for Christmas. She is 77-years-old and is in a nursing home. I had believed this to be a pictorial history of 45 years of the show, but there are very, very few photos of anything from the past. It's almost all present time, with the current cast. The photos are very nice, but this is NOT a history of the show, by any means. If you want to stroll down Memory Lane, this won't do it for you. I think it is a disappointment for long-time fans.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ginny L. Soma on January 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have been watching Days for almost 45 years and looking forward to some pics of the older Days.
Most of the pictures are very, very recent.
If you're looking for Days history, this is not the book.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By ~Ariel~ on November 14, 2010
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The cover photo is a good indication of the main focus of this book--- Present day set & behind the scenes photos. The paper is high quality, thick & glossy pages, but the space could have been used much better. This book gives you a tiny glimpse at the history of Days of Our Lives, but does not showcase it. The title is misleading since only the first 55 pages are dedicated to the first 44 years and the remaining 198 pages are modern day behind the scenes snapshots. Some are interesting, but others are simply page filler. I was hoping for a more balanced, complete retrospective, and this just falls short. Not enough pages are dedicated to the history of the show to do it proper justice. I've only been watching for about 15 years & I noticed a lot missing. I was shocked by the absence of Tony & Anna DiMera, Belle & Shawn Brady, and Grandpa Shawn Brady. And I was disappointed to not see popular side characters like Lexi's psychic mother Celeste, Stefano's crazy Dr. Rolf, Vivian's old partner in crime Ivan, or Hope's recent partner Dr. Baker. It's just disgraceful to omit so much of the show's rich history from a 45th anniversary book! The layout could use some work too. The book is roughly organized into 5 sections:

1. In the Beginning (pg 3-15): Vintage black & white photos from the 1960's-1970's
2. Introduction (pg 16-33): Random photos from the 1960's to the 2000's
3. Romance (pg 34-43): A few pages of popular couples
4. Weddings (pg 44-55): A few pages of weddings
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By nossdv on April 21, 2011
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Title of the book is very misleading. Most of the book is just numerous photos of the 2010 cast on set. There is very little of the history of "Days of our Lives". I wish I hadn't bought it.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Crabigail Cassidy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 22, 2010
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The major selling point for this book are its great pictures, mostly reflecting the show's history over the last decade. It is a nicely (and very professionally) laid out volume which includes candids and studio shots that mix reality with what the viewer sees on tv. Current fans of the show will enjoy it, but the long time fans will be disappointed because this book pretty much ignores the glory days when Doc and Grandma Horton drove the show and the soap was populated with actors like Ed Mallory, Susan Flannery, Mac Carey, Bill Hayes, and Susan Seaforth
The negative part of this book for me is that I wish there had been more pictures that graphically illustrated the show's entire history from its inception. I would have liked to have seen pictures equally distributed by decade with an accompanying blurb about the actors and plots driving the show. I think it would have added an overall sense of continuity. The title implies that this is a photographic tribute to 45 years of DOOL. Truthfully, it pretty much just promotes the current cast and story lines.
This is a good coffee table book, but it could have been so much better.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lori M. on December 8, 2010
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Based on its title I thought that the photos would span 45 years. I have watched the show since its inception and could not wait to see pictures of all the major characters who were truly the heart and soul of DOOL. There were very few. Other than Tom and Alice, most of the original characters were skipped entirely. I enjoyed the sequence of wedding photos, and some 'hot' super couple shots, but all in all, was a major disappointment. The photos centered around current characters and would be interesting to new fans, but anyone expecting to see a lot of shots from the past... don't waste your money.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 21, 2010
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I'm very choosy about what I like and dislike; therefore, many of my reviews tend toward the negative. Also, with this economy I can only buy a few new books yearly. This is only my 3rd and probably my last new book purchase this year. But I am totally satisfied with this book of photos. Yes, many of the pictures are current (2010) with some from the 80s and some from the 60s. I also own Lorraine Zenka's DAYS OF OUR LIVES books from 1995 and 2002 so I am glad to have another book of DAYS OF OUR LIVES with more recent pictures. There are even pictures of characters that came back only for Mrs. Horton's funeral. The characters I am referring to are not regulars on the show at the moment and have not been on the show for a long time. There is an old picture of the Horton living room from the 60s and later in the book there is a photo of the same living room from 2010. It was interesting to compare the changes of this set. I will enjoy looking at this book for years to come.
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