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
"If you're a Days of our Lives fan who likes pictures, this book is for you...a rich picturesque history."
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
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
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
It's a beautiful book perfect for the 'DOOL' fan on your holiday gift list.
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
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
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
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