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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Free News Projects (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097765236X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977652365
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Beales are very colorful personalites.
Suzan Rango
I received my long awaited copy of Grey Gardens and was quite disappointed.
Chris
I like to take my time with it, and look through a few pages at a time.
laura coxson

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Damon Devine on June 6, 2009
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This book is a total joy. It has over 200 pages of images we've never seen and it totally captures the feeling of both Grey Gardens documentaries. There is SO MUCH STUFF included in this! There are all kinds of quotes we have never heard before, lots and lots of great conversation transcripts and a transcript of the film! A true gem, is the accompanying CD (with high quality sound!) of audio, all previously unheard! The things on this CD are absolutely priceless! At one point Mrs. Beale is singing a song dramatically and in between every pause, you can hear Little Edie calling out "Whiskers!? Whiskers?" We are also treated to the Beale's live (audio) reaction to watching the film for the first time! They apparently adored it 'like mad'! Little Edie laughs nervously at first. In the book, you will see a notation where Edie declares the film will win "Nine awards. You saw 'Gigi'? It gone nine."

The layout of this book is in a scrap book fashion with lots of original artwork from the daughters of the Maysles. One gets the feeling from this book, that it was created out of true appreciation for the Beale ladies with no self-centered agenda. This was clearly put together with the fans in mind and they definitely deliver. The Maysles daughters had access to treasures no one else could.

I would highly recommend this for every single Grey Gardens fan out there. It will be a great addition to your collection.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Diane Lafreniere on June 17, 2009
This book has sections that I really like, but many disappointments also.
I really loved the beautiful artwork and the colorful pictures, but I was so hoping to see more of the layout of the house or maybe scenes that had not already been seen in the movie. The additional dialogue between the two does give more dimension to the conversations that were filmed.
The immediate disappointment though was when I was purusing the book, the entire color section became unglued from the back binding and now projects from the rest of the book. It's alot of money for cheap binding!!!
The middle section of the book does offer some additional insight about the women, but the entire last half of the book is completely useless: if you have already seen the movie or own the DVD (like I do), there really is no need to read the movie's typewritten transcript - No new information there.
Alot of work went into the book that's for sure. I just hope that my copy doesn't come completely apart from opening the pages!!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Chris on June 15, 2009
I received my long awaited copy of Grey Gardens and was quite disappointed. I expected the story and pictures of the interior and exterior of Grey Gardens as well as the story of the two women. I found the book too "artsy" and am having a really hard time trudging through it. If I had checked this out at a bookstore first, I never would've purchased it. I guess I'll re-sell my copy and try to find more of what I'm looking for in another book of Grey Gardens.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Suzan Rango on June 12, 2009
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I received this book today and went through it and couldn't beleive all the love,sweat and hard work that went into putting the book together. I am so happy to own a copy of this book its well put together and when you open the book you are opening the front door to grey gardens and feeling and understanding all the emotions that go along with it.I felt I was there when this documentary was being made. The Beales are very colorful personalites.
You can't help but like and feel for these two women, little Edie dreamed of being a star and Big Edie wanted to be the center of attention.When the documentary of their life in grey gardens was released they did get the attention and became stars. Noone knew the impact this documentary would have on people when it was released people were fansinated with this mother and daughter relationship. And until this day even though they are long gone fans like myself keep their spirit alive."Cheers!" to The Beales of Grey Gardens, and thanks to everyone involed in the making of their story and this outstanding book. This book is a must have to add to your grey gardens collection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Liz on July 10, 2009
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I have everything that is out about Grey Gardens (is that wrong?) and I think this book is my favorite as far as getting more inside information about the Edies' lives.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bobby B on June 11, 2009
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I finally received this item after waiting more than a month for it to finally be published. I was overwhelmed at the contents. This book has just about everything any Grey Gardens fan could hope for. Well worth the price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By laura coxson on August 20, 2009
I am a huge fan of the documentary and LOVE this book--I love the CD of audio recordings in the back (though a little eerie) and surprising how much it makes it feel like you're with the EDies...
I love the drawings and dedication to detail, the references and quotes and dialogue from the film make this book feel like a living breathing experience. I like to take my time with it, and look through a few pages at a time.
This book is wondrous, magical, funny, messy and so much in tandem with the Edies themselves. I think they both would have loved it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Lin on September 28, 2009
This book is a work of art in its own right. Incorporating beautiful paintings and collages with photos and texts, it is the most creative layout of archival materials that I have ever seen! Gorgeous imagery in a unique but coherent arrangement. A really beautiful book.
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