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MM--Personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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About the Author
Lois Banner is professor of history and gender studies at USC. She is the author of numerous biographies and studies of women, including the classic American Beauty. Mark Anderson is an internationally known editorial and commercial photographer. He has contributed to domestic and international editions of Vanity Fair, Elle, Esquire, and Vogue.
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Top Customer Reviews
There is very little narrative, but what is there is clear and precise. This is not a book that glorifies the author's knowledge of Marilyn's life, as so many books have been in the past, but one that simply presents those mundane everyday pieces of paper that anyone could relate to and see that dear Marilyn was no different than anyone else. She bought food, bought furniture, signed checks, wrote letters and tried to live her life with as little complication as possible. But the world did not let her have a simple life. We can just enjoy these slowly decomposing paper records of someone that will live forever.
I attended the local book signing held at "Book Soup" on the Sunset Strip, and what a memorable experience that was. Besides the engaging background stories told by collaborators Banner and Anderson, a talented Marilyn impersonator attended to lend a bit of show-biz flair to the occasion.
I heartily recommend purchasing this book. Ms. Banner's in-depth research over a period of 10 years provides the reader with never-before seen slices of Marilyn's life told through her personal archives. Word from Ms. Banner is, she has sufficient material from her research to write another book to further explore facets of Marilyn's life...and the mysteries behind her death. Ms. Banner promises that this next undertaking won't take a decade to produce. That's good news for anyone who is enthraled with the subject.
The book is neither exploitive nor sensationalized. What more could you ask for? A must have for a Marilyn fan. I highly recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first Marilyn Monroe book that I've read, so I can't say how it is in comparison to so many other biographies about her. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Vanessa Clark
NEVER BUY THIS BOOK!!! A TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY!!! All is shows is pictures of cashed-checks, invoices, letters etc. NOT EVEN PICTURES OF HER CLOTHING + JEWELRY... Read morePublished 7 months ago by SC
Fantastic buy as a gift for my daughter who loves anything Marilyn!Published 13 months ago by Mrs. Joanna Costello
Beautiful book especially if you're not only a Marilyn Monroe admirer, but also into anything epistolary or stationary-related.
my son must have ordered this as he loves Marilyn Monroe, I am sure he was happy with it, thank youPublished 23 months ago by carolyn