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More insight into Marilyn's life
on February 19, 2011
This is certainly one of the most unique books on Marilyn in many years. It is akin to the Christie auction catalog and Clark Kidder's books on her cover appearances. Recently another book was published that contained several replicas of documents coming from Marilyn's life but this book by Lois Banner blows all others out of the water. I don't have the energy to make an actual count but in this book's 336 pages there are photos of documents that span her life and career, not to mention a great many new and unseen photos. This book will remain the pinnacle of Marilyn Memorabilia for many years. I can't imagine what could possibly dethrone this marvel. Perhaps, the red diary???
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.