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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Nan A. Talese; First Edition edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385536674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385536677
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With the precision of a surgeon, Schiller slices through the façade of Marilyn Monroe in his unflinching memoir. Revealing and readable, it’s a book I couldn’t put down."
—Tina Brown

"In this short, splendid memoir, Lawrence Schiller offers us another cut on the scintillating diamond that is Marilyn Monroe. In clear honest straightforward prose, Schiller allows us to dwell in the heart of another time. He captures Marilyn, both in photographs and words, and in so doing he gives us intimate access into one of the great stories of the 20th century: the complicated cocktail of joy and sadness that goes along with both beauty and fame."
—Colum McCann

About the Author

Lawrence Schiller began his career as a photojournalist for Life, Newsweek, and Paris Match, among other periodicals, photographing some of the most iconic figures of the 1960s, from Marilyn Monroe to Lee Harvey Oswald to Robert F. Kennedy; from Ali and Foreman to Redford and Newman. The author of four New York Times bestselling books, including American Tragedy, his many collaborations include Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize–winning book The Executioner’s Song. He has also directed and produced motion pictures and television miniseries, which have garnered an Oscar and seven Emmys. Schiller has been a consultant to NBC News and has written for The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, and other publications. In 2008, he co-founded The Norman Mailer Center and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He has five children and five grandchildren. Marilyn & Me is his eleventh book.

Customer Reviews

My mistake to order this book for the second time, but what a great book it is!!!
Marco van der Munnik
I was expecting to see some rare, never before seen, COLOR photos of Marilyn from her final film, Something's Got To Give.
Cheryl D.
I loved the Vanity Fair article of course, but I held out for the book for the sake of completion and continuity.
David Wills

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Wills on June 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really loved "Marilyn & Me" and thought this book was genius for three reasons. ...

ONE: It is filled with information I had never heard before (not easy these days) and is written in a style that makes Marilyn fresh, contemporary and exciting - many times I found myself desperate to get to the next page. Also, in its humanity, the book neither deifies Marilyn, or makes her a joke - you are just left with the extraordinary portrait of an exceptionally hardworking, ambitious and shrewd woman. This is a very refreshing change from the usual victim scenarios.

TWO: This book is being published in tandem with Taschen's BEYOND lavish, limited-edition deluxe volume. I saw a preview copy at the Taschen store recently and my jaw dropped. The image quality is stunning - but that's for another review. Anyway, the point I'm making, is that after reading the paperback I was eager for more. I would say it contains about 20 photos - quite a few of which I had never seen before - but this book is not so much about the photos, to me it's really a teaser to whet the appetite. And it sure did.

THREE: It's ELEVEN BUCKS !!! Thank you. I will be saving my pennies for the big book, but I thought it was quite generous of the author to share this with people who may not be able to afford the more expensive version. I loved the Vanity Fair article of course, but I held out for the book for the sake of completion and continuity. Cute cover too.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By MLFitzgerald032 on May 31, 2012
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I read the Vanity Fair excerpt and was really excited about the book, so I pre-ordered it for my Kindle. What a disappointment - pretty much the Vanity Fair article with a few more paragraphs here and there that didn't add anything extra to the story. In fact, the Vanity Fair piece was better. Worse of all, the photographer spoke about the hundreds of pictures taken during this period of time, yet we only saw five or so in the book. There were more in the Vanity Fair article - ridiculous when it is a book from a photographer. Again, a HUGE disappointment, just pay for the Vanity Fair issue instead. You will certainly save both money and time.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joe, The on June 4, 2012
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I am a great fan of the late Marilyn Monroe and in this the 50th year after her death I was very excited to read about the release of a book with photos by Lawrence Schiller who took those marvelous poolside photos during the production of "Something's Got To Give". The book came today and my heart sank. It is a small hardbound book with a lovely photo on the jacket. The book is 114 pages of his memories along with a few photos. Some have been released before and the ones that are newly released here are not interesting at all. And the worst part of all is that all the photos are black and white. Doesn't Mr. Schiller think we deserve to see color photos? I have read that the originals are on sale at a gallery and that the color versions will be in a Taschen book selling for $1000. Considering all the books that I have gotten over the years that have treated the fans much better than this, I am greatly disappointed in this pitiable addition to the Monroe library in my house. As we all have experienced with the "renewed" memories of Colin Clark after 50 years, I won't even bother with Mr. Schiller's memories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ladan Akbarnia on July 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be a refreshing glance into the life of one of America's - and the world's, for that matter - greatest icons. The book is short but concise - not unlike how the author describes Marilyn's own words. Schiller's decision to share these memories over fifty years after Marilyn Monroe's death is a brave one when there are so many memoires and books about her already out there -- in some ways, I appreciate it even more because of the fact that the author didn't feel an urgency to publish them soon after Marilyn's death. Schiller's unapologetic and raw tone are what makes the book a contribution in its own right. Why drag on the text with embellishments when he makes no pretense about the fact that these are his memories, revisited years after the fact? I read this book as a personal story as much about a young photographer's coming into his own as another angle into the life of Marilyn Monroe during her last years. The author's own insecurities and development as a photographer and person are worn on the author's sleeve as much as the cockiness and confidence that one would expect of a budding photographer who had the rare opportunity to meet and shoot such an icon. But what I enjoyed the most were the details that were included about and around Marilyn - her mannerisms, the tone of her words (since we are reading about them through Schiller's memories, not literal recordings), references to objects, fashion, behaviors toward and of women of the period - details that recount as much about the context in which Marilyn lived while they celebrate her strength and depth as much as her surface sexuality and iconic status.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave on June 19, 2012
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For those who are disappointed that this is not a lush photography laden coffee table book, read the description and look at the price. If you've read the Vanity Fair article, then there isn't a burning reason to buy this book, unless you want to have this as part of your collection. If you haven't read the excerpt from VF and you're an admirer of Marilyn, then you should definitely get Larry Schiller's short but extremely insightful memoir.

Schiller worked with her on two memorable occasions which this book documents. Despite it's short length, it is probably one of the most three-dimensional depictions of Marilyn that I have ever read. In their brief conversations, Schiller is able to flesh out the many sides of Marilyn...both good and bad. You can see the negatives and positives of her entourage and friends. Without delving into unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, Schiller is able to give the facts that he knew personally and leaves the rest up to the reader. Marilyn was a somewhat complex character; thanks to this book, the reader learns what her motivations where at the end of her life; her joys, her disappointments, and her fears. True, there are only a handful of photos (all black and white), but each one is a gem that captures Marilyn and her multi-faceted personality. Schiller brings her back to life through words and photos as no other writer has in the past.

Job well done!
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