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Marilyn & Me: A Photographer's Memories Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 29, 2012
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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."
"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."
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
tiny little book, tiny little black and white pictures. first thing I said when I looked at it was "is this a bootleg copy or something? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matthew Allen Martin
Save your money and look up the Vanity Fair article instead.this has no "wonderful" pictured here of Someone who just wanted to be WONDERFUL! There's non of that here.. Read morePublished 13 months ago by buckie
If, as a Marilyn Monroe fan, you are hoping to learn something new about her you won't find it in this book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by little lady blue
Size of the book was smaller then a DVD case. Pages were uneven and the binding was off and paper edges were jagged!Published on August 12, 2014 by shayedice