Sunday, February 27, 2011

Larry McMurtry Hails MM-Personal by Lois Banner and Mark Anderson in The NY Review of Books

In Larry McMurtry's review of three Marilyn books in the March 10th The New York Review of Books, MM -- Personal emerges victorious.

The Telegraph Features MM-Personal by Lois Banner and Mark Anderson

Tim Auld praises Lois Banner and Mark Anderson's MM-Personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe, which Abrams will publish this week, in today's Telegraph:

In November 2005 Millington Conroy, a businessman living in Rowland Heights, 40 miles east of Los Angeles, contacted Mark Anderson, a successful magazine photographer, to discuss an unusual commission.

He had in his possession two metal filing-cabinets, one brown, one grey, containing private papers and a collection of furs, jewellery and other assorted memorabilia, all belonging to Marilyn Monroe. Would Anderson be interested in photographing the collection?

The material – about 10,000 documents – had been thought lost for more than 40 years since the death of Monroe on the night of 4 August 1962. Now, here it was, a treasure trove, languishing in a Californian suburb.

It was the commission of a lifetime, the largest undocumented Monroe archive in existence. Yes, of course Anderson was interested, and, with the help of the biographer and Monroe aficionado Lois Banner, he set about creating a record of the archive's contents, which is now to be published for the first time as a book.

Peter Hessler's COUNTRY DRIVING hits The New York Times Print Paperback Bestseller List!

Peter's third book in his "China Trilogy" debuts on the Times Paperback Nonfiction list at #20 today.  Read Alida Becker's NYTBR review "Red Highways" from a year ago, and Book Review editor Dwight Garner's Books of the Times daily review, "Feeling at Sea on the Roads of New China."