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The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World's Finest Actor
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New York Times bestseller!

This fun-loving celebration of Bill Murray offers a behind-the-scenes peek into the actor’s life and career—from films like Groundhog Day to his serial “photobombing”—with over 75 photos.

Part biography, part critical appreciation, part love letter—and all fun—this enormous full-color volume, packed with color film stills and behind-the-scenes photography, chronicles every Murray performance in loving detail, recounting all the milestones, legendary “Murray stories,” and controversies in the life of this enigmatic performer.
He’s played a deranged groundskeeper, a bellowing lounge singer, a paranormal exterminator, and a grouchy weatherman. He is William James “Bill” Murray, America’s greatest national treasure. From his childhood lugging golf bags at a country club to his first taste of success on Saturday Night Live, from his starring roles in Hollywood blockbusters to his reinvention as a hipster icon for the twenty-first century, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray chronicles every aspect of his extraordinary life and career.
He’s the sort of actor who can do Hamlet and Charlie’s Angels in the same year. He shuns managers and agents, and he once agreed to voice the lead in Garfield because he mistakenly believed it was a Coen Brothers film. He’s famous for crashing house parties all over New York City—and if he keeps photobombing random strangers, he might just break the Internet.

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Part biography, part critical appreciation, part love letter—and all fun—this enormous full-color volume, packed with color film stills and behind-the-scenes photography, chronicles every Murray performance in loving detail, recounting all the milestones, legendary “Murray stories,” and controversies in the life of this enigmatic performer.
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        Schnakenberg (Encyclopedia Shatnerica) gives Bill Murray the A-to-Zombieland treatment in this alphabetically arranged presentation of the 64-year-old actor's life. While a chronological biography would have been conventional, this method better fits Murray's mercurial personality. Each of his films (through 2014) are given an individual entry, but while readers can flip to Lost in Translation, something like "Sabbatical," referencing Murray's six-month retreat to Paris in 1984, lends greater insight to the Hollywood star who relies on a secret 800 number and dead drops to obtain prospective scripts. Speaking of the toll-free number, the author wasn't able to contact Murray about this book; however, meticulous research fills the volume with quotes from Murray as well as his friends, family, costars, and directors. Schnakenberg masterfully captures Murray the brilliant, difficult-to-work-with performer as well as Murray the trickster who plays kickball with college students, hands a blank check to an ichthyologist, and reads poetry to construction workers. VERDICT This resoundingly successful work offers a unique approach to an unapproachable figure. Highly recommended for libraries serving pop culture buffs and a must-read for Murray aficionados.--Terry Bosky, Madison, WI

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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He’s played a deranged groundskeeper, a bellowing lounge singer, a paranormal exterminator, and a grouchy weatherman. He is William James “Bill” Murray, America’s greatest national treasure. From his childhood lugging golf bags at a country club to his first taste of success on...
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