I'll have more to say about it in due course, but I just thought you'd want to know that I received Vivian Maier: Street Photographer yesterday. (It's available for pre-order in the U.K. and it's not in stock at The Book Depository yet.)
As you probably already know, Vivian was a Franco-American nanny who photographed obsessively on the street in complete obscurity for many years. Her work was abandoned in a storage locker as she lay dying, only to be rescued by several adventitious purchasers, one of whom was a young man named John Maloof. John soon realized the significance of his acquisition and has been working to stabilize, publicize and disseminate the archive ever since.
Vivian Maier: Street Photographer is the first full-scale publication of her work apart from a show catalog. A special book, in many ways. More anon.
P.S. Incidentally, my book came well packed and well protected, attached with shrink-wrap to a piece of cardboard inside the shipping box.
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Featured Comment by Sherwood McLernon: "I received my copy yesterday as well and have to say it exceeded my expectations. I think of it as the book that I had hoped The Americans by Robert Frank would have been, but wasn't. I thought the reproductions were excellent and a lot of the subject matter fascinating. All in all a very satisfying book."