Books by Karal Ann Marling

Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"A special holiday treat to be savored while nibbling Christmas cookies and admiring the well-dressed tree."
Like an agreeably stuffed literary Christmas stocking, Marling's entertaining history of how Christmas became America's top holiday is generously filled with interesting facts, anecdotes, and period illustrations. Read full book review >
GRACELAND by Karal Ann Marling
Released: Aug. 16, 1996

"Peter Guralnick's biography remains the standard for those who want to understand the King. (35 line drawings)"
This cultural history of Elvis's interiors is intended as high-concept but reads like a hastily researched brochure from a generalized Presley museum. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Though Marling chooses to remain more chronicler than critic, this archaeology of our recent visual past is as important as any recent political history of the period, and far fresher in approach. (Illustrations, not seen)"
An absorbing study of the role of style and design in early postwar American culture. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Overextended at 312 pages, even with the wealth of accompanying photographs—but fascinating nonetheless."
An unusual exploration by Marling (George Washington Slept Here, 1988; Art History/Univ. of Minn.) and Wetenhall (Curator/Birmingham Museum) of the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima and the use to which that incident was put both during and after the war. Read full book review >