billI have a dear friend and lifelong Bill Murray fan who shared some disturbing news with me recently. She told me that her love affair with the greatest comedic talent and personality of the last half century was waning. Oh no, what to do? Well, I am going to rush The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg to her stat. In this fun book, which reminds us all of what is so great about Mr. Murray, Mr. Schnakenberg balances his fanboy enthusiasm with a truly considered appreciation of the man.

About The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg: “The man. The movies. The life. The legend. 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. 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.”

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray may not necessarily win Mr. Murray new fans, but most certainly for someone like my friend whose fandom is fading, it will certainly turn that ship around.

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.