Madonna bibliography

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Madonna bibliography
Madonna performing during the Drowned World Tour. She has a short brunette hair wig and wearing a black-and-red kimono. She is singing, while holding a microphone with her left hand
Madonna performing "Frozen" during the Drowned World Tour in 2001.
Releases
Coffee table books 9
Picture books 9
Chapter books 12
References and footnotes

Madonna's first venture into the literary world came with the release of her 1992 coffee table book, Sex.[1] The book proved to be a massive success, selling out its entire first edition. She later released another coffee table photography book entitled The Girlie Show which had an accompanying live CD with exclusive tracks from the tour.

In recent years, she had success writing a series of children's books. In 2003, Madonna signed a contract with Callaway Arts & Entertainment. On September 15, 2003, she released her first children's book, The English Roses, and it instantly became the biggest and fastest selling book ever by a first-time children's author. The book debuted at number one on The New York Times Bestsellers List for children's picture books and remained there for an impressive eighteen weeks. The English Roses received the widest launch in publication history as it was released in over a hundred countries on the same day; it also debuted in thirty languages. It is now available in 40 languages and in more than 110 countries worldwide.

Her series of books may very well mark the existence for the first time of kabbalist children's books. All of the books strive to teach lessons Madonna has learned in her study of this branch of Jewish mysticism as well as lessons she has learned throughout her life. For example, in The English Roses, her lead character's name, Binah, comes from the word Kabbalists use for "Understanding".

Madonna's subsequent releases, Mr. Peabody's Apples and Yakov and the Seven Thieves, were both released within a year of The English Roses. They also debuted at number one on The New York Times list and became international best sellers. Combined, Madonna's first three children's books have sold over one and a half million copies worldwide. The Adventures of Abdi was her least successful book. Her latest book, Lotsa de Casha, debuted at number three on The New York Times' Bestsellers List. For the Lotsa de Casha promotion, Madonna did a photoshoot with photographer, Lorenzo Agius; 8 pictures (including the cover picture) were released in the U.S. magazine Ladies Home Journal with an exclusive interview inside.

Coffee table books[edit]

Year Book title Release details Notes
1992 Sex
  • Released: October 21, 1992
  • Author: Madonna
  • Photographer: Steven Meisel
  • Publisher: Maverick/Warner Books/Callaway
  • Sold 1,400,000 copies in 6 months
  • Debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list
  • Includes accompanying CD with track "Erotic" which is a slightly different version of the later release "Erotica"
  • Originally named "X" but was changed due to the film Malcolm X being released the same year.
1994 The Girlie Show
  • Released: August 18, 1994
  • Author: Madonna
  • Photographer: Herb Ritts, Christopher Ciccone, Various
  • Publisher: Callaway
  • Behind-the-scenes of the 1993 Girlie Show World Tour
  • Sold 140,000 copies
  • Includes accompanying CD with live tracks "Like a Virgin", "In This Life", and "Why's It So Hard"[2]
1996 The Making of Evita
  • Released: December 5, 1996
  • Author: Alan Parker with foreword by Madonna
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Includes Behind-the-scenes photography from the making of the motion picture Evita
1998 The Emperor's New Clothes
  • Each snippet of story is performed on an audio CD by one of 23 celebrities, including Jay Leno (the Moth), Madonna (the Empress), Fran Drescher (the Heralding Horn), Jeff Goldblum (the Imperial Wizard), Robin Williams (the Court Jester), and Calvin Klein (the Emperor's Underwear)
  • Steven Spielberg plays the Honest Boy, and he is the creative director of this ambitious enterprise designed to benefit the Starbright Foundation for seriously ill children
  • In the CD, Madonna tells the story from the perspective of the Emperor's Wife (illustrated as Marie Antoinette by Daniel Adel)
2003 X-STaTIC Pro=CeSS
  • Released: 2003
  • Photographer: Steven Klein
  • Designer: Giovanni Bianco
  • Madonna's third coffee table book sold for $350 each
  • 260 pages of 4 color images in a sealed, numbered edition of only 1000 copies
  • Hand-bound and printed in Italy
  • Printed on customized paper with brushed cotton paper slipcase
2004 Nobody Knows Me
  • Released: January 2004
  • Photographer: Various
  • Available exclusively for one month only via Madonna's official website madonna.com
  • 52 pages of success, rare and unseen shots "commented by an Icon and her angels"
  • The book sold for $24 each
2008 Madonna Confessions
  • Released October 1, 2008
  • Photographer: Guy Oseary
  • Publisher: PowerHouse
  • Behind-the-scenes and on-stage photography from the Confessions Tour
  • 224 pages
  • Over 250 four-color photographs
2009 I Am Because We Are
  • Released: January 2009
  • Photographer: Kristen Ashburn, with foreword by Madonna
  • Publisher: PowerHouse
  • accompanies the documentary film I Am Because We Are
  • excerpts from interviews with Malawian children, their biographies, and extended captions
  • Author proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the charitable organization Raising Malawi for their extensive work with orphans throughout Malawi
  • 180 pages
  • 106 duotone and 44 four-color photographs
2009 Madonna: Sticky & Sweet
  • Released February, 2010
  • Photographer: Guy Oseary
  • Publisher: PowerHouse
  • Behind-the-scenes and on-stage photography from the Sticky & Sweet Tour
  • 308 pages
  • Over 500 full-color photographs

Children's books[edit]

Picture books[edit]

Year Book title Release details Notes
2003 The English Roses
  • Released: September 15, 2003
  • Publisher: Callaway/Puffin
  • Author: Madonna
  • Illustrator: Jeffrey Fulvimari
2003 Mr. Peabody's Apples
  • Released: November 10, 2003
  • Publisher: Callaway/Puffin
  • Illustrator: Loren Long
  • Debuted at # 1 on New York Times Best Seller list
2004 Yakov and the Seven Thieves
  • Released: April 26, 2004
  • Publisher: Callaway/Puffin
  • Author: Madonna
  • Illustrator: Gennady Spirin
  • Debuted at # 7 on New York Times Best Seller list|
2004 The Adventures of Abdi
  • Released: November 30, 2004
  • Publisher: Callaway/Puffin
  • Author: Madonna
  • Illustrator: Andrej Dugin
  • Top 10 New York Times Best Seller list
2005 Lotsa De Casha
  • Released: June 2, 2005
  • Publisher: Callaway/Puffin
  • Author: Madonna
  • Illustrator: Rui Paes
  • Top 10 New York Times Best Seller list
2006 5 Books for Children Box Set
  • Released October 6, 2006
  • Publisher: Callaway/Puffin
  • Author: Madonna
  • Illustrator: Stacy Peterson
  • Contains all the first 5 Children's books
  • Unique "English Roses" style box with Madonna depicted reading to her daughter, Lourdes, and son, Rocco
2006 The English Roses and Other Stories (Audio)
  • Audio book (UK)
  • Released October 6, 2006
  • Publisher: Callaway/Puffin Audiobooks
  • Author: Read by Madonna
  • Illustrator: Stacy Peterson
  • The first five children's books read on audiobook by Madonna herself
2006 5 Books for Children (Audio – 2 Disc Collection)
  • 2 Disc Collection Audio book (USA)
  • Released October 13, 2006
  • Publisher: Callaway/Puffin Audiobooks
  • Author: Read by Madonna
  • Illustrator: Stacy Peterson
  • The first five children's books read on audiobook by Madonna herself on a special 2 disc collection
2006 The English Roses – Too Good to be True
  • Released October 24, 2006
  • Publisher: Callaway/Puffin
  • Author: Madonna
  • Illustrator: Stacy Peterson
  • Sequel to the 2003 International Best-seller

Chapter books[edit]

Chapter books in the The English Roses collection.

Release date Number in the collection Title Release details[3] Synopsis
13 September 2007 1 The English Roses: Friends for Life!
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • Author: Madonna
  • Co-author: -
  • Illustration: Jeffrey Fulvimari
  • Pages: 96 (83+13)
  • ISBN 9780142411148 (first edition)
The five girls are introduced with Question and Answer sections and more.
13 September 2007 2 The English Roses: Goodbye, Grace?
  • Publisher: Puffin/Callaway[4]
  • Author: Madonna
  • Co-author: Rebecca Gomez
  • Illustration: Jeffrey Fulvimari
  • Pages: 124/128
  • ISBN 9780142408834 (first edition)
Grace is afraid because her parents are acting strange. The English Roses have to find out what's going on.
13 September 2007 3 The English Roses: The New Girl
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • Author: Madonna
  • Co-author: Amy Cloud
  • Illustration: Jeffrey Fulvimari
  • Pages: 123/128
  • ISBN 9780142408841 (first edition)
Nicole's friend comes to London and the other English Roses are worried she's stealing Nicole away from them.
13 September 2007 4 The English Roses: A Rose by Any Other Name
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • Author: Madonna
  • Co-author: Erica Ottenberg
  • Illustration: Jeffrey Fulvimari
  • Pages: 125/128
  • ISBN 9780142408858 (first edition)
The friendship of the English Roses is tested again as it comes to the leading role in a school play.
29 May 2008 5 The English Roses: Big-Sister Blues
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • Author: Madonna
  • Co-author: Amy Cloud
  • Illustration: Jeffrey Fulvimari
  • Pages: 116/128
  • ISBN 9780142410936 (first edition)
Amy's life is changing for the worse, she thinks, with the pregnancy of her mother. The English Roses have to help her realize the good things about being a big sister.
17 July 2008 6 The English Roses: Being Binah
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • Author: Madonna
  • Co-author: Erica Ottenberg
  • Illustration: Jeffrey Fulvimari
  • Pages: 124/128
  • ISBN 9780142410950 (first edition)
Binah is tired of being "the nice one" and tries to be someone new. Will she still fit in with the English Roses and can they convince her how important it is to "be yourself"?
11 September 2008 7 The English Roses: Hooray for the Holidays!
  • Publisher: Puffin, Callaway
  • Author: Madonna
  • Co-author: Amy Cloud
  • Illustration: Jeffrey Fulvimari
  • Pages: 123/128
  • ISBN 9780142411247 (first edition)
There's a Secret Santa gift exchange at school and Charlotte is determined to find the perfect gift. The English Roses have to help her remember the true meaning of Christmas.
26 December 2008 8 The English Roses: A Perfect Pair
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • Author: Madonna
  • Co-author: Erica Ottenberg
  • Illustration: Jeffrey Fulvimari
  • Pages: 124/128
  • ISBN 9780142411254 (first edition)
Nicole, two boys, gossip — the English Roses have to save Valentine’s Day.
16 April 2009 9 The English Roses: Runway Rose
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • Author: Madonna
  • Co-author: Amy Cloud
  • Illustration: Jeffrey Fulvimari
  • Pages: 124/128
  • ISBN 9780142411261 (first edition)
Amy gets an after-school job at teen fashion week and seems to forget the English Roses.
9 July 2009 10 The English Roses: Ready, set, vote!
  • Publisher: Puffin, Callaway
  • Author: Madonna
  • Co-author: Rebecca Gomez
  • Illustration: Jeffrey Fulvimari
  • Pages: 124/128
  • ISBN 9780142411278 (first edition)
School elections: Nicole runs for class president with Grace as campaign manager.
15 October 2009 11 The English Roses: American Dreams
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • Author: Madonna
  • Co-author: Rebecca Gomez
  • Illustration: Jeffrey Fulvimari
  • Pages: 124/128
  • ISBN 9780142411285 (first edition)
The English Roses are on different vacations. Binah visits Grace' family in Atlanta.
24 December 2009 12 The English Roses: Catch the Bouquet!
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • Author: Madonna
  • Co-author: Amy Cloud
  • Illustration: Jeffrey Fulvimari
  • Pages: 123/128
  • ISBN 9780142411292 (first edition)
Planning the perfect wedding: Miss Fluffernutter and Binah's father will marry.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kirschling (25 October 2002). "The Naked Launch". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc.). Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  2. ^ Varga, George (4 January 1995). "Madonna revealed as bad-material girl – Book-CD 'Girlie Show' is laughably ridiculous". The San Diego Union. 
  3. ^ Sources for release dates and other publication information: WorldCat.org and Amazon.com for each ISBN.
  4. ^ Publisher: Amazon.com states Puffin, WorldCat lists Callaway, both retrieved 24 October 2009.

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