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'Freud at Work'

Graceland: An Interactive Pop-Up Tour
(By Chuck Murphy; Quirk Books; 18 pages; $40 cloth)

Graceland—the Fallingwater of Memphis, Tenn.—comes to life, almost literally, in this pop-up gift volume that jumps to attention on eight spreads, from the becolumned portico to the kitchen (complete with bananas for those midnight PB&B sandwiches) to the multiscreen TV room (Elvis liked to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail—who knew?) to the Meditation Garden/private cemetery. The elaborate cardboard tableaux that spring to life are supplemented by little flaps that can be opened like the windows on an Advent calendar (Elvis is the King, after all) to reveal Elvis' handgun collection, karate robe and other secrets. Subtle kitsch or heartfelt tribute? Only the buyer can decide.

Review by Michael S. Gant


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