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Kelley's art is often BIG. So, too, is this book, which tries to be, via still photographs and two music CDs, a record of Kelley's 365-chapter mixed-media installation at New York City's Gagosian Gallery in 2005. Described as "a work-in-progress," it seems a lifetime of images already. Kelley takes high school yearbooks as source material then builds his art through sculpture, actors in costume, sound, dance, and silhouettes, giving tribute to holiday festivities, student hazing, and student life. He includes notes on various aspects of the project, while Welchman (visual arts, Univ. of California, San Diego), who has written other books on Kelley, contributes a critical review. A work this big can either be grand and epic or an ego-driven self-indulgence. The latter seems to prevail here. We all have high school yearbooks and high school memories; Kelley's transforming them into a huge brew of images and sounds, with visuals posed and added, just because he could may have startled, thrilled, or disappointed viewers in installation form at the Gagosian Gallery; as a book, it simply disappoints. Not recommended.