If you are expecting to see a collection of really compelling images by Vivian Maier, I would advise you not to buy this book. The images are certainly not up to those printed in Maloof's book, "Vivian Maier: Street Photographer ", in terms of image impact. Also, "Out of the Shadows" comes up short in printing quality; the images are not printed to same standards as they were in the Maloof book.

"Out of the Shadows" does fill out some of the mysteries of Vivian Maier...where she was born, her upbringing, her lifestyle, and her love of recording the daily activities in her life. To that extent this book accomplishes its goal. By bringing Maier out of the shadows, it fills in and nicely dovetails with Maloof's work.

In conclusion, if you wish to add just one Vivian Maier book to your library, I would choose "Vivian Maier: Street Photographer " and skip "Out of the Shadows."