Life With My Sister Madonna, the most recent biography on the Material Girl, was released by her brother Christopher Ciccone only weeks before the singer's 50th birthday (August 16th). Add to that the release announcement of yet another photo book, Madonna: Confessions on the first of October, and Madonna is once again in the book world limelight.

In the 1990s Madonna stormed into literary circles with her first book, a pictorial essay on sexuality, entitled Sex. The book was banned and bought in nearly equal numbers, selling 1,400,000 copies in six months, with eight printings in total. Now long out-of-print, it has become one of the most searched for out-of-print books in the world according to BookFinder.com' s annual survey on the topic. Scarcity and demand are the key ingredients in collectability, so it is hardly surprising to learn that first edition signed copies have sold for as much as $2442 on AbeBooks.com.

Despite this perfect storm of collectability, Sex is not actually the rarest or most valuable book by the Queen of Pop. In 2003, photographer Steven Klein and Madonna worked together on a multi media performance art piece including a lengthy photo shoot, which resulted in a limited edition (1000 copies) hand bound coffee table book entitled X-STaTIC Pro=CeSS, which originally sold for $350. Fifty copies were signed by both Madonna and Klein, and those have since sold for as much as $3216 on AbeBooks.

Along with these photo books and biographies, Madonna is also currently writing a number of children's books including the English Roses series.


Sex by Madonna

Sex by Madonna

Perhaps the most notorious book ever published in the last 20 years, Sex is also the largest-grossing illustrated book of all time. Photographed by Steven Meisel, designed by Fabien Baron, and written by Madonna, the book explores the Material Girl's innermost sexual fantasies in vividly graphic form.

The Girlie Show

The Girlie Show

It recreates in words, images, and music her enormously successful 1993 world concert tour of the same name. Madonna herself contributed the preface and the book contains running commentary by Glenn O'Brien.

Life With My Sister Madonna by Christpher Ciccone

Life With My Sister Madonna by Christpher Ciccone

Madonna's brother and former loyal confidante/party buddy, Christopher Ciccone, has written a scandalous tell-all memoir of life with his famous sister. Ciccone's extraordinary memoir is based on his life and forty-seven years of growing up with and working with his sister - the most famous woman in the world.

Madonna: A Biography by Mary Cross

Madonna: A Biography by Mary Cross

As the Material Girl, Eva Peron in Evita, and most recently, queen of the disco floor, Madonna's transformations and assumed identities keep her fans wanting more. She has inspired university professors and cultural critics to enshrine her as a postmodern icon.