By Leah Greenblatt
Updated May 15, 2015 at 09:04 PM EDT

As a photographer Mann is famous—and in some circles, infamous—for feral, beautiful, and often nude portraits of her three young children. Hold Still touches on her lingering anger and resentment over accusations that those works skirted pornography. But the memoir mostly delves into a history of the colorful clan of Southern dandies, Mayflower descendants, and boho eccentrics she sprang from, weaving tales of double homicides and long-ago sex scandals with thoughts on the creative process and a host of gorgeous images. It’s all a bit of a ramble, but a winning one. B+