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Marilyn Monroe’s Bookshelf Review: Stoned Like a Statue

Firstly, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I know I am behind in my book reviews— I had to take off most of the month of December due to increased hours in my day job and a mandatory quarantine at the beginning of the month. I am back now, however, and so … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe’s Bookshelf Review: Stoned Like a Statue

November’s Book from Marilyn Monroe’s Bookshelf: The Un-Americans by Alvah Bessie

Book club members voted for this month's book from Marilyn Monroe's bookshelf to be the novel The Un-Americans by Alvah Bessie. Alvah Bessie was one of the blacklisted screenwriters known as the Hollywood Ten and refused to speak before the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). He was imprisoned for 10 months in 1950. Alvah … Continue reading November’s Book from Marilyn Monroe’s Bookshelf: The Un-Americans by Alvah Bessie

5 Halloween-Worthy Books on Marilyn Monroe’s Bookshelf

It's October, and that means it is time to enjoy some spine-chilling tales. To get in the spooky spirit, I have identified five books Marilyn Monroe owned that would be fun choices for the Halloween season. Have you read any of these? Mischief by Charlotte ArmstrongThis thriller, which was the basis for the Marilyn Monroe … Continue reading 5 Halloween-Worthy Books on Marilyn Monroe’s Bookshelf

Was this 1950’s Erotica Secretly Written by a DC Comic Book Writer and Editor?

In addition to reading Mischief (this month's book selection from from Marilyn Monroe's bookshelf) I am reading and reviewing vintage novels with fun, Halloween-like titles. This week I read, Witch on Wheels, published in 1952, with the name Bill Boltin in the byline. I was hoping for a fun, pulp novel about a witch--however, no … Continue reading Was this 1950’s Erotica Secretly Written by a DC Comic Book Writer and Editor?

October’s Book from Marilyn Monroe’s Bookshelf: Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong

Bookclub members voted for October's book, and the result was Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong, the book that was adapted to film in the Marilyn Monroe suspense-thriller Don't Bother to Knock. The novel tells of a mentally unstable babysitter Nell (played by Marilyn Monroe in the film) who is asked to watch a young child named … Continue reading October’s Book from Marilyn Monroe’s Bookshelf: Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong