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Marilyn Monroe’s Winter Wardrobe

With the holiday season upon us (and temperatures in Southern California starting to drop just a little!) I thought it would be fun to take a break from book reviews and look at Marilyn Monroe’s winter wardrobe, as found in the Christie’s auction of Marilyn Monroe’s items in 1999. I also have found some similar … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe’s Winter Wardrobe

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

Marilyn Monroe’s Book, The Magic Barrel: Review

September's book choice was The Magic Barrel a collection of short stories written by Bernard Malamud and published in 1958. The book was well received when it was published, and Marilyn Monroe herself owned a first edition. As with many books Marilyn Monroe owned, the thematic elements are bleak and the protagonists are often left … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe’s Book, The Magic Barrel: Review