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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

The Woman Who Illustrated Marilyn Monroe’s Pet Turtles Book

Book club members voted for Pet Turtles to be this month's book from Marilyn Monroe's reading list. Though the auction at Christie's called this a book, it really is more of a booklet or pamphlet--25 pages all about how to keep pet turtles (and no, I still have not found any evidence that Marilyn Monroe … Continue reading The Woman Who Illustrated Marilyn Monroe’s Pet Turtles Book

Put lemon on your face & other bad 1960’s beauty advice

This week I have been taking part in a little experiment, following along (to the best of my abilities) the suggested 14-day beauty routine from this book published in 1967: This book, while full of advice that we would consider to be terrible in 2020, is an interesting time capsule of information regarding what people … Continue reading Put lemon on your face & other bad 1960’s beauty advice