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Was this Marilyn Monroe’s book from childhood?

Among Marilyn Monroe’s collection of books is the children’s book The Little Engine That Could. Auction # 522 from Christie’s 1999 auction The book was published in 1930–Marilyn would have been about 4 years old when it came out. At that time, Marilyn was living with her foster parents, Albert and Ida Bolender. According to … Continue reading Was this Marilyn Monroe’s book from childhood?

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

5 Disabled Authors on Marilyn Monroe’s Bookshelf

Did you know that July is disability pride month? Being a disabled writer myself, I know only too well how often disability awareness gets overlooked, so this week I wanted to make sure that my reading list included disabled authors. I finished Fledgling by Octavia Butler, and also purchased a copy of Disability Visibility, which … Continue reading 5 Disabled Authors on Marilyn Monroe’s Bookshelf

This Day in History: Marilyn Monroe checks out of the hospital

On July 11th, 1961 Marilyn Monroe left the hospital, after having a cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal). It had been a difficult year for Marilyn, who had been in and out of the hospital over a period of 10 months, and divorced Arthur Miller in January. 500 people came to watch the event, which Marilyn Monroe later … Continue reading This Day in History: Marilyn Monroe checks out of the hospital