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?
I found this book, Instant Beauty written in 1967, and it promises a more beautiful you inside and out in 14 days. I’m always skeptical of these kind of things, but it has some interesting beauty regimens, so I thought I’d give it a try (to the degree that it’s possible and healthy). The 8 … Continue reading 2-Week Beauty Challenge from 1967
Pinup Book Club members voted for August’s Marilyn Monroe book, and the winner is: Pet Turtles, by Julien Bronson, published in 1954! This is the same version of the book she owned. It’s 25 pages long and filled with wonderful illustrations. You may be wondering if Marilyn Monroe ever had a pet turtle. There is … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe had this book about Pet Turtles
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
In Alone with Me: A New Autobiography Eartha Kitt recounts memories of her childhood, her rise to fame, and the people who impacted her life. Eartha Kitt wrote several autobiographies in addition to Alone with Me (Thursday’s Child , I’m Still Here: Confessions of a Sex Kitten , as well as a health book with … Continue reading Eartha Kitt’s 1976 Autobiography (including link to check it out for free online!)
Did you know there’s going to be a lunar eclipse on the 4th of July? To celebrate, I thought I would finally give this vintage children’s book of mine a read: Vintage children’s books tell us a lot about societal values at the time of publication. This book, and others from the Miss Pickerell series, … Continue reading Miss Pickerell on the Moon
How many books do you read per month? For me it varies greatly. When I was in my PhD program, there were times I’d have to read about a book a day. Now that I’m done, I find that some months it’s a struggle just to get through one. I’ve decided, however, to get through … Continue reading July 2020 Books
The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall, published in 1928, tells the story of a wealthy British person named Stephen, who participated in two lesbian relationships. The book was not well received by many who thought that the LGBTQIA themes were too immoral to be read. In spite of these early reviews, the book is … Continue reading The Well of Loneliness
Hello everyone! I am back from my hiatus and wow does it feel good to get back into researching mid-century books. I will be announcing July’s Marilyn Monroe book in a couple of days (6/22) and I hope to have more fun content for you in the next few months (now that I have finished … Continue reading And we’re back!
The Book Our book club finished it's first book: The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by R. Taraborrelli. The book itself was incredibly well researched, and the amount of effort put into pouring over documents related to Marilyn Monroe shines through incredibly in the writing. I did appreciate Taraborrelli's explanation of each document, and whether or … Continue reading Marilyn’s family and mine: A Review of “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”