The same edition as the one Marilyn Monroe owned. (This copy owned by Carly Maris) February's book club reading was The Cat with Two Faces by journalist Gordon Young (who wrote for the Daily Mail). The biography tells the story of WWII spy Mathilde Carré, who worked as a double-agent for both Allied and German … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe’s Library Review: The Cat with Two Faces
The Pinup Book Club is now The Vintage Book Club
Hello everyone! I have a mid-week announcement. This has been a long time coming, but the Pinup Book Club name has changed to the Vintage Book Club. It was a difficult decision to change the name, but ultimately it came down to a combination of content and accessibility. Content-wise, the goal has always been to … Continue reading The Pinup Book Club is now The Vintage Book Club
Working on a Book
Something I have wanted to do for a long time is write a book about Marilyn Monroe's book collection, as there is so much to be said that really goes beyond what I can include in blog posts. Books shape minds and Marilyn Monroe's vast collection reveals how she saw the world. In reading and … Continue reading Working on a Book
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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
What’s with the Pinup Models and Live Turkeys?
I continue to make my way through November’s book (review planned for next week!), and so in the meantime I thought I would look write a post on a question someone asked me on TikTok: What’s with the pinup photos with turkeys? This is a small selection of what does appear to be a large … Continue reading What’s with the Pinup Models and Live Turkeys?
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 Marilyn Monroe Movie Night!
Last month was the first Marilyn Monroe Movie Night with Pinup Book Club, and this month I am excited to announce that the movie this month will be Monkey Business, starring Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, and Marilyn Monroe. We will start the movie at 6pm PST tonight, and have live discussion on Instagram. Go to … Continue reading November’s Marilyn Monroe Movie Night!
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
Marilyn Monroe’s Books: Mischief
October's book from Marilyn Monroe's bookshelf was Mischief, a psychological thriller by Charlotte Armstrong. The novel was adapted into the film Don't Bother to Knock, starring Marilyn Monroe. This month in addition to reading the book, the book club also had a viewing party of the film. Marilyn Monroe owned a number of books that … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe’s Books: Mischief