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
Hello Everyone! I wanted to quickly announce that on October 24th the Pinup Book Club will be holding its very first Virtual Watch Party of the Marilyn Monroe thriller Don't Bother to Knock. I have been wanting to do monthly movie nights with the Book Club for a long time, and because this month's book … Continue reading You’re invited! Don’t Bother to Knock watch party!
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
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?
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
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
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”