Today, I wanted to share three first edition books written by Steinbeck that Marilyn Monroe owned. What was it about this author that she liked? And what drew her to these particular novels? These are questions I will be thinking about as I do my reading for this month.
This month, The Vintage Book Club voted to read This Demi-Paradise, a Westchester Diary written by Margaret Halsey. The book is written in the form of daily diary entries of a middle-class suburban woman named Helen Fitzgibbons. Helen's wry sense of humor highlights many of the hypocrisies of white, middle-class suburbia, in topics ranging from … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe’s Library Review: This Demi-Paradise, a Westchester Diary
Marilyn Monroe owned over 400 books in her lifetime, and a large number of them were first editions. I have been able to add several to my recreation of her collection (including Hawaii and Invisible Man noted below). As I work my way through the books she owned to make the spreadsheet of all of … Continue reading 5 First Edition Books that Marilyn Monroe owned
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
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
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?
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
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!
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
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?