Monday, April 23, 2018

Marilyn Monroe: The Defiant Broad Disguised as a Dumb Blonde (Review)

About the Book

Published January 30, 2018 by in60Learning

I received a copy of this ebook from the publisher in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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Marilyn Monroe was famous for playing na├»ve, “dumb blonde” film characters, but she herself was anything but that. Born to a psychologically unstable mother, she was passed between foster families and orphanages, and was molested on more than one occasion. She married at age 16 to escape this cycle, and while her first husband was deployed, she began to make a name for herself as a pin-up model. From there, Monroe’s career in modeling and film took off, culminating in her establishing her own production company: Marilyn Monroe Productions. While she did everything she could to escape the circumstances of her youth, her family’s predisposition to mental illness caught up to her at the end of her life; this biography of Monroe’s personal and professional life reveals the resilient broad behind the winking blonde.

My Thoughts

When I was asked to review this title, I wasn't really sure what I'd gotten myself into.  I don't generally enjoy reviewing nonfiction.  But, I saw that this was a rather short read so I thought I'd give it a try.  

I'm glad that I did.

This was an incredibly informative book!  It was so jam-packed with facts that I found myself want to keep reading to find out more things that I never knew I didn't know I didn't know.  Instead of reading like an exhausting and dry biography, this felt more like a story which helped to keep my interest.

I was also fascinated by the many pictures included.  Because of friends in college, I'd heard a lot about Marilyn Monroe but these images really brought the facts and rumors to light.  Not only did it include some of the more famous pictures that she is known for, it included images of her with Joe DiMaggio and even as her body was removed from her home.

I think that this may be the gateway piece that someone like me needs to enter the world of non-fiction.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what other titles in60Learning puts out.  If you think that this would work for you as well, I strongly encourage you to visit this link where you can sign up for amazing updates from in60Learning!  

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