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7 Essential Marilyn Monroe Books to Read After Watching Blonde

Vulture.com 9/23/2022 Nathan Smith
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In life and in death, Marilyn Monroe merchandized sex, sensuality, and stardom. Even today, she represents a visual shorthand for our idea of the ultimate celebrity. Andy Warhol’s iconic silkscreens of Monroe perhaps best captured this: visual reminders of her marketable face, femininity, and eternal fame. Now a new Netflix film, Blonde, adapts the 2000 Joyce Carol Oates novelization of Monroe’s life story to give us an unvarnished depiction of the perils of her celebrity. The film joins countless other creative efforts to understand and anatomize the movie star born Norma Jeane Mortensen, including biopics, TV series, biographies, photo books, essays, and even plays. Some have had set agendas — like biographers claiming she was murdered by the FBI or had an affair with Robert F. Kennedy — while others have leaned into the emotional depths of her short, tragic life to sketch a portrait of someone whose fame completely eclipsed their humanity. For those looking to dig deeper, here are the best books that deconstruct, analyze, and even transmogrify the star known as Marilyn Monroe.

Blonde

Vendor: Amazon

Price: $20

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Marilyn: A Biography

Vendor: Amazon

Price: $18

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Marilyn Monroe: The Biography

Vendor: Amazon

Price: $25

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The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe

Vendor: Amazon

Price: $19

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My Story

Vendor: Amazon

Price: $25

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Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon

Vendor: Amazon

Price: $19

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Marilyn Monroe

Vendor: Amazon

Price: $28

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