Advance Praise for
THE MEMOIR OF MARILYN MONROE
"In her new memoir, Marilyn Monroe, and her 'editor,' Sandi Gelles-Cole, sweep away the ruthlessly exploited icon that haS, it turns out been living among us all these years. She leads us through her post-'death' life:how she survived a murder attempt, who was behind it, the struggle for sanity, relief from multiple addictions, and the reawakening of her need to love and be loved. Ultimately, Marilyn teaches us what it means to live a life that is beautiful precisely because it is 'ordinary.'"
Author of original screenplay PHILADELPHIA
and the memoir BLUE DAYS, BLACK NIGHTS
"The book casts a spell. I was sorry it was over. It puts me in a certain mood and that mood survives the book. The way Sandi Gelles-Cole evokes the hollowness and terror of recovery I haven't quite seen before. And the incredible irony that Marilyn was hollow and terrified, yet she created something more real than any of us!"
Author of the novels SERIOUSLY, SALVATION
"Sandi Gelles-Cole not only gives us Marilyn Monroe alive and well today, she also gives us Monroe as she might have been without the booze and the pills. With equal parts wit and gravitas, Gelles-Cole breathes life into a fully-fledged Monroe."
New York Times bestselling author of CHOSEN BY A HORSE
|Publisher:||Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.33(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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The Memoir of Marilyn Monroe is a fictional account on what could have happened if Marilyn had survived her death on August 5, 1962.Marilyn Monroe didn't die that night, she was whisked away by Joe DiMaggio's son, Joey, to a safe place, in order to detoxify herself and get her life back on track.Stepping out of the limelight, she allows the world to believe she is dead. Marilyn goes incognito, reinventing herself for whatever situation she is currently involved with. She slips off the wagon and for two years she demoralizes herself with booze, drugs and seedy men. Swimming in a world of chemical induced blindness, she becomes awakened the day JFK is shot. Her life takes a different spin and she cleans up her life and frees it from the demons that reside just beneath the surface of her skin. Sometimes she is Norma Jean, sometimes Cherie from Bus Stop or maybe Sugar Kane Kowalczyk or Lorelei Lee from Gentleman Prefer Blondes, whatever or whoever the situation calls for, Marilyn calls on them to get her out of stressful situations. I am not sure what to make of this "memoir", the slant towards Marilyn's alcohol and substance abuse almost makes Marilyn appear in a bad light, when I feel she was just misunderstood by the jealous people who surrounded around her. There were several editorial issues with the books, things like paragraphs starting in mid-sentence, doubling of words or the lack of words, it disrupted the flow of the story and only helped to hinder the already weak plot.The print was overly large and one is able to read the book in two hours, other than a few tidbits of nostalgia, I wasn't really impressed with this work, I truly couldn't see the point, other than to offer a different alternative to the ending of the movie that became Marilyn Monroe. If you are a fan of Marilyn Monroe, then I cannot see you enjoying this read too much, however, if your just looking for a bit of fluff to pass a couple of hours with, then this piece would allow you to read a book and not cloud your brain with too much thinking. Its light, juvenile writing style would be an easy read for those who don't require too much substance in their plots or their characters. This "memoir" could have been so much more if the author had envisioned it differently, but the choppy, inconsistent flow of the work will only lead to disappointment for most who believe they are going to read something intelligent and interesting about Marilyn Monroe.
The Memoir of Marilyn Monroe by Sandi Gelles-Cole Release Date: April 22nd, 2011 Publisher: Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises Page Count: 178 Source: From author, via Pump Up Your Book, for review Marilyn Monroe is 85, the victim of a fire set purposefully to destroy her. This is the memoir she writes of what really happened from the night she was rescued in August, '62 until June 1st, 2011 when the book starts, her 85th birthday. Told in her own voice and propelled by the various lifestyles she tries on in her search to dig beneath the character that she created for the movies to the real woman inside, the book is two stories. While we read to learn what caused the horrible accident that ruined her face, she writes of her recovery from the addictions that subsumed her in Hollywood, her life as an average woman traveling with a young lover in Europe; her final goodbye to DiMaggio. As a senior citizen, Marilyn's face is recreated she tells what happened to her fortune and then how she supported herself, how it felt when her face and body aged, how lust continued into her late years and how she fell in love when she thought all of that was behind her. The Memoir of Marilyn Monroe is a mix of fiction, myth, and Marilyn history. What Stephanie Thinks: The concept of a fictionalized memoir is interesting and intriguing. It's like fan fiction, only it's based off reality, and it's fueled by the mystery and sketchy details surrounding a tragic event that our country has suspected multiple conspiracies about. I wanted to enjoy this book so much. Marilyn Monroe is personally one of my favorite actresses of all time. Aside from the scandals and success that followed her around, she was beautiful in the most genuine, remarkable way. She wasn't a perfect 00 and had acknowledged body image issues; yet she still managed to retain her image as America's sweetheart and most famous sex symbol. She died a legend, and with The Memoir of Marilyn Monroe, this legend is inverted. Because Marilyn didn't actually die. Marilyn actually faked her death, with the help of her ex, the infamous Joe DiMaggio, and spent the rest of her life regretting it. She became a normal person, a nobody, and is finally able to tell her story -- the real story. Unfortunately, this book is everything but the initial "interesting and intriguing" I hoped it to be. The writing is very bland and ill-structured; I wonder if Gelles-Cole had an editor. Most of the book seems to focus on Marilyn's alcoholism and recovery (or lack thereof), as well as the various romps and roadtrips she had as she aged, but I can't find an actual aim to this book. It's entirely pointless, and I still can't figure out why the author chose to ramble on and on about Marilyn's supposed life after death, because it ends abruptly and without a climax. Heck, there isn't even any rising action at all. Things happen, people speak, but nothing really crafts together to make a good novel. I finished the book because the vocabulary is easy and font is large. At less than 200 pages, I read this in a few sittings. However, the writing is difficult to follow, and I found myself skimming a lot, because most of the text doesn't contribute to the main issue (not that there really is any main issue, in the first place). I really had to trudge through this one, and can't say I recommend it.
Gelles-Cole avoids the cliches of Hollywood glamor and offers an alternate history of a woman whose troubles were as large as her talent. Gritty, not glitzy -- but in the long run this is a story about Marilyn Monroe's humanity, and the qualities that continue to shine through all her tragedies and shortcomings to keep the world fascinated so many years after her tragic end.
I reviewed this book as part of a Pump Up Your Book Blog tour. It was an opportunity that I am glad I took. A number of years ago I decided to watch as many of Marilyn Monroe's movies as I could find on video. Over the course of the summer I watched quite a few of them and enjoyed them all. I wondered about Monroe's life and death and even read a few biographies about her. This book was intriguing, the premise is that Monroe did not die as reported, but went into hiding and treatment for substance abuse. The portrait that is painted over the course of time from her "death" to her eighty-fifth birthday is of a woman coming to know her trye self through living. The story is told through a journal, but not all of it is chronological. It is written with Marilyn looking back at her life, but she mentions things that have happened recently and how she wants to get it all written down before having a medical procedure done. She goes through time periods and explains how she was doing, if she was staying sober and going to meetings or if she had fallen back into her old bad habits, if she was dating a man or a woman, and where she was. For parts of time she is in Florida, California, Cuba, Italy and Spain. Castro had her thrown into jail when she wouldn't give information about Kennedy, she worked as a Marilyn Monroe impersonator, spent time working as a vet assistant, and spent a lot of time going to meetings where she everyone stayed anonymous. Not everyone thought she was dead, Joe DiMaggio and his son not only knew she was alive but helped her. At the beginning of her recovery she is still very selfish and not sure who she is or who she wants to be, where she wants to end up or what she wants to do. Her transformation to a self-assured woman takes decades and she has a number of falls along the way and lets a number of people down along the way. It makes me wonder, what would have happened to Marilyn Monroe if she hadn't been found dead that day? Was an overdose just a matter of time due to her lifestyle? Would she have fallen out of vogue when fashion changed? How would aging have treated her? The voice this book was written in rang true, it was very believable that this could be Monroe. The details I know about her life ring true as well. The author did a lot of research and really got into the character. It had me wondering at points, what if this isn't a fictional account? Her treatment of the time periods and emotions really rang true as well. It was engrossing and thought provoking and made me want to read a biography again as well as watch some of her movies. Will we ever lose our fascination with Marilyn?