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Blonde
Blonde: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates
In this ambitious book, Joyce Carol Oates boldly reimagines the inner, poetic, and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Bakerthe child, the woman, the fated celebrity and idolized blonde the world came to know as Marilyn Monroe. In a voice startling, intimate, and rich, Norma Jeane tells her own story, that of an emblematic American artistintensely conflicted and drivenwho has lost her way. A powerful portrait of Hollywood's myth and an extraordinary woman's heartbreaking reality, Blonde is a sweeping epic that pays tribute to the elusive magic and devastation behind the creation of the great twentieth-century American star.
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DavidDiamond
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At 700+ pages, one should get immense credit for creating a propulsive page turner such as BLONDE. A hybrid of fact &fiction, Oates has crafted a mythic & poetic story about Monroe from her innocent & heartbreaking beginnings, through the sexist &misogynistic studio system, and to the well-known tragic end.Through it all, Oates dispels the misconception of Monroe as just another "dumb blonde" by revealing the intelligence &ambition of Norma Jean.

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wisherwishinguponastar That is a great bookmark! 3mo
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kricheal I love this bookmark! 3mo
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ashsbookmarks @kricheal 🤗🤗 me too!!! 3mo
ashsbookmarks @booksellerofyourdiscontent @kricheal I just posted these bookmarks in my Etsy shop. Check them out if you are interested in purchasing one 🥰 ashsbookmarks.Etsy.com 3mo
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Liz_M
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“There came death hurtling along the Boulevard in waning sepia light.“

@ShyBookOwl

arubabookwoman Oooh-you're reading Blonde! Belated Happy Thanksgiving! 10mo
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Rebesta
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This one was quite poetic and did a good job of illustrating what Marilyn's inner dialog and feelings might have been. I wish it were a bit more factual; however, Oats does warn the reader it won't be a piece of historical fiction. Oats does make the reader do a little sleuthing to figure out who Marilyn may have been thinking about or involved with during the story. If you're looking for a factual account of her life, this may not be for you.

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Jari-chan
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Oops, I did it again! ... I DNF a book. Well, if you can call it DNF if you only read the introduction, and thought "I'm not going to read this book". So instead of reading a fantasy book about Marilyn Monroe, I went to read a fantasy book about people killing each other (Game of Thrones).

@TheAromaofBooks #BookSpinBingo

Weisubei Nothing beats blood bath in a fantasy book ☠️☠️ 2y
Jari-chan @Weisubei Exactly! 😁 2y
TheAromaofBooks Seriously, sometimes I pick up a book & wonder why in the WORLD I ever put it on my list to begin with?! 2y
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Jari-chan @TheAromaofBooks Glad to hear that you find yourself in the same situation every now and then 😁 2y
Twainy 😆 love it! 👍🏼 2y
Twainy @TheAromaofBooks Yeahp! It‘s happened a few times to me this year. Remnants of the end of 2020. 2y
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Jeshara
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#3Books ...with a one-word title
I picked these one-word titles from the list of books I've read this year. The tagged was my favorite of the three.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks These look good!! 2y
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Skeebies05
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I guess we‘re both gonna read this one. 🤷🏽‍♀️

wanderinglynn Oh, what a cutie! 💜🐱 2y
Libby1 😻 2y
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Emma_PK
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Absolutely engrossing, poetic and beautiful but with elements of very dark, raw aspects that really allowed a glimpse into the turbulent life of Norma Jean's Baker/Marilyn. Oates sensibly offers a disclaimer at the start about regarding how much artistic license she used so I felt comfortable reading this as a work of fiction, albeit heavily inspired by the life of Marilyn Monroe.

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Emma_PK
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As a lifelong admirer of #marylinmonroe I'm ashamed to admit this has been waiting on my bookshelf for almost 10 years. The time has come. 🥳💖

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charl08
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From my local bookshop (still not open 😥)

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻❤️ 2y
charl08 @Cathythoughts Still on my list. 2y
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Cathythoughts
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I made a break for it & finally finished Blonde for #SetInHollywood.
A little too long & over laboured in parts ... Yet, out of it all I‘m left with a pearl I will hold & remember. Joyce Carol Oates captures the essence of Marilyn with strong bold writing. I‘m left heartbroken for Marilyn & still this is not a sentimental book.
I‘m so glad I read this 👍🏻❤️💔
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rockpools Lovely review and great picture! 3y
Tanisha_A Nice review! 💯 points for photograph! 😍 3y
Balibee146 Great review and lovely photo... Stacked 👍😁 3y
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JillR Ooooh I‘ve been eyeing this one up, will give it a go! 3y
Butterfinger I love that cover. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review! 👍 Great pic! 3y
Cathythoughts @RachelO Thanks 🙏 I really enjoyed the book 3y
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A ahhh!! Thanks X 3y
Cathythoughts @Balibee146 Thanks! I hope you like it when you get there 👍🏻❤️ 3y
Cathythoughts @JillR I‘ll look forward to your thoughts whenever you get there 👍🏻❤️ 3y
Cathythoughts @Butterfinger 👍🏻❤️ 3y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks 🙏❤️ 3y
youneverarrived I ❤️ this photo! 3y
TrishB Lovely review ❤️ 3y
Cathythoughts @TrishB Thanks ❤️ 3y
Centique What a lovely review 😍 3y
Cathythoughts @Centique Thanks Paula ! ❤️ 3y
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Cathythoughts
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“She stepped into a fantasy.. She was so deep into her movie character you couldn‘t communicate with her, it was like trying to speak with a sleepwalker. Eyes wide open & seemingly seeing a dream.
The script failed to explore the psychological significance of the issue it raised as melodrama: where does dreaming end & madness begin? Is all “love” based upon delusion ?”

TrishB Lovely ♥️ 3y
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Cathythoughts
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How her past defines her future & her deepest need to be seen & loved ... amazing writing
And this backdrop of Hollywood, of the world at this time ....
I can‘t speak highly enough of this book.
Still lots of reading till the end 👍🏻❤️

#booked2020 #setinHollywood

Cuilin Just stacked this. So many are loving it. 3y
Cathythoughts @Cuilin it‘s very good ! Im really enjoying 3y
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Cathythoughts
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#WondrousWednesday

Thanks lovely Katie @youneverarrived for the tag X
✨Books don‘t keep me up late , I‘d fall asleep. But I‘m finding the tagged one hard to put down.
✨Most recently, A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon ❤️👍🏻 I might not have kept going ( only for #booked2020) so glad I did
✨Remove dust jacket

Tagging all who wish to play !

Hi Sherri 🙋🏼‍♀️ @Eggs

Eggs Hi Cathy 😘 Thanks for joining in 👏🏻👏🏻 (edited) 3y
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Singout
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Ok, I did it. I found and read a #booksetinHollywood for #Booked2020. Not a choice topic, but it was rather interesting, and good to learn more about a major cultural icon. My audiobook from the library was the abridged (8 hours) version of the 700-pager, which was fine. (No options for what I really wanted: NF about the 50s blacklist.) I felt iffy about the fictionalized drama of her story, but see her as a stronger woman than I did before.

Cinfhen I‘m sure abridged version of 8 hours was probably plenty!! I‘ve always wanted to read this but....#PageCountPhobia maybe I‘ll go your route 👍🏽 3y
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Cathythoughts
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Blonde has passed the 100 pages test ... with flying colours ! Still , there‘s 650 pages of very small print left ... what was I thinking ?!!! )
To be fair ,this is an ambitious choice of story , Marilyn Monroe. The writing is strong, truthful & magical.... I‘m very happy to read on ....
#setinHollywood #booked2020

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Simona
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After I stopped dealing with what's true and what's not, the story turned into an interestingly fictionalized version of Marylin Monore's life. Several different narrators and several different narrating styles round off this inner divide - between a public 'dumb blonde' image and a girl who just wanted family and not to be laughed at. An emotional, but not sentimental story, with a energetic structure, however - story with superfluous ... 👇🏻

Simona ... passages in some parts, becomes boring and overwritten. 3 very solid ⭐️ 3y
Jeshara I read this for #SetinHollywood, too. I also found that I had to resist the urge to determine what was fact vs fiction to enjoy this one. 3y
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Cathythoughts Nice review! I‘ve just started for #setinHollywood .... so far so good ❤️👍🏻 3y
Cinfhen I‘m just put off by the page count!!!! #PageCountPhobia 😜 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Good job—Oates is never an easy read! 📚♥️👊🏻 3y
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Cathythoughts
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My book arrived today ... for possibly #booked2020 #SetInHollywood ... it‘s long , I‘m hoping it will be a good one ! Litsy reviews are very encouraging 🤞🏻Marilyn Monroe ❤️💔

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 3y
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks! My daughters hot water bottle features 👍🏻❤️ 3y
readordierachel I have a copy of this too, but I've been too intimidated by the length to start it! 3y
Cathythoughts @readordierachel it‘s long Yes !! I‘m going to give it a whirl 🤞🏻 3y
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Jeshara
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I loved this book. Marilyn's story is both beautiful and tragic. I think what I took away most from this is that she was just a woman who wanted to be loved and respected as an intelligent person, not just admired for her looks. I really appreciated how the story captured what it was like to be a woman, especially a woman in Hollywood, during this time period. I wonder if a lot has really changed today?
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Challenges listed below 👇

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great choice. She is an enigma! 3y
Singout I started it for my Hollywood prompt but then realized it has over 700 pages! (I have the audiobook.) Maybe I'll go back to it, though. 3y
Jeshara @Singout It's worth it! Keep going. I did break it up with a little light reading because it can get intense at points. 3y
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Jeshara
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1. Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
It has been on my TBR, and it fit more than one challenge so I finally picked it up. I'm liking it so far.
2. Normal People by Sally Rooney
Meh...
3. I want to beat my reading total from last year. I also want to commit to keeping a book journal. So far, so good...but a lot of year to go!

#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

blank Welcome to Litsy! 💜 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser Welcome to Litsy! Could you tell me what you would include in a book journal? Would it be just a list of your read books or would you write reviews for each one? I'm curious as to if I should start one myself. Thanks x 3y
Jeshara @Curiouser_and_curiouser My journal includes both a list and reviews for each one. I don't necessarily write a full review. I just write down a few personal thoughts about how the book made me feel, etc. I've seen other recommendations for journals on Litsy, but I picked the one from Amazon linked below. It was a good price, good quality, and had just the details I wanted to capture. 3y
Jeshara @Curiouser_and_curiouser It also has a Notes box on each page which is convenient for tracking applicable Litsy challenges.

Reading Log: Reader's Journal for 120 books | 124 pages | cream paper | large (8.5“x11“) https://www.amazon.com/dp/198748956X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_EJjfEbFGN358G
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Curiouser_and_curiouser @Jeshara thank you so much! Geez, I'm learning more and more the longer I am a part of the Litsy community. I still have no idea how to take part in any of the Litsy challenges and exchanges but I'm sure I'll have a closer look throughout the year and find out more details as I go. Thanks again for the link!! 3y
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Martta
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Listened this as an audio book and really liked it! The reader was just perfect for Marilyn Monroe's inner voice. It was nice to get an better image of her behind all the movie glamour.

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Reviewsbylola
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Marilyn Monroe started off as a bright, shining, #luckystar, before her unfortunate descent into loneliness and tragedy.

JCO is so hit or miss for me, but her stellar depiction of Norma Jean rocked my world. #movember

Cinfhen I haven‘t read her yet ...I think we were meant to buddyread a book by her 3y
Ladyval05 That‘s an oldie! Nice to see it pop up. I did enjoy it when I read however many years ago. 😊 3y
Reviewsbylola Haha, I‘m ready!! @Cinfhen 3y
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Cinfhen How about first week of December, Steph?? 3y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That is a good one - the only JCO I liked so far. Oh and I liked 3y
Blaire I loved this one in high school. We read one of her short stories in my sophomore lit class and I went on a JCO binge. Her odd and dark stories and novels made her a good fit for my wannabe dark and rebellious high school self. 3y
Reviewsbylola I need to check that one out. @barbarabb My other favorite JCO is her other fictionalized account of a true story. 3y
Reviewsbylola That works for me! @Cinfhen 3y
Cinfhen Great!! Let‘s hope we don‘t forget in the next 2 weeks 😜 3y
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Vansa
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As good a sendup of the ' manic pixie' stereotype as there ever was

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Blaire
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I loved this book in high school. A fictional bio of Marilyn Monroe. I bet she was often referred to as #thatgirl #timbittunes

Cinfhen I wanted to read this until I saw the page count 🤪🤪pass!!! #pagecountphobia 4y
Blaire @Cinfhen 😂😂😂I probably wouldn‘t take it on now...it makes me realize how much free time I had at 17 even though I felt soooo busy. 4y
Christine11 I‘ve come across this book a few times and it seems really interesting but definitely a big time commitment! 😅 4y
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Cinfhen Crazy thing is, I‘m not really busy anymore...I could sit with this book but I literally get anxiety and some ADD behavior creeps in if a book is over 400 pages. It‘s only in the past 2 or 3 years that this #PageCountPhobia has begun 4y
Blaire @Cinfhen it is a big commitment. Esp when 3 others books could‘ve read in the time. It is good tho if you ever need a real chunkster. 😍 4y
Cinfhen I‘ll keep it on my #MaybeOneDay list xx thanks 😘😘 4y
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introvertedbooks
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This book was picked for me this month by my goodreads book club. Im actually really excited to read it. I've never read any Joyce Carol Oates before but I'm always down for anything marilyn monroe!

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Elfylucille
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I guess I never believed that I deserved to live. The way other people do. I needed to justify my life every hour. I needed your permission.

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MStew
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"The legend of Marilyn Monroe aka Norma Jeane Baker comes provocatively alive in this powerful tale of Hollywood myth and heartbreaking reality. Marilyn Monroe lives reborn to tell her untold history; this is a dazzling fictional portrait of the intricate inner life of the idolized and desired movie star as only the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates could paint it."

when i heard about this book i knew I needed to read it! I loved her as a little girl!

guinsgirlreads Love her! ❤️ (edited) 4y
MStew @guinsgirlreads me too!!💙 4y
Birdsong28 ❤️❤️❤️❤️📚📖 4y
Stephjones01 Read Blonde years ago and absolutely adored it, such a fabulous book 💖 4y
MStew @Stephjones01 sounds lovely 4y
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Ladygodiva7
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Book Sale a success! Spent 16.50 on 28 books 📖📚

rather_be_reading 😍😍 4y
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amywithbooks
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Great deal today- loved this book!

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JenlovesJT47
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I‘ve been wanting to read this for awhile, has anyone here read it? It‘s on sale today for $1.99.

#sale
#kindle
#MarilynMonroe

vivastory Thanks for the heads up! 4y
DebBates101 So good! It is very different for Oates to be writing what is essentially a biographical fiction but she pulls it off in a way that only Oates could do. One if my favorites. 4y
Cathythoughts That‘s a great deal .. it‘s still ( kindle) full price on our side of the Atlantic !! 4y
sprainedbrain I liked this one a lot! 4y
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sprainedbrain
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Another book that I probably would not have read without the #1001books list, but I‘m glad I did.

This was my first Oates novel, and it was a chunkster. I really love the writing, and the fictionalized account of Marilyn Monroe‘s life was engrossing. I fell into a rabbit hole of google searches trying to see what was real and what was fabricated. It‘s really sad all the way through, but still a solid read.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Zelma I loved this book so much when I read it. I‘ve only tried one other from Oates as wasn‘t a fan, but this was stellar. So creative and dark. ❤️ 5y
vivastory I've only read one Oates, but I loved it 5y
sprainedbrain @Zelma I have a few more of hers on my tbr... do you remember which one you didn‘t like? 5y
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sprainedbrain @vivastory That sounds very interesting! I‘ve had The Falls on my bookshelf since the year it was published—it seems like another dark, messed up love story. 5y
Gezemice I should try this. 5y
Karen3 What is the 1001books list and where can I find it? Looked back through the # and couldn‘t find any explanation. 5y
Ubookquitous I've rad lots of JCO's books, but not this one. I love her writing, but her topics are all over the place! Lol 😂 5y
KimHM This is probably my favorite JCO book. Taking on Norma Jean‘s persona forced her out of the ruts into which she often falls. 5y
sprainedbrain @Karen3 it‘s actually a book that I will tag here... 1001 books (there‘s more than that now) to read before we die. Lol. If you‘re on Goodreads, there‘s a group called Reading 1001 full of people like me who are trying to make it through the list. There‘s even a handy dandy app for keeping track. I‘m a tad bit obsessed. 😂 5y
Karen3 What is the app that you use? Couldn‘t find anything in the App Store for Apple. 5y
sprainedbrain @Karen3 I have an iPhone. Try searching 1001 books. It‘s a paid app, but my nerd self thought it was worth it. 5y
Karen3 FOUND IT!!! 5y
sprainedbrain @Karen3 woohoo! 😃 5y
AshleyHoss820 I was like this when I read Black Water (also on the list!) So engrossing! However, I wasn‘t a big fan of “them” by her, which also happens to be on the list. 🤷🏼‍♀️ (edited) 5y
Zelma @sprainedbrain We Were the Mulvaneys. It was huge when it came out but I bailed on it almost immediately. Not to my taste at all. With Blonde, I thought she took some risks and they really paid off. Mulvaneys just turned me off (plot and characters). I am I‘m interested in trying another of her books though. 5y
sprainedbrain @AshleyHoss820 looks like there are 3 more by her that I will be reading for the list! Lol 5y
sprainedbrain @Zelma That one isn‘t on my list, so maybe I will avoid it. 😃 5y
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emilyhaldi
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This was my first book by JCO and I thought 1115 pages was total #overkill 😑 So many people love her writing so I‘m hoping this was a fluke... but I know she writes a lot of #chunksters 😬
#marchintolove

vivastory I've only read one JCO, but I rather liked it. A collection of novellas 5y
Blaire Ive read lots of Joyce Carol Oates and her short stories are good and unsettling. The first I ever read was in high school 5y
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Cinfhen Yowza!!! That‘s about 850 pages too many.....😱😱😱😱😱 5y
Mdargusch Too long. 5y
LauraJ I haven‘t been thrilled with any of her books so far. 5y
Reviewsbylola It‘s not a fluke. As you know, I loved this one, but I‘ve read quite a few of her lengthier novels that had me wanting to gouge my eyes out by the end. 5y
BarbaraBB I really hated her We Were the Mulvaneys. Them and Black Water were better though. Still, I am not a fan and try to avoid her! 5y
Leftcoastzen I read one long ago that was not a chunkster and liked it a lot. 5y
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BookwormM
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#Reading1001

4 ⭐️

I have never seen a Marilyn Monroe movie and am too young to have been swept up in the controversy surrounding her without the 1001 list I doubt I would ever have read this, however I am glad I have.

At the start of the book Oates makes it clear that this is a work of fiction and not a true account of Marilyn‘s life comparing this with wiki it is clear that this book concentrates on the broad strokes and doesn‘t care about 👇

BookwormM details who cares if the names are wrong. Reading this Norma Jeane really came alive for me and the way Oates shows her descent into drug addiction and mental health issues is sympathetically done. The portrayal of Hollywood as a male ruled world doesn‘t seem so far from how things work today. I am now intrigued by Norma Jeane and will probably at some point read a true biography. (edited) 5y
BookwormM I wasn‘t particularly fond of the ending though. 5y
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BookwormM
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#Reading1001

“Unruly pet” this section is killing me 🤣🤣🤣

batsy "while its owner looked on proudly" ?? 5y
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BookwormM
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#Reading1001

“Affable slug” I just find this hilarious 🤣

rockpools 😂What ARE you reading??! 5y
BookwormM A fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe 🤣🤣 @RachelO (edited) 5y
LauraJ She certainly has a way with words. 5y
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BookwormM
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#Reading1001

Giant crumpet for breakfast 👍

Hubby is out for the day so far I have finished the Marilyn section and hope to get the whole book finished.

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BookwormM
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#Reading1001 Section 4 Marilyn

Interesting watching the dynamic between Norma Jeane and Marilyn unfolding

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BookwormM
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#Reading1001

Finished section 3 The Woman this really highlighted the sexist and sexually exploitive nature of Hollywood.

It was interesting to hear her early films described as I have not seen any.

RaimeyGallant Interesting. 5y
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DreesReads
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This door stopper is done! And it‘s my 200th read from the #1001books list! Very readable and generally enjoyable. BUT. This is not a biography. No even close. This is a very VERY fictionalized version of Baker/Monroe‘s life. She completely changed things that are known to be true, put words in peoples‘ mouths and thoughts in their heads. The ending is worthy of black helicopters. Why not just write a story rather than use real people? Urgh.

hilded Congrats on reaching book #200 😊👍 5y
sprainedbrain 200 is awesome! 5y
Daisey Congrats on 200!! 5y
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Joyfulmimi You completely convinced me not to read this @AudreyMorris I have it on my bookshelf from a library sale 4y
DreesReads @Joyfulmimi I feel like I need to read a good biography to straighten out all the “facts” I “learned”. I was on Ancestry looking at census and death records lol!! 4y
Joyfulmimi Exactly! I will definitely read a biography first. I am intrigued by her. @AudreyMorris 4y
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BookwormM
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#Reading1001 poor Norma Jean so desperate for love

DebBates101 My favorite writer and one of her best books!! My goal is to get all of Oates‘ books for my shelves but she has A LOT 5y
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BookwormM
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#Reading1001

I have now finished section 2 The Girl and I have to say it is 💔 I am too young to remember Marilyn Monroe and I have never seen any of her films but boy do I feel sorry for poor Norma Jean she had so much to cope with from such a young age 😭😭

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sprainedbrain
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A tentative #MarchTBR

So far I only have most of my #1001books for the month picked out, with a few others that I plan to get done early in March. A lot of my tbr won‘t be decided until the #MarchMadnessChallenge book brackets are up, as I plan to try (and very likely fail) that again this year. 😂

#ReadingResolutions

Jess7 Red Clocks is on my TBR too 5y
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Blonde: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates
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Kid 2 has a long orthodontist appt this morning—and I am getting so much read! Despite the fact that yogi bear and frozen are both playing, with volume. #1001books #reading1001

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I am so angry with Elsie and with society that encouraged this attitude.

Poor Norma Jeane

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Blonde: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates

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Have finished section 1 The Child and feel sorry for all 3 generations of Norma Jeane‘s family especially for Norma Jeane that kind of childhood can‘t be easy.

You can already see how much influence Hollywood and films have on her life and how she views people through that lense.

Kristelh I am reading The Broken Altar (around page 271) Wish I was farther but other books keep getting int he way. 5y
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Blonde: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates
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Started this today 2 chapters in and I love the writing style

Kristelh I am to page 250, Angela 1950. 5y
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Chili
Blonde: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates
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Starting to make progress. #reading 1001

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Suelizbeth
Blonde: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates
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Starting my 4th book. I don‘t know whether I‘ll make it to 24 hours, but I was more interested in finishing books than making it to 24 hours. I still have time, so we‘ll see. #Reading1001 #24in48 #24in48readathon

Bookworm83 I‘ve been wanting to read this one forever!! I can‘t wait to hear what you think. 5y
Zelma I really liked this one though it was many years ago so i don‘t remember details. 5y
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