Ah, March’s books already! I’ve been getting through library books this month and I’ve been on a bit of a Marilyn Monroe jaunt.
In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made- Norman F. Cantor
This is a peculiar book I picked up in a charity shop a couple of months ago. It’s not the easiest or most interesting read, but it does contain a lot of interesting information. Although I’m fascinated by this period of history, I found some parts overly long and a bit boring.
Victim: The Secret Tapes of Marilyn Monr0e- Matthew Smith
This book was a bit of a disappointment. After hyping up the tapes, very little is actually published. I found this book had some interesting (if bordering on the slightly bonkers) theories, but then found that the following book debunked most of them. So I guess it’s left up to the reader if they believe this book.
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe- J. Randy Taraborrelli
Well, to be honest, this didn’t really shed anything shocking or new on MM’s life, although there are some interesting new bits about her guardians. This book focuses mainly on Marilyn’s mental illness and her relationships with others. It also refutes the theory that she had a long-standing affair with either Kennedy brother.
Merivel: A Man of His Time- Rose Tremain
This is a follow-up to Restoration which I loved and wrote about last year. This time, the action takes place twenty years later and takes in Versailles, Norfolk and Switzerland. Again, the main character Merivel is very likeable and Charles II is still totally cool. I enjoy Tremain’s style and will be checking out her other novels.
What have you been reading? Anything you recommend?
All images: Waterstones