Search Results: "Marilyn Yalom"


BOOK REVIEW

MARILYN by Norman Mailer
Released: Aug. 1, 1973

"The dazzling transaction that was Marilyn is all that matters and her immanent allure — so hard to isolate or perpetuate — is as palpable as it ever was."
The necessary specifics first (before you flinch at the one with the dollar sign above) — this is a coffee-table-shaped photovisual presentation of Marilyn including some 100 photographs (full page, black and white or color) representing the work of 24 major photographers. Read full book review >

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MARILYN by Carole Nelson Douglas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1997

"Douglas (Cat With an Emerald Eye, 1996, etc.) provides waves of delight for Monroephiles, though there's not much illumination deeper than Gloria Steinem's neo-feminist analysis."
Thirty-five years after her death, Marilyn Monroe lives, and dies, again in this collection of 21 new stories. Read full book review >

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MARILYN by Lois Banner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2012

"Surely not the last word, but a complete and honest effort and a good starting place."
Fifty years after her death and hundreds of books later, are we any closer to understanding Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)? Probably not, but this new biography brings the known facts up to date and offers a fresh, modern take on the tragic star's life and choices. Read full book review >

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BIRTH OF THE CHESS QUEEN by Marilyn Yalom
Released: May 1, 2004

"Often enlightening, but approaches daffiness when the epilogue invites us to place the chess queen alongside the Amazon, the Earth Mother, and the Virgin Mary, or to consider Hilary Rodham Clinton as a chess-queen incarnate. (b&w photos throughout; 13 color plates not seen)"
Some tenuous speculations about the co-emergence of powerful political women and the most puissant piece on the chessboard. Read full book review >

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A HISTORY OF THE WIFE by Marilyn Yalom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"No startling new insights here, but a useful and refreshingly cheerful overview of women's changing roles in marriage and society."
An upbeat history of the evolution of marriage, "wifedom," and women's status through European and American history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 14, 1993

"A sound though scattered exposition, then, and a good basis for future research."
Yalom (a researcher at Stanford's Institute for Women and Gender Studies; Maternity, Morality, and the Literature of Madness, 1985, etc.—not reviewed) offers a diffuse literary and feminist perspective on the 138 memoirs of the French Revolution written by women (out of a total of 1,502). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Yalom's prose occasionally seems a bit breathless for an octogenarian author, but her first-person confidences give this an engagingly informal tone that matches the relatively light treatment of its subject."
Cultural historian Yalom (Birth of the Chess Queen, 2004, etc.) explicates Gallic attitudes toward the not-always-so-tender passion. Read full book review >

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A HISTORY OF THE BREAST by Marilyn Yalom
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 1997

"The bibliography, however, is a gem for any starting student. (98 illustrations) (Author tour)"
Sacred, erotic, domestic, even civic incarnations of the breast from Paleolithic times to the present in an ambitious catalogue of necessarily selective cultural history. ``I intend to make you think about women's breasts as you never have before,'' asserts Yalom, senior scholar at Stanford's Institute of Women and Gender (Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women's Memory, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SOCIAL SEX by Marilyn Yalom
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Such unsupportable assertions, heartfelt though they may be, undermine the authors' considerable research."
How sisterhood has flourished throughout history. Read full book review >

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MARILYN MONROE by Barbara Leaming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"Odd, but with a touch of genius. (32 paghes b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A dramatic, psychologically astute biography of the troubled sex symbol and star of such classics as Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and The Seven Year Itch. Read full book review >

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MONDO MARILYN by Richard Peabody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A couple of worthwhile efforts separated by many an oops."
Ebersole and Peabody (Mondo Barbie, 1993, etc.) continue their exploration of national icons with this collection of stories and poems. Read full book review >

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MARILYN & ME by Lawrence Schiller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2012

"An unhappy little book that fails to illuminate the Monroe legend or the woman underneath."
A photographer's unfocused memoir of his time with Marilyn Monroe. Read full book review >