I received this book from Alma H. Bond, Ph.D, and Goodreads. As a major fan of Marilyn Monroe, I was so excited to receive this book. ~Review to come.~ Enjoyed it.
If, like me, one is a major fan of Marilyn Monroe, one can never seem to get enough information, read all the books available, see all the thousands of pictures of Marilyn. MARILYN MONROE. Oh, lovely Marilyn!! I found this book on Goodreads and couldn't help myself. I HAD to read it!
Alma H. Bond, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst and the author of 19 published books, including the series of 'On the Couch' books that examine the lives of the famous and fictional. "FICTIONAL" being the key word. Please pay attention to that. Dr. Alma Bond never treated Marilyn. Monroe had a long experience with psychoanalysis. She was in analysis with Margaret Herz Hohenberg, Anna Freud, Marianne Rie Kris, Ralph S. Greenson (who found Monroe dead), and Milton Wexler. Dr. Bond uses her 37-years of experience as a psychoanalyst, along with extensive research on MM, to create a fictional Manhattan doctor, Dr. Darcy Dale, who MM visits for analysis for a little over a year.
With the author's vast research, and with much publicized information on Monroe, Bond brings us into a world known only to Marilyn and the analysts she trusted with her deepest thoughts and emotions. Marilyn recalls her unhappy childhood, her three failed marriages, and her longing to be loved and belong to someone or have someone belong to her. Marilyn recalls her years in the film industry and her rise to fame. Let me just say that everything we already know about MM is covered in Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch, but Bond does so from a first person account that is vividly imagined. The author uses real quotes from Marilyn Monroe herself to create these fictional sessions with Dr. Dale.
I love Marilyn Monroe. I enjoyed this book immensely and I suspect if you are a Marilyn Monroe fan you will, too.