Weekend Reading

The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall was such a terrific read. I really enjoy a look back into history, especially the history of New York City. In this book, past and present are woven together as we explore the stories of Charlotte in 1949 and of Olivia in the present day.
Charlotte dreamed of little else besides being in advertising and creating a career for herself. The only way into that world was to start in the typing pool which she was more than prepared to do, but she just couldn’t seem to get hired. What she did get was chosen as Miss Subway, an opportunity she felt, would lead to bigger and better things.
Olivia works in advertising and her job is hanging by a thread. She must come up with a campaign that will save the agency and her job. Delving into some history, she comes across Miss Subway and decides to build a campaign around it. Which leads her down a path where she meets up with a real Miss Subway…
Its a cute and light-hearted story and fans of Fiona Davis will enjoy it. A great book to read on a weekend! Incidentally, this is based on real history:


An advertisement for Miss Subways at the New York Transit Museum. “Miss Subways” was a title accorded to individual New York City women between 1941 and 1976.
Continuing on with my heart pounding, page-turning thrillers, here’s another one, The Next Girl by Carla Kovach. What I typically do is alternate genres, reading a non-fiction, then a literary fiction then a mystery or thriller then a light women’s fiction type of book.  This book is the first in a series that centers around a detective named Gina Harte.
Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again …Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results. The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.
This sounds like it has real potential to be one of those books you just can’t put down!
This book is on my To-Read pile, it was originally published back in 1959! I enjoy those old stories like Agatha Christie’s mysteries. The Widows Cruise by Nicholas Blake has me intrigued since my husband is a huge fan of cruises and I have been on too many to list.
Here’s what you need to know:

“The only thing I have against cruise life,” said Clare, yawning again, “is that it’s turning us all into busybodies and gossips.”
Renowned sculptor, Clare Massinger, is in a bit of a creative slump. To provide a little inspiration, Nigel Strangeways books them a relaxing cruise on the Aegean Sea. Filled with Greek temples, swimming pools, and sandy beaches, this scenic vacation should be the perfect getaway. But when they meet the other passengers, Nigel and Clare realize the cruise may not be as peaceful as planned.
It seems everyone knows everyone else’s business: a schoolteacher recovering from a nervous breakdown is confronted by a former student; a scholar is embarrassed by a scornful reviewer; a seductive temptress is known to a Bishop, and, to top it off, two busybodies are keeping tabs on everyone.
As the passengers’ lives become increasingly intertwined, it seems a plot for revenge may be afloat. Amidst steamy assignations, false accusations, and suicide threats, Nigel’s holiday doesn’t last long, and he must take charge to uncover the truth before the passengers have something more disturbing to gossip about…

As someone who LOVES Marilyn Monroe, and even wrote a book inspired by her, I am super duper excited to read The Girl, Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch, and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist by Michelle Morgan. This author wrote a fantastic book that I highly recommend called The Ice Cream Blonde all about actress Thelma Todd and her bizarre murder which was intriguing and would make a great movie.
Here’s the synopsis of The Girl:

When Marilyn Monroe stepped over a subway grating as The Girl in The Seven Year Itch and let a gust of wcaughtatch the skirt of her pleated white dress, an icon was born. Before that, the actress was mainly known for a nude calendar and one-dimensional, albeit memorable, characters on the screen. Though she again played a “dumb blonde” in this film and was making headlines by revealing her enviable anatomy, the star was now every bit in control of her image, and ready for a personal revolution.
Emboldened by her winning fight to land the role of The Girl, the making of The Seven Year Itch and the eighteen months that followed was the period of greatest confidence, liberation, and career success that Monroe lived in her tumultuous life. It was a time in which, among other things, she:
Ended her marriage to Joe DiMaggio and later began a relationship with Arthur Miller; Legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe, divorcing herself from the troubled past of Norma Jeane; Started her own production company; Studied in private lessons with Lee and Paula Strasberg of the Actors Studio and became a part of the acting revolution of the day
The ripple effects her personal rebellion had on Hollywood, and in trailblazing the way for women that followed, will both surprise and inspire readers to see the Marilyn Monroe in an entirely new light.

I know so much about Marilyn from my years of practically studying her life that I look forward seeing Marilyn in a new light!

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