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There is much written, rumored, told, and retold about Marilyn Monroe, but the most unusual and remarkable fact about her is this: In person as well as in her films, she appeared to be outright luminous―enveloped by a glow, like a firefly in the dark. But exquisite as it can be, luminosity can be a kind of camouflage. It can hide the truth underneath.Through the fictionalThere is much written, rumored, told, and retold about Marilyn Monroe, but the most unusual and remarkable fact about her is this: In person as well as in her films, she appeared to be outright luminous―enveloped by a glow, like a firefly in the dark. But exquisite as it can be, luminosity can be a kind of camouflage. It can hide the truth underneath.Through the fictional framework of Marilyn’s therapy sessions and relationship with New York City based psychoanalyst Darcy Dale, psychoanalyst and women's biographer Alma Bond captures just what lay beneath Marilyn’s radiance and spell, drawing readers into a fascinating and tragic portrait of Norma Jean Baker, the real life woman behind the American legend. In her very own raw voice, Marilyn shares the untold experiences of her orphan childhood, youth, and adulthood, dominated by ill-fated relationships with men, that could not be mended by stardom and fame and that inevitably led to tragedy.And yet, the Marilyn that emerges in Bond's story is not a victim, but a woman far ahead of her time. Her natural embodiment of female sexuality helped bring about the Cultural Revolution of the 60's. Smashing "the glass ceiling" Marilyn was the first woman to challenge a major studio (20th Century-Fox) by single-handedly establishing her own motion picture company (Marilyn Monroe Productions). She was a true original, who operated on her own ideas.In Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch, Dr. Alma Bond sees Marilyn Monroe, inside and out. What emerges is an intimate understanding of one of the most beloved and celebrated icons in film and sexual history....

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  • Rikki
    2019-04-06 15:33

    This portrait of Marilyn Monroe is part fiction/part fact. Millions of words have already been written about her, but such is her allure that anything new about her draws readers like a magnet. The author, Dr. Alma Bond, in the guise of Dr. Darcy Dale one assumes, did treat Marilyn over a period of several years, but what part of the reported analysis is real and what is imagined we can only guess at.However, Marilyn had a fascination for men and women alike and why women would like something of a mystery because others of her ilk would be known as tramps who slept their way to the top. Perhaps they felt she was the used rather than the user. She certainly exuded a childlike innocence, but in reality the child in her was that of an incredibly selfish individual who wanted everything without giving too much in return. Self pity filled her life and she used people who had unselfishly helped her on the way to stardom.Her marriages ring true, they are pretty well recorded, but only emphasise why they were all doomed. Her affairs with the Kennedy's are also well documented, but there's enough new information, whether true or not, to keep the reader satisfied.

  • Beth
    2019-04-12 17:26

    Marilyn has always been an enigma to me, as well as many other people. How did she get to Marilyn from Norma Jean? Was she really a dumb blonde, or was it just an act? Did she really want to kill herself? “On the Couch” does a tremendous job trying to answer these questions!What makes “On the Couch” different from the usual biography is that it is written from the fictional viewpoint of Marilyn herself. Reading about her thoughts and feelings in first person makes you feel more connected to her. Knowing her pain and torments makes you yearn to be her friend. Included also are some facts and behind the scenes information about her movies. “On the Couch” depicts Marilyn attending sessions with her psychoanalyst in New York, beginning in 1959. Part 2 of the book are letters to that psychoanalyst after Marilyn moves back to Hollywood, two years before her death. Dr. Alma H. Bond has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology and is the author of 19 different books which she wrote using her skills and experience as a doctor. Her novels and On the Couch series have been written only after extensive review and analysis of each subject’s personal recordings. This is how she writes with amazing emotion and clarity from the view of her human subject. She gives a voice to Marilyn that we have never heard before. She shows us a true side of Marilyn that we have never seen before. Truth be told, at first reading, I found the narrative to be a little eerie. I even questioned if it was truly close to being what she would really say. But then the narrative delved into her upbringing and the words began to make sense. One cannot doubt the toll on her mind that her young life brought to her famous adult life. The traumas in her life seemed to be one right after the other which gave her no time to recover and move on. Stardom gave her no respite but it did bring short waves of happiness during her thirteen year career. Marilyn’s luminous personality shines throughout this book! She unearths the major life events of her past with personal anecdotes that only an analyst or close friend would be privy to. The reader finds out how and why Norma Jean morphs into Marilyn, physically, mentally and emotionally. If you want a unique experience of learning more about a private woman who is known as the quintessential American sex symbol, devour this book. You will view Marilyn differently. If you think you already understand her, this book will surprise you!

  • L.A.
    2019-04-15 22:24

    Famous for her beauty, her acting, her legendary marriages and affairs with the Kennedys, Marilyn Monroe had it all. Or did she?Beginning life in squalor and orphaned at a young age, she seemed to struggle to find her own place in the world. One of the most beloved figures of our time, she will always remain the enigma of her own doom. In Marilyn Monroe, On The Couch by Alma H. Bond, Ph. D., we are voyeurs of a very private woman, one who lived so much more on the inside than on the outside. The depths of pain and disquiet, fear and distain that swirled within played a strong tug-a-war, where in the end Marilyn lived a life that glittered on the outside while constantly searching for the love she felt would make her whole on the inside. Bond gives us an intensely personal look into the psyche of a tortured spirit. Wanting only love, rejection was the more accurate response for most of Marilyn’s life. Unable to conquer her bouts of depression, she sought counseling, which is where we are privy to her soul. I have always admired Marilyn’s courage and vivacity, but had no idea of the raw wounds she acquired during childhood that helped develop the person she became. They both shaped her and destroyed her, leaving us a glorious vision that will always be her epitaph. Her beauty will never fade and her fans will never forget. This work is so full of the vitriol and raw emotion she went through, the sadness and anger leap at you taking you in unexpected places. Was her death inevitable, a place for her tortured spirit to rest, or was she driven by those around her. Always surrounded in mystery she shines. Even with such a personal take if you ever wanted to know more of this legend, then you will find many answers in Marilyn’s own words. Yet the sadness and pain will have you questing, was there more that she does not say. This would be a wonderful work for a book club or reading group. Be prepared for sadness for it permeates and retreats in ripples and waves from the glittering rock star of a beautiful American Icon, Norma Jean to Marilyn Monroe and back again.A true tragedy for a woman of such determination and conviction.

  • Mary
    2019-04-16 23:05

    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.

  • Charline Ratcliff
    2019-04-14 18:14

    I recently came across the book “Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch” and I was immediately compelled to request it for review. I mean really… Who wouldn't? Who among us, knowing about the tragic death of one of world’s biggest superstars, a larger than life beauty of a woman who was way ahead of her time, would not be at least curious about this title?I received my copy several days later, and I sat down to read. “Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch” is a fictional tale in the sense that author, Alma H. Bond, Ph.D, took well-known and documented facts about Marilyn Monroe and then penned a riveting look at a three year period of psychiatric “sessions” with Marilyn. Even though this book only spans three years, these “sessions” discuss the entirety of Norma Jean Mortenson’s aka Marilyn Monroe’s turbulent existence from early childhood until that final, fateful, communication.“Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch” is written in a first-person dialogue: as Dr. Darcey Dale, a psychoanalyst in New York City followed by the many “recountings” of Marilyn Monroe. In “Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch,” the reader will get to experience: Marilyn Monroe’s perturbing, shocking and painful childhood, her aspirations of becoming a famous movie star, and her dream of finding someone who would truly love her.“Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch” is a heartbreakingly real look at an iconic woman, and it is written with a true, and compassionate, understanding that sometimes only a trained, and very experienced, psychologist can provide.If you are a Marilyn Monroe fan, than you have no doubt already read many books and biographies about her. However, “Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch” is not one to be missed. “Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch” is riveting, surprising, touching and in the end it will break your heart… A ten star read but sadly I’m only allowed five...

  • Lisa Kearns
    2019-03-31 20:21

    Marilyn Monroe died a few months before I was born, but her popularity has lasted all of my life. She was always sensuous and glamorous, and the camera loved her even in her drugged-up final years. Because there have been hundreds of books and articles written about this complicated, intelligent woman, including theories about her death, I wasn't sure there was anything else that could be added. I even wondered if this book would be an invasion of Marilyn's privacy, even though she's been dead 50 years.Alma Bond's Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch is a partly factual and party fictional account of her analysis sessions with Marilyn Monroe during the last years of her life. Taken from the tape recordings she made of the sessions, and also from letters Marilyn wrote to her, she reveals many unknown sides of Marilyn. Despite being a deeply disturbed woman who couldn't move past the abandonment in her childhood, Marilyn was also funny, quick witted, sensitive, self centered, in awe of her fame, demanding, vain, humble, insecure, promiscuous, and forever looking for love.Marilyn tells her life story in flashbacks, including intimate details about her marriages, her family, her rise to fame, and her dalliances with President Kennedy and his brother. We all know it ends with her death of a drug overdose, but learning what made Marilyn tick kept me turning the pages until late at night.The only thing that would have made the book better for me, is to know for sure which parts of the story were fiction and which were factual. I received a complimentary copy of On The Couch in exchange for writing an honest review, and I give this book 4.5 stars.

  • Joan
    2019-03-30 22:27

    Analysis without personal therapy sessions?If this story had been written as fiction about a fictional character, it would certainly warrant five stars as it is well written and fascinating. But it is not. Quoting the author, “Although factual information form the core of Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch, this book is a work of fiction and is not necessarily a complete or historically accurate rendering of Marilyn Monroe’s life. This work draws upon some of the published details of Marilyn Monroe’s history (see Bibliography at the end of this book), as well as speculations about her that have appeared in printing. It is also based upon the author’s impressions and analysis.”Thus the author is portraying Marilyn, a real person, through the eyes of a fictional therapist, leaving the reader with a persona and psyche as she has analyzed Marilyn based on those several pages of bibliography at the end of this story. Is that fair to Marilyn who cannot defend herself now? While reading this story, I kept asking myself, “Is this what Marilyn actually said or thought or acted out? These many books about Marilyn repeat themselves and cast her in a most derogatory manner, which may be true, as there is no doubt that she had emotional problems, based on the magnitude of what has been written about her. And so as a reader, I was left with the impression of a good story, but which parts did Marilyn actually say or act out or feel? Therefore, I was disappointed because which is the truth and which is the fiction?This e-book was gifted me to read and give an honest review.

  • Colleen Estep
    2019-04-10 18:05

    I'm not sure what I was expecting, and it was a well written book, but I felt let down and sad for Marilyn as I read the book. Which I suppose is what happens when the truth as told by her psychoanalyst is told. When I was a child every little girl wanted to be her, and as it turns out her life was pretty darn sad. Which should be expected seeing how it ended. This is a book everyone will have to make up their own mind on. I received my copy from Goodreads.

  • Cecily
    2019-04-18 21:13

    Many factual errors, several dumb typos and anachronisms. I found the first-person narration trite and the ham-handed "letters" portion at the end made me sorry I spent time on this book. Not this true blue MM book fan's cup of tea.

  • LaGina
    2019-04-16 17:08

    Wonderful read. I felt like a fly on the wall getting all the good gossip from Marilyn herself.

  • Julie
    2019-04-18 20:29

    If the great Marilyn Monroe is one of you film heros this is a book that should interest you. Marilyn Monroe On The Couch give you insight as to the inner feelings of a great actress.

  • Sherri Morris
    2019-04-06 20:11

    Read to review on FreshFiction.Com

  • Alma Bond
    2019-04-11 16:21