Reviews / Press


“Elizabeth Winder’s Marilyn in Manhattan rises like a sultry breeze from a subway grate.”― Vanity Fair

Get a taste of the second chapter, featured on the front page of Vogue.

“There is genius at work in Elizabeth Winder’s new book, Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy.  Just as there was genius at work in Ms. Winder’s last (and, apparently, first) book, Pain, Parties, Work:  Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953. . . . Elizabeth Winder writes skillfully enough that not only Marilyn comes alive in a way she has never before in any other of the myriad biographies already in print, but New York City itself is rendered in the post-war lushness of a Technicolor film. . . . The point is this: Marilyn in Manhattan is so well written that it makes its reader giddy. It is impeccably researched, perfectly paced, and filled with a vibrancy that is almost missing in terms of modern fiction, to say nothing of biography.” ―NY Journal of Books

Front page print and online, “How NYC freed Marilyn Monroe from sexist Hollywood labels.” ―NY Post

From the Spring Fashion issue of NY Magazine’s The Cut : “The Radical Anti-Fashion of Marilyn Monroe.”

“Marilyn’s trajectory as epic slob? Just one of the arcs that grabbed me by the throat while reading Elizabeth Winder’s savory new bio, Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy . . .” ―Toronto Star



“A glittering, poignant tribute to one of America’s most stylish icons as well as it’s most stylish city.”―Kate Betts, New York Times bestselling author of My Paris Dream and Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style

“Illuminating…Marilyn Monroe’s whirlwind engagement with New York City receives a fitting reflection . . . A touching, textured, and compellingly written slice of the iconic actress’s life.” ―Kirkus

“In this thrilling, evocative book, Elizabeth Winder shows us Marilyn at a moment of transition, a Marilyn we’ve seldom seen before―independent, introspective, curious, and seductive. It’s a knockout.”― Luke Barr, author of Provence, 1970: MFK Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard and the Reinvention of American Taste

“A beautifully written glimpse into a year in the life of a complicated, brave woman whose keen intelligence and ambition has been largely overshadowed by her iconic beauty. Winder takes the reader on a fascinating and intimate journey with Marilyn that ends all too soon.”― Kate Andersen Brower, New York Times bestselling author of First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies and The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

“Captivating…Winder is a gifted writer and Monroe a fascinating, complex subject; this book will prove nearly impossible to put down for the actress’s many fans.” ―Publishers Weekly


“An illuminating biography . . . which floods clarifying light on a chapter of the poet’s early life that Plath painted in jaundiced tones in The Bell Jar.”New York Times, Sunday Style Section

“Winder resuscitates a young woman who, while sick, is electrically alive to her first real adventure. . . . Captivating . . . [Winder] makes a compelling argument that in New York…Plath moved closer to finding the voice that would define her writing.” Slate

“Winder’s being a poet by trade serves her well here. Winder describes the aesthetics of the era beautifully. . . . Reading this book sparks feelings of impossible nostalgia for someone who didn’t live through the fifties; in this way, it is an experience akin to watching Mad Men.”Bookslut

“Winder has painstakingly sketched a fully fleshed out portrait of Plath’s life during that hot, seminal summer, offering a glimpse into the raison d’etre behind Plath’s revered 1963 roman a clef, The Bell Jar. . . . Winder goes into the dizzying, delightful detail.”USA Today


More praise for Pain, Parties, Work.