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With consummate skill, psychotherapist Alma Bond takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the life and loves of Marilyn Monroe and mid-century Hollywood. Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch (Bancroft Press) is a fictionalized biography from a unique and revealing perspective: the couch of a renowned New York

psychoanalyst, Dr. Darcy Dale. It is a spellbinding, powerful story.

In the book, Marilyn reveals her life story to the doctor, who helps her connect the facts of Marilyn's early life to the emotional illness which propelled her to a tragic and early death. The book also illuminates the gradually deepening relationship between doctor and patient, and how it led to Marilyn's growth as a woman and great actress.

Humorous, touching, and insightful, Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch reveals the enigmatic Marilyn Monroe no author has understood before. The book also makes clear why no other ending to her life was possible. No one who has not read Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch will ever know the true story of Marilyn Monroe, which could only have been written by Alma Bond, experienced psychoanalyst.

Alma H. Bond received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, and became a highly successful psychoanalyst in private practice for 37 years in New York City. She "retired" to become a full-time writer, but now maintains a small practice in addition to writing.

Jackie O: On the Couch, the first of her On the Couch series to be published by Bancroft Press, was published in 2011, receiving a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. Margaret Mahler, a Biography of the Psychoanalyst was published by McFarland Press in 2008. Michelle Obama, a Biography, was just published by Greenwood Press. A prolific writer, Dr. Bond has published 18 other books and a play about the life and loves of Maria Callas, which was produced off-off Broadway and is currently touring Florida.

Dr. Bond is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Dramatists Guild, PEN, the International Psychoanalytic Association, and the American Psychological Association. She taught psychoanalysis at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, where she is currently a fellow. Dr. Bond is the widow of the renowned actor, Rudy Bond, and the mother of three children, Zane P. Bond, Jonathan H. Bond, and Janet Bond Brill, all of whom are published authors, and also the grandmother of eight, none of whom have published books yet. ?

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Tip Sheet

Ann Beardsley, Scribes World Reviews: "If ever anyone could be said to read the minds of the dead, it must be Dr. Alma Bond. She has once again gotten into the soul and spirit of a tragic heroine…. As Bond sees her, Marilyn was a needy child, an intelligent woman, a driven actor, and a sexpot extraordinaire all in one….Able to go from sultry siren to dependent child in a matter of minutes, Marilyn was front-page news wherever she went…Fifty years have gone by since her death, and she still remains a thoroughly memorable, iconic sign of her times. Bond captures that with finesse, style, and incredible detail."

Alan Caruba, Book Views: "Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch provides insights to the actress who had talent beyond her luminous beauty and yet remained so fragile despite her fame. Dr. Bond focuses on her fame from the 1950s and 60s, a time in which she sought the help of a Manhattan psychoanalyst to cope. It is an illuminating book in ways that others sought to achieve, but often missed.'

Norm Goldman, Publisher, "Using her experiences and skills as a psychoanalyst for over thirty-seven years coupled with her vast research, Alma H. Bond has presented through the voice of a fictitious Manhattan psychoanalyst, Dr. Darcy Dale, a unique and striking picture of Marilyn Monroe."

Lisa Kearns: "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."

Charline Ratcliff for Rebecca's Reads: "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….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."

Leslie Wright: "Famous for her beauty, her acting, her legendary marriages and affairs with the Kennedys, Marilyn Monroe had it all. Or did she? In Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch…we are voyeurs of a very private woman….Bond gives us an intensely personal look into the psyche of a tortured spirit."

Advice "..somber but fascinating…about one of the sexiest women of all times….even 52 years after Ms. Monroe died, people are obsessed with her….In fact…there are more than 13,000 products on alone associated with her name….the fictional portrait that this genuine analyst paints of Marilyn is crafted from facts….a must have for any Marilyn fan.”