A new book on Marilyn Monroe, released today, gives us a glimpse into the actress’year spent in New York City. In Marilyn in Manhattan Her Year of Joy, author Elizabeth Winder captures Monroe’s time spent in Manhattan in 1955–a tumultuous year for the actress. Having cut ties with her studio, 20th Century Fox, and divorcing Joe DiMaggio, the actress seeks solace and freedom in the big city. There she rubbed shoulders with the likes of Truman Capote and Marlon Brando, and fell in love with Arthur Miller. Whom she wed and divorced five years later. While Monroe dined in the finest restaurants, socialized with the elite of the literary world, and studied her craft of acting more intensely, what New York City most afforded the actress was a chance to escape Hollywood and all the trappings of a sought-after movie star chased by bombshell stigmas and standards.