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Friday Fiction: Cover Art Creeps

Against That Day

I have a real problem with this cover. Is it just me or do those look like plastic disembodied heads on the cover? I also think that little girl head is creepy and I think looking at this cover I will not be able to sleep well. I think this book might have to have an “unfortunate encounter” with coffee.

I can’t really speak to the book itself. This is a Christian fiction romance about a missionary family heading to Peru. Clem, the wife has some sort of problem with Peru as her parents died there. I am sure it all works out in the end. Regardless, I am sleeping with one eye open.


More Cover Creeps:


The Man Who Loved Clowns

WTF Cover Art: Time Pivot

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Home, Inc

Home, Inc: How to Start and Operate a Successful Business From Your Home

Submitter: I hate books like this. It pains me to see them in my local library. The data this book cites info from 1966-1980. It is also too old for any information on how to run a business from the internet. Buts it’s still good enough to keep two copies in the system.

Holly: Why on earth would this still be in a library in 2015? Two copies, even. Working from home was a new trend in the 1980s, so a book about this novel new idea would have been a great choice for a public library in 1981. Now, working from home is so commonplace that a book on the subject needs to be pretty specific to technology, taxes, outsourcing, etc. – none of which will be presented up-to-date in this 34 year old book.

More Business Opportunities:

Selling By Phone

Mistakes = Success

Buyer Beware!

The Future is Mail Order

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Family Fun with Alzheimer’s Disease

Maria’s Grandma Gets Mixed Up

I know all of you look forward to when our favorite author discusses major social problems. This time Doris tackles Alzheimer’s disease. Given the destructive nature of Alzheimer’s, books geared to kids should be part of any collection plan. I think we can skip this one, though.

Maria’s grandmother is living with her family and she has memory problems and gets “mixed up”. Maria prays about it and then the book ends. Mostly it is a description of the grandmother’s “wacky” problems with dementia. I am still trying to figure out the picture with the giant hands…


Be sure to check on Doris’ other gems here in the Doris Hall of Infamy category! You won’t be disappointed.

More Bibliotherapy for the kids:

Lee, the rabbit with Epilepsy

AIDS in the End Zone

Partying Horses (This is a long time ALB favorite you don’t want to miss! Also, it is worth reading through some of the comments as well.)

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