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Friday Fiction: Make Mine Love

 

Make Mine Love
Birren
1958

This cover reminds me of some kind of old Rat Pack movie. I swear that could be Dean mixing up the drinks. What really caught my eye was also the name Faber Birren. I had never heard of a name like that and then I saw the brief author note on the verso. See first picture below. Evidently Birren was a color expert. (I had no idea that was even a job.) A little bit of digging brought me to Yale University and the Faber Birren collection. Now I am intrigued!

This story is about a couple of ladies who seem to be the 50′s definition of Desperate Housewives. I particularly like the last sentence on the back cover on how this segment of society “needs probing”. I can’t wait to read all the gory details.

Mary

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Saved by the Bell

Behind the Scenes at Saved by the Bell
Cruise
1992

Time for a step back to the early 1990s to hang with the cool kids on Saved by the Bell. Having never watched an episode, I am only slightly familiar with these actors. I have to shamefully admit I paid to go see Showgirls and hired a babysitter to boot. Needless to say I did not get my money’s worth.

Anyway, as trashy tell all insider books for the kids go, this isn’t too bad. There is lots of text about how a tv show is produced and the other folks involved besides the actors. I did learn quite a few things: Tiffani-Amber Thiessen had ambitions about become a mathematician , Dustin Diamond was the “free spirit” and Mark-Paul Gosselaar is really shy and speaks Dutch.

For the record, there are still some medium/small public libraries that still have this on the shelf. If it is circulating, I have to wonder why.

I am sure this book would have helped one’s street cred for coolness.

Mary

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Spinsters Abroad

Spinsters Abroad: Victorian Lady Explorers
Birkett
1989, this edition 1991

Submitter: I’m at the beginning of a massive weeding project at my public library and found this gem in the early 900s. While the topic is one that is appropriate for our collection, the title and cover are major detractors. In addition, the paperback copy is starting to yellow around the edges due to age. As awesome as these ladies are, this one is a definite discard for us.

Holly: I love the pun of the title. Spinsters A”broad”? Get it? This book could be cool: Victorian ladies shun convention in favor of adventure. According to one reviewer on GoodReads, it reads like a doctoral dissertation with percentages and facts but not enough well-developed story telling. Pure facts date a book much quicker than stories would. Bummer! Cool idea, bad delivery.

If submitter’s copy has yellow edges, they probably should weed it. If it has sat untouched for a few years, I can’t see a lot of reason to keep this one around in most public libraries. I think the cover is actually kind of appealing, but only after you read the sub-title. At first glance and out of context it’s just funny.

 

 

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