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Friday Fiction – Bridget of Cat’s Head Point

Bridget of Cat's Head PointBridget of Cat’s Head Point
Winters
1994

Submitter: I think the man on the cover (that look on his face!) and Bridget’s hair are what struck me at first. Apparently there really is a Cat’s Head Point in northern Michigan! I had to keep the book, personally, just for a laugh from time to time.

Holly: 1994? I would have guessed early 1980s for a publication date on this one. This “Great Lakes Romances” series was a slam-dunk collection choice, especially in Michigan, when it was published almost 24 years ago. Libraries in the Traverse City, MI area might have a reason to keep it. The rest of us can let it go if it no longer circulates. There is a reader survey form (included with the images below) that is completely useless now. That guy on the cover does have an odd look. Is he supposed to look mad? Is the sun in his eyes? Is he plotting her demise?

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Embrace Your Neurosis

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Be Glad You’re Neurotic
Bisch
1946 (original copyright 1936)

From my admittedly low effort research, Be Glad You’re Neurotic is an example of early pop psychology publications. (Think of this as a proto Dr. Phil or John Gray type of book.) Bisch wants everyone to embrace their inner crazy, the idea that this is what makes you a better human (ie. superior). Bottom line: You can cure yourself by just embracing your inner freak. Lots of hype and no substance, especially when Bisch starts utilizing his theory on social problems. Guess you can be “different” but not too different.

Mary

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Whet Your Appetite

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Appetizers
Hoffman
1980

Yum! With holiday entertaining in full swing, you might want to add a few of these treats to your menu. As you can see from the pictures below, there is a whole lot of interesting recipes to try. Of course we have a few molded recipes as appropriate for the era. Tuna Mousse and other molds and loafs are all over this book. The color selection ranges from a pale pink to a lime green. I shudder to think what these taste like. As a cookbook, the layout is terrible. Pictures illustrating techniques are not always located near the recipes. I had to search around for the companion recipe. Not good for 1980 and really not good for 2017.

Mary

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