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He Stoked a Gently Growing Fire

Romance Writers Phrase Book coverRomance Writers’ Phrase Book
Kent and Shelton
1984

What a hoot!  What do you do when you’ve used the word “manhood” too many times in your romance writing?  You turn to the Romance Writers’ Phrase Book, of course!  Pour yourself a cocktail and read this book for the fun of it, whether you write romances or not.  Check out these excerpts from the “sex” section. (Don’t give me that look.  Of course I’m giving a sample from the sex section!)

Holly

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Dance the Night Away

Dancing Disco
Deats
1979

Submitter: Here is a dance instruction book that has more to do with Disco culture than dancing.  We are a religious university and I wasn’t sure what this was doing in the collection with lots of mentioning of sex and drugs.  I have a hard time thinking the Sisters read it.  Additionally, I’m not sure that Studio 54 is really “academic”.  But hey whatever, it has a library of congress subject heading haha.  I left some captions from the book – since they are truly priceless.

Holly: Yes, they are!  Our readers always love anything disco-related, so I’m sure this one will be a hit.  Interesting choice for a religious university library, though.  Whoever purchased this probably went to go to confession over it once they saw the pictures.

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Womenfolk and Fairy Tales

Womenfolk and Fairy Tales
Edited by Minard
1975

Submitter: This cover had us cracking up in the back.  First of all – “womenfolk”?  And second – what are those ladies doing inside that elephant?  The elephant does not look happy at all!

Holly: I’ll grant you, “womenfolk” is an unfortunate term.  Are they inside the elephant because that’s what one of the fairy tales is about?  The elephant does look a little miffed…  My favorite story in this book is “Kate Crackernuts,” whom I have never heard of, but you can read all about her on Wikipedia.