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Friday Fiction

Every Friday we feature a fiction title that showcases librarian/library themes, pulp fiction, old or odd titles. These aren’t necessarily awful!

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She traded love for a mink coat! Friday Fiction


Mink Coat
1949 (original publication date: 1946)

The war does mess with everyone. Poor Isabel! She traded ordinary guy Dennis for sophisticated playboy Avery. After all,  he could give her what she really wanted: a mink coat! Avery wasn’t so bad, but living the high life wasn’t exactly how she imagined.  Isabel starts to rethink her life. Dennis tells her he loves her. What is she going to do? I am sure we can all guess.


More Friday Fiction:

He Married a Doctor!

Miranda and the Warrior

River of Dreams

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Brittle Bondage – Friday Fiction

Brittle Bondage

English girl, Venetia was left with no money and no security (read: husband/father) in South Africa. Her father died suddenly after getting a “chill”. Daddy’s good friend Blake was on the scene in no time to rescue poor Venetia. Naturally, marriage is the answer for a girl barely 18 and mourning her father. Daddy always wanted Venetia to marry a good guy like Blake, so why not?   For the first couple of chapters, Venetia was grateful and Blake was paternally condescending. Naturally, there are some “misunderstandings”.  I started to lose interest in this couple by the third chapter. The most interesting character is Blake’s sister who shuns marriage and is a nurse. Anyway, by the end, Venetia becomes a strong woman and really falls in love with Blake. Blake reciprocates and everyone ends up happy.

Nice title though. I was hoping for a “proto” 50 Shades of Gray thing. Too bad for me.


More Romance:

Duck Shack Agreement (yes, that is the title)

Swooning over Fabio

The Major and the Librarian

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Friday Fiction – Chilly Billy

Chilly Billy

Submitter: I found this rather bizarre children’s story accidentally miss-shelved in our easy readers. Chilly Billy is a small little man that lives in a refrigerator. The story recounts his many adventures roaming around vegetables, training for the trans-refrigerator races and falling in love with his nurse! I don’t think the safety warning inside the front cover is enough. Even though refrigerator deaths have declined significantly since refrigerators were redesigned in the 1950’s (by force of law), it is still not outside the realm of possibility. Children have active imaginations and I could easily see one deciding to climb into a refrigerator to look for Billy. Scary thought.

Other problems with the book include its format. The larger size doesn’t fit on the same shelf as other chapter books. Pages are loose and yellowing. The book hasn’t circulated since 2001. It’s past time for it to be gone (and this one will be heading to File 13 instead of the Friend’s Book Sale).

Holly: Cute book! I agree that the format is a little difficult for library shelving, though. The bigger problem for me is that it seems like a topic for a younger child – maybe kindergarten or so – but the vocabulary and sentence structures are somewhat advanced. It just doesn’t read like a book for the age group that this subject would appeal to. That said, I’d weed it because it hasn’t circulated in 13 years and has yellowing pages.

More Awful Books for the Kids:

Spanking vs. Doctor Appointment

Muffin is Dead

I is for Indian

End of the World for Kids

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