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Friday Fiction

Most Fridays we feature a fiction title that is usually anything pulp, odd covers, odd titles and anything else worth discussing! These are NOT necessarily awful.

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Friday Fiction – Bear – NSFW



Submitter: This is a controversial tale of two star crossed lovers. Taking place in the cold landscapes of Canada, this bizarre love story goes where most books don’t. You will explore themes of love like never before. That is, if you can muster up the courage to open the cover. Even though many people consider themselves to be avid animal lovers, no one loves animals as much as the main character Lou. Some consider the book to be about a spiritual journey and how all living creatures are connected in this way. Others just see the cover and think one thing “Is that lady really getting it on with a bear?” But hey, maybe the controversy is enough to spark reader interest, which in turn, sells more books. Wise move Marian Engel. Nevertheless, I think that’s too much for a library book. (This book was found in my college library.)

Holly: I have a confession to make. Submitter included a sample page from within the book that isn’t included below. But I know you’re all dying to read it, so here’s a link to it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. To each their own and all that, but I think we can all agree the whole concept is bizarre.

By the way, this book won the Canadian “Governor General’s Literary Award” the year it was published (1976). Also by the way, the main character is a librarian. Of course. It was written as part of a fund raiser for the Canadian Writer’s Union – a project in which “serious writers” contributed pornographic fiction. It is, naturally, dedicated to Engel’s therapist. See the Wikipedia article for more great trivia tidbits about this book!

More Covers to Behold:


WTF Cover Art: Timepivot

Venus on the Half-Shell

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Mom, You’re Fired!


Mom, You’re Fired

Tina is just dying of embarrassment! Her mom is just not normal.  Her friend Melissa has the most PERFECT mom. Tina’s list of her mom’s faults are quite amusing: she doesn’t dress like June Cleaver or have any sense of appropriate conversation topics. (Tina’s mom talked about UNDERWEAR in front of everyone on the bus.)

To me, embarrassing parents are a given. Not a bad theme for a youth fiction, but the cover art is pretty old looking. Not necessarily awful, but probably dated enough to make it a candidate for weeding if it isn’t circulating.

Speaking as a mother, though, I would say it is my sworn duty to embarrass my children.



More Kid Fiction:

The Boy With Dinosaur Hands

AIDS in the End Zone

The Man Who Loved Clowns

Taffy Sinclair and Romance Machine Disaster

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Friday Fiction – A Present from Rosita

A Present from Rosita

Submitter: Weeded from my vocational-technical high school library.  Brown pages, last circulation in May 1992, dated cover art and text.  These characteristics for a weeded item are not unusual for my library, but this was foregrounded for me because of the cover blurb that reads, “A gay, courageous girl girl from Puerto Rico braves a new, exciting live in New York City.”  This text is coupled with a picture of two girls walking arm-in-arm.  The contemporary meaning my students would see vs. the original meaning is beautifully ironic!  I wonder if the original cover designer, Elton C. Fox (assuming he did the cover as well) was ahead of his time and intentionally playing with the publisher!

Holly: Kids picking this up today may be disappointed in the story, actually. LGBT literature is popular, and the We Need Diverse Books campaign has made it both accessible and mainstream. I’m sure this is a fine story, but put into the context of today’s young adult literature, it doesn’t really work!

More Teen Fiction:

Girl Gives Birth to Own Prom Date

The Whole Nine Yards

Teen Furries

Pinocchio and his killer nose

Taffy Sinclair and the Romance Machine Disaster

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