Hoarding is not collection development
Follow us on:
Categories
Making a Collection Count

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.

1 2 3 63

Friday Fiction – California!

California!
Ross
1981

Submitter: Just found this in the stacks today. I wish that I could have gotten a better picture of the uniform goldenrod color. Besides the very yellowed pages and cover, the book is being held together with a prayer and a wish. On a scale of gross to disgusting, it’s disgusting.

Holly: Oh good, a popular old fiction title for our readers to discuss! I can’t speak for any other public library, but my library no longer owns this title – or any other title in the Wagons West series – and we haven’t missed it. There are 15 copies available in our inter-library loan system. I wonder what kind of shape some of those are in! Submitter’s specimen is particularly…ripe.

 

More Questionable Condition:

Fix It or Forget It

Chew on This!

The Joy of Home Winemaking

RIP Anne Frank

Doomed!

 

Need a baby? Call the fire department!

Will You Give My Mommy a Baby?
Cassidy
1998

In a nutshell, today’s romance selection for Friday Fiction is your typical meet cute (OMG! My kid called 911 to get me a firefighter man!) and then romantic comedy proceeds to drag the firefighter and hapless single mother into a reluctant relationship. Hilarity ensues and she gets a baby, a firefighter, and still has the semi-obnoxious Billy that started it all.

I love me some romance books, especially when I am overly stressed and irritated. I hate to say it to the “don’t judge a book by its cover” crowd, but I totally judge books that way. Pathetic 90s fashion aside, this cover would be awful in any year and kill any chance of picking up a reader or two.

Mary

 

More Fiction Cover Art:

Cover Art Creeps

The Town is on Fire

Stress Pattern (Possibly NSFW if your mind goes in that direction)

Venusia (NSFW and one of the weirdest covers ever)

Continue reading

Friday Fiction: Monique’s Nightmare

Le Calvaire de Monique
de Francheville
1953

Submitter: I submit this book even if it is in French as it is my favorite weeded book of all time. The title “Le calvaire de Monique” means pretty much “Monique’s nightmare.” However, as you can see, Monique never lost her great smile! The history is also delightful : Monique is a young French-Canadian who has two prospects : a poor but honest French-Canadian-Catholic guy and Peter, a wealthy Anglo-Protestant man. Monique wishes to have a better life than her parents so she decided to marry the Protestant one. OMG OMG OMG! Their interfaith relationship turns sour (of course) and Monique is left alone with a baby by her English husband. This is a cruel lesson for a young women who wanted to be “modern” and decided to get married outside the Catholic Church.

Holly: At first glance, it looks like a delightful 1950s book about a delightful 1950s girl. (Still a weeder – this copy is being held together with tape and a prayer.) The story line Submitter describes definitely sounds nightmarish. “Calvaire” translates (in Google Translate, anyway…I don’t speak French) to Calvary, which is the place where Jesus was crucified. The poor dear was certainly punished for her transgressions, from the sounds of it. In 1953 this must have been quite controversial!

 

More Controversial Fiction from Yesteryear:

Friday Fiction – Bear – NSFW

Friday Fiction – A Present from Rosita

Friday Fiction – Moe Q. McGlutch

 

1 2 3 63