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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.

Papito Messed Up

Papito Messed Up
Agyepong-Danquah
2008

Submitter: Cataloged this today for my university library’s Africana section (so we’re keeping this, not weeding), and the cover was awful enough that I had to get a quick photo to submit. I think the cover artist was going for some kind of optical illusion or glass reflection thing with the airplane and buildings, but it just doesn’t work. This book is written for school children and is intended to teach them about the pitfalls of criminal activity and drug use. It even includes a glossary and exercise questions.

Holly: I don’t even know what to say about this.  Interesting choice…can’t find any reviews of it…  It is cataloged as fiction and regional to Ghana, and a lot of university libraries own it.  Anyone want to weigh in on how college students or faculty are using it?  I agree – it does have a bizarre cover.

The Librarian’s Passionate Knight

The Librarian’s Passionate Knight
Gerard
2003

It is still the 16th, so I think I need to make one more post for National Library Week.  Call it a bonus post!  I totally dig these romance titles!  Of course I had to snatch this title out of a co-worker’s hands!  I keep thinking the title would have been better if is was the Librarian’s passionate NIGHT, but it still works.  It looks like our heroine is considered to be an “innocent, bespectacled, librarian”.  Our hero is a “sexy as sin” wealthy, thrill seeker.  Throw in a stalker ex-boyfriend and we have some serious romantic drama going down! This sounds like story we just can’t miss!

My only other comment is the cover art is showing some very sloppy book processing as well as some ancient looking books (I hope she weeds regularly!)  Better alert tech services!

Mary

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Secret Librarian Wishes

Librarian's Secret Wish coverThe Librarian’s Secret Wish
Grace
2000

I didn’t realize that as a profession we are more prone to secrets than the rest of the working world.  From yesterday’s secret scandal to today’s secret wish.   As we read on the inside flap, our smart girl librarian Claire knows all about sex and romance from books.  (I totally want to see her pathfinder on this subject!)  Again, we have lovely library themed cover art and of course our librarian heroine has a bun in her hair. As a public librarian for lo these many years,  I also have secret (and not so secret) wishes:

-That well-meaning people would not say to me “it must be fun to get paid to read all day”

-I also wish that you would see the irony of using the library to help you copy your Tea Party flyers.

-I also wish you wouldn’t ask me which Facebook picture is the right amount of “slutty”.

-I wish librarians were paid millions of dollars.

-I wish I had an unlimited budget.

Never a dull moment in the world of library work….

Enjoy!

Mary

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