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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.

Naughty Librarian

What the Librarian Did coverWhat the Librarian Did
Bliss
2010

My oh my! I am dying to know what the librarian “did”!  What shame is she hiding?  Extending computer time to rogue patrons? Did she forget a subfield delimiter? Bun too tight? I am sure the crimes are horrible, like that awful blouse she is wearing.  Good thing that Bad Boy Devin is there “checking her out”.  Good thing for Rachel, after a hard day answering reference questions, un-jamming printers, tossing out crazies, and removing God-knows-what from the book drop, she is probably ready for some hot steamy romance.

Enjoy!

Mary

 

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Pam’s Hot Tub

Pam’s Hot Tub
Basic Reader Series
Mayr and Allen
1981

Submitter: Our public library just completed its Summer Weeding Club.  We created a “hall of shame” on which we posted the best of the worst, and voted to select the worst of the worst.  Pam’s Hot Tub won by a mile.   Number 8 in the Northwest Co-operative Labs’ Basic Reader Series, the twelve-page booklet tells the cautionary tale of the consequences of eating too many hot dogs before taking a dip in the Jacuzzi.  Written by Ann Morton and illustrated with Thurber-esque simplicity by Teresa Allen, 1981.

Holly: Wow, sounds absolutely titillating!  And that cover – they spared no expense for an illustrator, did they?  This looks horrible, and the story sounds really dumb.  I thought “basic readers” were supposed to be a high-interest, low-vocabulary type of thing for adults learning to read.  Thank goodness there are better literacy materials available these days!

Fiction Feature

The focus of  Awful Library Books has always been on non-fiction.  A few fiction submissions have come in, though, that are just too funny not to post!

Blissful Joy and the SATs: A Multiple-Choice Romance
Greenwald
1982

Submitter: I saw this in the library and had to take a picture (it’s my facebook profile picture now)!

Holly: “Her life moves along as carefully planned until sixteen-year-old Bliss is befriended one day on the subway by a stray dog.”  (Click here for the worldcat entry.) Hmmm, misleading title!  First, I thought it was a non-fiction book about how euphoric it is to take the SATs. That couldn’t possibly be right (although I have now seen stranger things…), so I took a second look.  Sure enough, it’s fiction.  A story about someone in a state of euphoria about taking the SATs, then?  Nope – the character’s name is Bliss.  Disappointing!

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