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Mr T saves the day

Tackle Block Stop
Graeber
1985

Evidently, Mr T was the star of a few children’s books that featured some of the pressing issues of the day. We featured this gem around in 2010. Again Mr T was advising on bike theft. Today’s selection is a quick lesson about sexual abuse. Bottom line: tell your parents. The end. We never do learn if our protagonist was believed or if the perp was “given help”.

Mary

More kids in trouble:

Gayness explained (so awful, you must see to believe!)

Not in Room 204

Right Touch

Touched

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Sexual Harassment on the Job

Sexual Harassment on the Job
How to avoid the working woman’s nightmare
Backhouse and Cohen
1981

Materials about sexual harassment are absolutely an important collection item in any modern library, both from the women’s studies angle as well as from a manager or employment perspective. This book dates from a time that it was difficult to even define sexual harassment in an employment setting. Forward thinking in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but not so much in the modern office setting. I think the strategies suggested are the most disturbing. Not sure I could fake nonchalance about having the boss in my kitchen stark naked.

Mary

More lady  power at work:

Working Parents

How to play nice with the boys at work

Working for the (Wo)man

Corporate attractions

Lady Law

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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)

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