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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!

 

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Hollywood Dogs

Red Carpet Pups
Foster
2013

I have a pet peeve about animals in outfits. Just no. They always look embarrassed. However, I am quite sure that there is an audience for this book. Kristin Stewart and Niki Menaj fans, maybe?

The copy I looked at was as sturdy as a magazine, but I would probably keep it. There is just no accounting for taste.

Mary

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Know the Score

Know the Score: Video Games in Your High-Tech World
Skurzynski
1994

Submitter: When I found this book, I happened to glance over at the kids gaming on our computers–our slim, stream-lined computers and thought WOW! This should have been pulled years ago! I guess if someone wanted a laugh, they could flip through this book. Isn’t photo #3 the wizard from ‘Big’?? Haha.

Holly: I’m sure we posted this book in the early days of ALB, but darned if I can find the post. If it’s still lingering in libraries, it’s worth posting again! Ms. Skurzynski has written a few books from the bleeding edge of science and technology:

Cool and Cordless!!!

Bionic Man’s Owner’s Manual

 

 

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