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My Dream is Yours – Friday Fiction

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My Dream is Yours
Asquith
1973

Another romantic tale for your Friday Fiction. Flip (yes, that is her name-short for “Phillipa”) grew up as an orphan and doesn’t seem to have a pedigree that one would call “impressive.” Michael, Flip’s intended, wants to make a good impression. From the text, Michael seems to be more worried about impressing his mother than his girlfriend. (Flip, honey, this is a giant red flag!)

Michael takes Flip home to meet the family. Naturally, the matriarch seems less than impressed with Flip’s humble background and her career as a fashion model. A family friend is also in attendance, and of course he absolutely dislikes her career choice. Robert, a doctor, dismisses her lifestyle and career as  frivolous. You guessed it, he ends up as “the one.” Poor Flip.

Mary

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A Communist Insider Tells All

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The Communist Technique in Britain
Darke
1952

This Cold War relic is actually an interesting book. It’s less dogma and more about the inner politics of the Communist Party in Britain and how the British Communists exert a great deal of influence more than would be indicated by the size of the party. I have only read bits and pieces, but I was fascinated by the party discipline issues and the power dynamics of the Party. Cold War nerds out there: I would love to hear your thoughts.

Mary

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Use Your Noodle

Decorating with macaroniDecorating with Macaroni: A Craft “How-To” Create Book
Aleene
1966

Submitter: At first I thought the “macaroni” referred to something else, like a type of needlework. I am the least craftiest person on the planet. However, I looked further and realized these are actual items of household décor using various types of macaroni pasta.  I wouldn’t say this is “awful”, just a reflection of the times I guess – I remember making macaroni “art” in school in the ‘70s, one of which I made in kindergarten and still hang on my Christmas tree every year! I work in the rare book room and archives of [a Canadian university].

Holly: It is definitely a reflection of the times! In case you’re interested, there are lots of current Aleene craft projects on Pinterest. Point your patrons there, not to this old thing. I, too, made macaroni “art” in the early 80s, and I remember a gold spray-painted box like the one painted below. So fancy.

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