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A Spinster Saved by Love

Spinster's Song romance cover

Spinster’s Song
Bonds
1984

We haven’t had a romance or a “friday fiction” post in a while. Here is your fix for the week. This story is about a doctor named Mary, evidently destined for spinsterhood. Of course there is a the local playboy Rafe and he starts putting the moves on our poor, love starved doctor. Of course he gets the girl and it is more than a casual affair. But I bet you knew that.

Mary

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Be America’s Next Top Model

How to Break into Modeling coverHow to Break into Modeling
Orenstein
1987

Submitter: I work at an academic fashion library and we have a very small section of books on modeling in the fashion industry. Just last week I pulled this mid-1980s advice book out of our collections. It’s a safe bet our students were not even born when this book was originally published. How to Break into Modeling contains a wealth of detailed advice for would-be models, including:
-Your haircut says a lot about you. It can say, “I’m a professional” or “I’m wild!” or “I mean business” or “I like to party.”
-If you’re wearing shoulder pads for a head shot, make sure they’re lying correctly and not popping up or sliding down your shoulders.
-The body type required for fashion models in the eighties happens to be very androgynous, so breasts, hips, and thighs are “out,” but the standards and politics of beauty are changing all the time. Perhaps very womanly figures will be the trend again. (Me: Wishful thinking?)
-Men aspiring to modeling careers should pay extra attention to updating their look and taking care of their hands—things that don’t come naturally to many men.

Holly: Oh for crying out loud. Glad you caught this one, Submitter. What a ridiculous book for a current fashion library! Also, Submitter and I chatted about how those striped leotards, pictured below, were standard issue in the 80s. They’re in every workout photo of that decade! As Submitter put it: “I’m pretty sure the striped leotards were issued to you when you bought a copy of Olivia Newton John’s ‘Physical’ to dance to.” Ha!

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The “James Dean of the 80s”

Matt Dillon Quiz coverThe Matt Dillon Quiz Book
LoBuglio
1982

Are you Matt Dillon’s kind of girl? Well if you want to be, you better brush up on all your Matt Dillon knowledge. This wonderful book is over a hundred pages of awesomeness about Matt. Here are few sample “need to know” facts:

  • History and Gym are his favorite subjects at school
  • Brook Shields is “just a friend”
  • Dillon thought S.E. Hinton was a man
  • Matt loves home cooking
  • Matt hates broccoli

Now everyone can be ready when you are faced with Matt Dillon questions.

Mary

 

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