The Christmas Husband
Radio love doctor, Madison, dispenses relationship advice to the folks of San Francisco. Of course, she is has no boyfriend or family. Her staff at the radio keeps her personal life under wraps so she can continue her mystique as Dr. Love. At the same time we have Steven, a widower with a kid. Steven is lonely and of course “meet cute” circumstances bring our loveless Dr. Love and Steven, the lonely single dad together. Romance and Christmas follows. Of course there is a happily ever after!
Submitter: Just found this in the stacks today. I wish that I could have gotten a better picture of the uniform goldenrod color. Besides the very yellowed pages and cover, the book is being held together with a prayer and a wish. On a scale of gross to disgusting, it’s disgusting.
Holly: Oh good, a popular old fiction title for our readers to discuss! I can’t speak for any other public library, but my library no longer owns this title – or any other title in the Wagons West series – and we haven’t missed it. There are 15 copies available in our inter-library loan system. I wonder what kind of shape some of those are in! Submitter’s specimen is particularly…ripe.
Submitter: We came across this 1989 copyright doozie awhile ago while we were doing our first major weed. It has been stored in our favorite weed collection for a few years now. It features a cyborg cowboy in a dystopian post-apocalyptic western frontier. His name is Hong and he has to prove himself. This gem was written before dystopia was a thing. I am surprised we don’t have a line to check it out. Even the animals are cyborg, such as the oxenites. The author even has some creative cowboy tunes scattered about. Can’t put it down!
Holly: This is cataloged as juvenile fiction. I can maybe see adults going for it, but kids or teens? That would be a hard sell in my public library. It was a nominee for both the Nebula and Hugo awards, so someone clearly enjoyed it (and in the immortal words of Ranganathan, “Every book his/her reader”). It’s a weird mashup of futuristic and historical, with the wagons and the range but also the cyborgs.
I’m more intrigued by Submitter’s “favorite weed collection.” Tell us more about that, Submitter!