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Indian Summer

Indian Summer
Monjo
1968

Submitter: This 50 year old beginning reader book is a woefully one-sided history lesson about Kentucky settlers vs. The Indians. While Pa is off to “lick the British” with the likes of George Washington, Ma is left behind with her rifle to defend her children and their cabin from Indian attack. The story features stereotypical Indian illustrations, and atrocious language such as “redskins” and the children fearing they’ll be “scalped.” This was one of the original items owned in our children’s collection, and it last circulated in 2017, I’m sad to say. When I noticed the faded cover and yellowed pages, then discovered the terribly racist historical fiction within this book, I weeded it quickly. For fun, note the old fashioned “wash your hands” sticker we used to put in the front cover of children’s books at our library. It’s the best and most relevant part of this book!

Holly: Public libraries are not the place for this kind of thing anymore! Pass it on to a museum or archive…or wherever you’re putting your Little House on the Prairie books.

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A Hijacking Love Story

Hostage Nurse
Converse
1973

This book features a dangerous theme of a hijacking bringing together our hero and heroine.  At the time this was published, airplane hijackings were in the news all the time. It was almost a joke at the time. No doubt this book would have been the very definition of a contemporary romance.

Childhood pals Alex and Jenny dreamed of careers in medicine. Jenny is a nurse and Alex is a newly minted intern. Jenny worked in orthopedics and when Alex rotated into her service, she noticed he had turned into a jerk with a God complex. (big surprise) Jenny called him out and the next thing you know he is calling her “one of those bra burning women that want to be men.” Jenny dumped this “smug tyrant” and now dreaded telling her family that the relationship was done.

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Friday Fiction: Overnight Cinderella

Overnight Cinderella
Garbera
2001

I usually grab any title that features a librarian so I am ready for our library themed posts for National Library Week. I was going to feature this one, but the librarian part of our heroine’s life was barely there. Evidently, our heroine, Cami, traded in her research librarian cardigan for a more glamorous job in event planning.

I think the author used librarian as a metaphor for virginal and shy. (Come to think of it, I don’t know too many librarians that give off the virginal and shy vibe. But I digress.) Anyway, she meets Duke, the corporate suit in charge of security for Pryce Enterprises. Of course Duke and Cami have to work together due to security issues for a big gala that Pryce was hosting.

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NLW Special: Rule Breaker

Rule Breaker
Boswell
1990

In honor of National Library Week 2021, ALB is presenting some library and library-themed books. We are kicking off our week with a romance!

Our man of the hour, Rand Marshall, heard there was a children’s librarian named Jamie who turned down all the cool guys for dates. Rand was up for the challenge. Rand also has a secret identity as Brick Lawson, a best selling author of action thrillers that are wildly popular, but universally panned by the highbrow literary types.

Our meet cute starts with Rand hitting on our librarian by asking for a book by Brick Lawson. Of course, Jamie is all about quality literature and rolls her eyes at his request. (Very bad librarianship, Jamie – we don’t comment on customer choices).

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Lady Bodyguard

The Reluctant Bodyguard
Michaels
1994

This time we have a bit of a switch: the bodyguard is a woman! Chad, a local TV personality has been getting some disturbing mail from a fan. His police buddy sets him up with a female bodyguard, Jenna. This book has it all: romance, suspense, and a guy working through some issues about needing to be protected by a woman. Not that bad. It’s dated, but I am partial to the suspense angle in romance.

The reason I posted this today is that this 1994 paperback was held together with tape and prayer. I blacked out the handwritten “barcode” number.

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Friendships Tested: Old Friends, New Friends

Old Friends, New Friends
On our own #4
Quin-Harkins
1986

Jill and Toni are besties and are ready to start adulting for real. Both of them plan to attend State U. Then Toni doesn’t get to go to college because of family problems and Jill gets a chance to get into that super first tier school called Rosemont. Everyone is having a difficult time. Jill gets a horrible roommate and Toni tells off the icky roommate when she visits Jill. Friendship troubles just blossom. Happily enough, they get their issues sorted and come to a new understanding. Growing up is difficult.

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Friday Fiction – Kissing Doorknobs

Kissing Doorknobs
Hesser
1998

Submitter: “Weaknesses: Keesha is Black and her dialog is in a quasi-Ebonic style, which doesn’t go over well now. Donna is a “bad girl” and goes to a home for expectant mothers. The parents, even though they have seen Tara’s behavior for years, refuse to believe anything is wrong with her. This is dated in so many ways.

What I really think: Treatment and perception of OCD has changed so much in the last 20 years that I will weed this book. It hasn’t been checked out in a while, doesn’t smell great, and is a bit more YA than most of my titles now. My readers have been skewing younger for some time now. No idea why.”