Monthly Archives: July 2012

Better Living Through Girls Series Books, Part II: The Nancy Drew Cookbook- Clues to Good Cooking

This week we will continue looking at the non-fiction spin-offs of popular Girls’ Series, with a tie-in to the most famous Girl Detective of all time. Does it make sense to learn how to cook from Nancy Drew? While  “gourmet … Continue reading

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Checking in with the Imaginary Summer Book Club: Kings Row (1942, Sam Wood)

(Click here for information on the 2012 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature. As each of the titles for 2012 have a filmed adaptation, this year we will also be looking at each movie version … Continue reading

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Better Living Through Girls Series Books, Part I: Cherry Ames’ Book of First Aid and Home Nursing

Eventually, most of the really long-running series would seem to run out of ideas for a new installment in the adventures of the titular plucky girl-heroines and, wanting to keep that cash cow producing delicious green paper milk, would turn … Continue reading

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The Bewitching of Alison Allbright By Alan Davidson

So, first off: that cover! How could you not wonder what is lurking in these pages? Is it a Christopher Pike-type horror novel? Is it a Lois Duncan-type supernatural thriller? It is neither (I think it can best be described … Continue reading

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Trouble After School By Jerrold Beim

Background: The 1950s! Youth runs wild!  In Amesville, Anystate, USA, the eighth graders are starting a gang, and there will be pretzels and ice-skating for everyone! When Lee Emerson’s mom decides to seek fulfillment through working outside of the home, … Continue reading

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