Monthly Archives: May 2013

Announcing The 2013 Edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club

Full name: Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature Defined As Books Authored By, About or Widely Read By Women in the 20th Century, as to structure my summer reading so I don’t just re-read The Bonfire of … Continue reading

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Movie Madness and/or Mania: Billie (Don Weis, 1965)

A decade before Title IX went into effect, Patty Duke took a break from playing her own “Identical Cousin” on her eponymous TV, and attempted to launch a musical career in this oddball musical comedy about a high school sophomore … Continue reading

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I Passed as a Teenager By Lyn Tornabene

Before Drew Barrymore did it in Never Been Kissed, before Cameron Crowe did it for-reals for (the book) Fast Times at Ridgemont High, freelance journalist Lyn Tornabene, “cute and 33”, left New York and went undercover as a teenager in a gigantic suburban high … Continue reading

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The Amboy Dukes By Irving Shulman

Irving Shulman’s novel about delinquent Jewish teenagers in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn was a publishing sensation upon its release in 1947, selling five million copies. It was also widely condemned as “pornographic” and reportedly banned altogether in Canada. Almost … Continue reading

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Ginger Rogers and The Riddle of the Scarlet Cloak By Lela E. Rogers

One of the joys of this project is being occasionally rewarded with something much weirder than expected; but this is the rare case of fiction intended for the teenage reader BEING COMPLETELY INSANE ON EVERY LEVEL.

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Magazine Madness and/or Mania: selections from the Sears Wish Book for the 1980 Holiday Season

While it is fun to admire the $230 floral-and-polka dot ensembles (with matching bolero!) on the pages of teen fashion magazines, real people actually just wore normal clothes from Sears.  

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