Tag Archives: 1963

Nurses Three: A Very Special Girl (#3) By Jean Kirby

She had not expected to find romance on this assignment – but then, almost everything at the Indian Services Hospital had come as a surprise… And we finish off the fall with another Whitman girls’ series by Jean Kirby, AKA Jinny McDonnell AKA Virginia … Continue reading

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Checking In With The Imaginary Summer Book Club: The V.I.P.s By Marvin H. Albert

(Click here for information on the 2020 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature.  This week, the August selection The V.I.P.s by Marvin H. Albert) As I mentioned, I did not realize that this was … Continue reading

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Nurses Three: First Assigment (#2) By Jean Kirby

For a nurse, she knew, a first assignment like this one could be the most decisive step in her life… Another week in October, another Whitman girls’ series by Jean Kirby, AKA Jinny McDonnell AKA Virginia Bleecher McDonnell. Background: I’ve … Continue reading

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Karen Simms, Private Secretary By Bernard and Marjorie Palmer

“I wanted to get into business where it’s exciting- where things happen.” In the past, I have been pleasantly surprised by the Palmers’ “Career Books” for the Moody Bible Institute, in that they present fairly progressive tales of young women pursuing … Continue reading

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Nurses Three: A Career For Kelly (#1) By Jean Kirby

Shy, sensitive Kelly found herself fighting for everything she had ever believed in… Our annual round-up of Whitman Girls Series chugs right along this week with a favorite author… IN DISGUISE! Background: I’ve noted before the reasons for the enduring … Continue reading

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Barbie and Ken By Cynthia Lawrence and Bette Lou Maybee

How these popular high school classmates solve their dilemmas makes for many hours of entertaining reading! Upon her introduction in 1959, Mattel’s Barbie doll was intended to be something of a blank slate: a glamorous avatar on which girls could … Continue reading

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Magazine Madness and/or Mania: Co-Ed, May 1963

Published by Scholastic between 1959 and 1985, Co-Ed’s somewhat confusing tagline was “The High School Magazine For Homemakers and Career Girls”, which covers pretty much every group of young women except collegiate co-eds.

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Robin West: Nurse’s Aide By Louise Christopher

The pretty nurse’s aide becomes involved in the strange life of a beautiful debutante… It’s easy to see why nurse books were so popular amongst young, female readers of the 20th century: nurses got to actually do things: live away … Continue reading

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Sister of the Bride By Beverly Cleary

Barbara will be in on all the fun… Does our centenarian national treasure really need an introduction? Probably not, but maybe her early Young Adult novels do! Beverly Cleary’s YA romances from the 1950s are less well-known than her later … Continue reading

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Ann Landers Talks to Teen-Agers About Sex

The cover pretty much says it all: this is going to be plain-spoken, straight-talking advice delivered from Ms. Landers with a witty smirk. Background: “Ann Landers” as the world thinks of her was born in 1955, when Esther Lederer took … Continue reading

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