More nurse romance cover art today. These gems come from among the 307 volumes in the collection of Tiny Pineapple. Check them out!
“She had not expected to find romance on this assignment–but then, almost everything at the Indian Service Hospital had come as a surprise,” says the back cover.
With a waist cinched like that, can’t we assume her brain is probably in a perpetual state of circulatory distress easily confused for surprise? She seems to be putting a good (if slightly manic) face on it though. We hope her relationship with that Kachina is all she dreamed it would be.
“Then there was Chad and the promise of love and fame he offered Julie, sharing his roaming, exciting life as a folksinger.”
Folksinger and inveterate womanizer maybe? Yes, glamor waits in the wings. Some day she’ll surely join in on stage — when he barks for a replacement for his broken string.
“But could the quiet, competent nurse hope to win her man when Tina whirled, glittering, out of the spotlight and into his arms?”
Ice skating rivalry? Sounds like someone’s in for the “Tonya Harding” treatment.
“Fascinating Clyde McLaren, a strong candidate for the moon shot, was brilliant and quite friendly. Or did he want more than friendship?”
Sounds like that uniform of hers is primed for a lift-off.
This is can’t be as bad as the cover, can it? Is that possible?
This one is from a while ago, our Las Vegas “after show.” Just a single picture today, but this one speaks volumes and somehow never got uploaded. See what happens when you don’t pay off the blackmailers, Abram??
(Photo by Phil Glau)
It’s Nurse Paperback Friday again and time for your opinions on the ever-titlating subgenre of lesbian nurses.
Only scratching the surface here, folks….
1) The Gay Nurses. Proof that the cap is always the last to come off.
2) Nurses’ Quarters by Sylvia Erskine. OK, maybe the lesbianism is only hinted at on the cover of this “realistic story,” but we can take a hint.
3) Nurses’ Quarters by Lee Morell. Is this the same book after the author asked for a name change? This one is advertised as “daring” rather than “realistic.” More importantly, it uses the word “depraved” on the cover.
4) Lesbians in White. Again with the “crisp uniforms” contrast! We think the author is doing a little more than “whispering about” it though.
We started exploring the rich world of nurse paperbacks a couple posts ago.
Now it’s time to get down to the tough questions. Which “Ward 20” will you be checking into?
Paperback romance novels about nurses experienced a peculiar popularity throughout the ’60s and ’70s. Without reading a single example, and without the Women’s Studies degree necessary to painfully belabor the point, it seems safe to say they were glutted with sexist stereotypes and leave the discussion of content there. It’s more fun to judge them by the covers anyway, and thankfully there are tons of them online for those ready to look. One resources is the Library of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Special Collections, where you can find over 425 examples.
Here is a thematic sampling from their collections: Nurse dropped into rather unlikely natural settings. More to follow in the coming weeks.
This one places Nurse “Cherry Caldwell” amid seaside crags where she must struggle with issues of familial loyalty and, presumably, her porn star name.
Postcard perfect nurses at Grand Canyon? I guess someone has to treat poison ivy and burro bites…
This one featured an excerpt that caught my eye….
“Nurse Quentin McCall had two great loves—skiing and nursing . . . but lovely Quentin soon found herself tangled in a snowdrift of conflicting emotions . . . Quentin asked herself, ‘If a mask was a necessity for love, was she willing to wear one?’”
Some nurse-themed kind of paean to ski-mask sex?
I suppose this is just inevitable. Wait till you see how they treat jellyfish stings!
Insert “log” joke here. But be gentle.