02-22-2011 01:05 PM
"The Long Hot Summer of George Adams". It was a book my Mom was reading but kept in her dresser drawer. Normally I was allowed to read whatever she was reading. When I finally got up the nerve, and had the opportunity, I sneaked in her bedroom to check out the book. Lots of "steamy" scenes. I never read the whole book, just flipped through to the "good parts". LOL
02-22-2011 01:15 PM - edited 02-22-2011 01:17 PM
pjpick, I purchased Season 1 on DVD of "Room 222" at Barnes and Noble, however, the distributor could have done a much better job at restoration. There is hissing and faded out color throughout the episodes. However, it was nostalgic to see this series once again. Mr. Dixon (Lloyd Hanes) was a handsome man but he died young. Karen Valentine was the gal that so many guys had a crush on when this series was on ABC.
02-22-2011 09:12 PM
I can't think of a book that I read that I wasn't supposed to read. I read the Richmond Lattimore translation of the Iliad at 12 and read Stephen King's It at 14. I read classics that were thought "racy" by many. My parents didn't make any books off limits to me. They just made themselves available to answer questions if I had them.
02-23-2011 01:44 AM
I think there should be many parents of kids from the 50s-70s who should be thankful that their kids snuck behind their backs to read those "forbidden" books. It kept them from having "the talk". I know I never got "the talk". I learned everything from books and spent most of my 7th and 8th grade years being horrified.
02-23-2011 04:21 PM
I remember mine Jason and the Golden Fleece, the tales of Cupid and Psyche and heck any and most mythologies including ...
At the time my mother belonged to a church group who thought all myths (be the Greek, Norse or whatever) was a form of santanism(and anyone who read these were going straight to hell)...so I had to hide these (it was 4th grade)...my mom chewed out the school librarian for allowing me to read these. (pssst, little secret, the librarian was cool though, and even after my mom going ape, she still let me read them...whoohoo for that school librarian, I think she helped me with continue to do something even in the face of people saying you can't)
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02-23-2011 05:12 PM
Nerdgirljenn, I remember when I was a kid there were certain books and movies that if you ever associated yourself with them, you would burn in hell. How awful to tell kids such nonsense!
02-24-2011 07:30 AM
I was a child of the 80's so please don't snicker...Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon when I was around 10.
He did write racy books for the time so I can see parents maybe not letting their children read them. It was a good book though! I read it too but I was probably in my early 20's.
02-24-2011 01:07 PM
My conservative parents would never have had any racy books! But when I would babysit (when I was in junior high), I would check out the bookshelves after the kids were in bed! I remember there was one book in particular, but I don't remember the title - it might have been something like The Pretenders. I think that one friend's parents or older sister had Everything You Always Wanted to Know..., and we tried glancing through it, but didn't really understand anything.
Then later on, I think that I hid a few books in a drawer so my mother wouldn't see them:
Oh, and I loved Room 222!!!
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02-25-2011 09:19 PM
I had to sneak and read Forever by Judy Blume. I think that was the only book my mother would not aloow me to read. A few years ago, my own daughter asked to read it and I reread it to "remember" what all of the fuss was about.