Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Reading Radar 7/26/2014

Spotted whilst doing my monthly women in aviation search on Amazon, Navy Blue by J.M. Stenfors has hit the wishlist. It's about the WAVES.

Navy BlueIn 1943 the United States is engaged in a global, life-and-death struggle with Germany, Japan, and Italy. Widespread fighting draws American men into the armed services, leaving a shortage in the country's workforce. Women find themselves in roles normally reserved for males. WAVES-Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Services-forms to integrate females into the Navy and to fill the workforce gap.

Navy Blue follows four young recruits as they leave their civilian lives behind and struggle to adapt to the regimented life in the U.S. Navy. Honing her skills for management as a protegee of an industrial genius, practical Lou Matteson finds herself the leader of a diverse crew of young women. Martha Jo Stuckey, the wild child of a poor ranching family, clowns her way through life. Her unfailing good humor makes the military bearable for her friends.

Wealthy Eleanor LaFrance leads the privileged life even as she rebels against it. A loner by nature, Eleanor finds she needs friends to survive in an environment that demands teamwork. Shy, naive Katherine Anderson faces disappointment and betrayal by the men in her life. Her mates, providing encouragement and kindness, stand by her side. Together they form a solid sisterhood allowing them to thrive in a man's world.

A tale of three unforgettable years in the lives of four young women, "Navy Blue" narrates the story of times when the world balanced between good and evil and speaks to the power of women and the endurance of the human spirit.


Spotted on NG and promises to be amusing...Dog Training the American Male by L.A. Knight.

Dog Training the American MaleMeet Dr. Nancy Beach, a relationship counselor who hosts a local radio show called Love s a Beach. One problem: The relationship guru can t seem to make her own relationships work, sending her credibility and ratings into the toilet. Meet Jacob Cope a walking thesaurus of phobias a Lehman Brothers casualty who s lost his job and swagger and now yearns to be a ventriloquist. When Nancy and Jacob are set up on a blind date and hit it off, their siblings, desperate to be rid of them, encourage the young couple to move in together. When the honeymoon stage abruptly ends, Jacob attempts to mend the fence by adopting a dog a big dog and Nancy flips out . . . until she realizes the dog trainer s techniques can be used to housebreak Jacob and save her radio career.


  1. Dog Training the American Male sounds like the same premise as If A Man Answers, with Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin way back in the dark ages. Her French mother gave her the book on how to train her husband--a dog training manual. It actually makes all kinds of sense. I wonder if this book ends with the same revelations. I may have to check it out to see what the author brings to the table that's new.

    1. I've never heard of that. That sounds good! I'll have to look it up and maybe do a book comparison. Thanks, Patricia.

    2. It's a fun 60s romantic comedy, a movie. The concept was such that I never forgot it, even though I was a kid when I saw it.

  2. I love old movies. I will def see if I can find this on TCM or Amazon.