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In late elementary school I devoured a series of books called Sue Barton by Helen Dore Boylston. They were nursing adventure books from the 1930's-1950's. Obviously, the copies I read were worn and tattered. They had a little romance, but mostly they told me about good old fashioned nursing.

I am not a nurse, nor could I ever handle the responsibility, but I do have the utmost respect for them. My mother has been a nurse for 33 years and her dedication to patient care astounds me. Perhaps my love of history has influenced me the most, as I remember reading biographies of Florence Nightengale, Clara Barton, and Louisa May Alcott. Right after college I had the pleasure of transcriping a World War I nurse's diary. Fascinating!

But I digress. Sometime in college I decided to hunt down Sue Barton again. My public library had (wisely?) discarded the books. I went hunting online but found ugly, faded 1970's reprints that looked like disgusting romance novels rather than my innocent memories of Sue Barton. The original editions I found sold anywhere from $500 to over $2,000. Not exactly in my college budget. I've spent the last several years scouring antique barns, garage sales and book sellars for copies with no luck.

THEN.... A wonderful little publishing company called Image Cascade republished the Barton Series in 2008. They used the original cover art which is charming. My darling husband purchased the entire 7 book series for me for Christmas. I am in the process of rereading the series and loving every minute of childhood pleasure revisited.

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