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Butterscotia or A Cheap Trip to Fairyland by Sir Edward Abbott Parry.

Judge Parry’s sequel to Katawampus.

Illustrated by by Archie MacGregor.

Published: London: David Nutt, 1896.

1st Trade Edition, 8vo hardback covered in beige cloth with brown designs. No dust jacket.

There are seven full page black and white illustrations, and 27 smaller pictures set into the text. The large pictures are protected by tissue paper leaves.

There’s also a fold-out map on onion-skin paper (12 x 14 inches).

Edward Abbott Parry (1863-1943) was an English judge and writer. This book was written for Parry’s children, and is considered by some as an Alice parody, or at least it’s widely thought that it was influenced by the Alice books. The dragon is certainly very Jabberwock-y in the illustration:

There’s an article about Parry here.

Various editions are available on Amazon: Butterscotia


Alison’s Discretions in Nonprofitland

Alison’s Discretions in Nonprofitland by Anne E. Tarleton.

Published on demand by Dog Ear Publishing, 2010. Paperback.

ISBN: 9781608444892

From the back cover:

This book is full of satire and parody as the author cleverly mimics the characters in Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice in Wonderland. Alison and her dog Dinah move to a small town in the rural Colorado, where she becomes involved with a national nonprofit organization, and like Alice, Alison finds amusing and absurd characters in the nonprofit organization. Entertaining and enlightening, this book is a must read for anyone who has every been involved in a national nonprofit organization.
MS. TARLETON is degreed in microbiology and worked for ten years in private and public cancer research facilities, including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle and New Mexico Cancer Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she coauthored papers published in the journal, Cancer. The next ten years she spent within the pharmaceutical and biologics industries as a product manager, and later as an outside sales representative.
After retirement, she worked with a number of national nonprofit organizations where she gathered information on nonprofit organizations, which became the inspiration for this fictional novel. She currently volunteers her time at two locally based community nonprofit organization in her hometown.

I haven’t read the book, and can’t say that the use of the same phrase (‘nonprofit organization’) three times in two sentences, or of the term ‘degreed in microbiology’ helps to tempt me to do so. Even as someone ‘degreed’ in the same subject. Maybe I’m being unfair, and that’s a recognised Americanism, but I hope it’s not one that makes it over here.

Available on Amazon: Alison’s Discretions in NonprofitLand

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