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Haunted by a charm-school class in junior high school, Abigail Grotke has been collecting classic advice books for almost 20 years in a quest to sort it all out. Out of that came her own book, Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage. And now, a comedy based on the book will be presented at the Jaeb Theatre at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa from June 9 to July 3.

What's on your nightstand?

Mr. America: How Muscular Millionaire Bernarr Macfadden Transformed the Nation Through Sex, Salad, and the Ultimate Starvation Diet. It was written by Mark Adams. It is the biography of one of my favorite authors in my collection of classic advice books (Bernarr MacFadden). I've got a few marital advice books by him, and a number of health and fitness books as well, including one just devoted to hair called Hair Culture. I've always loved the almost naked photos of him posing in various muscleman poses. And his portraits of his very large family. I'm learning in the bio now that he held a contest to find "the strongest woman" so he could find a wife to have his many strong children!

And so you recommend it?

I would definitely recommend this book. Adams has written a wonderful account of this amazing fitness and health guru. I would also recommend reading some of MacFadden's books. You won't be disappointed.

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer, is reachable at pcastillo@sptimes.com.



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Haunted by a charm-school class in junior high school, Abigail Grotke has been collecting classic advice books for almost 20 years in a quest to sort it all out. Out of that came her own book, Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage. And now, a comedy based on the book will be presented at the Jaeb Theatre at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa June 9 to July 3.

What's on your nightstand?

Mr. America: How Muscular Millionaire Bernarr Macfadden Transformed the Nation Through Sex, Salad, and the Ultimate Starvation Diet. It was written by Mark Adams. It is the biography of one of my favorite authors in my collection of classic advice books (Bernarr MacFadden). I've got a few marital advice books by him, and a number of health and fitness books as well, including one just devoted to hair called Hair Culture. I've always loved the almost naked photos of him posing in various muscleman poses. And his portraits of his very large family. I'm learning in the bio now that he held a contest to find "the strongest woman" so he could find a wife to have his many strong children!

And so you recommend it?

I would definitely recommend this book. Adams has written a wonderful account of this amazing fitness and health guru. I would also recommend reading some of MacFadden's books. You won't be disappointed.

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer, is reachable at pcastillo@sptimes.com.

What's Abigail Grotke reading? 06/05/10 [Last modified: Saturday, June 5, 2010 5:30am]
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