She Tried to Be Good, The Girl from Hateville, and 23 More Vintage Pulp Fiction Titles to Inspire Your Future Memoir

Pulp Fiction novels from the 1960s and 1970s are notorious for being as scandalous as they are ridiculous, especially by today’s standards. With titles and illustrations that are both titilating and wildly sexist, the covers are laughable and ironic.

But some, in the right context, are relevant as ever, and even sound like they could’ve been written about you or me…

Here are 25 such covers to inspire your future memoir.

1.) She Tried to be Good

Also found in my obituary and written on my tombstone…




2.) The Evil Men Do

I mean, but really… let’s talk about this.




3.) Naked Talent

Definitely about me! And I’ve got $5 on plaid shorts.




4.) Assignment: Seduction

And they will say, “she was a lifelong scholar!”




5.) The Glitter and The Greed 

Next stop, Hangover City




6.) Marijuana Girl

Hey, I know her! Just kidding, grandma…




7.) Reefer Girl

Not to be confused with Marijuana Girl…




8.) Party Girl

If love is a business, I’m not sure what your boy here thinks he’s getting with $8.00.




9.) The Wild One

If a novel about a rich teen-ager growing up too fast isn’t the story of my life, then I don’t know what is. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some Dixie Cups and plastic china to polish…





10.) Nude in the Sand

Explosions! Bombshells! Bayous! This story has it all… But have you every actually been nude in the sand? Eck, no thank you.




11.) Birth of a Tramp

Taking the reader straight to the source… No ifs, ands, or butts about it!




12.) Edge of Panic

A few drinks… A bit of violence… Blackout… We’ve all been there, right?





13.) Not Too Narrow… Not Too Deep

“I like my women like I like my lazy rivers…”




14.) Pure Sweet Hell

Wait, is that a backhand? And people say we don’t need feminism…





15.) Teen-Age Tramp

Umm… Am I on some kind of list now?





16.) The G-String Murders

A harrowing tale of the case that shook a nation.




17.) The Lady is a Lush

*feigns outrage*





18.) Too Hot to Hold

10/10 Would rock that entire look. Gloves, dress, hair, all of it.





19.) The Virgin and the Barfly

This anatomically incorrect novel is brought to you by the same beloved author of the critically-acclaimed, Vera is a Tramp. 





20.) Weak and Wicked

Well, I am just appalled! Quick, where are my reading glasses?!




21.) The Girl from Hateville

She has made her city mighty proud… A real hometown hero!




22.) All the Way

*Cue the pep band drumline* And look at her go! And look at her go! She COULD. GO. ALL. THE. WAAAAAY




23.) Very Private Secretary 

“A novel which boldly, candidly portrays the role of the office wife in big business today.” And undoubtedly breaks that glass ceiling, too, I’m sure…




24.) Beatnik Wanton

Sounds like most everyone you’ve ever met in your creative writing class. You know the ones.




25.) Bad Luck Cutie

Le sigh…