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Donner Party Poetry

Donner 1The Donner Party

Submitter: Because I’m in California, information about the Donners counts as local history, but I don’t think poetry about the Donners actually fits in this category.  There are better poetry books and better books about the Donners. It’s time for this book to hit the dusty trail.

Holly: Nothing like a little cannibalism poetry to really get you to understand history. Seriously, though, it’s an “interesting” way to present the story of the Donner Party. I’m not sure it’s strictly an “awful library book,” but I’m posting it because it’s intriguing. If it isn’t of use to your patrons, though, weed it. I wonder if there’s poetry about other “unpleasant” stories from history, like “Jonestown Haiku” or “Charles Manson in Verse.” Googling…

More Weird Poetry:

Purrrfect Poetry

Groovy Poetry

To Boldly Go Where No Poetry Has Gone Before

Don’t Touch Me, Chrissy!

More Celebrity Poetry

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How to Kill Your Girlfriend’s Cat

How to Kill Your Girlfriend’s Cat Again

Submitter: While flipping through the humor section of my local library I found this book, How to Kill your Girlfriend’s Cat Again. With jokes about animal abuse, AIDS, and poor Sharon Tate, needless to say, I did not find it funny.

Holly: My first thought was, “Well, it is categorized as humor.” Then I saw Submitter’s images (below). Dr. Mengele and Charles Manson: too far, Dr. Daphne. Too far.

More “Humor”:

Dancing with Cats

Why Cats Paint

Have You Heard The One About


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Beauty Tips

Diane von Furstenberg’s Book of Beauty: How to Become a More Attractive, Confident, and Sensual Woman
von Furstenberg

Submitter: Former Princess Diane von Furstenberg is still very popular today. I found this 1976 book at my local public library. Not so sure how helpful this almost 40 year old book would be to young women now. I have included two pages of 1976 celebrities and a creepy make up guide.

Holly: I’m sure that Diane von Furstenberg’s name is carrying this book at whatever libraries are keeping it. Patrons see her name and assume it must be great…and I’m sure it was in 1976! Beauty books are one of my favorite categories here at ALB. Enjoy!

More Beautiful ALB:

How to Be Attractive

Be a Sexy Woman with Debbie!

Save Your Face!

How to Be Pretty in 1974

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