Christian Cyberspace Companioan

Christians in Cyberspace

Christian Cyberspace Companion: A Guide to the Internet and Christian Online Resources
Baker
1997

Submitter: I recently found this book in my local library collection. Even better my library has both editions.

Holly: I thought maybe this was one of those directories of Christian websites, but it is actually just a book for computer beginners. According to Google Books, “Beginners learn how to choose equipment and software, while experienced net surfers are provided with a glossary of cyberspace terms, the news of coming advances, and much more.” I’m not sure what advice there is for Christian computer beginners vs. any other beginner…anyone seen the insides of this book? Is it based on Bible lessons or something?? I don’t get it. It is wayyyyy to old to be useful to anyone of any faith.

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Old school car racing

132 of the Most Unusual Cars That Ever Ran at Indianapolis
Engel
1970

This is one of those niche books that might be wildly popular in some areas and the book equivalent of a doorstop in other areas. Here in Michigan, this book could have an audience. In my library, it is not unusual to run across retired auto people that have niche interests in cars. Just the other day, I had a long conversation with one of these guys about the development of carburetors over time. He even came back the next day a showed me clippings he had been saving over the years. Before I knew it I was searching google patents for some carburetors from the 1930s.  (BTW, I love the more esoteric discussions with patrons.)

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Be a SUPERWOMAN!

Superwoman
Conran
1979

This is a lighthearted housekeeping manual that has advice about saving money, fixing things around the house, and other household tips. There really isn’t any discussion on division of labor. It’s more about doing the same chores more efficiently. Evidently, all that extra time saved will allow you to pick up YET MORE WORK as an entrepreneur. My feeling is the author is the very definition of the superwoman.

Mary

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Pass me that casserole!

Casserole Cook Book
Better Homes and Gardens
1972

You all know I can’t resist a good casserole cookbook. We have another nice cookbook with pictures that do nothing to entice the reader to eat said casseroles. If you are a casserole/hot dish fan then you know that certain ingredients appear all the time:

A can of cream-of-something soup
Some kind of meat or tuna fish
Potato chips (for crunch!)
A can of vegetables (maybe frozen if you want an “upgrade”)
Cheese
Noodles or rice

Actually, if you take the above and mix them together you probably have 90% of casserole recipes covered. This book doesn’t use the cream of something soup as often, but they have some wonderful substitutes such as mayonnaise, evaporated milk, and sour cream.

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Parenting in the 1990s

Parenting for the 1990s
Osborne
1989

This book is all about combining those past theories of parenting into a new model. It seems as if there is always a “breakthrough” in how we parent. This is more an academic discussion. There is a grid outlining various parenting philosophies that I doubt non academics would find helpful. (I would be lying if I hadn’t thought about putting my kids in a Skinner box, just so everyone would be quiet.)

Parenting is just difficult no matter what. I read parenting books all through the 1990s when my kids were little. I am not sure that I had any particular moments of clarity or insight reading any of these books. The best advice is to keep trying and to keep reading, hoping one of these ideas or books will speak to your family.

Mary

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Find yourself some gold in Michigan

Gold in Michigan
MARC Geologic Research Services
1987

This is more pamphlet than book. It is more of a general summary of gold discoveries in Michigan. This is basically a county guide to gold discoveries. It is geared to the lay person and it would be a natural choice for any public library in Michigan.

It is a weeder because its physical binding is gone, the typeset is terrible to read and the images are fuzzy. There are also no direct citations other than an author’s note that the information was from state and national records. However, depending on the item’s condition and collection parameters, it might be a keeper. I doubt this would be important to geology research, but it could be helpful for historical or genealogical leads.

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Psychic Healing from the 1970s

The Psychic Frontiers of Medicine
Schul
1977

For those of you that like your health advice with a side of spooky, this is your book. Check out some of the claims on the back of the book. My particular favorite is sex energy to achieve “elevated states of consciousness.” I plan to get me some sex energy. Maybe I won’t feel so tired at work.

I am a big fan of weird stuff and would probably buy something like this. I am a big fan of this type of “literature”, such as UFOs, ghosts, haunted houses, crop circles, etc. (I will also confess to a few marathon sessions of Ancient Aliens, much to the shame of my scientist daughter and mathematician son.) If it is weird, I want to read it. I also think these books are fun for a library to have. This one is hanging on by a thread, so it is a weeder on condition anyway. Besides, I want the latest in my fake medical information.

Take a look at our “unexplained” category for more stuff like this. Naturally, I have probably read a good percentage.

Mary

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Bilingual Letters And Applications

Bilingual letters and applications
Ammar
[date of publication not identified]

Submitter: Chapter IX LETTERS REGARDING LOVE, ROMANCE AND MARRIAGE [sic] contains all you need to know about getting rid of all those unwanted female children through arranged marriage. It seems that you can place an advertisement for that pesky daughter in a local newspaper and decide which of the respondents is most worthy to take her off your hands. It goes without saying that the daughter has no say in any of this. This sort of thing seems shocking enough in the original Urdu, but becomes scarily amusing when rendered into English.