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Redneck Night Before Christmas

Redneck night before Christmas
Davis
1997

Submitter: Between the eerily disproportionate illustrations and the highly questionable content, I think this is one of the best books I’ve found in our collection. Santa in camouflage with “Bless the NRA” on his cap and “Go ahead make my day” on the back of his shirt… I hardly have words! A favorite excerpt from the text: “Maw got a girdle to hold in her pelvis, and a velvet painting of her idol Elvis.” Our library system has a few rural branches where this charming title could land and nobody would bat an eye, but here in town notsomuch. I was appalled to see that we own not one but two copies of this book; they will be weeded before the day is out!

Holly: There’s a fine line between cute and offensive. Say what you want about political correctness, but you really have to know your community of users and their tolerance before you add something like this to your library collection and think it’s “cute.” On a related note, just for kicks I looked up what the politically correct term for redneck is and saw the suggestion “rustically inclined.” #gimmeabreak

More Questionable Kiddie Lit:

Be Prepared!

Bah Humbug

The Doris Hall of Infamy

Crazy Alphabet

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Magic Mushrooms

All That the Rain Promises and More… : A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms
Arora
1991

Submitter: I saw this cover and burst out laughing, a man dressed in a tuxedo carrying a trombone while searching for mushrooms in the wilderness with a crazy grin on his face. What is not to love? The second .jpg [below] is a completely different man dressed as a tree, complete with bark outfit… a lot of strange men hanging out in these woods. Third .jpg [below] is the man again, his image reflected in the shiny surface of a toaster that just happens to be toasting a couple of mushrooms. Apparently, this book is quite a useful resource for mushroom seekers, but I imagine that most people won’t get past the cover. .

Holly: Someone got into the wrong mushrooms, if you know what I mean, when they decided on the art direction for this book. Bizarre.

More Weird Art:

Hawaii: Paradise or Polar

Computing Over 50

Friday Fiction: What’s in the Pocket?

Primping and Painting

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BookCon Ticket Giveaway!

BookConLogoGuess who’s having another awesome giveaway? That’s right, your favorite librarians. We have two tickets to give away to…drum roll please…BookCon! We are thrilled to partner with BookCon to share information about this huge event with our readers, and also to allow one lucky person – and a friend – to attend!

It’s all happening on May 30 and 31, 2015 in New York City. Writers and celebrities like Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries), Aisha Saeed (#WeNeedDiverseBooks), Anthony Breznican (Brutal Youth), and Libba Bray (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy), Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper)- and many, many more – will be there to tell stories, share content, meet and greet, and sign autographs. There will be literary quiz shows and other interactive activities too. BookCon is “where storytelling and pop culture collide.”

All you have to do is comment on this post and tell us why you’d like to attend. One person will be picked at random for the pair of tickets. (Sorry…we’re only getting you IN with two free tickets. Travel and accommodations are up to you.) Comments will close on March 31, 2015. Winners will be notified on April 1, 2015 by e-mail – so be sure to use a valid email address on the comment form.

Now hurry down to the comments and tell us why you want to attend. Good luck, everyone!

UPDATE/CLARIFICATION! The giveaway is for two Adult Saturday tickets good for entry on Saturday, May 30 only, not for both days!

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