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Who’s Who in the USSR?


Who’s Who in the Soviet Union

Submitter: To be honest, “Who’s Who” books are always something I’ve regarded as being somewhat irrelevant in the first place, but the fact that it’s so laughably out-of-date, on leaders of a country that no longer exists, just makes it all the better.  One of the things I love about this book is that scientists and people in the arts get some of the longest entries, while party officials largely receive only a few lines of text.  Interestingly a Google search turns up the following link related to Zhukov, which is supposed to come originally from the “Great Soviet Encyclopedia” from 1979 and is almost identical to this entry [below]. Assuming these entries are largely based on information gleaned from publications such as the “Great Soviet Encyclopedia” some of this information is probably not entirely accurate, or at the very least very out of date. So it may be time to weed this book from the reference section.

Holly: Yup, it’s time.


More Soviet Flashbacks:

Will the Soviet Union Survive?

Four Years Later: The Soviet Union

Break Out the Borscht!

High School Guide to Commies

In Soviet Russia, Libraries Weed You!

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Tips for Living Easy

Today’s Tips for Easy Living

If you remember the Today Show from the late 1970s or early 80s, you might remember Dian Thomas and her lifestyle segments. She is still around, according to her website, as a speaker and author. The book is a bit dated, but the recipes are typical of the time, especially to my “sophisticated” Midwestern palate. Extra points for being pretty easy for my limited skills in the kitchen. Exception: I am not sure about the tomato soup cake recipe: cake =yes, tomato soup=yes. Together? Just not feeling it.

The book is a general all-purpose lifestyle cooking, entertaining, crafts, travel tips, etc. These type of books circulate pretty well and would have been an obvious choice 30+ years ago. I actually enjoyed going through this book, and wonder what 21st century ideas would be featured. Jane Pauley was my fashion role model at the time and I think I had a similar dress back in the early 80s.

If anyone needs me I will be in the stacks bemoaning my age and the bygone days when my biggest problem was finding paper for my typewriter and making it to class on time.


More Lifestyle help from the library:

Secrets from the Homemakers

Real Life is Marriage and Kids

Home Ec Memories

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Psychic Pets

Psychic Pets: The Secret World of Animals

Submitter: The eyes of the dog and cat on the cover are very disturbing.  If glowing ink had been on offer from the publisher, I’m sure this book would have used it. Inside there are few pictures, none of them seemed to “capture” phychicness, in my opinion.  I have included the one picture of a human, mostly because of his illustrious credentials: Director of the Duke University Parapsychological Laboratory and leading American authority on animals with psychic powers. Ahem.

Holly: Whatever those pets on the cover are picking up on is freaking them out. A book like this can work in a public library as something fun (or even serious to those who are into that sort of thing – I make no judgements!), but they aren’t generally meant to last 38 years. Weed and replace!


More Critters:

Rover is a Ghost

Beyond Awful…the Great Beyond

Somewhere a Cat is Waiting

What’s in the Stars for your Cat?

The Contemplative Cat

Friday Fiction: Rise of the Cat Overlords

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