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How to Write and Sell Confessions

How to Wrtie and Sell Confessions coverHow to Write and Sell Confessions
Feldhake
1980

Submitter: From a large public library that recently weeded the 800s/authorship how to’s. This had circed in the last 5 years, which is surprising considering that these “true confessions” magazines don’t really exist as a phenomenon anymore (though at least one of them is still around, although in a less lurid version: http://www.truerenditionsllc.com)

Here’s a great collection of covers of confessional magazines from their heyday, for those readers who don’t recall the genre:
https://www.pinterest.com/jeanmaurie/confession-magazines/?lp=true

Holly: This book is basically “how to write click bait” for the 80s.

 

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Table Tennis cover

The Book of Table Tennis – How to Play the Game
Cowan
1972

Submitter: Recently weeded from a Public Library. An entire black and white book dedicated to how to play table tennis. There are pictures to demonstrate every type of grip, service, return, and defensive move. Simple warm up stretches (including the ever important finger pull and palm press) are also demonstrated by Glenn Cowan and his beautiful long and flowy hair. This book got a laugh from both our youngest librarian, who was born 18 years after publication, and the rest of the staff who remember the 70s well.

Holly: The finger pull! Ha ha ha! Seriously, though, that guy looks like he is seriously in pain (see images below).

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For Those Who Care

hamsters for those who care

Hamsters
For Those Who Care
Barrie
1994

Hamster care book for a public library? Of course we need materials on hamster care, both in youth and adult collections. This particular book is presented because I think the sub title “For Those Who Care” is weird. Question: does balance in the collection mean we also cater to those who don’t care?

The author comments that the popularity of hamsters is because they have a short tail. Moms, evidently, are spooked by rodents with tails. I guess dads are okay with any kind of rodent.

Aside from the age and the weird title, the content looks okay.  I am concerned about the cat in the 3rd picture below that seems to be assessing the vulnerabilities in the current hamster housing. Poor hamster doesn’t even know he is probably that cat’s next meal.

Mary

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