Awful Library Books

Hoarding is not collection development

Sexy Sex Stuff for the Ladies!

Any woman can!* Love and sexual fulfillment for the single, widowed, divorced … and married
Reuben
1971

Submitter: Here’s something to be a classic. Dr. Reuben wrote the classic Everything you always wanted to know about sex*. Here, in Any woman can!* he lets women know the secret to finding a man on page 242: milk [page included below]. I supplied a few other scans that give us the insight to what our Mr. Rodgers look-a-like had on women in 1971. The public library that had this also has 4 other copies in its system.

Holly: First of all, a hearty welcome to all of the new readers this post is likely to draw! I’ll be interested to see what Google searches brought you to us today. This isn’t the most safe-for-work post, but there are no graphic images either. Read on at your own employment peril! Sexy talk ensues.

Next: this book. The section on homosexuality is less than enlightened, and much of the advice is old-fashioned for sure. This is perfectly fine material for a public library, but it’s more helpful to patrons when it reflects the current times. There are both conservative and liberal – and everything in between – materials on sexuality available, published in this decade. Time to update! (Four copies? They couldn’t at the very least share one??)

Bonus Submission! Because what’s better than one sexy book? TWO SEXY BOOKS!

Free and Female: The Sex Life of the Contemporary Woman
Seaman
1972

Submitter: This book was found in a large urban public library system. They have 4 copies. 43 years seem too old to hold any relevant advice to women. I could see an academic library that has a women’s study program keeping this on shelf. I love that the author has a chapter on liberating yourself from a gynecologist and follows it up with a skeptical guide to VD’s. Seems legit.

Holly: I think the word “contemporary” in the title pretty much sums it up.

More “Fulfilling” Titles:

Sexy Sex Stuff

Sexy Lady Info

Sex After 60

Sex Without Fear

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The Devil Made Me Do It!

 

If the Devil “made” you do it, you blew it!
Peterson
1989

If you remember, I resurrected an old title from 2009 and re-did the post. It’s your lucky day, I have yet another book from the same author.

I have included this lead off scenario about a kid robbing a McDonald’s and hanging around a bad crowd. This is what happens when you quit listening to your parents, quit going to church, and start doing drugs. I hope all of you are taking notes.

 

Mary

 

More Christian Advice:

Righteous Guide to being a Christian Teen

How to be a good church lady

Teenage Living

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Parent Guide to Cults

Cults: What Parents Should Know
A practical guide to help parents with children in destructive groups.
Ross and Langone
1989

Submitter: I am submitting this from a mid-sized public library. It was last checked out in 2012. Besides being out of date in its references to organizations or publications that can help, the case study example that opens the book spans the 1970’s, concluding in the early 1980’s. The “recent cult activity” summary covers the 1960’s and 1970’s (can you say Jonestown?). The single color cover with an illustration the pied-piper leading a group of people whose identities have been taken off like the masks dangling from their hands is especially evocative of institutional publications of the 1980’s. The American Family Foundation mentioned as the publisher is not actually the current foundation of that name (which, as a religious organization, would be far more disturbing), but one that has since changed its name to ICSA – International Cultic Studies Association, and maintains a website with several extensive free online guides that cover the scope of this book and more. Toss the book, keep the site. (I especially appreciated their guide for people leaving cults, called “Starting Out in Mainstream America,” http://startingout.icsa.name/, which has a section on the uses of libraries). I was just glad to realize that the actual text was quite good (non-judgmental with helpful scenarios that weren’t terribly dated), so at least I hadn’t been leaving a BAD book on the shelves since I took the religion collection over.

Holly:That is a creeptastic cover, for sure. Effective for this topic, though. Plus the book is all dirty (see image below). This is an important topic for public libraries, and should be kept up to date!

More Cult-Like Behavior:

Come Drink the Kool-Aid

Going Sane

The Urantia Book

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