buyer's guide to cosmetics

An 1980s guide to makeup

I am going to guess that a buyer’s guide of anything from 1981 is going to be worthless for a modern public library collection. Buyers guides are only good for a few years. Products change, companies that make products change, and of course prices change. This book should have been weeded by 1990. As of this writing, this book was still in circulation. I know it is a reference book, but it is dull and not laid out in an interesting way. It’s dull. You can hear it yawn when you open the book.

This particular edition was also falling apart and should be weeded on condition alone. Buying guides, for any product, often don’t catch our attention. I think buying guides are easily overlooked. Some of these books also get ignored under the “I won’t have any books on cosmetics, if I weed this” mentality. One of the ways around this is going through the collection systematically on a rotation that never ends. Everyone knows to keep an eye on the more obvious areas to weed: medical, legal, computers, etc. Systematically, going deep into a section for a significant amount of time and really looking at a particular subject as a whole can catch items like this book.

teen cookbook

Retro Teen Foodies

The Teen-ager’s menu cookbook
Adams
1969

Hey you groovy teens! Let’s get cooking! You will find all your favorite recipes. I selected a few favorites so I know you will want to jot down some ideas for your next party. My favorite: the cottage cheese stuffed hotdog. Really. I am sure all the teens will want to try your menus that include fish pudding or turkey macaroni. The kids will love it!

soviet union opposing viewpoints

Pros and Cons of the Soviet Life

The Soviet Union
Opposing Viewpoints
Bender and Leone, ed.
1988

All of a sudden I have a bunch of Soviet Union material from the 1980s. The Opposing Viewpoints series of books is practically a staple of youth/teen nonfiction collections. In 1988, this would have been a great choice. The Cold War dominated news of the 1970s and 1980s. Brezhnev’s death in 1982 marked the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union. So this little book was published at one the most interesting times in history. For the most part, there is a discussion on policies such as human rights, women’s equality, and government.

air force officer's guide

The Air Officer’s Guide

The Air Officer’s Guide
The Military Service Publishing Co.
1957

Another Swedish Death Cleaning Find

My dad was a ROTC during college and grad school, around 1958 to 1964 or so. This was one of those items from my mom that was in a pile of other stuff. Why it is in my personal library is a mystery. Part of this is my mother can’t abide throwing things out. I have a feeling there is “Mary is a librarian, she would probably want this” assumption. I’m not so sure my sisters have similar random books in their library.

Chilton 1980-1987

Fix It or Forget It

Chilton 1975-81Chilton’s Import Car Repair Manual 1975-81
Chilton Book Company
1981

Chilton’s Import Car Repair Manual 1980-1987
Chilton Book Company
1987

Submitter: I recently was assessing circulation on my library’s old Chilton’s manuals. The attached two manuals have not circulated in 10+ years – possibly because both are missing huge chunks of the text. Which was noted with these lovely contact-paper-covered labels. There was definitely some internal screaming over here when I ran across these two.

baby and child care

Alphabetical Baby Care

The Modern Encyclopedia of Baby and Child Care
From Prenatal Care to Adolescence
Vol. 6
Le-Nu
1966

Another find from my Swedish Death Cleaning project

I was in first grade or kindergarten when this was published, so I am pretty sure this wasn’t a book I picked up. I am guessing it was from my mother’s death cleaning and since she can’t abide waste, it probably ended up in a pile of stuff she gave me. For clarity, during my mother’s death cleaning she would shove random boxes of stuff into our hands any time she saw us in person. It was always a surprise.

gettin up when you are feeling down

Down in the Dumps

Getting up when you’re feeling down
A woman’s guide to overcoming and preventing depression
Braiker
1988

Okay, I think we can agree that a book on depression from 1988 is not going to be a helpful choice for a patron in 2020. Like many books from this time, the term depression was used in a less clinical way. Words like the “baby blues” or “feeling down” softened what could be a major depressive disorder. The feminist in me says, of course women are depressed, they have no help and no matter what choice they make with respect to food preparation, child rearing, work in the home, work out of the home, etc. No matter what choice a woman makes it will be criticized. Of course the result is depression and or wanting to kick someone’s ass. Add in the extra helpings of racism and sexism, it is a miracle that most women get up and go to work. (Rant over, thank you for listening.)