mortgage financing

One man’s loss is another man’s groin

Keys to Mortgage Financing and Refinancing
Barron’s Business Keys
Friedman and Harris
1993

Okay, I admit I picked this one just for the cover. Then I sent it to Holly and she came up with a brilliant title. See above. Although Holly and I are professionals with more than 20 years each, we still have the sense of humor of your average 12 year old boy. Seriously, Barron’s did you not take this to a focus group? Maybe they were hoping some subtle design would make mortgage information sexy.

Now time for some library science:

1993 is way too old to be floating out there in a finance collection. Technology, tax laws, housing markets, as well as the mortgage industry itself have all changed in the last 25 years or so. Barron’s is well respected and produces many of these types of financial handbooks. I would imagine that Barron’s wants you to update too.

Wilton's Children's Birthday Party Book

Cake Mistake

Children’s Birthday Party Book
Wilton Enterprises
1986

Wilton is the king of all things cake decorating. I will admit I never would think of decorating a cake for my kid. I would order one from my local bakery instead. I can appreciate the techniques used to make these cakes, but honestly, that bear looks possessed. The bear is staring into the eyes of the kid, transmitting the message “Happy birthday! Now I will eat your soul.”

Bible for Minecrafters cover

Jesus and the Minecrafters

The Unofficial Bible for Minecrafters Life of Jesus, Stories from the Bible Told Block by Block
Romines and Miko
2017

Submitter: I was extremely surprised to find this (British) book in our British public library, having only ever seen similar horrors coming from the USA displayed in Awful Library Books. It is worth noting that it twice includes the disclaimer ‘This book is not authorised or sponsored by Microsoft Corporation…or any other person or entity controlling rights in the Minecraft name, trademark, or copyrights.’ That statement somewhat raises the question of how it ever got to be published in the first place, especially in the Sue-you-if-you-so-much-as-mention-me United Kingdom with its draconian libel and copyright laws. Back of the book does, however, reveal the fact that ‘Authors Garrett Romines and Chris Miko are both involved in primary school education in the United States, and in providing educational camps, camps, workshops and curriculum around interactive classes’.

life after housework

A Housework Revolution

Is there life after housework?
A revolutionary approach that will free you from the drudgery of housework
Aslett
1981

I don’t think one can “improve” housework to the extent it can make the drudgery disappear. Taking a task and making it more efficient is a good idea and I am onboard with the concept. As a house cleaning slacker, I am usually disorganized and easily distracted. I just don’t think I can go through the house and get everything done. I think this book assumes you can get organized and not be distracted by other stuff or people.

Sports Vision cover

Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Sportsvision: Dr. Revien’s Eye Exercise Program for Athletes
Revien and Gabor
1981

Submitter: This was found on the shelves in our public library system (mid-size, 10 branches.) It was no longer in the catalog, so came to me in the Technical Services department. I have no idea if the science behind this has been superseded or debunked, but at the very least, this is painfully out of date. The sports icons shown as examples in the pages include Terry Bradshaw, Bjorn Borg, Pete Rose and Nancy Lopez. And the illustrations and photographs are unselfconsciously 1970s hilarious.

dangers on the internet

Internet tips for kids

Dangers on the Internet
Staying safe on-line
Rothman
2000

This is part of one of those series that tackle issues for teens. This book was just fine for the early 2000s. It was before Facebook and other social media, which presents its own kind of “danger.” This book really doesn’t address dangers, but more is about standards of behavior. It also assumes that the kids are low tech, which isn’t necessarily wrong for the time. This book is really not helpful anymore.