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:
Holly: This book is basically “how to write click bait” for the 80s.
The Book of Table Tennis – How to Play the Game
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).
The Harpsichord Owner’s Guide: A Manual for Buyers & Owners
Submitter: Zero circs in about 9 years. Why on earth does this need to belong in a rural medium-sized library?
Holly: This was published in 1992?? Was there some sort of harpsichord revival that I missed?