Submitter: Make them go away! These sports books are the walking dead of our collection–never quite eliminated. They keep staggering into view. I’m sure the game and terminology hasn’t changed much since 1969, but I’ll be looking for a replacement with color illustrations and players who don’t look embalmed. The cover is so boring, no middle schooler here has ever opened it–oh, what they were missing! Another one bites the dust!
Holly: Oooh, yeah. If this was for middle schoolers, the cover alone is the kiss of death.
E-mail addresses of the Rich & Famous
Submitter: This is perhaps the most embarrassing offerings we’ve ever submitted to Awful Library Books, and we’ve offered up a few doozies! An email directory from 1994? We’ve hit a new low. I wonder if Al Gore still checks his email at email@example.com. I wonder why the author included page 20. The heading there reads, “CELEBRITIES (PROBABLY FAKES).” The page includes an email address for Howard the Duck, for crying out loud! Why did we buy this book?
Holly: I can actually see buying something like this, but you have to know you’re going to weed it within a few short years. I just love it when people ask for a celebrity’s personal email. You know their publicist handles all that, right? And yours may or may not ever be opened at all, let alone read, and I almost guarantee it won’t be read by the celebrity themself. Interesting to note that this book is by Seth Godin.
Submitter: I work in a public library and this book came in from one of our partners to fill a reserve.
Holly: I bet the patron who requested it was disappointed, although the 1984 pub date should have tipped them off. The black and white pictures, as well as the models’ outfits, are pretty dated. I especially like the business man who keeps a trampoline in his office, pictured below. My staff would never let me hear the end of it if I was bouncing around in my office.