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Mary Kelly

Bring on the oblivion

The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs
Quaaludes: The Quest for Oblivion
Snyder
1985

I snagged this from a teen section.  Don’t you just love the creepy cover?  I am not even sure what to say.  I wonder if today’s teens are still seduced by this quest for oblivion.  The content of this book is heavy on charts, graphs and icky black and white photos of  people doing a variety of drugs.  Interestingly, none of the pictures feature quaalude abuse.  I get the feeling that they slapped quaaludes on the front of a generic “drugs are bad”  book.  Of course drug information is probably suspect after 5 years, so I am going to go out on limb and suggest that perhaps this book’s time has come and gone.   Weed it, please!

Mary

Cheap Dates

Dating for Under a Dollar
Tolman
1995

Thanks to a submitter for this wonderful book.  This is probably shelved right next to the “be cool” book posted earlier! Can you imagine how a young lady must feel if this is featured prominently in a some guy’s personal library?  The poor couple on the front looks like they spent all the money they have on hair products and valium.    Great idea for content, but seriously lacking in execution!

Mary

Teen self-esteem builder

Teen Face Book coverThe Teen Face Book
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
1989

These kids on the cover look familiar.  Isn’t that one girl from Family Ties?

Anyway, what bothers me is this is a book aimed at teens and seems to be full of lots of information on how you as a teenager can fix your face problems with plastic surgery.  Parents hate you?  Can’t get a date?  The answer is a “little bit of work!”

Although this book contains some information on acne treatment and healthy skin, the second half of the book is all about the plastic surgery.  Not sure I believe we should be telling teens that plastic surgery will fix the all the problems they are having with life–especially with medical data from 1989.  Short answer:  a more balanced attitude about cosmetic surgery and something within the last 5 years would be more appropriate.   Definitely a weeder!

Mary