crafts for the elderly

Crafting for the Senior Set

Crafts for the Elderly
Gould and Gould
1971

This book is probably the worst book ever for learning a craft. I understand that this was written for eldercare staff on creating some recreational projects. However, there are practically no pictures, the print is small, and the projects are kind of dumb.

I can appreciate the idea of crafting or any kind of programming for folks that have limited mobility issues, but this book is not necessarily the answer.

Dyslexia

Dyslexia

Dyslexia
The Problem of Reading Retardation
Hepworth
1971

Reading and learning to read are fascinating subjects. Holly and I both had undergraduate degrees in education and we have quite a few lively discussions on techniques and child development. We have come a long way in understanding how the developing child learns to read. For the most part, teachers during my time were breaking students into 2 groups: regular and special: there was no room for nuance. Toward the end of the 1980s and in the 1990s, there was real progress in diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia. In addition, accommodation to students with learning issues were very much a part of mainstream schooling.

Rogers rules for business women

Work Rules for Ladies

Rogers’ Rules for Business-Women
How to start a career and move up the ladder
Rogers
1988

You can be a successful business woman with our author’s advice: dress nice, be friendly, and don’t chew gum. The tone is very paternalistic, boarding on annoying.  You will be glad to know that Rogers states that “real” sexual harassment in rare. But, (there is always a but), be careful of giving sex signals to your male co-workers. They might get the wrong idea.

psychotherapy maze

Psychotherapy for the masses

Psycotherapy Maze
Ehrenberg and Ehrenberg
1986

This book is basically a consumer’s guide to finding a therapist. It’s not a bad idea for a book. This book should have been weeded by 1990. Any consumer guides have a limited shelf life, just by definition. Aside from the obvious information about resources and costs, the options in mental health counseling have also changed.  Good thing this book is “updated”.

Mary

cat tricks

Cat Tricks!

Tricks Your Cat Can Do
Langley
1985

We haven’t posted a cat book in a while, so I stumbled on this while browsing the catalog. This book is still in circulation and of course puts forth the idea of training cats to do tricks. This books belongs in that category of “unattainable knowledge” that contain diet books, many parenting books, how to hold an interesting meeting, several Martha Stewart craft books, happiness at work, etc.