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Mary Kelly

Dating Made Easy

dating compatability coverThe Dating Compatibility Test
Martina
2001

Still trying to locate “the one”? Whip out this little book and start the interview process. Nothing says love like an intrusive interview. Mostly, these seem to be multiple choice conversation starters. The questions are pretty superficial and just wandering through this book I kept thinking that I wouldn’t choose any of the given answers. In all fairness, I haven’t dated since Reagan was elected, so what do I know?

Bottom line: if you need this book to talk to your date, I think you can safely eliminate this person as a potential love match.

Mary

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National Monuments

national monumnets cover

America’s National Monument
Long
1960

How about a vintage travel book? I can hear everyone say “but that stuff doesn’t change.” It actually does. Hours, access, and directions have all changed to some extent after over 50 years. In the case of a book about national monuments, quite a few have been added since 1960. Travel often gets overlooked for currency. Good collection development for travel includes an awareness of world events, travel requirements, and other factors that can impact travel.

Currency not withstanding, this is simply a boring book with boring pictures.

Mary

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Friday Fiction: An X-Rated Romance

An X-Rated Romance
Sunshine
1982

The reason I picked up this book is, of course, the cover. Creepy doesn’t begin to describe the ick factor about the title and cover. Note the sexy teacher’s expression. <shudders> Sara, our teen protagonist, has a huge crush on Mr. Garfield. She and her bestie, Emily have decided to up their game with a seduction. (The concept of seduction was still vague for these girls.) This, of course, requires planning a way of getting Mrs. Sexy Teacher out of the way. Unbelievable shenanigans follow: de-pantsing, mild stalking, ridiculous dieting, and rubber bands in a salad. Note: When looking for a review, I stumbled upon the site Lost Classics of Teen Lit and then proceeded to spend too much time reading and sifting through this site. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

By the way, the copy I had checked out was taped and processed within an inch of its life. There was a date due sheet and an envelope. The first checkout on the card was 1986. My personal feeling is that teen fiction should be as current as possible. Even if you are a conservative weeder, I can’t believe this paperback relic survived automation and RFID and no one thought maybe it was time to let it go.

Maybe the audience of 40-something librarians will revive this “classic.”

Mary

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