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The Shame of Divorce

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Divorced
“I Wouldn’t Have Given a Nickel for Your Chances”
Stewart
1974

The general theme of Christian memoirs is usually how someone’s crappy life was saved by faith. This one is no exception. The first chapter describes her husband walking away after handing her a couple hundred dollars. No support, no income, no experience, and forced into the working world for the first time. It was a bad situation.

What bothered me most was that most of her reflection was about her personal shame of divorce. I was hoping that she might recognize that her idiot ex was the one who should be ashamed. Nope. It is still better to be married. In one chapter, she talks a woman out of leaving her husband, even if he has girlfriends on the side. I quit reading after that. Even for 1974, that is a bit much.

Mary

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TV & Video of the Future!

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TV & Video
Electronic Revolution
Irvine
1983

Direct from the 1980s: cutting edge video and television. To give everyone some historical context, video cameras were just starting to become mainstream when this was published. When I got married in 1982, a cousin brought in a giant video camera to record our day. It was quite the discussion topic. Never saw the video result, but somewhere out there is a video tape of my wedding.

Evidently, this book is part of a set on technology. (See the back cover for other titles) This is still on the shelf of a few public libraries. I doubt that the parents of today’s youth remember this stuff.

Now everyone get off my lawn,

Mary

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Grannies for Fashion

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Great Grannies
Leisure Arts
1975

Not sure you can make anything with the word “granny” and instantly think of high fashion. However, here is an attempt. Granny squares are one of the basic projects for the crochet crowd, so patterns and books are probably a necessary collection item in any craft collection. The swimsuit on the cover makes this item a weeder. I am concerned how this particular bikini looks after it gets wet. Can someone say “wardrobe malfunction?”

Mary

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