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Celebrity Fun

This category includes biography and all those great advice books. Because when a celebrity does something, you will want to do that too!

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Dances with Biographies

Kevin Costner: Prince of Hollywood

Submitter: There I was, searching the shelves of my workplace (the library) when I came across this gem. Now, it’s not really bad per se but I work in a university library and can’t quite see how this is relevant outside of a public library – especially seeing as we don’t teach film studies! It is also quite out of date; the blurb on the back talks about what a great bloke Kev is (“Straight (?? – How is this important?), honest and as wholesome as apple pie”) but this was printed before he went through what I remember as being quite a messy divorce. And it is pre-‘Waterworld’. Check out the full-colour, smouldering chest shots ;-)

Holly: Kevin Costner was born in 1955. That puts him at 38 years old at the time of publication. It also puts him at 59 today. There’s a lot more to the story than this book will tell.  It really is a strange choice for a university library! It’s just a little thing at 128 pages, although it is not cataloged as juvenile. Either way, it’s time to say goodbye to the Costner of the 90s. (Though DO check out the chesty shot below…)

More Aging Hollywood:

Lizzie McGuire Lives!

Super TV Stars

Draw Who?

I Love Leo

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Reach Out and Touch (this book and weed it)

Diana Ross

Submitter: I found the following children’s biography at my local library. To me it seems very out of date. I asked a few kids and no one knew of Diana Ross. Hmmm? The book was published in 1996. Too old to still be relevant? There was a timeline in the back that only goes up to 1994. A quick search of Wikipedia shows many other events that happened after the publication of this book. I am no longer a public librarian. Still, I would have to think this is out of date?

Holly: In a word, yes. Here in the Detroit area, we simply must have a good Diana Ross biography! This reminds me of the time I bought a Supremes greatest hits type of CD for the library, and as it turned out it was – as Mary called it – the “wrong” Supremes.  Apparently that particular greatest hits album was created after Diana Ross left the band. She will never let me live down buying “the wrong Supremes.” Imagine what she’d do if she found this old, old biography in a public library? Her story continues, my friends, and there Ain’t No Mountain High Enough to keep me from weeding this one. (See what I did there?)

More Books of Music Past:

Pop Music Superstars

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?

King of Pop

Jive Talkin’

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Janet Reno

Janet Reno

This one came out of my library.This book has had exactly zero checkouts and has been in the collection since the mid 1990s. Of course, Janet Reno is a good subject for a youth biography. I wonder if she is just not on the kids’ radar as an important person. Regardless, Janet could use an upgrade since this book barely covers her tenure with the Clinton administration.


Other Important Ladies:

Tipper Gore

Sally Ride

Betty White

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