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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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Art Linkletter’s Women

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Linkletter
1974

Those of us of a certain age might remember Art Linkletter. He is more of my parents (and grandparents) era than mine. I remember his daytime show from the late 1960s when I was kid. His best stuff was when he interviewed children. This is a memoir of his relationships from old girlfriends to women he met throughout his career. Think of it as a really G-rated Hollywood tell all. Linkletter died in 2010 at the age of 97.

It was probably a slam dunk purchase for 1974, but I doubt it would hold up in today’s public library. Nice for the nostalgia, but questionable for today’s collections.

Mary

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How to Write and Sell Confessions

How to Wrtie and Sell Confessions coverHow to Write and Sell Confessions
Feldhake
1980

Submitter: From a large public library that recently weeded the 800s/authorship how to’s. This had circed in the last 5 years, which is surprising considering that these “true confessions” magazines don’t really exist as a phenomenon anymore (though at least one of them is still around, although in a less lurid version: http://www.truerenditionsllc.com)

Here’s a great collection of covers of confessional magazines from their heyday, for those readers who don’t recall the genre:
https://www.pinterest.com/jeanmaurie/confession-magazines/?lp=true

Holly: This book is basically “how to write click bait” for the 80s.

 

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Rush Limbaugh, the prophet

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Evearitt
1993

Submitter: An entire book that is a treatise on proving that Rush Limbaugh is a “prophet of political conservatism in America.” (page 15) Yet, there is this pesky quote of Rush’s, “The show is devoted exclusively to what I think. I do not attempt to find out what the people of the country are thinking.” This book is filled with with gems that bring people together such as The White Man’s Burden, homosexuals portraying themselves as victims and women not being fit to serve in the military.

The coup de grâce is this quote “So multiculturalism, which portrays American history and even all of Western civilization as nothing but misery and racist, sexist, capitalist oppression, is the tool of revenge of man who have failed to assimilate and fit into the mainstream American Life.”

Holly: Before everyone piles on, and I’m sure Submitter would agree, this book was probably not the worst choice for a public library serving a politically conservative, Christian community in the early 1990s. In fact, any public library building a truly viewpoint-balanced collection in the 90s, no matter what demographics they served, might have had this. That said, Submitter’s examples are definitely eyebrow-raising for many (myself included, although that is honestly beside the point). I’d weed it because it is old and no longer circulating, not because I disagree with its contents.

 

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