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Celebrity Gossip and Advice

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

Jim “Catfish” Hunter

Jim Catfish Hunter - cover
Jim “Catfish” Hunter
Burchard
1976

Submitter: I weeded this book from an urban [elementary] school library. In the introduction it compares professional baseball to slavery, because the players are traded from team to team. I guess that’s the kind of racist comment that was considered acceptable to print in a children’s book in 1976. It gives a very clear answer to the difficult question many libraries with tight budgets struggle with: Is it better to have an outdated item on a topic, rather than no items on a topic? NO. This library now has no baseball biographies, and that’s okay.

Holly: Kids today are not interested in every single sports star from their parents’ generation. There are some, for sure, who will never be bad subjects for a school library collection (Babe Ruth, for example), but keep the books themselves up to date! If Jim “Catfish” Hunter is worthy of the collection, there will be a newer book available. (Never heard of him…but admittedly I’m not a baseball fan.) I’m with submitter: NO books on a topic is better than only awful ones.

 

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President Malaise

 

Why Not the Best? Why One Man Is Optimistic About America’s Third Century
Carter
1975

Submitter: Thought you’d enjoy this political gem.

Holly: Written before Carter was even in the White House, this is one of those presidential candidate books that we all know and love. They are a collection management nightmare! They circulate a lot just before, and sometimes just after, the election, but then they linger on the shelf and no one cares. Books about the elected president are likely to keep circulating for a while after the election, but 41 years is pushing it! Carter has written a lot of books since this one, including a biography that came out just last year. Unless you’re the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum (which you’re probably not), or maybe located his hometown in Georgia, there’s very little reason to hang on to this one.

 

More Presidents:

Dubya

Let’s Impeach Tricky Dick

The Living White House

 

 

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