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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!

Youth Biography on Ice

Ok, it’s time for some more youth biographies from yesteryear.  I always feel these types of postings make for great discussions on collection development.  We have a couple of choices here for you to debate in your library. Enjoy!

Dorothy Hamill
Smith
1976

For the record, I wanted a Dorothy Hamill haircut when I was in high school. Ladies my age will probably remember Dorothy more for the hair than the ice skating.  I do miss the days of Olympic ice skating when Dorothy Hamill and Peggy Fleming were the stars..

Mary

Need more ice skating? How about this one:

Eric Heiden : Winner in Gold
Aaseng
1980

Eric Heiden is a legend in speed skating circles.  Should you keep the book until his records are broken?  This book is missing several interesting facts about his life: he had an award-winning cycling career in the mid-80’s and became an orthopedic surgeon in the early 90’s.  We have talked about this before – the fact that a book doesn’t cover someone’s entire life doesn’t make it a bad book.  It does make it a less relevant book for public library collections 30 years later.

Thank you, submitter!
Holly

Remember the Mayflower Madam?

Mayflower Madam
The Secret Life of Sydney Biddle Barrows
1986

I was weeding biography and of course I started laughing when I got to this lovely book.  When I shared this particular find, only the over 40 crowd even remembered this “scandal”.   Of course I now feel old AGAIN!  I suppose this story would hardly make waves nowadays given our saturation level of scandals in the last 20 years .   Extra credit if you remember Candice Bergen in the 1987 tv movie!

Mary

More from the Juice

Born to Run
Fox
1974

Submitter: We found this gem while weeding the 700s.  Published in 1974 by Larry Fox with an introduction by Weeb Ewbank.  Gee, but that OJ sounds like a swell guy and a great role model!  Perhaps it needs a subtitle – “Born to Run: Very slowly, in a white Ford Bronco.”

Holly: You all know my problem with old biographies.  Sure, OJ was a great football player back in the day.  I think we are missing a big chunk of the story.  If  you need more “juice”, click here to see our other biography.