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Lights, Camera, Action!

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A Television Studio
Beal
1977

Forget the TV studio, who’s the groovy band playing? Looks like a set from some of those variety shows of the 1970s. For 1977, this was probably a good choice for a juvenile nonfiction collection, 2016 probably not so much.

Mary

More TV Talk:

Parents! TV = Mind Control

TV Superstars

What Makes TV Work

Fixing the Boob Tube

Television of Yesteryear

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Life in the South During the Civil War

Life in the South During the Civil War
Reger
1997

Submitter: I found this gem of a book on a shelf in the Juvenile Non-Fiction of our Public Library. There are so many bad things about this book, including that it thankfully never gets checked out. “The Way People Live Series focuses on pockets of human culture. . . .each book. . .attempts to show an honest and compete picture of a culture removed from our own by time or space.” This book is one of the most white-washed books I have ever seen. This book paints a completely different picture of the civil war and slavery than I learned about in school and have read about since. I’ve attached some pictures of passages from the books. There were so many to choose from, I tried to get the ones that really stood above the rest.

Holly: I don’t know about the whole book, but the passages here seem to tell the story of slavery, not the story of life during the Civil War. Does it talk about the war in other passages? Does it talk about black soldiers in the Civil War, or is the war information all from a white perspective too?

 

More History:

“Discovery” of North America

Cotton and the Spinner

Wigwam and Warpath

Must We Bus

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Angry People Doing Drugs

 

Drugs and Anger
Rawls
1997

Submitter: Extremely unpopular and cringe-worthy to read, ‘Drugs and Anger’ has it all. Featuring an abundance of stock photos and the youth of yesterday, this book is unwanted in our library. I cannot imagine anyone signing out this book, and they haven’t! For at least NINE YEARS. The red-tinted portrait [on the cover] is amazing. Take a look at these [pictures below].

Holly: There are so many weird “just say no” books out there. They all seem to have weird stock photos and the worst possible choice right on the cover. Are kids scared straight anymore?

More Drugs:

Drugs are Very Bad

Why Do People Take Drugs?

Mom and Dad Do Drugs

Friends and Drugs

Drugs are Evil

Drug Brothers

 

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