I get that someone might want a book about organizing a kid’s room. The premise isn’t too bad. Adapt your design for your kid’s particular needs. However, this book is like taking a class on room design. Crappy illustrations not withstanding. All that is missing is homework and a Powerpoint presentation.
How to Make Party and Holiday Decorations
Easy to make delightful decorations for every special occasion
This book was still in circulation (as of this writing). The binding was cracked and there was quite a bit of tape used to rescue this lovely book. It also contains the ugliest decorations I have seen.
Wedding Speeches and Jokes
Quite a few wedding books have been crossing my desk lately. I have a kid getting married soon, so I am all about checking out wedding books. My own wedding, a thousand years ago, was pretty simple. i don’t even remember if anyone made a speech.
The New How to Keep House Gillies 1968 Since it is 1968, I doubt this can be considered “new”. This is pretty comprehensive covering budgeting, cleaning, entertaining, and a host of other housewife duties. The cartoon illustrations are on par
How to Plan and Enjoy It
1977 (original copyright 1942)
Since it is June, how about some wedding planning info. Personally, I can’t think of an industry that has changed more since I got married back in the early 1980s. The insane amount of money spent on weddings these days boggles the mind. (Stop me before I start saying “these kids today…”)
How to Decorate Without Going Broke
If this book looks a bit familiar, it is another one of the Women Alive series. We have featured this one about crafts and this one (my personal favorite) about understanding your man.
The New How to Write for Homemakers
Richardson and Callahan
Submitter: To say that this book is dated is an understatement. Its gender bias is clear, if implicit. Chapters begin with metaphors likening writing and rhetoric to putting on a dress or following a recipe. The only explicit reference to a man shows him grilling at a barbecue. To be fair, though, the book does offer some reasonable advice on writing and rhetoric. For example, an unappetizing photograph of pineapple in jello does make a few valid points about visual rhetoric. Of course, we would better serve our patrons by providing a contemporary work over this.
Planning a Family Reunion Wisdom 1988 I have been asked over the years for a how to guide for throwing a family reunion. Showers and other types of parties have evidently moved over to Pinterest and other websites. Family reunions,