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Wedding Photos for “Today”

Wedding Photography for Today
Greg Lewis
1980

Submitter: I’m making my way through the 700s at my mid-sized public library, and our photography section has been neglected for a long time. Amidst many books that are ridiculously out of date was this gem on wedding photography. Any time a title includes “modern,” “contemporary,” or “today” it immediately gives itself an auto-weed by date. The samples included are great examples of what my parents’ wedding photos look like. I think if any modern bride ended up with photographs like these she’d probably cry. The fashion and effects photo also make this one an easy one to remove from our collection.

Mary: I think I might have gone to college with some of these people or at least attended prom with guys that dressed in similar tuxes. Just say no.

More Wedding Goodies:

The Wedding You Want

Handbook for Bridezilla’s Mom

Pretty in Pink

Marriage Minded Collection Development

Gettin’ Hitched

Martha, Martha, Martha!

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Mommy and Daddy Are Divorced

 

Mommy and Daddy are Divorced
Perry and Lynch
1985

Submitter: We are a faculty of education library, and have lots of picture books on how teachers can help kids deal with various difficult topics. We are doing inventory and I took the opportunity to weed this gem. The terrible black and white photographs caught my eye first.  It looks like the authors just took their own home photos and stuck them onto pages with some text. The picture on the last page is the best one – so dark and blurry you can hardly make the figures out. While the subject of divorce is an important one, a lot has changed since 1985. Main character Ned would be over 30 by now. Surely we can find a more up to date book on the subject! It has been in our library for 20 years and never once circulated, so it was time to say goodbye to Ned and his divorced parents.

Holly: This book screams 1985! In fact, it looks even older than that. If it hasn’t left the shelf once in 20 years, it’s a good weeding candidate. If it was written for children who are now divorced themselves, it’s an even better weeding candidate.

 

More Mommy and Daddy Troubles:

Megan’s Book of Divorce

Dad’s Drunk Again

Families That Fight

Mom and Dad Do Drugs

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Figure out your man

What Makes Men Tick coverWoman Alive: What Makes Men Tick
Beers
1972

Ladies! Have you wondered what is going on inside your man? How he thinks? How to make him happy? This is your book! From caveman to modern family man, you can discover the basic drives and real masculinity. After all, it is your job (the main one) to make this man functional.

I particularly like how women are portrayed as what men need rather than what they are. The pictures are pretty hilarious (and somewhat pathetic). The feminist in me cringes, but I clearly remember these times. Though you might not notice if you are younger, some things have improved.

 

Death to the patriarchy!

Mary

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