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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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First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage

Not My Daughter: Facing Up to Adolescent Pregnancy
Oettinger
1979

Submitter: Here is some advice straight from 1979 on how to handle a teenage pregnancy. The book itself relies on the 1979 resources that are in the back of the book. I am sure most of that info is no longer current.

Holly: This was published about six years after Roe v. Wade, so it was probably a pretty good choice back then. As a general idea for a teen pregnancy book, it’s pretty good. It just needs an update that reflects the last 36 years.

Enjoy the bonus book below: Teen Marriage!

More Teen Preggers:

The Shame of Pregnancy

Teens in the Family Way

Teens in Trouble

Say Yes to No

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