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Where Would Jesus Sleep?

The Christian Bed & Breakfast Directory: The Christian Traveler’s Most Useful Guidebook
Germany (Ed.)
1995-1996 edition

Submitter: This was donated to our library, but won’t be added to the collection.  Besides the fact that it is 20 years out of date, I am stuck on what the point of this book is – Are bed and breakfasts such hotbeds of sin and scandal that Christians need to be careful which ones they patronize?  It isn’t even just supporting Christian small business owners – the introduction says that not all of these establishments are owned and operated by Christians, but they have expressed a desire to welcome Christian travelers.  Are there many bed and breakfasts that actively try to avoid Christians?  I can’t recall being asked my religious preference when I’ve booked a room before.

Holly: Are there bed and breakfast directories for other faiths? I did a series of searches on WorldCat for “Jewish Bed & Breakfast” and “Muslim Bed & Breakfast and came up empty. This one, however, has all kinds of editions lurking in library collections (though to be fair, it lists my own library, and I don’t see a holding for any edition of this title in our local catalog). It’s kind of a no-brainer for weeding based on its age, and a useless donation for most public libraries, too.

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Why the Chinese Are the Way They Are

 

Why the Chinese Are the Way They Are
Appel
(revised edition) 1973

Submitter: We purchased this book for our high school library in 1974.  It has NEVER ONCE been checked out.  The book was first published in 1968 and in the author’s note he lets us know that a revised edition was necessary in 1973 because of all the new events, so I’m thinking that 40 years later it may have become outdated again.  Besides the negative feeling I get from the title, which makes me feel like there is something wrong with the way they are, and the stereotyping of an entire culture – the societal observations would be quite different today.  But don’t worry – if you do like this book, there are more to choose from:  Don’t forget his titles “Why the Russians Are the Way they Are” and “Why the Japanese Are the Way They Are.”

Holly: I’m sure someone will point out that this is some sort of important work that scholars need access to. They’re probably right. Are high schoolers those scholars? No, they are not. Even the most gifted high school researcher needs to visit a university library or archive for that level of research. It is old, unused, and irrelevant to the audience of the library in which it was found. That’s a hat trick in weeding.

 

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Atlas of World History

The Times Concise Atlas of World History
Barraclough (Ed.)
4th Ed
1992

Submitter: At last!  I can finally weed this atlas because the teacher retired.  So many students needed to access print historical atlases, that I had to keep it around.  I am really mystified as to why a 1992 edition of an atlas would feature Stalin against the USSR flag.  Reminds me of when Americans complained about Sherwin-Williams’ “Cover the Earth” ad back in the Cold War days.  There have been significant geographic changes and trends since 1992–even some reminiscent of the Cold War–so this atlas will be “deposed.”

Holly: I get that an atlas of world history would feature something historical on the cover, but Stalin and Russia? It’s an “interesting” choice, anyway. A historical atlas is a beautiful thing to have on-hand in print, but as you can see in this list, there have been geographical changes significant to world history since 1992. I’m not sure how this publisher defines “history” but it feels like there are missing pieces that would qualify.

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