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Land of Enchantment

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New Mexico: A Guide to the Colorful State
Writers’ Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of New Mexico

Submitter: Giving out travel advise from 1962. It has “modern” views of Albuquerque, and a helpful road map that I am sure has not changed at all.

Holly: I love New Mexico. I was once stranded at the Albuquerque airport for hours on end as a storm blew through. (The Hubs flies small planes, and our 4-seater was no match for Mother Nature that day.) It is a lovely state with some of the nicest people I have ever met. This book does not do it justice or reflect the wonderful place it is today.

I do have to give props to the Writers’ Program books, though. My library weeded them all just a year or two ago. That is a great example of a series that you want to hold onto forever because they were so, so good, but when the space is needed for other things, difficult decisions have to be made, and the reality is, these are 50+ years old. Onward and upward!

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Will the Soviet Union Survive?

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Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984?
1980, 2nd ed.

Submitter: Russia is a big topic in the news right now, so I’m sure there are people looking for books about it. My public library has a massive section on Russian history and politics…nearly all of it from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The biggest gem was this book predicting that the USSR would be destroyed in a nuclear war with China. Even the books about earlier Soviet history are hopelessly out of date. In the past 25 years, we’ve gained access to all kinds of sources that weren’t available during the Cold War. Go update your Russian history sections now, comrades!

Holly: But it’s historical! Just kidding.

More on the USSR:

Should we tell the children that the USSR is no more?

More Fun with Communists!

Break Out the Borscht!

High School Guide to Commies

In Soviet Russia, Libraries Weed You!

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Jungle Life

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Submitter: I couldn’t quite believe we still had this on the shelves, following the recent controversy over appropriating Native American dress. This children’s book shows how ‘you and your friends can decorate yourselves and pretend you are living in a jungle village.’ My favourite completely inappropriate jungle-inspired game though has to be The Pygmy’s Path. This book, and others like it, was my childhood in a nutshell, and a classic example of how times have changed!

Holly:  There is a fine line between teaching children about other cultures through playing their games and wearing their clothes and eating their foods…and complete and utter disrespect by turning all that into a farce, or mockery. Here is a missed opportunity that should have been weeded long ago.

More Cultural Awareness:

Two times the fun with Eskimoes

Sunburnt Africa

Strangers in a Strange Land


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