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Find yourself some gold in Michigan

Gold in Michigan
MARC Geologic Research Services
1987

This is more pamphlet than book. It is more of a general summary of gold discoveries in Michigan. This is basically a county guide to gold discoveries. It is geared to the lay person and it would be a natural choice for any public library in Michigan.

It is a weeder because its physical binding is gone, the typeset is terrible to read and the images are fuzzy. There are also no direct citations other than an author’s note that the information was from state and national records. However, depending on the item’s condition and collection parameters, it might be a keeper. I doubt this would be important to geology research, but it could be helpful for historical or genealogical leads.

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Bilingual Letters And Applications

Bilingual letters and applications
Ammar
[date of publication not identified]

Submitter: Chapter IX LETTERS REGARDING LOVE, ROMANCE AND MARRIAGE [sic] contains all you need to know about getting rid of all those unwanted female children through arranged marriage. It seems that you can place an advertisement for that pesky daughter in a local newspaper and decide which of the respondents is most worthy to take her off your hands. It goes without saying that the daughter has no say in any of this. This sort of thing seems shocking enough in the original Urdu, but becomes scarily amusing when rendered into English.

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Michigan Geography

Right before my library closed for the pandemic, I had started a pile of “interesting” weeds. This one was headed to the recycle bin as it was more tape than book.  I managed a quick scan and promptly forgot about it.

This is truly a geography book geared to a more academic or adult audience. It is a rather large paperback and on first glance I thought it was geared to kids. The contents are focused on basic demographic and physical description of the states. It is not for kids. It is basic descriptions and data from the late 1970s. Aside from some interesting illustrations, it is clearly out of date.

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Geo-Whiz

Geo-Whiz
National Geographic Society
Tejada
1988

Another choice from my Swedish Death Cleaning Project.

I am assuming by the publication date this was a book given to one or both of my kids.  Both of my kids were science nerds, so it does make sense that we might have something like this. We were library users so we really didn’t buy books for the kids that often.

Since my kids are now 28 and 30, I doubt they want to hang on to this. Frankly, we still have so much of their stuff, it will have to be a part 2 (of many parts) of my death cleaning project. Even though it is in good shape, I am going to give it the big heave ho. What I am NOT going to do is donate to my local public library.

German in 10 Minutes

Sprechen sie Deutsch?

German in 10 Minutes a Day
Kershul
1992

Another pick from Mary’s Swedish Death Cleaning Project

My husband and I spent a couple of years in the UK. Hubs was frequently doing work in Germany as well. We thought it would be fun to take a German course through our local community education. It was fun and hubs felt comfortable ordering beer with other engineers after a hard day making cars. The book itself was a good choice for a community education class.

If this were for a public library I would have to say no. Since it mostly a workbook, it is probably not the best use of a budget. This would be a good donation for the book sale though.

The thing I can’t understand is why we kept 2 copies?

Mary

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Great Men of India

Great Men of India, Including Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi
Williams
1985

Submitter: I work at an international school library in India, and the collection development philosophy in the India section seemed to be: “Never throw anything away. Ever.” The dusty, damaged, and out of date outnumber the relevant, unfortunately, so I’ve decided it’s time to take a deep breath and dive in. These are just some of today’s treasures, including my favorite of the day: Great Men of India, Including Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi […]. It’s not the oldest, or most inaccurate, or even the most damaged. I’m just amazed that in 1985 people thought that “men” was a non-gender-specific term.

Holly: They even put a woman on the cover! If this isn’t the most damaged, then I’d hate to see the rest of the collection.

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The Great Ancestor Hunt

The Great Ancestor Hunt: The Fun of Finding Out Who You Are
Perl
1989

Submitter: Public middle school library in the USA. This one is just… so outdated. It’s not a subject any of my students have expressed interest in, but if they did I would not give them this book! It’s fairly general: write down what you already know, ask and interview older relatives. It takes a weird turn when it says almost all Americans are immigrants, and some might argue that “American Indians” are newcomers to the Americas via the land bridge a “mere” 15,000 years ago.  Writing the Census Bureau, and many other government bodies, is recommended, what with the Internet not being a thing yet. Also lacking is any mention of DNA testing for ancestry.  30 years old and it’s gone!

Holly: It’s definitely too old to be a useful how-to genealogy book. As submitter points out, the Internet is a thing now, for starters. It is a good idea to interview older relatives, but I agree that that’s pretty general, even for middle schoolers. Kids who may be inspired to try a new hobby, or who have a family tree project for school won’t get enough info here!

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Doing Business in Mexico

Doing Business in Mexico
Engholm and Grimes
1997

Submitter: [Edited by Holly for length] I picked up this book because the company I work for is starting to do business in Mexico. But it was copyrighted in 1997! In the particular area where we do business, our counterparts in Mexico are telling us that things have been changing in the last few years. But I’m wondering what else has changed since the internet was spun?