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Talkin ‘Bout My Generation

ALB’s wonderful Young Adult Collection

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Home Ec Flashback

teen homemaker cover

Teen Guide to Homemaking
Brinkley, Chamberlin, Champion
1977

This could have been my high school text for home ec and the pictures could have come straight from my high school yearbook. All that is missing is a soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever.  Just to give some context, microwaves were still pretty new at this time and this text doesn’t even mention them. The featured picture below talks about self-cleaning ovens and self-defrosting freezers, which constituted some seriously fancy features.

I swear, none of this seems “that” long ago in my head. Excuse my age crisis, but younger staff members/patrons have often said something like, “Ask Mary, she is old enough to remember… (insert anything “old” like a typewriter, presidents before Reagan, etc)”

Not that old (really),

Mary

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Teen-Age Vice!

Teen-Age Vice (original title: Designs in Scarlet)
Cooper
1939, revised 1957

How about a read on the hows and whys of teens in trouble? From my brief skim, this book is more about titillation rather than informational. Who wouldn’t want to pick up this book based on the title and the cover art?  Cooper, himself was a bit of a show stopper as a writer and an expert on circuses. (Great, now I have a mashup of True Crime and clowns going on in my head…)

Cooper has detailed accounts of how prison will turn men into homosexuals, and big government projects, like a dam or a bridge, will bring in hookers to a nice town. Major Causes of teen vice? Liquor, premarital sex, masturbation, hanging out in juke joints, and lack of adult supervision. (You know, all the fun stuff.) The consequences are homosexuality, prostitution and drug abuse.

I guess our society is doomed.

Mary

More Delinquents:

No Trouble

Teens in Trouble

Doughnuts Made Me Do it!

Teenage Tyranny

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A Classic Cover?

The Pirate City
Ballantyne
2008

Submitter: For your consideration, a 2008 edition of The Pirate City by Robert Michael Ballantyne that we found lurking in the YA collection of a public library.  Originally published in 1874, this book for “boys” covers events leading to Lord Exmouth’s expedition in Algiers in 1816. At this time, Algerian pirates were raiding American and European ships, enslaving nearly a million white captives. However, my nomination of this book has nothing to do with the dense 19th-century prose with Eurocentric and Christian overtones, but lies with the cover of this edition. The cover depicts some sort of a clone army, with machine guns and helmets. And with the strange pinkish sky, this looks like the book is set on another planet.  Could the helmets be oxygen masks? Does it take place on Mars? In any event, the cover certainly does not depict Algerian pirates or British soldiers in the early 1800s.  Despite this bait-and-switch cover art, teens stayed away, leading to its withdrawal for lack of circulation. Now it is off to the Friends of the Library book sale–wonder if there will be any takers?

Holly: This is a very strange choice of covers for this book. The content also sounds kind of dense for a YA collection, but that’s another matter. At first glance, I assumed it was a science fiction novel – and the teens probably did too.

More Weird Covers:

Friday Fiction – Questionable Cover Art

Friday Fiction –  Sense and Sensibility

Friday Fiction – Venusia

Evolving Cover Art?

WTF Cover Art: Timepivot

 

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