Hoarding is not collection development

Living the Good Life

This category covers everything like sports,gardening, entertaining and arts. Think of this as a glorified 700s collection.

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Ask a Man

Always Ask a Man
the key to femininity
1965 (paperback: 1967)

Ladies! Your wait is over!  Arlene Dahl is here to tell you all the insider secrets of catching and keeping a man. Inside you will find tons of helpful tips on fashion, hair, makeup,and even romance! Evidently, the dudes just love when women are helpless and pretty. Arlene also has the inside scoop from the dreamiest men from Hollywood and beyond. Cary Grant, George Hamilton, Noel Coward, and Kirk Douglas are among the men helping explain what the guys REALLY want.

So ladies, go forth and be feminine!


More Lady Advice:

Sexy Lady Info

Obey Your Man

Finding Mr. Right




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Masculine Men

The American Male: A Penetrating Look at the Masculinity Crisis.

Submitter: Well Boohoo! Men being oppressed. Let me get a tissue. 1966? I can understand this book being in an academic library. A public library? Patrons need updated info on topics like this.

Holly: Here is a link to the Kirkus Review of this book, back in 1966 and here’s another one from Wiley Online. I agree that for most public libraries, it could be weeded for currency. I don’t have any huge problem with the book itself or its message, since public libraries usually strive for balanced collections.  We don’t remove books from our collections because we don’t agree with them or like their message, just as we don’t add books to our collections because we agree with them. It’s not about us.

The second review says the book has “reasonableness,” and makes the book sound pretty well-researched and authoritative. So, it was not necessarily a bad choice in 1966 by the sound of things. If it is still an important work in the field, universities should keep it. If it still circulates in public libraries AND you have space for it AND it’s in good condition, that’s great too. Everyone else can update their 301.4’s to something newer.

More Manly Books:

Men, Dogs, and Knitting

For Men With Yen

Even Men Can Cook!

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Howe to do Hockey

Hockey… Here’s Howe

In Detroit, and probably in other big hockey towns, it feels sacrilegious to weed something with Gordie Howe on the cover. (For non-hockey people, please refer to this Wikipedia link for a brief bio on Mr. Hockey.)

This book is hockey instruction rather than a biography. For safety equipment alone, this book is weed-worthy. The pros didn’t wear helmets back then and the NHL didn’t require them until the late 1970s. Of course there are no mentions of girls playing either. Let’s just say it is a product of the times.

This is one of those times where we could make a great case for keeping an old book like this for a modern audience. Gordie Howe fans would appreciate this book, and I could see even a place in a public library for an item like this that holds great sentimental value to a community. It does have to leave the juvenile nonfiction collection for more current materials geared to that audience. The rest of us can enjoy this as a relic from a time when the NHL was just the original six and guys didn’t wear helmets.


More Sporting Books:

Hockey Time

Football Fun


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