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The Gentle Art of Smoking

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The Gentle Art of Smoking
Dunhill
1954

I had no idea that smoking was an art form. When I first saw the back cover, I wasn’t sure what I was looking at, but my first thought wasn’t pipes. This book is one of those pro-smoking salutes to tobacco in all its forms.

The author kicks off with a history of tobacco and the production on plantations. Not a word is mentioned about slavery and the tobacco trade. Pipes, cigars, cigarettes, and other tobacco products are outlined. There is also a “how to” component from the author on how to smoke various products. If you are looking for more “fun” in your smoking, you might like this old post from 2013. It’s one of my favorites.

I really can’t get beyond the illustrations of the pipes on the back cover.

Mary

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How to Write and Sell Confessions

How to Wrtie and Sell Confessions coverHow to Write and Sell Confessions
Feldhake
1980

Submitter: From a large public library that recently weeded the 800s/authorship how to’s. This had circed in the last 5 years, which is surprising considering that these “true confessions” magazines don’t really exist as a phenomenon anymore (though at least one of them is still around, although in a less lurid version: http://www.truerenditionsllc.com)

Here’s a great collection of covers of confessional magazines from their heyday, for those readers who don’t recall the genre:
https://www.pinterest.com/jeanmaurie/confession-magazines/?lp=true

Holly: This book is basically “how to write click bait” for the 80s.

 

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Fun and Games at Work

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Sexual Harassment at Work
Is it just ‘fun and games’?
Read
1982

Not a bad book, but unfortunately, the cover absolutely negates the seriousness of the writing (and the topic for that matter). I am sure someone in an editorial meeting thought that made the topic “sexy”.  This was a British publication, however, the situations are pretty universal to any type of employment situation. I will defer to our Brits on knowledge of the law on this in Britain, but for Americans, this was still a decade before Anita Hill’s testimony pushed this topic into the forefront. Evidently, some people just don’t learn. I’m looking at you: Mr.President, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, etc.

Mary

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