Awful Library Books

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Practical Knife Throwing

Knife Throwing: A Practical Guide

Submitter: We found this gem while weeding at a branch of the [Public Library].  “It’s fun to throw a knife”…um, yeah.  I think this was published before lawn darts were banned.  Eeek!

Holly: A lot of public libraries own this book!  As long as you don’t put it in the children’s section, it’s not so bad.  It’s just old.  Seriously, I wonder how different knife throwing is these days.  Maybe knives are made from different metals and are weighted differently than they used to be.  I am laughing at the subtitle, though.  Since when is there anything practical about throwing knives?  And are they really suggesting that a “child from an early age” should learn to throw knives? Continue reading

Get your “strokes” here

TA for Kids
Powerful techniques for developing self-esteem

Anyone heard of the book Games People Play or I’m Okay, You’re Okay or the term “TA”? I ask because when I explained to Holly about this awesome old book she thought I was talking about “t!ts and ass.”  She wondered if this post would be SFW . Sorry to disappoint, but it isn’t that kind of T and A. (Click here to read the Wikipedia article about TA.) In the 60s and 70s, this was THE pop psychology idea of the time. I had a teacher as an undergrad that was a complete convert to the TA lifestyle.  Every class was about games, “strokes,” and if we were “okay”.  He talked like this all the time, complete with touching and hugs. It was awful.

So here we have this book.  All for the kids. Probably a great purchase for the 1970s, but I can’t imagine anyone having a TA parenting style today. (The jargon alone is weed-worthy.) I will say that probably Games People Play or I’m Okay, You’re Okay are probably keepers for a large psychology collection, but  this one probably can be tossed without too much fanfare.  Psychology people, please weigh in on TA for the modern collection. I know I have a bias, and probably a mild case of PTSD from my exposure in 1979.


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How Rude!

The New Emily Post’s Etiquette: The Blue Book of Social Usage

This is a cool book from a nostalgia point of view.  I enjoyed leafing through it (until my lungs exploded from dust and mold spores, that is.)  However, the school library this came from is not really the place for it anymore.  Kids aren’t interested, and teachers can’t teach from it because it’s so horribly old fashioned.  Check out these excerpts:

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