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‘N Sync Backstage Pass
Your Kickin’ Keepsake Scrapbook
Johns
1999

I know you are all dying to get the inside scoop on the ‘N Sync boys. I usually confuse this group with the Backstreet Boys, much to the horror of some of my friends who are dedicated boy band experts. (I am sorry, but they look/sound the same to me.) This is where Holly usually asks if I was conscious during the 90s.

These are cute little items for your youth section but they obviously have a shelf life.  Take them to story time and offer them up to the moms. They would love it.

Mary

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Cancer Cookbook

Something’s Got To Taste Good
The Cancer Patient’s Cookbook
Fishman and Anrod
1981

First, this book is from 1981 and designed for cancer patients. That is way too old to be of any use. Second, this looks and feels like a regular, but boring, cookbook. There are brief mentions of nutrition, but the main point is this is a compilation of recipes other cancer patients felt were tasty. Looking through the recipes, they were nothing that seemed special or particularly interesting. Mexican bean dip or Chicken Parmesan are examples of some of these “special” recipes.

I love the idea of a cookbook for helping people going through chemo where nausea and appetite loss is very common, but this book hardly had any concrete suggestions for either problem. It was more an acknowledgement of the problems, rather than any specific suggestions. Since this is so tied to medical information, I would probably weed it using medical information standards rather than cookery criteria.

Mary

 

 

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That’s Quite a Look

Emily’s Daughter
Warren
2001

The only reason I even noticed this book was that horrible dress on the cover. This is something to behold. The peplum is simply out of control (too much “pep” in the peplum?) and the veil makes this poor bride look like wadded up tissue was just glued to her body. However, since the cover caught my eye, I guess the cover art works.

The story itself is pretty good. Family dysfunction, unplanned pregnancy and a bunch of secrets are on tap for this book.  I started in on the first couple of chapters and was hooked pretty fast. The book is fine and a nice addition to any popular romance collection. (The book is fine, but the dress needs to be weeded promptly!)

Mary

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