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Crazy Alphabet

Crazy Alphabet

Submitter: Here is a seriously politically incorrect ABC book!  The story builds so each phrase is repeated as you add the next letter. So, you would be saying “H is for the hand that held the gun……”  over and over and over……  Yes, found this in our public library collection today.  It has been withdrawn before some angry mother reads it!

Holly: In certain communities – and it sounds like Submitter knows his/her community well – this would not be welcome in a children’s collection. I doubt we’d have a problem in my library, to be honest. This is a good example of really needing to know your community, though!


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When Teddy is a Drunk

House of Crack

Cinderella Has Gone to the Dogs

Chilly Billy

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Socially Curious

Socially Curious and Curiously Social: A Social Thinking Guidebook for Teens & Young Adults with Asperger’s, ADHD, PDD-NOS, NVLD, or other Murky Undiagnosed Social Learning Issues
Garcia Winner and Crooke

Submitter: While this idea of learning social nuances sounds great in theory, just about every autistic adult will tell you that their attempts at conforming to these expectations will leave them physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. Such advice as this could only work in the short-term when an autistic person is that desperate to fit in with their neurotypical peers. But will this advice guarantee them a happy life?

The author of this book rationalizes discrimination against autistic people in so many ways. As a neurotypical herself, Michelle Winner sees no harm in reminding autistics how their natural autistic tendencies will inherently make their peers feel uncomfortable. The only way that anyone would be comfortable around them, is for them to start having more “expected” behaviors and refrain from doing “unexpected” behaviors (p. 5) – which is just a euphemism for looking more “normal.” God forbid doing something to change the bigoted perceptions that many people have about autistic behaviors; after all, it is the autistic people who are broken members of society who need to be fixed with a little Social Thinking.

Furthermore, there is absolutely no information in this book regarding sensory issues or executive dysfunction, which are very real problems for people on the autism spectrum. These actually make it understandable for a man to have a meltdown while he wastes travel time for a cancelled meeting, yet the author has the nerve to call it an “overreaction” that he could easily control (p. 141). For someone who keeps emphasizing the importance of perspective-taking, Michelle Winner fails epically when it comes to putting herself in the shoes of the people she works with. Thus, a “professional” like her has no business telling autistic children or adults what is best for them.

Holly: Plus, it has an obnoxiously long subtitle!


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Ladies! Kick off the shackles of marriage

The Divorced Woman’s Handbook: An Outline for Starting the First Year Alone

Submitter: I found this book at my local public library. I am sure this book was very helpful and a great choice for a public library back in 1980. Each chapter has important books to read and  organizations to write to  for more information. All of that is now 34 years old. I wish I could  “Count my blessings” that this book would get weeded.

Holly: This book has a few little nuggets of good information, but is mostly outdated. It’s also sexist – in line with the times, but not the pep talk we’d give a divorced woman today. I especially like the “count your blessings” list (below): “If you hanker for an onion sandwich at 3:00 A.M., you can have an onion sandwich!” I fail to see how having a husband keeps you from a late-night snack. <“Whatever! I do what I want!”>

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But Who Will Do the Cooking and Cleaning?

Dating for Divorcees

Megan’s Book of Divorce

Daddy Moved Out

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