Awful Library Books

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There’s a Thin Person Inside You!

There’s a Thin Person Inside You!
Schoenthaler
1983

Submitter: This book was in our nursing library (in a community college) and it’s all kinds of wrong! I’ll start with the cover. Ew. Next, fat people are referred to as “fatty’s” and surely if you’re fat you must be completely miserable! Overall, it’s poorly written and completely outdated. Not that people were breaking down the doors in 1983 to check it out. This book had a total of 4 checkouts, the last in 1990. To the rubbish pile it goes!

Holly: Nice cover.  It looks kind of beat up.  I appreciate the author’s sincerity.  She seems to really want to help people, but this is way to judge-y.  The tone is preachy, not inspiring.  And, fatty? REALLY?? That’s horrible.  I’d suggest a 5- to 10-year rule (closer to 5…) for anything health-related, too.

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Kitchen Tech

Computer Programs for the Kitchen
Dicker
1984

Technology is everywhere–even in the kitchen! You can even make a database of your recipes complete with notes on calories, allergies, servings etc. It is truly amazing! There are even recipes in this computer manual. What probably was an interesting choice in the early 80s, is ridiculous in 2012.

Mary

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Friday Fiction: Capture A Shadow


Capture a Shadow
Michaels
1986

 

Another 80s special from the gang at Harlequin. This time we have a a poor Shelby, a book editor who took a pass on what was to be the 50 Shades of Gray for the 80s.  To make matters worse, her star author up and quits. Now her career is really on the rocks and she is bound and determined to get this author back in line. All she has is a post office box in the Midwest. Ah, the difficulty of stalking before Google. Of course there is no time for romance, or is there?

 

Mary

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