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The Expectant Mother’s Wardrobe Planner: A Fashion Workbook to Organize Today’s Mother-To-Be
Dumlao
1986

This is a good book, in theory, but there is one section that strikes me as odd (images below). Scarves are still fashionable, but the section I’ve put a red box around in the image advises pregnant women to avoid tying their scarves like a classic man’s tie.  The reason is that it will look “stiff, formal, and out of place on you now.” Now? So…expectant mothers should avoid looking stiff and formal, but that look is fine when you’re not pregnant? That just strikes me as an odd statement.

There is some good advice about what to wear while nursing, as well as moving from one stage of pregnancy to another. It talks about mail-order and catalog shopping, though, which is definitely an 80s concept. Of course, there is no mention of online shopping or current sources of maternity wear. I do like the focus on comfort and practicality over fashion, but fashion isn’t completely ignored either – also good.

This is a workbook, so it has lots of write- in sections. The copy I saw had some erased writing in some of the forms – at least the patron used pencil!

This would be a good choice for public libraries if it were updated.

Holly

 

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Pirate Sex

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Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition: English sea rovers in the seventeenth-century Caribbean
Burg
1995

Submitter: Since it was just “Talk Like a Pirate” day, I submit to you this title. This book is being weeded because I know we do not have any pirates in our library community.

Holly: Just when you think you’ve seen it all.

 

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Multicultural Superheroes

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How to Draw Multicultural Supercharacters
Phelps
2000

Submitter: I found this book while straightening up the 700s. The awkward, politically correct title was what caught my eye, but it seems a bit misleading. It turns out to be more like a guide to drawing vaguely offensive caricatures/stereotypes. There is very little in the way of instructional text,and many of the “supercharacters” are depicted doing decidedly un-super things like sitting in chairs. The back of the book consists of a dedication to the author’s deceased mom, which is thoughtful but unusual. A patron interested in figure drawing might check this title out as a curiosity, but it has such a niche market and is so peculiar that I really don’t think we can justify keeping it.

Holly: At least someone made an effort to have this kind of thing in the collection at one point. Score one for them! (The effort, not the book.) This could have been cool, had they added some information about the cultures and what the characters represent, as well as more instruction on how to draw them. I don’t even think they’re drawn that well, to be honest. The Asian American Supercharacters page is the worst (4th image below). The one at the top, left of that page is quite androgenous, which is fine in and of itself, but it doesn’t look like a supercharacter either.

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