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Ladies, come to order!

Ladies, Please Come to Order

I am not a “club” person or a “joiner” (library stuff not withstanding, but I resist all committees and meetings).

One of my favorite library stories is when Holly once had to make a presentation to a local club and sat through an entire discussion about the dessert served, the relative value of pies vs. cakes and if charging an extra dollar for the club lunch was too much. She told me she was 5 seconds away from grabbing the microphone and assigning who would eat pie and who would eat cake.

For the over 40ish crowd, think of  this book as Erma Bombeck handing out tips on parliamentary procedure and club administration.This lighthearted book has all sorts of tips on forming clubs, running meetings, fundraising, etc. None of it particularly bad or wrong, just dated. For those who care, women’s clubs date back a long time, and were a way women could educate themselves in a socially acceptable manner.  Fun fact: 75% of U.S. public libraries were initially started or supported by women’s clubs.

In the words of Groucho Marx:  “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.” 


More meetings and clubs:

A Magical Staff Inservice

Unattainable Knowledge

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How to Work for a Japanese Boss

How to Work for a Japanese Boss

This is less a book about how to work for a Japanese boss than it is a book about the business culture of Japan…twenty-two years ago. This book made sense for the suburban Detroit-area public library in which it was found, since Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Suzuki, Subaru, and Yamaha are all Japanese auto companies that do (did?) business around here. Many of those companies still do business around Detroit. Is that a reason to keep it? NO! It’s a reason to weed it! A lot of people around here work for Japanese companies and/or take business trips to Japan. They have every reason to want to know respectful Japanese business practices. Let’s not steer them wrong. I especially loved the chapter on sex (of course), and have included several pages below.

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More Bad Business:

The Future is Mail Order

Mistakes = Success

How to Play Nice with Boys at Work

Making Pigeons Pay

Japan Expo Guide

For Men with Yen

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Brittle Bondage – Friday Fiction

Brittle Bondage

English girl, Venetia was left with no money and no security (read: husband/father) in South Africa. Her father died suddenly after getting a “chill”. Daddy’s good friend Blake was on the scene in no time to rescue poor Venetia. Naturally, marriage is the answer for a girl barely 18 and mourning her father. Daddy always wanted Venetia to marry a good guy like Blake, so why not?   For the first couple of chapters, Venetia was grateful and Blake was paternally condescending. Naturally, there are some “misunderstandings”.  I started to lose interest in this couple by the third chapter. The most interesting character is Blake’s sister who shuns marriage and is a nurse. Anyway, by the end, Venetia becomes a strong woman and really falls in love with Blake. Blake reciprocates and everyone ends up happy.

Nice title though. I was hoping for a “proto” 50 Shades of Gray thing. Too bad for me.


More Romance:

Duck Shack Agreement (yes, that is the title)

Swooning over Fabio

The Major and the Librarian

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