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Dancing in the Stacks

Tap Dancing
Atwater
1971

I am sure that all the kids will lining up to pick up some tap dance tips from this attractive book. I initially thought this book was much older than 1971 given the somewhat 50s-looking cover costume. (I think my dad’s high school prom picture circa 1954 sported a similar look.

In my new job, I am tasked with the 700s and I have to wonder if maybe dance instruction books are obsolete. Is a book the best way to learn dancing? I’d be curious to hear how other dance instruction books compare to instructional DVDs.

Library science aside, I must reject this book on principle for the odd looking clownish type costume on the kid in the second picture below. <shudders>

Marty

More Dancing at the Library:

Time to Dance

Do the Jitterbug

Kiddie Disco

Take me to Funkytown

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Beauty Tips

Total Beauty Catalog
Maclay
1978

Submitter: The book is full tips, crazy tips about beauty. Plenty of head scratchers:

-Male executives telling women where the safe places are to jog.

-“I am beginning to smell like Ajax”

-“Lines, Lines, go away, go and visit Doris Day”

-Your hair will grow faster when the moon is in a water sign

-“Don’t judge by appearances. She who appears to be a dumb blond may be a bright brunette.”

Holly: This is great! And by great, I mean awful. Its public library time has come and gone, for sure. I did enjoy the passages shared by Submitter, though. As someone who has had gray hair since my early 30s, I should apparently check my PABA intake. (Nah, I’m banking on a full head of gorgeous silver hair. Maybe ten years to go!)

More Beauty in the Stacks:

Beauty Tips for a Disco Queen (NSFW)

Robot Beauty

Is 60 the new 30?

Mission Possible!

Save Your Face!

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Open Wide

 

Open Wide – It Won’t Hurt
Wilder
1978

Submitter: I can just imagine the pitch for this book: “It’s like All Creatures Great And Small, but about a dentist! For people! With cartoons of dental mishaps!” Wish I could see the librarian book that is blurbed on the back cover…

Holly: This is an odd little book. And that blurb on the back has nothing to do with this one. This is cataloged as biography, so it contains anecdotes from a dentist’s memoirs. It might have circulated in public libraries at the time it was published, but now it just seems really random.

 

More Dentistry:

Brace Face

Your Future as a Dental Hygienist

This Won’t Hurt a Bit

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