Reference Books

Reference Rewind

More Misinformation
Burnam
1980

A Dictionary of Common Fallacies
Ward
1978

Submitter: I thought I’d include these two books together as they’re very similar. Their design alone seems rather awful and I’m not sure how they would be used as reference materials – which, to be fair, probably isn’t the intention, despite the word “dictionary” in the title of one – given the awkwardly phrased subject headings. They’re also a bit tonally uneven in their scope – one entry quibbles that “black beetles” are actually “dark brown,” while an entry on the opposite page takes on a question that has fueled countless wars and atrocities.

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Low-Calorie Desserts

Low-Calorie Desserts
Better Homes and Gardens
1972

Submitter: There are some reasonable recipes here, but the whole thing looks really dated.

Holly: I’m all for dessert less than 150 calories, and submitter is right – there are some tasty-sounding treats here. The photography is very 1970s, though. Food blogs today have such gorgeous images; this can’t hold a candle to what you see online today.

How to Sht in the Woods

Leave No Trace

How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art
3rd Edition
Meyer
2011

Submitter: Recently weeded from my small rural public library. I did not weed because of content or even because of the title, but really because of lack of circs and we’re starting to get very overcrowded on our Adult NF shelves. Does there really need to be an entire book on this subject? I would think this subject can be covered in a few paragraphs in any good hiking/camping/survival book. Oh, and I learned something here that I apparently didn’t learn in Sunday School decades ago: the Bible has a verse telling you what to do with your excrement. Huh… who knew?

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Radiation Alert!

Radiation Alert
Poch
1985

Remember 3 Mile Island? This began a serious discussion of radiation, nuclear power, and safety. This book was published a few years after and probably was a slam dunk as a library purchase in the 1980s. At the time of this writing, this book was circulating. The book also had an RFID tag affixed so I can only imagine the holding library felt that it was worth keeping into the mid 1990s, as that is when the library automated.

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Norwegian Rosemaling

Norwegian Rosemaling: Decorative Painting on Wood
Miller and Aarseth
1974

True confessions: this was found at my own library. It’s been hanging out in the Crafts collection for 45 years. It has quite a lot of circulations, though none recently. It’s not a bad subject for a public library collection, especially in an area where Norwegian culture is prevalent (which it is not here!).