The Atom Bomb
Submitter: I think this is an awful library book due to the cover, and was during the time of the cold war which I think is reflected in the cover and in the book. But I have to say that this book, The Atom Bomb, by David Killingray the title and author is just perfect. I get a laugh every time I think about it. I am a reference librarian in a small community college in a rural area.
Holly: Ha! Killingray!
A historical book about the atom bomb is perfectly reasonable for a community college, but one that treats it as history – or which includes nuclear weapon threats of today – would be better than one from 1980. Mary loves this cold war stuff. Send it to her.
More Killing Rays:
The Cold War
Nuclear Emergency! Are You Ready?
Better Red Than Dead
The End of the World
Break Out the Borscht
Surviving Hostage Situations
Spear & Moak
Submitter: Given the cover photo, I was surprised that it wasn’t older. You can read this book to learn how to attack your kidnapper, escape safely from captivity, deal with a hijacker on board an airplane, build your own safe room (hermetically sealed to prevent chemical attacks, don’t you know?), and more!
Favorite artwork: — the eyeball gouging technique; selecting a hiding place (“Look how much fun we’re having kids!”); the Ninja-like rescue attempt; and the Japanese Red Army skyjacking (what on earth is the female passenger on the right wearing — go go boots and a bikini top? I don’t even know where to begin on the cover photo as it’s hilarious on so many levels, and I certainly don’t think that was the authors’ intention. At the end, the authors have thoughtfully included several appendices, including one titled “A fill-in-the-blanks family contingency plan for hostage situations.” Just what every American family needs.
I honestly can’t understand why anyone would have purchased this for a public library. (Did we sit around 25 years ago in a constant state of paranoia, worrying about being kidnapped?) I simply can’t imagine a patron checking this out and taking it home to review with the kids. Leafing through this book reminded me of the Cold War era when school children were taught how to hide under their desks in the event of a nuclear attack and every school had a fallout shelter.
Holly: I can see teachers checking this out as part of a lesson, but not in the last 15 years. All of the real-life hostage situations that have happened since 1989 in the world news have made some of the examples in this book obsolete. Getting into an airplane cockpit, for example, is much more difficult now. The idea for the book is ok for public libraries, but this one is too old (and, yes, a bit over-dramatic in delivery).
More Self Defense:
Groovy Self Defense
Monkey Kung Fu
Don’t Let Someone Kick Sand In Your Face
How you look and dress
Submitter: Yes, we are finally getting into some serious weeding of our academic library, hence this little gem. It has everything the modern girl (in 1969) would want to know:
-How to handle a coat (to be fair, as I live in the tropics, I may never have figured this out)
-How long one should lie in the sun
-How to have a gay, happy look
-How to shop with kindness
To top it all off, it smells really musty, the cover is fading and the pages are stained – won the trifecta!
Holly: This cover is definitely dirty looking. And old. Collectors will snatch this up at a book sale in a hot minute! Unless your academic library has a real reason to keep something like this, and I mean a REAL academic reason…make way for something newer. There are some great old pictures in this book, though!
More Awful Fashion Advice:
You Can Be America’s Next Top Model
Looking Good for Your Man
The Teen I Want to Be
Turn on the Charm