book cover of catcher in the

Catcher in the Rye turns to dust.

Catcher in the Rye
Salinger
Mass Market Publication 1964
Original copyright 1951

Another Swedish Death Cleaning find…

No, I do not think for one second that Catcher in the Rye is awful. (Please don’t take the name of this website literally.) Personal aside, this book isn’t one of my favorites, my initial reading as a teenager was the 1970s version of “meh”. I re-read it as an adult in my 30s, as a project to re-read classics from high school and college. Unlike other classic titles, my opinion didn’t change too much.

That said, this book is part of my Swedish death cleaning project and it is my husband’s book. Actually, his older sister had her name in the book and I believe he “borrowed” it when he was in high school. Whoops.

Esquire Etiquette

Etiquette for Men

Esquire Etiquette
The Modern Man’s Guide to Good Form
Waggoner and Moloney
1987

Guys, are you frustrated by etiquette rules? Do you need to look suave for the ladies? This is your guide. This book organizes a bunch of topics into easy to digest 1 or 2 pages of advice.

The advice is pretty decent, but extremely basic. It has all the etiquette standards: thank you notes, introductions, table manners, etc. There is also advice about dating, tipping, picking up the check and even gambling. Although there is some discussion of chores, it really is more about making something look clean. The other part of the advice is to get a cleaning lady.

stews and casseroles cover

Casseroles and Stew with 70s Style

Wonderful way to prepare
Stews and Casseroles
Shirley
1978

I know it is summer so a hearty stew is probably not your first choice for cooking. As a Midwesterner you know that casseroles (or hotdish to my Minnesota friends) are year round fare. Generally speaking, casseroles include some kind of cheap meat or tuna, some kind of noodle/macaroni or tater tots, and some kind of cream of something soup. You will be happy to know that this book does fulfill some of the the basic Midwestern casserole requirements. The shocker for me was the lamb curry  and the tuna curry recipe. Pretty darn wild for a my central Illinois roots. I am not sure that curry can save some of these recipes.

mature person's guide to kites, yoyos,frisbees, and other childish diversions

Mature Gaming

The Mature Person’s Guide to Kites, Yo-yos, Frisbees and Other Childlike Diversions
Dickson
1977

This book is aimed at adults and supposedly talks about all sorts of games and quasi sports. Most of the book is dedicated to Frisbees, Yo-Yos, and Kites. There are lots of photographs and illustrations. The book itself is less than 200 pages, plus a few more with diagrams for paper airplanes and kite construction. It is not in depth, and frankly not that interesting. Game history could make a great topic for a library collection. This book barely even scratches the surface in some topics and in others there is not enough.

I am not sure it would have been a good purchase back in the day.

The Complete Dog Training Manual book cover

Who’s a good boy?

The Complete Dog Training Manual
Sessions
1977

This poor book looks like it has barely survived its 40 plus years. Pages were yellowed and falling out of the book. There was also a crunchy feel to the binding. Pick it up and dried glue crumbs are everywhere. This should have been weeded on condition probably in the 1990s.

One of my gripes of animal training books of the 70s and 80s is the lack of really stylish photography. Dogs and cats are cute and can bring up take a so-so book up a notch or two. Even with the black and white photography, I think there could have been better photos. Example: the woman pulling the leash on the dog. At first look, I thought she was poking the pup with a stick. Without that caption, I wouldn’t have understood the photo. Regardless, as dog training books go, this doesn’t look too bad. The author never updated this manual but he did have a more specific training book for watchdogs and a medical manual for dogs.

dating game cover

The Dating Game for Christian Teens

The Dating Game
Miles
1975

If you are old enough you probably looking at the cover and expecting the book to be about the actual Dating Game. Similar font and general look. However, this Dating Game is directed at young people. Although the author is self-professed biblical fundamentalist, it isn’t as bad as some books in this category.

If this was 1975, and you were looking for a Christian teen dating book, this would probably be fine. Themes and topic aside, these materials age because the references and examples. Today’s teens (and their parents) probably wouldn’t understand or relate to any of the references. By the mid 1970s the Dating Game tv show was more or less relegated to re-runs and was kind of outdated reference for a teen book in 1975.

Lots and Lots of Fitness Fun for Kids

Fitness Fun for Kids

Let’s Go Out and Play!
Lots & Lots of Fitness Fun for Kids
DVD
2016

Submitter: From a small Midwest public library collection. We’re trying to keep up with the weeding, now that we’re back in the building for the first time in 2+ months. This DVD showed up on the “hasn’t been circ’d in 3 years or more” list. Maybe it’s just me, but couldn’t the graphic designer find a better image than the middle toddler on the cover? That child looks like s/he’s not happy at all to be outside playing, and is 1.5 seconds away from throwing a tantrum. It will shortly be removed from our collection.

Holly: That kid is definitely plotting something. What’s confusing about this to me is that the title, font, and general concept of the DVD seems like it would be for older kids. The toddlers on the cover make me question if this is for kids of all ages, or just little ones. Also, is fitness something parents worry about with toddlers? Sure, we need to pry big kids away from the video games and teach them healthy lifestyles and encourage play. But the kids on the cover are, like, two, and Danger Child is maybe a year old. Do you need a DVD to keep toddlers active?

working couple cookbook

Smash the Patriarchy in the Kitchen

Working Couple’s Cookbook
Treadwell
1971

This little cookbook is a groovy salute to shared cooking responsibilities. From the back cover you can see that the authors consider this a big step in the women’s lib movement. I don’t think this book will make a serious dent in gendered chores around the house. This book has nothing special as far as recipes go, it’s more about the division of duties in making a meal. Sharing cooking duties is good for your relationship. It’s almost quaint.