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Teen Depression

When Living Hurts
Gordon
1994

This book is geared to teens facing depression. Because of the age, I would weed this without a second thought. Treatment of depression and other adolescent mental health issues are better understood today. In any material geared to teens and their parents, it is important that this material be as current as possible. Cultural references and technology can age a book very quickly, making it effectively inaccessible to those who need it.

girl talk

How to be a great teen girl

This is basically “how to be a girl” advice for teens. The book is divided into sections such as make-up, hair, hygiene, diets, etc. Once you get all these requirements in place, you are sure to be a successful teen girl.
The book takes an “ABC” approach to organizing topics. I really hate this kind of organization unless you are talking about ABC books, a dictionary, or an encyclopedia. In order to make this work, we have a brief articles (very brief) on topics such as “Xenophobia”, “No-No’s, and “Zest”. My personal favorite was the entry on Menopause. Obviously, this is an important topic for teen girls.

homeschool for excellence

Homeschooling

Homeschooling for Excellence
Colfax and Colfax
1988

Today we have a book about homeschooling from the late 1980s. COVID-19 has changed the landscape of instruction for kids across the country. I can imagine that books on homeschooling, teaching, and the companion technologies might be more popular right now.

This book, which was probably fine for the late 1980s and early 90s, probably isn’t going to be helpful for our 2020 connected kids.

Other information might be outdated as well. There are some discussions of legal issues surrounding homeschooling, so that information could be suspect as well.

telephone courtesy and customer service

Your call is important to us

Telephone Courtesy & Customer Service
Finch
1987

Think of a customer service course you are being forced to attend. This is that workbook. It reminds me of something that would be mandated so someone can check off a box on a form. Of course one should use courtesy answering customer calls. They should also be mindful of word choice. However, some seriously big gaps exist in this training:

  • Customer emergency – someone on the line in trouble (health or whatever)
  • Angry customers – How do you handle those swearing and yelling?
  • Customer threats – this can run the gamut to mild intimidation up to a bomb threat
Christian Cyberspace Companioan

Christians in Cyberspace

Christian Cyberspace Companion: A Guide to the Internet and Christian Online Resources
Baker
1997

Submitter: I recently found this book in my local library collection. Even better my library has both editions.

Holly: I thought maybe this was one of those directories of Christian websites, but it is actually just a book for computer beginners. According to Google Books, “Beginners learn how to choose equipment and software, while experienced net surfers are provided with a glossary of cyberspace terms, the news of coming advances, and much more.” I’m not sure what advice there is for Christian computer beginners vs. any other beginner…anyone seen the insides of this book? Is it based on Bible lessons or something?? I don’t get it. It is wayyyyy to old to be useful to anyone of any faith.

most unusual cars

Old school car racing

132 of the Most Unusual Cars That Ever Ran at Indianapolis
Engel
1970

This is one of those niche books that might be wildly popular in some areas and the book equivalent of a doorstop in other areas. Here in Michigan, this book could have an audience. In my library, it is not unusual to run across retired auto people that have niche interests in cars. Just the other day, I had a long conversation with one of these guys about the development of carburetors over time. He even came back the next day a showed me clippings he had been saving over the years. Before I knew it I was searching google patents for some carburetors from the 1930s.  (BTW, I love the more esoteric discussions with patrons.)

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Be a SUPERWOMAN!

Superwoman
Conran
1979

This is a lighthearted housekeeping manual that has advice about saving money, fixing things around the house, and other household tips. There really isn’t any discussion on division of labor. It’s more about doing the same chores more efficiently. Evidently, all that extra time saved will allow you to pick up YET MORE WORK as an entrepreneur. My feeling is the author is the very definition of the superwoman.

Mary