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Ventriloquism for Fun and Profit

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Ventriloquism for Fun and Profit


Submitter: I am not sure ventriloquism is as popular as it once was. If it is, I would think a newer book would be more helpful for a modern public library. One of the attached photos says “on a recent television program” since this book was published in 1954, not too recent! I loved that last drawing in the book. For some reason, it reminded me of Jennifer Lopez.


Holly: Most libraries can safely let go of this one! It’s an interesting skill of by-gone years, but I’d be very surprised if it circulated much (or at all). I’m intrigued by the history of ventriloquism mentioned on the cover as “sorcery to TV,” though. I agree with submitter that an update


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Creepy or Clever


D is for Dying

Making Puppets Come Alive


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Pregnant and Alone

Pregnant and Alone
How you can help an unwed friend

Those of us of a certain age remember when pregnancy out of wedlock was about shame and there was little in terms of options and support. This is the kind of book that means we are asking “for a friend”. Maybe the author/publishers feel that phrasing in this title might make it more accessible to teens.

Most of the suggestions are written from a Christian perspective and it is not surprising that there is an anti-abortion message included. In addition, the message is also tell your parents, don’t be surprised if the guy takes off, and recommends adoption. The author also acknowledges all the difficulties involved with unsupportive parents, lack of opportunities and the shame. Not bad in 1989 but outdated for resources and attitudes about unmarried mothers.


Pregnant and Fabulous!

Shame of Pregnancy

Say Yes to No!



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Getting Older Growing Younger

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Getting Older, Growing Younger

Submitter: I love that Barbara Cartland’s most important take away from Birth of a Nation was how entrancing Lillian Gish was. I scanned a few paged of medical advice she gives as well.

Holly: I’m sure we all had this book in our public libraries in the 80s. You really can let it go now, though. The poor Dame passed away 16 years ago at 99 years old, which put her at 83 when this book was written. Move on to Suzanne Somers and Christiane Northrup for this demographic. Barbara Cartland could be their great-grandmother!


Growing Even Older:

Ladies, You Can Cure the Blahs

Be a Sexy Woman with Debbie!

Turn on the Charm

Advice from Zsa Zsa


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