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Wheels of the Future

Automobiles of the Future
Stambler
1966

My favorite part of the auto show is the concept car. Over the years I have seen quite a few interesting cars and I know that around my neck of the woods, this type of book would fly off the shelves.

This is such a fun book and my car culture public would get a kick out of this. The kids might even think it was fun. I love looking the future from the past. You could make a nice argument around here for keeping this little beauty. However, for kids nonfiction, I want something that would be more modern as concept cars are all about the future.

I would hang on to this treasure for a display. It’s a keeper for nostalgia, but not for a kid section.

 

Drive on,

Mary

 

More Car Stuff:

All the Cool Kids Customize

….living in a van, down by the river

Baby You Can Drive My Car

Baby You Can Drive My Car (the sequel!)

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Workout at the Office

Quick Workouts: Fitness Anytime, Anywhere
Time-Life Books
1987

Submitter: This book is currently on the shelves at a local public library.  Who knew people in the 1980’s were so busy that they had to fit in exercise while waiting for the commuter train or even an elevator?  I guess I just assumed that they stayed fit & trim by lifting over-sized mobile phones.  While a book on this topic could be useful to our modern day inactive office workers, it would really need updated pictures… it’s hard to take a good stretching technique seriously when the demonstrator is wearing giant should pads or a sleeveless sweater.

Holly: If you need me, I’ll be bench pressing the PDR, or maybe the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. That one’s got a good heft to it too. (After which, I will NOT look anything like these people. I’ll be all sweaty and red-faced.)

More 80’s Workouts:

Come for the Exercise, Stay for the Hair

Free Weight Workouts

Working Woman’s Workout

Rubber Band Man (or Woman)

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Brace Face

Teeth and Braces
Rourke
1989

Submitter: Braces have changed a lot since the late nineties, so it’s time for an updated book on this topic. This book hasn’t moved from my small public library’s shelf in years, and it’s not hard to see why.

Holly: The bibliography (picture below) has no titles newer than 1987, two years before this book was written – and almost 30 years before now. Good topic for a public library, but too old to be helpful. They didn’t even have Invisalign™ back then!

More Dental Health:

Teeth are Fun

Your Future as a Dental Hygienist

Now This Won’t Hurt a Bit

Chomp On This One (“Brace” yourself for this one. See what I did there? But seriously.)

Taryn Goes to the Dentist

 

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