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Friday Fiction – California!


Submitter: Just found this in the stacks today. I wish that I could have gotten a better picture of the uniform goldenrod color. Besides the very yellowed pages and cover, the book is being held together with a prayer and a wish. On a scale of gross to disgusting, it’s disgusting.

Holly: Oh good, a popular old fiction title for our readers to discuss! I can’t speak for any other public library, but my library no longer owns this title – or any other title in the Wagons West series – and we haven’t missed it. There are 15 copies available in our inter-library loan system. I wonder what kind of shape some of those are in! Submitter’s specimen is particularly…ripe.


More Questionable Condition:

Fix It or Forget It

Chew on This!

The Joy of Home Winemaking

RIP Anne Frank



Manners with Sybil

You’ve Come Along Way Sybil Macintosh

Teen etiquette brought to you by the ever so crass and awful, Sybil Macintosh. My mother would say she evidently was raised by wolves. There are chapters on all sorts of topics, introductions, using the telephone, thank you notes, table manners, and parties. Helpfully, there are also tips on looking good as well. For 1974, this is at least more interesting than many of the etiquette and grooming books for teen I have seen. Since I was also a teen in 1974, I was the target market for this book.

Unfortunately, this book does not really help teens in 2016. With no discussions on personal boundaries, Internet etiquette and other tech issues, this book is not helpful. I am also thinking that teens are not looking up from the phones long enough to get a book on manners.


More  Manners:

Mind Your Manners

The Sisters Teach Manners

Manners for the “Now” Generation

WASP Lessons

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Husband Tested Recipes

“Husband-Tested” Recipes
Pet Milk Co.

A little something from the olden days. Husbands, run don’t walk to get this wonderful cookbook for the Mrs.  I love these vintage cooking material. Definitely a keeper for an archive, but not so much for a public library.

The recipes don’t look too bad if you ignore the icky black and white photos. I am going to say no to the funky looking banana nut salad.



More Vintage Cooking:

It’s Congealed!

Be Bold With Bananas! (An ALB favorite! Don’t miss this!)

Tuna Chip Casserole or Tomato Cheese Delight?

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