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Art Linkletter’s Women

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Those of us of a certain age might remember Art Linkletter. He is more of my parents (and grandparents) era than mine. I remember his daytime show from the late 1960s when I was kid. His best stuff was when he interviewed children. This is a memoir of his relationships from old girlfriends to women he met throughout his career. Think of it as a really G-rated Hollywood tell all. Linkletter died in 2010 at the age of 97.

It was probably a slam dunk purchase for 1974, but I doubt it would hold up in today’s public library. Nice for the nostalgia, but questionable for today’s collections.


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Little Loos

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Dolls’ House Bathrooms
Lots of Little Loos

My knowledge of doll houses is limited to a few visits to the Art Institute of Chicago’s Thorne Miniature Rooms and whining for a Barbie dream house sometime in the mid 1960s. I never got one, by the way. I know that there are lots of people that enjoy crafting doll houses, so this book would probably have an audience in a public library collection. Unfortunately, this particular book hadn’t left the shelf in quite a few years and was not in great condition. I have to admit, I am always a bit fascinated by books that are so specific. It’s not just miniatures, but miniatures of toilets.

They really do have a book for everything.


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Not my precious child

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Tonight Is Too Late

Parents, all the possible sins your children are committing, behind your back, are right here in this conveniently packaged single volume. Purtell advocates open and honest communication with pre-teens about the consequences of drugs, premarital sex, and disease. Not too bad, especially for the time period. There are examples and quotes from law enforcement about their frustrations with the parents of young people that they are not stepping up to monitor their own children. Overall, Purtell is telling parents to wake up and smell the coffee about their precious child.

Evidently, time hasn’t changed much.



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