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Country themed crafts for home decor

American Country-Crafts
Time-Life Books
1989

This is part of a 15 volume set on country themed art. The books have various themes: Country Kitchen, Country Quilts, Country Style, Country Entertaining, Country Furniture, etc. I guess if you really want to be “country-styled” this is the set for you. Personally, I think this is probably overkill. This book isn’t really for the “how-to” craft crowd. It is more about stylized decorating with the crafty looking items. I can’t imagine what the library was thinking by adding this book. Want to bet it was in a donation pile and someone thought it looked like it was in great shape?

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Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am?

Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am
Powell
1969

Submitter: This well loved 1969 copy of John Powell of the Society of Jesus – Why Am I Afraid To Tell You Who I Am is filled with underlining and other notations from some past perplexed borrower. Still in print today and time for this copy to move on. Included the creepy clown picture for Mary…

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Friday Fiction: Addie Accident

Addie Accident
Corlett
2010

Submitter: My local public library in Australia sells weeded books for 20c each. I sometimes buy children’s books for a holiday program book corner. Usually they are fine, but I always examine them more closely before donating them. Thank goodness I did look more closely at ‘Addie Accident’. The cover and basic story are cute and magical, but some of the events are not appropriate for that type of book and overall message of the book is problematic.

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Executive Careers in the Time of COVID-19

Executive Resume Book
Foxman
1988

This website started because I had some serious problems with old job hunting and resume books. Of course in 2007 and 2008, our area was hard hit.  Our own collection was picked clean. The fact that I found several copies floating around was a bit irritating.

I will give credit to some chapters on what I will call a self-assessment. However, the discussions on using offset printing, paper, and other non-electronic issues is almost quaint. This book is so out of date, it’s ridiculous. The worst part was when I was helping people back in 2007/2008, the older people that were out of work for the first time since the 1980s thought advice like this was still the way to go.

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Practical Home Repair for Women

Practical Home Repair for Women: Your Questions Answered
Cassiday
1966

Submitter: I found this on the shelf at an academic library and got a good laugh out of it…

1. Paint – I’m so glad Bruce told me what paint was.
2. Emergency – And that “needle and thread and cloth are [my] province”.
3. Preface – And the “man of the house” is busy busy “commuting, working and traveling” so he’s “never around when he is needed for that important chore”.

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Dull Food for the Athlete

The Athlete’s Cookbook
Easy Recipes and Nutritional Guidelines for Active People
Peterson and Martinsen
1980

This is one of the most boring cookbooks out there. The recipes include such delights as: garden salad (it has an avocado!), two different recipes for tuna casserole (one recipe uses curry powder and the other has black olives), meat loaf, peanut butter sandwich, and wheat germ pancakes. I actually want to meet the person that needs a recipe for a peanut butter sandwich.

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Soviets in the 1980s

Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984?
Amalrik
1981; revised and expanded edition

Having a date as part of the title automatically limits its shelf life. Even if the title just said “Will the Soviet Union Survive?” probably could have bought more time on a shelf. Having said that, these books do have a place in a university or archival collection. Public libraries, on the other hand, would probably be better retiring this and replacing with historical retrospectives.

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Patient Education FTW

Informed Consent
Cowles
1976

Breast cancer in the 1970s was almost barbaric in terms of treatment and compounded by the treatment of women’s health by the medical community. First Lady Betty Ford was diagnosed in 1974 and was instrumental in bringing awareness to breast cancer. Radical mastectomy was the default treatment of breast cancer and women were given very few options or information about treatment. In many cases, women were in surgery for a biopsy and if it was positive, a complete mastectomy was performed at the same time.