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Perfecting your “come hither” look

Lingerie & Sleepwear: 24 Original Designs You Can Make Yourself
1982
Submitter: My favorite lingerie pattern from this book is for a knitted bed jacket. I want to know what guy would actually find this attractive. It is the most hideous thing I’ve ever seen!! The book contains some really off-the-wall garments and the best part is all the models are trying to look sexy & seductive while wearing them.

Still crazy after all these years

Understanding “Senility”
A Layperson’s Guide
Fraser and Thornton
1986

While I appreciate this author’s use of the quotations and the attempt to combat the stereotype of senility as part of a “normal aging process”, this book is simply too old for a modern health collection.    Issues of  dementia and Alzheimer’s are devastating for patients and their families and up-to-date information is crucial for a public library.  Weed it!

Mary

Dr. Johnny Fever is in the house

How to Be a Disc Jockey
See
1980

Submitter: I was browsing in our adult oversize nonfiction shelves for some movie books last week, when I stumbled across this gem!  To be fair, 90% of that collection should be weeded, so it’s not that hard to find an Awful Library Book, but this one is especially humorous.  The cover alone kept us laughing for a long time!
The discussion of various lighting equipment and effects cracked me up, with it’s emphasis on disco-era musts like infinity panels, mirror balls, and dance floor lighting modules.  But my favorite page was 42, where the author comments that “video has always been slow to catch on in discos.”
Apparently, the author briefly had a Twitter feed last summer, in which he states that he is working on a rewrite…http://twitter.com/DJDavidSee.
Holly: Outta sight!  (And out of mind…)

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