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Clowns in the New Year?

Holidays and Festivals: New Year
Blackwood
1987

Anonymous Submitter: “Every single picture in this book is better than the cover picture. Worse yet, there is no mention of clown skiing anywhere in the text.  Everyone at work let out a little sound of terror when viewing the clowns. I had to turn the cover upside down to write this email.”

Holly: Mary, avert your eyes.  (She has a bit of a clown phobia.  Her new co-worker left a severed clown head on her desk recently, which I LOVE!)  What do these clowns have to do with New Year?  What if someone new to the U.S. picked up this book to find out how Americans celebrate the New Year, and then showed up to a party decked out like a clown?

Bring on the oblivion

The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs
Quaaludes: The Quest for Oblivion
Snyder
1985

I snagged this from a teen section.  Don’t you just love the creepy cover?  I am not even sure what to say.  I wonder if today’s teens are still seduced by this quest for oblivion.  The content of this book is heavy on charts, graphs and icky black and white photos of  people doing a variety of drugs.  Interestingly, none of the pictures feature quaalude abuse.  I get the feeling that they slapped quaaludes on the front of a generic “drugs are bad”  book.  Of course drug information is probably suspect after 5 years, so I am going to go out on limb and suggest that perhaps this book’s time has come and gone.   Weed it, please!

Mary

Dictate this!

Applied Secretarial Practice
Gregg
1968

 

Typewriters?  Dictation?  “The Scrubbed and Shining Look”?  I can see certain university libraries hanging on to a copy of this for historical purposes.  Gregg is, after all, the guru of all things secretarial.  I can see in WorldCat that several public libraries also own this book.  Why on earth would your basic, community library need this book?  I guess it does have some pretty groovy pictures, so there is that…

(Sorry the table of contents is hard to read – this is the best I could do with the image submitted.)

Holly

 

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