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I wonder what’s up with the “Juice” since 1977?

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The Picture Life of O.J.Simpson
Jameson
1977

I bet there are few pictures missing from this picture biography of O.J.’s life.   I wonder if today’s kids remember that he was a football player?  Biography is tough nut for me.  I personally object to anyone getting a biography before age of 50 since they really have a lot more life left!  (Since I am pushing 50 myself, I might change that to 60.)  Case in point, our friend O.J.  Think he has had a few life changes since 1977?
I would love to hear from youth librarians about this one!

House of Hair

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Dee Snider’s Teenage Survival Guide
Snider
1987

It’s confession time, ALB fans.  I, Holly Hibner, am a closet metal head.  Actually, not so closet.  I have been to several heavy metal concerts and been known to “bang my head” while driving.  Are you shocked?  Just doing my part to break the librarian stereotype…

Ok, now that true confession time is over, let’s talk about this book.  Dee Snider was the lead singer of Twisted Sister in the ’80s.  This was a cool book in my day!  It’s still a good book message-wise, but if you gave this book to a teenager today they would probably laugh hysterically and ask who the clown on the cover is.  It’s definitely time for an upgrade!

P.S.  I will say that I love the radio show “House of Hair” on Sunday mornings, hosted by none other than…that’s right…DEE SNIDER!  Awesome!

ALB risks eternal damnation!

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Catholic Youth’s Guide to Life and Love
George A. Kelly
1960

I might be flirting with disaster to suggest this for inclusion in our little project.  Today, I want to just throw caution to the wind!  This little gem showed up by accident in our ILL bin.  Of course everyone on staff LOVED this book and we passed it around all day!  (I did have to define “petting” to some of our younger staff members!)  For all of ALB fans that can remember the church before Vatican II or attended a Catholic school, you will love this book and the stroll down memory lane!

Reader Advisory BONUS!
For a real fun fictional “memoir”  of growing up in Catholic schools in the sixties, read John Powers’ book Last Catholic in America and the companion “sequel”: Do black patent leather shoes really reflect up?