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Cat training?

Training you to Train your Cat
Whitney
1968

Don’t you love the optimism of thinking you can train a cat?  Of course as a librarian I am obligated to own a cat or two.  I think a free kitten comes with membership in the ALA.  I would also like to comment that this book had very few circs in super long career in the library.  My theory is that if you have a cat, you don’t believe that you can train them so this title gets ignored. Just in case you want a few insider secrets on cat training, here are some pictures to get you started.  This first picture is training a cat to jump up on a table. (This concerns me since I have always wanted cats to NOT jump on a table)

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Remember the Mayflower Madam?

Mayflower Madam
The Secret Life of Sydney Biddle Barrows
1986

I was weeding biography and of course I started laughing when I got to this lovely book.  When I shared this particular find, only the over 40 crowd even remembered this “scandal”.   Of course I now feel old AGAIN!  I suppose this story would hardly make waves nowadays given our saturation level of scandals in the last 20 years .   Extra credit if you remember Candice Bergen in the 1987 tv movie!

Mary

What Boys Want to Know About Girls

What Boys Want to Know About Girls
Miller
1962

Obviously outdated, but isn’t that a horrible cover, too?  It’s like the girls are animals in the zoo and the boys are peeking at them in their habitat. The whole “care and feeding” bit parallels that idea (chapter 3).  Here’s the table of contents.  My question is, what’s “O and O” (chapter 9)?

Holly