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Our Exotic Friends in South America

The Illustrated Book about South America
Including Mexico and Central America
Appel
1960

I was so excited to learn about South America.  This fine volume tells us all about your typical South Americans.  Take a look at these snazzy pictures of some typical folks from South America.  I especially like the picture of the voodoo dancer.

Mary

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Our friends in England

Land and People of England
Street
1969

After the wonderful Canada book we posted, I have been on a mad tear throughout the catalog for geography of our world.  I am willing to guess that American ignorance in world affairs and geography could be traced to the appalling collection of material still active in collections from the 60’s and 70’s (and in some cases, the 50’s!).  So to kick off some great titles we found, we will start with our friends across the pond. This lovely gem is probably the most boring book I have seen in a long time.  I also hesitate to tell our UK friends that Wales and Scotland were lumped in as chapters. (I guess they don’t get a book of their own.)  But if you just have a nice English breakfast, you will feel better!

Mary

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Satan for adults

Satanic Ritual Abuse
Ryder
1992

Okay, I am officially “over” all the Satan stuff.  But before we move on to some other topics, here are some adult nonfiction titles that are all about Satan and  ritual abuse.  As many folks here have already commented, I am of the opinion that this is NOT a current enough “problem” (if it EVER was) to warrant inclusion in a public library collection.   Regardless of your feelings on this subject matter, what an interesting topic to mull around for collection development amusement! And who said library science is boring?

Mary

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