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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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Satan for Kids, Part 2

Don’t Make Me Go Back, Mommy: a child’s book about satanic ritual abuse
Sanford & Evans
1990

Ok, ok, you begged for more pictures from this book, so I’ll give you a few more.  Yes, I believe this is the most commented post for those of you keeping score.

Ick.

Holly

If you need to read the first part again for context click here for part 1.

 

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