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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?

Weeding is not rocket science

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Rocket Power and Space Flight

Stine

1957

The flyleaf of this book starts out by saying that the book was the result of thousands of letters that the author received.  He says, “Some of these letters have been from young men … the rocket engineers of tomorrow.”  In 1957 it was inconceivable, I’m sure, that a woman would become a rocket engineer.  The author talks to the “fellows” who wrote him letters and uses the pronoun “he” and “him” throughout the book.  Reason #1 to weed it.

Also, it is a bit technical.  It explains how rockets work and how they are tested.  I’ll bet that’s a bit more complicated nowadays than this book indicates!  Reason #2 to weed this: it’s waaaay out of date.  This is twelve years before we ever went to the moon!