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True Colors Shining Through

Cyndi Lauper coverThe Picture Life of Cyndi Lauper
Nicklaus
1985

Submitter: Here is another awesome Juvenile bio book from my local public library. Maybe not awful, but defiantly out of date. How many of the kids today will know who Johnny Carson was? How about knowing who is in [the 5th picture, below]. Cyndi has been up to some amazing things on Broadway lately. This book does not cover any of those achievements. Fun though!

Holly: Oooh, I like Cyndi Lauper! So do a lot of people from my generation (40-ish). I think most public libraries can safely let this particular title go from their juvenile bio sections, though. We’ve said it time after time (after time, after time…) if the books in the juvenile section are older than the audience for which they are intended, they should at least be looked at for weeding potential.

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Love on the Computer!

Programmed for Love coverProgrammed for Love
Crane
1985

A couple of people sent me this book after seeing it around the web. What is not to like? Cosby sweater? check. Edgy technology? check. A secret admirer? check. Clearly we have all the ingredients for a kick-ass teen romance right out of the mid 1980s time capsule.

Katie has a secret computer pen pal called STX1150 (band reference? Greek mythology reference? Virgin Islands Airport reference?) Of course, they write each other very cool letters back and forth. Naturally there is also a real life boy called Bobby that is super interesting too. What will Katie do?

Mary

 

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Stress Busters!

Managing Stress: From Morning to Night
Time-Life Books
1987

Mary: I thought this title would be an excellent kickoff to our new and improved site. Hopefully, you will notice that pictures are loading faster. Both of us will continue to tweak this as we go along. We appreciate your patience for the last few days. Special shout out to my partner-in-crime, Holly, who spent the last few days slaving over our website, while I ate and drank my way through New Orleans. (BTW, my stress is totally busted!)

Submitter: We pulled this book from the shelves of a high school public library when looking for books on stress and relaxation. The pictures made us burst out laughing. My personal favorites include the man clutching a cork in his mouth (where did the cork come from? His liquid lunch?) for “jaw relaxation” and the lady slumped over at her desk who appears to be looking up her own skirt.

Holly: The advice and the exercises are probably fine, but it’s sooooo 1980s! And thank you, Mary, but the real credit goes to Insites Web Design and LitBreaker. They put the thing together; I just loaded the files and activated plugins!

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