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Waiting to Die

title page of the old person in your home

The Old Person in Your Home
Poe
1969

In the author’s introduction, he complains how young people treat the elderly with disdain. The author wants us to know that the elderly are not a drag and that they have much to teach us. The remaining chapters talk about the transition, family dynamics and boundaries with the elderly relatives, as well as health concerns. Based on the topics, I would have said this was an appropriate purchase for the late 1960s and 1970s.

There is an assumption that the elderly will be “difficult” and resist ceding authority to the new head of household. It also assumes that the woman will be doing the nursing/care giving. There is also some helpful advice about re-distributing chores like mending and child care to Grandma. (Grandpa evidently doesn’t have any responsibilities.) I can appreciate the need for frank talk about care giving, but this book isn’t going to help anyone now.

Not getting any younger,

Mary

 

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Is 60 the new 30?

Beauty Begins at 60 coverBeauty Begins at Sixty : The Best is Yet to Come : a New Age beauty and Health Workbook for the Dynamic New Time of Your Life
Linder and Flynn
1989

Submitter: This book had a crazy layout and after 27 years, I think it out of date.  But enjoy the scans!

Holly: Great choice for a public library, but I have to agree that it’s a bit outdated. I’m not a fan of the format either. I don’t know where to look first! Also, I think the lady on the cover’s answer is just hold your face like she is to avoid sagging. Sort of DIY face lift?

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What to do when you are waiting to die

Your Rewarding Years coverYour Rewarding Years
Mrs. Clarence H. Hamilton
1955

Holly and I have celebrated birthdays recently and I am sure this book will be such a comfort as we age into uselessness. (Full disclosure: Holly is 14 years younger than me and I am sure she would insist that I note this for the record.)

Mrs. Hamilton (Make sure you add the “Mrs”) has penned a wonderful book so all those retired housewives can look forward to doing things for other people now that the children are grown and as they wait for death. Mrs. Hamilton suggests volunteer babysitting and other “mother” type activities. She has also penned a special chapter for not being a burden when you live with your children.

Frankly, I want to be a burden to my children. They owe me.

Not aging gracefully,

Mary

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