Thanks to one of ALB’s twitter people, this title was suggested as a candidate. I really didn’t know who John Matuszak was, but I just wanted a closer look at the bad boy pirate on the cover. According to the Wikipedia article, Matuszak was a football player (mostly with the Oakland Raiders) and an all around partying bad boy. He also started acting in a few semi-memorable 80s movies (Goonies) and TV. Shortly after this was published, Matuszak died of a drug overdose.
I suppose this has a place somewhere in some library, but I doubt it needs to be in mine. I would weed it in a heartbeat. Raiders fans might think differently. Any Matuszak fans want to weigh in?
I think I will check the catalog for Goonies and re-live the 80s.
I know most of you are waiting for the latest and greatest on our girl Hilary Duff. I really wasn’t aware of her work. However, I have heard of Lizzie McGuire. Ten years ago, I would have bought this throwaway bio for the collection in a heartbeat, but even serious Lizzie/Hilary fans will want something up to date.
Hangin’ With Aaron Carter
Evidently, Aaron Carter is primarily famous for being the brother of Nick Carter (of Backstreet Boys fame) and for having a few hits in the early 2000s. Yes, I admit, I had to ask who this kid is and why he has a biography. Some Googling around and I found out that our boy Aaron was also on a reality show called House of Carters. (Guess I missed that one.) Aaron also did Dancing with the Stars and a bunch of other TV shows I never heard of. Holly accuses me of having lived under a rock during the 90s and early 00s, which is probably true.
A quick check through WorldCat indicated quite a few libraries have this lovely gem still sitting on the shelves. I believe the intended audience for this book is now probably pushing thirty and have probably moved on to other music choices. Now I am going to whine the never ceasing whine of ALB: weed it and remember your target audience.
Holly: This “kid” is now 23 years old. This book was published before his parents sued Lou Pearlman for not paying out all of Carter’s royalties and before Carter was arrested for marijuana possession. See? A new book would be much more interesting than this old thing! Although, skip Carter’s biography and find one on Pearlman. Now that’s and interesting story.