A Show of Hands: Say it in Sign Language
Sullivan and Bourke
Submitter: We’re a mid-size Canadian public library with quite a big collections budget, so heaven only knows why we still had this ancient and hilarious book when we have much newer (and less inadvertently hilarious and awful) ones! It also had a spine label done on a type-writer, which is how I initially found it—I scan the shelves for those babies!
Holly: The signs on the pages are for the days of the week. I don’t really get it, though. It takes her a week to get out a sneeze? She sneezes every day of the week? WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE??
Submitter: I just found this book on the shelf in our academic library. Being 25 years old, some sections are more outdated than others. Particularly amusing from today’s perspective are the bits about communication: public pay phones, long-distance phone calls, and telegrams! I actually thought telegrams had gone by the wayside a lot sooner than 1988.
Holly: Anyone new to this country would be very disappointed to find out that pay phones are not in booths, gas stations, lobbies, etc. and that answering machines are not “becoming widespread,” but disappearing as voice mail takes over. Western Union might have still sent telegrams in the late 1980s, but it wasn’t as common as this book makes it sound.
Straight from the 1970s, we have another make your man better book. This husband and wife are here to teach you to the inside secrets to improving your man. I bet all the men are very eager to learn how they can be more sensitive. I wonder if these two are still married?