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Strangers in a Strange Land

Strange People and Stranger Customs coverStrange Peoples and Stranger Customs
Baldwin
1967

Submitter: Really, I think the title and cover say it all. But, just in case readers weren’t immediately alerted to the inappropriateness of this book for a current audience, there are gems like, “Some people have more culture than others.” Also, “Over in Africa, we find much the same strange situation. In the east African grasslands Negro and Negroid people have been cattle breeders for centuries. Yet milking is the chief economic use of livestock.” *gasp* They use cattle for milk? Also, photos 3 and 4 [below] are there for the lovely sentence comparing Shilluk men to poodles.

This book is weeded, now, and headed to a fate that its author would surely find strange: reincarnation (perhaps as toilet paper?).

Holly: Let’s not teach our children that people and customs are “strange.” This has no place in most public libraries. Replace it with something current that celebrates diversity!

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A Question for the Ages

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The English: Are They Human?
Renier
1932

Came across this title and of course I had to get a look at this book.  What a title! From what I can gather this was written by a Dutchman trying to explain the English. This book explains so much! I am sure that my UK friends will be glad to know that this book exists so that those of us from the outside can really understand the particular quirks of the English.

My particular copy came from a university collection and was falling apart. I hope that someone does take some time to give that copy a bit of care. Future generations will need this book to explain those complex English folk.

Mary

 

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Germany

Germany coverGermany
Berner
1951

Holly: There are an embarrassing number of public and public school libraries that still own this title.  Country books get old after ten years, max (less than that depending on political climate, major events, etc.).  This book is 61 years old!  My parents are only slightly older than that.  This would have been a fine choice for their public and school libraries when they were kids, but a lot has changed in Germany since 1951.  A LOT.  Just look at this map for starters: Continue reading