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Come to the library to cure your agoraphobia!

Agoraphobia workbook cover


The Agoraphobia Workbook: A Comprehensive Program to End Your Fear of Symptom Attacks
Pollard and Zuercher-White

Submitter: We all wondered how exactly an agoraphobic would find this book on the shelves of our library? And I thought the inside should read “You are cured!” if indeed someone suffering from agoraphobia did check it out.
Are you surprised to learn that it never once circulated and was in pristine condition?

Holly: I am surprised by the pristine condition part. Workbooks get written in within seconds of hitting the shelves. My library has a home delivery service for people who are homebound…maybe there are some potential readers there! Or for people who are trying to understand their agoraphobic friends/family. I have less issue with the subject matter and more issue with its age and the workbook format.



Curing Breast Cancer

Early Detection coverEarly Detection
Breast Cancer is Curable

A breast cancer book from 1974? You have got to be kidding me! Maybe the holding library liked the groovy cover. I don’t need to say that this book in a health section of a modern public library is ridiculous.  Not to mention, the pages were stained and falling out. The tape on the cover has a nice yellow tone as well.

Rule of thumb: Health materials are suspect after 5 or so years.  Perhaps when Marvella Bayh died a mere 5 years later from breast cancer should have been another sign to look closely at the medical collection. Breast cancer was finally getting noticed in the 70s as a significant health issue thanks to women like Marvella, as well as Betty Ford. Good choice in 1974, bad one for 2015.



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Family Fun with Alzheimer’s Disease

Maria's Grandma Gets Mixed Up

Maria’s Grandma Gets Mixed Up

I know all of you look forward to when our favorite author discusses major social problems. This time Doris tackles Alzheimer’s disease. Given the destructive nature of Alzheimer’s, books geared to kids should be part of any collection plan. I think we can skip this one, though.

Maria’s grandmother is living with her family and she has memory problems and gets “mixed up”. Maria prays about it and then the book ends. Mostly it is a description of the grandmother’s “wacky” problems with dementia. I am still trying to figure out the picture with the giant hands…


Be sure to check on Doris’ other gems here in the Doris Hall of Infamy category! You won’t be disappointed.

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