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Cheap, Cheerful, and Useless

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Cheap & Cheerful
Homemaking on a Budget
Forsyth
1973

I think this is probably one of the worst decorating/DIY books ever. None of the illustrations are any help. Note the kitchen layout picture. No context. No room dimensions or anything that might help the reader actually do the project. This book was a waste of money in 1973, let alone 2017.

Also, I don’t think any of this stuff is particularly cheerful, but then I am kind of grouchy today.

Mary

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Home Repair for the Ladies

Home Repairs Any Woman Can Do coverHome Repairs Any Woman Can Do
Philbin
1973

Submitter: [This] book so obviously dismisses females as able to perform home maintenance. Besides that, the book seems to contain useful information for any homeowner not exactly knowledgeable about construction, plumbing, electrical wiring, and such, regardless of gender. I would not say your “average” male is completely up to code on his TV repair skills either, even accounting for the time period!

Holly: This was a great choice for a public library in 1973 (although I’m not sure the community college in which it was found was ever the ideal place for it). It could have been weeded by the early 1980s at the latest. What was probably empowering in the 70s is demeaning and insulting today.

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It’s All in the Jeans!

American Denim coverAmerican Denim: A New Folk Art
Beagle
1975

Jeans aren’t just some groovy pants, they are art!

This is one of those books that isn’t necessarily awful. The point of this book is to show design/art with denim. That’s cool. Is it a weeder? Not unless it isn’t within the scope or mission of your collection. This wouldn’t be worth space in my tiny library but larger or specialized libraries would probably snap this up. I feature it here on the site because I love the model pictures and I am wondering how much they had to pay these models. My personal favorite is the jean jacket with the upside down sheep (I think that is what it is) and the nude woman (last picture).

Mary

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