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Not my precious child

Tonight is too late cover

Tonight Is Too Late
Purtell
1965

Parents, all the possible sins your children are committing, behind your back, are right here in this conveniently packaged single volume. Purtell advocates open and honest communication with pre-teens about the consequences of drugs, premarital sex, and disease. Not too bad, especially for the time period. There are examples and quotes from law enforcement about their frustrations with the parents of young people that they are not stepping up to monitor their own children. Overall, Purtell is telling parents to wake up and smell the coffee about their precious child.

Evidently, time hasn’t changed much.

Mary

 

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Lifestyles of the Hippies

Hippie Trip coverThe Hippie Trip
Yablonsky
1968

Here is your insider guide to the mysterious world of hippies. This mostly academic work details the lifestyles of hippie culture through surveys, interviews and case studies.Yablonsky is a relatively important figure and his unorthodox research methods were part of an “immersion” philosophy as an academic. (He died in 2014 and you can read his obituary here.) Obviously, his work is important and should be included in sociology collections in the academic world. A larger public library would also probably consider including this in the collection, if community interest supported this kind of work.

I kind of chuckle since it reminds me of my undergraduate intro course in Sociology back in the day where the professor used the “hip” dialogue so he could relate to his students. Even in the late 70s, this guy sounded dated and ridiculous. I will also never forget that his opening lecture included the line: “Sociology is what sociologists do.”

Stay groovy everyone and tell it like it is,

Mary

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Steal This Urine Test

Urine Test coverSteal This Urine Test: Fighting Drug Hysteria in America
Hoffman
1987

Submitter: Perhaps this would be best described as an awful book cover as the content is (from the bit I’ve browsed) actually a well-organized and well-researched argument against mandatory drug testing. The author, Abbie Hoffman, is famous for his earlier work, “Steal this Book” which is where the title derives from.

Holly: This cover is fantastic, though. He is too, too happy about his warm bottle of pee. #Gross

I’d weed it on age and relevancy, but my library focuses on popular materials. Your mileage may vary.

 

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