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It’s an emergency!

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Family Emergencies

What’s with the kid on the bike?  Is he hurt? Being chased by zombies? I am not sure where the publishers were headed with this cover art.

Most of the contents are predictable and cover generic situations. I feel that this whole book is not organized properly and that it feels a bit light on details. I guess the best word would be amateurish.

The snake and insect bite info is not very helpful. (It also bothers me that they refer to spiders and scorpions as insects.) I would think some more in depth descriptions of the actual spiders or snakes would be helpful. Some of these creatures are specific to certain climates or regions. It’s not like I have to worry about too many scorpion problems in Michigan. Regardless, as medical and safety information, it should be weeded, as I am sure it is out of date.


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Don’t kill your husband!

How Not to Kill Your Husband

Ladies, your husband is a busy man and can’t be responsible to make good health decisions. Your inattention to his health could LITERALLY KILL HIM! Fortunately, this book will save you. This is a book for wives on how to properly monitor and care for your husband’s health through diet, exercise and stress reduction.

Written in the voice of the oh-so-knowledgeable doctor talking about those silly men that we ladies must take care of since they are just a bunch of giant babies. These delicate men need their wives to reduce the stress, cook healthy meals and evidently prevent him from doing stupid things that might hurt him. I guess it is time to add “babysit a grown man” to your list of chores. I am sure all the men out there will love the wife hounding them on everything they do. Naturally, if he chooses to ignore our awesome help and he dies, it will be our fault.

Where is the book for husbands on how not to be a burden and a selfish ingrate for your wife?


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Stress Is Good For You

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Stress for Success: How to Make Stress on the Job Work for You

Submitter: I just can’t even.

Holly: Hanson had a few stressy books in the late 80s/early 90s. The Joy of Stress seems to be a popular pick for libraries too, according to Worldcat. He seems extremely qualified, actually, with a background in sports medicine. According to Stressipedia (yup, that’s a thing!), he has done a lot of work in pain management without drugs – pretty important to NFL and NHL players who have to be careful about what shows up in drug tests. Submitter included some screen shots from inside the book (below). In 1991 the “Problems Unique to Women” section was probably more relevant than today. The section on substance abuse says that cocaine “currently produces the most headlines.” Not so much in the midst of our current opioid crisis. So, this book is very outdated.

Outdated books stress me out. I’m going to use that stress to do some weeding. See? I’m making stress on the job work for me!

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