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Your body is a wonderland

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How to have fun with your body
Lester
1986

Did you know that you can have fun with your body? This book is about making faces, performing tricks, and possibly grossing people out.  I can also see some of this being used as an ice breaker at a meeting. (Pro tip: I am going to suggest this should NOT be done as an ice breaker. I am of the mind that the only thing worse than a meeting is an ice breaker at a meeting.)

I know this would probably appeal to kids, but it is written for adults. I am trying to figure out why someone would need this book and what kind of reference question would make me run to the stacks and get it. Maybe I don’t want to know.

However, in the spirit of being an open minded librarian, I tried some making a few of the animal faces and I am here to report that I was unsuccessful in having fun. Also, my face kind of hurt after a while.

Mary

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Minimal Effort Cooking

holy housewife cookbook cover

Holy Housewifery Cookbook
Marbach
1968

This cookbook is about cooking with the least amount of effort. This book is the author’s collection of recipes gathered from the wild: newspaper clippings, labels off jars, etc. Essentially, it is a 1960’s version of a Pinterest board. Most of the recipes are designed to be low effort, inexpensive, just a few ingredients, with some witty commentary thrown in. (This book reminds me of one of my mom’s favorites from that time, Peg Bracken’s I hate to cook book . It was her bible.) The copy I picked up looked like it had been used to death. I am not sure that a book like this would be as necessary as in the day of my mother. Pinterest and other recipe sites probably have that covered for the modern anti-cooking crowd.

I know a lot of folks that love to cook and experiment. This is not their book. This book is for people like me who have to cook because you have hungry people crying. I’d rather make reservations.

Mary

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Marriage Hilarity

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Marital Blitz
Berenstain and Berenstain
1955

This little paperback of marital comedy is brought to you by Stan and Jan of Berenstain Bear fame.  Enjoy some rather dated comedy about the perils of marriage. I doubt it would get a second look in most library collections, but the parents of baby boomers might still get a kick out of this.

Take my wife… please,

Mary

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