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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
2003

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.

 

 

Childhood Diseases are Fun!

have a happy measle title page

Have a Happy Measle, and a Merry Mumps and a Cheery Chickenpox
Bendick
1958

Today we have an oldie, but a goodie, thanks to an alert Twitter follower. Since this is before widespread application of the vaccines for childhood illnesses, maybe these authors were just trying to spin disease as a fun vacation from school. As a child, I had measles, mumps and chickenpox and just about everyone else I knew did too. It was almost a rite of passage. I don’t really remember it being this “fun”, though. It’s definitely a weeder, but also an awesome relic from the olden days.

Stay healthy everyone!

Mary

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Afraid to Ask

Afraid to Ask coverAfraid to Ask: A Book For Families to Share About Cancer
Fine
1986

Submitter: My local library has a large network of branches. Also included are the libraries at all the public schools. This 1986 book on cancer came to me via one of those schools. The entire system has 6 copies. I would argue this was completely out of date 10 years later in 1996. But almost 30 years later?? I can only imagine all the medical advancements that have taken place in the span of 30 years. I guess I could take some small solace in the fact this book was in mint condition. It cracked when I opened it, as though it was new! Perhaps never even read.

Holly: I bet this was a good book in 1986. It could have been weeded by 1990 or so. I do like the format, but cancer isn’t quite the instant death sentence it was in 1986. That cover is not-so-inspiring!

 

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