The Best Dad is a Good Lover
This title caught me off guard, which probably says more about me than the actual book. It also raised eyebrows with my fellow library pals. Sorry to those hoping for something more salacious. Regardless, this book is actually not too bad, especially if you consider the era in which it was written. The basic mission of fathers is to love the mothers of your children (and get involved with those kids). It does scream 1970s with the reference to “women’s lib.” Clearly, this is a book with a fixation on traditional marriage roles. Check out the advice for the woman wanting to work whose husband won’t “let” her.
In other news, the processing is horrible, as you can see from my attempts to cover various identifying labels. In addition to all the labeling, there are stamps everywhere: title page, verso, inside front and back, and several pages in the regular text. Seriously. Less is more, people.
Unmarried Men in America
Well, who wouldn’t pick up a book with this title? If I hadn’t been browsing the 300s I doubt this would have been on my radar. Guess what? Being single for guys is very bad for you, and society for that matter. You may think the irresponsible “Playboy” lifestyle is all that and a bag of chips, but Gilder is here to show you that being single is a one way trip to prison, or a hospital, or you may simply just die. Evidently single guys just can’t hack life.
The voice and tone is very 1970s. Nice for a glimpse into the past, but probably not a keeper for most regular public libraries. I would like to see if the author updated his book. From the dust jacket, he wasn’t married so maybe he is in prison or dead by now. If you want more on our manly man Gilder, you can see his Wikipedia page here. Sorry to disappoint, but there are no naked pictures of nomads or anyone else for that matter.
Submitter: I have a treat for you: Teenage Marriage: Coping with Reality by Jeanne Warren Lindsay. As amusing as the title is, the stuff inside is the best. A chapter entitled, “Sex Begins in the Kitchen,” another called, “People Are Not for Hitting” as well as a scorecard to predict the success of your teenage marriage. Brilliant. While I think much of the ideas about how to get along with someone are sound, the old-fashioned, and generally unflattering photos are a serious turn-off to anyone who might be reading this book for actual self-help purposes. I spotted this book when someone returned it after recently checking it out! I’d love to see the look on that teacher/professor’s face when they look at this person’s bibliography. I don’t even want to imagine that the person had checked it out for any other purpose other than a shoddily researched paper. Clearly, a lot has changed since 1988, and not just the acceptability of mustaches. I’ll be leaving this one on our Head Reference Librarian’s desk with a note that says, “Update?”.
Holly: You’re right: this is too old to be truly useful to a school report or for personal use. The advice on household budgets is unrealistic, as well as the info on job skills. Plus, the pictures are dark and depressing. The couple on the cover are enough to turn off any teen from considering marriage! Sure, they were cute on their wedding day, but now she’s rolling her eyes at him and has a headache and he’s just sitting there saying “duhhhhh.”