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Wedding Night Jitters?

Your First Year of Marriage
McGinnis
1967

Marriage advice is always interesting. This gem (still not weeded!) is from 1967. It assumes that the two newlyweds have barely had any sexual experience, not even “heavy petting.” (‘Cuz nice girls and boys just don’t.) A great deal of the book is dedicated to the mechanics of sex. There was also some pretty decent family planning information, considering it was published in 1967.  There are some small chapters dedicated to “special circumstances” (pregnancy, different religions or races) and managing money. Take a look at the two pages I scanned on dealing with the in-laws.

All in all, not that bad of a choice for the 1960s. I am at a loss for why it is still in a public library collection, though.

Mary

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Make Your Man a Sensitive Man

The New Husbands and How to Become OneThe New Husbands
And How to Become One
DuBrin
1976

This is an attempt by the author to re-define marriage roles, since women’s liberation has changed the traditional role of the wife. But what about those men? What is a new husband? This author offers insights and even a quiz (I love a good quiz!) to help men figure out the new woman and marriage.

Nice glimpse into the culture of the women’s movement. However, recent events and discussions on the interwebs have me speculating that maybe things haven’t changed all that much. Back in the 1970s,  the ideal sensitive man was Alan Alda or Phil Donahue. In this century, I haven’t a clue who would be the ideal sensitive man. Suggestions?

Mary

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Who’s your daddy?

Best Dad is a Good Lover coverThe Best Dad is a Good Lover
Shedd
1977

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.

Mary

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