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When a Man Loves a Woman and a Librarian Loves Weeding

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Michael Bolton: Time, Love, and Tenderness
Randall
1993

Submitter: I started a new job at a small two-year college about a month ago, and most of my work so far has been figuring out just how bad the collection really is. The prior library director saw fit to have this 1993 fan publication library-bound to ensure its longevity. Thank goodness! It’s in pretty much pristine condition. Which it should be since it’s never circulated. Most pages feature a picture or six of MB–wearing different outfits, in the company of various starlets, playing softball. Very useful for your first year economics class or something.

Holly: I’d like to say that this is the first Michael Bolton book we’ve featured on ALB, but it isn’t. It is, however, the oldest! Why on earth would the Director bind something like this? Don’t let that stop you from weeding it, though. Better question: why would a two-year college have it in the collection at all?

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How Will I Know?

Whitney Houston coverWhitney Houston
Cox
1998

Submitter: What an awful cover! Yes the processing with that translucent cover does not help. Plus the artwork itself is unflattering to Whitney. This book only covers up to 1996. There is no mention of her drug use, fall from grace, or sad death. Time to go!

Holly: The original cover is quite nice! I like the soft painting portrait of Whitney. Unfortunately, the submitted copy is all scratched up or something. Between the messed up cover, the layers of labels and tape on the spine, and the chewed-up corners, this book could be weeded on condition alone. Of all the titles in this “Black Americans of Achievement” series, this is one of the few I’d weed. It looks like a pretty nice series for school and public libraries otherwise.

 

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A “Supreme” Weeder

Diana Ross coverDiana Ross
Eldred
1975

Submitter: What is up with the picture of her on a trashcan? There was no context for that!! [See 2nd picture below]

Holly: I know I said it before, but Diana Ross is important here in Detroit. We simply must have a good biography. Not necessarily for kids, but we need at least a Motown book that includes her. Submitter included a page from the book (last image below) that talks about her family and how she wanted a lot of children. At the time, she had two daughters. According to good ‘ol Wikipedia, she had five children total, so this book is definitely missing some of the story!

 

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