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Brandon vs. Dylan: Who’s Hotter?

Beverly Hills 90210
TV’s Hottest Teens
Wallner
1992

Holly often reminds me how I evidently missed the entire decade of the 90s. As out of touch as I was, I still know that the hottest tv show at the time was Beverly Hills 90210. The eternal question of Brandon vs. Dylan is timeless. I am sure everyone has an opinion. (If one follows the gossip blogs, perhaps Kelly has finally chosen her man!)

This book is several kinds of awful. First, I wish there had been better photos.Second, is the lack of fact checking, since poor Brian Austin Green is identified with Jason Priestly’s photo and vice versa. Oh, the humanity! Finally, the information was bland-even for a youth biography. No insider gossip on Shannen Doherty or Tori Spelling. Frankly, they just weren’t that hot. However, I will defer to Holly on this subject as she is the resident 90s expert at the ALB home office.

Mary

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Not your Mama’s Period


Girls Guide to Menstruation
Voelckers
1975

Actually this might be your Mom’s period book. First, I am trying to figure out what is with this cover. Is it modern art or looking up in a forest? Is it symbolic?  So, what does it all mean?  Second, do I really need to reiterate how health information needs to be updated? Still not convinced? Take a look at the old school sanitary napkins. Try to imagine handing this to a pre-teen in 2012. I also appreciate the advice of a hot shower and perfume for pre-menstrual “tension”.  Just try and feel pretty and all your problems will go away.

Just so everyone can put this in perspective, the intended audience in 1975 is probably heading into menopause in 2012.

Mary

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Teen Marriage

Teen Marriage coverTeenage Marriage: Coping with Reality
Lindsay
Revised Edition, 1988

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.”

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