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Where Would Jesus Sleep?

Christian Bed and Breakfast DirectoryThe Christian Bed & Breakfast Directory: The Christian Traveler’s Most Useful Guidebook
Germany (Ed.)
1995-1996 edition

Submitter: This was donated to our library, but won’t be added to the collection.  Besides the fact that it is 20 years out of date, I am stuck on what the point of this book is – Are bed and breakfasts such hotbeds of sin and scandal that Christians need to be careful which ones they patronize?  It isn’t even just supporting Christian small business owners – the introduction says that not all of these establishments are owned and operated by Christians, but they have expressed a desire to welcome Christian travelers.  Are there many bed and breakfasts that actively try to avoid Christians?  I can’t recall being asked my religious preference when I’ve booked a room before.

Holly: Are there bed and breakfast directories for other faiths? I did a series of searches on WorldCat for “Jewish Bed & Breakfast” and “Muslim Bed & Breakfast and came up empty. This one, however, has all kinds of editions lurking in library collections (though to be fair, it lists my own library, and I don’t see a holding for any edition of this title in our local catalog). It’s kind of a no-brainer for weeding based on its age, and a useless donation for most public libraries, too.

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Grecian Vacation

Land and Isles of GreeceThe Land and Isles of Greece: The Complete Vacation Guide For All Budgets
Deane
1965

Submitter: This book is living life at my local public library, still giving out 1966 travel advice for those who want to visit Greece. I know their economy has tanked, and I am pretty sure hotels are no longer $8 a night. I am also suspect on those temperatures. I would guess, with global warming, they have risen slightly since 1966.

Holly: This is a prime example of how world events require updates in the travel section. Remember Hurricane Katrina? All the New Orleans books needed updates. Remember the Indian Ocean tsunami? Yup, update. Earthquake in Japan? You got it. Greece is in the middle of a financial crisis that absolutely affects travel. Hopefully our patrons are smart enough to realize that hotels are not $8 a night, but honestly I wouldn’t count on it. Maybe they think it’s a really great exchange rate.

 

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Spinsters Abroad

Spinsters Abroad: Victorian Lady Explorers
Birkett
1989, this edition 1991

Submitter: I’m at the beginning of a massive weeding project at my public library and found this gem in the early 900s. While the topic is one that is appropriate for our collection, the title and cover are major detractors. In addition, the paperback copy is starting to yellow around the edges due to age. As awesome as these ladies are, this one is a definite discard for us.

Holly: I love the pun of the title. Spinsters A”broad”? Get it? This book could be cool: Victorian ladies shun convention in favor of adventure. According to one reviewer on GoodReads, it reads like a doctoral dissertation with percentages and facts but not enough well-developed story telling. Pure facts date a book much quicker than stories would. Bummer! Cool idea, bad delivery.

If submitter’s copy has yellow edges, they probably should weed it. If it has sat untouched for a few years, I can’t see a lot of reason to keep this one around in most public libraries. I think the cover is actually kind of appealing, but only after you read the sub-title. At first glance and out of context it’s just funny.

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