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Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey - cover
Jim Carrey: Funny Man
Wallner
1996

Submitter: This Jim Carrey bio is 20 years old. To think of all the success he has had since then, make this book obsolete. There was not much worth scanning in this book except an address you can write to Jim! Should write and see if he responds?

Holly: Yeah, you do that and let us know how it goes! Look at his fresh face on the cover. Far cry from the bearded look he currently has going on.

 

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Jim “Catfish” Hunter

Jim Catfish Hunter - cover
Jim “Catfish” Hunter
Burchard
1976

Submitter: I weeded this book from an urban [elementary] school library. In the introduction it compares professional baseball to slavery, because the players are traded from team to team. I guess that’s the kind of racist comment that was considered acceptable to print in a children’s book in 1976. It gives a very clear answer to the difficult question many libraries with tight budgets struggle with: Is it better to have an outdated item on a topic, rather than no items on a topic? NO. This library now has no baseball biographies, and that’s okay.

Holly: Kids today are not interested in every single sports star from their parents’ generation. There are some, for sure, who will never be bad subjects for a school library collection (Babe Ruth, for example), but keep the books themselves up to date! If Jim “Catfish” Hunter is worthy of the collection, there will be a newer book available. (Never heard of him…but admittedly I’m not a baseball fan.) I’m with submitter: NO books on a topic is better than only awful ones.

 

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Oh-Oh-Oprah

Oprah Winfrey
Presnall
1999

 

Submitter: Before she ended her TV show, before the Book Club, there was this 1999 biography on Oprah. My local library has 7 copies of this book throughout their system. On page 90 I think there is an error. I am pretty sure that is Dr. Phil, not one of her lawyers from the cattle rancher’s lawsuit.

 

Holly: I’m really tired of these publishers using the worst possible picture of celebrities on the covers of their books. Oprah Winfrey is a beautiful woman, and there are so many better photos than this one! She’s still relevant, so this needs to be updated.

 

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What’s Love Got to Do With It

Papa Don’t Preach

True Colors Shining Through (Ok, this one is actually kind of perfect.)

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me

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