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Parton Me?

Dolly Parton coverDolly Parton: Country Goin’ to Town
Women of Our Time
Saunders
1985

Submitter: Parton me?….  Do you think this would ever in a million years attract my central NJ vocational high kids?  Last circulation date December 2003.

Holly: Dolly Parton is beloved and legendary, and her childhood story was recently aired on TV, so hopefully there are some new books about her. I don’t think vocational high kids in New Jersey are the best audience for this, though. Also, the cover art feels 1980s (the time it was published), and Dolly grew up in the 1950s. I swear she’s wearing high waist jeans and a Members Only jacket here!

Oh-Oh-Oprah

Oprah Winfrey coverOprah 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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Make History Fun with Cartoons!

Leaders of AmericaLeaders of America
Capsule Biographies of over 260 Famous Personalities
Pederson
1975

This one I found when I was weeding the juvenile nonfiction. Of course it is old and worn out, but take a look at these cartoon illustrations. The color palette is awful and everyone looks like they had some kind of tanning booth accident. I get that this is to mimic the newspaper comic panels (because the kids dig the funny papers!) and the content isn’t that bad. They actually have a few women and minorities represented. Will a kid from this century want to use this book? Not a chance.

Mary

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