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Janet Reno

Jet Reno coverJanet Reno
Simon
1994

This one came out of my library.This book has had exactly zero checkouts and has been in the collection since the mid 1990s. Of course, Janet Reno is a good subject for a youth biography. I wonder if she is just not on the kids’ radar as an important person. Regardless, Janet could use an upgrade since this book barely covers her tenure with the Clinton administration.

Mary

 

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King of Pop

Michael Jackson : music’s living legend
Reaching for the Stars series
Wallner
1991

Submitter: Holy buckets.  I found this unfortunately titled biography while doing some clean-up in our catalog – this was in a high school library, although with any luck not for much longer.  The subtitle is enough to make anyone cringe, and there’s even an address in the back so you can write to MJ and send him all your fan mail!  At the time this book was written and published, his album “Dangerous” wasn’t even out yet.  This is why you need to weed your biographies with wild abandon, people.  URGH. And check out all the other candidates for weeding with the series listing on the back of the book!

Holly: Oh yeah, some excellent weeding choices back there!  This could have been weeded a good ten or fifteen years ago.  I’m with you – dump it and replace with something that encompasses his full life and works.  The title is definitely unfortunate!

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The hottest sibling pair since Donny and Marie!

Kristy and Jimmy
TV’s Talented McNichols
Katz
1979

Remember these kids?  I was a huge fan of Family and “Buddy” for that matter, back in dark days of the 1970s. I lost track of these kids until the other day when this book showed up in a donation pile for my library.  Of course I felt old since only people over 40 seemed to know who these kids were. I had no idea that these crazy kids had teen idol status and musical aspirations.  Perhaps I am not as cool as I think.

Mary

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