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When a Man Loves a Woman and a Librarian Loves Weeding

Michael Bolton cover

Michael Bolton: Time, Love, and Tenderness
Randall
1993

Submitter: I started a new job at a small two-year college about a month ago, and most of my work so far has been figuring out just how bad the collection really is. The prior library director saw fit to have this 1993 fan publication library-bound to ensure its longevity. Thank goodness! It’s in pretty much pristine condition. Which it should be since it’s never circulated. Most pages feature a picture or six of MB–wearing different outfits, in the company of various starlets, playing softball. Very useful for your first year economics class or something.

Holly: I’d like to say that this is the first Michael Bolton book we’ve featured on ALB, but it isn’t. It is, however, the oldest! Why on earth would the Director bind something like this? Don’t let that stop you from weeding it, though. Better question: why would a two-year college have it in the collection at all?

Michael Bolton back cover

Michael Bolton on stage

Chapter 2: Welcome to the world

Michael Bolton's grammy

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11 Responses to When a Man Loves a Woman and a Librarian Loves Weeding

  • Right now the “Office Space” references might be more well-known than his actual music.

    • “You know, there is nothing wrong with that name.”
      “No, there WAS nothing wrong with it, until I was about 12 years old and that no talent ass-clown became famous and started winning Grammys!!”

  • Time for this to Boltoff the shelf?

  • It’s even worse! I have pointed this out before,. This is a special type of bind. It cost extra to save, paste and mount that dust jacket/cover to the new boards. Not only did they bind this awful book, they spent extra money on it.

  • The obvious answer is – the library director is a Michael Bolton fan. It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve seen something added that shouldn’t have been because someone was a fan only for it to never circulate.

    • Exactly what I thought when I saw this posting.

    • Don’t we all have our guilty pleasure, acquisitions? Those books we bought just for ourselves? My own personal selfish purchase was a book about the NHL Nashville Predators. This in a rural middle school in the middle of South Carolina where the only sports anyone has any interest in is football, basketball, NASCAR and hunting. My brother is the President and CEO of the Predators and my son also works for them. I now have the entire school cheering for them as they are in the finals for the Stanley cup.
      Yes, probably some librarian in the future will question why I purchased that book. Sometimes we do things just because they make us happy!

  • Have to admit, I loved the Honda commercial series featuring MB!

  • Just when you think it is safe, there comes that mullet!

  • I believe there’s a MARRIED… WITH CHILDREN episode from the mid-90’s in which a joke is made about Bolton’s supposed lack of masculinity.