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Bazaar (or Bizarre) Crafts

Easy Bazaar Crafts
Gerald Knox, Ed.
Better Homes and Gardens
1981

I know craft fairs are a thing and many people like the idea of hand made items for gifts or whatever. Not to take away any of the skill involved in creating these….things, but why would anyone want to spend time making or buying this stuff? I can honestly say I have never needed a hand shaped purse. (Although there are times that I would thing a purse with a raised middle finger would be kind of funny…)

This type of book obviously isn’t for me but I also question why we would need a book specifically geared to the bazaar or craft fair types? They don’t look particularly different or easier than other crafts.

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Behaving at the Office

Uncivil Wars
Men, Women, and Office Etiquette in the 90s
Patrick
1994

This is another of the million books published about how to get along at the office and succeed. As women entered the workforce issues of “new” office etiquette were being discussed. Discussions targeted at both men and women centered on catering to the supposed needs. For example, women being coached to get along with the boys world of work, how to dress, and level up in management. Men told to not make a “pass” and be polite to the ladies.

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Babysitting Basics

Babysitting
Dayee
1990

I’m going to have to award this book “Most boring cover art”. Seriously, this book design looks like they had some bad wallpaper laying around and someone said, “hey put that on a book, the teens will love it.”

Cover “art” not withstanding, the content isn’t too bad. The book is written in scenarios and then there is a brief discussion. There is also a business like theme so kids think about this professionally, including interviewing. The general advice is okay, but the technology available these days (cell phones, nanny cams, etc) definitely needs to be discussed for the 21st century babysitters.

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Not so fabulous

Fabulous Oriental Recipes
Blinn
1989

This very cheap book is not really library-worthy. It would fall apart within about 10 uses. That said, the fact that it is still decent shape already tells me that it really wasn’t a good choice in 1989. The term oriental is not a appropriate, and in many contexts, offensive.The recipes also look like they have been “Americanized”. I doubt by just tossing in chow mein noodles or soy sauce makes a dish an authentically Asian.

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Get some help!

Get Help
Solving the Problems in Your Life
Gilbert
1989

This is essentially a directory of agencies and organizations aimed at young people with problems. In 1989, this would be a reasonable purchase for a teen nonfiction collection. However, in 2022 this is simply taking up shelf space. It would never occurr to a teen to use a book to look up an organization. This book should have been tossed with all the telephone books and other directories when the Internet took over the job of being a giant directory.

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Canadian Animals in the USA

A Second Book of Canadian Animals
May
1967

Animal books are a slam dunk choice in any public library youth collection. They are always popular, and I have weeded those books on condition more often than not. They simply wear out from use.

There is nothing particularly wrong with this book, other than the outdated language. The black and white illustrations aren’t particularly appealing as color photographs or illustrations.This book just looks dated. I am not sure references to Canadian animals makes any sense, especially since this is sitting in a Michigan public library.

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Boys are important people!

How To Talk To Boys
and Other Important People
Winters
1983

Girls, here is your chance to get a boy to like you. Are you shy? This book has all the right things to say, so you can get the boyfriend of your dreams!

This book is a bit much for 1983. I am not sure that today’s teens would find anything remotely useful in this book. I doubt this advice would work in 1983 as well. This book gives advice on what to say, with some help from Barbara Walters! There is advice on how to be a good listener (aka shut up and let the boy talk). Good grooming is essential. In other words, looks count.

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The “New” Secretary

The New Secretary
How to Handle People As Well as You Handle Paper
Booher
1985

The “new” secretary is now kind of old. It even seems a bit old for 1985. I believe that now they are administrative assistants. I haven’t heard the word secretary unless it is in reference to a presidential cabinet post.

The advice presented is so outdated it’s laughable. Boss making the move on you? Just say no! It’s cute how they just assume that a no and a professional demeanor is all that is required to keep a predatory boss in check.