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Car Repair for the Ladies

Feminine Fix-it Auto Handbook
Ward
1974

I’m actually kind of a fan of this book. Aside from the dated advice, it is actually a pretty good book. It’s written without any cutesy condescending language.The advice is competent and not overly technical. It would be a good car book regardless of gender. The rather girly title isn’t my favorite, but for 1974 it probably worked pretty well.

I really do think the landscape for women having to talk to mechanics and car sales people is different. Granted, I have a built in shield with a automotive engineer husband. Back in the day (the 1980s) when we were car shopping, I was ignored, except when talking about colors. Same with mechanics. I was sure I would be taken to the cleaners with up-selling and unnecessary repairs.

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Groovy Teen Decor

New Young Ideas in Decorating
Walton
1970

Groovy teens everywhere will want to get their own rooms in shape…just like Grandma. All the decorating fads of the late 1960s and the early 1970s are here. Street signs? Check. Beaded curtains? Check. Gauzy drapes? Check. Peace sign? Double check. In 1970 this would have been nice choice for the young adult collection. The entire book reminded me of Rhoda’s Minneapolis apartment from the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

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Friday Fiction: Next Patient, Doctor Anne

Next Patient, Dr Anne
Gilzean
Original publication: 1959

For today’s #FridayFiction, I am indulging in my love of nurse romance with this oldie, but goodie. Dr Anne is somewhat unusual for the nurse romance genre, since this woman decides to be a DOCTOR! Best of all, she actually becomes a doctor. Anne fails her entrance exam, while boyfriend Jonathon heads off to medical school without her. She spends the next year working and studying and then finally is accepted. Jonathon, is already there and is evidently not the same guy she knew when she was planning her life. There are a few hints that he isn’t the one from the get go. However, fellow doctor pal Bill, who was not quite on Anne’s love radar, professes his love for Anne.

Given the pub date, I was so glad that Anne did not quit medicine to “be a real woman”. She struggles and makes mistakes, gets yelled at by nurses, and works hard. I like that she is not necessarily portrayed as some serene goddess of perfection. She seems to mature through the book as both an adult woman and a doctor.

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Microwave Everything!

Sunset
Microwave Cook Book
Gaulke, ed.
1976

The Sunset books have been featured here more than a few times. They covered everything: camping, home decorating, fashion/crafts, and of course cooking/entertaining. I am sure we have only scraped the surface of the awful possibilities. Back in the olden days, I probably would have bought them for the collection, just because they were so well known.

Microwave cooking was all the rage in the mid 1970s. However, as I remember my mother (and myself) trying to microwave something, I swear the food always turned a grayish color and looked awful.

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Home Office Advice

The Home Office Book
Alvarez
1990

Time to get your home office in shape. This book is pretty comprehensive. All the those important decisions on furniture, equipment, and design are helpfully analyzed for convenience.

  • What version of DOS do you need?
  • IBM Clone or the real IBM?
  • Lotus 1-2-3 or VisiCalc?
  • America Online or Prodigy?
  • Cordless phone or phone with a cord?

Of course you should also consider driving or walking to the post office because this book is still a few years from widespread home use of the Internet. Maybe you want to consider getting a fax machine?

I did get a kick out the bygone days of the early 1990s. Clunky computers, dot matrix printers and so many floppy disks are quite a contrast to the technology of today. COVID makes home offices kind of important, so maybe a more up to date book on home offices is required.

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More Teen Angst for #FridayFiction

Class Pictures
Sachs
1980

We have more teen angst for #fridayfiction today. Pat and Lolly met in kindergarten. The story is told by Pat. Using the class pictures from each year, Pat details the rocky road of this friendship. Pat is from a single parent household that is struggling and Lolly is from a wealthy family. Lolly’s mother isn’t a big fan of Pat, until she selected for a gifted/talented class. In the beginning, Pat was the popular one and by the time junior high school rolled around, Lolly was the beauty.

For the middle school crowd, this has that drama that most girls can relate to at that age. I don’t think there is a woman alive (maybe the guys too?) that didn’t have anxiety about who they were and where they fit in. Teen and pre-teen angst is always good fodder for the young adult set.

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Bicentennial Beef

The Bicentennial Beef Cookbook
The 100 Greatest Beef Dishes of America’s First 200 Years
Beef Industry Council
1975

I was in high school at the time of the never to be forgotten US Bicentennial. Just about every product made seemed to issue a special bicentennial version of whatever was produced. I imagine this cookbook was probably one of a thousand “special” cookbooks published in honor of the bicentennial. (I posted last year about a Bicentennial leftover from my own weeding project.)

As you can see from the totally appetizing pictures, you are really missing some serious culinary highlights in meat. Remember the subtitle is The 100 Greatest Beef Dishes of America’s first 200 years. I can imagine that great historical moment when George Washington begs Martha to make Blanketed Meat Loaf after that tough winter at Valley Forge.

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Video Technology of Yesteryear

The Electronic Revolution
TV and Video
Irvine
1983

The copy of this book that I examined was PRISTINE. When something this old is in great shape, I am immediately suspicious. In my humble opinion, this copy wasn’t used AT ALL in it’s nearly 40 years in this library. I don’t have circulation numbers, but I would bet my MLIS, that it has less than 20 checkouts in 40 years. There isn’t so much as a blemish on this cover or on the pages. Since it is in such great shape, I bet the librarians passed it by and never looked at a pub date.

For you youngsters out there, now I can show you the mysteries of the Cathode-ray tube. This is when there were actual tubes in the television. By the early 2000s, this technology started to fade into disuse as more efficient substitutes became popular. I am also particularly annoyed that the video crew didn’t bother to wear gloves or cover the equipment. I guess I should be happy they were wearing masks.