mom got a job

Yikes! Mom got a job?

My Mom Got a Job
Smith
1979

Mom got a job and now life is cruel. The basic story is that child laments how Mom used to do all these great things and now she doesn’t.  Dad’s role and responsibility in parenting is somewhat vague.  

As you can see from the image below, the new job also implies that Mom is letting kid slide on housework .  Kind of a boring story and the illustration on the cover (I think the eyes mostly) are giving me the creeps.  Not really that awful, but certainly no award winner either.

I will admit to some personal bias on this topic as a well-meaning (idiotic) school employee told me that my part time library “career” was probably a contributing factor in my son’s less than stellar behavior during 8th grade. I will also point out that no one ever said things like that to my husband.  Said child also remarked to school officials that he was probably genetically pre-disposed to behavior problems since his parents were also troublemakers.

how to work for a woman boss

Working for the (Wo)Man

How to Work for a Woman Boss, Even If You’d Rather Not
Bern
1987

The boss lady on the cover sure looks mean!  Sure, women as bosses were still something of a novelty in 1987.  In 2010 (I mean 2011!)  there are certainly discussions about women in business, women in positions of power, communication styles in the workplace, and all that.  This 1987 book is not going to address any current issues, so its time has come and gone.  I love the little blurb about how this topic has never been discussed openly or honestly “until now”.  Weeder!