One Man’s Forest Stephens 1974 This book is part memoir and part how to build a lumber business on your acreage. It has a fair amount of charm, but as a DIY forestry manual it is woefully out of date.
How to manage your boss Build a Partnership with Your Boss That Will Make You Both Successful 1996 I think there should be a Dewey number for books I like to classify as “Never going to happen.” These include books
Everything You Need to Run a Business at Home Lesko 1996 If you were paying attention in the early 1990s, you might remember this guy, Matthew Lesko. He was on a bunch of infomercials hawking free money from the government.
Start Your Own Mail Order Lingerie Business Prentice Hall 1999 Looking for a career alternative? How about your own mail order lingerie business? This oddly specific business book has maybe 10 pages related to actual lingerie. What the publisher did
A New Review of Pitman Shorthand
1970 (reprint 1975)
I took shorthand a century ago and nearly failed. The scratches never looked like anything sensible and I never got near to the speed classmates seemed to manage. I dropped the course. I can’t think of the last time I remember anyone talking about or using shorthand. Even when I was doing office work in the 1980s, it was starting to fade as a required skill for administrative or secretarial jobs. This book seems to be more about refreshing skills for a dictation test rather than hard core instruction. I remember when every woman was given a typing test, regardless of the position. Shorthand was also always around as well. Anyone out there still able to take dictation with shorthand?
Crisis of the Working Mother Resolving the Conflict Between Family and Work Berg 1986 Well this little book was geared to my generation as we hit the job market in the 80s. For most working mothers, you got the choice
The Woman’s Guide to Management Success
How to Win Power in the Real Organizational World
This is a “how to get along with boys” book for women in the office. There is lots of deconstruction of management style, self-esteem, and communication. The hip theory of this time was Transactional Analysis (TA). I had a professor back in the day that talked like this the entire semester. Drove me crazy with the constant discussions of everyone’s ego states. No, this was not a psychology class, it was a teacher education class about curriculum design. It was over 35 years ago, but all I can remember is being irritated trying to talk to this guy and him not hearing me, all while telling me that I’m okay.
Under the Lights A Child Model at Work Beirne 1989 This picture book is a sort of “day in the life” of a child model. It doesn’t really glamorize the profession and attempts to show how kids that work are