Street Kids title page

Street Kids

Street Kids
Cole
1972

Submitter: This book is a time capsule and not in a good way. Being 50 years old, it is no longer helpful to the subject. Maybe in a research library it might have some worth. This book is a classic case of a white man going into the inner city to save the kids he believes need to be saved. He lets four kids give their first hand account of their lives and that’s about all that was interesting. Finally, the police passage could have been written today…

Holly: Public libraries: please do better for your patrons. This helps no one.

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The Prime of Life?

Middle Age
The Prime of Life?
Fiske
1979

I like how the title is phrased as a question.

Fiske was an academic and published several articles and books on aging. This book is geared to a non academic audience. If I remember correctly, age discussion was a topic of mainstream popular psychology. Gail Sheehy’s Passages was a 1976 publication that was  a wildly popular that also talked about adult life changes.  I actually remember reading Sheehy’s book back in college.

When I picked up this book, I immediately thought this was a less interesting version of Sheehy’s book. Fiske had some serious research credentials and unfortunately her book suffered from poor book design and some less than awesome photos/illustrations. Please take a look at the last 2 pictures on the page. Now I am wondering what will happen if I get too stressed.

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We Came to North America

We Came to North America: The Jews
Horton
2000

Submitter: Perhaps the most surprising thing of all about this book is that, despite being published in the year 2000, the author and editors decided that it was okay to name the book “The Jews”. My birthday is Pearl Harbor Day, and at the age of 5, my mom took me aside to talk about why my granddad saying that it was the day the “Japs bombed Pearl Harbor” was not okay for me to repeat when talking about my birthday’s significance. If a 5-year-old can comprehend that certain terms are racist, why is it so hard for this book publisher, author, and editors to comprehend it? Even more so, if the nonfiction section in my library was weeded semi-recently, why was this book not weeded earlier, or, even better, why was it bought in the first place?