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Back in the USSR

Soviet Union
Jackson
1980

The Cold War was turned up to 11 when this book was published, and this text reflects that tension. It is more of a middle school textbook than a country book like those common in public library youth nonfiction collections. (See our Spanning the Globe category for some examples.) I’m going to guess that this was probably a rogue donation, because textbooks aren’t a usual item in a public library collection. You will be happy to know that this was still in circulation as of this writing.

Cherokee Words

Word Nerds

Cherokee Language With Pictures
Chiltoskey
1972

Submitter: I was in the last part of the 400s, where people go to learn to speak another language and found these three books. The good news – they were no longer in the catalogue. Meaning at some point they either were not transferred over when we switched from Dynix to Sirsi, were transferred but then marked missing and stayed that way in the system until auto-discarded, or were discarded and someone forgot to black out the labels. The bad news is they were still on our shelves as of January 21st, 2021!

Festivals Feasts Fairs and Festivals

Fiesta!

Mort’s Guide to Festivals, Feasts, Fairs, & Fiestas
Barish and Mole
1974

Submitter: Another very dated book we weeded. Dated and wrong. Is ANY festival from 1974 still being held in 2020? I looked up my own state, and while the basic information is mostly correct for the time, there are some glaring errors. Mainly, misspelling the Merrie Monarch Festival as “Merry.” This is sacrilege here. However, “mouthwatering Polynesian and Oriental foods” are still part of the state fair, and any fair, really! And the teeny, tiny type!

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Soviets in the 1980s

Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984?
Amalrik
1981; revised and expanded edition

Having a date as part of the title automatically limits its shelf life. Even if the title just said “Will the Soviet Union Survive?” probably could have bought more time on a shelf. Having said that, these books do have a place in a university or archival collection. Public libraries, on the other hand, would probably be better retiring this and replacing with historical retrospectives.

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Pros and Cons of the Soviet Life

The Soviet Union
Opposing Viewpoints
Bender and Leone, ed.
1988

All of a sudden I have a bunch of Soviet Union material from the 1980s. The Opposing Viewpoints series of books is practically a staple of youth/teen nonfiction collections. In 1988, this would have been a great choice. The Cold War dominated news of the 1970s and 1980s. Brezhnev’s death in 1982 marked the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union. So this little book was published at one the most interesting times in history. For the most part, there is a discussion on policies such as human rights, women’s equality, and government.

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Find yourself some gold in Michigan

Gold in Michigan
MARC Geologic Research Services
1987

This is more pamphlet than book. It is more of a general summary of gold discoveries in Michigan. This is basically a county guide to gold discoveries. It is geared to the lay person and it would be a natural choice for any public library in Michigan.

It is a weeder because its physical binding is gone, the typeset is terrible to read and the images are fuzzy. There are also no direct citations other than an author’s note that the information was from state and national records. However, depending on the item’s condition and collection parameters, it might be a keeper. I doubt this would be important to geology research, but it could be helpful for historical or genealogical leads.

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Bilingual Letters And Applications

Bilingual letters and applications
Ammar
[date of publication not identified]

Submitter: Chapter IX LETTERS REGARDING LOVE, ROMANCE AND MARRIAGE [sic] contains all you need to know about getting rid of all those unwanted female children through arranged marriage. It seems that you can place an advertisement for that pesky daughter in a local newspaper and decide which of the respondents is most worthy to take her off your hands. It goes without saying that the daughter has no say in any of this. This sort of thing seems shocking enough in the original Urdu, but becomes scarily amusing when rendered into English.

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Michigan Geography

Michigan: A Geography
Sommers
1984

Right before my library closed for the pandemic, I had started a pile of “interesting” weeds. This one was headed to the recycle bin as it was more tape than book.  I managed a quick scan and promptly forgot about it.

This is truly a geography book geared to a more academic or adult audience. It is a rather large paperback and on first glance I thought it was geared to kids. The contents are focused on basic demographic and physical description of the states. It is not for kids. It is basic descriptions and data from the late 1970s. Aside from some interesting illustrations, it is clearly out of date.