Self Defense for Girls

Girls that kick butt

Self-Defense For Girls: A Secondary School and College Manual
Tegner & McGrath
1967

Submitter: Maybe not the most awful book, but the pictures are horribly outdated and I would feel embarrassed pulling it for a patron.  Unless of course that patron was planning to have a rumble with the Jets and the Sharks.  The author also offers this rather bitter sounding advice concerning the illusion of women kicking butt on tv shows: “Sad to say, the fights bear as little relationship to actual life as do the love scenes.  Look not to the screen for guidance, girls.”

Big Book of Family Games

More Ovaltine, Please!

Big Book of Family Games
Meyer
1967

This book is just too sickeningly sweet to be real! It’s old and lame. Wrong? No. Just outdated. There are a few games in it that require “a lady’s hankie” (when was the last time you saw a “lady,” let alone one with a hankie?), a rotary dial telephone, or a 5 cent stamp. There are a lot of great family games books out there that are a lot more current and exciting, with more intriguing covers. People judge books by the cover? You bet they do!

Hanging Out

Hanging Out

Hanging Out: The Upside Down Exercise Book
Jay & Rappaport
1983

I’m not a doctor, and I’m not a trainer.  Doing inversion exercises might just be the best thing ever.  This book still has a ridiculous cover.  You have to admit, it’s dated in a really funny way.  If these exercises are still considered by health professionals to be beneficial, it’s time for a new book on the subject.