I Want to Believe, Again

Alien Abduction - cover
How to Defend Yourself Against Alien Abduction

Gotta admit I love all of the alien, Bigfoot, and anything else residing over in 00’s of the Dewey Decimal System. It is a bunch of fun and a great icebreaker for any kind of nonfiction reader advisory. I haven’t got much in the way of expertise on aliens, but given my exciting career in public libraries, I am convinced that maybe there are aliens that walk among us.  They are the ones who threaten staff over a 10 cent fine, ask me to decide which Facebook profile picture is “sluttier”, and keep asking for Larry King’s mailing address so they can inform him of the coming apocalypse, or what we in public libraries call Wednesday.

Is it a weeder? In my library this material circulates well so it would only be weeded if the condition indicated or it fell off in popularity. Your mileage may vary.



Alien Abduction - back cover

Alien Abduction - Mental struggle

Alien Abduction - Repellents


  1. I recently set up a UFO display in my own department and the books went flying off the shelves (so I suppose these “flying objects” were in fact identifiable). There is never a shortage of UFO books out there, so keep them current, as even worn and old-looking books, even on a hot topic such as this, will remain on the shelves as borrowers pick over the new ones. I reviewed Alien Obsession for Amazon.com, a work which attempts to find a religious meaning behind the alien phenomenon. Like you, Mary, I love the Dewey range that covers controversial knowledge, and I have enjoyed reading Whitley Strieber’s abduction tales. Some of the older (and I mean 1950’s older, which is nascent for this phenomenon) are classics, yet should be weeded, but are a curiosity for UFO lovers like me (even though I call myself a solipsist who doesn’t believe in any extraterrestrial life of any form at any time).

  2. Can I make a lame pun about the use of the word “inalienable” on page number… something? Did the aliens abduct the page numbers and violate this books inalienable rights, or is it just really cheap publishing?

    Also, above the ISBN: “UFOS/SELF-HELP”! There is so much to LOL at that doesn’t actually involve the subject matter.

  3. The “mental struggle” description sounds a lot like they are talking about dealing with plain old sleep paralysis. Not nearly as scary as aliens.

  4. In my library, books in the 00’s are not weeded because there are only like four of them. (I’m working on collection development, I swear!)

  5. J: Edgar Mitchell is apparently pretty open about his belief in UFOs and extraterrestrial life. It sounds like he subscribes to a government-cover-up conspiracy theory so an endorsement of a book like this isn’t too surprising.
    Full disclosure: My info comes from Wikipedia so take it with a grain of salt (if you have any left from warding off “entities”).

  6. WOW! I could have written this book myself! Those who frequent this website may realize that I have studied flying saucers for years now, and exchanged many emails with Stanton Friedman.

  7. So maybe I shouldn’t be dismissive of my mother-in-law’s essential oil obsession after all… In all seriousness, I may actually more worried about her if she can also add “ward off aliens” to her list of what her “miracle oils” can do.

  8. I read this post with “The Master’s Theme” from Doctor Who, how appropriate! I think he would be offended by the idea you could scare him away with salt or flowers, though. Once you’re in his clutches, there’s no escape!

  9. This sounds like a bunch of medieval superstitions regarding repelling demons or witches rehashed into repelling aliens. Same nonsense, different packaging.

  10. Sounds like they’re describing a textbook case of sleep paralysis.

    But, y’know, it’s weird and unsettling, so ALIENS.

  11. Well, if you find yourself abducted you’ll know the polarity wasn’t right for you….

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