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Let’s Get Physical!

Sexual Fitness
Complete Vitality
Time Life Books
1988

Feeling sluggish and want to get back into a high intensity bedroom “workout”? This is the book for you. Grab your partner and bring on the sexy. Exercise and general fitness is essential for a healthy sex life. Getting in shape with your partner has the added benefit of getting those sexy times started.

We also have lots of options in workout gear. Ladies, break out the tights and leotards for a sleek look. Sexy exercise also includes lots of touching, so evidently the expected “workout” attire is a lace camisole.

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Women Do Business

Workbook for a Woman’s Guide to Business and Social Success: A Personal Analysis Record
1983

Submitter: We found this workbook still sitting on the shelf, long after the actual textbook was weeded, 15 years ago! The work book is filled with the classic tropes of the era. Ladies need to be thin, pretty and submissive to make it in the working world. An ‘interesting’ glimpse into the past.

Holly: This. Is. Awful. Sections like “My Cosmetics and How I Will Apply Them,” “My Hair Care and Coiffure Arrangement Analysis,” and “Developing and Attractive Voice” make me want to vomit.

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Retro Granny Squares

Illustrated Patchwork Crochet
Contemporary Granny Squares for Clothing and Home Decorating
Scharf
1976

In the land of crochet styles, nothing says 1970s like a granny square. This had a lot of influence in many of the “fashion” of the time. (I personally sported a sweater vest of granny squares in junior high.) There have been some nice modern takes since this book was published. So we will use the word “contemporary” loosely in this instance.

Aside from the very obvious 1970s vibe, this particular book was in good shape (aside from some yellowing). I have seen better and more modern takes on the granny square, but if it is still getting checked out, doesn’t smell like feet, and works in your library, then by all means hang on to this one. Granny squares will always be part of the crochet universe since they are great for newbies. Stick to baby blankets, because babies don’t care.

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Fast Food Careers

Opportunities in Fast Food Careers
Eberts and Gisler
1989

Submitter: I work in an academic library and this “career advice” book was still hanging out on the shelves in mid-2022. I was really surprised to see that there was an entire book dedicated to this topic. There are some chapters about the history of the fast food industry and what franchising entails but the majority of the book is dedicated to becoming the best possible customer servant you can be and climbing the ladder to middle management. The authors dedicate an entire chapter to the necessary educational credentials which is probably one chapter more than what is necessary. Check out the vintage photos!

Holly: High school courses in math, science, business, and computer science are helpful in just about any career, but and the idea that “Most home economics departments are now open to boys as well as girls…” (p.88) is beyond ridiculous in this day and age. It was in 1989 too, actually. The computer science examples miss the point of computerized fast food processes in this day and age, where every fast food restaurant has an app and point of sales systems are pretty complex. And yes, submitter is right that the photos are “vintage.” I’ll tell you one thing: anyone with fast food experience on their resume is worth a look in library service. They may be great at customer service, multitasking, and team work.

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Criminal Kids

Every Kid’s Guide to the Juvenile Justice System
Berry
1987

Those of you who have been hanging around ALB for a while might recognize one of our “regulars”. (Here and here.) This time we have Berry tackling the serious issue of juvenile justice. To say that the look is a bit incongruous with the subject matter is an understatement.

The actual text isn’t bad for the late 1980s, but it does present a rather rosy view of how criminal justice works. I am quite certain that many non white folks are going to dispute this view. My other beef with this book is that I am not sure what age group she is targeting. The text is a bit dense for some elementary students but book looks like it might be targeting the young elementary.

Regardless of content, nonfiction or informational books really do need to define the target audience and present material in an appropriate way. I can see the older elementary crowd saying it looks young and the younger crowd becoming frustrated with the vocabulary.

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Take my wife!

Male Husbandry
or Conditioning Your Man to Marriage
Ketchum
1956

If you are in the mood for some throwback humor from the 1950s, here is your opportunity to joke with those poor henpecked husbands. The premise is how to train your husband, since he is nothing but a barely civilized dolt. The author offers wives some helpful “training” tips to get your man in line-mostly through emotional manipulation and subterfuge. Hilarity at its finest. (Insert rim shot)

Since this was plucked from a university collection, I won’t say automatically weed. It might fill some research needs. I am old enough to remember this kind of humor, but this is a poor example and it goes on way too long.

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Boobs and Boys

Boobs, Boys, and High Heels
or How to Get Dressed in Just Under Six Hours
Brill
1992

So Dianne Brill is an actress/designer, an 80s-early 90s club kid, and muse of Andy Warhol. She was dubbed “Queen of the Night.” The book’s content isn’t really my cup of tea, but it is a legit purchase for a collection….in the early 1990s. Is it weed-worthy? In my opinion, and for my library, it is, unless I had some big circulation numbers. This book is 30 years old, so fashion design (and any health and beauty tips or products) are out of date. This might work for collections in NYC area or in specialty collections on pop culture or fashion design.

I kind of put some celebrity advice books in a temporary category in terms of weeding. If the book is still circulating, and the person is still noteworthy, I would consider retaining. There are lots of books that are like this. We have a couple of good examples: Sophia Loren, Travis Stork, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Dick Clark. They give lots of advice. I am not sure the advice is any good, but I guess that is a different book.

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The Internet might turn out to be something big!

Strategic Internet Marketing
Vassos
1996

This was still in circulation at a public library as of this writing. Yikes! You will notice that most of the examples are no longer relevant. (Oh Hello AltaVista! It’s been a while since you and I chatted. A librarian never forgets her first search engine.)

This book would have been a decent purchase back in 1996. It is a real deep dive, with emphasis on the research. This book was written for the business folks rather than the tech people. I also think this was written to help make the business case for the brick and mortar crowd that just didn’t get the technology.

Why it is still in a public library collection gathering dust is a mystery…