Clothing for Disabled People

Does this make my butt look fat?

Clothes for Disabled People
Goldsworthy
1981

This lovely title comes to us from an anonymous ALB spy in Michigan.  I would imagine that this is a great topic for a public library.  Ease of dressing for people who have limited mobility and other physical issues is important.  However, looking at the cover now – in 2009 – suggests that if you are in a wheelchair, you cannot be fashionable.

I think the guy in a wheelchair is saying to the woman, “Do I really have to dress like Mr. Rogers?”

Guide for Young Homemakers

It’s all about the homemaking

Good Housekeeping’s Guide for Young Homemakers
William Laas, ed.
1966

The forward of this book sort of says it all: “Homemaker–no other word in the language so precisely suggests what a young married woman is expected to do.”   Actually this is an interesting book and kind of household ‘how-to’ encyclopedia.  There are several pages on ironing and laundry.  Caring for furs is another large article. 

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 No. Just outdated.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!

Book for Men

Stag Lines!

Bert Bacharach’s Book For Men
Bert Bacharach
1953

Isn’t this a hoot?  Thanks to anonymous submitter! This book is clearly before my time, so I was trying to figure out the meaning of “stag lines” for every occasion.  (I have heard of  stag films.) I am thinking this is a 50’s version of pickup lines or anecdotes–maybe to impress women?  I also thought that maybe the author was composer Burt Bacharach.  Not so ALB music fans.  According to WorldCat, our man BERT is an author of all things hip and cool for the 1950’s and not a composer.  Anyone with insider info on this title please enlighten us to the real meaning of stag lines. 

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.

OJ Simpson

I wonder what’s up with the “Juice” since 1977?

The Picture Life of O.J.Simpson
Jameson
1977

I bet there are few pictures missing from this picture biography of O.J.’s life.   I wonder if today’s kids remember that he was a football player?  Biography is tough nut for me.  I personally object to anyone getting a biography before age of 50 since they really have a lot more life left!  (Since I am pushing 50 myself, I might change that to 60.)  Case in point, our friend O.J.  Think he has had a few life changes since 1977?
I would love to hear from youth librarians about this one!

Dee Snider's Teenage Survival Guide

House of Hair

Dee Snider’s Teenage Survival Guide
Snider
1987

It’s confession time, ALB fans.  I, Holly Hibner, am a closet metal head.  Actually, not so closet.  I have been to several heavy metal concerts and been known to “bang my head” while driving.  Are you shocked?  Just doing my part to break the librarian stereotype…

Ok, now that true confession time is over, let’s talk about this book.  Dee Snider was the lead singer of Twisted Sister in the ’80s.  This was a cool book in my day!  It’s still a good book message-wise, but if you gave this book to a teenager today they would probably laugh hysterically and ask who the clown on the cover is.  It’s definitely time for an upgrade!

Catholic Youth's Guide to Life and Love

ALB risks eternal damnation!

Catholic Youth’s Guide to Life and Love
George A. Kelly
1960

I might be flirting with disaster to suggest this for inclusion in our little project. Today, I want to just throw caution to the wind! This little gem showed up by accident in our ILL bin. Of course everyone on staff LOVED this book and we passed it around all day! (I did have to define “petting” to some of our younger staff members!) For all of ALB fans that can remember the church before Vatican II or attended a Catholic school, you will love this book and the stroll down memory lane!