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Fashionistas

Fashion Source Book: A Visual Reference to Twentieth Century Fashion
De La Haye
1988

Submitter: Although the early chapters are informative on the history of fashion, the lack of anything past 1988 makes this book an easy weed for a public library. Like shoulder pads – off to the dumpster with this book.

Holly: As a “source book” it’s definitely past its prime. If you need the space for current fashion books, let ‘er go. If you’re not strapped for space, it might work as a fashion history book. I think¬†actual fashion history books are still better, but #budgets, amiright?

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Bad Teens

Teen Violence
Lang
1991

Terrible teens are doing some seriously bad stuff and this book is here to tell you all about it. This is one of those social science books built for a research report. They usually come as a set of “current issues” that are targeted for middle school/high school. They all generally follow the same structure.

This book outlines those possible “causes” of violence in teens including: Nazis, gangs, video games, and drugs. There is a bit of data or quotes from articles about the topic. Nothing truly earth shattering. Also, it wasn’t as teen specific as the title would indicate.

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Avocado Trauma

The Avocado Cookbook
Bauer and Logerman
1967

I can’t decide if the pictures in black and white are a good thing or a bad thing. Especially after seeing the color photos. I am a big fan of avocados! I like them cut up plain and will add them to sandwiches, salads, etc. Take a look at these recipes. The guacamole recipe given sounds awful. I guess they were looking for a no texture type of “dip”. The other stuff is okay, but the photos make it look worse than it probably is. Also, when was guacamole pronounced with silent g?

I am also going to have to give a thumbs down to the Dipsy Doodle Dip. Step away from the mayo and cream cheese people!

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Curtains for the 1980s

Curtains and Window Treatments
Fishburn
1982

This book was just dirty. And not in a good way. Seriously, just take a nice wipe to the cover. Since COVID, I am overly concerned about visible crud on books.

This reminds me of “Laura Ashley meets shabby chic” for the 1980s. Having attempted budget decorating in the 1980s, this really was reflective of the latest in home fashion, and would have been a decent choice for a home decorating collection. Those balloon type shades in the third picture below seemed to be in every house back in the day. I tried to copy some homemade versions and ended throwing in the proverbial towel since it just didn’t look straight. I blame cheap fabric and my less than stellar sewing skills.

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St Patrick’s Day Special

At the Butt End of a Rainbow and Other Irish Tales
Livesey
1970

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone. I actually forgot today was St Patrick’s Day until I had an appointment and the staff was all decked out in green. COVID has killed my sense of time and I am stuck in some sick rendition of the movie Groundhog Day, repeating the same day over and over. Since I am married to Southside Irish and have been to the parade, drank beer, and marveled at the green Chicago River, I feel obligated to share this post from 2012. You can read the original post here.

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Boomer Television

TV Book
The Ultimate Television Book
Firemen, ed.
1977

This TV retrospective was published in the late 1970s. It covers the early days to the mid 1970s. This would have been a decent choice for a library back in the 1970s. There is a timeline that ran through the bottom of the pages, articles on trends, and other TV events.

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Groovy Cosmetic Surgery from the 1970s

Cosmetic Surgery: A consumer’s guide
Rosenthal
1977

As of this writing, this book is still in circulation. I am going to go out on a limb and say this might be out of date. At the time of publication, this book would have been an excellent choice for a public library. There are good descriptions of the surgeries, help in selecting doctors, and a lot of before and after. It is also written in a very factual style that doesn’t glamorize the process or say that it will fix what is wrong in your life. Aside from its age, it is not a bad book.