Today we are going to examine the phenomenon of the floating head. The floating head (or heads) have shown up enough times that I am starting to suspect that this is some kind of weird subset of book design art. I am not quite sure what the artist is trying to accomplish. Maybe bring an ethereal look? The artist can only draw heads?
Social Psychology of Education
Submitter: The groovy 1970s cover caught my eye on the weeding cart! But the shabby condition and outdated content meant it had to go. See the index for Outdated Term for People of Color as well as Outdated Term for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
Holly: It’s definitely outdated! Such an odd cover, too. It breathes some life into a serious academic tome. But, the Guskins (unclear if they’re related) are well-respected scholars and the book was positively reviewed (50 years ago). It’s clearly time to weed it now for all but the most historically-centered collections.
The Story of the Dictionary
Submitter: Have to admit that I weeded Robert Kraske’s The Story of the Dictionary (March 1st 1975 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ) back in 2009, but I wonder how many of these titles with weird mid 1970s art are still hanging around school libraries. I looked at the spine of this one for a good ten years before I thought to look at the cover. Story of the Dictionary? Eh. Might be useful.
Keys to Mortgage Financing and Refinancing
Barron’s Business Keys
Friedman and Harris
Okay, I admit I picked this one just for the cover. Then I sent it to Holly and she came up with a brilliant title. See above. Although Holly and I are professionals with more than 20 years of experience each, we still have the sense of humor of your average 12 year old boy. Seriously, Barron’s did you not take this to a focus group? Maybe they were hoping some subtle design would make mortgage information sexy.
Submitter: This cover is… wow. I’m currently weeding my public library’s adult fiction collection. This particular book last checked out just five years ago in 2015, surprisingly enough. This appears to be a first edition from 1976, and the address stamped in the front of the book is from three library locations ago! The description on the dust jacket begins: “The De Cocos of Co-op City are a family of hard hats who think with their hands and kill with their love.” Judging by the Goodreads reviews, this was a pretty popular book at the time and was made into a movie. Dwindling circulation, a seriously dated cover, and poor condition mean it’s time for this classic to go. One of my co-workers described the cover as “A depressed Freddie Mercury-Sylvester Stallone amalgam is comforted by a younger Paul Dooley as Judd Hirsch looks on.”
Holly: Spot on.
The Computer Nut Byars 1984 I know there are lots of Betsy Byars fans out there. If Byars is still a hit with the kids, by all means carry on. My gripe is the cover art. It just looks dated.
The Baby Notion
I grabbed this book for the ridiculous cover. What is this guy trying to do? I cannot think of why one would pose like this. Are they role playing romance cover shoots? Is he a Fabio wannabe?
Glamourpuss Because cats in wigs So, 2018 is coming to a close. (Didn’t Summer Reading just finish up?) Holly and I have a few best of lists out for the coming days. We would love you to share your