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A Pregnant Pause

Well Pregnancy Book
Samuels and Samuels
1986

Insider gossip from ALB: I am going to be a grandma this summer. I keep thinking that I am not old enough, but my family assures me, I am. Because of this I started looking at pregnancy books. (Side note: as tempting as it was to create a annotated bibliography on pregnancy and childcare, and discuss it with my son and daughter-in-law, I refrained, because I don’t want to be THAT person.)

That said, pregnancy books should be treated like medical information and updated regularly. This example was found in a smallish public library. Also it looked to be in great shape.

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Women’s Health Today

Women’s Health Today 2001: The Latest Breakthroughs for the Female Body
Prevention
2001

Submitter: This may not be horrible, but at 20 years it’s definitely past its prime. Not being a woman myself, some of the information looked questionable and so I asked my young work-study what she thought. She asked me who Debbie Reynolds is. Sigh… Now the gray hairs in my temples feel so much more prominent.

Holly: And, of course, half the book is about weight loss, age-proofing, and belly-flattening.

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Change of Life

Menopause: A Woman Doctor’s Guide: Essential Facts and Up-to-the-Minute Information for a Woman’s Change of Life
Jovanovic and LeVert
2001

Submitter: I don’t think it’s hard to say, but some need to hear it – 20 year old medical books that are yellow and crumbling can be dumped. Get something more up-to-date people! Just when you think you have gotten rid of them all, you find another one.

Holly: As a 47-year-old woman staring down the barrel of this era of life, when I start looking for information on this topic, I’m going to need it to be very, very current. Do me, and millions of other middle-aged women, a favor and update your women’s health collections!

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Down in the Dumps

Getting up when you’re feeling down
A woman’s guide to overcoming and preventing depression
Braiker
1988

Okay, I think we can agree that a book on depression from 1988 is not going to be a helpful choice for a patron in 2020. Like many books from this time, the term depression was used in a less clinical way. Words like the “baby blues” or “feeling down” softened what could be a major depressive disorder. The feminist in me says, of course women are depressed, they have no help and no matter what choice they make with respect to food preparation, child rearing, work in the home, work out of the home, etc. No matter what choice a woman makes it will be criticized. Of course the result is depression and or wanting to kick someone’s ass. Add in the extra helpings of racism and sexism, it is a miracle that most women get up and go to work. (Rant over, thank you for listening.)

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Doctor’s Orders

A Woman Doctor Looks at Love and Life
Hilliard
1957

This book is awesome. I hadn’t heard of Marion Hilliard, until I was taking a close look at this book. For 1957, this book is amazing. As an obstetrician, she developed the simple PAP test, educated women on sexual health, delivered babies, and advocated for women on a national and international level. This book is a compilation of the many articles she wrote for Chatelaine. Although medical information is always suspect (especially after 60 years), this might have a place in some libraries because of the author.