Sunday, April 11, 2010

No no, thank *you*

My last post reminded me of my list of my “favorite” book donations ever, which I’ve been meaning to share for a while.

Twenty Steps to Power, Influence and Control Over People
Just what every teen needs—a handbook on megalomania

Body Language: Does Her Body Say That She’s a Loose Woman
Find out what exactly about her posture screams “hussy”

Shelter What You Make Minimize the Take (a book on tax shelters from 1982)
While some of my students are probably more in need of tax shelters than I am, I have a feeling that they’re looking for something written after they were born. I’m also assuming they don’t do their own taxes.

Nutrition, Health, and Harmony (1978)
This one was written before *I* was born. And while harmony has probably stayed the same over the past 30+ years, I’m guessing health and nutrition information may have changed a bit

Prescription Drug Encyclopedia (1987)
Drugs not listed include Prozac, Adderall, Zoloft, Viagra

How to Buy Stocks (1962)
One of my students mentioned the other day that he had sold most of his Google stocks right before they pulled out of China. Maybe I should give him this book.

And more by Andy Rooney
What teen doesn’t love. . . Andy Rooney?

Personal Financial Planning Course (1973)
Shockingly, this book mentioned nothing about credit default swaps or mortgage-backed securities.

Official Guide to New York’s World Fair 1964/1965
Is this the World Fair featuring the spaceships from Men In Black? ‘Cause I might be able to booktalk that.

Bed and Breakfast in the Mid-Atlantic States
For my students who are planning a weekend getaway. In a region of the country we don’t live in.

And, of course, the perennial favorite:
400 Creative Ways to Say “I Love You”
(Which would, in a truth-in-advertising world, be subtitled "Misogyny 101")
Featuring, amongst other timeless tips, the advice that you should stand behind your husband on the escalator so you can “pinch his rear.”


  1. While I don't know whether they were donations or not, I remember that my high school library included books entitled "How To Lie With Statistics" and "Legal Homicide".

  2. I'm familiar with "How To Lie With Statistics", but I'm thinking I might need to look in to that second book. You know, for the professional collection.