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Tomes Of Shame: Awful Nonfiction From The 1970s

by | 28th, April 2014

THE sad truth is, nonfiction garbage is hard to come by.  Libraries regularly cull their shelves, ridding the world of their outdated and tacky tomes.  Plus, how many people are going to display any one of these books in their home library and endure the subsequent deep and abiding shame?  Not many.  So, they end up on the trash heap, gone forever…. That is, until someone like me resurrects them (at least their covers) for your viewing enjoyment.  You’re welcome. 


1972 TFH Book - Dog Horoscopes


Your Horoscope for Today:  With Venus moving into gentle Pisces this week, you will feel a distinct urge to dry hump human legs.  You may even decide to accept a friend’s invitation to smell his/her anus.  The afternoon and evening brings the possibility of lots of indoor pooping. 


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This book is fine, but I’m more interested in the companion volume: How To Live Selfishly, Enjoy Pornography, And Still Go To Heaven.


Enduring Poles by Natsolim (1977)


Finally, a guide to enduring those insufferable Polish people.


Subliminal Seduction by Wilson Bryan Key (1974)


“Are you being sexually aroused by this picture?”

If your answer is “yes”, I think it owes more to your debilitating alcohol addiction than any advertising trickery.  Is this orange rind supposed to remind me of a flaccid and dismembered sex organ?  If so, then I am most definitely not aroused…. nor will I be for quite some time thanks to this.


More Lives Than One? by Jeffrey Iverson (1977)


In every life this woman was prone to staring blankly upward.   Nutty theories like this were rampant in the 1970s , here’s another…


sbs Helping Yourself With White Witchcraft - Al Manning - 1972


Among the many promises offered on the back:

How to use rituals and spells to attract money and prosperity!
How to use rituals and spells to attract and hold a lover!
How to ward off the Evil Eye and protect yourself against Secret Psychic Attack!

It says that the author was an accountant before he flaked out.  Personally, it’s hard for me to take a witch or warlock seriously with those kinds of credentials.

“Morgan La Fey, Enchantress, Tax Professional and Financial Advisor” just doesn’t work.  Neither does “Angmar the Witch King, C.P.A.”


Creative Firing by Chester Burger (1974)


In which we learn how to fire people via poetry or haiku.  Especially interesting is the chapter on creating beautiful watercolor paintings of nature scenes… all signed “you’re fired”, of course.


It Hurts So Bad, Lord! by Andrew D. Lester (1976)


Yeesh.   This is just awkward.  Let’s move on…


Sex Therapist: My Story by Amanda Stewart  (1975) Sex Therapist: My Story by Amanda Stewart

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