Sites We Like: Awful Library Books

Let’s face it. There are some crazy-bad-scary-awful-ugly books out there in the world. (Exhibit A: the now-infamous banana candle.) Nobody knows this better than librarians, who must weed their collections ruthlessly to keep them relevant. And that’s where Awful Library Books comes in.

Public librarians Mary and Holly display their most amusing, questionable, and groan-inducing finds and share readers’ submissions, and it never fails to delight. This, folks, is the happy side of curation.

Here are 10 of the best (worst?) from Awful Library Books’ seemingly bottomless collection. Click through to see more illustrations from each book.

Ladies, find your crimpers and bust out your shoulder pads. It’s time to talk careers!


Dorothy Parker said it best:



Paging Don Draper.


[sad trombone noise goes here]


Maybe this will cheer you up?


Where is Larry David and his “bald is beautiful” brotherhood when you need ’em?


Before Paul Ryan’s weird work-out photo shoot, The Governator was there to pump you up.

This book is dope on the floor and magic on the mic. I wish I could quit it.

I’m just gonna leave this here.

Who needs water wings?




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