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Subject: Books I Thought Would Have Been Requested Long Ago
Date Posted: 3/8/2009 8:57 PM ET
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What's on your shelf that is unusual and that you thought would have been snapped up months ago?

We all know PBS is a great resource for out-of-print reference books. Here are 3 that have been on my shelf for over a year and I do not understand why.

1) Old Richmond Today by John G. Zehmer, published by the Historic Richmond Foundation

A great find for anyone interested in the Civil War, southern history, or Virginia history


2) A Celebration of American Family Folklore by Steven J. Zeitlin, Amy J Kotkin, and Holly Cutting Baker, published by Pantheon.


Recipient of the Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award. For four consecutive summers, a steady stream of visitors poured into the Family Folklore Tent at the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., carrying photo albums, quilts, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and a dazzling array of family stories in their memories. And, for the first time, one of America's most distinguished museums was there to record their tales. This book is a treasure. Originally published by Pantheon Books in 1982, it includes a section on "How To Collect Your Own Family Folklore" and offers some of the most illuminating photographs and liveliest stories collected by the Smithsonian.


3) Effeminate England: Homoerotic Writing After 1885 (Between Men--Between Women) by  Joseph Bristow, Published by Columbia University Press

This text looks into the legacy of effeminacy in homoerotic literature that began over a century ago with the 1885 Labouchere Amendment criminalizing male homosexual contact, and Oscar Wilde's subsequent incarceration.