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67 Ways to Save the Animals67 Ways to Save the Animals

By ANNA SEQUOIA

Harper Perennial, 1990

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“This book is packed with information and ideas to help people who want to do something for animals. Buy it. Read it. And then do your part to end the exploitation of sentient non-humans.”
– Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation


 French for Mrs. KatzFrench For Mrs. Katz

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All the French a Jewish Mother Could Possibly Need

By ANNA SEQUOIA and LOUISE SAREZKY

Fawcett Columbine, 1994

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Okay, so she can be annoying… But everything seems funnier when Mother (or Grand-mère) says it in French!

Click on the tiny illustrations at right to enlarge them.  Illustrations by Paul Oxborough.


Adult Children of Jewish ParentsAdult Children of Jewish Parents

The Last Recovery Program You’ll Ever Need

By ANNA SEQUOIA

Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1993
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This is a recovery book for people who don’t have time for a 12-step program because they really should call Mom.  If you are one of those mishuganas trying to get in touch with your inner child, become codependent no more, or renounce drinking, eating, drugs, work or sex (it could happen…), buy this book.  But buy it from abebooks.com.  Don’t buy it from the publisher – they keep it around but haven’t sent me a royalty check in years.


ChunksChunks

An Intimate Look at Some Very Available Men

By PATTY BROWN and ANNA SEQUOIA

M. Evans and Company, 1984

 

A parody of the then-current spate of books idealizing “hunks” in beefcake poses. Instead, this book featured more available types — men who looked like the guy next door, but who were still capable of saying things like, “I want a woman who is a real intellectual, not just bookish,” or “I don’t like any surprises when I get a woman into bed.”


The Official J.A.P. HandbookThe Official J.A.P. Handbook

By ANNA SEQUOIA

New American Library, 1982

“MORE IS  MORE” was the J.A.P. credo.  From the baby’s bris to the Bar or Bat Mitzvah that marks the end of a pampered childhood and the start of the privileged teen years to the “royal” wedding, this book was an inside look at everything that (at the time) made a J.A.P. a J.A.P.

This humor book was reasonably controversial.  It was also a national best seller.  These days, if we wanted to make fun of screwed-up values we’d have to concentrate on all the Russian/Chinese/domestic American “one-percenters” who make the J.A.P.s in this book look like pikers.

 


The Official J.A.P. Paper Doll BookThe Official J.A.P. Paper Doll Book

By ANNA SEQUOIA and PATTY BROWN

New American Library, 1983

Okay, I understand why the Anti-Defamation League was sensitive about the depiction of Jews in this book.  Not that what we were showing was not the truth (at least at that time).  Would I do this book again?  Probably not.  Although it was funny at the time.  – The thing is, in my fiction today I am still interested in writing about people with skewed values.  That’s much of my material.  So I am just going about it in a different way.


No Bad MenNo Bad Men

Training Men the Lovehouse Way

By DR. BARBARA LOVEHOUSE as told to ANNA SEQUOIA and SARAH GALLICK

New American Library, 1984

A parody of the popular dog-training manual by the great Barbara Woodhouse, No Bad Dogs: The Woodhouse Way.

BTW, this is the cover of the British edition of the book.  When I figure out how to insert the American cover, I’ll do it.


The Complete Catalogue of Mail Order KitsThe Complete Catalog of Mail-Order Kits

By ANNA SEQUOIA

Rawson, Wade Publishers, 1981

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Build your own log cabin, kayak, musical instruments, clock, “vintage” car, tent, “Shaker” furniture and more – at savings up to 50%.   Many of these ideas are still pretty exciting if you have the energy to do it.


Backpacking on a BudgetBackpacking on a Budget

By ANNA SEQUOIA and STEVEN SCHNEIDER

Penguin Handbook Original, 1979

The cost of backpacking and outdoor equipment more than quadrupled in the 18 years before my brother and I wrote this book. We evaluated a huge range of equipment (including, in my case,  sleeping outside in the freezing cold in what turned out to be a less-than-optimal sleeping bag), then told readers how to buy what they really needed, things that would last – at savings of 20% to 50% off retail.

We may have been among the first people to talk about Gore-Tex, which was just transitioning from medical/surgical equipment to outdoor gear.  Did we buy stock in the company?  No…….


The Climber's SourcebookThe Climbers Sourcebook

By ANNE SCHNEIDER/ANNA SEQUOIA and STEVEN SCHNEIDER

Doubleday Anchor Books, 1976

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The first comprehensive “where to” guide for the climbing community, covering everything from technical climbing schools and clubs, to information on rock- and ice-climbing areas. Includes a guide to the fascinating literature of mountaineering history/herstory and exploration.  The book is still quite interesting.