A 1-900 Psychic Speaks, by Donna Kenworthy (Hampton Roads Publishing Company, $11.95).
Synopsis: A telephone psychic reveals the origins of her astounding gifts and relates how she helps people with their problems. Many call to thank her, at $3.99 a minute.
Representative quote: “You turned me into a believer! I never thought I’d hear from my son, John, again. We hadn’t talked to each other for over nine years. But you were right.”
Noteworthy flaw: At her usual rate, 120-page book should cost about $200.
You Live, You Learn: The Alanis Morissette Story, by Craig Tomashoff (Berkley Boulevard Books, $5.99).
Synopsis: The two dozen years in the life of songstress Morissette are presented, with emphasis on her hit album, Jagged Little Pill. Every article ever written about her is listed.
Representative quote: “When Kim Taylor, a freelance journalist, first heard an advance copy of Jagged Little Pill, she immediately sensed there was something special about the woman who made it. She began trying to line up an interview for a now-defunct alternative music magazine she occasionally worked for.”
Noteworthy flaw: Contains “bibliography” of print interviews and lists of radio interviews and videos, but no discography, perhaps due to embarrassing brevity.
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D. (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $19.95).
Synopsis: Two mice, “Sniff” and “Scurry,” and two mouse-sized people, “Hem” and “Haw,” search for satisfaction in this maze-based parable designed to help businesspeople cope with change.
Representative quote: “Perhaps most important of all, he realized that there is always New Cheese out there whether you recognize it at the time or not.”
Noteworthy flaw: Success comes to the “littlepeople” when they become more like mice, who “did not overanalyze things. And they were not burdened with many complex beliefs.”
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): book covers.