Who Killed Diana?, by Peter Hounam and Derek McAdam (Vision, $12.95).
Synopsis: Authors examine every rumor and speculation that “secret, sinister forces” with many reasons to want Diana dead may have conspired to kill her.
Representative quote: “The Russians are said to have devised a piece of portable equipment to project a deadly beam at a victim. A leaked document published in Moscow described the Genotron, first built in the late 1970s.”
noteworthy flaw: Ignores possible role of Illuminati, Trilateral Commission, Freemasons.
Safe Eating: Protect Yourself Against E. Coli, Salmonella, and Other Deadly Food-Borne Pathogens, by David W.K. Acheson, MD, and Robin K. Levinson (Dell, $6.50).
Synopsis: Thousands of people die every year from ingesting infected food. Run out of restaurants if the bathrooms are dirty. Worry about water, too.
Representative quote: “Unless you work for your local water company or you test your private well, you probably have no idea whether your household water contains DBPs, Giardia lamblia, Cryptosporidium parvum, or other microbes or chemicals.”
noteworthy flaw: In the midst of 20-page chapter on hazards of water, confesses that most tap water is perfectly safe to drink.
Stacey Wolf’s Psychic Living: A Complete Guide to Enhancing Your Life with Universal Energy, by Stacey Wolf (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, $19.95).
Synopsis: “The country’s youngest nationally recognized psychic” explains this is a time of great spiritual power and we should tap into the universe’s energy to, for instance, get stuff.
Representative quote: “Draw the items or cut them out from newspaper ads. You can even talk to the universe and provide a price, a time, and a date when you want to receive each item. Let the universe do its job.”
Noteworthy flaw: “I think shopping has gotten a bad rap. There is nothing unspiritual about it–nothing wrong with acquiring things you love and enjoy. Who’s to say that owning and enjoying clothes, jewelry, or cars makes you selfish and inconsiderate?”
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): book covers.