To Be a Man: Letters to My Grandson, by Charlton Heston (Simon & Schuster, $17.95).

Synopsis: The veteran actor passes along wisdom to his beloved young grandson, Jack, preparing him for our “rogue culture” weakened by handout-hungry immigrants and such outrages as when “male heterosexual students are required to stand on street corners and proclaim themselves homosexuals.” Fortunately, there are guns.

Representative Quote: “I put a handgun on the seat beside me, but we didn’t see a single car.”

Noteworthy Flaw: Refers to his nursing wife as “a walking dairy.”

How to Live without electricity–and like it, by Anita Evangelista (Loompanics Unlimited, $13.95).

Synopsis: “It seems like every week brings another news report of some extensive region suddenly without electric power.” You can be among those caught tragically unprepared. Or you can be ready. Electricity costs a lot, too.

Representative Quote:

“If you have an old refrigerator or freezer box with the door still attached, consider burying this for an in-ground cold box.”

Noteworthy Flaw: The electricity doesn’t really go out very often and it’s still rather cheap, if not quite as cheap as scouring rummage sales for candles.

Silent Clots: Life’s biggest killers, “Lockstep Medicine’s Conspiracy to Suppress the Test That Should Be Done in Emergency Rooms Throughout the World,” by James R. Privitera, MD, and Alan Stang (The Catacombs Press, $19.95).

Synopsis: “Totalitarian” mainstream medicine is conspiring against a simple test to detect deadly blood clots, as well as ignoring cures such as olive leaf extract, which the authors devote 27 pages to praising.

Representative Quote: “Of course, alternative medicine is almost always tens of thousands of dollars less expensive than orthodox therapies. That is the main thing the ‘anti-quackery’ conspiracy has against it.”

Noteworthy Flaw: Imprudent to repeatedly mention Dr. Privitera’s arrest, conviction, and imprisonment for conspiracy, despite pointing out “the pardon has expunged the conviction as if it never had occurred.”

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): book covers.