CLICKING: 16 TRENDS TO FUTURE FIT YOUR LIFE, YOUR WORK, AND YOUR BUSINESS, by Faith Popcorn and Lys Marigold (HarperCollins, $26).

SYNOPSIS: Society is following a variety of new trends, such as “Down-Aging,” in which the elderly enjoy youthful pleasures like ice cream, and “Clanning,” in which people decide to “join up, belong to, hang out with groups of like kinds.” By adapting to these new trends, you can experience “Clicking,” an ineffable “zoom zone” where you feel extra alive, happy, and significant.

REPRESENTATIVE QUOTE: “As we approach the millennium, the need to Click intensifies. Why? Because as the odometer of the century begins to turn…the gaps will continue to widen–between winners and losers, between the Haves and Have-Nots. What we’re talking about goes beyond money. We’re talking about the vast division of Techno-Haves, Family-Haves, and Happiness-Haves with their counterparts, the sadly Have-Nots.”

NOTEWORTHY FLAW: Many illustrations of Miyake, Popcorn’s dog, “a dynamic black and white Japanese chin,” which, we are told early on, is a Taurus.


SYNOPSIS: Jesus can help you run your business more efficiently. Using short chapters with titles like “He Stuck to His Mission” and “He Said Thank You,” Jones uses the life of Christ as a blueprint for improving leadership qualities.

REPRESENTATIVE QUOTE: “Jesus met with his boss daily, usually for hours. Nothing could interrupt the time that was predesignated, set aside, and honored. As a leader, it is vitally important that you keep in touch with your boss on a regular, sacrosanct basis.”

NOTEWORTHY FLAW: Fails to mention Crucifixion.

FINGERPRINTS OF THE GODS, by Graham Hancock (Crown Trade Paperbacks, $17).

SYNOPSIS: Ancient monuments like the line drawings at Nazca, Peru, and the pyramids–whether Inca or, especially, Egyptian–are just too damn well-wrought to have been produced unaided by our fumble-thumbed forebears. Obviously an advanced civilization existed at the south pole and set out all these guideposts before the earth’s crust shifted and it was buried under ice.

REPRESENTATIVE QUOTE: “It was suddenly clear to me how a continent-sized landmass, which had been the home of a large and prosperous society for thousands of years, could indeed get lost almost without a trace.”

NOTEWORTHY FLAW: Does not explain why lost Antarctic civilization didn’t simply move to Egypt or South America while it was going to the trouble of building gigantic structures there to let the world know that it had once existed.