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Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, 2003 edition, by Kevin Zraly (Sterling, $24.95). Synopsis: The founder of the Windows on the World Wine School doesn’t let the destruction of the restaurant and the deaths of 72 coworkers interfere with the continuation of his wine series. After a suitable tribute, it’s on to “Opening Champagne […]

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Albert Einstein: The Incorrigible Plagiarist by Christopher Jon Bjerknes (XTX Inc., $19.95). Synopsis: Contrary to historical consensus, Albert Einstein stole the theory of relativity. On top of that he was a “stumbling sadistic brute” and “perhaps even a foul-mouthed syphilitic whore monger.” Representative Quote: “Albert would often simply agree with whomever he had last spoken….Upon […]

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The Half-Jewish Book: A Celebration, by Daniel Klein and Freke Vuijst (Villard, $22.95). Synopsis: Judaism isn’t so much a religion that you either practice or don’t but rather a genetic trait, like skin color. Being half-Jewish is “a rich and elaborate personal identity, one with an illustrious and fascinating tradition.” Representative quote: “It doesn’t matter […]

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I, Toto: the Autobiography of Terry, The Dog Who Was Toto, by Willard Carroll (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $19.95). Synopsis: “First-person” account of the life and training of “the real star” of The Wizard of Oz, including an angst-ridden tale about being housebroken. Representative quote: “And all the other dogs just stared at me and […]

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Saving the savior: did christ survive the crucifixion? by Abubakr Ben Ishmael Salahuddin (Jammu Press, $22). Synopsis: He sure did, traveling Asia, studying Buddhism, and, inevitably, getting married. Representative Quote: “What is surprising is not the fact that Jesus Christ would have united with a female companion. What is surprising is that a man who […]

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Turn it off: how to unplug from the anytime-anywhere office without disconnecting your career, by Gil Gordon (Three Rivers Press: $12). Synopsis: Free time has vanished because of pagers, faxes, E-mail, and answering machines. Technology binds us unrelentingly to the endless demands of our Mr. Dithers-like bosses. Representative Quote: “If you’re like most people, it […]

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How to Teach Your Dog to Talk, by Captain Haggerty (Fireside, $13). Synopsis: Your dog can learn to make sounds that approximate English words, as well as perform a variety of other tasks, such as fetching Kleenex or a ringing cell phone. The author, retired from the U.S. Army K-9 Corps, suggests you consider what […]

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When Someone You Love is Kinky, by Dossie Easton and Catherine A. Liszt (Greenery Press, $15.95). Synopsis: The authors of The Ethical Slut and The Bottoming Book encourage openness between sexual oddballs of all sorts–sadomasochists, foot fetishists, scarification fans–and the people who love them. No peccadillo is too shameful to confess, they argue, and representative […]

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LEFT FOR DEAD: MY JOURNEY HOME FROM EVEREST, by Beck Weathers with Stephen G. Michaud (Villard, $24.95). SYNOPSIS: An Everest climber caught in the ’96 blizzard that killed nine people returns home, losing his nose, hands, and various other body parts but discovering the love of family. The results of severe frostbite are recounted in […]

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What To Do When You’re Dating a Jew: Everything You Need to Know from Matzah Balls to Marriage, by Vikki Weiss and Jennifer A. Block (Three River Press, $12). Synopsis: Most Jews marry outside the faith, so their spouses and love mates need a quick guide to the rituals of Judaism to help them fake […]

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How I Dealt With the Monster in My House: Understanding the Woman’s Monthly Menstrual Cycle, by Rickey Singleton (Revelation Communications, $16.99). Synopsis: The author’s wife was a complete bitch during her periods, talking back and even suggesting she wasn’t happy in the marriage. Now she’s been cured with vitamins and minerals, along with regular fancy […]

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Goldilocks on Management: 27 Revisionist Fairy Tales for Serious Managers, by Gloria Gilbert Mayer and Thomas Mayer (American Management Association, $21.95). Synopsis:The characters from classic fairy tales–Cinderella, Snow White, and the rest–are dragooned into conveying business platitudes. Representative quote: “‘Sir,’ Goldilocks says brightly, ‘we’re known throughout the industry for competitive prices and superior services. Let […]

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Universal Foam: From Cappuccino to the Cosmos, by Sidney Perkowitz (Walker & Company, $24). Synopsis: Everything that is frothy, from beer to bread to suds to cork to the entire universe, is considered. Representative quote: “Fifteen billion years later, we find ourselves within a stupendous galactic foam, while around us a minute quantum foam imperceptibly […]

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Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat–NOT a Sour Puss, by Pam Johnson-Bennett (Penguin, $16.95). Synopsis: The author of Psycho Kitty and Twisted Whiskers leads you through the thicket of raising a confident, emotionally balanced, and happy cat. Representative quote: “When there is an unexpected crisis, such as a death in the […]

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The Baby Boon: How Family-Friendly America Cheats the Childless, by Elinor Burkett (Free Press, $25). Synopsis: We live in “childhood apartheid”–benefits like day care and tax breaks showered on parents, with the tab for all those perks shouldered by the childless few, such as the author. Representative quote: “To what extent is reproduction a social […]