Comma Sutra: Position Yourself for Success with Good Grammar (May, $14.95) by Laurie Rozakis offers a provocative approach to grammar.
Uncloudy Days: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia (July, $22.95) by Bill Carpenter is a guide to gospel artists and recordings.
The Pep Boys Guide to Car Care and Maintenance (Apr., $12.95) by E.J. Braswell advises on the care and feeding of automobiles.
I Don't Need a Record Deal! Your Survival Guide for the Indie Music Revolution (June, $19.95) by Daylle Deanna Schwartz recommends those who can produce and promote independent musicians' music.
50 Spiritual Classics (Apr., $18.95), edited by Tom Butler-Bowden, is an introduction to spiritual literature including works from Castaneda, Hesse and Gibran.
FAMILY TREE BOOKS
The Family Tree Guide to Finding Your Ellis Island Ancestors (June, $19.99) by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack shows how to navigate the Ellis Island online database and the passenger arrival list. Advertising.
World Poker Tour: Shuffle Up and Deal (Mar., $19.95) by Mike Sexton. The hosts and stars of the World Poker Tour offer a strategy guide. Author publicity. Radio satellite tour.
Play Blackjack like the Pros (May, $15.95) by Kevin Blackwood shares how to master the odds and beat the house.
100 Words Every Word Lover Should Know (Apr., $4.95) by American Heritage Dictionaries editors. Each word is accompanied by an explanation of the path traveled to its current meaning. Advertising.
Choosing the Right College 2006: The Whole Truth About America's Top Schools (July, $28), edited by Jeremy Beer and John P. Zmirak, covers issues important to attaining a good college education such as curricula, classroom politics and the quality of teaching. Advertising.
Warman's Star Wars Field Guide (Apr., $12.99) by Stuart W. Wells III and
Warman's Beatles Field Guide (May, $12.99) by Tim Neely cover collectibles in these popular areas. Advertising.
MARLOWE & COMPANY
Don't Worry, You'll Get In: 100 Winning Tips for Stress-Free College Admissions (Apr., $12.95) by Michele A. Hernandez and Mimi Doe shows how to get in without falling apart or burning out.
NEXT DECADE (dist. by IPG)
Retire in Style: 60 Outstanding Places Across the USA and Canada (Apr., $22.95) by Warren Bland gives readers information to make informed, intelligent choices. Advertising.
A Lazy Person's Handbook: Shortcuts to Get Everything You Want with the Least Possible Effort (July, $13.95) by Marc Favreau condenses the wisdom of experts on business, politics, the military, spirituality and health in a lighthearted read.
Vital Statistics (July, $15) by Paul Grobman is a compendium of fascinating, quirky and insightful tidbits: e.g., how many lawyers in America are named "Crook"? 35,000 first printing.
Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things: 2,787 Ways to Save Money Using Vinegar, Baking Soda, Salt, Toothpaste, Tape, String and Other Common Household Products (May, $15.95) by Reader's Digest editors is an A-to-Z guide.
Zounds!: A Browser's Dictionary of Interjections (Mar., $12.95) by Mark Dunn investigates the world of interjections with definitions, history, anecdotes as well as commentary from Mad Magazine contributor and illustrator Sergio Aragones. Advertising.
SANTA MONICA PRESS (dist. by IPG)
French for Le Snob: Adding Panache to Your Everyday Conversations (July, $16.95) by Yvette Reche. English-speaking people can learn to lace their conversations with bons mots, drink café noir, spend a weekend in their pied-à-terre and lust after a luscious femme fatale.
The Elements of International English Style: A Guide to Writing Correspondence, Reports, Technical Documents, and Internet Pages for a Global Audience (Mar.; $18.95, cloth $34.95) by Edmond H. Weiss is an accessible handbook.
Informal English: Puncture Ladies, Egg Harbors, Mississippi Marbles, and Other Curious Words and Phrases of North America (May, $13) by Jeffrey Kacirk collects America's colorful colloquialisms, past and present, including egg harbor (a dance hall where no admission is charged) and Mississippi marbles (dice). 20-city radio satellite tour.
Ready for College: Everything You Need to Know (Mar., $11.95) by Michael Francis Pennock explains that in addition to studying, doing laundry and exercising, students need spirituality, too.
1000 Best Casinos (June, $12.95) by Michael Wiesenberg is a worldwide directory. 25,000 first printing.
Your Spiritual Wedding Planner: Having Your Wedding Reflect Your Own Beliefs (Mar., $16.95) by Judith Johnson. A minister advises nontraditional couples on how to create a ceremony that meets their emotional and spiritual needs. 25,000 first printing.
The Making of a Poker Player: How an Ivy League Math Geek Learned to Play Championship Poker (Apr., $14.95) by Matt Matros. A grad student beat the odds and became a top poker player.
Quick and Easy Texas Hold 'Em: Learn to Play Poker's Most Popular Game (Aug., $21.95) by Neil Myer is a beginner's guide.
The College Student's Guide to the Law: Get a Grade Changed, Keep Your Stuff Private, Throw a Police-Free Party and More! (July, $14.95) by C.L. Lindsay III is a manual on the legal system for college students.
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Time For Kids
Almanac 2006 (June; $12.99, cloth $19.99) by Time for Kids magazine editors provides facts for students in grades 3—7.
UNIV. OF ARIZONA PRESS
The Encyclopedia of Native Music: More Than a Century of Recordings from Wax Cylinder to the Internet (Apr.; $26.95, cloth $55) by Brian Wright-McLeod is by the producer/host of Canada's longest-running Native-themed radio program.
UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS
The Joy of Teaching: A Practical Guide for New College Instructors (Mar.; $17.95, cloth $34.95) by Peter Filene. This guide offers advice on syllabus writing and lecture planning, class discussion, grading and teacher-student interactions outside of the classroom.
Testifying Under Oath: How to Be an Effective Witness (Apr., $14.95) by James Vukelic gives pointers on how to be a good witness.
Eric Sloane's Weather Almanac (Mar., $14.95) by Eric Sloane includes forecasting tips and how to foretell the weather by the moon.
WALKER & CO.
The Great American Citizenship Quiz: Can You Pass Your Own Country's Citizenship Test? (Mar., $7.95) by Solomon M. Skolnick offers an important civics lesson for all Americans.
The '60s For Dummies (July, $21.99) looks back on the tumultuous decade.
WRITER'S DIGEST BOOKS
Pocket Patriot: Quotes from American Heroes (May, $7.99), edited by Kelly Nickell, collects quotes from heroes, past and present. Advertising.