The Everything Learning French Book by Bruce Sallee and David Hebert and ...Spanish Book (both Aug., $12.95 each) by Frank Zambrano are basic introductions. 50,000 first printings. $500,000 ad/promo.
The Journalist's Craft: A Guide to Writing Better Stories (Apr., $19.95), edited by Dennis Jackson and John Sweeney, collects essays by veteran journalists explaining how to craft stories.
The Fact Checker's Bible: A Guide to Getting It Right (Aug., $13) by Sarah Harrison Smith is a primer.
Get Messaging: A Complete Guide to Instant Text Messaging (Apr., $9.95) by Shiraz Lalani offers tips and a vocabulary for effectively using text messaging on wireless phones.
Reprint: Great Books for Girls: More Than 600 Books to Inspire Today's Girls and Tomorrow's Women (May, $14) by Kathleen Odean.
Contacting Aliens: An Illustrated Guide to the Uplift Universe (July, $14.95) by David Brin and Kevin Lenagh reveals information pertaining to the alien races that populate Brin's science fiction works. 25,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
Surviving Terrorism: How to Understand, Anticipate and Respond to Terrorist Attacks (May, $15.95) by Rainer Stahlberg prepares for the next wave of terrorist warfare. 25,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
Coming Clean: Dirty Little Secrets from a Professional Housecleaner (Mar., $10.95) by Schar Ward offers tips on running a clean house from an owner of a professional housecleaning service.
Great Toasts: From Births to Weddings to Retirement Parties... and Everything in Between (Apr., $13.99) by Andrew Frothingham is a toasts sampler.
CARROLL & GRAF
The Mammoth Book of Literary Anecdotes (July, $11.95) by Philip Gooden collects more than 250 stories attributed to writers from the 16th century to the present.
John Patrick's Internet Gambling (Mar., $12.95) by John Patrick advises on which games to play and how.
Social Security for the Clueless (Apr., $12.95) by Diana Rosen elucidates the U.S. social security system.
The Writers Mentor: A Guide to Putting Passion on Paper: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Writing (Mar., $16.95) by Cathleen Roundtree comes in a q&a format and contains inspirational stories about famous writers.
Facts on File
The Encyclopedia of Kidnappings (May, $21.95) by Michael Newton is a history of abductions, from Viking raids to Aztec sacrifices.
Watersports Safety and First Aid (May, $6.95) by Christopher Van Tilburg, M.D., is an illustrated pocket guide written for water-sports enthusiasts.
Fell's Official Know-It-All Guide: The Wedding Planner (May, $16.95) by Edith Gilbert contains advice on all aspects of a wedding. Ad/promo.
GLOBE PEQUOT PRESS
Be Alert, Be Aware, Have a Plan: The Complete Guide to Personal Security (Mar., $14.95) by Neal Rawls with Sue Kovach shows how to prevent problems in the first place.
Depraved and Insulting English (Aug., $13) by Peter Novobatzky and Ammon Shea is devoted to highly descriptive words.
The Used Car Book 2002 (July, $11.95) by Jack Gillis is divided alphabetically by maker and then by model, with "Best Bets" charts.
INFORMATION TODAY/CYBERAGE BOOKS
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Super Searcher, Author, Scribe: Successful Writers Share Their Internet Research Secrets (Apr., $24.95) by Loraine Page contains wisdom from 14 professionals.
FBI Careers: The Ultimate Guide to Landing a Job as One of America's Finest (Apr., $18.95) by Thomas H. Ackerman offers tips on completing forms, preparing for exams and performing well in interviews.
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The Professional's Guide to Mining the Internet: Information Gathering and Research on the Net (Apr., $15.95) by Brian Clegg. Become an expert Internet navigator.
NEW PAGE BOOKS
Diane Warner's Great Parties on Small Budgets (May, $12.99) presents affordable ideas for all kinds of get-togethers.
The Intuitive Writer: Listening to Your Own Voice (Apr., $13) by Gail Sher blends classic Zen teachings with the insights of writers. Author tour.
International Job Finder: Where the Jobs Are Worldwide (Mar., $19.95) by Daniel Lauber lists ways to land jobs all over the globe. Advertising.
PRENTICE HALL PRESS
How Do You Spell Haagen-Dazs? (Mar., $16) by Carl Hausman contains correct spelling and punctuation for proper names seldom found in dictionaries.
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Buying a House (Mar., $14.95) by Nicholas Ordway offers comfort and confidence to first-time buyers.
PURPLE MOON PRESS
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Willetta's Guide to Police Detective Series (Mar.) and ...to Private Eye Series (July, $19.95 each), both by Willetta L. Heising, feature contemporary authors whose fictional characters pursue their trades in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Advertising. Author publicity.
Videotape Your Memoirs: Recording the Times of Your Life (Apr., $12.95) by Harriet Kinghorn and Suzanne Kita turns beginners into videotaping experts.
Sacred Mushrooms & the Law (Apr., $12.95) by Richard Glen Boire is a legal manual devoted to visionary mushrooms.
RUTGERS UNIV. PRESS
What Every College Student Should Know: How to Find the Best Teachers and Learn the Most from Them (Mar., $12.95) by Ernie Lepore and Sarah-Jane Leslie explains to students how to pick the best professors.
THAMES & HUDSON
1000 Symbols: What Shapes Mean in Myth and Art (Apr., $27.50), edited by Rupert and Rowena Shepherd, is a dictionary of symbols and their cross-cultural meanings.
How to Haiku: A Writer's Guide to Haiku and Related Forms (Apr., $12.95) by Bruce Ross clarifies haiku writing through examples and compositional assignments.
UNIV. OF PENNSYLVANIA PRESS
Plain Style: A Guide to Written English (June, $17.95) by Christopher Lasch is an aid to effective composition.
Reprint: Restaurant Confidential: The Shocking Truth About What You're Really Eating When You're Eating Out (Apr., $10.95) by Michael F. Jacobson and Jayne Hurley.
WRITER'S DIGEST BOOKS
Writing Mysteries, Second Edition: A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America (Apr., $16.99), edited by Sue Grafton, shares expertise from 36 successful mystery writers, including Michael Connelly and Tess Gerritson.