Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words (Aug., $19.95) by Bill Bryson finds the travel writer and humorist guiding readers toward precise, mistake-free usage.
Comparative Judicial Systems (May, $150) by C. Neal Tate compares the characteristics of decision making, public policy creation and political authority of the world's judicial and legal systems.
Ultimate Biography (Apr., $29.95) celebrates the 15th anniversary of A&E-TV Network's Biography with 250 profiles. 75,000 first printing.
Every Trick in the Book: The Essential Gay and Lesbian Legal Guide (May, $21.95) by Mark S. Senak covers domestic partnerships, marriage, adoption rights and more.
You Send Me (Aug., $17.95) by Patricia T. O'Connor and Stewart Kellerman serves up suggestions for writing and communicating more effectively online. 50,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.
Emily Post's The Gift of Good Manners (Aug., $24.95) by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning is a comprehensive guide for parents interested in raising thoughtful, considerate children.
The Thomas Merton Encyclopedia (Apr., $50), edited by William H. Shannon, Christine M. Bochen and Patrick F. O'Connell, contains 350 entries in a guide to one of the 20th century's spiritual giants.
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Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment (May, $485, four vols.), edited by Alan Charles Kors, covers the entire range of philosophic and social changes wrought during this period in history.
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Wedding Planner (Mar., $22.95) by Sara Miller offers a practical guidebook for brides-to-be, organized into such categories as "Master Plan & Budget" and "The Ceremony."
Altered English (Mar., $22.95) by Jeffrey Kacirk explores the ever-changing world of lexicography, showing how words have acquired different meanings over the centuries.
The Spirit of America (June, $10) by Barbara Milo Ohrbach. This rerelease serves up inspiring and patriotic American quotes, poems, songs and recipes.
100 Greatest African Americans (Apr., $49) by Molefi Kete Asante is a biographical encyclopedia from four centuries of African-American history.
Microsoft Encarta Ultimate Word Finder (Apr., $21.95), edited by Susan Jellis, features an innovative dual navigation system for finding synonyms and antonyms. 75,000 first printing.
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All the Words on Stage: The Complete Shakespeare Pronunciation Dictionary (Mar., $45), edited by Louis Scheeder and Shane Ann Younts.
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The Concise Dictionary of Foreign Quotations (Mar., $30), edited by Anthony Lejeune, gathers more than 3,000 cross-indexed entries of the most familiar and frequently used quotations in Latin, French, German, Spanish and Italian.
Dogs (Mar., $29.95) by Desmond Morris, an animal behavior expert, covers the origins and characteristics of more than 1,000 breeds.
WRITER'S DIGEST BOOKS
Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing (Mar., $22.99) by David Morrell calls upon the novelist's 30 years of writing experience to provide insights, advice and insider secrets.