How to Do African-American Genealogy (Jan., $14.95) by Roland Barksdale-Hall provides the best methods for tracing one's family roots.
500 Comic Book Villains (Oct., $18.95) by Mike Conroy. This chronicle of fictional wickedness is for comic book collectors and nostalgia buffs.
Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel—Everything You Need to Know to Create Great Graphic Works (Sept., $21.95) by Mike Chinn offers examples of picture panels, layout and characterization, and advice on finding inspiration.
The Billboard Illustrated Home Recording Handbook (Sept., $24.95), edited by Ronan MacDonald, explains how to make music on a home computer.
BLACK DOG & LEVENTHAL
Dr. Knowledge Presents: Strange & Fascinating Facts About Famous Brands: Includes How the "Q" Got into Q-Tips, Why Ivory Soap Floats, the Motel Chain Named After a Movie, and the Bizarre Connection Between Broccoli and James Bond and
...Strange and Fascinating Facts About the Presidents: Includes William Howard Taft's Enormous Bathtub, the Peculiar Similarities Between Lincoln's and Kennedy's Deaths, Presidential Bloopers, and Much More (Sept., $9.95 each) by Charles Reichblum. Two books by radio's Dr. Trivia explore unknown facts behind brand name merchandise and our presidents.
Diane Warner's Contemporary Guide to Wedding Etiquette (Nov., $13.99 paper) by Diane Warner advises on 21st-century matrimonial complexities.
No Plot? No Problem!: A High Velocity, Low-Stress Way to Write a Novel in 30 Days (Oct., $14.95) by Chris Baty gives would-be authors a guide for high-speed novelistic success.
Top Secret: The Dictionary of Espionage and Intelligence (Feb., $9.95) by Bob Burton. Updated and expanded, this work features all-new counterintelligence material and a section on the latest spy technology.
DAVID & CHARLES
Eccentric Contraptions and Amazing Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamabobs (Sept., $9.99) by Maurice Collins collects more than 100 bizarre and ingenious antique gadgets.
Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology (Nov., $24.95) by W. Haden Blackman presents a full-color guide to devices found in the Star Wars galaxy.
How to Keep Your Minivan Alive! (Dec., $18.95) by Mark Warner gives user-friendly tips, techniques and trade secrets that will extend the life of any minivan.
The Book of Arabic Wisdom: Proverbs and Anecdotes (Nov., $17.95), compiled by Hussain Mohammed Al-Amily, gathers more than 3,000 humorous and wise proverbs, anecdotes and quotations from the Arab and Islamic worlds.
The ECO Guide to Careers that Make a Difference (Nov.; $18.95, cloth $34.95) by the Environmental Careers Organization identifies environmental career opportunities. Ad/promo.
Standard Catalog of John Deere Tractors 1917—1972 (Oct., $24.99) by Robert Pripps, photos by Andrew Morland, includes the history of John Deere tractors with current pricing information.
Standard Catalog of Volkswagen America 1946—2005 (Nov., $24.99) by John Gunnell covers all models imported to the U.S. since 1949.
Standard Catalog of Ducati Motorcycles (Dec., $24.99) by Ian Falloon chronicles each model from the early postwar Cucciolo to today's race-designed 999.
Living Smart in New York City: The Ultimate Insider's Guide for the Budget Savvy (Oct., $16.95) by Craig Wroe includes getting settled, staying healthy, personal and professional resources and shopping and entertainment recommendations. Advertising. Author tour.
John Patrick's Blackjack for the 21st Century (Oct., $16.95) by John Patrick brings the game up to date.
The Complete Book of Casino Poker (Nov., $14.95) by Gary Carson is a beginner's guide.
NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY
Road to the Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus (Oct., $14.95) by Bev Vincent examines the epic journey that King took to complete his story, with a book-by-book analysis.
The Power of Positive Teaching: 35 Successful Strategies for Active and Enthusiastic Classroom Participation (Sept., $16.95) by Yvonne Bender shows how to turn negative behaviors into positive interactions. Advertising.
The Pirate Dictionary (Sept., $14.95) by Terry Breverton explains how "steer clear of," "hit the deck," "don't rock the boat," "to harbor a grudge" and other terms came into being, dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries when pirates controlled many sea lanes.
I Can't Believe You Asked That! (Sept., $14.95) by Phillip J. Milano collects questions about cultural diversity.
Stephen King's The Dark Tower: A Concordance, Volume II (Nov., $16) by Robin Furth is the second part of two volumes covering Books V—VII of the Dark Tower series.
From Altoids to Zima: The Surprising Stories Behind 150 Famous Brand Names (Jan., $10.95) by Evan Morris tells fascinating and wacky stories behind familiar products.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Almanac 2005 (Nov., $11.95) by Encyclopaedia Britannica features memorable images, historic stories, and flags and maps of the world; includes an online subscription and CD-ROM. 100,000 first printing.
SOUTHWATER (dist. by NBN)
Illustrated Book of Musical Instruments (Sept., $18.99) by Max Wade-Matthew covers all sections of the orchestra, the voice, and historical, rare and non-Western instruments.
What To DO—Before "I DO": The Modern Couple's Guide to Marriage, Money and Pre-Nups (Nov., $14.95) by Nihara Choudhri takes the mystery out of the marriage contract. 15,000 first printing.
AARP Crash Course in Estate Planning: The Essential Guide to Wills, Trusts, and Your Personal Legacy (Oct., $14.95) by Michael T. Palermo covers every aspect of planning an estate and creating a will.
Cracking the Da Vinci Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Facts Behind Dan Brown's Bestselling Novel (Sept., $9.95) by Simon Cox separates fact from fiction and discloses what's true in the plot of the popular novel.
The Authorized Left Behind Handbook (Nov., $14.99) by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins with Sandi L. Swanson discusses events, people, technologies and meanings of the series introduced in 1995.
UNIV. OF CHICAGO PRESS
Doing Honest Work in College: How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism, and Achieve Real Academic Success (Oct., $13) by Charles Lipson provides advice on honesty in all aspects of college studies.
WRITER'S DIGEST BOOKS
Writing the Popular Novel: A Comprehensive Guide to Crafting Fiction that Sells (Sept., $15.99) by Loren D. Estleman guides writers through the steps to bestsellerdom. Advertising. Author tour.