A Teaspoon of Courage (Sept., $9.95) by Bradley Trevor Greive uses laser-sharp insights and funny animal portraits to cheer those facing troubled times.
CIDER MILL PRESS (dist. by Sterling)
Christmas Is Together Time (Sept., $5.95) by Charles M. Schulz features Snoopy, Lucy and the rest of the gang in seasonal cartoons.
The Redneck Yoga Deck (Nov., $9.95) by Campion Primm and Sally Primm features down-home poses and chants billed as "almost as good as Budweiser."
Crazy Bosses (Jan., $21.95) by Stanley Bing checks out manic managers and methods for surviving them. Ad/promo.
BarCode (Oct., $14.95) by Stephanie Naman et al. articulates in glossary form the bliss and blunders of modern dating.
The Darwin Awards 4: Intelligent Design (Oct., $19.95) by Wendy Northcutt offers 100 new stories of evolution in action.
HARPER SAN FRANCISCO
Don't Get Scrooged: How to Thrive in a World Full of Obnoxious, Incompetent, Arrogant, and Downright Mean-Spirited People (Nov., $16.95) by Richard Carlson offers 60 ways to keep humbugs from ruining the holiday season. Ad/promo.
HUDSON STREET PRESS
It's Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump and Other Life Lessons I Learned from Dogs (Nov., 19.95) by John O'Hurley-formerly of Seinfeld and Dancing with the Stars-investigates the teachings of canines.
What Would MacGyver Do?: True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life (Nov., $19.95) by Brendan Vaughan collects 45 stories that involve using improvisation to solve problems.
The Llama Sutra: Getting Wild in the Wild Kingdom (Nov., $9.95) by Ward Calhoun offers glimpses into the amatory adventures of all creatures great and small.
The Republican Playbook (Oct., $16.95) by Andy Borowitz imagines a secret handbook for Republican world domination. 75,000 first printing.
The Unwritten Laws of Man (Feb., $125) by the Men of the Square Table. This clandestine council is said to have been meeting for some 800 years, ruling on such manly matters as how long you can save a barstool. $250,000 ad/promo.
Out of My Mind: The Opinions of Andy Rooney (Oct., $26) by Andy Rooney compiles the crotchety commentator's wisdom.
Destined for Destiny: The Unauthorized Autobiography of George W. Bush (Oct., $19.95) by Scott Dikkers and Peter Hilleren pokes fun at an easy target. 100,000 first printing. 7-city author tour.
SOFT SKULL PRESS
Did I Wake You? Crazy Haiku Chick (Nov., $12.95) by Beth Lapides offers wake-up calls, 17 syllables at a time.
The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense (Oct., $9.95) by Ophelia Benson and Jeremy Stangroom looks at academic jargon by means of a satirical dictionary.
Jeff Foxworthy's Redneck Dictionary II: More Words You Thought You Knew the Meaning Of (Nov., $16.95) by Jeff Foxworthy explains the finer points of Southern dialect.
Jewtopia: The Chosen Book for the Chosen People (Sept., $24.99) by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson plays on the eponymous off-Broadway show to check out Jewish culture.
WILLOW CREEK PRESS
Pug Mugs: Good Pugs Gone Bad (Oct., $14.95) by Willow Creek Press documents pugs caught in the act of committing bribery, fraud and other crimes.