Shaggy Dogs Story (Sept., $14.95) by Ron Finley stars Nikki and Sandro, two talented Weimaraners who escape servitude in an Eastern European circus run by an evil Romanian mime.
The Flying McCoys: Comics for a Bold New World (Sept., $10.95) by Glenn and Gary McCoy merges superheroes, office humor, huggable animals and twisted relationships.
JOHN F. BLAIR
SWAG: Southern Women Aging Gracefully (Sept., $14.95) by Melinda Rainey Thompson presents an unusual take on swimsuit shopping, sick children, cemetery etiquette and more.
Stuff on My Cat: The Book (Nov., $9.95) by Mario Garza gathers from stuffonmycat.com wacky photos of kitties “trimmed” with assorted odd objects.
Coloring Book Land: Coloring Outside the Lines of Good Taste (Jan., $8.95) by Jim Wirt matches evil captions to innocent, 1950s-style clip art.
How to Mess Up Your Life (Oct., $9.95) by Darrin Zeer offers advice for those who don’t already know how to do it.
DA CAPO PRESS
Who Moved My Shovel? The Modern Office Survival Guide (Nov., $12.95) by Michael Flocker. Once you’ve found your cheese, here’s another guide to climbing the corporate ladder. 60,000 first printing.
Humor for the Holidays (Oct., $12.99) by various authors burnishes the jollies in Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s with stories, quips and quotes.
3 X Carlin: An Orgy of George (Oct., $24.95) by George Carlin collects, in their entirety, Napalm and Silly Putty, Brain Droppings and When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops plus new material. 50,000 first printing.
Cats and Dogs/Dogs and Cats (Sept., $9.95) by P.S. Mueller features cartoons of these classic antagonists.
You’re Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Man (Jan., $12.95) by Erika Schickel collects essays that laugh even at the pregnancy from hell.
LITTLE, BROWN/BACK BAY
The Dog Dialed 911: A Book of Lists from The Smoking Gun (Oct., $15.99) by the Smoking Gun Web site reveals three ineffective ways to kill your spouse, five of the most embarrassing Bush family arrests and much more. Ad/promo.
MARION STREET PRESS (dist. by IPG)
The Buzzword Dictionary: 1,000 Phrases Translated from Pompous to English (Sept., $12.95) by John Walston punctures pretentious jargon.
Actions Speak Louder than Bumper Stickers (Oct., $12.95) by Olivia Greer and Aaron Rudenstine covers hot-button topics from Bush bashing to economics, from abortion to the military.
Lose Weight! Get Laid! Find God! The All-in-One Life Planner from Benrik Limited (Nov., $16) by Benrik (Ben Carey and Henrik Delahag) promises all the answers—even about disinheriting the grandchildren. Ad/promo.
The Spider-Man Handbook (Dec., $15.95) by Seth Grahame-Smith teaches how to crawl up a wall and swing from building to building.
SANTA MONICA PRESS (dist. by IPG)
Things You Can Do While You’re Naked (Nov., $12.95) by Jaime Andrews and Jessica Doherty assembles photo collages of “The Naked Handyman,” “The Naked Romantic” and other fine exemplars of nudity.
Chrismukkah (Sept., $14.95) by Gersh Kuntzman embraces and laughs with families of mixed faith.
SIMON SPOTLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
Mortified: Real Words. Real People. Real Pathetic. (Nov., $14.95) by David Nadelberg gives voice to the hopes, fears and desires that adolescents have shared for generations.
Homeland Insecurity: The Onion Complete News Archives, Volume 17 (Oct., $18.95) by Onion Editors continues the lampooning of American culture. 150,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
Bad Baby (Sept., $9.95) by R.D. Rosen et al. follows the success of Bad Dog and Bad Cat with 247 baby photos accompanied by snappy captions. 200,000 first printing.
WYRICK & CO.
Puns Spooken Here (Sept., $7.95) by Richard Lederer plunders the wonders of Halloween.