A PRICE GUIDE TO ROCK & ROLL COLLECTIBLES By Greg Moore (Self-published, Paperback, $19.95, 100 pages) As most music fans know, yesterday's records can become tomorrow's rare and expensive treasures. A lot of promotional products accompany albums and often, these are rarer, more interesting and worth more than the records themselves. Even Forbes magazine has ranked rock 'n roll collectibles high on a list of sought after memorabilia. Moore has done a fine job with this illustrated price guide, focusing on these toys and related items. Each chapter contains background info followed by a complete listing of the item, including date released, manufacturer, description and market value. You can probably guess quite a few of the most prolific artists in term of peripheral toys (Beatles- Milton Bradley "Flip Your Wig" game-$75-150, Michael Jackson- Thriller paperweight- $40-60, Kiss- 1977 wall clock- $75-150), but there's a ten page miscellaneous chapter, listing collectible items from a wide variety of artists. How about Paula Abdul earrings ($5), a Boy George Doll ($100), Rod Stewart jigsaw puzzle ($30), Mamas And The Papas paper dolls ($100 each), or a Madonna Truth Or Dare lamp $40)? A big disappointment in this book, however, is the reproductive photo quality inside. The publishers go to the trouble of having hundreds of photos of these rare collectibles, but they lack contrast, resulting in very thin illustrations. Aside from that, this is an excellent reminiscing and/or collection appraising tool. (Alan Sheckter)

AETHER MADNESS By Gary Wolf and Michael Stein (Peachpit Press, Paperback, $21.95, 300 pages) This "offbeat guide to the online world" tells you where to head on the Internet to find kinky subject matter. There is information on aliens, hackers, zines, gays, Star Trek, pagans, Rush Limbaugh fans, etc. Good explanations of Net terms and Net functions like FTP, mailing lists, news groups, WWW and Gopher sites. There's really not enough warning here about problems you may encounter with the bullies on the Net, but I think until I write my own book, no one else is going to risk scaring the masses away by revealing the truth. Still, when I get past the negative aspects of the Net, this book is a great place to turn for new amusements. (Netta Gilboa)

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE YELLOW PAGES Compiled and Edited by Melinda Bonk (Future Medicine Publishing, Inc., (415) 435-7770, Paperback, $12.95 (plus shipping), approx. 300 pages) This is a national guide to alternative therapists all over America. It's presented in traditional "Yellow Pages" format, and is easy to read and use. The book is alphabetically broken down into subjects and then further broken down by state. Topics include acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, many, many chiropractors, Environmental Medicine, Herbal Medicine, and even Alternative Veterinary Medicine. If you don't know what some of the heading mean, don't worry. They are each clearly defined. Although they acknowledge that not all worthy businesses are in the directory, and there are disclaimers about not being able to guarantee the service you'll receive from these clinics/ merchants, this is a huge and worthwhile resource for those who feel a "sense of frustration and helplessness that many feel when dealing with conventional medicine." (Alan Sheckter)

ANSWER ME! (AK Press, Paperback, $13.00, 136 pages) The first three issues of this legendery gore-zine have been combined along with a new introduction into this book. If you are interested in serial killers, interviews with gray people and articles about hating people, this is simply the best source for this material. This is as gray as the written word gets (Alan declined to review it). It should inspire a range of emotions as you read it, ranging from wanting to hug to wanting to choke the publishers. What more could you ask of a zine? (Netta Gilboa)

APPLIED CRYPTOGRAPHY By Bruce Schneier (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Paperback, $44.95, 618 pages) Those interested in keeping what they type private, will delight in this new book which explains how cryptography works, what's out there and what the future holds. Lots of source code, illustrations, tables and extensive footnotes. (Netta Gilboa)

BACKROAD WINERIES OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Written and Photographed By Bill Gleeson (Chronicle Books, Paperback, $16.95, 130 pages) This scenic tour of SoCal's wineries is one of several travel guides by Gleeson, a fourth generation Californian. Others include his Weekends For Two series (Northern California, Southern California and the Pacific Northwest), and the sister to this book, Backroad Wineries Of Northern California.

This is a lavishly photographed, detailed guide to 50 wineries, giving the specific personalities of each, a list of the different wines produced and the vintner's current favorite choices. Also included is very helpful info for travelers: address, directions, hours, whether they have wine tasting, tours and retail sales, and a sample wine label. From Monterey County to San Diego County, this is a great book for wine lovers and backroad lovers as well. (Alan Sheckter)

THE BBS CONSTRUCTION KIT By David Wolfe (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Paperback, $27.95, 373 pages) If you've ever wanted to run a BBS, here's a practical guide to doing so. It includes a disk with GAP software and tells you everything, from how to set up your modem and file transfers to protecting against viruses and government raids. Relatively easy to read, this is ideal for beginners to intermediates.(Netta Gilboa)

THE BOOK OF DOORS By Athon Veggi and Alison Davidson (Destiny Books, $29.95) Fans of either the occult or acient Egypt will delight in this box set of 65 cards, a 256-page book and an eight-sided dye. Readers use the set in a ten-card spread to gain insights from the specific cards chosen. Beautiful artwork, powerful interpretations. (Netta Gilboa)

CAPTAIN TRIPS: A Biography Of Jerry Garcia By Sandy Troy (Thunder's Mountain Press, Hardcover, $22.95, 290 pages) Sandy Troy is a good person to have written this book. He is an attorney with two daughters who lives in San Diego. He is also a long-time, well connected Dead Head, with 200+ shows and One More Saturday Night, a Grateful Dead biography under his belt. Garcia's boyhood and teen years are covered in more detail than I've ever seen. "In high school, I fell in with some other musicians - Beatnik types, the pot smokers. My only other option was to join the beer drinkers, but they got into fights," Garcia states of his Cazadero, CA high school days. The book traces Garcia's influences, friends, musical partners and happenings until the present day, including lots of Grateful Dead folklore stories. One chapter "Million Sellers and an Ice Cream Called Garcia" tells of 1987 goings-on, the year "Touch Of Grey" hit the Top 10. There's an interesting little section of Garcia songlists from 1961-1964 (his banjo/bluegrass days), and even an astrological analysis of the man for those really with the need to know more. The cover of the hardback is a beautiful tye-dye design, featuring a black and white photo, but containing psychedelic sunglasses. It'll look great on your table of shelf. (Alan Sheckter)

CARLOS CASTANEDA, ACADEMIC OPPORTUNISM AND THE PSYCHEDELIC SIXTIES By Jay Courtney Fikes (Millenia Press, (800) 667-8398, Paperback, $19.95, 290 pages) Castaneda's books have aroused much debate about whether the experiences in them actually happened or not. This book proves the stories are "more allegorical than actual." This is so well researched you simply must be familiar with Castaneda to understand it. Badly needed, very convincing and full of good leads in the bibliography. (Netta Gilboa)

CD-ROMS RATED By Les Krantz (McGraw-Hill, Paperback, $19.95, 306 pages) Designed for people unsure which CDs are worth buying, this book reviews the best and worst of what's out there and comes with a CD-ROM disk with demos of over 30 top titles. Organized by genres such as clip art, erotica, dictionaries, humor, etc., this is easy to reference as you glance at mail order catalogs with long lists of unfamiliar titles. (Netta Gilboa)

CELTIC MANDALAS By Courtney Davis, Text by Helena Paterson (Stanley Publishing Co., Inc., Paperback, $14.95, 96 pages) Mandalas, you ask? They are a worldwide artistic practice. They are symmetric, symbolic images of transcendental art, often used as a meditation tool. Courtney Davis is an internationally recognized artist/interpreter of this traditional artistry. This 8½ X 11 book is full of astral/psychedelic/spiritual mandala reproductions. (Alan Sheckter)

CHEATING AT BLACKJACK By "Dustin D. Marks" (Index Publishing Group, Inc., Paperback, $19.95, 232 pages) A big-time Vegas gambler, the author chose to use an alias. After investigating the contents of the book, I'd say I agree with his/her decision. Marks not only covers blackjack, but discusses gambling and "advantage" play in slots, roulette, Baccarat, keno, craps, etc. The book is highly acclaimed by many of gaming's leading experts. Marks describes suggested playing techniques, schemes and psychology that go into real-life gambling. In the beginning, the author states (by the advice of an attorney), that the book is "for entertainment purposes only." Then Marks proceeds to talk of sleight of hand and getting in good with the dealer in order to create a "gray area advantage." Reading is suggested. Practicing its contents is not. (Alan Sheckter)

CHECK FRAUD INVESTIGATION By Burt Rapp (Loompanics Unlimited, Paperback, 170 pages) The target audience here is a true gray area. What else would we expect from Loompanics? Is it aimed at bank executives and other authorities, or does it act as a book of hints for the check frauder? You decide. (The author does recommend prosecution!) No matter which side of the fence you fall to, this is an extensive work on a seemingly narrow topic. Focuses include obtaining checks, altering checks, security, protection tips for consumers and tools to catch forgers. If you're afraid of being a victim, or are trying to get a better handle on an already existing problem, this is a book you won't find anywhere else. (Alan Sheckter)

CHRISTGAU'S RECORD GUIDE: The 80s By Robert Christgau (DaCapo Press, Inc., Paperback, $17.95, 518 pages) Similar to Christgau's Rock Albums of the '70s, reviewed in the last issue, the difference here is - you guessed it - the decade. He still rates approximately 3000 albums of the rock, pop, country, rap, blues, reggae and world music genres. He still rates each from A+ to E and still relies solely on his own opinion to base each review. It's such an exhaustive work, that it's worth getting, even if you don't take Christgau's opinions as gospel. So many albums and artists you may have forgotten about are mentioned that memories come racing back on every page. Remember The Long Ryders, Stray Cats, Teena Marie, Yaz? Read all about 'em. (Alan Sheckter)

COMPUTERS AND COLLECTING By Steve Hudgik (Self-published, P.O. Box 974, Tualatin, OR 97062., Spiralbound, $15.95 (includes shipping), 216 pages) If you don't own a computer yet, but you do collect something with a passion, here's a "computer guide for collectors buying and using their first computer." The book gets into how to use a modem, cataloging your collection and choosing your first computer. Scrictly for neophytes, but useful. (Netta Gilboa)

THE CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING AND USING THE LAW By Daniel Johnson (Betterway Books (800) 289-0963, $14.95, 282 pages) The information here, they promise, is offered "in easy to understand language." I second that motion. This is a great place to turn when you have a personal question regarding the law that you don't want a $150/hour answer to. Focal points include Family Law (divorce, custody, adoption, Real Estate (purchasing, construction, landlord-tenant law), Consumer Contracts, Credit and Bankruptcy, Personal Injury Law, Business Law and many others. There is a large glossary and useful sample legal documents (wills, leases, and even an attorney fee agreement). A big money-saver and knowledge-increaser. (Alan Sheckter)

THE CORNERS OF NEW YORK Photographs by Frank Wallis (Source Publications, (203) 261-2469, Spiralbound, $25.95,45 full-paged plates) Wallis highlights New York City's daily life with frank black and white photos of people, architecture and other assorted images of Manhattan. The book is printed on fine acid-free paper and held together with a strong plastic spiral binding, which guarantees that the book will lay flat after many browsings. This is a very good photographic collection, but it's somewhat frustrating that the resolution of the printing is low. Still, having The Corners Of New York is having a bit of the city in your home. Also available by Wallis The Streets of Paris and Big Town Little Town: Nudes for the Urban Environment. (Alan Sheckter)

CORPUS JURIS HUMOROUS IN BRIEF By John B. McClay (Mac-Mat, P.O. Box 2025-131, Tustin, CA 92680. Paperback, $9.95, 290 pages) Here are the most outlandish opinions rendered by judges throughout time. This entertaining work is divided into sections on everything from drugs to love to taxation to ridiculous contentions. Contains lots of the original legalese, but only those sections necessary to make the point. Ideal for lawyers and people who hate the law. (Netta Gilboa)

CREATE YOUR OWN VIRTUAL REALITY SYSTEM By Joseph R. Levy and Harley Bjelland (Windcrest/McGraw-Hill, Paperback, $32.95, 292 pages) This practical book tells you what you need to experience virtual reality at home and includes free software to help you get there. Offers lots of information on what can be done with a PC and has a huge appendix of vendors, publications, organizations and other contacts. Well done. (Netta Gilboa)

THE CURE FOR ALL CANCERS By Hulda Regehr Clark, Ph.D., N.D. (ProMotion Publishing, (800) 375-8809, Paperback, $19.95, 512 pages) The book title lofty statement in itself, yet Clark makes many bold statements and she deserves to be heard. Armed with 100 case studies, Clark says that in 1990 she found the real cause of all cancers, and shortly thereafter discovered the cure. So, for instance, smoking does not cause cancer, it greatly contributes to it. There are major focuses on the cause, cleaning up your surroundings for prevention

(diet, cleaning your house), the case histories and suggested homemade recipes for things like soap, fresh beverages and foods. There is even an herbal way for you to remove gallstones. Clark believes in her remedies and desperately wants her message spread as she is appalled at the state of today's health care and "hostage-holding of the sick."

CYBERARTS: Exploring Art and Technology By Linda Jacobson (Miller Freeman, Inc., Paperback, $24.95, 314 pages) This book is a collection of essays, articles and commentaries about the merging of computers, visual design, music, education and entertainment. Contains a good mix of technical terms, illustrations and good writing. (Netta Gilboa)

CYBERSPACE AND THE LAW By Edward A. Cavazos and Gavino Morin (The MIT Press, (800) 356-0343, Paperback, $19.95, 220 pages) Subtitled, "Your Rights And Duties In The On-Line World," this badly-needed book explains cyberspace and the legal issues most pertinent to users. Included are chapters on electronic privacy, intellectual property, adult material, harmful and dangerous words and cyber-crimes. The legal field here is wide open because there are still areas the law does not cover aws well as weak laws that cannot be used to prosecute crimes people still refuse to conceive can be committed. For those interested in the subject, this is the definitive book available so far. Readers interested in the hacking issues raised in this magazine will enjoy this book. (Netta Gilboa)

DEATH ROW (Glenn Hare Publications, 6300 Yarrow Drive, Calsbad, CA 92009-1597. Paperback, $9.95, 212 pages) Published annually, this book contains information about every inmate presently residing on Death Row. Volume 4 contains information on 2,796 people, as well as profiles of a dozen key people and reprints of important articles in the field. Moving. (Netta Gilboa)

DRUG USE IN AMERICA By Peter J. Venturelli (Jones And Bartlett Publishers, Inc., Paperback, 338 pages) Focusing on "social, cultural, and political perspectives," this volume of research articles examines everything from needle exchange to prevention to race to advertising. Tons of references to articles about drugs in medical, legal and academic journals. Includes many original surveys, reviews of the literature in the field and makes recomendations for change. This is designed for use in the classroom and is quite impressive for a textbook. (Netta Gilboa)

ECONOMIC SODOMY By Victor Santoro (Loompanics Unlimited, Paperback, $13.95, 192 pages) Here's a boook about various frauds and cons. There are chapters on insurance frauds, mail-order scams, medical quackery, check frauds, employee theft, etc. Contains extensive references for even further reading. Worth a look so you can avoid getting swindled as well as gain some insight into how these scams are pulled off. (Netta Gilboa)

ECSTATIC INCISIONS: The Collages of Freddie Baer (AK Press, Paperback, $11.95, 76 pages) Freddie Baer is an artist who designs zine covers, T-shirts, posters and album sleeves. I first came across her collages on the Factsheet Five T-shirt. Her work can be compared to Max Ernst, but is utterly her own. She works in black and white, mixing photographs with original illustrations and public domain images. The book includes an interview with Baer and an introduction by Peter Lamborn Wilson. Nice. (Netta Gilboa)

E-MAIL SECURITY By Bruce Schneier (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Paperback, $24.95, 352 pages) Focusing more on the concept that your E-mail is likely to be read by the government, your business competitors, reporters and friends and family, this book addresses the need for keeping your E-mail private without mentioning the word "hackers." Includes lots of information on PGP and PEM, DES and IDEA, RSA and DSA as well as an explanation of the latest patent and export issues. (Netta Gilboa)

ETHICS IN AN EPIDEMIC By Timothy F. Murphy (University of California Press, Hardcover, 222 pages) Written by a philosopher, this book attempts to address unanswered and previously unexamined ethical questions. There are chapters on celebrities, backlash,. politics, the search for a cure, etc. Useful without being preachy. (Netta Gilboa)

FAITHFULL: An Autobiography By Marianne Faithfull with David Dalton (Little, Brown and Company, Hardcover, $22.95, 320 pages) When The Rolling Stones were part of the young English mod scene in the mid-60s, Marianne Faithfull was there. She recorded Jagger/Richard's "As Tears Go By" (reaching #22 in 1965) a full year before the Stones did (reaching #6). She was born in London in 1946 and beside her many contacts, wound up marrying a British art gallery owner, a rock bassist and an American playwright. She's blatantly honest and open when it comes to pouring her heart out about her life on the edge, affair with Mick, desires for Keith, the drugs, games and fall from success. Back with this new - probably as therapeutic and soul cleansing to write as it is to read.

I'll relate one anecdote of interest, shedding another glimpse of light about the legendary sixties. Marianne tells us of the tragedy involving her and Brian Jones' friend Tara Browne dying in a car crash after running a red light on acid. This is the episode described in John Lennon's "A Day In The Life." A best seller, and deservedly so. (Alan Sheckter)

FEMALIA By Joanie Blank (Down There Press, Paperback, $14.50, 72 pages) This unusual book features 32 color photographs of women's vulvas. The idea is that by exploring similarities and differences, women can learn how they feel about their own bodies. Very moving and erotic. Each of the 32 is utterly different from the rest. A must for men who love to look at centerfolds, but intended for women to get in touch with themselves. Highly recommended. (Netta Gilboa)

FREE SPACE: Real Alternatives For Reaching Outer Space By B. Alexander Howerton (Loompanics Unlimited, Paperback, $14.95, 150 pages) It says here that the next series of moon and other space explorations won't be government funded, but sponsored by private companies. Howerton, business editor for the space enthusiast magazine Countdown gives complete, scholarly project explanations and timeframes for ten of these bold companies. Fascinating stuff. ISE (International Space Exploration ) of San Diego, CA plans a privately-funded craft on the moon by 1997. The LunaCorp of Arlington, VA will have the Lunar Rover roaming the moon in 1997. And OUSPADEV (Outer Space Development Company) plans to offer vacations in space by 2002! There is also an appendix of businesses, organizations and publications. Fascinating stuff! (Alan Sheckter)

FROM METAL TO MOZART: The Rock and Roll Guide To Classical Music By Craig Heller (Chronicle Books, Paperback, $9.95, 224 pages) If you are like me, you have vast experience with popular music, but cringe when classical music is mentioned as it seems about as appealing as liver and onions.

Heller has a great approach. Aimed at rock fans who've never turned on to classical, From Metal To Mozart takes what you like about rock music, the emotion, the power, the personal styles and bridges that to the world of the old masters.

The book takes you slowly, from "How Not To Be Intimidated By Classical Music" and "Your Classical Music Starter Vocabulary Kit" on through a guide section of what music, magazines, record clubs, radio stations, etc. to frequent. The best idea I think is the "Let's Take A Whole Year And Do This Thing Right" section, where on a planned weekly basis, Heller has pre-selected 52 classics for you to experience, that chronologically cover the 1700s through 1992's Low symphony by Philip Glass.

There's also a neat section that tries to suggest classical equivalents to the rock bands you like: Allman Brothers - Bach's Concerto in A Minor for Two Violins, David Bowie - Rimsky Korsakov's Eastern Overture, The Clash - Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, Grateful Dead - Aaron Copeland's Rodeo, Guns 'n Roses - Mussorgsky's A Night On Bald Mountain. Heller has made classical music a fun and painless experience. (Alan Sheckter)

FROM STAR WARS TO INDIANA JONES: The Best Of The Lucasfilm Archives By Mark Cotta Vaz and Shinji Hata (Chronicle Books, Inc. Paperback, $22.95, 210 pages) Here are the secrets behind the special effects in all of your favorite George Lucas films. Lavishly illustrated, and a bargain for twenty-three bucks, the book is divided chronologically. It includes masks, models, posters, drawings and other creations. It should be of great interest to film students, science fiction fans and anyone who spent childhood hours constructing and creating things from kits and models. (Alan Sheckter)

GARBAGE IN GORGEOUS OUT By Walt Garnett (Windcrest/McGraw-Hill, paperback (disk included), $32.95, 420 pages) One of the first buzz-phrases you hear when one gets their first introduction to computers is "Garbage In, Garbage Out," meaning that although your input might make sense to you, computers are dead, ugly and stupid. They know only electrical impulses of on and off, or zero and one. If you feed it what it thinks is garbage, you're output will also be garbage.

In the world of publishing, there are many types of small computers: PCs, Macs, Amiga, Atari, etc. Beyond that, there are a slew of graphic file formats, each with there own ideosynchracies. Will your beautiful .CDR file from CorelDRAW! export nicely into your PageMaker layout program? No! Even a simple text file may not be translated by your software, depending whether the file is ASCII or PostScript. Garnett has done the work for you. Described are explanations of how these conversions work, what may be compatible to what, translating graphic images, and overall explanations of the personalities of .BMP, .CGM, .EPS, .GIF, .PCL, .WMF, .TIFF and a bunch of other graphics formats. If you need file translation made fast and easy, this is the place to turn. (Alan Sheckter)

GASLIGHTING By Victor Santoro (Loompanics Unlimited, Paperback, $12.95, 118 pages) The term "gaslighting" means to drive someone crazy. In this book you're shown how to destroy an enemies' confidence, self-esteem and reputation. The idea is to make your target paranoid and cause them to have a bunch of disasters in their dealings with other people. It's a shame people would rather destroy each other than get along, but if someone has decided to pick on you this might help you understand their tactics. It's also a bible for how to do it to others. (Netta Gilboa)

GENERATION AT THE CROSSROADS: Apathy And Action On The American Campus By Paul Rogat Loeb (Rutgers University Press, Hardcover, 460 pages) There's plenty of documentation out there on the political positions of college kids in the 60s and 70s. Hell, that stuff was on the news every day. Well, there are certainly zillions of college kids and they certainly still have political feelings, some voiced outwardly, and some kept inside by the seemingly apathetic slacker. Loeb did the work (seven years of interviews, in 30 states at 100+ campuses in the 80s and 90s) and wrote the book. All you have to do is read it.

Chapters discuss things like military protesters (yes, get involved, but no, don't "spit on soldiers"), feeling detached in the classroom (how can you discuss medieval struggles when war was just declared on Iraq), and today's "treehuggers and politicos." Well-written, excellent work. (Alan Sheckter)

GLOBAL NETWORKS Edited by Linda M. Harasim (The MIT Press, paperback, $16.95, 414 pages) Containing chapters by Mitchell Kapor and Howard Rheingold, this anthology looks at how we will all coexist in the present and future computer age. There are chapters on various issues, applications and visions for the future. Worth a look if you use computers for a living or spend the bulk of your social life there. (Netta Gilboa)

THE GUIDE TO LARRY NIVEN'S RINGWORLD By Kevin Stein (Baen Books, Paperback, $14.00, 192 pages) Larry Niven's "Known Space" series has been among the most popular in science fiction. This gem of that series is Ringworld. A ringworld, with an area of 3 million Earths, represents the 8,000-mile track around the sun created after an Earth's orbit.

Along with dozens of imaginitively drawn illustrations, the book is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of this universe. Focuses include alien races, habitats, warfare, and space equipment. Similar in detail to a Star Trek guide for Trekkies, this book is quite engaging for casual fans, as well as those with no previous Ringworld exposure. It definitely sparks the imagination. (Alan Sheckter)

THE ILLUSION OF LIFE Edited by Alan Cholodenko (Indiana University Press, Paperback, $14.95, 312 pages) This anthology contains a variety of essays on animated cartoons and films. It includes chapters on Roger Rabbit, Saturday morning cartoons, and even the transcript of a lecture by animator Chuck Jones. If you like animation and worry that people don't take it seriously enough, here's proof they do. (Netta Gilboa)

THE INTERNET FOR EVERYONE By Richard W. Wiggins (McGraw-Hill, Inc., Paperback, $29.95, 660 pages) Subtitled "A Guide for Users and Providers," this book is an enormous and detailed undertaking. The size and scope of the Internet is so huge, it is almost impossible to fathom. People from all corners of the globe access the Internet. Once there, they can explore and travel down innumerable sidestreets and pathways. Covered thoroughly are the history of the Internet, Netiquette, how to connect, Internet e-mail, Usenet discussions (on any topic under the sun), file transferring, Gopher and World-Wide Web, tools such as Archie and Veronica, virtual libraries, real-time Internet Relay Chat and MUDS (multi-user electronic games), starting your own Internet site, the Internet's future and even privacy and security issues. All-encompassing effort for beginners to seasoned Info-Bahn travelers. (Alan Sheckter)

THE JOURNALISM OF OUTRAGE (The Guilford Press, Hardcover, $30.00, 304 pages) Subtitled "Investigative Reporting And Agenda Building In America," this book analyzes investigative stories and draws from interviews with more than 900 investigative reporters and editors. Six case studies are focused on including rape, dialysis, the home health hustle, international child abductions, toxic waste and brutal police officers. Fascinating reading for journalists, sociologists and media analysts. (Netta Gilboa)

LEGAL GUIDE FOR TAHE VISUAL ARTIST By Tad Crawford (Allworth Press, Paperback, $19.95, 258 pages) If you're going to draw, paint, create cartoons or take photographs, this book will tell you how to negotiate sales, agents, contracts, taxes and copyright. Easy to understand and probably of use to people in publishing, lawyers and other groups as well. (Netta Gilboa)

LICENSE TO STEAL By Dennis Marlock and John Dowling (Palladin Press, Hardcover, 304 pages) Here's a fascinating exploration of the Gypsy Mafia. Using historical data, police records, and interviews with victims, this book looks into fortune-telling, welfare scams, stolen auto rings, shoplifting, pickpocketing, burglaries and credit and insurance fraud. Highly unusual book. (Netta Gilboa)

LIVING DOWNTOWN: The History Of Residential Hotels In The United States By Paul Groth (University of California Press, Hardcover, 404 pages) Welcome to an eye-opening look at residential lodges. Groth examines huge structures in America's largest cities that served as residencies in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Some were no more than a bed, a wash basin and a single lightbulb, and some others were palaces. One thing is certain, though, these huge old buildings are disappearing from the skylines of New York, San Francisco, Chicago and elsewhere. Groth also introduces the idea of their usefulness as a partial solution to today's homeless plight. Flophouses and cubicle lodging houses used to house thousands per night in San Francisco in the 1880s. They would fit as many as 16 temporary units in the space of what now would look like a long two-car garage.

There are also descriptions of places like The Royal Poinciana Hotel in Palm Beach, FL, which at one time was the winter place to be. Wonderful illustrations, to boot. (Alan Sheckter)

THE MACINTOSH BIBLE, 5th Edition Originally by Arthur Naiman, Edited by DiNucci, Castro, Abernathy, Blatner, Guglielmo, Kadyk, Norr, & Weibel (Peachpit Press, Inc., Paperback, $30.00, 1162 pages) This is the newest and biggest edition of The Macintosh Bible, whose sales are pushing one million since the first edition in 1986. The book/manual is extremely reader-friendly and relaxed, while staying useful and providing solutions in every aspect that is the world of Mac. It's a must-have for any Mac owner, seasoned user or newcomer. New topics in this edition are Power Macintoshes, System 7.5, discussions of new versions of Word, Excel, Claris Works, etc. There are cool little icons that appear in the margins at certain spots. A matchstick means "hot tip," a money bag is "a bargain," even a skunk for the rare "bad feature." Everything for the desktop publisher, accountant and info highway runner. At over 1100 pages, there's room to cover it all. (Alan Sheckter)

MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: Twenty Remarkable Collections In Pursuit of Their Dreams By Mitch Tuchman, Photographs by Peter Brenner (Chronicle Books, Paperback, $19.95, 144 pages) There are those, who for life are stuck with the collector's bug. Maybe you are one of them. Ever collect coins, comic books, matchpacks, fishing lures, Grateful Dead tapes? The 20 men and women featured here have amassed some eccentric, priceless and awesome collections. 125 color photographs accompany them. Some take up more space than others. Stephen and Robert Cade (Robert was the inventor of Gatorade, it says here) collect Studebakers; dozens of 'em. Norma Hazelton collects zillions of colorful plastic, metal and wood swizzle sticks. Patricia Geller, mannequins, and Lorinda Bray, who must have lots of room, has amassed and restored an amazing collection of merry-go-round horses. Mike Stella has a wondrous variety of good old Lionel trains. Appealing to the collector in everyone. (Alan Sheckter)

THE MOSAIC HANDBOOK By Dale Dougherty and Richard Koman (O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., Paperback, $29.95, 220 pages, Also available in editions for those working under the Macintosh or X Window systems, this book helps users master using World Wide Web. The book includes a disk, is well-illustratedand can be mastered quickly. A few hours spent surfing Web pages will more than justify purchasing this book. (Netta Gilboa)

MY HUSBAND WEARS MY CLOTHES By Peggy J. Rudd (PM Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 5304, Katy, TX 77491-5304. Paperback, $12.95, 160 pages) This is the first book on crossdressing written from the perspective of a wife whose husband enjoys wearing female clothing. Answers common questions about how to tell your wife and children and how to come to terms with your partner's desires. A godsend to people interersted in crossdressing, this is also of interest to those who study deviance and to those with potentially troublesome marriages in general. (Netta Gilboa)

THE NATIONAL DIRECTORY OF HAUNTED PLACES By Dennis William Hauck (Athanor Press, Paperback, $24.95, 406 pages) Hauck has recently been on Geraldo and Sally Jesse Raphael. Five years of research by dozens of reporters and photographers gave gone into the making of this book, where addresses, phone numbers and even travel directions of 2000 haunted sites are included. A great book for serious researchers and casual readers alike, all 50 states are covered. There are even alleged haunted places in Wyoming and North Dakota. Let's see, the closest to Gray Areas World Headquarters is the historic (since 1704) General Wayne Inn in Merion, PA. Here, many employees, customers and reporters have felt or seen the presence of Hessian soldiers, Indians and even the apparition of Edgar Allen Poe. 50 pages are devoted to California alone, from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Mount Shasta. All encompassing and quite intriguing. (Alan Sheckter)

THE NET AFTER DARK By Lamont Wood (John Wiley and Sons, Inc., (800) CALL WILEY, Paperback, $16.95, 352 pages) This easy-to-use book explains how to access the fringes of the Internet including the coolest, newest and most bizarre spots. It warns readers about "bad users" who might send chain letters, be ignorant, or give you viruses. Hackers are mentioned, but the section on E-mail does not warn that hackers can access it before you do. Since none of the other books are honest about the Net's downfalls, I'll also stick to only mentioning the positive. There are some great leads here as well as a layout that invites you to pick a page and go explore the things on it. Covers everything from sex to sci-fi to UFOs to gaming. A must to have if you're computerized. (Netta Gilboa)

THE NEW UNTOUCHABLES By John DeSantis (Noble Press, Hardcover, $22.95, 316 pages) Subtitled "How America Sanctions Police Violence," this book examines police brutality through interviews with former officers and attorneys. Easy to follow and current, this explores a complex societal problem and brongs forth new insights. Impressive. (Netta Gilboa)

NINA'S BOOK OF LITTLE THINGS By Keith Haring (Prestel, Hardcover, $19.95, 70 pages) Keith Haring, the New York graffiti artist who rose instardom to have works in world-class galleries passed away in 1990 from AIDS-complicated diseases at the age of 32. His work is now universally known. In 1988, Haring created this child's participatory activity book for his seven year old friend Nina Clemente. The illustrations are full color and large, and Haring's love for children shows. There are places for the book's owner to add their own drawings, stickers and other mementoes. Wonderful for any child, and a great alternative to TV. A perfect rainy day book, too! (Alan Sheckter)

THE NON-DESIGNERS DESIGN BOOK By Robin Williams (Peachpit Press, Inc., Paperback, $14.95, 144 pages) Helpful hints is the name of the game here. For anyone thrown into the role of creating ads, resumes, newsletters, business cards, invitations, etc., armed with a computer, but not armed with formal design training, this book is for you. Clear and concise descriptions, as well as examples of how even subtle changes can magnify the impact of your creation highlight this book. Learn to know when a design is too busy, which fonts go together well. Great resource! (Alan Sheckter)

NOWHERE TO RUN: The Story of Soul Music By Gerry Hirshey (Da Capo Press, Paperback, $14.95, 384 pages) In this book, Hirshey examines the life and times of some of the legendary rhythm and blues artists when labels called Motown and Atlantic dominated the charts. There are perceptive discussions and interviews, not full of the fluffy propaganda the record companies release, but of real emotions, both positive and negative. The charts themselves never told the real story of racial struggles. Robert Johnson (whose three dozen blues songs released in the 1930s are constantly being revived by people like Clapton and The Stones), was too black, too soon for popular music to canonize him like Hendrix or a Presley. Read about Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Martha Reeves, Mary Wells, James Brown, The Temps, etc. From poverty stricken Florence Ballard to a talk with majestic Michael Jackson, every page offers great historical glimpses. (Alan Sheckter)

ONCE UPON A TELEPHONE By Ellen Stern and Emily Gwathmey (Harcourt Brace & Company, Hardcover, $27.95, 140 pages) This illustrated social history of the telephone explores advertisements, comments from celebrities, photographs, history and trivia. Includes information about "operators, directories, phone booths, and, of course, the appliance itself." Lavishly illustrated and full of fascinating tidbits. (Netta Gilboa)

OPIUM FOR THE MASSES By Jim Hogshire (Loompanics Unlimited, Paperback, $14.95, 116 pages) Here's everything you ever wanted to know about the drug opium. It will explain what the high feels like, how addictive it is, how to procure seeds and how to make and ingest opium. Includes rare photos and many illustrations about this pain-killer. (Netta Gilboa)

PGP: PRETTY GOOD PRIVACY By Simson Garfinkel (O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., Paperback, 430 pages) Here's the definitive user's guide to the popular computer encryption program. Explains what it is, where to find it, how to install it and how to use it properly. Contains an invaluable reference card. If you send electronic mail to people, and/or keep files on your hard drive that you do not wish others to see, both the program and the book are mandatory. Look for our public key elsewhere in this issue. (Netta Gilboa)

PIONEERS OF ROCK AND ROLL: 100 Artists Who Changed The Face Of Rock By Harry Sumrall (Billboard Books, Paperback, $21.95, 310 pages) 100 subjectively chosen folks, who, for one reason or another, stand out as "pioneers" in the shaping of the history of rock 'n roll. Critic, musician, composer Sumrall, pretty much has covered all the bases, and includes a few pages, a photo, and a list of each act's top albums and songs. Read information about somewhat obscure, yet important artists (Alexis Korner, The Soft Machine, The Ventures), as well as the obvious, oft-written ones (Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Velvet Underground). An Absorbing light-shedder. (Alan Sheckter)

PLANET INTERNET By Steve Rimmer (Windcrest/McGraw-Hill, Paperback, $24.95, 316 pages) Sure there are a bunch 'o books on how to navigate the Internet. But this book is for those Internet hobbyists who "plug-in" for fun and leisure. Planet Internet is lavishly adorned with friendly graphics and visual treats while you read. Laid out in an alphabetical format, Rimmers lets you know where to connect with folks on the Net whose hobbies you share. Focuses include Alternative Medicine, Beer, Caffeine, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Rumors, Star Trek and Zines. Simply the most user-friendly, entertaining "irreverent guide to the Internet's pubs, curiosity shops and back alleys" I've ever seen! (Alan Sheckter)

THE PORTABLE SCATALOG Edited by Louis P. Kaplan (William Morrow & Co., Hardcover, $16.00, 196 pages) Originally published by John G. Bourke in 1891, this novelty book has been condensed to include the oddest and most unintellentionaly hilarious passages. It also includes a foreword by Sigmund Freud. If you're willing to find humor in excrement, this offers chapters like "Cow Dung And Cow Urine In Religion," ":Phallic Superstitions" and "The Employment Of Excrement In Food." Even more funny than it is gray. (Netta Gilboa)

THE RE/SEARCH GUIDE TO BODILY FLUIDS By Paul Spinrad (Re/Search Publications, Paperback, $15.99, 129 pages) How much have you thought about your relationship with your body and nature? This book covers everything from the history and evolution of toilet paper, farting, urine, constipation, mucus, vomit, etc. Is it gross? Yes. Is it frank? You bet it is. Is it worth reading? Yes. So thorough it even includes a list of bodily functions in the cinema including nose picking, urine, vomiit, farts, feces and toilets. An important if shocking exploration. (Netta Gilboa)

REVELATION X By Reverand Ivan Stang (Fireside Books, Paperback, $14.95, 186 pages) Fans of Bob Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius will delight in this new book which contains information on unanswered mysteries of Dobbs' prophecy, the dark side of Dobbs and the Conspiracy. Lavishly illustrated, this is a lot of fun for believers and new initiates. You decide if the Church of the SubGenius is a religion made into a joke, or a joke made into a religion. (Netta Gilboa)

THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SYMBOLS By David Fontana (Chronicle Books, Paperback, $17.95, 192 pages) Subtitled "A Visual Key to Symbols and Their Meanings," this colorfully illustrated book highlights symbols used in rituals, mythology and the occult, spanning the time of early man to the present. There are essays detailing the history, psychology and meanings of every symbol. There are a wide variety of serpents, mandalas, trees (trees of knowledge, trees of life), fire, etc. Impressive and beautifully done. (Alan Sheckter)

SEPARATING SCHOOL & STATE By Sheldon Richman (The Future of Freedom Foundation, Paperback, $14.95, 130 pages) Richman is a believer home-schooling for children and he calls for the end of today's public schools. This scholarly book tackles "What's Wrong With Public Schools," "Why There Are Public Schools," and living "Without Public Schools." An appendix in the back spouts lots of statistics illustrating the declining acievements of today's public school kids. Richman presents a good argument. Recommended if you're interested in helping stir up this issue, or want to be exposed to it. (Alan Sheckter)

SIN DIEGO By F.M. Philips (Warren Communications, P.O. Box 620219, San Diego, CA 92160., Paperback, $16.95, 280 pages) This guide to "San Diego's underground sex, drugs and rock 'n roll" scene focuses on everything from local escort services, massage parlors, sex workers, swing clubs and adult BBSs to bars, the gay life, nude beaches and gambling. There's also information on nearby Tijuana and where to get tattoos, hot tubs, drugs, and nasty photos developed. Every city should have a book like this and the author promises he's working on Los Angeles next. Indespensible for tourists with gray interests. (Netta Gilboa)

SINGER-SONGWRITERS: Pop Music's Performer-Composers From A To Zevon By Dave DiMartino (Billboard Books, Paperback, $21.95, 308 pages) Not all of the most important singer/songwriters in pop music are the ones with the big hits, although some are: (Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell). This collection of short biographies of approximately 200 artists examines many who you may not be familiar with, but should be. Some of these are the very obscure Van Dyke Parks (who from 1968-1989 released five highly acclaimed, yet commercial flops), Steve Goodman (the guy who wrote "The City of New Orleans" as well as collaborated with Dylan, Bromberg, Muldaur, Buffett, Prine) and Jules Shear (who in 1994 is finally becoming recognized after almost 20 years in the biz; he wrote Cyndi Lauper's "All Through The Night," The Bangle's "If She Knew What She Wants" and even the 1977 Johnny Rivers hit "Slow Dancing"). Great reference work that includes people from Amos, Anka and Armatrading to Winwood, Young and Zevon. Notable albums and songs are listed for each artist. Another super Billboard reference book. (Alan Sheckter)

SKELETON KEY: A Dictionary for Deadheads By David Shenk and Steve Silberman (Doubleday, Paperback, $14.95, 388 pages) Words and phrases of the vast Dead Head culture are defined in this, more of a small encyclopedia (without pictures) than dictionary. Skeleton Key is far more detailed with each entry than a standard dictionary. Similar to the idea of a baseball glossary or The Beevis and Butthead glossary, I'm surprised no one thought of this before. The world of Grateful Dead is so huge, long-lasting and well, everywhere, that there are loads of terms and names and places that are known only to some of those "in the know." There are even colloquialisms native to only the East Coast, and those only heard on the West Coast.

There are people (Mikel, Bruce Hornsby), places (Fillmore East) and things ("miracle tickets"). Some, the authors made up, like "Line Donkeys," the folks who stand in line and then enter a venue with full backpacks, food and books for what is only a four hour arena show. Others you may have been scratching your head about for years (like McGannahan Skjellyfetti and Ice Nine), are explained. If you travel in these circles, pick up Skeleton Key.(Alan Sheckter)

SLIDE MOUNTAIN: or The Folly Of Owning Nature By Theodore Steinberg (University of California Press, Hardcover, $24.00, 224 pages) My first experience of "the folly of owning nature" was about 20 years ago, when the New Jersey shore resort communities began to demand that visitors (and residents) buy beach tags in order to walk on the beach. Well there are lots of interesting controversial examples of owning nature, like ocean floors, underground water and Donald Trump's struggle for air rights. The book is named after a Mark Twain tall tale, where a man who owns a house and property on a Nevada hill, has his house slide off of his property during a landslide. Even though his ranch lands on top of someone else's land, the man claims ownership, because that's where his house now resides. Told with a humorous and environmentally consious tone, Slide Mountain is absurd, yet relevant. (Alan Sheckter)

1995-1996 STAR GUIDE (Axiom Information Resources, Paperback, $12.95, 204 pages) Of course a book like this becomes almost obsolete soon after it's printed, it also enables you to hold in your hand the most up-to-date addresses of the biggest stars in popular culture. Lots of the addresses are simply in care of a ball team or film company, but more than half are actual street addresses. And of the 3,200 listings, you're sure to find someone you're driven to contact. Contains listings in the fields of movies, TV, music, sports, politics and others. Well worth the money if one person writes you back. (Alan Sheckter)

STARS OF SOUL AND RHYTHM & BLUES By Lee Hildebrand (Billboard Books, paperback, $21.95. 276 pages) Here's another solid Billboard book. Highlighted in this A-Z (or Johnny Ace to Zapp and Roger) formatted work are biographies, top albums and singles and photos of 180 of the greatest names in R&B. As always, Billboard will teach you about folks you may never have heard of (Z. Z. Hill, Johnny Otis) as well as giving you further insight into those who you are familiar (James Brown, Stevie Wonder). This is another indispensable book for music enthusiasts. (Alan Sheckter)

STEALWORKS: The Graphic Details of John Yates (AK Press, Paperback, $11.95, 138 pages) Including a forward by Jello Biafra, this collection of Yates' art is so unique that it includes a copyright notice which says, "Legal stuff aside, reproduce at will. All I ask is that you give credit where credit is due, and ask nicely beforehand." Yates' work is as much about his political and philosphical beliefs as about whatever it is he is illustrating. His work combines photographs with phrases you would not expect to see attached to them. Yates currently publishes Punchline and produces artwork for Alternative Tentacles Records. Impressive. (Netta Gilboa)

STIFLED LAUGHTER By Claudia Johnson (Fulcrum Publishing, Hardcover, $19.95, 182 pages) This book chronicles one woman's efforts to restore literary classics which were banned from the high school curriculum in rural north Florida, where she lived. Includes information about a five-year-long federal fight. Worth tracking down. (Netta Gilboa)

THE STRONGER WOMEN GET, THE MORE MEN LOVE FOOTBALL By Mariah Burton Nelson (Harcourt Brace and Comany, Hardcover, $22.95, 310 pages) Burton-Nelson went as far as she could in women's sports, playing for Stanford in college and as a professional (Unfortunately, women's professional basketball receives zero press). In this funny, provocative and ball-busting book, she examines the undeniable sexism in the American culture of sports. She concentrates on advertising and common stereotypes with chapters like "Boys Will Be Boys and Girls Will Not," "Men In Tight Pants Embracing" and "How a Woman Is Supposed To Act." A book that needed to be written. (Alan Sheckter)

SWEET TALKERS By Kathleen K. (Richard Kasak Books, Paperback, $12.95, 208 pages) The manager of Sweet Talkers, a phone-sex line, also works as an operator and in this book reveals the secrets of the business as well as tips for new operators. Covers ethical questions, top caller fantasies and includes X-rated dialogue throughout as examples. Unique! (Netta Gilboa)

TEQUILA By Ann and Larry Walker (Chronicle Books, Paperback, $10.95, 120 pages) While your mulling over the many gray areas mentioned throughout this magazine, this book provides over 40 recipes which are enhanced with tequila. Try one and see if you can solve life's dilemmas. An impressive range of delicacies are covered from drinks and cakes to chicken in peanut sauce and soused snapper. (Netta Gilboa)

TERROR ON TAPE By James O'Neill (Billboard Books, Paperback, $16.95, 392 pages) This comprehensive reference book contains a complete listing of over 2000 horror movies available on videotape. There's information on each film as well as major stars and directors of the genre. Easy to ise and well done. (Netta Gilboa)

TERRORISM & THE MEDIA By Brigitte L. Nacos (Columbia University Press, Hardcover, $32.50, 214 pages) Terrorism is certainly a world-wide problem. We all agree there. But, where do we get our information. All news, both in words and footage come from the almighty media. And while gosh, I love how technologically amazing the abilities of the media are for providing information, one still has to decide for themselves the pertinence of what's being presented. Nacos, a long-time correspondent for German newspapers (and now lives in New York), focuses on the power of media coverage, making citizens ultimately vulnerable as elected officials to set policy and make decisions based on public polls influenced directly from the media. Reviewed are recent events such as Lt. Col. Higgins hanging in Lebanon, the Iran hostages, the World Trade Center bombing and media coverage of PanAm flight 103. A powerful and effective book. (Alan Sheckter)

THAILAND By James O'Reilly and Larry Habegger (Travelers' Tales, Paperback, $15.95, 406 pages) What I thought at first to be a travel guide of recommended hotels and restaurants turned out to be a bright and refreshing alternative, but in many ways just as informative. After a brief introduction of Thailand, the book unfolds in story form. That is, dozens of first hand stories of experiences real people like you have had. So when The Thai Cooking School in Bangkok is examined, it is done in storytelling fashion. It still is a travel book (it received 1993's Gold Medal award for Best Travel Book). So learn about Thailand this way! Expect similar books focusing on Mexico, France, India and Hong Kong. (Alan Sheckter)

UFO QUEST By Alan Watts (Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., Paperback, $9.95. 200 pages) A devout UFO believer, Watts examines all aspects of the phenomena. He discusses hoaxes and real encounters, from the "saucers and cigars" days of the 1940s to the recent technological advances that have made sightings of different kinds more common. Watts, discusses possible methods of navigation, the effects of UFOs on earthly mechanical devices, and even possible hows and whys of why aliens visit and what they ultimately want. Intriguing. (Alan Sheckter)

VICTIMS OF MEMORY By Mark Pendergrast (Upper Access Books, Paperback, $24.95, 603 pages) This stupendous book explores and rebutts the recent trend of victims who suddenly remember long-forgotten childhood sexual abuse. Covering multiple personalities, satanic cults, religion, the McMartin school scandal and even including chapters on famous therapists, survivors, accused and retractors, this book explains where the hysteria comes from and where it's going. Highly recommended as a landmark book to be reckoned with. (Netta Gilboa)

VIDEO SEX: Create Erotic & Romantic Home Videos With Your Camcorder By Kevin Campbell (Amherst Media, Inc., (716) 874-4450, Paperback, $19.95, 224 pages) The title says it all. If you and your partner want to enhance your intimate times by making and watching videos of yourselves, Campbell gives you the how-to. There's a chapter entitled "Getting Your Partner To Participate" an obvious task when one wants to and the other doesn't. Important ingredients such as costumes, props and dialog are all discussed, as well as actual film direction. Provocative, but not overly graphic photos accompany the text. Well done. (Alan Sheckter)

VOYAGER TAROT (Merrill-West Publishing, $35.00) This set contains 78 large tarot cards and a 94-page instruction book. There are many decks around to choose from, but this one has the advantage of large, easy-to-hold cards with surrealistic collages on them. The cards are so intense, that looking at them can make you feel stoned. Ideal for those who look for the deeper meaning of life as well as fans of Dali and meditation, this has a better than average booklet that one can grow into. Highly recommended as either a first set or a unique edition to a vast collection. Also available is a 340 page workbook caled Voyager Tarot: Way Of The Great Oracle. (Netta Gilboa)

WHAT'S ON THE INTERNET: Winter 1994/1995 By Eric Gagnon (Peachpit Press, Inc., Paperback, $19.95, 262 pages) Even Gagnon, president of Internet Media acknowledges the impossibility of listing all resources on the Internet. They change, and they number in the millions. He does however, in a fun and original format gives mini-reviews of 1600 of the most popular newsgroups, with analysis, photos and anecdotes. Listed are places to get up-to-the-minute news, info on Spiderman or The Three Stooges, Science and Technological information, and of course, every kind of computer community. There's also a listing of over 7000 newsgroups on the Internet from abortion to Zoomer. If you're looking for something on the Net, this book probably has the info you need. (Alan Sheckter)

WHEN IN DOUBT, CHECK HIM OUT By Joseph J. Culligan (Hallmark Press, Inc., Paperback, $19.95, 300+ pages) Culligan is a licensed private eye who has worked on cases with names like Dahmer, Tyson and Noriega. Gals, he's got some good advice. Even if you don't agree with everything he says, the preface here is worthwhile. Quoting a Bureau of Justice statistic that almost 2 million women were battered by their boyfriends in a recent five-year period, Culligan suggests that before you get attached - check the guy out. He gives you ways to obtain records by many means to find out things like: how much alimony does he pay?, did he really graduate from college?, what assets does he own?, has he been a previous woman-beater, etc. Help prevent possible trouble with this book. (Alan Sheckter)

WITH JUSTICE FOR SOME By George P. Fletcher (Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Hardcover, $24.00, 310 pages) Here's a look at victims' rights in criminal trials with an eye towards what's wrong with the legal system and how to fix it. There are chapters on gays, blacks, Jews, women as well as fair trials, victims and solutions. Well done. (Netta Gilboa)

1995 WRITER'S MARKET By Mark Garvey (Writer's Digest Books, (800) 289-0963, Hardcover, $26.99, 1006 pages) Available in the reference section of just about every book store, this tells you "where and how to sell what you write." Every major magazine is listed. I found it interesting to see which magazines didn't even want to hear from aspiring writers as well as which of our competitors haven't gotten themselves included yet. A great many of the best articles we publish come from people who use this book. Alas, it contains some inaccuracies that were run after I asked that they be deleted. These include statements saying we can afford to pay for articles and that we are looking for columnists. If you're willing to keep in mind that the policies of the magazines you contact may have changed drastically, then this book will help you find someone who wants to give you your shot at fame. I learned about dozens of magazines I had no clue existed and even if you don't want to write, but simply like to read, this is a gold mine. Highly recommended along with similar books offered for songwriters, playwrights and poets. (Netta Gilboa)

YOU ARE GOING TO PRISON By Jim Hogshire (Loompanics Unlimited, (800) 380-2230, Paperback, $14.95, 175 pages) The publisher states that "You don't want to read this book unless you're going to do time, because you won't be able to get the sickening images out of your head." It's probably true. Here's the best book out there on the realities of going to prison. Included are chapters on your trial, your rights in prison, the best prison jobs, the realities of rape, death row, etc. Highly recommended for readers who presently break the law and want to avoid having this happen to them. Mandatory for anyone who's gotten busted and served time. (Netta Gilboa)