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Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman (ReganBooks, $16).

Synopsis: Women are in the dark about men sexually and need "an honest-to-goodness gay man" to set them straight, so to speak. Sex is a good way for women to get what they want.

Representative quote: "If you can make the most of your mouth motion, you can have just about anything, whether it's straight A's in grad school or the Hope diamond."

Noteworthy flaw: Repeated use of the sobriquet "Mr. Stiffy."

Up Shit Creek: A Collection of Horrifyingly True Wilderness Toilet MisAdventures, by Joe Lindsay (Ten Speed Press, $5.95).

Synopsis: Rafting provides many opportunities for toilet mishaps. Includes glossary and diagrams for constructing outdoor toilets. Illustrated.

Representative quote: "The foul mixture was slowly crawling toward the unsuspecting guides in the cab below. It had percolated through the bundles of life vests, fouled the oars beneath, and was now dripping onto the top of the cab."

Noteworthy flaw: Wordy disclaimer cravenly apologizes for recounting tales of spilled excrement. "Ninety-nine percent of the time these systems work beautifully."

Yes, Lord, I'm Comin' Home!: Country Music Stars Share Their Stories of Knowing God, by Lesley Sussman (Doubleday, $19.95).

Synopsis: Country music stars suffer setbacks just like you and me--Barbara Mandrell got in a car wreck once--and turn to God to help them get their lives back.

Representative quote: "They weren't even sure if I would ever in my life be able to wear any sort of heel. And look what God's letting me do. I don't know of another woman--especially in my field--who has such a physical show....I do it in my heels despite all the injuries I had."

Noteworthy flaw: None of the stars think to ask God to explain Garth Brooks.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): book covers.

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