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Sleeping with a Stranger: How I Survived Marriage to a Child Molester, by Patricia Wiklund (Adams Publishing, $9.95).

Synopsis: The author, a therapist, is slow to realize that her husband, also a therapist, is a child molester, despite certain telltale signs, such as the woman who accused him of abusing a teenage boy and--so significant in hindsight!--his arrest for child molestation.

Representative quote: "I didn't even think about asking him if the charges were true. I just assumed they were false."

Noteworthy flaw: Repeatedly recommends that families consult a therapist, despite the fact that her therapist husband selected his victims from among the young patients seeking his help.

After the Accident: Triumph over Trauma, by Marsha Gentry (Tinker Press, $14.95).

Synopsis: The author steps into the street and is run over by a bus. She spends 88 unpleasant days in the hospital--one of them without television!

Representative quote: "'Where's the TV?' I asked the new nurse. 'You have to order a TV; you don't automatically get one. It costs extra,' she replied. 'Can I order one right away?' I asked."

Noteworthy flaw: Being hit by a bus does not necessarily impart writing talent: "I don't remember which part of my body made contact with the bus first, but the impact jarred me so hard that the power of the jolt reverberated throughout my body, penetrating me with ferocity."

The Hangover Handbook: 101 Cures for Humanity's Oldest Malady, by Nic Van Oudtshoorn (Mustang Publishing, $8.95).

Synopsis: Sixty-five pages of historic hangover remedies and tales of extreme drunkenness.

Representative quote: "John, King of England from 1199 to 1216, liked a new kind of beer prepared in his honor so much that he drank himself to death on it!"

Noteworthy flaw: Grim, hypocritical opening page warns readers: "Don't be stupid. Don't abuse alcohol."

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