How I Dealt With the Monster in My House: Understanding the Woman's Monthly Menstrual Cycle, by Rickey Singleton (Revelation Communications, $16.99).
Synopsis: The author's wife was a complete bitch during her periods, talking back and even suggesting she wasn't happy in the marriage. Now she's been cured with vitamins and minerals, along with regular fancy meals.
Representative quote: "I have made it a habit to always, at least twice a week, take her to the finest restaurant of her choice....Needless to say, this has greatly improved our marital and family relationship and has aided in calming down her emotions."
Noteworthy flaw: Author sells the vitamins. "My wife's cycle literally pushed me to formulate a nutritional supplement line that keeps our household happy, and can keep yours happy as well."
Highs! Over 150 Ways to Feel REALLY Good...Without Alcohol or Other Drugs, by Alex J. Packer, PhD (Free Spirit, $14.95).
Synopsis: Teens don't need drugs or alcohol, not when they can go bungee jumping or be shot out of a cannon. Don't smoke that joint! Go bobsledding or learn clown skills. Depressed about the world? Ignore it!
Representative quote: "Go on a news fast. Avoid all news for at least a day....If you know that certain stories upset you, simply don't read them."
Noteworthy flaw: Suggests the possibility of music addiction. "Are you a musicolic? Do you wake up to music?...Next time you're out driving or walking, turn off the tunes. You'll find yourself in a calm, meditative frame of mind."
Second Thoughts On: How to BE as Terrific as your Dog Thinks You ARE! by Mort Crim (Health Communications, $12.95).
Synopsis: The author, a radio host, inspirational speaker, and former ABC correspondent, explains how you can be a better person by imitating your dog.
Representative quote: "Suddenly it hit me. I would simply need to be more like my dogs. The qualities that would deserve their devotion are precisely the qualities they have: enthusiasm, loyalty, bravery, acceptance, forgiveness."
Noteworthy flaw: They also sniff each other's asses.