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The Baby Boon: How Family-Friendly America Cheats the Childless, by Elinor Burkett (Free Press, $25).

Synopsis: We live in "childhood apartheid"--benefits like day care and tax breaks showered on parents, with the tab for all those perks shouldered by the childless few, such as the author.

Representative quote: "To what extent is reproduction a social good? Is expecting non-parents to pick up the slack at the office so parents working to fulfill themselves can attend school plays, for example, intrinsic to the social good?"

Noteworthy flaw: Of course it is, you dumb selfish fuck.

Cuss Control: The Complete Book on How to Curb Your Cursing, by James V. O'Connor (Three Rivers Press, $12.95).

Synopsis: After his creation of the chimerical Cuss Control Academy landed local PR flack O'Connor on Oprah, he was inspired to write a book hectoring people to stop swearing.

Representative quote: "Shit. If we did it as often as we say it, the city sanitation department couldn't hire enough people to shovel it."

Noteworthy flaw: In arguing for the verbally pure life, he nevertheless manages to print the word "shit"--in a book dedicated to his late father, mind you--31 times on page 12.

Queen of Angels: Mary's Answers to Universal Questions, by Janice T. Connell (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, $19.95).

Synopsis: The Blessed Virgin answers your questions about daily living, including beauty tips.


A. God alone is beauty. You become what you observe. I am beautiful because I always look at God. If you want to be beautiful, look always to God."

Noteworthy flaw: Nothing about getting juice stains out of a broadloom rug.

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