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Generation x: Field Guide and Lexicon, by Vann Wesson (Orion Media, $12.95).

Synopsis: The generation born between 1961 and 1981 is a cohesive group, "not afraid of the digital future" yet "unwilling to slave for 40-odd years in an unhappy work environment." They actually use terms such as "choiceamundo," "scrut," and "bogulate."

Representative Quote: "Though they have grown older, with sagging bodies and aged voices, Baby Boomers refuse to acknowledge that their time at stage center has past. But we are about to pull the plug on their amplifiers and push them offstage into the Mosh Pit."

Noteworthy Flaw: Resuscitates huffy 1960s spelling "Amerika" ("the land of disenchant-ment") while ignoring Ambrose Bierce's 1908 Devil's Dictionary definition of "rascality" ("Stupidity militant. The activity of a clouded intellect").

The inner city mother goose, by Eve Merriam; illustrated by David Diaz (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $16).

Synopsis: Merriam's 1969 "update" of traditional nursery rhymes is republished for "ages 12 and up." Black people lead miserable lives and it's all the government's fault.

Representative Quote: "The cow jumped over the moon/On the street in the afternoon/The junkie laughed to see such sport/With his bag and his needle and spoon."

Noteworthy Flaw: Rambling, feverish introduction by poet Nikki Giovanni: "Had the powers that be understood that the peasants were laughing at them, were laughing at the airs they put on, their manners, their affectations, the prissy ways the gentry goes about its business, heads would, indeed, have rolled."

Mind power Into the 21st Century: Techniques to Harness the Astounding powers of thought, by John Kehoe (Zoetic Inc., $12.95).

Synopsis: Your state of mind controls your circumstances. To be successful, you must first develop a successful consciousness. The universe is a giant hologram.

Representative Quote: "Consciousness is but energy in its finest and most dynamic form. This helps explain why events are affected by what we image, visualize, desire, want or fear, and why and how an image held in the mind can be made real."

Noteworthy Flaw: In his opening quotation, Kehoe visualizes Hamlet's famous comment "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy" as "There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of by mere mortal men."

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