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Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat--NOT a Sour Puss, by Pam Johnson-Bennett (Penguin, $16.95).

Synopsis: The author of Psycho Kitty and Twisted Whiskers leads you through the thicket of raising a confident, emotionally balanced, and happy cat.

Representative quote: "When there is an unexpected crisis, such as a death in the family...realize that your cat is experiencing the same emotions as you. Provide lots of playtime, keep his schedule as normal as possible and monitor his eating and litter-box habits."

Noteworthy flaw: They're cats.

The Coming Global Superstorm, by Art Bell and Whitley Strieber (Pocket, $23.95).

Synopsis: UFO goofballs Bell and Strieber argue that the warmer weather in the last few decades means that a monster blizzard/hurricane/flood will soon scour civilization off the planet. Buy gold.

Representative quote: "In London and Paris and Moscow, in New York and Toronto, the lights of civilization would begin to flicker and dim. As the storm's intensity peaked, the number of structures collapsing would reach astronomical levels."

Noteworthy flaw: "In 1985, the average person was deeply ignorant about the environment. Now, with the rapid spread of world literacy and education, this is no longer true."

Lessons from the Light: What We Can Learn from the Near-Death Experience, by Kenneth Ring and Evelyn Elsaesser Valarino (Insight Books, $29.95).

Synopsis: Coming close to death makes you less materialistic, more concerned about the environment, and a better person. Returning to the land of the living is a drag.

Representative quote: "I don't know how long I was in the Golden Light, but suddenly I found myself returning to my body...and then I opened my eyes, and a nurse said they were worried about me. I was so angry I felt like punching her!"

Noteworthy flaw: Fails to explain why those getting a taste of paradisiacal afterlife don't rush back there.

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