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SKYMAUL: Happy Crap You Can Buy from a Plane by The Kasper Hauser Comedy Troup [Thomas Dunne Books - $14.95]

For all those poor sods who are forced to spend half their lives on airplanes and, thus, have devoured every edition of the Sky Mall catalogue out of sheer mind-numbing boredom… Boy, do we have the book for you. San Francisco's irreverent sketch comedy team, the Kasper Hauser Comedy Group, brings us SKYMAUL, a pure 'rolling-in-the-aisles', hilarious spoof of that mountain of useless gadgets, gizmos and inspirational clap-trap that is Sky Mall. Actually, anyone who's every stepped inside a Sharper Image store will be in on the joke too, so no need to be a road warrior to enjoy this humorous volume. Get your handy dandy adultery detector for on $49.99. C'mon, that's cheaper than a private eye. Always putting your foot in your mouth, go for the pepper self-spray for a mere $12.99. For those blessed with deeper pockets, you can get a new face for $8,000. Now where else are you going to find lifesavers like these? [Amazon]

Over the Rainbow: An Interview With Herb Alpert

Music legend Herb Alpert discusses his new album, Over the Rainbow, maintaining his artistic drive, and his place in music history. "If we tried to start A&M in today's environment, we'd have no chance. I don't know if I'd get a start as a trumpet player. But I keep doing this because I'm having fun."

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The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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