The Maxims of Manhood: 100 Rules Every Real Man Must Live By (Adams Media) by Jeff Wilser has fun dude-specific tips from a journalist and former Marine like "Spend more on beer than haircuts" as well as good advice for every gender: "No exclamation points or emoticons!!!:-)"
Miss Conduct's Mind Over Manners: Master the Slippery Rules of Modern Ethics and Etiquette (Times Books) by Robin Abrahams is the Boston Globe columnist's take on such challenges as saying "bless you" to a sneezing atheist, feeding a vegan and a carnivore at the same dinner and putting your best paw forward at the dog park.
The Sex Instruction Manual: Essential Information and Techniques for Optimum Performance (Quirk) by Felicia Zopol is graphic in a different sense: Its chapters (Initialization and Foreplay, Maintenance and Troubleshooting) are wittily illustrated with racy versions of those anonymous, perky little people you see on street signs and bathroom doors.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor