This modern world
Three books help us get a grip on — or at least get a laugh out of — life in the 21st century.
Damn You, Autocorrect! Awesomely Embarrassing Text Messages You Didn't Mean to Send (Hyperion) by Jillian Madison collects hilarious message misfires that suggest smart phones either are amazingly error prone or have really dirty minds.
Generation WTF: From "What the #%$&?" to a Wise, Tenacious and Fearless You (Templeton Press) by Christine B. Whelan is based on a life skills course at the University of Pittsburgh that covers everything from procrastination to personal relationships.
Nerds: How Dorks, Dweebs, Techies and Trekkies Can Save America (And Why They Might Be Our Last Hope) (Tarcher Penguin) by David Anderegg is a psychologist's look at the anti-intellectualism that is a danger not just to our kids but to our nation.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor