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Snark : by David Denby (Simon & Schuster, $15.95). New Yorker critic and best-selling author David Denby takes on the snarkers, naming the nine principles of snark - the standard techniques its practitioners use to poison their arrows. Snarkers like to think they are deploying wit, but mostly they are exposing the seethe and snarl of an unhappy country, releasing bad feeling but little laughter.

The Best of Everything : by Kimberla Lawson Roby (Morrow, $23.95). Alicia Black Sullivan swore to never repeat her father's mistakes: She would never break any promises, she would never be unfaithful. And most important of all, when she got married, it would be for good. And she really does love her husband. She just happens to love money as well.

Mounting Fears: by Stuart Woods (Putnam, $25.95). President Will Lee is having a rough week. His vice president just died during surgery. The squeaky-clean governor whom Lee has nominated to replace him may have a few previously unnoticed skeletons in his closet. And a rogue CIA agent is plotting his revenge on the CIA director.

Become Your Own Matchmaker : by Patti Stanger with Lisa Johnson Mandell (Atria, $25). Patti Stanger, a third-generation matchmaker and president of the Millionaire's Club, gives advice on how to find the man of your dreams in less than a year.

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