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He won the lottery, engaged in Internet scams, and became a minister just by agreeing to everything: Yes Man (SSE, $21), Danny Wallace’s account of the year during which he vowed never to say no, is seizure-inducingly funny. … Eat like a caveman, advise Suzanne Bohan and Glenn Thompson in 50 Simple Ways to Live a Longer Life (Sourcebooks, $9.95), a provocative science-based guide; but they mean hunter-gatherers, who “ate mounds of leaves.” … Slaughter stage fright with Rich Mintzer’s brilliant Public Speaking for Wimps (Sterling, $14.95) — or just picture your audience naked. … They’re later than lunch and less formal than dinner: They’re Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Suppers (Broadway, $27.50), complete with kale. … Plastic surgeries hide his identity, but war crimes haunt the hero of Berkeley-bred Edie Meidav’s lyrical novel Crawl Space (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25). … Chrissie Hynde almost married Sid Vicious for immigration purposes and the Damned enjoyed meringue pies: all in the dog days of ’77, as noted in George Gimarc’s Punk Diary (Backbeat, $25), a fabulously, trainspotterishly complete blow-by-blow spanning twelve years.

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