Maternity Wedding Gowns 

This month's mini-treats have life all covered, taking you behind the scenes at nuptials, births, and autopsies.

When your partner's giving birth, don't run away screaming. Husband-and-wife team Elissa Stein and Jon Lichtenstein have two kids, so they wrote their dads-during-delivery advice book Don't Just Stand There (Chronicle, $12.95) from experience. ... Consider the ethical aspects of autopsying: How hard should families be pressed to give consent? How should cut-off bits be disposed of? Answers await in Autopsy, edited by Richard A. Prayson (Cleveland Clinic, $14.95). ... Don't rub his nose in it. Your dog won't get housebroken that way, according to Hollywood celebs' fave life-coach-for-canines Tamar Geller in The Loved Dog (Simon Spotlight, $24.95). She also hooks up homeless dogs with homeless kids. ... Wearing a maternity wedding gown with midriff cutout, French-kissing a life-size Buddha, smoking a cig, wearing a SARS mask, wearing plaid: Laugh all the way to the altar with Brides Behaving Badly: Wild Wedding Photos You Were Never Meant to See, edited by Bev West and Jason Bergund (Warner, $12.99). Yes, they're real.


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