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'Breaking Free'

By Herschel Walker

Touchstone, $24.95

This book, subtitled "My Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder," is written by the Heisman Trophy winner along with Gary Brozek and Charlene Maxfield.

Walker is considered one of football's greatest running backs. After finishing school at the University of Georgia, he spent 12 years in the NFL, where he scored 61 running touchdowns.

But his life was slipping out of control, as he showed signs of anger, self-destructiveness and social awkwardness. It ruined his marriage. When he was finally diagnosed with what used to be called multiple personality disorder, he finally got help. He talks frankly about the disease, how to cope with it and demonstrates the same determination that made him a great athlete.

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'The Skeleton in Grandpa's Barn'

Edited by Stanford J. Layton

Signature Press, $23.95 (softcover)

Stanford Layton, former managing editor of the Utah Historical Quarterly, is now teaching at Weber State University. He is the editor of three other anthologies based on his favorite articles from the quarterly.

This entertaining collection of essays includes 18 articles that originally appeared in the quarterly, all about growing up in Utah.

There is a lot of laughter and energy in these essays, because most of them concern childhood experiences, those unique events that become emblazoned upon the memory.

Some are written by historians, but there is also an educator, a physician, a musician and a poet represented among the authors.

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'Taking Back Childhood'

By Nancy Carlsson-Paige

Hudson Street Press, $23.95

The author, a professor of early childhood education at Leslie University in Cambridge, Mass., is well-known nationally for her books and speeches. Here she provides tools and advice about how to effectively raise a child in the 21st century.

She complains of media violence and rampant consumerism, overly structured school days and disconnected family relationships. She recommends parental nurturing, creative play, the establishment of a feeling of security and strong relationships with adults and other children.

She also gives solid suggestions about how to help make childhood a time in which imagination freely reigns.