There are so many people giving you wisdom and trying to tell you what to do that you might as well take advice from Julie Newmar. How is she going to substantively screw up your life? Julie Newmar signs The Conscious Catwoman Explains Life on Earth, and in the process her ideals for living — in the little volume meant to be carried and contemplated — makes your life better. You can put it right on the shelf between The Boy Scout Handbook, Mao's Little Red Book and This Is It by Alan Watts. “The wish is the father to the thought,” it is said, so you'll get a rare insight into the quieter, more thoughtful side of the woman who made men of a certain age themselves more thoughtful in their youth. Her Catwoman suit is in the Smithsonian, she's a real whiz at real estate and she invented a whole new kind of pantyhose, but never mind all that. When it comes to picking role models, you could do worse than Julie Newmar — and you usually have! Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; free, book is $18.95. (310) 659-3110,

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