Book Quartely: Review…The Encyclopedia Shatnerica: Millennium Edition By Robert Schnakenberg

Quirk, 288 pp., $16.95

If you want to know every dirty little detail about William Shatner’s brazen life, Shatnerica is all you need. The witty and well-researched trivia book, originally published in 1998, is a revised and expanded cornucopia of everything the 77-year-old actor extraordinaire has to offer — from TV appearances, series work, film roles and Web-accessible video clips to book and album releases (a toupee rating system is used to prioritize your Shat Man consumption). Schnakenberg even includes all those people, places, things and words that the Great One has touched, stepped foot in, experienced or uttered in his more-than-50-year career. There’s Eva Marie Friedrick, Shatner’s former personal assistant who filed a $2 million palimony suit against him back in ’89, and Jeff Truskolaski, America’s premier Shatner impersonator. Bolded keywords serve as a cross-reference to other entries in the book and random sidebars find their way through the pages — like “Star Trek Sings: Collect All Seven,” about less-than-worthy releases by other Star Trek crew members. (Leonard Nimoy, please destroy your microphone.)

—Annamarya Scaccia

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