By Suzanne Somers
Crown, 450 pages, $25.95
Suzanne Somers begins the follow-up to her best-selling "Ageless" with a fantasy: She's 94 years old, clear-minded and energetic, and she starts most days by having "wonderful sex with my 105-year-old husband, Alan." The nonagenarian in this daydream is also enjoying vindication. Friends once smirked at her life-prolonging strategies, such as taking "intravenous drips of Vitamin C," she writes, but "who's got the last laugh now? Huh?" The scoffers, presumably, will be either in the grave or starting most days having not-wonderful breakfast in a nursing home.
With the long subtitle of "Breakthrough," Ms. Somers promises "eight steps to wellness" based on "life-altering secrets from today's cutting-edge doctors" -- meaning innovative physicians, one assumes, and not just scalpel-wielding surgeons. The "secrets" include hormone replacement therapy, wariness of pharmaceuticals, a well-maintained gastro-intestinal tract, stockpiled stem cells and avoidance of bad stuff like diet sodas, which, she says, can lead to dementia by age 30 (and we always blamed videogames). Ms. Somers writes with the passion of the prophet: "The medicine we have been practicing up until now is obsolete. Change is essential for survival." But one suspects that the actress also suffers from an acute fear of aging and death. At least the former "Three's Company" star can still get laughs, however inadvertent, as in the acknowledgments when she thanks those responsible for "designing this beautiful book cover with their usual style and taste" -- a cover featuring a close up of Ms. Somers's still-pretty face. Hers will eventually go the way of all pretty faces, of course, though perhaps a bit later than sooner.—Dave ShiflettPrinted in The Wall Street Journal, page W11