This new reference book is aptly named, for it covers an impressive range of legal issues, from obtaining a birth certificate to donating a body to medical research. The editors of Court TV and the American Lawyer invented the Goodfriend family who, sadly, are afflicted with more legal problems than O.J. Simpson. The Goodfriends and their acquaintances get into accidents, get married, are sexually harassed at work, have their tax returns audited, join cult religions, get pregnant out of wedlock, and picket adult bookstoresall before lunch. Their experiences and problems give us a clear, contemporary, and entertaining window on the legal system. Great care is taken to choose headings and formats that make the material accessible. The illustrative anecdotes about the Goodfriends are interspersed with boxes of text that feature a seminal court case on the issue in question or that elaborate on a particular point of law. Lists of state insurance departments, state bar associations, a glossary, and the U.S. Constitution are helpful inclusions. Surprisingly, the book lacks a bibliography, but it is otherwise rather well done. Libraries that own the revised edition of You and the Law (Publications International Ltd., 1993) or Joseph Mierzwa's The 21st Century Family Legal Guide (LJ 9/1/94) may not need this, but it is recommended for those looking for a family guide to the law.Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, N.Y.