Oh, the '90s. For some of us, it was the Lost Decade. Let's just leave it at that, OK? Lost. Decade. Or maybe lost half-decade.

But, thanks to Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and her co-author, Brian Bellmont, we have the new tome "The Totally Sweet '90s: From Clear Cola to Furby and Grunge to 'Whatever,' the Toys, Tastes and Trends That Defined a Decade" to help us remember. These writers also gave us the look at an earlier era with "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes & Trends of the '70s and '80s," so you know they are too legit to quit (yes, there is an entry in the new '90s book on MC Hammer).

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"Totally Sweet '90s" (Perigee Books, $14) takes an encyclopedic look over 245 pages at key Slacker Decade moments -- from "American Gladiators" (never liked it) and Andrew Dice Clay (Oh!) to 'zines (we published one, Amalgam, with some college pals) to Zima (drank a few one night at our bar, until the waitress asked if we wanted "a real drink now?") . . . you can see how it was a lost decade for us.

Other cool flashbacks include riffs on "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (awesome!), "Riverdance" (eek) and Urkel (did I write that?).