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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811869938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811869935
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lisa Quinn is an Emmy Award-winning TV host, set dresser, author, and busy mom of two kids. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Lisa Quinn is an Emmy award-winning TV host, set dresser, author, and busy mom of Scarlett Elizabeth and Silas Cash. She is a contributor to Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook, Life, and PARADE magazines; has appeared on Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, HGTV, and Oprah; designed sets for the National Geographic Society and the Discovery Channel; and starred in her own one-hour special for the Fine Living Network. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.

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Lisa Quinn, recovering Martha Stewart addict has written a funny yet touching book about....balance.
J. Weber
If you have never read any books about housekeeping, entertaining, decorating, or cooking, you might glean some useful information.
D. Scott
The writing style makes this quick and easy to read, but has very useful information between the jokes.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Reid VINE VOICE on April 6, 2010
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The impulse to overdo it in the housekeeping department has never been one I've shared, but I'm always ready to chuckle at people who fold fitted sheets and I'm always open to new ideas for managing to look marginally competent as a homemaker while leaving the bulk of my time free for other things. As a result, I've read more than a few books that boast one or the other: homemaking mockery or housekeeping tips. It's a difficult balancing act, trying to do both at one time, and this book leans way over the edge into the practical. While some parts of it were laugh-out-loud funny, the majority of it was - like the recipes for deli chicken - not really engineered to amuse. If you're primarily looking for laughs, you might want to move to another book. This is better for those who want somebody to tell them in a friendly and non-condescending way how to hide the scratches in the hardwoods with a relatively inexpensive method that doesn't require a degree in art or chemistry. (Hint: it requires crayons.)

It's a good book, but at 160 pages (sans index) it's pretty trim. It's got some new and interesting advice, but some tips I've seen before. Your satisfaction with it might depend on the ratio of new-to-old material for you. It might also depend on your disposable income. In my opinion, the full jacket price of the hardback is a bit high, given the brevity of the book. I didn't "dock" it for that, though. If the price is comfortably in your book budget or you get it on sale, it's not likely to hamper your satisfaction. But if the book seems pricey to you, you'll want to take its length into account before purchasing.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Patrick W. Crabtree TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 23, 2010
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People tend to lend credibility to "knowledge" which comes from books -- this may have once been somewhat justified but it's no longer necessarily true.

This work falls into the "a little of this and a little of that" domestic category -- a sort of self-help book. If you read it, you'll encounter some good advice... and also some questionable advice. So the problem here, especially for younger people, is how to separate the two.

Author Lisa Quinn paints with a broad brush when she speaks of certain groups of people (e.g., men) and that was my second red flag. But my first alert came on quickly as this book is poorly-written. Quinn has adopted the street vernacular, frequently employing needless mild vulgarities, instead of taking the time to write with quality. It's much easier to come off sounding tough (the supposed voice of experience) but I wasn't fooled in the least. I viewed a lot of this nonsense as personal guidance by attempted intimidation. Many of us can recall assertive elderly aunts of this ilk who are renowned within the extended family for speaking their minds.

The author describes herself as a reformed perfectionist, especially where homemaking was concerned, (and yes, I agree that this is a big problem); she now views herself as much more practical in her approach to domestic and personal bliss. I think she has about four more stages to evolve through before becoming self-actualized.

Many Type-A personalities feel qualified to assert advice for others at each stage of their tumultuous lives -- at the time, such perspectives just seem right but in retrospect, they rarely do. A central theme of the author seems to be to forget all about what others think of you and enjoy your life. That's okay advice if you don't want many friends.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Wortham VINE VOICE on September 15, 2010
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To start with, I know I wasn't in the demographic this book targeted. However, I am always open to new ways to save time or simplify housework. I thought the title pretty much summed up that philosophy having never mastered the fine art of folding a fitted sheet.

Immediately, like within the first 3 pages, I was put off by the casual obscenities used by the author. It is a book, presumedly thoroughly checked by a team and an editor before being printed and sold.. Why include this type of thing in a book on this subject? It doesn't add anything to the material and can only offend some people. I don't count myself as offended just put off by the fact that some idiot editor felt that vulgarity had a place here.

Of course, I did not find a lot that fit my life but I did find the book interesting reading with plenty of tidbits of benefit to almost anyone. The chapter with the list of things to hit by priority when guest are coming over is about as universal as it gets and a great example of why the book was good overall. Although there weren't any earth shaking revelations and most of the tips can probably be found on the internet with google, there are a great number of tips and they are organized for you in various sections of the book.

The author strives to be funny throughout. I didn't find anything super hysterical but a few things were smile worthy I reckon. Depending on your life and how close yours is to hers you may find a great many humorous things all the way through. Although I didn't, her inability to strike my funny bone didn't detract from the book for me.

So: The book is easy to read and well written. The information was interesting and worthwhile in my opinion and I learned a few things. I absolutely didn't like the vulgar language and I felt like it really detracted from the message. I took one star for that.
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