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Prairie Girl's Guide to Life, The: How to Sew a Sampler Quilt & 49 Other Pioneer Projects for the Modern Girl Hardcover – October 16, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; First Edition edition (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561589861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561589869
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you're looking for a fun read, pick up a copy of The Prairie Girl's Guide to Life for a nostalgic look at prairie life and how to re-create assorted home-spun projects." -- Nancy Soriano,  Country Living

About the Author

Jennifer Worick is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Dating & Sex and The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: College. In addition, she has co-authored or written more than 20 hilarious and helpful books, including Simple Gifts, Beyond the Family Tree, The Prairie Girl's Guide to Life, Backcountry Betty, The Action Heroine's Handbook, and Nancy Drew's Guide to Life. Jennifer writes a humor blog (thingsiwanttopunchintheface.blogspot.com), is an accomplished public speaker, teaches publishing workshops, assists companies and individuals with social media strategy, and is an all-around crafty gal.

More About the Author

I write. That's rather obvious. Mostly I write about things that blow my skirt up. Humor is a big--huge--part of everything I do. But then there's that soft, squishy sentimental part of me that can't help but rear its heartfelt head. And since I like to tell people what to do every chance I get, I write a lot of how-to books, blogs, and articles.

Humorous. Heartfelt. How-to. Three great tastes that taste great together, at least in my cereal bowl.

So let's get down to it. I know you don't have all day to ogle my bio, as much as a girl can dream. Here's what you should know off the bat: I'm the New York Times best-selling author of more than 25 books and, per Reader's Digest, one of the four funniest bloggers in the US. Pretty cool, eh?

I've written on everything under the sun for national magazines and websites like the Huffington Post, Allure, and Salon, and I currently write a books column for today.com. In addition to bookshelves, newsstands, and your favorite websites, you can also find me online at Things I Want to Punch in the Face (thingsiwanttopunchintheface.blogspot.com).

Along with fellow author and publishing pro Kerry Colburn, I deliver publishing talks, workshops, and webinars to help burgeoning authors get published through The Business of Books (bizofbooks.com). You can also catch me in university auditoriums, where I offer up side-splitting but informative slide-show presentations based on my popular books.

Originally from Southwestern Michigan, I currently live in Seattle, where I eschew fleece while eating more fish and chips than is good for me.

www.jenniferworick.com

Customer Reviews

Now you can give it a whirl too!
Holly M. C. Bishop
It captures a nostalgic segment of the cultural heritage of the U.S. and our pioneering ancestors.
J. Black
I really love this book and will read it over and over!
M. Taffi

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Black on October 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Prairie Girl's Guide to Life: How to Sew a Sampler Quilt & 49 Other Pioneer Projects for the Modern Girl

This book is a real treasure chest of rapidly disappearing folk knowledge and skills. It captures a nostalgic segment of the cultural heritage of the U.S. and our pioneering ancestors. Where else would one go for information on how to make a garlic-mustard poultice, rock candy, or learn to play jacks, let alone make your own furniture polish?

Even if you are not searching for Grandmother's recipe for peppermint soap, this book is delightful to read. It's charming, funny, quaint, and totally engaging. The book construction is reminiscent of early bookbinding techniques, with an easy-to-read layout and wonderful illustrations.

This book would make a perfect gift for daughters and grand-daughters, siblings, friends who like handcrafts, and friends who are seeking the simpler life of earlier times.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Holly M. C. Bishop on April 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Old fashion skills that fit wonderfully into modern life. The Prairie Girl's Guide to Life is great! It's filled with useful skills that can be applied and used now.

You know you've always wanted a rag rug, but couldn't quite figure out the logistics. Candle making, check. Spin yarn! Now you can give it a whirl too!

Best part, it's separated into Kitchen, Bathroom, Bathroom, Bedroom, Parlor, and Barn and Beyond sections. Added bonus...Prairie Lingo, so you can feel all big bugs with your mad skills.

You'll be like Laura Prairie Girl...but with indoor plumbing.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rhubarb Rhett on October 16, 2007
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Jennifer Worick has written another zesty, tidy, and oh so fantastic tome, this time on crafts from the great mid-west and "pioneer times". As with her previous books (which I recommend highly--especially "How to Live with a Man and Love it!") she injects her sardonic sense of humor into even the most basic of craft projects. As a pie maker, I thoroughly enjoyed the recipe for the Rubarb pie, and intend on getting one in the over this fall. For anyone who wants a quirky, vintage (yet simultaneously avant garde), and feel good read that allows you to escape from the modern world of email, texting, and teleconferences, this book is for you.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Palmer on October 27, 2007
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There's something incredibly soothing about reading about how to make candles, soap, and quilts, even if you never plan on taking the time to actually create all of them yourself. Jennifer Worick writing style is funny and light; spending hours reading this book feels like an escape in itself. And it even convinced me to have a tea party.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Worick on October 16, 2007
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Jennifer Worick has compiled a collection of practical old fashioned skills that can still apply in our fast paced society of today. Combined with her personal and often humorous recollections of growing up on a small farm in Michigan, this book makes for a fun read. Written with the adventerous and often rough and tumble lifestyle of prarie women at heart, I also felt that it's a great book for men who enjoy embracing the American pioneer spirit that's inevitabely in all of us.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa on March 27, 2012
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Very cute book, it's something different than what's in the rest of my book collection and that's why I picked it up. Looking through it, it is a bit more "modern" than I hoped (the recipe for the pie crust is made from shortening and not lard, the handmade soap is made using lye and not ash) but I can see for some, this is exactly what they'll enjoy about this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda Koetitz on April 26, 2009
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This book has so much information! The author really did her homework! I keep it on my bedside and read a chapter every night and I learn so much. If you like to reduce, reuse, recycle, or if you are frugal then you will like this book. Learn how to make anything (the pioneer way)!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Klimstra on February 3, 2009
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I liked this book. Some of the projects were VERY basic, and some were pretty involved. I was a good mix! It even inspired me to try to make a quilt, which is really ugly, but I am still learning. If you have an inner prairie girl, this is a great book to have on your shelf!
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