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Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know - Instructions for Life from the Everyday to the Exotic Paperback – October 28, 2008
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About the Author
Lauren Smith and Derek Fagerstrom are California-based editors, writers, designers, shop owners, and lovers of the unusual, the eclectic and, especially, the hand-crafted. They currently run The Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco's Mission District, selling (and falling in love with) everything from a make-it-yourself ukulele to a DIY bird-watching kit.
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Everything you ever wanted to know is in this book! Subjects range from simple tasks like tying a tie to amazingly extravagant tasks like how to deliver a baby in a taxi!
Some other of my favorites in the book:
How to make a memorable first kiss
How to do couples yoga
How to dance the tango
How to pair a wine
How to ski/snowboard
How to tie a cherry stem in you mouth
How to fix a flat tire on a bike with a five dollar bill!
Many more that I can't fit here...
You will never find another book like this one. It will be the perfect gift for anyone! I am giving a copy to everyone on my holiday list!
1. Lots of useless information. For instance, item 473 shows pictures how to perform a keg stand.
2. No depth - each item is given only cursory treatment, so you cannot really learn most items that require skill.
3. Low quality. For instance, items 376-377 show Men's and Ladie's room labels in various languages. At least in Russian, the word for Men's is wrong; and in Hebrew, Men's and Women's are precisely switched.
Other important things to do how to do (that might also make you feel cool!) are:
#92 make classic fried chicken (somehow i never learned it from my mom. finally i know!)
#176 tie a bowtie (no more clip-ons boys!)
#203 lace a corset ( i had no idea how, until now!)
#308 banish imaginary monsters (brilliant!)
#472 perform an awesome keg stand (Most likely I was uncool in school cause I couldn't do this. If only I had this book in my formative years!)
So do yourself a favor and get this book!!!
Why? Because most of the Ikea-style instructions (low on verbiage, heavy on images) don't really teach you how to do the things they purport to. Yes, you get a general idea of how to do something, but I doubt you'd be able to actually do that particular thing going in cold with only these diagrams to help you.
The book works for simple procedures (like making mixed drinks) that lend themselves to visual instruction but falls flat when presenting more complicated matters like throwing a four-seam fastball or knotting a cherry's stem with your tongue.
I wish the authors had deleted many of the entries and used the extra space to go more in depth for those that remained. I guess I'm bound to be disappointed with a book entitled "Show Me How" if it doesn't, you know, actually show me how. And it doesn't. Still, it's an entertaining book and the overall design is very good. Grade-wise, it's a solid C.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It wasn't what I expected. I wasn't expecting the whole book to be just pictures so I had to return it. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Meagan
I bought this for my nieces and nephews, my one nephew really enjoys books like this, but I assumed they would all 3 get a kick out of it! Read morePublished 19 days ago by Say What!
I just love to learn new things because it excites me.This book gave me additional knowledge and interesting ideas on how to live my life to the fullest.Published 3 months ago by Elsie Irwin
Fantastic book! I bought it as a gift for close family friends and ended up keeping it because we love it so much! Super informative and fun for all ages!Published 5 months ago by Shari B
Cannot say enough good things about this book. Got this for my very inquisitive 15 year old and he couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RITA L. PRIMPAS