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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; First Edition edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061662577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061729621
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Lauren Smith and Derek Fagerstrom are San Francisco 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. They haven't yet found a subject they aren't interested in, making them the perfect partners for the Show Me How book and series. Prior to opening the Shoppe, Lauren and Derek lived busy, creative lives in New York where, among other things, they started what they called the Curiosity Guild-a group of friends who gathered regularly to teach each other how to do cool, quirky, or downright useful things.

Customer Reviews

This book is really fun.
John M. Clarkin
This book is full of great step by step instructions from the usefully to the absurd.
seamus
Great coffee table book.
Nuknuk

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Ben Rubenstein on November 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
Like many people of the so-called internet generation, I have a pretty short attention span. This is fine when I have hundreds of cable channels to choose from, and thousands of MP3s to shuffle through on my iPod. But it's really done a number on my ability to learn useful skills. That kind of thing usually requires putting in some serious time. But with this book, I can learn anything from how to install a dimmer switch to how to exfoliate properly, usually in just a few simple steps. Sure, a little more depth could be useful in some of these how-tos, and sometimes the instructions are a little obvious (if humorous), but overall the concept works pretty well. The awesome illustrations keep things from getting too dry; it's an attractive, entertaining package that makes you actually want to try to do some of this stuff. Especially "intrigue with a game of footsie." Now there's something I can commit to.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By seamus on November 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was walking around my local (big box) bookstore and I asked a salesperson about what I should get for my 15 year old nephew. She did not hesitate at all and walked me over to her "new favorite book." She explained that once this book arrived the employees immediately stole a copy for the break room. I flipped through it and bought myself two copies, one for him and one for my coffee table. Flipping through this book there seemed to be a tip for everything. And, in four days I have already used it twice. Once to finally learn to hem a pair of jeans, and after seeing how easy there tip on dissecting a pomegranate looked I went out and got one... incredible! This book is full of great step by step instructions from the usefully to the absurd.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TeddyP223 on December 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book should be required in every household in America! I just can't seem to put it down.

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!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. G. Newell on December 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
I must say, I wish I had this book a long time ago. I would have been the coolest person in every year of school from K-grad school if this book had been out then. Kids these days have no idea how lucky they are to have this resource! And us adults finally have a way to elevate our 'cool' status. At least I think knowing how to do all these 500 things will make me cooler! Not that being cool is the most important thing. But surviving is! (#452 fend off a shark).
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!!!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alex on November 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've had some difficulty connecting with my kids in the past. Unless it's X-Box this or Playstation that, they don't seem to have any interest in anything. We do things as a family, but I always feel like they look at family time as their way of paying rent. My youngest is 5 and obsessed with spys, and secret agent-type stuff. The weekend we got the book, he and I spent it making book safes and writing secret messages with "invisible ink." My daughter is 17 and (I don't know how I got so lucky) loves all things retro. I swear, she's the only one who isn't embarrassed of me when I talk about the '70s. We made some bowls for her room out of a couple records we picked up at a thrift store, and a disco ball from a CD she cut into pieces. I love being able to go into their rooms and see them NOT glued to one screen or another.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Yuval Lirov VINE VOICE on January 4, 2009
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This is a very well-produced book: lots of colorful illustrations, good quality paper, index, etc... But in terms of content, the book barely qualifies for bathroom reading for three reasons:
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kgsmom on June 20, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my daughter and her group of girlfriends for HS graduation. These girls literally grew up in my house so I wanted to give them something to remember their "other mom" by. Needless to say it was an enormous hit. This last summer they are all together they are planing days to do certain things in the book together- great gift but I also bought a copy for myself it's so much fun.
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