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The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything: The Essential Companion for Everyday Life Hardcover – October 17, 2006


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When The New York Times says "practically everything," it really means everything. This extensive guide covers a wide range of topics-from "Getting and Staying Trim" to "The Braille System"-broken up into broad subject categories such as "Health," "Food & Drink," "Money," "Careers," "House & Garden," "Sports & Games," "Arts & Entertainment" and "Everyday Science." Each of these subjects is broken up into subcategories ("Food & Drink" breaks up into "Diet & Nutrition," "In the Kitchen," and "Wine, etc."), sub-subcategories ("Wines," "Beer," "Spirits," "Coffee & Tea"), and specific topics ("The Perfect Cup of Espresso," "Java Jolts to Start You Up," "A World Tour of Teas"), making the massive guide somewhat manageable. Every topic includes background information, followed by a set of guidelines; few entries cover more than a page, and most are buttressed by sidebars, charts and illustrations. "Insider Info" and "Timely Tips" supplement the sections, offering websites and phone numbers for further information; unfortunately, those helpful resources are scattered throughout the book, rather than being collected in an appendix or bibliography. The guide would also have benefited from an index. As it is, this is a browse-worthy collection of general knowledge that should come in handy next time you're traveling to the Galapagos, building an igloo, or in any of more than 800 other "everyday" situations.
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"The most browser-friendly reference book imaginable…this book is destined to become your essential tool."
--O Magazine
 
"This handy guide is a wide ranging and lively GPS system for the many bewildering choices and questions we all have every day. Here you can get useful tips on how to grow an artichoke, prepare for a biological attack, find a job, select a furnace, and so much more."  
--TOM BROKAW, author of The Greatest Generation
 
"This book is absolutely addictive. It's got answers to most questions you've ever wanted to ask, and it grabs you with questions you probably never thought of. Benjamin Franklin would be proud."  
--WALTER ISAACSON, author of New York Times-bestselling Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
 
 "This book is better than Google and a whole lot easier to use.  You don't have to sort through 2 million hits to find the information you're looking for; just flip through this single volume to find practical wisdom on a slew of topics."   
--DR. MICHAEL ROIZEN, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, You: The Owner's Manual
 
"The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything is that rare combination in a how-to book--very useful and a great read. The easy part is finding practical advice about something. The hard part is putting the book down."  
--EVAN THOMAS, Assistant Managing Editor at Newsweek and author of John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy
 
"A savvy, sure-footed guide through life's many minefields. Indispensable!"  
--BRIAN DUFFY, editor, U.S. News & World Report
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Product Details

  • Series: New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything
  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (October 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031235388X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312353889
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Tallar on January 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I checked this book out from the library and after only a few pages I knew I must have it! It has sections written by many experts in their field. For example Bob Vila wrote about home renovation, and how long you can expect certain things to last, like drywall, and roofs. There was a section on how to scale and filet a fish with pictures I know I will refer to in the future. Also loved the section on how to pick out a good sofa, I knew nothing about coil count or that % of goose feather in the padding will let you know how soft the sofa could be. And that padding on the arms of a new sofa was particularly important because that's where you are more like to see wear and tear. The more I'm reading this book the more I'm learning. And although this doesn't completely delve into every subject, it enlightens me enough to point me in the right direction and is really enjoyable read. It has subjects that I feel I'm an expert in and don't need any more advice (such as Pets, Home technology and travel). And it also has subjects I want to learn more about and am far from an expert like gardening, real estate, parenting, investing, career paths, and so much more. I'm impressed by how much is in this book and how clearly things are explained. I would recommend this book to anyone and I know that I will be referencing it again.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on January 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I don't know just how many entries there are in this book, but the index alone runs for 21 pages, five columns wide, tiny type. You wouldn't think that a book like this would be needed in the day of Google and Yahoo reacy to supply you with tons of information in a few seconds.

But with those tons of information, which one do you trust? Which ones are simply ads trying to get you to buy something? This book is put out by the New York Times. If you can't trust them, who can you trust. And it's organized in a more or less straight forward way to make it easy for you to find what you are looking for. It's broken down into several major categories, as follows:

Health and Fitness

Food and Drink

Money

Spending and Saving

Education

Careers

House and Garden

Travel

Sports and Games

Arts and Entertainment

Everyday Science

Law and Mores

Under these broad subjects are a hundred or so smaller categories with dozens of entries under that. I'd list some of the entries, but it's easier just to say that almost everything you could possibly think of is almost certainly to be included from fly fishing to pricy vacation, from antique furniture styles to fishing lures, from investing in Wall Street to investing in wine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sunny on November 25, 2011
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Book was loaded with infomation. A real pratical guide fun and educational. Very impressed. This was a good read an I also use it as a refrence from time to time.
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By Franz von Arx on December 16, 2012
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I did this ratying already and gave you 5 stars. I did this ratying already and gave you 5 stars
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anne D. Terry on January 19, 2007
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The NY Times Practical Guide is indeed an essential guide to practically everything. Facinating, a must coffee table book--keeping yourself and guests intrigued, may be even a game based on this book. Entertains stray vistors, neglected guests, and necessary absences of the host/hostess (you) superbly. Excellent source of expanding your range of topical conversational skills. And, egads, it is chock-a-block full of information with accompanying diagrams and directions you can use! Well received by the guys on my Christmas list. It is a gender neutral book, so next year, it will be for the ladies.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R.S. on January 24, 2009
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This book was so full of all kinds of information. I read through this book occasionally and still learn new things.
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