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Nesting: It's a Chick Thing Paperback – May 1, 2004

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While Beanland and Terry do care about having a nice home, throwing fantastic parties and whipping up fabulous dinners, they have better things to do than polish the silver. The coauthors of It’s a Chick Thing: Celebrating the Wild Side of Women’s Friendships throw Martha Stewart-esque caution to the wind in this lifestyle guide with attitude, irreverently addressing the "four pillars of nesting": decorating, entertaining, cooking and gardening. In each section, they give a basic overview of how to approach the task at hand, and then delve into the nitty-gritty, with sidebars, lists, pull-out quotes from celebrities and quirky clip art, all with a can-do, girl power mind-set, evident in the inclusion of such lines as "I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house" (from Zsa Zsa Gabor). Among other tidbits, readers will find cocktail recipes, flea market shopping tips, party invitation ideas, suggestions for creating a garden that suits their personality and reasons to give Martha some credit ("the chick can carve a pumpkin 200 ways and make 65 recipes from the seeds alone!").
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"I absolutely love it...NESTING addresses all sorts of issues that go to the very heart of womankind!" -- Sue Ellen Cooper, Exalted Queen Mother and New York Times best-selling author of The Red Hat Society

"NESTING: IT'S A CHICK THING by my two favorite chicks--Ame and Emily--makes nesting fun, inspired and chick-centric!" -- Jill Conner Browne, THE Sweet Potato Queen and New York Times best-selling author of God Save the Sweet Potato
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761131604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761131601
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,761,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By prisrob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 3, 2004
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"A home is like a man, you ought to live with it for at least a year before deciding on anything permanent. And even then it's a big gamble." Katherine Anne Porter. This sort of helpful hint peppers this book by people you might recognize. Oprah Winfrey and Anna Quindlan have either helpful hints or articles.

"Nesting: It's A Chick Thing" by Ame Beanland and Emily Terry is a cute book. I received it as a gift. It is easy to read, great illustrations, and all of the chapters are well written. However, the book is too simplistic for me. It will not change my housekeeping, cooking or gardening habits. This book is meant for young women just starting their life as newly weds, or out of college with a new home or apartment. The idea is terrific and should be marketed to the younger generation. It is a fun read, and will answer any question you can think of on decorating, cooking or gardening. Great hints on "Painting like a Pro"; "Starting from Scratch". with an empty room; "Starter Tool Kit"; " How To Set a Table"; "How To Host a Poker Party" ( that is one chapter that I really learned from); "Ultimate Comfort Food Menu"; "What You Need In The Kitchen"; How To Roast Anything"; Cottage Gardens"; "How To Use A Hoe"; "How Royalty Pulls Weeds"; and the best of all," Kindergarten- How to garden with children".

Ame Beanland is an editor and art director and would rather garden than eat, she says. Emily Terry is a public relations specialist and loves imperfect homes. They are a duo combo who has written "Chick Thing: Celebrating the Wild Side of Female Friendship". A book for your young daughters starting their newly independent lives. prisrob
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This book is such a refreshing break from the Martha Stewart-style tomes on home decor and management. Granted, it's not an in-depth account of how-tos; it's not supposed to be! It's a tongue-in-cheek, girl-power, do-it-with-panache look at modern home care. If you're looking for the perfect new homeowner book for your newlywed friends, this is it. By the way...the recipes for Cowboy Cookies and the lasagna (so simple!) are worth the price alone. My husband starts panting when he sees I've got the recipe out..
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Since Nesting is a collection of short stories, quotes, recipes, "how to's" etc., I find it convenient to read for a few minutes of "me" time without getting caught up in a plot. As I go through the book I get good ideas, enjoy a pleasant thought or even a good laugh. It is very entertaining and uplifting and can be enjoyed in small doses when time is short.
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Love it! I gave it to all my bridesmaids and reference it almost every day for the handy tips, recipes, and just plain old laughs. You have to check out Anna Quindlen's essay about not thawing the Thanksgiving turkey--hysterical! This is a book for all the chicks in your life--girlfriends, mother, grandmother, and sisters.
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Nesting is fun to do, fun to read, and fun to look at. Reading this gem will give any reluctant decorator or entertainer a spurt of energy to go for it. Whether you're throwing a girly party for a dozen or curling up with a cup of tea , this is an inspirational guide to refer to. A reference book for making one's house a home.
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Love this book -- LOVE IT! I was the lucky recipient this Christmas and have read it already, cover to cover! Full of fun short stories, advice and quotes I'm sure to work into conversation some day. I plan on giving this book to my close chick-friends and am sure they will love it as much as I do!
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What I love most about this book is its combination of advice and entertainment -- all of it works together to make me feel supported in my efforts at decorating and entertaining.

So many "how to" books are serious and intimidating, but this one is so encouraging and friendly. I've already given two copies to girlfriends with new homes, and I'm sure to do it again. It's fun, practical, and just a little bit sassy -- now that's a real "chick thing!"
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I saw this on the Q shopping channel. So I came to Amazon to get it at a much better price. I'm glad I spent less. It is worth it for a bout 5 recipies that are really great.

I cannot say the stories are all that great of the author and her friends. Think you had to be there. Not always in the best taste.

Still it is worth the recipies.
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