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A HANDY GUIDE FULL OF HOW-TO TIPS AND SAGE ADVICE FROM GRANDFATHERS   As members of the Greatest Generation, our grandfathers were not only defined by the Depression but also by their heroic service to the country in World War II. Courageous, responsible, and involved, they understand sacrifice, hard work, and how to do whatever is necessary to take care of their loved oneA HANDY GUIDE FULL OF HOW-TO TIPS AND SAGE ADVICE FROM GRANDFATHERS   As members of the Greatest Generation, our grandfathers were not only defined by the Depression but also by their heroic service to the country in World War II. Courageous, responsible, and involved, they understand sacrifice, hard work, and how to do whatever is necessary to take care of their loved ones. They also know how to have a rollicking good time.Sensible, fun, and inspiring, How to Build a Fire offers a rare glimpse into the hearts and minds of grandfathers near and far by sharing their practical skills and sweet stories on how to be stronger, smarter, richer, and happier. Inside are more than one hundred essential step-by-step tips for fixing, leading, prospering, playing, and hosting, including how to   • buck up and be brave in the face of adversity • play hard and break in a baseball mitt • bait a hook and catch a big fish • look dapper and tie a perfect tie • get a raise and earn more • write a love letter and kindle romance • change a flat tire and save the day • stand up and give a sparkling toast • play the harmonica and make your own music   Loaded with charming illustrations, good humor, and warm nostalgia, How to Build a Fire is the perfect handbook for guys or gals of any age. The first of its kind, this collection of our grandfathers’ hard-earned wisdom will help you build confidence and get back to what’s really important in life. From the Trade Paperback edition....

Title : How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew
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How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew Reviews

  • Gospodyina
    2019-05-17 11:29

    Since I read it at the gym, I can confidently state it took less than 4 hours to read: two on a recumbent bike, less than two on a treadmill.It's cute. The task-based how-tos are quite brief, obviously, since it's possible to write an entire book about any one of them, but the more esoteric how-tos were the ones I really enjoyed: how to be a friend, apologize, be brave, etc.I'm interested in reading the other one, How to Sew a Button, and I suspect both would be suitable gifts for teens. Ha! Now that I think of it, they'd be ideal gifts for bar mitzvahs.

  • Kathleen
    2019-04-24 14:41

    Handy, indeed, and fun to read; I never intended to actually finish it, it was brought home from the library by somebody else and found its way into my hands. The actual grandfatherly advice takes the form of a short quote at the start of each instruction whether it be for consoling a loved one or shopping for a car. I'll be looking for the grandmother version and intend to read that as well. This would make a decent gift for just about anyone.

  • Kristi
    2019-05-22 14:36

    This has information on just about EVERYTHING!! While it does seem to be slanted towards males, the skills inside the book are definitely ones everyone should know (changing a tire, buying meat, starting a fire, etc.). This is a book I come back to again and again to learn/remember new skills. Plus, its humorous and sarcastic in many places (as well as simplistic)!

  • Manda
    2019-04-27 10:32

    Nomadic SA Chick's Book ReviewsReviewI have always been a tomboy, playing in the dirt, climbing corn cribs, and running through the pastures. Growing up, I was happy to hang out with father and grandfather in the fields or in the tractors. Following them around as they did chores and helping them out however I could. I also played with my Barbies, and they helped out on the farm as well. Some days, my dolls came home dirtier than I did. My mom wasn't as thrilled about this as I was, but I think she handled it pretty well.I went into this book not knowing what to expect. I thought the two most important men in my life had taught me everything I would ever need to know, that my mother, grandmother, and instructors could not tech me. There were a lot of things in this book I am grateful for already knowing how to do, like how to build a fire, how to change a tire, and how to bait a hook, but there are things that nobody ever taught me, and I never even thought about it before, like how to negotiate a raise. I semi-successfully navigated that for the first time a few months before reading the book. I say semi-successfully because while I did not get exactly what I walked in wanting, I did not walk away empty handed. After reading the book, I learned where my pitfalls were, and what I can do differently next time. For me, there were several things in this book that I will most likely never need to know how to do, like how to shave my face (I really hope I never need to know how to do that!), or how to look dapper in a tie, though I think it would be slightly romantic to be able to tie a man's tie for him. Even the things that I realized I would probably never need to know how to do, I was fascinated to read about how to do them. What I really enjoyed about this book was how it was written. There were several grandfatherly men who wrote each advice article and instilled his years of wisdom into the reader. It was like reading a journal from my own grandfather who had left me instructions for life.It wasn't until I was older, a senior in college not too long ago, that I realized how much my father and grandfather taught me out in those fields, and how much I still have left to learn from them. Unfortunately this was just two years after my grandfather had passed away, but fortunately I still have my father around. While this book didn't have a lot of new information for me, I still really enjoyed every aspect of it, even the bits I felt were not as relevant to my life. This is an all around handy little guide that I plan to keep in my personal library. It is a book that I would give out to any young teen, male or female, in a life skills class, and tell them they will learn more from this book than they will learn from baking cookies in HomeEc.Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)Quality of Writing - 9Pace - 5Plot Development - N/ACharacters - N/AEnjoyability - 9Insightfulness - 8Ease of Reading - 8Photos/Illustrations - N/AOverall Rating - 4 out of 5 stars

  • Stacy
    2019-05-06 13:46

    If Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation and the Boy Scout Handbook had a baby, it would be this book. Nice grandfathers, simple advice from their lives and some humor that just tried too hard. Cute book to read while waiting at appointments or while killing time at an airport but nothing you would buy with intentions to use as an advice book.

  • Brianne
    2019-05-11 13:37

    I really think that every teenage male (or, heck, female) should be given this book upon hitting puberty. This stuff should be taught in a high school class. Some of the advice is a tad bit clichéd, kind of "Well, duh" instead of any real insider advice or anything in-depth, but it's a great starter skill set for the well-rounded young man.

  • Weston
    2019-05-12 16:47

    I didn't read the entire thing, as it isn't so much a 'read through' type book. But I skimmed through most of it, and read the portions that I considered interesting / useful. I think it will be a good reference book though.

  • Margie
    2019-05-08 15:21

    Covers a lot of subjects, though it could have gone more in-depth with any of them. Good enough that I'm considering buying a copy for a certain nephew about to start college.

  • Cindy
    2019-05-12 11:40

    Stuff everyone should know.

  • Kayla
    2019-05-14 13:29

    I read this after reading "how to sew a button" - the version of this book for females- and found this version extremely offensive. Maybe I should have found the other one offensive. The male version contains all kinds of useful information about how to do well at work, how to provide for your family, how to be a role model, etc. The female version contains tips and tricks on cleaning your house, saving money, and hosting parties. I found the male version more applicable and useful to my life as a modern female with a job and financial responsibilities -- please don't give your daughter the female version of this book unless you don't think she's very capable. I should have seen this coming after seeing that the biographies of the "grandfathers" are 3x as long as the "grandmothers". These books enforce unfortunate stereotypes - don't force your children into these pigeon holes.

  • Jane
    2019-05-17 10:38

    Bried's book charmingly takes us into the lives of ten men from the greatest generation to share their insight and wisdom on varying topics such as how to hold a baby and how to hold onto your sweetheart with the current generation. Each lesson begins with a quote from one of these men and is approximately two pages, which makes it a quick read, and in some cases there are some illustrations to help with step-by-step instructions. One of the most fascinating items in the book is a history of the meaning of flowers from the Victorian era, which lends itself to being a practical lesson. While this is a must read for all young men before they enter adulthood, nothing replaces the personal connection between a grandfather and his grand-child.

  • Emily
    2019-05-02 16:32

    A good read for those wanting to brush up on some essential, time-honed skills. A fun read.

  • Flying Off The Shelves
    2019-05-06 11:32

    In my review of this book's mate, How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew I stated all my thoughts on how important a series like this is. These books aren't just about our connection with our predecessors, or survival. They are about living and being better through respecting what has come before so that we are ready for the future.What this book brings to the table what the other book didn't is the voice of the grandfathers. Grandfathers for many people are these amazing patriarchs who have seen everything but don't talk about the ugly aspects, which unfortunately for them, has been a good portion of their lives. (From experience, I find grandmothers are more willing to talk about everything.) The grandmothers showed us how to live and keep the home alive regardless of the trials and tribulations. Our grandfathers now show us what it was like to provide and protect the home in a different way. (I'm all for girl power but the times were different so no one jump on me.) These men show you not only how to keep the home provided for with food and shelter but also how to be a gentleman and a good friend. All these things at some point got lost along the way and too many men and women out there are wishing for these ideas to come back. (I count myself and my new husband among these). I think this is a great book to help!The greatest thing about these books is that their voices are so clear that it almost seems like the person is talking right to you. Their is so much heart in these pages that the book just about glows. Erin Bried did it again and secured another five rating. Not just for her ability to evoke the grandfathers' voice but also with the selection of how-to's and sense of fun.My Top Ten for zombie survival tips are:Aim True: How To Split FirewoodThis is important because you can't have a fire without wood and axes don't run out of bulletsStay Afloat: How to Paddle a CanoeI live on an island (that if it became zombie ridden we are all screwed) which means canoeing is a really good way to get our of dodge.Know Your Kingdom: How To Read Animal TracksDelicious, delicious venison. You need to eat and at the same time avoid zombies.Soldier On: How to be BraveLet's be honest the walking dead is a terrifying concept. I don't care who you are your balls aren't that big.Switch Hats: How to Leave Work at WorkYou need to know when its time to stop obsessing about what is going on. Sometimes obsessing about a negative thing will just get you killed and annoy the crap out of everyone around you.Cope Well: How to Handle Bad NewsZombie are all around... If you can't find a way to cope well... good luck!Command A Room: How to Give a SpeechWe all need someone to give the believable pep talk now and again. Or at the very least a good 80's montageCircle Up: How to Ask for HelpKnowing when to ask for help in a group trying to survive is probably a good idea because one bad apple can get everyone killed.Smoke It: How to Make Beef JerkyYou will want to eat in the winter or can't have a fire right?Pump Iron: How to Season a Cast-Iron SkilletWhoever invented this amazing device deserves a medal. The classic cast-iron skillet can do just about anything and its a great weapon if needed (though I would thoroughly clean and re-season in that case)Happy trails!Read more reviews at http://flyingofftheshelves.blogspot.c...

  • Barrett
    2019-04-22 12:35

    I've been reading this one up intermittently for a few years now. Given the format of the book -- divvied up into individual skills, about five pages each, with a little quote from a "grandfather" offering up a personal anecdote -- it was easy to pick up without losing the thread. But. I was expecting more in-depth and more detailed write ups. Some I found useful: How to tie a tie. How to build a fire. How to select the right cut of meat (okay, so I won't use that one, but still-- that one was well detailed). The others seemed too vague or self explanatory... For example, How to Give a Toast included info on how to get people's attention, advice on not being drunk... But only a sentence or two on what the toast content should be. How to Host a Party was mostly "figure out who to invite" as one of the steps. Perhaps this would be a good book for someone younger -- could see it being a little more useful for a high school graduate, say. But for someone a little longer in the tooth... Maybe not.

  • Filipe Dias
    2019-05-11 11:25

    I was hoping that this would be a good book on learning useful skills, but turned out that I already knew how to do most of the things there, and many others would be easy to figure out.Now, if you're 29 like me and you don't know how to do most of these things already, then I have to be blunt here, you're pretty useless. In that case, this book should be mandatory for you.I did enjoy a lot the grandfather's life stories, it made the book shine and was very interesting to know a bit from people who lived in another world, very different from my own. That's what made the book for me and taught me a lot more than the actual instructions on tasks.

  • Ms.Wietecha
    2019-05-22 15:42

    This has information on just about EVERYTHING!! While it does seem to be slanted towards males, the skills inside the book are definitely ones everyone should know (changing a tire, buying meat, starting a fire, etc.). This is a book I come back to again and again to learn/remember new skills. Plus, its humorous and sarcastic in many places (as well as simplistic)!

  • Megan
    2019-05-01 09:46

    A fun little book, but it didn't really contain much that I didn't already know how to do (or didn't apply to me). If there was really something that I wanted to learn how to do (paint a room, refinish a dresser, write a love letter), I'd be better off doing a Google search as you won't find any in depth instructions here. A good graduation gift idea.

  • Bao Thai
    2019-05-20 10:47

    It's a pretty interesting book. It contains many different instruction for many basic skills in life ranging from household stuff to survival skills. While some of the skills mentioned in the books are not always used in life but overall, it really helps knowing the things said in the book. Strongly recommended for young boys.

  • Nan
    2019-05-14 13:28

    A panel of grandfathers have assembled good advice and instruction for topics ranging from how to be brave to how to mow the lawn. I preferred the concrete informative sections (how to play bocce ball, how to identify animal tracks) over the big existential issues, but I think that is partly a product of the book's format. Anyone up for bocce?

  • Steven
    2019-05-06 13:41

    Not to bad. It rare that theres a book that actually gets things right. Especially when dealing with doing stuff for yourself. I'd rate it correct about 95% of the book. But the fishing and wood splitting is written from some romantic point of view that I personally know could use some better insights.

  • Robert Joseph
    2019-05-13 09:20

    This book I originally bought for my nephews. I think the perspective of the female author in this case tainted her research. I think some of the grandfathers would've been more forthright with a male and the lack comes through. That being said the information, although pedantic and at times trite, is presented thoroughly and that's at least refreshing.

  • Gen
    2019-05-11 08:47

    I had such an amazing time reading this book - it was like growing up at our house all over again. People just don't teach these skills and wisdoms anymore, and it's a shame. Do yourself a favour and grab this book and take its priceless lessons to heart.

  • Brad
    2019-04-23 10:22

    Great concept, but it was hard to believe that some of the "advice" was coming from the grandfathers. For instance, I find it hard to believe that these grandfathers know enough about Lady Gaga to make a joke about her.

  • Sara
    2019-05-02 09:37

    This was a fun collection of all the handy old-fashioned how-tos you need to live a happy and productive life. Well, maybe not all. *grin* But it was a really nice read, the stories were interesting, and I did actually learn some stuff.

  • Brett
    2019-04-29 12:44

    This was a little gift from my Aunt-in-law that I read on the can. Not much of real value advice-wise here and Bried is more interested in making tons of little jokes than giving useful info, but it made me feel smart to say "no duh" to most of the stuff in the book.

  • Bfg1971
    2019-04-28 13:19

    This book was very similar to "Man Up!: 367 Classic Skills for the Modern Guy" and honestly if you are over 25 there is no reason for you to not know 80% of the things in this book before reading it.I did enjoy that the advice was dispensed by grandfathers which gave it a more personal feel.

  • Jeanette
    2019-05-05 11:20

    Another book I found to be a great idea badly executed. The idea and content of this book was intriguing to me, but the writing was flat, the information simplistic.

  • Terrance
    2019-05-02 08:23

    This is a great book. I knew much of the things, my dad had taught them to me. I am sure my sons know much of this book also from their grandfathers. I think the book is very practical advice

  • Robin
    2019-04-21 15:23

    This a book that every young man should get once they are out on their own. Much of it is common sense, however, that tends to be somewhat rare these days.

  • Josh
    2019-05-15 09:27

    A quick read with a writing style that often detracts from the theme of the book. I could have lived without reading it, but I will keep my copy around for occasional reference.