What a handy, humorous little reference guide to the traditional wisdom of capable women! I love this book, and it has already helped me get out a fewWhat a handy, humorous little reference guide to the traditional wisdom of capable women! I love this book, and it has already helped me get out a few stains (from spilling things on my clothes).
This book has everything from choosing produce, ironing things properly, growing an herb garden, dealing with difficult neighbors, to spending a romantic date night at home without having to shell out money for an expensive restaurant dinner, and much in between - all written in such a way as to give you a chuckle no matter what you're looking up.
The advice comes mostly from various women who lived (successfully) through the Great Depression, one way or another.
This guide is all about being frugal and living very enjoyably, by simply being resourceful, clever, and kind. It's my kind of book....more
Funny, but not great. It doesn't read like a book, really. It's not something you can get absorbed in, but it was fun to read some of the lists of weiFunny, but not great. It doesn't read like a book, really. It's not something you can get absorbed in, but it was fun to read some of the lists of weird words for things....more
This was amusing, and fun to read parts of aloud, but this is more of a collection of bloopers than a good read. Lederer didn't really "write" much ofThis was amusing, and fun to read parts of aloud, but this is more of a collection of bloopers than a good read. Lederer didn't really "write" much of this book, and it doesn't flow like a book. It's very much like an outtakes reel from a movie, but in book form....more
This was definitely entertaining, but not something to read if you want an unbiased account of various travels through Europe, or just unprejudiced inThis was definitely entertaining, but not something to read if you want an unbiased account of various travels through Europe, or just unprejudiced information about any European countries. I got many a chuckle from this book, but it was almost too sarcastic for even me - which would probably make it too sarcastic for the average person. I felt that Mr. Bryson complained quite a bit about the lack of culture and historical integrity of some places, and then complained about it when he found it, or just was unable to appreciate it. Because I'm not interested in the European bar scene, I did not really acquire the kind of information I was looking for about a lot of these European cities.
Perhaps I'm being a little too harsh. I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't particularly useful. I didn't really pick it up for information so much as I did for entertainment, because I was amused by the first Bryson book I read, so I suppose I got what I was looking for. Sometimes, however, it's just a little difficult to appreciate a travel book in which the author has something deprecating to say about every single place he visits, and sometimes nothing positive to say at all about some of the places. It was at times difficult to determine whether he was speaking truthfully or making something up for comedic effect, and also he tended to judge certain countries based solely on a handful of experiences that occurred in one or two of that country's cities. He spent only one or two nights in many places, which to me is nowhere near enough to really get a feel for an area, so some of these cities that were judges rather severely by Bryson were given the short end of the stick, in my opinion.
Again, I really feel that I should say that this was for the most part a very funny book, and I think that Bryson is considerably high up on the spectrum of intelligence. I wish he had a little bit more tolerance of other cultures and customs, though, and didn't use his sense of humor at the expense of others quite so frequently....more
I went into this expecting it to just be an entertaining read about a difficult but beautiful hike up the eastern part of the U.S. I did not realize hI went into this expecting it to just be an entertaining read about a difficult but beautiful hike up the eastern part of the U.S. I did not realize how much I would learn and how much this would inspire me to get hiking! I plan on reading more from this author, since I did enjoy his sense of humor. He got up on a soapbox a few times, but I mostly agreed with what he was getting uppity about, so I didn't mind much. I could have done with a little bit less information about the Civil War, since I really didn't feel it was relevant, but generally I thought he really only went off onto tangents that were appropriate to the book's topic.
I have a great deal of respect for hikers and mountain climbers now, and I furthermore have a strong drive to join their ranks, thanks to this book.
I'm glad that issues of deforestation and global climate change were discussed in the book, because now I feel like I can recommend this to the Green Group. : )...more