Monday, January 31, 2011

How to Sew a Button

I saw How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew on Amazon and decided to put it on my reserve list at the library. I have become much more frugal about purchasing books. I like to preview if possible prior to purchasing. My younger self donated many impulse book purchases. My new library habit has saved me lots of money.

The range of advice in this book made it difficult to appreciate in one library loan period. However, it did convince me to put it on my buy list. The price is reasonable. It is a book I will go back to for reference purposes.

Specifically I liked the cooking and cleaning tips. The topics do literally range from any topic you could expect to sit down and have a conversation with a grandparent who had lived through the Great Depression. The author references her panel of grandparents who helped her with advice on these topics. In the opening of the book, she discusses her own quest to discover the lost arts after failing to recognize rhubarb and making a horrible tasting pie.

Our library system has the grandfather book that I also want to preview. The book reviews seem to indicate the skills are less specific and more general "life advice." The value in purchasing the Grandma book is that I will return because I will not remember if it was baking soda and vinegar for the dog pee removal or something else. I will want to be able to pull up the information. My own grandparents never had dogs so while they passed on many useful life lessons that is not one I suspect they had much of a need to learn.

This is also going to be part of a few gifts this year. I am not the only one I know who can benefit from some wise advice. This is a great book for young people starting out.


Nicole said...

I'll have to check this book out.

Also, love the new site theme. It's pretty.

C.Mahan said...

Thanks for this post. I had seen that book and wondered how it was.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like it could be a really interesting book! I'll probably do like you did, though, and see if I can get a peek at it through the library before I take the leap for real.

Daisy said...

Sounds like a really neat book. I'll have to look for it.

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