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The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything: The Essential Companion for Everyday Life

by Amy D. Bernstein
     
 

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A New and Totally Updated Edition of the Ultimate Practical Reference.

The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything is the comprehensive resource for hands-on pursuits of everyday life, from personal finance to home maintenance and gardening. All the wisdom of The New York Times' experts in every field is packed into one volume

Overview

A New and Totally Updated Edition of the Ultimate Practical Reference.

The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything is the comprehensive resource for hands-on pursuits of everyday life, from personal finance to home maintenance and gardening. All the wisdom of The New York Times' experts in every field is packed into one volume that is filled with new articles and up-to-date advice and has been completely revised and updated.

The Practical Guide makes it easy to find information on any topic, while inviting the reader to browse its pages. The text covers twelve major topics, including Money; Spending and Saving; Health and Fitness; Food and Drink; Education; Careers; House and Garden; Travel; Sports and Games; Arts and Entertainment; Science and Symbols; and Mores and Manners. The book provides detailed information, tips, and step-by-step instructions on such relevant and timely topics as:

*How to sell your home in a down market

*Investing lessons from the crash of 2008

*Buying "green" products

*Cosmetic surgery

*New treatments for cancer and heart disease

• Budget travel tips

*Going organic

*What to do if you're laid off

*Job-hunting in the new economy

*Making the four-hour workweek work for you

*Gay and lesbian etiquette guide

By addressing common everyday projects, problems and dilemmas with authoritative answers from experts in the field, The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything makes it easier to live a better, more productive life.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Brace yourself for entertaining reading in this volume of stuff you didn't know you needed to know from a cast of nearly 300 contributors. Offering something better than barren factoids but not an exhaustive study of any one topic, the guide attacks a range of subjects with up-to-date information. The curious should read it in small bites to avoid becoming addicted. The text is arranged topically but is just as fun to devour at random. Learn how to set up a gerbil residence, how to make accurate weather predictions for as little as $20, where to get an 11th-hour passport, how to hold a chocolate-tasting party, and what kind of wireless gear to purchase for your home. In the preweb era, this was the stuff of librarians' dreams. Now the "essential companion" is an option for the web-weary or those who still like to curl up with a beverage and a fascinating read. There's an index (not seen), but since everyday life is often decidedly impractical, this book won't be the first place to turn for answers. It's just as much fun to spend time mining its depths, and you may end up smarter on a variety of subjects not a bad proposition for such a fascinating ride. Bottom Line Recommended as a fun, circulating book for popular collections in public libraries but of little value to reference collections or academic libraries. Kelli Perkins, Herrick Dist. Lib., Holland, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312551698
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
11/24/2009
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
880
Sales rank:
465,543
Product dimensions:
7.84(w) x 9.68(h) x 1.90(d)

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The Staff of the NEW YORK TIMES with Amberstone Publishing.

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