Things You Should Know by Now: A Mini-Life Manual for the Quarterly Ages

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Let's face it: You don't know half as much as you let on. Sure, you were able to skate through college based on a decent work ethic and the ability to use words like "postmodernity" in appropriate situations. Also, you had good hair. And maybe you're still afloat after a couple years on the job, despite having just recently discovered that a 401(k) is not quite the same as the 4-1-1, yo. But now life is catching up with you. You're realizing that last night's pizza is probably not the healthiest breakfast food. ...
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Overview

Let's face it: You don't know half as much as you let on. Sure, you were able to skate through college based on a decent work ethic and the ability to use words like "postmodernity" in appropriate situations. Also, you had good hair. And maybe you're still afloat after a couple years on the job, despite having just recently discovered that a 401(k) is not quite the same as the 4-1-1, yo. But now life is catching up with you. You're realizing that last night's pizza is probably not the healthiest breakfast food. That romantic relationships are hard. And that credit cards can be trouble. So basically you've got two choices. Option A: You ride this seat-of-your-pants thing as long as possible until you lose your pants altogether. Good luck with that. Wear clean underwear. Or Option B: Buy this book. It's helpfully titled Things You Should Know by Now: A Mini-Life Manual for the Quarterly Aged. Inside you'll find a collection of tips, suggestions, step-by-step outlines and self-important asides from twentysomething author Jason Boyett, all intended to help you navigate the choppy waters of love, work, money and healthy living. It's entertaining! It's occasionally insightful! And there's a chapter on How to Cook Eggs! Things You Should Know by Now is, in fact, the instruction manual on how to live and actually enjoy life, and that's not just back-of-the-book boasting. OK, it is, but still... you need to read this. Seriously.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971457683
  • Publisher: Charisma Media
  • Publication date: 3/25/2003
  • Pages: 219
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Boyett
Jason Boyett is the communications director at Paramount Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas. He is the author of Things You Should Know by Now (Relevant, May 2003) and The Guy's Guide to Life.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
The Social
1 First Dates are Hard, Except on TV 1
2 What Marriage Isn't 7
3 Romance Doesn't Always Have to Be Expensive 14
4 Lasting Relationships Are Built on Selflessness 20
5 The Value of Stories 28
6 Beware the Urban Legend 35
7 Optimism Is Better Than Pessimism 43
The Financial
8 Financial Procrastination Will Eat You for Lunch 52
9 It Pays to Live Beneath Your Means 58
10 Your 401(k) Should Be Aggressive But Diversified 63
11 Beware the Credit Card Debt Monkey 70
12 How to Craft an Attention-Getting Resume 79
13 How to Pull Off an Impressive Job Interview 90
14 The Best Way to Live is Generously 96
The Practical
15 How to Change a Flat Tire 108
16 How to Speak Good ... er, Well 114
17 How to Buy Groceries 121
18 How to Take Care of Your Home 130
19 How to Take Care of Yourself 136
20 The Basics of a Well-Stocked Medicine Cabinet 144
21 The Importance of Food Safety 151
The Cool
22 How to Play a Little Poker 161
23 How to Perform an Amazing Card Trick 168
24 How to Cook Eggs a Bunch of Different Ways 175
25 How to Make a Killer Fruit Smoothie 181
26 Staying in Shape Isn't as Hard as You Think 187
27 How Not to Worry 195
28 A Modest Understanding of Postmodernism 202
Epilogue
There's More to Life Than Romance, Money, and Poker 211
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    Proud to admit we're kin

    Okay, so I'm a relative, but as a former editor, published writer and poet, I'd rather ignore the book than write a biased review. Jason is but one of my grand-nephews, in a family large enough to make us little more than distant acquaintances. Admittedly, his Pawpaw was my hero long before WWII made the one whose story (part of it) appears in Things You Should Know By Now. I do recognize my big brother's legacy in Jason's wit and willingness to share what he knows - and what he believes - with memorable humor and without the off-putting dogma that, in my estimation, does more damage to Christian beliefs than evil ever could. Although long past 'quarterly-aged,' I took Things You Should Know By Now on vacation, and sandwiched chapters between grandchildren's games, beach naps, and trips to the zoo, ice-cream parlor, and tourist shops. (Yes, I could put it down, but picked it up again at every opportunity.) Even in bits and pieces, Jason's sense and sensibility impressed me tremendously. It is good evidence that pockets of moral intelligence still exist between the two coasts, where a younger generation can be instilled with enough gumption to figure out for themselves what it takes to survive in, and contribute to, an everchanging world. (I'm just sorry Jason didn't include my pet peeve in his English grammar chapter. Mrs. Yeargan - my 8th grade English teacher - must spin in her grave whenever I surf the internet, where 'it's' has pretty much usurped the role of 'its' as a possessive pronoun.) Good work, Jason. Keep it up!

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