Life Skills: How to Do Almost Anything

Life Skills: How to Do Almost Anything

by Chicago Tribune Staff (Editor)


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How do you give a good wedding toast? How do you fix a clogged drain? How do you end a relationship? Collected from the popular “Life Skills” column in the Chicago Tribune, this book is filled with often humorous instructions on performing tasks that many of us have never gotten around to figuring out. Some are truly useful explanations of technical topics, while others are good for a laugh or cover the more ambiguous areas of relationships, careers, and social interaction. With chapters on home economics, the office, recreation, and social issues, Life Skills is a unique guide to the many skills it takes a lifetime to learn and perfect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572841499
Publisher: Agate
Publication date: 09/17/2013
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

The Chicago Tribune , founded in 1847, is the flagship newspaper of the Tribune Company. Its staff comprises dedicated, award-winning journalists who have authored many best-selling books.

Table of Contents


Arrange Flowers 11

Clean a Bathroom 14

Clean the Refrigerator 16

Cut Your Own Hair 19

Decode Nutritional Labels 22

Hang a Painting 24

Iron a Shirt 27

Make a Good Sign 29

Pick Fruit 32

Plant a Tree 34

Polish Your Nails 36

Repot a Houseplant 38

Sew a Button 40

Shine Leather Shoes 42

Snuff a Kitchen Fire 45

Tie a Bow Tie 47

Wash a Dog 49

Wash a Window 50

Wash a Wine Glass 53

Wrap a Gift 55

At the Office

Ask for a Raise 61

Clean a Computer Keyboard 62

Clean Your Desk 66

DIY Facial Massage 67


Avoid Dog Bites 73

Babysit a 1-Year-Old 75

Bowl Without Hurting Anyone 77

Grab a Cab 80

Keep Score at the Ballpark 83

Make Outfield Grass Patterns at Home 87

Pack for Road Trips 89

Photograph a Dog 91

Prepare an Evacuation Kit 93

Summer First Aid for Kids 95

Teach Bike Riding 96


Change a Tire 103

Critical Car Checks 105

Display the American Flag 107

Fix a Leaky Faucet 111

Jump Start a Car Battery 114

Load a Truck on Moving Day 117

Make a Campfire Without Matches 118

Smarter Lawn Mowing 121

Take/Throw a Punch 124

Unclog a Bathroom Drain 127


Apologize 131

Ask for a Favor 133

Be a Good Witness to a Crime 135

Break the Ice 138

Choose an Engagement Ring 140

Door Etiquette 142

Drive in a Funeral 145

End a Relationship 146

Flirting 148

Get Your Foot in the Door 150

Give a Wedding Toast 152

Have a Tough Conversation 153

Picking Up the Check 155

Someone's Fly is Down 159

The Social Kiss 161

Tip for Services 163

Turn Down a Request 164

Credits 167

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Life Skills: How To Do Almost Anything 1.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book there is a list of things to do and nothing but blank sheets thereaftet!