The Compulsive Reader: Shelf Discovery: How to Sew a Button and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew by Erin Bried

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Shelf Discovery: How to Sew a Button and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew by Erin Bried

Shelf Discovery is a feature in which I highlight one book that I have found while prowling the shelves of the independent bookstore I work at it. These books aren't necessarily YA books; they're books that  have discovered and find interesting or unique. I hope you do too.

Every few weeks we do a front table display at the bookstore, and since it is September and we are a college town, our back-to-school display tends to have more copies of The Naked Roommate and East This, Not That than school bus board books. Nestled amidst the satires and how-to-live-on-your-own-for-the-first-time books was one that was a little different that caught my eye.

How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew is a cute little book--I love the cover. While this one isn't catered to college students specifically, it has a LOT of cool advice that I think is really relevant for people of my generation. Some of the advice and how-to's are things you probably would never do...like can your own vegetables. But some of the advice is sensible and practical and something you might find you are happy you learned (like how to fold a fitted sheet or bake a pie). There's also a lot of good stuff for those living on their own for the first time (how to clean without harsh chemicals, how to make a budget, how to hand wash delicates).

I consider myself a bit of a crafty person (I know how to sew, enjoy baking, and LOVE writing letters and thank-you notes), but this book is a pretty cool little package that has some advice written in a fun voice that I eagerly devoured at quiet intervals in the store. I can't wait to peruse it some more!


Anonymous said...

This sound like a really cute book! I love the title, probably because my Gran did teach my how to sew buttons and do all sort of old-fashioned girl things - like how to move a fan:P

I'm going yo add it to my Christmas wish list.

Liss Martz said...

Well.. *clears throar* I could use some advices from there. And how to clean without chemical products would be perfect for my bookshelves! =)