How to Build a Fire

And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew

By Erin Bried
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345525093, 304pp.)

Publication Date: December 14, 2010

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A HANDY GUIDE FULL OF HOW-TO TIPS AND SAGE ADVICE FROM GRANDFATHERS
 
As members of the Greatest Generation, our grandfathers were not only defined by the Depression but also by their heroic service to the country in World War II. Courageous, responsible, and involved, they understand sacrifice, hard work, and how to do whatever is necessary to take care of their loved ones. They also know how to have a rollicking good time.

Sensible, fun, and inspiring, How to Build a Fire offers a rare glimpse into the hearts and minds of grandfathers near and far by sharing their practical skills and sweet stories on how to be stronger, smarter, richer, and happier. Inside are more than one hundred essential step-by-step tips for fixing, leading, prospering, playing, and hosting, including how to
 
• buck up and be brave in the face of adversity
• play hard and break in a baseball mitt
• bait a hook and catch a big fish
• look dapper and tie a perfect tie
• get a raise and earn more
• write a love letter and kindle romance
• change a flat tire and save the day
• stand up and give a sparkling toast
• play the harmonica and make your own music
 
Loaded with charming illustrations, good humor, and warm nostalgia, How to Build a Fire is the perfect handbook for guys or gals of any age. The first of its kind, this collection of our grandfathers’ hard-earned wisdom will help you build confidence and get back to what’s really important in life.
 




NPR
Sunday, Jan 2, 2011

If you want to learn how to bait and catch a big fish, get a raise or change a flat tire, then author Erin Bried can help. Her latest book, How to Build a Fire and Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew, is a back-to-basics, money-saving guide to all things practical. Host Liane Hansen speaks with Bried about some of book's handy advice. More at NPR.org

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Praise For How to Build a Fire

“Erin Bried can build a fire, thanks to grandpa.”—USA Today

“A step-by-step guide to (almost) everything the hard-working, self-sufficient Greatest Generation learned about life and living.”—Chicago Tribune

“Don’t pass up How to Build a Fire…it’s [full of] knowledge our grandfathers seem to possess in abundance – life skills that made them such stand-up guys.”—The Houston Chronicle

How To Build a Fire is fascinating, humbling and humorous.”—The Chicago Sun-Times

“Erin Bried can help you nail certain tasks.”—The New York Daily News

How to Build a Fire is a succinct life-skills book filled with humor and wisdom…useful for both men and women….It’s a quick, useful guide with a touch of nostalgia.”—Library Journal

How to Build a Fire takes readers back to basics by championing more than 100 practical life skills. All of them are guaranteed for life, but are especially valuable during an economic recession.”—Book Page

How to Build a Fire offers sound advice on manual jobs and also gives lessons on more subtle skills.”—Boston Globe

How to Build a Fire makes a lovely stocking stuffer by a roaring fire.”—SELF magazine

“Our elders could still teach us a lot—and you’ll find it all in How to Build a Fire by Erin Bried. It demystifies stuff like making ice cream (yay!) and playing dominoes. Your kids will think you’re the coolest.”—Parenting magazine

“Although her book touches on the sacrifices of the “Greatest Generation,” Bried’s How to Build a Fire is a companion piece to Tom Brokaw’s 1998 book. The former newscaster’s book lauds the efforts of the people who grew up during the Depression and saved the world by winning World War II. Bried’s book acknowledges those efforts – eight of the 10 grandfathers served in the war – but she lets them teach lessons big and small.”—Stockton Record

How to Build a Fire is a practical guide to all those things you always meant to learn, from breaking in a baseball mitt to writing a love letter — and being a role model for your kids.”—St Petersburg Times

“How many times have you wished your grandfather were still around to give you some priceless advice?”—Tulsa World

“…Fun to read. More importantly, it’s the perfect gift, birthday or otherwise, for grandchildren of any age, or even their parents! After all, you can only learn just so much on the Internet.”—Monterey County Herald

“If How to Build a Fire is anything like How to Sew a Button, then it will be a great gift for any young adult in your life, male or female. Because honestly, we should all know how to sew on a button and build a fire. Just in case…”—Frederick News Post

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