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Cover for Summer


A User's Guide

Suzanne Brown


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Make this the summer you try all the things you've always wanted to try!

Find out how to:
  • paddle a canoe; shuck an oyster; track the tides; do a flip turn
  • play badminton, bocce, and horseshoes
  • turn seashells into wind chimes; tid-dye T-shirts
  • prepare summer staples such as the sea breeze, barbecued spareribs, and lobster rolls
  • build a campfire; grill your just caught trout; toast s'mores
  • spruce up your summer rental; banish mildew; get the upper hand on berry stains
  • read the night sky; identify animal tracks, leaves, and clouds
  • handle the flag with respect and remember all the words to the national anthem
  • get back to flying a kite and using a hula hoop
  • play card games, word games, lawn games, and pool games
  • host an instant party with 20 effortless appetizers
  • become the most sought-after house guest or host
  • make bird feeders; grow sunflowers; lure butterflies to your garden
  • keep the kids occupied with fun activities for car trips and rainy days
  • organize a clambake or a picnic; hang a tire swing; pack for a hike
  • contruct towering sand castles; master the art of knots.
Hundreds of entries, glorious color photographs, and illustrations take you there and show you how.

Whether you're in a cabin in the mountains, in a rental at the beach, at a weekend house in the country, or taking it easy in town or in your own backyard, Summer: A User's Guide is the summer necessity—packed with practical guidance, inspiring suggestions, useful resources, engaging history, nostalgic reminiscences, and the promise of a dream summer to come.

Artisan, 9781579653163, 224pp.

Publication Date: May 9, 2007

About the Author

Suzanne Brown proudly wears her flip-flops into fall, hoping to stretch the season out just a little longer. She has spent summer months cooking pancakes on the grill in Martha's Vineyard, water-skiing in the Adirondacks, and relaxing on the coast of South Carolina. When Brown's not digging for clams or daydreaming of summers gone by, she runs Suzanne Brown Design, a successful design and image consulting firm in Chappaqua, New York, where she lives with her husband.