This is the ultimate how-to book, the mammoth book of instructions necessary for every person alive! You cannot live without this book!
Okay, so you could live without this book—but why would you want to? It’s the most fun, inventive reference book ever written. Accessible, enjoyable, and fully illustrated, the guide is a massive collection of how-to’s collected in a visually (and mentally) pleasing display.
The best part of Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know Instructions for Life from the Everyday to the Exotic is that there are nearly no words! Most entries are strictly pictures with only a few written descriptions provided. Don’t believe me? Click here for a preview.
And okay, maybe you don’t need to know how to fight a shark or manage a team of sled dogs… But don’t you think it would be fun to learn CPR, the tango, or how to make real sushi? How about the “right” way to pack a suitcase, how to win a bar bet, or to even play the blues?
The info-packed book is as diverse as its authors. Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith may both be editors and writers based out of San Francisco, but they’re also both whimsical shop owners, designers, and most importantly, lovers of the eclectic and hand-crafted life. In fact, they’re the founders of the Curiosity Guild, a group dedicated to teaching each other the most curious, wacky, or quirky things they know!
Want to start your own Curiosity Guild—or to simply learn how to bake stained glass cookies, tell a New Year’s fortune, or celebrate Chinese New Year? Grab a copy of Show Me How and find all of these things and more. With over 5,000 full-color illustrations, 320 pages, and endless quirkiness, it’s liable to stem an entire new branch onto your existing Living To Do List. Of course, some items on the list—like being shot out of a cannon or wrestling an alligator—may not make even the most audacious thrill seeker’s list—while changing a diaper and putting on a tie correctly should probably be on everyone’s agenda at some point.
You can also peruse the authors’ store, The Curiosity Shoppe, which sells plenty of out-of-the-ordinary treasures. Whether you’re into wooden bricks, pipe candlesticks, or stitch-able stationary, it probably has what you’re looking for. It’s sort of like a Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium for adults.