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Summer : A User's Guide
by 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.

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Overview

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.


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Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579653163
  • ISBN-10: 1579653162
  • Publisher: Artisan Publishers
  • Publish Date: May 2007
  • Page Count: 224
  • Dimensions: 8.29 x 7.96 x 0.71 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.69 pounds


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Are you ready for summer?

If you're looking for tips on packing the perfect picnic basket or a refresher on how to play croquet, you're in luck. Need to repair wicker furniture or perhaps build a lean-to? You're all set: Suzanne Brown's Summer: A User's Guide lives up to its name. Brown has created a go-to book that surely will delight domestic divas, as well as hapless sorts who fantasize about creating the Perfect Summer Experience but aren't sure how to go about it. The author's voice is a friendly one; for the most part, she pulls off delivering suggestions and instructions without sounding patronizing, though the text does get a bit precious here and there (margaritas are "sunshine in a glass" and Reefs are the "Rolls Royce of flip-flops."). Overall, though, Brown seems earnest in her mission: She's summered at lovely spots up and down the East Coast, and she wants readers to have as much fun—and create as many delightful memories—as she has.

Summer features page after page of color photos of enticing summer foods, wholesome activities and idyllic scenes. In addition, the how-to sections use helpful step-by-step line drawings to aid in identifying animal tracks or making a beach-towel pillow. No detail goes unshared: there are recipes for food and drink, music and movie playlists, and gardening tips. Essays offering a historical perspective on everything from baseball to toasting marshmallows are enlivened by the author's personal musings—and ensure that the book can be enjoyed as a cover-to-cover read as well as a reference guide.

 

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