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“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

“Great tips!”
Redbook magazine

“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

The San Francisco Chronicle recommends How to Build a Fire as a “Top Shelf” pick, calling it “full of practical information.”

Woman’s Day features How to Build a Fire in its January issue.

The Chicago Tribune features How to Build a Fire and How to Sew a Button in its weekly Lifeskills column.

Oregon’s Daily Courier chose How to Build a Fire as a “Best Bet” in December.


Praise for How to Sew a Button

“If you only have 15 minutes: Read a chapter of How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew, a breezily useful guide to timeless home-ec skills: fruit canning, sock darning, bread making, cocktail mixing, and much more.”

—O magazine

“You need to read How to Sew a Button by self-proclaimed undomestic diva Erin Bried. This how-to guide doles out homespun wisdom from the women who know best: grandmothers. Putting their time-honored tips and teachings to use just might save you money, time and lots of frustration.”

—Redbook

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