Rising to the Occasion: A Practical Companion for the Occasionally Perplexed

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Algonquin Books, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 224 pages
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A witty cross between an etiquette book and a Boy Scout manual, RISING TO THE OCCASION covers everything from opening a bottle of champagne to unclogging a sink with step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow diagrams. "Give this practical charmer to a young person in need of savoir faire, or keep it for yourself--all of us need a little help."--San Antonio Express-News. A LITERARY GUILD SELECTION. Now in its 7th printing.
  

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Fun, useful book full of how to's, projects etc. Kind of boy scouts meets finishing school... the Three star rating is deceptive as it is something I have given as a gift several times. Read full review

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Contents

HOW TO DANCE THE WALTZ
5
HOW TO OPEN A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE
11
HOW TO ARRANGE FRESH FLOWERS
16
HOW TO TIE A BOW TIE
24
HOW TO CHANGE A FUSE
28
HOW TO CHANGE A FLAT TIRE
36
HOW TO JUMPSTART A CAR
40
HOW TO BOIL AN EGG
50
HOW TO IRON A SHIRT
117
HOW TO WRAP A PRESENT
123
HOW TO CARVE A TURKEY
130
HOW TO PROPOSE A TOAST
136
NOW TO ENTERTAIN A CHILD
141
HOW TO REPLACE A PANE OF GLASS
153
HOW TO UNCLOG A DRAIN
157
HOW TO SEW ON A BUTTON
164

HOW TO SHAKE HANDS
57
HOW TO GIVE DIRECTIONS
63
HOW TO APPLY EIGHTH GRADE HATH
71
HOW TO SET A MOUSETRAP
80
HOW TO LAY A FIRE
89
HOW TO BE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND GUEST
97
HOW TO PACK A BAG
106
HOW TO REPAIR A HEM
171
HOW TO POLISH SHOES
175
HOW TO GIVE A TRIM
181
HOW TO BACK UP A TRAILER
188
HOW TO ENTERTAIN A PARTY OF SIX
207
HOW TO WRITE A THANKYOU NOTE
222
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About the author (2001)

Edith Hazard has managed a law office, sung lead in a jug band, taught Sunday school, and earned her BA in English at Bowdoin—meanwhile raising her four children. She is the author, with Wallace Pinfold, of the popular Rising to the Occasion: A Practical Companion for the Occasionally Perplexed.

Wallace Pinfold is a French-language interpreter and translator. He has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, a ranger naturalist in Yosemite, and a road manager for country western and blues bands touring the Middle East. He is coauthor of Rising to the Occasion (Algonquin, 1993). He lives in Brunswick, Maine, and shaves every time the occasion warrants.

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