What Would MacGyver Do?: True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Oct 19, 2006 - Humor - 208 pages
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A clever collection of true stories celebrating real-life ?MacGyverisms?

For anyone who?s ever wished they could channel 1980s action-adventure icon Angus MacGyver?a secret agent known for relying on his brains, scientific prowess, duct tape, and a Swiss Army knife to save the day?this unique collection commemorates the use of improvised genius in everyday life. The ?MacGyverisms? recounted range from the concrete (using Chex Mix to provide traction in an icy parking lot) to the intangible (saving a relationship with the perfect turn of phrase). Divided by theme, the book features over forty true accounts in all?some by well-known writers, including Chuck Klosterman and A. J. Jacobs, most by ordinary people.

Edgy, entertaining, and smirk-to-yourself funny, these masterfully told stories reveal that, with a little luck and a lot of ingenuity, you can ?MacGyver? yourself out of virtually any predicament.
  

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Review: What Would MacGyver Do?: True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life

User Review  - Jason Stenger - Goodreads

Just not for me. I just could not get into these tales of everyday resourcefulness. Only a couple stories in and I gave up. The writing was ok, but the stories just didn't interest me. Read full review

Review: What Would MacGyver Do?: True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life

User Review  - Goodreads

Utterly pedestrian tales of people getting out of scrapes. Very few are ingenius or clever. Dry, dull, disappointing. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
THE JUNK IN THE TRUNK
Amarillo Ice
HOME IMPROVEMENT
Brilliant from the Heat
THE TRAVEL CHAPTER
Good to the Last Sock
LOVE LUST AND OTHER COMPLICATIONS
TROUBLE WITH THE AUTHORITIES
This One Time at Band Camp
ON THE JOB
MacKirk
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Melissa Vaughan is a recipe developer and tester whose work has appeared in magazines (Real Simple, Cookie, Saveur, Every Day with Rachael Ray) and cookbooks by Daniel Boulud, Michael White, and Melissa Clark. She is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education.

Brendan Vaughan is the senior articles editor at GQ and previously worked at Esquire, where he oversaw much of the magazine's food coverage. The Vaughans live in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with their son and daughter.

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