Short, sweet, and to the point, Stuff You Already Know is filled with advice tidbits that are mostly helpful. It's the stuff that your parents, grandparents, colleagues, and others tell you trying to be helpful. Although ultimately, it's up to you to decide how to best run your life.
Stuff You Already Know has 437 tips for
getting through life. Some of it you may already know, some of it you
don't. Most are tips given straight from the author herself, although
there are some from relatives and friends of hers as well. In addition
to one sentence tips, there are others that she expands on, telling
either a personal story or giving a web link or detail and explanation
that needs more than just one sentence. All are to the point and not
I agree with most of the advice that was given in
this book. From such gems as "Don't fry bacon while naked" to "Don't
try to win everyone's approval," there's a lot in here that can apply to
everyone. But there are some things I don't agree with. Like always
respond to an invite. Because let's face it, in today's world of a
million facebook invites, you'd be spending most of your day responding
to them and not living your life. Or some of her advice on employment
such as "stay home when you're sick." This all depends on the workplace
culture. You could argue that you shouldn't be working in a place that
makes you work when you're sick, but sometimes those bills just have to
be paid until you can get to something better. It should also be noted
that this book is Christian in nature and gives a few tips relating to
that as well; it does have a tip that says you should recognize that not
all share the same religion as well to counterbalance this.
was a quick read, and cute for a recent high school or college graduate
as a gift. Since it was written for the author's nephew (per the
introduction) it seems like it was actually intended for that purpose.
But really, anyone who needs to have life put into perspective
occasionally would probably enjoy this book.
Stuff You Already Know
*This book was received as a Free Advanced Reader's Copy**