Since about the time Everett De Morier decided to become a writer, I was reading Robert Fulghum’s Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I read all the accompanying books, but as I got older, I wondered what the next incarnation of old school advice revisited might look like. Enter: The Invention of Everything.
What began as tips for his two young sons which evolved into a website 543skills.com which evolved into a magazine which evolved into…a book. This book. For a quick overview, here’s the review I sent to Amazon.
Everything Old is New Again – Life Lessons for the Ages
The Invention of Everything is one of those books you want to share with everyone and find yourself either nodding vehemently in agreement or whispering, “I had no idea!” Books that teach, inspire, and move us to laughter, tears, and nostalgia for our younger selves, and the memories we hold dear are the shooting stars of the book cosmos. Or, at least I do.
The last time I couldn’t put a book down like this, it was Robert Fulghum’s Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Those pages are dog-eared from use, and I feel this book will be the same.
Somewhere around page 50, there is one typo. Only one. And somehow, in the tone and structure of the book, it fits. It is the laid back telling; no pretense, no fancy words, as if you were talking to your children, or your parents, or your grandparents…oh, wait. He is. And that’s the point. This book was for Mr. De Morier’s sons originally, but the nuggets of wisdom are so beneficial, he decided to share them with the world. So, now I’ve learned who invented the first Egg McMuffin, how to choose the best thermos, coffee kettle, and cook a pizza on the grill. The rum bars are interesting, too. I wonder if the recipe will work with other spirits. I’m game to try.
I also now have gotten a quick primer on something called a Yankee drill and how to change a tire. But, one of my favorite chapters says something to the effect of how to live a digital life without letting it rule you. And like experimenting with those rum bars, I’m open to change and am excited to be more in the moment of each day.
The book is available on Kindle AND in paperback. There’s something soothing about picking up the pages, eyes focused on the black-and-white. A roommate explained once- we retain more when we have the physical copy of a book, so considering the type of book this is, enjoy a renaissance of printed material, and put the physical paper book on your physical wooden bookshelf. You never know when you may need to remember something, share something, or when the next generation might stumble across it and learn a thing or two. I know I have.
For the Boys…and the Girls
Though it began life as a way to teach his kids the way he was taught and was originally aimed at his boys – how to sharpen a knife, how to gap a sparkplug, how to clean a fish, etc. – it soon gained traction with women readers as well. So, this is a book about the Invention of Everything with a little something for everyone.
A special thanks once more to Everett De Morier and his team for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book.
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© Lisa Street Rogers 2018