Use This Book! The Only Book You’ll Ever Need – Melissa Heckscher
Many non-fiction books contain practical information, but have you ever seen one that you can actually use? That is, one that you can cut, fold, and consult for luggage tags to bookmarks, zip codes to area codes, signs to table coasters, a chessboard (with pieces!) to a vision chart? Yes, it slices…it dices…it’s a new book by Melissa Heckscher called Use This Book! – The Only Book You’ll Ever Need.

This one-of-kind 209-page spiral-bound book features a plethora of handy reference material, helpful charts, and vital information that could even save your life. Here’s but a few of the instructive sundries:

How to treat a venomous snake bite
How to perform CPR
How to give the Heimlich Maneuver to a child
Three page poison plant guide
Commonly misspelled words
Skin cancer check sheet
Weight chart
Muscular and skeletal systems charts
Approved words for Scrabble (such as four letter “J” words)
Useful foreign phrases in 8 languages
Travel pictograms (for when you don’t know the native language)
Currencies from around the world
Metric conversion chart
How to drive a stick shift
How to change a tire

As if that’s not enough, Use This Book! is chock full of rulers, gadgets, tools, and form letters that can be assembled using just a pair of scissors! Are you thirsty? Go to page 193 and fold together a drinking cup. Do you want to learn how to type? Use the coded keyboard graphic on page 73 if no computer or typewriter is available. Did you just park in a spot where the meter is broken? Cut out one of the signs on page 27 to alert parking enforcement officials. Did you break down on the side of the road? Leave a “Went for Help” sign on your dashboard. Need a thank you note? One is only a scissor-cut away on page 87. Is it sweltering out today? Open to page 197 and build yourself a cooling fan. Forget your watch? Page 157 shows you how to make—and read—a sundial. Were you invited to an impromptu masquerade party? No need to fear…just turn to page 207 and cut out a dashing blue eye mask!

Some of the other fun things you’ll find in Use This Book! include:

Form letters and certificates (including a Dear John letter and a generic job application)
A solar eclipse viewing device
Fortune dice
Palmistry chart
Zener cards to test your psychic skills
Tic Tac Toe Board
Paper airplane
Time zone maps
A cootie catcher
Dance steps (Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, and Rumba)
Acupressure chart
Yoga positions
Phone message forms
Classic cocktail recipes (Black Russian, Bloody Mary, Cosmopolitan, etc.)
International dialing codes
Fast food nutrition guide

This delightful book is an essential companion for people of all ages. Think about it: how many books are at once Swiss-Army knife useful, amazingly entertaining, and highly informative? Use This Book! would make an especially great gift for those hard-to-buy-for friends and family members.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go make a picture frame out of the back cover of the book…

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