A Cookbook for a Knucklehead
Harold W. Pearman
Outskirts Press: $29.95
Some of the quirkiest books this summer are built around a very simple theme: Guys are idiots. Food, fashion, fixing things … you name it, we can't handle any of it. "There, I Fixed It" presents some of the goofiest solutions to basic problems. You're out of candles for that birthday cake? Just use the matches instead! Hey, don't throw away that empty plastic soda bottle: Poke holes in it, stick it on the end of the hose and, voilà! a lawn sprinkler! Dan Consiglio's "Of Course You're Still Cool, Honey" is a funny look at guys' silly fashion sense, especially when they try rocking styles that went out years ago (get rid of the T-shirt and slip-on shoes á la "Miami Vice," OK?). "A Cookbook for a Knucklehead" not only gives careful step-by-step instructions, it also includes photos of the meals at different stages of completion so you know what to expect! These are ideal gifts to gently jab that particular male in your life who already has one crucial skill: He knows how to laugh at himself.
367 Classic Skills for the Modern Guy
The Gentleman's Bedside Companion
A Compendium of Manly Information for the Last Fifteen Minutes of the Day
The Modern Gentleman
A Guide to Essential Manners, Savvy & Vice
Phineas Mollod and Jason Tesauro
Ten Speed Press: $15.99
Thankfully, there's another slate of books to help out the poor, clueless male species to answer timeless questions, such as, what is the proper way to hold an infant? ("Man Up!" says to use the crook of the elbow to support the baby's head.) What is the worst time to flirt with someone? ("One does not turn on the charm at a funeral," advise the authors of "The Modern Gentleman.") Much of the content in these books seems directed at funny, perennial topics like the best pickup lines and how to find the North Star (which suggests that males divide their time between chasing females and spending time in the woods). There are sections, however, in "The Gentleman's Bedside Companion" and "The Modern Gentleman" devoted to history, literature and the finer points of conversation. These are fun, interesting books that provide an old-fashioned alternative to the Internet.
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