How to Sew a Button
How to Sew a Button
The Today Show

The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC
Listen to Erin’s appearance here.

“If you only have 15 minutes: Read a chapter of How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew, a breezily useful guide to timeless home-ec skills: fruit canning, sock darning, bread making, cocktail mixing, and much more.”
O magazine, December 2009

“You need to read How to Sew a Button by self-proclaimed undomestic diva Erin Bried. This how-to guide doles out homespun wisdom from the women who know best: grandmothers. Putting their time-honored tips and teachings to use just might save you money, time and lots of frustration.”
Redbook, December 2009

“The perfect book for these hard economic times when money is tight, but ingenuity is plentiful…As comforting as a hand-sewn quilt, and filled with beguilingly retro illustrations, the tips are a snap, empowering, and fun…Bolstered with nostalgic charm, every page is filled with age-old wisdom for brand new do-it-yourself empowerment.”
The Boston Globe

How to Sew a Button is a handy guide to running your household and, in many ways, your life.”
The Washington Post

“For the domestically challenged among us, there is hope. Her name is Erin Bried.”
The Detroit Free Press

“There’s something for everyone in this must-have how-to…even things you never even realized you wanted to know, such as, “How to Fold a Fitted Sheet” (which is the book’s money shot, if I may). “How to Sew a Button” is also sprinkled with seriously cute illustrations, and it’s funny to boot.”
Bust magazine

“From sewing a button to removing stains, Bried got the secrets of 10 grandmothers from across the country who lived through the Great Depression — ladies who know how to save a buck.”
The New York Daily News, which ran a five-page excerpt

“This delightful compendium is certain to be one of the most gifted books of the year… the charming illustrations will delight almost as much as the clever, concise writing. How to Sew a Button is sheer joy from cover to cover, a lesson any grandmother would welcome.”
The Louisville Courier Journal

“…a fantastic book [with] great common sense tips presented in a straight-forward and sometimes funny fashion. And a fabulous cover to boot! This is definitely a READ THIS! book. It was so much fun to flip through! I’m eagerly awaiting its sequel, How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew, which comes out on December 14th.”—Frederick News Post

“Each [tip] is written in a practical yet humor filled tone — as if your best friend suddenly morphed into a Donna Reed-Tina Fey hybrid.”

“Charming and timely. Unlike dry household manuals or tomes of thrifty tips, this is filled with brief, clear, step-by-step advice coupled with good-natured humor and the loving spirits of grandmothers, teaching us to take good care of ourselves, our relationships, and our treasures. Even readers who learned practical household skills from their elders will relish its reminders on the soft skills involved in being a good friend or fine neighbor, volunteering, and speaking up at city hall.”
Library Journal

“Combating domestic illiteracy one button at a time, How to Sew a Button is a refreshing take on DIY and self-care, valuable for women at any stage of life.”
BookPage, December 2009

“A useful primer.”
Chicago Sun Times

“Bried’s book is one more indication of an intriguing generational phenomenon. The “home production” skills that Depression-era women learned from their mothers – and carried with them into their own homes in the 1950s – were sometimes rejected by their liberation-era daughters. Now, the grandchildren of these grandmas hunger for those lost skills, such as baking from scratch and knitting.”
Spokesman Review

“Practical advice.”
The Dallas Morning News

“Fun to read to be spurred to think of more practical things we can do to help ourselves during these tough economic times.”
The Oregonian

“A timely read for hard times.”
The Virginian Pilot

“As a gifted funny writer and ambitious undertaker of audacious tasks, [Bried] is an excellent guide to all things DIY.”
Overflow magazine, Fall 2009

“Just try to categorize Bried and you’ll come up with a trippy combinaton, equal parts ‘50s-style house frau, Condé Nast superstar, gay rights champion and published author whose writing voice has the sagacity of Gertrude Stein and the comic timing of Henny Youngman. Open her book to virtually any page and you’ll be taking your grandmother’s advice—puh-leeze!.”
Brooklyn!! newspaper, Spring 2010

How to Sew a Button is a must-have book for anyone who wants to reap the wisdom of our grandmothers. I learned so much from my grandmother—ironing, how to bake the perfect cheesecake, as well as other cherished life-long tips—but what I learned most from her was how to enjoy these everyday tasks and the true essence of life. The grandmothers in this book are inspiring to all of us.”
—Cat Cora, Iron Chef and author of Cooking from the Hip

“Thank goodness for grandmothers and thank goodness for Erin Bried, who compiled this compendium of useful, clever, need-to-know advice, wisdom and practical information. With this book, every woman will feel they are at their grandmother’s knee, learning the most vital life skills any of us need to be smarter, happier and better people too. Happy reading!”
—Lucy Danziger, Editor-in-Chief, SELF magazine

“Erin Bried makes being happy and healthy so simple and fun. She’s a girl after my own heart!”
—Jillian Michaels, The Biggest Loser trainer

How to Sew a Button is fun, funny, and empowering. With high good humor, Bried provides instructions on how to do really useful things. Take control of your life with this great handbook. It’ll give you confidence. Learn and enjoy!”
—Mildred Armstrong Kalish, author of Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression

“Erin Bried’s How to Sew a Button is full of crystal clear, friendly, and funny instructions on how to do hundreds of little things that your mother forgot to teach you-not just sewing on buttons, filleting fish, and making gravy, but balancing your checkbook, tying a necktie, and (my personal favorite) how to waltz. A fun, valuable home book for just about anyone, male or female.”
—Cheryl Mendelson, author of Home Comforts

Real Simple magazine features Erin Bried and How to Sew a Button in its May 2010 issue.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution features How to Sew a Button in its annual Holiday Gift Guide.

The Buffalo News features tips from How to Sew a Button in a story called “Holiday How-tos To Keep Smiling.”

SELF magazine features How to Sew a Button in a four-page excerpt in the December 2009 issue.

Better TV features Bried in a segment called, “Things Your Grandma Knew” and also on a segment called, “Hot Topic.”

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Praise for How to Build a Fire

“Erin Bried can build a fire, thanks to grandpa.”

—USA Today

“A step-by-step guide to (almost) everything the hard-working, self-sufficient Greatest Generation learned about life and living.”

—Chicago Tribune

“Don’t pass up How to Build a Fire…it’s [full of] knowledge our grandfathers seem to possess in abundance – life skills that made them such stand-up guys.”

—The Houston Chronicle

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