A How-To Book for Everything

Everyone’s got an opinion, right? If there’s something you want to learn to do, chances are someone has written about it—from knitting to nok hockey.

Here are eight books that are best in class when it comes to instructional know-how.


books-How-To-On-WritingWant to write?

On Writing

Stephen King

It’s the I Ching on the writing process for just about anyone who likes to write. Doesn’t matter that it’s from the master of the horror genre—he knows of what he speaks.


books-How-To-Getting-Things-DoneReady to get organized?

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

David Allen

I know people who swear by this book and quote from it religiously. If I could only find where I put my copy…



books-How-To-How-Not-to-Be-a-DickNeed to teach someone a few manners?

How Not to Be A Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide

Meghan Doherty

It’s not just witty—it’s straight-up accurate and speaks to today’s young adults in a way that they understand. It’s also hilarious. And funny is always a great teacher.


books-How-To-The-Kings-County-Distillery-GuideWhen you need to make your own hootch…

The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey

David Haskell

I sniff an up-and-coming trend here. Say buh-bye to the home beer-brew kit in favor of the next “in” item to DIY: proprietary whiskey.



books-How-To-50-Ways-to-Cook-EverythingNeed a recipe?

Fifty Ways to Cook Everything

Andrew Schloss and Ken Bookman

This is a go-to cookbook that’s great for those last-minute, “You thought I was making dinner?” kind of moments.



books-How-To-Find-an-InternshipYour college kid needs some cred?

How Do I Find an Internship?

Eric Woodard

Published earlier this year, the author created and managed internship programs for both the White House and the U.S. Senate. I have a feeling he knows what he’s talking about.


books-How-To-Data-a-Love-StoryHow to make a match online…

Data, A Love Story: How I Cracked the Online Dating Code to Meet My Match

Amy Webb

If you’re out there scrolling and still haven’t found your match, this is the story for you. Words of advice and encouragement borne of a success story.



books-How-To-Get-on-Reality-TVHow to get your 15 minutes…

How to Get on Reality TV: How a Normal Guy Got Cast on Reality TV

Dan Cheesling

The author not only got cast on “Big Brother 10,” he won it—and he’s sharing his tips with you. And if you ever run in to the Kardashians on set, please ask them what is really going on with Bruce.