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Pogue's Basics: Life

Pogue's Basics: Life

Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying Your Day

Pogue's Basics

David Pogue

Flatiron Books


New York Times Bestseller

Do you know the pinhole-finger trick for seeing without glasses?
Did you realize that booking a hotel room with your phone is cheaper than doing it on your PC?
Do you know how to get the last dregs of ketchup out of the bottle—in one second?

In David Pogue's New York Times bestselling book Pogue's Basics: Tech, the author shared his essential tips and tricks for making all your gadgets seem easier, faster, and less of a hassle to use. In this new book, he widens his focus—to life itself. In these pages, you'll find more than 150 tricks, shortcuts, and cheats for everyday life: house and home, cars, clothing, travel, food, health, and more. This timeless reference book will shed light on priceless bits of advice and life hacks that already exist in the world around you—you just never knew!

Tips include: Insider cheats for cheap air fare, how to read signs in other languages, the three-cent trick for staying awake behind the wheel, how to know which side of the highway your exit will be on, how to quench a spicy mouth on fire, and much much more!

Praise for Pogue's Basics: Life

"Pogue's Basics: Life is a master class in the quotidian arts.... What Pogue offers are keyboard shortcuts for the interface of life." —The New York Times

“This book by David Pogue is so useful… I love this book. I’ve implemented more stuff from this book than probably any other book I’ve ever read… More than any other book I’ve ever written, too.” —Guy Kawasaki

“This is a great book…. [It’s] the “Missing Manual” for life.” —Leo Laporte, This Week in Tech


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David Pogue

DAVID POGUE is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Pogue's Basics: Tech. He has 1.5 million followers on Twitter, has given four TED talks, and launched Yahoo Tech. For thirteen years, he wrote for The New York Times and also writes a monthly column for Scientific American, created the Missing Manual computer-book series, hosts science shows on PBS's NOVA, and appears frequently on CBS Sunday Morning. He has won two Emmys, two Webby awards, and a Loeb award for journalism.

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