By Debbie Stoller & Laurie Henzel
Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $29.95, 368 pages

BUST magazine has been the go-to magazine for independent women since 1993. How nice then to see that they’ve applied their get-it-done attitude to a book that neatly solves a wide variety of issues encountered in everyday life. The BUST DIY Guide to Life is divided into five parts: Home & Garden, Style, Health & Beauty, Food & Drink, and Movers & Shakers. Within each part are several chapters with answers to any number of questions on that subject.

This guide also has hundreds of creative, clever projects that don’t require a Ph.D. in carpentry or the ability to use a band saw. The book combines self-sufficiency with fun and style. There may not be a chapter on rewiring an apartment, but there are pages of serious topics like bike maintenance and managing your way to retirement mixed in with those a bit more fun like making your own soap. The best part is that no matter the topic, this guide is written with style and humor. Not only will you learn something every time, you’ll laugh out loud while reading.

This is a tremendously useful reference tool and its light-hearted tone and humor is one more reason you’ll go back to it time and time again. Pick this up as a great gift for new grads and or anyone moving out of the house for the first time.


Reviewed by Catherine Gilmore,