Man's Unofficial Guide to the Use of his Garage
by Thomas J. Neviaser
Reviewed by: John Hoh, Bookideas.com
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
Almost every man who owns a home inevitably has a garage, or at the very least a shed. The man of the manor may spend a fair amount of time in this domain. There are the inevitable auto repairs. There are usually tools on the walls, specifically for garage and outdoor activities. Sometimes there’s even a fridge to keep the beers cold!
Thomas Neviaser has written a humorous book with insights into developing one’s garage to one’s liking. He also warns the reader of pitfalls along the way and things you should never, ever do. Since Mr. Neviaser is a trained physician, I’m sure that many of the “no-no’s” come from emergency room duty if not personal experience.
The good doctor covers things like planning the layout of the garage, ideal locations of light switches, what types of lights to use and where to use them, and many ideas for storage in the garage. The reader comes away thinking this man must have spent a lot of time in the garage.
At the end he even let’s his wife offer her views of having a “garage-bound husband.” At first she was jealous and resentful, but then learned to appreciate that the garage often kept a meddlesome husband out of her way.
The only thing that detracted from my joy of this book is the misuse of exclamation marks. Do you really need a half dozen exclamation marks to make your point?!!!!!!!!!!!! The words did an excellent job of conveying the message; unfortunately it seemed no editor was around to prune the superfluous punctuation from the excellent prose contained within the book. I strongly recommend a rigorous pruning before the next printing.
Review by John Weaver, Booksandauthors.net
"Man's Unofficial Guide to the use of his Garage"
Thomas J. Neviaser, has authored the ultimate tribute and how-to-guide for garages everywhere with his book "Man's Unofficial Guide to the use of his Garage". In an age of reality television that's filled with home remodeling where homeowners learn to create their dream spaces, Thomas Neviaser has penned the literary equivalent of "The Straight Eye for the Garage Guy."
"Man's Unofficial Guide to the use of his Garage" tells it like it is from the introduction where the author informs us that he has owned five homes and it has taken him thirty years to become comfortable with his garage and "at this point, I know just about where everything is..." The author is honest in the fact that he is not an overnight expert at garage management and design. This stuff takes time and hours if not years to master.
"Man's Unofficial Guide to the use of his Garage" helps us understand and graduate from the simple garage that stores stuff and parked cars to the "castle where he is king." Webster's Dictionary defines the garage as a "housing for an automotive vehicle." This definition was before Thomas J. Neviaser came along - Mr. Webster needs to read
"Man's Unofficial Guide to the use of his Garage" and change the definition to something like "A Garage is a place not just for cars - NO WAY! A Garage is a place for a work bench, hedge trimmers, lawnmowers, Loppers, Brooms, Trash bags and Ladders. The Garage is a place where a Man's Life can be his own, and women can be happy because their men are happy. The garage is the center of the universe for all 'honey-do" lists."
"Man's Unofficial Guide to the use of his Garage" is a book that was long overdue where the author mixes humor and sincerity like happy man in an organized and peaceful garage working on his lawn edger.
Review by TCM Reviews / Tami Brady
"Man’s Unofficial Guide to the Use of His Garage" contains an outline of what the perfect garage would look like and contain. This information not only includes the tools needed and advice on how to keep your garage organized but also structural and electrical tips for ease of use and security. All of the suggestions come directly from the author’s own experiences of trial and error.
If the reader followed the advice in this book, he would have an amazing space with all sorts of useful tools and a few expensive toys. The author divides the tool sections into must have, should haves, wanta haves, and forget its. These categories show the priority level of each item spurring the reader to start collecting these things and start creating a garage that other men will drool over while efficiently reducing time needed to complete irritating honeydos so that he can spent more time on the golf course.