Review: The Invention of Everything

Books, Non Fiction, Play / Friday, January 11th, 2019
Reading Time: 3 minutes

The Invention of Everything: Insights on life, Food, and One Good Thermos is a book that you wouldn’t think you’d enjoy reading until you pick it up and enjoy it. The title, to me anyway, implies a series of factual histories of inventions and the 1,2,3 steps to skills that I don’t care about. But the book is really a collection of short stories and personal essays from the author’s (Everett De Morier) 543 Magazine.

The Highlights

The Invention of Everything: Insights on life, Food, and One Good Thermos is for you if you are a non-fiction fan that enjoys a little bit of comedy with a personal essay and how-to guide mixed collection.

  • Short, easy read
  • Non-fiction
  • Comedic and quirky
  • More written for a male audience, but there’s still relevant information
  • Easy read to put down and pick up, you’re never stuck in the middle of a 30-page chapter
  • A whole host of skills you should probably know about but won’t use, because technology

About the Author

Everett De Morier has a very robust description in the back of the book about everything he’s done and all the awards and accolades he’s received, but I’ll give you the Cole’s notes version. He’s been writing for a long time, he’s published a few (three or four) non fiction books and one fiction novel called Thirty-Three Cecils that won a few prizes and might be turned into a film — I say might here because until you’ve got that finished product in your hand and you’re submitting it to festivals, distributors, etc., anything goes. He also writes plays and, as I mentioned in the beginning, runs 543 Magazine. You can find him on Twitter @EVdemorier or on his website.

In More Detail

The Invention of Everything: Insights on life, Food, and One Good Thermos is a quirky and funny read, full of wisdom and stories that I’d say most of us can relate to. That’s not to say there aren’t parts that I found to be less interesting. There are a number of skills represented that I found to be irrelevant (read: cleaning a fish, make acorn pancakes and use a Yankee drill) but I really enjoyed the mix of short stories presented.

If you really want to know how to change a tire or jump your car (both of which you should know) I would suggest a YouTube video. Not because the how to of the skills explained in here are wrong, I don’t think they are, but simply because the visual will be more helpful, and if you’re in a situation where you find you need to do these things you’re more likely to have your phone than this book.

BUT if you’re looking for a chuckle while you read personal stories and essays that genuinely make you think, then this is definitely a book you should read. Overall, I’d say it was an enjoyable read. My favourite part was most definitely the personal essays. If you pick up the book and do nothing else but read The The Fifty-Year-Old You, The Heart of Cool and Narcissus, I’d guess that you might have a slightly shifted perspective on life.

I very likely won’t read this book again, but I would recommend that you do.


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