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Book Review: The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life) by Chris Hardwick

The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life) isn’t a new book, but the material in its pages is beyond appropriate for the subject matter and target audience of this blog.

About a month ago, I was headed out of town for the weekend and expecting a long drive. My wife and I have an account, and like many of you, we love listening to audio books when we’re going to be spending more than 30 minutes in the car. On a whim, she had picked up a book by Chris Hardwick almost a year ago, but we hadn’t gotten around to listening to it yet. Lately, I’ve been on a Nerdist kick (seriously, their podcasts are great), so I suggested we give the book a listen. I hadn’t looked at the cover, hadn’t paid attention to the subtitle, but it was Hardwick and that was good enough for me.

Talk about a fortunate coincidence. This was just after I’d written my first draft of “Going Green in Emerald City”, and a lot of what had been running through my mind lately was thinking about ways to improve myself—mentally, physically, and emotionally. I don’t know if I could have picked a more perfect book, for me, if I’d been given a dozen self-help books with exact details of their contents.

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